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The search which takes place in my studio might best be described as a mining operation, a vertical dig in which a number of discoveries are apt to surface from a single shaft. (Abe Ajay)

As basic rules of a language must be practiced continually, and therefore are never fixed, so exercises toward distinct color effects never are done or over. New and different cases will be discovered time and again... (Josef Albers)

-A Northwoods Companion, Spring/Summer issue, 1997
Learn to poke around. Take your time. Go slow. Get down on your hands and knees and dig around. Sit in one place for an hour at a time and let the world come to you. (John Bates)

Cezanne is the Christopher Columbus of a new continent of form. (Clive Bell)

Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone. (Wendell Berry)

The occasional artist discovers how to breathe life into the canvas and the painting sings with a pure voice. (Robert Bissett)

I discover methods for myself and then read books that describe 'my' method. This leads me to believe that the creative well is shared in some magical way. (Gene Black)

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance - it is the illusion of knowledge. (Daniel J. Boorstin)

Painting is not a means of communication or even self-expression, but rather a process of discovering, or uncovering. (Louis de Brocquy)

You never know what you will learn till you start writing. Then you discover truths you never knew existed. (Anita Brookner)

To produce is to draw forth, to invent is to find, to shape is to discover... (Martin Buber)

The basic discovery about any people is the discovery of the relationship between men and women. (Pearl S. Buck)

Only when the tide goes out do you discover who's been swimming naked. (Warren Buffett)

A man's life is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened. (Albert Camus)

Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire. (Pierre Teilhard de Chardin)

What I discover while I'm painting is all-important to me. (Martha Clark)

When you realize that the contours of objects are not always visible to the human eye and therefore don't have to be recorded, you enter into a period of visual discovery like no other. (Jack Clifton)

I do my best work and have the most fun when I'm not sure exactly where I'm heading. The process of discovery is exhilarating. (Jill Cohen)

Each painting is a kind of discovery, a discovery of new forms, color relation, or balance in composition. With every painting completed, the artist may change his viewpoint to suit the discoveries made, making his vision many-sided. (Robert Colquhoun)

Licence my roving hands, and let them go / Before, behind, between, above, below. (John Donne)

I think all poets must feel this: that there is constantly something new to be discovered in the language. It's like a thrilling encounter, and you can find things. (Carol Ann Duffy)

The profoundest thought or passion sleeps as in a mine, until an equal mind and heart finds and publishes it. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

For me art is a continuous discovery into reality, an exploration of visual data which has been going on for centuries, each artist contributing to the next generation's advancement. I wanted to go a step further and extend the boundaries. (Audrey Flack)

Just as a new scientific discovery manifests something that was already latent in the order of nature, and at the same time is logically related to the total structure of the existing science, so the new poem manifests something that was already latent in the order of words. (Northrop Frye)

It is one of our most exciting discoveries that local discovery leads to a complex of further discoveries. (Buckminster Fuller)

Once the object has been constructed, I have a tendency to discover in it, transformed and displaced, images, impressions, facts which have deeply moved me... (Alberto Giacometti)

Artistically I am still a child with a whole life ahead of me to discover and create. I want something, but I won't know what it is until I succeed in doing it. (Alberto Giacometti)

All artistic discoveries are discoveries not of likenesses but of equivalencies which enable us to see reality in terms of an image and an image in terms of reality. (Ernst Gombrich)

It seems safe to say the significant discovery, really creative thinking, does not occur with regard to problems about which the thinker is lukewarm. (Mary Henle)

We make our discoveries while in the state [of high functioning] because then we are clear-sighted. (Robert Henri)

What one man can invent another can discover. (Sherlock Holmes)

An artist's working life is marked by intensive application and intense discipline. (John F. Kennedy)

The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards. (Arthur Koestler)

We tend to think things are new because we've just discovered them. (Madeleine L'Engle)

For discovering one's true inner nature, I think one should try to take out some time, with quiet and relaxation, to think more inwardly and to investigate the inner world. That may help. (Dalai Lama)

You've got to know yourself so you can at last be yourself. (D. H. Lawrence)

I cling to the optimistic belief that the haphazard and the hopscotch, the creature that sips among many flowers, may actually come up with something... (Brad Leithauser)

Painting from nature is about the discovery of truth. Discovering beauty, discovering humanity. It explores our existence by giving body to ideas, through the undeceiving physicality of its subjects. (Dana Levin)

No man ever made a great discovery without the exercise of the imagination. (George Henry Lewes)

The urge to discover, to invent, to know the unknown, seems so deeply human that we cannot imagine our history without it. (Alan Lightman)

The essential discovery of maturity has little if anything to do with information about the names, the locations, and the sequence of facts; it is the acquiring of a different sense of life, a different kind of intuition about the nature of things. (Walter Lippmann)

It is not quite accurate to say that the objective of art is to represent what happens to us as a consequence of encountering the world. A fuller description of the task would be to say our aim is to discover what happens to us as we consider things. (Peter London)

