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The truth is that I’ve been lately very lazy to post new things on my blog.

It is time for me to do it …, if you feel like taking a look at what I have just written you will find things that I have read or written that I found interesting enough to keep

Greetings and thanks for reading me


I read something written by Javier Marias on the recent death of his father:

“And after all, there is a territory – to call it something – in which the three of them, my father, my mother and Julianín, have united, in addition to the same grave: all three are now past and memory, and that at least they share.

And it doesn’t seem so serious to be past, although one looks at it: it is a time, or perhaps a place, full of interesting people, and also of some very dear ones.

I share the same thought and I like that way of understanding death.


Something by Vargas Llosa at Vanity Fair 2011,

«I asked him, almost at the end of the afternoon, what had made him feel more proud of himself.

He told me to cling to his vocation without a doubt and without respite.

Despite an authoritarian father convinced that literature was «a passport to failure. Despite economic uncertainty , despite fear. The best thing he’d ever done in his life was not to give up. “


Read on Twitter and I like it

«I wish I could go back to the past, not to change things, but to relive the time when I was happy and didn’t know it.»


“If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.”

Marc Chagall


“Art does not reproduce what we see; rather, it makes us see.”

Paul Klee


Interview with Shafrazi :

TS: I don’t know what to say. I was asked in 1969 by Lucy Lippard to define art. I think at the time I said that art was a matter of life and death, meaning just the breathing and living and thinking experience-that’s what art is. I like what Rauschenberg told me late in life: «Do you think I chose to be me?»

OW: William Faulkner once said that «the writer’s only responsibility is to his art.» Do you think that applies to art and artists?

TS: Well, I don’t think there’s one responsibility that’s an umbrella and applies to every artist. I think, firstly, an artist’s responsibility is to realize-

OW: Hold on. Just let me get this down . . . disagrees with William Faulkner. Okay, got it. Go ahead.

TS: What? [laughs] I don’t disagree with Faulkner at all, no. I think that the first responsibility of an artist is to follow truth, and the innate original forces and energies that are within them. At the same time, I also think, collectively, that there has to be a place for artists to reflect and deal with the society they’re living in. I think that great art inevitably reflects some of the drama and trauma and conflicts that exist in the outer world.

Going to work early in the morning , comes to my mind :

«Life is what’s happening to us as long as we wait for what’s never gonna happen.»


«An Artwork means nothing . It rather makes you say, think, feel «

Juan Luis Moraza’


Bodies have their own light which they consume to live: they burn, they are not lit from the outside.”

Egon Schiele


“I painted to be loved”

Francis Bacon


«Never stop trying. Never stop believing. Don’t ever give up. Your day will come… but you must be present and not have left.


A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.’

George Bernard Shaw


One night I see a post in Instagram a picture of and old woman with a sing on her hand on which she´s written :

Someday you may be as old as I am , please take my advice and don´t waste your short life.

Invest your youthful vitality in your Art , share the best of your spirit with the world.

Your body will die , but you cannot die so don´t worry about the petty things like bodies , money and possessions, they pass with the body and are meaningless , don´t worry what anyone thinks of you , don´t seek approval except from yourself.

Your Art and ideas are signs of your spirit.

Your beauty endures forever , as do you”   …


and I like it


Painting is self – discovery. Every good artist paints what he is

Jackson Pollock


“Art is a way of connecting with people , something that brings you pleasure every day”

Written by Rebecca Wilson (Saatchi Art)


Read an interview with Antonio López :

¿ When did you feel like an artist?

You feel it when society starts buying your work. Until then, what you do can be very interesting, but it’s the appreciation of others that makes you consider yourself an artist. Of course what History says is something else, but it’s the others who give real form to your illusion of working in that territory.


Summary of Arco 2015 Art Fair by a journalist :

Maybe it’s the same charlatans that told us about this «my son does it» about the works of Tápies or Miró. Or that they think Martin Parr or Nan Goldin’s photos are the same as the ones they take on vacation.

In the end, a great artist is someone who has his own universe,»Miró taught.

That’s what this fabulous journey, art and collecting, is all about, about life and admiration for others.

In it, each one must find his own way and criteria.


«Being an artist is being an isolated individual»



“Be happy with what you have, as long as you pursue what you desire”


“The deeper that sorrow carves into your being , the more joy you can contain”

Kahlil Gibran


«I knew that I should not paint what I saw, not even what I felt, but what was in me, in my soul»



Painting In my Studio comes to my mind this Idea :

«I’m selling you (you are taking from me) one afternoon , (a part of) of my life.»


