To put down an ideogram of a table so that people will recognize it as a table is not the work of a painter, but to sense it for a moment as a magic carpet with a leg hanging down at each corner is the beginning of a painter's imagination.
I'm hoping to make a new thing for the world that remains in the mind like a new species of living thing.
Real style is not having a program - it's how one behaves in a crisis.
Ideally, one should have more material than one can possibly cope with.
It seems to me madness to wake up in the morning and do something other than paint, considering that one may not wake up the following morning.
Falsehood always punishes itself.
In addition to the artistic influences, I am influenced by my current private life, my feelings about it and my energy level and state of health.
I go out each morning and draw. I can't really start a painting in the morning until I've done a drawing.
If you pass something every day and it has a little character, it begins to intrigue you.
I destroy things every day in the act of working and often recall a picture I had considered finished in order to rework it.
I never work with an audience - I can't do this. The process depends on the highest degree of nervous concentration.
The unity in any painter's work arises from the fact that a person, brought to a desperate situation, will behave in a certain way... style.
Garden work consists much more in uprooting weeds than in planting seed. This applies also to teaching.
I think that the very earliest influence was a horror of having to work in a bank or an office, a desire for a free and creative life.
I don't think Seurat would have been aware of the dots - he would have been aware of what he was trying to do. The dots were an instrument.
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