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Painting Nature Quotes


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

"Nature engenders the science of painting" - Robert Delaunay

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

"Nature engenders the science of painting." - Robert Delaunay

"We may call painting the grandchild of nature." - Leonardo Da Vinci

"Photography is nature seen from the eyes outwards. Painting is nature seen from the eyes inwards." - Charles Sheeler

"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

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

"Painting from nature is not copying the object; it is realizing one's sensations." - Paul Cezanne

"He who despises painting has no love for the philosophy in nature." - Leonardo Da Vinci

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

"When realistic images or patterns are seen in an abstract painting, they are often parallels brought about by processes in painting which echo processes in nature." - Walter Darby Bannard

"A painting grows like a plant. Use all colours, all shapes. Everything that attracts and excites me is a part of me. Painting is about proportions, relationships which breathe life. Painting is a harmony which runs parallel to nature." - Stefan Szczesny

"There's something always instinctively visually right about nature. There's no difference, to my eye, between looking at a great painting and looking at nature. Because painting, when it's great, has the same immutable rightness, unquestioned rightness, about it." - Larry Poons

"It took me twenty years to discover painting: twenty years looking at nature, and above all, going to the Louvre." - Pierre-Auguste Renoir

"My aim in painting has always been the most exact transcription possible of my most intimate impression of nature." - Edward Hopper

"Western artists stand as humans looking at nature; Asian artists try to be in nature. You become one with nature rather than painting a portrait of it. That's a big shift." - Brice Marden

"Since a true knowledge of nature gives us pleasure, a lively imitation of it, either in poetry or painting, must produce a much greater; for both these arts are not only true imitations of nature, but of the best nature." - John Dryden

"Painting is welcome. The painting is almost the natural man; For since dishonor traffics with man's nature He is but outside; these pencilled figures are Even such as they give out." - William Shakespeare

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

"Painting, like music, has nothing to do with the reproduction of nature, nor interpretation of intellectual meanings. Whoever is able to feel the beauty of colors and forms has understood nonobjective painting." - Hilla von Rebay

"Photography is nature seen from the eyes outward, painting from the eyes inward. Photography records inalterably the single image, while painting records a plurality of images willfully directed by the artist." - Charles Sheeler

"Easel painting means small painting." - David Hockney

"Change is the very nature of nature." - Ilchi Lee

"The ephemeral nature of live performance is the part I love most - it's a monk's sand painting, carefully constructed, then wiped away in an instant." - Rosanne Cash

"Painting is a science pursued as an enquiry into the laws of nature...Observation is considered the key to natural science." - Bridget Riley

"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

"With this painting, I tried to make everything breathe faith, quiet suffering, religious and primitive style and great nature with its scream." - Paul Gauguin

"Painting isn't a question of sensibility; it's a matter of seizing the power, taking over from nature, not expecting her to supply you with information and good advice." - Pablo Picasso

"Only when the habit of one's consciousness to see in paintings bits of nature, madonnas and shameless nudes... has disappeared, shall we see a pure painting composition." - Kazimir Malevich

"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

"Nature formed me fierce ..." - Lady Caroline Lamb

"Men argue, nature acts." - Voltaire

"Nature hates calculators." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Human nature is weak." - Anthony Fauci

"Nature abhors the old." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Laying out grounds... may be considered as a liberal art, in some sort like poetry and painting.... it is to assist Nature in moving the affections... the affections of those who have the deepest perception of the beauty of Nature..." - William Wordsworth

"Personally I would like to have pupils, a studio, pass on my love to them, work with them, without teaching them anything.. ..A convent, a monastery, a phalanstery of painting where one could train together.. ..but no programme, no instruction in painting.. ..drawing is still alright, it doesn't count, but painting - the way to learn is to look at the masters, above all at nature, and to watch other people painting.." - Paul Cezanne

"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

"The true essence of Chinese culture is sophistication, refinement, the spirit of poetry. The spirit of ink painting and calligraphy lives on forever. Calligraphy is more important than painting. Chinese always consider nature. Man is a very small part of nature. That's why in Chinese painting you see huge mountains and man very small, very humble before nature. You must be harmonious and one with nature. You don't fight it. And then there's a bit of a poetry. Of course, it's very complicated, but also very simple." - Michael Chow

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

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

"Nature is neither reasonable nor just. Nature is exact." - Beah Richards

"Art is a man's nature; nature is God's art." - Philip James Bailey

"Nature is very un-American. Nature never hurries." - William George Jordan

"Choose only one master - Nature." - Rembrandt

"Let Nature be your teacher" - William Wordsworth

"Nothing in Nature is unbeautiful." - Alfred Lord Tennyson

"Everything in nature is resurrection." - William Butler Yeats

"Habit is ten times nature." - Duke Of Wellington

"When snow falls, nature listens." - Antoinette van Kleeff

"Habit is ten times nature." - Arthur Wellesley

"Keep painting your demons." - Jack Beal

"Painting is silent poetry." - Plutarch

"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

"How people make gardens is bound to reflect a way of experiencing the natural world, while at the same time this experience of nature is bound to reflect a culture - ways of painting nature, for example, or representing nature in literature, or of course making gardens." - David E. Cooper

