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All Quotes by author - Ellsworth Kelly
" All my paintings are usually done in drawing form, very small. I make notations in drawings first, and then I make a collage for color. But drawing is always my notation. "
" All my work begins with drawings. "
All My Work
" All my work comes from perceiving. I kept seeing things that were brooding in me. I'm not a geometric artist. "
" Each drawing that I've done, I have found. Meaning, I see a plant I want to draw. "
" Geometry is moribund. I want a lilt and joy to art. "
" Gray goes with gold. Gray goes with all colors. I've done gray-and-red paintings, and gray and orange go so well together. It takes a long time to make gray because gray has a little bit of color in it. "
" I always felt that a painted edge between two colors was a depiction somehow. "
" I did not want windows, only skylights. I chose my painting wall as it has the best morning light. "
" I don't labor over my drawings. I want to get freedom in the line. "
" I don't like acrylic because you can't get the density of color. And with each coat of oil paint, the surface gets better and richer. "
" I don't like mixed colors that much, like plum color or deep, deep colors that are hard to define. "
" I have a sort of inner sense for scale. "
" I have trained my eye over and over ever since I was a kid. I was a bird watcher when I was a little boy. My grandmother gave me a bird book, and I got to like their colors. "
" I just feel like I can live on. I hope I can reach 100. I think today if you just keep doing, keep working, that - maybe that's possible. "
" I learned my color in Europe. I've always been a colorist, I think. I started when I was very young, being a bird-watcher, fascinated by the bird colors. "
" I like silence. "
" I like to be able to get swift curves in the plant drawings that are usually drawn in five to ten minutes. "
" I'm constantly investigating nature - nature, meaning everything. "
" I'm interested in the space between the viewer and the surface of the painting - the forms and the way they work in their surroundings. I'm interested in how they react to a room. "
" I'm not an Expressionist. I love to look at de Kooning, but I've got this kind of secret life, and that is something that pleases me. I have to try and make something out of it. "
" In Boston, I developed my eye from the drawing. In Paris, I was fascinated by what my eye saw in the way that Paris is built, its 'measure.' "
" In Paris in the late '40s, I started making my first reliefs. They are separate panels. I wanted to do something coming out of the wall, almost like a collage. I did a lot of white reliefs when I started because I liked antique reliefs, really old stuff. "
" I only like artists older than myself. Time is so important. It's always been the same way, I guess. "
" I said, I don't want to paint things like Picasso's women and Matisse's odalisques lying on couches with pillows. I don't want to paint people. I want to paint something I have never seen before. I don't want to make what I'm looking at. I want the fragments. "
" I sometimes don't try to invent something. I wait for some kind of a direction - and it happens. I get an angle, for instance, and it just appears, and I say, 'Oh my God - that's it!' "
" I started doing sculpture in 1959. I had no commissions then. They were painted, similar in style to the paintings... At a certain point, I decided I didn't want an edge between two colors, I wanted color differences in literal space. "
" I've always wanted... I wanted to give people joy. "
" I was taught to draw very well when I was in school at Boston. And I grew to enjoy drawing so much that I never stopped. "
" Matisse draws what I call the essence of the plants. He leaves a shape open. He'll do a leaf and not close it. Everybody used to say, oh, I got it all from Matisse, and I said, 'Not really.' "
" My drawings have to be quick. If they don't happen in 20 minutes or a half hour, then they're no good. "
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