quote by William Shakespeare

Things base and vile, holding no quantity, Love can transpose to form and dignity. Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind. Nor hath Love's mind of any judgment taste; Wings and no eyes figure unheedy haste.

— William Shakespeare

Authentic Figure Painting quotations

The most important thing in art is The Frame.

For painting: literally; for other arts: figuratively - because without this humble appliance, you can't know where The Art stops and The Real World begins.


Figure painting quote Optimist is someone who figures that taking a step backward after a step forward
Optimist is someone who figures that taking a step backward after a step forward is not a disaster, it's more like a cha-cha.

I paint the way I do because I can keep on putting more and more things in - like drama, pain, anger, love, a figure, a horse, my ideas of space. It doesn't matter if it differs from mine, as long as it comes from the painting, which has its own integrity and intensity.

Figure painting quote A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silen
A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.
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Painting has always been a means of self-expression for me.

Therefore, I paint because I have to and need to, not necessarily because I want to. Subconsciously or not, the figures I paint are a reflection of myself and whatever mood I am in at the time, so every painting is in essence a self-portrait.

I'm not interested in 'abstracting' or taking things out or reducing painting to design, form, line, and color. I paint this way because I can keep putting more things in it - drama, anger, pain, love, a figure, a horse, my ideas about space. Through your eyes it again becomes an emotion or idea.

Painting is the most magical of mediums.

The transcendence is truly amazing to me every time I go to a museum and I see how somebody figured another way to rub colored dirt on a flat surface and make space where there is no space or make you think of a life experience.


Figure painting quote I would like to paint the way a bird signs.
I would like to paint the way a bird signs.

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.

I wondered if I would appear on a temple wall painting someday.

A blonde Egyptian girl with purple highlights running sideways through the palm trees, screaming "Yikes!" in hieroglyphics as Neith chased after me. The thought of some poor archaeologist trying to figure that out almost lifted my spirits.

Monet's work would have been even greater if he had not abandoned figure-painting.

Figure painting quote Sometimes, you just need a break. In a beautiful place. Alone. To figure everyth
Sometimes, you just need a break. In a beautiful place. Alone. To figure everything out.
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You may name a bronze statue 'Liberty,' or a painted figure in a city hall 'Commerce,' or a marble form in a temple 'Athene' or 'Venus;' but what is really there is only a representation of a single woman.

Painting figures is the hardest, certainly the most taxing genre, and you have to be the most on your game. If you have significant drawing problems, the figure will fall apart and it will read wrong emotionally.


Neither is there figurative and non-figurative art.

All things appear to us in the shape of forms. Even in metaphysics ideas are expressed by forms. Well then, think how absurd it would be to think of painting without the imagery of forms. A figure, an object, a circle, are forms; they affect us more or less intensely.

Figure painting quote The world doesn't make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do.
The world doesn't make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do.

When I go to an art gallery and stand in front of a painting, I don't want someone telling me what I should be seeing or thinking; I want to feel whatever I feel, see whatever I see, and figure out what I figure out.

What interests me is all the stuff that goes into abstract and abstract-figurative art. Not the styles, but the stuff that, in various combinations, make the styles: mixing and matching painting methods and ideas.

A TV show where all of the characters are trying to figure out what's going on, and the suspense of that, fits my [voice] really well. You feel their frustration, anger and fear, and then, when the reveal happens, their sense of dread or horror, or whatever it is, and I like to paint with those colors.

Figure painting quote I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.
I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.

They asked me to do a show, and I was planning on showing my figure paintings.

But my friends told me I shouldn't - the paintings were good but a little old-fashioned. They said, "Why don't you show the other stuff?" I had also been making rather strange objects, more in the Freudian tradition.


Just a rock, a dome of snow, the deep blue sky, and a hunk of orange-painted metal from which a shredded American flag cracked in the wind. Nothing more. Except two tiny figures walking together those last few feet to the top of the Earth.

In painting, the most brilliant colors, spread at random and without design, will give far less pleasure than the simplest outline of a figure.

Figure painting quote A painting is not a picture of an experience, but is the experience.
A painting is not a picture of an experience, but is the experience.

I'm very representational some of the time, and a little all of the time.

But when you're painting out of your unconscious, figures are bound to emerge.

Whether it's films or painting or music or writing a book, the greatest experience is being able to express yourself and what you've gone through, trying to figure out a way to make it into something that's artistic that people can connect with.

For me, at some point, the idea of struggling through the process was not as interesting as doing tests and executing the painting after I figured out all of its elements and how they were going to work together.


Figure painting quote Say YES and you'll figure it out afterwards.
Say YES and you'll figure it out afterwards.

I think there is a total equality for me between painting a literary figure or Kate Moss or my Mum or a dog or a bird. To me, they are all absolutely equal.

The problem with Matisse is that I can't ever figure out when he's done a good painting or a bad painting because I don't know how to analyse him. I just know that I like the way he put it on and I like his airs and forms.

I don't make a lot of distinctions between things like landscape or figure painting, because to me the problems are inherently the same - lighting, color, structure, and so on - certainly traditional and ordinary problems.

Figure painting quote Think that's what attracted me to painting so much. I could create any kind of w
Think that's what attracted me to painting so much. I could create any kind of world that I wanted. Nothing hurts here, no pain, nobody's unhappy, it's a pleasant place. Everything's nice here.

My app is the same juicy paint used by Vincent Van Gogh;

my screen is the woven canvas of Titian. Painting by hand, I've come to figure, is a certain kind of love.

Pseudo-critics prefer to direct their remarks to the artist - Heaven forgive them - but one due rather to a common impression that such an attitude is the correct one, that all paintings should be figuratively mutilated, and that all artists are fair game, or really grateful perhaps for a few tips.


Everything in nature is formed upon the sphere, the cone and the cylinder.

One must learn to paint these simple figures and then one can do all that he may wish.

Figure painting quote I paint flowers so they will not die.
I paint flowers so they will not die.

In figure painting, the type of all painting, I have endeavoured to set forth that the principal if not sole source of life enchantments are Tactile Values, Movement and Space Composition.

Well, something must be done for May, The time is drawing nigh-- To figure in the Catalogue, And woo the public eye. Something I must invent and paint; But oh my wit is not Like one of those kind substantives That answer Who and What?

We amuse ourselves painting our prison-walls with bright figures and brilliant landscapes.

Figure painting quote Though I am often in the depths of misery, there is still calmness, pure harmony
Though I am often in the depths of misery, there is still calmness, pure harmony, and music inside me. I see paintings or drawings in the poorest cottages, in the dirtiest corners. And my mind is driven toward these things with an irresistible momentum.

From the mingled strength of shade and light A new creation rises to my sight, Such heav'nly figures from his pencil flow, So warm with light his blended colors glow. . . . . The glowing portraits, fresh from life, that bring Home to our hearts the truth from which they spring.


My work is a fusion of personal experiences and influences - moody atmospheres, victorian-inspired couture, and timeless elements all laced with clandestine symbolism. The figures I paint exist in their own esoteric realm and time, and each painting offers a glimpse into their anomalous world.

To Buddha, the second figure in the painting, life on earth was bitter, filled with attachments and desires that led to suffering.

Expression for me does not reside in passions glowing in a human face or manifested by violent movement. The entire arrangement of my picture is expressive; the place occupied by my figures, the empty space around them, the proportions, everything has its share.

Daumier paints with an enormous capacity for absolute empathy;

a complete identification of himself with the figures he paints. He sets forth what it feels like to do something; not what somebody looks like doing it.