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Inspiring Quotes About Art and Being an Artist

Whether you are an artist or just appreciate the amazing art that others create, these are the best art quotes we could find, many by great artists and art teachers, for you to read, ponder, and enjoy! We hope they bring you inspiration and joy and if they do, please share with others.

Quote: Art is the elimination of the unnecessary. by author Pablo Picasso overlaid on photo of red neon heart wallpaper
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Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.


Quote: It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation. by author Herman Melville overlaid on photo of purple and black skies
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It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.


Quote: There is no blue without yellow and without orange. by author Vincent van Gogh overlaid on photo of colored pencil lined up on top of white surface
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There is no blue without yellow and without orange.


Quote: Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials. by author Lin Yutang overlaid on photo of solid background
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Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.


Quote: Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics. by author Victor Pinchuk overlaid on photo of man and woman holding each others hands
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Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics.


Quote: Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one. by author Stella Adler overlaid on photo of close-up photography of heart shaped fairy lite on brown sand
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Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.


Quote: Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. by author Pablo Picasso overlaid on photo of two white swan on body of water
Photo Credit: Wolfgang Hasselmann

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.


Quote: When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence. by author Ansel Adams overlaid on photo of low angle photography of drop lights
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When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.


Quote: A picture is a poem without words. by author Horace overlaid on photo of person hand holding photo frame
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A picture is a poem without words.


Quote: Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst. by author Henri Cartier-Bresson overlaid on photo of circular light bokei wallpaper
Photo Credit: Sharon McCutcheon

Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.


Quote: We don't make mistakes, just happy little accidents. by author Bob Ross overlaid on photo of person wearing TV helmet with remote
Photo Credit: Noah Buscher

We don't make mistakes, just happy little accidents.


Quote: It is a tragedy that we live in a world where physical courage is so common, and moral courage is so rare. by author Claude Monet overlaid on photo of red paint strokes wallpaper
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It is a tragedy that we live in a world where physical courage is so common, and moral courage is so rare.


Quote: To create, one must first question everything. by author Eileen Gray overlaid on photo of shallow focus photography of hand with red paint
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To create, one must first question everything.


Quote: I must have flowers, always, and always. by author Claude Monet overlaid on photo of pink tree
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I must have flowers, always, and always.


Quote: I am not an adventurer by choice but by fate. by author Vincent van Gogh overlaid on photo of 1 us dollar bill
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I am not an adventurer by choice but by fate.


Quote: Creativity is contagious. Pass it on. by author Albert Einstein overlaid on photo of circular light bokei wallpaper
Photo Credit: Sharon McCutcheon

Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.




Quote: To be an artist, you need to exist in a world of silence. by author Louise Bourgeois overlaid on photo of colored pencil lined up on top of white surface
Photo Credit: Jess Bailey

To be an artist, you need to exist in a world of silence.


Quote: I dream of painting and then I paint my dream. by author Vincent van Gogh overlaid on photo of shallow focus photography of hand with red paint
Photo Credit: ian dooley

I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.


Quote: Controversy is part of the nature of art and creativity. by author Yoko Ono overlaid on photo of person wearing TV helmet with remote
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Controversy is part of the nature of art and creativity.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Controversy is part of the nature of art and creativity. “.


Quote: I wanted to start a revolution, using art to build the sort of society I myself envisioned. by author Yayoi Kusama overlaid on photo of green leafed tree on body of water under starry sky
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I wanted to start a revolution, using art to build the sort of society I myself envisioned.


Quote: I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day. by author Vincent van Gogh overlaid on photo of silhouette of kneeling man
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I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.


Quote: The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting
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The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.


Quote: Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. by author Scott Adams overlaid on photo of person holding click pen
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Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. ".


Quote: Every artist was first an amateur. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of woman hugging other woman while smiling at beach
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Every artist was first an amateur.


Quote: Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of white wooden table near brown chair
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Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.


Quote: No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting
Photo Credit: Markus Spiske

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


Quote: Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. by author Plutarch overlaid on photo of purple and black skies
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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.


Quote: I shut my eyes in order to see. by author Paul Gauguin overlaid on photo of white wooden table near brown chair
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I shut my eyes in order to see.


Quote: Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads. by author Marianne Moore overlaid on photo of man and woman holding each others hands
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Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads.


Quote: I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. by author Michaelangelo overlaid on photo of shallow focus photography of hand with red paint
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I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.


