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  1. Picture quote by Vincent Van Gogh about dream

    I dream of painting and then I paint my dream. ⏤ Vincent Van Gogh


  2. Picture quote by Mark Rothko about art

    A painting is not a picture of an experience, but is the experience. ⏤ Mark Rothko


  3. Picture quote by Mark Rothko about experience

    A painting is not a picture of an experience; It is an experience. ⏤ Mark Rothko


  4. Picture quote by Pablo Picasso about sense

    The world doesn't make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do. ⏤ Pablo Picasso


  5. Picture quote by Bob Ross about art

    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. ⏤ Bob Ross


  6. Picture quote about painting

    Painting is not about what you see, its about what you don't see.


  7. Picture quote by Vincent Van Gogh about art

    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. ⏤ Vincent Van Gogh


  8. Picture quote by Frida Kahlo about art

    I paint flowers so they will not die. ⏤ Frida Kahlo


  9. Picture quote by Salvador Dali about art

    I don't do drugs, I am drugs ! ⏤ Salvador Dali


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I dream my painting and I paint my dream.

Vincent Van Gogh

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

Plutarch

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

Pablo Picasso

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

Jonathan Davis

Painting is a blind man's profession. He paints not what he sees, but what he feels, what he tells himself about what he has seen.

Pablo Picasso

It was in the 1920s, when nobody had time to reflect, that I saw a still-life painting with a flower that was perfectly exquisite, but so small you really could not appreciate it.

Georgia O'Keeffe

All my album artwork is body painting.

Kimbra

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

Edgar Degas

Poetry fettered, fetters the human race. Nations are destroyed or flourish in proportion as their poetry, painting, and music are destroyed or flourish.

William Blake

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

Ambrose Bierce

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

Frank Stella

A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery.

Mao Zedong

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

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

Frank Stella

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

Painting completed my life.

Frida Kahlo

The final test of a painting, theirs, mine, any other, is: does the painter's emotions come across?

Franz Kline

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

Viggo Mortensen

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

Hedy Lamarr

A painting means as much to you as a string of pearls to an ape.

Paul Scofield

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

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

Robert Ryan

On occasion I have drawn as a release from painting. The economy in using paper, pencil, charcoal and crayon can help towards a greater gamble and higher rewards. I also find that drawing can generate ideas more rapidly than painting.

William Scott

It is no use painting the foot of the tree white, the strength of the bark cries out from beneath the paint.

Aime Cesaire

I mean, certainly writing, painting, photography, dance, architecture, there is an aspect of almost every art form that is useful and that merges into film in some way.

Sydney Pollack

My painting carries with it the message of pain.

Frida Kahlo

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 needed an outlet in high school and came across painting. I've actually been painting longer than I've been acting. A movie is a collaborative effort, and with painting you just have yourself.

James Franco

I've been trying to pick up painting but it's hard.

George Eads

When we don't have information, we go to the simplest outlook, to black and white. But then we have to lie to ourselves. Black is never as black as you're painting it and white is never as white.

Patricia Sun

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

Peter Wright

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

Peter Wright

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

I never was very capable of expressing my feelings or emotions in words. I don't know whether this is the cause why I did it in music and also why I did it in painting. Or vice versa: That I had this way as an outlet. I could renounce expressing something in words.

Arnold Schoenberg

But, after all, the aim of art is to create space - space that is not compromised by decoration or illustration, space within which the subjects of painting can live.

Frank Stella

Destroying rainforest for economic gain is like burning a Renaissance painting to cook a meal.

E. O. Wilson

Painting is not for me either decorative amusement, or the plastic invention of felt reality; it must be every time: invention, discovery, revelation.

Max Ernst

The '20s ended in an era of extravagance, sort of like the one we're in now. There was a big crash, but then the country picked itself up again, and we had some great years. Those were the days when American believed in itself. I was happy and proud to be painting it.

Norman Rockwell

Not that painting would have been a release. The reason for doing it is the desire to create. I've got to do it! I've seen that, I can still remember it, I've got to paint it.

Otto Dix

Coming to understand a painting or a symphony in an unfamiliar style, to recognize the work of an artist or school, to see or hear in new ways, is as cognitive an achievement as learning to read or write or add.

Nelson Goodman

I think people have to choose between living with contradictions or painting themselves into a corner. I have a lot of contradictions.

Michelle Shocked

Writing and Painting are the same for me.

Peter Malkin

Everybody thinks they know what art should be. But very few of them have the sense that is necessary to experience painting, that is the sense of sight, that sees colors and forms as living reality in the picture.

Otto Dix

Painting self-portraits without clothes on has also given me some publicity.

Cleo Moore

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.

Chuck Close

In classical oil painting, there seemed to be a radical turn to seeing things as the camera sees them, with that technological modification. I began to have a tremendous problem with all of this.

Henry Flynt

A first-rate soup is more creative than a second-rate painting.

Abraham Maslow

All art is exorcism. I paint dreams and visions too; the dreams and visions of my time. Painting is the effort to produce order; order in yourself. There is much chaos in me, much chaos in our time.

Otto Dix

Some people like to paint trees. I like to paint love. I find it more meaningful than painting trees.

Robert Indiana

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

Robert Indiana

I was a student at Harvard, and that's where I learned about so-called avant-garde music. Jackson Pollock, abstract expressionism and painting were well known at this time.

