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Palette Quotes


"Nothing cleans my palette like a polka." - Bill Allred

"I use the audience as my color palette, my instrument." - Bobby Mcferrin

"Color was the palette of commercial photography and snapshot photography." - Martin Parr

"A photographer must choose a palette as painters choose theirs." - Joel Sternfeld

"As long as you work in a color palette and you style what you already have within that color palette, it's going to look good together." - Emily Henderson

"Instead of using brushes all the time, try a palette knife to paint." - Frank Bruno

"The sensations of colors on the palette can be spiritual experiences." - Wassily Kandinsky

"Color is like music. The palette is an instrument that can be orchestrated to build form." - John French Sloan

"Is the painter a plagiarist because he sets his palette to nature?" - Benjamin West

"Asexual, aseasonal, rectangular, slick palette of blacks, touches of pure grays and intense dark blues." - Rad Hourani

"The artist Nature often achieves greatest effect when not working with a full palette." - Jim Perrin

"I really like to keep my palette small but to be very intense, very myopic." - Emma Donoghue

"Reality is a palette that humans paint on to let themselves sleep better at night." - Anonymous

"I like to use the audience as my color palette, my instrument." - Bobby Mcferrin

"A world of colors on the palette remaining... wandering... on canvases still emerging." - Wassily Kandinsky

"You know creators, composers, need a palette for life, a color for life." - Mstislav Rostropovich

"I've learned to create a palette, a vocabulary of ways to take pictures." - Annie Leibovitz

"On the whole, the modern palette is the same as the one used by the artists of Pompeii... I mean it has not been enriched. The ancients used earths, ochres, and ivory-black - you can do anything with that palette." - Pierre-Auguste Renoir

"Your home should reflect who you are, so pick a palette that's close to your heart and run with it." - Jonathan Adler

"Sixteen million colors in your palette are hard for any artist, especially a beginner, to turn down." - Buffy Sainte-Marie

"Telling yourself you have all the time in the world, all the colors in the palette, that just kills creativity." - Jack White

"Winter's palette is clear and spare, restrictive enough to curb the excesses of even the most daring gardeners." - Rosemary Verey

"I think Americans such as Leviathan have done a lot to expand the sonic palette of black metal." - Colin Marston

"Sounds are indeed like colors, and my hunger for a truer palette of colors grows day to day." - Mark Heard

"You never know the palette of the one you kill until the mind disgorges its finest colours." - Anne Rice

"You can never have enough guitars. It's like women and shoes... it's nice to have different paints on your palette." - Dave Genn

"Sixteen million colors in your palette are hard for any artist, especially a beginner, to turn down." - Buffy Saintemarie

"Repertory theater is all about being part of the whole, one of the many colors in this vast palette." - Tom Hanks

"With a limited palette, the older painters could do just as well as today what they did was sounder." - Pierre-Auguste Renoir

"At one side of the palette there is white, at the other black; and neither is ever used neat." - Winston Churchill

"All the earth colours of the painter's palette are out there in the many miles of badlands..." - Georgia O'Keeffe

"I sometimes go for the strongest, most vivid colour on the palette, which in the case of movies is violence." - Brian De Palma

"I continue to get further away from the usual painter's tools such as easel, palette, brushes, etc." - Jackson Pollock

"The way 'Lux' was made is that there are 12 sections in here, though two of them are joined together. So there are really 11 sections, in a sense, and each one uses five notes out of a palette of seven notes, and my palette is all the white notes on the piano. That was the original palette." - Brian Eno

"The color palette grew as the story progressed. The 1920's sharecroppers were muted and neutrals, the 30's and 40's introduced burgundy to the neutral palette. The 1950's introduced green, black and denim blue, the 1960's introduced orange and heavier more saturated color, the 1970's introduced more primaries, and the fashion palette became more recognizable as a contemporary one from there." - Ruth E. Carter

"I applied streaks and blobs of colors onto the canvas with a palette knife, and I made them sing with all the intensity I could..." - Wassily Kandinsky

"My best beauty secret is simple: Have the right palette and the right colors and remember, you need so much less makeup than you think." - Jessalyn Gilsig

"Usually I'm thinking about the palette. I'm thinking about the color for the most part, then I'll start thinking about composition and movement." - Steven Soderbergh