"I believe I am looking for rightness. My work has so much to do with reality that I wanted to have a corresponding rightness. That excludes painting in imitation. In nature everything is always right: the structure is right, the proportions are good, the colours fit the forms. If you imitate that in painting, it becomes false." - Gerhard Richter

"...if photos can reproduce the world more perfectly than any painter, can capture an instant, a look, a gesture, then what makes a painting good anymore? Painting subverts this subversion of its traditional nature by redefining itself - art is idea, not simply skillful execution. So, a work can be crudely made, or even machine made - but it has to be practically and functionally useless." - David Byrne

"There has never been a painting that was more beautiful than nature. The model does not unfold herself to you, you must rise to her. She should be the inspiration for your painting. No man has ever over-appreciated a human being." - Robert Henri

"So long as painting deals with objective nature, it is an impure art, for recognizability precludes the highest aesthetic emotion. All painting, ancient or modern, moves us aesthetically only in so far as it possesses a force over and beyond its aspect." - Lawren Harris

"Painting is the only universal language. All nature is creation's picture book. Painting alone can describe every thing which can be seen, and suggest every emotion which can be felt. Art reaches back into the babyhood of time, and is man's only lasting monument." - William Morris Hunt

"Music represents nature. Nature represents life. Jazz represents nature. Jazz is life." - Sonny Rollins

"I'm not at all interested in painting the object just as it is in nature. Certainly I'm much more interested in the mood of a thing than the truth of a thing." - Andrew Wyeth

"In painting, as in the other arts, there's not a single process, no matter how insignificant, which can be reasonably made into a formula. You come to nature with your theories, and she knocks them all flat." - Pierre-Auguste Renoir

"If conversation be an art, like painting, sculpture, and literature, it owes its most power charm to nature; and the least shade of formality or artifice destroys the effect of the best collection of words." - Henry Tuckerman

"I strive to express the spiritual nature of the Universe. Painting for me is a dynamic balance and wholeness of life; it is mysterious and transcending, yet solid and real." - Richard Pousette-Dart

"Art itself, in all its methods, is the child of religion. The highest and best works in architecture, sculpture and painting, poetry and music, have been born out of the religion of Nature." - James Freeman Clarke

"A painting is above all a product of the artist's imagination, it must never be a copy. If, at a later stage, he wants to add two or three touches from nature, of course it doesn't spoil anything." - Edgar Degas

"If you look at the lives of artists, sitting in nature, painting, having the freedom. I think it's over. I think we're living in such a difficult moment of human development. Artists have more responsibility than ever before." - Marina Abramovic

"What gems of painting or statuary are in the world of art, or what flowers are in the world of nature, are gems of thought to the cultivated and thinking." - Oliver Wendell Holmes

"The highly complex, almost mathematical, nature of music creates for it an ironclad protection against the microbes of dilletantism, which penetrate much more easily into the fields of painting, literature, and the theater." - Yevgeny Zamyatin

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

"In painting, as in the other arts, there's not a single process, no matter how insignificant, which can be reasonably made into a formula. You come to nature with your theories, and she knocks them all flat." - Auguste Renoir

"Painting embraces and contains within itself all the things which nature produces or which results from the fortuitous actions of men... he is but a poor master who makes only a single figure well." - Leonardo Da Vinci

"I do what I can to convey what I experience before nature and most often, in order to succeed in conveying what I feel, I totally forget the most elementary rules of painting, if they exist that is." - Claude Monet

"Your painting is the marking of your progression into nature, a sensation of something you see way beyond the two pretty colors over there. Don't stop to paint the material, but push on to give the spirit." - Robert Henri

"If conversation be an art, like painting, sculpture, and literature, it owes its most power charm to nature; and the least shade of formality or artifice destroys the effect of the best collection of words." - Henry Theodore Tuckerman

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

"My aim in painting is to create pulsating, luminous, and open surfaces that emanate a mystic light, in accordance with my deepest insight into the experience of life and nature." - Hans Hofmann

"I believe that one should not think too much about nature when painting, at least not during the painting's conception. The colour sketch should be made exactly as one has perceived things in nature. But personal feeling is the main thing." - Paula Modersohn-Becker

"Now Art, used collectively for painting, sculpture, architecture and music, is the mediatress between, and reconciler of, nature and man. It is, therefore, the power of humanizing nature, of infusing the thoughts and passions of man into everything which is the object of his contemplation." - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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

"I like fishing, I like painting; I like painting fish." - Daniel Craig

"Painting is literature in colors. Literature is painting in language." - Pramoedya Ananta Toer

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

"Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks." - Plutarch

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

"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

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

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

"One minute you're bleeding. The next minute you're hemorrhaging. The next minute you're painting the Mona Lisa." - Mac O'Grady

