Quotations and excerpts on the artistic process.

" There are moments in our lives, there are moments in a day, when we seem to see beyond the usual. Such are the moments of our greatest happiness. Such are the moments of our greatest wisdom. If one could but recall his vision by some sort of sign. It was in this hope that the arts were invented. Sign-posts on the way to what may be. Sign-posts toward greater knowledge."
~ Robert Henri, The Art Spirit

" The grandest and simplest things contain worlds within worlds. Seeing them is a matter of the right point of view, and your painter's eye is a special portal to such sights."
~ Richard Schmid, Alla Prima

" When the act of reflection takes place in the mind,when we look at ourselves in the light of thought, we discover that our life is embosomed in beauty."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

" If we look wider, things are all alike somewhere, not only every orator but every man should let out all the length of all the reins; should find or make a frank and hearty expression of what force and meaning is in him."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

" The best art the world has ever had is but the impress left by men who have thought less of making great art than of living full and completly with all their faculties in the enjoyment of full play. From these the result is inevitable."
~ Robert Henri, The Art Spirit

" After all, the goal is not making art. It is living a life.Those who live their lives will leave the stuff that is really art. Art is a result. It is the trace of those who have led their lives. "
~Robert Henri, The Art Spirit

"Colors are beaautiful when thay are significant. Lines are beautiful when thay are significant. It is what they signify that is beautiful to us, really."
~ Robert Henri, The Art Spirit

" A novice painter stays in their comfort zone, a professional painter takes leaps of faith and makes daring choices in every painting."
~ Lou Maestas, American Painter

" Artistic perception is outside the intellectual; and, in so far as one remains an artist, one is simply a child, with the attitude of wonder and surprise that receives impressions."
~ Harold Speed

" Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself."
~ Erasmus 1536

" Use technique, show yourself."
~ Choreographer Alvin Ailey Dance Company

" If you think too hard, you're not instinctive. The power to move, the power to excite, the power to propel people is instinctive."
~ Paul Greengrass, Director

" Don't worry if the shot losses some of its formal quality. Dont worry about that because what we gain is intensity, the conviction with which we do it."
~ Paul Greengrass, Director

" What fullfills your soul, you can find it in people, you can find it in a soulmate, and you can find it in a soul occupation. In order to do that you have to kind of meet yourself head-on and see who you are."
~ Robin Willliams

" Life must be visibly seen, shining through the material resemblance of the body, on canvas. The artist who would deal with this problem has solid matter, only, at his disposal: the outer man, the flesh and blood of the subject, and the pigments and panel and other materials of his craft."
~ Cecilia Beaux, American Painter

" It is up to you to illuminate the earth."
~ Philippe Vensier