"I have heard that hysterical women say They are sick of the palette and fiddle-bow, Of poets that are always gay" - William Butler Yeats

"Thoth, Hermes, the stylus, the palette, the pen, the quill endure, though our books are a floor of smouldering ash under our feet." - Hilda Doolittle

"A violinist had a violin, a painter his palette. All I had was myself. I was the instrument that I must care for." - Josephine Baker

"Ideally, travel broadens our perspectives personally, culturally, and politically. Suddenly, the palette with which we paint the story of our lives has more colors." - Rick Steves

"The imagination is a palette of bright colors. You can use it to touch up memories - or you can use it to paint dreams." - Robert Breault

"Black is always elegant. It is the most complete colour in the whole world, made of all the colours in the palette." - Riccardo Tisci

"The statement is that I'm not one icon. I'm every icon. I'm an icon that is made out of all the colors on the palette at every time." - Lady Gaga

"I don't want anyone to appreciate the light or the palette of tones. I want my pictures to inform, to provoke discussion - and to raise money." - Sebastiao Salgado

"The camera will never compete with the brush and palette until such time as photography can be taken to Heaven or Hell." - Edvard Munch

"The statement is that I'm not one icon. I'm every icon. I'm an icon that is made out of all the colors on the palette at every time." - Lady Gaga

"I will not allow anyone to take anything off my palette but if I do then within that, I can be creative." - Patrick Ness

"You know you don't really need the band or the singer/songwriter in the same way, so you look at everything as part of your palette." - DJ Spooky

"Starry starry night, Paint your palette blue and grey Look out on a summer's day with eyes that know the darkness in my soul..." - Don Mclean

"I get my inspiration from books, pictures, art. I might find a vintage scarf and say, "I think this should be our color palette."" - Jessica Simpson

"As an actor, you're a color of paint on someone else's palette. But as a director, it's your canvas and you make the painting you want to make." - Denzel Washington

"How few of our young English impressionists knew the difference between a palette and a picture! However, I believe that Walter Sickert did - sly dog!" - Aubrey Beardsley

"There's no palette as rich as a garden. And the intensity of it - I make this statement all the time: You can't plan nature; you court her." - Robert Irwin

"Jazz vision for me is seeing my art in musical term. It offers me an visual expressions in an ever-changing musical palette." - Barbara Januszkiewicz

"Color, like everything else concerning visual expression, usually boils down to a gift, an innate sensibility and sensitivity. Ultimately, artists develop their own palette and color sense." - Scott Kahn

"It's hard sometimes to take a step back and realize what's happened because you're always trying to move forward. You're always looking at the next palette." - Alexander Wang

"In our life there is a single color, as on an artist's palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love." - Marc Chagall

"New York gives us a wide colour palette to cook from. We have cuisines from around the world, and that lets us pick and choose." - David Chang

"I'm not here to affect you politically or socially. I'm here to make you laugh. I use the news as the palette for my jokes." - Stephen Colbert

"I love writing for women. The willingness to go from laughter to tears in a moment is the greatest palette you can paint with as a writer." - Michael Patrick King

"I never plan anything in an analytical way before I shoot, but when I look back there seems to be kind of a primary color palette." - Alex Prager

"Progress in painting, there's no such thing! ...One day I went and changed the yellow on my palette. Well, the result was, I floundered for ten years!" - Pierre-Auguste Renoir

"The painter's only solid ground is the palette and colors, but as soon as the colors achieve an illusion, they are no longer judged." - Pierre Bonnard

"When you look at the world, the world isn't just one palette. It's a beautiful rainbow, and why not have someone to represent that rainbow?" - Joan Smalls

"Writing the songs and producing the songs and arranging them and recording them is your canvas and your palette and your brush." - Scott Weiland

"Radio is truly the theater of the mind. The listener constructs the sets, colors them from his own palette, and sculpts and costumes the characters who perform in them." - Mercedes Mccambridge

"I maintain that the expression of junk and objects has an intrinsic value, and I see no need to look for aesthetic forms in them and to adapt them to the colors of the palette." - Arman

"I've made clothes my whole life, but I was just naive about the fashion world. But I think it's successful because I've been really involved. Picking the samples, inspirations, color palette." - Gwen Stefani

