Wednesday, December 31, 2008


"Give something to everything, then give everything to something." ~ Jim Crow

Monday, December 29, 2008

The First Step

"You don't have to see the top of the staircase to take the first step." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

New Beginnings

In honor of the upcoming New Year, I decided to post some quotes on beginning.
"A great flame follows a little spark." ~ Dante

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Friday, December 26, 2008

Joy In The Little Things

"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things." ~ Robert Brault

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace,
The gladness of Christmas give you hope,
The warmth of Christmas grant you love.
~Author Unknown

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

A Magic Wand

"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful." ~ Norman Vincent Peale

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Play and Make Good Cheer

"At Christmas play and make good cheer, for Christmas comes but once a year." ~ Thomas Tusser

Monday, December 22, 2008


"Open your presents at Christmastime but be thankful year round for the gifts you receive." ~ Lorinda Ruth Lowen

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Christmas in the Heart

"He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree." ~ Roy L. Smith

Saturday, December 20, 2008

A State of Mind

"Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind." ~ Mary Ellen Chase

Friday, December 19, 2008

Good 'Ole Days

"Oh, for the good old days when people would stop Christmas shopping when they ran out of money." ~ Author Unknown

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Christmas Gifts

"Open your presents at Christmastime but be thankful year round for the gifts you receive." ~ Lorinda Ruth Lowen

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Christmas in the Air

"It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air." ~ W.T. Ellis

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Christmas Spirit

"I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month." ~ Harlan Miller

Monday, December 15, 2008

Christmas Memories

"Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home!" ~ Charles Dickens

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Home for Christmas

"Christmas is a time when you get homesick - even when you're home." ~ Carol Nelson

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Quote Collectors

"Most collectors collect tangibles. As a quotation collector, I collect wisdom, life, invisible beauty and souls alive in ink." ~ T. Guillemets

Friday, December 12, 2008

Splendid Words

"It's such a pleasure to write down splendid words - almost as though one were inventing them." ~ Rupert Hart-Davis

Thursday, December 11, 2008


"Quotes are nothing but inspiration for the uninspired." ~ Richard Kemph

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


"What are the proper proportions of a maxim? A minimum of sound to a maximum of sense." ~ Mark Twain

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Wisdom of the Wise

"The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages is preserved into perpetuity by a nation's proverbs, fables, folk sayings and quotations." ~ William Feather

Monday, December 8, 2008

Quote-a-holics Unite!

"People will accept your idea much more readily if you tell them Benjamin Franklin said it first." ~ David H. Comins

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Strong Men

"Mediocre men wait for opportunity to come to them. Strong, able, alert men go after opportunity." ~ B. C. Forbes

Friday, December 5, 2008

Jumping at Opportunities

"Jumping at several small opportunities may get us there more quickly than waiting for the big one to come along." ~ Hugh Allen

Thursday, December 4, 2008

The Chinese Word "Crisis"

"When written in Chinese, the word "crisis" is composed of two characters; one represents danger and the other represents opportunity." ~ John F. Kennedy

Wednesday, December 3, 2008


"It is better to be sorry for what we did than for what we did not do." ~ Anonymous

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Hero Worship

"Truly, there is something to the idea that hero-worship is helpful, provided one worships a winner." ~ Napoleon Hill

Monday, December 1, 2008

The Obvious

"Sometimes it takes an expert to point out the obvious." ~ Scott Allen

Sunday, November 30, 2008


"Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day." ~ Robert Caspar Lintner

Saturday, November 29, 2008

The Debt

"He who receives a benefit with gratitude repays the first installment on his debt." ~ Seneca

Friday, November 28, 2008

Thursday, November 27, 2008


"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it." ~William Arthur Ward

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Friends are Energy

"When I find myself fading, I close my eyes and realize my friends are my energy." ~ Anonymous

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Animals as Friends

"Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms." ~ George Eliot

Monday, November 24, 2008

Best Friends

"Everyone hears what you say. Friends listen to what you say. Best friends listen to what you don't say." ~ unknown

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Friendship with Oneself

"Friendship with oneself is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Like Money

"Friendship is like money, easier made than kept." ~ Samuel Butler

Friday, November 21, 2008

A Distant Friend

"The sun penetrates me soundlessly like a distant friend that stirs up my laziness, fertilizes it. We bring forth life." ~ Paul Cezanne

