Art translates reality by creating new possibilities; often, the latter are not understandable to everyone but can still arouse happy feelings and emotions. The greatest artists considered insane by the society in which they lived, have created works of depth. Their “madness” created singular combinations between what was perceived and what was then reworked, perhaps precisely because of the effects of serious mental illnesses that altered perceptual and emotional abilities. An artist allows us to delve into the depth of reality in a singular way, without social schemes.

A landscape or a flower, a feeling of love or contempt, any mood or an extraordinary situation, become art through a comment that goes beyond the boundaries of predictability and turns into a work to be appreciated. Whether it turns into a work of painting, sculpture or architecture, whether it lives in literature, music or dance, art can present itself in any sphere; in theater, cinema, photography; however, it is always art. How then can we expect to enclose it in a definition, wrapping its complete meaning? In the course of history, however, many have tried to summarize the concept.

Read below the quotes about art and choose the one you like the most.

Inspirational Quotes About Art

Trying to understand what moves the soul of an artist towards the creation of a work of art, almost like a kind of divine miracle, is not easy. Here we have selected a large collection of phrases about art, to understand the point of view of the many artists who throughout history have been able to shed light on what they had inside. Discover them below!

🍁A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others. Salvador Dali

🍁Anything I can not transform into something marvellous, I let go. Reality doesn’t impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls. Anais Nin

🍁Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons. Al Hirschfeld

🍁An empty canvas is full. Robert Rauschenberg

🍁Drawing is not what one sees, but what one can make others see. Edgar Degas

🍁As I work at my drawings, day after day, what seemed unattainable before is now gradually becoming possible. Slowly, I’m learning to observe and measure. I don’t stand quite so helpless before nature any longer. Vincent van Gogh in ’Lust for Life’

🍁The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. Aristotle

🍁If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing. Marc Chagall

🍁Drawing at its best is not what your eyes see but what our mind understands. Millard Sheets

🍁I started painting as a hobby when I was little. I didn’t know I had any talent. I believe talent is just a pursued interest. Anybody can do what I do. Bob Ross

🍁It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. Henry David Thoreau

🍁Art is unquestionably one of the purest and highest elements in human happiness. It trains the mind through the eye, and the eye through the mind. As the sun colours flowers, so does art colour life. John Lubbock

🍁While drawing I discover what I really want to say. Dario Fo

🍁All these months I’ve been trying to find find a pattern. Trying not so much to draw hands as gestures. Not so much faces as the expressions of people. Vincent van Gogh in ‘Lust for Life’

🍁A true masterpiece does not tell everything. Albert Camus

🍁Every artist was first an amateur. Ralph Waldo Emerson

🍁If people only knew how hard I work to gain my mastery. It wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all. Michelangelo

🍁When I paint, I never think of selling. People fail to understand that we paint in order to experiment and to develop ourselves as we strive for greater heights. Edvard Munch

🍁Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced. Leo Tolstoy

🍁Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get the work done. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you’re not going to make an awful lot of work. Chuck Close

🍁It is only when we are no longer fearful that we begin to create. J. M. W. Turner

🍁I have already settled it for myself so flattery and criticism go down the same drain and I am quite free. Georgia O’Keeffe

🍁Art is never finished, only abandoned. Leonardo da Vinci

🍁A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art. Paul Cezanne

🍁Whoever wants to know something about me, they should look attentively at my pictures and there seek to recognise what I am and what I want. Gustav Klimt

🍁Art is longing. You never arrive, but you keep going in the hope that you will. Anselm Kiefer

🍁There is no must in art because art is free. Wassily Kandinsky

🍁It would be possible to describe everything scientifically, but it would make no sense; it would be without meaning, as if you described a Beethoven symphony as a variation of wave pressure. Albert Einstein

🍁Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. Pablo Picasso

🍁The Achilles heel of an artist lies in the hope that his art is good. Kapil Gupta

🍁Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terrors, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them. Anais Nin

🍁If you as a designer don’t believe in your design and don’t see it beyond the context of the film, instead of as a real creature in a real world then how can you expect the audience to believe it? Peter Jackson