"One begins by plaguing oneself to no purpose in order to be true to nature, and one concludes by working quietly from one's own palette alone, and then nature is the result." - Vincent Van Gogh

"I play enough other mad people, as well and some sane people, to vary the palette of what's scrabbling around in my head and soul to bring to the floor, as a storyteller." - Benedict Cumberbatch

"My palette contains a warm and cool of each primary, plus four modifiers: Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Blue-Violet and Phthalo Yellow-Green just mix as I go for each painting." - Matt Smith

"The terrain of Adam's Mountain provides a palette unique to the region. Rather than typical mountain slope play, the course is broad and open, allowing for special golf experiences on every single hole." - Tom Weiskopf

"I continue to get further away from the usual painter's tools such as easel, palette, brushes, etc. I prefer sticks, trowels, knives and dripping fluid paint or a heavy impasto with sand, broken glass or other foreign matter added." - Jackson Pollock

"I look at my four boys, who are the colors of silt, loam, dust, and clay, an infinite palette for children of their own, and I understand that time erases whiteness altogether." - Barbara Kingsolver

"Most of the time I dress depending on my mood. I just throw on whatever I feel like wearing at the time, which tends to come from the palette of black, grey or red." - Kate Moss

"Green Giant contained a very strong and clear site and building design concept. Green Giant had strong formal, aesthetic and programmatic concepts, coupled with a good understanding and incorporation of 2030 Palette design strategies." - Edward Mazria

"The terrain of Adam's Mountain provides a palette unique to the region. Rather than typical mountain slope play, the course is broad and open, allowing for special golf experiences on every single hole." - Tom Weiskopf

"I always tell the younger filmmakers and students: Do it like the painters used to...Study they old masters. Enrich your palette. Expand the canvas. There's always so much more to learn." - Martin Scorsese

"I am a slave to the rhythm. I am a palette. I just go with the moment. You've got to do it that way because if you're thinking, you're dead. Performing is not about thinking; it's about feeling." - Michael Jackson

"I use those expectations as a color on my palette, a certain temperature in the room. You can use those expectations for the great punchline, but also for a great painting, in society." - Kehinde Wiley

"My style is a little masculine, and what I loved about Pyer Moss was how well he can make a blazer, the looseness of those pants, or color palette that he chooses from season to season." - Erykah Badu

"My days could be described as an ever changing palette of blues, greens, browns, and golds. Mostly because of surfing and garden-gazing. On tour, the colors are desaturated by florescent lights and dull grey carpets." - Jason Mraz

"Most art students are generous till it comes to squeezing their colour on the palette... Many pictures haven't become works of art simply because the artist tried to save a nickel's worth of colour." - John French Sloan

"A painter knows what to do by the tug of the brush as it pulls through a mixture of oils, and by the look of coloured slurries on the palette." - James Elkins

"There are about 700 flavors that you can smell, but only five you can taste. A lot of times what you're perceiving as flavor has nothing to do with palette, but it's more to do with scents." - Grant Achatz

"Juilliard is wonderful in that they don't pick just one way of working. They give you a palette. There is method acting. There is a lot of attention to Shakespeare and verse." - Christian Camargo

"Advances in technology have opened up possibilities in the cultural realm throughout history. I'm intrigued by developments in technology - as an artist it gives me a new palette to explore." - Janet Echelman

"I'm not one icon. I'm every icon. I'm an icon that is made out of all the colors on the palette at every time. I have no restrictions. No restrictions." - Lady Gaga

"I've started to experiment [in the studio] with texturing the canvas, building up the surface with large brushes, palette knife or fingers. I want to say more in my art." - T. Allen Lawson

"In the '70s, in Britain, if you were going to do serious photography, you were obliged to work in black-and-white. Color was the palette of commercial photography and snapshot photography." - Martin Parr

"And I feel that we in our society should not be held by any such myth; that we should do everything we can to gain a delight and joy in our society with all the available parts of the palette." - Minoru Yamasaki

"Anything that exists on the human palette is, from my point of view, fair game for artists to portray. You don't have to go see it if you don't want to, so don't go." - Tobin Bell

"We never sit down before we start making a record and talk about this new sonic palette that we are going to try to explore. We always let the record kind of reveal itself to us over time." - Ben Gibbard

