Quotes from the masters
Rembrandt via Sherrie McGraw
"Technical perfection rarely makes great art. Learn to develop the differences and imperfections in your drawing. Creative interpretation is more valuable than sedulous aping." ...
Mark Hampson, 2015
"He who pretends to be either Painter or Engraver without being a Master of drawing is an Impostor"...
William Blake, 1787-1847
"When I was young, I was greatly moved by Rembrandt. I felt I stood more chance with persistence, digging deep, then something reasonable happening, simply by laying siege to the subject...Some people are natural draughtsmen. I sometimes feel sorry for them - you have to work through that to something deeper."...
Frank Auerbach, 2012
"[David Hockney] has long experimented with photography and new technology but told Devanay that the camera cannot convey the intense emotion of a painted portrait"...
"The eyes are where I return always, like a ship to the lighthouse"
"There was something disagreeable about their "all the tiles on a roof' business."
"Seize the life, note the movement, render the atmosphere",
"Art is a force for life, not death. It is a matter of joy."..
Clifford Still, 1976
"When I see light on skin, my heart sings..."
Sarah Marie Lacy, 2016
"You can have an amazing likeness or whatever, but it can be a terrible painting. The structure and the language has to be there that holds it up."
John Beard, 2016
"Liberty is not a countess from the noble St Germain district. She is a strong woman with powerful breasts"
"You have to fall a little in love with your models. They don't have to feel the same about you!"
"I'm very aware of the face as a kind of landscape...with bits of rock sticking out..."
"I just know how hard it is to make a decent painting..Over the years, it hasn't become any easier."
Peter Doig, 2017
"Can you pull it out of the fire?" Joshua Smith, via Yve Close
"Draw, Antonio, draw, Antonio- draw and don't waste time"
"[What makes a good portrait?] The first thing that it looks like. And then there has to be a good paint job. Have a nobility, having wealth as language. That it be done with talent."
Antonio Garcia Lopez, 2017