Late last night I was trying to watch a show on our PBS station about Mark Rothko. I kept dozing off, so I hope I can find it and watch it again. OMG! they were smokers!
I'm always surprised to see how much most of these icons of modern art struggled in their lives and careers. Even with major shows in New York galleries and museums, many of them didn't feel, or realize, that they had basically "made it".
So, it made me wonder, as I looked at one of my prints, "Do I care about what I am trying to do, as much as Mark Rothko?" Something to keep in mind. Well do you? Yes! Emphatically! - then prove it. No excuses. Rothko died trying. That's a lot to live up to. But there is nothing else.