20 Inspiring Quotes from the Great Artists of the Past

Learn from the best - The following are 20 quotes/tips every aspiring artist should reference. Find inspiration from master artists of the past and see what they think should be a part of the creative process.

Written by on November 17, 2013

h2 1999.363.43 220x300 20 Inspiring Quotes from the Great Artists of the PastEveryone seeks advice. Artists have a tendency to always second guess themselves more then others. Insecurities and the luring question of “is this really great art?” are an ambiguous and extremely difficult questions to carry around in one’s gut.

The good news is that you are not alone. Artists have been faced with such concerns from the dawn of art itself. The great ones often spoke of the art process and what makes their art so very special.

The following is a collection of artist inspiring quotes. Think of them as tips to help you get into the artist mindset and hopefully it will make you a better artist and a more confident one. Know in your heart that what you have created is nothing less than a masterpiece. It is a fantastic dream that one day this work will adorn the walls of the world’s greatest art museums:

  1. “To create one’s own world takes courage.” -Georgia O’Keeffe
  2. “A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.” -Paul Cezanne
  3. “The nude, if you tackle it, is a very fascinating subject, especially for a woman… Traditionally the Nude was used to express formulations about life as larger-than-life, as Heroic or Ideal… The nude is not a ‘genre’ subject.” -Isabel Bishop
  4. “Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye.. it also includes the inner pictures of the soul.”  -Edvard Munch
  5. “As long as I live I will have control over my being.” -Artemisia Gentileschi
  6. “Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” -Leonardo da Vinci
  7. “Art is eternal, but life is short.” -Evelyn De Morgan
  8. “Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.” -Edgar Degas
  9. “Sometimes the painting starts to relate very directly to either sights seen or experiences felt, other times it just goes off on a tangent that you really can’t articulate.” -Susan Rothenberg
  10. “After tea it’s back to painting – a large poplar at dusk with a gathering storm. From time to time instead of this evening painting session I go bowling in one of the neighbouring villages, but not very often.” -Gustav Klimt
  11. “Great art is the outward expression of an inner life in the artist, and this inner life will result in his personal vision of the world… More of me comes out when I improvise.”  -Edward Hopper
  12. “What a funny thing painting is. The abstract painters always insist on their connection with the visible reality, while the so called figurative artists insist that what they really care about, is the abstract qualities of life.” -Marlene Dumas
  13. “Why shouldn’t art be pretty? There are enough unpleasant things in the world.” -Pierre-Auguste Renoir
  14. “The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration”. -Frida Kahlo
  15. “A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.” -Michelangelo
  16. “Real painters understand with a brush in their hand.” -Berthe Morisot
  17. “I do not want art for a few any more than education for a few, or freedom for a few.” -William Bradford
  18. “If painting is no longer needed, it seems a pity that some of us are born into the world with such a passion for line and color.” -Mary Cassatt
  19. “Never put more than two waves in a picture; it’s fussy.” -Winslow Homer
  20. “I don’t paint things. I only paint the difference between things.” -Henri Matisse

What advice would you pass alone to young or beginning artists? What makes your creative process so successful, or on the contrary,what makes it  so difficult for artists to create great art? Whatever the case may be, always make sure to follow your passion and enjoy the fruits of your creation.

ReproduceTHIS: Know Your Art

Written by on October 22, 2010

This week’s post is all about patterns. Guess what painting was made by who. This will be your last chance to see what was in the mystery box. Which I will uncover in a couple weeks.

This will be the last game board for a while so Good Luck!

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mystery box prize covered1 ReproduceTHIS: Know Your ArtLast chance to see if you can claim this hidden visual prize. Come back in 2 weeks to see who wins it.

ReproduceTHIS: Know your Art

Written by on September 24, 2010

This bi-weekly game looks at people in art. Play a little hide and seek with the popular crowed.

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How well do you know your Art? Above are images of paintings from overstockArt.com currently available in our online gallery.  If you think you can identify the artist and title of each work, please submit your answers by leaving a comment on this post. We will provide the correct answers  in two weeks (on Friday, Oct. 8th), along with our next ReproduceTHIS: Know your Art challenge and mystery box!

mystery box prize 11 ReproduceTHIS: Know your ArtCongratulations Prairie Air for answering all 5 of the artists and paintings! What’s in your mystery box?

A 1985 Nintendo game controller!

Thanks for playing

mystery box prize covered7 ReproduceTHIS: Know your ArtWhat will the next winner get from our mystery box? Leave your comments  and then come back in 2 weeks for the next game and prize.

