Inspirational Quotes


“Color is my day-long obsession,
joy, and torment.”
– Claude Monet


“You use a mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.”
– George Bernard Shaw


“Your artwork is a visual expression of your authenticity. To have the courage to listen and show what is within you to the outside world is rare and tremendously brave. Making your art makes you feel more alive but also has the same effect on others. This is why people will desire and, even buy your Art. Your art reminds them of their aliveness. Your art is your gift to the world and you are the only one who will ever be able to create it. It is simply an opportunity of a lifetime.”
– Margit Steimle


“When the Creative Life Impulse EXPLODES unconditionally across the canvas, it reveals with texture and color the infinitude of the creative potential.”
– Lee Horsman


When a painting speaks to you, consider that you have allowed yourself, through the artist’s work, to be connected to something greater. The artist has offered you a glimpse of their soul. You get a glimpse of a process that, in some form, is a potential in each of us. It aids one in momentarily connecting with the heaven within and beyond. It fosters an allowance  as we are reminded that there is something beyond the trials, tribulations and conflicts of this material world. You “borrow” the fearless process the artist went through. Hence, it speaks to you and offers a new vision for similar sense of integration.
– Carl B. Gacono


“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”
– Pierre Teilhard de Chardin


“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way… things I had no words for.”
– Georgia O’Keeffe


“True art is the compulsive result of man’s urge to open his heart.”
– Edvard Munch


“To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts, such is the duty of the artist.”
– Schumann


“Creativity takes courage.”
– Henri Matisse


“The only time I feel alive is when I’m painting.”
– Vincent Van Gogh


“Those people who recognize that imagination is reality’s master, we call sages, and those who act upon it, we call artists.”
– Tom Robbins


“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.”
– Lao Tzu

“With essence bearing down / pressing into manifestation, the artist’s eye, heart, and hands come into alignment as the invisible creative life impulse becomes visible as joy meets the eye.”
– Lee Horsman


“Every man’s work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.”
– Samuel Butler


“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”
– Albert Einstein


“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares do not obliterate the sense of the beautiful God has implanted in the human soul.”
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


“It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know.”
– Henry David Thoreau


“Painting is a language which cannot be replaced by another language. I don’t know what to say about what I paint, really.”
– Balthus


“I am unable to make any distinction between the feeling I get from life and the way I translate that feeling into painting.”
– Henri Matisse


“Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, but it is simply necessary to love.”
– Claude Monet


“Of all the arts, abstract painting is the most difficult. It demands that you know how to draw well, that you have a heightened sensitivity for composition and for colors, and that you be a true poet. This last is essential.”
– Wassily Kandinsky


“Art is the glorification of the human spirit.”
“Creative expression is the spiritual translation of inner concepts into forms.”
“Art is the agent destined to counterbalance the burdensomeness of everyday life.”
“Painters speak through paint, not words.”
– Hans Hoffman


“There is no must in art because art is free.”
– Kandinsky


“The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.”
– Francis Bacon


“I feel the need of attaining the maximum of intensity with the minimum of means.”
– Joan Miro


“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
“A painter can transform the sun into a yellow spot. An artist transforms a yellow spot into the sun.”
– Pablo Picasso


“Observe the wonders as they occur around you. Don’t claim them. Feel the artistry moving through. And be silent.”
– Maulana Rumi


“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited.
Imagination encircles the world.”
– Albert Einstein


“Truth is above all, but higher still is true living.”
– Kirpal Singh


“The greatest majority of artists are throwing themselves in with life-preservers around their necks, and more often than not it is the life preserver which sinks them.”
– Henry Miller


“Your duty is to be; and not to be this or that.”
– Ramana Marashi


“Whatever you can do or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”
– Goethe


The transformation that occurs when we engage the creative challenge is nothing short of miraculous.
Being complete with a painting is being complete with yourself, and that’s both an ending and a beginning.
In art, to look within is an act of courage.
To be present requires letting go of judgment.
A basic principal of the painting process work is that our inner experience is our connection to the sacred. Our direct experience is the only thing that’s real.
The artist’s task is to be released from the pressure of performance, interpretation, comparison and judgment.
The deepest essence of creativity is simply being ourselves.
True painting is very simple, yet at the same time radical. By nature it’s unpredictable, because we don’t plan our destination ahead of time.
The opportunity that the painting offers is to let down the barriers we’ve erected around our own deep listening, and to experience being at home with ourselves in the very moment of creation.
The paintings, at a certain point, jump off the page, showing us the way to a more courageous and meaningful participation in the world.
– Stewart Cubley


“The essence of abstract art is:
To unfold the spirit of self-exploration by painting freely without restraint or criticism.
To develop a deeper trust in one’s intuition and instinct as they happen.
To realize that letting go of set goals opens up a whole world of infinite possibilities.”
– Jonas Gerard


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