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Inspiration quotes to beat Art Block.

Hello fellow artists! It is 2 pm on this rainy Wednesday. If you are experiencing an art block right now, know that you are not alone. It is common for creatives to feel this way. People are probably mentally and physically exhausted from creating. Here are some great inspirational quotes and tips to overcome it.

  • "Design is so simple, that's why it is so complicated." - Paul Rand (Graphic Designer) Rand is saying that artists need to stop overthinking their designs. We need to limit the number of sketches we create. Artists need to trust their instinct. This quote resonates with me when I look at my designs. Some of my best artworks are completed in two days rather than a week. All I had to do was trust the process. The key is to try to make your artwork simple, but recognizable.

  • “All artists are constantly looking for something they don’t always know.” - Jacob Lawrence (Painter) Sometimes social media can be a benefit and a curse. Apps like Instagram and Pinterest may inspire you. However, massive images can overwhelm you. Limiting your social media is great for your mental health. You don't want to compare your artwork to others. Don't be ashamed of art block. Take a break and go to a fresh outdoor place. Visit a local gallery or colorful art museum for new ideas.

  • “There are three responses to a piece of design- yes, no, and Wow! Wow is the one to aim for!” -Milton Glaser (Graphic Designer, "I Love NY") Glaser meant that it is not about what you draw, but the details inside your art piece. Creatives need to have a lasting impression on the viewer. Your message needs to be authentic. Do not be afraid to be provocative. Milton Glaser believed in the Bauhaus philosophy that "less is more." This means that less effort can bring good rewards. Sometimes too many elements in your art will not appear well on canvas. You'll be more relieved once you get your mind right.

Final thoughts

  • Paul Rand, Jacob Lawrence, and Milton Glasier all believed in managing your craft. Their artworks had a clear message about diligence and strategy. Rand kept his logos simple, and Lawrence kept on looking for new inspiration no matter where he was. Glasier believes in bold art expressions. I hope that these quotes are helpful to your art journey.

What is your favorite art quote from Glaser, Rand, or Lawrence?

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