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Painting Color Quotes


"Dance design is not simply one element; it is that without which ballet cannot exist. As aria is to opera, words to poetry, color to painting, so sequence in steps - their syntax, idiom, vocabulary - are the stuff of stage dancing." - Lincoln Kirstein

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

"The older I get, the more I feel that color is what painting is. Painting is primarily color." - Joseph Raffael

"Color is a language. It is the language of painting. How painting expresses itself is in large part with color." - Joseph Raffael

"There are people who don't respond to color. That's what painting is. It's color." - Larry Poons

"A color which would be 'dirty' if it were the color of a wall, needn't be so in a painting." - Ludwig Wittgenstein

"Painting is silent poetry." - Plutarch

"Painting dissolves the forms at its command ... it melts them into color." - Alexander Eliot

"Imagine painting all the statues in the world in the color of the sky" - Yoko Ono

"Color in painting lures the eyes as verses do in poetry." - Nicolas Poussin

"Color is the essence of painting, which the subject always killed." - Kazimir Malevich

"If light is the spiritual quality of painting, color is surely its heart and passion." - Robert Reynolds

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

"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

"All gardening is landscape painting." - William Kent

"The most important things in a painting are Form and Value. Color comes last - like a friend you welcome." - Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot

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

"I don't work from drawings. I don't make sketches and drawings and color sketches into a final painting." - Jackson Pollock

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

"I think of painting as possessed by a structure... but a structure born of the flow of color feeling." - Jules Olitski

"My favorite color is you." - Suzanne Brockmann

"Painting is drawing, with the additional means of color. Painting without drawing is just 'coloriness,' color excitement. To think of color for color's sake is like thinking of sound for sound's sake. Color is like music. The palette is an instrument that can be orchestrated to build form." - John French Sloan

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

"All my album artwork is body painting." - Kimbra

"There is a kinship between music and painting - with the same words used to describe both, as when a musical composition is said to have color and a painting to have rhythm." - Alton Tobey

"I think every painting should be the same size and the same color so they're all interchangeable and nobody thinks they have a better painting or a worse painting.... Besides even when the subject is different, people want the same painting." - Andy Warhol

"With all its variety and liveliness, color acts in the work of art as blood does as it circulates through our bodies. Color is what keeps the painting alive and moving." - Joseph Raffael

"If painting is no longer needed, it seems a pity that some of us are born into the world with such a passion for line and color." - Mary Cassatt

"We speak of concrete and not abstract painting because nothing is more concrete, more real than a line, a color, a surface." - Theo van Doesburg

"We were painting by numbers, starting with the greens. Because that happened to be our favorite color. And this, we figured, had to mean something." - David Levithan

"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

"Painting is concerned with the ten things you can see: these are darkness and brightness, substance and color, form and place, remoteness and nearness, movement and rest." - Leonardo Da Vinci

"Oil painting and color, said Michelangelo, are for women and the lazy. His sharp-edged Apollonian style is the only way to beat back mother nature." - Camille Paglia

"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

"If you stand too close to a painting - all you see are patches of color, if you stand too far back, you can't see any of the detail." - Mandy Patinkin

"Painting is always strongest when in spite of composition, color, etc., it appears as a fact, or an inevitability, as opposed to a souvenir or arrangement." - Robert Rauschenberg

"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

"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

"Modesty is the color of virtue." - Diogenes of Sinope

"The color of the object illuminated partakes of the color of that which illuminates it." - Leonardo Da Vinci

"I like to write about painting because I think visually. I see my writing as blocks of color before it forms itself. I think I also care about painting because I'm not musical. Painting to me is not a metaphor for writing, but something people do that can never be reduced to words." - A S Byatt

"My hobbies are painting, crafts, and I like golfing." - Nancy Kerrigan

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

"Easel painting means small painting." - David Hockney

"As music is the poetry of sound, so is painting the poetry of sight and the subject-matter has nothing to do with harmony of sound or of color." - James Whistler

"I know for sure that I have an instinct for color, and that it will come to me more and more, that painting is in the very marrow of my bones." - Vincent Van Gogh

"Often when I write I am trying to make words do the work of line and color. I have the painter's sensitivity to light. Much of my writing is verbal painting." - Elizabeth Bowen

