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My paintings are not about what is seen.
by Agnes Martin

My paintings are not about what is seen.
They are about what is known forever in the mind.
- Agnes Martin

When I think of art I think of beauty.
Beauty is the mystery of life.
It is not in the eye it is in the mind.
In our minds there is awareness of perfection.
- Agnes Martin

Happiness is being on the beam with life -
to feel the pull of life.
- Agnes Martin

Art is the concrete representation of our most subtle feelings.
- Agnes Martin

 

To progress in life you must give up the things you do not like.
Give up doing the things that you do not like to do.
You must find the things that you do like.
The things that are acceptable to your mind.
- Agnes Martin

Any material may be used but the theme is the same
and the response is the same for all artwork...
we all have the same concern, but the artist must know
exactly what the experience is.
He must pursue the truth relentlessly.
- Agnes Martin

I realize that protest paintings are not exactly in vogue,
but I've done many.
- Robert Indiana

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I think of my peace paintings as one long poem,
with each painting being a single stanza.
- Robert Indiana

Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs.
- Ansel Adams

There is tragic evidence to show that the paintings
at the French prehistoric art sites are deteriorating.
- Louis Leakey

Some say they see poetry in my paintings;
I see only science.
- Georges Seurat

Painters of paintings, writers of books,
never could tell the half.
- Lorenz Hart

All the fingerprint paintings are done without a grid.
- Chuck Close

I always feel the desire to look for the extraordinary in ordinary things;
to suggest,
not to impose, to leave always a slight touch of mystery in my paintings.
- Balthus

It is easy to have a lot of paintings or projects hanging
around that are 'almost done.'
- Thomas Kinkade

Never buy four C-plus paintings when you can buy one A. - Walter Annenberg

One can easily tell that the creator of the paintings
in the Sistine Chapel was above all a sculptor.
- Edvard Munch

The art of mastering life is the prerequisite for all
further forms of expression,
whether they are paintings, sculptures,
tragedies, or musical compositions.
- Paul Klee

But I hang on to books.
I love them.
I even think they're very nice decor in a room -
far better than paintings...
That's not quite true!
- Norman MacCaig

All still lifes are actually paintings of the world
on the sixth day of creation,
when God and the world were alone together,
without man!
- Robert Musil

Casting is sort of like looking at paintings.
You don't know what you'll like, but you recognize it when you see it.
- Steven Bochco

I think most paintings are a record of the decisions that the artist made.
I just perhaps make them a little clearer than some people have.
- Chuck Close

I'm passionately involved in life: I love its change,
its color, its movement.
To be alive, to be able to see, to walk,
to have houses, music, paintings - it's all a miracle.
- Arthur Rubinstein

Dwight is a sad clown.
You've seen those paintings of sad clown.
- Rainn Wilson

I have been surrounded by artists and paintings throughout my life.
My father Ted Dyer is an artist, and from a very early
age I have spent time painting and drawing.
- John Dyer

Photography started as a means of getting reference
material for my paintings of nature subjects.
- Nigel Dennis

As far as modern writing is concerned,
it is rarely rewarding to translate it,
although it might be easy.
Translation is very much like copying paintings.
- Boris Pasternak

I am planning a one-man art show of original Batman
oil paintings that I will show in New York City.
- Bob Kane

The Japanese have a wonderful sense of design and a refinement in their art.
They try to produce beautiful paintings with the minimum number of strokes.
- David Rockefeller

My paintings do not have a center, but depend on the
same amount of interest throughout.
- Jackson Pollock

I find myself gravitating towards drama.
It interests me.
In the books I read, the paintings I like,
it's always the darker stuff.
- Naomi Watts

To be alive, to be able to see, to walk,
to have houses, music, paintings - it's all a miracle.
I have adopted the technique of living life miracle to miracle.
- Arthur Rubinstein

Does any art have a practical value? People love to
talk about how expensive a painting is.
That's the only way we can talk about paintings in this century.
- John Guare

I'm working on a very long series of paintings based on desert folklore.
- Terri Windling

In my earlier paintings, I wanted the space between
the picture plane and the spectator to be active.
- Bridget Riley

Franz Kline, who became known for his black and white paintings,
did a whole series of gorgeous landscapes and wonderful
portraits that may still hang in Greenwich Village.
- David Amram

I will always find even the worst paintings that attempt
some kind of representation better than the best invented paintings.
- Balthus

