I am going to kick this blog thread off with some thoughts inspired by a quote I heard recently by John Lasseter (Disney/Pixar animator and executive), because it spoke to what I believe in as to my own art and my "audience" (those I paint for):

“The connection you make with your audience is an emotional connection,” Lasseter says. “The audience can’t be told to feel a certain way. They have to discover it themselves.”

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