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Painting A Canvas Quotes


"Painting is a means of self-enlightenment." - John Olsen

"A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence." - Leopold Stokowski

"Now will never leave. It is always here. Like a clear canvas, it awaits our painting." - Swami Satchidananda

"In film, you're painting a canvas. I got really excited about that." - Alice Lowe

"... a canvas that I have covered is worth more than a blank canvas. My pretensions go no further; that is my right to paint, my reason for painting." - Irving Stone

"Good painting is nothing else but a copy of the perfections of God and a reminder of His painting. Finally, good painting is a music and a melody which intellect only can appreciate, and with great difficulty." - Michelangelo

"Painting a line across canvas with a brush is similar to the motion of a wave breaking." - Mary Heilmann

"Within one hour of touching the brush to canvas for the first time, my students have a total, complete painting." - Bob Ross

"I hardly ever stretch the canvas before painting." - Jackson Pollock

"I was always interested in language. I thought, why not? If a painting, by the normal definition of the term, is paint on canvas, why can't it be painted words on canvas?" - John Baldessari

"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

"Subject becoming less relevant, each painting having a life of its own, each stroke leading to the next. It is more about the connection of body and spirit to canvas, over mind to canvas." - Ken Gillespie

"As an actor, you're a color of paint on someone else's palette. But as a director, it's your canvas and you make the painting you want to make." - Denzel Washington

"For me, acting is about the art of it and it's about being on a film set and doing your thing, painting a blank canvas." - Shailene Woodley

"For me, painting is a way to forget life. It is a cry in the night, a strangled laugh." - Georges Rouault

"People know that I always do my hair and makeup, but I also love doing crafts. I love getting a blank canvas and painting something." - Maddie Ziegler

"I've never been front and centre as an iconic American character [like in Doctor Strange]. Day to day, you know you're painting on a very big canvas." - Benedict Cumberbatch

"I love the idea of renaissance. If my career is like painting a canvas, I want to have as many different colors in there as I can." - Nolan Gerard Funk

"At some point I realized that the text was the painting and that everything else was extraneous. The painting became the act of writing a text on a canvas, but in all my work, text turns into abstraction." - Glenn Ligon

"Life's a vast sea That does its mighty errand without fail, Painting in unchanged strength though waves are changing." - George Eliot

"Basic research is like shooting an arrow in the air and, where it lands, painting a target." - Homer Burton Adkins

"I guess a drag queen's like an oil painting: You gotta stand back from it to get the full effect." - Harvey Fierstein

"A canvas is never empty." - Robert Rauschenberg

"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

"For me, preparing the canvas takes longer than painting. The actual painting takes about half an hour." - Katherine Bernhardt

"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

"Painting is the pattern of one's own nervous system being projected on canvas." - Francis Bacon

"Even with painting, even abstract paintings, you need the incoming of, light on the canvas." - Jean-Luc Godard

"With every experience, you alone are painting your own canvas, thought by thought, choice by choice." - Oprah Winfrey

"I love putting paint on canvas, getting lost in the process of painting." - Paul Simonon

"The animation of the canvas is one of the hardest problems of painting." - Alfred Sisley

"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

"Every painting is a war. You have to struggle every day, and to struggle every day with your inadequacies is a damn nuisance." - Neil Welliver

"The challenge of yoga is to go beyond our limits - within reason. We continually expand the frame of the mind by using the canvas of the body. It is as if you were to stretch a canvas more and create a larger surface for a painting. But we must respect the present form of our body. If you pull too much at once, we will rip the canvas. If the practice of today damages the practice of tomorrow, it is not correct practice." - B.K.S. Iyengar

"You take a painting, you have a white, virginal piece of canvas that is the world of purity, and then you put your imagery on it, and you try to bring it back to the original purity." - Louise Berliawsky Nevelson

"I do what I do out of pure enjoyment. Hopefully, nobody does it better. There's a beauty to making a great deal. It's my canvas. And I like painting it." - Donald Trump

"You wind up creating from silence, like painting a picture on a blank canvas that could bring tears to somebody's eyes. As songwriters, our blank canvas is silence. Then we write a song from an idea that can change somebody's life. Songwriting is the closest thing to magic that we could ever experience. That's why I love songwriting." - Rodney Atkins

"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." - Robert Genn

"Good design, like good painting, cooking, architecture or whatever you like, is a manifestation of the capacity of the human spirit to transcend its limitations." - George Nelson

"I think... it is somehow very useful, and maybe even essential, for a fine artist to have to somehow make his peace on the canvas with all the things he cannot do. That is what attracts us to serious paintings, I think: that shortfall, which we might call 'personality,' or maybe even 'pain.'" - Kurt Vonnegut

