• Words to inspire your creativity and artistry... Art Changes Everything


    Creativity takes courage.

    - Henri Matisse


    The worst enemy of creativity is self-doubt.

    - Sylvia Plath


    What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?

    - Vincent van Gogh


    Art reveals who we are and who we long to be.

    - Erwin McManus


    Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.

    - Thomas Merton


    Art has something to do with the achievement of stillness in the midst of chaos.

    - Saul Bellow


    Art begins with resistance - at the point where resistance is overcome.  No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor.

    - André Gide


    A work of art is the trace of a magnificent struggle.

    - Robert Henri


    We are both works of art and artists at work.

    - Erwin Raphael McManus


    The object isn't to make art, it's to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.

    - Robert Henri


    Art is not a thing; it is a way.

    Elbert Hubbard


    Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous.

    - Daniel Patrick Moynihan


    The world is beautiful but not sayable.  That's why we need art.

    - Charles Simic


    Art is something that makes you breathe with a different kind of happiness.

    - Anni Albers


    True creativity does not come easy; creativity is born of risk and refined from failure.

    - Erwin McManus


    The creative process is a process of surrender, not control.

    - Julia Cameron


    Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected.

    - William Plomer


    An artist is an explorer.

    - Henri Matisse


    When we stop fearing failure, we start being artists.

    - Ann Voskamp



    A work of art is the trace of a magnificent struggle.

    - Grace Hartigan


    Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.

    - Vincent van Gogh


    If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, am here to live out loud.

    - Emile Zola


    Action is the foundational key to all success.

    - Pablo Picasso


    The meaning of life is to find your gift.  The purpose of life is to give it away.

    - Pablo Picasso


    An artist can show things that other people are terrified of expressing.

    - Louise Bourgeois


    The artist is not a special kind of person; rather each person is a special kind of artist.

    - Ananda Coomaraswamy


    Art is when a human tells another human what it is to be human.

    - Adrian Elmer


    I would like to paint the way a bird sings.

    - Claude Monet


    Always keep your eyes open.  Keep watching.  Because whatever you can see can inspire you.

    - Grace Coddington


    Art offers sanctuary to everyone willing to open their hearts as well as their eyes.

    - Nikki Giovanni


    Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.

    - Oscar Wilde


    There is no innovation and creativity without failure.

    - Brene Brown


    It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.

    - Herman Melville


    The greater the artist, the greater the doubt.  Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize.

    - Robert Hughes