These are the quotes that have guided our studio practices during critical moments.
If you aren’t an artist, you likely spend most of your time in your studio. Moments of doubt without the support of mentors and peers can quickly turn into more considerable anxieties.
These quotes keep you going on days when you aren’t feeling confident, your ideas don’t flow, or you have to push yourself to the limit to meet a deadline. We often return to these quotes, regardless of whether we have written them down or displayed them prominently on our studio walls.
Many are significant to us personally and have shaped our view on working in the arts. You might feel the same.
Knowing where your work came from and where it is going is essential. You can’t do work that interests you if you accept other people’s opinions about your work.
Trust your instincts; don’t let your mind get in your way.
Many artists are prone to letting their perfectionist tendencies get the better. Refrain from putting too much pressure on yourself to develop the next great idea. Sometimes, the most truthful answer to your artwork is also the most intuitive.
It is possible to create art in many different ways.
Artists are one of the few jobs where you don’t need to prove your skills to be considered an artist. You are just who you are.
Being an artist has the best part. You get to see the world from your perspective. Nobody can teach you that.
If in doubt, do the work.
Trust the process and put in your time. Your creativity can be aided by working with your hands.
You will grow more quickly if you do more work. You will see the benefits of hard work and be able to grasp more. Artists who work hard are the ones that make their art a success.
Take everything as an experiment.
You can only succeed if the final product is perfect.
Consider your art practice as an experiment. By allowing yourself to make errors, you will grow as an artist. At the end of each day, ask yourself, “Did I learn anything?” You will be able to answer “yes”; it was a valuable learning experience.
You don’t have to create a masterpiece of everything.
The potential for art to have a profound impact on society, politics, and humanity, in general is immense. It doesn’t have to serve a specific purpose. Your art doesn’t have to be for anyone, not your teachers, friends, or the wider population.
You can find it difficult to express your creativity when you go into the studio daily and think you must make something. Enjoy creating art. The world needs lightness and joy as much as essential works.
Concentrate your work to achieve flow-states.
While this goal is not always possible, you can work towards it. It’s also not something you can achieve. This is sometimes called “flow-state” (or “getting into the zone”) by some.
Focusing on the task and immersing yourself in it will help you lose track of time and worry.
It’s good for your soul to practice art in any capacity.
Your creativity can be exercised just like any other form of exercise. Creativity can make you happier and healthier and enrich your life. You don’t necessarily have to be an artist with a capital A to create art. Everyone should be able to create art in any art form.