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    Favorite quote from an artist?

    Just wondering if anyone has gone by a quote from an artist that has stuck with them and made a bit of an impact?

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    ~ Even the smallest feline is a work of art.
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    "Draw, Antonio, draw and don't waste time."

    --Michelangelo, note to a pupil.

    "Portrait: A picture in which there is something wrong with the mouth."

    --John Singer Sargent.

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    I'm not sure who it's from, but it goes for everything;
    "You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great."

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    oh got one. It's actually just a quote that I can relate to right now cause of studying human anatomy recently.
    "Whether I'm painting or not, I have this overweening interest in humanity. Even if I'm not working, I'm still analyzing people" -Joseph Beuys


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    The picture must radiate light, the bodies have their own light which they consume to live: they burn, they are not lit from outside. (Egon Schiele)

    *George Pratt compiled a very awesome artist quote list: George Pratt: Wonderful Artist's Quotes

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    "Look at nature, work independently, and solve your own problems."

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    "The highest purpose is to have no purpose at all. This puts one in accord with nature, in her manner of operation."
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    "Whether the paintings or sculptures of the future are carried out in ferro-concrete, plastic, steel, wire, hydrogen, cosmic rays of helium and oil paint, stone, bronze, superseded as anachronisms, it is reality that man is yet subject to gravitational forces and still dependent on sustenance from nature and a spiritual consciousness, an individual with individual characteristics to remain so for aeons of time."

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    I could never pick just one, here are some of my favorites



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    Quote Originally Posted by blogmatix View Post
    "Portrait: A picture in which there is something wrong with the mouth." --John Singer Sargent.
    I have never been able to understand what that quote means. Is Sargent saying that as long as a face drawing looks wrong, it IS a portrait? Then if the face drawing looks right, what is it called?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xeon_OND View Post
    I have never been able to understand what that quote means. Is Sargent saying that as long as a face drawing looks wrong, it IS a portrait? Then if the face drawing looks right, what is it called?
    no, he's being facetious. portraits are a wrestling match with things that look wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xeon_OND View Post

    "Portrait: A picture in which there is something wrong with the mouth." --John Singer Sargent.

    I have never been able to understand what that quote means. Is Sargent saying that as long as a face drawing looks wrong, it IS a portrait? Then if the face drawing looks right, what is it called?
    Having painted a fair few portraits to commission in my time I know what Sargent is talking about here.

    The corners of the mouth are where the whole expression of the face finds its most sensitive focus. The tiniest inflection in this area has overarching influence on how we read the espression. (That's a lot to do with why Leonardo uses heavy sfumato on ths area)

    Since a portrait should never be a grimace and generally aspires to a sort of totality of the sitter's countenance the expression has to sit somewhere among many possible alternatives and hinting at all of them.

    Now, to get that right requires even more sensitivity to the area of the mouth. A tiny flick one way and it's a touch too sad, a tiny flick the other it has a hint of a smirk, a tiny flick yet another way they are too sensuous...

    That's why every time you stand back from the portrait you have the faintest feeling that... maybe its a touch too happy, no, wait a minute, it's just a little like they are going to cry. No...no... they are a bit self satisfied...no...no... too neutral in fact.... wait a minute they could be seen as sorta leering....

    I dunno. Whatever I do, it seems that there is just something not quite right with the mouth...

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    Many are willing to suffer for their art. Few are willing to learn to draw. Simon Munnery

    I`m not familiar with Munnery and his work, but i came across that quote and is still one of my faves ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xeon_OND View Post
    I have never been able to understand what that quote means. Is Sargent saying that as long as a face drawing looks wrong, it IS a portrait? Then if the face drawing looks right, what is it called?
    As others pointed out, Sargent was being humourous. I have tried my hand at drawing portraits; the mouth is always the place where everything goes wrong and I lose the likeness. even when I get it right, it never seems entirely right. Somehow, there is always something wrong with the mouth. ;-)

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    "Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter" -
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    (again not an artist but it was spoken by a guy playing an artist in a movie so does that count?)


    Also Elwell Thanks so much for posting that, I read that great quote years ago and couldn't find it again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReneOchoNueve View Post
    Many are willing to suffer for their art. Few are willing to learn to draw. Simon Munnery

    I`m not familiar with Munnery and his work, but i came across that quote and is still one of my faves ever.
    the reason you're not familiar with simon munnery is probably because he's a stand-up comedian.

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