"Making a movie is, for me, like painting. I just enjoy the care that goes into every brushstroke and the choice of every color. I enjoy the intensity of it." - Abbie Cornish

"I use those expectations as a color on my palette, a certain temperature in the room. You can use those expectations for the great punchline, but also for a great painting, in society." - Kehinde Wiley

"I like purple too. I looked up color psychology before doing any house painting, because I was curious what the colors I like mean. And purple is very royal and creative." - Paul Dano

"Painting as it is now promises to become more subtle - more like music and less like sculpture - and above all it promises color. If only it keeps this promise." - Vincent Van Gogh

"Water and stones. Those are the unpromising ingredients of two very different endeavors... painting, because artists' pigments are made from fluids... mixed together with powdered stones to give color... and the other is alchemy, the stone the ultimate goal." - James Elkins

"Values create dimension, but color usually receives all of the attention. When painting with oils, placing dark and light pigments next to each other can be an accident waiting to happen." - Robert Warren

"For example, in painting the form arises from abstract elements of line and color, while in cinema the material concreteness of the image within the frame presents - as an element - the greatest difficulty in manipulation." - Sergei Eisenstein

"I almost never do drawings, because I have found over the years that doing something in one medium and translating into another doesn't work. I like to conceive a painting in real scale and in color." - Nelson Shanks

"The goal is always to make a nice tableau painting with the voice. The more color I can find, the more shadow I can find - the goal is always to make more nuance and colors." - Cecilia Bartoli

"You buy any book on color theory today, and it's just complete poppycock. Everybody comes out of school painting pink, purple and green. The whole damn cartoon industry has pink purple and green on their mind." - John Kricfalusi

"I kind of do the drawing with the painting in mind, but it's very hard to guess at a size or a color and all the colors around it and what it will really look like." - Roy Lichtenstein

"All painting worth its name, unless one is talking about black and white, must include the idea of color as one of its necessary supports, in the same way that it includes chiaroscuro, proportion, and perspective." - Eugene Delacroix

"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

"At first I had some idea that the absence of color made the work more physical. Early on I was very involved with the notion of the painting as an object and tended to attack that idea from different directions." - Jasper Johns

"I use the audience as my color palette, my instrument." - Bobby Mcferrin

"Truth knows no color; it appeals to intelligence." - Ralph Wiley

"Drawing is of the spirit; color is of the senses." - Henri Matisse

"It's the non-conformist who gives color to history." - Dorothy Fuldheim

"If you don't know what color to take, take black....." - Pablo Picasso

"Flowers and butterflies drift in color, illuminating spring." - Anonymous

"Pink is not just a color, it's an attitude." - Anonymous

"The sky was the color of Edgar Allan Poe's pajamas." - Tom Robbins

"I now have great color sprinkled throughout my herd." - Janine Turner

"There are many people of color who are very talented." - James D Watson

"All color is no color." - Kenneth Clark

"Everything is about color. If you look at magazines and advertising and television, the thing you remember is the color." - Kelly Wearstler

"Color is crucial in painting, but it is very hard to talk about. There is almost nothing you can say that holds up as a generalization, because it depends on too many factors: size, modulation, the rest of the field, a certain consistency that color has with forms, and the statement you're trying to make." - Roy Lichtenstein

"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

"Color is one of the great things in the world that makes life worth living to me and as I have come to think of painting it is my efforts to create an equivalent with paint color for the world, life as I see it." - Georgia O'Keeffe

"Another thing that you really do when you play, that you're supposed to do, is colors. You know, you cannot play with one color. If you play with one color, again, it's like watching a beautiful painting, a drawing, but it's all in blue or it's all in red. May be very nice, but not very interesting." - Itzhak Perlman

"Painting from life was incredibly important for me because it allowed me to train my eyes to see everything that is there. But I realized early on that painting from life wasn't something that I was all that invested in. I was always more interested in the painting than I was the people. For me, removing that as a compulsion offered me a lot more freedom to actually paint and think about color, form, movement, and light." - Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

"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

"Wearing overalls on weekdays, painting somebody else's house to earn money? You're working class. Wearing overalls at weekends, painting your own house to save money? You're middle class." - Lawrence Sutton

