It takes a long time for the gleam in the eye to turn into something solid.
As quoted in "Howard Hodgkin: the later, greater Hodgkin" by Karen Wright, in The Telegraph (5 April 2008)
I never think that anything I do is courageous.Howard Hodgkin
He is highly emotional. It is not an affectation. His emotions are very close to the surface and are there in the depth of colour he uses in his paintings.Howard Hodgkin
I ask the obvious question to this man who often spends years on each of his paintings: "How do you know when a painting is finished?" His response: "The picture tells you."Howard Hodgkin