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Painting Quotes

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There is more value in a very good painting
that is completed and on display,
than in an excellent painting
that is still in the artist's studio,
or perhaps still in his mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Related topics: Wisdom

Pause to appreciate the beauty around you.
Whether rainbow or butterfly,
mountain or tree, painting or poem -
whether crafted by nature or by a human hand -
beauty adds a magical element to life
that surpasses logic and science.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A painting that is well composed is half finished.
- Pierre Bonnard

Painting, n.: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather,
and exposing them to the critic.
- Ambrose Bierce

 

Painting is by nature a luminous language.
- Robert Delaunay

Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.
- Plutarch

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

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Painting is easy when you don't know how,
but very difficult when you do.
- Edgar Degas

A good painting to me has always been like a friend.
It keeps me company, comforts and inspires.
- Hedy Lamarr

Painting is an infinitely minute part of my personality.
- Salvador Dali

Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

All gardening is landscape painting.
- William Kent

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.
- Pablo Picasso

My painting does not come from the easel.
- Jackson Pollock

When I judge art, I take my painting and put it next
to a God made object like a tree or flower.
If it clashes, it is not art.
- Paul Cezanne

I'd asked around 10 or 15 people for suggestions.
Finally one lady friend asked the right question,
'Well, what do you love most?' That's how I started painting money.
- Andy Warhol

Painting is sometimes like those recipes where you
do all manner of elaborate things to a duck,
and then end up putting it on one side and only using the skin.
- Lucian Freud

Where painting is weakest, namely, in the expression
of the highest moral and spiritual ideas,
there music is sublimely strong.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe

Painting is a nail to which I fasten my ideas.
- Georges Braque

Whereas painting is a more rarefied art form,
with a limited audience, I recognized film as this
extraordinary social tool that could reach tremendous numbers of people.
- Kathryn Bigelow

I don't understand it.
Jack will spend any amount of money to buy votes but
he balks at investing a thousand dollars in a beautiful painting.
- Jackie Kennedy

Painting is the representation of visible forms.
The essence of realism is its negation of the ideal.
- Gustave Courbet

Painting is an essentially concrete art and can only
consist of the representation of real and existing things.
- Gustave Courbet

I want to give my compliments to Australia.
Ever since your government paid a few million dollars
for a Jackson Pollack painting,
I figure that it must be a marvellous country.
- Morton Feldman

Painting directly from nature is difficult as things do not remain the same;
the camera helps to retain the picture in your mind.
- Theodore Robinson

The trend in some of the contemporary movements in art,
but by no means all, seems to deny this ideal and to
me appears to lead to a purely decorative conception of painting.
- Edward Hopper

I want to die painting.
- Paul Cezanne

If London is a watercolor, New York is an oil painting.
- Peter Shaffer

I hope to actually get back to painting someday...
soon.
I sort of transitioned into cartooning from painting.
- Max Cannon

When I work alone, my process is like painting.
With Fleetwood Mac, it's more like movie making.
- Lindsey Buckingham

I tried painting for a short time and realized that
I was not a child prodigy at painting.
- Kim Weston

And since geometry is the right foundation of all painting,
I have decided to teach its rudiments and principles
to all youngsters eager for art.
- Albrecht Durer

Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does,
or music.
If you are born knowing them, fine.
If not, learn them.
Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself.
- Truman Capote

So about twenty years ago I gave up on painting -
and got into terrible debt after buying a load of camera gear!
- Nigel Dennis

Painting, sculpture and architecture are finished,
but the art habit continues.
- Robert Smithson

The animation of the canvas is one of the hardest problems of painting.
- Alfred Sisley

People were very affected by the war.
But it didn't mean you stopped painting unless you
were called into the Army;
then you just couldn't paint.
But otherwise one continued.
- Lee Krasner

The goal is always to make a nice tableau painting with the voice.
The more color I can find, the more shadow I can find -
the goal is always to make more nuance and colors.
- Cecilia Bartoli

It is only when I lose contact with the painting that the result is a mess.
Otherwise there is pure harmony, an easy give and take,
and the painting comes out well.
- Jackson Pollock

Remember that a painting - before it is a battle horse,
a nude model, or some anecdote - is essentially a flat
surface covered with colours assembled in a certain order.
- Maurice Denis

It wouldn't be right for me to clown around when I'm painting a president.
- Norman Rockwell

I would have liked maybe to be in architecture or painting,
something connected to the fine arts.
- Catherine Deneuve

Sometimes I miss out the morning's painting session
and instead study my Japanese books in the open.
- Gustav Klimt

Good painting is the kind that looks like sculpture.
- Michelangelo

Painting is the aesthetic side of the object but it has never been original,
has never been its own goal.
- Kazimir Malevich

He drove his kind of realism at me so hard I bounced
right into nonobjective painting.
- Jackson Pollock

One does a whole painting for one peach and people
think just the opposite -
that particular peach is but a detail.
- Pablo Picasso

I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.
- Vincent Van Gogh

90% of every art form is garbage - dance and stand-up,
painting and music.
Focus on the 10% that's good, suck it up,
and drive on.
- Patton Oswalt

Most painting in the European tradition was painting the mask.
Modern art rejected all that.
Our subject matter was the person behind the mask.
- Robert Motherwell

Every painting I do is related to the last one:
it may be a continuation of a previous painting or
it may be a reaction against it.
- William Scott

If they were starting their careers today,
Rockwell and Picasso would probably both be painting on black velvet.
- Brad Holland

I paint because it hurts not to.
Pain is in the word painting.
- Marta Gottfried

A painting is finished when the subject comes back,
when what has caused the painting to be made comes back as an object.
- Howard Hodgkin

Now I'm a painter.
That was another opportunity I was able to pursue,
I've been painting all my life, now it's become a second
career because of my success in the movies.
- Tony Curtis

I think it is an inborn talent - just luck.
Some people can learn languages; some can throw a ball.
Most people have something.
My talent is drawing and painting.
- Mike Thompson

Never invest in anything that eats or needs painting.
- Billy Rose

In the fairy tale the painting represents the here and now.
The book is actually divided into five sections,
through which the key character, the muse,
leads us.
- Kit Williams

I have not written in vain if I have heretofore done
anything towards diminishing the reputation of the
Renaissance landscape painting.
- John Ruskin

If the weather is good I go into the nearby wood -
there I am painting a small beech forest (in the sun)
with a few conifers mixed in.
This takes until 8 'o clock.
- Gustav Klimt

With a painting, you don't have to go back and paint it again.
- Joni Mitchell

I hardly ever stretch the canvas before painting.
- Jackson Pollock

Doing the show was like painting the George Washington Bridge.
As soon as you finished one end, you started right in on the other.
- Jack Paar

The substance of painting is light.
- Andre Derain

Good painting is like good cooking; it can be tasted,
but not explained.
- Maurice de Vlaminck

One learns about painting by looking at and imitating other painters.
- Frank Stella

Painting is a hobby for me.
- Renee O'Connor

It is no use painting the foot of the tree white,
the strength of the bark cries out from beneath the paint.
- Aime Cesaire

I still have an old painting the Colonel gave me.
It was the first time the Colonel had been back to
the Hilton since Elvis had passed away.
- Mac Davis

I found I have to stay painting.
- Alan Bean

I hate painting.
- Howard Hodgkin


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