"GRAY DAY" by Parker Kagan-Kaufman, 2011
"A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light." -- Leonardo da Vinci.
"Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth." --Pablo Picasso.
"Art and love are the same thing. It is the process of seeing yourself in things that are not you." --Chuck Klosterman.
"I dream my painting and I paint my dream." --Vincent Van Gogh.
"You might as well ask an artist to explain his art, or a poet to explain his poem. It defeats the purpose. The meaning is only clear through the search." --Rick Riordan.
"Creativity takes courage." --Henri Matisse.
"Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious." --Oscar Wilde.
"If we citizens don't support our artists, then we sacrifice our imagination on the altar of crude reality and we end up believing in nothing and having worthless dreams."
"You don't make a photograph with just a camera. You bring to the act of photography, all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved." --Ansel Adams.
"We have art in order not to die of the truth." --Friedrich Nietzsche.
"A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you, the less you know."
"Art without emotion is like chocolate without sugar. It makes you gag."
--Laurie Hale Anderson.
"Nature is a haunted house, but Art, is a house that tries to be haunted."
"Art is what you can get away with." --Andy Warhol.
"Art is the proper task of life." --Friedrich Nietzsche.
"An artists only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else's." --J D Salinger.
"Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one."
"Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere." --G K Chesterton.
"Art is the reason I get up in the morning, but the definition ends there. It doesn't seem fair that I'm living for something that I can't even define." Ani DiFranco.
image above, "GREY DAY", 5.5" x 8.5", cardstock composition by Parker Kagan-Kaufman, 2011.