Anything under the sun is beautiful if you have the vision it is the seeing of the thing that makes it so.
Do not let it look as if you reasoned too much. Painting must be impulsive to be worth while.
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.
Do studies, not pictures. Know when you are licked - start another. Be alive, stop when your interest is lost.
Study continuously, developing yourself into a better person, more sensitive to things in nature. Spend years in getting ready.
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.
The mechanics of putting one spot of color next to another, that is the fundamental thing.
If you look into the past of the successful painter you will find square miles of canvas behind him.
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.
Realize the value of putting down your first impression quickly.
Swing a bigger brush - you don't know what you're missing.
A sketch has charm because of its truth - not because it is unfinished.
We must all teach ourselves to be fine, to be poets.
Each day has its own individuality of color.
Put off finish as it takes a lifetime - wait until later to try to finish things - make a lot of starts.
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.
Avoid distant views, paint objects close up. If the foreground is well done the distance will take care of itself.
In his attempt to develop the beauty he sees, the artist develops himself.
Keep this little canvas, it is a promise for the future. When I say 'keep this canvas,' I mean for the influence on yourself. When one does a good thing, it's well to keep it to show how foolish we are at other times.
Paint what you see, not what you know.
Be humble about it. Paint the color tones as they come against each other, and make them sing, vibrate. Don't ask me to look at those self-satisfied, pretty things.
The value of a canvas depends almost entirely on your mental attitude, not on your moral attitude; depends on what kind of a man you are, the way you observe.
Get into the habit of doing what you see, not what you know. Human reason cannot foresee the accidents of out-of-doors.
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