Best Quotes About Paint

A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears. -Gertrude Stein

It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary. -David Bailey

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures. -Henry Ward Beecher

When I am finishing a picture, I hold some God-made object up to it – a rock, a flower, the branch of a tree or my hand – as a final test. If the painting stands up beside a thing man cannot make, the painting is authentic. If there's a clash between the two, it's bad art. -Marc Chagall

Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun. -Pablo Picasso

Time extracts various values from a painter's work. When these values are exhausted the pictures are forgotten, and the more a picture has to give, the greater it is. -Henri Matisse

I don't understand it. Jack will spend any amount of money to buy votes but he balks at investing a thousand dollars in a beautiful painting. -Jackie Kennedy

I don't like food that's too carefully arranged; it makes me think that the chef is spending too much time arranging and not enough time cooking. If I wanted a picture I'd buy a painting. -Andy Rooney

Some manufacturers illustrate their advertisements with abstract paintings. I would only do this if I wished to conceal from the reader what I was advertising. -David Ogilvy

I don't paint things. I only paint the difference between things. -Henri Matisse

Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. -Oscar Wilde

It is a mistake for a sculptor or a painter to speak or write very often about his job. It releases tension needed for his work. -Henry Moore

Very few people possess true artistic ability. It is therefore both unseemly and unproductive to irritate the situation by making an effort. If you have a burning, restless urge to write or paint, simply eat something sweet and the feeling will pass. -Fran Lebowitz

A painting in a museum hears more ridiculous opinions than anything else in the world. -Edmond de Goncourt

A man paints with his brains and not with his hands. -Michelangelo

If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced. -Vincent Van Gogh

If I had been around when Rubens was painting, I would have been revered as a fabulous model. Kate Moss? Well, she would have been the paintbrush. -Dawn French

I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers. -Claude Monet

I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them. -Pablo Picasso

When I have a terrible need of – shall I say the word – religion. Then I go out and paint the stars. -Vincent Van Gogh

I did not use paint, I made myself up morally. -Eleonora Duse

Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art. -Ambrose Bierce

If you want to know all about Andy Warhol, just look at the surface of my paintings and films and me, and there I am. There's nothing behind it. -Andy Warhol

Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea. -John Ciardi

Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs. -Ansel Adams

I paint with shapes. -Alexander Calder

I adore the theater and I am a painter. I think the two are made for a marriage of love. I will give all my soul to prove this once more. -Marc Chagall

A narrative is like a room on whose walls a number of false doors have been painted; while within the narrative, we have many apparent choices of exit, but when the author leads us to one particular door, we know it is the right one because it opens. -John Updike

A painting is like a man. If you can live without it, then there isn't much point in having it. -Lila Acheson Wallace

If London is a watercolor, New York is an oil painting. -Peter Shaffer

God comes to us in theater in the way we communicate with each other, whether it be a symphony orchestra, or a wonderful ballet, or a beautiful painting, or a play. It's a way of expressing our humanity. -Julie Harris

One of the best things about paintings is their silence – which prompts reflection and random reverie. -Mark Stevens

My aim in painting has always been the most exact transcription possible of my most intimate impression of nature. -Edward Hopper

A painting is a symbol for the universe. Inside it, each piece relates to the other. Each piece is only answerable to the rest of that little world. So, probably in the total universe, there is that kind of total harmony, but we get only little tastes of it. -Corita Kent

That's why people listen to music or look at paintings. To get in touch with that wholeness. -Corita Kent

I felt I was painting with a Popsicle. -Robert Merrill

If you know somethin' well, you can always paint it but people would be better off buyin' chickens. -Grandma Moses

Most painting in the European tradition was painting the mask. Modern art rejected all that. Our subject matter was the person behind the mask. -Robert Motherwell

I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale, you could not ignore its beauty. -Georgia O'Keeffe

I'd asked around 10 or 15 people for suggestions. Finally one lady friend asked the right question, 'Well, what do you love most?' That's how I started painting money. -Andy Warhol

Landscape is to American painting what sex and psychoanalysis are to the American novel. -Robert Hughes

To the humblest among them, who may be listening to me now, I want to say that the masterpiece to which you are paying historic homage this evening is a painting which he has saved. -Andre Malraux

Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. -Plutarch

For, when with beauty we can virtue join, We paint the semblance of a form divine. -Matthew Prior

I'm passionately involved in life: I love its change, its color, its movement. To be alive, to be able to see, to walk, to have houses, music, paintings – it's all a miracle. -Arthur Rubinstein

Eloquence is a painting of the thoughts. -Blaise Pascal

Most women are not as young as they are painted. -Max Beerbohm

Deals are my art form. Other people paint beautifully on canvas or write wonderful poetry. I like making deals, preferably big deals. That's how I get my kicks. -Ed Koch

A man of eighty has outlived probably three new schools of painting, two of architecture and poetry and a hundred in dress. -Lord Byron

When I judge art, I take my painting and put it next to a God made object like a tree or flower. If it clashes, it is not art. -Paul Cezanne

If I didn't start painting, I would have raised chickens. -William Lyon Phelps

A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. -Abraham Maslow

A strange thing is memory, and hope; one looks backward, and the other forward; one is of today, the other of tomorrow. Memory is history recorded in our brain, memory is a painter, it paints pictures of the past and of the day. -Grandma Moses

The poet ranks far below the painter in the representation of visible things, and far below the musician in that of invisible things. -Leonardo da Vinci

He tosses aside his paint-pots and his words a foot and a half long. -Horace

Life is a great big canvas; throw all the paint you can at it. -Danny Kaye

A ship is always referred to as 'she' because it costs so much to keep one in paint and powder. -Chester W. Nimitz

I like the fact that in ancient Chinese art the great painters always included a deliberate flaw in their work: human creation is never perfect. -Madeleine L'Engle

Anyone who sees and paints a sky green and fields blue ought to be sterilized. -Adolf Hitler

My mother said to me, 'If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.' Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso. -Pablo Picasso

An amateur is someone who supports himself with outside jobs which enable him to paint. A professional is someone whose wife works to enable him to paint. -Ben Shahn

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

Every good painter paints what he is. -Jackson Pollock

It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to, the feeling for the things themselves, for reality is more important than the feeling for pictures. -Vincent Van Gogh

It is only when I lose contact with the painting that the result is a mess. Otherwise there is pure harmony, an easy give and take, and the painting comes out well. -Jackson Pollock

A first-rate soup is more creative than a second-rate painting. -Abraham Maslow

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

To be alive, to be able to see, to walk, to have houses, music, paintings – it's all a miracle. I have adopted the technique of living life miracle to miracle. -Arthur Rubinstein

Unlike any other visual image, a photograph is not a rendering, an imitation or an interpretation of its subject, but actually a trace of it. No painting or drawing, however naturalist, belongs to its subject in the way that a photograph does. -John Berger

I paint what cannot be photographed, that which comes from the imagination or from dreams, or from an unconscious drive. -Man Ray

Be aware of wonder. Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some. -Robert Fulghum

I am never going to have anything more to do with politics or politicians. When this war is over I shall confine myself entirely to writing and painting. -Winston Churchill

I look out the window sometimes to seek the color of the shadows and the different greens in the trees, but when I get ready to paint I just close my eyes and imagine a scene. -Grandma Moses

The surface of American society is covered with a layer of democratic paint, but from time to time one can see the old aristocratic colours breaking through. -Alexis de Tocqueville

I photograph the things that I do not wish to paint, the things which already have an existence. -Man Ray

It does not matter how badly you paint so long as you don't paint badly like other people. -George Edward Moore

I hate flowers – I paint them because they're cheaper than models and they don't move. -Georgia O'Keeffe

Every good picture leaves the painter eager to start again, unsatisfied, inspired by the rich mine in which he is working, hoping for more energy, more vitality, more time – condemned to painting for life. -John French Sloan

Words are only painted fire; a look is the fire itself. -Mark Twain

It's a small world, but I wouldn't want to have to paint it. -Steven Wright

White… is not a mere absence of colour; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black… God paints in many colours; but He never paints so gorgeously, I had almost said so gaudily, as when He paints in white. -Gilbert K. Chesterton

Color possesses me. I don't have to pursue it. It will possess me always, I know it. That is the meaning of this happy hour: Color and I are one. I am a painter. -Paul Klee

What is a face, really? Its own photo? Its make-up? Or is it a face as painted by such or such painter? That which is in front? Inside? Behind? And the rest? Doesn't everyone look at himself in his own particular way? Deformations simply do not exist. -Pablo Picasso

When one paints an ideal, one does not need to limit one's imagination. -Ellen Key

The only way I'm going to win a Gold Glove is with a can of spray paint. -Reggie Jackson

A catcher must want to catch. He must make up his mind that it isn't the terrible job it is painted, and that he isn't going to say every day, 'Why, oh why with so many other positions in baseball did I take up this one.' -Bill Dickey

Photography suits the temper of this age – of active bodies and minds. It is a perfect medium for one whose mind is teeming with ideas, imagery, for a prolific worker who would be slowed down by painting or sculpting, for one who sees quickly and acts decisively, accurately. -Edward Weston

All I wanted was to connect my moods with those of Paris. Beauty paints and when it painted most, I shot. -Ernst Haas

I'm sickened by all religions. Religion has divided people. I don't think there's any difference between the pope wearing a large hat and parading around with a smoking purse and an African painting his face white and praying to a rock. -Howard Stern

Would that we could at once paint with the eyes! In the long way from the eye through the arm to the pencil, how much is lost! -Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

The little may contrast with the great, in painting, but cannot be said to be contrary to it. Oppositions of colors contrast; but there are also colors contrary to each other, that is, which produce an ill effect because they shock the eye when brought very near it. -Voltaire

No one has ever written, painted, sculpted, modeled, built, or invented except literally to get out of hell. -Antonin Artaud

If we could but paint with the hand what we see with the eye. -Honore de Balzac

Our religion is itself profoundly sad – a religion of universal anguish, and one which, because of its very catholicity, grants full liberty to the individual and asks no better than to be celebrated in each man's own language – so long as he knows anguish and is a painter. -Charles Baudelaire

But what is Hope? Nothing but the paint on the face of Existence; the least touch of truth rubs it off, and then we see what a hollow-cheeked harlot we have got hold of. -Lord Byron

If the world would only build temples to Machinery in the abstract then everything would be perfect. The painter and sculptor would have plenty to do, and could, in complete peace and suitably honored, pursue their trade without further trouble. -Wyndham Lewis

The art of mastering life is the prerequisite for all further forms of expression, whether they are paintings, sculptures, tragedies, or musical compositions. -Paul Klee

Sunlight is painting. -Nathaniel Hawthorne

I do not paint a portrait to look like the subject, rather does the person grow to look like his portrait. -Salvador Dali

When superstition is allowed to perform the task of old age in dulling the human temperament, we can say goodbye to all excellence in poetry, in painting, and in music. -Denis Diderot

No other human being, no woman, no poem or music, book or painting can replace alcohol in its power to give man the illusion of real creation. -Marguerite Duras

We have as many planes of speech as does a painting planes of perspective which create perspective in a phrase. The most important word stands out most vividly defined in the very foreground of the sound plane. Less important words create a series of deeper planes. -Constantin Stanislavski

Concerning God, freewill and destiny: Of all that earth has been or yet may be, all that vain men imagine or believe, or hope can paint or suffering may achieve, we descanted. -Percy Bysshe Shelley

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

An artist is forced by others to paint out of his own free will. -Willem de Kooning

Lets tell young people the best books are yet to written; the best painting, the best government the best of everything is yet to be done by them. -John Erskine

If you paint in your mind a picture of bright and happy expectations, you put yourself into a condition conducive to your goal. -Norman Vincent Peale

As far as modern writing is concerned, it is rarely rewarding to translate it, although it might be easy. Translation is very much like copying paintings. -Boris Pasternak

What might be taken for a precocious genius is the genius of childhood. When the child grows up, it disappears without a trace. It may happen that this boy will become a real painter some day, or even a great painter. But then he will have to begin everything again, from zero. -Pablo Picasso

Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this? no. Just as one can never learn how to paint. -Pablo Picasso

To finish a work? To finish a picture? What nonsense! To finish it means to be through with it, to kill it, to rid it of its soul, to give it its final blow the coup de grace for the painter as well as for the picture. -Pablo Picasso

Sculpture is the best comment that a painter can make on painting. -Pablo Picasso

Singing has always seemed to me the most perfect means of expression. It is so spontaneous. And after singing, I think the violin. Since I cannot sing, I paint. -Georgia O'Keeffe

Speaks cheerful English and in the past has written this language with a paintbrush that talks. -Jimmy Breslin

