From an artist’a point of view, I think the most important lesson of alchemy may be the alchemist’s willingness to risk insanity. It is easy to forget the weird isolation and filth of studios, and the strangeness of spending so much time in silent congress with oil.
- James Elkins
A painter knows it by intuition-that is, by the memory of successful mixtures, by the look if the painting, by the scratchiness of the canvas’s warp and woof, by the make and age of the paints, by the degree of fraying in the brush. It can barely be taught and it can never be written down. - James Elkins
An artist who does not use his imagination is a mechanic.
No material thing is beautiful.
All is beautiful as we think it.
The need to make art may not stem solely from the need to express who you are, but from a need to complete a relationship with something outside yourself. As a maker of art you are custodian of issues larger than self. -Bayles & Orlando
Work in Progress
“There are two kinds of failure. The first comes from never trying out your ideas because you are afraid, or because you are waiting for the perfect time. This kind of failure will destroy you. The second kind if failure comes from a bold and venturesome spirit. If you fail in this way, the hit that you take to your reputation is greatly outweighed by what you learn.” -R. Greene
Relying on genetics, technology, magic, or being nice and natural will not save us… We must create our own world or we will die from inaction.-
Ambition, I have come to believe, is the most primal and sacred fundament of our being. To feel ambition and to act upon it is to embrace the unique calling of our souls. Not to act upon that ambition is to turn our backs on ourselves and the reason for our existence.
- Steven Pressfield
I think your only salvation is in finding yourself, and you will never find yourself unless you quit preconceiving what you will be when you have found yourself.