I've always enjoyed the exuberant and joyful work of Raoul Dufy, especially his works from about 1930 onwards.
I seem to remember reading, when I was first considering becoming a full-time artist, that he said something along the lines of getting the mundane things of your life sorted so that you can concentrate on the creative side. I remember thinking ruefully he meant getting a wife!
Fortunately I decided to ignore his advice (I do by the way have a very supportive husband!) and decided to Paint First and let the rest fit in somehow. I might never have got started otherwise!
Many books have been written on this very subject.
One I am enjoying now is Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.
But back to my topic (I'm breaking my rule for blog posts - one subject and one aspect of that subject at a time..)
I came across this brilliant little painting of Venice by Dufy.