In a fantastic interview, Neil Plotkin talks to painter Alex Kanevsky about his work and studio process.
Kanevsky addresses the "difficulty" of painting: "Well, it is the road with no end. As your skills inevitably get better with time, you expect more from yourself. Skills in themselves, beyond certain serviceable level, don’t matter very much, but I always want to function at the limit of my current abilities to keep things exciting. There should always be danger of painting crushing and burning. I want painting to be difficult so that there is always room for failure. Working this way has an unintended consequence of improving the skills. The struggle then has nothing to do with the technical difficulties and the level of skills. The struggle is mostly to find clarity."