John Cage to Philip Guston

When you start working, everybody is in your studio—the past, your friends, enemies, the art world, and above all, your own ideas—all are there. But as you continue painting, they start leaving, one by one, and you are left completely alone. Then, if you're lucky, even you leave.

pp 171-172 Night Studio, A Memoir of Philip Guston, by Musa Mayer, Da Capo Press 1997


Vincent Van Gogh

Everyone who works with love and with intelligence finds in the very sincerity of his love for nature and art a kind of armor against the opinions of other people.

Gustave Flaubert

Our ignorance of history causes us to slander our own times.

Frank Lloyd Wright

I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.

Mies van der Rohe

My thoughts are guiding my hand, and my hand reveals the value of the thought.


Matisse Cutouts

At first, Matisse worried that working with cut paper was cheating—a shortcut to painting—and he kept it a secret. “It is necessary not to say anything about this,” he wrote to his son Pierre, in 1931. 


Cecily Brown

Something that’s just glimpsed seems more real than something that’s fully described.