Thursday, November 20, 2008


"What is a friend? A single soul in two bodies." ~ Aristotle

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Your Dreams

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Act as though it were impossible to fail." ~ Dorothea Brandt

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Confidence and Success

"Confidence is the hinge on the door to success." ~ Mary O'Hare Dumas

Saturday, November 15, 2008


"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going." ~ Anonymous

Friday, November 14, 2008


"Self-confidence comes naturally when your inner life and your outer life are in harmony." ~ Brian Tracy

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Choosing The Positive

"As creators it is imperative to keep your own council, and choose friends who can be uplifting in general, not only about art. Choosing to be positive may not pay the bills directly, but it does free up energy so you can create things that do." ~ Haven Pfeil

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Fertilizing Weeds

"Dwelling on negative thoughts is like fertilizing weeds." ~ Norman Vincent Peale

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Happiness and Success

"Optimism is the quality more associated with success and happiness than any other." ~ Brian Tracy

Monday, November 10, 2008

Take Charge

"Because most artists are "sensitive" in every sense of the word, if you don't take charge, negative emotion can ruin you." ~ Gaye Adams

Sunday, November 9, 2008


"One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn't pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself." ~ Lucille Ball

Saturday, November 8, 2008

An Optimist

"An optimist is someone who goes after Moby Dick in a rowboat and takes the tartar sauce with him." Zig Ziglar

Friday, November 7, 2008

The Creative Mind

"The way of a creative mind is always positive, it always asserts; it does not know the doubts which are so characteristic of the scientific mind." ~ Naum Gabo

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The New Consciousness

"Ongoing stress creates an energetic environment, affecting town and country, spreading from nation to nation, causing disharmony, disease, storms and wars. The heart's intelligence can help to dissipate these negative energies, giving people a fresh start in learning how to get along. As enough people learn about emotional fitness, it will cause a global shift into new consciousness that many are talking about, and then quality of life has a chance of becoming better for the whole." ~ Doc Childre

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Using Our Whole Consciousness

“Most people live, whether physically, intellectually or morally, in a very restricted circle of their potential being. They make very small use of their possible consciousness, and of their soul's resources in general, much like a man who, out of his whole bodily organism, should get into a habit of using and moving only his little finger.” ~ William James

Monday, November 3, 2008

A Higher State Of Consciousness

“The Dalai Lama visited the White House and told the President that he could teach him to find a higher state of consciousness. Then after talking to Bush for a few minutes, he said, "You know what? Let's just grab lunch."” ~ Bill Maher

Sunday, November 2, 2008


Albert Einstein is still revered by the physics community. In 1999 Time magazine named him the "Person of the Century". In wider culture the name "Einstein" has become synonymous with genius. His genius also extends to a forward thinking philosophy and his many precious words of wisdom.
"A human being is a part of the whole, called by us "Universe," a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security." ~ Albert Einstein, quoted in H Eves Mathematical Circles Adieu (Boston 1977)

"The meaning of life is that we are here to continually grow in consciousness." ~ Owen Waters

Friday, October 31, 2008

The Reason for Buying

"When one buys some of my artwork I hope it is because they will wish to learn from it and not because they think it will match their drapes!" ~ Christian Cardell Corbet

Thursday, October 30, 2008


"Art is a living river that runs through our time and will run on as long as art is created and appreciated. To purchase a painting is to take a dipper full of the river home to constantly be refreshed with the energy of life." ~ Stewart Turcotte

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Art Ownership

"To own a piece of work done by an artist is to possess one of their facets; one of the windows of their life." ~ David Dory

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Why Buy Art?

"Buy art because you like it and because it moves you, and because it enhances your life." ~ Dan Fear

Monday, October 27, 2008

The Art Lover

"The man who has honesty, integrity, the love of inquiry, the desire to see beyond, is ready to appreciate good art. He needs no one to give him an 'Art Education'; he is already qualified. He needs but to see pictures with his active mind, look into them for the things that belong to him, and he will find soon enough in himself an art connoisseur and an art lover of the first order." ~ Robert Henri

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Closer to Heaven

"Don't be surprised if you find me sitting in one of the rooms with a cup of coffee, staring at a wall. I'm just looking at a picture, and I'm closer to heaven than I'll ever be in my life." ~ Jack Warner

