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Painting Pictures Quotes


"It's not your pictures I like; it's your painting." - Albert Camus

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

"But of course these pictures are not shocking; good painting never is." - Patrick Swift

"Every artist is supposed to get emotional. You're painting pictures of emotions." - Wale

"Painting pictures didn't make me a lot of money. I have to eat." - Ralph Bakshi

"I was not out to paint beautiful pictures; even painting good pictures was not important to me. I wanted only to help the truth burst forth." - Alice Miller

"I was not out to paint beautiful pictures; even painting good pictures was not important to me. I wanted only to help the truth burst forth." - Alice Duer Miller

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

"If people only knew as much about painting as I do, they would never buy my pictures." - Edwin Henry Landseer

"Painting pictures in our mind of what we want serves as the foundation for greater living and greater relationships." - Mary Morrissey

"Acting is like painting pictures on bathroom tissues. Ten minutes later you throw them away and they're gone." - Shelley Winters

"Acting is like painting pictures on bathroom tissues. Ten minutes later you throw them away and they are gone." - Shelley Winters

"I believe, even when I'm doing my standup or my acting or whatever I'm doing, I believe in painting pictures." - J B Smoove

"I don't trust words. I trust pictures." - Gilles Peress

"Good words are worth a thousand pictures." - Anonymous

"Pictures must not be too picturesque." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"People believe pictures. It's a photograph that's in your passport, not a painting. Now, George Bernard Shaw said, 'I would exchange every painting of Christ for one snapshot.' That's what the power of photography is." - Philip Jones Griffiths

"I think we seem to remember things in still pictures. I never gave up on painting. When they said painting was dead, I just thought, Well, that's all about photography, and photography's not that interesting, and it's changing anyway." - David Hockney

"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

"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

"You can't paint pictures of love. You can only imagine them. So I suppose I don't need a painting by another artist. I have enough of my own." - Wolfgang Beltracchi

"A cinematographer is a visual psychiatrist - moving an audience through a movie ... making them think the way you want them to think, painting pictures in the dark." - Gordon Willis

"Painting pictures is simply the official, the daily work, the profession, and in the case of the watercolours I can sooner afford to follow my mood, my spirits." - Gerhard Richter

"I'm a storyteller. I love to tell stories about brands. I love to tell stories, period. I like painting pictures through the words, and that's what I do." - Gary Vaynerchuk

"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

"Don't listen to the fools who say that pictures of people can be of no consequence, or that painting is dead. There is much to be done." - R. B. Kitaj

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

"Moonlight is sculpture; sunlight is painting." - Nathaniel Hawthorne

"Painting and writing are solitary arts." - Conrad Hall

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

"I've had small parts in big pictures and big parts in small pictures." - Candy Darling

"It's not your painting anymore. It stopped being your painting the moment that you finished it." - Jeff Melvoin

"People seldom live up to their baby pictures." - Rodney Dangerfield

"My eyes make pictures when they are shut." - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"Our ideals, like pictures, are made from lights and shadows." - Joseph Joubert

"People learn in different ways: reading, listening, pictures, watching." - W Edwards Deming

"Did you guys take enough freakin' pictures already?" - Tiger Woods

"The scope of art is practically boundless; it does not begin and end with the painting of pictures and the modeling of statues; where there is room for workmanship there is room for it." - Lewis Foreman Day

"Daughter of heaven and earth, coy Spring, With sudden passion languishing, Teaching barren moors to smile, Painting pictures mile on mile, Holds a cup of cowslip wreaths Whence a smokeless incense breathes." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"It is the mysterious that I love in painting. It is the stillness and the silence. I want my pictures to take effect very slowly, to obsess and to haunt." - William Baziotes

"Daughter of heaven and earth, coy Spring, With sudden passion languishing, Teaching barren moors to smile, Painting pictures mile on mile, Holds a cup of cowslip wreaths Whence a smokeless incense breathes." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"It was ironic that there I was finally painting the pictures I'd always wanted to paint and feeling very much at home in the countryside, and I ended up working in New York City, which is definitely the archetypal city." - Brian Froud

"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

"I've come up through art school, through painting, through graphic design, through advertising, through TV commercials and music video. I've designed books, built billboards, matchbooks, corporate identities. I continuously paint, I've done conceptual art pictures." - Tony Kaye

"I'm interested in painting the most beautifully compelling pictures and images and metaphors and stories and explanations possible that will put Jesus in language for a world that desperately needs to hear it." - Rob Bell

"When I'm not painting, I'm Oujia-boarding with my photos. I'll sort through my pictures, put them in different folders, and come back months later to one in particular and try to figure out why I took it." - Damian Loeb

