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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 enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.

Thomas Merton

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

AnaÔs Nin



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

  
  
Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.

Pablo Picasso
    

Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art.

Leonardo da Vinci

   

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You cannot explain me with "isms."  They are very bad
for an artist.  What one must believe in is color.

Marc Chagall

   

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

    
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
    

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.
    

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

   

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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

  

The whole culture is telling you to hurry, while the art
tells you to take your time.  Always listen to the art.

Junot Diaz

  

I am interested in art as a means of living a life;
not as a means of making a living.

Robert Henri

Art when really understood is the province of every human being.
It is simply a question of doing things, anything, well.  It is not an
outside, extra thing.
When the artist is alive in anyone, whatever their kind of work
may be, they become inventive, searching, daring, self-expressing
creatures.  They become interesting to other people.  They disturb,
upset, enlighten, and they open ways for a better understanding.
Where those who are not artists are trying to close the book, they
open it, show that there are still more pages possible.
The world would stagnate without them, and the world would be
beautiful with them; for they are interesting to themselves and they
are interesting to others.  They do not have to be painters or
sculptors to be artists.  They can work in any medium.  They simply
have to find the gain in the work itself, not outside it.

  

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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
   

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

   

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.

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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
  

Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self.

Jean-Luc Godard

  

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

  
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
  

Without painting, sculpture, music, poetry, and the emotions produced
by natural beauty of every kind, life would lose half its charm.

Herbert Spencer

   

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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