As the artist matures she is continuously shaken by what she manages to discover: by the earth shifting beneath her feet once again, by her own amazed, ringing laughter. (Eric Maisel)

Discovering the artistic muse is inspirational; inspiration generates energy and hope; creativity is fueled by inspiration; fuel nourishes action; action results in art. (Brenda Malkinson)

You can always find the sun within yourself if you will only search. (Maxwell Maltz)

The process of image-making is the evolution of an idea, the pursuit of which can be like following clues in a treasure hunt. One discovery leads to another. (Richard McDaniel)

In every man's heart there is anchored a little schooner. (Henry Miller)

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. (A. A. Milne)

In a picture, it should be possible to discover new things every time you see it. But you can look at a picture for a week together and never think of it again. You can also look at a picture for a second and think of it all your life. (Joan Miro)

I didn't want them to be pictures in the 'arranged' sense. I wanted them to be found... so that the dictionary words of describing an object disappear. (Rodrigo Moynihan)

The creation of art is a continuous journey of self-discovery and learning the craft of illusion. Perfecting it, we only discover there's more to it than meets the eye. (Alfred Muma)

When painters feel the need to make a shift toward self-discovery, they turn to black and white for a time. (Barnett Newman)

When you begin a picture, you often make some pretty discoveries. You must be on guard against these. Destroy the thing, do it over several times. In each destroying of a beautiful discovery the artist does not really suppress it, but rather transforms it, condenses it, makes it more substantial. (Pablo Picasso)

You mustn't expect me to repeat myself. My past doesn't interest me. I would rather copy others than copy myself. In that way I should at least be giving them something new. I love discovering things. (Pablo Picasso)

The great quality of true art is that it rediscovers, grasps and reveals to us that reality far from where we live, from which we get farther and farther away as the conventional knowledge we substitute for it becomes thicker and more impermeable. (Marcel Proust)

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. (Marcel Proust)

People who thrive on their creative energy are tapping into something that is innate in the human race – the ability to discover something new. What makes them different is the desire and motivation to create. (Faith Puleston)

Learning versatile approaches increases the artist's vocabulary and adds another dimension of expression. And that is what painting is ultimately about: to discover the best way in paint to most closely express what you want to say. (Stephen Quiller)

Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong. (Ayn Rand)

If we persist in our restless desire to know everything about the universe and ourselves, then we must not be afraid of what the artist brings back from his voyage of discovery. (Herbert Read)

To find one's way anywhere one has to find one's door, just like Alice, you see. You take too much of one thing and you get too big, then you take too much of another and you get too small. You've got to find your own doorway into things... (Paula Rego)

Only a single line is needed to discover who is doing what. (Paul Reps)

Great discoveries are made accidentally less often than the populace likes to think. (Wilhelm Roentgen)

We must live in the joy of discovery and shout out the beauty, as well as the pain, of this human/natural experience. (Grace Sanchez)

The delights of self-discovery are always available. (Gail Sheehy)

Invention and discovery emanate from being able to try seemingly wild possibilities and work in the unknown; to be comfortable being wrong before being right; to live in the world as a keen observer, with an openness to experiences and ideas... (Peter Sims)

Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn now and again. (Will Smith)

Every man has in himself a continent of undiscovered character. Happy is he who acts as the Columbus to his own soul. (Sir James Francis Stephens)

A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind. (Albert Szent-Gyorgyi)

Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought. (Albert Szent-Gyorgyi)

On pavements and the bark of trees I have found whole worlds. (Mark Tobey)

I have discovered nothing new; I have only perceived what I already knew. (Leo Tolstoy)

When you create art, you want to use yourself as an instrument to find out about things. (Kim Tran)

-Eve's Diary...
If there wasn't anything to find out, it would be dull. Even trying to find out and not finding out is just as interesting as trying to find out and finding out; and I don't know but more so. (Mark Twain)

Discoveries are often made by not following instructions, by going off the main road, by trying the untried. (Frank Tyger)

From infancy on, we are all spies; the shame is not this but that the secrets to be discovered are so paltry and few. (John Updike)

We discover in others what others hide from us, and we recognize in others what we hide from ourselves. (Marquis de Vauvenargues)

There is artistic, sculptural beauty in utility when form, proportions and function become one... only then can utility be both craft and art. (Jacques Vesery)

The great man presides over all his states of consciousness with obstinate rigor. (Leonardo da Vinci)

Craft cannot be learned entirely; one never learns everything - there are things that are not yet discovered. (Milos Vujasinovic)

The artist will always discover something personal to say about any spot in the wide world where he or she chooses to set up the easel. (Robert Wade)

I keep discovering more about the things I see. Above all, I'm an observer. (Ben Watson III)

Writing a story or a novel is one way of discovering sequence in experience, of stumbling upon cause and effect in the happenings of a writer's own life. (Eudora Welty)

There is no better high than discovery. (Edward O. Wilson)

Whatever has been discovered has to be put to use - otherwise, what is the use of the discovery? (Maharishi Mahesh Yogi)


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