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Quotes on Art & Creativity
"The only thing I know
is that I paint because I need to,
and I paint whatever passes through my head
without any other consideration.
"

–Frida Kahlo
"When people look at my photographs
I want them to feel
the way they do
when they want to read a line of a poem twice.
"

–Robert Frank
"I mean, that happily works of art
do not count among useful things, that is to say,
amongst those that serve to feed us, to clothe us,
to shelter us - in a word, to serve our bodily needs.
On the contrary, they tear us from
the slavery of practical life and open before us
an enchanted land of contemplation and of dreams "

–Auguste Rodin
"The objects in front of you are flowers, but the subject is color."

–Michele Cooper

"Why I took my daughter to an art museum after the election"
Joshua J. Whitfield, Dallas Morning News


Sometimes when talking to our children, we talk too much. We try to make the world right with words when we know we can't. Which is why I chose art instead. It speaks better than me, teaches better.

And it's why I think that instead of talking politics with your children, you should take them to experience beauty wherever you may find it -- your nearest art museum, your nearest artist.


Click here to read the full article

 

You want to know how I think art should be taught to children?
Take them to a museum and say, 'This is art, and you can't do it.

- Steve Martin, An Object of Beauty

"Art to me, is seeing. I think you have got to use your eyes,
as well as your emotion, and one without the other just doesn't work.
That's my art."

Andrew Wyeth

"Not being a member of the creative sector myself,
I think it would be interesting to help develop a climate
within which creative people would find it easier to do their thing."

–Frank Hodsoll, 1938-2016
Former Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts

"Painting is only a bridge linking the painter's mind

with that of the viewer."

–Eugene Delacroix

"I found I could say things with color and shapes
that I couldn't say any other way... things I had no words for."

–Georgia O'Keefe

"When I judge art, I take my painting and put it next to a God made object
like a tree or flower. If it clashes, it is not art."

Paul Cezanne

“I usually have an immediate recognition of the potential image, and I have found that
too much concern about matters such as conventional composition may take the edge off
the first inclusive reaction.”

Ansel Adams
“Drawing is basically still the same as it has been since prehistoric times.
It brings together man and the world. It lives through magic.”


Keith Haring

Edvard Munch

At different moments you see with different eyes. You see differently in the morning
than you do in the evening. In addition, how you see is also dependent on your emotional state.
Because of this, a motif can be seen in many different ways, and this is what makes art interesting.


Henri Matisse

Color, even more than drawing, is a means of liberation.

Vincent Van Gogh

I dream of painting and then paint my dream.

Man Ray

Of course, there will always be those who look only at technique, who ask "how,"
while others of a more curious nature will ask "why."
Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information.”

W. Eugene Smith

Passion is in all great searches and is necessary to all creative endeavors.

Jenny Saville

I want people to know what it is they're looking at. But at the same time, the closer they get to the painting,
it's like going back into childhood. And it's like an abstract piece..
it becomes the landscape of the brush marks rather than just sort of an intellectual landscape.

“My favorite thing is to go where I’ve never been.”
--Diane Arbus

Henri Matisse

I would like to recapture that freshness of vision which is characteristic of
extreme youth when all the world is new to it.

Maya Angelou

You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.

Edwin Land

Creativity is the sudden cessation of stupidity.

George Jean Nathan

Great art is as irrational as great music.
It is mad with its own loveliness

Claude Monet

I was hard at work beneath the cliff, well sheltered from the wind
... convinced that the tide was drawing out I took no notice of the waves
which came and fell a few feet away from me.
In short, absorbed as I was, I didn't see a huge wave coming;
it threw me against the cliff and I was tossed about
in its wake along with all my materials! ...
the palette which I had kept a good grip on had been knocked over my face
and my beard was covered in blue, yellow etc ...
the worst of it was that I lost my painting which was very soon broken up along
with my easel, bag etc. Impossible to fish anything out.


Winston Churchill

I am never going to have anything more to do with politics or politicians.
When this war is over I shall confine myself entirely to writing and painting.

Elbert Hubbard

Art is not a thing; it is a way.

Twyla Tharp

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.

Albert Bierstadt

The magnificent beauty of the natural world is a manifestation
of the mysterious natural laws that will be forever obscured from us.

Jackson Pollock

Abstract painting is abstract. It confronts you. There was a reviewer a while back who wrote that my pictures didn't have any beginning or any end. He didn't mean it as a compliment, but it was.

