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A Quote by Agnes Martin on painting, art, and perfection

You can’t make a perfect painting. We can see perfection in our minds. But we can’t make a perfect painting.

Agnes Martin

Source: Simon, Joan. “Perfection Is In The Mind: An Interview with Agnes Martin” (1995), Art in America, May 1996.

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A Quote by Agnes Martin on art, nature, and painting

There’s nobody living who couldn’t stand all afternoon in front of a waterfall .... Anyone who can sit on a stone in a field awhile can see my painting. Nature is like parting a curtain, you go into  it .... as you would cross an empty beach to look at the ocean.

Agnes Martin

Source: Agnes Martin exhibition catalogue, 1996

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A Quote by Leonardo da Vinci on spirit and art

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Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art.

Leonardo da Vinci (1452 - 1519)

Source: Zen & The Art of Making A LIving (Boldt)

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A Quote by Agnes Martin on painting, art, and perfection

I hope I have made it clear that the work is about perfection as we are aware of it in our minds but that the paintings are very far from being perfect — completely removed in fact — even as we ourselves are.

Agnes Martin

Source: Martin, Agnes. Schriften (Writings)

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A Quote by Agnes Martin on art, beauty, mystery, mind, and perfection


When I think of art I think of beauty. Beauty is the mystery of life. It is not in the eye it is in the mind. In our minds there is awareness of perfection.

Agnes Martin

Source: Martin, Agnes. Schriften (Writings)

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A Quote by Agnes Martin on art and painting

My paintings are certainly nonobjective. They’re just horizontal lines. There’s not any hint of nature. And still everybody responds, I think.

Agnes Martin

Source: Martin, Agnes. Schriften (Writings)

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A Quote by Agnes Martin on transcendence, beauty, and art

What I say is that we’re capable of a transcendent response, and I think it makes us happpy. And I do think beauty produces a transcendent response.

Agnes Martin

Source: Simon, Joan. “Perfection Is In The Mind: An Interview with Agnes Martin” (1995), Art in America, May 1996.

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A Quote by Brenda Ueland on writing, creativity, joy, happiness, and art

I learned that you should feel when writing, not like Lord Byron on a mountain top, but like child stringing beads in kindergarten, - happy, absorbed and quietly putting one bead on after another.

Brenda Ueland

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A Quote by Brenda Ueland on mistakes, forgivenness, moving on, letting go, writing, and art

It is so conceited and timid to be ashamed of one's mistakes. Of course they are mistakes. Go on to the next.

Brenda Ueland

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A Quote by Brenda Ueland on inspiration, art, energy, writing, creativity, peace, and stillness

Inspiration does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic energy striving, but it comes to us slowly and quietly and all the time.

Brenda Ueland

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