There is no must in art because art is free.
An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, a prisoner of style, a prisoner of reputation, or a prisoner of success.
An artist must not feel under any constraint.
He who loves, flies, runs, and rejoices is free and nothing holds him back.
Art is the journey of a free soul.
To be oneself is being neither under bond nor borrowed nor sold nor hired. To be, means to be spiritually free.
Theo van Doesburg
I work in whatever medium likes me at the moment.
The freer the soul, the more abstract painting becomes.
I have already settled it for myself so flattery and criticism go down the same drain and I am quite free.
I am for an art that is political-erotical-mystical, that does something other than sit on its ass in a museum.
This world of imagination is fancy-free and violently opposed to common sense.
To blossom forth, a work of art must ignore or rather forget all the rules.
When there is no freedom, there is no creativity.
I think it is important to do what you believe in and ignore the critics.
The only person you have to please, with your art, is yourself.
Do not be intimidated by the experts. Trust your instincts. Do not be afraid to go against what you were taught, or what you were told to see or believe.
Art is to be creative without any rules or limitations, it is somewhere where freedom can be found.
Rules serve no purpose; they can only do harm. Not only must the artist's mind be clear, it must also be free. His fancy should not be hindered and weighed down by a mechanical servility to such rules.
A work of art is a scream of freedom.
When I am dead, let it be said of me: he belonged to no school, to no church, to no institution, to no academy, and least of all, to any regime except the regime of liberty.
I foresee it and yet I hardly ever carry it out as I foresee it. It transforms itself by the actual paint. I don't in fact know very often what the paint will do, and it does many things which are very much better than I could make it do.
Turn yourself into a madman and let yourself go wild with paint. Don't think about it, evaluate it, or judge it. Just paint.
The creator's eye is watching us and blessing all of our creativity and hopefully hiding from us our shortcomings, so that we are more free to really blast about the dirt yard with our compositions, our canvases, writing pens, singing a new anthem to the Universe, one that will proclaim that our artistry will save us, the planet, the people... Mankind is One, God is One... let us all agree at least on that.
If somebody else is making the rules for you, no matter how good the payoff is for you, you're being conned.
The most potent muse of all is our own inner child.
Each painting evolves freely and independently.
Real painters understand with a brush in their hand... what does anyone do with rules? Nothing worthwhile.
A free spirit takes liberties even with liberty itself.
I just wanted to find out where the boundaries were. So far I've found there aren't any. I just wanted to be stopped, and no one will stop me.
We are painters first, artists always, and as such not bound by anything but our innate desire to create.
Mary Todd Beam
An artist discovers his genius the day he dares not to please.
Rules and models destroy genius and art.
There are no rules.
What you have to do is break all the rules.
The rules are... there are no rules.
The only 'rule' in painting is what works.
Here’s to freedom, cheers to art. Here’s to having an excellent adventure and may the stopping never start.
If you must have a rule to follow, I would suggest cultivating a dialogue with your inner voice... If you listen to the clues your own images offer, the resulting work will be fresh, and authentic. Fall in love with your world...
Jane Fulton Alt