Portraits of Artists - Instagram Challenge

This is a personal project - an Instagram Challenge I set for myself to draw more portraits; I've chosen to focus on the artists that influenced me to try and capture my impression of them and their art.

Pina Bausch
“I’m not interested in how people move but what moves them.”
Astrid Lindgren
“What the world of tomorrow will be like is greatly dependent on the power of imagination in those who are learning to read today.”
Vladimir Mayakovsky
“Gentle souls!
You play your love on the violin. 
The crude ones play it on the drums violently.
But can you turn yourselves inside out, like me
And become just two lips entirely?”
Tove Jannson
"I love borders. August is the border between summer and autumn; it is the most beautiful month I know. Twilight is the border between day and night, and the shore is the border between sea and land. The border is longing: when both have fallen in love but still haven't said anything. The border is to be on the way. It is the way that is the most important thing."
Anna Akhmatova
“You will hear thunder and remember me,
And think: "she wanted storms.” 
Maurice de Vlaminck
"I heightened all tones. I transposed into an orchestration of pure colors all the feelings of which I was conscious. I was a barbarian, tender and full of violence. I translated by instinct, without any method, not merely an artistic truth but above all a human one. I crushed and botched the ultramarines and vermilions though they were very expensive and I had to buy them on credit..”
Yoko Ono
“Art is a way of survival.” 
Daniil Kharms
“If you throw a good poem at a window, the glass will break.”
Annie Liebovitz
“I sometimes find the surface interesting. To say that the mark of a good portrait is whether you get them or get the soul - I don't think this is possible all of the time.”
Georgia O’Keeffe
“I feel there is something unexplored about women that only a woman can explore.”
John Lennon
“Surrealism had a great effect on me because then I realised that the imagery in my mind wasn't insanity. Surrealism to me is reality.”
Laurie Anderson
“I believe that the purpose of death is the release of love.”
Mikhail Bulgakov
“What would your good do if evil didn't exist, and what would the earth look like if all the shadows disappeared?”
Patti Smith 
“An artist wears his work in place of wounds.”
Joseph Brodsky
“When hit by boredom, let yourself be crushed by it; submerge, hit bottom. In general, with things unpleasant, the rule is: The sooner you hit bottom, the faster you surface. The idea here is to exact a full look at the worst. The reason boredom deserves such scrutiny is that it represents pure, undiluted time in all its repetitive, redundant, monotonous splendor.
Boredom is your window on the properties of time that one tends to ignore to the likely peril of one's mental equilibrium. It is your window on time's infinity. Once this window opens, don't try to shut it; on the contrary, throw it wide open.”

Pablo Picasso
“It takes a long time to become young.” 
Bob Dylan
“Chaos is a friend of mine.” 
Vladimir Nabokov
“The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible.” .
Yayoi Kusama
“After all, well, moon is a polka dot, sun is a polka dot, and then, the earth where we live is also a polka dot.” 
Gabriel García Márquez
“No medicine cures what happiness cannot.” 
Billie Holiday
“When you sing, always tell the truth.”
Frank Zappa
“Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.”
One more Frank Zappa)
"Writing about music is like dancing about architecture"
Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin
“In our everyday life we only touch on objects in passing and do not apprehend the connections between them. We do not notice the forces that build up the object from within, define its borders, construct its axes, or those other forces that limit the thrust of the object, the pressure of the atmosphere, which form what, in everyday terms, we would call the background and which has, like the object itself, a shape and solidity of its own that opposes the object's limitless tendency to expand. Every detail on the surface of an object characterizes this struggle between the two forces of expansion and containment.”
Kurt Vonnegut
“I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center.”
Tom Waits
“I like turning on two radios at once. I like hearing things wrong… I get a lot of ideas by mishearing things.”
Jimi Hendrix
“Excuse me while I kiss the sky.”
Leonard Cohen
“There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in.”
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