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Painting Portraits Quotes


"Photography freed painting from a lot of tiresome chores, starting with family portraits." - Pierre-Auguste Renoir

"Painting self-portraits without clothes on has also given me some publicity." - Cleo Moore

"Elizabeth Peyton, the artist known for tiny, dazzling portraits of radiant youth, is now painting tiny, dazzling portraits of radiant middle age." - Jerry Saltz

"Easel painting means small painting." - David Hockney

"A man cannot paint portraits till he has seen faces." - Christian Nestell Bovee

"My portraits are half what I see and the other half is invented or dictated by the person and the painting." - Francesco Clemente

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

"Keep painting your demons." - Jack Beal

"Painting is silent poetry." - Plutarch

"Painting is very interesting." - Sam Waterston

"I love painting." - Heidi Klum

"Cassius and Brutus were the more distinguished for that very circumstance that their portraits were absent." - Tacitus

"(Canada) - the most parochial nationette on earth ... I have been living in this sanctimonious icebox ... painting portraits of the opulent Methodists of Toronto. Methodism and money in this city have produced a sort of hell of dullness." - Wyndham Lewis

"Self-portraits have been done in painting, but never in music or literature. It has no meaning, it makes no sense. And in movies I was wondering if it could. And how." - Jean-Luc Godard

"I feel like vocals are to music what portraits are to painting. They're the humanity. Landscapes are good and fine, but at the end of the day everyone loves the Mona Lisa." - Grimes

"I do portraits. I usually do live models in a class environment, but I've been painting at home more. I really love the human form, and I love faces. I've tried to do landscapes a few times." - Michelle Pfeiffer

"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

"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 die painting." - Paul Cezanne

"All gardening is landscape painting." - William Kent

"I wish to die painting." - Paul Cezanne

"All photographs are self-portraits." - Minor White

"I have always noticed that in portraits of really great writers the mouth is always firmly closed." - Gertrude Stein

"I think I'm just generally more interested in figuration than abstraction. I think that painting abstraction often feels like painting colors to me, whereas portraits always feel like something connected. I like the exchange, the collaborative aspect of sitter and subject for sure." - Hilton Als

"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

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

"Literature is painting, architecture, and music." - Yevgeny Zamyatin

"Geometry is the foundation of all painting." - Albrecht Durer

"Eloquence is the painting of thought ..." - Blaise Pascal

"Each painting evolves freely and independently." - Fernando Araujo Perdomo

"For me, painting is like meditation." - Janet Fish

"Painting is saying "Ta" to God." - Stanley Spencer

"Abstract painting is abstract. It confronts you...." - Jackson Pollock

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

"Painting is another form of thinking." - Gerhard Richter

"Painting is an investigation of being." - Squeak Carnwath

"Writing is fifty years behind painting." - Brion Gysin

"Fiction is not photography, it's oil painting." - Robertson Davies

"When in doubt, make a red painting." - Kay WalkingStick

"Writing is the painting of the voice." - Voltaire

"Every song is like a painting." - Dick Dale

"Painting is a hobby for me." - Renee Oconnor

"Wine pricing is an art - like painting." - Joe Bastianich

"I found I have to stay painting." - Alan Bean

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

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

"The substance of painting is light." - Andre Derain

"Painting becomes interesting when it becomes timeless." - Peter Doig

"Eloquence is a painting of the thoughts." - Blaise Pascal

"I love film - it's like painting." - Azzedine Alaia

"I have sworn to die painting." - Paul Cezanne

"Painting, I think it's like jazz." - Brian Eno

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

"I will keep painting until I die." - Yayoi Kusama

"Painting is a hobby for me." - Renee O'Connor

"I never really separated painting and literature." - Cy Twombly

"We must always apologize for talking painting." - Paul Valery

"A poem is like a painting." - Horace

"What has reasoning to do with painting?" - William Blake

"Painting is more important than art." - Wayne Thiebaud

"Painting is a coalescing of experience." - Richard Phillips

"I did painting before I did photography." - David Bailey

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

"What a conception of art must those theorists have who exclude portraits from the proper province of the fine arts! It is exactly as if we denied that to be poetry in which the poet celebrates the woman he really loves. Portraiture is the basis and the touchstone of historic painting." - August Wilhelm von Schlegel

"I love movies, don't get me wrong. But I don't go to the cinema. I see movies at the end of the year as a glut from the Academy. I binge-watch all the nominated films. Painting fills that void now. It's oils. It's acrylics. It's figurative, portraits and landscape." - Pierce Brosnan

"Later, in a different home, I befriended a eucalypt, using a resilient bough as a trampoline. Learning nothing from having plummeted from the peppercorn, I'd bounce happily in my haven in the heavens. I loved that tree - and fully understand why Heysen, Roberts, McCubbin and the rest devoted so much time and effort to painting arboreal portraits." - Phillip Adams

