“THE LOVE OF BEAUTY IS TASTE. THE CREATION OF BEAUTY IS ART.”
~RALPH WALDO EMERSON
“A bend in the road is not the end of the road.”
Moving toward a great dream summons from life's jungles the fiercest lions, the scariest tigers, and the grizzliest bears... who eventually turn out to be the noblest teachers, the bravest guides, and the dearest friends?
You're on your way,
“Living in a house without art is like living without flowers. It’s not life. I encourage my clients not to just purchase art that’s pretty, or easy to place, but that really makes them think, hopefully forever.”
“Every morning, I pick up a brush and do some work, even just a little bit. Without it, I wouldn’t feel quite alive, or I wouldn’t feel like I should be living without doing some work. You could say it’s a sense of responsibility. It’s the proof that I am alive.”
“Abstract (art) is the most realistic, because what is real is not the exterior but the idea, the essence of things.”
"Freedom is not doing everything you want but everything you can within limitations... Your job is to be the most like yourself." Brian Rutenburg
IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
' Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!
What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit. John Updike
"When you wake up in the morning, you never know what a day will bring." Grandma Grace
"Art Is the Place Where You Can Reinvent the World”:
"What do best of show paintings have in common? Though there are never any absolutes, the best paintings tend to be very simple compositions that draw you in. They have big shapes, and are not overly busy or cluttered with extraneous details and distractions. One painting I selected did not fit into that description at all — it just worked — but overall, in a sea of paintings, I noticed that simplicity stood out." Eric Rhodes Outdoor Painter
Why do two colors, set next to each other, sing?
Can anyone really explain this? No.
Just as one can never teach anyone to draw.
"I’m intensely influenced by color. I look at a color and think how great it is that yellow exists. My front door is the most bright yellow you could imagine — like the yolk of an egg, like a dandelion and the reason behind it is that the brightness of yellow makes me smile. I like to greet people with a smile so my front door is a kind of smile. Yellow is a very gracious, welcoming color for me.
I can’t believe in the intensity of red and the thousands of nuances of red. When I see a bright red car, I’m just happy. For me, color is one of the great joys of my life really.
I like looking at sheep and I love the subtle color of natural wool. Sometimes it’s brown, sometimes it’s white. There is more shadow in the coarser textures."
"If you slow down and closely examine a single work of design, you begin to see. The more elegant the design, the more deceptively easy it appears. Look closely and you find the design. What comes across first is not the design, but the surface, or the look of it—the design lies in the creation of that object. " Gerstner
Lubalin’s elegance lies in his uncanny ability to find clever ways of fitting type into spaces that are quite challenging. Letters have varying proportions, lines are frequently of different lengths, as evident here, but none of this stood in the way of this particular design.
"I am interested in making good work, more than money." Cheryl Johnson
"You have to risk going too far to discover just how far you can really go." T.S. Eliot