Art is a Lifestyle: 44 Awesome Art-Life Quotes

A Celebration of Art and Life

Monica Gaylor Art: Man Has Brain / Copyright

“Man Has Brain” by Monica Gaylor

“It has been said that art is a tryst, for in the joy of it maker and beholder meet.”  ~Kojiro Tomita

“Art is not a thing; it is a way.”  ~Elbert Hubbard

“The artist must train not only his eye but also his soul.”  ~Wassily Kandinsky

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time”. ~Thomas Merton

“Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.”  ~Pablo Picasso

“Art is the struggle to understand.”  ~Terri Guillemets

”When it is working, you completely go into another place, you’re tapping into things that are totally universal, completely beyond your ego and your own self. That’s what it’s all about.”  ~Keith Haring

Monica Gaylor Art: Buddha Study / Copyright

“Buddha Study” by Monica Gaylor

‎”I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.”
~ Michelangelo

“Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people”  ~Leo Burnett

“No artist is ahead of his time. He is his time, it’s just that others are behind the times.”  ~Martha Graham

An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.”  “Charles Horton Cooley

“Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.”  ~Edgar Degas

Creativity takes courage.”  ~Henri Matisse

Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.”  ~Salvador Dali

Monica Gaylor Art: Red Abstraction Copyright

“Red Abstraction” By Monica Gaylor

“You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club”  ~Jack London

“The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between.”  ~Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“The more I paint the more I like everything.”  ~Jean-Michel Basquiat

If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.”  ~Michelangelo

No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.”  ~Oscar Wilde

Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.”  ~Stella Adler

Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.”  ~Pablo Picasso

Monica Gaylor Art: Circles and Stripes Copyright

“Circles and Stripes” By Monica Gaylor

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”  ~Vincent Van Gogh

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”  ~Scott Adams

“I want to reach that condensation of sensations that constitutes a picture.”  ~Henri Matisse

Inspiration does exist but it must find you working.”  ~Pablo Picasso

“Art holds fast when all else is lost.”  ~German Proverb

“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.”  ~Twyla Tharp

“The artist uses the talent he has, wishing he had more talent. The talent uses the artist it has, wishing it had more artist.”  ~Robert Brault

Monica Gaylor Art: Numbers Copyright

“Numbers” by Monica Gaylor

It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”  ~Pablo Picasso

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.”  ~Henry Ward Beecher

“The creative person is both more primitive and more cultured, more destructive and more constructive, crazier and saner, than the average person.”  ~Frank Barron

“Creativity represents a miraculous coming together of the uninhibited energy of the child with its apparent opposite and enemy, the sense of order imposed on the disciplined adult intelligence.”  ~Norman Podhoretz

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”  ~Dr. Seuss

“If you never did you should. These things are fun, and fun is good.”  ~Dr. Seuss

Monica Gaylor Art: Somewhere Under the Rainbow Copyright

“Somewhere Under the Rainbow” by Monica Gaylor

“In painting, you have unlimited power. You have the ability to move mountains. You can bend rivers. But when I get home, the only thing I have power over is the garbage.”  ~Bob Ross

“Orange is red brought nearer to humanity by yellow.”   ~Wassily Kandinsky

“You need the dark in order to show the light.”  ~Bob Ross

“The whole culture is telling you to hurry, while the art tells you to take your time. Always listen to the art.”  ~Junot Diaz

“Art reaches its greatest peak when devoid of self-consciousness. Freedom discovers man the moment he loses concern over what impression he is making or about to make.”  ~Bruce Lee

“We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams.”  ~Albert Einstein

Monica Gaylor Art: Hokusai 9657 Copyright

“Hokusai 9657” by Monica Gaylor

“Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self.”  ~Jean-Luc Godard

“Art doesn’t have to matter to a lot of people to matter a lot.”  ~Jeb Dickerson

“Art… does not take kindly to facts, is helpless to grapple with theories, and is killed outright by a sermon.”  ~Agnes Repplier

“The artist’s talent sits uneasy as an object of public acclaim, having been so long an object of private despair.”  ~Robert Brault

Monica Gaylor Art: Pollinating Flower Machine copyright

“Pollinating Flower Machine” by Monica Gaylor

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you were inspired by some of the quotes.  Art is my soul laid bare.  

Wait, One More Thing:

Exciting New Art News

I am announcing the unofficial-opening ( :/ ) of my Etsy gallery – Monica’s Gaylor-Y.  It is up and running, but only a fraction of my stuff is listed thus far.  It is an arduous, time-consuming task documenting a lifetime of work and then trying to turn it into a business.  I have learned much and there is so much more to learn and do…  I think perhaps that it is like the art pieces – never really done – but lets move on…  Instead of waiting for perfection I have decided to embrace the wabi sabi and just go for it.  

Please visit my new gallery – Monica’s Gaylor-Y.  There are many more pieces than I showed here – covering a lifetime of playing with different styles, techniques, and mediums – something for everyone’s tastes.  Pieces are available and customize-able in various sizes and colors from big to bigger.  Go big or go home.  Also, “My Art” tab at the top is still under construction and not open yet.  It is coming soon and will have even more art pic’s than at the Etsy site – including pieces as they evolve, etc.  Please stay tuned.

Live long and prosper.  Moe


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