Inspiration

“There is one problem and only one in the world:  to revive in people some sense of spiritual meaning… We can no longer live without poetry, color, love…One absolutely must speak to humanity.”    Saint Exupery, June 1943

“Making your unknown known is the important thing.”     Georgia O’Keefe

“Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.”     Rumi

Novelty is one of the demands we make on living artists.  An artist who sticks to a course for any length of time we tend to say has fallen into a rut.  If the artist works in an old tradition, then he is an academic or a commercial entertainer, unless he nudges the tradition somehow or puts it in quotation marks, ironically, as if to say, “Nothing is new any longer, and I am making this fact the subject of my art”—a strategy that is itself not exactly novel.  Diaghilev wanted novelty when he famously asked to be astonished.  Novelty is regarded as a value. Is it any surprise that our attention span seems to get shorter all the time? Painters for years have had to grapple with our expanding boredom.  They work in the oldest of all art traditions, the polar opposite of newer media like the Internet, which prize speedy hands-off, mass communication. Painting is a craft that takes years to master.  Paintings are one-of-a-kind objects.  Even the biggest can be seen by only a few people at a time.  They are about solitary face-to-face scrutiny, the slower the better if the picture has any complexity of surface or handling.“Unwavering”- The New York Times, Apr. 2000 by Michael Kimmelan-

There is “no formula.” There are no rules. Let the picture lead you where it must go.  Helen Frankenthaler

“What do I ask of a painting? I ask it to astonish, disturb, seduce, convince.” Lucian Freud

Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things.  Edgar Degas

Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up.  Chuck Close

I am never going to have anything more to do with politics or politicians. When this war is over I shall confine myself entirely to writing and painting.  Winston Churchill

Color, even more than drawing, is a means of liberation.  Henri Matisse

“Drawing is basically still the same as it has been since prehistoric times. It brings together man and the world. It lives through magic.” Keith Haring

 One must accept the fact that others don’t see what you do.  Louise Bourgeois