A new friend told me today that some of my floral paintings reminded her a bit of Manet's paintings. Whoa! First off, I do love Manet and secondly I respect her opinion... I know that she wouldn't say that if she didn't mean it. We painters can go through very long stretches without one honest word directed to us about what we do. Is it because people don't know what to say to us? I have a relative who sometimes says: "You still painting pictures?" When I respond affirmatively she moves quickly to the next subject. No problem, there are plenty of subjects that I am not drawn to...understood! However, from time to time I think one should make a point of saying something to a painter (or any creative type) that will hearten them! Art-making is a tough racket. Sometimes it takes a lot of mettle to keep going... I painted daffodils today... because I heard "your flowers remind me of Manet's flowers" reverberating around in my head.
oil on 9 x 12 canvas panel
P.S. In Eric Jacobsen's workshop handout there was a quote that reads something along the lines of: "Remember, you are never as good a painter or as bad a painter as you think."