Enjoy these miscellaneous musings from the Arts Guy as he shares his thoughts on some of his favorite quotes from various artists and authors!

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” 

― George Bernard Shaw


p01h22kfHow many great achievements do we have today because someone was willing to make a mistake. Experiencing art regularly can help one be more at ease at whatever blank canvas they may find themselves at, whether it be a screen, a page, a sales meeting, or a dinner table. Knowing that great art always begins with false starts and recycled canvases can lighten the load we tend to hang on our daily decisions. Go ahead, take a chance today! Let the artistic process guide you more than a pursuit of perfection.


“We all know that art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth.”

— Pablo Picasso


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What is Picasso saying? How can a lie help us see truth? Is the truth so close to us that we miss it, maybe ignore it…perhaps willingly? Is the truth buried so deep inside, underneath all the accumulating and categorizing we do for the sake of convenience and efficiency? Is the truth lost within the varying processes of productivity? If so, maybe Picasso is right: maybe we do a need a lie to snap us back to this truth, a lie that is so crafty and sensual that we can’t help but give it our attention. Experiencing this lie startles us because we realize we’ve been duped. It’s then that we see truth, so subtle and meek, just waiting it’s turn for our attention. Take time to experience beauty for the sake of beauty. Is there elegant design all around you that is under appreciated? Take a second and notice it. Think about what went into it. It’s staggering to think that another human being stopped what they were doing to create something that didn’t exist before: something that might point to some collective awareness we all may tap into if we were to just give it our attention.