Inspirational Quotes attributed to well known Artists,
Plus some found words of Artistic Wisdom
'If people knew how hard I worked to get get my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all." - Michelangelo Buonarrotti
"I can paint and draw. I believe this myself and a few other people say that they believe this too; But I am not certain of whether it is true." - Gustav Klimt
A word of Warning
Value your time above the cost and price of your colours, and spare not to waste the latter to gain or save the former. 'Tis no good husbandry to starve a picture to save charges; besides, thin painting is neither Beautiful nor holding. - John Elsum 1704
"There's no retirement for the Artist. It's your way of living so there's no end to it."- Henry Moore
"I would rather die of passion than of boredom." - Vincent Van Gogh
"If a man devotes himself to art, much evil is avoided that happens otherwise if one is idle."- Albrecht Durer
"He [Ingres]said to Monsieur Degas: 'Draw lines, Many lines, from memory or nature: it is by that you will become a good artist". - Maurice Denis 1912
"Have no fear of perfection, you'll never reach it." - Salvador Dali
"Generally speaking, colour directly influences the soul. Colour is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another purposively, to cause vibrations in the soul" - Wassily Kandinsky
"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see." - Edgar Degas
"What moves men of genius, or rather what inspires their work, is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough." - Eugene Delacroix
"I want to touch people with my art. I want them to say 'he feels deeply, he feels tenderly."
- Vincent Van Gogh
"It is a widely accepted notion among painters that it does not matter what one paints as long as it is well painted. This is the essence of academicism. There is no such thing as good painting about nothing. "
- Mark Rothko
"Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye.. it also includes the inner pictures of the soul. "
- Edvard Munch
"Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working. " - Pablo Picasso
"It is only when we are no longer fearful that we begin to create. " - JMW Turner
'If you hear a voice within you saying 'You are not a painter," then by all means paint..... and that voice will be silenced - Vincent Van Gogh