🍁Art is a line around your thoughts. Gustav Klimt

🍁To my mind a picture should be something pleasant, cheerful and pretty. There are too many unpleasant things in life as it is, without creating still more of them. Pierre-Auguste Renoir

🍁Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist. Pablo Picasso

🍁You have a million excuses. Write anyway. Carrie Kei Heim

🍁Success is a worn down pencil. Robert Rauschenberg

Motivational Quotes About Art

What is art? Books, treatises and encyclopedias have been written on the subject. But sometimes thoughts can be expressed on a page, in a sentence, in a word. In this article the reader will find two hundred short and aphoristic answers on what art is. From artists to art critics, from philosophers to writers, each one shows us his particular vision of art.

🎨All our knowledge has its origin in our perceptions. Leonardo da Vinci

🎨Live as if you were to die tomorrow; Learn as if you were to live forever. Gandhi

🎨The artist has one function–to affirm and glorify life. W. Edward Brown

🎨[Artists] love to immerse themselves in chaos in order to put it into form, just as God created form out of chaos in Genesis. Forever unsatisfied with the mundane, the apathetic, the conventional, they always push on to newer worlds. Rollo May (The Courage to Create)

🎨The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude. Friedrich Nietzsche

🎨CAPITAL is at present the work sustaining ability. Money is not an economic value though. The two genuine economic values involve the connection between ability (creativity) and product. That explains the formula presenting the expanded concept of art: ART =CAPITAL. Joseph Beuys

🎨What is possible in art becomes thinkable in life.
Brian Eno

🎨A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral. Antoine de St. Exupery

🎨Everywhere I go I find a poet has been there before me. Sigmund Freud

🎨If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. William Blake

🎨Art provides an opportunity for kaleidoscopic thinking. Each time we shift the lens of our perceptions, we gain new perspectives—and new opportunities for innovation. Linda Naiman (

🎨Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art. Leonardo da Vinci

🎨In writing songs I’ve learned as much from Cezanne as I have from Woody Guthrie. Bob Dylan

🎨[I]f you do not express your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being, you will have betrayed yourself. Also, you will have betrayed your community in failing to make your contribution. Rollo May (The Courage to Create)

🎨Transformative art must express something beyond where you are, it demands that you grow beyond your current self. This is where an artist’s angst and the pain of transformation coincide. You reach toward the true, the good and the beautiful and become a better person through the struggle. Alex Grey, artist

🎨When I am…completely myself, entirely alone…or during the night when I cannot sleep, it is on such occasions that my ideas flow best and most abundantly. Whence and how these come I know not nor can I force them…Nor do I hear in my imagination the parts successively, but I hear them gleich alles zusammen [at the same time altogether. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

🎨Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it. Berthold Brecht

🎨Art at its most significant is a distant early warning system that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen. Marshall McLuhan

🎨Often what the artist expresses is unconscious, but we can learn to decode the story by collaboratively finding the pieces to the puzzle that create new possibilities for innovation. Linda Naiman (Vancouver Sun Aug 24/04)

🎨I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen. Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959)

🎨The sound of the sea, the curve of a horizon, wind in leaves, the cry of a bird leave a manifold impression in us. And suddenly, without our wishing it at all, one of these memories spills from us and finds expression in musical language… I want to sing my interior landscape with the simple artlessness of a child. Claude Debussy

🎨It may be that the deep necessity of art is the examination of self-deception. Robert Motherwell (1915 – 1991) US painter, on the relationship between torment and creativity; in NY “Times,” 17 Nov 1985.

🎨Straight-away the ideas flow in upon me, directly from God, and not only do I see distinct themes in my mind’s eye, but they are clothed in the right forms, harmonies, and orchestration. Johannes Brahms

🎨I firmly believe that all human beings have access to extraordinary energies and powers. Judging from accounts of mystical experience, heightened creativity, or exceptional performance by athletes and artists, we harbour a greater life than we know. Jean Houston

🎨The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak. Hans Hofmann.

🎨Responsibility is what awaits outside the Eden of Creativity. Nadine Gordimer South African novelist, The Essential Gesture, lecture, 12 Oct 1984.