Quote: Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted. by author Martin Luther King Jr.  overlaid on photo of person wearing TV helmet with remote
Photo Credit: Noah Buscher

Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.


Quote: Tell your own story, and you will be interesting. by author Louise Bourgeois overlaid on photo of photo of outer space
Photo Credit: NASA

Tell your own story, and you will be interesting.


Quote: The great art of life is sensation, to feel that we exist, even in pain. by author Lord Byron overlaid on photo of blue glass heart
Photo Credit: Tim Mossholder

The great art of life is sensation, to feel that we exist, even in pain.


Quote: Art is never finished, only abandoned. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of white wooden table near brown chair
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Art is never finished, only abandoned.


Quote: What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time. by author John Berger overlaid on photo of clear hour glass
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What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time.


Quote: Art saved me; it got me through my depression and self-loathing, back to a place of innocence. by author Jeanette Winterson overlaid on photo of yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting
Photo Credit: Markus Spiske

Art saved me; it got me through my depression and self-loathing, back to a place of innocence.


Quote: The creative process is a process of surrender, not control. by author Julia Cameron overlaid on photo of person wearing TV helmet with remote
Photo Credit: Noah Buscher

The creative process is a process of surrender, not control.


Quote: Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is. by author Jackson Pollock overlaid on photo of man and woman holding each others hands
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Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.


Quote: Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures. by author Henry Ward Beecher overlaid on photo of yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting
Photo Credit: Markus Spiske

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.


There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted.


Quote: The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude. by author Friedrich Nietzsche overlaid on photo of purple petaled flower
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The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.


Quote: Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art. by author Frederic Chopin overlaid on photo of white wall paint beside white wall
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Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.


Quote: Contrary to general belief, an artist is never ahead of his time but most people are far behind theirs. by author Edgard Varese overlaid on photo of clear hour glass with brown frame
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Contrary to general belief, an artist is never ahead of his time but most people are far behind theirs.


Quote: Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. by author Edgar Degas overlaid on photo of red neon heart wallpaper
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Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.


Quote: History develops, art stands still. by author E. M. Forster overlaid on photo of photo of author E. M. Forster with quote

History develops, art stands still.


Quote: Nature is the art of God. by author Dante Alighieri overlaid on photo of five silhouette of birds flying on sky
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Nature is the art of God.


Quote: An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one. by author Charles Horton Cooley overlaid on photo of photo of outer space
Photo Credit: NASA

An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.


Quote: An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting
Photo Credit: Markus Spiske

An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.


Quote: I feel that my environment reflects my belief in the grace and art and elegance of living simply. by author bell hooks overlaid on photo of person holding heart shaped red balloon
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I feel that my environment reflects my belief in the grace and art and elegance of living simply.


Quote: Nothing is art if it does not come from nature. by author Antoni Gaudi overlaid on photo of three people paddling in canoe
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Nothing is art if it does not come from nature.


Quote: Art is what you can get away with. by author Andy Warhol overlaid on photo of white wooden table near brown chair
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Art is what you can get away with.


Quote: I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. by author Albert Einstein overlaid on photo of person wearing TV helmet with remote
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I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.


Quote: Great art can only be created out of love. by author James Baldwin overlaid on photo of red neon heart wallpaper
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Great art can only be created out of love.


All art is a kind of confession.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

All art is a kind of confession, more or less oblique. All artists, if they are to survive, are forced, at last, to tell the whole story; to vomit the anguish up.


Quote: I think the deeper you go into questions, the deeper or more interesting the questions get. And I think that's the job of art. by author Andre Dubus III overlaid on photo of white board beside pencil and tape
Photo Credit: Kelly Sikkema

I think the deeper you go into questions, the deeper or more interesting the questions get. And I think that's the job of art.


Quote: Every piece of art is a mirror and serves the function of reflectivity to expose to you and reveal to you more of who you are. by author Darryl Anka overlaid on photo of white board beside pencil and tape
Photo Credit: Kelly Sikkema

Every piece of art is a mirror and serves the function of reflectivity to expose to you and reveal to you more of who you are.


Quote: I've learned that I'm most powerful when I'm doing my art. by author Andre Benjamin overlaid on photo of two white swan on body of water
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I've learned that I'm most powerful when I'm doing my art.


Quote: Building art is a synthesis of life in materialised form. We should try to bring in under the same hat not a splintered way of thinking, but all in harmony together. by author Alvar Aalto overlaid on photo of light green
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Building art is a synthesis of life in materialised form. We should try to bring in under the same hat not a splintered way of thinking, but all in harmony together.


