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.
Art is the result of a creative impulse derived out of a consciousness of 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.
Color is like music. The palette is an instrument that can be orchestrated to build form.
Don't be afraid to borrow. The great men, the most original, borrowed from everybody.
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.
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.
The purpose of subject matter is to veil technique. The great artist uses the cloak of resemblance to hide the means.
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.
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.
Sets of lines can say something about the direction and nature of the light. They are used by great fresco painters as a sign for shade.
Think of drawing as a way of talking about the things that interest you. Think of those wonderful documents, drawings made on scraps of paper by the lesser Dutch masters while they were wandering around market places and sitting in saloons.
Atmosphere in a painting is nine-tenths fear.
Don't be stingy with your paint, it isn't worth it.
Be sensitive to the qualities inherent in the medium. Paint honestly and avoid tricks.
Draw places you have seen from memory. I used to paint things I had glimpsed through windows while riding in the elevated train.
A good drawing has immense vitality because it is explanatory. In a good drawing even its faults have become virtues.
The important thing is to keep on drawing when you start to paint. Never graduate from drawing.
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