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Maintaining Creative Momentum: Inspirational Quotes for Artmaking

by Lauren Fallat, LPC LPAT ATR-BC

Creativity is a source of power and inspiration and sources of creativity exist all around us and within us. It's what allows us to see the world in a new way and come up with fresh ideas. Often our creative energies can be driven by what inspires us in nature, in our interactions with others and what we experience through our five senses. Maintaining creative momentum can be challenging.

Motivation is what gets us started and keeps us going when times get tough. It's what helps us stay focused and push through when we feel uninspired or stuck. As artists and artmakers, we may experience challenges with creating art regularly or may become disconnected from its value in our lives.

When we’re feeling stuck or uninspired, a little dose of creativity can be just the thing to help us get moving again. That’s why we’ve gathered some of our favorite art inspirational quotes from around the web. These quotes will help you stay creative and inspired.

  • “The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live only as you can.” – Neil Gaiman

  • "Creativity is just intelligence having fun." - Albert Einstein

  • "Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” Albert Einstein

  • “Art speaks where words are unable to explain.”– Pam Holland

  • “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”- Albert Einstein

  • "Creativity takes courage." -Henri Matisse

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

  • “The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” – Aristotle

  • “The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” - Sylvia Plath

  • In order to create, we draw from our inner well. This inner well, an artistic reservoir, is ideally like a well-stocked fish pond… If we don’t give some attention to upkeep, our well is apt to become depleted, stagnant, or blocked…As artists, we must learn to be self-nourishing. We must become alert enough to consciously replenish our creative resources as we draw on them — to restock the trout pond, so to speak. —Julia Cameron

  • “Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terrors, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them.”

― Anais Nin

  • “Art making has the ability to move people along their journey of grief and loss into a more balanced place of healing and hope. In the face of tragedy, the creative process can help re-calibrate a mourner’s life.” ~ The Chandler Gallery at Maud Morgan Arts

  • “Awe has many important implications for our well-being. Experiencing awe can give us a sense of hope and provide a feeling of fulfillment.” ~ Shilagh Mirgain, PhD, Psychologist, University of Wisconsin Health.

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