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"The essence of all art is having pleasure giving pleasure." ~ Mikhail Baryshnikov

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Every artist dips his brush in his own soul and paints his own nature into his pictures. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

In every artist there is poetry. In every human being there is the poetic element. We know, we feel, we believe. ~ Ernst Haas

I dream a lot. I do more painting when I'm not painting. It's in the subconscious. ~ Andrew Wyeth

Scratch an artist and you surprise a child. ~ James Gibbons Huneker, Fearless Creating

Art should be something that liberates your soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further. ~ Keith Haring

Art when really understood is the province of every human being. It is simply a question of doing things, anything, well. It is not an outside, extra thing. ~ Robert Henri, Art Spirit

My drawing began as a way to count my blessings. To study, capture, catalog the things that, despite it all, make my life rich. ~ Danny Gregory

Even Michelangelo on his deathbed thought he’d done nothing to ennoble art. He wanted to destroy his work—the Pieta! And this from the greatest artist who ever lived. Of course I am not comparing my work to Michelangelo’s. But this eternal dissatisfaction of the artist is what I was talking about. ~ John Huston, American Heritage, April/May 1992

Painting is with me but another word for feeling. ~ John Constable

A work of art is a corner of creation seen through a temperament. ~ Emile Zola

I'm working in my mind. ~ Jasper Johns

Art owes nothing to justification. ~ Christo

Art is a place where you can be wild. Kids—all of us—need that. ~ Helen Hunt

There are no rules. That is how art is born, how breakthroughs happen. ~ Helen Frankenthaler

The artist has a special task and duty: the task of reminding men of their humanity and the promise of their creativity. ~ Lewis Mumford

It is not I that am drawing, it is this thing at the end of my hand. ~ Le Douanier Rousseau

I have so many ideas my hands are very busy. The ideas just keep coming. ~ Yayoi Kusama, Telegraph, 31 Aug 2014

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