No matter how creative you are, we all have dry spells sometimes. The remedy? You’ve found it. Here is a list of quotes that are bound to get your brain moving and heart stirring. You’ll be back to your artsy self in no time.

1. “I dream my painting, and then I paint my dream.” Vincent van Gogh

2. “Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.” Cesar A. Cruz

3. “An artist is an explorer.” Henri Matisse

4. “If you are willing to do something that might not work, you’re closer to being an artist.” Seth Godin

5. “Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.” Twyla Tharp

6. “Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.” Oscar Wilde

7. “I would like to paint the way a bird sings.” Claude Monet

8. “A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.” Paul Cezanne

9. “One can speak poetry just by arranging colors well.” Vincent van Gogh

10. “Study the science of art. Study the art of science. Develop your senses – learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.” Leonardo DaVinci

11. “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Pablo Picasso

12. “Art should be something like a good armchair in which to rest from physical fatigue.” Henri Matisse

13. “People discuss my art and pretend to understand as if it were necessary to understand, when it’s simply necessary to love.” Claude Monet

14. “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” Maya Angelou

15. “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” Edgar Degas

16. “An artist can show things that other people are terrified of expressing.” Louise Bourgeois

17. “It’s not just about creativity, it is about the person you’re becoming while you’re creating.” Charlie Peacock

18. “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” Thomas Merton

19. “We have to take risks with art. If we don’t, it all becomes a bit boring.” Julie Walters

20. “Painting is dancing with chaos!” Melanie Circle

21. “A work of art is the trace of a magnificent struggle.” Robert Henri

22. “Ask anyone doing truly creative work, and they’ll tell you the truth: They don’t know where the good stuff comes from. They just show up and do their thing. Every day.” Austin Kleon

23. “The creation of true art requires some mysterious innate ability to thrive in chaos.” Sharon Hubbard

24. “Art isn’t everything. It’s just about everything.” Gertrude Stein

25. “A line is a dot that went for a walk.” Paul Klee

26. “I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.” Vincent van Gogh

27. “To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.” Kurt Vonnegut

28. “It doesn’t matter how the paint is put on, as long as something is said.” Jackson Pollock

29. “Creativity is intelligence having fun.” Albert Einstein

30. “How difficult it is to be simple.” Vincent van Gogh

31. “Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art.” Leonardo DaVinci

32. “Art is a line around your thoughts.” Gustave Klimt

33. “Drawing is a kind of hypnotism.” Pablo Picasso

34. “Art is the concrete representation of our most subtle feelings.” Agnes Martin

35. “Talking about art is like dancing about architecture.” David Bowie

36. “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” J.R.R. Tolkien

37. “Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.” Stella Adler

Happy creating, my fellow artists.

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