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"Painting completed my life." - Frida Kahlo

"Keep painting your demons." - Jack Beal

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

"If you want to paint the inner life, you paint it from the exterior. From the exterior, you breathe the inner life into your painting." - Charlotte Rampling

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

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

"Light, colour, love - let me come under your spell. Life can be represented only by a lively kind of painting. There is clarity in passion." - Stefan Szczesny

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

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

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

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

"When I say be creative I don't mean that you should all go and become great painters and great poets. I simply mean let your life be a painting, let your life be a poem." - Rajneesh

"Remember always, in painting as in eloquence, the greater your strength, the quieter will be your manner, and the fewer your words; and in painting, as in all the arts and acts of life the secret of high success will be found, not in a fretful and various excellence, but in a quiet singleness of justly chosen aim." - John Ruskin

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

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

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

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

"Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum." - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

"Poetry is to a painting what life is to man." - Georges Braque

"The successful painter is continually painting still life." - Charles Webster Hawthorne

"Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum." - Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

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

"To shut yourself from history is to shut yourself off from say music or painting or the theatre, literature for the rest of your life. It would be to cheat yourself of the pleasures of life." - David Mccullough

"Everybody is too busy with their own lives to give a damn about your book, painting, screenplay etc, especially if you haven't sold it yet. And the ones that aren't, you don't want in your life anyway." - Hugh Macleod

"If you have used colour throughout most of your artistic life, try just black and white... it will take your painting to another dimension where tone and form in all its permutations reign supreme." - David Luiz

"Painting is so close, so personal, so immediate, and so ordinary... It is the ordinary resurrections that define your painting." - Joshua L. Goldberg

"Start a painting with fresh ideas, and then let the painting replace your ideas with its ideas." - Walter Darby Bannard

"Success is not fame or money or the power to bewitch. it is to have created something valuable from your own individuality and skill a garden, an embroidery, a painting, a cake, a life." - Charlotte Gray

"Life is a romantic business. It is painting a picture, not doing a sum - but you have to make the romance, and it will come to the question how much fire you have in your belly." - Oliver Wendell Holmes

"Painting is almost like a religious experience, which should go on and on. Age just gives you the freedom to do some things you've never done before. Great work can come at any stage of your life." - Will Barnet

"I suppose what you're doing as a painter is making a record of your trip through life. I can't think of any job that is quite as satisfactory as doing a painting." - Robert Genn

"I think the word "intelligent" dictates a lot about someone's sense of humor, and the terms of reference in your life, the way you interpret something you read or a painting you look at or something." - Theresa Russell

"life's kind of like a painting. A really bizarre, abstract painting. You could look at it and think that all it is, is a blur. And you could continue living your life thinking that all it is, is just a blur. But if you really look at it, really see it, focus on it, and use your imagination, life can become so much more. The painting could be of the sea, the sky, people,buildings, a butterfly on a flower, or anything except the blur you were once convinced it was." - Cecelia Ahern

"Sculpture and painting are moments of life; poetry is life itself." - Walter Savage Landor

"In painting as in eloquence, the greater your strength, the quieter your manner." - John Ruskin

"It is not your paintings I like, it is your painting." - Albert Camus

"If you can just focus on creating your art whether that's music or writing a book or painting trust me it is really hard to balance that with a personal life. You have to be willing to sacrifice sometimes things in your personal life if your ultimate goal is to pursue things as an artist." - Butch Vig

"Each moment of your life is a brush stroke in the painting of your growing career. There are the bold, sweeping strokes of one increasing, dynamic purpose. There are the lights and shadows that make your life deep and strong. There are the little touches that add the stamp of character and worth. The art of achievement is the art of making life-your life-a masterpiece." - Wilferd Peterson

"Your art is part of the big painting of your life. You are on your own, standing by yourself in the middle of creation. In the beauty of that aloneness, and in how you respond to it, you will find your passion." - Michele Cassou

"I think bridges have a special meaning in our life. I think a book is a bridge. Any type of art is a bridge that allows different cultures to connect. You may not understand your neighbour's way of seeing life, but you sure understand your neighbour's joy in painting or dancing." - Paulo Coelho

"Sometimes a game comes at just the right moment in your life. 'Flower' is beautiful, serene, and a bit of sunshine in a gloomy world. I remember going through a rough spot in my life and turning on 'Flower' for a little break in the day. You fly through luscious landscapes collecting petals and painting the world with life." - Rob Manuel

"If you're going to be an artist, all life is your subject. And all your experience is part of your art. A youngster told me recently that he was going to give himself a year to see if he has talent. A year! It takes a lifetime to see if you have it. Painting is total engagement." - Ben Shahn