What I wanted to do was to paint sunlight on the side of a house. -Edward Hopper

It was in the 1920s, when nobody had time to reflect, that I saw a still-life painting with a flower that was perfectly exquisite, but so small you really could not appreciate it. -Georgia O'Keeffe

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

It is not hard to understand modern art. If it hangs on a wall it's a painting, and if you can walk around it it's a sculpture. -Tom Stoppard

Which painting in the National Gallery would I save if there was a fire? The one nearest the door of course. -George Bernard Shaw

If I hadn't started painting, I would have raised chickens. -Grandma Moses

One does a whole painting for one peach and people think just the opposite – that particular peach is but a detail. -Pablo Picasso

A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery. -Mao Zedong

Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation. -Graham Greene

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

I paint to rest from the phenomena of the external world-to pronounce and to make notations of its essences with which to verify the inner eye. -Morris Graves

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

In a movie, you're raw material, just a hue of some color and the director makes the painting. -Viggo Mortensen

I am following Nature without being able to grasp her, I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers. -Claude Monet

Frost is the greatest artist in our clime – he paints in nature and describes in rime. -Thomas Hood

To paint comic books as childish and illiterate is lazy. A lot of comic books are very literate – unlike most films. -Alan Moore

Many times I asked myself, 'Who is a painter in your own eyes?' -Peter Malkin

My paintings are not about what is seen. They are about what is known forever in the mind. -Agnes Martin

How hard it is to make your thoughts look anything but imbecile fools when you paint them with ink on paper. -Olive Schreiner

It is no use painting the foot of the tree white, the strength of the bark cries out from beneath the paint. -Aime Cesaire

I was not out to paint beautiful pictures; even painting good pictures was not important to me. I wanted only to help the truth burst forth. -Alice Duer Miller

The artist writes, paints, sings or dances the burden of some idea or feeling off his mind. -Max Nordau

I'm sorry I didn't wear paint this morning. I tend not to wear it unless I'm getting highly paid. -Tyne Daly

I love filmmaking, and I love the process. And I would rather do nothing else. It's a privilege to be able to paint such big pictures, so to speak. -Bryan Singer

It all has to do with art – writing, painting, things I've done for a long time but just never had enough time to pursue. I have poetry – things that are designed for songs, but they're always poems first. -Jason Newsted

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

Engineering, medicine, business, architecture and painting are concerned not with the necessary but with the contingent – not with how things are but with how they might be – in short, with design. -Herbert A. Simon

I always pet a dog with my left hand because if he bit me I'd still have my right hand to paint with. -Juan Gris

I believe that painting should come through the avenues of meditation rather than the canals of action. -Mark Tobey

If you scratch a great photograph, you find two things; a painting and a photograph. -Janet Malcolm

Seeks painted trifles and fantastic toys, and eagerly pursues imaginary joys. -Mark Akenside

Good painting is the kind that looks like sculpture. -Michelangelo

I cannot live under pressures from patrons, let alone paint. -Michelangelo

I want to give my compliments to Australia. Ever since your government paid a few million dollars for a Jackson Pollack painting, I figure that it must be a marvellous country. -Morton Feldman

I have generally found that persons who had studied painting least were the best judges of it. -William Hogarth

If the world could remain within a frame like a painting on the wall, I think we'd see the beauty then and stand staring in awe. -Conor Oberst

When having my portrait painted I don't want justice, I want mercy. -Billy Hughes

Never invest in anything that eats or needs painting. -Billy Rose

Through her paintings, she breaks all the taboos of the woman's body and of female sexuality. -Diego Rivera

I wanted to be an artist. I was studying art. I wanted to be a great painter. When I went into the Navy, there wasn't much to draw at sea. So I began writing, and I began reading a lot. -Evan Hunter

If I had money, I would like to get an old building, have music performances, do lithographs, have shows of paintings, and do those things that I'm interested in doing. -Bill Dixon

I think people have to choose between living with contradictions or painting themselves into a corner. I have a lot of contradictions. -Michelle Shocked

I'm very happy to hear that my work inspires writers and painters. It's the most beautiful compliment, the greatest reward. Art should always be an exchange. -Nick Cave

There are all sorts of reasons why I don't do much work in the theatre, the main one being that after two performances I feel I've given all I can. I hate repetition, I really do. It's like asking a painter to paint he same picture every day of his life. -Peter Cushing

I never was very capable of expressing my feelings or emotions in words. I don't know whether this is the cause why I did it in music and also why I did it in painting. Or vice versa: That I had this way as an outlet. I could renounce expressing something in words. -Arnold Schoenberg

I never know what I'm going to put on the canvas. The canvas paints itself. I'm just the middleman. -Peter Max

'Tis human actions paint the chart of time. -James Montgomery

From the age of six I wanted to be an artist. At that point I meant a painter, but it turned out what I really meant was I was someone who was very interested in watching the world and making copies of it. -Reynolds Price

I write because I write – as anyone in the arts does. You're a painter because you feel you have no choice but to paint. You're a writer because this is what you do. -Richard Price

When we don't have information, we go to the simplest outlook, to black and white. But then we have to lie to ourselves. Black is never as black as you're painting it and white is never as white. -Patricia Sun

You can only paint through your experience and sub-consciousness. -Barbara Smith

An icon painter starts not with Jesus Christ but by finding earth and rubbing. Now what is earth, what are you rubbing in directing? -Peter Brook

The artist need not know very much; best of all let him work instinctively and paint as naturally as he breathes or walks. -Emil Nolde

My parents felt that acting was far too insecure. Don't ask me what made them think that painting would be more secure. -John Hurt

Nudes are the greatest to paint. Everything you can find in a landscape or a still life or anything else is there: darkness and light, character dimension, texture. I painted heads too, of course. -John Hurt

An artist can go paint, and a writer can go write, but an actor needs to get hired, needs somebody to say, 'Here, come and do this,' That's the hard part. -John Glover

He knows much of what men paint themselves would blister in the light of what they are. -Edwin Arlington Robinson

If they were starting their careers today, Rockwell and Picasso would probably both be painting on black velvet. -Brad Holland

In America, the only truly popular art form is the movies. Most people consider painting a hobby and literature, schoolwork. -Brad Holland

Imagination is the key to my lyrics. The rest is painted with a little science fiction. -Jimi Hendrix

Some folks think I painted Lincoln from life, but I haven't been around that long. Not quite. -Norman Rockwell

I'll never have enough time to paint all the pictures I'd like to. -Norman Rockwell

I didn't know what to expect from a famous movie star; maybe that he'd be sort of stuck-up, you know. But not Gary Cooper. He horsed around so much… that I had a hard time painting him. -Norman Rockwell

Eisenhower had about the most expressive face I ever painted, I guess. Just like an actor's. Very mobile. When he talked, he used all the facial muscles. And he had a great, wide mouth that I liked. When he smiled, it was just like the sun came out. -Norman Rockwell

The remarks about my reaching the age of Social Security and coming to the end of the road, they jolted me. And that was good. Because I sure as hell had no intention of just sitting around for the rest of my life. So I'd whip out the paints and really go to it. -Norman Rockwell

The secret to so many artists living so long is that every painting is a new adventure. So, you see, they're always looking ahead to something new and exciting. The secret is not to look back. -Norman Rockwell

It wouldn't be right for me to clown around when I'm painting a president. -Norman Rockwell

I think most paintings are a record of the decisions that the artist made. I just perhaps make them a little clearer than some people have. -Chuck Close

I did some pastels and I did other pieces in which there was just basically one color per square, and then they would get bigger and I could get 2 or 3 colors into the square, and ultimately I just started making oil paintings. -Chuck Close

You know, the way art history is taught, often there's nothing that tells you why the painting is great. The description of a lousy painting and the description of a great painting will very much sound the same. -Chuck Close

I always thought that one of the reasons why a painter likes especially to have other painters look at his or her work is the shared experience of having pushed paint around. -Chuck Close

Sometimes I really want to paint somebody and I don't get a photograph that I want to work from. -Chuck Close

All the fingerprint paintings are done without a grid. -Chuck Close

Coming to understand a painting or a symphony in an unfamiliar style, to recognize the work of an artist or school, to see or hear in new ways, is as cognitive an achievement as learning to read or write or add. -Nelson Goodman

The '20s ended in an era of extravagance, sort of like the one we're in now. There was a big crash, but then the country picked itself up again, and we had some great years. Those were the days when American believed in itself. I was happy and proud to be painting it. -Norman Rockwell

Destroying rainforest for economic gain is like burning a Renaissance painting to cook a meal. -E. O. Wilson

But, after all, the aim of art is to create space – space that is not compromised by decoration or illustration, space within which the subjects of painting can live. -Frank Stella

One learns about painting by looking at and imitating other painters. -Frank Stella

When I'm painting the picture, I'm really painting a picture. I may have a flat-footed technique, or something like that, but still, to me, the thrill, or the meat of the thing, is the actual painting. I don't get any thrill out of laying it out. -Frank Stella

I was worried in the '80s that the best abstract painting had become obsessed with materiality, and painterly gestures and materiality were up against the wall. -Frank Stella

A sculpture is just a painting cut out and stood up somewhere. -Frank Stella

Up until 35 I had a slightly skewed world view. I honestly believed everybody in the world wanted to make abstract paintings, and people only became lawyers and doctors and brokers and things because they couldn't make abstract paintings. -Frank Stella

The men resent a woman getting any honour in what they consider is essentially their field. Men painters mostly despise women painters. So I have decided to stop squirming, to throw any honour in with Canada and women. -Emily Carr

Be careful that you do not write or paint anything that is not your own, that you don't know in your own soul. -Emily Carr

If you're a painter, you're not alone. There's no way to be alone. -Franz Kline

The final test of a painting, theirs, mine, any other, is: does the painter's emotions come across? -Franz Kline

I see architecture not as Gropius did, as a moral venture, as truth, but as invention, in the same way that poetry or music or painting is invention. -Michael Graves

It's funny that all these goths paint their faces with such white make-up and that is the actual colour of my skin, I am that pale! -Kelly Osbourne

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

I paint my own reality. The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration. -Frida Kahlo

I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best. -Frida Kahlo

My painting carries with it the message of pain. -Frida Kahlo

The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration. -Frida Kahlo

I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality. -Frida Kahlo

Nothing makes me so happy as to observe nature and to paint what I see. -Henri Rousseau

Every time I paint a portrait I lose a friend. -John Singer Sargent

A portrait is a painting with something wrong with the mouth. -John Singer Sargent

All gardening is landscape painting. -William Kent

The goal is always to make a nice tableau painting with the voice. The more color I can find, the more shadow I can find – the goal is always to make more nuance and colors. -Cecilia Bartoli

I love painting and music, of course. I don't know nearly as much about them as I know about poetry. I've certainly been influenced by fiction. I was overwhelmed by War and Peace when I read it, and I didn't read it until I was in my late 20s. -Kenneth Koch

I was excited by what my painter friends were doing, and they seemed to be interested in our poetry too, and that was a wonderful little, fizzy sort of world. -Kenneth Koch

I was influenced by surrealist poetry and painting as were thousands of other people, and it seems to me to have become a part of the way I write, but it's not. -Kenneth Koch

Red is one of the strongest colors, it's blood, it has a power with the eye. That's why traffic lights are red I guess, and stop signs as well… In fact I use red in all of my paintings. -Keith Haring

I think you have to control the materials to an extent, but it's important to let the materials have a kind of power for themselves; like the natural power of gravity, if you are painting on a wall, it makes the paint trickle and it drips; there is no reason to fight that. -Keith Haring

See, when I paint, it is an experience that, at its best, is transcending reality. -Keith Haring

Draw your pleasure, paint your pleasure, and express your pleasure strongly. -Pierre Bonnard

A painting that is well composed is half finished. -Pierre Bonnard

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

Life obliges me to do something, so I paint. -Rene Magritte

My painting is visible images which conceal nothing… they evoke mystery and indeed when one sees one of my pictures, one asks oneself this simple question 'What does that mean'? It does not mean anything, because mystery means nothing either, it is unknowable. -Rene Magritte

I give bird songs to those who dwell in cities and have never heard them, make rhythms for those who know only military marches or jazz, and paint colors for those who see none. -Olivier Messiaen

I am not a painter, nor an artist. Therefore I can see straight, and that may be my undoing. -Alfred Stieglitz

Investing should be more like watching paint dry or watching grass grow. If you want excitement, take $800 and go to Las Vegas. -Paul Samuelson

There is only one absinthe drinker, and that's the man who painted this idiotic picture. -Thomas Couture

Knowing how to paint and to use one's colors rightly has not any connection with originality. This originality consists in properly expressing your own impressions. -Thomas Couture

