Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
Painting: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather, and exposing them to the critic.
Finishing a painting is a slow withdrawal, until I abandon it.
There's no Undo in painting: you pile one mistake on top of another.
Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do.
Painting becomes interesting when it becomes timeless.
If your life is full, you will paint full pictures. If it is empty, your pictures will be empty too.
Coming out of college with a degree in fine arts and painting isn't worth much any more.
Caspar David Friedrich
If he sees nothing within, then he should stop painting what is in front of him.
I don't mind being miserable as long as I'm painting well.
The point is to know how to put nothing on the canvas, and have it look like something when you stand back.
I hate painting.
Painting is like golf; the fewer strokes I take, the better the picture.
We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realise truth.
When I am in my painting, I'm not aware of what I'm doing.
I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I don't need.
There is no such thing as good painting about nothing.
John Singer Sargent
A portrait is a painting with something wrong with the mouth.
Paint like a pig eats.
Talent hits a target no one else can hit; genius hits a target no one else can see.
Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art.
Painting is more important than art.
Vincent Van Gogh
I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.
The only time I feel alive is when I'm painting.
A painting is like a man. If you can live without it, then there isn't much point in having it.
One man's maroon is another man's dirty red.
Life is like photography. You need the negatives to develop.
A good photograph is knowing where to stand.
A photograph is usually looked at – seldom looked into.
Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer - and often the supreme disappointment.
There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.
There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.
There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.
The single most important component of a camera is the tweleve inches behind it.
Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.
You don't take a photograph, you make it.
Great photography is about depth of feeling, not depth of field.
William Albert Allard
What’s really important is to simplify. The work of most photographers would be improved immensely if they could do one thing: get rid of the extraneous. If you strive for simplicity, you are more likely to reach the viewer.
I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them.
All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth.
I have always been very interested in photography. I have looked at far more photographs than I have paintings. Because their reality is stronger than reality itself.
In photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary.
Most things in life are moments of pleasure and a lifetime of embarrassment; photography is a moment of embarrassment and a lifetime of pleasure.
If your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough.
It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are.
Of course it’s all luck.
Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.
Which of my photographs is my favourite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.
Concentrate on the photoshoot rather than Photoshop.
If one percent of your photographs are really worth looking at, you're a good photographer.
Photographs are a huge comfort for old age.
Perfect photographs do not move the heart.
The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain things with words.
As an amateur you have an advantage over photographers – you can do as you wish. This should make amateurs the happiest of photographers.
Experience has shown that the more fascinating the subject, the less observant the photographer.
I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers.
When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls.
Best wide-angle lens? Two steps backward.
Don’t park. Arrival is the death of inspiration.
I am not interested in shooting new things – I am interested to see things new.
David Alan Harvey
Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like.
We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us.
If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn't need to lug around a camera.
The best camera is the one that’s with you.
Pictures are all around us, waiting to be taken. The difficult part is recognising them but the secret is not just to record but to select.
It is not enough to photograph the obviously picturesque.
Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.
I paint what cannot be photographed, and I photograph what I do not wish to paint.
Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.
If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff.
The camera's only job is to get out of the way of making photographs.
The still must tease with the promise of a story the viewer of it itches to be told.
W Eugene Smith
What use is having great depth of field if there is not an adequate depth of feeling?
The painter constructs, the photographer discloses.
Time eventually positions most photographs, even the most amateurish, at the level of art.
A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.
Ellen Von Unwerth
A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.
Only photograph what you love.
A good snapshot stops a moment from running away.
Good photos are like good jokes. If you have to explain it, it isn’t that good.
Life is like a camera. Just focus on what’s important and capture the good times, develop from the negatives and, if things don’t work out, just take another shot.
When people ask me what equipment I use, I tell them my eyes.