🎨Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together, go to the making of a genius. Love, love, love: that is the soul of genius. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

🎨Art-making has an alchemical effect on the imagination. It awakens the senses and sharpens insights, teaching us to think in symbols, metaphors, and to de-code complexity, so we can perceive the world in new ways. Linda Naiman (

🎨Every artist dips his brush in his own soul and paints his own nature into his pictures. Henry Ward Beecher

🎨Art is meant to disturb, science reassures. Georges Braque 1882-1963

🎨There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of the people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will have truly defeated age. Sophia Loren

🎨The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions that have been concealed by the answers. James Baldwin

🎨What would it be like if you lived each day, each breath, as a work of art in progress? Imagine that you are a Masterpiece unfolding every second of every day, a work of art taking form with every breath. Thomas Crum

🎨The harder you chase something, the faster you go and the less you’re able to let life meet life. If you’re having difficulty coming up with new ideas, then slow down …Creativity exists in the present moment. You can’t find it anywhere else. Natalie Goldberg, author

🎨Only art penetrates what pride, passion, intelligence and habit erect on all sides – the seeming realities of this world. There is another reality, the genuine one, which we lose sight of. This other reality is always sending us hints, which without art, we can’t receive. Proust calls these hints our “true impressions.” The true impressions, our persistent intuitions, will, without art, be hidden from us and we will be left with nothing but a ‘terminology for practical ends’ which we falsely call life. Saul Bellow, on science and art from his Nobel lecture in 1976.

🎨Art is science made clear. Jean Cocteau

🎨The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection. Michelangelo

🎨A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

🎨Art is not the possession of the few who are recognized writers, painters, musicians; it is the authentic expression of any and all individuality. Those who have the gift of creative expression in unusually large measure disclose the meaning of the individuality of others to those others. In participating in the work of art, they become artists in their activity. They learn to know and honor individuality in whatever form it appears. The fountains of creative activity are discovered and released. The free individuality which is the source of art is also the final source of creative development in time. John Dewey

🎨Having no silence in music is like having no black or white in a painting. Brian Eno

🎨Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible. Paul Klee

🎨Great artists are people who find a way to be themselves in their art. Any sort of pretension induces mediocrity in art and life alike. Dame Margot Fonteyn, prima ballerina

🎨Intuition is the supra-logic that cuts out all the routine processes of thought and leaps straight from the problem to the answer. Robert Graves (1895 – 1985) English novelist, poet, writer

🎨Creativity belongs to the artist in each of us. To create means to relate. The root meaning of the word art is “to fit together” and we all do this every day. Not all of us are painters but we are all artists. Each time we fit things together we are creating – whether it is to make a loaf of bread, a child, a day. Corita Kent

🎨Art is magical, but it’s not magic. It’s a neurological product, and we can study this neurological product the same way we study other complex processes such as language. Charles Limb, neuroscientist

🎨The nature of the masterpieces is not to dazzle. Their nature is to persuade, to convince, to enter into us through our pores. Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

🎨There is no must in art because art is free. Kandinsky 1866 – 1944

🎨Art that cannot shape society and therefore also cannot penetrate the heart questions of society, and in the end influence the question of capital, is no art. Joseph Beuys

🎨How we choose what we do, and how we approach it…will determine whether the sum of our days adds up to a formless blur, or to something resembling a work of art. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

🎨I have forced myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own taste.
Marcel Duchamp (1887 – 1968) French-US artist

🎨The goal of life is rapture. Art is the way we experience it. Art is the transforming experience. Joseph Campbell

🎨Happy are the painters, for they shall not be lonely. Light and colour, peace and hope, will keep them company to the end of the day. Winston Churchill.

