On Art
On Computers
On Drawing
On Painting
On Style
On Talent



On Art


"...the object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity."

Alberto Giacometti

"Art, to me is the interpretation of the impression which nature makes upon the eye and brain.  The word 'Impressionism' as applied to art has been abused, and in the general acceptance of the term has become perverted. [...]  The true impressionism is realism.  So many people do not observe.  They take the ready-made axioms laid down by others, and walk blindly in a rut without trying to see for themselves."

Childe Hassam

"Life is rapid, art is slow..."

"Art among a religious race produces reliques [sic]; among a military one, trophies; among a commercial one, articles of trade."

Henry Fuseli (both)

"In art there is no progress, only fluctuations of intensity."

Robert Hughes



 On Computers

"What good are computers? They can only give you answers."

Pablo Picasso



On Drawing


"The essence of drawing is the line exploring space."

Andy Goldsworthy

"...drawing, within the visual arts, seems to hold the position of being closest to pure thought."

John Elderfield (Director of drawings, MOMA, NY.)



On Painting

"I am anxious that the world should be inclined to look to painters for information about painting."

John Constable

"Painting is a funny business."

J.M.W. Turner

"Painting from nature is not copying the object; it is realizing one's sensations."

Paul Cezanne



On Style

"Real style is not having a program -- it's how one behaves in a crisis."

Fred Auerbach



On Talent

"Talent!  What they call talent is nothing but the capacity for doing continuous work in the right way."

Winslow Homer

"Excellence is not a single act, but a habit. You are what you repeatedly do."





"Irony is just honesty with the volume cranked up."

George Saunders

"The great obstacle to discovering the shape of the earth, the continents, and the ocean was not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge."

Daniel Boorstin
(from "The Discoverers")

"More appealing than knowledge itself is the feeling of knowing."

Daniel Boorstin
(from "The Discoverers")

"Truths are more likely to have been discovered by one man than by a nation."


"Progress in science comes when experiments contradict theory."

Richard Feynman