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Art quotes for strange people How not to be an artist

How artists eat their sandwiches

All artists are pretenders: queens to the right, kings to the left, please.

Rebel Without a Palette

I heckle to disrupt myself, to refuse my smallness, to deny that I repeat myself, and to remind myself that it is I who must declaim myself. ‘Umpteenth said alert.’

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Artists are only special for the resistance they overcome.

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Seek not clarity in your products, but clarity in your purposes.

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If only artists would seek advice before and not after making art when the damage cannot be undone.

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TIME FOR A NAP ALERT: Time will always heal the perception of a failed artwork. ‘Are you saying if I give it till 4 o’clock my art will be priceless?’

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Paint not what you see, but what you want others to see. ‘That’s called surrogate art, mate!’

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Thought must be more articulate than technical skill, and emotion more entertaining than thought. ‘You’re never far from my thoughts when I don’t have them.’

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Turn aspiration into interest and your journey to full artist-hood will begin. ‘Prisons are full of alchemists who turned aspiration into interest, mate!’

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Greatness is just averageness done well, and subtlety is just the obvious spoken subtly. ‘Okay, but does the safe have a combination or is it a Semtex job?’

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If art is not in your heart, don’t do it, but if it is, stand up and fight for it.

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The craving for recognition is the craving for incarceration.

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Most artists are original enough to get unnoticed; only a few are so original that they get noticed.

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By Rebel Without a Palette

Francis is an Australian born artist, illustrator and musician.