Artists often find themselves feeling down and lacking inspiration. At those times, it is best to either look inside yourself to find some inspiration, or to look for it elsewhere. Most people turn to great artists and find either their quotes or books or works of art, therefore finding the jolt they lacked to start their creative journey once more.
In order to prevent future slumps and times when your creativity is lacking, here are some quotes from famous artists which will help you in dire situations.
“Inspiration does exist but it must find you working.” Pablo Picasso
One of the founders of cubism, a great painter, sculptor and many other things, is saying that without work, you can never be inspired. Inspiration comes to those who are engaged in what they are doing. Being in a state of despair and without an idea can be detrimental to your work.
One of the best ways of dealing with this is working, simply put, drawing, painting or practicing your art. Once you start doing the movements you know very well, some idea might pop into your head, definitely more easily if you are focused on something creative, like creating art.
“Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.” Salvador Dali
This quote is aimed at people who are scared even to try to become an artist, have their works judged by other people. No one can achieve perfection and that is the beauty of art, or any other form of expression or movement, even.
Once you get over the fear and need to be perfect, or just start working on something, eventually showing it to your friends, family or even at a gallery, you will feel freedom. It is much more rewarding to try and fail miserably, only to get up, realizing your mistakes and try anew, than never to try at all.
“Creativity takes courage.” Henri Matisse
This quote is aimed at every artist out there. To be creative, to make something new and risk not following the norm, the standards, it always takes courage. Every time you put something on the canvas, you are being courageous, because you are creating something. Never forget that, especially when you are feeling down.
“It is a widely accepted notion among painters that it does not matter what one paints as long as it is well painted. This is the essence of academicism. There is no such thing as good painting about nothing.” Mark Rotho
Working and the process of creating requires you to work and create, meaning that you have to have a goal in mind, even though it might not seem like one while you are working. This quote basically says that you cannot have a painting if you do not paint. It also stimulates the idea of working engaging in the process of creation, rather than wanting inspiration to come to you on its own. You have to actively seek it.
“Every artist was first an amateur.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Starting your journey off as an expert is impossible, which is why you must start as a beginner, then someone with a bit more knowledge, an amateur, then move on to become a master. All of that takes time, practice and dedication, one does not become a master overnight.
These are a few quotes that can help inspire you and set you in the right direction.