The best painters connect passionately with whatever is in front of them (or inside) and their art flows from that passion.
There’s always that little bit of visual bias living inside you and making mischief, usually at the most inconvenient time. It’s important to know it’s there, embrace it, and then learn the tricks to override it.
The less time spent dwelling on a work in progress the more emotionally detached you become and the internal and external critics lose their power.
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.
Dear fellow painters…”It looks like a photo”, are not my favorite words either.
"Is my work good enough, will it be seen and appreciated, am I making any progress, will lesser talents get more recognition, can I ever measure up to the great masters?"