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  1. Paul
    February 15, 2009 @ 11:46 am

    Jeff, I like this interview idea 🙂 Very informative about Neil and his work; stuff he hasn’t written on his own sites 😉
    I also like the fragment series and the nice use of colour – I wish I had your productivity/drive!!!

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  2. Pierre Raby
    February 15, 2009 @ 1:53 pm

    Congrat you both for this great interview! Jeff -what a generous idea
    to share your passion for the creative painting process on this form. I agree with James, “Antique Shop No. 3” is a breathtaking subject and painting.
    -Pierre

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  3. Candace X. Moore
    February 15, 2009 @ 5:37 pm

    The artist interview is an outstanding idea from my perspective as a serious beginner. Really appreciated the description of a typical day (more please), how Neil got started, and a selection of artist-chosen images. I also thought the final “antique shop” image was stunning and was surprised it didn’t attract a buyer more quickly. That’s the type of small detail I like to know. Thanks for the excellent content. Regards.

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  4. John Vander Stelt
    February 16, 2009 @ 1:06 am

    Jeff, Terrific idea, and exceptional choice for your first feature. I love Neil’s work and you asked some great questions. Your writing skills are wonderful. Thanks for sharing with us. I’ll be looking forward to this feature each month. All the best. – John

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  5. Darren Maurer
    February 16, 2009 @ 1:58 am

    Jeff,
    Very cool concept you have here. I like it. I think it will give people a lot of insight into artists that they would not normally get from the artist themselves. Take care, Darren

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  6. J
    February 16, 2009 @ 5:31 am

    Awesome post Jeff. The pool ball painting is fabulous.

    Thanks for taking the time to introduce me, and the blog world in general, to new artists.

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  7. Gabriel Boray
    February 16, 2009 @ 9:41 pm

    Great post, I’ve been following you both for a while now, love the insight.
    Thank you

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  8. Candy Barr
    February 17, 2009 @ 3:04 am

    Very informative and good reading Jeff! Love your personal take on Neil’s work as well. A really nice addition to the daily painters blogworld! Great job!!

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  9. Jeff Hayes
    February 17, 2009 @ 5:15 am

    Thanks very much Paul; I enjoyed doing it a lot.

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  10. Jeff Hayes
    February 17, 2009 @ 5:17 am

    Thanks Pierre! It is an amazing, museum-caliber painting; I remembered it vividly from a few years ago, and was very pleased when Neil chose it as one of his pieces to display here.

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  11. Jeff Hayes
    February 17, 2009 @ 5:19 am

    Thanks Candace; that’s one of the reasons I decided to start this series: I think there are lots of things people are curious about regarding other artists, which those artists themselves probably wouldn’t talk about unless asked 🙂

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  12. Jeff Hayes
    February 17, 2009 @ 5:20 am

    Thanks John; it was a real pleasure, and I was thrilled Neil agreed to do this!

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  13. Jeff Hayes
    February 17, 2009 @ 5:20 am

    Hi Darren – exactly! All the things we’re too shy to say on our own!

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  14. Jeff Hayes
    February 17, 2009 @ 5:22 am

    You’re welcome J – it’s good for me to do these posts as well (and just so there’s absolutely no confusion, the pool bowl painting is Neil’s, not mine!)

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  15. Jeff Hayes
    February 17, 2009 @ 5:22 am

    You’re welcome Gabriel, it was my pleasure.

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  16. Jeff Hayes
    February 17, 2009 @ 5:22 am

    Thanks Candy!

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  17. Chris Beck
    February 17, 2009 @ 9:03 am

    An amazing in-depth review of Neil’s work, Jeff. Thanks for presenting this chance to get to know more about him.

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  18. Jeff Hayes
    February 18, 2009 @ 9:54 am

    Thanks Chris! I certainly learned a lot too.

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  19. JEANNE ILLENYE
    February 24, 2009 @ 2:55 pm

    Marvellous, Jeff. As I read the interview, I was not surprised by Neil’s regimine as his work reveals complete control over his artistic surface, therefore his habits reflect same. This is a complete contrast to my own approach, although I persoanlly strive to achieve a sense of realism as well. Quite a similar chord was touched when Neil initially felt his work was sold for too little and he’d hated to part with it; for many years I’ve painted duplicates of favorite paintings just to keep one as a memento from a particular phase of artistic development. Great first choice in selecting Neil in this new forum as to comment that his work is outstanding is an understatement! Jeanne

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  20. Jeff Hayes
    February 25, 2009 @ 3:31 am

    Thanks Jeanne; I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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