Art Quotes

Here you'll find an ever growing collection of quotes I've selected to use as my special "Quote of the Week". I hope you find them as inspiring and thought provoking as I have!  

A drawing is simply a line going for a walk.  ~ Paul Klee

A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession. ~ Albert Camus

Art does not reproduce what we see; rather, it makes us see. ~ Paul Klee

The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure.  ~ Dale Carnegie

Art is a very joyous obsession that has one large drawback - the frustration that is involved with the middle of the process, when things can go either way. ~ Travis Bowles

You come to nature with all her theories, and she knocks them all flat. ~ Renoir

Colour is my day long obsession, joy and torment. ~ Claude Monet

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. ~ Pablo Picassoo

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

The contour eludes me. ~ Paul Cezanne

Each painting is a kind of discovery, a discovery of new forms, colour relation, or balance in composition.  With every painting completed, the artist may change his viewpoint to suit the discoveries made, making his vision many-sided.  ~ Robert Colquhoun   

Practice like a good musician; draw every day. ~ Sergei Bongart 

Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times. ~ Aeschylus  

It takes a long time for a man to look like his portrait. ~ James McNeill Whistler

[And a woman to look like hers.  ~ Kate]

A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament. ~ Oscar Wilde

A picture is a poem without words. ~ Horace

Many artists like to rush forward thinking that their pure 'emotions' are more important on the paper than good proportions... eventually having to return into clumsy areas and correct, correct, correct.  That's when the freshness disappears. ~  Harley Brown

The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure. ~ Dale Carnegie

People need trouble - a little frustration to sharpen the spirit on, toughen it.  Artists do; I don't mean you need to live in a rat hole or gutter, but you have to learn fortitude, endurance.  Only vegetables are happy. ~ William Faulkner 

Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.  ~Gustave Flaubert

Every artist was first an amateur.  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.  ~Pablo Picasso

You should keep on painting no matter how difficult it is...unless it kills you, and then you know you have gone too far.  
~Alice Neel

In art or architecture your project is only done when you say it's done.  If you want to rip it apart at the eleventh hour and start all over again, you never finish.  I was  one of those crazy creatures.
~Maya Lin

My mother said to me, 'If you are a solider, you will become a general.  If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.' Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.
~Pablo Picasso

Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.

~Gilbert K Chesterton

Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.

~Pablo Picasso

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

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

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary ~ Pablo Picasso

Drawing is intimate and reveals exactly where we are, and in a culture that isn't comfortable with that, it frightens many.  You just cannot cheat when you draw.  ~ Sandy Davison

A thing is complete when you let it be.  ~ Gita Bellin

Like an alchemist... transmute dusty, dry, opaque pastel into fluid, shiny transparent effects.  The solid becomes transient.  ~Janine Parsons

The craving for colour is a natural necessity just as for water and fire.  Colour is a raw material indispensable to life.  At every era of his existence and his history, the human being has associated colour with his joys, his actions and his pleasures.  ~Frenand Leger, 'On Monumentality and Color', 1943.

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 

If you keep following your own footprints, you will end up where you began, but if you stretch yourself your artwork will flourish.  ~Donna Baspaly

Every artist was first an amateur. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Creativity takes courage.  ~Henri Matisse

Art is accusation, expression, passion. Art is a fight to the finish between black charcoal and white paper.  ~Gunter Grass

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

Every line tells its own story, even the very tentative ones. ~Gillian Redwood

Good art provides people with a vocabulary about things they can't articulate. ~Mos Def

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.  ~Pablo Picasso

Strive for continuous improvement, instead of perfection. ~Kim Collins

There are only two styles of portrait painting: the serious and the smirk. ~ Charles Dickens

The principle of art is to pause, not bypass.  ~ Jerzy Kosinski

(Sources:  If you are wondering what sources I use, I must confess and claim that Google is my bestest friend.  If you wish to find the original context or verify the quote, you may like to undertake your own research.  Feel free to use my friend, Google doesn't mind! :-))