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The aim of every true artist is to project the sense of power he feels when stirred by the unpretentious reality of nature.                                                   

                                                                                                   - Harry Wickey

The art of seeing nature is a thing as much to be acquired as the art of reading Egyptian hieroglyphs.                                                                     - John Constable

The gloom of the world is but a shadow.  Behind it, yet within our reach, is joy. There is radiance and glory in the darkness could we but see it; and to see it, we have only to look.  Contessina, I beseech you to look

  - attributed to Fra Giovanni, a 14th century monk, writing to the Countess Aldobrandeschi

We can do nothing by ourselves but, being called, being directed, being required to do that which is beyond our strength, the life springs and the power arises that does the work”                                                                                    - Isaac Penington

I have drawn things since I was six.  All that I made before the age of sixty-five is not worth counting.  At seventy-three, I began to understand the true construction of animals, plants, trees birds, fishes and insects.  At ninety, I will enter into the secret of things.  At a hundred and ten, everything, every dot, every dash, will live.

                             Once Hokusai, later Guakiajin, the Old Man Crazy About Drawing.

Once one has passed through certain trials in life, one cannot feel anything but loving sympathy towards human weakness.”

                                                      - probably Jacques Lusseyran, And There Was Light