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A system is in equilibrium when the forces constituting it are arranged in such a way as to compensate each other, like the two weights pulling at the arms of a pair of scales. (Rudolf Arnheim)

I don't think Seurat would have been aware of the dots - he would have been aware of what he was trying to do. The dots were an instrument. (Frank Auerbach)

There is no best way to make art, but there are a lot of better ways. (Darby Bannard)

As for techniques and processes, as seen in the works themselves, neither public nor artists will find anything about them here. Those things are learned in the studio and the public is interested only in the results. (Charles Baudelaire)

I try to work all over the canvas at once, because I feel that the forces of nature are unpredictable. (Nell Blaine)

I took away a lot of the painterliness just to deal more with the methodology of looking into the structure. (Ross Bleckner)

Art and science have their meeting point in method. (Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton)

I advance all of my canvas at one time. (Paul Cezanne)

Treat nature by the cylinder, the sphere, the cone, everything in proper perspective so that each side of an object or a plane is directed towards a central point. (Paul Cezanne)

For the painter, the system of painting in flat tints is superior to all others. (Michel Eugene Chevreul)

I work on all parts of my painting at once, improving it very gently until I find that the effect is complete. (Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot)

Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things. (Edgar Degas)

You pour the paint on the snow and take photographs while it melts. All the time it melts, it changes. (Sari Dienes)

You know my method. It is founded upon the observance of trifles. (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

A painter must always move forward while fighting to hold on to something already gone. (Dean Taylor Drewyer)

I see the shape of the poem before I start writing, and the writing is just the process of arriving at the shape. (Carol Ann Duffy)

A painter knows what to do by the tug of the brush as it pulls through a mixture of oils, and by the look of coloured slurries on the palette. (James Elkins)

As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

My lyrics are generated by various peculiar processes. Very random and similar to automatic writing. (Brian Eno)

Being the person I was and am, exposed to the things I have been exposed to, I could only make my painting with the methods - and with the wrist - I have. (Helen Frankenthaler)

Take your brush here and there like a bee in an alpine meadow. In other words, don't laboriously work on or try to finish off one particular part. Paint promiscuously. (Robert Genn)

I just kind of conjured them up out of my subconscious and put them in order of ascending peculiarity. (Edward Gorey)

The trouble begins when we start to be so impressed by the strategies of our systematized thought that we forget that it does relate to an obverse, that it is hewn from negation, that it is but very small security against the void of negation which surrounds it. (Glenn Gould)

Build your painting solidly, working from big planes to small. (Irwin Greenberg)

Usually I draw in relation to my painting, what I am working on at the time. On a lucky day a surprising balance of forms and spaces will appear... making itself, the image taking hold. This in turn moves me toward painting - anxious to get to the same place, with the actuality of paint and light. (Philip Guston)

There is no formula. There are only confirmations to formulas which one has already discovered oneself. (Ernst Haas)

New material demands new methods, and new methods fling a challenge to old convention. (Lawren Harris)

We never do anything well till we cease to think about the manner of doing it. (William Hazlitt)

A tree growing out of the ground is as wonderful today as it ever was. It does not need to adopt new and startling methods. (Robert Henri)

I have to have it in my head. I do a drawing, and then I figure it out. Once you think about it, with a bit of bravado, it's very easy. (Carmen Herrera)

- b.1697 d.1764...
I turned my thoughts to a still more novel mode... to compose pictures on canvas similar to representations on the stage... my picture is my stage, and men and women my players exhibited in a 'dumb' show. (William Hogarth)

You know my method. It is founded upon the observation of trifles. (Sherlock Holmes)

All methods are sacred if they are internally necessary. All methods are sins if they are not justified by internal necessity. (Wassily Kandinsky)

You have to let the process make the painting. (Duncan de Kergommeaux)

The pictures were painted directly through me, without any preliminary drawings, and with great force. I had no idea what the paintings were supposed to depict; nevertheless I worked swiftly and surely, without changing a single brush stroke. (Hilma af Klint)

- Masters Of Photography...
My own approach is based upon three considerations: First - hands off! Whenever I photograph I do not molest or tamper with or arrange. Second - a sense of place. I try to picture as part of its surroundings, as having roots. Third - a sense of time. Whatever I photograph, I try to show as having its position in the past or in the present. (Dorothea Lange)

I've learned to create a palette, a vocabulary of ways to take pictures. (Annie Leibovitz)

