101 Quotes To Inspire Your Artist Mojo!

"The Portal - Detail" ©2012 Janice Tanton. Oil on canvas. 72" x 96"
“The Portal – Detail” ©2012 Janice Tanton. Oil on canvas. 72″ x 96″
  1. Art isn’t everything. It’s just about everything. (Gertrude Stein)
  2. Silence is so accurate. (Mark Rothko)
  3. I am interested in art as a means of living a life; not as a means of making a living. (Robert Henri)
  4. We have art that we may not perish by the truth. (Friedrisch Nietzsche)
  5. One works without thinking how to work. (Jasper Johns)
  6. I found I could say things with colour and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way… things I had no words for. (Georgia O’Keeffe)
  7. Art cannot result from sophisticated, frivolous or superficial effects. (Hans Hofmann)
  8. I’ve never believed in God, but I believe in Picasso. (Diego Rivera)
  9. The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize. (Robert Hughes)
  10. You can either buy shoes or paint. (Janice Tanton)
  11. The more frightening the world becomes … the more art becomes abstract. (Wassily Kandinsky)
  12. I think a painting should include more experience than simply intended statement. (Jasper Johns)
  13. A creator is so completely contemporary that he has the appearance of being ahead of his generation. (Gertrude Stein)
  14. The pain passes, but the beauty remains. (August Renoir)
  15. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. (Sylvia Plath)
  16. I can’t work completely out of my imagination. I must put my foot in a bit of truth; and then I can fly free. (Andrew Wyeth)
  17. Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun. (Pablo Picasso)
  18. I can paint and draw. I believe this myself & a few other people say they believe this is true too. But I’m not certain of whether it’s true. (Gustav Klimt)
  19. Art is everywhere you look for it, hail the twinkling stars for they are God’s careless splatters. (El Greco)
  20. I decided to accept for true, my own thinking. (Georgia O’Keeffe)
  21. God is a concept by which we measure our pain. (John Lennon)
  22. True relaxation, which would do me the world of good, does not exist for me. (Gustav Klimt)
  23. I do not paint a portrait to look like the subject, rather does the person grow to look like his portrait. (Salvador Dali)
  24. The artist should have a powerful will. He should be powerfully possessed by one idea. (Robert Henri)
  25. I colour for a living. When I am a good artist, the only difference between me and a child is that I am more wrinkled. When I am not being a good artist, the only difference between me and a child is every difference imaginable. (Janice Tanton)
  26.   When in a museum, walk slowly but keep walking. (Gertrude Stein)
  27. Art is a finger up the bourgeoisie ass. (Pablo Picasso)
  28. Art, to me, is the interpretation of the impression which nature makes upon the eye and brain. (Childe Hassam)
  29. The most seductive thing about art is the personality of the artist himself. (Paul Cezanne)
  30. There is no such thing as good painting about nothing. (Mark Rothko)
  31. The only real influence I’ve ever had…was myself. (Edward Hopper)
  32. The relationship between the public and the artist is complex and difficult to explain. There is a fine line between using this critical energy creatively and pandering to it. (Andy Goldsworthy)
  33. You are born an artist or you are not. And you stay an artist, dear, even if your voice is less of a fireworks. The artist is always there. (Maria Callas)
  34. Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better. (Andre Gide)
  35. I would challenge you to a battle of wits, but I see you are unarmed. (William Shakespeare)
  36. Sculpture is made with two instruments and some supports and pretty air. (Gertrude Stein)
  37. Enough of Art. It’s Art that kills us. People no longer want to do painting: they make art. (Pablo Picasso)
  38. Democratic societies are unfit for the publication of such thunderous revelations as I am in the habit of making. (Salvador Dali)
  39. Paint like a fiend when the idea possesses you. (Robert Henri)
  40. Genius is the ability to renew one’s emotions in daily experience. (Paul Cezanne)
  41. No artist tolerates reality. (Friedrich Nietzsche)
  42. Painting is an infinitely minute part of my personality. (Salvador Dali)
  43. In general it can be said that a nation’s art is greatest when it most reflects the character of its people. (Edward Hopper)
  44. An artist’s only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else’s (J.D. Salinger)
  45. An artist never really finishes his work, he merely abandons it. (Paul Valery)
  46. That terrible mood of depression of whether it’s any good or not is what is know as The Artist’s Reward. (Ernest Hemingway
  47. What a genius, that Picasso. It is a pity he doesn’t paint. (Marc Chagall)
