The Art of Creativity

What are art and the nature of creativity? Everyone understands the meaning of the word, but do we truly understand its purpose? One can look at a painting or photograph and feel a rush of emotion, but we aren’t always sure why. Often times, artists themselves aren’t even sure where their creativity comes from.

Perhaps creativity is a connection deep within all of us to a world we cannot understand, and art is the vessel through which we communicate this connection. Or, maybe art is just something nice to look at. However you view art and the creative process, there is always something interesting to be said about the two.

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.
-Georgia O’Keeffe

No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.
Oscar Wilde
The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.
-Pablo Picasso

An artist is somebody who produces things that people don’t need to have.
-Andy Warhol

Art is the concrete representation of our most subtle feelings.
-Agnes Martin

Very few people possess true artistic ability. It is therefore both unseemly and unproductive to irritate the situation by making an effort. If you have a burning, restless urge to write or paint, simply eat something sweet and the feeling will pass.
-Fran Lebowitz

An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.
-George Santayana

To say that a work of art is good, but incomprehensible to the majority of men, is the same as saying of some kind of food that it is very good but that most people can’t eat it.
-Leo Tolstoy

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