I found a great quote on Martin Hamblen’s Artists Talking blog:

“There are many ways that you can signify to yourself that you are doing your practice. For example, some people wear a white lab coat or a particular pair of glasses, or always work in a specific place – in doing these things, they are professionalising their art. The notion that I do my work here, now, like this, even when I do not feel like it, and especially when I do not feel like it, is very important. Lots and lots of people are creative when they feel like it but you are only going to become professional if you do it when you don’t feel like it. That emotional waiver is why this is your work and not your hobby.”

(An email invite from Incertainplaces to become a “critical friend”.)

Pretty much sums up my experience of today – forcing myself to tackle the Kevin Anderson painting, which, now that I am actually painting, has moved from the realm of “a great idea that will be loads of fun to do” to “a kind of torture that will most likely result in a terrible painting.” I know this is a process I go through every time I do anything…which makes it slightly easier to stick with it, but no less painful. Would be easier probably if I just refined stuff I already know I can do, and didn’t set myself such high (unrealistic?) standards. Oh well. Anyway I am painting Manchester as a Renaissance city-state, not sure to what extent this helps or hinders the idea behind the painting…