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John Singer Sargent: "Sketch everything and keep your curiosity fresh!"

"Color is an inborn gift, but appreciation of value is merely training of the eye, which everyone ought to be able to acquire".
"I do not judge, I only chronicle".
"Mine is the horny hand of toil".
"No small dabs of colour - you want plenty of paint to paint with".

"A portrait is a picture in which there is just a tiny little something not quite right about the mouth".
"You can't do sketches enough. Sketch everything and keep your curiosity fresh".

"The thicker you paint, the more it flows".
"An artist painting a picture should have at his side a man with a club to hit him over the head when the picture is finished".

"Cultivate an ever continuous power of observation. Wherever you are, be always ready to make slight notes of postures, groups and incidents. Store up in the mind... a continuous stream of observations from which to make selections later. Above all things get abroad, see the sunlight and everything that is to be seen".

"A portrait is a painting with something wrong with the mouth".
"If you begin with the middle-tone and work up from it toward the darks so that you deal last with your highest lights and darkest darks, you avoid false accents".

"I hate to paint portraits! I hope never to paint another portrait in my life. Portraiture may be all right for a man in his youth, but after forty I believe that manual dexterity deserts one, and, besides, the color-sense is less acute. Youth can better stand the exactions of a personal kind that are inseparable from portraiture. I have had enough of it".

"Make the best of an emergency".

"It is certain that at certain times talent entirely overcomes thought or poetry".
"A person with normal eyesight would have nothing to know in the way of 'Impressionism' unless he were in a blinding light or in the dusk or dark".