Art quotes deal with the healing nature of both beauty and creative expression in our lives. What does art mean to you? What is your favorite way to express yourself? Do you enjoy dance and movement, making music, cooking, building things, journaling, writing poems, or working with traditional media (clay, paint, charcoal, watercolor, pen and ink)? Whatever art is to you, immerse yourself in it. Let it feed your soul - and bring joy to our world!
"The true value of art lies not in the product that is created, but in the portal it provides to higher forms of consciousness, fearlessness, and love." Whitney Ferre', Co-creator of The Journey
Life is your art. An open, aware heart is your camera. A oneness with your world is your film. Your bright eyes, your easy smile is your museum.
Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the sooner we will be able to treat life as art.
The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure.
Art upsets, science reasures.
Art is whatever you can get away with.
Art is not thinking something up; it is the opposite - getting something down.
Art opens the closets, airs out the cellars and attics. It brings healing.
In a sense, as we are creative beings, our lives become our work of art.
In dance, in composition, in sculpture, the experience is the same: we are more the conduit than the creator of what we express.
The grace to be a beginner is always the best prayer for an artist. The beginner’s humility and openness lead to exploration. Exploration leads to accomplishment. All of it begins at the beginning, with the first small and scary step.
This is all I ever wanted – to help students and artists see myth as a reflection of the one sublime adventure of life, and then to breath new life into it.
If you are lucky, and if you live long enough, and if you trust your materials and you trust your instincts, you will see things of beauty growing up in front of you, without you having anything to do with it.
I think that one's art is a growth inside one. I do not think one can explain growth. It is silent and subtle. One does not keep digging up a plant to see how it grows.
Look at the earth crowded with growth, new and old bursting from their strong roots hidden in the silent, live ground, each seed according to its own kind…each one knowing what to do, each one demanding its own rights on the earth. So artist, you too from the depths of your soul...let your roots creep forth, gaining strength.
A child’s attitude toward everything is an artist’s attitude.
Artistic growth is, more than anything else, a refining of the sense of truthfulness. The stupid believe that to be truthful is easy. Only the great artist knows how difficult it is.
Each of us possesses a creative self. Claiming that is a transformational art. When you begin to act on your creativity,what you find inside may be more valuable than what you produce for the external world. The ultimate creative act is to express what is most authentic and individual about you.
Eileen M. Clegg
The difference between famous creators and struggling artists is that the creators know that improving the lives of others deserves the highest reward.
Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.
I'm always thinking about creating. My future starts when I wake up every morning. Every day I find something creative to do with my life.
Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little. The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.
Agnes de Mille
An artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.
All art, whether it pleases us or not, helps to add color, excitement, joy, or sadness and, most often, a sense of awe to our life's experience.
Henry O. Dorman
Every science begins as philosophy and ends as art.
Through drawing, you are make visible.
I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination.
In art the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can inspire.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
In art as in love, instinct is enough.
The capacity to be puzzled is…the premise of all creation, be it in art or in science.
Artists everywhere steal mercilessly all the time and I think this is healthy.
Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.
John W. Gardner
Art is either plagiarism or revolution.
Art is a step from what is obvious toward what is concealed.
An artist is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity, and boldness to challenge the status quo. And an artist takes it personally.
Art is a personal act of courage, something one human does that creates change in another.
Art is a personal gift that changes the recipient. The medium doesn't matter. The intent does.
Art is not in the ...eye of the beholder. It's in the soul of the artist.
A creation of importance can only be produced when its author isolates himself, it is a child of solitude.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Art is a delivery system for worldviews.
When the artist is alive in any person, whatever his kind of work may be, he becomes an inventive, searching, daring, self-expressive creature. He disturbs, upsets, enlightens, and opens ways for a better understanding.
Life is short, the art long, opportunity fleeting, experience treacherous, judgment difficult.
Art is not a thing; it is a way.
As one gets older one sees many more paths that could be taken. Artists sense within their own work that kind of swelling of possibilities, which may seem a freedom or a confusion.
The artist is not a person endowed with free will who seeks his own ends, but one who allows art to realize its supreme purpose through him.
Fear is the reason for making art. It is a means to freedom.
Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.
The writer, when he is also an artist, is someone who admits what others don’t dare reveal.
Transformation of any kind always exacts a holy tussle. The newborn butterfly struggles to open its wings so it can conjure up the strength to fly. So, too, with artists, inventors, mystics, and entrepreneurs.
