Aphorisms for Artists by Walter Darby Bannard

Aphorism #42

Begin a work with a fresh idea, then let its ideas replace your ideas.

If you know exactly what the final work will look like when you start it, you are not making art, you are illustrating an idea.

When making a painting, every change is a new picture. Each new picture demands a new evaluation, and the only thing that matters is what you do then.

Let the work be your guide.

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