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

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

"After painting comes Sculpture, a very noble art, but one that does not in the execution require the same supreme ingenuity as the art of painting, since in two most important and difficult particulars, in foreshortening and in light and shade, for which the painter has to invent a process, sculpture is helped by nature. Moreover, Sculpture does not imitate color which the painter takes pains to attune so that the shadows accompany the lights." - Leonardo Da Vinci

"Painting seems to be to the eye what dancing is to the limbs. When that has educated the frame to self-possession, to nimbleness,to grace, the steps of the dancing-master are better forgotten; so painting teaches me the splendor of color and the expression of form, and as I see many pictures and higher genius in the art, I see the boundless opulence of the pencil, the indifferency in which the artist stands free to choose out of the possible forms." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Is there in painting an effect which arises from the being together of repose and energy in the artist's mind? - can both repose and energy be seen in a painting's line and color, plane and volume, surface and depth, detail and composition? - and is the true effect of a good painting on the spectator one that makes at once for repose and energy, calmness and intensity, serenity and stir?" - Eli Siegel

"I ca' understand it when people say they do' like a particular color. . . . How on earth can you not like a color?" - Dale Chihuly

"I don't care about skin the color, everybody is a human being. Beneath every skin color, you bleed red. That's just the bottom line of the truth." - Angelique Kidjo

"During college, when I was working full time for my father [the decorator Mark Hampton], I rented an apartment and I just couldn't take time off to paint it. So I went there one evening and stayed up all night painting the place what I thought was a lovely pale yellow. When the sun came up, I realized I'd painted the walls the color of insanity. I had to immediately mix in all my trim color to tone it down. Yellow is an electric color and wholly misleading. It becomes more yellow with the sun's yellow light on it. The moral is, even if you think your yellow is the one, go paler." - Alexa Hampton

"Painting is the grandchild of nature. It is related to God." - Rembrandt

"Beginning with audacity is a very great part of the art of painting." - Winston Churchill

"For me, painting means the continuation of dreaming by other means." - Neo Rauch

"Keep painting your demons." - Jack Beal

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

"A painting is not about an experience. It is an experience." - Mark Rothko

"Is she not more than painting can express, Or youthful poets fancy when they love?" - Nicholas Rowe

"Painting completed my life." - Frida Kahlo

"Sunlight is painting." - Nathaniel Hawthorne

"Painting is very interesting." - Sam Waterston

"I love painting." - Heidi Klum

"I hate painting." - Howard Hodgkin

"In my paintings, the question on whether figures are similar or not is not of any importance, the slightest change of figure or color can create a new painting and it doesn't really matter if a subject is revisited by an artist repeatedly. With enough time in between paintings, an artist can always bring to it something new." - Guity Novin

"I'm just wowed by the universe. I'm just glad to do something I love to do. I love color, I love painting, I love shapes, I love composition, I love the people around me. I'm adoring it all. My legacy is in the hands of other people." - Peter Max

"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

"For the historian everything begins and ends with time, a mathematical, godlike time, a notion easily mocked, time external to men, 'exogenous,' as economists would say, pushing men, forcing them, and painting their own individual times the same color: it is, indeed, the imperious time of the world." - Fernand Braudel

"I choose color on the spur of the moment. People ask me why I paint in red. I do not have the slightest idea. I was painting in blue, then I had a need to paint in red. To be able to interact with the medium, this is the key. There are no sure ways to do art." - Guido Molinari

"The fact that people break down and cry when confronted with my pictures shows that I can communicate those basic human emotions.. the people who weep before my pictures are having the same religious experience I had when painting them. And if you say you are moved only by their color relationships then you miss the point." - Mark Rothko

"I'm not interested in 'abstracting' or taking things out or reducing painting to design, form, line, and color. I paint this way because I can keep putting more things in it - drama, anger, pain, love, a figure, a horse, my ideas about space. Through your eyes it again becomes an emotion or idea." - Willem De Kooning

"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

"Each character represents a different color on the big palette of what this ultimate painting is going to look like, who your guy is, and just try to be as honest and simple and real as you can possibly be. The outer trappings are incidental - costumes, period, makeup - all of that is rather insignificant at the end of the day." - Ron Perlman

"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

"When I'm writing [songs], some days the pen just goes. I'm not in charge and I'm almost listening outside of it. That's when I realize that we all have to start looking at life as a gift. It's like listening to a color and believing that these colors have soul mates and once you get them all together the painting is complete." - Prince

