18 Oct 2016

25 Inspiring Art Quotes to Unleash Your Creative Muse

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Cover Illustration By: Yanjun Cheng

These insightful words deserve a spot on your studio's wall.

We all love what we do. But admit it, there are days when we need a little push to lift the pen and get started. And sometimes, all it takes is an insightful quote to renew your love for art, spark your creativity, and get you painting again.

Here we give you 25 quotes that are sure to inspire your creativity. Whenever you find yourself stuck in a project, or you don't even know where to start, let these words summon the so-called creative muse for you. 

01. "Inspiration does exist.. but it must find you working." - Pablo Picasso

02. "Art is the only way to run away without leaving home" - Twyla Tharp

03. "Creativity takes courage." - Henri Matisse

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04. "Art doesn't have to be pretty. It has to be meaningful." - Duane Hanson

05. "Creativity is contagious, pass it on." - Albert Einstein

06. "Art is literacy of the heart." - Elliot Eisner

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

08. "Love the art in yourself and not yourself in the art." - Constantin Stanislavski

09. "This world is but a canvas to our imagination." - Henry David Thoreau

10. "The artist is not a special kind of person; rather, each person is a special kind of artist." - Ananda Coomaraswamy

11. "Art must take reality by surprise." - Francoise Sagan

12. "Digital design is like painting, except the paint never dries." - Neville Brody

13. "Through a painting, we can see the whole world." - Hans Hofmann

14. "You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." - Maya Angelou

15. "The mission of art is to represent nature, not to imitate her." - William Morris Hunt

16. "Art is not what you see, but what you make others see." - Edgar Degas

17. "Life beats you down and crushes the soul, and art reminds you that you have one." - Stella Adler

18. "Art is not a thing, it is a way." - Elbert Hubbard

19. "You can't wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club." - Horace

20. "A picture is a poem without words." - Horace

21. "Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others." - Jonathan Swift

22. "The only time I feel alive is when I'm painting." - Vincent Van Gogh

23. "There is no must in art, because art is free." - Wassily Kandinsky

24. "Simplicity, carried to an extreme, becomes elegance." - Jon Franklin

25. "Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul, and you answer." - Terri Guillemets

2 Responses

  1. Nélida

    Nice list of quotes, but I always though “Inspiration does exist.. but it must find you working.” was a quote from Picasso, not Jonathan Swift.

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