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Painting Quotes

These Motivational Quotes about Painting are dedicated to your career and personal success in life.

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

All gardening is landscape painting.
- William Kent

 

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Painting is by nature a luminous language.
- Robert Delaunay

In a movie, you're raw material, just a hue of some
color and the director makes the painting.
- Viggo Mortensen

No one blames themselves if they don't understand a cartoon,
as they might with a painting or "real" art;
they simply think it's a bad cartoon.
- Chris Ware

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

What is the use of good painting? We want a spell cast
upon the optical part of our existence!
We seldom really see the world, but when we do,
we become as still as a picture.
- Robert Musil

Eloquence is a painting of the thoughts.
- Blaise Pascal

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

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

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

A man of eighty has outlived probably three new schools of painting,
two of architecture and poetry and a hundred in dress.
- Lord Byron

Nature engenders the science of painting.
- Robert Delaunay

I am a great lover of art, in many forms:
paintings,
objets, textiles.
I don't have the talent for painting,
but I have a very good sense of colour,
a love of visual beauty.
- Jacqueline Bisset

I wanted to make these people real, not like they were in a painting.
Like these are people who don't know they're in a period movie.
Those concerns are incredibly immediate.
- Neil LaBute

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

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

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

When I am in my painting, I'm not aware of what I'm doing.
- Jackson Pollock

I believe the reason I love painting so much is that
it forces one to be objective.
- Max Beckmann

I want to die painting.
- Paul Cezanne

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

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

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

When I work alone, my process is like painting.
With Fleetwood Mac, it's more like movie making.
- Lindsey Buckingham

And since geometry is the right foundation of all painting,
I have decided to teach its rudiments and principles
to all youngsters eager for art.
- Albrecht Durer

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

Impressionism; it is the birth of Light in painting.
- Robert Delaunay

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

Landscape is to American painting what sex and psychoanalysis
are to the American novel.
- Robert Hughes

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

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

I paint because it hurts not to.
Pain is in the word painting.
- Marta Gottfried

Painting is an essentially concrete art and can only
consist of the representation of real and existing things.
- Gustave Courbet

There is no such thing as good painting about nothing.
- Mark Rothko

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 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

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

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

Painting is the passage from the chaos of the emotions
to the order of the possible.
- Balthus

Painting is, I think, inevitably an archaic activity
and one that depends on spiritual values.
- Bridget Riley

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

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

I liked sculpting better than painting.
You have more freedom in sculpting.
- Anthony Quinn

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

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

In America, the only truly popular art form is the movies.
Most people consider painting a hobby and literature,
schoolwork.
- Brad Holland

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

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

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

Painting directly from nature is difficult as things do not remain the same;
the camera helps to retain the picture in your mind.
- Theodore Robinson

I was worried in the '80s that the best abstract painting
had become obsessed with materiality,
and painterly gestures and materiality were up against the wall.
- Frank Stella

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

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

If some student came up and wanted to know where to study painting,
you'd want to suggest someplace, but there's no place.
I wouldn't know where to send a student to study.
- Ad Reinhardt

If you scratch a great photograph, you find two things;
a painting and a photograph.
- Janet Malcolm

I would have liked maybe to be in architecture or painting,
something connected to the fine arts.
- Catherine Deneuve

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


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