Philip Guston "I believe it was John Cage who once told me, 'When you start working, everybody is in your studio-the past, your friends, enemies, the art world, and above all, your own ideas-all are there. But as you continue painting, they start leaving, one by one, and you are left completely alone. Then, if you are lucky, even you leave.'
After all the traffic and busy of another ArtPrize sinking into quiet memory, it comes as a great relief to simply be back to work in the privacy of my own studio. We are not doing our work to win prizes. We are doing our work because it is what we do. It is who we are and why we are here.
I was out painting along the Grand River yesterday. When the men who had been at work repairing the concrete footings of the old bridge broke for lunch, most of them came over one by one for a look at what I was up to. Since I don't speak Spanish we were left with nods and smiles. Alone in the studio, out in the city, or deep in the woods, it just feels right to be back at work making another painting.