The Painter's Keys Community For Artists

Search the Painter's Keys:

Art quotes search by author:

Join the world's largest art community and get the twice-weekly art letter.
Subscription is free.

Absolutely free, no strings. You'll get the valuable twice-weekly letter and be joining the world's most active art community.

Robert's worldwide gift that artists love to get.

This is the world’s largest collection of art quotes and sayings, online or in a book, many of which you will not find anywhere else. It’s entirely the work of volunteer subscribers and others. New art quotes are going in daily. All that we ask is that if you use a quote from here, please ensure you link it back to http://artquotes.robertgenn.com

And if you haven’t subscribed to the internet’s most popular and famous FREE letters about art, please make sure you do and join thousands of others.

Receive daily art quotes through TwitterFollow us on Twitter to receive daily inspirational art quotes as well as lots of other great info for artists.


«Insight Art Quotes

·previous quote category·

Search for another category:

Instinct Art Quotes»

·next quote category·

Inspiration Art Quotes

107 art quotes about Inspiration | Share this page of quotes about Inspiration on Facebook | Submit more Inspiration art quotes

Inspiration is the act of drawing up a chair to the writing desk. (Anonymous)

Life inspires me to paint. Painting inspires me to paint. (Dion Archibald)

You could say that I have no inspiration, that I only need to paint. (Francis Bacon)

Inspiration comes of working every day. (Charles Baudelaire)

Inspirations never go in for long engagements; they demand immediate marriage to action. (Brendan Francis Behan)

If you only paint on those days when you feel like it, you're effectively putting up a notice on your easel saying, 'Out - back when I feel like it.' (Marion Boddy-Evans)

Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind. (Johannes Brahms)

A deadline is negative inspiration. Still, it's better than no inspiration at all. (Rita Mae Brown)

The artist must raise the cup of his vision aloft to the gods in the high hope that they will pour into it the sweet mellow wine of inspiration. (Paul Brunton)

The ultimate inspiration is the deadline (Nolan Bushnell)

People who are not artists often feel that artists are inspired. But if you work at your art you don't have time to be inspired. (John Cage)

A landscape clean and crisp in form and colour, rich in inspiration is all that an artist could wish for, begging to be used, and full of inherent possibilities... (Franklin Carmichael)

Inspiration is a byproduct of discipline... simply getting up everyday and planning, plotting, sketching, setting up or actually applying paint to a painting. (Beverly Claridge)

Amateurs look for inspiration; the rest of us just get up and go to work. (Chuck Close)

How I have walked... day after day, and all alone, to see if there was not something among the old things which was new! (Thomas Cole)

Inspiration may be a form of superconsciousness, or perhaps of subconsciousness – I wouldn't know. But I am sure it is the antithesis of self-consciousness. (Aaron Copland)

The inspired moment may sometimes be described as a kind of hallucinatory state of mind: one half of the personality emotes and dictates while the other half listens and notates. The half that listens had better look the other way, had better simulate a half attention only, for the half that dictates is easily disgruntled and avenges itself for too close inspection by fading entirely away. (Aaron Copland)

We have a wonderful world to be inspired by and each new day is like an adventure into the unknown, where things that require a second glance can be captured in time on a canvas for anyone to enjoy forever. (Louise Corke)

-Stoking the Creative Fires...
Inspiration is a message-in-a-bottle from the distant shore, a window into the other world, a tap of the muse's finger, the grace of the gods. It comes when you least expect it... (Phil Cousineau)

Try to be inspired by something every day. Try to inspire at least one person every day. (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi)

The soul of art is inspiration. (Ginia A. Davis)

What moves men of genius, or rather what inspires their work, is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough. (Eugene Delacroix)

Inspiration is getting to our studies at 9 am. (Eugene Delacroix)

The MOST important source of inspiration for painting ideas is our own lives... and what we like most. (Jack Dickerson)

The moment of inspiration can come from memory, or language, or the imagination, or experience - anything that makes an impression forcibly enough for language to form. (Carol Ann Duffy)

Inspiration comes from nature itself. I am enamored of nature, and that admiration has only increased as I age. (Benjamin Eisenstat)

Painting without inspiration is like trying to drive a car with flat tires. (Ron Elstad)

What is indispensable to inspiration? ...sound sleep and the provocation of a good book or a companion. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

There is a great deal of poetry and sentiment in a chest of tea. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

The torpid artist seeks inspiration at any cost, by virtue or by vice, by friend or by fiend, by prayer or by wine. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

I equate inspiration with desire the desire that moves us to be artists in the first place. To attempt to make a painting without this motivation is a waste of time. (Nita Engle)

I don't know anything about inspiration because I don't know what inspiration is; I've heard about it, but I never saw it. (William Faulkner)

The endless variations of light on dark, dark on light, light against illumination, white on white, black on black, blue on cold, blue on warm and so on, are eternally inspiring. (Sergei Forostovskii)

When inspiration doesn't come, I go halfway to meet it. (Sigmund Freud)

You can look anywhere and find inspiration. (Frank Gehry)

Inspiration comes from doing. (Robert Genn)

