Artists Quotes

Quotes from creative people which inspire and motivate me

Pablo Picasso

When Brassaï asks whether Picasso’s ideas come to him “by chance or by design,” Picasso responds:

I don’t have a clue. Ideas are simply starting points. I can rarely set them down as they come to my mind. As soon as I start to work, others well up in my pen. To know what you’re going to draw, you have to begin drawing… When I find myself facing a blank page, that’s always going through my head. What I capture in spite of myself interests me more than my own ideas.

Taken from Conversations with Picasso by Brassai
ISBN-10: 9780226071497

Paul McCartney

Imagination grows by exercise and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.

Edward Hopper

Great art is the outward expression of an inner life in the artist, and this inner life will result in his personal vision of the world.

Andy Warhol


I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.

Claude Monet

Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.

Michelangelo Buonarroti

I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.

M. C. Escher

We adore chaos because we love to produce order.

Leonardo da Vinci

It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.

Edward Hopper

If you could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.

Henri Matisse

Drawing is putting a line (a)round an idea.

Claude Monet

People discuss my art and pretend to understand as if it were necessary to understand, when it's simply necessary to love.


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