“No good to paint in the Head”

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“No good to paint in the head – what happens is what happens when you put the paint down – you can only hope that you are alert – ready – to see. What joy it  is for paint to become a thing – a being. Believe in this miracle – it is your only hope. To will this transformation is not possible. Only a  slow maturation can prepare the hand and eye to become quicker than ever. Ideas about art don’t matter. They collapse anyway in front of the painting.” ~ Philip Guston, November 23rd,  1978. From ‘Philip Guston – Collected Writings, Lectures, and Conversations‘ 2011.

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