"If you keep everything in the same palette of tone-on-tone neutrals, even a laid-back outfit of a slouchy sweater, jeans, and sneakers gives you a longer, leaner look." - Brad Goreski

"I believe that everybody has the right to view his or her own body as a palette. However, I think intellectuals should at least try to be role models." - Camille Paglia

"Between the ages of six and nine, my palette was taking shape as well as my identity as a chef. It was then that I learned the difference between salty, sweet, sour and even spicy." - Marcus Samuelsson

"My fingertips are my favorite makeup brush! I especially like to apply my eye shadow with them, get it nice and smudgy. All my favorite makeup artists used their fingers to apply and their hand as a palette." - Josie Maran

"emotion that I experienced on first seeing the fresh paint come out of the tube... the impression of colours strewn over the palette: of colours - alive, waiting, as yet unseen and hidden in their little tubes..." - Wassily Kandinsky

"Art doesn't begin with a brush and a palette, but with the artist's ability to perceive life. You have to learn how to live before you can learn how to paint." - Dean Mitchell

"Usually I'm very, very involved with choosing my character's wardrobe and knowing exactly how I want the character to look and this is the color palette and the textures and these are the kinds of shoes she'd wear." - Kathleen Robertson

"I need boundaries. In the modern studio there are a bunch of instruments around me, and I can simulate anything I can't play, so sometimes the palette feels too big." - Trent Reznor

"I've built my wardrobe color palette around red, so I'm happy with it, but I do get pangs when I see beautiful brunettes. I've already been blue, green, black, and blonde." - Florence Welch

"I looked along the San Juan Islands and the coast of California, but I couldn't find the palette of green, granite, and dark blue that you can only find in Maine." - Parker Stevenson

"I used the stormy gray and heather brown shadows from the Lilac Rose Eye Palette to create a soft smokey eye for Veronica Beard's Spring 2013 show. The look was dramatic but delicate." - Bobbi Brown

"People with an impoverished vocabulary live an impoverished emotional life; people with rich vocabularies have a multihued palette of colors with which to paint their experience, not only for others, but for themselves as well." - Tony Robbins

"October arrives in a swirl of fragrant blue leaf smoke, the sweetness of slightly frosted MacIntosh apples, and little hard acorns falling. We are in the midst of cool crisp days, purple mists, and Nature recklessly tossing her whole palette of dazzling tones through fields and woodlands." - Jean Hersey

"Nature, when undisturbed, is never monotonous, you know. Even when using green, the most frequent color on her palette, she throws in contrasting tints by way of expression, and you will seldom see two sides of a leaf of the same hue, and the leaf stem frequently gives a good dash of bronze or purple." - Mabel Osgood Wright

"I think suspense should be like any other color on a writers palette. I suppose Im in the minority but I think its crazy for literary fiction to divorce itself from stories that are suspenseful, and assign anything with cops or spies or criminals to some genre ghetto." - Jess Walter

"The easy glamour of the French Riviera in the late 1960s - inspired by Romy Schneider's character in La Piscine - mixed with garden elements. Blueprint, botanical, lattice, Queen Anne's lace and folly prints are paired with cleaner silhouettes and proportions in a fresh palette of green, white and coral." - Tory Burch

"Sometimes you just get in there and force yourself to work, and maybe something good will come out, ya know? Deadlines and things make you creative. Opportunity and telling yourself you have all the time in the world, all the money in the world, all the colors in the palette, anything you want-that just kills creativity." - Jack White

"Somewhere, things must be beautiful and vivid. Somewhere else, life has to be beautiful and vivid and rich. Not like this muted palette -a pale blue bedroom, washed out sunny sky, dull green yellow brown of the fields. Here, I know ever twist of every road, every blade of grass, every face in this town, and I am suffocating." - Lisa Ann Sandell

"I remember being forced to go to Sunday school for a number of years, even though my parents were not religious. No one was really religious; it was just the framework. There was no passion for it. No passion for anything. Just a quiet, kind of floaty, kind of semi-oppressive, blank palette that youre living in." - Tim Burton

"Everyone in their life has his own particular way of expressing life's purpose - the lawyer his eloquence, the painter his palette, and the man of letters his pen from which the quick words of his story flow. I have my bicycle." - Gino Bartali