The cult of individuality and personality, which promotes painters and poets only to promote itself, is really a business. The greater the 'genius' of the personage, the greater the profit. -George Grosz

It is a widely accepted notion among painters that it does not matter what one paints as long as it is well painted. This is the essence of academicism. -Mark Rothko

There is no such thing as good painting about nothing. -Mark Rothko

This would be a distortion of their meaning, since the pictures are intimate and intense, and are the opposite of what is decorative; and have been painted in a scale of normal living rather than an institutional scale. -Mark Rothko

I also hang the pictures low rather than high, and particularly in the case of the largest ones, often as close to the floor as is feasible, for that is the way they are painted. -Mark Rothko

Art works because it appeals to certain faculties of the mind. Music depends on details of the auditory system, painting and sculpture on the visual system. Poetry and literature depend on language. -Steven Pinker

As the books grew bigger and more ambitious, the situations in question sometimes became political ones, and so it became necessary to start painting in the social background on a scale which eventually became panoramic. -Jonathan Coe

What she did was to open our eyes to details of country life such as teaching us names of wild flowers and getting us to draw and paint and learn poetry. -Laurie Lee

Overall, the anarchy was the most creative of all periods of Japanese culture for in it there appeared the greatest landscape painting, the culmination of the skill of landscape gardening and the arts of flower arrangement, and the No drama. -J. M. Roberts

Every painting is a voyage into a sacred harbour. -Giotto di Bondone

Why talk when you can paint? -Milton Avery

It is easy to have a lot of paintings or projects hanging around that are 'almost done.' -Thomas Kinkade

The worlds I paint leave a lot to engage the imagination by hinting at what lies beyond the four edges of the painting. I think getting beyond the four edges of an opportunity or challenge is one of the basic skills you need in business. -Thomas Kinkade

I'm working on a snow scene right now, and it's summer. It's hot, and I will get chilly. I'll have to turn on the heat. My wife walks in, and it's 95 degrees in the studio. I know it's nutty, but it's a projection you have where you step into the painting. -Thomas Kinkade

I was a student at Harvard, and that's where I learned about so-called avant-garde music. Jackson Pollock, abstract expressionism and painting were well known at this time. -Henry Flynt

In classical oil painting, there seemed to be a radical turn to seeing things as the camera sees them, with that technological modification. I began to have a tremendous problem with all of this. -Henry Flynt

A painting means as much to you as a string of pearls to an ape. -Paul Scofield

I went to an art school in Brooklyn and painted Fine Art, if that's what you'd call it for eight years in New York, until I saw the first underground comics in the East Village Other. -Bill Griffith

I'm not a very good painter, but I'm learning a lot. -Cleo Moore

I like to paint nudes mostly. -Cleo Moore

One newspaper even published one of my nude paintings – the one of me naked from the waste up. -Cleo Moore

The riot isn't seen in the movie, but it is alluded to. He has this one speech that gives a great sense of texture and paints a picture of what was happening in Harlem then. -Debbie Allen

Everybody thinks they know what art should be. But very few of them have the sense that is necessary to experience painting, that is the sense of sight, that sees colors and forms as living reality in the picture. -Otto Dix

You know, if one paints someone's portrait, one should not know him if possible. -Otto Dix

Not that painting would have been a release. The reason for doing it is the desire to create. I've got to do it! I've seen that, I can still remember it, I've got to paint it. -Otto Dix

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

Some people like to paint trees. I like to paint love. I find it more meaningful than painting trees. -Robert Indiana

I realize that protest paintings are not exactly in vogue, but I've done many. -Robert Indiana

I think of my peace paintings as one long poem, with each painting being a single stanza. -Robert Indiana

Many, many of my paintings have come from the first chapter of Moby Dick. -Robert Indiana

The animation of the canvas is one of the hardest problems of painting. -Alfred Sisley

On occasion I have drawn as a release from painting. The economy in using paper, pencil, charcoal and crayon can help towards a greater gamble and higher rewards. I also find that drawing can generate ideas more rapidly than painting. -William Scott

I no longer worry whether a painting is about something or not. I am only concerned with the expectation, from a flat surface, of an illusion. -William Scott

Every painting I do is related to the last one: it may be a continuation of a previous painting or it may be a reaction against it. -William Scott

To put down an ideogram of a table so that people will recognize it as a table is not the work of a painter, but to sense it for a moment as a magic carpet with a leg hanging down at each corner is the beginning of a painter's imagination. -Frank Auerbach

It seems to me madness to wake up in the morning and do something other than paint, considering that one may not wake up the following morning. -Frank Auerbach

The unity in any painter's work arises from the fact that a person, brought to a desperate situation, will behave in a certain way… style. -Frank Auerbach

A mathematician, like a painter or a poet, is a maker of patterns. If his patterns are more permanent than theirs, it is because they are made with ideas. -G. H. Hardy

I hope that my painting has the impact of giving someone, as it did me, the feeling of his own totality, of his own separateness, of his own individuality. -Barnett Newman

I prefer to leave the paintings to speak for themselves. -Barnett Newman

I sometimes use a lot of light greens and greys when I feel there is sadness in the painting. -Robert Ryan

When I was in art college, I would be painting, and I would create something on a canvas that was actually quite attractive. But if I got frightened and tried to protect that, that canvas would die. -Michael Ironside

Filmmakers are going to make films, just like painters are going to paint. -Richard Linklater

As I said before, a big part of my strategy says – and the management team I think is in agreement with this – we don't have to be out there with a lot of noise all the time. What we need to do is paint a vision for customers, promise them deliverables, and go hit at it. -Sanjay Kumar

I mean, certainly writing, painting, photography, dance, architecture, there is an aspect of almost every art form that is useful and that merges into film in some way. -Sydney Pollack

I wish there was a painter who could paint as well as Ted Williams could hit. -Jack Levine

Now painting is different. It's something recollected in tranquility. -Jack Levine

I play music, I paint – these things come from your depths. -John Lurie

I don't have to lay on the couch and see a therapist because my therapist is in my paint brushes. -Abbey Lincoln

Some people would say my paintings show a future world and maybe they do, but I paint from reality. I put several things and ideas together, and perhaps, when I have finished, it could show the future. -H. R. Giger

You know I was curious – I was interested in all kinds of mystery or deeper meanings in the paintings because I myself have not analyzed why they have turned out like this or like that. -H. R. Giger

I don't have much of a problem with interruptions. I keep a detailed record of paint and materials as a work on each painting. I can restart exactly where I left off. -Mike Thompson

I think it is an inborn talent – just luck. Some people can learn languages; some can throw a ball. Most people have something. My talent is drawing and painting. -Mike Thompson

I have always been making art from an early age but for nearly forty years did computer programming to earn a living. I bought a house and put my wife and three children through college. Now that diversion is over so I can finally paint full time. -Mike Thompson

I make paintings, try to get others to look at them and hopefully buy them. -Mike Thompson

I also paint, draw and I'm into film and photography as well, and the same thing applies to all of them. You're presenting this material to the general public and hoping that they're going to 'get' what you're doing. Some don't, some do. -Paul Kane

My first concern was to take care of my drawing. I did not have any knowledge in arts, especially Haitian arts, apart from the paintings I saw in my father's office. -Ralph Allen

People are predominant in my paintings. Although they are not obvious, you can feel their presence. -Ralph Allen

I paint according to the moment and the theme. I don't have any prejudice. Life concerns me. -Ralph Allen

Without a good cultural policy, without adequate help, we will always have individualists, shooting stars who are rapidly forgotten or who stop painting for a more profitable occupation. -Ralph Allen

Before that I wanted to be a magazine illustrator – I probably would have painted Gothic scenes. -Ira Levin

Now almost every artist outside of New York is connected with some school or some museum school, and even in New York the majority are. That's an interesting fact when you take the idea of making money, making a living selling paintings. Only a dozen or two painters do that. -Ad Reinhardt

I taught a lot of art history, especially Chinese, Japanese, and Indian. But the painting classes came back. The nudes came back. Not so much the still lifes. So now our department is the worst department, partly because it has the worst facilities. -Ad Reinhardt

If some student came up and wanted to know where to study painting, you'd want to suggest someplace, but there's no place. I wouldn't know where to send a student to study. -Ad Reinhardt

I'm working on a very long series of paintings based on desert folklore. -Terri Windling

I have never subscribed to the Dirty Pallet school of painting. -Peter Wright

I felt the need to get back to painting and I thought the best way was to start drawing, so I enrolled in a life drawing class. I soon discovered that people made very interesting subjects and I am still surprised that I had never discovered it before. -Peter Wright

I used to paint landscapes without any people in them but now I paint people who happen to be in a particular place. They might be outside a pub, or on a beach or in a studio. They might have clothes on or they might not. -Peter Wright

I never know what it's going to look like. Wouldn't be much point in painting if I already knew the outcome. I have a subject in front of me and I start flooding colour and making marks, I don't know, it's improvisation isn't it? -Peter Wright

I'd never painted anything before. I was quite content to take other people's work since I didn't care anyway about the subject matter. I approached subject matter as a scoundrel. I had nothing to say about it whatsoever. I only wanted to make these exciting paintings. -Tom Wesselmann

I spend a lot of time working as a painter and in my studio I go from upstairs where I paint to downstairs where I play and record, so I get this thing crossing over. -Andy Summers

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

We know evolution happened because innumerable bits of data from myriad fields of science conjoin to paint a rich portrait of life's pilgrimage. -Michael Shermer

Father, in spite of all this spending of money in learning Latin, I will be a painter. -William Allan

I will be a historical painter. -William Allan

When I'm writing, I am concentrating almost wholly on concrete detail: the color a room is painted, the way a drop of water rolls off a wet leaf after a rain. -Donna Tartt

San Francisco has long been a leader in the arts, nurturing generations of painters, sculptors, poets, novelists, playwrights, film-makers, and performing artists and innovators of every kind. -Gavin Newsom

The dance commonly begins about the middle of the afternoon or later, after sundown. When it begins in the afternoon, there is always an intermission of an hour or two for supper. The preliminary painting and dressing is usually the work of about two hours. -James Mooney

The natural response of the old-timers is to build a strong moral wall against the outside. This is where the world starts to be painted in black and white, saints inside, and sinners outside the wall. -Mary Douglas

I feel like there's too many paintings left unpainted that I just don't want to take the time away. -Alan Bean

I found I have to stay painting. -Alan Bean

But I'm the only one who can paint the moon, because I'm the only one who knows whether that's right or not. -Alan Bean

I just think that it's maybe fashionable today to try to take individual actions and individual failures and take the broadest possible brush and try to paint a company. -Lee Scott

Remember that a painting – before it is a battle horse, a nude model, or some anecdote – is essentially a flat surface covered with colours assembled in a certain order. -Maurice Denis

All that is necessary to paint well is to be sincere. -Maurice Denis

I think that has been a benefit to me because I think most people understand quilts and not a lot of people understand paintings. But yet they're looking at one. -Faith Ringgold

I like to move among painters, mathematicians, psychologists, people who can tell me something. -George Woodcock

Every song is like a painting. -Dick Dale

I'm not, by nature, a collaborator. My biggest influences were people like painters and poets. These are solitary workers. -Robert Wyatt

Franz Kline, who became known for his black and white paintings, did a whole series of gorgeous landscapes and wonderful portraits that may still hang in Greenwich Village. -David Amram

That by listening to some music, by reading some books, by looking at paintings, and most important by hanging out with one another – by collaborating with one another and creating your own network – you can achieve something that is much better than what is out there. -David Amram

I hate bumper stickers, you can't sum anything up. All you do is paint yourself in some caricaturist corner. -David Cross

But painting can be too lonely… I like being with people too much to have ever made that my life's work. -Marie Windsor

I wanted to be a painter. -Max Cannon

I hope to actually get back to painting someday… soon. I sort of transitioned into cartooning from painting. -Max Cannon

As soon as I can afford a studio space, I'll paint again. -Max Cannon

As far as performance, the roar of the crowd, the smell of the greasepaint no I don't feel that. -Peter Garrett

Every milieu has something ridiculous about it – film-making, the music world, painting – because people who take themselves seriously become funny pretty quickly. -Rebecca Miller

The ability to get ahead in an organization is simply another talent, like the ability to play chess, paint pictures, do coronary bypass operations or pick pockets. -Robert Shea

I think that technology has both introduced new sounds but also allowed an increasingly painterly approach to recording music as you can now paint over what you've done and more and more refine an existing performance. -Jerry Harrison

The Japanese have a wonderful sense of design and a refinement in their art. They try to produce beautiful paintings with the minimum number of strokes. -David Rockefeller

