Let Me Ask You Something, What Isn’t Art?

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“My advise to everyone … color outside the lines.” ~Ericka Davis

  • Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one. ~Stella Adler
  • Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen. ~Leonardo da Vinci
  • Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. ~Pablo Picasso
  • God and other artists are always a little obscure. ~Oscar Wilde
  • Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in. ~Amy Lowell
  • To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts — such is the duty of the artist. ~Schumann
  • I don’t paint things. I only paint the difference between things. ~Henri Matisse
  • The artist uses the talent he has, wishing he had more talent. The talent uses the artist it has, wishing it had more artist. ~Robert Brault
  • Art is not a thing; it is a way. ~Elbert Hubbard
  • Listen carefully to first criticisms made of your work. Note just what it is about your work that critics don’t like — then cultivate it. That’s the only part of your work that’s individual and worth keeping. ~Jean Cocteau
  • Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. ~Oscar Wilde
  • Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better. ~André Gide
  • What art offers is space — a certain breathing room for the spirit. ~John Updike
  • An artist is someone who produces things that people don’t need to have but that he — for some reason — thinks it would be a good idea to give them. ~Andy Warhol
  • Man will begin to recover the moment he takes art as seriously as physics, chemistry or money. ~Ernst Levy
  • What garlic is to salad, insanity is to art. ~Augustus Saint-Gaudens
  • Artistic growth is, more than it is anything else, a refining of the sense of truthfulness. The stupid believe that to be truthful is easy; only the artist, the great artist, knows how difficult it is. ~Willa Cather
  • I was able to perfect classical art by the age of 12, but it took me a lifetime to paint like a child. ~Pablo Picasso

2 thoughts on “Let Me Ask You Something, What Isn’t Art?

  1. I really like the quote: “Art is not a thing; it is a way.” There is a lot of truth and depth to this very simple statement.

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