"A blank canvas...has unlimited possibilities." - Stephanie Perkins

"A society person who is enthusiastic about modern painting or Truman Capote is already half a traitor to his class. It is middle-class people who, quite mistakenly, imagine that a lively pursuit of the latest in reading and painting will advance their status in the world." - Mary Mccarthy

"When I see people making 'abstract' painting, I think it's just a dialogue and a dialogue isn't enough. That is to say, there is you painting and this canvas. I think there has to be a third thing; it has to be a trialogue." - Philip Guston

"Before a painter puts a brush to his canvas, he sees his picture mentally.... If you think of yourself in terms of a painting, what do you see?... Is the picture one you think worth painting?... You create yourself in the image you hold in your mind." - Thomas Dreier

"Music is an amazing thing. I don't know if we really think about it the same way we consider a painting an amazing thing. I mean, a painting is, in quotes, imaginary. There is nothing on the canvas when you start; and writing a song, there is nothing there when you start." - Lou Reed

"Manet wanted one day to paint my wife and children. Renoir was there. He took a canvas and began painting them, too. After a while, Manet took me aside and whispered, 'You're on very good terms with Renoir and take an interest in his future - do advise him to give up painting! You can see for yourself that it's not his metier at all." - Claude Monet

"People think you can get out your canvas and paint any time you have a free moment. You can't. Commercial art and painting are entirely different. Painting takes a different mental approach. You have to get the right attitude, the right mood." - Pierre Alechinsky

"When you think of painting as painting it is rather absurd. The real world is before us - glorious sunlight and activity and fresh air, and high speed motor cars and television, all the animation - a world apart from a little square of canvas that you smear paint on." - Wayne Thiebaud

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

"I'm not particularly interested in painting, per se. I'm interested in a painting that has that mysterious life to it. Anything that doesn't partake of that magic is halfway dead - it returns to its physical elements, it's just paint and canvas." - Caio Fonseca

"Technically, a makeup artist's canvas is the face and body. The difference is that my painting of makeup is integrated into the painting of the flesh and not on top of it. I think in some ways it is more difficult to expressively deploy makeup." - Richard Phillips

"At a lecture, a guy said to me, "You know, when I look at your work, I don't know what I'm looking at, but when I look at a Willem de Kooning painting, I know what that is." I said, "Well, the paintings I'm doing have a very legible sentence at the top of the canvas." At a lecture, a guy said to me, "You know, when I look at your work, I don't know what I'm looking at, but when I look at a de Kooning painting, I know what that is." I said, "Well, the paintings I'm doing have a very legible sentence at the top of the canvas."" - Glenn Ligon

"Revolution is not a dinner party, not an essay, nor a painting, nor a piece of embroidery; it cannot be advanced softly, gradually, carefully, considerately, respectfully, politely, plainly, and modestly." - Mao Zedong

"Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation as any painter's or sculptor's work; for what is the having to do with dead canvas or dead marble, compared with having to do with the living body, the temple of God's spirit? It is one of the Fine Arts: I had almost said, the finest of Fine Arts." - Florence Nightingale

"It's true, I do sometimes suspend myself over the canvas, but mostly I work at a table when I'm making a painting. When I use 'The Rig,' my feet are firmly anchored. I lower myself horizontally just long enough to make a brush stroke - a matter of seconds - and then I'm upright again. My assistant then erases the painting quickly with a squeegee and I go for it again... until I get it right. It's like trying to hit a home run." - James Nares

"Chase used to say, 'When you're looking at your canvas and worrying about it, try to think of your canvas as the reality and the model as the painted thing.'" - Charles Webster Hawthorne

"When I am halfway there with a painting, it can occasionally be thrilling... But it happens very rarely; usually it's agony... I go to great pains to mask the agony. But the struggle is there. It's the invisible enemy." - Richard Diebenkorn

"With a stroke of love on the canvas of my soul I'm painting a perfect world with shades of Michelangelo With each promise made in every heart that knows we can live in a perfect world in shades of Michelangelo I hear songs of children echo in the sky I hear songs of children a tomorrow so bright!" - Belinda Carlisle

"But you begin to feel as you go on working that unless painting proves its right to exist by being critical and self-judging, it has no reason to exist at all - or is not even possible. The canvas is a court where the artist is prosecutor, defendant, jury and judge. Art without a trial disappears at a glance." - Philip Guston

"I'm compelled to paint nearly every day. I just felt like making a painting, went out and bought paints and a canvas. Now it fulfills me creatively when I'm not doing music: it's something you can do by yourself and it's totally yours. It's a great adjunct to my life." - David Johansen

