Do studies, not pictures. Know when you are licked - start another. Be alive, stop when your interest is lost.
If you look into the past of the successful painter you will find square miles of canvas behind him.
Each day has its own individuality of color.
Study continuously, developing yourself into a better person, more sensitive to things in nature. Spend years in getting ready.
Put off finish as it takes a lifetime - wait until later to try to finish things - make a lot of starts.
Do not let it look as if you reasoned too much. Painting must be impulsive to be worth while.
See what you can do with your daring with color and your ignorance mixed with it.
There is an aesthetic excitement about painting which is one of the most beautiful experiences that can be. Put things down while you feel that joy.
Swing a bigger brush - you don't know what you're missing.
The ring, the call, the surprise, the shock that you have out-of-doors - be always looking for the unexpected in nature, do not settle to a formula.
Painting is just like making an after-dinner speech. If you want to be remembered, say one thing and stop.
To see things simply is the hardest thing in the world.
The successful painter is continually painting still life.
It is so much better to make a big thing out of a little subject than to make a little thing out of a big one.
Avoid distant views, paint objects close up. If the foreground is well done the distance will take care of itself.
We must all teach ourselves to be fine, to be poets.
The world is waiting for men with vision - it is not interested in mere pictures.
Spend a lifetime in hard work with a humble mind.
The mechanics of putting one spot of color next to another, that is the fundamental thing.
Put variety in white.
Get into the habit of doing what you see, not what you know. Human reason cannot foresee the accidents of out-of-doors.
Try to do ugly things so that you make them beautiful... The more delicate the thing is in nature the more one must look for the solemn note. Color in nature is never pretty, it's beautiful.
It is so hard and long before a student comes to a realization that these [first] few large simple spots in right relations are the most important things in the study of painting. They are the fundamentals of all painting.
By having the big lines of the composition going out of the canvas, your imagination can wander beyond the edge. It will make it seem part of a large composition.
Man-made things, buildings, boats, etc., we see more decidedly than the other things in a landscape.
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