#MondayMotivation: Quotes that inspire us to work on our art

By Samra Khawaja
Four unique colored pieces of chalk.

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When it comes to creating, sometimes getting started is the hardest part. Other times, you can hit roadblocks midway or even loose motivation to finish up a project. That’s why we’re here to help! To push you forward and help keep the ball rolling, and your creativity flowing, here’s some inspiration for you. Below is a round-up of quotes from fellow artists who know how important it is to have support and encouragement when it comes to working on our art. Be sure to pass these positive words along and keep the motivation going! In the meantime, if you have some inspirational words of your own to add, share with us in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

Do not fear mistakes - there are none. Miles Davis, jazz musician
An artist can show things that other people are terrified of expressing. Louise Bourgeois, artist
The scariest moment is always just before you start. Stephen King, author
I think that the power of art is the power to wake us up, strike us to our depths, and change us. Jhumpa Lahiri, author
Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist. Pablo Picasso, painter
You can do anything you want, even if you are being told negative things. Stay strong and find motivation. Misty Copeland, ballet dancer
You must have the courage of being free. Jose Carreras, opera singer
To be a truly conscientious artist, you have to look at what's not working and challenge it. You riff on things. Kara Walker, artist
You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance. Ray Bradbury, author
Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change. Brené Brown, scholar

Looking for more inspiration? These round-up of quotes from artists and art leaders share why both success and failure is important for art and creation.