They decided to establish a museum of modern art where works by contemporary artists would be shown. Mother was viewed as a very progressive person, and not everybody liked the paintings she bought. -David Rockefeller

For example, lead paint in old houses can be a greater threat to children's health than lead that may be under some industrial site where there are no children. -Fred Thompson

My movement from painting to film was a very conscious one. -Kathryn Bigelow

Whereas painting is a more rarefied art form, with a limited audience, I recognized film as this extraordinary social tool that could reach tremendous numbers of people. -Kathryn Bigelow

In fact, I thought my calling was to be a painter. -Patti Smith

The business of peace requires more than showing up with paint brushes, foodstuffs and an oil pipeline or two. -Tony Snow

I don't believe in making pencil sketches and then painting landscape in your studio. You must be right under the sky. -William Merritt Chase

I'm reading a book about Romaine Brooks, a wonderful painter from early in the last century. -Lawrence Ferlinghetti

The paintings may communicate even better because people are lazy and they can look at a painting with less effort than they can read a poem. -Lawrence Ferlinghetti

As I very much liked to draw and paint as a child, I entered a special art program in high school, which was very much like being in an art school imbedded in a regular high school curriculum. -Jerome Isaac Friedman

I have wanted to be a fine artist painter, and I reached the point in art schools were I'd like to understand more about images and how images communicate information to people. And I was not getting very far in that from my professors. -John Hench

The colors I choose there was to paint the first hotel, the Disneyland Hotel. Because of the cloudy sky we had in Paris, it had to be a particular kind of color who will fight those grey days. And also something you can see when you're driving up 'There it is! We're arriving!' -John Hench

No, I didn't become disenchanted. I just couldn't paint like them. -Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Fantasy is the only canvas large enough for me to paint on. -Terry Brooks

Well, I've been painting for years. I just started doing a lot more in the last couple. -Robyn Hitchcock

Although I still occasionally paint and draw, my life has now been shaped by my writing. -Russell Banks

You know when you take the paint off an old canvas and you discover that something's been painted underneath it? That's what I feel like – that part of the old is coming through the new. -Carly Simon

My grandfather was not a musician but he was an artist – a painter, a decorative painter. -Gyorgy Ligeti

Learning lines is on my mind until I do know them. I'll read the paper or paint the house to keep from starting to memorize. I've never found an easy way. -Paul Lynde

No one blames themselves if they don't understand a cartoon, as they might with a painting or 'real' art; they simply think it's a bad cartoon. -Chris Ware

It's a marvellous life, a gregarious life that we've had. We're very lucky in that way. Unlike writers or painters, we don't sit down in front of a blank canvas and say, 'How do I start? Where do I start?' -Albert Finney

It's Frank's painting on the cover. We were originally going to use a Salvador Dali painting that we got permission from Salvador Dali to use, and Frank found this one, and it really did fit the music much more. -Alice Cooper

At the point where I'm trying to force something and it's not happening, and I'm getting frustrated with, say, writing a poem, I can go and pick up the brushes and start painting. At the point where the painting seems to not be going anywhere, I go and pick up the guitar. -Joni Mitchell

With a painting, you don't have to go back and paint it again. -Joni Mitchell

You've got a movie where the pro-choice family gives their daughter no choice. The pro-life family murders. What seems to be the good mother, the kind of hippie painter, sweet and cute mother has no love for her daughter really. -Ellen Barkin

I'm glad movies aren't going to please everybody, they can't. But what they have to be is recognisable. I don't equate myself with a master painter, but I think you can recognise my films. -Kevin Costner

So many dancers paint. I used to paint. I started again recently. While I was dancing, I was very busy with my career. Start something else that makes use of your creative ability because if you don't you will die inside as a person. -Katherine Dunham

I took it upon myself to paint a better picture of rural life and what it is all about. -Bubba Sparxxx

Casting is sort of like looking at paintings. You don't know what you'll like, but you recognize it when you see it. -Steven Bochco

It's such a human condition, whether you're a great track star or a great knitting person or you paint watercolors – someone knows who you are. -Tony Curtis

Like an opera singer, I am able to sing out my song in paint. -Tony Curtis

But where there is no art show, I would still be painting. -Tony Curtis

Now I'm a painter. That was another opportunity I was able to pursue, I've been painting all my life, now it's become a second career because of my success in the movies. -Tony Curtis

I'm looking for the perfect paintball movie. -William Shatner

I feel the need of attaining the maximum of intensity with the minimum of means. It is this which has led me to give my painting a character of even greater bareness. -Joan Miro

A good painting to me has always been like a friend. It keeps me company, comforts and inspires. -Hedy Lamarr

As a painter you're responsible yourself, 100 percent. In film, you have the editor, the director, the other actors. It has the advantage of not being solitary. -Sylvia Kristel

I still have agents in France, Los Angeles and Amsterdam who call and suggest parts. I'd love to keep on doing both painting and acting until the end of my days. -Sylvia Kristel

I started formal piano training when I was 4. From there I had little violas, and I had dancing lessons of every sort and description, and painting lessons. I had German. And shorthand. -Twyla Tharp

I'm just a landscape painter. I look out the window and I see what's going on, and I paint it. While I'm painting it, I also write thoughts about what I see going on out there. -William T. Wiley

I've been attracted to imagery and occasionally I've drawn from it, but I never thought I'd be painting these paintings. I didn't have any desire to. I didn't think there was any reason to. -William T. Wiley

I can't write, I can't paint, I don't compose. -Richard Attenborough

Dali was the great painter then and surrealism was a way of life. -Vincente Minnelli

I started out to be a painter and was born into the theater. -Vincente Minnelli

I like doing arts and crafts, so I would probably go to one of those fun little ceramic places and go paint some plates and do something fun like that. -Christina Milian

I decided that what I really wanted to do was go off and paint. -Jim Henson

You treat the air as a canvas and the paint is the chords that come through your fingers, out of the keyboard. -Pharrell Williams

So when I'm playing, I'm sort of painting a feeling in the air. -Pharrell Williams

I then realized that I could never be satisfied again with the mere natural charm of my voice, that I had to constantly paint when singing, melting all the colors, expressing reds and blacks that had to be less primary but bursting with subtly colored combinations. -Placido Domingo

The dog, the rabbit and the hoop all feature in the painting, and take the place of the orrery. -Kit Williams

In the fairy tale the painting represents the here and now. The book is actually divided into five sections, through which the key character, the muse, leads us. -Kit Williams

I think a poet, like a painter, should be a craftsperson. -Anne Stevenson

I paint a slice of life, whatever it is that day. -Geoffrey Holder

We are too quick to put labels on things. It is my profession. I get up and paint. Everyone wants to put a label on it, but I am a free spirit, so I fight against that. -Geoffrey Holder

I love painting. -Heidi Klum

I paint to evoke a changing language of symbols, a language with which to remark upon the qualities of our mysterious capacities which direct us toward ultimate reality. -Morris Graves

I want to paint Montreal as a rather fantastic city, which it was, because nobody knows today what it was like. And I'm one of the last survivors, or rapidly becoming one. -Christopher Plummer

I took to wearing a black tie known as the Ascot, with long drooping ends. I had seen pictures of painters, sculptors, poets, wearing this style of tie. -Carl Sandburg

The painter who feels obligated to depict his subjects as uniformly beautiful or handsome and without flaws will fall short of making art. -Joyce Maynard

I do house things. I paint. I do portraits. I also paint my house. -Willa Ford

So what we have tried to do in our later buildings is to try to be completely consistent, as a painter is consistent or as a sculptor is consistent. Architecture also must be very consistent. -Minoru Yamasaki

I have been criticized rather strenuously by painters and sculptors for not incorporating their work in our buildings. -Minoru Yamasaki

And I like the idea of change. Because I don't see why we should hang a painting on the wall and then just not think of it anymore because it's there like a piece of furniture. -Minoru Yamasaki

I have tried to preserve in my relationship to the film the same closeness and intimacy that exists between a painter and his canvas. -Norman McLaren

Photography started as a means of getting reference material for my paintings of nature subjects. -Nigel Dennis

So about twenty years ago I gave up on painting – and got into terrible debt after buying a load of camera gear! -Nigel Dennis

Being in the studio is like painting, you know, you can really take your time, and try different things, and kind of go deep into it. -Rosanne Cash

I know now that most people are so closely concerned with themselves that they are not aware of their own individuality, I can see myself, and it has helped me to say what I want to say in paint. -Georgia O'Keeffe

I often painted fragments of things because it seemed to make my statement as well as or better than the whole could. -Georgia O'Keeffe

One can't paint New York as it is, but rather as it is felt. -Georgia O'Keeffe

Yes, indeed, in fact I would tell you that we go out of our way to be true to the original feeling and sort of sonic and musical pallet that we painted with back then. -James Young

I tried painting for a short time and realized that I was not a child prodigy at painting. -Kim Weston

The reason that I'm an actor, or an artist, is ultimately because I'm trying to paint a self-portrait, and the most complete and beautiful self-portrait that you can. -Terrence Howard

I don't paint anymore. I haven't since I abandoned it at 19, in order to begin writing seriously. -Jonathan Lethem

I like the theatre because you paint with broad strokes. To me the theatre is stretching its definition really far. -Ajay Naidu

As a painter today you have to work without that essential platform. But if one does not deceive oneself and accepts this lack of certainty, other things may come into play. -Bridget Riley

In my earlier paintings, I wanted the space between the picture plane and the spectator to be active. -Bridget Riley

Art doesn't feed me or fill the void when I am not working. If I haven't worked for six months, I can't paint. -Rod Taylor

When I said I no longer wanted to be a painter, that I wanted to be an actor, the first thing I did was get a stinking job in an insurance building. -Rod Taylor

We would sift through every inch of what it was that worked, or if it didn't, and wonder what was effective in it, in terms of paint, the subject matter, the size, the drawing. -Helen Frankenthaler

When the painting is hanging on your wall for a long time, you don't notice it. You get tired of it, even if it's a Picasso. When the next generation inherits the painting, they sell it. I don't want to be sold. -Julio Iglesias

Milos said, You're my first choice. From my point of view, that doesn't pay the rent. I said, Tell me what I have to do next because I'm busy painting my kitchen. -F. Murray Abraham

Not only are Christians writing about Jesus, but also Communists, Jews, atheists and agnostics are taking up their pens to paint a portrait of Jesus. -John Clayton

The mainstream media has chosen their candidates and their issues, and they're not the same as the GOP's. They are going to be painted as the bad guys. -Barbara Olson

One of the biggest changes that ever occurred in my life was going from the isolation of working part-time as a house painter in Henderson County, to Cornell, where everybody was a literary person. -Robert Morgan

The classical writers… playwrights, Jacobean, Elizabethan playwrights, all showed areas of all classes and how they live and painted them pretty authentically. -Timothy West

I also paint and enjoy acrylic medium; some of my close friends have paintings I did for them. -Kiana Tom

And since geometry is the right foundation of all painting, I have decided to teach its rudiments and principles to all youngsters eager for art. -Albrecht Durer

At the beginning of the 20th century, the ambition of the great painters was to make paintings that were like music, which was then considered as the noblest art. -Brian Eno

Knowing what paint a painter uses or having an understanding of where he was in the history of where he came from doesn't hurt your appreciation of the painting. -Jodie Foster

He painted me when I was young because he was in love with me, but now that he has loved me he doesn't paint me anymore. -Jane Birkin

You don't need a framework. You need a painting, not a frame. -Klaus Kinski

If I had parallel lives to pursue, I would also want one as a painter. -Norman Spinrad

No one can be a painter unless he cares for painting above all else. -Edouard Manet

There is only one true thing: instantly paint what you see. When you've got it, you've got it. When you haven't, you begin again. All the rest is humbug. -Edouard Manet

In our own time it has been seen… that simple children, roughly brought up in the wilderness, have begun to draw by themselves, impelled by their own natural genius, instructed solely by the example of these beautiful paintings and sculptures of Nature. -Giorgio Vasari

And I started with this: I have not painted at all my childhood. In fact, I never painted. But I helped my father who was a house painter and decorative painter. He made stage sets, he made glass paintings, he made everything. -Josef Albers

Instead of art I have taught philosophy. Though technique for me is a big word, I never have taught how to paint. All my doing was to make people to see. -Josef Albers

It was my family that wanted me to be a teacher. That was safe, you see. To be a painter was terrible. -Josef Albers

My father's parents were carpenters. They were also builders partly. They were painters. And several of them were very, active in the theatre and all such nonsense, you know. -Josef Albers

Simultaneous contrast is not just a curious optical phenomenon – it is the very heart of painting. -Josef Albers

Some days I would be there at ten in the morning and wouldn't leave till ten at night, and the others would waltz in for a couple of hours and then leave, because I was doing that painting thing. And they were happy to see that being done. -Lindsey Buckingham

