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As a painter, I am glad that we used predominantly linseed oil by the time I painted, and "turpenoid" was supposedly less toxic than turpentine.

I think the thing your piece really implies is that we need to allow our readers to get into the weeds with us, but at the same time, we need to back up and make sure the painting still makes sense.

At the end of the day, I love a reader-centric focus. Write what you enjoy, but think about your readers all the time. Thanks for a thoughtful post, David!

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I've only dabbled in oils (they scare me). Most acrylics for me. But I'd like to give em another shot.

And that's spot on. I'd say it's about 90% getting in the weeds, and 10% reminding them of the painting. At least that's where my heads at these days.

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Acrylic is really versatile! I do enjoy the texture and fluidity of oils, but I think it's really just personal preference. There was a degree of arrogance around oils in the 90s, but I think that may be dissipating to a degree. After all, there are amazing acrylic paintings by some of the best artists of the 20th and 21st centuries out there, some still making great stuff.

Pardon the direct painting sidebar! The analogy is still a very good one.

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This is one of the most insightful and shifting essays I´ve read so far.

A simple change in the intention and all that matters can come to live.

Thanks friend for this words.

A read creators and writers should treasure and learn from.

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That makes me delighted to hear Alex. Thank you.

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This was soooo helpful! With the 25 questions, I was able to put it into ChatGPT and add my target audience. After that, I was reading the responses, and I finally figured out exactly the clear why that everyone can understand. Thank you so much for this piece of art!

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That makes me so happy to hear! So you came up with the questions and then put them into chatgpt to see what the answers could be? That’s really smart.

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