Quote: Of late years (perhaps as a result of our political changes) art has borrowed from history more than ever. by author Alfred de Vigny overlaid on photo of photo of author Alfred de Vigny with quote

Of late years (perhaps as a result of our political changes) art has borrowed from history more than ever.


Quote: As I grew older, I realized that it was much better to insist on the genuine forms of nature, for simplicity is the greatest adornment of art. by author Albrecht Durer overlaid on photo of brown cardboard box with yellow light
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As I grew older, I realized that it was much better to insist on the genuine forms of nature, for simplicity is the greatest adornment of art.


Quote: If a man devotes himself to art, much evil is avoided that happens otherwise if one is idle. by author Albrecht Durer overlaid on photo of yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting
Photo Credit: Markus Spiske

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


Quote: Artwork is a representation of our devotion to life. by author Agnes Martin overlaid on photo of photo of author Agnes Martin with quote

Artwork is a representation of our devotion to life.


Quote: The value of art is in the observer. by author Agnes Martin overlaid on photo of photo of author Agnes Martin with quote

The value of art is in the observer.


Quote: The R.O.I. from funding public art is $infinity. by author D. Smith overlaid on photo of colored pencil lined up on top of white surface
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The R.O.I. from funding public art is $infinity.




Quote: You can't rush an art form. by author Chet Faker overlaid on photo of red and white heart shape illustration
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You can't rush an art form.


Quote: Freedom is the soul of art. by author Abhijit Naskar overlaid on photo of red and white heart shape illustration
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Freedom is the soul of art.


Quote: Art is the child of Nature. by author Henry Wadsworth Longfellow overlaid on photo of red and white heart shape illustration
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Art is the child of Nature.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Art is the child of nature in whom we trace the features of the mothers face.


Quote: Art is a form of catharsis. by author Dorothy Parker overlaid on photo of photo of author Dorothy Parker with quote

Art is a form of catharsis.


Quote: Art is born in attention. by author Julia Cameron overlaid on photo of white clouds and blue sky
Photo Credit: Jeremy Bezanger

Art is born in attention.


Quote: A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective. by author Irving Penn overlaid on photo of silhouette of two person sitting on chair near tree
Photo Credit: Harli Marten

A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective.


Quote: True artists scorn nothing. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of red and white heart shape illustration
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True artists scorn nothing.


Quote: Art is a jealous mistress. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of red and white heart shape illustration
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Art is a jealous mistress.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Art is a jealous mistress; and if a man have a genius for painting, poetry, music, architecture or philosophy, he makes a bad husband and an ill provider.


Quote: Art is a way of survival. by author Yoko Ono overlaid on photo of white clouds and blue sky
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Art is a way of survival.


Quote: All art is quite useless. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of white clouds and blue sky
Photo Credit: Jeremy Bezanger

All art is quite useless.


Quote: There is no surer method of evading the world than by following Art, and no surer method of linking oneself to it than by Art. by author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe overlaid on photo of white board beside pencil and tape
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There is no surer method of evading the world than by following Art, and no surer method of linking oneself to it than by Art.


Quote: Making art is a journey. by author Meinrad Craighead overlaid on photo of couple walking in seashore
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Making art is a journey.




Quote: Treat a work of art like a prince: let it speak to you first. by author Arthur Schopenhauer overlaid on photo of photo of outer space
Photo Credit: NASA

Treat a work of art like a prince: let it speak to you first.


Quote: Any fool can paint a picture, but it takes a wise man to be able to sell it. by author Samuel Butler overlaid on photo of blue glass heart
Photo Credit: Tim Mossholder

Any fool can paint a picture, but it takes a wise man to be able to sell it.


Quote: The role of the artist is to ask questions, not answer them. by author Anton Pavlovich Chekhov overlaid on photo of photo of author Anton Pavlovich Chekhov with quote

The role of the artist is to ask questions, not answer them.




Quote: A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know. by author Diane Arbus overlaid on photo of pink heart art
Photo Credit: Kelly Sikkema

A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know.


Quote: Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph. by author Matt Hardy overlaid on photo of photo of author Matt Hardy with quote

Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.


Quote: If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff. by author Jim Richardson overlaid on photo of gray concrete surface
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If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff.


Quote: Seeing is not enough; you have to feel what you photograph. by author Andre Kertesz overlaid on photo of photo of author Andre Kertesz with quote

Seeing is not enough; you have to feel what you photograph.


