My philosophy is that I'm an artist. I perform an art with a paint brush.
I really get excited about it. It makes me want to create even more. It makes it all worthwhile, all the hours of hard work.
Art is something that happens, a process, not a quality, and all sorts of things can make it happen ... What makes a work of art "good" for you is not something that is already "inside" it, but something that happens inside you.