Words of wisdom from Cezanne
There are two things in the painter, the eye and the mind; each of them should aid the other.
The laying of the first brush stroke indicates the start of a balancing process in the entire painting surface. Hence, the first brush stroke must be balanced by another stroke elsewhere in the canvas and the next should be balanced by another, and so on and so forth…
When I judge art, I take my painting and put it next to a God made object like a tree or flower. If it clashes, it is not art.
For an Impressionist to paint from nature is not to paint the subject, but to realize sensations.
The eye, the mind. Balance on the painting surface. Purity in nature. Realising sensations. Here was a man who has thought through every aspect of painting; the process, the result, the reason, the beauty of it all.