Reading through all the interviews and artist stories we received over the last half year, we found many great inspirational quotes from our participants. This brought me to the idea of researching things that big name artists from the past once said and make a selection in the spirit of Vocation for Art, the quest for success in art and creativity.
So here they are... may they give you inspiration and enlighten you during your coffee moment! :)
“I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart.”
Vincent van Gogh
“Creativity takes courage.”
“An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.”
Charles Horton Cooley
''The idea that money, patronage and trade automatically corrupts the wells of imagination is a pious fiction, believed by some utopians but flatly contradicted by history itself.''
“The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize.”
Robert Hughes, Australian art critic
“Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.”
''That's the great thing about art. Anybody can do it if you just believe. With practice, you can make great paintings.''
“Business art is the step that comes after art. I started as a commercial artist, and I want to finish as a business artist. Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. During the hippie era people put down the idea of business. They’d say “money is bad” and “working is bad”. But making money is art, and working is art - and good business is the best art.”
“An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.”
James McNeill Whistler
''Selling out is doing something you don't really want to do for money. That's what selling out is.''
“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.”
''I love the gallery, the arena of representation. It’s a commercial world, and morality is based generally around economics, and that’s taking place in the art gallery.''
''If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all.''
And here a couple of quotes not from fine-artists, but from people who know a thing or two about pursuing careers, potentially valuable to anyone who sits at the day-job, dreaming of becoming a professional creative:
"If you always do what you always did - you'll always get what you always got."
''Money isn’t the most important thing in life, but it’s reasonably close to oxygen on the “gotta have it” scale.
Zig Ziglar, Sales guru
''You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job, and not be paid for it.''