Art Quote for the Day


Do you work on one project at a time or several?

I usually start a group of paintings in case I get bored of ne or I exhaust my  interest in the imagery or the painting, and then I change.  Sometimes when I change, I actually feel like I want to change the way I am painting.  I don’t only want to paint with a brush that moves back and forth, four inches up and down. Then I will do something else, and I will paint a diffferent kind of painting, where I have to refocus myself.

So your process of working seven days a week for four months or so involves you staying concentrated and focused, and then you finish that particular group of paintings. Then it seems you just let all that go and forget it and a month later start from scratch?

Yes, that is what I try to do, that’s the plan if it works well. The fantasy and the pleasure of being in your studio have to do with the invention of yourself in different roles…. Earlier you asked, “Do you contemplate?” Well , you do  contemplate somehow, but lots of times I think I don’t contemplate.  I just come to the studio and work.  I come to the studio, and I want to feel like a little synchronized machine.  In that way I think of Warhol. Then , alot of times I think of myself as the amateur scientist who is concocting these strange potions and doesn’t know where they will lead and hopes that something new or different will come out of it.  Sometimes it does, and sometime it’s a mess.  You have all these head games that you can play with yourself while in your studio – sometimes you are just a kid playing and enjoying yourself, cutting school while everyone else is at work.

Do you have a motto or creed that as an aritst you live by?

I do.  LIfe is short. Life goes fast. And what I really want to do in my life is to bring something new, something beautiful, and something filled with light into the world.  I try to think of that every day so that I can remember why I am coming to my studio.  And then the other thing, just go , just show up.

Inside the Painter’s Studio by Joe Fig