Saturday, October 25, 2008


"As a collector, you will discover that surrounding yourself with art can enrich not only your visual experiences, but instill a sense of vitality to your life and uplift your soul." ~ Sylvia White

Friday, October 24, 2008

Art Collecting

"Art should not be purchased to fill a space on a wall nor to match the color of your drapes, but to fill an emotional space in your heart." ~ Tommy Thompson

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Not A Painting, It's A Voice

"To love a painting is to feel that this presence is... not an object but a voice." ~ Andre Malraux

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Collecting Art

"Collecting at its best is very far from mere acquisitiveness; it may become one of the most humanistic of occupations, seeking to illustrate by the assembling of significant reliques, the march of the human spirit in its quest for beauty." ~ Arthur Davison Ficke

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Art as a Collectible

"The brilliance of art as a collectible is that it has a way of reaching out on an emotional level. It touches on mystery, even spirituality." ~ Robert Genn

Monday, October 20, 2008

Art Collectors

"The longer you spend working on something – loving it into being almost ;
the more you get attached. It's silly, but you do hope they go to good homes. " ~ Anne Desmet

Sunday, October 19, 2008


"The idea that you can merchandise candidates for high office like breakfast cereal, that you can gather votes like box tops - is... the ultimate indignity to the democratic process." ~ Adlai Stevenson

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Political Parties

"There are many men of principle in both parties in America, but there is no party of principle." ~ Alexis de Tocqueville

Friday, October 17, 2008

The Political Field

"All of us who are concerned for peace and triumph of reason and justice must be keenly aware how small an influence reason and honest good will exert upon events in the political field." ~ Albert Einstein

Thursday, October 16, 2008


"Mankind will never see an end of trouble until... lovers of wisdom come to hold political power, or the holders of power... become lovers of wisdom." ~ Plato, The Republic

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


"We live in a world in which politics has replaced philosophy." ~ Martin L. Gross, A Call for Revolution, 1993

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


"Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber." ~ Plato

Monday, October 13, 2008


"Hell, I never vote for anybody, I always vote against." ~ W.C. Fields

Sunday, October 12, 2008


"Politicians are like diapers. They both need changing regularly and for the same reason." ~ Author Unknown

Saturday, October 11, 2008


"We'd all like to vote for the best man, but he's never a candidate." ~ Frank McKinney

Friday, October 10, 2008

Right and Wrong

"Politics, it seems to me, for years, or all too long, has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong." ~ Richard Armour

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Master Vs. Servant

"In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant." ~ Charles de Gaulle

Tuesday, October 7, 2008


Politics, n: [Poly "many" + tics "blood-sucking parasites"] ~ Larry Hardiman

Monday, October 6, 2008


"A conservative is one who admires radicals centuries after they're dead." ~ Leo Rosten

Sunday, October 5, 2008

The President

"When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it." ~ Clarence Darrow

Saturday, October 4, 2008

The Promise

"Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where they is no river." ~ Nikita Khrushchev

Friday, October 3, 2008


"Politics - I don't know why, but they seem to have a tendency to separate us, to keep us from one another, while nature is always and ever making efforts to bring us together." ~ Sean O'Casey

Thursday, October 2, 2008

U.S. Congressmen

"There are always too many Democratic congressmen, too many Republican congressmen, and never enough U.S. congressmen." ~ Author Unknown

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

A Conservative

"A conservative is a man who believes that nothing should be done for the first time." ~ Alfred E. Wigga

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

George Washington

"George Washington is the only president who didn't blame the previous administration for his troubles". ~ Author Unknown

Monday, September 29, 2008

Miss America

"How come we choose from just two people to run for president and 50 for Miss America?" ~ Author Unknown

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Walking Forward

"A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward." ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt, radio speech, 26 October 1939

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Peace and Good Will

"All of us who are concerned for peace and triumph of reason and justice must be keenly aware how small an influence reason and honest good will exert upon events in the political field." ~ Albert Einstein

Friday, September 26, 2008

The Second-Oldest Profession

"Politics I supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first." ~ Ronald Reagan

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Religion and Politics

"Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is." ~ Mohandas Gandhi

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Fall of Democracy?

