Paintings are to teach man to see the glory of human existence. — Henry Hensche Why are there paintings? That's not a vexed question. Paintings uncover truths. They do so by making visible what was invisible. Just as surely as a scientific observation does, that act of revelation increases humankind's storehouse...

Do not just pick up the brushes you used yesterday because they are there. Put those back and then choose your weapon, like a certain type of gun or sword. You are going into battle and you want the best weapon for the job. — Richard...

Imitation is not inspiration. Inspiration only can give birth to a work of art. ― Albert Pinkham Ryder Hyperallergic asks, why do AI-generated portraits, such as those produced by the website AI Gahaku, fail? AI Gahaku filters your photo to create a "masterpiece" in seconds. But the results fall short...

I have to work constantly, but not in order to arrive at the finish, which attracts the admiration of imbeciles. I must strive to complete only for the satisfaction of becoming truer and wiser. — Paul Cezanne One of my teachers used Cezanne's Still Life with Water...

I am no longer an artist interested and curious, I am a messenger who will bring back word from the men who are fighting. ― Paul Nash Paintings of wars may be our least favorite genre. Unless they're heroic—like The Death of Montcalm or Washington Crossing the Delaware—museums rarely display them, and...

If you want to become a painter, you can; but it goes hand in hand with difficulty, worries, disappointments, melancholy, and powerlessness. — Vincent Van Gogh The agonies. They visit artists more often than tourists visit Disneyland. Van Gogh named them accurately: difficulty, worries, disappointments, melancholy, and powerlessness. A...

  We all lean toward prolixity. — Samuel Butler I'm putting into conscious practice Harold Speed's advice to "leave out the details" and go for a "large and simple statement." (Speed's is identical to John Singer Sargent's advice to "omit all but the most essential elements.") And so serendipity...

It is a great happiness when men’s professions and their inclinations accord. — Francis Bacon Over 41 million Americans work as freelancers, according to Forbes, and despite a booming job market—the best in five decades—most want to stay put. In a recent survey, 82% of fulltime freelancers said...

  Like the members a '60s reunion band, 50 protestors gathered in Manhattan's Columbus Square last week for the "Ruins of Modernity Tour." The event—meant to be a raucous gallery tour at the Museum of Modern Art—was the fourth of 10 planned protests against MoMA, whose donors...

Art—and the outdoors—are calling! Look for my outdoor exhibit at Art Fest at Whitehall, Sunday, April 25, noon-4 pm. It's your chance to save sales tax and shipping on every one of my paintings. The festival features live music, fun food, and exhibits by more than 100 regional...