Wednesday, June 30, 2010

A Tree's Spirit

"In a tree there is a spirit of life, a spirit of growth and a spirit of holding its head up." ~ Robert Henri

This week, I'll be posting quotes by Robert Henri. Find out more about this artist, teacher and philosopher on my new Squidoo page here.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Monday, June 28, 2010

Like A Drug

"The creative habit is like a drug. The particular obsession changes, but the excitement, the thrill of your creation lasts." ~ Henry Moore

Sunday, June 27, 2010

I'd Go Crazy

"I think only of my painting, and if I were to drop it, I think I'd go crazy." ~ Claude Monet

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Compulsive Work

"I am doomed to an eternity of compulsive work. No set goal achieved satisfies. Success only breeds a new goal. The golden apple devoured has seeds. It is endless." ~ Bette Davis

Friday, June 25, 2010

A Fanatic

"A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject." ~ Winston Churchill

Thursday, June 24, 2010


"My whole life, my whole soul, my whole spirit is to blow that horn." ~ Louis Armstrong

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Creating Art

"The act of creating art is not only an addiction, but a dance with an unwilling partner... and I'm gleefully waltzing all the way!" ~ Dorenda Crager Watson

Monday, June 21, 2010


"The only difference between an artist and a lunatic is, perhaps, that the artist has the restraint or courtesy to conceal the intensity of his obsession from all except those similarly afflicted." ~ Osbert Sitwell

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Not A Choice

"Being an artist is not a choice; it is an obsession." ~ Andrew Hamilton

Friday, June 18, 2010


"I equate inspiration with desire – the desire that moves us to be artists in the first place. To attempt to make a painting without this motivation is a waste of time." ~ Nita Engle

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Hot Air

"Very few people know how to work. Inspiration, everybody has inspiration, that's just hot air." ~ Beatrice Wood

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


"You can't express inspiration without skill." ~ Stephen Nachmanovitch

Monday, June 14, 2010

Don't Wait

"Don't wait for inspiration. It comes while one is working." ~ Henri Matisse

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Friday, June 11, 2010

Expressing Inspiration

"You can't express inspiration without skill." ~ Stephen Nachmanovitch

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Flat Tires

"Painting without inspiration is like trying to drive a car with flat tires. " ~ Ron Elstad

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

A Club

"You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club." ~ Jack London

Monday, June 7, 2010

Our Own Lives

"The most important source of inspiration for painting ideas is our own lives... and what we like most." ~ Jack Dickerson

Sunday, June 6, 2010

A Byproduct

"Inspiration is a byproduct of discipline... simply getting up everyday and planning, plotting, sketching, setting up or actually applying paint to a painting." ~ Beverly Claridge

Saturday, June 5, 2010


"A deadline is negative inspiration. Still, it's better than no inspiration at all." ~ Rita Mae Brown

Friday, June 4, 2010

Inspiration Exists

"Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working." ~ Pablo Picasso

Thursday, June 3, 2010

It's The Act

"Inspiration is the act of drawing up a chair to the writing desk." ~ Anonymous

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Just Go To Work

"Amateurs look for inspiration; the rest of us just get up and go to work." ~ Chuck Close

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


"Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind." ~ Johannes Brahms