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"Painting a picture is like trying to fight a battle." - Winston Churchill

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

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

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

"Think of an abstract painting as very, very low relief - a thing, not a picture." - Jerry Saltz

"Should it not be remembered that in setting a garden we are painting a picture?" - Beatrix Farrand

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

"I can picture things, like a painter would, though Im not good at painting, either." - Donald O'Connor

"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

"A painting is life and a painting is death . . . the picture is our own legacy left by tomorrow's dead for tomorrow's living." - Ivan Albright

"An artist painting a picture should have at his side a man with a club to hit him over the head when the picture is finished." - John Singer Sargent

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

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

"Rhythm is as necessary in a picture as pigment; it is as much a part of painting as of music." - Walter J. Phillips

"God is God and I am not. I can only see a part of the picture He's painting..." - Steven Curtis Chapman

"Eventually you can see that your pain was part of a much larger picture that God was carefully painting." - James MacDonald

"Painting took on a fabulous strength and splendor; the object was discredited as an indispensable element of the picture." - Wassily Kandinsky

"Every picture one paints involves not painting others." - Robert Motherwell

"When I'm painting the picture, I'm really painting a picture. I may have a flat-footed technique, or something like that, but still, to me, the thrill, or the meat of the thing, is the actual painting. I don't get any thrill out of laying it out." - Frank Stella

"The big picture is that there is no big picture. That's why we keep painting it." - Ronald Sukenick

"Eloquence is a painting of thought; and thus those who, after having painted it, add something more, make a picture instead of a portrait." - Blaise Pascal

"... painting a picture is like fighting a battle; and trying to paint a picture is, I suppose, like trying to fight a battle. It is, if anything, more exciting than fighting it successfully. But the principle is the same." - Winston Churchill

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

"I thought I was painting in sound a picture of revolution - but I made a mistake, you know. The mistake was that it was anti-revolution." - John Lennon

"Many of the articles printed over the last few months have ended up painting a picture of me that is more than a little distorted." - Phil Collins

"If I say 'Find me an interesting painting' to Google, someday a robot could go around the Picasso museum and take a picture for me." - Vijay Kumar

"Ah, lives of men! When prosperous they glitter - Like a fair picture; when misfortune comes - A wet sponge at one blow has blurred the painting." - Aeschylus

"Wrestling needs to be about the art form again. It needs to be about painting a picture and having a really good match." - Hulk Hogan

"Because Guillermo's [del Toro] obviously a painter painting a picture and my job is just to provide the color that he probably already has in his mind." - Charlie Day

"Creation rather than painting, or if painting, yet such, and with such co-presence of the whole picture flash'd at once upon the eye, as the sun paints in a camera obscura. (Describing his poetic ideal, 1817)" - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"I've certainly always had a very high regard for Botswana and so I paint a very good picture of the country and I've never pretended to be painting an entirely realistic picture." - Alexander Mccall Smith

"The imagery is very much released from reality. It's not nailed down to specifics of the words. They're painting a picture, not telling linear stories." - Daniel B. Shapiro

"Relevance, for me, is about being creative and doing things that you believe in, whether that's music or acting or painting a picture, or whatever that is." - Larry Mullen, Jr.

"We need to get a broader awareness. People say climate change is really bad, but painting that picture of what you're putting at risk." - Bill Gates

"Scientific perspective forces the objects in a picture to disappear away from the beholder instead of bringing them within his reach as painting should." - Georges Braque

"Every realistic picture represents a choice as to which features of reality should be given prominence; no painting ever captures the whole..." - Alain De Botton

"I'm not interested in painting; I'm not interested in making a picture. Then what the hell am I interested in? I must be interested in this process." - 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

"Painting is like golf; the fewer strokes I take, the better the picture." - John Marin

"There is the happiness which comes from creative effort. The joy of dreaming, creating, building, whether in painting a picture, writing an epic, singing a song, composing a symphony, devising new invention, creating a vast industry." - Henry Miller

"Life is a romantic business. It is painting a picture, not doing a sum - but you have to make the romance, and it will come to the question how much fire you have in your belly." - Oliver Wendell Holmes

"I do believe it is possible to create, even without ever writing a word or painting a picture, by simply molding one's inner life. And that too is a deed." - Etty Hillesum

"Collect impressions. Don't be in a hurry to write them down. Because that's something music can do better than painting: it can centralise variations of colour and light within a single picture - a truth generally ignored, obvious as it is." - Claude Debussy

"I do believe it is possible to create, even without ever writing a word or painting a picture, by simply molding one's inner life. And that too is a deed." - Etty Hillesum

