THE NATURE OF ARTISTS
- “Artists shape the structure of their creative lives not by means of their gifts, but by means of their work. Production–to produce good works– is the artist’s overriding goal. Delicate creatures, when unable to produce works, they almost immediately fall into some form of self-doubt and then despair” (David J. Rogers).
- “To possess and capture beauty (the artist) will do anything, use anything…be ruthless, murderous and destructive, cold and cruel and merciless…to get the thing he wants, achieve the thing he values” (Thomas Wolfe).
“There is nothing we will not give to the person who can show us the undiscovered world within ourselves, for most of us are unaware of the possibilities we hold” (Seymour Krim).
- “It is all in the art. You get no credit for living” (V.S. Pritchett)
- “The hunger to succeed in spite of every impediment and the confidence that you can, along with skill, energy, focus, and the knack of overcoming obstacles have proven to be the key indicators of success in art” (David J. Rogers).
THE CREATIVE PROCESS
- “The uninitiated imagine that one must await inspiration in order to create. That is a mistake. I am far from saying that there is no such thing as inspiration; quite the opposite. It is found as a driving force in every kind of human activity, and is in no wise peculiar to artists. But that force is only brought into action by effort, and that effort is work” (Igor
- “It has not been possible to demonstrate that creativity tests are valid” (Howard Gardner).
- “If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing works” (Marc Chagall).
- “If he thought, he would go wrong; it is only the clumsy and uninventive artist who thinks) (John Ruskin).
- “If a man has talent and can’t use it, he’s failed. If he uses only half of it, he has partly failed. If he uses the whole of it, he has succeeded, and won a satisfaction and triumph few men ever know” (Thomas Wolfe).
- “Everything you can imagine is real” (Pablo Picasso).
- “It is important to forget about the opinions of others and to write after your own fashion with careless, proud indifference” (Llewelyn Powys).
- ”There are no rules. It’s amazing how willing people are to tell you that you aren’t a real writer unless you conform to their clichés and their rules. My advice? Reject rules and critics out of hand. Define yourself. Do it your way. Make yourself the writer of your dreams (Anne Rice).
- “Most creators know intuitively from the beginning of their serious work on a project what the final product will “feel” like. It may take weeks, months, or years to complete the work. But they’ve had from the beginning some sense of it. And that sense will guide them through the entire creative process” (David J. Rogers).
- “Great artists feel as opportunity what others feel as a menace” (Kenneth Burke).
- “A great portrait is always more a portrait of the painter than of the painted” (Samuel Butler).
CREATORS’ WORK LIFE
- “Wake about seven thirty, have breakfast and am working by nine and usually work straight through until two p.m. After that it’s like living in a vacuum until working time next day” (Ernest Hemingway).
- “Publishing is a very mysterious business. It is hard to predict what kind of sale or reception a book will have and advertising seems to do very little to the good” (Thomas Wolfe).
- “We should write our own thoughts in as nearly as possible the language we thought them in, as though in a letter to an intimate friend. We should not disguise them in any way” (Leo Tolstoy).
- “When I write I feel like an artist. When I’m not writing I don’t feel like anything at all) (Saul Bellow).
- “I work on whatever medium likes me at the moment” (Marc Chagall).
- “They come and ask me what idea I meant to embody in Faust as if I knew myself and could inform them” (Goethe).
- “Great artists have no consideration for anyone’s sleep. Left alone and working all night, they phone you at three or four in the morning to announce they’ve thought of something” (David J. Rogers).
- “We all do better in the future” (Raymond Carver).
“You have reached the pinnacle of success as soon as you become uninterested in money, compliments, and publicity” (Thomas Wolfe).
- “Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working” (Pablo Picasso)
I am pleased to again feature in this post artwork by the talented artist Steven V. Ward whose work can be found on FineArtAmerica. Some of his work also appears in my post More Inspiration and Information For Creators #5
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