Artist: Christopher Gallego, "PLatter, 2001, Oil on board, 12 x 15 in., Private Collection, Acton, MA

Artists: don’t ever do another painting.

The best painters connect passionately with whatever is in front of them (or inside) and their art flows from that passion.

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Christopher Gallego, Teapot, 1997, Oil on board, 9 x 12 in., Private Collection

“…Copernicus called, and you are not the center of the universe.”

The ego is like a semi-opaque screen that can interfere with a painter’s vision. By taking attention off oneself and the outcome, an artist can connect more deeply with his or her subject while eliminating most of the anxiety that comes with the setbacks.