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10 Inspiring Quotes about Art

1. As an artist your first loyalty is to your art. Unless this is the case, you’re going to be a second-rate artist.
– Margaret Atwood [Tweet This]

2. You must master fundamentals, but you can never do so by watching another man paint.
– Andrew Loomis, Figure Drawing for All it’s Worth [Tweet This]

3. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely.
– Oscar Wilde [Tweet This]

4. The practice of art is not to make a living, It is to make your soul grow.
– Kurt Vonnegut [Tweet This]

5. Nothing is original. This is good because humans are forgetful. We need to be told things often and in different ways to remember.
– Austin Kleon, Steal Like an Artist [Tweet This]

6. Only you can give the world your unique viewpoint.
– Neil Gaiman [Tweet This]

7. Allow yourself to feel good about your work. Otherwise there is no point to doing it. If you never feel good about it, then you are just torturing yourself and then it is not worth it.
– Unknown

8. Only by struggling courageously against what seem like overwhelming odds can man succeed in wringing meaning out of his existence.
– Freud [Tweet This]

9. Stop looking at other people’s artwork for reference, instead look at photos and find your own style.
– Sam Wolfe Connelly [Tweet This]

10. Make Good Art.
– Neil Gaiman  [Tweet This]

Thank you for reading, what are some of your favourite quotes? Share them in the comments!

Kiri Østergaard Leonard

Award winning Illustrator, Artist and Creator Kiri Østergaard Leonard happily shares her experiences making a living as an artist and pursuing a creative life. She grew up in a tiny village in Denmark, left her country behind to pursue art in the bustle of New York City and now resides in the delightful weirdness of Austin, Texas surrounded by sunshine and felines.


  • mateusrob

    11.03.2013 at 21:37 Reply

    Some of my favorite quotes:
    “There are no rules, just tools.”
    “Everytime you’re resting on your craft someone is catching up to you.”
    “Many who are qualified to do excellent work accomplish very little because they attempt little.”

    • Kiri

      12.03.2013 at 14:12 Reply

      Very good inspirational quotes. Thank you for sharing!

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