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A photograph is not an accident - it is a concept. (Ansel Adams)

In my case all painting... is an accident. I foresee it and yet I hardly ever carry it out as I foresee it. It transforms itself by the actual paint. I don't in fact know very often what the paint will do, and it does many things which are very much better than I could make it do. (Francis Bacon)

All painting is an accident. But it's also not an accident, because one must select what part of the accident one chooses to preserve. (Francis Bacon)

You want accuracy, but not representation. If you know how to make the figuration, it doesn't work. Anything you can make, you make by accident. In painting, you have to know what you do, not how, when you do it. (Francis Bacon)

I want a very ordered image, but I want it to come about by chance. (Francis Bacon)

It's the nasty and the accident that form the foundation for elegance that comes later. (Nick Bantock)

In art, there is one thing which does not receive sufficient attention. The element which is left to the human will is not nearly so large as people think. (Charles Baudelaire)

A series of accidents creates a positively light-hearted state. (Jean Baudrillard)

My figures come and go, suggested by fortune or misfortune. I try to fix them divested of their apparent accidental quality. (Max Beckmann)

-Great Jewish Short Stories, 1963
We are all such accidents. We do not make up history and culture. We simply appear, not by our own choice. We make what we can of our condition with the means available. We must accept the mixture as we find it - the impurity of it, the tragedy of it, the hope of it. (Saul Bellow)

U2 is sort of song writing by accident really. We don't really know what we're doing and when we do, it doesn't seem to help. (Bono)

Much in life is learned and accomplished by accident. (Harley Brown)

Doesn't 'expecting the unexpected' make the unexpected expected? (George Carlin)

-in a letter to his son, 1753...
A chapter of accidents. (Earl of Chesterfield)

The happy accident happens about once a year. The rest are unhappy accidents. (Alexander Creswell)

Oops! I wonder how that blob of paint turned up in the sky? – that must be how many a bird 'happened' in a landscape and how extra leaves were added to overhanging branches. (Jeane Duffey)

Accident is veiled necessity. (Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach)

Accident is design / And design is accident / In a cloud of unknowing. (T. S. Eliot)

The process of art-making is full of happy accidents – what fun! (Max Elliott)

There are many accidents that are nothing but accidents - and forget it. But there are some that were brought about only because you are the person you are... you have the wherewithal, intelligence, and energy to recognize it and do something with it. (Helen Frankenthaler)

We try not to have ideas, preferring accidents. To create, you must empty yourself of every thought. (Gilbert George)

Get into the habit of doing what you see, not what you know. Human reason cannot foresee the accidents of out-of-doors. (Charles Hawthorne)

It may have been accidental but you knew enough to let this alone. The intelligent painter is always making use of accidents. (Charles Hawthorne)

The most persistent principles in the universe are accident and error. (Frank Herbert)

Experience has turned what was once 'unexpected luck' into controlled and expected results. (William Hook)

I have meant what I have done. Or – I have often meant what I have done. Or – I have sometimes meant what I have done. Or – I have tried to mean what I was doing. (Jasper Johns)

A creative train of thought is set off by: the unexpected, the unknown, the accidental, the disorderly, the absurd, the impossible. (Asger Jorn)

By painting one painting after another as fast as possible, not only does the work get better, but every accident becomes an opportunity to experiment. Sometimes one accident can be combined with another. (Earl Grenville Killeen)

We never learned how to solve problems, create effects, get concrete results. So we hope for, and rely on fortuitous accidents. What we do by accident we call 'creative.' (Brian Knowles)

You need accidents, otherwise it is fake. (Sotirios Kotoulas)

Experiment by applying a few strokes suggesting the subject and see what happens... develop the piece from interesting accidents. (Jean-Francis Le Saint)

It was accidental before but now it's become my method. (Hui Lin Liu)

At first laying down, as a fact fundamental, / That nothing with God can be accidental. (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

It's a real triumph taking a painting out from a pit-hole with a loose and open approach. Some aspects in its favour are those strange accidents that can produce amazing results. (David Louis)

