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I think that painting is a very ancient form of expression.
Painting, n.: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather, and exposing them to the critic.
She was all about the present. Paint and blood and lust. The now.
Painting becomes interesting when it becomes timeless.
Christian Nestell Bovee
A man cannot paint portraits till he has seen faces.
You might as well get one thing straight. I'm not an abstractionist... I'm not interested in the relationships of color or form or anything else. I'm interested only in expressing basic human emotions—tragedy, ecstasy, doom and so on. And the fact that a lot of people break down and cry when confronted with my pictures show that I communicate those basic human emotions... The people who weep before my pictures are having the same religious experience I had when I painted them. And if you, as you say, are moved only by their color relationships then you miss the point.
Writing must certainly be one of the hardest professions - writing and painting.
Music is a lot more like solving an intricate puzzle with moments of pure, random creative bliss... whereas painting is much more purely random creative bliss with moments of problem solving.
Walter J. Phillips
Rhythm is as necessary in a picture as pigment; it is as much a part of painting as of music.
Painting that does not radiate feeling is not worth looking at. The deepest-and rarest-of grown-up pleasures is true feeling.
There's nothing more interesting than painting women, it's the greatest subject that can be.
Painting is a medium in which the mind can actualize itself; it is a medium of thought. Thus painting, like music, tends to become its own content.
Our best canvas is all around us, in everything we touch and do.
I paint what I see and not what others like to see.
You have to work with the paint and work with whatever the day brings you. If it's a wee bit dreary out, you paint it. But paint it so it makes you glad to be inside near a cozy fire.
To paint is always to start at the beginning again, yet being unable to avoid the familiar arguments about what you see yourself painting.
When we did Cubist paintings, our intention was not to produce Cubist paintings but to express what was within us. No one laid down a course of action for us, and our friends the poets followed our endeavour attentively but they never dictated it to us.
It was as if I was in a picture, a flat canvas, and everything around me was flat, me painted on like everything else: no colour, nothing in front and nothing behind me, not even earlier today or tomorrow, nothing to look back or forward to, just this moment.
I communicate my innermost perceptions through art.
A new painting is a unique event, a birth, which enriches the universe as it is grasped by the human mind, by bringing a new form into it.
Suppose you stopped writing, painting, believing in God, whatever your obsession is. Wouldn't you survive? Wouldn't you find something else?
The atmosphere beneath is languorous, and is so tinged with azure that what artists call the middle distance partakes also of that hue, while the horizon beyond is of the deepest ultramarine.
You can be a good painter if you study Cézanne's vision. Whoever dares to copy Van Gogh falls inevitably into the hell of imitators. For this painter didn't care about masterpieces, or even good paintings... but about what is beyond all painting, all art.
Whenever I see a Frans Hals I feel like painting, but when I see a Rembrandt I feel like giving up!
[When] I am taking a photograph, I am conscious that I am constructing images rather than taking snapshots. Since I do not take rapid photographs it is in this respect like a painting which takes a long time where you are very aware of what you are doing in the process. Exposure is only the final act of making the image as a photograph.
This is a familiar syndrome. There is a stage with every drawing or painting when it looks banal and clumsy. It's worth pushing through that, working through the cliché to find out what made it a cliché in the first place.
I wouldn't consider myself an outsider artist because I have a university degree in painting.
I studied shades, textures by painting after the Old Masters, the classical European paintings, as part of my educational process.
Rock roll is not obscure, it's really easy to understand. So is my painting.
I will admit that we as young rebels always wanted fundamentalists to understand our take on their religion, but rarely, if ever, the other way around. The fundamentalists are the real artists. If you saw only a masterpiece of an original painting and someone threw a splash of red across it saying that their version is better, you would be offended too.
Painting is stronger than me, it makes me do it's bidding.
I think of painting without subject matter as music without words.
Around 1980, I went back to painting with a vengeance.
As a composer and as a musician I'm a true believer - and this is not to be overly diplomatic - I'm a believer that there's artistry in everything from a lawn gnome to a desk chair to a symphony to an Andy Warhol painting. There's art in absolutely everything.
You have to know how to be vulgar. Paint with four-letter words.
Drawing or painting allows the artist to know himself as a whole person.
I look for ambiguity because life is ambiguous!
I can tell really early on in a painting if I'm going to toss it or not.
Michael Bassey Johnson
Anyone that says his mind will be probably regarded a fool, but the true artist is not moved by the comments about the looks of his painting or remarks that are dreadfully sarcastic, but hearken now! That he who says what others want to hear hasn't said anything of his own.
I'm not interested in painting; I'm not interested in making a picture. Then what the hell am I interested in? I must be interested in this process.
You want every movie to be a hit. But every painting isn’t a masterpiece.
I should also mention that the Neue Galerie is piping music into the galleries where "Klee and America" is hanging, a practice for which vulgar is not even close to the word. Yes, I like Schumann's Carnaval, but I'm damned if I know why anybody thinks the paintings of Paul Klee profit from being viewed with Carnaval playing in the background.
We are all artists painting our desires on the canvas of life and time.
Jean-baptiste Camille Corot
Do console your poor friend, who is so troubled to see his paintings so miserable, so sad, next to the radiant nature he has before his eyes!
George Bernard Shaw
If more than 10% of the people like a painting, you can be sure it's bad.
You can always tell a great painting, because when you get close there are all these nervous marks.
Vincent Van Gogh
As a painter I shall never signify anything of importance. I feel it Absolutely.
The Mojave Desert is a harsh, but very spiritual, place. It’s as much a matrix as anything else in my life has been. Growing up in the desert has a different gestalt than growing up in a temperate zone, with its humidity and rainfall. As children growing up in the Mojave, we chased lizards and snakes, instead of frogs and squirrels. There is an arid openness about it, and a true feeling of being alone, that you don’t get in any other type of environment.
Color is the essence of painting, which the subject always killed.
When objects shattered into fragments appeared in my painting about 1909, this for me was a way of getting closest to the object... Fragmentation helped me to establish space and movement in space.