When I work alone, it can be like dabbling with a canvas. Maybe you paint over bits, and it starts to form its own life and lead you off in a direction. It becomes an intuitive, subconscious process. -Lindsey Buckingham

When I work alone, my process is like painting. With Fleetwood Mac, it's more like movie making. -Lindsey Buckingham

A painter must think of everything he sees as being there entirely for his own use and pleasure. -Lucian Freud

A painter's tastes must grow out of what so obsesses him in life that he never has to ask himself what it is suitable for him to do in art. -Lucian Freud

As far as I am concerned the paint is the person. I want it to work for me just as flesh does. -Lucian Freud

I am only interested in painting the actual person, in doing a painting of them, not in using them to some ulterior end of art. For me, to use someone doing something not native to them would be wrong. -Lucian Freud

I paint people not because of what they are like, not exactly in spite of what they are like, but how they happen to be. -Lucian Freud

I want paint to work as flesh. -Lucian Freud

The model should only serve the very private function for the painter of providing the starting point for his excitement. -Lucian Freud

The painter must give a completely free rein to any feeling or sensations he may have and reject nothing to which he is naturally drawn. -Lucian Freud

The painter's obsession with his subject is all that he needs to drive him to work. -Lucian Freud

The paintings that really excite me have an erotic element or side to them irrespective of subject matter. -Lucian Freud

The picture is all he feels about it, all he thinks worth preserving of it, all he invests it with. If all the qualities which a painter took from the model for his picture were really taken, no person could be painted twice. -Lucian Freud

When I look at a body it gives me choice of what to put in a painting, what will suit me and what won't. -Lucian Freud

My father taught me to paint when I was young with watercolors and so I learned at a very young age the essential elements of the value of light and composition. -Matthew Modine

My hobbies are painting, crafts, and I like golfing. -Nancy Kerrigan

Children's finger-painting came under the arts, but movies didn't. -Nicolas Roeg

There was a village watercolour society and they'd come and paint in my field. I watched them from the window, the way they would struggle this way and that to find the perfect moment. God has made every angle on that beautiful, and I felt that tremendously. -Nicolas Roeg

David is purely a conceptual artist. He didn't play any instruments or paint or anything. We were painters. -Tina Weymouth

Many Japanese painters and calligraphers would change their names intentionally to keep their relationship to the art always fresh. This way, others' expectations can be avoided. -Tina Weymouth

There is tragic evidence to show that the paintings at the French prehistoric art sites are deteriorating. -Louis Leakey

In my world, history comes down to language and art. No one cares much about what battles were fought, who won them and who lost them – unless there is a painting, a play, a song or a poem that speaks of the event. -Theodore Bikel

I hardly need to abstract things, for each object is unreal enough already, so unreal that I can only make it real by means of painting. -Max Beckmann

I believe the reason I love painting so much is that it forces one to be objective. -Max Beckmann

Nature engenders the science of painting. -Robert Delaunay

It is this research into pure painting that is the problem at the present moment. I do not know any painters in Paris who are really searching for this ideal world. -Robert Delaunay

Impressionism; it is the birth of Light in painting. -Robert Delaunay

I believe that the reason why I love painting so much is that it forces one to be objective. There is nothing I hate more than sentimentality. -Max Beckmann

You put funny people in funny costumes and paint them green and we could talk about anything we wanted to, because that was the only thing that fascinated Gene about this particular genre. -Majel Barrett

You go through at least the first two years of Star Trek and you find some amazing stuff. Everything that was going on Gene put into the series. He just put strange costumes on the actors and painted them funny colours and left the same situation in. -Majel Barrett

I'm very interested to see how this new painting will go – I know I want it big and stark, and as I said, I follow the muse, and that's when it always works perfectly for me. -Jackie DeShannon

When I travel, I draw and paint sketches which is great fun. And as long as you are fully aware that it has nothing to do with actual art, I think that's all right. -Arne Jacobsen

With a painter or a sculptor, one cannot begin to alter his works, but an architect has to put up with anything, because he makes utility objects – the building is there to be used, and times change. -Arne Jacobsen

I always feel the desire to look for the extraordinary in ordinary things; to suggest, not to impose, to leave always a slight touch of mystery in my paintings. -Balthus

I will always find even the worst paintings that attempt some kind of representation better than the best invented paintings. -Balthus

Painting is a language which cannot be replaced by another language. I don't know what to say about what I paint, really. -Balthus

The best way to begin is to say: Balthus is a painter of whom nothing is known. And now let us have a look at his paintings. -Balthus

The craft of painting has virtually disappeared. There is hardly anyone left who really possesses it. For evidence one has only to look at the painters of this century. -Balthus

Real painters understand with a brush in their hand. -Berthe Morisot

I felt I really wanted to back off from music completely and just work within the visual arts in some way. I started painting quite passionately at that time. -David Bowie

I believe that the great painters with their intellect as master have attempted to force this unwilling medium of paint and canvas into a record of their emotions. -Edward Hopper

I trust Winsor and Newton and I paint directly upon it. -Edward Hopper

If you could say it in words there would be no reason to paint. -Edward Hopper

It's to paint directly on the canvas without any funny business, as it were, and I use almost pure turpentine to start with, adding oil as I go along until the medium becomes pure oil. I use as little oil as I can possibly help, and that's my method. -Edward Hopper

Maybe I am not very human – what I wanted to do was to paint sunlight on the side of a house. -Edward Hopper

The trend in some of the contemporary movements in art, but by no means all, seems to deny this ideal and to me appears to lead to a purely decorative conception of painting. -Edward Hopper

Well, I have a very simple method of painting. -Edward Hopper

Slowly poetry becomes visual because it paints images, but it is also musical: it unites two arts into one. -Eugenio Montale

As I had collaborated with visual artists before whether on installations, on performance pieces, in the context of theatre works and as I had taught for a time in art colleges the idea of writing music in response to painting was not alien. -Gavin Bryars

Painters were also attorneys, happy storytellers of anecdote, psychologists, botanists, zoologists, archaeologists, engineers, but there were no creative painters. -Kazimir Malevich

Clem had made it known that Pollock was a great painter. -Kenneth Noland

I think of painting without subject matter as music without words. -Kenneth Noland

The anarchist painter is not the one who will create anarchist pictures, but the one who will fight with all his individuality against official conventions. -Paul Signac

What I wish to show when I paint is the way I see things with my eyes and in my heart. -Raoul Dufy

For example, in painting the form arises from abstract elements of line and color, while in cinema the material concreteness of the image within the frame presents – as an element – the greatest difficulty in manipulation. -Sergei Eisenstein

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

Now why should the cinema follow the forms of theater and painting rather than the methodology of language, which allows wholly new concepts of ideas to arise from the combination of two concrete denotations of two concrete objects? -Sergei Eisenstein

Maybe I'll paint, do photography, just something else. I can see that. -Steven Soderbergh

My horizon on humanity is enlarged by reading the writers of poems, seeing a painting, listening to some music, some opera, which has nothing at all to do with a volatile human condition or struggle or whatever. It enriches me as a human being. -Wole Soyinka

Good painting is like good cooking; it can be tasted, but not explained. -Maurice de Vlaminck

People don't have time to wait for somebody to paint their portraits anymore. The money is in photography. -Robert Mapplethorpe

Cartooning at its best is a fine art. I'm a cartoonist who works in the medium of animation, which also allows me to paint my cartoons. -Ralph Bakshi

The scenarios of biological or chemical warfare painted in detail by the American media during the months after September 11 only betray the inability of the government to determine the magnitude of the danger. -Jurgen Habermas

If he sees nothing within, then he should stop painting what is in front of him. -Caspar David Friedrich

The painter should paint not only what he has in front of him, but also what he sees inside himself. -Caspar David Friedrich

After tea it's back to painting – a large poplar at dusk with a gathering storm. From time to time instead of this evening painting session I go bowling in one of the neighbouring villages, but not very often. -Gustav Klimt

I can paint and draw. I believe this myself and a few other people say that they believe this too. But I'm not certain of whether it's true. -Gustav Klimt

If the weather is good I go into the nearby wood – there I am painting a small beech forest (in the sun) with a few conifers mixed in. This takes until 8 'o clock. -Gustav Klimt

Sometimes I miss out the morning's painting session and instead study my Japanese books in the open. -Gustav Klimt

There is nothing that special to see when looking at me. I'm a painter who paints day in day out, from morning till evening – figure pictures and landscapes, more rarely portraits. -Gustav Klimt

The musician writes for the orchestra what his inner voice sings to him; the painter rarely relies without disadvantage solely upon the images which his inner eye presents to him; nature gives him his forms, study governs his combinations of them. -Hermann Ebbinghaus

When I get my hands on painting materials I don't give a damn about other people's painting… every generation must start again afresh. -Maurice de Vlaminck

But when I worked on a painting I would do it from a drawing but I would put certain things I was fairly sure I wanted in the painting, and then collage on the painting with printed dots or painted paper or something before I really committed it. -Roy Lichtenstein

I kind of do the drawing with the painting in mind, but it's very hard to guess at a size or a color and all the colors around it and what it will really look like. -Roy Lichtenstein

I think that most people think painters are kind of ridiculous, you know? -Roy Lichtenstein

Picasso's always been such a huge influence that I thought when I started the cartoon paintings that I was getting away from Picasso, and even my cartoons of Picasso were done almost to rid myself of his influence. -Roy Lichtenstein

Pop Art looks out into the world. It doesn't look like a painting of something, it looks like the thing itself. -Roy Lichtenstein

Yes, you know sometimes, we started out thinking out how strange our painting was next to normal painting, which was anything expressionist. You forget that this has been thirty five years now and people don't look at it as if it were some kind of oddity. -Roy Lichtenstein

I didn't have any real art training, but when I was about twelve nad thirteen, another boy and I went to a sign painter's house every Friday night and took lessons. -Rube Goldberg

I paint and sculpt to get a grip on reality… to protect myself. -Alberto Giacometti

I've tried doing so, for it was never my intention to paint only with gray. But in the course of my work I have eliminated one color after another, and what has remained is gray, gray, gray! -Alberto Giacometti

If only someone else could paint what I see, it would be marvellous, because then I wouldn't have to paint at all. -Alberto Giacometti

This truth must be recognized as a dogma and assume the validity of an axiom in the general understanding of painting. -Fernand Leger

My only objective is to paint a Christ so moving that those who see him will be converted. -Georges Rouault

The painting develops before my eyes, unfolding its surprises as it progresses. It is this which gives me the sense of complete liberty, and for this reason I am incapable of forming a plan or making a sketch beforehand. -Yves Tanguy

I always wanted to be an artist, whatever that was, like other chicks want to be stewardesses. I read. I painted. I thought. -Janis Joplin

I apply paint directly from the tube and with my fingers. -John Dyer

I decided to become a painter when my first four paintings where all published and attracted a great deal of interest. I exhibited one of them and it was sold. -John Dyer

I have been surrounded by artists and paintings throughout my life. My father Ted Dyer is an artist, and from a very early age I have spent time painting and drawing. -John Dyer

I have improved the way in which I paint. The colours are cleaner and there is more energy in the brush work. -John Dyer

I paint what I see, not what a camera would see. -John Dyer

I really enjoy squeezing out a big lump of paint directly onto the canvas and leaving it; fresh, immediate and sometimes shocking. -John Dyer

I still take photographs for my own use, personal studies. I do not feel that I can fully express my views through the medium and this is why I have moved towards painting. -John Dyer

I want to paint big, bright, optimistic pictures of the place I love. -John Dyer

My father is a well known artist, Ted Dyer, who has been painting for many years. Our work is very different, but growing up surrounded by paintings, paints, easels and art books does have an effect. -John Dyer

Painting is really good fun, I have always enjoyed it. As long as I paint what I want with the freedom that I enjoy, I never tire. -John Dyer

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

The paintings by Van Gough and Chagall had a big influence on me. -John Dyer

While I was at college studying design I decided to paint. I was also greatly inspired by the colours that I had seen on my travels in the Brazilian Rain forest. -John Dyer

You can't work in the movies. Movies are all about lighting. Very few filmmakers will concentrate on the story. You get very little rehearsal time, so anything you do onscreen is a kind of speed painting. -John Malkovich

No amounts of stone and bone could yield the kinds of information that the paintings gave so freely. -Mary Leakey

Never buy four C-plus paintings when you can buy one A. -Walter Annenberg

American poetry, like American painting, is always personal with an emphasis on the individuality of the poet. -Diane Wakoski

I wanted to make these people real, not like they were in a painting. Like these are people who don't know they're in a period movie. Those concerns are incredibly immediate. -Neil LaBute

