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Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.

(Leonard Cohen)

Art will remain the most astonishing activity of mankind born out of struggle
between wisdom and madness,
between dream and reality in our mind.

Magdalena Abakanowicz

If painting is no longer needed,  it seems a pity that some of us are born into the world with such a passion for line and color.   ~    Mary Cassatt

Inside you is an artist you don't know about........Say yes quickly as if you've known it from before the beginning of the universe.     ~   Rumi

Being an artist means, not reckoning and counting, but ripening like the tree which does not force its sap,  and stands confident in the storms of spring without the fear that after them may come no summer."
Rainer Maria Rilke

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.~Marlene Dumas~

So I said to myself-I'll paint what I see-what the flower is to me but I'll paint it big and they will be surprised into taking the time to look at it. I will make even busy New Yorkers take time to see what I see of flowers.  ~  Georgia O'Keeffe

Color in a painting is like enthusiasm in life. ~  Vincent Van Gogh

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

This life's five windows of the soul
Distort the heavens from pole to pole
And teach us to believe a lie
When we see with, not through, the eye.
-William Blake

There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, thanks to their art and intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.  -  Pablo Picasso

Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable. - George Bernard Shaw

I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.~   Michelangelo

You're confusing product with process.   Most people,  when they criticize,  whether they like it or hate it, they're talking about product.    That's not art,   that's the result of art.   Art,  to whatever degree we can get a handle on  (I'm not sure that we really can)  is a process.   It begins in the heart and the mind with the eyes and hands.  ~   Jeff Melvoin, Northern Exposure, Fish Story, 1994

Color possesses me. There is no need to seize it. It possesses me. I know. Here is the meaning of the happy moment: color and I are one. I am a painter.~ Paul Klee

The song was there before me, before I came along. I just sorta came down and just sorta took it down with a pencil, but it was there before I came around..~  Bob Dylan

We ourselves are creations, and creativity is the Creator's gift to us. When we join in the symphony of creativity that is all around us and draw, paint, sing, dance or do anything that draws on our inner spring of pure creative sprit, we feel a connectedness, or a sense of well being. Often, all we have to do is get our 'selves' out of the way and let the creativity flow through us. We call this type of artistic expression from within Intuitive Art.
  ~Laura & Mekael at Inner Garden Art.Com~

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.   Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us.  We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?     Your playing small does not serve the world.     ~Nelson Mandela~

I always think I don't do the first one good, so I try to do it more.  ~Andy Warhol~

If I think, I am lost.  ~Paul Cezanne~

I am thrilled to be an artist! I am grateful for this opportunity to feel the wind with my eyes, to love the earth with my ears, and to taste the fire with my tongue.    ~Patricia D'Annunzio Mahoney~

As I paint, I feel waves of energy flowing through me,
like the currents of the ocean.
My hands are guided by the creative force.
I believe this is why my work looks like the sand painting
the ocean makes along the beach
or the patterns nature makes with the
winds on rocks and plains.
I see myself as documenting nature's patterns.      
~Ruth Rhoten~

I am an artist because the knot is so powerful l just can not,  nor want,  to be anything else, do
anything else.   I look for mystery and try to decipher it while knowing it is an impossible task. I look for memory, where Mystery lies...  
Elizabeth Ross~

“If you have a calling, an urge, something you think about day and night, a passion, it is there for you to follow, to listen to it, to move toward it, and to find out the ways it may bring you more into being your total and complete self. We have all been given unique and extraordinary gifts in order to use them, and to share the wealth and joy of it with others.     ~ Brenda Johima~
Brenda's work can be seen at:   Johima Designs  &  Creative Nudge

Painting is about the paint and the experience, not the image.
Paint speaks in ways in which we cannot.
Paint evokes emotion…any emotion…something always happens.
Paint interacts with other colors of paint.
Paint interacts with humans, with the canvas, with the walls around the paint.
Paint interacts and communicates something…always.
Paint does not need an image in order to speak.
We must only look, listen inside, and be curious about our own experience.”  
~Brenda Johima~

I think most artists create out of despair. The very nature of creation is not a performing glory on the outside, it's a painful, difficult search within. ~Louise Nevelson~

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~

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
~Pablo Ruiz y Picasso~

I want to touch people with my art. I want them to say 'he feels deeply, he feels tenderly.'
~Vincent Van Gogh~

 I paint to evoke a changing language of symbols, a language with which to remark upon the qualities of our mysterious capacities which direct us toward ultimate reality. ~Morris Graves~

Free time is a necessity if you are to exist as an artist. ~Eleanor Blair~

 There is no one definitive creative path. There are many ways to be creative – not only intuitive ways but organized, logical ways, too. ~Theresa Bayer~

 If you work with abstract painting for a period of time, you may come to think of it as a melody, a song, a piece of beautiful music. ~Judi Betts~

Creativity is the life force that Dylan Thomas called 'the force that through the green fuse drives the flower.'
~Julia Cameron~


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