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I'm irresponsible to my career in order to paint. Because painting is obsessive. I forget to eat. I forget to sleep.
I would have liked maybe to be in architecture or painting, something connected to the fine arts.
With proper acting, I don't know what I would play - I got sent a script for a play, and it said in the notes that my proposed character was 'hideously fat and ugly'. That made my day. I mean, I do know I am no oil painting.
At the point where I'm trying to force something and it's not happening, and I'm getting frustrated with, say, writing a poem, I can go and pick up the brushes and start painting. At the point where the painting seems to not be going anywhere, I go and pick up the guitar.
I rage against Vincent van Gogh for needing to die at 37, after painting for only ten years.
Think of an abstract painting as very, very low relief - a thing, not a picture.
I have a publishing company of books by me and books of others. It drew people to poetry readings and photo exhibitions and painting exhibitions that I've been doing for years before that.
I did painting before I did photography.
I gave up painting by 16. I secretly thought I would have been Rembrandt by then.
My mother was the most creative, fantastic person and would come up with great things for us to do. She'd buy art supplies and all of us would sit around painting. I was lucky.
So when I'm playing, I'm sort of painting a feeling in the air.
The painting is not on a surface, but on a plane which is imagined. It moves in a mind. It is not there physically at all. It is an illusion, a piece of magic, so that what you see is not what you see.
That's why I ended up going to Lancaster University, because they had a visual arts course, and in the first year it was like a broad visual arts course in sculpture, painting, graphics - all of that.
Painting does what we cannot do - it brings a three-dimensional world into a two-dimensional plane.
Wash your face at the end of the night! There's nothing worse than sleeping in makeup. You wake up looking like a painting that's been left out in a rainstorm.
I have always loved contemporary dance, but it has always been a bit of a mystery to me. But choreography is very much like what I do when you are putting characters in frame on the page. It's so impressive what they do with their bodies. It's like painting: an abstraction.
I'm not painting myself as a down-home, modest guy.
I'd rather create a miniature painting than a Taj Mahal of a book.
Rock & roll is not obscure, it's really easy to understand. So is my painting.
Look at any inspired painting. It's like a gong sounding; it puts you in a state of reverberation.
People who look at my painting say that it makes them happy, like the feeling when you wake up in the morning. And happiness is the goal, isn't it?
Painting is something that you need to do, if not every day, then certainly most days. It is almost like being a pianist: if you stop, you lose something.
I'm trying to get every man involved in art, into experimental music, or painting, or novel-writing.
Painting is an essentially concrete art and can only consist of the representation of real and existing things.
Pollock also... wanted one to be wrapped in the painting.
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