I have things in my head that are not like what anyone has taught me ... shapes and ideas so near to me ... so natural to my way of being and thinking that it hasn't occurred to me to put them down.
Marks on paper are free - free speech - press - pictures all go together I suppose.
I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life - and I've never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.
I hate flowers - I paint them because they're cheaper than models and they don't move.
I hate flowers. I only paint them because they're cheaper than models and they don't move.
I feel there is something unexplored about woman that only a woman can explore.
He was nothing but a tool. ... He had no thought, no part in the painting, except that he could do what I told him to do.
Nobody sees a flower - really - it is so small it takes time - we haven't time - and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time
Nobody sees a flower really it is so small. We haven't time, and to see takes time - like to have a friend takes time.
The days you work are the best days.
I know now that most people are so closely concerned with themselves that they are not aware of their own individuality. I can see myself, and it has helped me to say what I want to say ... in paint.
When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.
My first memory is of the brightness of light ... light all around. I was sitting among pillows on a quilt on the ground ... very large white pillows ...
To create one's own world in any of the arts takes courage.
I said to myself -- I'll paint what I see -- what the flower is to me but I'll paint it big and they will be surprised into taking time to look at it -- I will make even busy New Yorkers take time to see what I see of flowers.
You get whatever accomplishment you are willing to declare.
The Abstract World of Flowers,
Where I was born and where and how I have lived is unimportant. It is what I have done with where I have been that should be of interest.
I hate flowers -- I paint them because they're cheaper than models and they don't move.
I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale, you could not ignore its beauty.
I get out my work and have a show for myself before I have it publicly. I make up my own mind about it -- how good or bad or indifferent it is. After that the critics can write what they please.
I don't very much enjoy looking at paintings in general. I know too much about them. I take them apart.
One can not be an American by going about saying that one is an American. It is necessary to feel America, like America, love America and then work.
I had to create an equivalent for what I felt about what I was looking at - not copy it.
Singing has always seemed to me the most perfect means of expression. It is so spontaneous. And after singing, I think the violin. Since I cannot sing, I paint.