A collection of art related painting quotes from famous artists, musicians

A collection of art related painting quotes from famous artists, musicians

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“If you could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint.”― Edward Hopper


“If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”― Vincent van Gogh


“If your life is full, you will paint full pictures. If it is empty, your pictures will be empty too. ” –  Harvey Dunn


“In a successful painting everything is integral – all the parts belong to the whole. If you remove an aspect or element you are removing its wholeness.” – Richard Diebenkorn


“In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.”  – Ralph Waldo Emerson


“In painting I want to say something comforting in the way that music is comforting. ” – Vincent van Gogh


“In painting one must search rather for suggestion than for description, as is done in music.” – Paul Gauguin


“In painting, detail for the sake of itself is useless. It must have relevance to the whole. ” – Ken Danby


“It is important to express oneself…provided the feelings are real and are taken from you own experience.”   – Berthe Morisot


“It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to, the feeling for the things themselves, for reality, is more important than the feeling for pictures.”  – Vincent Van Gogh


“It takes two to paint. One to paint, the other to stand by with an axe to kill him before he spoils it.” – William Merritt Chase


“It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”  – Pablo Picasso


“It's being painted in full view of the general public while the bank carries on its business, a novel experiment in my 20 years of mural painting.” –  Charles Comfort


“Keep painting – day in – day out. Be absorbed by it.”  – Milton Avery


“Landscape painting is really just a box of air with little marks in it telling you how far back in that air things are.”  – Lennart Anderson


“Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.”  – Stella Adler


“Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.” – John W. Gardner


“Life obliges me to do something, so I paint.”  – Rene Magritte


“My painting occurs when I think of two disparate elements. ” – Alex Colville


“My painting will occupy others as it has me… whether it does, and how soon, depends on things we cannot know – the ultimate power of the painting and the need felt for it.”  – James Brooks


“My paintings are my camera on my world.” – Jane Freeman


“My paintings evolve organically from life's everyday glances. Rather than trying to force my will on them, I give them total control. Each layer determines and guides the next.”  – Dion Archibald


“My problem painting from my life was I found that you can't paint dirt without romanticising it.” – Robert Gober


“No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.”  – Oscar Wilde


“No painting can exist without the tension of what it figures and what it concretely consists of – the pleasure of what it could mean and the pain of what it's not. ” – Marlene Dumas


“On and on they flew, over the countryside parceled out in patches of green and brown, over roads and rivers winding through the landscapes like strips of matte and glossy ribbon.”― J.K. Rowling


“One never paints violently enough. ” – Eugene Delacroix


“One paints a flower as a portrait, a tree as a figure, a boat as a stone–all simply colors, values, and textures arranged as shapes of interlocking lights and shadows.” – Michele Cooper


“Only bad painters enjoy painting. ” – Cecil Collins


“Paint interesting shapes. Interesting shapes have 3 attributes: 2 different dimensions, oblique [angles], and incidents at the edges (something happening there).” – Tony Couch


“Paint is just the extension of what you're seeing. So if you can visualize the colour, you should be able to put it on the canvas.” -John Goguen


“Paint like nobody is watching and paint like you don't need any money.” – John Ferrie


“Painters who are not colorists produce illumination, not painting. ” – Eugene Delacroix


“Painting a demo is 10% ability, 10% showmanship and 80% luck.” – Mario Cooper


“Painting a picture is like trying to fight a battle.” – Winston Churchill


“Painting doesn't cheat on me, die or otherwise desert me, and it certainly doesn't bore me. ”  – Brenda Behr


“Painting has a way of breaking down the walls we have resurrected for ourselves to protect our insecurities. ” – Gwen Fox


“Painting is a conversation. Make your speech deliberate, not full of babble, nonsense. Be sure of what you want to say.” – Timothy Chambers


“Painting is a lot like cooking. I don't have to look at anything while I'm doing it. ”  – David Blatherwick


“Painting is a means of self-enlightenment.”  – John Olsen


“Painting is a poignant balancing act between inner vision, virtuosity and mystery.” – Donald Demers


“Painting is a simple exercise in tension elimination.” – Joseph E. Criscuoli


“Painting is a source of endless pleasure, but also of great anguish.”  – Balthus


“Painting is a very difficult thing. It absorbs the whole man, body and soul, thus have I passed blindly many things which belong to real and political life.”  – Max Beckmann


“Painting is a very slow art. It doesn't travel with the speed of light. That's why dead painters shine so bright.” – Marlene Dumas


“Painting is about the beauty of space and the power of containment.” – Sam Francis


“Painting is an essentially concrete art and can only consist of real and existing things… an object which is abstract, not visible, non-existent, is not within the realm of painting. ” – Gustave Courbet


“Painting is an infinitely minute part of my personality.” – Salvador Dali


“Painting is an investigation of being.”  – Squeak Carnwath


“Painting is an unspoken and largely unrecognized dialogue, where paint speaks silently in masses and colors and the artist responds in moods.” – James Elkins


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


“Painting is easy, getting it right is the hard bit.”  – Danny Byrne


“Painting is just a tool; it is nothing in itself. What counts is how you do it.”  – Michele Cassou


“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.”― Pablo Picasso


“Painting is like childbirth. It's a precious gift that is labor intensive and drains one's energy. A natural high comes with creation. ” – Debbie DeBaun


“Painting is of course multifarious, and for all of us the goal is, gaining control without impeding the creative process. ” – Don Farrell


“Painting is one thing but art is another. You can teach an elephant to paint, but you can't teach it to be an artist.” – Warren Criswell


“Painting is our way of communicating our thoughts; it may not always be understood by others, but we know what we mean.”  – Marion Boddy-Evans


“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”  – Leonardo da Vinci


“Painting is the act of discovery and you're constantly enlarging your horizon or finding yourself every time you paint.”  – Romare Bearden


“Painting is the amalgamation of elements that communicate an idea, a feeling, a mood – and this has to be done with passion!”  – Alvaro Castagnet

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