Let’s suppose you have gone through the steps of our HOW TO PAINT WITH ACRYLICS webpage and now you are just feeling uncreative, uninspired or out of ideas — if so, browse through this collection of quotes from artists and others and you’ll soon be reaching for your paints and brushes with renewed energy … 


  • ”You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” — Rabindranath Tagore.


  • ”When I judge art, I take my painting and put it next to a God made object like a tree or flower. If it clashes, it is not art.” –Marc Chagall.


  • ”What distinguishes a great artist from a weak one is first their sensibility and tenderness; second, their imagination, and third, their industry.” — John Ruskin.


  • ”Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” — Picasso.


  • ”An artist is not paid for his labour but for his vision.” –. James MacNeill Whistler.


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


  • ”Happy are the painters, for they shall not be lonely. Light and colour, peace and hope, will keep them company to the end of the day.” — Winston Churchill.


  • ”Beginning with audacity is a very great part of the art of painting.” — Winston Churchill.


  • ”Never leave a painting mediocre; it’s better to take a chance with it.” — Guy Corriero.



  • ”I am always doing things I can’t do, that’s how I get to do them.” — Picasso.


  • ”I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.” — Picasso.


  • The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.” — Picasso.


  • “You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget that errand.” — Woodrow Wilson.



  • “I never finish a painting — I just stop working on it for a while.” — Arshile Gorky.



  • “Real painters understand with a brush in their hand … what does anyone do with rules? Nothing worthwhile.” — Berthe Moriset.


  • “Do not worry about your originality. You could not get rid of it even if you wanted to.” — Robert Henri.

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  • ”The seed of your next art work lies embedded in the imperfections of your current piece. Such imperfections (or mistakes, if you’re feeling particularly depressed about them today) are your guides — valuable, reliable, objective, non-judgmental guides — to matters you need to reconsider or develop further.” — David Bayles and Ted Orland,


  • ”A painting in a museum probably hears more foolish remarks than anything else in the world.” — Edmond and Jules De Goncourt.


  • “Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up.” — American artist Chuck Close.