There is no must in art because art is free.
Wassily Kandinsky

An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, a prisoner of style, a prisoner of reputation, or a prisoner of success.
Henri Matisse

An artist must not feel under any constraint.
Henri Matisse


He who loves, flies, runs, and rejoices is free and nothing holds him back.
Henri Matisse

Art is the journey of a free soul.
Alev Oguz

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.

Marc Chagall

The freer the soul, the more abstract painting becomes.

Marc Chagall

I have already settled it for myself so flattery and criticism go down the same drain and I am quite free.

Georgia O'Keeffe

I am for an art that is political-erotical-mystical, that does something other than sit on its ass in a museum.

Georgia O'Keeffe

This world of imagination is fancy-free and violently opposed to common sense.

Mark Rothko

To blossom forth, a work of art must ignore or rather forget all the rules.

Pablo Picasso

When there is no freedom, there is no creativity.

Soud Qbeilat


I think it is important to do what you believe in and ignore the critics.

Janet Fish

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

Don Getz

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.
Blue Balliett

Art is to be creative without any rules or limitations, it is somewhere where freedom can be found.

Salwa Zahid

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.

Federico Zuccaro

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.
Gustave Courbet

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.

Francis Bacon

Turn yourself into a madman and let yourself go wild with paint. Don't think about it, evaluate it, or judge it. Just paint.
Elizabeth Winter-Noyes

Be mad.

Salvador Dali

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.

Sonya Bennett

If somebody else is making the rules for you, no matter how good the payoff is for you, you're being conned.

Jon Rappoport

The most potent muse of all is our own inner child.
Stephen Nachmanovitch

Each painting evolves freely and independently.

Fernando Araujo

Real painters understand with a brush in their hand... what does anyone do with rules? Nothing worthwhile.

Berthe Moriset

A free spirit takes liberties even with liberty itself.

Francis Picabia

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.

Damien Hirst

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.

André Malraux

Rules and models destroy genius and art.
William Hazlitt

There are no rules.
Jack Bush

What you have to do is break all the rules.
Andrew Wyeth

The rules are... there are no rules.
Andrew Mercer

The only 'rule' in painting is what works.
Lee Fleming

Here’s to freedom, cheers to art. Here’s to having an excellent adventure and may the stopping never start.
Jason Mraz

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