Rules aren’t meant to be broken. They’re meant to be challenged whenever a better solution arises.
Art that tries to offend no one is the visual equivalent of elevator music. Art that emanates from your soul will be loved…and hated.
Working hard at your craft is not the same as working toward growth.
Working toward growth means taking big scary chances with your art and risking failure.
From the moment it’s available, ideally, from the moment you begin, don’t think of your art as your creation. Think of yourself as the caretaker. You simply helped the work along…
The best painters connect passionately with whatever is in front of them (or inside) and their art flows from that passion.
Your art is the biggest impediment to creating your art.
There’s always that little bit of visual bias living inside you and making mischief, usually at the most inconvenient time. It’s important to know it’s there, embrace it, and then learn the tricks to override it.
The less time spent dwelling on a work in progress the more emotionally detached you become and the internal and external critics lose their power.
The ego is a semi-opaque screen that interferes with a painter’s vision.
Tale the attention off yourself. And the outcome.
Dear fellow painters…”It looks like a photo”, are not my favorite words either.