Art Journaling Quotes

lightningNothing will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must first be overcome.  —Samuel Johnson

The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.              —Chuck Close.

Sometimes it is the artist’s task to find out what you can make with what you have left. —-Itzhak Perlman

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11 thoughts on “Art Journaling Quotes

  1. Thank you so much for sharing these quotes, Quinn, especially the second one about not waiting for inspiration. That is something I’ve struggled with in the past. Often, I get into the mindset that I need to have the “right” ideas or “good” ideas before I can create (mainly writing). Lately, I’ve been making time everyday to simply sit down and put in the work that I need to do to write, and it feels so incredibly freeing. Instead of worrying about what I’m going to write about, I’m just writing, and that is a good feeling. If you just keep working on it and keep putting stuff down on the page, something is going to come out of it eventually.

    • Pssst. . . that’s how come I started blogging. 1,590 posts later, it’s starting to make sense. Paper is cheap, computer space is too. Just write. You will be amazed at what works out.

  2. “It is to be remembered that all art is magical in origin – music,
    sculpture, writing, painting – and by magical I mean intended to
    produce very definite results. Paintings were originally formulae
    to make what is painted happen. Art is not an end in itself, any
    more than Einstein’s matter-into-energy formulae is an end in itself.
    Like all formulae, art was originally FUNCTIONAL, intended to make
    things happen, the way an atom bomb happens from Einstein’s
    formulae.”
    -William S. Burroughs

  3. “It’s not worth doing something unless you were doing something that someone, somewere, would much rather you weren’t doing.”
    -Terry Pratchett

  4. Hi Quinn, I agree with this one, but can’t we see the word Inspiration as something active and something that belongs to this process instead of something inactive ? Because I like the word Inspiration, like the title of my blog ‘Miracle Inspirations’! I think Inspiration is born duering our creating process and then we can feel the ‘flow’, creative greet Miranda

    • I think what the quote means is that we can’t sit and wait for inspiration as a thunderclap, or a separate step of creation. For me, inspiration is truly a “breath” or breathing in, which is natural. I love the word, I also like the way you define it.

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