Perceptual Tendencies

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Some standard ways people tend to view visual matter.

Visual hierarchy is the order in which the human eye perceives what it sees. This order is created by the visual contrast between forms in a field of perception. Objects with highest contrast to their surroundings are recognized first by the human mind. The term visual hierarchy is used most frequently in the discourse of the visual arts fields, notably so within the field of graphic design

The brain disassociates objects from one another based upon the differences between their physical characteristics. These characteristics fall into four categories: color, size, alignment, and character. The category of color encompasses the hue, saturation, value, and perceived texture of forms. Size describes the surface area of a form. Alignment is the arrangement of forms with respect to their direction, orientation, or pattern. Character is the rectilinearity and curvilinearity of forms. Forms that have differences in these characteristics contrast each other.

Application Visual hierarchy is an important concept in the field of graphic design, a field that specializes in visual organization. Designers attempt to control visual hierarchy to guide the eye to information in a specific order for a specific purpose. One could compare visual hierarchy in graphic design to grammatical structure in writing in terms of the importance of each principle to these fields.

Art Quotes With Attribution

Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.

“The aim of art is to represent not the   outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” Aristotle
“One must from time to time attempt   things that are beyond one’s capacity.” Auguste Renoir
“Art is contemplation. It is the   pleasure of the mind which searches into nature and which there divines the   spirit of which Nature herself is animated. Auguste Rodin
“Art is the signature of   civilizations.” Beverly Sills
“What is real is not the external form,   but the essence of things… it is impossible for anyone to express anything   essentially real by imitating its exterior surface.” Brancusi
“Blessed are they who see beautiful   things in humble places where other people see nothing. Camille Pissarro
“Imagination will often carry us to   worlds that never were. But without it, we go nowhere. Carl Sagan
“There are more valid facts and details   in works of art than there are in history books.” Charlie Chaplin
“If I didn’t think what I was doing had   something to do with enlarging the boundaries of art, I wouldn’t go on doing   it. Claes Oldenburg
“Only when he no longer knows what he   is doing does the painter do good things.” Edgar Degas
“Painting is easy for those that do not   know how, but very difficult for those that do!” Edgar Degas
“Art is not what you see, but what you   make others see.” Edgar Degas
“No amount of skillful invention can   replace the essential element of imagination.” Edward Hopper
“Art is literacy of the heart” Elliot Eisner
“The artist need not know very much;   best of all let him work instinctively and paint as naturally as he breathes   or walks. Emil Nolde
“I am an artist… I am here to live out   loud.” Emile Zola
“Art is skill, that is the first meaning   of the word.” Eric Gill
“Artists who seek perfection in   everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.” Eugene Delacroix
“The source of genius is imagination   alone, the refinement of the senses that sees what others do not see, or sees   them differently.” Eugene Delacroix
“The artist is the antenna of the race. Ezra Pound
“The job of the artist is always to   deepen the mystery.” Francis Bacon
“Architecture is for the young. If our   teenagers don’t get architecture — if they are not inspired, (then) we won’t   have the architecture that we must have if this country is going to be   beautiful.” Frank Lloyd Wright
“You can’t make an architect. But you   can open the doors and windows toward the light as you see it.” Frank Lloyd Wright
“You see what you know!” Frank Stella
“They thought I was a Surrealist, but I   wasn’t. I never painted dreams. I painted my reality.” Frida Kahlo
“The function of Art is to disturb.   Science reassures.” George Braque
“Art is not what you see, but what you   make others see.” Georgia O’Keeffe
“To create one’s own world in any of   the arts takes courage.” Georgia O’Keeffe
“Still – in a way – 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.” Georgia O’Keeffe
“One day seven years ago I found myself   saying to myself — I can’t live where I want to — I can’t go where I want   to go–I can’t do what I want to — I can’t even say what I want to — I   decided I was a very stupid fool not to at least paint as I wanted to.” Georgia O’Keeffe
“I found I could say things with color   and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way-things I had no words for.” Georgia O’Keeffe
“To become truly immortal, a work of   art must escape all human limits: logic and commonsense will only interfere.   But once these barriers are broken, it will enter the realms of childhood   visions and dreams.” Giorgio DeChirico
“If I didn’t start painting, I would   have raised chickens.” Grandma Moses
“It has bothered me all my life that I   do not paint like everybody else.” Henri Matisse
“I do not literally paint that table,   but the emotion it produces upon me.” Henri Matisse
“I would like to recapture that   freshness of vision which is characteristic of extreme youth when all the   world is new to it.” Henri Matisse
“What I dream of is an art of   equilibrium, purity and tranquility, devoid of upsetting or troubling subject   matter …” Henri Matisse
“Art teaches nothing, except the   significance of life.” Henry Miller
“Every artist dips his brush in his own   soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” Henry Ward Beecher
“When my daughter was about seven years   old, she asked me one day what I did at work. I told her I worked at the   college- that my job was to teach people how to draw. She stared back at me,   incredulous, and said, “You mean they forget?” Howard Ikemoto
“Every good painter paints what he is. Jackson Pollock
“The painting has a life of its own. Jackson Pollock
