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Painting And Drawing Quotes


"I go out each morning and draw. I can't really start a painting in the morning until I've done a drawing." - Frank Auerbach

"Drawing is speaking to the eye; talking is painting to the ear." - Joseph Joubert

"I've never let one day go by without painting, or at least without drawing." - Pierre-Auguste Renoir

"The only thing in life that really gives me any peace is just being lost in the process of creating something, whether it's the film or painting and drawing. Whatever that is, it is what I want to do." - Ellar Coltrane

"Painting dissolves the forms at its command, or tends to; it melts them into color. Drawing, on the other hand, goes about resolving forms, giving edge and essence to things. To see shapes clearly, one outlines them-whether on paper or in the mind. Therefore, Michelangelo, a profoundly cultivated man, called drawing the basis of all knowledge whatsoever." - Alexander Eliot

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

"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 am biased towards the belief that every painter must be grounded in strong and faultless drawing skills, and until one has not experimented with all styles of painting and has not comprehended their potentialities one's work is not complete. Even an abstract painter must know how to draw as well as a figurative artist. As for me, drawing has never created any problem, since I know how to draw anatomy correctly if I had to, I understand the function of muscle groups and sculpture." - Guity Novin

"Drawing is a means of obtaining and communicating knowledge" - John Ruskin

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

"Painting and drawing has been here for 35,000 years." - David Hockney

"My first artistic love was drawing and painting." - Wood Harris

"The subject should be observed more for shape and color than for drawing... precise drawing is dry and hampers the impression of the whole, it destroys all sensations." - Camille Pissarro

"Poetry ... is the music and painting of the mind." - Sonia Orwell

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

"The ultimate obscenity is not caring, not doing something about what you feel, not feeling! Just drawing back and drawing in; becoming narcissistic." - Rod Serling

"I grew up with a pencil. A pencil was my computer at the time and so drawing, drawing, drawing and the tools of drawing where the usual ones and eventually then you graduated from the tools when the work increases and you start to draw by freehand as precise as possible and as accurate as possible, and I was pretty good at that." - Massimo Vignelli

"I actually start drawing things. Usually they're abandoned before I commit too much time and effort." - Daniel Clowes

"Drawing is the root of everything, and the time spent on that is actually all profit." - Vincent Van Gogh

"Drawing includes three and a half quarters of the content of painting... Drawing contains everything, except the hue" - Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

"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

"Prayer is a rising up and a drawing near to God in mind and in heart, and in spirit." - Alexander Whyte

"And after drawing comes composition. A well-composed painting is half done" - Pierre Bonnard

"By education, I mean an all-round drawing of the best in child and man in body, mind and spirit." - Mahatma Gandhi

"All painting - the painting of the past as well as of the present - shows us that its essential plastic means were only line and color." - Piet Mondrian

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

"Many of us who walk to and fro upon our usual tasks are prisoners drawing mental maps of escape." - Loren Eiseley

"The percentage of Indian kids doing some sort of artistic work is much higher than in the general population - painting, drawing, dancing, singing. The creation of art is still an everyday part of Indian culture, unlike the dominant culture, where art is sort of peripheral." - Sherman Alexie

"Whether a watercolor is inferior to an oil [painting], or whether a drawing, an etching, or a photograph is not as important as either, is inconsequent. To have to despise something in order to respect something else is a sign of impotence." - Paul Strand

"Drawing and color are not separate at all; in so far as you paint, you draw. The more color harmonizes, the more exact the drawing becomes. When the color achieves richness, the form attains its fullness also" - Paul Cezanne

"Laying out grounds may be considered a liberal art, in some sort like poetry and painting." - William Wordsworth

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

"... the true seeing is within; and painting stares at you with an insistent imperfection." - George Eliot

"In Holland, everyone is an expert in painting and in tulips." - Albert Camus

"Painting is about the beauty of space and the power of containment." - Sam Francis

"A little amateur painting in water colors shows the innocent and the quiet mind." - Robert Louis Stevenson

"I've been painting and drawing and taking pictures as long as I've been writing music - and I've actually been drawing longer than I've been writing music." - Brandon Boyd

"I would always be painting and drawing. If I was stuck at home, I was in the basement working on a painting." - Terry Crews

"Literature expresses itself by abstractions, whereas painting, by means of drawing and colour, gives concrete shape to sensations and perceptions." - Paul Cezanne

"You can eliminate color and still have a painting that works, but you must have drawing, value and design." - Matt Smith

"When I'm painting and drawing I only do people. Acting is obviously portraiture - and writing is as well." - Antony Sher

