Sometimes I think creativity is magic; it's not a matter of finding an idea, but allowing the idea to find you.
~ Maya Lin
I can never accomplish what I want, only what I would have wanted had I thought of it beforehand.
~ Richard Diebenkorn
What would you say to an artist just starting out?
Build up your self esteem to the level that might seem unwarranted. This will help you ignore both positive and negative responses to your paintings. Both are usually misguided, since they come from the outside. Be your most severe and devastating critic, while never doubting that you are the best thing since sliced bread.
~From an interview with the artist Alex Kanevsky