Today I read the concept somewhere that an artist who likes their own
work is not a good artist. I think that is a terrible message. Some of the
artists whose work I love the most clearly enjoy everything about making
their work, and are super happy with it once it’s completed.
In my own life some of my best work in terms of portraits just leapt off
the brush, and onto the canvas so easily and effortlessly. It’s almost magic
when that happens, and as an artist you don’t dislike the work more because
it happened in such a delightful way. That’s a prohibitive point of view.
I’m not suggesting that the work is of lesser value because it takes a long
time, a lot of thought, and even layers and layers of struggle to get it right.
But from my own experience when it does come together -- it still gives the
artist so much joy. Well it certainly makes me happy when I keep going.
The painting I'm showing you tonight was one that took time to create.
It was displayed in a show supporting an nature reserve in The Netherlands,
and came home and sold for one of my top prices. So yes I was happy
when I completed it. And ecstatic when the rest of the story unfolded.
Have an enjoying your art day.