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Quotes by Emily Carr - (51 quotes)

Emily Carr - From the Abstraction category:

I was not ready for abstraction. I clung to earth and her dear shapes, her density, her herbage, her juice. I wanted her volume, and I wanted to hear her throb. (Emily Carr)

Emily Carr - From the Aging category:

Twenty can't be expected to tolerate sixty in all things, and sixty gets bored stiff with twenty's eternal love affairs. (Emily Carr)

Emily Carr - From the Aging category:

It is not all bad, this getting old, ripening. After the fruit has got its growth it should juice up and mellow. God forbid I should live long enough to ferment and rot and fall to the ground in a squash. (Emily Carr)

Emily Carr - From the Art category:

Art is an aspect of God and there is only one God, but different people see Him in different ways. Though He is always the same He doesn't always look the same... (Emily Carr)

Emily Carr - From the Blocks category:

Rentals sank, living rose. I could not afford help. I must be owner, agent, landlady and janitor. I loathed landladying... I tried in every way to augment my income. Small fruit, hens, rabbits, dogs - pottery... I never painted now - had neither time nor wanting. For about fifteen years I did not paint. (Emily Carr)

Emily Carr - From the Change category:

Cedars are terribly sensitive to change of time and light – sometimes they are bluish cold-green, then they turn yellow warm-green – sometimes their boughs flop heavy and sometimes float, then they are fairy as ferns and then they droop, heavy as heartaches. (Emily Carr)

Emily Carr - From the Copying category:

Be careful that you do not write or paint anything that is not your own, that you don't know in your own soul. (Emily Carr)

Emily Carr - From the Depression category:

The world is horrid right straight through and so am I... I want to grouch and sulk and rip and snort. I am a pail of milk that has gone sour. (Emily Carr)

Emily Carr - From the Desire category:

How badly I want that nameless thing! First there must be an idea, a feeling... Maybe it was an abstract idea that you've got to find a symbol for, or maybe it was a concrete form that you have to simplify or distort to meet your ends, but that starting point must pervade the whole. (Emily Carr)

Emily Carr - From the Desire category:

I want the ferocious, strangled lonesomeness of that place, creepy, nervy, forsaken... and the great dense forest behind full of unseen things and great silence, and on the sea the sun beating down... (Emily Carr)

Emily Carr - From the Determination category:

My mountain is dead. As soon as she has dried, I'll bury her under a decent layer of white paint. But I haven't done with the old lady; far from it! (Emily Carr)

Emily Carr - From the Dissatisfaction category:

You always feel when you look it straight in the eye that you could have put more into it, could have let yourself go and dug harder. (Emily Carr)

Emily Carr - From the Dreams category:

Last night I dreamed that I came face to face with a picture I had done and forgotten, a forest done in simple movement, just forms of trees moving in space. That is the third time I have seen pictures in my dreams, a glint of what I am striving to attain. (Emily Carr)

Emily Carr - From the Earth category:

Look at the earth crowded with growth, new and old bursting from their strong roots hidden in the silent, live ground, each seed according to its own kind... each one knowing what to do, each one demanding its own rights on the earth... So, artist, you too from the deeps of your soul... let your roots creep forth, gaining strength. (Emily Carr)

Emily Carr - From the Experiments category:

You will have to experiment and try things out for yourself and you will not be sure of what you are doing. That's all right, you are feeling your way into the thing. (Emily Carr)

Emily Carr - From the Expression category:

There are no words, no paints to express all this, only a beautiful dumbness in the soul, life speaking to life. (Emily Carr)

Emily Carr - From the Failure category:

I thought my mountain was coming this morning. It was near to speaking when suddenly it shifted, sulked, and returned to smallness. It has eluded me again and sits there, puny and dull. Why? (Emily Carr)

Emily Carr - From the Gender category:

The sun enriched the old poles grandly... The mothers expressed all womanhood – the big wooden hands holding the child were so full of tenderness they had to be distorted enormously in order to contain it all. Womanhood was strong in Kitwancool. (Emily Carr)

Emily Carr - From the Gender category:

The men resent a woman getting any honour in what they consider is essentially their field. Men painters mostly despise women painters. So I have decided to stop squirming, to throw any honour in with Canada and women. (Emily Carr)

Emily Carr - From the Growth category:

Look at the earth crowded with growth, new and old bursting from their strong roots hidden in the silent, live ground, each seed according to its own kind... each one knowing what to do, each one demanding its own rights on the earth... So, artist, you too from the deeps of your soul... let your roots creep forth, gaining strength. (Emily Carr)

Emily Carr - From the Growth category:

I think that one's art is a growth inside one. I do not think one can explain growth. It is silent and subtle. One does not keep digging up a plant to see how it grows. (Emily Carr)

Emily Carr - From the Happiness category:

Trees love to toss and sway; they make such happy noises. (Emily Carr)

Emily Carr - From the Harmony category:

-Hundreds and Thousands
Oh I do want that thing, that oneness of movement that will catch the thing up into one movement and sing - harmony of life. (Emily Carr)

Emily Carr - From the Hypocrisy category:

Don't take what someone else has made sure of and pretend it's you yourself that have made sure of it till it's yours absolutely by conviction. It's stealing to take it and hypocrisy and you'll fall into a hole. (Emily Carr)

Emily Carr - From the Language category:

