A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry,
and see a fine picture every day of his life,
in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful
which God has implanted in the human soul.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Personally, I experience the greatest degree of pleasure in having contact with works of art.
They furnish me with happy feelings of an intensity such as I cannot derive from other realms.
I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.
Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt,
and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.
Leonardo da Vinci
Paint what you really see, not what you think you ought to see;
not the object isolated as in a test tube,
but the object enveloped in sunlight and atmosphere,
with the blue dome of Heaven reflected in the shadows.
Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.