Artists Speak: Artists on the Artistic Process

Artists on the Artistic Process:

Rollo May: Psychologist, Author
“The task of becoming human is an artist’s task, and art is the birthright shared by us all.”

“Beauty is born in play…(Schiller’s) idea of play is an accurate description of the psychologically healthy person.”

“If you do not express your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being,   you will have betrayed yourself. Also you will have betrayed your community in failing to make your contribution to the whole.”

Stanislavski: Creator, Acting Method
“a real artist must lead a full, interesting, beautiful, varied, exacting and inspiring life.”

And “…always act in your own person as an artist. You can never get away from yourself…”

(If you don’t use your own feelings on stage)… “you deprive the person you are portrayng of a palpitating, living human soul which is the real source of life for a part.”

Egon Petri: Master Piano Teacher
“Technique is having the means to play the music without inhibition.”

“In playing, think everything in curves – no angles, no stops, no jerks. This is a principle of life.”

Alexander Libermann: Master Piano Teacher
“Practice does not make perfect: it makes permanent. Perfect practice makes perfect.”

“Never practice what we cannot do, but only what we can do. We must repeat our successes, not our failures.”

Walker Evans: Photographer
“Stare…Pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something. You are not here long.”

Juan Miro: Painter
“Genius is childhood, willfully regained.”

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