When McCahon declared, ‘I will need words,’ in a 1961 letter to poet John Caselberg, he was saying he needed them for something. He wanted his paintings to speak: to cut through, to communicate, to be clear in a new way about human fears and hopes and about how to love authentically. And he saw that painted words were a way to approach spiritual realities and urgencies that resisted conventional picturing.Justin Paton, McCahon Country
Once the painter was making signs and symbols for people to live by: now he makes things to hang on walls at exhibitions.Colin McCahon in McCahon Country by Justin Paton
[A painting is] not a drawing; it’s a mosaic of shapes.Michael Chamberlain on The Artful Painter
It’s futile to paint without having a solid understanding of drawing.Daniel Sprick on The Plein Air Podcast
I’m glad quite a lot of my night class has focused on drawing. I’ve just set myself a reminder to draw something each day.
What I like in artists is not perfection, but the debris of life.William Robinson on Talking With Painters