Every good picture leaves the painter eager to start again, unsatisfied, inspired by the rich mine in which he is working, hoping for more energy, more vitality, more time - condemned to painting for life.
When you draw a crowd of people in a street or room or landscape, decide whether you want to say that the people dominate the place or that the place is more important than the people.
Don't be afraid to borrow. The great men, the most original, borrowed from everybody.
Art is the result of a creative impulse derived out of a consciousness of life.
Art is the response of the living to life. It is therefore the record left behind by civilization.
Artists are the only people in the world who really live. The others have to hope for heaven.
Line is the most powerful device of drawing.
Be sensitive to your mistakes. Put it on the wall for a couple of weeks. It may be that you can learn more from the study of your own work than from others.
The purpose of subject matter is to veil technique. The great artist uses the cloak of resemblance to hide the means.
Originality is a quality that cannot be imitated. The technique of the language, on the other hand, is something that belongs to all who can understand it.
I always think of shade as being full of light. That is why I like to use the word shade rather than light and shadow. Shade seems to play over the thing, envelop it, better define it, while shadow seems to fall on the thing and stain the surface with darks.
Form your own color concept of things in nature. I have no rules for fine color to give you.
The emphasis on original, individual work in the past years has done a great deal to produce a crop of eccentric fakes and has carried art away from the stream of tradition. Tradition is our heritage of knowledge and experience. We can't get along without it.
Consistency is the quality of a stagnant mind.
In the hands of a master, light and shade is one of the great qualities of art.
When painting a landscape it is desirable to walk through the clumps and around the bushes, around the trees, the houses and the rocks. Familiarizing yourself in this way with the subject, you will get a better concept of the thing and not a visual and false snapshot.
Many great works of art have only form, the sculpture of the thing. Color as used to signify realization by men like Titian and Rembrandt, gives greater life and tactile experience to the work.
Color is like music. The palette is an instrument that can be orchestrated to build form.
Painting is drawing, with the additional means of color.
Draw with the brush. Carve the form. Don't be carried away by subtleties of modeling and nice pigmentation at the expense of losing the form.
Painting is drawing, with the additional means of color. Painting without drawing is just 'coloriness,' color excitement. To think of color for color's sake is like thinking of sound for sound's sake. Color is like music. The palette is an instrument that can be orchestrated to build form.
Assimilate all you can from tradition and then say things in your own way.
...in the habit of watching every bit of human life I can see about my windows, but I do it so that I am not observed at it.
The subject may be of first importance to the artist when he starts a picture, but it should be of least importance in the finished product. The subject is of no aesthetic significance.
The artist seeks to record his awareness of order in life.
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