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Landscape Painting Quotes


"All gardening is landscape painting." - William Kent

"All gardening is landscape painting,' said Alexander Pope." - Rebecca Solnit

"Landscape painting is the obvious resource of misanthropy." - William Hazlitt

"When you are painting a landscape, assume the painting is real and the landscape is an illusion." - Walter Darby Bannard

"The horizon is more than a convention of landscape painting, less than truth." - Mason Cooley

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

"One ends up with a landscape one has never seen before but it is presumably the landscape you were feeling as you started the painting." - Sidney Nolan

"(Landscapes) are too close to painting. And TV has nothing to do with painting. It's just transmission. And you can't transmit a landscape, happily enough." - Jean-Luc Godard

"Keep painting your demons." - Jack Beal

"Painting is silent poetry." - Plutarch

"Painting completed my life." - Frida Kahlo

"I love painting." - Heidi Klum

"I think I'm painting a picture of two women but it may turn out to be a landscape." - Willem De Kooning

"Painting was called silent poetry and poetry speaking painting." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Painting is silent poetry, and poetry painting that speaks." - Simonides of Ceos

"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." - John Roberts

"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

"Photography is painting with light" - Miroslav Tichy

"In the landscape, colors are more neutral than you may think. Pay close attention to this. Small areas of rich color can make the whole painting look colorful." - Matt Smith

"After 20 years of painting wildlife subjects in acrylic, I felt the need for a change and began to explore portraiture and landscape in oils." - Ron Parker

"A good landscape painting is not just a demonstration of competent application of paint. It must offer a feeling of homage to the subject." - Keith Shackleton

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

"A landscape painting in which composition is ignored is like a line taken from a poem at random: it lacks context, and may or may not make sense." - Walter J. Phillips

"Experience has proved that there is no difference between a so-called realist painting - of a landscape, for example - and an abstract painting. They both have more or less the same effect on the observer." - Gerhard Richter

"Painting is a science, and should be pursued as an inquiry into the laws of nature. Why, then, may not landscape painting be considered as a branch of natural philosophy, of which pictures are but the experiments?" - John Constable

"Art has become more than painting, sculpture or music: art is more than Van Gogh painting a landscape or Wagner composing an opera. The whole of reality itself has become the object of art." - Paul Virilio

"The vivacity and brightness of colors in a landscape will never bear any comparison with a landscape in nature when it is illumined by the sun, unless the painting is placed in such a position that it will receive the same light from the sun as does the landscape." - Leonardo Da Vinci

"Touch is the landscape / of what is possible." - Kate Green

"You have bits of canvas that are unpainted and you have these thick stretcher bars. So you see that a painting is an object; that it's not a window into something - you're not looking at a landscape, you're not looking at a portrait, but you're looking at a painting. It's basically: A painting is a painting is a painting. And it's what Frank Stella said famously: What you see is what you see." - Frank Stella

"Maybe the given person, cup, or landscape is lost before one gets to painting. A figure exerts a continuing and unspecified influence on a painting as the canvas develops. The represented forms are loaded with psychological feeling. It can't ever just be painting." - Richard Diebenkorn

"Literature is painting, architecture, and music." - Yevgeny Zamyatin

"Painting is another form of thinking." - Gerhard Richter

"Writing is fifty years behind painting." - Brion Gysin

"Every song is like a painting." - Dick Dale

"Eloquence is a painting of the thoughts." - Blaise Pascal

"I love film - it's like painting." - Azzedine Alaia

"A poem is like a painting." - Horace

"Painting and writing are solitary arts." - Conrad Hall

"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 T. Wiley

"You like it, that's all, whether it's a landscape or abstract. You like it. It hits you. You don't have to read it. The work of art-sculpture or painting-forces your eye." - Clement Greenberg

"Painting is a science and should be pursued as an inquiry into the laws of nature. Why, then, may not a landscape be considered as a branch of natural philosophy, of which pictures are but experiments?" - John Constable

