But also, don't expect praise and make good art because it pleases yourself.
Absolutely. For me at least, and many that I know.
I think that may be different for some though, if there is some larger purpose or plan. I'm thinking of an artist painting a fresco in a cathedral, for example. Other influences are there, for sure.
"Often moments come looking for us". - Robert Frank
"Make good art!" - Neil Gaiman
"...the heart and mind are the true lens of the camera". - Yousuf Karsh