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Inspirational Quotes about Painting

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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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Painting is by nature a luminous language.
- Robert Delaunay

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

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

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

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

All gardening is landscape painting.
- William Kent

I don't like food that's too carefully arranged;
it makes me think that the chef is spending too much
time arranging and not enough time cooking.
If I wanted a picture I'd buy a painting.
- Andy Rooney

When I get my hands on painting materials I don't give
a damn about other people's painting...
every generation must start again afresh.
- Maurice de Vlaminck

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

The painting has a life of its own.
I try to let it come through.
- Jackson Pollock

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

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

I see architecture not as Gropius did,
as a moral venture, as truth, but as invention,
in the same way that poetry or music or painting is invention.
- Michael Graves

On the floor I am more at ease.
I feel nearer, more part of the painting,
since this way I can walk around it,
work from the four sides and literally be in the painting.
- Jackson Pollock

I still take photographs for my own use,
personal studies.
I do not feel that I can fully express my views through
the medium and this is why I have moved towards painting.
- John Dyer

Well, I don't think anyone now would say that they're
painting the state of the culture of America.
I think that's too grand and pompous a thing for anybody to claim.
- Donald Judd

Painting what I experience, translating what I feel,
is like a great liberation.
But it is also work, self-examination,
consciousness, criticism, struggle.
- Balthus

I mean, certainly writing, painting,
photography,
dance, architecture, there is an aspect of almost every
art form that is useful and that merges into film in some way.
- Sydney Pollack

Every milieu has something ridiculous about it -
film-making,
the music world, painting - because people who take
themselves seriously become funny pretty quickly.
- Rebecca Miller

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

This kind of painting with its large frames is a bourgeois drawing-room art.
It is an art dealer's art-and that came in after the
civil wars following the French Revolution.
- Edvard Munch

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

I don't like painting flowers in my music.
I like painting guts and pain.
- Jonathan Davis

Lovers of painting and lovers of music are people who
openly display their preference like a delectable ailment
that isolates them and makes them proud.
- Maurice Blanchot

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

Painting pictures didn't make me a lot of money.
I have to eat.
- Ralph Bakshi

Painting self-portraits without clothes on has also given me some publicity.
- Cleo Moore

Sculpture is the best comment that a painter can make on painting.
- Pablo Picasso

Every song is like a painting.
- Dick Dale

If the world could remain within a frame like a painting on the wall,
I think we'd see the beauty then and stand staring in awe.
- Conor Oberst

Painting constantly appeared to me as the one and only possible achievement.
- Max Beckmann

Well, I've been painting for years.
I just started doing a lot more in the last couple.
- Robyn Hitchcock

You know, face painting in non-Western cultures is a sign of collectivism,
is a sign of one representing the community,
it's not unique at all.
- Joseph Jarman

You don't need a framework.
You need a painting, not a frame.
- Klaus Kinski

Painting...
in which the inner and the outer man are inseparable,
transcends technique, transcends subject and moves
into the realm of the inevitable.
- Lee Krasner

I dream a lot.
I do more painting when I'm not painting.
It's in the subconscious.
- Andrew Wyeth

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

But where there is no art show, I would still be painting.
- Tony Curtis

I felt I was painting with a Popsicle.
- Robert Merrill

And I like the idea of change.
Because I don't see why we should hang a painting on
the wall and then just not think of it anymore because
it's there like a piece of furniture.
- Minoru Yamasaki

Writing requires a great deal of skill,
just like painting does.
People don't want to learn those skills.
- John Milius

I've been trying to pick up painting but it's hard.
- George Eads

Painting from nature is not copying the object;
it is realizing one's sensations.
- Paul Cezanne

There are certain things in which mediocrity is not to be endured,
such as poetry, music, painting, public speaking.
- Jean de la Bruyere

A painting is like a man.
If you can live without it, then there isn't much point in having it.
- Lila Acheson Wallace

If people only knew as much about painting as I do,
they would never buy my pictures.
- Edwin Landseer

I hate painting.
- Howard Hodgkin

I hardly need to abstract things, for each object is unreal enough already,
so unreal that I can only make it real by means of painting.
- Max Beckmann

When superstition is allowed to perform the task of
old age in dulling the human temperament,
we can say goodbye to all excellence in poetry,
in painting, and in music.
- Denis Diderot

I want to die painting.
- Paul Cezanne

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

When I look at a body it gives me choice of what to put in a painting,
what will suit me and what won't.
- Lucian Freud

Now painting is different.
It's something recollected in tranquility.
- Jack Levine

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

I think music has gone through a period of something very severe,
rather radical, rather the way painting did with cubism.
- Harrison Birtwistle

Most of the power of painting comes through the manipulation of space...
but I don't understand that.
- Jasper Johns

The substance of painting is light.
- Andre Derain

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

I have a horror of people who speak about the beautiful.
What is the beautiful? One must speak of problems in painting!
- Pablo Picasso

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 have no fear of making changes, destroying the image,
etc., because the painting has a life of its own.
- Jackson Pollock

Children's finger-painting came under the arts,
but movies didn't.
- Nicolas Roeg


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