🎨Many excellent cooks are spoiled by going into the arts. Paul Gauguin

🎨It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. Antoine de St. Exupery

🎨Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle. Steve Jobs, Stanford commencement speech 2005

🎨Beauty will save the world. Dosteovsky

🎨Artists are like the Phoenix, they periodically have to self-immolate, burn off an aspect of themselves to give birth to something new. The blank canvas demands you exceed yourself. And most times you fail. This pisses you off so bad you want to quit making art or makes some artists want to quit living. But then you calm down and come back to the work. Alex Grey, artist

🎨Principles for the Development of a Complete Mind: Study the science of art. Study the art of science. Develop your senses – especially learn how to see. Realise that everything connects to everything else. Leonardo da Vinci

🎨In order to create, we draw from our inner well. This inner well, an artistic reservoir, is ideally like a well-stocked fish pond… If we don’t give some attention to upkeep, our well is apt to become depleted, stagnant, or blocked…As artists, we must learn to be self-nourishing. We must become alert enough to consciously replenish our creative resources as we draw on them—to restock the trout pond, so to speak. Julia Cameron

🎨Nothing sublimely artistic has ever arisen out of mere art … There must always be a rich moral soil for any artistic growth. G.K. Chesterton

🎨When I am finishing a picture, I hold some God-made object up to it – a rock, a flower, the branch of a tree or my hand – as a final test. If the painting stands up beside a thing man cannot make, the painting is authentic. If there’s a clash between the two, it’s bad art. Marc Chagall

🎨Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you’re passionate about something, then you’re more willing to take risks. Yo-Yo Ma

🎨Creativity is allowing oneself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. Scott Adams, The Dilbert Principle

🎨I have an idea that the only thing which makes it possible to regard this world we live in without disgust is the beauty which now and then men create out of chaos. The pictures they paint, the music they compose, the books they write, and the lives they lead. Of all these the richest in beauty is the beautiful life. That is the perfect work of art. W Somerset Maugham (Waddington in The Painted Veil, 1925)

🎨Sometimes reality is too complex. Fiction gives it form. Jean-Luc Godard

🎨Beginning with audacity is a very great part of the art of painting. Winston Churchill

Beautiful Quotes About Art

Art, a short and small word that however contains an infinite number of meanings. In fact, when we talk about art we refer to the act of creating – through words, sounds, colors, shapes and images – works with an aesthetic value capable of satisfying the senses. Art, however, is also to be understood as the set of knowledge and techniques necessary to exercise trades or activities that require specific skills.

🎻All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol do so at their peril. Oscar Wilde

🎻Bad artists always admire each other’s work. Oscar Wilde

🎻Life is short, art is long. John Ringling

🎻Painting is poetry which is seen and not heard, and poetry is a painting which is heard but not seen. Leonardo da Vinci

🎻The world speaks to me in colours, my soul answers in music. Rabindranath Tagore

🎻We, by our arts may be called the grandsons of God. Leonardo da Vinci

🎻The primary benefit of practising any art, whether well or badly, is that it enables one’s soul to grow. Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

🎻I cannot judge my work while I am doing it. I have to do as painters do, stand back and view it from a distance, but not too great a distance. How great? Guess. Pascal

🎻We can actually accelerate the process through meditation, through the ability to find stillness through loving actions, through compassion and sharing, through understanding the nature of the creative process in the universe and having a sense of connection to it. So, that’s conscious evolution. Deepak Chopra

🎻The music of this opera [Madama Butterfly] was dictated to me by God; I was merely instrumental in putting it on paper and communicating it to the public. Puccini

🎻The purpose of truly transcendent art is to express something you are not yet, but that you can become. Ken Wilber, The Mission of Art by Alex Grey

🎻There is no genius where there is not simplicity. Tolstoy

🎻One of the keys to embracing creativity is recognizing that even though it involves risk, you don’t die. David Usher, musician, artist

🎻If there’s ever a problem, I film it and it’s no longer a problem. It’s a film. Andy Warhol

🎻Stories are the secret reservoir of values: change the stories individuals or nations live by and tell themselves, and you change the individuals and nations. Ben Okri, Nobel Prize for Literature

🎻Art is never finished, only abandoned. Leonardo da Vinci

🎻Every act of creation is, first of all, an act of destruction. Pablo Picasso

🎻Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art. Andy Warhol

🎻We have art in order not to die of the truth. Friedrich Nietzsche

🎻To create one’s own world in any of the arts takes courage. Georgia O’Keeffe

🎻I wondered whether music might not be a unique example of what might have been – if the invention of language had not intervened—the means of communication between souls. Marcel Proust (Remembrance of Things Past)

