About painting

 The art of painting is to see beyond the everyday familiar vision of things. Goethe
As a juror I am looking for art work that represents an honest expression for that style and media. Whatever the genre, the truth of the art work is an expression of the artist willingness to be true to themselves." William E. Elston
Art starts when construction ends; only visionary pictorial expression will produce a masterwork." Hans Hofman
I chose that my art be engaged in that which exalts the spirit of man." Clifford Still
If you are a painter you are not alone. If you meant it enough when you did it, it will mean that much. You paint the way you have to, in order to give, that's life itself. It has nothing to do with knowing, it has to do with giving. When you have finished giving the look surprises you as well as anyone else." Franz Kline b 1910
When conscious building of colors cease to force the painting on I react by spontaneity, striking lines or colors into the dead structure to resuscitate it. Here intuition works explosively to shake up or  dislocate known relations into an unknown which facilitate re-working. Thus conscious ordering toward expressiveness alternates with spontaneous "destruction" which, enigmatically are the most constructive steps in painting." George McNeil 1908-1995
Colors seem to have a psychic life of its own. I sens sound in color and feel in certain combinations such as deep blue and black a mysterious and exhilarating sound. Color in strict area has a tremendous vibrancy and visual challenge." Jeanne Patterson Miles   1908-1995
I believe that painter's judgements of painting are first ethical, than aesthetic judgement, flowing from ethical context. The ethical is the absolute and in all eternity the highest value. It comprises integrity, passion, dedication, sincerity...venturesome, knowingness, sensuality, sensitivity... Taken together they  represent the ethical background of judgement in relation with any given work of modern art. Without ethical consciousness the painter is only a decorator." Robert Motherwell 1915-1991
Honest man, like honest picture, have a look of strangeness when first encountered."    " To think while painting is a form of degradation."     " Ideas always seek your measurements."  "  A painting is finished when the passion is extinct. "     " The space in a picture is right when it contains a full physique charge."     "The essence of work is always something other than artist intended." Robert Richenburg 1917 -
To be a painter is a youthful folly persisting in old age." Joop Sanders 1921-
No artist is all by himself. The continual interaction of ideas among others is the very condition of an artist. It is inconceivable for a person totally outside the field of art to be an artist. The artist instead of trying to obey the ideas of other in order to be more himself, ought to acknowledge that all outside ideas are really part of him. Thus he becomes free to use whatever he can in whatever way he can. Instead of being in a constant state of anxiety he can be in a constant state of absorption." Jack Tworkov 1900-1982
An art - like painting is itself a language of form and color in which complex intuition are expressed." Herbert Reed
The picture has no particular purpose. It only has the purpose of making us happy.....It should be something that preoccupies us, something we want to see frequently and posses in the end. It is only then we can know if it makes us happy." Paul Klee
Art does not reproduce the visible, rather it makes it visible." Paul Klee
My goal is to present images to the viewer that will act as catalyst for their own imagination to create a story, stimulate an emotion, or evoke a memory." Beverly Shaw- Starcovich
Art washes from your soul the dust of everyday life." Picasso
If you meant enough when you did it , it will mean that much. You paint the way you have to in order to give, that’s life itself. It has nothing to do with knowing, it has to do with giving. When you have finished giving the look surprises you as well as  anyone else.” Franz Kline
A painting is finished when the passion is extinct… The essence of a work is always something other than the artist intended.” Robert Richenburg
I paint things as I think them not as I see them.”  P. Picasso
Idon't steal, I use where I can" P. Picasso
I want people who feel woried, exausted, overworked, to get a feeling of repose when looking at my painting" H. Matisse
The only relationship of my paintings to nature is simply through me as mystical part of nature and the universe. A work of art for me is a window or doorway to every other human being. It is my contact and union with the universe.” Richard  Pousette- Dart
Artists don't repeat but always change as nature does." Mark Tobey
I can't just paint for money or to please." Mark Tobey
When the color has come to full growth, the shape is complete" Cezanne
When you are exploring new territory you slowly develop personal style. Unknown
A good painting is a combination of thinking and feeling, otherwise a painting is either too sloppy or too stiff." Leach
The art of ideas leaves no room for getting bogged down in delicate work and well thought-out detailes: specific shapes, for example can prove to be a distraction or be misleading. Through far reaching abstraction, a seemingly natural equilibrium arises." Jeroen Krabbe
In nature, light creates the color; in picture, color creates the light." Hoffman
Fantezia artistului ramane ascunsa in meditatiile asupra picturii cu care a inzestrat fiecare panza cu adevarul artei, de fiecare data mai expresiv, mai profund, mai emotionant." Vasile Grigore
Daca culorile nu poseda in ele inaltimi spirituale, bucurii si dureri , ramanand numai o cantitate materiala, atunci nu cred ca poate fi arta." Vasile Grigore
Culoarea-lumina si contrastul comunica asupra simtirii si gandirii noastre o energie binefacatoare, contribuind la echilibrul spiritual al fiintei umane, tot atat de vital ca aerul si apa." Vasile Grigore
Pictez nu pentru a picta, ci pentru a descifra o mica parte din imaginarul infinit al naturii." Vasile Grigore
A implini si a nu finisa, a concentra si nu a adauga, a simti clar si nu confuz a exprima concret si a nu ramane doar o intentie, acestea sunt niste tabele spirituale fara de care nu inteleg ecuatia artei si frumusetea ei." Vasile Grigore
Repet mereu alfabetul plastic; linia dreapta, franta, curba, inchis, deschis, neutru, galben rosu albastru. Este cel mai mic alfabet, dar el cuprinde imaginea  memoriei tuturor lucrurilor si gandurilor, este insasi esenta adevarului naturii si a omului." Vasile Grigore
Singuratate, nu pentru instrainare si dezlegare de ce-i omenesc, ci pentru concentrarea spiritului si pastrarea lui la inalta tensiune, pentru ca astfel sa poata comunica cu necunoscutul marilor adevaruri." Grigore Vasile

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