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Alexander Calder Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Alexander Calder.

I paint with shapes.
- Alexander Calder

Related topics: Art

To an engineer, good enough means perfect.
With an artist, there's no such thing as perfect.
- Alexander Calder

My fan mail is enormous.
Everyone is under six.
- Alexander Calder

Today is your day to paint life in bold colors;
set today's rhythm with your heart-drum;
walk today's march with courage;
create today as your celebration of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

 

Smile broadly, sing loudly,
paint your rooms in bold colors,
search every rabbit hole
for a magical white bunny,
have caviar for breakfast
and oatmeal for dinner,
wear a purple coat with a red hat -
dance lightly with life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Paint Your Life In Bold Colors.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I Paint My Life In Bold Colors.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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I boldly paint my dreams upon the canvas of my life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Today is my day to paint in bold colors,
set today's rhythm with my heart-drum,
walk today's march with courage,
create today as my celebration of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is a great big canvas,
and you should throw all the paint you can on it.
- Danny Kaye

Today is my day to paint life in bold colors.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Be an Original, smile broadly, sing loudly,
paint your rooms in bold colors,
search every rabbit hole for a magical white bunny,
have caviar for breakfast and oatmeal for dinner,
wear a purple coat with a red hat, dance lightly with life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you paint in your mind a picture of
bright and happy expectations,
you put yourself into a condition conducive to your goal.
- Norman Vincent Peale

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

When I have a terrible need of - shall I say the word -
religion.
Then I go out and paint the stars.
- Vincent Van Gogh

A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears.
- Gertrude Stein

Home is our sanctuary, where we:
relax into being ourselves,
play with our inner child,
paint the walls green and pink,
dig in the dirt,
grow something,
love somebody else,
love ourselves even more,
snuggle with a warm blanket on a Sunday afternoon,
hang "go away" on the door whenever we want,
clean and tidy often... or never,
launch from and return to,
are truly ourselves.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale,
you could not ignore its beauty.
- Georgia O'Keeffe

I don't paint things.
I only paint the difference between things.
- Henri Matisse

The business of peace requires more than showing up with paint brushes,
foodstuffs and an oil pipeline or two.
- Tony Snow

I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.
- Pablo Picasso

Who made the rule that life has to be so serious?
One would think that "life is serious" had been engraved
upon stone tablets to judge from how most lives are lived.
Get a life, smile broadly, sing loudly,
paint your rooms in bold colors,
search every rabbit hole for a magical white bunny,
have caviar for breakfast and oatmeal for dinner,
wear a purple coat with a red hat - dance lightly with life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If we could but paint with the hand what we see with the eye.
- Honore de Balzac

Why talk when you can paint?
- Milton Avery

A musician must make music, an artist must paint,
a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.
- Abraham Maslow

Usually I am on a work for a long stretch,
until a moment arrives when the air of the arbitrary vanishes,
and the paint falls into positions that feel destined.
- Philip Guston

He painted me when I was young because he was in love with me,
but now that he has loved me he doesn't paint me anymore.
- Jane Birkin

A painter paints his pictures on canvas.
But musicians paint their pictures on silence.
We provide the music, and you provide the silence.
- Leopold Stokowski

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

No, I do a bunch of things to entertain myself.
I paint, I make music, I take photographs.
- Charlie Hunnam

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

But what is Hope? Nothing but the paint on the face of Existence;
the least touch of truth rubs it off,
and then we see what a hollow-cheeked harlot we have got hold of.
- Lord Byron

I just think that it's maybe fashionable today to try
to take individual actions and individual failures
and take the broadest possible brush and try to paint a company.
- Lee Scott

It has bothered me all my life that I do not paint like everybody else.
- Henri Matisse

As soon as I can afford a studio space,
I'll paint again.
- Max Cannon

I make movies just as painters paint:
I work where I can.
- Jean-Jacques Annaud

I play music, I paint - these things come from your depths.
- John Lurie

I never paint dreams or nightmares.
I paint my own reality.
- Frida Kahlo

I believe that the great painters with their intellect
as master have attempted to force this unwilling medium
of paint and canvas into a record of their emotions.
- Edward Hopper

I don't paint to live, I live to paint.
- Willem de Kooning

For an Impressionist to paint from nature is not to paint the subject,
but to realize sensations.
- Paul Cezanne

It doesn't make much difference how the paint is put
on as long as something has been said.
Technique is just a means of arriving at a statement.
- Jackson Pollock

Are we to paint what's on the face, what's inside the face,
or what's behind it?
- Pablo Picasso

Painting is really good fun, I have always enjoyed it.
As long as I paint what I want with the freedom that I enjoy,
I never tire.
- John Dyer

I don't paint anymore.
I haven't since I abandoned it at 19,
in order to begin writing seriously.
- Jonathan Lethem

I studied all about Gauguin.
He was a banker.
He was a banker who - he used to paint on Sundays.
And one day he hated himself for painting on Sundays.
- Anthony Quinn

Draw your pleasure, paint your pleasure,
and express your pleasure strongly.
- Pierre Bonnard

I like the theatre because you paint with broad strokes.
To me the theatre is stretching its definition really far.
- Ajay Naidu

To paint comic books as childish and illiterate is lazy.
A lot of comic books are very literate -
unlike most films.
- Alan Moore

I don't think you can lightly paint a picture.
It's an activity I take very seriously.
- Howard Hodgkin

The painter should not paint what he sees,
but what will be seen.
- Paul Klee

I hate flowers - I paint them because they're cheaper
than models and they don't move.
- Georgia O'Keeffe

But I'm the only one who can paint the moon,
because I'm the only one who knows whether that's right or not.
- Alan Bean

I always thought that one of the reasons why a painter
likes especially to have other painters look at his
or her work is the shared experience of having pushed paint around.
- Chuck Close

The only way I'm going to win a Gold Glove is with a can of spray paint.
- Reggie Jackson

Painters must speak through paint, not through words.
- Hans Hofmann

And also the new excitement and variety of ways that
the abstract expressionists were applying paint.
You could put it on as though it were colored air and it would be painting.
- Robert Rauschenberg

I'll never have enough time to paint all the pictures I'd like to.
- Norman Rockwell

Paint the essential character of things.
- Camille Pissarro

It does not matter how badly you paint so long as you
don't paint badly like other people.
- George Edward Moore

No, I didn't become disenchanted.
I just couldn't paint like them.
- Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Fantasy is the only canvas large enough for me to paint on.
- Terry Brooks

If there were only one truth, you couldn't paint a
hundred canvases on the same theme.
- Pablo Picasso

I apply paint directly from the tube and with my fingers.
- John Dyer

I was not out to paint beautiful pictures;
even painting good pictures was not important to me.
I wanted only to help the truth burst forth.
- Alice Miller

Filmmakers are going to make films, just like painters are going to paint.
- Richard Linklater

A great artist can paint a great picture on a small canvas.
- Charles Dudley Warner

It's a small world, but I wouldn't want to have to paint it.
- Steven Wright

I like to draw and paint.
It is a river to me.
- John Lurie

Why do two colors, put one next to the other,
sing? Can one really explain this? no.
Just as one can never learn how to paint.
- Pablo Picasso

In my experience a painting is not made with colors and paint at all.
I don't know what a painting is; who knows what sets
off even the desire to paint?
- Philip Guston


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