Pure vision is more in need of an open mind than a perfect soul. (1993)
Like a bad speech, a bad painting is endurable for the first five minutes. After ten, an enormous amount of patience and polite endurance is required to continue looking at it. After fifteen, it becomes unbearable. After twenty minutes downright annoying – for the repeated yawns it inevitably causes.
Only through imitation do we develop toward originality. – John Steinbeck – American author (1902-1968)
Though underestimated by some, Prince Charles will undoubtedly be a good King. As a painter he has learned that the process, the concept of ever-learning, holds more riches than the becoming or the being.
A loving and generous gift, ill received, is no less loving and generous.
The creative process should never be easy. Comfortable, yes. Easy, never.
A consumer is not an art collector anymore than a tourist is a traveler or a foodie a gourmet. Consumers “consume”. They stuff themselves at a buffet table whereas the collector may only have the funds for one good painting in their lifetime. . . but that adopted artwork will always be cherished.
Art happens when the eye is objective and the hand is free to play.
The figurative well rendered is based on logical sensuality whereas the abstract is rooted in sensual logic.
The constant craving to render easy everything we do is the very act by which we ultimately destroy all vestiges of human creative potential.