Thursday, May 5, 2016

5 Art Quotes I'm Not Tired Of Yet (And Why)

Are you tired of all the art quotations on the internet yet?  Sometimes I think I am.  Some of them I see so much they have lost all meaning to me.  And yet there are others that always seem to spark something in me no matter how often I encounter them, kind of like a favorite song or poem.

So here are five quotes on art or creativity that still have the power to move me (and why):

An artist feels vulnerable to begin with; and yet the only
answer is to recklessly discard more armour. - Eric Maisel

I am not tired of the above quote by creativity coach Eric Maisel,  but sometimes I do become weary of the truth it expresses.  The fact that being an artist requires me to be vulnerable is definitely something I struggle with.  However, when I read this quote I realize that resisting it is futile and off the "armour" goes which, though scary, is also liberating.

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.
Erich Fromm

I love this Erich Fromm quote because I actually find it a huge relief to realize I don't have to have everything figured out all the time. In fact, not knowing what the hell I'm doing can sometimes be an asset to my creativity if I just have the courage to experiment and let go of the outcome.

The worst enemy to creativity is self doubt. - Sylvia Plath

Identifying the enemy is important.  Sometimes I don't even know that it's doubt that is standing in my way until something like this Sylvia Plath quote reminds me.  Then I know what I must do: believe in art and believe in myself.

The object isn't to make art, it's to be in that wonderful
state which makes art inevitable. - Robert Henri

I want to be one of those people who wakes up and goes straight to the studio every day no matter what but I'm just not.  However, when I am inspired you can't keep me out of there.  This quote by artist Robert Henri reminds me that there are things I can do to get inspired - that getting myself to "that wonderful state which makes art inevitable" is my responsibility.

The creative process is a process of surrender, not control. - Julia Cameron

Why am I not tired of this quote?  Let me answer that question with another one: Why do I keep forgetting this?  Really, I can't be reminded enough of this simple but transformative bit of wisdom.  Thank you Julia Cameron!

Do you have a favorite quote on art or creativity?  Please feel to share in the comments below.

Thanks for reading and happy creating!

Peace, Love and Art,


  1. Replies
    1. Glad you enjoyed them, Paige. Thanks for reading!

  2. Here's one to share..."Creativity is like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way." - E.L. Doctorow

    1. That's a good one. And it makes me think that when I am blocked creatively it is because I am trying to look too far ahead. Thanks for sharing that!

  3. Being blocked as an artist is a constant thing because of the reasons all these quotes describe. I like the one by Robert Henri. In modern times, due to social media, it seems that people get their artist-self down right away, but really it takes awhile to get the inspiration going. :)