Lucian Freud

I remember Francis Bacon would say that he felt he was giving art
what he thought it previously lacked. With me, it's what Yeats called
the fascination with what's difficult. I'm only trying to do what I can't do.

Chuck Close

Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up.

Edward Hopper

If you could say it in words, there'd be no reason to paint.

Pablo Picasso

I am always doing things I can't do, that's how I get to do them.

Edgar Degas

Only when he no longer knows what he is doing
does the painter do good things

Henry James

Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been
the two most beautiful words in the English language.

Ansel Adams

A photograph is an instrument of love and revelation that must see beneath the surfaces
and record the qualities of nature and humanity which live in all things.

Lucian Freud

“What do I ask of a painting?
I ask it to astonish, disturb, seduce, convince.”

Henri Matisse

There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose,
because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted.


Henri Cartier-Bresson

“To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality.
It's at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.”

Andrew Wyeth

I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape.
Something waits beneath it; the whole story doesn't show.


Ansel Adams

You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography
all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read,
the music you have heard, the people you have loved.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

In art the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can inspire.


Pablo Picasso

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.

Paul Klee

Art does not reproduce what we see. It makes us see.

Claude Monet

"I've caught this magical landscape and it's the enchantment of it that I'm so keen to render.
Of course lots of people will protest that it's quite unreal, but that's just too bad."

Helen Frankenthaler

There is “no formula." There are no rules.
Let the picture lead you where it must go.

Edgar Allan Poe

"The pleasure which is at once the most pure, the most elevating and the most intense,
is derived, I maintain, from the contemplation of the beautiful."

Overheard at the Ridgefield Arts Council Artists Networking Event at the Aldrich Museum

If you think of the word EARTH...
without ART, it's just EH.

Giorgio de Chirico

"To become truly immortal, a work of art must escape all human limits:
logic and common sense will only interfere.
But once these barriers are broken, it will enter the realms of childhood visions and dreams."

Andrew Wyeth

If you clean it up, get analytical, all the subtle joy and emotion
you felt in the first place goes flying out the window.

Albert Einstein

All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man's life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence

and leading the individual towards freedom.

Jonathan Ive

at Apple's "Celebrating Steve" Event

And just as Steve loved ideas, and loved making stuff,

he treated the process of creativity with a rare and a wonderful reverence.

You see, I think he better than anyone understood that while ideas

ultimately can be so powerful, they begin as fragile, barely formed thoughts,

so easily missed, so easily compromised, so easily just squished

Giorgio Morandi

I am essentially a painter of the kind of still life composition that communicates

a sense of tranquillity and privacy, moods which I have always valued above all else.

Willa Cather

What was any art but a mould in which to imprison  for a moment

the shining elusive element which is life itself-

-life hurrying past us and running away, too strong to stop, too sweet to lose.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Sunlight is painting.

Andrew Wyeth

I don't really have studios. I wander around around people's attics,

out in fields, in cellars, anyplace I find that invites me.

Andrew Wyeth

I search for the realness, the real feeling of a subject, all the texture around it...

I always want to see the third dimension of something...

I want to come alive with the object.

Nietzsche


For art to exist, for any sort of aesthetic activity or perception to exist,

a certain physiological precondition is indispensable: intoxication

Margaret J. Wheatley

The things we fear most in organizations --fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances --

are the primary sources of creativity.

Andrew Wyeth

Artists today think of everything they do as a work of art.

It is important to forget about what you are doing - then a work of art may happen.

Emil Zola

The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.

Kasimir Malevich

With the most primitive means the artist creates something

which the most ingenious and efficient technology will never be able to create.

Emil Zola

If you ask mewhat I came to do in this world,I, as an artist,

I will answer you, "I am here to live out loud".

Susan Rothenberg

Sometimes the painting starts to relate very directly to either sights seen or experiences felt, other times it just goes off on a tangent that you really can’t articulate.


Giorgio de Chirico

To become truly immortal, a work of art must escape all human limits:

logic and common sense will only interfere.

But once these barriers are broken, it will enter the realms of

childhood visions and dreams.

Andrew Wyeth

I search for the realness, the real feeling of a subject,

all the texture around it... I always want to see

the third dimension of something... I want to come alive with the object.