Art is as heavy as sorrow, as light as a breeze, as bright as an idea, as pretty as a picture, as funny as money, and as fugitive as fraud!
Out of an intuitive experience of the world comes a continuous flow of novel distinctions. Purely rational understanding, on the other hand, serves to confirm old mindsets, rigid categories. Artists, who live in the same world as the rest of us, steer clear of these mindsets to make us see things anew.
Very few people possess true artistic ability. It is therefore both unseemly and unproductive to irritate the situation by making an effort. If you have a burning, restless urge to write or paint, simply eat something sweet and the feeling will pass.
My role in society, or any artist’s or poet’s role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.
Art is the child of Nature.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Art is about energy positive and negative. All art has the power to heal because it helps us see who we are, and what we resist.
A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be. This need we call self-actualization.
Art is like singing. Some do it better than others, but everyone can and should be doing it for their soul.
Trust the process of the subtle push toward art and creative expression from inside you – it is the gentle call of your heart and renewed search for soul. It is an opening to expansion of your expressive abilities and the discovery of hidden limitations ready to be challenged. Be open to what it means, it has many possibilities for action in every part of your life. Ultimately it will lead to significant personal changes – to living life in a new way with new tools of creative expression.
Donald William Mathews
Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul.
All people are struggling to be creative in some way, and the artist is the one who has succeeded in this task of life.
What if imagination and art are not frosting at all, but the fountainhead of human experience?
Creation is a sentient and instinctual flow that determines where to go and what to change or omit.
Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
Art lives on constraint and dies of freedom.
If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it wouldn't seem wonderful at all.
Art teaches nothing but the significance of life.
Paint as you like and die happy.
Drawing is a door to discovering your own creativity.
To be an artist is to believe in life.
Art is a language. It's not a skill. It's not a stunt. It's not something that you just learn to do and put it down. It comes from the heart.
Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint, and the soil and sky as canvas.
Creative work is play. It is free speculation using materials of ones chosen form.
Art is the proper task of life.
The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.
Art is the journey of a free soul.
Surprises are the joy of living. Surprises directly touch the soul. Good surprises energize and bad surprises teach.
Creativity is so delicate a flower that praise tends to make it bloom while discouragement often nips it at the bud. Creativity is now something we can turn on and off like a faucet. It is an experience and expression in our lives that must be nurtured. This nurturing process means that creativity is at once a skill, an art, and a life-style.
Destroying something, any idiot can do. Creating needs intelligence.
All art is subversive.
Every act of creation begins with an act of destruction.
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up
Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
To labor in the arts for any reason other than love is prostitution.
An artist, under pain of oblivion, must have confidence in himself, and listen only to his real master: Nature.
All the arts we practice are apprenticeship. The big art is our life.
Don't apologize for who your are or the art you create.
If you take any activity, any art, any discipline, any skill-take it and push it as far as it will go, push it beyond where it has ever been before, push it to the wildest edges of edges, then you force it into the realm of magic.
The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art is born the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation.
Grace, not willpower, is what ultimately empowers us to live loving lives. Creativity, both in what spawns within the artist and the artifact, can be a vital source of that grace.
Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.
Inside you there's an artist you don't know about…Say yes quickly, if you know, if you've known it before the beginning of the universe.
Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty if only we have the eyes to see them.
Nothing right can be accomplished in art without enthusiasm. To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts, such is the duty of the artist.
Nothing is more the child of art than a garden.
Sir Walter Scott
People kept telling me art can't change the world; so I stopped calling what I did art.
Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression.
Isaac Bashevis Singer
Love the art in yourself, not yourself in the art.
I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.
The art of life isn't controlling what happens, which is impossible; it's using what happens.
I am an artist at living – my work of art is my life.
Music is the purest form of art... therefore true poets, they who are seers, seek to express the universe in terms of music... The singer has everything within him. The notes come out from his very life. They are not materials gathered from outside.
Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.
It is the art of mankind to polish the world, and everyone who works is scrubbing some part.
Henry David Thoreau
All true artists, whether they know it or not, create form a place of no-mind, from inner stillness.
All art requires courage.
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
It is the language of nature to which one has to listen.
Vincent van Gogh
Go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You wil get an an enormous reward. You will have created something.
The art of art, the glory of expression, and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.
Life has been your art. You have set yourself to music. Your days are your sonnets.
Art saved me; it got me through my depression and self-loathing, back to a place of innocence.
Art is making something out of nothing and selling it.
If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, I will answer you: I am here to live out loud.
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