"Collect impressions. Don't be in a hurry to write them down. Because that's something music can do better than painting: it can centralise variations of colour and light within a single picture a truth generally ignored, obvious as it is." - Claude Debussy

"[King Rene of Anjou (1409-80)] would not listen to the news of his son having lost the Kingdom of Naples, because he would not bedisturbed when painting a picture of a partridge." - Horace Walpole

"Every so often, a painter has to destroy painting. Cezanne did it, Picasso did it with Cubism. Then Pollock did it. He busted our idea of a picture all to hell. Then there could be new paintings again." - Willem De Kooning

"Maybe God is waiting for us to be silent long enough so he may begin painting a new picture in our imaginations, to begin transforming our image of a manageable deity into one that can truly inspire." - Skye Jethani

"I don't like food that's too carefully arranged; it makes me think that the chef is spending too much time arranging and not enough time cooking. If I wanted a picture I'd buy a painting." - Andy Rooney

"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

"When I am finishing a picture, I hold some God-made object up to it - a rock, a flower, the branch of a tree or my hand - as a final test. If the painting stands up beside a thing man cannot make, the painting is authentic. If there's a clash between the two, it's bad art." - Marc Chagall

"Suddenly, I saw it in a new way, as a picture that offered me a new view, free of all the conventional criteria I had always associated with art. It had no style, no composition, no judgment. It freed me from personal experience. For the first time, there was nothing to it: it was pure picture. That's why I wanted to have it, to show it - not use it as a means to painting but use painting as a means to photography." - Gerhard Richter

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

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

"In the average European oil painting of the nude the principal protagonist is never painted. He is the spectator in front of the picture and he is presumed to be a man." - John Berger

"What is to be done about these literary people, who will never understand that painting is a craft and that the material side comes first? The ideas come afterwards, when the picture is finished." - Pierre-Auguste Renoir

"I think half the point of painting a picture is that you don't know what will happen ... that if painters did know what was going to happen they wouldn't bother to do it." - Lucian Freud

"What is seen and called the picture is what remains - an evidence. Even as one travels in painting toward a state of 'unfreedom' where only certain things can happen, unaccountably the unknown and free must appear." - Philip Guston

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

"I deal with painting as I deal with things, I paint a window just as I look out of a window. If an open window looks wrong in a picture, I draw the curtain and shut it, just as I would in my own room. In painting, as in life, you must act directly." - Pablo Picasso

"What do you think of this" he asked, indicating the painting nearby. She gave him an odd look. "I think it's an enormous painting of a dog." He made a show of considering the picture and nodded seriously. "An astute observation." - Sarah Maclean

"My paintings have gotten to be pretty popular and I've taken a little bit more interest in painting the last few years. In fact, my novel that I wrote not too long ago, 'The Hornet's Nest,' I painted the cover picture for it and I do a good bit of painting now." - Jimmy Carter

"We struggle against easel painting not because it is an aesthetic form of painting, but because it is not modern, for it does not succeed in bringing out the technical side, it is a redundant, exclusive art, and cannot be of any use to the masses. Hence we are struggling not against painting but against photography carried out as if it were an etching, a drawing, a picture in sepia or watercolor." - Alexander Rodchenko

"A moment of complete happiness never occurs in the creation of a work of art. The promise of it is felt in the act of creation but disappears towards the completion of the work. For it is then the painter realises that it is only a picture he is painting. Until then he had almost dared to hope the picture might spring to life." - Lucian Freud

"The reason for my painting large canvases is that I want to be intimate and human. To paint a small picture is to place yourself outside your experience, to look upon an experience as a stereopticon view or with a reducing glass. However you paint the larger picture, you are in it. It isn't something you command." - Mark Rothko

"I get so tired of painting. I've been trying to give it up all the time, if we could just make a living out of movies or the newspaper business or something. It's so boring, painting the same picture over and over." - Andy Warhol

"A picture is a fact." - Ludwig Wittgenstein

"You don't take a picture, you make a picture." - Ansel Adams

"Any picture that needs a caption is a weak picture." - Harvey Dunn

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

"The high-definition picture is still a perspective picture. That's the real problem, the perspective picture." - David Hockney

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

"A poem is like a painting." - Horace

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

"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

"Let us first say what photography is not. A photograph is not a painting, a poem, a symphony, a dance. It is not just a pretty picture, not an exercise in contortionist techniques and sheer print quality. It is or should be a significant document, a penetrating statement, which can be described in a very simple term-selectivity." - Berenice Abbott

"Painting for me is like a fabric, all of a piece and uniform, with one set of threads as the representational, esthetic element, and the cross-threads as the technical, architectural, or abstract element. These threads are interdependent and complementary, and if one set is lacking the fabric does not exist. A picture with no representational purpose is to my mind always an incomplete technical exercise, for the only purpose of any picture is to achieve representation." - Juan Gris