"Keep it simple: In general, interfaces should use simple geometric forms, minimal contours, and a restricted color palette comprised primarily of less-saturated or neutral colors balanced with a few high contrast accent colors that emphasize important information. Typography should not vary widely in an interface." - Alan Cooper

"The [palette] fantasy is always to get what you want, what you wear, and to be able to take it with you, so you don't have to bring all the other stuff. I just started digging through my drawers of my favorites, and I asked myself what is it that I cant live without?" - Gwen Stefani

"Victor Faust did much more than help me escape a life of abuse and servitude. He changed me. He changed the landscape of my dreams, the dreams I had every day about living ordinarily and free and on my own. He changed the colors on the palette from primary to rainbow-as dark as the colors of that rainbow may be." - J.A. Redmerski

"The piano has eighty-eight keys, and you have to be able to play all of them. And the range of white to black is analogous to the eighty-eight keys and you have to be able to play all eighty-eight keys in that palette from white to black." - Ansel Adams

"Despite all the troubles of our world, in my heart I have never given up on the love in which I was brought up or on man's hope in love. In life, just as on the artist's palette, there is but one single colour that gives meaning to life and art-the colour of love" - Marc Chagall

"Watch a French housewife as she makes her way slowly along the loaded stalls... searching for the peak of ripeness and flavor... What you are seeing is a true artist at work, patiently assembling all the materials of her craft, just as the painter squeezes oil colors onto his palette ready to create a masterpiece." - Keith Floyd

"Starry Starry night Paint your palette blue and gray Look out on a summer's day With eyes that know the darkness in my soul Shadows on the hills Sketch the trees and the daffodils Catch the breeze and the winter chills In colors on the snowy linen land." - Don Mclean

"The visual palette suggests the creepy pastel paintings of Guy Peellaert (Rock Dreams); the fantasy battles with monsters and samurais echo the muscular landscapes of Frank Frazetta and Boris Vallejo. The movie is like an arrested adolescent's Google search run amok." - Richard Corliss

"It was the most beautiful thing I'd ever seen. How the artist captured the light, the details of my mother's dimples, the joy in my father's eyes, all through gentle strokes from his palette. The artist made me look alive when I felt lonely and grim inside. That's the way this man saw me. I decided then that that's what I wanted to do" - Ellen Schreiber

"Words in the mind are like colors on the palette of the artist. The more colors we have access to, the easier it is to create a captivating picture on the canvas, and the more practice we give to using those many colors appropriately and uniquely, the more likely we will be to create a masterpiece of self expression." - Jim Rohn

"The most important thing that I think we've done this season is to show navy and gray in a very new way. Most men understand navy and gray as a navy blazer and a gray flannel trouser, but today, we're taking that very traditional color palette and putting it in a more modern shape." - Joseph Abboud

"The thing I've learned is it's good to restrict your palette somewhat. I will try and, say, use two or three instruments on one track. You learn, after a while, they're all good at certain things and other things fall outside of the natural areas they work well in, so I tend to stick with what they do best." - Thighpaulsandra

"I was pillaging a lot of music that had nothing to do with guitar playing, using a lot of strange tunings and voicings and chord structures that aren't really that natural to the guitar; I ended up developing a harmonic palette that's not particularly natural to the guitar because I was always trying to make my guitar sound like something else." - Daniel Rossen

"Each character represents a different color on the big palette of what this ultimate painting is going to look like, who your guy is, and just try to be as honest and simple and real as you can possibly be. The outer trappings are incidental - costumes, period, makeup - all of that is rather insignificant at the end of the day." - Ron Perlman

"When people start writing songs for award shows, there's a very limited palette you can use. You end up not sounding like you. You end up sounding like somebody else. You end up getting what the record company thinks they can market." - Mike Dirnt

"It's so hard to do fittings [for Yeezy] because we want to do things that are inspiring, that people could look at and say, "Wow, I like that color palette, I could put that together." And there are so many images of things that it's almost impossible to have your clothes go up against the amount you're seeing and carry it into one language." - Kanye West

"In the studio, it took me a long time to work out how to make paintings that had the intensity that I was able to create by painting whole rooms. There is a very limited number of colours but there are many variations. I decided to use the purest palette that I could." - Michael Craig-Martin