"A canvas is an arena in which to act." - Jackson Pollock

"Every canvas is a journey all its own." - Helen Frankenthaler

"Make your lives a masterpiece, you only get one canvas." - E. A. Bucchianeri

"Some men see mountains as obstacles. Others as a canvas." - Richard Paul Evans

"To a musician or songwriter, your canvas is silence." - Keith Richards

"White. A blank page or canvas. So many possibilities." - Stephen Sondheim

"Jazz can be a blank canvas full of possibilities." - Barbara Januszkiewicz

"This world is but a canvas to our imagination." - Henry David Thoreau

"I'll take anything and slap it on a canvas." - Matthew Lawrence

"A truly poetic canvas is an awakened dream." - Rene Magritte

"You should treat your body like a canvas." - Theophilus London

"Think of a fine painter attempting to capture an inner vision, beginning with one corner of the canvas, painting what she thinks should be there, not quite pulling it off, covering it over with white paint, and trying again, each time finding out what her painting isn't, until she finally finds out what it is. And when you finally do find out what one corner of your vision is; you're off and running." - Anne Lamott

"When an artist wants to paint a painting, they have all those things in their head that they want to portray on a canvas. It's the same thing when I'm pitching. I have all these thoughts going through my head about how I want to pitch: which pitch I want to throw here, and why do I want to throw it?" - Justin Verlander

"I met Keith Haring at SVA college where he was having an art show, later we had a group art show at the Mud Club in NYC. Keith owed me $50, so he gave me a large framed canvas with barking dogs that had large dicks. I painted over Keith's painting to paint flowers for my mom's living room." - Steve Kaufman

"For 338 paragraphs the Franks report painted a splendid picture, delineated the light and the shade, and the glowing colours in it, and when Franks got to paragraph 339 he got fed up with the canvas he was painting and chucked a bucket of whitewash over it." - James Callaghan

"I am most anxious to get into my London painting-room, for I do not consider myself at work unless I am before a six-foot canvas. I have done a good deal of skying for I am determined to conquer all difficulties, and that among the rest." - John Constable

"Before I put a brush to canvas, I question, Is this mine?... Is it influenced by some idea which I have acquired from some man?... I am trying with all my skill to do a painting that is all of women, as well as all of me." - Georgia O'Keeffe

"We Irish prefer embroideries to plain cloth. To us Irish, memory is a canvas-stretched, primed, and ready for painting on. We love the "story" part of the word "history," and we love it trimmed out with color and drama, ribbons and bows. Listen to our tunes, observe a Celtic scroll: we always decorate our essence." - Frank Delaney

"Ah, to build, to build! That is the noblest art of all the arts. Painting and sculpture are but images, Are merely shadows cast by outward things On stone or canvas, having in themselves No separate existence. Architecture, Existing in itself, and not in seeming A something it is not, surpasses them As substance shadow." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"I frequently leave areas of raw, unprimed canvas unpainted (as in her painting Chairman of the Board, 1971, fh... ...That 'negative' space has just as active a role as the 'positive' painted space. The negative spaces maintain shapes of their own and are not empty." - Helen Frankenthaler

"Writing is not like painting where you add. It is not what you put on the canvas that the reader sees. Writing is more like a sculpture where you remove, you eliminate in order to make the work visible. Even those pages you remove somehow remain." - Elie Wiesel

"Christians belive in a sovereign God who never says "Oops". We believe that all our days ... are divine strokes on the canvas of our lives by the Master Artist who certified his skill, his power, and his love in the Masterpiece of Calvary. If you doubt His skill in painting your life - look at the Calvary" - John Piper

"I consider my painting finished when my eyes goes to a particular spot on the canvas. But if I put the picture away about thirty feet on the wall and the movements keep returning to me and the eye seems to be responding to something living, then it is finished." - William Baziotes

"By the mid-'60s, recorded music was much more like painting than it was like traditional music. When you went into the studio, you could put a sound down, then you could squeeze it around, spread it all around the canvas." - Brian Eno

"Indeed, an engineer designing a structure is not unlike an artist painting one. Both start with nothing but talent, experience, and inspiration. The fresh piece of paper on the drawing board is as blank as the newly stretched piece of canvas." - Henry Petroski

"Before I put brush to canvas, I question, 'Is this mine? ...Is it influenced by some idea which I have acquired from some man? ...I am trying with all my skill to do a painting that is all of women, as well as all of me." - Georgia O'Keeffe

