While drawing I discover what I really want to say. ―  Dario Fo

If people only knew how hard I work to gain my mastery. It wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.―  Michelangelo

Art is a line around your thoughts.―  Gustav Klimt

Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get the work done. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you’re not going to make an awful lot of work.―  Chuck Close―  Vincent van Gogh in “Lust for Life”

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

Art is never finished, only abandoned.―  Leonardo da Vinci

There is no must in art because art is free.―  Wassily Kandinsky

To my mind a picture should be something pleasant, cheerful and pretty. There are too many unpleasant things in life as it is without creating still more of them.―  Pierre-Auguste Renoir

A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others.―  Salvador Dali

A true masterpiece does not tell everything.―  Albert Camus

If you as a designer don’t believe in your design and don’t see it beyond the context of the film but as a real creature in a real world then how can you expect the audience to believe it?―  Peter Jackson

Every artist was first an amateur.―  Ralph Waldo Emerson

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.―  Bob Ross

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.―  Henry David Thoreau

Art is unquestionably one of the purest and highest elements in human happiness. It trains the mind through the eye, and the eye through the mind. As the sun colours flowers, so does art colour life.―  John Lubbock

Anything I can not transform into something marvellous, I let go. Reality doesn’t impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.―  Anais Nin

Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons.―  Al Hirschfeld

It is only when we are no longer fearful that we begin to create―  J. M. W. Turner

“The mind loves the unknown. It loves images whose meaning is unknown, since the meaning of the mind itself is unknown.” ~ Rene Magritte

“Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist…

“Art has always been the raft onto which we climb to save our sanity. I don’t see a different purpose for it now.” ~ Dorothea Tanning

“Art is a line around your thoughts.” – Gustav Klimt

“To be an artist is to believe in life.” – Henry Moore

“Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.” – René Magritte

“The true use of art is, first, to cultivate the artist’s own spiritual nature.” – George Inness

“The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.” – Jerzy Kosinski

“Great art picks up where nature ends.” – Marc Chagall

“The richness I achieve comes from nature, the source of my inspiration.” – Claude Monet

“If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.” – Edward Hopper

“Before I start carving the idea must be almost complete. I say ‘almost’ because the really important thing seems to be the sculptor’s ability to let his intuition guide him over the gap between conception and realization without compromising the integrity of the original idea.”– Barbara Hepworth

“I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.” – Frida Kahlo

“If the artist has outer and inner eyes for nature, nature rewards him by giving him inspiration.” – Wassily Kandinsky

“It is not so much where my motivation comes from but rather how it manages to survive.” – Louise Bourgeois

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” – Ansel Adams

“The works must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness.” – Joan Miró

“To my mind one does not put oneself in place of the past, one only adds a new link.” – Paul Cézanne

“I shut my eyes in order to see.” – Paul Gauguin

“The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.” – Auguste Rodin

“The beautiful, which is perhaps inseparable from art, is not after all tied to the subject, but to the pictorial representation. In this way and in no other does art overcome the ugly without avoiding it.” – Paul Klee

“Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing.  Making your unknown known is the important thing.” – Georgia O’Keeffe

“Creativity takes courage.” – Henri Matisse

“Every artist was first an amateur.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.” – Salvador Dalí

“We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.” – Bob Ross

“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

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

“Don’t think about making art, just get it done.  Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it.  While they are deciding, make even more art.” – Andy Warhol

“I want to make paintings that look as if they were made by a child.” – Jean-Michel Basquiat

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

“Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.” – Edgar Degas

“There are no rules. That is how art is born, how breakthroughs happen. Go against the rules or ignore the rules. That is what invention is about.” – Helen Frankenthaler

“Every artist was first an amateur”

“Creativity takes courage”

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”

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

“We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents”

“A picture is a poem without words”

“The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke”

“Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do”

“As my artist’s statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance”

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

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way—things I had no words for.”

“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.”

“The emotions are sometimes so strong that I work without knowing it. The strokes come like speech.”

“The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity.”

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

“An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.”

“The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel.”

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. (Pablo Picasso)

Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth. (Pablo Picasso)

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

There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people. (Vincent Van Gogh)

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)

The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science. (Albert Einstein)

If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud. (Émile Zola)

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. (Thomas Merton)

You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it. (C.S. Lewis)

Creativity takes courage. (Henri Matisse)

I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough? (Vincent van Gogh)

Art is not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it. (Bertolt Brecht)

There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun. (Pablo Picasso)

It would be possible to describe everything scientifically, but it would make no sense; it would be without meaning, as if you described a Beethoven symphony as a variation of wave pressure. (Albert Einstein)

You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved. (Ansel Adams)

Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist. (Pablo Picasso)

We have art in order not to die of the truth. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands. (Leonardo da Vinci)

Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. (Oscar Wilde)

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. (Joan Miro)

A true artist is not one who is inspired but one who inspires others. (Salvador Dalí)

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)

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. (Aristotle)

You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul. (George Bernard Shaw)

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)

Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it. (Salvador Dalí)

Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious. (Oscar Wilde)

An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation, prisoner of success. (Henri Matisse)

Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art. (Leonardo da Vinci)

The artist’s vocation is to send light into the human heart. (George Sand)

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul and paints his own nature into his pictures. (Henry Ward Beecher)

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