Henry Flynt

When I was in art college, I would be painting, and I would create something on a canvas that was actually quite attractive. But if I got frightened and tried to protect that, that canvas would die.

Michael Ironside

I taught a lot of art history, especially Chinese, Japanese, and Indian. But the painting classes came back. The nudes came back. Not so much the still lifes. So now our department is the worst department, partly because it has the worst facilities.

Ad Reinhardt

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

You know, the way art history is taught, often there's nothing that tells you why the painting is great. The description of a lousy painting and the description of a great painting will very much sound the same.

Chuck Close

I felt the need to get back to painting and I thought the best way was to start drawing, so I enrolled in a life drawing class. I soon discovered that people made very interesting subjects and I am still surprised that I had never discovered it before.

Peter Wright

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 never know what it's going to look like. Wouldn't be much point in painting if I already knew the outcome. I have a subject in front of me and I start flooding colour and making marks, I don't know, it's improvisation isn't it?

Peter Wright

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

Gustave Courbet

Photography suits the temper of this age - of active bodies and minds. It is a perfect medium for one whose mind is teeming with ideas, imagery, for a prolific worker who would be slowed down by painting or sculpting, for one who sees quickly and acts decisively, accurately.

Edward Weston

I found I have to stay painting.

Alan Bean

Painting is a hobby for me.

Renee O'Connor

Overall, the anarchy was the most creative of all periods of Japanese culture for in it there appeared the greatest landscape painting, the culmination of the skill of landscape gardening and the arts of flower arrangement, and the No drama.

J. M. Roberts

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

Norman Rockwell

As the books grew bigger and more ambitious, the situations in question sometimes became political ones, and so it became necessary to start painting in the social background on a scale which eventually became panoramic.

Jonathan Coe

The little may contrast with the great, in painting, but cannot be said to be contrary to it. Oppositions of colors contrast; but there are also colors contrary to each other, that is, which produce an ill effect because they shock the eye when brought very near it.

Voltaire

The secret to so many artists living so long is that every painting is a new adventure. So, you see, they're always looking ahead to something new and exciting. The secret is not to look back.

Norman Rockwell

Good painting is the kind that looks like sculpture.

Michelangelo

I never consciously said, 'I want to be an actor.' It sounds stupid, but it's kind of like being a painter or something. You don't say, 'From today on I'm going to be a painter.' It's not something conscious - you've just been painting pictures all your life.

Franka Potente

Art works because it appeals to certain faculties of the mind. Music depends on details of the auditory system, painting and sculpture on the visual system. Poetry and literature depend on language.

Steven Pinker

Now I'm a painter. That was another opportunity I was able to pursue, I've been painting all my life, now it's become a second career because of my success in the movies.

Tony Curtis

There is no such thing as good painting about nothing.

Mark Rothko

I didn't know what to expect from a famous movie star; maybe that he'd be sort of stuck-up, you know. But not Gary Cooper. He horsed around so much... that I had a hard time painting him.

Norman Rockwell

Painting is much more than therapy to me its a way of life.

Tony Curtis

But where there is no art show, I would still be painting.

Tony Curtis

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

I think you have to control the materials to an extent, but it's important to let the materials have a kind of power for themselves; like the natural power of gravity, if you are painting on a wall, it makes the paint trickle and it drips; there is no reason to fight that.

Keith Haring

I'm just a landscape painter. I look out the window and I see what's going on, and I paint it. While I'm painting it, I also write thoughts about what I see going on out there.

William Wiley

I've been attracted to imagery and occasionally I've drawn from it, but I never thought I'd be painting these paintings. I didn't have any desire to. I didn't think there was any reason to.

William Wiley

So when I'm playing, I'm sort of painting a feeling in the air.

Pharrell Williams

The dog, the rabbit and the hoop all feature in the painting, and take the place of the orrery.

Kit Williams

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 and writing are solitary arts.

Conrad Hall

So about twenty years ago I gave up on painting - and got into terrible debt after buying a load of camera gear!

Nigel Dennis

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

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

Bridget Riley

When the painting is hanging on your wall for a long time, you don't notice it. You get tired of it, even if it's a Picasso. When the next generation inherits the painting, they sell it. I don't want to be sold.

Julio Iglesias

Milos said, You're my first choice. From my point of view, that doesn't pay the rent. I said, Tell me what I have to do next because I'm busy painting my kitchen.

F. Murray Abraham

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

Knowing what paint a painter uses or having an understanding of where he was in the history of where he came from doesn't hurt your appreciation of the painting.

Jodie Foster

At the point where I'm trying to force something and it's not happening, and I'm getting frustrated with, say, writing a poem, I can go and pick up the brushes and start painting. At the point where the painting seems to not be going anywhere, I go and pick up the guitar.

Joni Mitchell

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

I started formal piano training when I was 4. From there I had little violas, and I had dancing lessons of every sort and description, and painting lessons. I had German. And shorthand.

Twyla Tharp

And I like the idea of change. Because I don't see why we should hang a painting on the wall and then just not think of it anymore because it's there like a piece of furniture.

Minoru Yamasaki

It's Frank's painting on the cover. We were originally going to use a Salvador Dali painting that we got permission from Salvador Dali to use, and Frank found this one, and it really did fit the music much more.

Alice Cooper

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 have not written in vain if I have heretofore done anything towards diminishing the reputation of the Renaissance landscape painting.

John Ruskin

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

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

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

Brad Holland

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