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.
every good artist paints what he is
The modern artist is working with space and time and expressing his feelings rather than illustrating.
The painting has a life of its own
Love is friendship set to music.
..people have always frightened and bored me, consequently I have been within my own shell..
I have no fear of making changes, destroying the image, etc., because the painting has a life of its own.
The painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through.
When I'm painting, I'm not aware of what I'm doing. It's only after a get acquainted period that I see what I've been about. I've no fears about making changes for the painting has a life of its own.
The strangeness will wear off and I think we will discover the deeper meanings in modern art.
My work with Benton was important as something against which to react very strongly, later on; in this, it was better to have worked with him than with a less resistant personality who would have provided a much less strong opposition. At the same time Benton introduced me to Renaissance art.
I am nature.
My concern is with the rhythms of nature... I work inside out, like nature.
Abstract painting is abstract. It confronts you. There was a reviewer a while back who wrote that my pictures didn't have any beginning or any end. He didn't mean it as a compliment, but it was.
I'm very representational some of the time, and a little all of the time. But when you're painting out of your unconscious, figures are bound to emerge.
New needs need new techniques. And the modern artists have found new ways and new means of making their statements... the modern painter cannot express this age, the airplane, the atom bomb, the radio, in the old forms of the Renaissance or of any other past culture.
When I say artist I mean the man who is building things - creating molding the earth - whether it be the plains of the west - or the iron ore of Penn. It's all a big game of construction - some with a brush - some with a shovel - some choose a pen.
Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.
I don't work from drawings. I don't make sketches and drawings and color sketches into a final painting.
On the floor I am more at ease. I feel nearer, more part of the painting, since this way I can walk around it, work from the four sides and literally be in the painting.
Today painters do not have to go to a subject matter outside of themselves. Most modern painters work from a different source. They work from within.
The thing that interests me is that today painters do not have to go to a subject-matter outside themselves. Modern painters work in a different way. They work from within.
The modern artist... is working and expressing an inner world - in other words - expressing the energy, the motion, and other inner forces.
He drove his kind of realism at me so hard I bounced right into nonobjective painting.
Naturally, the result is the thing (in painting, fh) and it doesn't make much difference how the paint is put on as long as something has been said. Technique is just a means of arriving at a statement.