In my case, I used the elements of these simple forms - square, cube, line and color - to produce logical systems. Most of these systems were finite; that is, they were complete using all possible variations. This kept them simple. (Sol LeWitt)

A necessary process for the artist is one which begins with a point of view, a reaction to the environment, to people, to whatever it is one is concerned with. (Jacques Lipchitz)

A distinction is made between artists who work directly from nature and those who work purely from imagination. Neither of these methods should be preferred to the exclusion of the other. Often both are used in turn by the same artist... (Henri Matisse)

My way is to seize an image the moment it has formed in my mind, to trap it as a bird and to pin it at once to canvas. Afterward I start to tame it, to master it. I bring it under control and I develop it. (Joan Miro)

No one is an artist unless he carries his picture in his head before painting it, and is sure of his method and composition. (Claude Monet)

I paint from the top down. From the sky, then the mountains, then the hills, then the houses, then the cattle, and then the people. (Grandma Moses)

Sometimes I get the start of a story from a memory, an anecdote, but that gets lost and is usually unrecognizable in the final story. (Alice Munro)

It's true, I do sometimes suspend myself over the canvas, but mostly I work at a table when I'm making a painting. When I use 'The Rig,' my feet are firmly anchored. I lower myself horizontally just long enough to make a brush stroke - a matter of seconds - and then I'm upright again. My assistant then erases the painting quickly with a squeegee and I go for it again... until I get it right. It's like trying to hit a home run. (James Nares)

I pick up my pen. It flows. A building appears. There it is. There is nothing more to say. (Oscar Niemeyer)

No matter what medium I'm using, or what subject I'm painting, I do retain a fairly set approach to painting. (Ron Parker)

I go straight in very close to people and I do that because it's the only way you can get the picture. You go right up to them. Even now, I don't find it easy. I don't announce it. I pretend to be focusing elsewhere. (Martin Parr)

First you do it just to do it, then you do it for fun. Then you take it seriously, and then you're done... Do it again! (Robert Perrish)

I don't like to think that I am a slave to technique, or so inept that I have to restrict myself to one method. (Walter J. Phillips)

The most admirable method is that by which each wash of colour, large or small, is never disturbed. It admits of practically no overpainting, sponging or scrubbing. The colour stays where it is put. (Walter J. Phillips)

Method involves a slavish addiction to laws, and we can only aspire to anarchy. (Robert Pinsky)

Cover the canvas at the first go, then work at it until you see nothing more to add. (Camille Pissarro)

I don't work from drawings. I don't make sketches and drawings and colour sketches into a final painting. (Jackson Pollock)

Tee toia, te haumatia - Nothing can be achieved without a plan, workforce and way of doing things. (Maori proverb)

Many times I find myself using a variety of methods on one painting to help it be the most exciting. (Stephen Quiller)

In painting, as in the other arts, there's not a single process, no matter how insignificant, which can be reasonably made into a formula. (Pierre-Auguste Renoir)

A passion for his art, and an eager desire to excel, will more than supply an artist with the place of method. (Sir Joshua Reynolds)

The only principle in art is to copy what you see. Dealers in aesthetics to the contrary, every other method is fatal. (Auguste Rodin)

It fascinates me to create beautiful paintings with the simplest means. (James Rosenquist)

It is as deadly for a mind to have a system as to have none. Therefore it will have to decide to combine both. (Friedrich Von Schlegel)

They see poetry in what I have done. No. I apply my methods, and that is all there is to it. (Georges Seurat)

My method is to take the utmost trouble to find the right thing to say. And then say it with the utmost levity. (George Bernard Shaw)

For the artist who practises photography, capturing the image is learning how to sketch on some medium, but is only half the challenge; learning how to print is applying a subjective pallet to that sketch, and completes the creative process. (David Travis)

I work in an impatient way. (Cy Twombly)

When I paint I try to have one foot in my unconscious mind and the other foot on the ground. If I fall over I start again. (Anthony Wait)

Avoid methodology. If what you're doing is about technique, that's not art. (Kay WalkingStick)

You must learn first to observe the rules faithfully; afterwards, modify them according to your intelligence and capacity. The end of all method is to seem to have no method. (Wang Wei)

To be without method is deplorable, but to depend entirely on method is worse. (Wang Wei)

There is no surer method of evading the world than by following Art and no surer method of linking oneself to it than by Art. (Oscar Wilde)