"As I can"
This painting by Jan Van Eyck, The Arnolfini Portrait showed up in one of the massive books I get from the public library. What caught my eye is the note that the artist placed within the painting, "Als ik kan", which means "As I can"
Jan Van Eyck was a prolific realist painter of his time. What I love about his statement is that it's "as I can" not "as I can tomorrow" or "as I can do better" but it is, "as I can", period.
To me, this message made me feel compelled to continue to make. It made me feel inspired. It made me think that I need to continue to make because simply, "I can". It made all the excuses of not painting such as, "Oh, maybe I should have a sandwich instead of paint..." just disappear. Because now, I paint because "I can".
So beautifully simple. I'll leave that with you guys on this beautiful Christmas morning.