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    I surrendered to a world of my imagination, reenacting all those wonderful tales my father would read aloud to me. I became a very active reader, especially history and Shakespeare.
    — Andrew Wyeth
    I'm a secretive bastard. I would never let anybody watch me painting... it would be like somebody watching you have sex - painting is that personal to me.
    — Andrew Wyeth
    tags: personal  sex  painting 
     
    You think you're developing and getting better and then you see something you did years ago. Looking at your early work.. sometimes it has a depth that surprises you.
    — Andrew Wyeth
    tags: work  year 
     
    I get letters from people about my work. The thing that pleases me most is that my work touches their feelings. In fact, they don't talk about the paintings. They end up telling me the story of their life or how their father died.
    — Andrew Wyeth
    It's a moment that I'm after, a fleeting moment, but not a frozen moment.
    — Andrew Wyeth
    tags: moment 
     
    The most irritating experience for an artist is to have his work criticized before it is finished.
    — Andrew Wyeth
    tags: work  experience  artist 
     
    I dream a lot. I do more painting when I'm not painting. It's in the subconscious.
    — Andrew Wyeth
    tags: dreams  painting 
     
    I don't really have studios. I wander around around people's attics, out in fields, in cellars, anyplace I find that invites me.
    — Andrew Wyeth
    It's a shock for me to go through and see all those years of painting my life, which is very personal for me. It's a very difficult thing for an artist to look back at his work.
    — Andrew Wyeth
    tags: work  personal  artist  painting  year 
     
    At 18 I began painting steadily fulltime and at age 20 had my first New York show at the Macbeth Gallery.
    — Andrew Wyeth
    tags: age  painting 
     
    I can't work completely out of my imagination-I must put my foot in a bit of truth-and then I can fly free.
    — Andrew Wyeth
    tags: work 
     
    I think a person permeates a spot, and a lost presence makes the environment timeless to me, keeps an area alive. It pulsates because of that.
    — Andrew Wyeth
    tags: people  lost  environment 
     
    What you have to do is break all the rules.
    — Andrew Wyeth
    tags: rules 
     
    If you clean it up, get analytical, all the subtle joy and emotion you felt in the first place goes flying out the window.
    — Andrew Wyeth
    tags: joy  emotion 
     
    My aim is not to exhibit craft, but rather to submerge it, and make it rightfully the handmaiden of beauty, power and emotional content.
    — Andrew Wyeth
    tags: beauty  power  emotional  craft 
     
    I search for the realness, the real feeling of a subject, all the texture around it... I always want to see the third dimension of something... I want to come alive with the object.
    — Andrew Wyeth
    tags: real 
     
    I think you have to use your eyes as well as your emotion, and one without the other just doesn't work
    — Andrew Wyeth
    tags: work  emotion  eyes 
     
    I don't think that there is anything that is really magical unless it has a terrifying quality.
    — Andrew Wyeth
    tags: quality 
     
    Most artists look for something fresh to paint; frankly I find that quite boring. For me it is much more exciting to find fresh meaning in something familiar.
    — Andrew Wyeth
    tags: meaning  artist 
     
    When you lose your simplicity, you lose your drama.
    — Andrew Wyeth
    tags: drama  simplicity 
     
    I think one's art goes as far and as deep as one's love goes.
    — Andrew Wyeth
    Believe in yourself and believe in love. Love something.
    — Andrew Wyeth
    tags: believe 
     
    There's a quote from Hamlet that is my guide... He tells the players not to exaggerate but to hold a mirror up to nature. Don't overdo it, don't underdo it. Do it just on the line.
    — Andrew Wyeth
    tags: nature  quotes 
     
    My struggle is to preserve that abstract flash - like something you caught out of the corner of your eye, but in the picture you can look at it directly.
    — Andrew Wyeth
    tags: eyes  struggle 
     
    I'm not at all interested in painting the object just as it is in nature. Certainly I'm much more interested in the mood of a thing than the truth of a thing.
    — Andrew Wyeth
    tags: truth  nature  painting  mood 
     
    My pencil is like a fencer's foil.
    — Andrew Wyeth
    And, of course, I began drawing so much - wild, undisciplined pencil drawings and watercolors of knights battling and such.
    — Andrew Wyeth
    tags: wild 
     
    I had whooping cough when I was very young, which left me with bronchial problems, and I would always pick up colds. I was very thin and nervous so my father and mother took me out of school and had me tutored at home.
    — Andrew Wyeth
    tags: young  problem  school  father  mother 
     
    To be interested solely in technique would be a very superficial thing to me.
    — Andrew Wyeth
    I do an awful lot of thinking and dreaming about things in the past and the future-the timelessness of the rocks and the hills-all the people who have existed there. I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape-the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn't show.
    — Andrew Wyeth
    To have all your life's work and to have them along the wall, it's like walking in with no clothes on. It's terrible.
    — Andrew Wyeth
    tags: work 
     
    I've never studied the Japanese. That's something that must have crept in there. But the Japanese are my biggest clients. They seem to like the elemental quality.
    — Andrew Wyeth
    tags: quality 
     
    I am not a juicy painter.
    — Andrew Wyeth
    I love to study the many things that grow below the corn stalks and bring them back to the studio to study the color. If one could only catch that true color of nature - the very thought of it drives me mad.
    — Andrew Wyeth
    tags: nature  thoughts  true 
     
    If it [talent] isn't strong enough to take the gaff of real training, then it's not worth much.
    — Andrew Wyeth
    tags: strong  real  worth 
     
    Well, being the youngest child and frail, I was left alone a great deal of the time.
    — Andrew Wyeth
    tags: children  time  alone  child 
     
    With watercolour, you can pick up the atmosphere, the temperature, the sound of snow shifting through the trees or over the ice of a small pond or against a windowpane. Watercolour perfectly expresses the free side of my nature.
    — Andrew Wyeth
    tags: nature 
     
    God, I've frozen my ass off painting snow scenes!
    — Andrew Wyeth
    tags: god  painting 
     
    It's all in how you arrange the thing... the careful balance of the design is the motion.
    — Andrew Wyeth
    tags: balance 
     
    I surrender to the world of my imagination, reenacting all those wonderful tales my father would read aloud to me. I became a very active reader, especially history and Shakespeare.
    — Andrew Wyeth
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