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Written by on August 20, 2010

How well do you know your Art? Below are images of paintings from overstockArt.com currently available in our online gallery. If you think you can identify the artist and title of each work, please submit your answers by leaving a comment on this post. We will provide the correct answers  in one week (on Friday, August 27th), along with our next ReproduceTHIS: Do you know your Art? challenge.
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Good Luck! We will also be posting a congratulations to one weekly winner.

Five Revitalizing Decorating Tips for Spring

Written by on February 23, 2010

Spring Decorating Trends Abloom with Floral Prints and Vivid Hues

To spruce up for spring, design expert Dawn Kail of overstockArt.com, has come up with a top five list of decorating trends that will help liven up the look of your home.

“The fashion industry has traditionally been an inspiration and influence over the color and trends of home furnishings and décor,” said Kail. “It doesn’t take transforming the entire room to freshen up your look, just add an accent piece or two to liven up your décor for spring.”

dawn Five Revitalizing Decorating Tips for SpringKail shares new home decorating trends and offers the following tips on how to let in the fresh air with the changing of the season:

  1. Lighten Up – Get rid of the winter darks and bring in some lighter colors and fabrics to freshen up your décor. Replace the velvet accent pillows with light cotton or linen pillows. If you have decorative artworks and oil paintings in your living room, great room, den and so forth and they’re darker with a winter look, brighten them up with a lighter-colored frame or replace the colored art and oil paintings with spring themes. If you have dark window treatments replace them with lighter neutral colors such as ivory, white or khaki.
  2. Incorporate Color –There were plenty of neutrals seen on the runway for spring 2010, khaki, brown, taupe and grey, but there was also a color surge with vivid hues like bright turquoise, orange, hot pink and softened colors like coral and lighter shades of turquoise. Add pillows, artwork, an ottoman or a lampshade in these vibrant colors to liven up your look for spring.
  3. Introduce Painterly Prints – The spring 2010 runway was awash in watercolor-like prints. The runway was full of gorgeous abstract and floral prints reminiscent of Monet’s masterpieces – why not add a reproduced Monet oil painting to your home to incorporate this trend? You can also introduce these painterly prints into your home with pillows, lampshades, ottomans and other accent items.
  4. Find Comfort – People are seeking comfort and peace in their lives. Comfort clothing such as slouchy cardigans, boyfriend blazers and tattered and torn jeans infiltrated the spring 2010 fashion collections; this same casual look carries over into home décor. The warm and cozy country home style is back in as seen in many retailers’ spring collections. Add handmade accessories such as hand painted oil paintings or embroidered accent pillows to bring this style back into your home.
  5. Invest in the Best – The economic crisis isn’t over and decorating trends reflect that. Invest in the best and buy less. People are investing in high-quality, durable décor items rather than short-lived trends. All of the oil paintings at overstockArt.com are handmade art reproductions of great masters such as Van Gogh, Monet and Picasso – art by the masters never goes out of style.

“The key to home decoration is to keep your furniture neutral so you can easily add a piece of artwork or another accent to give the room a whole new look,” said Kail. “The best thing about purchasing reproduced oil paintings at overstockArt.com is that for the same price of purchasing a print image you get a hand painted piece of art which will add the look of luxury to your home – with the low cost you can easily purchase several oil paintings to display seasonally.”

overstockArt.com, is offering a selection of handmade oil painting reproductions that are perfect for spring in their Seasonal Spring Paintings gallery, http://www.overstockart.com/seasonalspring.html. Prices start as low as $39. In 2009, overstockArt.com sold more than 45,000 oil paintings. They are one of the Web’s most successful distributors of wall décor items with over 10,000 daily visitors and 100,000 loyal customers.

Miss Match Kandinsky

Written by on February 16, 2010

The fashion community, Polyvore, which is a site that lets you mix and match products from any online store to create outfits or any kind of collage, created a great collage that focuses around the works of Vassily Kandinsky paintings:


I love the way this collage was mixed and matched with fashion items and all to emphasize the color scheme that the oil paintings can go oh so well with…

Picasso painting suffers a tear at the Met

Written by on January 26, 2010

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, home of some of the most amazing collection of artifacts from ancient history to modern times was caught off guard as one of its most treasured Picasso’s received a lethal blow by a clumsy student who stumbled onto the masterpiece and created a six inch gash on the hundred year old canvas.

This isn’t the first time that this happens to a Picasso. Casino Mogul Steve Wynn pocked a whole in Picasso’s Dream oil painting. As the owner of such a creation and due to an hereditary deteriorating eye disease at least he has a good excuse.

So the next time a guard at the museum asks you to step away from the masterpiece please oblige…

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