— Georgia O’Keeffe
“Maybe it seems mad that I go out like this and live out under the stars and the sky for a few days — but I am like that.”
— Vincent Van Gogh
“I must continue to follow the path I take now. If I do nothing, if I study nothing, if I cease searching, then, woe is me, I am lost. That is how I look at it — keep going, keep going come what may.”
“Maybe I’ve been absurd about wanting to do a big flower painting, but I’ve wanted to do it and that is that. I’m going to try. Wish me luck.”
“The women of the historic Ninth Street Show had a will of iron and an intense need for their talent to be expressed, no matter the cost.”
Holland Cotter (The New York Times) reviews a retrospective at the Neue Galerie in Manhattan.
Some mornings, in a perfect world, you might wake up, have a coffee, finish meditation, and say, “Okay, today I’m going into the shop to work on a lamp.” This idea comes to you, you can see it, but to accomplish it you need what I call a “setup.” For example, you may need a working shop or a working painting studio. You may need a working music studio. Or a computer room where you can write something. It’s crucial to have a setup, so that, at any given moment, when you get an idea, you have the place and the tools to make it happen.
When you don’t have a setup, there are many times when you get the inspiration, the idea, but you have no tools, no place to put it together. And the idea just sits there and festers. Over time, it will go away. You didn’t fulfill it—and that’s just a heartache.
— David Lynch, Catching the Big Fish