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"Matters of small concern should be treated seriously."
"Rule #1: Never change the deal."
"A man must have a code."
It was with the utmost reluctance that I found the figure could not serve my purposes. But a time came when none of us could use the figure without mutilating it.
The progression of a painter's work as it travels in time from point to point, will be toward clarity...toward the elimination of all obstacles between the painter and the idea...and the idea and the observer. To achieve this clarity is inevitably to be understood.
Since my pictures are large, colorful and unframed, and since museum walls are usually immense and formidable, there is the danger that the pictures relate themselves as decorative areas to the walls. This would be a distortion of their meaning, since the pictures are intimate and intense, and are the opposite of what is decorative.
I’m not an abstractionist. I’m not interested in the relationship of color or form or anything else. I’m interested only in expressing basic human emotions: tragedy, ecstasy, doom, and so on.
It is a widely accepted notion among painters that it does not matter what one paints as long as it is well painted. This is the essence of academicism. There is no such thing as good painting about nothing.
The fact that people break down and cry when confronted with my pictures shows that I can communicate those basic human emotions...the people who weep before my pictures are having the same religious experience I had when painting them. And if you say you are moved only by their color relationships then you miss the point.
I paint very large pictures. I realize that historically the function of painting large pictures is painting something very grandiose and pompous. The reason I paint them, however — I think it applies to other painters I know — is precisely because I want to be very intimate and human. To paint a small picture is to place yourself outside your experience. However you paint the larger picture, you are in it.
"It's taken me all my life to learn
what not to play."
"There are things to confess that enrich the world,
and things that need not be said."
“I’m through talking.
Get out of my cave.”
"Lighthouses are more useful than churches."
"Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island
looking for boats to save. They just stand there shining."
"There's a lighthouse in a harbor, shining faithfully
Pouring it's light out across the water
For this sinking soul to see
That someone out there still believes in me."
"Be sincere; be brief; be seated."
—Franklin D. Roosevelt
"If they practice sincerely
they will attain enlightenment."
"You can play a shoestring
if you're sincere."
"Do not be tense, just be ready, not thinking but not dreaming,
not being set but being flexible. It is being wholly and quietly alive,
aware and alert, ready for whatever may come."
"Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless,
and add what is specifically your own."
"It is merely simplicity; the ability to express the utmost
with the minimum."