I feel as though I haven't seen an object until I actually start painting it.
I think it is important to do what you believe in and ignore the critics.
I had this attitude that it was going to take time for my work to grow. I had to develop skills to do what I wanted and I didn't really expect it was going to happen rapidly.
There are a lot of tricks you have to keep playing on yourself to keep at it because every time you hit a problem you want to walk away.
For a long time, I kept working at part-time jobs... my goal was to build up enough savings so I wouldn't be kicked out on the streets if I didn't sell enough paintings.
For me, painting is like meditation.
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