For hundreds of years people have talked about artists having inspiration, but often some persons would say, 'Write us a symphony or write us a song, on commission.' The artists would come up with a masterpiece without waiting to have their muse inspire them. (Tom Glazer)

Vermeer found a life's work in the corner of a room. (Irwin Greenberg)

Don't park... Arrival is the death of inspiration. (Ernst Haas)

I just sit down at the piano and rattle it off. (Charlie Haden)

Let your mind wander. (Alfred Hair)

I learned never to empty the well of my writing, but always to stop when there was still something there in the deep part of the well, and let it refill at night from the springs that fed it. (Ernest Hemingway)

What inspires me to paint? ...revisiting some old greats like Sargent, Homer, Whistler or local masters... thinking hard about a new approach or idea; or seeing a new painting on a friend's lounge room wall. (Amanda Hyatt)

Stop. Breathe. Allow yourself the luxury of doing nothing for a moment, or an hour, or even a day. It is in emptiness that inspiration will appear. (Carole Katchen)

The longing to produce great inspirations didn't produce anything but more longing. (Sophie Kerr)

Inspiration is not born of 'the eureka moment' but in the quiet spaces we allow ourselves to be in - whether in a beautiful part of nature or in a peaceful meditative state of mind. (Sharon Knettell)

Inspiration is indispensable to my work, but it is hard to come by. It is there or it is not; it is a gift of the gods. (Elaine de Kooning)

My inspiration is molded by my childhood dreamworld of small boundaries - the perennial border of fairy tales and domesticity, summers that stretched long and unplanned at an unhurried, quiet pace. (Mary Kay Krell)

Deprivation is for me what daffodils were for Wordsworth. (Philip Larkin)

I am inspired by symbols and stories of the desire to bridge a gap. This could take the form of our conscious and our subconscious, between lovers, or between humanity and the divine. (Dana Levin)

You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. (Jack London)

To do something, however small, to make others happier and better, is the highest ambition, the most elevating hope, which can inspire a human being. (John Lubbock)

When the artist activates his being, awakens to his surroundings, and sets himself the task of creating, connections are made out of conscious awareness that return coalesced as inspiration. (Eric Maisel)

My work is inspired by two things: the external world and the internal world. A good day is when they meet on canvas. (Bonnie Mandoe)

I could never tell where inspiration begins and impulse leaves off. I suppose the answer is in the outcome. If your hunch proves a good one, you were inspired; if it proves bad, you are guilty of yielding to thoughtless impulse. (Beryl Markham)

Inspiration is there all the time. For everyone whose mind is not clouded over with thoughts whether they realize it or not. (Agnes Martin)

Don't wait for inspiration. It comes while one is working. (Henri Matisse)

I write only when inspiration strikes. Fortunately it strikes every morning at nine o'clock sharp. (W. Somerset Maugham)

I learn an enormous amount in what I perceive as the inspiration of others in shaping their own surroundings. (William McAllister)

People used to envy me my inspiration. I hate inspiration. It takes you over completely. I could never wait until it passed and I got rid of it. (Henry Miller)

Every true artist has been inspired more by the beauty of lines and color and the relationships between them than by the concrete subject of the picture. (Piet Mondrian)

Money and pretty girls inspire me. (Kelly Moore)

I'll get an inspiration and start painting; then I'll forget everything, everything except how things used to be and how to paint it so people will know how we used to live. (Grandma Moses)

If you can't find your inspiration by walking around the block one time, go around two blocks-but never three. (Robert Motherwell)

At a certain point in your life, you have to stop looking outside to look internally for inspiration. (Catherine Nash)

The great composer does not set to work because he is inspired, but becomes inspired because he is working. Beethoven, Wagner, Bach, and Mozart settled down day after day to the job in hand. They didn't waste time waiting for inspiration. (Ernest Newman)

The inspiration comes simply by 'showing up' before the easel or sculpture stand. (Kathy Ostman-Magnusen)

The glow of inspiration warms us and it is a holy rapture. (Ovid)

When I'm inspired, I get excited because I can't wait to see what I'll come up with next. (Dolly Parton)

Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working. (Pablo Picasso)

My inspiration comes from all over... pieces are often based in reality, actual places, things I've held in the palm of my hand, and yet they are infused and layered with places where I've only been in my dreams. (Colin Poole)

-The War of Art
The professional is acutely aware of the intangibles that go into inspiration. Out of respect for them, she lets them work. She grants them their sphere while she concentrates on hers. (Steven Pressfield)

Inspiration is an awakening, a quickening of all man's faculties, and it is manifested in all high artistic achievements. (Giacomo Puccini)

Inspiration can come from any direction, but only you can tap into it. (Faith Puleston)

I criticise these compositions by analysis but an illustration cannot be made that way – it must be made by inspiration. (Howard Pyle)

It is in the midst of the city that one writes the most inspiring pages about the country. (Jules Renard)

Much like a patchwork quilt, inspiration that stirs and motivates me is made of many things. (Robert Reynolds)

There is the falsely mystical view of art that assumes a kind of supernatural inspiration, a possession by universal forces unrelated to questions of power and privilege or the artist's relation to bread and blood. (Adrienne Rich)

