October 18, 2018
What You Can Learn About Innovation from 25 Amazing Artists


If you are an aspiring innovator, there's a lot you can learn from some of planet Earth's most revered artists. These are the people who stare at a blank canvas or a lump of clay and end up making magic. This is your task as well. Your life is the blank canvas. The idea you are toying with is your first stroke. What will happen next (or not) is up to you. While some pundits have reduced innovation to a science, my experience has shown me that it is at least 50% art. Or maybe 90%.

Here is my invitation to you in order to get the most value from the 25 quotes that follow -- the distillation of a life's work from some of the most creative people on the planet:

1. Bring your most inspired project to mind. See it. Feel it.
2. Read quotes below
3. Choose the quote that most sings to you
4. Apply the message embedded in that quote to your life/project
5. Find someone you love and trust and tell them why


1." If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint." -- Edward Hopper

2. "The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel." -- Piet Mondrian

3. "The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery." -- Francis Bacon

4. "Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing." - Georgia O'Keeffe

5. "The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity." - Alberto Giacometti

6. "Every good painter paints what he is." - Jackson Pollock

7. "Art is not what you see, but what you make others see." - Edgar Degas

8. "I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality. - Frida Kahlo

9. "What moves men of genius, or rather what inspires their work, is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough." - Eugene Delacroix

10. "If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing." - Marc Chagall

11. "A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art." - Paul Cezanne

12. "Doubt tempers belief with sanity." -Barbara Krueger

13. "Have no fear of perfection, you'll never reach it." - Salvador Dali

14. "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." - Michelangelo

15. "One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself." - Leonardo da Vinci

16. "Painting doesn't freeze time. It circulates and recycles time like a wheel that turns. Those who were first might well be last. Painting is a very slow art. It doesn't travel with the speed of light. That's why dead painters shine so bright." - Marlene Dumas

17. "An artist never really finishes his work; he merely abandons it." - Paul Valery

18. "An artist is not paid for his labor, but for his vision." - James McNeill Whistler

19. "Great things are done by a series of small things brought together." - Vincent Van Gogh

20. "An artist's failures are as valuable as his successes. By misjudging one thing he conforms something else, even if at the time he does not know what that something else is." - Bridget Riley

22. "It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child." - Pablo Picasso

23. "The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless." - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

24. "The object isn't to make art, it's to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable." - Robert Henri

25. "I invent nothing, I rediscover." - Auguste Rodin

Photo: Andrian Valeanu, Unsplash
Digital Art: Evelyne Pouget

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Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at October 18, 2018 11:00 AM

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