“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt , and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen”

 Leonardo da Vinci


Interesting interview with Hans Peter Feldmann :

“follow the path you recognize as the right one”

“Even if the path you want to follow might seem strange or doesn´t seem to promise much success and stick to it”

“When other get it and like it , that´s when Art happens , and only then”

“when someone sees it and experiences something , that´s when art happens”

“it can be one person or a million . My work is my therapy”

“when this spark jumps from me to the next person , that´s when Art happens in my view”


«I don’t like to say I have given my life to art—I prefer to say art has given me my life.»

Frank Stella


Interview with the artist Txomin Badiola :

He also assures that art is not the materialization of the idea. Dismantle the widespread impression that the work involves the formalization of a theoretical budget

Artistic work is not done with ideas or with ideas as if they were a kind of decoy.

When you say «I have had an idea» and «I’m going to do something I don’t know what», what proceeds is a kind of humiliation; the work tells you that you don’t know where you’re going and from that negotiation established with the piece, turned into your antagonist, the definitive work will emerge.

There is a kind of otherness, the work works as another, more real than yourself.

The result will never be the formalization of the idea, but the negotiation process between me and that otherness.


It can be assumed that this is a stormy relationship

Thinking that something represents a reality of your own being of a higher category than you represent yourself leads you to think that it is tomentous.

That something inert raises a greater level of reality than you represent is strong.

Artistic creation has that intensity, which is or what motivates me the most, a kind of questioning of all the representations that you can make of yourself.

I cannot understand life without Art because it is the way we humans transcend.


“When I paint an abstract picture, I neither know in advance what it is meant to look like nor, during the painting process, what I am aiming at and what to do about getting there.

Painting is consequently an almost blind, desperate effort, like that of a person abandoned, helpless, in totally incomprehensible surroundings – like that of a person who possesses a given set of tools, materials and abilities and has the urgent desire to build something useful which is not allowed to be a house or a chair or anything else that has a name; who therefore hacks away in a vague hope that by working in a proper, professional way he will ultimately turn out something proper and meaningful.
With a brush you have control. The paint goes on the brush and you make the mark.

From experience you know exactly what will happen. With the squeegee you lose control.
The beginning is actually quite easy, because I can still be quite free about the way I handle things- colors, shapes.

And so the picture emerges that may look quite good for a while, so airy and colorful and new.

But that will only last for a day at most, at which point it starts to look cheap and fake.

And then the real work begins – changing, eradicating, starting again, and so on, until it is done.”

Gerhard Richter


Carmen Herrera , painter , 102 years  : “ I´ve painted all my life….it makes me feel good


“ I think that paintings relate very neatly to inner travel and the exploration of inner worlds.

With paintings I always get the impression that you´re sort of entering into a shared space.

There´s everyone who has painted in the past , and everyone who is painting in the present” 

Joe Bradley  


«Each line he made , he said , was «the actual experience» of making the line , adding : «It does not ilustrate , it is the sensation of its own realization.»

Years later , he described this more plainly : » It´ss more like I´m having an experience than making a painting» , he said

Cy Twombly


«¿What do you do when you paint?» said de Kooning. «You take a brush full of paint and you have faith.» –


And so much: faith, joy, illusion, a motive, a hope, desires, pride, satisfaction, and so many more…. (add myself…)


What’s your advice for struggling artists?

“Just do your work. And if the world needs your work it will come and get you.

And if it doesn’t, do your work anyway.

You can have fantasies about having control over the world, but I know I can barely control my kitchen sink. That is the grace I’m given.

Because when one can control things, one is limited to one’s own vision.”

Kiki Smith


“The painted world is a place where you can reside outside of the world of everything else … In there, there’s a great freedom.

Obviously, there’s this crazy relationship with eternity. It’s a denial of death.»



“The idea itself, even if not made visual, is as much a work of art as any finished product.”

Sol le Witt


In Instagram , of Charles Horton Cooley :

“An Artist cannot fail , it is success to be one”


A user replies (and I like it)

“Being an artist is not something that you endeavor to do, it’s something that you are & our work is an extension of the light or perspective that we’re born with.

And if we know we are born with something we are supposed to share and don’t have the resources to share it, that’s where we feel failure.

To me (because you can’t separate being an artist from being human), failing to share your voice in a way that makes an impact on you spiritually is like failing at «being alive.»











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