“The great benefit of computer sequencers is that they remove the issue of skill, and replace it with the issue of judgement.”
“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”
“Improvisation is the sap through which music renews and invigorates itself.”
“Writing is easy. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed”.
“Sooner or later every one of a painter’s possessions will get stained. First to go are the studio clothes and the old sneakers that get the full shower of paint every day. Next are the painter’s favourite books, the ones that have to be consulted in the studio. Then come the better clothes, one after another as they are worn just once into the studio and end up with the inevitable stain. The last object to be stained is often the living room couch, the one place where it is possible to relax in comfort and forget the studio. When the couch is stained, the painter has become a different creature from ordinary people, and there is no turning back…when every possession is marked with paint, it is like giving up civilian clothes for jail house issue. The paint is like a rash, and no matter how careful a painter is, in the end it is impossible not to spread the disease to every belonging and each person who visits the studio”.
James Elkins What Painting Is, p 148
“Learning makes our brains grow…”
“Feelings are more dangerous than ideas, because they aren’t susceptible to rational evaluation”