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Insights Through The Artists’ Sights

December 29, 2007

Before I started schooling in nursery, I’ve always been drawing, sketching and doodling. Through the Art Elective Program in my secondary school, I studied about the life and works of various artists. And since then, I am even more interested in their works and their thoughts.

They apparently had an unique way of looking at life. They may not always agree with each other or with the world and times they live in. But there’s always value in exploring their thoughts, which in turn gives us insights into other perspectives.

I invite you to read through what they said and enter their world. Then we can begin to contemplate a whole new universe of sensational discovery and wonder.

Michelangelo (1475- 1564) Italian Sculptor and painter

The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.

If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.

Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973) Spanish Artist

Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place; from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.

Roy Lichtenstein (1923 – 1997) American pop artist

I think we’re much smarter than we were. Everybody knows that abstract art can be art, and most people know that they may not like it, even if they understand there’s another purpose to it.

Vincent van Gogh (1853 – 1890) Dutch expressionist painter

My opinion is that the best thing would be to work on till art lovers feel drawn toward it of their own accord, instead of having to praise or to explain it.

It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to, the feeling for the things themselves, for reality, is more important than the feeling for pictures.

I tell you, the more I think, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.

The emotions are sometimes so strong that I work without knowing it. The strokes come like speech.

I want to touch people with my art. I want them to say ‘he feels deeply, he feels tenderly.’

Paul Gauguin 1848-1903 French Post-impressionist painter

I have tried to make everything breathe in this painting: belief, passive suffering, religious and primitive style, and the great nature with its scream.

In order to do something new we must go back to the source, to humanity in its infancy.

The flat sound of my wooden clogs on the cobblestones, deep, hollow and powerful, is the note I seek in my painting.

We never really know what stupidity is until we have experimented on ourselves.

Life is hardly more than a fraction of a second. Such a little time to prepare oneself for eternity!


Of Colors And Brushstrokes, The “Artistic” Sayings…

November 15, 2007

Artists tend to see the world differently. Here’s what some artists think of their lives and the world around us.

Pablo Picasso

Are we to paint what’s on the face, what’s inside the face, or what’s behind it?

Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.

Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don’t start measuring her limbs.

Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.

Salvador Dali

There are some days when I think I’m going to die from an overdose of satisfaction.

There is only one difference between a madman and me. The madman thinks he is sane. I know I am mad.

Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.

Wars have never hurt anybody except the people who die.

What Was Albert Einstein Thinking?

November 13, 2007

Being a man of immense intellect and imagination, Albert Einstein (1879-1955) is revered as one of the best brains the world has ever had. Needless to say, his thoughts and works are often studied, discussed and quoted.

Here are some of quotes by Albert Einstein as he looked at various issues. It is hoped that these will also provide you some reflections which can help you appreciate life from his perspective.


Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.

The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive.

An empty stomach is not a good political adviser.

A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?

Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.

The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there’s no risk of accident for someone who’s dead.

The process of scientific discovery is, in effect, a continual flight from wonder.

If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing.

A perfection of means, and confusion of aims, seems to be our main problem.

Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.

Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.

Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift.