A Quote by Pablo Ruiz Picasso on blindness and painting

Painting is a blind man's profession. He paints not what he sees, but what he feels, what he tells himself about what he has seen.

Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)

Source: Journals by Jean Cocteau

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A Quote by Orson Hyde on art, deed, doubt, life, and painting

No doubt many of you have had your portraits penciled upon the canvas by an artist, and after he had drawn the outlines, without filling it up or embellishing at all, you looked at it and said, "That is not myself, it does not look like me, it belongs to some else." But when it came to be filled up and embellished, perhaps you were ready to own it. Will you be willing to own the lasting picture of yourself which you are daily painting by your thoughts and deed? Will you be ready to own the self- portrait created by your life?

Orson Hyde (1805 - 1878)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on life and painting

Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: The Class of ‘61. From speeches.

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A Quote by Mark Twain on acting, art, cats, chance, choice, day, death, feeling, jobs, judaism, justice, motherhood, painting, play, water, work, and zest

"So just you march right outdoors and start whitewashin' the fence. It will keep you out of mischief for a while at any' rate." "But, Ma," Sam protested, "this is Saturday." "Now do as I say!" Sam shuffled outside. Slowly he carried the long-handled brush and the whitewash to the sidewalk. There he looked at the board fence, 30 yards long and higher than his head. He dipped his brush and started stroking. The brush got heavier and heavier, and he had painted only half a board when he heard John Robards coming down the street, acting the parts of boat, captain and engine bells of the Big Missouri, drawing nine feet of water. Sam, now painting with zest, paid no attention to the vocal steamboat. He touched up each brushstroke, gazing at his work as if he were an artist. "I'm goin' swimmin'," John said, "but I reckon you can't, 'cause you got work to do, huh?" "You call this work? A boy doesn't get a chance to whitewash a fence every day," replied Sam, gingerly brushing a board with care. John watched for a few moments, then could stand it no longer. ''Here, Sam, let me whitewash a little." Sam explained that he would not dare entrust the job to anyone else. "I'll give you the core of my apple," John pleaded. "I'd like to, John, but . . ." "The whole of it?" Sam turned over the brush, took the apple and sat down in the shade, watching John, happily honored, whitewash furiously. Boy after boy came by that afternoon, all heading for the swimmin' hole. Yet each one stayed to outdo the others in the craft of whitewashing - paying Sam well for the chance. The afternoon was still young when Sam ran out of whitewash. The fence had three coats on it, and Sam had acquired an enormous stock of payments - part of a Jew's harp, a brass doorknob, a dead cat, 12 marbles, the handle of a knife and a kitten with one eye. When he called his mother to inspect the job, she allowed that she had underestimated her boy and, feeling self-reproach for it, gave him a choice apple and sent him off to play.

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

Source: Boyhood experiences that prepared him for his books.

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A Quote by Marc Chagall on art, god, and painting

When I am finishing a picture, I hold some God-made object up to it - a rock, a flower, the branch of a tree or my hand - as a final test. If the painting stands up beside a thing man cannot make, the painting is authentic. If there's a clash between the two, it's bad art.

Marc Chagall

Source: Quoted by Ernest O Hauser in The Saturday Evening Post

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A Quote by Leon Battista Alberti on absence, admiration, death, divinity, painting, power, and present

Painting is possessed of a divine power, for not only . . . does it make the absent present, but it also, after many centuries, makes the dead almost alive, so that they are recognized with great admiration . . .

Leon Battista Alberti (1404 - 1472)

Source: Treatise on Painting, 1436.

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A Quote by Julia Margaret Cameron on acting, dance, experience, listening, painting, and sculpture

When an actor is in the moment, he or she is engaged in listening for the next right thing creatively. When a painter is painting, he or she may begin with a plan, but that plan is soon surrendered to the painting's own plan. This is often expressed as 'The brush takes the next stroke.' In dance, in composition, in sculpture, the experience is the same: we are more the conduit than the creator of what we express

Julia Margaret Cameron (1815 - 1879)

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A Quote by Joseph R. Garber on balance, certainty, danger, darkness, editors, force, government, madness, painting, people, science, time, trust, world, and writing

Such is the stuff of waking nightmares, incipient madness, the sort of now-bewildered but soon-to-be-deranged thoughts that cause once well-balanced people to peek under their beds at night, suspect that their phones are tapped, and, in time, become certain that sinister forces are monitoring their every move. Maybe it's the government, maybe it's the Trilateral Commission, maybe it's the saucer people. You can't trust anyone because anyone and everyone may be one of Them or on of Their Agents. And pretty soon you begin writing long letters to the editor of Scientific American, or maybe you don't because the editors are probably part of the conspiracy too. And you think about lining your room with aluminum foil to keep the radio waves out, and at night you roam the streets spray-painting mystic symbols on the walls to repel strange forces, and all the while you gibber to yourself and what you say makes sense to you if to no one else, and in the end you put your belongings in a shopping bag, better to be mobile, and you look for a dark place you can hide during the daylight hours, because They are out there, and They are searching, and They want you in their crosshairs. . . . The headshrinkers call it paranoia, and when it gets bad they put you away. Because, after all, people who think everyone in the world wants to kill them can be dangerous.

Joseph R. Garber

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on architecture, music, and painting

A man that has a taste of music, painting, or architecture, is like one that has another sense, when compared with such as have no relish of those arts.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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A Quote by John Burdon Sanderson Haldane on adoption, change, concern, facts, judgment, kindness, laws, lies, painting, poetry, science, simplicity, theory, thought, and world

In scientific thought we adopt the simplest theory which will explain all the facts under consideration and enable us to predict new facts of the same kind. The catch in this criterion lies in the world "simplest." It is really an aesthetic canon such as we find implicit in our criticisms of poetry or painting. The layman finds such a law as dx/dt = K(d^2x/dy^2) much less simple than "it oozes," of which it is the mathematical statement. The physicist reverses this judgment, and his statement is certainly the more fruitful of the two, so far as prediction is concerned. It is, however, a statement about something very unfamiliar to the plain man, namely, the rate of change of a rate of change.

John Burdon Sanderson Haldane (1892 - 1964)

Source: Possible Worlds, 1927.

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