Quote: Painting something that defies the law of the land is good. Painting something that defies the law of the land and the law of gravity at the same time is ideal. by author Banksy overlaid on photo of man in red shirt sitting on white suv during daytime
Photo Credit: Alexandre Barbosa

Painting something that defies the law of the land is good. Painting something that defies the law of the land and the law of gravity at the same time is ideal.


Quote: Use your blood to paint. Keep painting until you faint. Keep painting until you die. by author Yoko Ono overlaid on photo of gray concrete surface
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Use your blood to paint. Keep painting until you faint. Keep painting until you die.


Quote: Painter, paint! by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of 2 women standing on brown field during daytime
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Painter, paint!


Quote: A simple line painted with the brush can lead to freedom and happiness. by author Joan Miro overlaid on photo of pink heart art
Photo Credit: Kelly Sikkema

A simple line painted with the brush can lead to freedom and happiness.


Quote: A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of white board beside pencil and tape
Photo Credit: Kelly Sikkema

A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light.


Quote: Every morning when I wake up, I experience an exquisite joy --the joy of being Salvador Dalí-- and I ask myself in rapture: What wonderful things is this Salvador Dalí going to accomplish today? by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of sunflower with clear glass vase on gray table
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Every morning when I wake up, I experience an exquisite joy --the joy of being Salvador Dalí-- and I ask myself in rapture: What wonderful things is this Salvador Dalí going to accomplish today?


Quote: Art is to console those who are broken by life. by author Vincent van Gogh overlaid on photo of photo of author Vincent van Gogh with quote

Art is to console those who are broken by life.




Quote: One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of white clouds and blue sky
Photo Credit: Jeremy Bezanger

One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.


Quote: I dream my painting and I paint my dream. by author Vincent van Gogh overlaid on photo of person forming heart with their hands
Photo Credit: Tyler Nix

I dream my painting and I paint my dream.


Quote: I know I will leave my work unfinished. I just hope I planted enough seeds in my children and grandchildren that they will continue. by author David Robinson overlaid on photo of white board beside pencil and tape
Photo Credit: Kelly Sikkema

I know I will leave my work unfinished. I just hope I planted enough seeds in my children and grandchildren that they will continue.


Quote: No great work of art is ever finished. by author Michaelangelo overlaid on photo of photo of author Michaelangelo with quote

No great work of art is ever finished.


Quote: Above all, an artist must never be too easily satisfied with what he has done. by author Henri Matisse overlaid on photo of blue glass heart
Photo Credit: Tim Mossholder

Above all, an artist must never be too easily satisfied with what he has done.


Quote: Finish the work, otherwise an unfinished work will finish you. by author Amit Kalantri overlaid on photo of man kissing woman while sitting on railings during night
Photo Credit: Danie Franco

Finish the work, otherwise an unfinished work will finish you.


Quote: Without atmosphere a painting is nothing. by author Rembrandt overlaid on photo of photo of author Rembrandt with quote

Without atmosphere a painting is nothing.


Quote: It is only after years of preparation that the young artist should touch color -- not color used descriptively, that is, but as a means of personal expression. by author Henri Matisse overlaid on photo of two white and brown dogs
Photo Credit: Camilo Fierro

It is only after years of preparation that the young artist should touch color -- not color used descriptively, that is, but as a means of personal expression.


Quote: You need the dark in order to show the light. by author Bob Ross overlaid on photo of circular light bokei wallpaper
Photo Credit: Sharon McCutcheon

You need the dark in order to show the light.


Quote: An artist discovers his genius the day he dares not to please. by author Andre Malraux overlaid on photo of photo of author Andre Malraux with quote

An artist discovers his genius the day he dares not to please.


Quote: I am an artist because the knot is so powerful I just can not, nor want to be, anything else or do anything else. by author Elisabeth Kubler-Ross overlaid on photo of Bryce Canyon National Park Sunrise Point at Utah
Photo Credit: Zhanjiang Chen

I am an artist because the knot is so powerful I just can not, nor want to be, anything else or do anything else.


Quote: What art offers is space -- a certain breathing room for the spirit. by author John Updike overlaid on photo of purple and black skies
Photo Credit: Mathew Schwartz

What art offers is space -- a certain breathing room for the spirit.


Quote: Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable. by author Banksy overlaid on photo of photo of outer space
Photo Credit: NASA

Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.