The administration needs to speak honestly with the American people. Exaggerating our progress in defeating the insurgency or in creating an Iraqi army paints a dangerous picture. -Sherrod Brown

I liked sculpting better than painting. You have more freedom in sculpting. -Anthony Quinn

I studied all about Gauguin. He was a banker. He was a banker who – he used to paint on Sundays. And one day he hated himself for painting on Sundays. -Anthony Quinn

The painter leaves his mark. And I just put in two statues in Rhode Island that I'm working on. And I think that's going to make me last longer than me. -Anthony Quinn

I always feel attacked when I'm asked about my painting. -Georg Baselitz

I always work out of uncertainty but when a painting's finished it becomes a fixed idea, apparently a final statement. In time though, uncertainty returns… your thought process goes on. -Georg Baselitz

I had always loved expressionist painting, like every European. In fact I admired it all the more because these were precisely the paintings despised by my father's generation. -Georg Baselitz

I paint German artists whom I admire. I paint their pictures, their work as painters, and their portraits too. But oddly enough, each of these portraits ends up as a picture of a woman with blonde hair. I myself have never been able to work out why this happens. -Georg Baselitz

I just recently did a film with Disney, and they put the drawings straight on the computer. And it's all painted on the computer now and not by hand anymore. -Gerald Scarfe

Does any art have a practical value? People love to talk about how expensive a painting is. That's the only way we can talk about paintings in this century. -John Guare

People go to see beautiful paintings to see how much they cost. Wow. The practical value is that it shows you what the human spirit can do. -John Guare

But I hang on to books. I love them. I even think they're very nice decor in a room – far better than paintings… That's not quite true! -Norman MacCaig

Women are not in love with me but with the picture of me on the screen. I am merely the canvas on which women paint their dreams. -Rudolph Valentino

I think people would actually be surprised by what we put out. Unfortunately the shadow that the original founders cast was that they were just artists that can't write books so people swept the whole of Image with that paintbrush. -Todd McFarlane

Every top player has his own style, just as every painter has his own personal signature. -Vladimir Kramnik

I am a great lover of art, in many forms: paintings, objets, textiles. I don't have the talent for painting, but I have a very good sense of colour, a love of visual beauty. -Jacqueline Bisset

Let's look at people as artists and try to support them; just because Picasso painted a couple of bad paintings, that's no reason to say he's a lousy painter. -Steve Guttenberg

But, when I had this feeling and started painting sacred art, as I had this feeling to do, then it come to me: my problem is I'll get a lot of criticism and another problem is my work's not good enough to sell. -Howard Finster

I'm a secretive bastard. I would never let anybody watch me painting… it would be like somebody watching you have sex – painting is that personal to me. -Andrew Wyeth

At 18 I began painting steadily fulltime and at age 20 had my first New York show at the Macbeth Gallery. -Andrew Wyeth

Wherever you look there are inspirations, books, literature, paintings, landscapes, everything. Just living is an inspiration. -Gavin Rossdale

The hard part is how to plan a picture so as to give to others what has happened to you. To render in paint an experience, to suggest the sense of light and color, of air and space. -Maxfield Parrish

My web site is so fresh. The paint is still wet, but stay tuned, because I have lots of personal things, specifically about what is happening day-to-day, that I will keep updating daily. -David Hasselhoff

My painting does not come from the easel. -Jackson Pollock

I hardly ever stretch the canvas before painting. -Jackson Pollock

On the floor I am more at ease. I feel nearer, more part of the painting, since this way I can walk around it, work from the four sides and literally be in the painting. -Jackson Pollock

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

When I am in my painting, I'm not aware of what I'm doing. -Jackson Pollock

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

It doesn't make much difference how the paint is put on as long as something has been said. Technique is just a means of arriving at a statement. -Jackson Pollock

Abstract painting is abstract. It confronts you. There was a reviewer a while back who wrote that my pictures didn't have any beginning or any end. He didn't mean it as a compliment, but it was. -Jackson Pollock

Today painters do not have to go to a subject matter outside of themselves. Most modern painters work from a different source. They work from within. -Jackson Pollock

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

I'm very representational some of the time, and a little all of the time. But when you're painting out of your unconscious, figures are bound to emerge. -Jackson Pollock

My paintings do not have a center, but depend on the same amount of interest throughout. -Jackson Pollock

New needs need new techniques. And the modern artists have found new ways and new means of making their statements… the modern painter cannot express this age, the airplane, the atom bomb, the radio, in the old forms of the Renaissance or of any other past culture. -Jackson Pollock

I don't work from drawings. I don't make sketches and drawings and color sketches into a final painting. -Jackson Pollock

Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is. -Jackson Pollock

He drove his kind of realism at me so hard I bounced right into nonobjective painting. -Jackson Pollock

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

It depends on where you put the paint, not how much you splash on. -Julian Eltinge

I started doing cartoons when I was about 21. I never thought I would be a cartoonist. It happened behind my back. I was always a painter and drawer. -Lynda Barry

Painters must speak through paint, not through words. -Hans Hofmann

Through a painting we can see the whole world. -Hans Hofmann

My aim in painting is to create pulsating, luminous, and open surfaces that emanate a mystic light, in accordance with my deepest insight into the experience of life and nature. -Hans Hofmann

I paint things as they are. I don't comment. -Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Bowie is a musician, but he works like a painter. Thom always thought that we should aspire to that. -Ed O'Brien

Writing requires a great deal of skill, just like painting does. People don't want to learn those skills. -John Milius

I do not think men have more talent. There are a great many women in the arts; novelists, painters, sculptors, poets-but the proportion is far lower in the field of song writing. -Dorothy Fields

I was painting sets, working in editorial as an assistant, driving their trucks, lying that I knew how to drive a truck, and doing commercials and documentaries. -Richard Donner

Artists – musicians, painters, writers, poets – always seem to have had the most accurate perception of what is really going on around them, not the official version or the popular perception of contemporary life. -Billy Joel

You know, face painting in non-Western cultures is a sign of collectivism, is a sign of one representing the community, it's not unique at all. -Joseph Jarman

We also have the option of scanning in an image from outside the computer… a photo, or a sketch done with traditional tools; and we can then paint, manipulate, process, change, and further develop the image within the computer, watching our progress on the monitor. -Buffy Sainte-Marie

The paintings are transferred from my computer to a disk, and I can hand it to the printer this way; or I can modem the painting to the printer over the phone lines from my house in Hawaii. -Buffy Sainte-Marie

The key is in remaining just aloof enough from a painting so that you know when to stop. -Buffy Sainte-Marie

The artistic process in digital art is very much the same as for making other kinds of paintings. -Buffy Sainte-Marie

If I'm interrupted, it's just a minor inconvenience, but not a disaster, because it's easy to get back where I was: that is, the paint has not changed consistency; the light has not moved. -Buffy Sainte-Marie

Digital art software has empowered both the painterly side of photographers, and the photographer side of painters. -Buffy Sainte-Marie

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

But when I started writing songs, I stopped painting completely, and the only art things I do are connected to the career, like album sleeves and, to some extent, posters and things like that. -Bryan Ferry

I just have more fun when I get to try new things – and the action film genre has kind of painted itself into a corner, copied itself so many times and it has basically run out of bad buys. -Bruce Willis

I wanted to learn how to paint rather than just doing black-and-white work. -Bill Sienkiewicz

I wanted to be complete, because I figured that, visually, there was an avenue to explore with painted stuff. -Bill Sienkiewicz

I still love a lot of the guys who just paint. -Bill Sienkiewicz

I'm quite sure that all true professional artists, of every description, in all walks of life, whether their craft is painting, music, sculpture, medicine or anything, have one primary concern – mankind. -Chico Hamilton

I would have liked maybe to be in architecture or painting, something connected to the fine arts. -Catherine Deneuve

You're making a movie, not a documentary. If you made a film like the historians would like you to make, you're not going to go and see it. I'd rather see paint dry. -Dougray Scott

Very quickly a painting is turned into a facsimile of itself when one becomes so familiar with with it that one recognizes it without looking at it. -Robert Rauschenberg

There was a whole language that I could never make function for myself in relationship to painting and that was attitudes like tortured, struggle, pain. -Robert Rauschenberg

Pollock also… wanted one to be wrapped in the painting. -Robert Rauschenberg

I'm sure we don't read old paintings the way they were intended. -Robert Rauschenberg

I'm not so facile that I can accomplish or find out what I want to know or explore enough of the possibilities and a way of making a painting, say, in just one painting or two paintings. -Robert Rauschenberg

I think a painting is more like the real world if it's made out the real world. -Robert Rauschenberg

I always have a good reason for taking something out but I never have one for putting something in. And I don't want to, because that means that the picture is being painted predigested. -Robert Rauschenberg

But I was in awe of the painters; I mean I was new in New York, and I thought the painting that was going on here was just unbelievable. -Robert Rauschenberg

You don't need a uniform color: We used a mixture of brick red, browns and grays, and then threw in seashells, branches and various types of rock, so our walls ended up looking like cave paintings! -Randy Bachman

In this movie they took them up in space. They're floating around and doing zero gravity stuff. Well, they had to do it all on wires. All the wires had to be painted black against this black background. If you didn't light it properly you could see the wires. Drove them crazy! -John Badham

Let's face it: I paint well. I know it, you know it. There's no arguing really, is there? -Ronnie Wood

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

And also the new excitement and variety of ways that the abstract expressionists were applying paint. You could put it on as though it were colored air and it would be painting. -Robert Rauschenberg

And all of this, all these physical aspects of painting at that time excited me very much. You could do a picture in just black and white. I mean all the things, whether you're soliciting permission or not, do give you permission. -Robert Rauschenberg

I still have an old painting the Colonel gave me. It was the first time the Colonel had been back to the Hilton since Elvis had passed away. -Mac Davis

Know what you're trying to do before you do it. Turning knobs at random isn't enlightening any more than throwing paint at a wall blindfolded will let you paint a nice picture. -Steve Albini

It seems like if you are not painted up special way or have some tailor made outfit to put on to go out on stage… I don't know… there's too much of it out there. -Phil Anselmo

I never knew any painter worthy of the name who paid the smallest attention to what a critic says, even in conversation. -Robert Baldwin Ross

To make films is as boring as watching paint dry – you usually have to do little tiny bits here and there. You go off waiting for lighting, you come back – the energy dies. You hope you can find someone who can keep it going. -Jenny Agutter

I had some money, I made the best paintings ever. I was completely reclusive, worked a lot, took a lot of drugs. I was awful to people. -Jean-Michel Basquiat

Mourning Ruby is not a flat landscape: it is more like a box with pictures painted on every face. And each face is also a door which opens, I hope, to take the reader deep into the book. -Helen Dunmore

A mathematician, like a painter or poet, is a maker of patterns. If his patterns are more permanent than theirs, it is because they are made with ideas. -G. H. Hardy

No longer shall I paint interiors with men reading and women knitting. I will paint living people who breathe and feel and suffer and love. -Edvard Munch

My grandfather gave me my first guitar, an old acoustic with palm trees and dancing girls painted on it. -Dan Fogelberg

Coming out of college with a degree in fine arts and painting isn't worth much any more. -Dan Fogelberg

I want to direct films, because I am a painter and a sculptor and I've done a lot of writing. -Xander Berkeley

I also had this artist friend who'd paint butterflies and things like that on my head. -Persis Khambatta

No, I do a bunch of things to entertain myself. I paint, I make music, I take photographs. -Charlie Hunnam

I think music has gone through a period of something very severe, rather radical, rather the way painting did with cubism. -Harrison Birtwistle

I am planning a one-man art show of original Batman oil paintings that I will show in New York City. -Bob Kane

I had to work out that it was something that could move, without having everybody in spray painted leotards. -Colleen Atwood

The older painting – well, it does have an effect all at once, I suppose, but it's of a lesser intensity than a lot of the American work in the last ten or fifteen years. -Donald Judd

Well, I am not interested in the kind of expression that you have when you paint a painting with brush strokes. It's all right, but it's already done and I want to do something new. -Donald Judd

Well, I don't think anyone now would say that they're painting the state of the culture of America. I think that's too grand and pompous a thing for anybody to claim. -Donald Judd

Today we are searching for things in nature that are hidden behind the veil of appearance… We look for and paint this inner, spiritual side of nature. -Franz Marc

I actually started as a model builder and quickly progressed into production design, which made sense because I could draw and paint. But I kept watching that guy over there who was moving the actors around and setting up the shots. -James Cameron

I have no ideas about what the paintings imply about the world. I don't think that's a painter's business. He just paints paintings without a conscious reason. -Jasper Johns

