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Painting Yourself Quotes


"You cannot possibly invent painting all by yourself." - Pierre Bonnard

"The most difficult object in painting is yourself because you're always at issue" - Romare Bearden

"Painting is a self-disciplined activity that you have to learn by yourself." - Romare Bearden

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

"I needed an outlet in high school and came across painting. I've actually been painting longer than I've been acting. A movie is a collaborative effort, and with painting you just have yourself." - James Franco

"You want to know how to paint a perfect painting? It's easy. Make yourself perfect and then just paint naturally." - Robert M Pirsig

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

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

"My work is immaterial. It's not painting, it's not sculpture, it's emotions. I'm giving you something to experience yourself." - Marina Abramovic

"Painting isn't just pretty or pleasant; it is something that helps you to stand alone and face yourself." - Pierre Soulages

"Easel painting means small painting." - David Hockney

"It's good when someone comes to a book or a movie and interacts with it. It's the difference between an illustration and a painting. An illustration serves a specific purpose, and a painting is something you can immerse yourself in." - Charlie Kaufman

"Painting and art cannot be taught. You can save time if someone tells you to put blue and yellow together to make green, but the essence of painting is a self-disciplined activity that you have to learn by yourself." - Romare Bearden

"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

"Trust yourself. Think for yourself. Act for yourself. Speak for yourself. Be yourself. Imitation is suicide." - Marva Collins

"Once you start painting, you could of course get lost. I mean you get out of yourself, you don't know whether you're thinking, you just act actually sometimes." - David Hockney

"To paint is always to start at the beginning again, yet being unable to avoid the familiar arguments about what you see yourself painting." - Philip Guston

"Poetry and painting are done in the same way you make love; it's an exchange of blood, a total embrace - without caution, without any thought of protecting yourself." - Joan Miro

"Take yourself seriously but take yourself lightly." - Ken Blanchard

"Defining yourself through thought is limiting yourself." - Eckhart Tolle

"Be yourself and look outside of yourself." - Larry Towell

"In business for yourself, not by yourself." - William James

"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

"Before a painter puts a brush to his canvas, he sees his picture mentally.... If you think of yourself in terms of a painting, what do you see?... Is the picture one you think worth painting?... You create yourself in the image you hold in your mind." - Thomas Dreier

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

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

"Forgive everybody but yourself." - Holbrook Jackson

"Yourself" - Joe Vitale

"You should love yourself." - Gerard Way

"Be humble. Be yourself." - Bobby Green

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

"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

"Manet wanted one day to paint my wife and children. Renoir was there. He took a canvas and began painting them, too. After a while, Manet took me aside and whispered, 'You're on very good terms with Renoir and take an interest in his future - do advise him to give up painting! You can see for yourself that it's not his metier at all." - Claude Monet

"Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade, just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself." - Truman Capote

"... lend your ears to music, open your eyes to painting, and ... stop thinking! Just ask yourself whether the work has enabled you to "walk about" into a hitherto unknown world. If the answer is yes, what more do you want?" - Wassily Kandinsky

"I can't think of anything more rewarding than being able to express yourself to others through painting. Exercising the imagination, experimenting with talents, being creative; these things, to me, are truly the windows to your soul." - Bob Ross

"Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself." - Truman Capote

"Lend your ears to music, open your eyes to painting, and... stop thinking! Just ask yourself whether the work has enabled you to 'walk about' into a hitherto unknown world. If the answer is yes, what more do you want?" - Wassily Kandinsky

"All art is exorcism. I paint dreams and visions too; the dreams and visions of my time. Painting is the effort to produce order; order in yourself. There is much chaos in me, much chaos in our time." - Otto Dix

"You call yourself what you want to call yourself." - Bob Dylan

"Never apologize for being yourself." - Paulo Coelho

"[N]ever stop being yourself." - Ruth Minsky Sender

"Accustom yourself to tireless activity." - Alexander Suvorov

"Include yourself in any reproof." - Nachman of Breslov

"Keep your treasure to yourself." - Douglas Coupland

"Why not imagine yourself successful?" - Maxwell Maltz

"Some situations you cause yourself." - Little Richard

"Make yourself necessary to somebody." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Know yourself, to know others." - Conor Mcgregor