Quote: In art, and in the higher ranges of science, there is a feeling of harmony which underlies all endeavor. There is no true greatness in art or science without that sense of harmony. by author Albert Einstein overlaid on photo of starry night in Texas
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In art, and in the higher ranges of science, there is a feeling of harmony which underlies all endeavor. There is no true greatness in art or science without that sense of harmony.


Quote: The purpose of art is mystery. by author Rene Magritte overlaid on photo of couple under clear umbrella
Photo Credit: Morgan Sessions

The purpose of art is mystery.


Quote: Practice what you know, and it will help to make clear what now you do not know. by author Rembrandt overlaid on photo of photo of author Rembrandt with quote

Practice what you know, and it will help to make clear what now you do not know.


Quote: He only moves toward the perfection of his art whose criticism surpasses his achievement. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting
Photo Credit: Markus Spiske

He only moves toward the perfection of his art whose criticism surpasses his achievement.


Quote: The artist is not a different kind of person, but every person is a different kind of artist. by author Eric Gill overlaid on photo of yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting
Photo Credit: Markus Spiske

The artist is not a different kind of person, but every person is a different kind of artist.


Quote: If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint. by author Edward Hopper overlaid on photo of colored pencil lined up on top of white surface
Photo Credit: Jess Bailey

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


Quote: The public wants to understand and learn in a single day, a single minute, what the artist has spent years learning. by author Paul Gauguin overlaid on photo of white board beside pencil and tape
Photo Credit: Kelly Sikkema

The public wants to understand and learn in a single day, a single minute, what the artist has spent years learning.


Quote: I would like to paint the way a bird sings. by author Claude Monet overlaid on photo of red neon heart wallpaper
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I would like to paint the way a bird sings.


Quote: The true painter must be able, with the most usual things, to have the most unusual ideas. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting
Photo Credit: Markus Spiske

The true painter must be able, with the most usual things, to have the most unusual ideas.


Quote: Not everyone is capable of madness; and of those lucky enough to be capable, not many have the courage for it. by author August Strindberg overlaid on photo of photo of author August Strindberg with quote

Not everyone is capable of madness; and of those lucky enough to be capable, not many have the courage for it.


Quote: People love mystery, and that is why they love my paintings. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of shallow focus photography of hand with red paint
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People love mystery, and that is why they love my paintings.


Quote: What is important is to spread confusion, not eliminate it. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of shallow focus photography of hand with red paint
Photo Credit: ian dooley

What is important is to spread confusion, not eliminate it.


Quote: Feeling and longing are the motive forces behind all human endeavor and human creations. by author Albert Einstein overlaid on photo of yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting
Photo Credit: Markus Spiske

Feeling and longing are the motive forces behind all human endeavor and human creations.


Quote: Artists are people driven by the tension between the desire to communicate and the desire to hide. by author Donald Winnicott overlaid on photo of person holding heart shaped red balloon
Photo Credit: Ryan 'O' Niel

Artists are people driven by the tension between the desire to communicate and the desire to hide.


Quote: Bus stops are far more interesting and useful places to have art than in museums. by author Banksy overlaid on photo of white heart illustration
Photo Credit: Nicola Fioravanti

Bus stops are far more interesting and useful places to have art than in museums.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Bus stops are far more interesting and useful places to have art than in museums. Graffiti has more chance of meaning something or changing stuff than anything indoors. Graffiti has been used to start revolutions, stop wars, and generally is the voice of people who aren't listened to. Graffiti is one of those few tools you have if you have almost nothing. And even if you don't come up with a picture to cure world poverty you can make somebody smile while they're having a piss.


Quote: I'm not performing miracles, I'm using up and wasting a lot of paint. by author Claude Monet overlaid on photo of man and woman holding each others hands
Photo Credit: Dyu - Ha

I'm not performing miracles, I'm using up and wasting a lot of paint.


Quote: If you understand a painting beforehand, you might as well not paint it. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of white clouds and blue sky
Photo Credit: Jeremy Bezanger

If you understand a painting beforehand, you might as well not paint it.


Quote: The fact I myself do not understand what my paintings mean while I am painting them does not imply that they are meaningless. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of white board beside pencil and tape
Photo Credit: Kelly Sikkema

The fact I myself do not understand what my paintings mean while I am painting them does not imply that they are meaningless.


Quote: If I close my eyes, I see things better than with my eyes open. by author Henri Matisse overlaid on photo of shallow focus photography of hand with red paint
Photo Credit: ian dooley

If I close my eyes, I see things better than with my eyes open.


