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Simultaneous contrast is not just a curious optical phenomenon - it is the very heart of painting.
Unlike any other visual image, a photograph is not a rendering, an imitation or an interpretation of its subject, but actually a trace of it. No painting or drawing, however naturalist, belongs to its subject in the way that a photograph does.
I've been painting off and on since I was in sixth grade. I don't paint when I'm acting - I'm not really able to split my focus that way. I do it intensely when I'm doing it, but I'm reluctant to take myself too seriously as a painter because that would mean there would be pressure to be better than I am.
I do portraits. I usually do live models in a class environment, but I've been painting at home more. I really love the human form, and I love faces. I've tried to do landscapes a few times.
Every painting is a voyage into a sacred harbour.
Giotto di Bondone
It's helpful for me to get ideas - the physical action of painting. Sometimes it frees up your writer brain. It's nice for me now that the writing has become a serious career that painting can become more like a hobby.
This kind of painting with its large frames is a bourgeois drawing-room art. It is an art dealer's art-and that came in after the civil wars following the French Revolution.
Painting picture by picture, I followed the impressions my eye took in at heightened moments. I painted only memories, adding nothing, no details that I did not see. Hence the simplicity of the paintings, their emptiness.
By painting colors and lines and forms seen in quickened mood I was seeking to make this mood vibrate as a phonograph does. This was the origin of the paintings in The Frieze of Life.
I feel the need of attaining the maximum of intensity with the minimum of means. It is this which has led me to give my painting a character of even greater bareness.
Frankly, these days, without a theory to go with it, I can't see a painting.
There is no such thing as good painting about nothing.
So when I'm playing, I'm sort of painting a feeling in the air.
Through a painting we can see the whole world.
My aim in painting is to create pulsating, luminous, and open surfaces that emanate a mystic light, in accordance with my deepest insight into the experience of life and nature.
I try to not get to the point where one is making wallpaper, or simply painting money. I want to make sure that I am at least trying to weigh myself down, that there's a challenge each time.
I wanted to dress the woman who lives and works, not the woman in a painting.
I'm trying to get every man involved in art, into experimental music, or painting, or novel-writing.
I don't like getting out when I could be painting. And when I'm painting, I don't want anybody else around.
Don Van Vliet
Painting is much more than therapy to me its a way of life.
But where there is no art show, I would still be painting.
Now I'm a painter. That was another opportunity I was able to pursue, I've been painting all my life, now it's become a second career because of my success in the movies.
It is this research into pure painting that is the problem at the present moment. I do not know any painters in Paris who are really searching for this ideal world.
You cannot possibly invent painting all by yourself.
At 18 I began painting steadily fulltime and at age 20 had my first New York show at the Macbeth Gallery.
Every song has a composer, every book has an author, every car has a maker, every painting has a painter, and every building has a builder. So it isn't irrational to take this simple logic a little further and say that nature must have had a Maker. It would be irrational to believe that it made itself.
Painting does what we cannot do - it brings a three-dimensional world into a two-dimensional plane.
Painting, sculpture and architecture are finished, but the art habit continues.
I enjoy painting and can copy almost anything.
I think a painting should include more experience than simply intended statement.
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