When everything flows into place - washes dry tonally correct, crisp and sparkling, the light scheme is sound and the 'accidentals' are all happy ones - I'm temporarily in a euphoric state. (Bill Luff)

Although the painting is accidental in the beginning, I work toward a design that suggests a subject. (Maxine Masterfield)

I throw down the gauntlet to chance. For example, I prepare the ground for a picture by cleaning my brush over the canvas. Spilling a little turpentine can also be helpful. (Joan Miro)

In the brush doing what it's doing, it will stumble on what one couldn't do by oneself. (Robert Motherwell)

A little inaccuracy sometimes saves a ton of explanation. (Hector Hugh Munro)

By playing with 'happy accidents' that occur while making art, and following them like unexpected paths to see where they take us, we end up developing our own unique styles. (Kim Niles)

I got half-a-dozen paintings from that shattered plate. (Georgia O'Keeffe)

Surprises are the joy of living. Surprises directly touch the soul. Good surprises energize and bad surprises teach. (Alev Oguz)

Did you ever observe to whom the accidents happen? Chance favors only the prepared mind. (Louis Pasteur)

I often use an old canvas and I particularly enjoy painting over something I've already done, allowing bits to come jumping through accidentally. (Myfanwy Pavelic)

Accidents, try to change them - it's impossible. The accidental reveals man. (Pablo Picasso)

What at first seems accidental is really 'controlled looseness.' Unity is always a top priority and is important for the success of a painting. (Carlton Plummer)

I don't use the accident. I deny the accident. (Jackson Pollock)

There is no accident, just as there is no beginning and no end. (Jackson Pollock)

The only thing that I could get with chance, and I never was able to use it, was that I would end up with something quite geometric or the spirit that I was interested in, indulging in, was gone. (Robert Rauschenberg)

We don't make mistakes here, we just have happy accidents. (Bob Ross)

When a person is prepared to receive something, a series of accidents takes place. (Irving Sandler)

The biggest bursts of speciation that we know about in the history of the earth are soon after great cataclysms, like the extinction of the dinosaurs, which create new opportunities, and all sorts of new forms spring up... So, quite often, the reasons for creativity depend on accidents or disasters that prevent the normal habits being carried out. (Rupert Sheldrake)

I aimed at the public's heart, and by accident I hit it in the stomach. (Upton Beall Sinclair)

Accidents that might occur allow unexpected textures, surfaces, and colors to develop spontaneously from some vision frozen in our subconscious. It is the stuff that we abstract expressionists work with continually. (Alan Soffer)

Art is not arbitrary. A fine painting is not there by accident; it is not arrived at by chance. We are sensitive to tonalities. (Frederick Sommer)

Every brushstroke has a certain tension, a certain nervousness. Every brushstroke is, in a sense, some kind of accident. (Raphael Soyer)

I have discovered that the unasked-for accident can be the salvation of what you are doing. (Stephen de Staebler)

Half of art is accident, but there is no accident without free experiment. (Ralph Steadman)

As soon as you accept the accidental effects, they are no longer accidents. They are necessity – the part of yourself that you could not expect or design beforehand. Thus the realm of your creativity grows wider. (Kazuaki Tanahashi)

Things are bound to begin happening if you've got your wits about you. You create the lucky accidents. (Lewis Thomas)

There are no accidents, all things have a deep and calculated purpose; sometimes the methods employed by Providence seem strange and incongruous, but we have only to be patient and wait for the result: then we recognize that no others would have answered the purpose, and we are rebuked and humbled. (Mark Twain)

The creative writer uses his life as well as being its victim; he can control, in his work, the self-presentation that in actuality is at the mercy of a thousand accidents. (John Updike)

Color accidents are exciting and drive me into an appreciative reassessment of the piece as a whole. (Jerry Waese)

The unforseen event, the 'accident,' the unexpected all play a very large part in my creative play. I prefer to let the materials suggest the direction of a work. (Burnell Yow!)


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