Selected Artist’s Quotes
Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.
Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.
Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.
This world is but a canvas to our imagination.
__Henry David Thoreau
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
Love the art in yourself and not yourself in the art.
The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.
Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.
__Leonardo da Vinci
The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.
The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.
An artist cannot speak about his art any more than a plant can discuss horticulture.
Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun.
I’d rather view a spectacular image of an ordinary scene than an ordinary image of a spectacular scene.
Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.
The greatness of art is not to find what is common but what is unique.
__Isaac Bashevis Singer
Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.
Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.
The very essence of the creative is its novelty, and hence we have no standard by which to judge it.
Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.
In art as in love, instinct is enough.
The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.
Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.
__Ralph Waldo Emerson
I don’t paint things. I only paint the difference between things.
Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs.
With color one obtains an energy that seems to stem from witchcraft.
Once you take yourself too seriously the art will suffer.
__Maynard James Keenan
You don’t take a photograph, you make it.
Art is making something out of nothing and selling it.
Insight is the first condition of Art.
__George Henry Lewes
Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art.
The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.
In Art, man reveals himself and not his objects.