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Painting Quotes

I hope you find value in these encouraging quotes about Painting.

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 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

 

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

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

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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

Painting is by nature a luminous language.
- Robert Delaunay

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

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

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

All gardening is landscape painting.
- William Kent

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

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

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

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

Coming out of college with a degree in fine arts and
painting isn't worth much any more.
- Dan Fogelberg

This truth must be recognized as a dogma and assume
the validity of an axiom in the general understanding of painting.
- Fernand Leger

I sometimes use a lot of light greens and greys when
I feel there is sadness in the painting.
- Robert Ryan

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

Somehow, the painting soothed him.
It verified his fears.
But it also informed him that fear was wonderful.
- Timothy Findley

I feel the need of attaining the maximum of intensity
with the minimum of means.
It is this which has led me to give my painting a character
of even greater bareness.
- Joan Miro

And I think a painting has such a limited life anyway.
- Robert Rauschenberg

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

Turning one's novel into a movie script is rather like
making a series of sketches for a painting that has
long ago been finished and framed.
- Vladimir Nabokov

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

I want to die painting.
- Paul Cezanne

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

Painting's not important.
The important thing is keeping busy.
- Grandma Moses

I love painting.
- Heidi Klum

I kind of do the drawing with the painting in mind,
but it's very hard to guess at a size or a color and
all the colors around it and what it will really look like.
- Roy Lichtenstein

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

I believe that painting should come through the avenues
of meditation rather than the canals of action.
- Mark Tobey

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

A sculpture is just a painting cut out and stood up somewhere.
- Frank Stella

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

Ah, lives of men!
When prosperous they glitter - Like a fair picture;
when misfortune comes -
A wet sponge at one blow has blurred the painting.
- Aeschylus

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

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

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

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

You cannot possibly invent painting all by yourself.
- Pierre Bonnard

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 have sworn to die painting.
- Paul Cezanne

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

Around 1980, I went back to painting with a vengeance.
- Martin Mull

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

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

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

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

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

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 believe in making pencil sketches and then
painting landscape in your studio.
You must be right under the sky.
- William Merritt Chase

I have generally found that persons who had studied
painting least were the best judges of it.
- William Hogarth

Painting is self-discovery.
Every good artist paints what he is.
- Jackson Pollock

It is not your paintings I like, it is your painting.
- Albert Camus

No painting can tell the truth of a single instant;
no snapshot can do anything else.
- John A. Kouwenhoven

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

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

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

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

My aim in painting has always been the most exact transcription
possible of my most intimate impression of nature.
- Edward Hopper

It is not hard to understand modern art.
If it hangs on a wall it's a painting,
and if you can walk around it it's a sculpture.
- Tom Stoppard

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

When I finish a painting, it usually looks as surprising to me as to anyone else.
- Howard Hodgkin

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

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

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

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


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