Art Rules

#0 "Just Concentrate on not making the lazy move" — Morton Feldman

#1 Take something, do something to it. Then do something to that. -Jasper Johns

#2 The thing that gave you the idea for the piece is most probably the thing you need to leave out. - Maureen McCabe

#3 You want to go where it almost seems like it's not art. - Kerry James Marshall

#4 "If you can't make it good, make it big. If you can't make it big, make it red." —attributed widely.

#5 Make sure you take a good picture, then throw the piece away.

#6 If you can't be your own hardest critic, you should go do something else.

#7 Start with the understanding that the work is bad, and move on from there.

#8 Putting all of your ideas into the same piece is the classic student mistake. Separate the ideas out and use them to make a number of pieces that can then relate to each other. -Bailey Doogan

#9 Every piece must take that extra risky step in order to be good. —Maureen McCabe

#10 Leaving out information in order to make the piece somehow mysterious is crap.

#11 While making art may be theraputic, art is not therapy, it's a form of communication. If you need therapy, get therapy.

#12 It takes 90% of the time to do the last 10% of the work

#13 The question is not whether or not it's art, because it's probably art; the question is whether or not it's good art, because it probably isn't.

#14 New York is the center of the art world, but as all Muslims need to travel to Mecca, they don't have to live there.

#15 "If you're an artist, you can't be afraid of making a fool of yourself." - Jude Tallichet

#16 "Art is a crucial, dangerous operation we perform on ourselves. Unless we take a chance, we die in art." —Morton Feldman

#17 Save all of your art receipts for tax time.

#18 Never offend people with style when you can offend them with substance. —Sam Brown

#19 "Be regular and orderly in your life so that you may be violent
and original in your work." -Gustave Flaubert

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