"If you can really accept the fact that every time you think a thought and every time you speak a word you are literally painting your future or making your dinner - whatever you want to call it - you are creating ... and you are creating your own life." - Louise Hay

"I happen to be a twin. I grew up half of my life with someone who looks and sounds like me. And I believe it's possible to hold twin desires in your head, such as the desire to create painting and destroy painting at once. The desire to look at a black American culture as underserved, in need of representation, a desire to mine that said culture and to lay its parts bare and look at it almost clinically." - Kehinde Wiley

"Life matters more than any painting, novel, film, or great big diamond." - Rita Mae Brown

"The new painting has broken down every distinction between art and life." - Harold Rosenberg

"And I think a painting has such a limited life anyway" - Robert Rauschenberg

"I've reached a point in my life where my Truman Show boat has hit the painting." - Kanye West

"Painting relates to both art and life. Neither can be made." - Robert Rauschenberg

"Painting gave meaning to my life which without it would not have had" - Francis Bacon

"Architecture, sculpture, painting, music, and poetry, may truly be called the efflorescence of civilised life." - Herbert Spencer

"My life is a creative act-like a painting, or a concerto." - Ram Dass

"Painting is at once a form of meditation and an utter, complete personal engagement with life." - Steven Whitney

"And I think a painting has such a limited life anyway." - Robert Rauschenberg

"Painting is much more than therapy to me its a way of life." - Tony Curtis

"The painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through." - Jackson Pollock

"A painting is life and a painting is death . . . the picture is our own legacy left by tomorrow's dead for tomorrow's living." - Ivan Albright

"In painting you cover up your sins and everyone thinks you're naturally talented." - Robert Genn

"Refine your senses through the great masters of music, painting, and poetry." - Ernst Haas

"You might be a redneck if your favorite Christmas present was a painting on black velvet." - Jeff Foxworthy

"You're trying to make your painting too complicated. Paintings get complicated all by themselves." - Toni Onley

"With every experience, you alone are painting your own canvas, thought by thought, choice by choice." - Oprah Winfrey

"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

"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

"Easel painting means small painting." - David Hockney

"We're painting the same people all our life - it's just the way we look at them that changes. If you experience trauma, you can speak about it in so many different ways. You can speak about landscape, you can speak about your food; it's always different. Trauma is the beginning of life as an artist." - Christian Boltanski

"A novel should be as like life as a painting, but not as like life as a piece of waxwork." - Mary Russell Mitford

"You care enough, that you want your life to be fulfilled in a living way, not in a painting way, not in a writing way...you really do want it to be involving in living, corresponding with other living objects, moving, changing, that kind of thing." - Edie Sedgwick

"Christians belive in a sovereign God who never says "Oops". We believe that all our days ... are divine strokes on the canvas of our lives by the Master Artist who certified his skill, his power, and his love in the Masterpiece of Calvary. If you doubt His skill in painting your life - look at the Calvary" - John Piper

"Punk rock and skateboarding took the 'school' out of living your life, and I related to learning as I went, doing a lot of different things that I liked, when I liked. Consequently, I'm mediocre at all of the above, but still stoked on being a lifetime student of music, skating, painting, writing, etc." - Jeff Ament

"Painting, art in general, enchants me. It is my life. What else matters? When you put all your soul into a work, all that is noble in you, you cannot fail to find a kindred soul who understands you, and you do not need a host of such spirits. Is not that all an artist should wish for?" - Camille Pissarro

"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

"You care enough, that you want your life to be fulfilled in a living way, not in a painting way, not in a writing way... you really do want it to be involving in living, corresponding with other living objects, moving, changing, that kind of thing." - Edie Sedgwick

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

"When spiritual, metaphysical, material, or immaterial events come into my life, I can only fix them by way of painting." - Max Beckmann

"The problem of a painting is physical and metaphysical, the same as I think life is physical and metaphysical." - Barnett Newman

"I see no thread running through my work; I simply get on with my life and my painting." - John Piper

"Painting relates to both art and life. Neither can be made - I try to act in the gap." - Robert Rauschenberg

"Painting is an attempt to come to terms with life. There are as many solutions as there are human beings" - George Tooker

"If you start painting yourself into a corner, life starts shutting down. There is always hopefully a next." - Les Wexner

"I have been painting white people for much longer in my life than I have done for colored people." - Kehinde Wiley

"As a means of expression, painting must deliver universally valid statements, make allegorical reflections on life, and create new mythologies." - Stefan Szczesny

"Painting is an attempt to come to terms with life. There are as many solutions as there are human beings." - George Tooker

"My still-life painting has more to do with light and shadow than with the objects themselves." - William C. Wright