  48. During the 1960s, I think, people forgot what emotions were supposed to be. And I don’t think they’ve ever remembered. (Andy Warhol)
  49. I have tried to do what is true and not what is real. (Henri De Toulouse Lautrec)
  50. The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery. (Francis Bacon)
  51. Surrealism had a great effect on me because then I realised that the imagery in my mind wasn’t insanity. Surrealism to me is reality. (John Lennon)
  52. What I give form to in daylight, is only one percent of what I have seen in darkness. (M. C. Escher)
  53. I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart. (Vincent van Gogh)
  54. We know most of what we are, but not what we may be. (William Shakespeare)
  55. Do not fear mistakes. There are none. (Miles Davis)
  56. If you would listen to every stroke of my brush, I would never need speak again. (Janice Tanton)
  57. There are pictures that manifest education and there are pictures that manifest love. (Robert Henri)
  58. Every art expression is rotted fundamentally in the personality and temperament of the artist. (Hans Hofmann)
  59. A designer is an emerging synthesis of artist, inventor, mechanic, objective economist and evolutionary strategist. (R. Buckminster Fuller)
  60. I’m afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of its meaning. (Andy Warhol)
  61. An artist, under pain of oblivion, must have confidence in himself, and listen only to his real master: Nature. (Auguste Renoir)
  62. It is a widely accepted notion among painters that it does not matter what one paints as long as it is well painted. This is the essence of academicism. (Mark Rothko)
  63. I paint as if I were Rothschild. (Paul Cezanne)
  64. I think one’s art goes as far and as deep as one’s love goes. (Andrew Wyeth)
  65. To create one’s own world, takes courage. (Georgia O’Keeffe)
  66. Great ideas are not charitable. (Henri De Toulouse Lautrec)
  67. A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears. (Gertrude Stein)
  68. What one does is what counts and not what one had the intention of doing. (Pablo Picasso)
  69. Art is a weapon. (Diego Rivera)
  70. If you work from memory, you are most likely to put in your real feeling. (Robert Henri)
  71. Don’t be an art critic. Paint. There lies salvation. (Paul Cezanne)
  72. I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own. (Andy Warhol)
  73. I  paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best. (Frida Kahlo)
  74. An artist who has no imagination is a mechanic. (Robert Henri)
  75. For an impressionist to paint from nature is not to paint the subject, but to realize sensations. (Paul Cezanne)
  76.  The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration. (Frida Kahlo)
  77. More of me comes out when I improvise. (Edward Hopper)
  78. You will never draw the sense of a thing unless you are feeling it at the time you work. (Robert Henri)
  79. The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude. (Friedrich Nietzsche)
  80. Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. (Pablo Picasso)
  81. My nervous system is enfeebled, only work in oils can sustain me. (Paul Cezanne)
  82.  I always was a rebel… but on the other hand, I wanted to be loved and accepted… and not just be a loudmouth, lunatic, poet, musician. But I cannot be what I am not. (John Lennon)
  83. You can’t have a good bullfight without a good bull. (Julian Schnabel)
  84. As music is the poetry of sound, so is painting the poetry of sight. (James McNeil Whistler)
  85. If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing. (Marc Chagall)
  86. Creativity takes courage. (Henri Matisse)
  87. The things that make me different, are the things that make me. (A. A. Milne)
  88. To define is to limit. (Oscar Wilde)
  89. The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off. (Gloria Steinem)
  90. Art is the only way to run away without leaving home. (Twyla Tharp)
  91. To be an artist is to believe in life. (Henry Moore)
  92. It is the nature of the artist to mind excessively what is said about him. Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others. (Virgina Woolf)
  93. Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder. (E. B. White)
  94. Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. (Edgar Degas)
  95. Personality is everything in art and poetry. (Goethe)
  96. An artist is not paid for his labour, but for his vision. (James Whistler)
  97. An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one. (Charles Horton Cooley)
  98. I am an artist…I am here to live out loud. (Emile Zola)
  99. If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him. (John F. Kennedy)
  100. Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do. (Edgar Degas)
  101. What art offers is space – a certain breathing room for the spirit. (John Updike)

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