🎻All great transcendental art is not merely symbolic or imaginary: it is a direct invitation to recognize and realize a deeper dimension of our very own being. In the eternal trinity of the Good, the True, and the Beautiful, art, while it can be good and true, has always staked out the domain of the Beautiful. Ken Wilber, The Mission of Art by Alex Grey

🎻Computers are useless. They can only give you answers. Pablo Picasso

🎻In music the passions enjoy themselves. Friedrich Nietzsche

🎻Few people think more than two or three times a year. I’ve made an international reputation for myself by thinking once or twice a week. George Bernard Shaw

🎻Art has two constant, two unending concerns: It always meditates on death and thus always creates life. All great, genuine art resembles and continues the Revelation of St John. Boris Pasternak (1819 – 1861)

🎻We all know that Art is not the truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth, at least the truth that is given us to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies. If he only shows in his work that he has searched, and researched, for the way to put over lies, he would never accomplish anything. Pablo Picasso. Excerpted from an interview with Marius de Zayas, 1923.

🎻It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things. Leonardo da Vinci

🎻All artists, whether they know it or not create from a place of inner stillness, a place of no mind. Eckhart Tolle

🎻The fine art of painting, which is the bastard of alchemy, always has been always will be, a game. The rules of the game are quite simple: in a given arena, on as many psychic fronts as the talent allows, one must visually describe, the centre of the meaning of existence. Brett Whiteley

🎻I do not seek. I find. (Je ne cherche pas; je trouve). Pablo Picasso

🎻Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best. Henry Van Dyke

Quotes About Art And Creativity

Art speaks a universal language, capable of exerting its irresistible charm on anyone. Direct expression of creativity, art gives voice to everyone’s inner universe. Here are some phrases about art and its infinite variations.

🌹Creativity takes courage. Henri Matisse

🌹Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. Edgar Degas

🌹Creativity is a drug I cannot live without. Cecil B. DeMille

🌹Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you’re passionate about something, then you’re more willing to take risks. Yo-Yo Ma

🌹It is wise to learn; it is God-like to create. John Saxe

🌹Creativity is a natural extension of our enthusiasm. Earl Nightingale

🌹Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do. Edgar Degas

🌹To practice any art, no matter how well or how badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. So do it. Kurt Vonnegut

🌹In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine. Ralph Waldo Emerson

🌹A good artist has less time than ideas. Martin Kippenberger

🌹An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision. James McNeill Whistler

🌹If a man devotes himself to art, much evil is avoided that happens otherwise if one is idle. Albrecht Durer

🌹If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud. Emile Zola

🌹I hold that the perfection of form and beauty is contained in the sum of all men. Albrecht Durer

🌹In art, what we want is the certainty that one spark of original genius shall not be extinguished. Mary Cassatt

🌹Life is art. Art is life. I never separate it. Ai Weiwei

🌹Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. Scott Adams

🌹I think of art as the highest level of creativity. To me, it is one of the greatest sources of enjoyment. David Rockefeller

🌹Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing. Salvador Dali

🌹To create one’s own world takes courage. Georgia O’Keeffe

🌹Every good painter paints what he is. Jackson Pollock

🌹I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality. Frida Kahlo

🌹Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye, it also includes the inner pictures of the soul. Edvard Munch

🌹The artist’s world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep. Paul Strand

🌹Every child is an artist; the problem is staying an artist when you grow up. Pablo Picasso

🌹It is important to express oneself…provided the feelings are real and are taken from you own experience. Berthe Morisot