"The majority of my work is from life. I spend most fine days from May to October painting outside." - John Dyer

"Conversation in real life is full of half-finished sentences and overlapping talk. Why shouldn't painting be too?" - Edgar Degas

"In every painting a whole is mysteriously enclosed, a whole life of tortures, doubts, of hours of enthusiasm and inspiration." - Wassily Kandinsky

"Form and substance are one and the same. Form is the life expression and substance the living painting." - Asger Jorn

"I have no fear of making changes, destroying the image, etc., because the painting has a life of its own." - Jackson Pollock

"Painting, for me, is a dynamic balance and wholeness of life; it is mysterious and transcending, yet solid and real." - Richard Pousettedart

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

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

"My problem painting from my life was I found that you can't paint dirt without romanticising it." - Robert Gober

"You have to live in a state of thinking your painting is good, or you couldn't do it." - Roger de Grey

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

"No, the thing to do is try to make a painting that will be alive in your own lifetime." - Marcel Duchamp

"Music is like painting in sound. You take it into your inner heart and never lose it. It's eternally mysterious." - Van Cliburn

"Painting is the act of discovery and you're constantly enlarging your horizon or finding yourself every time you paint." - Romare Bearden

"You usually want to get something out of a painting other than the ideas that you had in your head." - Alex Katz

"Eventually you can see that your pain was part of a much larger picture that God was carefully painting." - James MacDonald

"In fact, using IE is like painting a bull's-eye on your forehead and walking into a war zone." - Mark Joseph Edwards

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

"In England, your life is your life." - Eric Cantona

"Your life is your message." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Your Day Is Your Life" - John Spence

"Your life is your art." - Keri Smith

"Your life informs your writing." - Quintin Jardine

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

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

"But playing your music as loud as you want and coming home drunk aren't real life. Real life, it turns out, is diapers and lawnmowers, decks that need painting, a wife that needs to be listened to, kids that need to be taught right from wrong, a checkbook, an oil change, a sunset behind a mountain, laughter at a kitchen table, too much wine, a chipped tooth, and a screaming child." - Donald Miller

"Fame never interested me. I could have exhibited more of my own works in the 1970s, but I didn't want to. It's sort of like being a child. When you're finished with school, you have only one thing on your mind: to get out and experience life. Did I want to spend all my time working on a painting? No, I wanted to have fun, travel, meet women and live life." - Wolfgang Beltracchi

"This is the way life goes in Big Sur. Waiting for the mail, watching the sea-lions in the surf or the freighters on the horizon, sitting in the tubs at Hot Springs, once in a while a bit of drink - and, most of the time, working at what ever it is that you came here to work on, whether it be painting, writing, gardening or the simple art of living your own life." - Hunter S Thompson

"How do you capture the drama of a Rembrandt painting in a movie? How do you feel that moment that they captured in two hours? I kind of fell into it and at one point, I decided I wanted to live an art life; I wanted to tell stories. I came to New York, and did what most people do - you become a PA and run and get coffee and pay your dues and learn until your opportunity comes." - Antoine Fuqua

"In figure painting, the type of all painting, I have endeavoured to set forth that the principal if not sole source of life enchantments are Tactile Values, Movement and Space Composition." - Bernard Berenson

"Painting bores me like everything else. Unfortunately, painting is one of the activities - it is bound up in the series of activities - that seems to change almost nothing in life, the same habits are always recurring." - Rene Magritte

"Maybe poets express more directly a sense of sympathy for other human beings. Painting is a little bit more of a retreat from human beings in real life; painting is more about the extreme moments when speech doesn't help anymore." - Francesco Clemente

"When I'm painting, I'm not aware of what I'm doing. It's only after a get acquainted period that I see what I've been about. I've no fears about making changes for the painting has a life of its own." - Jackson Pollock

"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

"An artist makes a painting, and nobody bugs him or her about it. It's just you and your painting. To me, that's the way it should be with film as well." - David Lynch

"It's helpful for me to get ideas - the physical action of painting. Sometimes it frees up your writer brain. It's nice for me now that the writing has become a serious career that painting can become more like a hobby." - Erin Morgenstern

"Postpone not your life." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Don't miss your life." - Valerie Harper

"Hate poisons your life." - Robert Thurman

"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

"Getting plastic surgery in your late 70's, it's kind of like painting your house as the fire approaches. Just die, there's no shame in it." - Dana Gould

"The gospel word of the day can become like a painting on the walls. of your inner room, the inner room that is your heart." - Henri Nouwen

