David Bayles Quotes


For the artisan craft is an end in itself. For you the artist craft is the vehicle for expressing your vision. Craft is the visible edge of art.

The seed of your next artwork lies embedded in the imperfections of your current piece.

Something about making art has to do with overcoming things giving us a clear opportunity for doing things in ways we have always known we should do them.

The hardest part of art-making is living your life in such a way that your work gets done-over and over-and that means among other things finding a host of practices that are just plain useful.

To the artist all problems of art appear uniquely personal. Well that's understandable enough given that not many other activities routinely call one's basic self-worth into question.

Lesson for the day: vision is always ahead of execution - and it should be.

Talent may get someone off the starting blocks faster but without a sense of direction or a goal to strive for it won't count for much

Art is like beginning a sentence before you know its ending.

We have to construct communities of artists because they don't naturally exist in our culture.

Uncertainty is the essential inevitable and all-pervasive companion to your desire to make art

Even talent is rarely distinguishable over the long run from perseverance and lots of hard work.

Tolerance for uncertainty is the prerequisite to succeeding.