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Art and the Process of Creating
October 25, 2011 

Fine Art America
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Recently, I came across these quotes from famous artists that will inspire you.  They cover lots of subjects on how to approach your art and the creative process.  Enjoy! 

“If you are not nervous, you ain’t payin attention”  Miles Davis 

“An artist’s is the hardest life of all.  It’s rigor-not always apparent to an outside observer – is that an artist has to navigate forward into the unknown guided only by an internal sense of direction, keep up a set of standards which are imposed entirely from within, meanwhile maintaining faith that the task he or she has set for him or herself is worth struggling constantly to achieve”  Lucian Freud 

“Artistic expression is a spirit, not a method, a pursuit, not a settled goal, an instinct, not a body of rules.”  Ann Newlands 

“I don’t suppose you do know precisely what you are after.  I do not think in the creative process anyone quite knows.  They have a vague idea – a beckoning, an inkling of some truth – it is only in the process that is comes to any clarity.”  Lawren Harris 

“Where do you begin to find originality?  By knowing yourself.  I know that is not the answer people want to hear – because that is not easy to do.  But that is the answer.”    Gordon MacKenzie  

“What is the biggest obstacle to creativity?  Attachment to outcome.  As soon as you become attached to a specific outcome, you feel compelled to control and manipulate what you’re doing.  And in the process you shut yourself off to other possibilities.”  Gordon MacKenzie 

“Instead of trying to reproduce exactly what I see before me, I make more arbitrary us of color to express myself more forcefully.”   Vincent van Gogh 

“Interpretation is a necessary ingredient to art.  There’s no reason to do a work of all you’re going to do is take calibrated measurements and reproduce the subject in another scale.  If you don’t have anything to say about the subject you’re depicting, what purpose does it serve?”   George Carlson 

“Because I am not a patient person by nature.  I have to be mentally prepared before tackling a painting.  From the onset, I resign myself to the fact that it will require a great deal of time and that it will probably never be done.”    I learned that spontaneity itself has no value on It’s own.  Thoughtful application of paint is important.”    Thomas Daly 

“….’Loosening up’ or whatever you want to call it is a state of mind, not a state of brush.  Splashing paint on paper or canvas with the hand without splashing it on with the head first will just make a mess.  Looseness comes from point of view not technique.  Spontaneity is just an illusion”   Charles Reid 

“Light is the first of painters.  There is no object….that intense light will not make beautiful.”   Ralph Waldo Emerson

Terry Arroyo Mulrooney

Come back soon for more tips in how to become a successful artist!
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