As you can imagine, I follow a lot of artists on social media. It’s kind of a thing artists do. In fact, it seems that a whole lot of my followers on social media are fellow artists. It goes without saying that artists are having as much trouble coping with the Covid situation as anyone, although for myself, I have to say that not much has changed. The biggest difference is that my wife is working from home, and I have a home studio. That basically means that we have now have lunch together on weekdays. It’s a hardship, but I’m working through it!

That’s not to say that this whole thing isn’t at least a little bit stressful for us. For myself, I would say that I’m doing just fine if it weren’t for all the anxiety dreams. I keep dreaming that I’m in school again. Often I’m taking a course that I haven’t been studying for or even attending classes. And I’ve just found out that I’ve missed the voluntary withdrawal date. So I’m going to get an F! And you just can’t get those damn things off your transcript! Not that I would know. In real life I’ve never actually gotten one, but I digress…

Mr. Schadenfreude, 6″ x 6″, oil on canvas, 2020.

Anyway, back to artists on social media. One of the things they’ve been talking about is a lack of motivation when they’re feeling stressed or depressed by the current state of affairs. So I thought I’d address the fact that my art output is not down at all. In fact I seem to be on a bit of a roll. So what’s motivating me? Well, I think it helps that I’m always motivated to become a better painter. I got kind of a late start so I have a lot of catching up to do! As anyone who’s been following me knows, I’ve been experimenting these days with painting George Condo inspired cartoony paintings of imaginary characters. And just when I was planning to take a break from pop-culture characters, that process inspired me to try a few of those starting with caricatures rather than portraits. So now, I feel the need to keep making more of them!

And that’s not all! Almost all of the paintings I’ve been making for the last year and a half or so have been rather small. Rarely bigger than 12″ x 16″ and most smaller than that. But I currently have around ten larger stretchers ready to go, and I feel like it’s time to go big or go home! Okay, I’m home all the time these days, but you get the idea.

Other motivations include: having at least two new works to post to Instagram every week so as to build more followers and to just make sure I have

Horse Hockey, 6″ x 6″, oil on canvas, 2020.

something to blog about. But the final one, and this is something that can motivate anyone and may be the very best reason to make art: no one is going to do what I (or you) do. So just go and do it!