I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life - and I've never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.
I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for.
If you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for a moment.
Singing has always seemed to me the most perfect means of expression. It is so spontaneous. And after singing, I think the violin. Since I cannot sing, I paint.
A flower is relatively small... Still in a way-nobody sees a flower-so I said to myself-I'll paint it big.
I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale, you could not ignore its beauty.
To create one's world in any of the arts takes courage.
Whether the flower or the color is the focus I do not know. I do know the flower is painted large to convey my experience with the flower - and what is my experience if it is not the color?
A flower touches everyone's heart.
Anyone who doesn't feel the crosses simply doesn't get that country.
I believe I would rather have Stieglitz like something - anything I had done - than anyone else I know.
The days you work are the best days.
Nobody sees a flower really; it is so small. We haven't time, and to see takes time - like to have a friend takes time.
So I said to myself-I'll paint what I see-what the flower is to me but I'll paint it big and they will be surprised into taking the time to look at it-I will make even busy New Yorkers take time to see what I see of flowers.
One can not be an American by going about saying that one is an American. It is necessary to feel America, like America, love America and then work.
I hate flowers - I paint them because they're cheaper than models and they don't move.
When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.
I decided to start anew, to strip away what I had been taught.
I had to create an equivalent for what I felt about what I was looking at - not copy it.
I know now that most people are so closely concerned with themselves that they are not aware of their own individuality, I can see myself, and it has helped me to say what I want to say in paint.
I have things in my head that are not like what anyone has taught me - shapes and ideas so near to me - so natural to my way of being and thinking that it hasn't occurred to me to put them down.
I feel there is something unexplored about woman that only a woman can explore.
One can't paint New York as it is, but rather as it is felt.
I often painted fragments of things because it seemed to make my statement as well as or better than the whole could.
I made you take time to look at what I saw and when you took time to really notice my flower, you hung all your associations with flowers on my flower and you write about my flower as if I think and see what you think and see—and I don't.
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