Q: What art book are you reading for inspiration now?
A: I am re-reading “Dear Theo,” van Gogh’s autobiography as expressed in letters to his beloved brother, a book I read more than twenty-five years ago when I first started out as an artist. My copy is beat up and yellowing, but still holding together.
It’s a source of pure solace. Keeping and growing a studio practice in New York is fraught with complexity, challenges, increasing demands on one’s time, etc. So I sometimes need reminding about the joyful aspects of being an artist, about why I decided to devote my time to this work in the first place, about what I love about this often difficult and frustrating life I chose. And Van Gogh’s sensitive, soulful words always deliver!
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Posted on April 29, 2017, in 2017, An Artist's Life, Creative Process, Inspiration and tagged "Dear Theo", art book, being an artist, New York, solace, studio practice, van Gogh. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.