“As music is the poetry of sound, so is   painting the poetry of sight and the subject-matter has nothing to do with   harmony of sound or of color.” James McNeil Whistler
“An artist is not paid for his labor   but for his vision.” James McNeill Whistler
“Art should reveal the unknown, to   those who lack the experience of seeing it.” Jaune Quick-to-See-Smith
“I try to apply colors like words that   shape poems, like notes that shape music.” Joan Miro
“The best reason to paint is that there   is no reason to paint… I’d like to pretend that I’ve never seen anything,   never read anything, never heard anything… and then make something… Every   time I make something I think about the people who are going to see it and   every time I see something, I think about the person who made it… Nothing   is important… so everything is important.” Keith Haring
“Art is the Queen of all sciences   communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world.” Leonardo da Vinci
“The color of the object illuminated partakes   of the color of that which illuminates it.” Leonardo da Vinci
“Where the spirit does not work with   the hand there is no art.” Leonardo da Vinci
“A good painter has two main objects to   paint, man and the intention of his soul. The former is easy, the latter hard   as he has to represent it by the attitude and movement of the limbs.” Leonardo da Vinci
“Art is everywhere, except it has to   pass through a creative mind.” Louise Nevelson
“All art is but imitation of   nature.” Lucius Annaeus Seneca
” Painting is so poetic, while   sculpture is more logical and scientific and makes you worry about   gravity.” Mark Rothko
“What I give form to in daylight is   only one per cent of what I have seen in darkness.” M.C. Escher
“Art must be an expression of love or   it is nothing.” Marc Chagall
“Great art picks up where nature   ends.” Marc Chagall
“A man paints with his brains and not   with his hands.” Michelangelo Buonarroti
“A great sculpture can roll down a hill   without breaking.” Michelangelo Buonarroti
“A beautiful thing never gives so much   pain as does failing to hear and see it.” Michelangelo Buonarroti
“If people knew how hard I worked to get   my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.” Michelangelo Buonarroti
“The true work of art is but a shadow   of the divine perfection.” Michelangelo Buonarroti
“Art is the child of imagination and   gives life.” Mirka Mora
“Just as our eyes need light in order   to see, our minds need ideas in order to create.” Nicole Malebranche
“Art is a lie that helps us to realize   the truth.” Pablo Picasso
“Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday   life.” Pablo Picasso
“There are painters who transform the   sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, thanks to their art and   intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.” Pablo Picasso
“Every child is an artist. The problem   is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Pablo Picasso
“It took me four years to paint like   Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.” Pablo Picasso
“Painting is just another way of   keeping a diary.” Pablo Picasso
“I begin with an idea and then it   becomes something else.” Pablo Picasso
“It takes a very long time to become   young.” Pablo Picasso
“What good are computers? They can only   give you answers.” Pablo Picasso
“A line is a dot that went for a   walk.” Paul Klee
“A work of art which did not begin in   emotion is not art.” Paul Cézanne
“Painting from nature is not copying   the object; it is realizing one’s sensations.” Paul Cézanne
“What is one to think of those fools   who tell one that the artist is always subordinate to nature? Art is a harmony   parallel with nature.” Paul Cézanne
“When I judge art, I take my painting   and put it next to a God made object like a tree or flower. If it clashes, it   is not art.” Paul Cézanne
“A painting is never finished – it   simply stops in interesting places.” Paul Gardner
“Art is either plagiarism or   revolution.” Paul Gaugin
“Art does not reproduce the visible;   rather, it makes visible.” Paul Klee
“I paint in order not to cry.” Paul Klee
“The more horrifying this world   becomes, the more art becomes abstract.” Paul Klee
“The position of the artist is humble.   He is essentially a channel.” Piet Mondrian
“Art evokes the mystery without which   the world would not exist.” Rene Magritte
“Art is a passion or it is   nothing.” Robert Fry
“Good art is not what it looks like,   but what it does to us.” Roy Adzak
“Art doesn’t transform. It just plain   forms.” Roy Lichtenstein
“Those who do not want to imitate   anything, produce nothing.” Salvador Dali
“Painting is silent poetry, and poetry   is painting that speaks.” Simonides
“The big artist…keeps an eye on   nature and steals her tools.” Thomas Eakins
“Art enables us to find ourselves and   lose ourselves at the same time.” Thomas Merton
“As a suffering creature, I cannot do   without something greater than I –something that is my life — the power to   create.” Vincent Van Gogh
“An artist needn’t be a clergyman or a   churchwarden, but he certainly must have a warm heart for his fellow   men.” Vincent Van Gogh
“I tell you, the more I think, the more   I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.” Vincent Van Gogh
“It is not the language of painters but   the language of nature which one should listen to, the feeling for the things   themselves, for reality, is more important than the feeling for   pictures.” Vincent Van Gogh
“I want to touch people with my art. I   want them to say ‘he feels deeply, he feels tenderly.’ “ Vincent Van Gogh
“I often think the night is more alive   and more richly colored than the day.” Vincent Van Gogh
“I applied streaks and blobs of colours   onto the canvas with a palette knife and I made them sing with all the   intensity I could…” Wassily Kandinsky
“Color is the keyboard, the eyes are   the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the   hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the   soul.” Wassily Kandinsky
“There is no must in art because art is   free.” Wassily Kandinsky
“I do not want ART for a few any more   than education for a few, or freedom for a few.” William Morris
“There is no such thing as talent. What   they call talent is nothing but the capacity for doing continuous work in the   right way.”

