Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.
The secret of success is… to be fully awake to everything about you.
When I say artist I mean the man who is building things - creating molding the earth - whether it be the plains of the west - or the iron ore of Penn. It's all a big game of construction - some with a brush - some with a shovel - some choose a pen.
If people would just look at the paintings, I don't think they would have any trouble enjoying them. It's like looking at a bed of flowers, you don't tear your hair out over what it means.
Abstract painting is abstract. It confronts you. There was a reviewer a while back who wrote that my pictures didn't have any beginning or any end. He didn't mean it as a compliment, but it was.
Abstract painting is abstract. It confronts you....
There is no accident, just as there is no beginning and no end.
Art is coming face to face with yourself.
The modern artist is working with space and time, and expressing his feelings rather than illustrating.
Painting is no problem. The problem is what to do when you're not painting.
It doesn't matter how the paint is put on, as long as something is said.
It doesn't make much difference how the paint is put on as long as something has been said. Technique is just a means of arriving at a statement.
I have no fear of making changes, destroying the image, etc., because the painting has a life of its own.
You can't learn techniques and then try to become a painter. Techniques are a result.
It is only when I lose contact with the painting that the result is a mess. Otherwise there is pure harmony, an easy give and take, and the painting comes out well.
Love is friendship set to music.
In response to the question, 'How do you know when you're finished?' Pollock replied, 'How do you know when you're finished making love?
Energy and motion made visible – memories arrested in space
The painter locks himself out of his own studio. And then has to break in like a thief.
He drove his kind of realism at me so hard I bounced right into nonobjective painting.
The modern artist... is working and expressing an inner world - in other words - expressing the energy, the motion, and other inner forces.
I want to express my feelings rather than illustrate them.
A real friend is someone you say a sentence to and they know ten thousand words behind that sentence.
I don't work from drawings. I don't make sketches and drawings and color sketches into a final painting.
My painting does not come from the easel.
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