"Abstract painting is abstract. It confronts you. There was a reviewer a while back who wrote that my pictures didn't have any beginning or any end. He didn't mean it as a compliment, but it was." - Jackson Pollock

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

"A painting only lives in the eye of the beholder" - Pablo Picasso

"The form of my painting is the content." - Ellsworth Kelly

"Easel painting means small painting." - David Hockney

"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

"As far as the surface is concerned - oil on canvas, conventionally applied - my pictures have little to do with the original photograph. They are totally painting (whatever that may mean). On the other hand, they are so like the photograph that the thing that distinguished the photograph from all other pictures remains intact." - Gerhard Richter

"These pictures possibly give rise to questions of political content or historical truth. Neither interests me in this instance. And although even my motivation for painting them is probably of no significance, I am trying to put a name to it here, as an articulation, parallel to the pictures, as it were, of my disquiet and of my opinion." - Gerhard Richter

"I do not have a comic or tragic period in any real sense. I have always painted dark pictures; always some light pictures. I will probably go on doing so....Orchestral. My work in its entirety is like a symphony in which each painting has its part." - Clyfford Still

"All my life I have painted pictures so that certain people would drop dead when they looked at them, but I have not succeeded yet. The worst painting cant hurt you, but a bad driver can kill you, a bad judge can send you to the chair, a bad politician can ruin an entire country, That is why even a bad painting is sacred." - Man Ray

"Film is mostly a visual medium, and so the director has much more control in terms of painting pictures and painting a performance. For theater, the director does everything he can and then says, 'Out you go,' and the actors are in charge of that stage every night." - David Lindsayabaire

"I bought a painting in Madrid on my first trip there too and a lot of people say, 'Well it's not the greatest painting' and I say, 'It is to me.' OK, you can look at a beautiful painting and say, 'That's beautiful' but to me, it feels warmer to fill my home with pictures of friends and family and paintings of places I've gone. That's what I want to come home to." - George Clooney

"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

"And you can look up just about anything, even dirty pictures. Every now and again, the dirtiest pictures you ever saw would pop up on the screen. Imagine!" - Kami Garcia

"Cameras don't take pictures, people take pictures." - Michael Lesy

"A painter paints his pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. We provide the music, and you provide the silence." - Leopold Stokowski

"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

"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

"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

"All I care about these days is painting - photography has never been more than a way into painting, a sort of instant drawing." - Henri Cartier-Bresson

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

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

"Pictures can live in one's memory. That's why they are important." - Jesse Jackson

"... what a fatal thing in pictures, books, or human lives, is a lack of proportion." - Dinah Maria Murlock Craik

"I've done my bit for motion pictures-I've stopped making them." - Liberace

"Our ideas, like pictures, are made up of lights and shadows." - Joseph Joubert

"With music you can express any emotion, you can paint pictures..." - Sun Ra

"The trouble with this business is the dearth of bad pictures." - Samuel Goldwyn

"Words divide, pictures unite." - Otto Neurath

"Objects damage pictures." - Wassily Kandinsky

"Television is just another appliance- It's just a toaster with pictures." - Mark S. Fowler

"The art of motion pictures is pictorial and language comes a distant second." - Jeanjacques Annaud

"I'd love to do historical pictures more, but I don't know if I can." - Oliver Stone

"Virtually always I get my best pictures when everybody thinks the shoot's done." - Jock Sturges

"I like to turn things upside down, to watch pictures and situations from another perspective." - Ursus Wehrli

"Neither facts nor pictures seem to sink into our centers of feeling any more." - Robert W Welch Jr

"What switched me to films was the flood of American pictures into Paris after the Liberation." - Francois Truffaut

"My pictures are airbrushed." - Cindy Margolis

"For a long time I found the celebrities of modern painting and poetry ridiculous. I loved absurd pictures, fanlights, stage scenery, mountebanks backcloths, inn-signs, cheap colored prints; unfashionable literature, church Latin, pornographic books badly spelt, grandmothers novels, fairy stories, little books for children, old operas, empty refrains, simple rhythms." - Arthur Rimbaud

"In some exquisite critical hints on "Eurythmy," Goethe remarks, "that the best composition in pictures is that which, observing the most delicate laws of harmony, so arranges the objects that they by their position tell their own story." And the rule thus applied to composition in painting applies no less to composition in literature." - Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

"I have never painted a self-portrait. I am less interested in myself as a subject for a painting than I am in other people, above all women... There is nothing special about me. I am a painter who paints day after day from morning to night... Who ever wants to know something about me... ought to look carefully at my pictures." - Gustav Klimt

