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Sherrill artist finds happy accidents in his work

Former Oneida City School district art teacher and middle school assistant principal John Seely recalled it was the challenge of beginning to paint watercolors that started him on his artistic journey when he retired in 1991.

"I had never painted watercolors before that, and wanted to try it," the Sherrill resident recalled. "I never know what's going to happen when I get started, and there have been so many happy accidents as I paint -- the key is to remember those accidents and be able to recreate them."

Seely's first-ever watercolor exhibit is on display this month at the Sherrill-Kenwood Free Library, featuring a collection of landscapes, wintry scenes and still life works featuring golf clubs and paraphernalia.

Painting for "the sheer pleasure of it," Seely said he constantly strives to perfect his craft -- but that daunting task doesn't come easy.

"Maybe if I live to be 100 I might accomplish my goal," he said.

And he encourages others to try their own hands at creating art.

"I think everybody ought to try painting or doing anything creative just for the sheer joy of it," he said. "You can't make a mistake -- everything's right when you are painting."

His exhibit will be up through the end of March.

The Sherrill-Kenwood Free Library is located at 543 Sherrill Road, across from the city's Post Office.

For more information call 363-5980.

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