"I become more and more inclined to sink the minister in the man, and abandon my present calling in toto as a profession... to create a living religion in landscape painting." - Christopher Pearse Cranch

"In most natural scenes there is a prevailing colour, which the landscape painter must learn to identify, and which must prevail also in a slightly exaggerated form, in his painting, for the sake of truth, harmony and unity." - Walter J. Phillips

"A landscape painting is essentially emotional in origin. It exists as a record of an effect in nature whose splendour has moved a human heart, and according as it is well or ill done it moves the hearts of others." - Walter J. Phillips

"Landscape painting tends to fall under more academic controls. I must say I often like working within these controls. It gives me the feeling that I'm taking part in a noble tradition." - Robert Genn

"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." - Wayne Thiebaud

"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

"Whenever I go on holiday, I like to time travel and imagine what it must have been like 500 years ago. I love the Tuscan landscape, which is reminiscent of a Claude Lorrain painting." - Jools Holland

"On painting and fighting looke aloofe. [On painting and fighting look aloof.]" - George Herbert

"Objective painting is not good painting unless it is good in the abstract sense." - Georgia O'Keeffe

"Painting allows me to use other portions of my brain pleasurably. Irony plays no part in what or how I paint. I paint the particular subject matter not to make polemical points but because I am interested in the human imprint on the landscape. I paint the landscape of my time and place with the stuff in it." - James Howard Kunstler

"I want people to know what it is they're looking at. But at the same time, the closer they get to the painting, it's like going back into childhood. And it's like an abstract piece.. it becomes the landscape of the brush marks rather than just sort of an intellectual landscape." - Jenny Saville

"For me, going back to itinerant landscape painting, it's not about returning to an older method, but about building on what happened in the 20th century in photography. And also highlighting what the differences are between a painting and a photograph in picturing space." - Cynthia Daignault

"Improvising musicians are musical travelers, voyagers. There is a freedom to wander the musical landscape." - Gary Burton

"Landscape shapes culture" - Terry Tempest Williams

"Each man, when he dies, sees the landscape of his own soul." - Martine Leavitt

"Music, art, landscape - these are all things I draw inspiration from." - Josh Mcdermitt

"I really do believe that art changes the landscape of the world." - Marc Jacobs

"I make no distinction between poetry and painting." - Joan Miro

"Flesh was the reason why oil painting was invented" - Willem De Kooning

"A painting only lives in the eye of the beholder" - Pablo Picasso

"Computers, singing, reading, painting and gardening are my hobbies." - Arfa Karim

"Different shades of life make the painting more beautiful." - Mike Dolan

"Flesh was the reason why oil painting was invented." - Willem De Kooning

"The form of my painting is the content." - Ellsworth Kelly

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

"I'm not painting myself as a down-home, modest guy." - Colin Farrell

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

"As a teenager I started painting and playing guitar." - Buffy Saintemarie

"I enjoy painting and can copy almost anything." - Vinny Guadagnino

"Painting is a nail to which I fasten my ideas." - Georges Braque

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

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

"Every painting is a voyage into a sacred harbour." - Giotto Di Bondone

"Never invest in anything that eats or needs painting." - Billy Rose

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

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

"Oil-painting is a developed technique. Why go backwards?" - Edvard Munch

"If I hadn't started painting, I would have raised chickens." - Grandma Moses

"Each painting has its own way of evolving...When the painting is finished, the subject reaveals itself." - William Baziotes

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

"I don't like getting out when I could be painting. And when I'm painting, I don't want anybody else around." - Don Van Vliet

"Easel painting means small painting." - David Hockney

"Anne Pitkin's poems have such lyrical sweep, such a sensitive eye for the natural world as it touches the human, that reading Winter Arguments is like seeing a landscape or, better, a richly realized painting of a landscape dotted with figures. But that would leave out their music, which would be a loss. This is a wise and graceful book by a well-traveled woman who knows how to confront deep feeling and frame it to make it all the more intense." - Rosellen Brown