I like tense, sinewy, dry things, olive trees dried up by the wind, brittle wood... I am more moved by a charred tree stump than by an apple tree in flower. (Germaine Richier)

The lagoon of inspiration may be a material place or it may be a spiritual state of man... the inspiration comes with a spirit of creativity. The creativity comes when is present the moment of investigation and new decisions to investigate. (Yaroslaw Rozputnyak)

Buddha suggests to those who need inspiration for their art to go to it before a perfectly blank wall until its design, composition and subject reveals itself. (Jack Rutherford)

It's all about being present and doing the work with full consciousness. Ideas and inspiration, past, present and future are mingled together in the work of the artist. (Linda Saccoccio)

One need not travel the world for inspiration. If one is receptive it meets them on the way. (Sandy Sandy)

Sometimes you just have to take your clothes off, sit in the dark, and see what happens. (Alvin Sargent)

You can't plan for a seizure of feeling, and for this reason I put everything else aside when I'm inspired. (May Sarton)

I must see new things and investigate them. I want to taste dark water and see crackling trees and wild winds. (Egon Schiele)

Many a witty inspiration is like the surprising reunion of befriended thoughts after a long separation. (Friedrich Von Schlegel)

Witty inspirations are the proverbs of the educated. (Friedrich Von Schlegel)

The light of inspiration is less often a flash of lightning than the sun finally peaking through days of dreary drizzle. (Ian Semple)

No inspiration comes from nowhere. No invention is based on nothing. You always need to be tuned up and be ready to start receiving the energy you look for. (Nikolay Semyonov)

I'm particularly inspired by pristine locations. I enjoy working in areas where one can travel for miles without seeing any human influence. (Matt Smith)

One does not wait for an inspiration but for a way and an opportunity to put an inspiration to a canvas. Art is passion and does not need a painful and time consuming 'inspiration.' (Werner Stephan)

Just as appetite comes by eating, so work brings inspiration, if inspiration is not discernable at the beginning. (Igor Stravinsky)

When I am true to my inspiration, my brushstrokes sometimes surprise me by exposing something of my inner spirit I was not even aware of. (Keiko Tanabe)

If that condition of mind and soul which we call inspiration lasted long without intermission, no artist could survive it. The strings would break and the instrument be shattered into fragments. (Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky)

Whether it's a painter finding his way each morning to the easel, or a medical researcher returning daily to the laboratory, the routine is as much a part of the creative process as the lightning bolt of inspiration, maybe more. (Twyla Tharp)

Our moments of inspiration are not lost though we have no particular poem to show for them; for those experiences have left an indelible impression, and we are ever and anon reminded of them. (Henry David Thoreau)

Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action. (Frank Tibolt)

I will tell you what I have learned myself. For me, a long five or six mile walk helps. And one must go alone and every day. (Brenda Ueland)

I learned... that inspiration does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic, energetic striving, but it comes into us slowly and quietly and all the time, though we must regularly and every day give it a little chance to start flowing, prime it with a little solitude and idleness. (Brenda Ueland)

Inspiration comes in many forms. Often it's most powerful when it catches you by surprise. (Author unknown)

Inspiration arrives as a packet of material to be delivered. (John Updike)

Inspiration demands the active cooperation of the intellect joined with enthusiasm, and it is under such conditions that marvelous conceptions, with all that is excellent and divine, come into being. (Giorgio Vasari)

I am convinced that there are universal currents of Divine Thought vibrating the ether everywhere and that any who can feel these vibrations is inspired... (Richard Wagner)

What I write when I force myself is generally just as good as what I write when I'm feeling inspired. It's mainly a matter of forcing yourself to write. (Tom Wolfe)

Very few people know how to work. Inspiration, everybody has inspiration, that's just hot air. (Beatrice Wood)

I'm not inspired every day I go to the studio, but you've got to push yourself. Do it every day and once in a while things will really click. That's the biggest high you can imagine. (Jamie Wyeth)


«Insight Art Quotes

·previous quote category·

Search for another category:

Instinct Art Quotes»

·next quote category·



< < < back to Category Index

Editor: Robert Genn

Editor-in-chief: Shawn Jackson

Associate Editors:

Scott Altman, Bonnie Austin, Karen Austin, Michele Becker, Joe Blodgett, Norman Brown, Alyce Bryson, Leanne Cadden, Gins V.O. Doolittle, Penny Duane, Max Elliot, Derek Franklin, Sara Genn, Mardy Grothe, Harry Hartley, Sue Holland, Sue Legault, Tammy McManus, Eric Mewhinney, Bruce Miller, Laura Parrish, Sally Penley, Andrea Pratt, Dan Roberts, Shirley Rochon, Gilbert Roy, John Sherlock, Victor Wong,
And many others who have so far contributed one quote or a few. Please join us and add more at




The world’s largest resource of art quotes, art sayings, creativity quotes,
painting quotes, famous art quotes, inspirational art quotes.

Robert's worldwide gift that artists love to get.

Absolutely free, no strings. You'll get the valuable twice-weekly letter and be joining the world's most active art community.

CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE FREE

Last modified: April 19, 2014