I Believed I Would Never Be Able to Paint

‘artists working from inner necessity’, I like that very much, congratulations, Rick, on a great new blog, I will be following you avidly, thank you


Goya_The old women “The Time of the Old Women,” Francisco Goya 1820, 181 x 125 cm, Musee des Beaux-Arts, Lille, France, (Source: WikiArt)

“I believed I would never be able to paint because I didn’t paint like the others. Then I saw the Goyas at Lille. That was when I understood that painting could be a language; I thought then that I could become a painter.” – Henri Matisse

HERE WE HAVE ONE OF the world’s great painters confessing that, at one point in his life, he believed he would never be able to paint. Closing my book, I turn to you and ask: What about the two of us? Have we ever felt this same sense of doubt and despair?  Not because we are having trouble with our painting, but because we don’t paint like the others?

It’s not difficult to understand what Matisse meant when he said he didn’t “paint…

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3 thoughts on “I Believed I Would Never Be Able to Paint

  1. Thanks, Liz. I appreciate your support. I’m hoping to post one or two entries per week, thoughtful and contemplative entries, beyond what is feasible on Facebook or other social media, and yet not too long. It will be for those who are looking to slow down and pursue art (and life) in more depth, and, I would like to think, more sanity.

      • Why make it a drudge? There may come a time when this changes . . . but don’t be concerned about it. Write for yourself . . . it will help you clarify you thoughts. Forget about us . . .

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