Art Quotes April 14, 2013

I don’t want life to imitate art.  I want life to be art. 

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Art is born of humiliation.

I do not want art for a few any more than education for a few, or freedom for a few. 

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Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn’t matter.  I’m not sure a bad person can write a good book.  If art doesn’t make us better, then what on earth is it for?

For me, pointing and clicking my phone is absolutely fine.  People say that isn’t the art of photography, but I don’t agree.

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Art never improves, but the material of art is never quite the same. 

The work of art assumes the existence of the perfect spectator, and is indifferent to the fact that no such person exists. 

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Irresponsibility is part of the pleasure of all art; it is the part the schools cannot recognize. 

Poetry is a beautiful way of spoiling prose, and the laborious art of exchanging plain sense for harmony. 

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Interpretation is the revenge of the intellectual upon art.

Art is dangerous, that is one of its attractions.  When art ceases to be dangerous, you don’t want it. 

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I always feel that art in general, and acting in particular, should make the audience a little more uncomfortable, to slap them, and wake them up. 

Magic becomes art when it has nothing to hide. 

The artist himself is actually the subject in everything after say, 1900.  Eventually, art becomes so removed from the community that you have to know about the artist before you can even look at the painting, because there is no conceptual idea going on.

Art is the chief means of breaking bread with the dead. 

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You can calculate the worth of a man by the number of his enemies, and a work of art by the harm that is spoken of it. 

The reward of art is not fame or success, but intoxication: that is why so many bad artists are unable to give it up. 

In life, as in art, the beautiful moves in curves. 

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In my world history comes down to language and art.  No one cares much about what battles were fought, who won them, or who lost them, unless there is a painting, a play, a song or a poem, that speaks of the event.

