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  1. Art is a collaboration between God & the artist, & the less the artist does the better.


  1. Art is the gift of God, & must be used unto His glory.–Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


  1. Nature is the art of God.


  1. Nature is mighty. Art is mighty. Artifice is weak. For nature is the work of a mightier power than man. Art is the work of man under the guidance & inspiration of a mightier power. Artifice is the work of mere man in the imbecility of his mimic understanding.


  1. Abstract Art: A product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled, to the utterly bewildered.–Al Capp


  1. True art is reverent imitation of God.–Tryon Edwards


  1. Since I have known God in a saving manner, painting, poetry & music have had charms unknown to me before.–Henry Martyn


  1. A zealous art student went to a gallery and spent a bewildered hour looking over abstract and cubist works. She was finally attracted to a painting consisting of a black dot on a field of white and framed in brass. “How much for this?” she asked. “That’s the light switch,” she was told.


  1. In 1961, a Matisse hung upside down for 47 days before a visitor to the New York Museum of Modern Art caught the mistake. A record wrong-side-up display.


  1. Two teenagers on a tour of a modern art gallery found themselves alone in a room of modern sculpture. Staring at the twisted pipes, broken glass, and tangled shapes, one of them said, “Let’s get out of here before they accuse us of wrecking this place.”


  1. The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.–Michelangelo


  1. Art ultimately exists for God’s glory.


  1. All great art is the expression of man’s delight in God’s work, not his own.–John Ruskin


  1. Poetry is the eloquence of truth.


  1. Poetry has been to me “its own exceeding great reward”; it has soothed my afflictions; it has multiplied & refined my enjoyments; it has endeared solitude; & it has given me the habit of wishing to discover the good & the beautiful in all that meets & surrounds me.–Coleridge


  1. God’s the One that gives the visions! He’s the One Who inspires you artists. When you kind of get a picture in your mind, it’s called a conception or an idea, sort of your imagination, in a way. You’ve got to get a picture of it in your mind first, so who else could give you these pictures but the Lord? When you’re really asking for them & praying for them, you know that if you’re asking for a fish He’ll not give you a serpent, & if you’re asking for bread He’ll not give you a rock. (Mt.7:9,10) So how much more is He willing to give these beautiful visions for you to paint! How willing He must be to put the picture in your mind! –Dad


  1. A picture is a poem without words.–Horace


  1. All arts proceed from God & ought to be held as divine inventions.–John Calvin


  1. You artists are not just trying to please the people, but you’re trying to please the Lord & you’re trying to make it His message, what He wants! So ask Him for guidance on every stroke: “Now, Lord, is this what you want? Is this the way you want it?–Not just what I want or my co-workers want, but is this the way YOU want it?”–And then I know you’ll get divine guidance.–Dad


  1. Nature is the chart of God, mapping out all His attributes: Art is the shadow of His wisdom, & copieth His resources.


  1. Art, as far as it is able, follows nature, as a pupil imitates his master; thus your art must be, as it were, God’s grandchild.–Dante–“Inferno”


  1. Music is a part of us, & either enobles or degrades our behaviour.


  1. Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art.–Leonardo da Vinci


  1. Art is the gift of God, & must be used unto His glory.–Henry Wordsworth Longfellow