"When painting portraits a lot of people say, 'Why not get a photograph of the person?' Photography is wonderful and it is an art form in itself, but... my portrait is a culmination of elements... a truer image of a person than just the 'click' of a snapshot." - Jamie Wyeth

"'Painting like a child' isn't a negative for me... it's something only great artists can really achieve. The childlike quality of some of Picasso's drawings is precisely what makes them so masterful and extraordinary; the ability to express complete visions, feelings and portraits through a continuous line." - Damien Hirst

"God sends experience to paint men's portraits." - Henry Ward Beecher

"It is not about painting life, it is about making painting alive." - Paul Cezanne

"There is no light painting or dark painting, but simply relations of tones." - Paul Cezanne

"Use your blood to paint. Keep painting until you faint. Keep painting until you die." - Yoko Ono

"Photoshop came out of painting, and now it's going back to painting." - David Hockney

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

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

"Painting is the supreme form of expression; you don't need to 'read' painting." - Peter Greenaway

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

"I am the thing that I am painting at the time of painting." - Douglas Lockwood

"I don't like painting flowers in my music. I like painting guts and pain." - Jonathan Davis

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

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

"I don't know what Alison [McGhee] thinks, but I very strongly doubt that we will ever see the parents of Bink or Gollie. However, I do think it would be fun to make Tony Fucile draw portraits of the parental units and have those portraits sitting on Bink's mantel or in Gollie's kitchen. Glowering. A little." - Kate Dicamillo

"I just realized that I never look at a painting and ask, 'Is this painting fictional or non-fictional?' It's just a painting." - Scott McClanahan

"I just realized that I never look at a painting and ask, 'Is this painting fictional or non-fictional?' It's just a painting." - Scott McClanahan

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

"The freer the soul, the more abstract painting becomes." - Marc Chagall

"More than a process, painting is being possessed..." - Philip Guston

"Every painting is a voyage into a sacred harbor." - Giotto Di Bondone

"Teach the children! It is painting in fresco." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

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

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

"Painting is something that takes place among the colors." - Rainer Maria Rilke

"You can't sweeten the well by painting the pump." - Adrian Rogers

"As a teenager I started painting and playing guitar." - Buffy Sainte-Marie

"Painting is the art of hollowing a surface." - Georges Seurat

"A Painting without emotion is like a tree without roots." - Ray Wilkins

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

"Apart from painting and gardening, I'm not good at anything." - Claude Monet

"The painting is finished when the idea has disappeared." - Georges Braque

"Different shades of life make the painting more beautiful." - Michael Dolan

"Flesh was the reason why oil painting was invented" - Willem De Kooning

"When I am finished painting, I paint again for relaxation." - Pablo Picasso

"Perspective is the rein and rudder of painting." - Leonardo Da Vinci

"Painting is the intermediate between a thought and a thing." - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"You bring to a painting your own experience." - Jacob Lawrence

"My painting occurs when I think of two disparate elements." - Alex Colville

"Painting and tattooing the body is a return to animalism." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Painting doesn't mean just describing; it's a state of spirit." - Caryl Churchill

"Painting is with me but another word for feeling." - John Constable

"A painting without something disturbing in it - what's that?." - Georges Braque

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

"Digital design is like painting, except the paint never dries." - Neville Brody

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

"Painting is a play of opacities and transparencies." - Pierre Soulages

"I want painting to be difficult to do." - Richard Diebenkorn

"The painting is usually finished before you are." - Rex Brandt

"Your painting is a measure of your mind." - Millard Sheets

"Love is art, not truth. It's like painting scenery." - Lorrie Moore

"What has reason to do with the art of painting?" - William Blake

"Computers, singing, reading, painting and gardening are my hobbies." - Arfa Karim

"Aesthetics is for painting as Ornithology is for the birds." - Barnett Newman

"Flesh was the reason why oil painting was invented." - Willem De Kooning

"I dream my painting, and then I paint my dream." - Vincent Van Gogh

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

"All gardening is landscape painting,' said Alexander Pope." - Rebecca Solnit

"The only time I feel alive is when I'm painting." - Vincent Van Gogh

"Painting is just another way of keeping a diary." - Pablo Picasso

"One must act in painting as in life, directly." - Pablo Picasso

"I dream of painting and then I paint my dream." - Vincent Van Gogh

"Painting is an infinitely minute part of my personality." - Salvador Dali

"I've been trying to pick up painting but it's hard." - George Eads

"Language is much closer to film than painting is." - Sergei Eisenstein

"Sculpture will last a lot longer than painting." - Richard Macdonald

"Her sculptured face was as perfect as a painting." - Christopher Paolini

"The painting has a life of its own" - Jackson Pollock

"Painting is founded on the heart controlled by the head." - Paul Cezanne



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