Art Quotes Again

It ought to be illegal for an artist to marry. If the artist must marry let him find someone more interested in art, or his art, or the artist part of him, than in him. After which let them take tea together three times a week.

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Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.

Every work of art is an uncommitted crime.

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Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience.

Art saved me; it got me through my depression and self-loathing, back to a place of innocence.

Film will only become an art when its materials are as inexpensive as pencil and paper.

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The man of genius is he and he alone who finds such joy in his art that he will work at it come hell or high water.

Rumors sound of galleries asking artists for upsized art and more of it. I’ve heard of photographers asked to print larger to increase the wall power and salability of their work. Everything winds up set to maximum in order to feed the beast.

The style of ancient Egyptian art is transcendently clear, something eight-year-olds can recognize in an instant. Its consistency and codification is one of the most epic visual journeys in all art, one that lasts 30 dynasties spread over 3,000 years.

Patience is the art of concealing your impatience.

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I had wanted a tape recorder since I was tiny. I thought it was a magic thing. I never got one until just before I went to art school.

Perhaps it’s good for one to suffer. Can an artist do anything if he’s happy? Would he ever want to do anything? What is art, after all, but a protest against the horrible inclemency of life?

The art of pleasing consists in being pleased.

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The finest works of art are precious, among other reasons, because they make it possible for us to know, if only imperfectly and for a little while, what it actually feels like to think subtly and feel nobly.

A work of art that contains theories is like an object on which the price tag has been left.

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The beginning of a friendship, the fact that two people out of the thousands around them can meet and connect and become friends, seems like a kind of magic to me. But maintaining a friendship requires work. I don’t mean that as a bad thing. Good art requires work as well.

Art and works of art do not make an artist; sense and enthusiasm and instinct do.

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Shadows sometimes people don’t see shadows. The Chinese of course never paint them in pictures, oriental art never deals with shadow. But I noticed these shadows and I knew it meant it was sunny.

I can’t bear art that you can walk round and admire. A book should be either a bandit or a rebel or a man in the crowd.

I realised the bohemian life was not for me. I would look around at my friends, living like starving artists, and wonder, ‘Where’s the art?’ They weren’t doing anything. And there was so much interesting stuff to do, so much fun to be had… maybe I could even quit renting.

The people who make art their business are mostly imposters.

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Does art have a future? Performance genres like opera, theater, music and dance are thriving all over the world, but the visual arts have been in slow decline for nearly 40 years. No major figure of profound influence has emerged in painting or sculpture since the waning of Pop Art and the birth of Minimalism in the early 1970s.

Artists don’t talk about art. Artists talk about work. If I have anything to say to young writers, it would be ‘stop thinking of writing as art. Think of it as work.

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Quotes About Art

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What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter – a soothing calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.

Art is always and everywhere the secret confession, and at the same time the immortal movement of its time.

Being an artist is dragging your innermost feelings out giving a piece of yourself, no matter in which art form, in which medium.

Art does not reproduce what we see; rather, it makes us see.

Great artists are people who find the way to be themselves in their art.  Any sort of pretension induces mediocrity in art and life alike.

Creative without strategy is called ‘art.’  Creative with strategy is called ‘advertising.’

Art is not a treasure in the pastor an importation from another land, but part of the present life of all living and creating peoples.

The moment you think you understand a great work of art, it’s dead for you.

Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.

And the first rude sketch that the world had seen was joy to his mighty heart, till the Devil whispered behind the leaves “It’s pretty, but is it Art?”

Listen to your inner-voice: Surround yourself with loving, nurturing people.  Fall in love with your art and find yourself.  Music is the great communicator.

True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, as those who move easiest have learned to dance.

The only honest art form is laughter, comedy.  You can’t fake it… try to fake three laughs in an hour – ha ha ha ha ha ha They’ take you away, man.   You can’t.

An artist can not speak about his art any more than a plant can discuss horticulture.

The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.

Everything a writer learns about the art or craft of fiction takes just a little away from his need or desire to write at all.  In the end, he knows all the tricks and has nothing to say.

Video editing is now something almost everyone can do at a simple level and enjoy it, but to take it to a higher level requires the same dedication and persistence that any art form does.

