Saturday, August 27, 2011

Monet, Sargent and Van Gogh Said it

Forward, Violetta, Mary Rose and Helen painting at beautiful Indian Rocks Beach
On a recent paint out, Violetta, Mary Rose and I were speaking of art and why we create and the joy in arising at sunrise and plodding in the dark, setting up our easels awaiting the first sun rays to emerge or conversely painting a sunset.
Some quotes from Claude Monet, John Singer Sargent and Vincent Van Gogh speak of this passion for creating artwork
 Claude Monet said
Mary Rose and Helen painting en plein aire
My lovely day by Helen Tilston
Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.

Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.

I am following Nature without being able to grasp her, I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.

“Color is an inborn gift, but appreciation of value is merely training of the eye, which everyone ought to be able to acquire.” 
Claude Monet
Violetta &Mary Rose painting en plein aire
My daughter's ranch - by Mary Rose Holmes
I do not judge, I only chronicle.

To work is to pray

Lunch date at St Armands Circle by Violetta
Mary Rose and Helen creating a good deed (words by Vincent Van Gogh)

Vincent Van Gogh
A good picture is equivalent to a good deed.

An artist needn't be a clergyman or a churchwarden, but he certainly must have a warm heart for his fellow men.

As we advance in life it becomes more and more difficult, but in fighting the difficulties the inmost strength of the heart is developed.

But I always think that the best way to know God is to love many things.

Conscience is a man's compass.


The above quotes are by Vincent Van Gogh..what are your favourite quotes


  1. What beautiful quotations! I wish all painters and lovers of art would keep these words in mind.

  2. Katie

    Thank you for your kind words. You are so right, we must keep our thought positive and never contaminate our art.
    Helen xxx

  3. I watched The Art of the Steal a few days ago and thought of you, Helen. It was incredible and if you haven't seen it yet I highly recommend it.

  4. Hello Carolyn Cecillia

    Thank you for visiting. I will find "The Art of the Steal" and thank you for the lead
    Our best
    Helen xxx

  5. I first met you last year at Indian Rocks Beach as the three of you were on Gulf Boulevard with easels set up, floppy hats on and creating wonderful paintings of the boats on the canal. I was taking my daily walk and admiring your work. You were so kind to stop painting and chat with me.

    I love Indian Rocks Beach. I love the PleinAire Cottage Artists' work and I hope to again spot you this winter painting at Indian Rocks Beach.

    Dixie Browning