Photo & Arts: L’Arte e Fotographia

For this month, I wanted to focus on the idea of Art itself. I included my own photos with quotes that have inspired me and, I believe, speak to the core of what art truly is. Take a look and see how you feel about them. We look forward to your many submissions for the upcoming year. – Paulina Stachnik, Photography & Arts Editor

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures. ~Henry Ward Beecher

I want to reach that condensation of sensations that constitutes a picture. ~Henri Matisse, Notes d'un peintre, 1908

A subject that is beautiful in itself gives no suggestion to the artist. It lacks imperfection. ~Oscar Wilde

Art, as far as it is able, follows nature, as a pupil imitates his master; thus your art must be, as it were, God's grandchild. ~Dante Alighieri, Inferno

While I recognize the necessity for a basis of observed reality... true art lies in a reality that is felt. ~Odilon Redon

Listen carefully to first criticisms made of your work. Note just what it is about your work that critics don't like - then cultivate it. That's the only part of your work that's individual and worth keeping. ~Jean Cocteau

2 Responses to “Photo & Arts: L’Arte e Fotographia”
  1. I love the forest photo that accompanies the Dante quote. It looks like a very painterly abstract print. The strong limbs and all the fine leaves and branches give it so much TEXTURE.

    –J.A. Robinson. My humorous photoblog:

  2. I like the Rose, if it is a rose. The rest of the pictures I have seen a thousands of times before, maybe not the frog picture, but that one gives me the creeps.
    The Rose could be an exceptional photograph, except for the cropping, it seems out of balance. Just thoughts nothing against the effort.

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