"The world has witnessed the rise and fall of monarchy, the rise and fall of dictatorship, the rise and fall of feudalism, the rise and fall of communism, and the rise of democracy; and now we are witnessing the fall of democracy... the theme of the evolution of life continues, sweeping away with it all that does not blossom into perfection." ~ Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Looking For Trouble

"Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." ~ Groucho Marx

Monday, September 22, 2008

A Patriot

"A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government." ~ Edward Abbey

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Politics and Artists

"I don't think artists can avoid being political. Artists are the proverbial canaries in the coal mine. When we stop singing, it's a sure sign of repressive times ahead." ~ Theresa Bayer

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Friday, September 19, 2008

Mark Twain - All God's Creations

"I am a great and sublime fool. But then I am God's fool, and all His works must be contemplated with respect." ~ Mark Twain

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Mark Twain - Individuality

"It were not best that we should all think alike, it is difference of opinion that makes horse races." ~ Mark Twain

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Mark Twain - Spelling

"I respect a man who knows how to spell a word more than one way." ~ Mark Twain

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Mark Twain - Gender

"What would men be without women? Scarce, sir. Mighty scarce." ~ Mark Twain

Monday, September 15, 2008

Mark Twain - Ambition

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you, too, can become great." ~ Mark Twain

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Mark Twain - imagination

"You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus." ~ Mark Twain

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Mark Twain - Courage

"Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear." ~ Mark Twain

Friday, September 12, 2008

Mark Twain - Memory

"When I was younger, I could remember anything whether it happened or not. But I am getting old, and soon I shall remember only the latter." ~ Mark Twain

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Mark Twain - Freedom

"It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them." ~ Mark Twain

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Mark Twain - Brave Spirit

"The miracle, or the power, that elevates the few is to be found in their industry, application, and perseverance under the prompting of a brave, determined spirit." ~ Mark Twain

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Monday, September 8, 2008

Mark Twain - Beginning

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small, manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one." ~ Mark Twain

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Mark Twain - Age

"Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." ~ Mark Twain

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Mark Twain - Questions

"Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?" ~ Mark Twain

Friday, September 5, 2008

Mark Twain - Honors

"It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them." ~ Mark Twain

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Mark Twain - A Living

"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first." ~ Mark Twain

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Mark Twain - Silence

"The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause." ~ Mark Twain

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Mark Twain - Habit

"Habit is habit and not to be flung out the window by any man but coaxed down-stairs a step at a time." ~ Mark Twain

Monday, September 1, 2008

Mark Twain - Dreams

"Don't part with your dreams. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live." ~ Mark Twain

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Mark Twain - Humor

"Everything human is pathetic. The secret source of humor itself is not joy but sorrow." ~ Mark Twain

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Mark Twain on Satisfaction

I decided it was time for a little humor and wit, so here goes some more Mark Twain quotes.

"If everybody was satisfied with himself, there would be no heroes." ~ Mark Twain

Friday, August 29, 2008

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Sending Messages

"We spend our time sending messages to each other, talking and trying to listen at the same time, exchanging information. This seems to be our most urgent biological function; it is what we do with our lives." ~ Lewis Thomas

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Communicating Respect

"You must tell people about nature and respect it so the people who look at your paintings know what to do with it." ~ George Buytendorp

Monday, August 25, 2008

Beyond Language

"Good art has everything you need to know about it in the work, not on a wall label. Art is here to take us beyond language." ~ Darby Bannard

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Communicating Vision

"Painting is a way of communicating vision and experience so that it reaches beyond a single moment in time. What fills our hearts and spills over must be shared." ~ Stormy Bailey

Saturday, August 23, 2008


"When it comes to winning, you need the skill and the will." ~ Frank Tyger

Friday, August 22, 2008

Playing the Cards

"Each player must accept the cards life deals: but once they are in hand, one must decide alone how to play the cards in order to win the game." ~ Voltaire

Thursday, August 21, 2008

What You Think

"If you think you are beaten, you are; / If you think you dare not, you don't! / If you'd like to win, but think you can't, / It's almost a cinch that you won't." ~ unknown

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Look Like A Winner

"Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner. Even if you are behind, a sustained look of control and confidence can give you a mental edge that results in victory." ~ Arthur Ashe

Tuesday, August 19, 2008


"A quitter never wins and a winner never quits." ~ Napoleon Hill

Monday, August 18, 2008

Energy and Effort

"In order to win, we pay with energy and effort and discipline. If we lose, we pay in disappointment, discontent, and lack of fulfillment." ~ Maya Angelou