"It takes more time to rework a painting than it takes to fill in the canvas in the first place. I wish I could get them all right with the first coat like many of the old masters could, but seem destined to have to rework to make them even passable." - E. J. Hughes

"To end up with a canvas that is no less beautiful than the empty canvas is to begin with." - Robert Motherwell

"I often use an old canvas and I particularly enjoy painting over something I've already done, allowing bits to come jumping through accidentally." - Myfanwy Pavelic

"Painting is a jeu d'esprit." - Pablo Picasso

"Painting is a strange business." - J M W Turner

"I learned a lot of painting tricks painting outside." - James Rosenquist

"There is an exercise I teach at colleges: Get yourself a canvas and a bunch of acrylics and go into a very dimly lighted room. Dip a brush into one of the colors, slap it on the canvas, don't look, close your eyes, make a painting, don't look, turn the lights on and see what you've got. I think this releases people from the editor in their life that's always standing over their shoulder saying, "Oh, you don't have any talent; who do you think you are?"" - Buffy Sainte-Marie

"Each painting seems to have a very specific size it wants to be. I have even started a painting or two over just because I didn't like the feeling of the particular image at a particular size. The Parlor needed to be large because I wanted it to feel like a full-size room you could step into. Unfortunately for me, I paint the same way on an eight-foot canvas as I do on a five-inch miniature. I still use very tiny brushes and noodle every square inch. It took me nearly a year to paint The Parlor." - Mark Ryden

"The Metropolitan Museum of Art some time ago held a display of contemporary art at which $52,000 was awarded to American sculptors, painters, and artists in allied fields. The award for the best painting went to the canvas of an Illinois artist. It was described as "a macabre, detailed work showing a closed door bearing a funeral wreath." Equally striking was the work's title: "That which I should have done, I did not do."" - James Keller

"The narrative image has more dimensions than the painted image - literature is more complex than painting. Initially, this complexity represents a disadvantage, because the reader has to concentrate much more than when they're looking at a canvas. It gives the author, on the other hand, the opportunity to feel like a creator: they can offer their readers a world in which there's room for everyone, as every reader has their own reading and vision." - Dumitru Tepeneag

"Imagine a master painting that's never finished...when you can only build on previous work, you become limited by what you can paint...If you are in the midst of painting a forest full of tall tress and hanging vines, it is rather difficult to wake up the next day and suddenly turn that paining into the beach and ocean...We have to treat each day like a black canvas on which we can paint. Yesterday might have been paining flowers, but today you can paint cars or horses. A new day represents a chance for renewal." - Ian K Smith

"A painting is nothing more than light reflected from the surface of a pigment-covered canvas. But a great painter can make you see the depth, make you feel the underlying emotion, make you sense the larger world. That, too, is the power of science: to sense and convey the depth and dimensionality of nature, to glance at the surface and to divine the shape of the universe around us." - Carl Safina

"One of the most important elements of Caio-ness I wanted to keep was that left to right reading, where one form draws you... this movement in what is otherwise a fairly still art, that sense of pulling the eye. It involves a sense of time. To me that's esoteric and magical and playful, and if a painting doesn't have that, to me it's just canvas and paint. If it does have that, then it rises above its materials." - Caio Fonseca

"Art lives on the mental plane (the real painting is not the set of dry pigments on the canvas nor is a symphony the sequence of sound waves that convey it to our ear) but, as the post-modernists insist, is reinterpreted in new contexts by each appreciator. As for gossip, which includes the vast majority of our thoughts, its essence is its relation to a unique local part of time and space." - David Mumford

"Cinema is the most challenging art form that you as an artist can create. It's easier to paint a painting because you're very alone. You just have the canvas in front of you and then you do stuff. I'm not saying it's easy to paint, but it's a solitary thing. Whereas movies combine so many different things from pre-production to production, sound design, production designing, leading, organizing, while still being creative." - Baran Odar

"Say anything you want against The Seventh Seal. My fear of death - this infantile fixation of mine - was, at that moment, overwhelming. I felt myself in contact with death day and night, and my fear was tremendous. When I finished the picture, my fear went away. I have the feeling simply of having painted a canvas in an enormous hurry - with enormous pretension but without any arrogance. I said, 'Here is a painting; take it, please." - Ingmar Bergman

"But in order to survive in this foreign world, I had to teach myself that love was very much like a painting. The negative space between people was just as important as the positive space we occupy. The air between our resting bodies, and the breath in our conversations, were all like the white of the canvas, and the rest our relationship- the laughter and the memories- were the brushstroke applied over time." - Alyson Richman

