"I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else," Pablo Picasso.
“The artist must have something to say, for mastery over form is not his goal but rather the adapting of form to its inner meaning.” Wassily Kandinsky.
"One can say nothing about the content of a painting...It says itself, like breath without words." James Matthew Wilson.
"Truth and reality in art do not arise until you no longer understand what you are doing and are capable of, but nevertheless sense a power that grows in proportion to your resistance." Henri Matisse.
"In art, one idea is as good as another. If one takes the idea of trembling, for instance, all of a sudden most art starts to tremble. Michelangelo starts to tremble. El Greco starts to tremble. All the Impressionists start to tremble." Willem de Kooning.
"Any artist should be grateful for a naive grace which puts him beyond the need to reason elaborately," Saul Bellow.
"But often it's doubtful whether the logic of the work itself and the words used to describe it really have anything to do with each other," Thom Mayne.
“Trust your feelings entirely about color, and then,
even if you arrive at no infallible color theory, you will at least have the credit of having your own color sense.” John F. Carlson.
"See, don't think." Attributed to Wolf Kahn.
"I never came upon any of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking." Albert Einstein.
Kahn quote: h/t Tracy Helgeson.