“If everything is art, then nothing is art.” -unknown

“For a painter, nothing is more difficult than to paint a rose, because in order to do so he must forget every rose that has ever been painted.” 

Henri Matisse



I simply love Matisse and his gouache cut-outs. The picture of him drawing from bed always sticks with me.





picture from the book Matisse Cut-Outs, Gilles Neret.

“The first requisite for success is to develop the ability to focus and apply your mental and physical energies to the problem at hand-without growing weary. Because such thinking is often difficult, there seems to be no limit to which some people will go to avoid the effort and labor that is associated with it…”

-Thomas Edison, invented the light bulb in 1879. Now a symbol for a bright idea.

“…But this is what remains- a painter is a person who paints, in the same way that a florist is in reality a person who loves plants and grows them himself, which is not done by the flower merchant.”

-Vincent to his sister Wilhelmina






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