"I couldn't get near what I wanted through seeing, recognizing and recreating, so I stood the problem on its head. I started studying squares, rectangles, triangles and the sensations they give rise to It is untrue that my work depends on any literary impulse or has any illustrative intention. The marks on the canvas are sole and essential agents in a series of relationships which form the structure of the painting." - Bridget Riley

"I could' get near what I wanted through seeing, recognizing and recreating, so I stood the problem on its head. I started studying squares, rectangles, triangles and the sensations they give rise to It is untrue that my work depends on any literary impulse or has any illustrative intention. The marks on the canvas are sole and essential agents in a series of relationships which form the structure of the painting." - Bridget Riley

"Well, painting is the one thing I do, that is just me. It's me and easels, and the pencils. And as long as I don't drool too much over the canvas, the colors come out pretty good. And it's a chance to express all that I've got inside, that I sometimes keep hidden. And I think that's why I paint big broad, wide open landscapes." - Joni Eareckson Tada

"Science for me is very close to art. Scientific discovery is an irrational act. It's an intuition which turns out to be reality at the end of it-and I see no difference between a scientist developing a marvellous discovery and an artist making a painting." - Carlo Rubbia

"A man posing for a painting." - David Hume

"A poem is like a painting." - Horace

"For a filmmaker, it's a rare chance to do a personal film on a big canvas." - Ang Lee

"I tried different techniques during my career, but I especially fell in love with painting with oil and pallette-knife. Every artwork is the result of long painting process; every canvas is born during the creative search; every painting is full of my inner world." - Leonid Afremov

"With a canvas I'm a group of seven. A migraine, take two Excedrin." - Drake

"Movies are a medium of expression like a symphony orchestra...or a painter's brush and canvas." - Walt Disney

"A painter's got a canvas. The writer's got reams of empty paper. A musician has silence." - Keith Richards

"Being a broadcaster, man, you just sort of paint from a blank canvas, in a way." - Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

"A great artist can paint a great picture on a small canvas." - Charles Dudley Warner

"The science of design, or of line-drawing, if you like to use this term, is the source and very essence of painting, sculpture, architecture... Sometimes... it seems to me that... all the works of the human brain and hand are either design itself or a branch of that art." - Michelangelo

"I feel that when I am painting, it is a form of worship. I see how wonderful nature is and how wonderful art is... and by trying to produce these works of art, I feel that I am just showing my appreciation of these creations." - E. J. Hughes

"Without atmosphere a painting is nothing." - Rembrandt

"When in doubt, make a red painting." - Kay WalkingStick

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

"Painting is a hobby for me." - Renee Oconnor

"Painting is by nature a luminous language." - Robert Delaunay

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

"Painting is a hobby for me." - Renee O'Connor

"Painting, like passion, is a living voice." - Barnett Newman

"Painting is a state of being." - Jackson Pollock

"Painting is a coalescing of experience." - Richard Phillips

"I've got a canvas, I've got a scene, let's fill that with sound." - Trent Reznor

"I've got a canvas, I've got a scene, let's fill that with sound." - Trent Reznor

"An uninspiring canvas becomes a glamorous masterpiece when it is reattributed to a better-known artist." - Arthur Smith

"I just get excited... like a painter with a blank canvas." - Kenny Florian

"As a creative person, you want to start with a blank canvas." - Bibhu Mohapatra

"Never before had a woman put such agonizing poetry on canvas as Frida did" - Diego Rivera

"Life is a big ol' canvas. And you have every combination of colors to paint with." - Oprah Winfrey

"My job is to be a blank canvas & embody the characters that I'm playing." - Charlize Theron

"Colors live a remarkable life of their own after they have been applied to the canvas." - Edvard Munch

"When the face in the mirror doesn't please you, turn it into a canvas." - Tablo

"You have the clean canvas of a whole week before you. Paint well." - Dave Ramsey

"I do not consider myself at work unless I am before a six-foot canvas." - John Constable

"When the face in the mirror does' please you, turn it into a canvas." - Tablo

"An empty canvas is a living wonder - far lovelier than certain pictures." - Wassily Kandinsky

"I am a brush, the car is my track and the artist my canvas" - Damon Hill

"We're creating a little niche for ourselves instead of working the whole canvas." - Bernie Glassman

"A great pilot can sail even when his canvas is rent." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

"is a new canvas for humanity that takes us back to our nature." - Trip Hawkins

"An empty canvas is a living wonder... far lovelier than certain pictures." - Wassily Kandinsky

"Life is a great big canvas; throw all the paint you can at it." - Danny Kaye

"[PlayStation 2] is a new canvas for humanity that takes us back to our nature." - Trip Hawkins

"Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination." - Voltaire



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