I always thought signing was an artist's honour and guarantee of authenticity.
It is necessary to put yourself out for rejection, and accept that you will be rejected.
Our human landscape is overburdened with competitions and contests. Art need not be a contest. Art is a personal quest for quality. Quality is the forerunner of acceptance. Character is the forerunner of quality. Be your own discriminating connoisseur.
Waiting for inspiration is for amateurs; professionals get to work.
Artists... do not need the applause or condemnation of the critics, the ideas of other artists, or the demands of the collectors.
Once as I sat painting, I became aware of a man's face hovering near me, moving closer and closer to the panel I was working on. When he spoke he said, 'That is a fantastic brush!
Start with the foreground. Compositions fail when the foreground is treated as an afterthought.
Fact is, perfection is boring.
As self-governing entities, artists have a profound interest in change. Embracing change, we embrace growth and we embrace our future.
I find that as I get into a painting I have high hopes, then little by little I begin to see that it is not going to be the masterpiece I thought it would be, and I start putting my hopes into the next work.
We artists give daily thanks for the miracle of our planet and for the inclination and the capability to honour it.
I'm a believer in moderation in all things, including moderation.
The studio is an extension of the sandbox and the kindergarten playroom. It has a dynamic unlike any office or factory. It's a room at the service of a dreamer on her way to becoming a master.
Seems those with money who don't worry about money have big walls.
A method of achieving wild enthusiasm is to act wildly enthusiastic. Often, a growing and beautiful love-affair develops quite automatically.
I've come to realize that companionship and mild competition can help build quality and lay the ground for excellence.
With materialization in play you have magic in your fingers and you become the wizard.
Contrary to popular belief, all evolving artists are in a full time battle with mediocrity.
Take your brush here and there like a bee in an alpine meadow. In other words, don't laboriously work on or try to finish off one particular part. Paint promiscuously.
Don't assume there is only one way. Don't assume that mistakes are a bad thing. Don't think for one minute that everyone agrees with what 'good' is.
Previously unseen boo-boos come at you like tattoos on a teenage girl.
Artists cannot be micro-managed. We can take heart that everything we do is different from the last thing we did - or indeed everything that's ever been done. That knowledge is the key to sound mentoring.
To float like a cloud you have to go to the trouble of becoming one.
A young person wanting to become an artist might simply go purposefully and dedicatedly to his or her room with a few books and a thousand blank canvases for four years.
Regarding ego force, we don't always like people who have it. If you have it, and need to be liked, you ought to consider letting most of it come out the end of your brush.
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