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Saturday, August 16, 2008


"Yesterday I dared to struggle. Today I dare to win." ~ Bernadette Devlin

Friday, August 15, 2008


"Victory is won not in miles but in inches. Win a little now, hold your ground, and later win a little more." ~ Louis L'Amour

Thursday, August 14, 2008


"What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate." ~ Donald Trump

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Those Who Win

"Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can." ~ Richard Bach

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Staying Motivated

"Most people can stay motivated for two or three months. A few people can stay motivated for two or three years. But a winner can stay motivated for thirty years – or as long as it takes to win." ~ Anonymous

Monday, August 11, 2008

Picture Yourself Winning

"Picture yourself vividly as winning and that alone will contribute immeasurably to success. Great living starts with a picture, held in your imagination, of what you would like to do or be." ~ Harry Emerson Fosdick

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Interpreting the Mood

"Nature suggests the mood, the painter interprets and records it." ~ Don Grieger

Friday, August 8, 2008

Feelings of Grandeur

"One paints from nature not in order to copy, but to express feelings of grandeur."
~ Georges Vantongerloo

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Look Deep Into Nature

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."
~ Albert Einstein

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Dream Amid Nature

"A bit of advice, don't copy nature too closely. Art is an abstraction; as you dream amid nature, extrapolate art from it and concentrate on what you will create as a result." ~ Paul Gauguin

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Representing Nature

"I have not tried to reproduce nature; I have represented it." ~ Paul Cezanne

Monday, August 4, 2008

Impressions on the Soul

"The mountain teaches stability and grandeur, the ocean immensity and change. Forests, lakes and rivers, clouds and winds, stars and flowers, stupendous glaciers and crystal snowflakes, every form of animate or inanimate existence, leaves its impress upon the soul of man." ~ Orison Swett Marden

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Art as Adventure

"Each piece created, whether good, better, less than, or best, is at that moment in time a "first", a new adventure." ~ Margaret Stone

Friday, August 1, 2008


"Audacity, and again, audacity, and always audacity." ~ G. J. Danton

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

An Unknown World

"Painting is an adventure to an unknown world. New ideas and concepts develop along the way." ~ Ratindra Das

Monday, July 28, 2008


"We owe something to extravagance, for thrift and adventure seldom go hand in hand." ~ Jennie Jerome Churchill

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Apprehending Nature's Spirit

"Art is on the same adventure as Science, with this difference, that science tries to
comprehend nature's body while art tries to apprehend her spirit." ~ F. B. Housser

Friday, July 25, 2008

A Wonderful World

We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no
end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open."
~ Jawaharlal Nehru

Thursday, July 24, 2008

An Act of Faith

"Adventures don't begin until you get into the forest. That first step is an act of faith." ~ Mickey Hart

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


"We are all, in some sense, mountaineers, and going to the mountains is going home." ~ John Muir

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Life is an Adventure

Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure." ~ Helen Keller

Monday, July 21, 2008

Enter the Adventure

"Enter the adventure. Be scared so that you can come out on the other side with a richer sense of who you are." ~ Linda Muttitt

Sunday, July 20, 2008

2 Weeks of Adventure - Live Life Bravely

"Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of a competence." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Saturday, July 19, 2008

A Final Thought on Teaching Painting

"The painter who knows his business will not, with some few exceptions, waste his time in giving instruction, and the instruction to be gained from a painter who does not know his business is worse than useless. " ~ John Collier

"I hope I'm an exception and not the second kind." ~ Sandy

Friday, July 18, 2008

The Eyes of the Living

"The eyes of the dead are closed gently; we also have to open gently the eyes of the living." ~ Jean Cocteau

Thursday, July 17, 2008


"Benevolence alone will not make a teacher, nor will learning alone do it. The gift of teaching is a peculiar talent, and implies a need and a craving in the teacher himself." ~ John Jay Chapman

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Teacher's Influence

"The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-distrust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him."
~ Amos Bronson Alcott

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Teaching Art

Teaching art is a shared experience. Our ability to share our own personal vision and interact with others through art can become realized." ~ Michael Bell

Monday, July 14, 2008


"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops." ~ Henry Brooks Adams

Sunday, July 13, 2008

The Wonder of Discoveries

"I teach to share the wonder of my discoveries and to exchange with my students the wonder of theirs." ~ Michele Cooper

