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“There is no must in art because art is free”

_Wassily Kandinsky

 

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William Golding: Art As Discovery

“When I did as I was told; when I drew and painted in obedience I was praised judiciously. I would make a good teacher, perhaps, a man who knew all the ropes and understood why each thing must be done. Set a problem, and I could produce the straight, the safe academic answer. Yet sometimes I would feel myself connected to the well inside me and then I broke loose. There would come into my whole body a feeling of passionate certainty. Not that – but this! Then I would stand the world of appearances on its head, would reach in and down, would destroy savagely and re-create – not for painting or precisely for art with a capital A, but for this very concrete creation itself. If, like Philip and Diogenes, I had been looking for an honest man in my own particular racket I should have found him then he would have been myself. Art is partly communication but only partly. The rest is discovery. I have always been the creature of discovery.”
-William Golding “Free Fall”

selfportrit-free fall-wtercolor-ink

selfportrit-free fall-wtercolor-ink

“Your vision will become clear only
when you can look into your own heart.
Who looks outside, dreams;
who looks inside, awakes.”

~ Carl Jung

watercolor - selfportrait - look inside

watercolor – selfportrait – look inside

“The way to know life is to love many things.”

~Vincent van Gogh

watercolor – annecy – france – the way to know life

watercolor – annecy – france – the way to know life

“There is no blue without yellow and without orange.”

~ Vincent Van Gogh

watercolor - annecy - france - there is no blue without

watercolor – annecy – france – there is no blue without

“We spend our whole lives in unconscious exercise of the art of expressing our thoughts with the help of words.”

~ Vincent Van Gogh

watercolor on paper - selfportrait

watercolor on paper – selfportrait

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All quotes taken from the letters of Van Gogh

“As we advance in life
it becomes more and more difficult,
but in fighting the difficulties
the inmost strength of the heart is developed.”

~ Vincent Van Gogh

Watercolor-Selfportrait-Difficulties

Watercolor-Selfportrait-Difficulties

“To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts – such is the duty of the artist.”

~ Robert A. Schumann

watercolor on paper- annecy-france

watercolor on paper- annecy-france

I paint in order not to cry

“I paint in order not to cry.”
Paul Klee

watercolor on paper-selfportrait

watercolor on paper-selfportrait

“Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.”

John W. Gardner

Sketch - Cha

Sketch – Cha

Sketch-la

Sketch-la

Sketch-ma

Sketch-ma

“I want to touch people with my art. I want them to say ‘he feels deeply, he feels tenderly. ”

~ Vincent Van Gogh

watercolor on paper-selfportrait-I want to touch people with my art

watercolor on paper-selfportrait-I want to touch people with my art

“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.”

Kurt Vonnegut

Watercolor-Three figs

Watercolor-Three figs

Portrait Drawing-My Father

“There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.”

Vincent van Gogh

Drawing - My father

Drawing – My father

What is done in love is well done!

“It is good to love many things, for therein lies true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.”

Vincent van Gogh

Oil on canvas

Oil on canvas

“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow.  So do it.”
Kurt  Vonnegut

Softpastel on paper- Anncey-France

Softpastel on paper- Anncey-France

I enjoyed a lot painting this one, it is one of my favorite.

“If you want to really hurt you parents, and you don’t have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possible can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”

soft pastel

Venice soft pastel on paper

“Si quieres lastimar a tus padres, y no tienes el valor de ser gay, lo menos que puedes hacer es convertirte en artista. No estoy bromeando. Las artes no son una manera de ganarse la vida. Son una forma muy humana de hacer la vida más soportable. Practicar un arte, no importa cuan bien o mal, es una forma de hacer crecer el alma. Cantar en la ducha. Bailar con la radio. Contar historias. Escribir un poema, aún un poema malo. Hazlo tan bien como puedas. Obtendrás una enorme recompensa. Habrás creado algo.” Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country

Edgar Degas

Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.

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Leonardo da Vinci

Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.

Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci

Pablo Picasso

Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.

Pablo_picasso

Pablo_picasso

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