🌹Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. Dr. Seuss

🌹Color is the place where our brain and the universe meet. Paul Klee

🌹Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen. Leonardo da Vinci

🌹Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. Thomas Merton

🌹If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all. Michelangelo

🌹Art is never finished, only abandoned. Leonardo Da Vinci

🌹I dream of painting and then I paint my dream. Vincent Van Gogh

🌹Every artist was first an amateur. Ralph Waldo Emerson

🌹Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will. George Bernard Shaw

🌹Art must be an expression of love or it is nothing. Marc Chagall

🌹The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel. Piet Mondrian

🌹Art is a line around your thoughts. Gustav Klimt

🌹I invent nothing, I rediscover. Auguste Rodin

🌹Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it. Salvador Dali

🌹Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. Steve Jobs

🌹Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous. Bill Moyers

🌹The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery. Francis Bacon

🌹The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live. Auguste Rodin

🌹No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist. Oscar Wilde

🌹Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures. Henry Ward Beecher

🌹I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart. Vincent van Gogh

🌹Don’t be an art critic, but paint, there lies salvation. Paul Cezanne

🌹An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one. Charles Horton Cooley

🌹Painting is just another way of keeping a diary. Pablo Picasso

🌹Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it. Andy Warhol

🌹The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable. Robert Henri

🌹The chief enemy of creativity is ‘good’ sense. Pablo Picasso

🌹Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better. Andre Gide

🌹Everybody born comes from the Creator trailing wisps of glory. We come from the Creator with creativity. I think that each one of us is born with creativity. Maya Angelou

🌹Creativity comes from a conflict of ideas. Donatella Versace

🌹I paint for myself. I don’t know how to do anything else, anyway. Also, I have to earn my living, and occupy myself. Francis Bacon

🌹Painting is a means of self-enlightenment. John Olsen

🌹Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working. Pablo Picasso

🌹The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless. Jean-Jacques Rousseau

🌹Creativity is magic. Don’t examine it too closely. Edward Albee

🌹Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can plan weird; that’s easy. What’s hard is to be as simple as Bach. Making the simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity. Charles Mingus

🌹Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things. Ray Bradbury

🌹A man paints with his brains and not with his hands. Michelangelo

🌹I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way–things I had no words for. Georgia O’Keeffe

🌹There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people. Vincent van Gogh

🌹Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art. Andy Warhol

🌹You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not’? George Bernard Shaw

🌹The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live only as you can. Neil Gaiman

🌹What moves men of genius, or rather what inspires their work, is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough. Eugene Delacroix

🌹If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing. Marc Chagall

🌹A work of art which isn’t based on feeling isn’t art at all. Paul Cezanne

🌹Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one. Stella Adler

🌹Originality is nothing but judicious imitation. Voltaire

🌹The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. Aristotle

🌹If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced. Vincent Van Gogh

🌹Art is the stored honey of the human soul. Theodore Dreiser

🌹Great art picks up where nature ends. Marc Chagall

🌹Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing. Georgia O’Keeffe

🌹I want to touch people with my art. I want them to say, ‘he feels deeply, he feels tenderly. Vincent Van Gogh

🌹Great things are done by a series of small things brought together. Vincent Van Gogh

🌹I would rather die of passion than of boredom. Vincent van Gogh

🌹You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club. Jack London

🌹Art is a lie that makes us realize truth. Pablo Picasso

🌹Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment. Claude Monet

🌹There is no must in art because art is free. Wassily Kandinsky

🌹Art is the only way to run away without leaving home. Twyla Tharp

🌹Art is not a thing, it is a way. Elbert Hubbard

🌹If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint. Edward Hopper

🌹We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents. Bob Ross

🌹Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. Pablo Picasso

🌹It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child. Pablo Picasso

🌹Learn the rules like a pro so you can break them like an artist. Pablo Picasso

🌹One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself. Leonardo da Vinci

🌹Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master. Leonardo da Vinci

🌹To be an artist is to believe in life. Henry Moore

🌹They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. Andy Warhol

🌹Creative work is a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got. Steven Pressfield

🌹Creativity is contagious, pass it on. Albert Einstein

Original Art Quotes

Marcel Duchamp defines art as follows: “I believe that art is the only form of activity through which man as such manifests himself as a true individual. By it alone, he can go beyond the animal stage, because art is an outlet for regions where neither time nor space dominates. ” Indeed, art is unique to man since it is an activity that appeals to the senses, to emotion, to the intellect. But the definition of art is very complex. Read below the original art quotes and get inspired and motivated by them.

