Quotes for
the Journey:


Art is the lie that
reveals the truth.

Pablo Picasso


I have made a great discovery.  I no longer believe in anything.  It is not the object that matters to me but what is between them:  it is this "in-between" that is the real subject of my pictures.  When one reaches this state of harmony between things and one's self, one reaches a state of perfect freedom and peace--which makes everything possible and right.  Life then becomes perpetual revelation.      -George Braque


If you're going to be an artist, all life is your subject.  And all your experience is part of your art.  A youngster told me recently that he was going to give himself a year to see if he has talent.  A year!  It takes a lifetime to see if you have it.  Painting is total engagement.      -Ben Shahn

Art is the method of levitation, in order to separate one's self from enslavement by the earth.      -AnaÔs Nin

Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art.      -Leonardo da Vinci

Art never responds to the wish to make it democratic; it is not for everybody; it is only for those who are willing to undergo the effort needed to understand it.      -Flannery O'Connor
You cannot explain me with "isms."  They are very bad for an artist.  What one must believe in is color.      -Marc Chagall
Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
-Thomas Merton

I have been in love with painting ever since I became conscious of it at the age of six.  I drew some pictures I thought fairly good when I was fifty, but really nothing I did before the age of seventy was of any value at all.  At seventy-three I have at last caught every aspect of nature--birds, fish, animals, insects, trees, grasses, all.  When I am eighty I shall have developed still further, and I will really master the secrets of art at ninety.  When I reach a hundred my work will be truly sublime, and my final goal will be attained around the age of one hundred and ten, when every line and dot I draw will be imbued with life.      -Katsushika Hokusai
Artistic growth is, more than it is anything else, a refining of the sense of truthfulness.  The stupid believe that to be truthful is easy; only the artist, the great artist, knows how difficult it is.      -Willa Cather
Were art to redeem humanity it could do so only by saving us from the seriousness of life and restoring to us an unexpected childishness.      -Jose Ortega y Gasset
Somebody was saying to Picasso that he ought to make pictures of things the way they are--objective pictures.  He mumbled that he wasn't quite sure what that would be.  The person who was bullying him produced a photograph of his wife from his wallet and said, "There, you see, that is a picture of how she really is."  Picasso looked at it and said, "She is rather small, isn't she?  And flat?"      -Gregory Bateson
I don't paint things.  I only paint the difference between things.      -Henri Matisse

It is only the untalented director who imagines him or herself in every part, wants his or her own thoughts and emotions portrayed; it is only the untalented who make their own limitations those of the actors as well.      -Liv Ullman
When anyone seriously pursues an art--painting, poetry, sculpture, composing--over twenty or thirty years, the sustained discipline carries the artist down to the countryside of grief; and that descent, resisted so long, proves invigorating. . . . As I've gotten older, I find I am able to be nourished more by sorrow and to distinguish it from depression.      -Robert Bly
The artist must be in his or her work as God is in creation, invisible and all-powerful; his or her presence should be felt everywhere, but the artist must never be seen.      -Gustave Flaubert
Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once one grows up.

Pablo Picasso

When I was a kid I drew like Michelangelo.  It took me years to learn to draw like a kid.
If you have ever sat on a mountaintop and surveyed the country below, you must realize that what you saw was even more beautiful because of the awesome silence which surrounded you.  Art galleries maintain a quiet because curators realize that a painting viewed in the midst of noise is less beautiful than when it is contemplated in the midst of silence.  One really cannot appreciate the great art treasures housed in museums on days when noisy crowds gather around every object to be viewed. . . . The beauty of art will show itself in greater force in the midst of silence.  Not only does silence enhance the beauty of art, but adds to the experience its own sublime beauty.      -Karl Pruter
Anybody can look at a pretty girl and see a pretty girl.  An artist can look at a pretty girl and see the old woman she will become.  A better artist can look at an old woman and see the pretty girl that she used to be.  But a great artist--a master--and that is what Auguste Rodin was--can look at an old woman, portray her exactly as she is. . . and force the viewer to see the pretty girl she used to be. . . and more than that, he can make anyone with the sensitivity of an armadillo, or even you, see that this lovely young girl is still alive, not old and ugly at all, but simply imprisoned inside her ruined body.  He can make you feel the quiet, endless tragedy that there was never a girl born who ever grew older than eighteen in her heart. . . no matter what the merciless hours have done to her.  Look at her, Ben.  Growing old doesn't matter to you and me; we were never meant to be admired--but it does to them.      -Robert A. Heinlein
The messier arts--clay, finger paints, and the like--are a great choice for freeing the mind and spirit.  There's something about getting your hands nice and dirty that can be very liberating.  Just spread out a lot of newspaper, put on an old t-shirt to wipe your fingers with and let yourself go.  Slosh, slop, squish all you want.  Feel your hands smearing and slipping.  Marvel at how the colors mix or how many textures you can create on a glob of Play-Doh.
-Shana Aborn
We talk too much.  We should talk less and draw more.      -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Art is a kind of innate drive that seizes a human being and makes him or her its instrument.  To perform this difficult office it is sometimes necessary for one to sacrifice happiness and everything that makes life worth living for the ordinary human being.      -Carl Jung

Art is a deliberate recreation of a new and special reality that grows from your response to life.  It cannot be copied; it must be created.      -unattributed

Again and again Iíve taken quick glances and then for some reason Iíve got to sit before a picture waiting and itís opened up like one of those Japanese flowers that you put into water and something I thought wasnít worth more than a casual, respectful glance begins to open up depth after depth of meaning.     -Wendy Beckett
The artist is the opposite of the politically minded individual, the opposite of the reformer, the opposite of the idealist.  The artist does not tinker with the universe, but recreates it out of his or her own experience and understanding of life.    -Henry Miller
Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self.     -Jean-Luc Godard
Art will remain the most astonishing activity of humankind born out of struggle between wisdom and madness, between dream and reality in our mind.     -Magdalena Abakanowicz
I am interested in art as a means of living a life; not as a means of making a living.    -Robert Henri
The whole culture is telling you to hurry, while the art tells you to take your time.  Always listen to the art.
-Junot Diaz
Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.    -Pablo Picasso

When we create or appreciate art, we set free the spirit trapped within.  That is why art arouses such joy.  Art--whether skillfully executed or not--is the emotion, the pleasure of expressing life as it is.  Those who see art are moved by its passion and strength, its intensity and beauty.  That is why it is impossible to separate life from art.  Political and economic developments may seem to dominate the news, but culture and education are the forces that actually shape an age, since they transform the human heart.    -Daisaku Ikeda, Buddhism Day by Day
It can happen anywhere, anytime.  You do not have to be in some setting hallowed by greatness, or in the presence of an artist honored around the world.  Art can work its magic any time you are in the presence of a work created by someone who has gone inside the act of creation to become what they are creating.  When this takes place time stands still and if our hearts are open to the experience, our spirits soar and our imaginations fly unfettered.
You need these moments if you are ever to have a life that is more than the sum of the daily moments of humdrum affairs.    -Kent Nerburn, Letters to My Son

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