I think a painting should include more experience than simply intended statement. -Jasper Johns

Most of the power of painting comes through the manipulation of space… but I don't understand that. -Jasper Johns

Sometimes I see it and then paint it. Other times I paint it and then see it. Both are impure situations, and I prefer neither. -Jasper Johns

Now I'm way into suits that I can put on whether I took a shower or not, and wear barefoot and paint my toes black or whatever color the suit is. It's very cool to wear suits like that. Roll up the sleeves and just say yee-haw. -Steven Tyler

People were very affected by the war. But it didn't mean you stopped painting unless you were called into the Army; then you just couldn't paint. But otherwise one continued. -Lee Krasner

Well, let's say we acknowledged the School of French Painting – the Paris School of painting as the leading force and vitality of the time. I think that was understood and felt and experienced. -Lee Krasner

You were told how much space so it was a matter of whether you could send in two paintings or three paintings, you know, pending where the show was being held. You did submit work to be accepted. Once you were accepted that was it. You did your own selection of what went in. -Lee Krasner

I like all those painters who loved and had a strong feeling for nature. -Alfred Sisley

Even if you have $20,000 to buy an item, you still try to get a good price at antique stores. I collect furniture, rugs, paintings, frames. It's my hobby to go around to shops and markets. -Ursula Andress

I influenced the BG style by not being able to draw perspective. The BG artists developed cool graphic painting styles to make my bad backgrounds look like they were that way on purpose. -John Kricfalusi

You buy any book on color theory today, and it's just complete poppycock. Everybody comes out of school painting pink, purple and green. The whole damn cartoon industry has pink purple and green on their mind. -John Kricfalusi

I still drive my 1977 Honda Accord. The paint is almost all worn off. It's still running. -Larry Wall

Around 1980, I went back to painting with a vengeance. -Martin Mull

I think there are a lot of pictures to make. I sometimes question whether I'm even an artist or just a painter. To me, the making of the pictures is the most important thing. -Martin Mull

I try to not get to the point where one is making wallpaper, or simply painting money. I want to make sure that I am at least trying to weigh myself down, that there's a challenge each time. -Martin Mull

I've always had a certain fascination. It's basically paint what you know, and this is what I grew up with. -Martin Mull

It really is a day job, and it also seems to have virtually disappeared-with no remorse, really. It gives me more time to paint. -Martin Mull

I make movies just as painters paint: I work where I can. -Jean-Jacques Annaud

When Picasso painted in Paris, was he a Spanish or a French painter? It does not matter, he was Picasso, whatever the influences surrounding him. He simply chose Paris because it was the ideal place for him to sell his creation. -Jean-Jacques Annaud

He greatly valued his possessions, chiefly because they were his, and derived genuine pleasure from contemplating a painting, a statuette, a rare lace curtain – no matter what – after he had bought it and placed it among his household gods. -Kate Chopin

I build a kind of wall between myself and t he model so that I can paint in peace behind it. Otherwise, she might say something that confuses and distracts me. -Edvard Munch

This kind of painting with its large frames is a bourgeois drawing-room art. It is an art dealer's art-and that came in after the civil wars following the French Revolution. -Edvard Munch

One can easily tell that the creator of the paintings in the Sistine Chapel was above all a sculptor. -Edvard Munch

Youth must go ahead and prosper. These young painters are all very talented people, but they all paint frescoes. -Edvard Munch

Oil-painting is a developed technique. Why go backwards? -Edvard Munch

When I paint a person, his enemies always find the portrait a good likeness. -Edvard Munch

Death is pitch-dark, but colors are light. To be a painter, one must work with rays of light. -Edvard Munch

Painting picture by picture, I followed the impressions my eye took in at heightened moments. I painted only memories, adding nothing, no details that I did not see. Hence the simplicity of the paintings, their emptiness. -Edvard Munch

By painting colors and lines and forms seen in quickened mood I was seeking to make this mood vibrate as a phonograph does. This was the origin of the paintings in The Frieze of Life. -Edvard Munch

I painted the picture, and in the colors the rhythm of the music quivers. I painted the colors I saw. -Edvard Munch

I paint as if I were Rothschild. -Paul Cezanne

For an Impressionist to paint from nature is not to paint the subject, but to realize sensations. -Paul Cezanne

There are two things in the painter, the eye and the mind; each of them should aid the other. -Paul Cezanne

The painter must enclose himself within his work; he must respond not with words, but with paintings. -Paul Cezanne

I could paint for a hundred years, a thousand years without stopping and I would still feel as though I knew nothing. -Paul Cezanne

I want to die painting. -Paul Cezanne

I am more a friend of art than a producer of painting. -Paul Cezanne

A thousand painters ought to be killed yearly. Say what you like: I'm every inch a painter. -Paul Cezanne

With a painter's temperament, all that's needed are the means of expression sufficient to be intelligible to the wide public. -Paul Cezanne

90% of every art form is garbage – dance and stand-up, painting and music. Focus on the 10% that's good, suck it up, and drive on. -Patton Oswalt

I don't know what a painting is; who knows what sets off even the desire to paint? It might be things, thoughts, a memory, sensations, which have nothing to do directly with painting itself. They can come from anything and anywhere. -Philip Guston

Look at any inspired painting. It's like a gong sounding; it puts you in a state of reverberation. -Philip Guston

I am a night painter, so when I come into the studio the next morning the delirium is over. -Philip Guston

To paint is a possessing rather than a picturing. -Philip Guston

Usually I am on a work for a long stretch, until a moment arrives when the air of the arbitrary vanishes, and the paint falls into positions that feel destined. -Philip Guston

The painting is not on a surface, but on a plane which is imagined. It moves in a mind. It is not there physically at all. It is an illusion, a piece of magic, so that what you see is not what you see. -Philip Guston

In my experience a painting is not made with colors and paint at all. I don't know what a painting is; who knows what sets off even the desire to paint? -Philip Guston

Yes, I did, I mean I painted er, in a kind of abstract expressionist way, because of course that was exciting. -David Hockney

Shadows sometimes people don't see shadows. The Chinese of course never paint them in pictures, oriental art never deals with shadow. But I noticed these shadows and I knew it meant it was sunny. -David Hockney

The way money goes so fast these days, they should paint racing stripes on it. -Mark Russell

My sister-in-law is a painter, and I'll say, how long did it take you to paint that painting. She'll say, It took me maybe three days, but it took me all my life to get the skills to paint that painting. -Anthony Doerr

Good art theory must smell of the studio, although its language should differ from the household talk of painters and sculptors. -Rudolf Arnheim

There is no scientific discoverer, no poet, no painter, no musician, who will not tell you that he found ready made his discovery or poem or picture – that it came to him from outside, and that he did not consciously create it from within. -William Kingdon Clifford

The way I create music is maybe like a painting, to compose in a more visual way. Basically it's the music that I want to hear- that's my inspiration and bottom line. I just try to get ideas from books, movies, paintings. -Ikue Mori

The painter constructs, the photographer discloses. -Susan Sontag

I have sworn to die painting. -Paul Cezanne

I don't paint to live, I live to paint. -Willem de Kooning

A great artist can paint a great picture on a small canvas. -Charles Dudley Warner

It has bothered me all my life that I do not paint like everybody else. -Henri Matisse

Watching television is like taking black spray paint to your third eye. -Bill Hicks

Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter's soul. -Vincent Van Gogh

I do not literally paint that table, but the emotion it produces upon me. -Henri Matisse

The world today doesn't make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do? -Pablo Picasso

If no one ever took risks, Michaelangelo would have painted the Sistine floor. -Neil Simon

Who sees the human face correctly: the photographer, the mirror, or the painter? -Pablo Picasso

Are we to paint what's on the face, what's inside the face, or what's behind it? -Pablo Picasso

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

It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child. -Pablo Picasso

But who can paint like Nature? Can imagination boast, amid its gay creation, hues like hers? -James Thomson

The power of daring anything their fancy suggest, as always been conceded to the painter and the poet. -Horace

I don't very much enjoy looking at paintings in general. I know too much about them. I take them apart. -Georgia O'Keeffe

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

I paint abstract expressions. -Billy Zane

Hands are the tool of the painter, the artist. -Agnes Varda

The substance of painting is light. -Andre Derain

We must always take from nature what we paint and always choose the most beautiful things. -Leon Battista Alberti

I paint from the top down. From the sky, then the mountains, then the hills, then the houses, then the cattle, and then the people. -Grandma Moses

To me, a painter, if not the most useful, is the least harmful member of our society. -Man Ray

Where painting is weakest, namely, in the expression of the highest moral and spiritual ideas, there music is sublimely strong. -Harriet Beecher Stowe

Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things. -Edgar Degas

Doing the show was like painting the George Washington Bridge. As soon as you finished one end, you started right in on the other. -Jack Paar

A beautiful woman can be painted as a totem only; not as a woman, but as a Madonna, a queen, a sphinx. -Saul Steinberg

No one is an artist unless he carries his picture in his head before painting it, and is sure of his method and composition. -Claude Monet

There are certain things in which mediocrity is not to be endured, such as poetry, music, painting, public speaking. -Jean de la Bruyere

Art doesn't alter things. It points things out, but it doesn't alter them. It can't, no matter what a painter wants to do. -Arthur Boyd

To say to the painter that Nature is to be taken as she is, is to say to the player that he may sit on the piano. -James Whistler

The painter should not paint what he sees, but what will be seen. -Paul Klee

In painting you must give the idea of the true by means of the false. -Edgar Degas

I think it would be better if nobody owned anything, but they didn't starve. Had enough paint and enough pianos and everything else. -Arthur Boyd

Ah, lives of men! When prosperous they glitter – Like a fair picture; when misfortune comes – A wet sponge at one blow has blurred the painting. -Aeschylus

I hate painting. -Howard Hodgkin

Last year my boyfriend gave me a painting – a very personal one. I really prefer personal gifts or ones made by someone for me. Except diamonds. That's the exception to the rule. -Minnie Driver

Anyone who has that weird volition to become an actor probably has a weird volition to do lots of other creative things – to write, to play music, to paint, to cook. -Minnie Driver

I don't look at the work of my contemporaries very much; I tend to look at pictures by dead artists. It's much easier to get near their paintings. -Howard Hodgkin

I don't think you can lightly paint a picture. It's an activity I take very seriously. -Howard Hodgkin

When I finish a painting, it usually looks as surprising to me as to anyone else. -Howard Hodgkin

A painting is finished when the subject comes back, when what has caused the painting to be made comes back as an object. -Howard Hodgkin

My friends tend to be writers. I think writers and painters are really all the same-we just sit in our rooms. -Howard Hodgkin

There are only two styles of portrait painting; the serious and the smirk. -Charles Dickens

There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted. -Henri Matisse

I have a horror of people who speak about the beautiful. What is the beautiful? One must speak of problems in painting! -Pablo Picasso

I had rather see the portrait of a dog that I know, than all the allegorical paintings they can show me in the world. -Samuel Johnson

Painters of paintings, writers of books, never could tell the half. -Lorenz Hart

One of the pleasant things those of us who write or paint do is to have the daily miracle. It does come. -Gertrude Stein

The humblest painter is a true scholar; and the best of scholars the scholar of nature. -William Hazlitt

I don't know what it means to be a sex symbol. When I look myself on a magazine cover I don't see it as me, but as someone painted, fluffed, puffed and done up. -Jennifer Aniston

Frankly, these days, without a theory to go with it, I can't see a painting. -Tom Wolfe

Butte was once a grand city. To me, that city is like one big stage for Edward Hopper. You could put your camera anywhere, and you felt you were looking at his paintings. -Wim Wenders

If there were only one truth, you couldn't paint a hundred canvases on the same theme. -Pablo Picasso

Painting is a blind man's profession. He paints not what he sees, but what he feels, what he tells himself about what he has seen. -Pablo Picasso

I experience a period of frightening clarity in those moments when nature is so beautiful. I am no longer sure of myself, and the paintings appear as in a dream. -Vincent Van Gogh

I have not written in vain if I have heretofore done anything towards diminishing the reputation of the Renaissance landscape painting. -John Ruskin

Romance and novel paint beauty in colors more charming than nature, and describe a happiness that humans never taste. How deceptive and destructive are those pictures of consummate bliss! -Oliver Goldsmith

What is the use of good painting? We want a spell cast upon the optical part of our existence! We seldom really see the world, but when we do, we become as still as a picture. -Robert Musil

Turning one's novel into a movie script is rather like making a series of sketches for a painting that has long ago been finished and framed. -Vladimir Nabokov

I can very well do without God both in my life and in my painting, but I cannot, suffering as I am, do without something which is greater than I am, which is my life, the power to create. -Vincent Van Gogh

