"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.
 

Jan Van Eyck, The Arnolfini Portrait Tempera and oil on wood 1434 (National Gallery, London)

Jan Van Eyck, The Arnolfini Portrait
Tempera and oil on wood
1434 (National Gallery, London)

Wynne Leung