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Learn to Love Nature

"I would rather teach drawing that my pupils may learn to love nature, than teach the looking at nature that they may learn to draw." ~ John Ruskin

Friday, July 11, 2008

Creative Expression

"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." ~ Albert Einstein

Thursday, July 10, 2008


"A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary."
~ Thomas N. Carruthers

Wednesday, July 9, 2008


"The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery." ~ Mark Van Doren

Tuesday, July 8, 2008


"A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations." ~ Patricia Neal

Monday, July 7, 2008

Self-Taught Artists

"Self-taught are those without formal education. Most self-taught artists have missing ingredients to their work." ~ Bill Cannon

Sunday, July 6, 2008

A Week of Teaching Quotes

"By my teaching I hope to inspire you to personal activity and to present your vision." ~ Robert Henri

Saturday, July 5, 2008

The Father of Invention

"Necessity may be the mother of invention, but play is certainly the father."
~ Roger von Oech

Friday, July 4, 2008

Earth and Wind

"Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair." ~ Kahlil Gibran

Thursday, July 3, 2008

A Love of Play

"Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play." ~ Henri Matisse

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

The Essence of Creativity

If you've ever watched a child with a cardboard carton and a box of crayons create a spaceship with cool control panels, or listened to their improvised rules, such as "Red cars can jump all others," then you know that this impulse to make a toy do more is at the heart of innovative childhood play. It is also the essence of creativity." ~ Bill Gates

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Get Out of the Way

"To play golf well, there has to be an element of getting out of one's own way. Painting is very much the same thing." ~ Quang Ho

Monday, June 30, 2008

Don't Stop Playing

"We do not stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing." ~ unknown

Sunday, June 29, 2008

A Week of Play

As we head into a holiday weekend, many people's thoughts turn to vacations and time for play, so this week I'm featuring quotes on "PLAY".

"Play keeps us vital and alive. It gives us an enthusiasm for life that is irreplaceable. Without it, life just doesn't taste good." ~ Lucia Capacchione

Saturday, June 28, 2008


"Men are disturbed not by the things that happen, but by their opinion of the things that happen." ~ Epictetus

Friday, June 27, 2008

A Bad Disposition

"You cannot be healthy; you cannot be happy; you cannot be prosperous; if you have a bad disposition." ~ Emmet Fox

Thursday, June 26, 2008


"For success, attitude is equally as important as ability." ~ Harry F. Banks

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Mastering Change

"You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you." ~ Brian Tracy

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

A Good Attitude

"It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come." ~ Dalai Lama

Monday, June 23, 2008

A Good Day

"The only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude."
~ Dennis S. Brown

Sunday, June 22, 2008

A Week of "Attitude"

Everything that happens to us is colored by our attitude. Whether we look at the glass "half empty" or "half full", it is our choice. Attitude not only determines our happiness, but our ultimate path in life.

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character. " ~ Albert Einstein

Saturday, June 21, 2008


"Say not, "I have found the truth," but rather, "I have found a truth." ~ Kahlil Gibran

Friday, June 20, 2008


"Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit." ~ Kahlil Gibran

Thursday, June 19, 2008


"Your children are not your children, they are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. They come through you but are not from you, and though they are with you yet they belong not to you." ~ Kahlil Gibran

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Pray In Abundance

"You pray in your distress and in your need: would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance."
~ Kahlil Gibran

Monday, June 16, 2008


"I existed from all eternity and behold, I am here; and I shall exist till the end of time, for my being has no end."
~ Kahlil Gibran

Sunday, June 15, 2008

A Week of Kahlil Gibran

Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931) was a Lebanese American artist, poet, writer, philosopher and theologian. He was born in Lebanon and spent most of his life in the United States. He is the third bestselling poet in history after William Shakespeare and Lao Tse. His book, "The Prophet", was a great source of inspiration to me through my late teens and early adult years. Having owned and lost several copies of this book, I intend to obtain another copy in the near future. Go here for more about Kahlil Gibran.

"You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give."
~ Kahlil Gibran

Saturday, June 14, 2008


"You've got to invite the viewer into the picture and entertain him everywhere."
~ Edgar Whitney

Friday, June 13, 2008


"Don't demand more competence of yourself than you have earned."
~ Edgar A. Whitney

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Wednesday, June 11, 2008


"Failure is a function of success. Without failure, it is not possible to measure gain." ~ Edgar A. Whitney