Category: Quotes

  • Book Note of the Day: Preservation of Breadth

    Book Note of the Day: Preservation of Breadth

    John Burnet’s Practical Hints on Light and Shade in Painting, published in 1880, opens with the following quote: The highest finishing is labor in vain, unless at the same time there be preserved a breadth of light and shadow. From Reynold’s notes on Du Fresnoy

  • Book Note of the Day: Alberti on Beauty

    Book Note of the Day: Alberti on Beauty

    ‘Beauty’, he says, ‘is that reasoned harmony of the parts within a body, so that nothing may be added, taken away, or altered but for the worse.’ —from The Chameleon’s Eye, by Caspar Pearson.

  • Book Note of the Day: The Royal Road in Art

    Book Note of the Day: The Royal Road in Art

    There is no royal road in art. In this department of life, as in every other, the student must serve before he can govern. He must learn to construct, to draw, to paint, to observe, and select. —From the preface of Alfred East’s, “Landscape Painting in Oil Colour,” Philadelphia, J. B. Lippincott Company, 1908 This […]

  • From Odd Nerdrum to Igor Stravinsky and a Favorite Quote on the Creative Process

    From Odd Nerdrum to Igor Stravinsky and a Favorite Quote on the Creative Process

    I have a recent habit of saving a variety of essays, forums posts and articles I find on the internet as PDFs then assembling them into one bundle, which I print as a bound book and carry around with me for a month or so to read and contemplate.  In the latest collection I included an article […]

  • Rubens: How to Price a Painting

    Rubens: How to Price a Painting

    For one evaluates pictures differently from tapestries. The latter are purchased by measure, while the former are valued according to their excellence, their subject, and number of figures. —Letter of June 1, 1618, to Sir Dudley Carleton.