"I love movies and I love to watch movies and being a part of the whole film experience. Being a filmgoer is a unique experience, and it can affect you on so many levels. But being an actor in movies you often have a very narrow palette for expressing yourself." - Zooey Deschanel

"I was shooting lots of large format portraits then but I've since changed to digital, where you have so much more control. There are millions of things you can do with digital; you can be more spontaneous, and you're more in control of your color palette." - Gregory Heisler

"But to some He gives only a soul, without intelligence and these, who never grow up, but remain always His children, are God's fools, kindly, elemental, simple, as if from His palette the Artist of all had taken one colour instead of many." - Mary Roberts Rinehart

"Painting is drawing, with the additional means of color. Painting without drawing is just 'coloriness,' color excitement. To think of color for color's sake is like thinking of sound for sound's sake. Color is like music. The palette is an instrument that can be orchestrated to build form." - John French Sloan

"I can't separate the process of writing from the visual process. I'm speaking only for myself here, but I'm a highly visual writer. In my imagination, when I'm thinking of a scene, I think of every last detail of it: The space, the color palette, the blocking of the actors, the placement of the camera." - Stephen Gaghan

"From the very beginning, I started doing music performances with a lot of theatrical aspects to them, where humor was a part of it but not necessarily had to be. Humor is just another tool to make the palette more rich and interesting for myself and eventually for the public. It's a great way to break out of convention." - Aleksey Igudesman

"I want young Indian composers to be able to do more than just film music. I want to give them the skills that will enable them to create their own palette of sounds instead of having to write formulaic music. It doesn't matter if they become sound engineers, producers, composers or performers - I want them to be as imaginative as they like." - A R Rahman

"It just didn't seem to fit the story and lineage, I guess. So I just sort of surrounded 'Blood Bank' with three other songs that were very different from one other, and they all kind of came together as a palette cleanser for the last record. And I'm really excited about it." - Justin Vernon

"I think suspense should be like any other color on a writer's palette. I suppose I'm in the minority but I think it's crazy for 'literary fiction' to divorce itself from stories that are suspenseful, and assign anything with cops or spies or criminals to some genre ghetto." - Jess Walter

"I much prefer playing the bad guys. I think they are always the most interesting characters. I liken it to painting: if you're playing the good guy, you get three colors: red, white and blue. But if you're the bad guy, you get the whole palette." - Ronny Cox

"Without black, no color has any depth. But if you mix black with everything, suddenly there's shadow - no, not just shadow, but fullness. You've got to be willing to mix black into your palette if you want to create something that's real." - Amy Grant

"For proper family portraits it's best to stick with classic, timeless looks that will not only be beautiful now but also in 20 years, and keep the wardrobe color palette similar so it looks like the group shot was well planned." - George Kotsiopoulos

"People start panicking because they think it's the end of everything. But the fact is, you know, books survived movies; books survived TV. Books are surviving manga and anime. Books will always be there in one form or another. You just have a larger palette of entertainment options." - John Scalzi

"Keep evolving. Keep reading plays, doing plays, but also be sure to expand your horizons as much as possible. You only have yourself to bring to your work. You are your palette, so give yourself as many colors as possible to paint with." - Gideon Glick

"I was always aware, reading Chesterton, that there was someone writing this who rejoiced in words, who deployed them on the page as an artist deploys his paints upon his palette... and it seemed to me that at the end of any particularly good sentence or any perfectly-put paradox, you could hear the author, somewhere behind the scenes, giggling with delight." - Neil Gaiman

"By setting the passenger seat of my car far back, and opening the glove compartment, I nestle in a very large sheet of thick fiberboard. It's big enough to hold a table easel, my big palette and a water container. Winter is not going to lock me indoors!" - Elizabeth Janeway

"I usually build my collections on colors and on staples, so when you buy pieces, you are really adding to your wardrobe, and you're getting a new color palette to play with. The clothes are timeless and modern at the same time." - Lwren Scott

"Above all, Danny Boyle's 'Slumdog Millionaire' is the work of an artist at the peak of his powers. India is his palette, and Mumbai - that teeming 'maximum city', with 19 million strivers on the make, jostling, scheming, struggling and killing for success - is his brush." - Shashi Tharoor