While pursuing art, we all stand on the shoulders of giants.
There is much to learn from the wisdom that some of the greatest artists have left behind.
Here is a list of the 25 famous quotes about art that can impact both your creative process and your life.
Famous Quotes About Art
Every child is an artist.
The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.
– Pablo Picasso
One of the most famous art quotes by one of the most famous artist ever. We all know that children have no problem picking up a few colored pencils and create art without any hesitation. But when we grow older we often get filled with self-doubt. If you are hesitating to start your next project, trying to channel your inner child might help out!
A true artist is not one who is inspired,
but one who inspires others.
– Salvador Dali
Art is a way to convey a message or story. So when you start your next project, don’t forget that your goal as an artist is to inspire other or evoke emotion.
Art is not what you see,
but what you make others see.
– Edgar Degas
This quote by Edgar Degas is similar to the previous quote by Salvador Dali. Art can resonate differently amongst people. So if someone else interprets the meaning differently than you initially intended, that doesn’t mean either of you is wrong. It simply is what art is.
The worst enemy to creativity is self doubt.
– Sylvia Plath
Anyone that does some kind of work that requires creativity is probably filled with self-doubt. Even very accomplished artists and authors frequently talk about the imposter syndrome; the feeling that someone might tell them they are a fraud even though you rightfully earned their success. If you struggle with self-doubt, that probably means you are on the right path to becoming a true artist.
Learn the rules like a pro,
break them like an artist.
– Pablo Picasso
Another famous quote about art by Pablo Picasso. To create good art, you will probably need years of intensive study and practice to master the rules of whatever art form you are pursuing. Unfortunately, there are many people nowadays that already are experts following the rules. To really stand out, you will need to break some of the rules and create a unique art style that people can associate with you.
Quotes About Creating Art
Paint is only wasted when it stays in the tube.
This quote applies not only to just paint but to any art form you pursue. Sometimes you don’t want to waste your art supplies. Especially if you invested in more expensive, high-quality supplies. But it will only truly go to waste if you don’t use those supplies at all.
Have no fear of perfection.
You’ll never reach it.
– Salvador Dali
You might be afraid that your art isn’t perfect or isn’t what you imagined before you started. This can force you into an endless cycle of constantly changing small things and never showing your art to others. Don’t forget that perfecting is just in your mind and can never be achieved. Good is good enough!
We don’t make mistakes,
just happy little accidents.
– Bob Ross
Similar to the previous quote in that you don’t need to be perfect and don’t be afraid of making mistakes. In fact, what you might think of as a mistake right now, might turn out to be the feature that people like the most. Or maybe it will force you to come up with a creative solution for your mistakes. Just takes things as they come.
Art has no rules.
Feel free to do whatever you want to. Even if nobody else ever tried it before. That is what makes art unique. If everyone would create by following the same set of rules, everything would look exactly the same.
Painting is easy when you don’t know how,
but very difficult when you do.
– Edgar Degas
As with anything in life, the more you learn about something, the more you realize you don’t know anything. Art is no exception to this rule, hence this quote by Edgar Degas. Try not to be too critical of your own work.
Art is never finished,
– Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci worked on some of his artworks for not just several days or months, but for several years on and off. So he knows what he is talking about. Salvador Dali said “Have no fear of perfection. You’ll never reach it”. Indeed, if perfection is your goal, then your project will never be finished. Sometimes you need to realize that although it’s not perfect, it’s good enough and start a new thing.
The scariest moment is always just before you start.
– Stephan King
If one of the most prolific writers alive says anything, you listen well. Especially his quotes about art and life! Not just while making art, but the beginning is always the hardest part of anything in life. That why a good beginning is half the work. If even Stephan King is afraid of beginning a new project, you will probably experience the same thing sooner or later as well. Just keep in mind that this is perfectly normal!
Creativity takes courage.
– Henri Matisse
Every step of creating art takes courage. After all, you are making something completely new that people have never seen before. So there is no way of knowing what kind of response you might get. Especially, the beginning of a new project requires an extra dose of courage.
Amateurs look for inspiration,
the rest of us just get up and go to work.
– Chuck Close
Many writers struggle with something called writer’s block. But other creatives also deal with a similar feeling. You prepared everything you needed to start a new project or continue a long-term project, but you just don’t know what to do. For some reason, you are lacking the inspiration. However, as a professional you don’t have the luxury of waiting for inspiration to hit you. Instead, you will just have to start. Often the pieces you create during the daily grind will be received much better than anything that originated in a stroke of inspiration.
Funny Quote About Art
The ‘earth’ without ‘art’ is just ‘eh’.
Do you think you could live without any art in your life? It would certainly be a lot duller and colorless. Besides, for many of us doing art is a way to release some stress and have a good time. Without any art, the earth would definitely be a lot more ‘eh’.
Art is just a line around your thoughts.
– Gustav Klimt
Art is a creative process that will take the thoughts in your mind and turn them into a drawing, painting, etc. All you need is the ability to capture and outline your thoughts.
I begin with an idea,
and then it becomes something else.
– Pablo Picasso
Bob Ross mentioned that we don’t really make mistakes, but just happy little accidents. And Dali said there is no need to aim for perfection. Even though you might start with a certain idea in your mind of what you want the end result to look like, it is important to be flexible and be open to making changes along the way.
When I haven’t any blue,
I use red.
– Pablo Picasso
Art has no rules, so there is no need to feel limited in any way. If you don’t have blue, just use red instead! Don’t just be creative with the ideas you come up with, but also with the materials you are using.
Art Quotes About Life
To live a creative life,
we must lose our fear of being wrong.
– Joseph Chilton Pearce
As with anything worth achieving in life, you will need to go through a long process of trial and error on your way to becoming better. You will be wrong and make many mistakes along the way, but those are the best moments to learn and grow.
Art enables us to find ourselves,
and lose ourselves at the same time.
– Thomas Merton
You have complete freedom while creating art. No rules that tell you what to do and what not to do. So it’s a great way of discovering who you really are. You might even realize something about yourself that you never even knew.
Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
– Pablo Picasso
Your alarm clock tells you when to wake up, at work your boss tells you to do exactly what to do, and at home you might have plenty of duties that your significant other and/or children expect of you. Practicing art is a way to escape this boring cycle that seems to be the same day after day.
Art is not always about pretty things.
It’s about who we are,
what happened to us,
and how our lives are affected.
– Elizabeth Broun
Pretty things and bright colors might be the first thing that catches our attention. But heartfelt stories are what really keep us coming back to a certain piece of art. There is no pink in the Mona Lisa! But she does have a smile and expression that has intrigued people for centuries.
You were born an original.
Don’t die a copy.
– John Mason
The easiest and yet the hardest thing to do in life is to just be yourself. Being unique and different might get you in trouble in high school, but it’s a much sought after and hard to come by characteristic in real adult life. Both in your life and in your art, you want to show your true colors.
Life is a great big canvas,
throw all the paint you can on it.
– Danny Kaye
We all get the same 24 hours a day. And yet some people seem to be able to do much more and achieve greater things. Just sleeping less and waking up earlier isn’t always the answer. It’s the quality of the time that you spend which is important. Stop watching your TV and phone and make an impact; throw some paint on your canvas!
You can’t use up creativity,
the more you use,
the more you have.
– Maya Angelou
Beginners are often afraid to use their best ideas. Instead they insist on saving all their good ideas for when they have improved their skills, to make the most out of their ideas. However, any successful artist can tell you that you don’t need to be afraid of running out of ideas. Actually, the opposite is true. Many people jump from one project to the other without finishing anything. The best thing you can do is to choose your best idea, see it through till the end and repeat the process.