When I am in my painting, I am not aware of what I’m doing. It is only after a short “get acquainted” period that I see what I have been about. I have no fears about making changes, destroying the image, etc., because the painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through. It is only when I lose contact with the painting that the result is a mess. Otherwise there is pure harmony, an easy give and take, and the painting comes out well.
– American painter Jackson Pollock, born today in 1912
It is important to express oneself … provided the feelings are real and are taken from your own experience.
My ambition is limited to capturing something transient.
– Impressionist painter Berthe Morisot, born today in 1841
Color possesses me. I don’t have to pursue it. It will possess me always, I know it. That is the meaning of this happy hour: Color and I are one. I am a painter.
The painter should not paint what he sees, but what will be seen.
I paint in order not to cry.
– German and Swiss artist Paul Klee, born today in 1879
I found I could say things with colors that I couldn’t say in any other way — things that I had no words for.
Fill a space in a beautiful way.
To create one’s own world, in any of the arts, takes courage.
– American painter Georgia Totto O’Keeffe, born today in 1887