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"Painting a watercolor is like writing in shorthand whereas painting in oil is like writing longhand. A watercolor is a poem, a short story; an oil painting is a novel." Rex Brandt

"Don't go more than an inch without changing color and value, even if it's a stroke as small as a mosquito's eyelash." Millard Sheets

"Probably the best painting advice I've ever received came from the late Edgar A. Whitney (1891 - 1987), who once confided to me, "If you want to learn something, teach it!" To teach anything effectively, you have to simplify it—first for yourself and then for the student. Once you try to explain the technique to someone else, right away you find holes in your information, things you thought you knew about the process, but which you discover you don't really understand at all." Tony Couch

"If I could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint." Edward Hopper

"Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness." James Thurber

"I paint in order not to cry." Paul Klee

"It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation." Herman Melville

"All that we do, almost all the time, is design, for design is basic to all human activity. Design is composing an epic poem, executing a mural, painting a masterpiece, writing a concerto. But design is also cleaning and reorganizing a desk drawer, pulling an impacted tooth, baking an apple pie, choosing sides for a back-lot baseball game, and educating a child. Design is the conscious effort to impose meaningful order. Design as a problem-solving activity can never, by definition, yield the one right answer: it will always produce an infinite number of answers, some 'righter' and some 'wronger'. The 'rightness' of any design solution will depend on the meaning with which we invest the arrangement. Design must be meaningful. And 'meaningful' replaces the semantically loaded noise of such expressions as 'beautiful', 'ugly', 'cool', 'cute', 'disgusting', 'realistic', 'obscure', 'abstract', and 'nice'" Victor Papanek, designer, in Design for the Real World, 1971

"Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can play weird; that's easy. What's hard is to be as simple as Bach. Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple--that's creativity." --Charles Mingus (American jazz musician)

"A painting is never finished. It simply stops in interesting places." Robert Burridge (also attributed to Paul Gardener from Strength to Love, 1963)

"My aim in painting is to create pulsating, luminous, and open surfaces that emanate a mystic light, in accordance with my deepest insight into the experience of life and nature." Hans Hofmann, German-born American abstract expressionist painter

I do not paint for praise or acknowledgment.
I do not paint for money or vanity.
I do not paint for influence or inspiration.
I paint only for one reason ... no special reason, at all.
I can't help it, I can't stop it.
It's as simple as that.
Akiane, a child prodigy (artakiane.com)

"Anything is possible ... one stroke at a time." zentangle.com

"A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art. Emotion is the starting point, the beginning and the end. Craftsmanship and technique are in the middle." Paul Cezanne

"Don't do the obvious." Carolyn Avera

"Learn from nature but be inspired by inner sensibility." Chao Shao-an (Chinese master, 1905-1998)

I know of no art that engages the mind more than drawing. Whether one aims to wrest a discovered line from the complexity of vision, to summarize a structure, to keep one's hand in, to read and pronounce a form in oneself before writing it; or whether sheer invention predominates and the idea imposes itself, sharpens itself, enriches itself through its emergence on the sheet and before one's eyes, every intellectual faculty is involved in this endeavour, all of the person's character traits are fully implicated—assuming he has any. Paul Valéry, Degas Danse Dessin

"To see we must forget the name of the thing we are lookig at." Claude Monet

"Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it."Salvador Dali, Spanish Catalan Surrealist painter (1904 - 1989)

"There is only one master here—Corot. We are nothing compared to him, nothing." Claude Monet

"It's not how well you draw; it's how cool your drawing stuff is." Carrie Stuart Parks in Secrets to Drawing Realistic Faces

"I have learned that what I have not drawn, I have never really seen, and that when I start drawing an ordinary thing, I realize how extraordinary it is, sheer miracle." Frederick Franck, The Zen of Seeing

"If we create from the heart, nearly everything works. If from the head, almost nothing." Marc Chagall

"You have to draw away from the world of boats and horses, flowers and faces, and respond to what you've chosen too paint in terms of light and dark color shapes. If you paint in terms of subjects, your focus becomes narrow too early. When you think in terms of shapes, you don't worry about the subject until the major arrangement and flow of shapes is working." Ian Roberts in Mastering Composition

"Art no longer cares to serve the state and religion, it no longer wishes to illustrate the history of manners, it wants to have nothing further to do with the object, as such, and it believes it can exist, in and for itself, without "things" ... feeling, after all, is always and everywhere the one and only source of every creation." Kasimir Malevich, pioneer of geometric abstract art

"The mind in creation is as a fading coal which some invisible influence, like an inconstant wind, awakens to transitory brightness; this arises from within ..." Percy Bysshe Shelley

"From this hour I ordain myself loos'd of limits and imaginary lines.... The east and the west are mine, and the north and the south are mine. I am larger, better than I thought; I did not know I held so much goodness." Walt Whitman, from The Song of the Open Road

"Even though I paint recognizable subjects, I think that all art is essentially abstract if it is art at all." Milford Zornes, 2002

An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision. James Mcneill Whistler

"Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don't bother concealing your thievery--celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: 'It's not where to take things from--it's where you take them to.'" Jim Jarmusch, an American independent film director.

"Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing." Camille Pissarro

"Without emotional content we make pictures; with it, we create art." Gerald Brommer

"Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent, and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play." Henri Matisse

"I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it." Pablo Picasso

"To make art is to sing with the human voice. To do this you must first learn that the only voice you need is the voice you already have." - David Bayles and Ted Orland, Art and Fear: An Artist's Survival Guide, 1993, 7th printing 2007, p.117

"It is in order to really see, to see ever deeper, ever more intensely, hence to be fully aware and alive, that I draw what the Chinese call 'The Ten Thousand Things' around me. Drawing is the discipline by which I constantly rediscover the world. I have learned that what I have not drawn, I have never really seen, and that when I start drawing an ordinary thing, I realize how extraordinary it is, sheer miracle." Frederick Franck, The Zen of Seeing, 1973

"When you are completely caught up in something, you become oblivious to things around you, or to the passage of time. It is this absorption in what you are doing that frees your unconscious and releases your creative imagination." Rollo May, The Courage to Create

"Everything that I call grammar on primary notions of Art can be summed up in one word: Irregularity. The earth is not round. An orange is not round. Not one section of it has the same form or weight as another. If you divide it into quarters, you will not find in a single quarter the same number of pips as in any of the other three; nor will any of the pips be exactly alike. Take the leaf of a tree—take a hundred thousand other leaves of the same kind of tree—not one will exactly resemble the other. Take a column. If I make it symmetrical with a compass, it loses its vital principle....Don't be afraid to look at the great masters of the best periods. They created irregularity within regularity. Saint Mark's Cathedral in Venice: symmetrical, as a whole, but not one detail is like another!" Auguste Renoir, quotes from his Notebook

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