"Enjoy being with yourself, hanging out with yourself, doing things by yourself." - Frederick Lenz

"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

"It's important to be yourself. What art does for everyone, helps you understand yourself and in a distilled way, whether it's a painting or a scene in acting or a joke. It distills something about everyday life that can be important to you." - Val Kilmer

"I think one important thing that happens in the studio is accepting yourself as the enemy and painting from that point of view. So instead of pointing the finger outward and passing judgment, instead, you start with yourself as your own worst enemy." - Lisa Yuskavage

"Embrace and love all of yourself - past, present, and future. Forgive yourself quickly and as often as necessary. Encourage yourself. Tell yourself good things about yourself." - Melody Beattie

"Help people to meditate, because there is nothing more creative than meditation. Each art and each creativity can be tremendously enhanced by meditation. If somebody is a painter and he starts meditating, his painting will have a sudden jump, it will become tremendously profound - because whatsoever you paint reflects your mind. If the mind goes deeper, your painting will go deeper. You paint your mind. What else can you paint? You paint yourself." - Rajneesh

"I sit for two or three hours and then in 15 minutes I can do a painting, but that's part of it. You have to get ready and decide to jump up and do it; you build yourself up psychologically, and so painting has no time for brush. Brush is boring, you give it and all of a sudden it's dry, you have to go. Before you cut the thought, you know?" - Cy Twombly

"When we talk about Orientalist painting, we're talking about painting generally from the seventeenth through the nineteenth century, and some would say even into the twentieth, that allows Europe to look at Africa, Asia Minor, or East Asia in a way that's revelatory but also as a place in which you can empty yourself out. A place in which there is no place. It's an emptiness and a location at once." - Kehinde Wiley

"Then you learn about composition, you learn about old masters, you form certain ideas about structure. But the inhuman activity of trying to make some kind of jump or leap, where , the painting is always saying, 'What do you want from me? I can only be a painting.' You have to go from part to part, but you shouldn't see yourself go from part to part, that's the whole point." - Philip Guston

"Take off your armor; dare to be vulnerable, dare to unwrap yourself, and dare yourself to be yourself." - Maria Shriver

"After two takes you're imitating yourself." - Thelonious Monk

"Stop explaining yourself. Shut up and act!" - Craig MacDonald

"Physician, heal thyself. Teacher, teach yourself." - John of Kronstadt

"Enjoy yourself -it's later than you think." - Guy Lombardo

"Love yourself-accept yourself-forgive yourself-and be good to yourself, because without you the rest of us are without a source of many wonderful things." - Leo Buscaglia

"It's always important to be yourself." - Leighton Meester

"Without knowing yourself, there is no peace." - Jiddu Krishnamurti

"You can't change music by yourself." - Johnny Ramone

"Place the team above yourself always." - John Wooden

"Every day you have to reinvent yourself" - Oscar De La Renta

"Enjoy going through life as yourself." - Lena Dunham

"Lie to yourself until it's true." - Jodi Picoult

"Surround yourself with people who are doers!" - Wayne Dyer

"You'll never be greater than yourself." - Bob Dylan

"Learn to forgive yourself and move on." - Helene D Gayle

"Always be yourself, there's no one better!" - Selena Gomez

"You're probably smarter than you present yourself." - Norman Granz

"Forgive yourself - no one else will." - Maya Angelou

"Don't censor yourself to comfort their ignorance." - Jon Stewart

"Travel far enough, you meet yourself." - David Mitchell

"It takes time to understand yourself, to go inside yourself and to question yourself and really take yourself to task. That's self-expression." - John Leguizamo