"I believe that street photography is central to the issue of photography-that it is purely photographic, whereas the other genres, such as landscape and portrait photography, are a little more applied, more mixed in the with the history of painting and other art forms." - Joel Meyerowitz

"Often while reading a book one feels that the author would have preferred to paint rather than write; one can sense the pleasure he derives from describing a landscape or a person, as if he were painting what he is saying, because deep in his heart he would have preferred to use brushes and colors." - Pablo Picasso

"I've never found anything to be lacking in a blurry canvas. Quite the contrary: you can see many more things in it than in a sharply focused image. A landscape painted with exactness forces you to see a determined number of clearly differentiated trees, while in a blurry canvas you can perceive as many trees as you want. The painting is more open." - Gerhard Richter

"Often while reading a book one feels that the author wouold heave preferred to paint rather than to wirte; one can sense the pleasure he derives from describing a landscape or a person, as if he were painting what he is saying, because deep in his heart he would have preferred to use brushes and colors." - Pablo Picasso

"I spend as much time as I can sketching from nature, Dartmoor contains such a rich variety of landscape, as many boulders, foaming rivers and twisted trees as my heart could ever desire. . . . When I look into a river, I feel I could spend a whole lifetime just painting that river." - Alan Lee

"I love movies, don't get me wrong. But I don't go to the cinema. I see movies at the end of the year as a glut from the Academy. I binge-watch all the nominated films. Painting fills that void now. It's oils. It's acrylics. It's figurative, portraits and landscape." - Pierce Brosnan

"You see, should I stand in front of a landscape and paint it, I'm completely ignoring the factor of time. While I am painting it, it's changing, clouds are changing, all sorts of things. So there's the myth there of someone creating in a timeless vacuum." - William S Burroughs

"A lot of the people who live here are island people - from Cuba, Haiti. People are very vibrant, and color is important living here. You're inspired every day by the sun, the sky, the landscape, the lushness. painting and artwork reflect that." - Gloria Estefan

"We're painting the same people all our life - it's just the way we look at them that changes. If you experience trauma, you can speak about it in so many different ways. You can speak about landscape, you can speak about your food; it's always different. Trauma is the beginning of life as an artist." - Christian Boltanski

"My painting is not violent, it's life that is violent. Even within the most beautiful landscape, in the trees, under the leaves, the insects are eating each other; violence is a part of life. We are born with a scream; we come into life with a scream and maybe love is a mosquito net between the fear of living and the fear of death." - Francis Bacon

"When painting a landscape it is desirable to walk through the clumps and around the bushes, around the trees, the houses and the rocks. Familiarizing yourself in this way with the subject, you will get a better concept of the thing and not a visual and false snapshot." - John French Sloan

"Although cover notes for classical music albums tend to say that the trill of flutes suggests mountain streams and so on, I don't think anybody listens to music with the expectation that they're going to be presented with a sort of landscape painting." - Brian Eno

"You have to love writing a song and architecture. You have to give it a form. It is my job to create a sonic landscape. I like to create ambiance and atmosphere. The writing is the intimate part of it. It is a sketch. The production is the whole painting." - Keren Ann

"If a young woman is looking at the landscape of Hollywood, what she sees is almost only challenges." - Lena Dunham

"Hands are the heart's landscape." - Pope John Paul Ii

"Democracy is an insecure landscape." - Terry Tempest Williams

"As a landscape photographer we should be open to possibilities, for one thing often leads to another." - Michael Kenna

"His speeches left the impression of an army of pompous phrases moving over the landscape in search of an idea." - Anonymous

"There are bound to be differences in any artistic collaboration with landscape elements, or theater, of lighting elements." - Michael Arad