"I like painting because it's something I never come to the end of. Sometimes I paint a picture, then I paint it all out. Sometimes I'm working on fifteen or twenty pictures at the same time. I do that because I want to - because I like to change my mind so often. The thing to do is always to keep starting to paint, never finishing painting." - Arshile Gorky

"Photography has almost no reality; it is almost a hundred per cent picture. And painting always has reality: you can touch the paint; it has presence; but it always yields a picture - no matter whether good or bad. That's all the theory. It's no good. I once took some small photographs and then smeared them with paint. That partly resolved the problem, and it's really good - better than anything I could ever say on the subject." - Gerhard Richter

"The proletarian writer is a writer with a purpose; he thinks no more of art for art's sake than a man on a sinking ship thinks of painting a beautiful picture in the cabin; he thinks of getting ashore - and then there will be time enough for art." - Upton Sinclair

"Graffiti ultimately wins out over proper art because it becomes part of your city, it' s a tool; "I'll meet you in that pub, you know, the one opposite that wall with a picture of a monkey holding a chainsaw". I mean, how much more useful can a painting be than that?" - Banksy

"The material memories are not usually part of what is said about a picture, and that is a fault in interpretation because every painting captures a certain resistance of paint, a prodding gesture of the brush, a speed and insistence in the face of mindless matter..." - James Elkins

"A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery. It cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentle, so temperate, kind, courteous, restrained and magnanimous. A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another." - Mao Tse-Tung

"As a child growing up among artists I learned to think of a picture not as a finished product exposed for the admiration of the virtuosi, but as the visible record, lying about the house, of an attempt to solve a definite problem in painting." - Robin G Collingwood

"I don't understand why people never say what they mean. It's like the immigrants who come to a country and learn the language but are completely baffled by idioms. (Seriously, how could anyone who isn't a native English speaker 'get the picture,' so to speak, and not assume it has something to do with a photo or a painting?)" - Jodi Picoult

"The photograph is the only picture that can truly convey information, even if it is technically faulty and the object can barely be identified. A painting of a murder is of no interest whatever; but a photograph of a murder fascinates everyone." - Gerhard Richter

"A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery; it cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentle, so temperate, kind, courteous, restrained and magnanimous. A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another." - Mao Zedong

"I realized painting could look like a film, and a film like a painting." - Rita Ackermann

"I begin painting and as I paint the picture begins to assert itself, or suggest itself, under my brush. The form becomes a sign for a woman or a bird as I work... The first stage is free, unconscious... the second stage is carefully calculated." - Joan Miro

"I do feel like no matter what you're doing, whether it's music or writing a play or a poem or drawing a picture or painting something, that you're speaking to what is it you want to express, what is it you want to see." - J J Abrams

"I find the Doomsday picture Al Gore is painting - a six-meter sea level rise, fifteen times the IPCC number - entirely without merit...I protest vigorously the idea that the climate reacts like a home heating system to a changed setting of the thermostat: just turn the dial, and the desired temperature will soon be reached." - Hendrik Tennekes

"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

"Surely when a man is painting a picture he ought not refuse to hear any man's opinion... Since men are able to form a true judgement as to the works of nature, how much more does it behoove us to admit that they are able to judge our faults." - Leonardo Da Vinci

"A painting of a person can be descriptive, but for me it's about all the things that make up a picture - the feelings, the brushstrokes - more than describing somebody. People latch on to the personalities when they talk about my work and forget the other parts." - Elizabeth Peyton

"If I want to pursue the art of painting - or music or writing or sculpture - it requires only my time and a few dollars for materials. If, however, I want to produce a motion picture I have to go out and raise a million dollars!" - Orson Welles

"Each part of a great painting should in itself be a great painting." - Melissa Brown

"A painting is music you can see and music is a painting you can hear." - Miles Davis

"It's not a matter of painting life, it's a matter of giving life to painting." - Pierre Bonnard

"It's not about perfection. What's a perfect painting? What's interesting about a perfect painting?" - Peter Doig

"You're going to react to a painting in a way that the painting demands you react." - Greil Marcus

"I'm always trying to get to a danger point in color, where color either becomes too sweet or it becomes too harsh, it becomes too noisy or too quiet, and at that point I still want the picture to be strong, forceful, and the carrier of everything that a painting has to have: contrast, drama, austerity." - Wolf Kahn

"I am never in a hurry to reach details. First and above all I am interested in the large masses and the general character of a picture; when these are well established, then I try for subtleties of form and color. I rework the painting constantly and freely, and without any systematic method." - Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot

"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

"You tell the big lie by carefully selecting only the small, isolated truths, linking them in such a way that that advance the bigger lie by painting a picture inside the viewer's head. The Ascended High Master of this Dark Art is Noam Chomsky." - Bill Whittle

"Vladimir Putin bribed a soccer official with a Picasso painting so he would support Russia's bid to host the 2018 World Cup. Putin was like, 'It wasn't Picasso, just picture of what his face would look like if he said no.' (Nose over here, eye up here, ear in forehead.)" - Jimmy Fallon

"No-one who has a real understanding of the art of painting attaches any importance to what we call the subject of a picture - what is represented. To one who feels the language of pictorial form, all depends on how it is presented, nothing on what." - Roger Fry

"When a painter thinks to disengage from the world outside himself and fantasies unprecedented forms he thinks he will make a painting, he finds in this expression the same effect - I would even say the same picture - that he had unconsciously acquired by his habit to experience reality intensely." - Pierre Alechinsky

"I had always planned to make a large painting of the early spring, when the first leaves are at the bottom of the trees, and they seem to float in space in a wonderful way. But the arrival of spring can't be done in one picture." - David Hockney

"A picture is a poem without words" - Horace

"A picture is like a prayer." - Harry Callahan

"A picture is a model of reality." - Ludwig Wittgenstein

"A picture is worth a thousand texts." - Melissa De La Cruz

"A picture is worth a thousand words." - Napoleon Bonaparte

"A picture is a poem without words." - Horace

"A picture is worth a thousand words." - Unknown

"And all of this, all these physical aspects of painting at that time excited me very much. You could do a picture in just black and white. I mean all the things, whether you're soliciting permission or not, do give you permission" - Robert Rauschenberg

"When I act, I feel like I am a color in someone else's painting - I can be the best blue that there is, but I'm still only part of their entire picture - but, with music, when I am performing with Reserved For Rondee, I am the painter, you know?" - Billy Magnussen

"What's that supposed to be anyway?" said Fred squinting at Dobby's painting. "Looks like a Gibbon with two black eyes!" "It's Harry," said George pointing at the back of the picture. "Says so on the back." "Good likeness," said Fred grinning. Harry threw his new homework diary at him." - J K Rowling

"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

"And all of this, all these physical aspects of painting at that time excited me very much. You could do a picture in just black and white. I mean all the things, whether you're soliciting permission or not, do give you permission." - Robert Rauschenberg

"There are times when I have started a work with an end in mind, but then, for one reason or another, as my picture unfolded, it emphatically suggested another direction... I always accept the risk and go for it. I'm convinced that at such times my painting is wiser than I am." - Richard Schmid

"In my earlier paintings, I wanted the space between the picture plane and the spectator to be active. It was in that space, paradoxically, the painting 'took place.' Then, little by little, and to some extent deliberately, I made it go the other way, opening up an interior space... so that there was a layered, shallow depth." - Bridget Riley

"I dream a lot. I do more painting when I'm not painting. It's in the subconscious." - Andrew Wyeth

"Sometimes working on one painting will help solve a problem in another painting." - Mary Beth McKenzie

"One picture is worth a thousand words" - Albert Einstein

"Unless a picture shocks, it is nothing." - Marcel Duchamp

"Life is like a B-picture script." - Kirk Douglas

"I have never painted a recent picture." - Man Ray

"Every picture tells a story, don't it?" - Rod Stewart

"Fortunately, taking a picture leaves no mark." - Edward S. Curtis

"One picture is worth a thousand words." - Fred R. Barnard

"The soul never thinks without a picture." - Aristotle

"I had a picture-perfect childhood." - Kelly Ripa

"A picture is poem without words." - Confucius

"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

"No one is an artist unless he carries his picture in his head before painting it, and is sure of his method and composition." - Claude Monet

"Painting picture by picture, I followed the impressions my eye took in at heightened moments. I painted only memories, adding nothing, no details that I did not see. Hence the simplicity of the paintings, their emptiness." - Edvard Munch

"A painting is a collection of a series of corrections." - Helen Van Wyk

"My primary thing is to make a painting, not necessarily to make a painting to sell for gazillions of dollars, but just to make a painting." - Eric Fischl

"The explanation of the propensity of the English people to portrait painting is to be found in their relish for a Fact. Let a man do the grandest things, fight the greatest battles, or be distinguished by the most brilliant personal heroism, yet the English people would prefer his portrait to a painting of the great deed. The likeness they can judge of; his existence is a Fact. But the truth of the picture of his deeds they cannot judge of, for they have no imagination." - Benjamin Haydon



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