In Art and dream may you proceed with abandon.  In life you proceed with balance and stealth.

Lying just for the fun of it is either art or pathology.

If you are going to break a Law of Art, make the crime interesting.

It is a sad fact about our culture that a poet can earn much more money writing or talking about his art than he can by practicing it.

Art is not what you see, it is what you make others see.

The true art of memory is the art of attention.

Art quotes of some note

Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas simply try to tell the truth (without giving a to ’pence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it. Life is the art of drawing without an eraser. A man’s work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened. In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay.  And unless it wants to break faith with its social function, art must show the world as changeable.  And help change it. Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear, and forgetting where you heard it. Boston T 002

Art Quotes Continued

The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box.

If a building becomes architecture, then it is art. 

Art is the unceasing effort to compete with the beauty of flowers and never succeeding.

Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuaded themselves that they have a better idea. 

Murals in restaurants are on a par with the food in museums.

The very essence of the creative is its novelty, and hence we have no standard by which to judge it. 

The history of modern art is also the history of the progressive loss of art’s audience.  Art has increasingly become the concern of the artist and the bafflement of the public. 

The Artist’s world is limitless.  It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives, or a few feet away.  It is always on his doorstep. 

The more horrifying this world becomes, the more art becomes abstract. 

Art is the desire of a man to express himself to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in. 

To an engineer, good enough means perfect.  With an artist there’s no such thing as perfect. 

I realize that protest paintings are not exactly in vogue, but I’ve done many.

All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.  The hours I spend with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain singing to it.  You and you alone make me feel that I am alive.  Other men it is said have seen angels but I have seen thee, and thou art enough. 

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.  It is the source of all true art and science. 

More Art Quotes

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Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in the living forms and social intercourse.

There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.

Art for art’s sake is a philosophy of the well-fed.

The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure.

The beauty one can find in art is one of the pitifully few real and lasting products of human endeavor.

Immature artists imitate.  Mature artists steal.

Art is either plagiarism or revolution.

Treat a work of art like a prince.  Let it speak to you first.

The perfection of art is to conceal art.

Great art picks up where nature ends.

So vast is art, so narrow human wit.

An artist is never ahead of his time, but most people are far behind theirs.

I like to pretend that my art has nothing to do with me.

Art is a revolt against fate.  All art is a revolt against man’s fate.

The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty, you know you’re an artist.

Art hurts.  Art urges voyages – and it is easier to stay at home.

Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression.

The artist belongs to his work, not the work to the artist.

The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.

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The waking mind is the least serviceable in the arts.

Every artist writes his own autobiography.

That’s the motivation of an artist – to seek attention of some kind

Rationalism is the enemy of art, though necessary as a basis in architecture.

Of all lies, art is the least untrue.

Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth.

Artists don’t make objects.  Artists make mythologies.

The works must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness.

Pictures deface walls more often than they decorate them.

By the work one knows the workman.

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Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence.

Art doesn’t transform.  It just plain forms.

Art Quotes – 1 April 2013

If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it. 


Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web. 

An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world. 


Every human is an artist.  The dream of your life is to make beautiful art. 

Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still. 

Painting, noun: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather, and exposing them to the critic.  

Very few people possess true artistic ability.  It is therefore both unseemly and unproductive to irritate the situation by making an effort.  If you have a burning, restless urge to write or paint, simply eat something sweet and the feeling will pass. 

An artist never really finishes his work, he merely abandons it.

I don’t want to be interesting, I want to be good. 

Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling. 

In art, as in love, instinct is enough. 

Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere. 

Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun. 

Art is not a thing: it is a way. 

Pictures must not be too picturesque. 

The arts are an even better barometer of what is happening in our world than the stock market, or the debates in congress. 

Art produces ugly things which frequently become more beautiful with time.  Fashion, on the other hand, produces beautiful things which always become ugly with time. 

If we could but paint with the hand what we see with the eye. 

Personality is everything in art and poetry. 

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary. 

The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without the work. 

To say that a work of art is good, but incomprehensible to the majority of men, is the same as saying of some kind of food that it is very good, but that most people can’t eat it.