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Quotes by Sara Genn - (55 quotes)

Sara Genn - From the Accomplishment category:

I value the momentum of making the list and the drive to tick. Sometimes I add stuff I've already accomplished so I can get going on my feelings of accomplishment. (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Beginning category:

Remember the importance of phrases... a piece of something, an entry, a moment, a mark. This adjusts the pressure of the giant task of creating the perfect masterwork. (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Brother/Sisterhood category:

As a community of artists, we might just keep safe each other's love affair. (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Business category:

Artists live in an imperfect world where affairs of the heart must sometimes be compromised with business. (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Collaboration category:

-on Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed...
Collaborating in art and life, Laurie and Lou focused on play, performance, creation, downtime, unfettered creativity and mutual critiquing... As partners, they built their higher selves. (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Colour category:

I can hide as much as I want in my colours. (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Colour category:

Having a favourite colour is like having a favourite lung. (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Colour category:

Vibrancy is only as effective as the mastering of restraint. (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Competition category:

In modern times we are often encouraged to protect our ego-force and individuality by securing a private world in which to develop our unique artistic voice. Many artists find themselves solo-paddling along a private and unchallenging river... Could rivalry be a productive system? (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Courage category:

Pay no attention to the less courageous. (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Creativity category:

Art is a perfectly complete cause. (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Curiosity category:

Make a searching and fearless inventory of your creative curiosity. (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Design category:

If an artist comes intuitively from the point of design, notan – lightness/darkness – is natural. (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Education category:

Study the processes and methods of those who are better at it than you... there's someone who knows something you don't, who has honed a skill more than you have. Rival your rival. (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Enthusiasm category:

Learning a new thing is a shortcut to joy and informs your area of mastery. (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Eroticism category:

Why can't we all just acknowledge that 'nature' - that is, 'sex' or 'erotic' images, which are really just 'attracters' are everywhere. Of course a flower looks like what it looks like - that's what it is - to a bee. (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Failure category:

Refreshing failures roll off the travel easel like ants from a picnic blanket. (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Goals category:

Stretch your goals... In other words, think big and think far off. (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Guidance category:

The Painter's Keys is a timeless, universal guide to lifemanship masquerading as a painting blog. (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Habit category:

Things we do regularly become buried with habits, and we lose the ability to extract their powers to inspire. (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Ideas category:

Ideas bubble differently when we're forced to inquire about the obvious. (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Importance category:

Every task is given equal importance – that way I can pick and choose my tasks based on the ebb and flow of my creative metabolism. (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Individuality category:

In the art game we do our own cooking. (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Innocence category:

Making strides in areas unencumbered by hard-won expectation feels effervescent. By switching into child-mode, shuffling the cortex, we remember our innocence, when we knew less. These are the essentials of continued aesthetic discovery. (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Joy category:

Joy is my energy and energy is my powerhouse. (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Limitations category:

You are responsible for understanding your limitations. (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Masters category:

Learn from the greats, and expose yourself to better work. (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Mirrors category:

Art is sometimes likened to a mirror... an expression of universal human truth, executed with a degree of skill. (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Mirrors category:

Scientists tracking mirror neurons noticed that a monkey will get excited not just when holding a banana, but also when seeing someone else holding a banana. (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Painting category:

Read in order to write, but paint in order to paint. (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Pets category:

A brown-lashed dog exhales a contented hum from the nearby shade. (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Planning category:

The system is the list. A piece of paper, a scrap, a page in a book, repeated often at bedside, desk, easel, traveling notebook, breakfast setting... (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Play category:

Play is your route to mastery. (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Pleasure category:

Half of the pleasure of painting and feeling the joy of the creative act is sharing it with others and the feeling of connection. It could just be the colour. But it is something that someone other than you has seen and felt. It is momentous. It is magic. (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Plein-Air category:

The 'wandering studio' gathers and stores experiences, takes chances with the unfamiliar and requires a measure of self-trust. Mistakes are part of the change of scene. (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Poetry category:

These days, if you happen to be a poet you have to sing your words to get your ideas out. (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Prosperity category:

A millionaire is a person who is free, who does what she loves, who has unlimited materials, her choice of tools, abundance, inspiration, freedom and an inflated sense of entitlement to have, create and get more. (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Questions category:

Why all these years have I been agreeably turning down the stereo every time the phone rings? (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Questions category:

Some artists approach their 'why?' intuitively, and work toward giving it a voice through their technical skill. Others begin as technicians, and develop, or discover, their 'why?' as they become stronger communicators. (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Renewal category:

New surroundings have a way of returning attention to areas that may have become rote. (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Responsibility category:

You are solely responsible for doing the work required to become better. (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Rules category:

Rules are, like an ashtray-in-progress, meant to be thrown, poked and reshaped to suit yourself. (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Sculpture category:

Painters tend to ignore the challenges and thrills that sculptors enjoy daily - volume... like the perfect, imperfect voluminous oval of the egg. (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Skill category:

Art begins when an observer's sensibilities engage with the understatements of a calculating craftsman. (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Strength category:

You are responsible for radicalizing your strengths. (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Studio category:

The strategy of keeping the studio close, like an outbuilding five paces from the house, or in the loft next door, or with the studio on one end and the bed on the other - makes art always available. (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Subject category:

Artists and their subjects are the star-crossed lovers of the world. They recognize each other on impact. (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Taste category:

Be artistic, choose taste, set an example. (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Travel category:

Going beyond one's backyard grants one perspective. (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Understanding category:

Does an artist truly need to understand her times in order to create? I'm not sure. We're all sitting in a context. It's a market. (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Universe category:

There's a saying that goes, 'The universe gives you a whisper, then a nudge, then a push and then an anvil on your head. (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Values category:

Value choices are intuitive... It's fun to see how much you can get without leaning on contrast. (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Values category:

Once you sophisticate the in-betweens, your blacks and whites can take their solos and shine. (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Words category:

I'll put into words my experience as it is unfolding now in my life... in such a way that I might find comfort in knowing that someone else has the same thoughts and experiences. (Sara Genn)

Sara Genn - From the Writing category:

This writing exercise is entirely different from the abstract joy and mysterious colour and design communication of painting. Writing is in a language that everyone can understand and is blatantly interpreted. (Sara Genn)