Au Cabaret oil on panel 5x5” 2017
"You should keep on painting no matter how difficult it is, because this is all part of experience, and the more experience you have, the better it is.. unless it kills you, and then you know you have gone too far." -Alice Neel
Over the past few years I’ve had the realization that nobody else can hold you accountable for being in your studio and making work. In fact there will be a lot of social obligations, house chores and family needs that will pull you out of your work in the studio. Others will not understand the amount of time and dedication that it really takes to pursue your craft, and may quickly dismiss it’s validity. This happens particularly when you, the artist, haven’t received any accolades recently. It’s at these moments when Alice Neel’s words, “you should keep painting no matter how difficult it is,” ring true. Building the habit of a daily practice while things are working out will prepare you for when they don’t, and when resistance to making art is strong.
BONUS- That creative habit can bring joy!
Ingrid Victoria Wells