Is it discipline or is it devotion? Or is it both!

“People think I am disciplined. It is not discipline. It is devotion. There is a great difference.” — Luciano Pavarotti

“I had what it takes to make a good artist: sensitivity and tremendous willpower.” — Alice Neel

“Be a good craftsman; it won’t stop you from being a genius.” — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

“The scholar specialized in any field will find that the more he knows, the more he will have to learn.” — Alberto Giacometti

“The public wants to understand and learn in a single day, in a single minute, what the artist has spent years learning.” — Paul Gauguin

“To control the fire is not to kill it. There is beautiful tension in all creation between letting go and forming, the pushing and pulling of color and sound and everything imaginable.” — Janet Morgan, painter

“An artist has to train his responses more than other people do. He has to be as disciplined as a mathematician.” — Wayne Thiebaud

“There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because he has to first forget all the roses that were ever painted.” — Henri Matisse

“Painting is a very difficult thing. It absorbs the whole man, body and soul. Thus I have passed blindly many things which belong to real life.” — Max Beckmann

“You would hardly believe how difficult it is to place a figure alone on a canvas and keep it living and real.” — Edouard Manet

“For a long time I limited myself to one color–as a form of discipline.” — Pablo Picasso

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