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    Quotes by Artists

    I thought that a thread of quotes might be nice,especially with the barrage of pity parties going on around here........ Let's hear some things that give us insight into what we do and inspire us to do more. Quotes by artists on how they felt and thought about creating, working, living, loving, touching each other.--Damn I can't get that song out of my head.

    Post 'em up if you got 'em.



    " It is necessary to work, if not from inclination, at least from despair. Everything considered, work is less boring than amusing oneself."-Baudelaire

    "An artist is not paid for his labour but for his vision.” - James MacNeill Whistler.

    "Do not worry about your originality. You could not get rid of it even if you wanted to." - Robert Henri.

    "In spite of myself, I go on hoping. I hope with all my heart that there will be painting in heaven. " Corot [Supposedly his last words]

    "Art is vice. You don't marry it legitimately. You rape it." -Edgar Degas
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    Hundreds of quotes can be found here: http://quote.robertgenn.com/
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    my contribution to an threat that teach is life time lessons in one sentence (quotes)

    "The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark." - Michelangelo

    "A man paints with his brains and not with his hands" -Michelangelo

    "Color is an inborn gift, but appreciation of value is merely training of the eye, which everyone ought to be able to acquire" - John Singer Sargent

    "Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels" - Goya

    "Action is the foundational key to all success" - Pablo Picasso

    "Bad artists copy. Good artists steal" - Pablo Picasso

    "To copy others is necessary, but to copy oneself is pathetic" - Pablo Picasso
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    I haven't been able to find the origin of this one, but it's always been one of my favorites:
    "It takes two people to make a picture; one to paint it, and the other to stand behind them with a big stick and hit them over the head when it's done."

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    "Art is supposed to punch you in the brain, and it's supposed to stay punched."
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    "Inspiration is for amateurs."
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    "Work is more fun than fun."
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    "Art is supposed to punch you in the brain, and it's supposed to stay punched."
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    "From the age of six I had a mania for drawing the shapes of things. When I was fifty I had published a universe of designs. But all I have done before the age of seventy is not worth bothering with. At seventy-five I have learned something of the pattern of nature, of animals, of plants, of trees, birds, fish and insects. When I am 80 you will see real progress. At ninety I shall have cut my way deeply into the mystery of life itself. At a hundred I shall be a marvelous artist. At a hundred and ten everything I create, a dot, a line, will jump to life as never before. To all of you who are going to live as long as I do, I promise to keep my word. I am writing this in my old age. I used to call myself Hokosai, but today I sign my self `The Old Man Mad About Drawing.'"

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    Dose beat me to it. Best art quote ever.

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    Great idea, this is sure to put some good inspiration into many! I love that last one by Degas.

    My favourite quote that pushes me further is the one in my sig. It's by Cicero and even though he was not a visual artist, he sure was one with words. I find that this speaks to all kind of artists, so here it is in English:

    "Constant practice devoted to one subject often outdoes both intelligence and skill".

    This roughly means = draw moar!
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    "Constant practice devoted to one subject often outdoes both intelligence and skill".

    Funny, that was always my belief with painting and drawing, and I got labeled a 1 trick pony by one of my teachers because of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burl View Post
    "Constant practice devoted to one subject often outdoes both intelligence and skill".

    Funny, that was always my belief with painting and drawing, and I got labeled a 1 trick pony by one of my teachers because of it.
    I doubt many people are born with enough talent (used loosely here) to become fully-blown artists, without any practice. I think your teacher should reconsider her position before she's labelling students 1 trick ponies! That's both discouraging and simple-minded.

    'Often' is also the key word there. A small percentage of people don't need as much practice as the regular artist-in-making, sure, but no practice at all is unheard of, I'm believe!

    It's almost back to the talent vs no-talent discussion, so I doubt we should take this further At least we're in agreement!
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    "Today I wrapped a Rolls Royce in cellophane. I hope somebody finds meaning in this" ~ Andy Warhol
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    "What I expect from any work of art is that it surprises me, that it violates my customary valuations of things and offers me other, unexpected ones."- Jean Dubuffet

    "The harder you practice, the luckier you get" - Gary Player

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    "Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it." (Goethe)
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    That Hokusai quote is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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