I am often surprised when a painting actually turns out well. I usually start out with something that looks fairly messy. I often go through doubts as to whether the painting will end up being successful. I go through moods, sometimes despair, sometimes hope. Sometimes somewhere in between. Sometimes the painting goes backwards instead of forward. I have learned to persist. Some people can paint something successful in a few hours or a day. My paintings will often take about 3 days before I feel there is hope, and then several days or often weeks to finish. They often take me places I didn’t expect to go. And at some point I end up with a real painting! A painting I can feel good about. I marvel at the process and know that in the end art is a gift.