Once in a while, artists and creatives get stuck and will need pick-me-ups to get over a stump in the road.
At times when we don’t feel as inspired to create, looking at other people’s work and reading motivating words are all we need to get back to our game. People who had influence and have an important body of work behind them are the ones we look up to to give us words of wisdom and inspiration. These creatives offer their thoughts about art in a way to impart their experience and knowledge to aspiring artists such as you and me.
Here are 30 wonderful quotes about art you’ll read to get your creative juices flowing again and inspire you to pursue your artistic dreams.
“Everything you can imagine is real.” ― Pablo Picasso
“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” ― Leonardo da Vinci
“You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche
“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” ― Vincent Van Gogh
“We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.” ― Bob Ross
“If we, citizens, do not support our artists, then we sacrifice our imagination on the altar of crude reality and we end up believing in nothing and having worthless dreams.” ― Yann Martel, [Life of Pi]
“Art without emotion is like chocolate cake without sugar. It makes you gag.” ― Laurie Halse Anderson, [Speak]
“The role of the artist is to ask questions, not answer them.” ― Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
“Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.” ― Banksy
“Creativity takes courage. ” ― Henri Matisse
“Any form of art is a form of power; it has impact, it can affect change – it can not only move us, it makes us move.” ― Ossie Davis
“Imagination governs the world.” ― Napoleon Bonaparte
“Life is a blank canvas, and you need to throw all the paint on it you can.” ― Danny Kaye
“The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.” ― Émile Zola
“Art is making something out of nothing, and selling it.” ― Frank Zappa
“Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.” ― George Bernard Shaw
“A blank canvas…has unlimited possibilities.”― Stephanie Perkins, [Isla and the Happily Ever After]
“If you could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint.” ― Edward Hopper
“A line is a dot that went for a walk.” ― Paul Klee
“Art is a process, not a product.” ― Maryann kohl
“I paint flowers so they will not die.” – Frida Kahlo
“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” – Edgar Degas
“One must give himself completely to his art and not hold back. Throw caution to the wind. Embrace the muse. Make love to your art.” ― Harley King
“A true masterpiece does not tell everything.” ― Albert Camus
“A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.” ― Paul Cezanne
“The point of art is to inspire you to create your own.” ― Misha Collins
“You have to be willing to spend time making things for no known reason.” ― Lynda Barry, [Picture This: The Near-Sighted Monkey Book]
“To be an artist is to believe in life.” ― Henry Moore
“Every artist was first an amateur.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.” ― Salvador Dalí
I hope these words, these quotes about art, have given you insights and inspiration today. Art is kind of a way of life and we all just need to focus on creating rather than perfecting.
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