N. C. Wyeth quotes

  • Painting and illustration cannot be mixed—one cannot merge from one into the other.
    -- N. C. Wyeth

    #Illustration #Painting

  • If you paint a man leaning over your own back must ache
    -- N. C. Wyeth

    #Men #Over You #Paint

  • I hope the time will never come when I shall feel satisfied. To reach the goal of one's ambitions must be tragic.
    -- N. C. Wyeth

    #Ambition #Goal #Tragic

  • Treasure Island is completed! The entire set of seventeen canvases without one break in my enthusiasm and spirit. Better in every quality than anything I ever did.
    -- N. C. Wyeth

    #Islands #Quality #Treasure

  • The sheep-like tendency of human society soon makes inroads on a child's unsophistications, and then popular education completes the dastardly work with its systematic formulas, and away goes the individual, hurtling through space into that hateful oblivion of mediocrity. We are pruned into stumps, one resembling another, without character or grace.
    -- N. C. Wyeth

    #Children #Character #Sheep

  • Time will prolong time, and life will serve life. In this field that is both limited and bulging with possibilities, everything to himself, except his lucidity, seems unforeseeable to him. What rule, then, could emanate from that unreasonable order? The only truth that might seem instructive to him is not formal: it comes to life and unfolds in men. The absurd mind cannot so much expect ethical rules at the end of its reasoning as, rather, illustrations and the breath of human lives.

  • All violence is the illustration of a pathetic stereotype,

  • These illustrations suggest four general maxims[...]. The first is: remember that your motives are not always as altruistic as they seem to yourself. The second is: don't over-estimate your own merits. The third is: don't expect others to take as much interest in you as you do yourself. And the fourth is: don't imagine that most people give enough thought to you to have any special desire to persecute you.

  • My best training came from doing illustrations because it taught me to compose my paintings more effectively, to improve my colors, and to be ruthlessly selective.

  • I always try to treat the book itself as the artwork. I don't want you to stop while you're reading one of my books and say, 'Oh! What a gorgeous illustration!' I want you to stop at the end of the book and say, 'This is a good book.

  • Collage-making, for me, is basically an act of painting, allowing me to indulge in an appetite for immediacy.

  • Geometry is the foundation of all painting.

  • Painting dissolves the forms at its command ... it melts them into color.

  • The animation of the canvas is one of the hardest problems of painting.

  • Painting is a way of thinking visually, so whatever is happening with me at the time gets reflected in the work.