"Thoughtful Art" Quotations

"I live and love in God's peculiar light."  -  Michelangelo

It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance.” 
- Henry James - American writer

"When I think of art I think of beauty. Beauty is the mystery of life. It is not in the eye it is in the mind.  In our minds there is an awareness of perfection"
                                                  - Agnes Martin, painter  1912- 2004

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.  Art is knowing which ones to keep."                        - Sam Scott, Potter 1940 -

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he [she] grows up."        - Pablo Picasso, Painter and Sculptor 1881-   1973

"I never knew what I was doing until I was done"
                                                               
- Man Ray, Photographer 1890 - 1976

"There are always two people in every picture:  the photographer and the viewer."                                     - Ansel Adams 1902 -1984


"When I have a camera in my hand, I know no fear. "
                                                   - Alfred Eisenstaedt  1898 - 1995

"Photography is not like painting, there is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative.
                                                   - Henri Cartier-Bresson 1908-2004

"Being a photographer is making people  look at what I want them to look at"   - Ruth Orkin  1921 - 1985

"Art is what you can get away with" - Andy Warhol  1928 –  1987

"In my view you cannot claim to have really seen something until you have photographed it - it brings a whole host of details to the fore which would otherwise have remained unnoticed and which would have been in the main impossible to discern."           -  Émile Zola, Author     1840 - 1902

"Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play."                     - Henri Matisse

  "The effectiveness of a document depends on surprise.  A work of art grows with repeated  viewing."   
      - Walter Benjamin, 1892 – 1940, Literary critic, Philosopher

"The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation."      - Auguste Rodin
     

“Essentially what photography is is life lit up.”
             - Sam Abell, Photographer, 1945 -

"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time."
             
- Thomas Merton, Trappist Monk, Mystic, Photographer 

"You use a glass mirror to see your face: you use works of art to see your soul" 
- George Barnard Shaw

"Black and White makes you get right to the essence of what you are taking the picture of; you're not distracted by the color.  I think visually all the time." 
-  Sally Mann, photographer (in an interview with Charlie Rose) 

“We do not take pictures with our cameras, but with our hearts and minds.”
              -Arnold Newman

"Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing." 
-Camille Pissarro  (Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist painter)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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