Being an artist


To be an artist is to believe in life.
Henry Moore

The only time I feel alive is when I'm painting.
Vincent Van Gogh


I am an artist because the knot is so powerful l just can not, nor want to be, anything else or do anything else.
Elizabeth Ross


I am thrilled to be an artist! I am grateful for this opportunity to feel the wind with my eyes, to love the earth with my ears, and to taste.

Patricia D'Annunzio Mahoney


An artist is an explorer. He has to begin by self-discovery and by observation of his own procedure. After that he must not feel under any constraint.
Henri Matisse


As artists, it is our responsibility to inspire ourselves to inspire others to inspire change.
Ricky Lee Gordon


The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty, you know you're an artist.
David Hockney

If we are to change our world view, images have to change. The artist now has a very important job to do. He's not a little peripheral figure entertaining rich people, he's really needed.
David Hockney


Every man is an artist.
Joseph Beuys


Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
Pablo Picasso

I do not evolve, I am.
Pablo Picasso

The quality of a painter depends on the amount of past he carries with him.
Pablo Picasso


The artist is the hand that, by touching this or that key, sets the soul vibrating automatically.
Wassily Kandinsky


The artist must train not only his eye but also his soul.
Wassily Kandinsky


The artist need not know very much, best of all let him work instinctively and paint as naturally as he breathes or walks.
Emil Nolde


The dimension that counts for the creative person is the space he creates within himself. This inner space is closer to the infinite than the other, and it is the privilege of the balanced mind... and the search for an equilibrium is essential - to be as aware of inner space as he is of outer space.

Mark Tobey


The search for an equilibrium is essential for the artist, to be as aware of inner space as he is of outer space.
Mark Tobey


The great artist is the simplifier.
Vincent Van Gogh


Work like a slave, create like a god.
Constantin Brancusi


We must only look, listen inside, and be curious about our own experience. 
Brenda Johima


Every good artist paints what he is.
Jackson Pollock


The artist's job is to be a witness to his time in history.
Robert Rauschenberg


I never worked at painting as if it were a job; it was always out of interest or for fun, a desire to try something.
Gerhard Richter


The measure of the artist is to have the eye to see the spirit underlying the particulars, and the skill to capture both in paint.
Marney Ward


It is really a tightrope sort of thing, living.
Joy Hester


What distinguishes a great artist from a weak one is first, their sensibility and tenderness, second, their imagination, and third, their industry.
John Ruskin


A work of art is a world in itself reflecting senses and emotions of the artist's world.
Hans Hoffman

Every art expression is rooted fundamentally in the personality and temperament of the artist.
Hans Hofmann


No one really knows why we paint, it's just what we do.
Sandra Bos


As artists, we are manifesting thought into reality every time we create.
Cristina Acosta


An artist is an explorer. He must begin by self-discovery and the observation of his own procedures.
Henri Matisse

Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.


A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his mind is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist.
Louis Nizer


I didn't want to be a woman artist. I just wanted to be an artist.
Isabel Bishop


A sincere artist is not one who makes a faithful attempt to put on to canvas what is in front of him, but one who tries to create something which is, in itself, a living thing.
William Dobell


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

We artists have this deep sense of wonder that arose in our childhood and has dominated our lives. This is what makes us all very special people, no matter what our level of pictorial interpretation.
Leonard Niles


The ups and downs make you who you are. There's no end game here, there's no pot of gold waiting. It's really just knowing that I lived my life as an artist and that I did it on my own terms. And I get to keep the lights on for another day.
Peter Fiore


I am interested in art as a means of living a life, not as a means of making a living.
Robert Henri

When I am creating art, I have absolutely no social responsibility. It's like dreaming.
David Cronenberg

Real painters understand with a brush in hand. What can you do with the rules? Nothing worthwhile.
Berthe Morisete

The best reason to paint is that there is no reason to paint. I like to pretend that I have never seen anything, read anything or heard anything and then create something. Every time I do something I think people will see it and every time I see something, I think the person who did it. Nothing is important, so everything is important.
Keith Haring

The only person you have to please with your art, is yourself. it.
Don Getz

Don't do watercolors on cheap paper.
Don't use fugitive inks.
Don't put your brush in your mouth - or smoke.
Don't think it's going to get easier.
Don't lock yourself into anything.
Don't try to sell your work right away.
Don't sweat the small stuff; go for the big picture.
Don't worry when somebody says your work is not so hot.
Don't worry when somebody says your work is great.
Don't take yourself too seriously.
Don't be afraid to do something over and over.
Don't listen too much to perceived authority.
Don't be afraid to listen to your own intelligence.
Don't try to please anybody except yourself.
Don't be either too vain or too modest.
Don't talk about what you're going to do.
Don't be afraid to look at other people's stuff.
Don't think you're an undiscovered genius.
Don't use the words "don't", "can't," "won't," and "shouldn't."
Don't give up.
Robert Gwenn