If I Don’t Have the Suffering

“Yes. You know what? If I don’t have the intensity to produce good art, if I don’t have the suffering, I don’t feel that I have the intensity to produce that uplifting quality …

Yes, because you’re in deep in mud. It’s the same in painting. If you just make a painting in an hour, two hours, three hours, four hours—everybody can make a beautiful painting! You know, “I can stop anywhere, anytime I wish!”

But then you do not go through all the ups and downs with a painting—“Oh my god, I give up!” If you never go through it, you’re not at home. If you go through that, you learn things. After a journey of ten years on one painting you know everything about painting!”

∼ Brenda Louie, from “Flowers from the Sky” by Richard Whittaker

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