The 7 Habits of Effective Artists Inspiration from the Masters

I began the painting series below with the intent of growing my understanding of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Each painting is based on the work of a different master artist. Some are direct attempts to copy those masterpieces, while others are intended to mimic styles and content. Each painting in this series is also associated with a quote from the artist who inspired the piece. These quotes directly correspond to my growing understanding of The 7 Habits.

Be Proactive

Noone is an artist unless he carries his picture in his head before painting it, and is sure of his method and composition.

- Claude Monet

Begin With the End in Mind

All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.

- Pablo Picasso

Put First Things First

I wish to approach truth as closely as possible, and therefore I abstract everything until I arrive at the fundamental qualities of objects.

- Piet Mondrian

Think Win-Win

Balance, peace, and joy are the fruit of a successful life. It starts with recognizing your talents and finding ways to serve others by using them.

- Thomas Kinkade

Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

Art is contemplation. It is the pleasure of the mind which searches into nature and which there divines the spirit of which nature herself is animated.

- Auguste Rodin


I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.

- Vincent Van Gogh

Sharpen the Saw

What they call talent is nothing but the capacity for doing continuous work in the right way.

- Winslow Homer

Created By
Noel Newquist



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