The great thing about art appreciation is it doesn’t take long, You only have to look at art and it’s shit.
Failures distort us, they distance us from our core selves; successes align us with our core selves.
Oil paint was invented to smooth over life’s wrinkles.
To change the internal status quo, you must disrupt the outer status quo: spend a day playing devil’s advocate with yourself, turn left instead of right, laugh instead of cry, […]
Any fool can appreciate beauty; creative people are inspired by poetry. ‘please hold the beautiful line, i’ll put you through to the appreciation department.’
Life stories told of struggles for artistic authenticity are often more inspiring than the art created.
Only by a leap of faith has art hope of birth.
Any old artist can fill the hearth with coals; only the best artists can set them alight. ‘i bet if you get your timing right, father Christmas gets his beard […]
Conformity comforts those who lack invention and therapies those messed up by theoretical upbringings.
Sufferers of ‘going through the motions’ should make ‘experimental’ appointments for their recovery potions.
“Museums are safe houses for those who escaped from hell, and halfway houses for those hell-bent on entering art heaven.“
(1) Thou art the imagination gazing at Nature: Don’t be a slave to Nature; treat her as a friend and know her as a mother – for art is imagination […]
Written observational notes should accompany every sketchbook drawing. ‘Do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti, dosser.’ Rebel Without a Palette Before starting a painting, clear the mind of expectation and […]
On love is built all art, on love is built what needs to be, not what wants to be. Rebel Without a Palette Contemplation time, recovery time, showing off time, […]
Originality will always cause the public to think something isn’t right. ‘Yeah, girls never talk about Mr Original, only Mr Right, hey!’ Rebel Without a Palette Originality is the ability […]
The illustrator tells the story, the artist is the story, and they sure as hell embellish it. Rebel Without a Palette By the age of fifty, most people realise they […]
It is perfectly possible to justify art without having a clue what it means or how it came about, which on hearing the great news causes artists to unfurl from […]
Dear Nutters, if you need to reset your password to art heaven, please ensure that your new password includes the word ‘fantasy.’ Rebel Without a Palette The weave of canvas […]
Not being in the mood to paint might be an excuse not to paint, but it’s not an excuse not to experiment. ‘That’s what my wife says.’ Art can never […]
Art resolves itself in the subconscious. Planning a painting is akin to planning a funeral before anyone has died. Artists are visual opportunists; they simply recast the visual gifts they […]
Art puts a skip in society’s step. ‘Well, you’ve got to put the rubbish somewhere.’ Rebel Without a Palette Self-isolation sets art free. Rebel Without a Palette Create art with […]
CONTRAST ALERT: Use contrast to create visual interest; contrast light/shade, warm/cool, bright/dull. Too much contrast is confusing, too little bland. Rebel Without a Palette Nationalism is on the rise because […]
Every child is born an artist; every adult is a born-again artist. Rebel Without a Palette I can understand why people make art, but buying art seems very odd. Rebel […]
WARNING! DANGER OF FALLING ARTISTS: Jumping off the art cliff can be addictive and extremely dangerous. Rebel Without a Palette I wish to send back the fine praise the arse-lickers […]
Every artwork is a page torn from a sketchbook; it takes time to get to the end of a good book, as you know! Rebel Without a Palette Art gives […]
If art could talk it would say, ‘What the fuck are you looking at.’ Rebel Without a Palette One painting is an idea, a room full, an argument. ‘Yeah, you […]
Sad indeed are artists who cannot reinvent themselves. ‘Sorry mate, I missed the prompt to burst into tears.’ Rebel Without a Palette To exist or not to paint, that is […]
Touching base is anathema to artists because art is baseless. ‘It’s all right for some, the rest of us have got to live someplace.’ Rebel Without a Palette To safeguard […]