Laughing Matters

About 20 years ago when I was president of our local art group, “Southern California Artists, Inc.”, I could not find another member willing to take over my previous year’s position as editor of our monthly “SCA News Letter”. So I gave it a try for another year, but sometimes came up short on content. Here’s one of my postings on the humorous side about art one-liners, including some of my own: (TJW)


Art, taken in moderation, cannot hurt anybody.  (Mark Twain)

Dying is easy.  Art is difficult.  (Actor Edmond Gwenn on his deathbed.)

To create good art is no big deal.  (Red Foxx)

Until art arrived, this was a man’s world.  (Richard Armour)

Art is more fun than fun.  (Noel Coward)

Some people say you can’t make art, but sometimes it doesn’t always work.  (Casey Stengel)

Bad art is cheap, because supply exceeds demand.  Good art is dear, because an art agent priced it.  (TJW)

Everything in art is in a state of flux, including the status quo. (RB)

After sex, art is the biggest nothing of all time.  (Andy Warhol)

The future of art isn’t what it used to be.  (TJW)

If in painting, less is more, is no painting perfect?  (TJW)

If asked to choose between art and sex, is there a dilemma?  (TJW)

Artists should be heavily taxed.  It is not fair that some people should be happier than others.  (Oscar Wilde)

If you think real art is expensive, call me.  (TJW)

Good art is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater.  (Gail Godwin)

Whoever said money can’t by art didn’t know the URL’s.  (TJW)

Art galleries are getting so crowded nobody goes there anymore.  (Yogi Berra)

Ideally, art is what you make it.  (TJW)

There’s so much art in the world today that if it weren’t for art museums there’d be no place to put it all.  (Robert Orben)

There’s nothing wrong with being an artist that reincarnation won’t cure.  (Ed Sullivan)

Artists rarely have time to eat well, and that is why they prefer Hostess fruit pies to pop-up toaster tarts.  (Carrie Snow)

Show me a bad artist and I’ll show you bad art.  (TJW)

The only good artist is a dead artist.  (Patrick O’Connor)

Art is obliged to stick with possibilities.  Truth isn’t.  (Mark Twain)

In the art business, you either make art or you don’t make it.  (TJW)

To be an artist takes long years of training and the willingness to forget it all.  (TJW)

Make a little art each month and at the end of the year you’ll be surprised at how little you have.  (Ernest Haskins)

A painting is never finished, only abandoned.  (Paul Valery)

It has been my experience that artists that have no vices have very few virtues.  (Abraham Lincoln)

Having an Irish coffee in an art gallery provides all that life has to offer: alcohol, caffine, sugar, fat, and art.  (Alex Levine)

Statistics show that of those who contract the habit of painting, very few survive.   (Wallace Irwin)

You are where you paint.  (TJW)

My doctor gave me two weeks off to paint.  I hope they’re in August.  (Michael Phelps, M. D.)

Jesus was a creative artist, but only on his father’s side.  (Archie Bunker)

Art is useless.  It can only give you questions.  (Pablo Picasso)

Artists start every day with a smile, and get it over with.  (W. C. Fields)

He was the world’s only armless painter.  He let his hair grow long and his wife dipped his head in paint buckets.  (Fred Allen)

If art looks good and the price is right, it doesn’t need to have a purpose.  (TJW)

My taste in art is whatever I’ve painted last.  (TJW)

Most of my paintings are mysteries, usually unsolved. (TJW)

Everything has been figured out except how to paint.  (Jean-Paul Sarte)

If my paintings make one more person feel miserable, I’ll feel I’ve done my job.  (Woody Allen)

Art is in the eye of the artist.  (TJW)

To make original art, you simply copy great art the wrong way.  (TJW)

There is no pleasure in having nothing to paint.  The real pleasure is having lots to paint and not doing it.  (John Raper)

Anyone can sell a painting, unless there happens to be a second entry.  (George Ade)

If you haven’t got anything to paint, you might make art.  (TJW)

Published by Thom Wright Art

Thom Wright has combined his passions for art, music and engineering, and all of his practices have benefited each other. In 1986, he had an epiphany, one of those moments when he realized that he had to be a better artist. His subject matter moved toward contemporary issues, including geopolitics, global environment, technology, cultural and natural processes of change, and jazz. His abstracts also migrated towards mixed media and printmaking. These interests and processes continue in his art work. Desiring to improve his skills, theory and knowledge in art, he took early retirement from the Boeing Corp. in 1999 and entered art school full time. In May, 2006, he completed the MFA program in Drawing and Painting at California State University, Long Beach.

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