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People tell me they open my e-mails first, because they aren't demands and you don't need to reply. They're simply for pleasure.
The moment rules over everything.
Well you can't teach the poetry, but you can teach the craft.
And then I went round the corner and there's a Van Gogh portrait, and you just think, well, this is another level. A higher level, actually. I love the Sargent, but it's not the level of Van Gogh.
East Yorkshire, to the uninitiated, just looks like a lot of little hills. But it does have these marvelous valleys that were caused by glaciers, not rivers. So it is unusual.
I go and see anything that's visually new, any technology that's about picture-making. The technology won't make the pictures different, but someone using it will.
Television is becoming a collage - there are so many channels that you move through them making a collage yourself. In that sense, everyone sees something a bit different.
But, I would always be thinking of how pictures are constructed and colour, how to use it, I mean you're using it for constructing, makes you think about it, the place did as well.
I was aware that the teaching of drawing was being stopped almost 30 years ago. And I always said, 'The teaching of drawing is the teaching of looking.' A lot of people don't look very hard.
You had to be aware that I saw that photography was a mere episode in the history of the optical projection and when the chemicals ended, meaning the picture was fixed by chemicals, we were in a new era.
Who's going to ask a painter to see a diploma? They'd say, 'Can I see your paintings?', wouldn't they?
I draw flowers every day and send them to my friends so they get fresh blooms every morning.
California is always in my mind.
I'm very attracted to the great open spaces of the West.
Who would have thought that the telephone would bring back drawing?
Yes, I did, I mean I painted er, in a kind of abstract expressionist way, because of course that was exciting.
People criticized me for my photography. They said it's not art.
I think Picasso was, without doubt, the greatest portraitist of the 20th century, if not any other century.
I'm a bit claustrophobic, I know that now.
I avoid the public because the English public is too aggressive these days for me.
I do do a lot of talking, because it saves me listening.
I paint what I like, when I like and where I like.
I think I am seeing more clearly now than ever.
I'm a natural sceptic.
I'm interested in all kinds of pictures, however they are made, with cameras, with paint brushes, with computers, with anything.
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