🌞Painting a sunset is an act of faith. If you wait for it to happen, you’re too late. Aaron Schuerr, Pastel Journal (June 2013)

🌞My goal is to convey the same sense of wonder and beauty that I experienced while on location. Karlyn Holman

🌞There are three things that are important: feeling, imagination, and the means to communicate. Everett Raymond Kinstler

🌞The paint is simply an extension of my hand, my mind. Antonio Masi, Watercolor Artist (August 2013)

🌞Always face your challenges head on and make them your strengths. David Jon Kassan

🌞I seriously believe that what you leave out is important. Andy Wood, Watercolor Artist (August 2013)

🌞There is never a lack of subject matter; just absence of creativity. Lee Hammond

🌞I believe that exposure to the arts is invaluable. Andrea Matus deMeng

🌞Do your best, experience everything once. Jason Rowles

🌞As artists, we try to paint what we see, rather than what we think we see. Jean Pederson

🌞In many respects, light can become the subject. Alain Picard

🌞Cultivate a curiosity of the ordinary and a passion for everyday life. Dory Kanter

🌞The moment the paint on a canvas is more than paint on canvas, it becomes art. Debra Carr

🌞Watercolor artists will always find new ways to paint and express their vision. Rachel R Wolf

🌞Sometimes the hardest thing about drawing is beginning the process. Bert Dodson

🌞Art does indeed have the power to heal. Amy Dean McKittrick

🌞To live an art-filled life, one must be willing to try new things & accept that things change. Lee Hammond

🌞It’s possible to have an awesome life, but it’s up to ourselves to do it. Lee Hammond

🌞Learning to take risks is an essential aspect of being creative with color. Brian Keeler

🌞Treat your artistic enterprise as a business in order to protect your future success as an artist. BJ Foreman

🌞A true artist is driven by the never-ending desire to create. Lee Hammond

🌞When my students are stuck I say, ‘Take the first step, there will be something better on the other side.’ Susan Edison

🌞The more you put yourself out there, the more there is for people to take exception with. Lee Hammond

🌞This is why art is important. It makes us FEEL. Cherie Haas

🌞If everyone found this peace through art, the world would probably be better. Cherie Haas

🌞Painting is a never-ending process of challenges and learning. Daniel Greene

🌞Knowing there is so much more to learn keeps me thirsty for knowledge. Sterling Edwards

🌞If you suffer from artist’s block, a change in direction or medium may be all you need. Linda Kemp

🌞If it was easy, everyone would be doing it. That’s why they call it art WORK! Lee Hammond

🌞I find plenty of inspiration in real life—it’s stranger than fiction! Brenda York

🌞We all see things differently; that makes the combined creativity of so many an enjoyable journey. Paul Harman

🌞There’s something magical about putting yourself around like-minded people. Jean Pederson

🌞Be the artist you are. Cherie Haas

🌞The painting guides me to what to do next. Soon Y. Warren

🌞Spend more time looking at the model than painting the model. Sharon Sprung

🌞Fear of failure and criticism can be crippling. Don’t let others’ negativity take away your joy. Lee Hammond

🌞Creativity can come from uncertainty and a bit of angst. David Curtis

🌞We create because we seemingly have no choice but to be creative. Cherie Haas

🌞When you pick up a stick of pastel, you’re holding light & color in your fingertips. Liz H Sullivan

🌞If improving your painting abilities is a priority, then you have to set up good habits. Jean Pederson

🌞Use your workshop time to gather information and not as a time to try and paint a masterpiece. Jean Pederson

🌞If you want to learn how to do anything and do it well, seek out the best teachers. Cindy Salaski

🌞What is it that the camera won’t capture? That’s what you want to infuse into the painting. Richard McKinley

🌞Whether we view it for pleasure or create as artists, art can serve us in so many ways. Nancy Reyner

🌞Art is the cultural bedrock of a civilization and its worth is beyond measure. Richard McKinley

🌞Through our art and expression, we have an effect on the world we live in. Karala Barendregt

🌞Drawing is absolutely essential to becoming a successful artist. Mary Whyte

🌞To be timid, safe, complacent, or overly satisfied doesn’t push the boundaries of creativity. Mark Mehaffey

🌞Artists are rebels against the grain of society no matter what they choose to do. Dean Nimmer

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