Archives for category: Artists’ Quotes


I decided to paint the image of a locomotive . . . In order for its mystery to be evoked, [and] another immediately familiar image without mystery—the image of a dining room fireplace—was joined.” René Magritte

PAINTING: “Time Transfixed” by René Magritte (1898-1967), permanent collection, Art Institute of Chicago.


Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt. Poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”


Painting: “La Scapigliata” (woman’s head) by Leonardo da Vinci, oil on panel (1508), currently housed at Galeria Nazionale di Parma.


Happy is so momentary — you’re happy for an instant and then you start thinking again. Interest is the most important thing in life; happiness is temporary, but interest is continuous.”  

GEORGIA O’KEEFFE, American Artist (1887-1986)


Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant; there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing.” GEORGIA O’KEEFFE 

Painting: “Jimson Weed” (Oil on canvas, 1932) by Georgia O’Keeffe


To create one’s world in any of the arts takes courage.” GEORGIA O’KEEFFE

November 15, 2013 marks the 126th anniversary of the birth of artist Georgia O’Keeffe — born in a farmhouse hear Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, in 1887. O’Keeffe lived to age 99 — passing away in March 1986 — and remains a role model and inspiration for artists around the world.

Painting: “Sunrise” (watercolor, 1916) byGeorgia O’Keeffe


“They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn’t. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.” 


Mural by Levi Ponce, Pacoima (Los Angeles), California, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Photo by Robert Medina, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED


“Poetry is eternal graffiti written in the heart of everyone.”


Painting: “Under the Mirabeau Bridge” by Lawrence Ferlinghetti — a painting that features lines from a poem by Guillaume Apollinaire.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Lawrence Ferlinghetti (born 1919) earned an M.A. at Columbia University and a doctorate in literature at the University of Paris, Sorbonne. In the U.S., his paintings have been exhibited at The Butler Institute of American Art, The Whitney Museum in New York, and at the San Jose Museum of Art. His artwork is in the permanent collections of The Smithsonian Museum of American Art and the fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. (Learn more about the painting and artist at


“Painting depends on freedom. When you’re feeling completely free, you can create, and this power to create is, in turn, the greatest freedom of all.” GEORGE RODRIGUE

For over 20 years, Cajun artist George Rodrigue has honored his deceased dog Tiffany with hundreds of blue dog paintings. I never get tired of looking at these charming, engaging, thought-provoking works of art. RIP Tiffany…


All  good writing is like swimming under water and holding your breath.”  F. SCOTT FITZGERALD

Illustration: Frederick Stuart Church (“Mermaid” etching, 1887)


The purpose of art is to wash the dust of daily life off our souls.” PABLO PICASSO

Illustration: “Lavandière” (laundress) by Pablo Picasso (1962)