"My art tends toward the literary. My pictures tend toward the outskirts of painting: But why generalize? It is possible to realize one thing or another, according to the impressions gained from one point of view or another. But it is too difficult to make a general rule." - James Ensor

"For a long time I found the celebrities of modern painting and poetry ridiculous. I loved absurd pictures, fanlights, stage scenery, mountebanks backcloths, inn-signs, cheap colored prints; unfashionable literature, church Latin, pornographic books badly spelt, grandmothers novels, fairy stories, little books for children, old operas, empty refrains, simple rhythms." - Arthur Rimbaud

"The artist should paint not only what he sees before him, but also what he sees within him. If, however, he sees nothing within him, then he should also refrain from painting that which he sees before him. Otherwise, his pictures will be like those folding screens behind which one expects to find only the sick or the dead." - Caspar David Friedrich

"I was the first woman to paint cleanly, and that was the basis of my success. From a hundred pictures, mine will always stand out. And so the galleries began to hang my work in their best rooms, always in the middle, because my painting was attractive. It was precise. It was 'finished'." - Tamara de Lempicka

"I almost feel like its an obligation to not further the status quo if you become somebody with influence and exposure. I dont want to paint the same painting again. I dont want to make the same sculpture again. Why shouldnt a big movie studio be able to make those small independent kinds of pictures? Why not change it up?" - Andrew Stanton

"I think the thing I really got from Ginsberg was that you can tell a story through kind of painting pictures with words. And when I found out that you could have a profession doing that, it was thrilling to me. It just became my passion immediately, playing with words and poetry." - Lana Del Rey

"I tell a lot of interesting stories and talk about my background and have a lot of fun. We have a lot of pictures. They actually came to my house and shot me painting my toenails and doing dishes. But I never really do the dishes.." - Carmen Electra

"Every time I was with Sammy [Davis Jr.] it was like going to the show business museum because the stories were so extraordinary, and I didn't care if they were true or not after a while. ... I don't know if he really got high with Humphrey Bogart or not. It didn't matter because he was painting these fantastic pictures." - Billy Crystal

"Over the years I always did some water colors, and I did a series of pictures of drawings. I always did it during a period of time that was slow in the photo business, but in essence it was always frustrating because I'd get started, and then it would be time to get back to work and I wouldn't get anywhere with the painting." - Sante Dorazio

"My painting is visible images which conceal nothing... they evoke mystery and indeed when one sees one of my pictures, one asks oneself this simple question 'What does that mean'? It does not mean anything, because mystery means nothing either, it is unknowable." - Rene Magritte

"I am doing what I want to do - painting pictures people want and understand. I have no burning ambition to create the kind of 'art' which the confused critics praise for its 'plastic significance,' 'fluid lines,' and 'inner awareness,' or 'must be understood on three levels." - Arnold Friberg

"I never consciously said, 'I want to be an actor.' It sounds stupid, but it's kind of like being a painter or something. You don't say, 'From today on I'm going to be a painter.' It's not something conscious - you've just been painting pictures all your life." - Franka Potente

"Every writer has their rituals. For me, it's morning walks along the beach. And then, in my study I have a huge painting of the Black Madonna hung over my desk, and quite a few pictures of Mary around me for inspiration." - Sue Monk Kidd

"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

"Keep painting your demons." - Jack Beal

"Painting is silent poetry." - Plutarch

"Painting and illustration cannot be mixed-one cannot merge from one into the other." - N. C. Wyeth

"Music is like creating an emotional painting. The sounds are the colors." - Yanni

"A painting is complete when it has the shadows of a god." - Rembrandt

"There could be a hundred paintings in every one painting, depending on when you stop." - Peter Doig

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

"There is a great difference between painting a face and not washing it." - Thomas Fuller

"(to see the painting) an object, as a real thing in itself." - Jasper Johns

"Painting completed my life." - Frida Kahlo

"Sunlight is painting." - Nathaniel Hawthorne

"Painting is very interesting." - Sam Waterston

"I'd rather create a miniature painting than a Taj Mahal of a book." - Mohsin Hamid

"I love painting." - Heidi Klum

"I hate painting." - Howard Hodgkin

"Norman Rockwell spent his career painting pictures that helped people understand their own that enriched their own experiences and celebrated their own lives. But the art establishment branded him an 'illustrator', a sentimental one at that. Real artists, they said were doing art for art's sake, not for the sake of the bourgeois public. Real artists were putting swiggles, smears or daubs of paint on the canvas. They were doing 'innovative' and 'creative' work. If they were hideous and grotesque; we know that's what life really is!" - Bill Bonner

"I always say I make pictures rather than take pictures." - Terry Richardson

"I want to make books. I want to take pictures and then write all over the pictures. And then I don't have to say a complete story, because I have the picture, and I have just a word." - Kristen Stewart

