Art by Rachel - Original Watercolors

My Favorite Art Quotations (et al.)

(A multitude of additional quotations can also be found on my other pages)

If you take my sayings and explode them in the air, they remain only sayings.  But if you fit them together in their correct places, you will have the whole story. (Picasso)

Sea Turtle Portrait


 If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun. (Katharine Hepburn)

 An artist is a creature driven by demons. He doesn't know why they chose him and is usually too busy to wonder why. (William Faulkner)

I have always found it a testament to the importance of painting that the first thing many people do when their home is on fire is to grab their paintings and then run out. (Robert Genn)

 If I don't paint for one day, I don't feel well physically or mentally. (Raphael Soyer)

 It has done me good to be somewhat parched by the heat and drenched by the rain of life. (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

 I paint my own reality. I paint because I need to, and I paint always whatever passes through my head, without any other consideration. (Frida Kahlo)

 I can hide as much as I want in my colours. (Sara Genn)

When I started to paint I felt transported into a kind of paradise… In everyday life I was usually bored and vexed… Starting to paint I felt gloriously free… (Henri Matisse)

 Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. (M. Kathleen Casey)

Creative people exhibit a continuous discontent with uniformity.  (Glenn Van Ekeren)

The follies which a man regrets most, in his life, are those which he didn't commit when he had the opportunity.  (Helen Rowland)

Art is like therapy; what comes up is what comes up. It may be dark, but that's what comes up. You may want to keep some of it in a drawer... but never judge it. (Nick Bantock)

Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life. (Sophia Loren)

People who love art really do need it in the same way they need oxygen. (Martin Zimet)

For sheer excitement you can keep movie premieres and roller-coasters.  An empty white canvas waiting to be filled. That's the thing. (Pam Brown)

Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it.  (Mark Twain)

The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love colour the most.  (John Ruskin)

I paint in order not to cry.  (Paul Klee)

Paint like a fiend when the idea possesses you.  (Robert Henri)

Seek the strongest color effect possible.. the content
is of no importance.  (Henri Matisse)

I paint for myself. I don’t know how to do anything else, anyway.  (Francis Bacon)

I believe that artists are healers. Every time an artist finishes a work they care for, evil loses a small piece of its power. We live in a lost time, so it is every artists responsibility to contribute their own piece to the light, that will hopefully someday dawn upon the human race.  (Gabriel Shaffer )

The best part is feeling alive making paintings and the worst
part is needing to make paintings to feel alive.  (Geoffrey Laurence)



I might repeat myself, slowly and soothingly, a list of quotations beautiful from minds profound; if I can remember any of the damn things.  (Dorothy Parker)

Words To Live By.....

An Eschatological Laundry List:
A Partial Register of the 927 (or was it 928?) Eternal Truths

(This list appears in the book If you meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him! by Sheldon B. Kopp.)

1. This is it!
2. There are no hidden meanings.
3. You can’t get there from here, and besides there’s no place else to go.
4. We are all already dying, and we will be dead for a long time.
5. Nothing lasts.
6. There is no way of getting all you want.
7. You can’t have anything unless you let go of it.
8. You only get to keep what you give away.
9. There is no particular reason why you lost out on some things.
10. The world is not necessarily just. Being good often does not pay off and there is no compensation for misfortune.
11. You have a responsibility to do your best nonetheless.
12. It is a random universe to which we bring meaning.
13. You don’t really control anything.
14. You can’t make anyone love you.
15. No one is stronger or weaker than anyone else.
16. Everyone is, in his own way, vulnerable.
17. There are no great men.
18. If you have a hero, look again: you have diminished yourself in some way.
19. Everyone lies, cheats, pretends (yes, you too, and most certainly I myself).
20. All evil is potential vitality in need of transformation.
21. All of you is worth something, if you will only own it.
22. Progress is an illusion.
23. Evil can be displaced but never be eradicated, as all solutions breed new problems.
24. Yet it is necessary to keep on struggling toward solution.
25. Childhood is a nightmare.
26. But it is so very hard to be an on-your-own, take-care-of-yourself-cause-there-is-no-one-else-to-do-it-for-you grown-up.
27. Each of us is ultimately alone.
28. The most important things, each man must do for himself.
29. Love is not enough, but it sure helps.
30. We have only ourselves, and one another. That my not be much, but that’s all there is.
31. How strange, that so often it all seems worth it.
32. We must live with the ambiguity of partial freedom, partial power, and partial knowledge.
33. All important decisions must be made on the basis of insufficient data.
34. Yet we are responsible for everything we do.
35. No excuses will be accepted.
36. You can run, but you can’t hide.
37. It is most important to run out of scapegoats.
38. We must learn the power or living with our helplessness.
39. The only victory lies in surrender to oneself.
40. All of the significant battles are waged within the self.
41. You are free to do whatever you like. You need only face the consequences.
42. What do you know…for sure…anyway?
43. Learn to forgive yourself, again and again and again and again…

Tree Peony Study

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