"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

"Painting is a fine art: not merely because it gives us trees and faces and lovely things to see, but because paint is a finely tuned antenna, reacting to very unnoticed movement of the painter's hand, fixing the faintest shadow of a thought in color and texture." - James Elkins

"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

"When you're telling stories, you are actually trying to illuminate some portion of the truth in an artful way. The story may immediately seem to be a lie, but it's like an impressionistic painting - you see the light and the color better than you would with a photo-realistic piece." - Christopher Moore

"What I could have done in real life only by throwing a bomb which would have led to the scaffold I tried to achieve in painting by using color of maximum purity. In this way I satisfied my urge to destroy old conventions, to disobey in order to re-create a tangible, living, and liberated world." - Maurice De Vlaminck

"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

"Kinship doesn't come from skin color. It's in your soul and your mind." - Dave Brubeck

"Color harmony was thrown out years ago, as restrictive chains were broken forming my free style." - Frank Bruno

"The tree is stripped, All color, fragrance gone, Yet already on the bough, Uncaring spring!" - Ikkyu

"The Moon is essentially gray - no color - looks like plaster of paris - soft of gray sand." - Jim Lovell

"Color cannot stand alone." - Wassily Kandinsky

"Color deceives continuously." - Josef Albers

"Like the color black, business mixed with anything turns to business." - Lynda Obst

"The laws of color are unutterably beautiful, just because they are not accidental." - Vincent Van Gogh

"When I don't write, I feel my world shrink. I lose my fire, my color." - Anais Nin

"Light is therefore color." - J M W Turner

"The Color Of Extraordinary." - Jandy Nelson

"I love great music - it has no color, it has no boundaries." - Michael Jackson

"I love bright red drinks, don't you? They taste twice as good as any other color." - Lucy Maud Montgomery

"Racism doesn't know color, death doesn't know age, and pain doesn't know might." - Jacqueline Woodson

"Work on psychological blocks like shame and guilt - they falsely color your reality." - Deepak Chopra

"Purple's my favorite color." - Danielle Panabaker

"Gender or skin color does not of itself determine the nature of a person's thinking." - Marianne Williamson

"Flowers and flames. And color. Color as color, not as volume or light - only as color." - Charles Demuth

"Achievement has no color" - Abraham Lincoln

"Inspiration, move me brightly, light the song with sense and color, hold away despair" - Robert Hunter

"If you were a crayon, what color would you most like to make out with?" - Hank Green

"Color is so intuitive." - Milton Glaser

"I saw Cheap Trick play 'In Color,' and it was awesome." - Art Alexakis

"Accomplishments have no color." - Leontyne Price

"I only like food without color, like potatoes, bread, and pasta." - Emma Roberts

"Anytime I look at a president, I don't care what color he is." - Cornel West

"I don't even read the papers. I read 'USA Today' because it has color photos." - Jimmy Fallon

"I can tan. I get tannish. It's not really tan, it's tannish. That kind of color." - Alan Tudyk

"I really love color." - Marissa Mayer

"When I'm teaching, I tell the story of this painting for two reasons. First of all, if you want a good solid color structure, you have to have a solid development in values, dark and light. Second, if you have a good design, don't leave it if you fail to render it to its full extent the first time around. Remember it's the design that's important. Try and try till you get the thing to work. That's why The Pattern Makers is a key picture in my painting career." - Milford Zornes

"One of the weaknesses of much abstract painting is the attempt to substitute the inventions of the intellect for a pristine imaginative conception. The inner life of a human being is a vast and varied realm and does not concern itself alone with stimulating arrangements of color, form and design. The term 'life' as used in art is something not to be held in contempt, for it applies all of its existence, and the province of art is to react to it and not to shun it. Painting will have to deal more fully and less obliquely with life and nature's phenomena before it can again be great." - Edward Hopper

"When I adjust materials of different kinds to one another, I have taken a step in advance of mere oil painting, for in addition to playing off color against color, line against line, form against form, etc., I play off material against material, for example, wood against sackcloth. I call the weltanschauung from which this mode of artistic creation arose 'Merz.' The word 'Merz' had no meaning when I formed it. Now it has the meaning which I gave it. The meaning of the concept 'Merz' changes with the change in the insight of those who continue to work with it." - Kurt Schwitters

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



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