Favorite Quotes
and Inspirations

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"I cry out for order and find it only in art." ~Helen Hayes

"An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision." ~James Whistler

"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." ~Thomas Merton

"Talent is wanting something bad enough to work for it." -- overheard

"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life" Pablo Picasso

"Every Artist dips his own brush into his soul and paints his own nature into his pictures."
--Henry Ward  Beecher 

The Meaning of Art

There is no word for 'art' in most Native American languages because art is synonomous with prayer. If you think about the art of some native tribes, such as the Huichol of Mexico, who create their art by applying seed beads to wax covered bowls and figurines and yes, eggs, huichol_eggs.jpgwith a long needle, you can begin to understand the concept of art as meditation. In order to accomplish such a feat, the artist must be focused and his brain waves must have slowed down to an alpha state. The idea of art as prayer gives reverence to artists and spiritual significance to their creative work.


CREATIVITY is allowing yourself to make mistakes.
ART is knowing which ones to keep.
--Scott Adams, The Dilbert Principle

"When you start with a portrait and try to find pure form by abstracting more and more, you must end up with an egg."
--Pablo Picasso

"If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." - Henry Ford

"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 I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint'. - Edward Hopper

Inspiration is for amateurs--the rest of us just show up and get to work.
~Chuck Close

There is never a moment when a painter can say "I've done a good day's work and tomorrow is Sunday." You can never write the words The End. -----------Pablo Picasso

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


To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.
- Joseph Chilton Pearce

 Use what talent you possess:
 the woods would be very silent
 if no birds sang except those
 that sang best.

-  Henry Van Dyke

 How To Be An Artist - by Sark

Stay loose. Learn to watch snails.
Plant impossible gardens.
Invite someone dangerous to tea.
Make little signs that say YES!
and post them all over your house.
Make friends with freedom and uncertainty.
Look forward to dreams. Cry during movies.
Swing as high as you can on a swingset,
by moonlight. Cultivate moods.
Refuse to "be responsible."
Do it for love. Take lots of naps.
Give money away. Do it now.
The money will follow.
Believe in magic. Laugh a lot.
Celebrate every gorgeous moment.
Take moonbaths.
Have wild imaginings, transformative dreams,
and perfect calm.
Draw on the walls. Read every day.
Imagine yourself magic.
Giggle with children.
Listen to old people.
Open up. Dive in. Be free. Bless yourself.
Drive away fear. Play with everything.
Entertain your inner child.
You are innocent.
Build a fort with blankets.
Get wet. Hug trees. Write love letters.

Creativity is a drug I cannot live without.
-Cecil B. DeMille

One of the pleasant things
those of us who write or paint do
is to have the daily miracle. It does come.
- Gertrude Stein

Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.
-Andre Gide

And, to corroborate the above quote, here's a prayer by a 3-year-old:
"Our Father, Who does art in heaven,

Harold is His name.

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