Henri Cartier-Bresson said:
It's seldom you make a great picture. You have to milk the cow quite a lot and get plenty of milk to make a little cheese.1
The photographer Norma Holt photographed painter Raphael Soyer, not long before he died.
Soyer, standing in his studio, said:
I go to my studio everyday and put my canvas on the easel, and I say to myself, maybe today I'll really paint a good painting--finally do a good one.
1 Henri Cartier-Bresson, The Decisive Moment, Scholastic Achievement Series (slide show of his work, with comments by the photographer), 1972.