Quote: One must spoil as many canvases as one succeeds with. by author Vincent van Gogh overlaid on photo of yellow and white balloons on orange surface
Photo Credit: Milad Fakurian

One must spoil as many canvases as one succeeds with.


Quote: Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere. by author Peter O'Toole overlaid on photo of gray concrete surface
Photo Credit: Henry & Co.

Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere.


Quote: Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I accomplish. by author Michaelangelo overlaid on photo of photo of author Michaelangelo with quote

Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I accomplish.


Quote: Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does, the better. by author Andre Gide overlaid on photo of photo of author Andre Gide with quote

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


Quote: To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it. by author Kurt Vonnegut overlaid on photo of yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting
Photo Credit: Markus Spiske

To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.


Quote: He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist. by author Francis of Assisi overlaid on photo of colored pencil lined up on top of white surface
Photo Credit: Jess Bailey

He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.


Quote: Art is the queen of all sciences communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting
Photo Credit: Markus Spiske

Art is the queen of all sciences communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world.


Quote: A true artist is not one who is inspired but one who inspires others. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of person reaching black heart cutout paper
Photo Credit: Kelly Sikkema

A true artist is not one who is inspired but one who inspires others.


Quote: 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. by author Bob Ross overlaid on photo of brown and white humming bird
Photo Credit: Steve Harvey

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.


Quote: All you need to paint is a few tools, a little instruction, and a vision in your mind. by author Bob Ross overlaid on photo of yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting
Photo Credit: Markus Spiske

All you need to paint is a few tools, a little instruction, and a vision in your mind.


Quote: The most important thing about art is to work. Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying. by author Steven Pressfield overlaid on photo of Bryce Canyon National Park Sunrise Point at Utah
Photo Credit: Zhanjiang Chen

The most important thing about art is to work. Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The most important thing about art is to work. Nothing else matters except sitting

down every day and trying. Why is this important? Because when we sit down day after

day and keep grinding, something mysterious starts to happen. A process is set in

motion by which, inevitably and infallibly, heaven comes to our aid. Unseen forces enlist

in our cause; serendipity reinforces our purpose.


Quote: To be great, art has to point somewhere. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of circular light bokei wallpaper
Photo Credit: Sharon McCutcheon

To be great, art has to point somewhere.


Quote: Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting
Photo Credit: Markus Spiske

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


Quote: Knowing how to look is a way of inventing. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of white wooden table near brown chair
Photo Credit: Bench Accounting

Knowing how to look is a way of inventing.


Quote: Life is too short to remain unnoticed. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of person forming heart with their hands
Photo Credit: Tyler Nix

Life is too short to remain unnoticed.


Art is not a thing, it is a way.


Quote: The artist sees what others only catch a glimpse of. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of yellow and white balloons on orange surface
Photo Credit: Milad Fakurian

The artist sees what others only catch a glimpse of.


Quote: Perspective is to painting what the bridle is to the horse, the rudder to a ship. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of red heart wall décor
Photo Credit: Nicola Fioravanti

Perspective is to painting what the bridle is to the horse, the rudder to a ship.


Quote: The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of colored pencil lined up on top of white surface
Photo Credit: Jess Bailey

The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.


Quote: Art is coming face to face with yourself. by author Jackson Pollock overlaid on photo of circular light bokei wallpaper
Photo Credit: Sharon McCutcheon

Art is coming face to face with yourself.


Quote: Art is a line around your thoughts. by author Gustav Klimt overlaid on photo of photo of outer space
Photo Credit: NASA

Art is a line around your thoughts.


Quote: To be an artist is to believe in life. by author Henry Moore overlaid on photo of circular light bokei wallpaper
Photo Credit: Sharon McCutcheon

To be an artist is to believe in life.


Quote: A true masterpiece does not tell everything. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of white wooden table near brown chair
Photo Credit: Bench Accounting

A true masterpiece does not tell everything.


Quote: Art lives from constraints and dies from freedom. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of red neon heart wallpaper
Photo Credit: DESIGNECOLOGIST

Art lives from constraints and dies from freedom.


Quote: Art is a way of recognizing oneself. by author Louise Bourgeois overlaid on photo of circular light bokei wallpaper
Photo Credit: Sharon McCutcheon

Art is a way of recognizing oneself.


Quote: I am not strange. I am just not normal. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of person forming heart with their hands
Photo Credit: Tyler Nix

I am not strange. I am just not normal.


