Creativity Quotes

It would be a mistake to ascribe this creative power to an inborn talent.  In art, the genuine creator is not just a gifted being, but [one] who has succeeded in arranging for their appointed end, a complex of activities, of which the work is the outcome.  The artist begins with a vision—a creative operation requiring an effort.  Creativity takes courage.                                                         

--Henri Matisse

"A first-rate soup is more creative than a second-rate painting."  

“What we need is more sense of the wonder of life and less of the business of making a picture”   

--Robert Henri (painter and teacher)


“We are, ourselves, creations.  And, we, in turn, are meant to continue creativity by being creative ourselves.”                                    

--Julia Cameron


A juror wrote to an artist whose work was not selected for an exhibition:
"It's vital for any artist to nurture and protect that which makes their vision unique. One needs to go inward instead of outward and learn to trust your own inner guide. I suggest cultivating a dialogue with your inner voice, listening to the clues your own images offer."

"Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens."                                   

--Carl Jung


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