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.
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.
Art is the
method of levitation, in order to separate one's self from enslavement by
the earth. -AnaÔs Nin
the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art.
-Leonardo da Vinci
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
explain me with "isms." They are very bad for an artist.
What one must believe in is color. -Marc
us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
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
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
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
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?"
don't paint things. I only paint the difference between
things. -Henri Matisse
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
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.
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.
child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist
once one grows up.
When I was a kid I drew like Michelangelo. It took me years
to learn to draw like a kid.
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
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
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.
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
is a deliberate recreation of a new and special reality that grows
from your response to life. It cannot be copied; it must be
and again Iíve taken quick glances and then for some
reason Iíve got to sit before a picture waiting and itís
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.
artist is the opposite of the politically minded individual, the
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
and understanding of life. -Henry Miller
attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self.
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
whole culture is telling you to hurry, while the art
tells you to take your time. Always listen to the art.
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,
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
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