"Painting is silent poetry." - Plutarch

"Sunlight is painting." - Nathaniel Hawthorne

"Painting is very interesting." - Sam Waterston

"I love painting." - Heidi Klum

"I hate painting." - Howard Hodgkin

"It's like I'm basically an artist. I'm no different from a painter who sits there and loves what he does. Would you ask who's been painting all his life, 'Why do you keep painting? Why don't you retire?' Retire to what? Stop painting? This is insane. Why would you want to do that?" - Ralph Baer

"Studio Ghosts: When you're in the studio painting, there are a lot of people in there with you - your teachers, friends, painters from history, critics... and one by one if you're really painting, they walk out. And if you're really painting YOU walk out." - Philip Guston

"Comedy is the one absolutely self-aware art form. Actually, hip-hop's another one, I suppose. Because in your songs you're talking about how good a hip-hop artist you are. It's like a painter painting a panting of himself painting a painting." - Bo Burnham

"There's a difference between craft and painting. Craft, your job is to make it exactly the same every time. Painting is the opposite, but in painting there is some craftsmanship, which is called technique. But technique is spontaneous. That's the treasure, the most important part. You are in it." - Michael Chow

"...* to know a lot of people I love pieces of, and to want to synthesize those pieces in me somehow, be it by painting or writing. * to know that millions of others are unhappy and that life is a gentleman's agreement to grin and paint your face gay so others will feel they are silly to be unhappy, and try to catch the contagion of joy, while inside so many are dying of bitterness and unfulfillment..." - Sylvia Plath

"The writer must always leave room for the characters to grow and change. If you move your characters from plot point to plot point, like painting by the numbers, they often remain stick figures. They will never take on a life of their own. The most exciting thing is when you find a character doing something surprising or unplanned. Like a character saying to me: 'Hey, Richard, you may think I work for you, but I don't. I'm my own person.'" - Richard North Patterson

"The real you is still a little child who never grew up. Sometimes that little child comes out when you are having fun or playing, when you feel happy, when you are painting, or writing poetry, or playing the piano, or expressing yourself in some way. These are the happiest moments of your life - when the real you comes out, when you don't care about the past and you don't worry about the future. You are childlike." - Miguel Angel Ruiz

"When you consider what you would love to accomplish in your life but feel ill-prepared to bring it about, picture the eighty-nine Michelangelo living five centuries ago, painting, sculpting, and writing. Imagine he is telling you that you can create whatever you desire, and the great danger is not in having too much hope, but in reaching what you have perceived as hopeless." - Wayne Dyer

"What you do in the present-by painting, preaching, singing, sewing, praying, teaching, building hospitals, digging wells, campaigning for justice, writing poems, caring for the needy, loving your neighbor as yourself-will last into God's future. These activities are not simply ways of making the present life a little less beastly, a little more bearable, until the day when we leave it behind altogether. They are part of what we may call building for God's kingdom." - N T Wright

"What you do in the present-by painting, preaching, singing, sewing, praying, teaching, building hospitals, digging wells, campaigning for justice, writing poems, caring for the needy, loving your neighbor as yourself-will last into God's future. These activities are not simply ways of making the present life a little less beastly, a little more bearable, until the day when we leave it behind altogether. They are part of what we may call building for God's kingdom." - N T Wright

"The writer must always leave room for the characters to grow and change. If you move your characters from plot point to plot point, like painting by the numbers, they often remain stick figures. They will never take on a life of their own. The most exciting thing is when you find a character doing something surprising or unplanned. Like a character saying to me: "Hey, Richard, you may think I work for you, but I do'. I'm my own person."" - Richard North Patterson

"I would be doomed if I didn't invent humor in my life. When I was young, I had all these punk and performance-art bands, dressed in costumes and painting the room and getting kicked out by police. Now when I perform I still feel the stage is more than just where you put your instruments. It's where you can do whatever you feel like." - Nils Frahm

"The future turns out to be something that you make instead of find. It isn't waiting for your arrival, either with an arrest warrant or a band, nor is it any further away than the next sentence, the next best guess, the next sketch for the painting of a life portrait that might become a masterpiece. The future is an empty canvas or a blank sheet of paper, and if you have the courage of your own thought and your own observation, you can make of it what you will." - Lewis H Lapham

"You can't make either life or art, you have to work in the hole in between, which is undefined. That's what makes the adventure of painting." - Robert Rauschenberg

"Simplicity is always the secret, to a profound truth, to doing things, to writing, to painting. Life is profound in its simplicity" - Charles Bukowski

"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

"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

"Did I want to spend all my time working on a painting? No, I wanted to have fun, travel, meet women and live life." - Wolfgang Beltracchi

"I want it to be more universal than that - like a painter doesn't have to explain his life story away to justify his painting." - Beth Orton



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