Paintings are like a beer, only beer tastes good and
it's hard to stop drinking beer.
- Billy Carter

I think that has been a benefit to me because I think
most people understand quilts and not a lot of people understand paintings.
But yet they're looking at one.
- Faith Ringgold

I don't look at the work of my contemporaries very much;
I tend to look at pictures by dead artists.
It's much easier to get near their paintings.
- Howard Hodgkin

I had always loved expressionist painting,
like every European.
In fact I admired it all the more because these were
precisely the paintings despised by my father's generation.
- Georg Baselitz

I'm sure we don't read old paintings the way they were intended.
- Robert Rauschenberg

Many, many of my paintings have come from the first chapter of Moby Dick.
- Robert Indiana

People are predominant in my paintings.
Although they are not obvious, you can feel their presence.
- Ralph Allen

One of the best things about paintings is their silence -
which prompts reflection and random reverie.
- Mark Stevens

At the beginning of the 20th century,
the ambition of the great painters was to make paintings that were like music,
which was then considered as the noblest art.
- Brian Eno

I also paint and enjoy acrylic medium;
some of my close friends have paintings I did for them.
- Kiana Tom

The best way to begin is to say: Balthus is a painter
of whom nothing is known.
And now let us have a look at his paintings.
- Balthus

Some manufacturers illustrate their advertisements with abstract paintings.
I would only do this if I wished to conceal from the
reader what I was advertising.
- David Ogilvy

If I had money, I would like to get an old building,
have music performances, do lithographs,
have shows of paintings, and do those things that I'm interested in doing.
- Bill Dixon

I decided to become a painter when my first four paintings
where all published and attracted a great deal of interest.
I exhibited one of them and it was sold.
- John Dyer

The paintings by Van Gough and Chagall had a big influence on me.
- John Dyer

I prefer to leave the paintings to speak for themselves.
- Barnett Newman

By painting colors and lines and forms seen in quickened
mood I was seeking to make this mood vibrate as a phonograph does.
This was the origin of the paintings in The Frieze of Life.
- Edvard Munch

I had some money, I made the best paintings ever.
I was completely reclusive, worked a lot,
took a lot of drugs.
I was awful to people.
- Jean-Michel Basquiat

Let's look at people as artists and try to support them;
just because Picasso painted a couple of bad paintings,
that's no reason to say he's a lousy painter.
- Steve Guttenberg

I am a great lover of art, in many forms:
paintings,
objets, textiles.
I don't have the talent for painting,
but I have a very good sense of colour,
a love of visual beauty.
- Jacqueline Bisset

Art, after all, is traditionally displayed against vacancies:
paintings on dun walls,
sculptures in empty spaces, music in quiet halls.
- John Hart

The artistic process in digital art is very much the
same as for making other kinds of paintings.
- Buffy Sainte-Marie

I make paintings, try to get others to look at them and hopefully buy them.
- Mike Thompson

I experience a period of frightening clarity in those
moments when nature is so beautiful.
I am no longer sure of myself, and the paintings appear as in a dream.
- Vincent Van Gogh

The paintings may communicate even better because people
are lazy and they can look at a painting with less
effort than they can read a poem.
- Lawrence Ferlinghetti

You know I was curious - I was interested in all kinds
of mystery or deeper meanings in the paintings because
I myself have not analyzed why they have turned out like this or like that.
- H. R. Giger

Wherever you look there are inspirations,
books, literature, paintings, landscapes,
everything.
Just living is an inspiration.
- Gavin Rossdale

People go to see beautiful paintings to see how much they cost.
Wow.
The practical value is that it shows you what the human spirit can do.
- John Guare

If you want to know all about Andy Warhol,
just look at the surface of my paintings and films and me,
and there I am.
There's nothing behind it.
- Andy Warhol

I feel like there's too many paintings left unpainted
that I just don't want to take the time away.
- Alan Bean

Butte was once a grand city.
To me, that city is like one big stage for Edward Hopper.
You could put your camera anywhere, and you felt you
were looking at his paintings.
- Wim Wenders

That's why people listen to music or look at paintings.
To get in touch with that wholeness.
- Corita Kent

My first concern was to take care of my drawing.
I did not have any knowledge in arts,
especially Haitian arts, apart from the paintings I
saw in my father's office.
- Ralph Allen

It is not your paintings I like, it is your painting.
- Albert Camus


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