At this time of year when you may be trapped inside because of the freezing weather, I thought you might enjoy some inspiring quotes from artists about their relationship to nature. Enjoy!

“I have gone into roses and have over a thousand planted. There is nothing like making pictures with real things.”
— Mary Cassatt

“Wherever I go I need a period of incubation so that I may learn the essence of nature, which never wishes to be understood or yield herself.”
— Paul Gauguin

“To believe in nature is enough.”
— Wols (Alfred Schulze-Battmann)

“If we look at the Japanese artist, we see a man who is undoubtedly wise. What does he spend his time doing? Studying a single blade of grass.”
— Vincent van Gogh

“To tell the truth, I could work with one flower forever.”
— Nell Blaine

“Just as I begin to mourn the passing of the azaleas, out comes the mountain laurel. It is so breathtaking, so short-lived, that the enjoyment of it is almost pain.”
— Margaret Bourke-White

“It seemed to me as though the flower I was painting was the only thing in the world. And when the bloom came out, I felt as though a skyscraper had gone up overnight.”
— Georgia O’Keeffe

“There’s a mystery in fallen leaves. I believe most artists are concerned with this mystery.”
— Mark Tobey

“With almost every breath I take I get a new sense of the linden tree, of ripened wheat, of hay, of mignonette. If I can paint three good pictures then I shall go gladly, with flowers in my hair.”
— Paula Modersohn-Becker

“There are small fir cones all shriveled up, whose smell gives us such a feeling of immensity that one strolls through Fontainebleau just as if it were a dwarf’s attic.”
— Nicholas De Stael

“Who can define the moods of the wild places, the meaning of nature?”
— Ansel Adams

“I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure in the landscape.”
— Andrew Wyeth

“The cypresses are always occupying my thoughts. I should like to make something of them like the canvases of the sunflowers, because it astonishes me that they have not yet been done as I see them.”
— Vincent van Gogh

“A dry line doesn’t exist in nature. Each object is surrounded by its own atmosphere.”
— Rosa Bonheur

“Throw open your windows and let the scenery of clouds and sky enter your room!”
— Yosa no Buson

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