The Blue Night (Black Canvas) - creative writing course

The Blue Night (Black Canvas)


Some of our best beloved writers quotes at Kritikme to offer you consolation and inspiration every writing day. Pop it next to your desk and take one good piece of advice a day for immediate relief from the doldrums.

  • 30 x 30 cm (11.75" x 11.75") or 60 x 60cm (23.5" x 23.5")
  • 3cm thick
  • ready to hang
  • UV coating scratch resistant
  • wipe clean with damp cloth (and then do the canvas too!)

The art featured is (in order left to right):

Simeon Solomon ‘The Moon and Sleep’ 1894

Walter Crane ‘The Renaissance of Venur’ 1877

Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones ‘Love and the Pilgrim’ 1896-7

George Frederic Watts ‘Love and Death’ 1885-7

Hamilton Macaullum ‘A Capri Boy’ 1883

JMW Turner ‘Alnwick Castle, Norhumberland’ c.1829

Edwin Blashfield ‘Spring Scattering Stars.’ 1927

Thomas Cooper Gotch ‘The Child in the World’ 1895

Arthur Melville ‘The Blue Night, Venice’ 1897

The quotations featured are from left to right:

'My task is, by the power of the written word to make you hear, to make you feel - it is, before all, to make you see. That - and no more - and it is everything.' 

Joseph Conrad

'The novelist destroys the house of his life and uses its stones to build the house of his novel.'

Milan Kundera

'A man whose mind is evil and whose intentions are evil is conscious of that fact and he knows that he must conceal it all costs. He dare not, therefore, afford any unusual behaviour.' 

Agatha Christie

'A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.' 

EB White

'He set down his loneliness and his perplexities, and he put on paper many things he did not know about himself.' 

John Steinbeck

'You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write .' 

Saul Bellow

'This is the best of me; for the rest, I ate, and drank, and slept, loved, and hated, like another; my life was as the vapour, and is not; but this I saw and knew: this if anything of mine, is worth your memory.'

John Ruskin

'I don't want realism. I want magic! Yes, yes, magic! I try to give that to people. I misrepresent things to them. I don't tell the truth, I tell what ought to be the truth. And it that's sinful, then let me be damned for it!' 

Tennessee Williams

'Nearly all the great things that exist owe their existence to a defiant despite: it is despite grief and anguish, despite poverty, loneliness, bodily weakness, vice and passion and a thousand inhibitions, that they have come into being at all.' 

Thomas Mann