Inspirational Quotes by Winslow Homer

Winslow Homer (1836 – 1910) was a brilliant American landscape painter. Here are some of his inspirational quotes:

“There is no such thing as talent. What they call talent is nothing but the capacity for doing continuous work in the right way.”

“The Sun will not rise or set without my notice and thanks.”

“I regret very much that I have painted a picture that requires any description.”

“Look at nature, work independently, and solve your own problems.”

“The life that I have chosen gives me my full hours of enjoyment.”

“Artists should never look at pictures, but should stutter in a language of their own.”

“You have the sky overhead giving one light; then the reflected light from whatever reflects; then the direct light of the sun; so that, in the blending and suffusing of these several luminations, there is no such thing as a line to be seen anywhere.”

“It is wonderful how much depends upon the relations of black and white. A black and white, if properly balanced, suggests colour.”

“All is lovely outside my house and inside my house and myself.”

“When you paint, try to put down exactly what you see. Whatever else you have to offer will come out anyway.”

“You will see, in the future I will live by my watercolors.”

“I prefer every time a picture composed and painted outdoors. The thing is done without your knowing it.”

“Never put more than two waves in a picture; it’s fussy.”

“The most interesting part of my life is of no concern to the public.”

“If a man wants to be an artist, he should never look at pictures.”

“Oh what a friend chance can be – when it chooses.”

Here are some of Homer’s famous paintings:

Winslow Homer, The Fox Hunt, 1893
Winslow Homer, The Fox Hunt, 1893
Winslow Homer, Breezing Up (A Fair Wind) 1873-76
Winslow Homer, Breezing Up (A Fair Wind) 1873-76
Winslow Homer, On The Stile, 1878
Winslow Homer, On The Stile, 1878
Quotes By Winslow Homer
Winslow Homer, The Fog Warning, 1885
Winslow Homer, West Point, Prout's Neck, 1900
Winslow Homer, West Point, Prout’s Neck, 1900
Winslow Homer, The West Wind, 1891
Winslow Homer, The West Wind, 1891

I hope you enjoyed these quotes by Winslow Homer. These quotes give some valuable insight into the life of Winslow Homer and how he painted.

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5 comments on “Inspirational Quotes by Winslow Homer”

  1. Thanks. Lovely website…Homer was a superb painter; and one of his relatives wrote, ‘The illyad’ in Ancient Greek! 🙂

  2. Thanks Dan, for sharing the valuable and useful information about Winslow Homer. Still wish you could teach watercolour, although I do learn a lot from you without that.


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