Artists can color the sky red because

Artists can color the sky red because they know it’s blue.  Those of us who aren’t artists must color things the way they really are or people might think we’re stupid.  ~Jules Feiffer

The artists world is limitless it can

The artist’s world is limitless.  It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away.  It is always on his doorstep.  ~Paul Strand

Modern art is what happens when painters

Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea.  ~John Anthony Ciardi, Saturday Review, 23 January 1957, MBT p266

Poets do not go mad but chess players

Poets do not go mad; but chess-players do.  Mathematicians go mad, and cashiers; but creative artists very seldom.  ~Gilbert Keith Chesterton, Orthodoxy“The Maniac” NA

A mans work is nothing but this

A man’s work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened.  ~Albert CamusSD

Everything in creation has its appointed painter

Everything in creation has its appointed painter or poet and remains in bondage like the princess in the fairy tale ’til its appropriate liberator comes to set it free.  ~Ralph Waldo EmersonQNFQ

The artist is a receptacle for the

The artist is a receptacle for the emotions that come from all over the place:  from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.  ~Pablo Picasso

Artistic growth is more than it is

Artistic growth is, more than it is anything else, a refining of the sense of truthfulness.  The stupid believe that to be truthful is easy; only the artist, the great artist, knows how difficult it is.  ~Willa Cather, The Song of the Lark, 1915LCD

It is frequently the tragedy of great

It is frequently the tragedy of the great artist, as it is of the great scientist, that he frightens the ordinary man.  ~Loren Eiseley, The Night Country, 1971SS

To make us feel small in the

To make us feel small in the right way is a function of art; men can only make us feel small in the wrong way.  ~E.M. Forster, Two Cheers for Democracy, 1951

There is no surer method of evading

There is no surer method of evading the world than by following Art, and no surer method of linking oneself to it than by Art.  ~Johann Wolfgang von GoetheCUL

A portrait has one advantage over its

A portrait has one advantage over its original:  it is unconscious; and you may therefore admire without insulting it.  I have seen portraits which have more.  ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

Art is the only way to run

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.  ~Twyla Tharp, quoted in Highs by Alex J. Packer

Science is out of the reach morals

Science is out of the reach of morals, for her eyes are fixed upon eternal truths.  Art is out of the reach of morals, for her eyes are fixed upon things beautiful and immortal and ever-changing.  To morals belong the lower and less intellectual spheres.  ~Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist, 1891SS

An artist is someone who produces things

An artist is someone who produces things that people don’t need to have but that he – for some reason – thinks it would be a good idea to give them.  ~Andy Warhol

It is a mistake for sculptor or

It is a mistake for a sculptor or a painter to speak or write very often about his job.  It releases tension needed for his work.  ~Henry Moore

The question of common sense is always

The question of common sense is always what is it good for? – a question which would abolish the rose and be answered triumphantly by the cabbage.  ~James Russell Lowell

The artist is the opposite of politically

The artist is the opposite of the politically minded individual, the opposite of the reformer, the opposite of the idealist.  The artist does not tinker with the universe, he recreates it out of his own experience and understanding of life.  ~Henry Miller

Why should i paint dead fish onions

Why should I paint dead fish, onions and beer glasses?  Girls are so much prettier.  ~Marie LaurencinFrench painter, quoted in Time magazine, 1956

Art is a shadow of what person

Art is a shadow of what a person is thinking… a small glimpse of what they hold inside.  Little secrets, regrets, joys… every line has its own meaning.  ~Sarah, Los Cerros Middle School, 1999