"I cry out for order and find it only in art." ~Helen Hayes
"An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision." ~James Whistler
"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." ~Thomas Merton
wanting something bad enough to work for it." -- overheard
"Art washes away from the
soul the dust of everyday life" Pablo Picasso
dips his own brush into his soul and paints his own nature into
--Henry Ward Beecher
is allowing yourself to make mistakes.
The Meaning of Art
There is no word for 'art' in
most Native American languages because art is synonomous with
prayer. If you think about the art of some native tribes, such
as the Huichol of Mexico, who create their
art by applying seed beads to wax covered bowls and figurines and yes, eggs,
with a long needle, you can begin to understand the concept of
art as meditation. In order to accomplish such a feat, the artist
must be focused and his brain waves must have slowed down to
an alpha state. The idea of art as prayer gives reverence to
artists and spiritual significance to their creative work.
ART is knowing which ones to keep.
Adams, The Dilbert Principle
you start with a portrait and try to find pure form by abstracting
more and more, you must end up with an egg."
"If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." - Henry Ford
you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all
means paint and that voice will be silenced."
--Vincent Van Gogh
I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint'. -
Inspiration is for amateurs--the
rest of us just show up and get to work.
child is an artist. The problem is
|There is never a moment when a painter
can say "I've done a good day's work and tomorrow is Sunday."
You can never write the words The End. -----------Pablo Picasso
how to remain an artist once he grows up.
live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.
| Use what talent
the woods would be very silent
if no birds sang except those
that sang best.
- Henry Van Dyke
How To Be An Artist - by Sark
Stay loose. Learn
to watch snails.
Plant impossible gardens.
Invite someone dangerous to tea.
Make little signs that say YES!
and post them all over your house.
Make friends with freedom and uncertainty.
Look forward to dreams. Cry during movies.
Swing as high as you can on a swingset,
by moonlight. Cultivate moods.
Refuse to "be responsible."
Do it for love. Take lots of naps.
Give money away. Do it now.
The money will follow.
Believe in magic. Laugh a lot.
Celebrate every gorgeous moment.
Have wild imaginings, transformative dreams,
and perfect calm.
Draw on the walls. Read every day.
Imagine yourself magic.
Giggle with children.
Listen to old people.
Open up. Dive in. Be free. Bless yourself.
Drive away fear. Play with everything.
Entertain your inner child.
You are innocent.
Build a fort with blankets.
Get wet. Hug trees. Write love letters.
of the pleasant things
is a drug I cannot live without.
those of us who write or paint do
is to have the daily miracle. It does come.
Art is a collaboration between God
and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.
to corroborate the above quote, here's a prayer by a 3-year-old:
"Our Father, Who does
art in heaven,
Harold is His name.