Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.
Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.
Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.
Everything you can imagine is real.
Action is the foundational key to all success.
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.
I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.
The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web.
God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat. He has no real style, He just goes on trying other things.
Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.
Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination.
An original artist is unable to copy. So he has only to copy in order to be original.
Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.
Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don't start measuring her limbs.
I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else.
Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.
I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.
All profoundly original art looks ugly at first.
I love jazz because it's so American; you know it's our Only Original Art Form. It just goes against the greed of corporate America and the Wall Street Banks that are destroying our economy.
The joy of art is particularly sweet, though, because it carries with it the threat of rejection, of failure, and of missed connections. It's precisely the high-wire act of "this might not work" that makes original art worth doing.
Right before I went to Pacifica, I had written and performed a one-woman show and I consider that to be my original art form. Spaulding Grey and Karen Finley and other spoken word artists and performance artists really very much interested me, that art form.
Poetry is one of the original arts, and it began, as did all the fine arts, within the original wilderness of the earth.
Living is the original art. As a young man I wanted to be a poet and I learned along the way that I already was a poet.
If I wanted to own some Jack Kirby original art unless it was something that Giacoia or Sinnott had inked I was too close to it. I didn't want to collect his pages inked by me. Of course 40 years later I'd LOVE to have some of that stuff.
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