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

"Basically painting is total idiocy." - Robert Rauschenberg

"Photography is painting with light" - Miroslav Tichy

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

"Painting taught literature to describe." - Orhan Pamuk

"I want to assassinate painting," - Joan Miro

"Painting demands an intelligent model." - Vincent Van Gogh

"From today, painting is dead." - Paul Delaroche

"I want to die painting." - Paul Cezanne

"All gardening is landscape painting." - William Kent

"I wish to die painting." - Paul Cezanne

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

"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

"A lot of what I do is about being in the moment and I think that's hard for people to get. I like it when things suddenly affect the painting. I mix up this red and it affects the whole painting or this little bit of white falls down there, and something changes the whole nature of the thing. The residue on what happens, that's what's in the paintings." - Julian Schnabel

"In 1915 Sophie Tauber and I carried out our first works in the simplest forms, using painting, embroidery and pasted paper (without using oil colors to avoid any reference with usual painting). These were probably the first manifestations of their kind, pictures that were their own reality, without meaning or cerebral intention. We rejected everything in the nature of a copy or a description, in order to give free flow to what was elemental and spontaneous." - Hans Arp

"Our relationship with nature is more one of being than having. We are nature: we do not have nature." - Stephen Harper

"Nature teaches beasts to know their friends." - William Shakespeare

"All art is but imitation of nature." - Seneca the Younger

"Nature does not proceed by leaps." - Carl Linnaeus

"There is no better designer than nature" - Alexander Mcqueen

"For greed, all nature is too little." - Seneca the Younger

"Human beings are curious by nature." - Aristotle

"There is no mistake in nature." - Byron Katie

"Wolves ... are a balance wheel of nature." - Lois Crisler

"Nature is a language - can't you read?" - Steven Morrissey

"Nature, not human activity, rules the climate." - Fred Singer

"Nature never gives everything at once." - Samuel Johnson

"What nature creates has eternity in it." - Isaac Bashevis Singer

"Nature attains perfection, but man never does." - Eric Hoffer

"It's not nice to fool Mother Nature!" - Advertising Slogans

"Human nature is above all things - lazy." - Harriet Beecher Stowe

"Nature is commonplace. Imitation is more interesting." - Gertrude Stein

"Nature, like man, sometimes weeps from gladness." - Benjamin Disraeli

"I think I have a dualistic nature." - Bob Dylan

"The nature of the game is pain." - Ll Cool J

"By nature I'm not a brooder." - Hugh Jackman

"I have, by nature, an analytical mind." - Stephen Sondheim

"Learn from the purity of nature." - Frederick Lenz

"My teachers are Duke Ellington and nature." - Toru Takemitsu

"Nature insists on whatever benefits the whole." - Marcus Aurelius

"We call it "Nature"; only reluctantly admitting ourselves to be "Nature" too." - Denise Levertov

"Sex is nature, and I believe in going along with nature." - Marilyn Monroe

"Nature made us... nature did it all... not the gods of the religions." - Thomas A Edison

"Outside nature, against nature, without excuse, beyond remedy, except what remedy I find within myself." - Jean-Paul Sartre

"Nature doesn't move in a straight line, and as part of nature, neither do we." - Gloria Steinem

"At what point in my struggle with nature will nature finally give up?" - Ashleigh Brilliant

"Science can give us power over nature, but it cannot give us power over human nature." - Thomas Szasz

"Why should art continue to follow nature when every other field has left nature behind?" - Piet Mondrian

"Everything in Nature contains all the powers of Nature. Everything is made of one hidden stuff." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"There is nothing harder to learn than painting and nothing which most people take less trouble about learning. An art school is a place where about three people work with feverish energy and everybody else idles to a degree that I should have conceived unattainable by human nature." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"When we come to understand architecture as the essential nature of all harmonious structure we will see that it is the architecture of music that inspired Bach and Beethoven, the architecture of painting that is inspiring Picasso as it inspired Velasquez, that it is the architecture of life itself that is the inspiration of the great poets and philosophers." - Frank Lloyd Wright

"Art is beauty, and every exposition of art, whether it be music, painting, or the drama, should be subservient to that one great end. As long as nature is a means to the attainment of beauty, so-called realism is necessary and permissable [sic], but it must be realism enhanced by idealism and uplifted by the spirit of an inner life or purpose." - Julia Marlowe

"There's nobody living who couldn't stand all afternoon in front of a waterfall .... Anyone who can sit on a stone in a field awhile can see my painting. Nature is like parting a curtain, you go into it .... as you would cross an empty beach to look at the ocean." - Agnes Martin

"Painting, like poetry, selects in the universe whatever she deems most appropriate to her ends. She assembles in a single fantastic personage, circumstances and features which nature distributes among many individuals. From this combination, ingeniously composed, results that happy imitation by virtue of which the artist earns the title of inventor and not of servile copyist." - Francisco Goya



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