"Music, architecture and pictures have always been my passions, and all that material wealth has meant for me, is being able to have some of the pictures I liked." - Andrew Lloyd Webber

"Paintin they own pictures then they crop me in But I will remain where the top begins" - Nicki Minaj

"Pictures can be pretty deceptive." - Gayle Forman

"We turn to stories and pictures and music because they show us who and what and why we are." - Madeleine L'Engle

"Pictures rule, but words define, explain, express, direct, and hold together our thoughts and what we know." - Don Watson

"For my second and third pictures I won Academy Awards. Nothing worse could have happened to me," - Luise Rainer

"Just look there (another Heavy Metal Boy sank through the earth's crust and we got some good pictures...)" - William S Burroughs

"Let's make some funny pictures." - Tex Avery

"My pictures really finish themselves." - Howard Hodgkin

"I'm always taking pictures and travelling with a camera and have so many photos that I've done a book." - Norman Reedus

"When you have a magazine like 'Vogue,' you know a lot of kids are going to follow your pictures." - Carine Roitfeld

"I get all dressed up in fuchsia, looking like a clown, and show pretty pictures to people." - Alexandra Stoddard

"Objects in pictures should so be arranged as by their very position to tell their own story." - Johann Wolfgang Von Goeth

"Take pictures with your heart." - Ruth Gruber

"All is without form and void. Someone said of his landscapes that they were pictures of nothing and very like." - William Hazlitt

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

"I am only interested in painting the actual person; in doing a painting of them, not in using them to some ulterior end of art. For me, to use someone doing something not native to them would be wrong." - Lucian Freud

"I'm a tireless worker; I don't consider painting a work, it is not an obligation, I do it for pleasure; I haven't found anything that amuses me more than painting." - Fernando Botero

"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

"The essential of painting is that something, that 'ethereal glue', that intermediary product which the artist secretes with all his creative being and which he has to place, to encrust, to impregnate into the pictorial stuff of the painting." - Yves Klein

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

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

"Emile Saint-Blague had been a lively, versatile painter in his youth, but he had abused his energy by painting too many pictures; so that in what might have been the ripe period of his art he had nothing left but ideas. A man who has nothing left but ideas may be of great service to his friends, but he is of no use at all to himself. Emile was certainly an inspiration to his friends." - Laura Riding

"I first came up with the idea for the colour-chart pictures back in 1966, and my preoccupation with the topic culminated in 1974 with a painting that consisted of 4,096 colour fields. Initially I was attracted by the typical Pop Art aestheticism of using standard colour-sample cards; I preferred the unartistic, tasteful and secular illustration of the different tones to the paintings of Albers, Bill, Calderara, Lohse, etc." - Gerhard Richter

"A painted landscape is always more beautiful than a real one, because there's more there. Everything is more sensual, and one takes refuge in its beauty. And man needs spiritual expression and nourishing. It's why even in the prehistoric era, people would scrawl pictures of bison on the walls of caves. Man needs music, literature, and painting-all those oases of perfection that make up art-to compensate for the rudeness and materialism of life." - Fernando Botero

"With cold eyes and indifferent mind the spectators regard the work. Connoissers admire the "skill" (as one admires a tightrope walker), enjoy the "quality of painting" (as one enjoys a pasty). But hungry souls go hungry away. The vulgar herd stroll through the rooms and pronounce the pictures "nice" or "splendid." Those who could speak have said nothing, those who could hear have heard nothing." - Wassily Kandinsky

"Let the painter composing narrative pictures take pleasure in wealth and variety, and avoid repeating any part that occurs in it, so that the uniqueness and abundance attract people to it and delight the eye of the observer. I say that a narrative painting requires (depending on the scene), wherever the eye falls, a mixture of men of diverse appearances, of diverse ages and dress, combined together with women, children, dogs, horses, buildings, fields, and hills." - Leonardo Da Vinci

"It is true that the Drive-By Media is not spending a lot of time covering the Donald Trump Middle East trip. The reason is, they don't want to write or televise any of this because it's in such stark contrast to the pictures they've been painting of Trump. It's so incongruent. It's so inconsistent. In addition to all else, it is the protection of the Barack Obama legacy." - Rush Limbaugh

"She carried within herself a great fund of life, and her deepest enjoyment was to feel the continuity between the movement of her own heart and the agitations of the world. For this reason, she was fond of seeing great crowds, and large stretches of country, of reading about revolutions and wars, of looking at historical pictures-a class of efforts to which she had often gone so far as to forgive much bad painting for the sake of the subject." - Henry James



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