"I liked painting and drawing, and I liked humanities mainly - poetry, literature - this speculative attitude toward life." - Rafael Moneo

"I did photography, painting, and drawing, but I prefer sculpture. I like it because it's very physical." - PJ Harvey

"I have always enjoyed drawing and painting but I don't always find the time to do much these days." - Kirsty Gallacher

"I did photography, painting, and drawing, but I prefer sculpture. I like it because it's very physical." - P J Harvey

"I have always loved science, but I have always loved the arts - drawing, painting and, yes, writing - more." - Charles M Blow

"Sometimes people think drawing and painting is mucking about when actually it is a highly skilled activity." - Quentin Blake

"When you are older, you realise that everything else is just nothing compared to painting and drawing." - David Hockney

"In fact, I believe to a certain extent a person today who starts with just clay, with no drawing and no painting and no figure drawing, still-life drawing, various things, they miss a great deal." - Warren MacKenzie

"Pure painting or the art of drawing whose point of departure is based on purely formal criteria is,in my opinion,passe. I do not reject it if other artists make attempts,but as far as I am concerned,this is what I believe. if I do not place a text next to my drawings,I consider the work on such programmes to be futile." - Gunter Brus

"Breathing involves a continual oscillation between exhaling and inhaling, offering ourselves to the world at one moment and drawing the world into ourselves at the next..." - David Abram

"Drawing ... is an innocent & engaging amusement, often useful, and a qualification not to be neglected in one who is to become a mother & an instructor." - Thomas Jefferson

"What is drawing? It is working oneself through an invisible iron wall that seems to stand between what one feels and what one can do." - Vincent Van Gogh

"I enjoy the art, and I enjoy drawing. I think my printing to this day looks like the printing right out of a comic book." - Nathan Fillion

"Someone who is incapable of drawing, and cannot master line or colour perspective can always express themselves in some form of abstraction." - Hans Werner Henze

"It is not the bee's touching on the flowers that gathers the honey, but her abiding for a time upon them, and drawing out the sweet." - Joseph Hall

"I went to the Chicago Art Institute, which was the best painting school in the area at that time. And I took painting classes - basic elementary painting classes and drawing classes of all sorts." - Warren MacKenzie

"A painting is merely the image of a tree, a man, or any other object reflected in a fountain. The difference between a painting and sculpture is the difference between a shadow and the thing which casts it." - Benvenuto Cellini

"It's sort of like my past is an unfinished painting, and as the artist of that painting, I must fill in all the ugly holes and make it beautiful again." - Lady Gaga

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

"Glory to that Homer of painting, to that father of warmth and enthusiasm... he really paints men." - Eugene Delacroix

"All of my knowledge, of both science and religion, I incorporate into the classical tradition of my painting." - Salvador Dali

"Content is more than 'subject matter.' It is all the feelings and ideas you bring to your painting." - Rene Huyghe

"No, painting is not interior decoration. It is an instrument of war for attack and defense against the enemy." - Pablo Picasso

"It's all one to me: opera, painting, drawing, faxes." - David Hockney

"Without good drawing, the foundation of a painting will collapse." - Ken Danby

"Painting is drawing, with the additional means of color." - John French Sloan

"Well, back to the drawing board." - Peter Arno

"Drawing is the honesty of the art." - Salvador Dali

"Objective painting is not good painting unless it is good in the abstract sense. A hill or tree cannot make a good painting just because it is a hill or tree. It is lines and colors put together so that they may say something." - Georgia O'Keeffe

"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

"For me,the Bild-Dichtung [image-poem] is the ideal form,because the drawing process is constantly being interrupted or contrasted by the writing. And since I always have something to say when I am writing,the effort has a balancing effect. Drawing and writing are wonderful complements." - Gunter Brus

"I think the most important thing you can do is to keep drawing no matter what. And to not be afraid of drawing whatever interests you. If there is something that you want to draw, to make, then I think you should pursue it and not let anybody tell you that you cant do it." - Brian Selznick

"Basically painting is total idiocy." - Robert Rauschenberg

"Photography is painting with light" - Miroslav Tichy

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

"To do a drawing for a painting most often means doing something very sketchy and schematic and then later making it polished." - Jasper Johns

"From being a young kid I was always drawing and painting, usually stuff like private parts or bloody images but always with a comedy twist to it." - Tom Six

"Drawing is the artist's most direct and spontaneous expression, a species of writing: it reveals, better than does painting, his true personality." - Edgar Degas

