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No small dabs of colour - you want plenty of paint to paint with.
I do not judge, I only chronicle.
An artist painting a picture should have at his side a man with a club to hit him over the head when the picture is finished.
A portrait is a painting with something wrong with the mouth.
You can't do sketches enough. Sketch everything and keep your curiosity fresh.
Every time I paint a portrait I lose a friend.
If there was a volcano under their feet, a Vesuvius that could erupt and bury this modern-day Pompeii at any moment, the best thing to do was dance on it.
Color is an inborn gift, but appreciation of value is merely training of the eye, which everyone ought to be able to acquire.
If you begin with the middle-tone and work up from it toward the darks so that you deal last with your highest lights and darkest darks, you avoid false accents.
Cultivate an ever-continuous power of observation. Wherever you are, be always ready to make slight notes of postures, groups and incidents.
A portrait is a picture in which there is just a tiny little something not quite right about the mouth.
It is certain that at certain times talent entirely overcomes thought or poetry.
I don't dig beneath the surface for things that don't appear before my own eyes.
A person with normal eyesight would have nothing to know in the way of 'Impressionism' unless he were in a blinding light or in the dusk or dark.
Make the best of an emergency.
The thicker you paint, the more it flows.