I get so much pleasure from seeing the work of an absolute master.
The artist Edward Stamp is a craftsman in every sense: he has both the hard-won technical skills required, and the vision to apply them so as to make wonderful pictures like these.
Those rare moments when you feel like a craftsman are absolutely amazing. Daniel Pink calls this mastery – one of the three intrinsic motivators that cause people to work hard and produce great work.
Edit: I’m rewording part of this post on 09/11/13 because I want it to be sharper. I want to find, pursue, and achieve craftsmanship.