"Yeah, I mean I am somebody that makes an effort to go and see a lot of exhibitions, painting, drawing, sculpture." - PJ Harvey

"If you are intent on drawing or painting on your prints, you must first learn to draw and paint at least as well as you photograph." - Bill Jay

"I grew up loving horses. I was relatively obsessed, starting with my rocking horse at age 2, all the way through my painting and drawing phase." - Diane Lane

"When I was in high school, I thought I might be an artist. I was very good at drawing and painting." - Roma Downey

"Man is driven to create; I know I really love to create things. And while I'm not good at painting, drawing, or music, I can write software." - Yukihiro Matsumoto

"I started when I was nine. Really, everything I know about color theory, composition, drawing, and painting, I learned when I was a kid." - David Salle

"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

"Drawing and Drinking Coffe" - Gerard Way

"I have to study politics and war so that my sons can study mathematics, commerce and agriculture, so their sons can study poetry, painting and music." - John Quincy Adams

"The authentic insight and experience of any human soul, were it but insight and experience in hewing of wood and drawing of water, is real knowledge, a real possession and acquirement." - Thomas Carlyle

"What could be said about me...a man to whom only his painting matters? And of course his garden and his flowers as well." - Claude Monet

"In Zen brush-painting, the circle is a master's problem. It represents everything and nothing, and in so doing, the universe." - Mike Todd, Jr.

"Make a child a painting and he'll be happy for a day. Teach a child to paint and he'll be miserable for a lifetime." - Christopher Willard

"Art isn't only a painting. Art is anything that's creative, passionate, and personal. And great art resonates with the viewer, not only with the creator." - Seth Godin

"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

"Of all the creative acts performed by the artist, the most directly legible is drawing... it is the act that is most directly and spontaneously governed by his nervous and muscular system." - Rene Huyghe

"If we give out thoughts of grouchiness and complaining, etc., we'll find more to complain about. If we send out love and affirm 'life loves me', then we are drawing experiences to ourselves that prove it's true." - Louise Hay

"I've felt that in the past, where I just felt like I had to keep drawing in the same way to maintain this sameness and rhythm throughout an entire book, and it was not really necessary." - Daniel Clowes

"My flowery and green age was passing away, and I feeling a chill in the fires had been wasting my heart, for I was drawing near the hillside above the grave." - Petrarch

"I liked drawing and painting, because the only failure would be to listen to the doubters who wanted me to stop drawing and painting because 'you aren't going to make a living doing that.' I liked looking in art books at the work of painters." - Billy Childish

"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

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

"Put a symbol, or language of some sort, in a painting and it will be noticed by the viewer whether or not they can read that particular language." - Mike Svob

"The pictures I contemplate painting would constitute a halfway state and attempt to point out the direction of the future - without arriving there completely" - Jackson Pollock

"Painting that does not radiate feeling is not worth looking at. The deepest-and rarest-of grown-up pleasures is true feeling." - Robert Motherwell

"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

"Thirst will parch your tongue and your body will waste through lack of sleep ere you can describe in words that which painting instantly sets before the eye." - Leonardo Da Vinci

"When I get to heaven I mean to spend a considerable portion of my first million years in painting, and so get to the bottom of the subject." - Winston Churchill

"I am unable to make any distinction between the feeling I get from life and the way I translate that feeling into painting." - Henri Matisse

"In drawing after drawing, pastel after pastel, painting after painting, the contours of Degas's dancing figures become, at a certain point, darkly insistent, tangled and dusky. It may be around an elbow, a heel, an armpit, a calf muscle, the nape of a neck." - John Berger

"It is the bareness of drawing that I like. The act of drawing is what locates, suggests, discovers. At times it seems enough to draw, without the distractions of color and mass. Yet it is an old ambition to make drawing and painting one." - Philip Guston

"An invisible drawing made in the air. Make a drawing behind your back. Make a stolen painting." - Jasper Johns

"...nature seems very conversant with the rules of pure mathematics, as our own mathematicians have formulated them in their studies, out of their own inner consciousness and without drawing to any appreciable extent on their experience of the outer world." - James Jeans

"I have learned that what I have not drawn I have never really seen, and that when I start drawing an ordinary thing, I realize how extraordinary it is, sheer miracle." - Frederick Franck

"Europeans are dying out. Don't you understand that? And same-sex marriages don't produce children. Do you want to survive by drawing migrants? But society cannot adapt so many migrants." - Vladimir Putin

"Not to make him blush, but any story illustrated by Mike Mignola does things that prose alone cant accomplish. The illustrations create mood and atmosphere, drawing the reader more deeply into the story than words could do on their own." - Christopher Golden