Henry Moore

There's no retirement for an artist, it's your way of living
so there's no end to it.

Ansel Adams

Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications,
offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution.

Pablo Picasso

I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.

Diane Arbus

Taking pictures is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night

and stealing Oreo cookies.

Simonides 

Greek poet (556 BC - 468 BC)

Painting is silent poetry,

and poetry is painting with the gift of speech.

Roger Rosenblatt

The best in art and life comes from a center -

something urgent and powerful, an idea or emotion that insists on its being.

From that insistence, a shape emerges and creates its structure out of passion.

If you begin with a structure,you have to make up the passion,

and that's very hard to do.

Buckminster Fuller

When I am working on a problem I never think about beauty.
I only think about how to solve the problem.
But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful,
I know it is wrong.

Mark Twain

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love of beauty is Taste.

The creation of beauty is Art.

Paul Cezanne

There is a logic of colors, and it is with this alone,

and not with the logic of the brain, that the painter should conform.

Beatrix Potter

Thank goodness I was never sent to school;

it would have rubbed off some of the originality.

Jawaharlal Nehru

The art of a people is a true mirror of their minds.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

If art is to nourish the roots of our culture,

society must set the artist free to follow his vision

wherever it takes him.

Edward Gordon Craig

That is what the title of artist means:

one who perceives more than his fellows,

and who records more than he has seen.

Susan Rothenberg

Sometimes the painting starts to relate very directly to either sights seen
or experiences felt, other times it just goes off on a tangent
that you really can’t articulate.

Henry Ward Beecher

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.

Willa Cather

What was any art but a mould in which to imprison for a moment
the shining elusive element which is life itself--
life hurrying past us and running away,
too strong to stop, too sweet to lose.

Marlene Dumas

What a funny thing painting is. The abstract painters always insist on their connection with the visible reality, while the so called figurative artists insist that what they really care about, is the abstract qualities of life.

Rainer Maria Rilke

“You must give birth
to your images.

Fear not the
strangeness you feel.

The future must enter
you...

Long before it
happens.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Happiness is not in the mere possession of money;
it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.

Theodore Adorno

A successful work of art is not one which resolves contradictions
in a spurious harmony, but one which expresses the idea of harmony negatively by embodying the contradictions, pure and uncompromised,
in its innermost structure.

Mark Twain

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Albert Einstein

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.

It is the source of all true art and science.

Eugéne Delacroix

The first virtue of a painting is to be a feast for the eyes.

George Bernard Shaw

Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.

Paul Gauguin

It is the eye of ignorance that assigns a fixed and unchangeable color
to every object; beware of this stumbling block.

Ken Done

Art shouldn't be something that you go quietly into an art gallery and dip your forelock and say 'I have to be very quiet, I'm in here amongst the art.'
It's here, art's everywhere. It's how you use your eyes. It's about the enjoyment of visual things. And it's certainly not for any one group of people.

Robert Rauschenberg

Screwing things up is a virtue. Being correct is never the point. I have an almost fanatically correct assistant, and by the time she re-spells my words and corrects my punctuation, I can't read what I wrote. Being right can stop all the momentum of a very interesting idea.

Grant Wood

I realized that all the really good ideas I'd ever had came to me while
I was milking a cow. So I went back to Iowa.

Nathan Oliveira

You're sitting there with your muse and your muse is telling you something and

you’re following it, and you end up the next day looking at it and thinking
"what the hell was the muse saying to me?"

Claude Monet

Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.

Vincent van Gogh

The only time I feel alive is when I'm painting.

Pablo Picasso

Painting isn't an aesthetic operation; it's a form of magic designed as a mediator

between this strange hostile world and us, a way of seizing the power by giving form to our terrors as well as our desires.

Georgia O'Keefe

 

I find that I have painted my life - things happening in my life - without knowing.

Henri Matisse

 

I do not literally paint that table, but the emotion it produces upon me.

From D.C. Seitz, Whistler Stories

 

"I only know of two painters in the world," said a newly introduced feminine enthusiast to Whistler, "yourself and Velasquez."

"Why," answered Whistler in dulcet tones, "why drag in Velasquez?"

Mark Rothko

 

I’m not an abstractionist. I’m not interested in the relationship of color or form or anything else. I’m interested only in  expressing basic human emotions: tragedy, ecstasy, doom, and so on.

Michelangelo

 

If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all.

 

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