Sunday, April 17, 2011

You Can Quote Me on That

There are several quotes I appreciate.  They're exactly the sort of thing I would scrawl out on large paper and tack to my studio wall for both inspiration to lofty purpose and for keeping my feet firmly planted on the ground.

Painting, n.: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather, and exposing them to the critic.       
Ambrose Bierce
(So much for lofty purposes...)

Painting is one thing but art is another. You can teach an elephant to paint, but you can't teach it to be an artist.
Warren Criswell  
(Touche to all you elephants out there who think you can paint just because someone ties a brush to your tail.  If you were a real artist, you'd tie your own brush to your own doggone tail.)

I've never really had a hobby, unless you count art, which the IRS once told me I had to declare as a hobby since I hadn't made money with it.
Laurie Anderson
('Nuff said!)

It takes two to paint. One to paint, the other to stand by with an axe to kill him before he spoils it. 
William Merritt Chase 
(Would this position be under the professional or blue collar listing in the want ads?)

What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit.
John Updike
(I love this quote. Breathing room.  A space where spirit exists.)

The most common form of despair is not being who you are.
Soren Kierkegaard
(Frank Sinatra knew this when he belted out "I gotta be meeeeeee...)

Good art is not what it looks like, but what it does to us.
Roy Adzak
(This should be written on every wall in every art museum.)

These are my faves. What would you scrawl on your studio wall?


Hannah said...

Patty--I like all the quotes here especially the one from Laurie Anderson. Very timely, having just past April 15th.

What would I scrawl? Perhaps something like: "Lost and found."
These three words say a lot about the art process!

Patty said...

I agree Hannah. Mine would say, "Lost and found, and lost, and found, and lost, and found..."

Liz Crain said...

So, Patty, I love quotes, and enjoy your collection here.
A painting one I like a lot goes, "A painting is never finished - it just stops in interesting places." Paul Gardner.
But I also like this one from Mark Morford, "Never underestimate the power of underestimating your power." Both should be in my studio somewhere soon.
I miss you on the Conspiracy Forum! So we're finding other ways to stay connected and that's good. Liz

Patty said...

Wow, that last one is very powerful. Thanks for adding it to my collection.
Long live the conspiracy!

Juanita said...

I actually tried to recall the one about the axe, in relationship to revising revisions of revisions in writing. These are all priceless mottos for any art, I think.