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This is a television interview I did a few months ago. I want to thank Junia Doan and Midland Center for the Arts.  I thought it came out great it answers a lot of the questions that I often get so if you have some time check it out.   

www.youtube.com/watch?v=NykBwa…

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Shelfcloud Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So now I've got a sound by the man...

I rather use these dynamic images as a reference, because of the simple fact of natural behaviour shining through... These films shows a lot of expressions, motions, the way you would be... This is what I use to trap typical properties of the person. I read a lot more "Armin", then you've been writing me over the internet eventhough it is an interview. It is a strange revelation everytime again, but one of beauty!

Someday Armin, hopefully someday...
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inormal Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015
WONDERFUL interview, Armin...I have always admired your ability, and desire, to not only produce great art, but to answer the "whys and wherefores" of this wonderful dance that we do...Your ability to " explain the unexplainable" in such an honest, forthright, and succinct manner can only help people to truly understand not only the work itself, but also why one would even desire to do such work...When I answer the inevitable questions, " how long", and, "why", I shall now only have to direct them to your interview...Bravo, my friend...
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you Ron that means a lot, and you do great work by the way!
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mackdj Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015
This interview is awesome, thanks for sharing Armin! You are truly the inspiration we all need!

You reminded me of a wonderful quote:

"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea."

Thanks for sharing with me your longing for the endless immensity of art. Anything truly is possible with hard work and dedication. 

Deryn

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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Deryn thank you for you comment and sharing the great quote i appreciate it ...Armin
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keight Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015
Finally! I just got to watch your interview. Thank you for granting Junia the opportunity.

There is more I would like to say and ask, but the latest family crisis (our son's 2 year old Chihuahua/Min Pin who is now living with us) is needing to be dealt with.
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks Katherine i would love to hear what you have to say and ask.  We have a brand new puppy he is a golden doodle fifteen weeks old  demanding for sure but worth every minute
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keight Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015
Unfortunately, this little guy, who is really a sweetie, is here because our son cannot find a place he can afford to rent, that is close to his work, which also allows pets. So we have a little fellow who is in a totally new place, with total strangers, who lost the only family he's ever known two days after he arrived. He arrived on Thanksgiving. :) We are dealing with separation anxiety, grief, and acclimation to a whole new environment. I find myself holding a clingy baby a lot. I did remind our son to bring all of his toys, blankets/bedding, his dishes, and the chow he is used to eating, and his vet records. :D It has been nearly 25 years since I went through this with our 2 year old Siberian foundling. I think he has finally decided that my husband really is the male alpha in the family; which is also a huge adjustment step. He can stand upright, with his fore paws on my computer desk or drafting table, the way any of my fast fingered children did. All art is on hold with my personal deadlines shot to pieces; especially since I caught him chewing on a corner of my wooden oil paint carrying case. I'm puppy proofing the studio as fast as I can. I can close the door to keep him out when necessary. It is getting better, but oh so slowly.
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I hope your little guy feels better; mine is going the teething stage, chews everything now including my hand.  In a world where things are so fucked up right now it is so soothing to be with a little creature that just wants some love and a treat or two.  My art is not on hold but slowed a bit now he is getting used to me drawing and brings a toy and lays by me feet…..life is good, well in my small sanctuary at least
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keight Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015
Thanks, this past weekend seems to have been another step forward. Lap time with me has become an early evening ritual, just before dinner prep time. He is even playing with my husband. The next step is to politely convince him not to grab my writing/drawing arm when he comes into the studio for attention. Closing the door while I work in here is not the best solution (it gets cold in here when I do that, and makes hearing those "too quiet" times impossible). Progress is being made.
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5antiago Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Armin, great interview!!!!
You are a really inspiration man, I have a question, when you talk about living as an artist, you say: then you make choises that you are glad not to...
Which choises you mean?, i don't really get that.
Thanks again.
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
you tend to thank "what will sell" and paint draw only partly whats you, and in my case I would draw faster and in the end my heart isnt all the way in it.  if i dont have to sell i can draw what  i want, if thats a dark image so be it...thanks!
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5antiago Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I undestand, right now I'm drawing some comisioned portraits, that was great at the begining, but really it's a hell, I re-draw a portrait three times allready beacouse they don't like the eyes, the expresion and want me to change somethin every time, at the end you finish drawing beacouse you have to, not beacouse you want to, and that's awfull.
Thanks a lot Armin!!!
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4thofficial Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
Congrats. Great perspective and you did great in front of the camera. 
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you!
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kennyc Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015
Nice!
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks!
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