"Skip meeting him? The butterflies, the pounding heart, the blushing? The part where you enter each other's magnetic fields for the first time, and it's like invisble lines of energy are drawing you together-" - Laini Taylor

"I learnt earlier on that If you can run one company.You can really run any company.A company is all about finding the right people and inspiring those people,drawing out the best in people" - Richard Branson

"There are many nations that have perfected a particular room. You know, you have the French drawing-room, the Austrian ball room, the German dining room, and I think the library is a room the English get right." - Julian Fellowes

"See all these buildings, Russell? All these buildings were once a drawing on a piece of paper, and before that they were an idea in someone's head. Any idea that you have, you can make manifest." - Russell Brand

"Like art, political action gives shape and expression to the things we fear as well as to those we desire. It is a creative process, drawing on the power to imagine as well as to act." - Madeleine M Kunin

"My paintings are well-painted, not nimbly but patiently. My painting contains in it the message of pain. I think that at least a few people are interested in it. It's not revolutionary. Why keep wishing for it to be belligerent? I can't. Painting completed my life. I lost three children and a series of other things that would have fulfilled my horrible life. My painting took the place of all of this. I think work is the best." - Frida Kahlo

"To draw does not simply mean to reproduce contours; the drawing does not simply consist in the idea: the drawing is even the expression, the interior form, the plan, the model. Look what remains after that! The drawing is three fourths and a half of what constitutes painting. If I had to put a sign over my door to the atelier, I would write: School of drawing, and I'm certain that I would create painters." - Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

"The essence of drawing is the line exploring space." - Andy Goldsworthy

"I sometimes think there is nothing so delightful as drawing." - Vincent Van Gogh

"I still come closest to success with drawing." - Paul Klee

"Drawing is putting a line around an idea." - Henri Matisse

"Color, even more than drawing, is a means of liberation." - Henri Matisse

"When I'm drawing a picture, I feel...quiet inside." - Katherine Applegate

"Real education consists in drawing the best out of yourself." - Mahatma Gandhi

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

"Without intent all painting is meaningless." - Christopher Willard

"No painting is more replete than Mondrian's." - Samuel Beckett

"Nature engenders the science of painting" - Robert Delaunay

"Dutch painting: daily life is enough." - Mason Cooley

"Photography is painting with light! The blurs, the spots, those are errors! But the errors are part of it, they give it poetry and turn it into painting. And for that you need as bad a camera as possible! If you want to be famous, you have to do whatever you're doing worse than anyone else in the whole world." - Miroslav Tichy

"In every painting, as in any other work of art, there is always an IDEA, never a STORY. The idea is the point of departure, the first cause of the plastic construction, and it is always present all the time as energy creating matter. The stories and other literary associations exist only in the mind of the spectator, the painting acting as the stimulus." - Jose Clemente Orozco

"But when I worked on a painting I would do it from a drawing but I would put certain things I was fairly sure I wanted in the painting, and then collage on the painting with printed dots or painted paper or something before I really committed it." - Roy Lichtenstein

"Drawing is not following a line on the model, it is drawing your sense of the thing." - Robert Henri

"Drawing - it's the first language of human beings, before writing, before even talking, before words, human beings was drawing." - Marjane Satrapi

"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

"Self-painting is a further development of painting. The pictorial surface has lost its function as sole expressive support. It was led back to its origins, the wall, the object, the living being, the human body. By incorporating my body as expressive support, occurrences arise as a result, the course of which the camera records and the viewer can experience" - Gunter Brus

"The best way to understand a painting is by drawing it." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Painting, drawing - I'm really into photography, I've done it since high school." - Dianna Agron

"Drawing or painting allows the artist to know himself as a whole person." - Joseph C Zinker

"You are not to think of painting as something separate from drawing." - Kimon Nicolaides

"I haven't stopped painting or drawing - I've just added another medium." - David Hockney

"Just drawing back and drawing in; becoming narcissistic." - Rod Serling

"I have been surrounded by artists and paintings throughout my life. My father Ted Dyer is an artist, and from a very early age I have spent time painting and drawing." - John Dyer

"Drawing and visual pursuits were first. Music came and found me in a way. Really, what it's about is creative problem solving, and music is a lot more an expression of that than painting is for me." - Brandon Boyd

"I had always loved cartoons, especially 'Bugs Bunny,' and I found I enjoyed making animated films. Even a 30-second commercial involved drawing and painting, storytelling, not to mention actors, music, and sound effects." - Mordicai Gerstein



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