I had the pleasure to visit the Leopold Museum in Vienna.
This space held the collections of the Leopold family who had a Huge collection of both Klimpt and Schiele. I haven't spent much time in front of the actual marks of Schiele. His portraits are haunting; the way a painter should create marks: It's more than a photo. His hand adds the depth of the artist to the image. I, for one, looking at these drawings and paintings, am inspired. In my case to learn how to imbue my work with a greater sense of my own mark making.
The take away for me was his commitment to his work. He spent his time in the studio with whatever means he had working on his projects and continuing to grow as a maker as best as he could. That speaks to me and my studio practice that is so often punctuated with travel and my pursuit of a partner.
I am often confronted with a wall of choice: "where do you spend the finite time you are allocated between meals and sleep?" One of my greatest values is my community, which I wonder how that fits in to the schedule of those important creators that came before me.
If you arent familiar with his work. I advise you go take a look at some of his pieces. Some of them arent for the much younger audience.