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Wise Quotes about Painting

May you find great value in these Painting quotes and sayings.

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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Painting is by nature a luminous language.
- Robert Delaunay

All gardening is landscape painting.
- William Kent

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Well, I have a very simple method of painting.
- Edward Hopper

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

If he sees nothing within, then he should stop painting what is in front of him.
- Caspar David Friedrich

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

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

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

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

I have never subscribed to the Dirty Pallet school of painting.
- Peter Wright

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

The greatest advances of civilization,
whether in architecture or painting,
in science and literature,
in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government.
- Milton Friedman

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

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

Painting is a faith, and it imposes the duty to disregard public opinion.
- Vincent Van Gogh

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

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

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

I was painting sets, working in editorial as an assistant,
driving their trucks, lying that I knew how to drive a truck,
and doing commercials and documentaries.
- Richard Donner

I think of painting without subject matter as music without words.
- Kenneth Noland

I hope that my painting has the impact of giving someone,
as it did me, the feeling of his own totality,
of his own separateness, of his own individuality.
- Barnett Newman

Well, I am not interested in the kind of expression
that you have when you paint a painting with brush strokes.
It's all right, but it's already done and I want to do something new.
- Donald Judd

My hobbies are painting, crafts, and I like golfing.
- Nancy Kerrigan

People whose understanding and taste in literature,
painting, and music are beyond question are,
for the most part, ignorant of what is good or bad art in the theater.
- Minnie Maddern Fiske

I found I have to stay painting.
- Alan Bean

Painting is seen as picture making, the making of an art object,
something that can stand on its own.
- Peter Wright

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

If I didn't start painting, I would have raised chickens.
- William Lyon Phelps

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

A portrait is a painting with something wrong with the mouth.
- John Singer Sargent

But I was in awe of the painters; I mean I was new in New York,
and I thought the painting that was going on here was just unbelievable.
- Robert Rauschenberg

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

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

Painting will have to deal more fully and less obliquely
with life and nature's phenomena before it can again become great.
- Edward Hopper

Lets tell young people the best books are yet to written;
the best painting,
the best government the best of everything is yet to be done by them.
- John Erskine

Very quickly a painting is turned into a facsimile
of itself when one becomes so familiar with with it
that one recognizes it without looking at it.
- Robert Rauschenberg

My painting carries with it the message of pain.
- Frida Kahlo

I am never going to have anything more to do
with politics or politicians.
When this war is over I shall confine myself entirely
to writing and painting.
- Winston Churchill

Oil-painting is a developed technique.
Why go backwards?
- Edvard Munch

The substance of painting is light.
- Andre Derain

Painting is a language which cannot be replaced by another language.
I don't know what to say about what I paint,
really.
- Balthus

As a teenager I started painting and playing guitar.
- Buffy Sainte-Marie

At 18 I began painting steadily fulltime and at age
20 had my first New York show at the Macbeth Gallery.
- Andrew Wyeth

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

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

Being in the studio is like painting,
you know, you can really take your time,
and try different things, and kind of go deep into it.
- Rosanne Cash

I was influenced by surrealist poetry and painting
as were thousands of other people,
and it seems to me to have become a part of the way I write,
but it's not.
- Kenneth Koch

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

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

My movement from painting to film was a very conscious one.
- Kathryn Bigelow

The craft of painting has virtually disappeared.
There is hardly anyone left who really possesses it.
For evidence one has only to look at the painters of this century.
- Balthus

I still have agents in France, Los Angeles and Amsterdam
who call and suggest parts.
I'd love to keep on doing both painting and acting
until the end of my days.
- Sylvia Kristel

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

I have sworn to die painting.
- Paul Cezanne

But painting can be too lonely...
I like being with people too much to have ever made that my life's work.
- Marie Windsor

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


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