A Year of Creating Dangerously, Day 277: Living Out Loud, part 3

Head of an Old Man in a Cap *oil on panel  *24.3 x 20.3 cm  *ca. 1630

Rembrandt, Head of an Old Man in a Cap, c.1630

“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” – Henry Ward Beecher

Today is part three of “Living Out Loud”, a series of quotes by creative people about art, creativity, and the joy and madness it brings, seemingly in equal measure.

“The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.” – Jerzy Kosinski

“Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“One’s art goes as far and as deep as one’s love goes.” – Andrew Wyeth

“Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.” – Winston Churchill

Claude_Monet_-_The_Houses_of_Parliament,_Sunset 1903

Claude Monet, The Houses of Parliament, Sunset, 1903

“All worthy work is open to interpretations the author did not intend. Art isn’t your pet — it’s your kid. It grows up and talks back to you.” – Joss Whedon

“creativity keeps the world alive, yet, everyday we are asked to be ashamed of honoring it, wanting to live our lives as artists. i’ve carried the shame of being a ‘creative’ since i came to the planet; have been asked to be something different, more, less my whole life. thank spirit, my wisdom is deeper than my shame, and i listened to who i was. i want to say to all the creatives who have been taught to believe who you are is not enough for this world, taught that a life of art will amount to nothing, know that who we are, and what we do is life. when we create, we are creating the world. remember this, and commit.” – Nayyirah Waheed

“Works of art, in my opinion, are the only objects in the material universe to possess internal order, and that is why, though I don’t believe that only art matters, I do believe in Art for Art’s sake.” – E.M. Forster

“All art is but dirtying the paper delicately.” – John Ruskin


Jackson Pollock, Mural, 1943

“The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.” – Robert Henri

“Artists are people driven by the tension between the desire to communicate and the desire to hide.” – D.W. Winnicott

“If we can’t, as artists, improve on real life, we should put down our pencils and go bake bread.” – Barbara Kingsolver

“In art as in love, instinct is enough. ” – Anatole France

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way… things I had no words for.” – Georgia O’Keefe

georges rouault crucifixion 1920

Georges Rouault, Crucifixion, 1920

“Every true artist is at war with the world.” – Anthony Kiedis

“Blessed are the weird people:
poets, misfits, writers
mystics, painters, troubadours
for they teach us to see the world through different eyes.” – Jacob Nordby

“Art is either revolution or plagiarism.” – Paul Gauguin

“A fine work of art – music, dance, painting, story – has the power to silence the chatter in the mind and lift us to another place.” – Robert McKee

“Nothing exists until or unless it is observed. An artist is making something exist by observing it. And his hope for other people is that they will also make it exist by observing it. I call it ‘creative observation.’ Creative viewing.” – William S. Burroughs

“Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos. ” – Stephan Sondheim

Christinas_World-Andrew Wyeth 1948

Andrew Wyeth, Christina’s World, 1948

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