I sat staring, staring, staring - half lost, learning a new language or rather the same language in a different dialect. (Emily Carr)

Emily Carr - From the Loneliness category:

You come into the world alone and you go out of the world alone, yet it seems to me you are more alone while living than even going and coming. (Emily Carr)

Emily Carr - From the Masters category:

Bless... the two painting masters who first pointed out to me (raw young pupil that I was) that there was coming and going among trees, that there was sunlight in shadows. (Emily Carr)

Emily Carr - From the Meaning category:

You must be absolutely honest and true in the depicting of a totem, for meaning is attached to every line. You must be most particular about detail and proportion... (Emily Carr)

Emily Carr - From the Memory category:

The memory of Cumshewa is of a great lonesomeness smothered in a blur of rain. (Emily Carr)

Emily Carr - From the Movement category:

Let the movement be slow and savour of solidity at the base and rise quivering to the tree tops and to the sky, always rising to meet it joyously and tremulously... the spirit must be... perpetually moving through, carrying on and inducing a thirst for more and a desire to rise. (Emily Carr)

Emily Carr - From the Nature category:

As the woods are the same, the trees standing in their places, the rocks and the earth... they are always different too, as lights and shadows and seasons and moods pass through them. (Emily Carr)

Emily Carr - From the Order category:

-of the forest...
Perfectly ordered disorder designed with a helter-skelter magnificence. (Emily Carr)

Emily Carr - From the Patriotism category:

It is wonderful to feel the grandness of Canada in the raw, not because she is Canada but because she's something sublime that you were born into, some great rugged power that you are a part of. (Emily Carr)

Emily Carr - From the Plagiarism category:

If you're going to lick the icing off somebody else's cake you won't be nourished and it won't do you any good, - or you might find the cake had caraway seeds, and you hate them. (Emily Carr)

Emily Carr - From the Power category:

-on paintings by Lawren Harris...
I have never felt anything like the power of those canvases. They seem to have called to me from some other world, sort of an answer to a great longing. As I came through the mountains I longed so to cast off my earthly body and float away through the great pure spaces between the peaks, up the quiet green ravines into the high, pure, clean air. Mr. Harris has painted those very spaces, and my spirit seems able to leave my body and roam among them. They make me so happy. (Emily Carr)

Emily Carr - From the Questions category:

Over and over one must ask oneself the queston, 'What do I want to express? What is the thought behind the saying? What is my ideal, what my objective? What? Why? Why? What?' (Emily Carr)

Emily Carr - From the Recognition category:

I have been sent more ridiculous press notices. People are frequently comparing my work with Van Gogh... I do hope I do not get bloated and self-satisfied. When proud feelings come I step up over them to the realm of work, to the thing I want, the liveness of the thing itself. (Emily Carr)

Emily Carr - From the Religion category:

There is a need to go deeper, to let myself go completely, to enter into the surroundings in the real fellowship of oneness, to lift above the outer shell, out into the depth and wideness where God is the recognized centre and everything is in time with everything, and the key-note is God. (Emily Carr)

Emily Carr - From the Renewal category:

Oh, Spring! I want to go out and feel you and get inspiration. My old things seem dead. I want fresh contacts, more vital searching. (Emily Carr)

Emily Carr - From the Seeing category:

Indian Art broadened my seeing, loosened the formal tightness I had learned in England's schools. Its bigness and stark reality baffled my white man's understanding... I had been schooled to see outsides only, not struggle to pierce. (Emily Carr)

Emily Carr - From the Senses category:

If the air is jam-full of sounds which we tune in with, why should it not also be full of feels and smells and things seen through the spirit, drawing particles from us to them and them to us like magnets? (Emily Carr)

Emily Carr - From the Silence category:

So still were the big woods where I sat, sound might not yet have been born. (Emily Carr)

Emily Carr - From the Sincerity category:

The artist himself may not think he is religious, but if he is sincere his sincerity in itself is religion. (Emily Carr)

Emily Carr - From the Spirituality category:

The spirit must be felt so intensely that it has power to call others in passing, for it must pass, not stop in the pictures... (Emily Carr)

Emily Carr - From the Subject category:

What do I want to express? The subject means little. The arrangement, the design, colour, shape, depth, light, space, mood, movement, balance, not one or all of these fills the bill. There is something additional, a breath that draws your breath into its breathing, a heartbeat that pounds on yours, a recognition of the oneness of all things. (Emily Carr)

Emily Carr - From the Truth category:

There is something bigger than fact: the underlying spirit, all it stands for, the mood, the vastness, the wildness. (Emily Carr)

Emily Carr - From the Universe category:

When you really think about your hand you begin to realize its connection, to sense the hum of your own being passing through it. When we look at a piece of the universe we should feel the same. (Emily Carr)

Emily Carr - From the Wonder category:

Oh, I wonder if I will ever feel the burst of birth-joy, that knowing that the indescribable, joyous thing that has wooed and wond me has passed through my life and produced one atom of the great reality. (Emily Carr)

Emily Carr - From the Words category:

It's all the unwordable things one wants to write about, just as it's all the unformable things one wants to paint – essence. (Emily Carr)

Emily Carr - From the Words category:

-Hundreds and Thousands...
Trying to find equivalents for things in words helps me find equivalents in painting. (Emily Carr)

Emily Carr - From the Writing category:

Writing is a splendid sorter of... feelings, better even than paint. (Emily Carr)



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