Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Words to Paint by...

If Mark Twain were as agile with a paintbrush has he had been with a pen, imagine the world of art guaranteed to draw a smile. Whether you paint with words or colors, this master offers true insight into the creative process.

Mark Twain quotes...

"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether twenty or eighty, Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing you can do keep your mind young." Take an art class or workshop. There's so much to learn from other artists.

"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." Figure drawing, architectural studies and sketching from real life give you a solid foundation in artistic facts before you can add your own creative flourish.

"Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our irritations and resentments slip away and a sunny spirit takes their place." A touch of whimsy and surprise will brighten your art and peoples day.

"It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech." Spontaneous inspiration comes after long hours of practice, visual discovery, and mental preparation.

"The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug." Every artist understands the difference cerulean blue and indigo blue is the difference between day and night.

"The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause." Visual space and negative space can be just as important as the main subject of a painting.

"You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus." - Connecticut Yankee A rendering is created with your eyes, but it takes a strong imagination to make art.

"I didn't have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead." Taking the time to do a good sketch allows room for visual editing so your art won't get lost in visual noise.

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