Quote: I guess I'm a little weird. I like to talk to trees and animals. That's okay though; I have more fun than most people. by author Bob Ross overlaid on photo of white board beside pencil and tape
Photo Credit: Kelly Sikkema

I guess I'm a little weird. I like to talk to trees and animals. That's okay though; I have more fun than most people.


Quote: If you hear a voice within you saying, You are not a painter, then by all means paint… and that voice will be silenced. by author Vincent van Gogh overlaid on photo of white board beside pencil and tape
Photo Credit: Kelly Sikkema

If you hear a voice within you saying, You are not a painter, then by all means paint… and that voice will be silenced.


Quote: I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process. by author Vincent van Gogh overlaid on photo of gray concrete surface
Photo Credit: Henry & Co.

I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.


Quote: Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of red paint strokes wallpaper
Photo Credit: Chaewon Lee

Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.


Quote: A work is finished when an artist realizes his intentions. by author Rembrandt overlaid on photo of photo of author Rembrandt with quote

A work is finished when an artist realizes his intentions.


Quote: The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death. by author Steven Pressfield overlaid on photo of gray concrete surface
Photo Credit: Henry & Co.

The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.


Quote: I have already settled it for myself so flattery and criticism go down the same drain and I am quite free. by author Georgia O'Keeffe overlaid on photo of red paint strokes wallpaper
Photo Credit: Chaewon Lee

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


Quote: You have to systematically create confusion, it sets creativity free. Everything that is contradictory creates life. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of white board beside pencil and tape
Photo Credit: Kelly Sikkema

You have to systematically create confusion, it sets creativity free. Everything that is contradictory creates life.


Quote: Art is standing with one hand extended into the universe and one hand extended into the world, and letting ourselves be a conduit for passing energy. by author Albert Einstein overlaid on photo of brown rabbit
Photo Credit: Waranya Mooldee

Art is standing with one hand extended into the universe and one hand extended into the world, and letting ourselves be a conduit for passing energy.


Quote: An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation, prisoner of success. by author Henri Matisse overlaid on photo of Bryce Canyon National Park Sunrise Point at Utah
Photo Credit: Zhanjiang Chen

An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation, prisoner of success.


Quote: You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again. You can also look at the picture for a second and think of it all your life. by author Joan Miro overlaid on photo of brown cardboard box with yellow light
Photo Credit: Sebastian Svenson

You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again. You can also look at the picture for a second and think of it all your life.


Quote: Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of person holding heart shaped red balloon
Photo Credit: Ryan 'O' Niel

Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious.


Quote: In the mind of every artist there is a masterpiece. by author Kai Greene overlaid on photo of photo of author Kai Greene with quote

In the mind of every artist there is a masterpiece.


Quote: Never worry about being obsessive. I like obsessive people. Obsessive people make great art. by author Susan Sontag overlaid on photo of yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting
Photo Credit: Markus Spiske

Never worry about being obsessive. I like obsessive people. Obsessive people make great art.


Quote: The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to. by author Frida Kahlo overlaid on photo of man and woman holding each others hands
Photo Credit: Dyu - Ha

The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: I had so much fire in me and so many plans. by author Claude Monet overlaid on photo of white wooden table near brown chair
Photo Credit: Bench Accounting

I had so much fire in me and so many plans.


Quote: The great artist is the simplifier. by author Vincent van Gogh overlaid on photo of photo of author Vincent van Gogh with quote

The great artist is the simplifier.


Quote: No art is possible without a dance with death. by author Kurt Vonnegut overlaid on photo of white wooden table near brown chair
Photo Credit: Bench Accounting

No art is possible without a dance with death.


Quote: 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. by author Vincent van Gogh overlaid on photo of photo of author Vincent van Gogh with quote

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.


Quote: Art is 110 percent sweat. by author Robert Riskin overlaid on photo of white clouds and blue sky
Photo Credit: Jeremy Bezanger

Art is 110 percent sweat.


Quote: You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star. by author Friedrich Nietzsche overlaid on photo of yellow and white balloons on orange surface
Photo Credit: Milad Fakurian

You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.


Quote: A very subtle difference can make the picture or not. by author Annie Leibovitz overlaid on photo of photo of author Annie Leibovitz with quote

A very subtle difference can make the picture or not.


Quote: Most people die before they are fully born. Creativeness means to be born before one dies. by author Erich Fromm overlaid on photo of yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting
Photo Credit: Markus Spiske

Most people die before they are fully born. Creativeness means to be born before one dies.


