"Etre artiste, a ses yeux, c'etait avant tout etre quelqu'un de soumis. Soumis a des messages mysterieux, imprevisibles, qu'on devait donc faute de mieux et en l'absence de toute croyance religieuse qualifier d'intuitions..... ces messages pouvaient impliquer de detruire son oeuvre, voire un ensemble entier d'oeuvres, pour s'engager dans une direction radicalement nouvelle, ou meme parfois sans direction du tout, sans disposer du moindre projet, de la moindre esperance de continuation. C'est en cela aussi, et en cela seulement, que la condition
d'artiste pouvait, quelquefois, etre qualifiee de difficile"
Michel Houellebecq ds "La carte et le territoire" (prix Goncourt 2010)
Today I found all these different quotes from Picasso, they're fun and so true! So I made a little selection of those that I like. Sometimes it is good to be reminded of what we already know.
At the moment I am enjoying my time in the studio, albeit the freezing cold. Numb fingers and feet encourage me to keep going, working, no matter what, making mistakes and working from them... The only pleasure in Art is really these intimate moments with oneself and the act of creation. Outside, Art is just another world..
Everything is a miracle. It is a miracle that one does not dissolve in one's bath like a lump of sugar.
God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat. He has no real style, He just goes on trying other things.
Bad artists copy. Good artists steal.
The world today doesn't make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?
Never permit a dichotomy to rule your life, a dichotomy in which you hate what you do so you can have pleasure in your spare time. Look for a situation in which your work will give you as much happiness as your spare time.
If only we could pull out our brain and use only our eyes.
I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.
Success is dangerous. One begins to copy oneself, and to copy oneself is more dangerous than to copy others. It leads to sterility.
Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.
Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.
Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.
Every act of creation is first an act of destruction
Action is the foundational key to all success.
"You can't make a mistake when you improvise. It's like drumming, if you miss a beat, you create another" Sam Shepard
I am always impressed how Life links one event to another with great ease! Yesterday, all I wanted to do is try to help a friend from West Bengal to promote his work as a musician by designing a small website for him.... and today I just created a new one for myself! I had the time, the enthusiasm and the tools. I loved doing it but I think it is time now for me to switch off my computer and take a bicycle ride along the canal, reconnect with Nature while the sun is out. Every day is a surprise!