"I get excited by landscape." - Adrienne Kennedy

"Landscape is history made visible." - J. B. Jackson

"Quality of life is not only about what you find in the shops; it's about the landscape." - Donald Tusk

"The moral landscape is the framework I use for thinking about questions of morality and human values in universal terms." - Sam Harris

"Cities of mortals woe-begone Fantastic care derides, But in the serious landscape lone Stern benefit abides." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"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

"People want Art. And they are given it. But the less Art there is in painting the more painting there is." - Pablo Picasso

"Something in me knows where I'm going, and - well, painting is a state of being. ... Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is." - Jackson Pollock

"Something in me knows where I'm going, and - well, painting is a state of being. ... Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is." - Jackson Pollock

"I reduced painting to its logical conclusion and exhibited three canvases: red, blue, and yellow. I affirmed: this is the end of painting." - Alexander Rodchenko

"For those who don't know what they are doing, painting is easy. For those who do know what they are doing, painting is difficult." - Edgar Degas

"Painting is the subject of painting." - Joseph Raffael

"A great painting is a great painting." - Larry Poons

"Every painting I do is related to the last one: it may be a continuation of a previous painting or it may be a reaction against it." - William Scott

"When I get my hands on painting materials I don't give a damn about other people's painting... every generation must start again afresh." - Maurice De Vlaminck

"There is one thing on earth more terrible than English music, and that is English painting." - Heinrich Heine

"I didn't choose painting, it chose me.I didn't have a talent,i just had genius" - Grace Hartigan

"We amuse ourselves painting our prison-walls with bright figures and brilliant landscapes." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"An object painted upside down is suitable for painting because it is unsuitable as an object." - Georg Baselitz

"Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty." - John Ruskin

"I am very depressed and deeply disgusted with painting. It is really a continual torture." - Claude Monet

"A first rate soup is better than a second rate painting." - Abraham Maslow

"I think sculpture and painting have an effect to teach us manners, and abolish hurry." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"One learns about painting by looking at and imitating other painters. I can't stress enough how important it is, if you are interested at all in painting, to look and to look a great deal at painting. There is no other way to find out about painting." - Frank Stella

"There is no reason not to consider the world as one gigantic painting," - Robert Rauschenberg

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

"By the unification of architecture, sculpture and painting a new plastic reality will be created." - Piet Mondrian

"Sculpture is made by taking away, while painting is made by adding." - Michelangelo

"That's what all painting is about, it's space and light occupied by human presences." - Leon Kossoff

"What do I ask of a painting? I ask it to astonish, disturb, seduce, convince." - Lucian Freud

"Every new painting is like throwing myself into the water without knowing how to swim." - Edouard Manet

"I paint as I feel like painting; to hell with all their studies." - Edouard Manet

"Painting and illustration cannot be mixed-one cannot merge from one into the other." - N. C. Wyeth

"Painting is as difficult as brain surgery. It's not that relaxing. But that's the discipline." - Jamie Wyeth

"The greatest work of an artist is the history of a painting." - Leon Battista Alberti

"Color is crucial in painting, but it is very hard to talk about." - Roy Lichtenstein

"Making a record is like painting a school bus with a toothbrush" - Quincy Jones

"Painting is a solitary act for me; I don't need anyone around to make paintings." - Danny Fox

"Other people's songs can inspire me, though - I always have music on when I'm painting." - Danny Fox

"Gratitude is an art of painting an adversity into a lovely picture." - Kak Sri

"The artist finds a greater pleasure in painting than in having completed the picture." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

"There is a great difference between painting a face and not washing it." - Thomas Fuller

"(to see the painting) an object, as a real thing in itself." - Jasper Johns

"I have always considered myself an artist and painting was the first medium that I claimed." - Scott Avett

"In painting, the key is not taking myself seriously to the point where it kills sincerity." - Scott Avett

"When I paint I am ageless, I just have the pleasure or the difficulty of painting." - Francis Bacon



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