Favorite Quotations ~  Art and Artists, 3 Aha!: 10 Ways to Free Your Creative Spirit

"The artist does not draw what he sees, but what he has to make others see. ~ Edgar Degas

Edward Hopper's Nighthawks, 1942

For any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience. ~ Rebecca West, The Court and the Castle

I paint what I know not what I see. ~ Pablo Picasso

The artist speaks to our capacity for delight and wonder, to the sense of mystery surrounding our lives, to our sense of pity, and beauty, and pain. ~ Joseph Conrad

I know now that most people are so closely concerned with themselves that they are not aware of their own individuality, I can see myself, and it has helped me to say what I want to say... in paint. ~ Georgia O'Keeffe

I think your life informs your art. ~ Sheryl Crow, Ladies Home Journal, April 2003

The great artists are those who impose their personal vision upon humanity. ~ Guy de Maupassant

Art is a guarantee of sanity. That is the most important thing I have said. ~ Louise Bourgeois

Paintings are too hard. The things I want to show are mechanical. Machines have less problems. I'd like to be a machine, wouldn't you? ~ Andy Warhol, Time, 5/3/63

I had rather be called a journalist than an artist. ~ H.G. Wells

In my art I have tried to explain to myself life and its meaning. I have also tried to help others to clairfy their lives. ~ Edvard Munch, Frieze of Life

The practice of art isn't to make a living. It's to make your soul grow. ~ Kurt Vonnegut, Compete Handbook of Novel Writing

Art does not reproduce what we see; rather it makes us see. ~ Paul Klee

Art is never finished, only abandoned. ~ Leonardo Da Vinci

What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit. ~ John Updike

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