Quote: There are only two styles of portrait painting; the serious and the smirk. by author Charles Dickens overlaid on photo of white clouds and blue sky
Photo Credit: Jeremy Bezanger

There are only two styles of portrait painting; the serious and the smirk.


Quote: The secret of art is love. by author Antoine Bourdelle overlaid on photo of red and white heart shape illustration
Photo Credit: Pawel Czerwinski

The secret of art is love.


Quote: A work of art has no importance whatever to society. It is only important to the individual. by author Vladimir Nabokov overlaid on photo of photo of author Vladimir Nabokov with quote

A work of art has no importance whatever to society. It is only important to the individual.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

A work of art has no importance whatever to society. It is only important to the individual, and only the individual reader is important to me. I don't give a damn for the group, the community, the masses, and so forth.


Quote: Forget yourself. Become one with eternity. Become part of your environment. by author Yayoi Kusama overlaid on photo of pink heart art
Photo Credit: Kelly Sikkema

Forget yourself. Become one with eternity. Become part of your environment.


Quote: The attitude that nature is chaotic and that the artist puts order into it is a very absurd point of view, I think. All that we can hope for is to put some order into ourselves. by author Willem de Kooning overlaid on photo of tree and pink sky painting
Photo Credit: Daniel Sturgess

The attitude that nature is chaotic and that the artist puts order into it is a very absurd point of view, I think. All that we can hope for is to put some order into ourselves.


Quote: Color is a power which directly influences the soul. by author Wassily Kandinsky overlaid on photo of artists easel
Photo Credit: Surface

Color is a power which directly influences the soul.


Quote: There is no must in art because art is free. by author Wassily Kandinsky overlaid on photo of white wooden table near brown chair
Photo Credit: Bench Accounting

There is no must in art because art is free.


Quote: Art is born of humiliation. by author W. H Auden overlaid on photo of red and white heart shape illustration
Photo Credit: Pawel Czerwinski

Art is born of humiliation.


Quote: Art is the only way to run away without leaving home. by author Twyla Tharp overlaid on photo of artists easel
Photo Credit: Surface

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


Culture is the arts elevated to a set of beliefs.


Quote: Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. by author Thomas Merton overlaid on photo of person reaching black heart cutout paper
Photo Credit: Kelly Sikkema

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


Quote: The secret of my influence has always been that it remained secret. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of yellow and white balloons on orange surface
Photo Credit: Milad Fakurian

The secret of my influence has always been that it remained secret.


Quote: Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of photo of outer space
Photo Credit: NASA

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


Quote: The thermometer of success is merely the jealousy of the malcontents. by author Salvador Dali overlaid on photo of person reaching black heart cutout paper
Photo Credit: Kelly Sikkema

The thermometer of success is merely the jealousy of the malcontents.


Quote: Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of red heart wall décor
Photo Credit: Nicola Fioravanti

Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.


Quote: Surprise is key in all art. by author Oscar Niemeyer overlaid on photo of red and white heart shape illustration
Photo Credit: Pawel Czerwinski

Surprise is key in all art.


Quote: Painting is an illusion, a piece of magic, so what you see is not what you see. by author Philip Guston overlaid on photo of green leafed tree on body of water under starry sky
Photo Credit: nate rayfield

Painting is an illusion, a piece of magic, so what you see is not what you see.


The most seductive thing about art is the personality of the artist himself.


Quote: A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art. by author Paul Cezanne overlaid on photo of yellow and white balloons on orange surface
Photo Credit: Milad Fakurian

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


Quote: One eye sees, the other feels. by author Paul Klee overlaid on photo of couple under clear umbrella
Photo Credit: Morgan Sessions

One eye sees, the other feels.


Quote: Every act of creation is first an act of destruction. by author Pablo Picasso overlaid on photo of yellow and white balloons on orange surface
Photo Credit: Milad Fakurian

Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.


Quote: Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth. by author Pablo Picasso overlaid on photo of couple walking on lake side watching sunset close-up photo
Photo Credit: Jonas Weckschmied

Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth.


Quote: Painting is just another way of keeping a diary. by author Pablo Picasso overlaid on photo of red neon heart wallpaper
Photo Credit: DESIGNECOLOGIST

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.


Quote: There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality. by author Pablo Picasso overlaid on photo of Bryce Canyon National Park Sunrise Point at Utah
Photo Credit: Zhanjiang Chen

There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.


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