Artist Quote – Pablo Picasso

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This week’s artists quote is from Spanish artist and founder of Cubism, Pablo Picasso. This quote seems valid to me because it seems like every child is born with a curiosity and optimism that is unmatched in adulthood.  When you are a child, you see the world with all its possibilities and you are not afraid; you do not censor yourself. If only we could retain that childlike innocence and wonderment as we age. It seems almost inevitable that, as we go through life, we will be hardened by experience,  we will become aware of criticism, and we will hold back on expressing some things for fear of ridicule or embarrassment.

I also feel that, as we age, we can sometimes start to take ourselves too seriously and we lose that joy for life and excitement over the little things, that children have. When you’re young, you’re not labeled as something. Bobby isn’t a chemist, Timmy isn’t a businessman, and Sally isn’t an artist. You all start off on a level playing field and nobody knows who is “good at” this or that. I think this quote is powerful because it reminds us that there was a time before we put up barriers and limitations on ourselves when we all could be anything we wanted. When everyone played with crayons and paper, and not just the ones deemed “good enough.” So please, pick up a pencil and paper and doodle. We all can do it.

What do you think of this quote? Do you believe everyone is born an artist? If so, how can we remain one throughout life?

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11 thoughts on “Artist Quote – Pablo Picasso

  1. Life does beat at a person, like a giant bird, constantly flapping it’s wings at you…LOL Art, for many, is a HOBBY, and not something a grown-up should think of as work or a career. Everyone hopes the person will outgrow it or somehow get it out of her or his system. The arts are the first programs cut in schools when money becomes an issue. Not sports or history, but art. Art is a second class citizen to society…until or it, of course, you become famous. LOL As you leave childhood behind and take on more and more responsibility, it’s hard for people to be full-time artists. Few are chosen and few are able to make a living above the poverty line. We are not taught to see art as important to our lives. You can’t make MONEY by being an artist (they say). Money is important, art is not. People will pay a lot of money for a TV buy not an original work of art because no one every told/taught them that art was important to life. Until we change the attitude toward art and artists, I’m not sure we will see much change. Art it, however, all over blogs, and electronic venues and that is helping. Who knows what the future holds…I just hope it a good future for art/artists.

  2. What a beautiful post! I never thought about that, but it’s so true. A child’s imagination is so wonderful. I look at my two-year-old niece’s doodles, and they put a huge smile on my face, even though they are just scribbles. She still manages to tell a whole story with those scribbles! Yes, I do believe that everyone is born an artist, but not everyone chooses to exercise this skill. I think everyone has it in them to create and be creative, and there are so many ways to do so. It’s so inspiring to see that there are a lot of people out there who enjoy creating wonderful works of art.

    My cousin was always into art, and he became an artist, which was looked down upon. Like what hitandrun said, people say it’s just a hobby and you can’t make money from it. Today, a lot of our family members (bankers, analysts, etc.) are laid-off and have to work contract jobs. My cousin still has his stable job as an artist, and his mom cannot be prouder. 🙂 Nowadays, I think we have the internet and social media to really help artists out, and I can only see art becoming more predominant in our culture. That’s what I am hoping for, at least!

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