Saturday, July 05, 2008

"The sun is rising, I think that's good...

...You're just now realizing some things you never thought you would." Love the World You Find, The Flaming Lips.

"You're an artist, man. Your job is to break through barriers, not accept blame and bow and say 'Thank you, I'm a loser, I'll go away now.'" --Elizabethtown

So, I think a clean room is nothing but a blank canvas--that is, it's simply begging for me to mess it up with some project-or-other. Naturally, I'm happy to oblige. I spent today doing crayon drawings to send to Jolly-Berry, Mr. Where?, and Femme de Fromage.

Then I went on to create more messes and make more little artsy things. For example, when the artist runs out of things to do, she begins to use herself as the object for her art, no?

Anyhow, I drew the first three below out of crayon, and then I painted a gouache scene inspired by the picture from my previous blog, and then I spent this afternoon working with photograpy...pretending to be an artist.

And these are just some of my favorite quotes about art, for your enjoyment.

"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance." Aristotle

"The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery." Francis Bacon

"Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures." Henry Ward Beecher

"Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing." Salvador Dali

"As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death." Leonardo da Vinci

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious." Albert Einstein.

"Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of arts and the origin of marvels." Francisco Goya

"Beauty is the purgation of superfluities." Michelangelo

"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." Thomas Merton

"There is one thing one has to have: either a soul that is cheerful by nature, or a soul made cheerful by work, love, art, and knowledge." Friedrich Nietzche

"Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life." Pablo Picasso

"Art is the only way to run away without leaving home." Twyla Tharp

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." Pablo Picasso

"Anyone who says you can't see a thought simply doesn't know art." Wynetka Ann Reynolds

"No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist." Oscar Wilde

"An artist is someone who produces things that people don't need to have but that he - for some reason - thinks it would be a good idea to give them." Andy Warhol

"Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling." G.K. Chesterton

"Why should I paint dead fish, onions and beer glasses? Girls are so much prettier." Marie Laurencin

On a final note, I call this one--"A Girl: Many Faces."

So anyways, isn't life ironic.?

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