This week I came across these inspiring quotes by Pablo Picasso. And today, on a blustery, grey winter’s day I decided to share those that I find illuminating. We don’t all have to be painters and sculptors to take them to heart. I use them as a jumping off point for my personal creative practice.
“I begin with an idea, and then it becomes something else.”
“To draw, you must close your eyes and sing”
“Every child is born an artist, the trick is remaining one as an adult when you grow up.”
“The meaning of life is to find your gift, the purpose of life is to give it away.”
“My mother said to me, “If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.” Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.”
“An idea is a point of departure and no more. As soon as you elaborate it, it becomes transformed by thought.”
“Inspiration exists but it has to find you working.”
“The world doesn’t make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?”
“There is only one way to see things, until someone shows us how to look at them with different eyes.”
“If I don’t have red, I use blue.”
“Every now and then one paints a picture that seems to have opened a door and serves as a stepping stone to other things.”
“If I paint a wild horse, you might not see the horse… but surely you will see the wildness!”
“It is your work in life that is the ultimate seduction.”
“Never permit a dichotomy to rule your life, a dichotomy in which you hate what you do so you can have pleasure in your spare time. Look for a situation in which your work will give you as much happiness as your spare time.”
“Everything you can imagine is real.”
“What one does is what counts. Not what one had the intention of doing.”
“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.”
“Action is the foundational key to all success. ”
“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”
Remember: Living a creative life is a commitment and a privilege. Don’t fight it! It’s your destiny. Make room for it every single day. Let it wash away the old and illuminate the new. Thank you Pablo for sharing your insights for those who come after you!
I think this one is really salient and pithy: “What one does is what counts. Not what one had the intention of doing.” Thank you for them all Anna. We can choose one a day to guide our play and then go into reverse or start all over again so they really sink in – maybe even create an ‘artlet’ for each one. Such a good intention….!
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Hi Anna, I have tried to respond in the comment section of your blog a few times now, but have been unable to do that for some reason….certainly “operator error” is at fault, haha. Anyway, I just wanted you to know that I do read your blogs and enjoy the photos immensely. Today, the Picasso quotes were very inspiring and timely since our “art/artists/architecture challenges are due at the end of the month. Mine is finished and I am excited to see what the others have come up with.
On another note, I hope I have not missed registering for AQC 2018….no doubt you have been busy & just haven’t sent that out yet. It is still 2017 after all, 😀
On Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 10:26 AM Anna Hergert, Art & Design wrote:
> annahergert posted: ” This week I came across these inspiring quotes by > Pablo Picasso. And today, on a blustery, grey winter’s day I decided to > share those that I find illuminating. We don’t all have to be painters and > sculptors to take them to heart. I use them as a jumping ” >
Hi Cindi, your comment comes through just fine – not sure what is happening.
I am working on AQC info – you have not missed it. Anyone attending the 2017 event will get first dibs!