"You must develop yourself to be successful" - John C Maxwell

"Love testing yourself more than fearing loosing" - Ron Clarke

"Be willing to redefine yourself every day." - Deepak Chopra

"Best be yourself, imperial, plain and true!" - Robert Browning

"Enjoy yourself. It's later than you think." - Proverbs

"Be a coffee-drinking individual - espresso yourself!" - Anonymous

"All forgiveness is a gift to yourself." - Helen Schucman

"Buy less, choose well & do it yourself!" - Vivienne Westwood

"Be different; be unique; be yourself." - Christina Grimmie

"Taking care of yourself is so important." - Gabrielle Reece

"Self-suggestion makes you master of yourself." - W Clement Stone

"Nobody can bring you peace but yourself." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"It's really about being pleased with yourself." - Janet Jackson

"Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself." - Suzanne Somers

"Acquaint yourself with your own ignorance." - Isaac Watts

"You don't want to pigeonhole yourself." - Kevin Hart

"Repect yourself... The rest will follow." - Pythagoras

"Never use God to hurt yourself." - Laura Schlessinger

"Never imitate. The mind is an imitator, because imitation is very easy. To be someone is very difficult. To become someone is very easy - all that you need is to be a hypocrite, which is not much of a problem. Deep down you remain the same, but on the surface you go on painting yourself according to some image." - Rajneesh

"The subject I liked best was painting, but the teachers didn't approve of my experiments and sometimes criticized me in front of the whole class. Maybe my love for photography came from that humiliation: a photo is something that you develop and print yourself, in the dark, and that remains in the dark until you decide to show it." - Hiroshi Hamaya

"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

"Whether it's films or painting or music or writing a book, the greatest experience is being able to express yourself and what you've gone through, trying to figure out a way to make it into something that's artistic that people can connect with." - Rob Reiner

"When painting a landscape it is desirable to walk through the clumps and around the bushes, around the trees, the houses and the rocks. Familiarizing yourself in this way with the subject, you will get a better concept of the thing and not a visual and false snapshot." - John French Sloan

"A poet can feel free, in my estimation, to write a poem for himself. Or a painter can paint a painting for himself. You can write a short story for yourself. But for me, comedy by its nature is communal. If other people don't get it, I'm not sure why you are doing it." - Keeganmichael Key

"A poet can feel free, in my estimation, to write a poem for himself. Or a painter can paint a painting for himself. You can write a short story for yourself. But for me, comedy by its nature is communal. If other people don't get it, I'm not sure why you are doing it." - Keegan-Michael Key

"A fat lot of good it would do if I told you that Titian's courtesans make you want to caress them. Some day you'll see the Titians for yourself, and if they have no effect on you, then you don't understand the first thing about painting. And I wouldn't be able to help you." - Pierre-Auguste Renoir

"The reason for my painting large canvases is that I want to be intimate and human. To paint a small picture is to place yourself outside your experience, to look upon an experience as a stereopticon view or with a reducing glass. However you paint the larger picture, you are in it. It isn't something you command." - Mark Rothko

"The moment of creative impulse is what an artist gives you. You look at a Pollock, and it can't give you the tools to do a painting like that yourself, but in doing the work, Pollock shares with you the moment of creative impulse that drove him to do that work." - Patti Smith

"I'm compelled to paint nearly every day. I just felt like making a painting, went out and bought paints and a canvas. Now it fulfills me creatively when I'm not doing music: it's something you can do by yourself and it's totally yours. It's a great adjunct to my life." - David Johansen

"What you have to do is disavow yourself from any sense other than ascendancy. That's the only direction you could possibly have towards painting. There's no other direction at all. There's no other space in art. There's no other way in which you can find yourself except in somehow feeling it. And by holding to this feeling you can once again reach out and guess and miss - and sometimes hit." - Milton Resnick

"Good design, like good painting, cooking, architecture or whatever you like, is a manifestation of the capacity of the human spirit to transcend its limitations." - George Nelson

"Every painting is a war. You have to struggle every day, and to struggle every day with your inadequacies is a damn nuisance." - Neil Welliver

"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

"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

"Without atmosphere a painting is nothing." - Rembrandt

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

"Intensity is all that matters in painting." - John Piper

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



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