An architect should live as little in cities as a painter. Send him to our hills, and let him study there what nature understands by a buttress, and what by a dome. -John Ruskin

At some point in life the world's beauty becomes enough. You don't need to photograph, paint or even remember it. It is enough. -Toni Morrison

The greatest advances of civilization, whether in architecture or painting, in science and literature, in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government. -Milton Friedman

The crucial discovery was made that, in order to become painting, the universe seen by the artist had to become a private one created by himself. -Andre Malraux

Poetry fettered, fetters the human race. Nations are destroyed or flourish in proportion as their poetry, painting, and music are destroyed or flourish. -William Blake

They ought to put out the eyes of painters as they do goldfinches in order that they can sing better. -Pablo Picasso

All still lifes are actually paintings of the world on the sixth day of creation, when God and the world were alone together, without man! -Robert Musil

No person who is not a great sculptor or painter can be an architect. If he is not a sculptor or painter, he can only be a builder. -John Ruskin

People whose understanding and taste in literature, painting, and music are beyond question are, for the most part, ignorant of what is good or bad art in the theater. -Minnie Maddern Fiske

Lovers of painting and lovers of music are people who openly display their preference like a delectable ailment that isolates them and makes them proud. -Maurice Blanchot

Some say they see poetry in my paintings; I see only science. -Georges Seurat

It's the duty of all novelists, all painters, all musicians, all people who try to make art move: to look for something they feel authentically, without paying attention to styles. -Nathalie Sarraute

I painted one dining room red and I must say, the conversation became very heated in that room. -Amanda Pays

In painting feathers, you want to create the look of feathers, but if you try to paint all the feathers, you have nothing but disaster. -John O'Neill

When you give an artist a canvas, you shouldn't tell him exactly how much paint to put on it, or exactly how sharp the images should be. You should let the artist get going. -Reed Hundt

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

The true picture of life as it is, if it could be adequately painted, would show men what they are, and how they might rise, not, indeed to perfection, but one step first, and then another on the ladder. -Anthony Trollope

The painter… does not fit the paints to the world. He most certainly does not fit the world to himself. He fits himself to the paint. The self is the servant who bears the paintbox and its inherited contents. -Annie Dillard

I hope to be a producer, a musician, a painter, a photographer – I'm going to push myself to do as many things as I can and see where it goes. -Lucas Grabeel

I take this art very seriously and passionately. I love what I do. You can't help but grow. That's not to say you don't make mistakes or make bad choices, but that's part of the art. Painters paint bad paintings. -Christopher Meloni

Dwight is a sad clown. You've seen those paintings of sad clown. -Rainn Wilson

I get to experiment with a lot of looks with my character so that's really fun for me. It's like getting to paint a new canvas everyday. -Sophia Bush

I don't care if people think I am an overactor, as long as they enjoy what I do. People who think that would call Van Gogh an overpainter. -Jim Carrey

I find myself gravitating towards drama. It interests me. In the books I read, the paintings I like, it's always the darker stuff. -Naomi Watts

I just don't think there are any rules to color. You have a small space with no windows? Put lamps in there, make it dramatic, paint the ceiling black. Do something with it. If it's dark, accentuate the darkness. -David Bromstad

Nobody taught Picasso how to paint – he learned for himself. And nobody can teach you to be a producer. You can learn the mechanics, but you can't learn what's right about a script or a director or an actor. That comes from instinct and intuition. It comes from inside you. -Dino De Laurentiis

Many of the articles printed over the last few months have ended up painting a picture of me that is more than a little distorted. -Phil Collins

Nothing's sacred anymore. Those girls and I got so close. They were painting me naked every day for months. It was kind of like going to a really bizarre sleepover. It's what you guys imagine we do: One naked girl and seven pairs of hands all over her. -Jennifer Lawrence

I was brought up in industrial south Lancashire, down the cobbled road from where LS Lowry (1887 – 1976) lived and painted. -Ian Mckellen

I think songwriters are more related to fiction writers. The Odyssey was a story in song. To me, that's so beautiful, all those painted characters, all those travels and adventures. -Regina Spektor

Novels are like paintings, specifically watercolors. Every stroke you put down you have to go with. Of course you can rewrite, but the original strokes are still there in the texture of the thing. -Joan Didion

I work on words, mostly, toward them being poetry or short stories, and then some of those become songs. They all find their place in the world, but they all start off in the same place. I'm always painting and drawing as well, and it's an ongoing creative assignment. -P. J. Harvey

I don't know what my label is. I just think of myself as a plain forward. I like to think I have some finesse to my game, but inside the paint is where men are made. If you can't play there, you should be home with your mama. -Karl Malone

What I take from writers I like is their economy – the ability to use language to very effective ends. The ability to have somebody read something and see it, or for somebody to paint an entire landscape of visual imagery with just sheets of words – that's magical. -Mos Def

I'm not a lyric writer to make statements. What I enjoy doing is making paintings with lyrics, creating colorful images. I think that's more what entertainment and music should be. -Chris Cornell

Music enriches people's lives in the same way paintings and literature do. Everybody deserves that. -Victoria Wood

People think because it's photography it's not worth as much, and because it's a woman artist, you're still not getting as much – there's still definitely that happening. I'm still really competitive when it comes to, I guess, the male painters and male artists. I still think that's really unfair. -Cindy Sherman

Sculpture will last a lot longer than painting. -Richard MacDonald

All the records I've put out have had either artwork that I did while I was young or something that my Dad painted. -Gotye

I quite clearly remember driving home at 9 a.m., after shooting all day, in a bathrobe, with bodypaint all over my face, and going through McDonald's drive-thru. I ordered a coffee to make sure I didn't crash on the way home. And the girl working there, she didn't even bat an eyelid. I guess it's a regular thing down in Hastings McDonald's. -Gotye

I started playing piano when I was 6. And I knew that wanted to be involved in that form of expression, whether it was through music, or acting, or dancing, or painting, or writing. -Alanis Morissette

Yesterday, I did some painting then went out to buy an onion and came home and watched 'University Challenge.' The onion was probably the highlight. -Karl Pilkington

In your mid-twenties, the paint is still wet on who you are. -Ethan Hawke

We're not going to pierce everything that we have and paint our faces trying to get a different market. We'll grow with our audience. We're just going to keep doing what we do. -Chris Kirkpatrick

There's certainly pressure to find your audience early. You need to paint the picture, but it's tough trying to find the balance between a show that people can tune in on any given week while still grabbing the people who are there every week. -Jorge Garcia

I've always leaned toward a feminine, funky style, even in business settings. I used to paint my nails blue in 1993, before it was mainstream. -Sara Blakely

All my album artwork is body painting. -Kimbra

People who put my paintings on their walls are putting their values on their walls: faith, family, home, a simpler way of living, the beauty of nature, quiet, tranquillity, peace, joy, hope. They beckon you into this world that provides an alternative to your nightly news broadcast. -Thomas Kinkade

I have always enjoyed drawing and painting but I don't always find the time to do much these days. -Kirsty Gallacher

I have to accept my role. I will never kill myself like Vincent Van Gogh. Nor will I paint beautiful water lilies like Monet. I can't do that. I'm in the idiot role of being a kiddie book person. -Maurice Sendak

I was raised around a lot of artists, musicians, photographers, painters and people that were in theater. Just having the art-communal hippie experience as a child, there wasn't a clear line that was drawn. We celebrated creative experience and creative expression. We didn't try and curtail it and stunt any of that kind of growth. -Jared Leto

When I was younger, I had no interest. But after I went to Paris to see the collections for the first time a few years ago, they made a huge impression on me. I realized that fashion is an art form, like acting or painting. -Camilla Belle

I have to paint at least two times a week, and there's not enough time in the day to do everything. -Mary Lynn Rajskub

I grew up painting and playing piano so when I was a little kid I thought I was going to be an artist or a painter but my mom had me taking piano lessons for about 10-12 years as a young kid. -Mike Shinoda

I wasn't always a writer. When I went to college and majored in fine arts, I was a painter. Then I was a stay-at-home mom. -Janet Evanovich

I am like a folk painter. Paint and move ahead. -M. F. Husain

I'm an Indian-origin painter. I will remain so to my last breath. -M. F. Husain

I am an Indian and a painter, that's all. -M. F. Husain

Mostly people are ignorant, what is the language of painting. You know, they're ignorant. It is so difficult to make them aware, but time will teach them. -M. F. Husain

The stubby French painter Toulouse-Lautrec supposedly invented chocolate mousse – I find that rather hard to believe, but there you have it. -Alton Brown

I'm 38 years old and Limp Bizkit is just something I do. If I was a painter, it would just be a type of painting I make. -Fred Durst

I think that there was a lot of undisclosed money that came into South Dakota, driving a message to paint me as a Washington partisan, which I don't believe that I am, but it was a message that resonated, after pounding it away for a number of weeks. -Stephanie Herseth

Everyone in my family is an artist in some capacity whether they're musicians, painters, or sculptors, so it's in their blood. -Jessica Alba

I'm not painting myself as a down-home, modest guy. -Colin Farrell

I seldom have my stuff up unless I'm testing it. If I'm worrying about a painting, I put it up and see if I detest it quickly or slowly. Otherwise I have things by other artists. -Jenny Holzer

I think when somebody's painting they don't necessarily… I'm not illustrating what I know. I'm mapping out, like topographically, some terrain I am satisfied with, how awkward that mark is. -Julian Schnabel

You know, painting has given me a lot of freedom, because for some reason, I've been able to paint things, organize things in a way that I see that don't have any buffers or compromises in them. -Julian Schnabel

My early paintings weren't that good – I was very influenced by Francis Bacon. But there was a kind of intensity there. And however influenced they may have been by other people, even my earliest paintings were recognisably my own. -Julian Schnabel

If I hung one of my paintings next to someone else's, I knew mine would kind of pop off the wall. -Julian Schnabel

I've never made a movie to make money. I've never made a painting to make money. -Julian Schnabel

I think of a piece, and then people who are competent fabricate it. But lately I've started finger painting, which probably should be a joke but isn't! -Jenny Holzer

Brushes are crucial for applying glazes, sauces, and oils. The pastry brushes that you find in homestores can be pricey so pay a visit to your local hardware store and pick up a few paint brushes which are less expensive and work equally as well. -Bobby Flay

I paint digitally now. A pity, in some ways, as the biggest price one pays is that you no longer have a finished piece of physical art to hang on a wall. I miss that terribly. -Berkeley Breathed

It was a huge challenge to learn digital painting well enough so that computers don't pop into mind when one sees one. -Berkeley Breathed

There's this inherent screenplay structure that everyone seems to be stuck on, this three-act thing. It doesn't really interest me. To me, it's kind of like saying, 'Well, when you do a painting, you always need to have sky here, the person here and the ground here.' Well, you don't. -Charlie Kaufman

Magic is my paint. -David Copperfield

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

I wanted to dress the woman who lives and works, not the woman in a painting. -Giorgio Armani

If you cut a painter's hands off, he'd still feel the urge to pick up a brush. -Jil Sander

For some reason, Hollywood seems to have painted me as a gorgeous vixen at times or the sweet girl. -Nicollette Sheridan

But if people want to swim in the Thames, if they want to take their lives into their own hands, then they should be able to do so with all the freedom and exhilaration of our woad-painted ancestors. -Boris Johnson

My father was in the ad business, and he wanted to be a painter. -Bruce Campbell

I stopped painting in 1990 at the peak of my success just to deny people my beautiful paintings, and I did it out of spite. -Vincent Gallo

I am into drones and one chord freak outs and the paintings I am into are more minimal things the New York colour field painters and the soviet schools of the early/mid 20th century suprematism and constructionism. -Will Sergeant

I like eating out. I like buying beautiful paintings and being surrounded by beautiful things. I have to finance that life. I can barely afford a pension scheme because I don't make enough money. -Andrew Motion

For far too long we've allowed the other side to paint us as racist, as sexist, inhumane war mongers – well, today as a conservative black Republican and former solider, I'm here to set that record straight. -Allen West

I am inspired by life, past experiences, what's to come, women around me, art, colors, paintings, and emotions. -Rachel Roy

My dream, maybe because of my family, of course, was to be a painter. I chose in one moment the direction of textiles; from textiles I went to fashion. -Roberto Cavalli

Well, the first thing I wanted to be was a carpenter. Then I wanted to be a painter and then a singer. It was when I first saw 'Lawrence of Arabia' that I wanted to be an actor. -Michael Pitt

At 13, when I was a runaway, I was taken in by the most amazing drag queens in Portland, Ore. We didn't always know where our next meal was coming from, but there was so much camaraderie and love. Not to mention, those girls could paint a face, and I learned how because of them. -Rose McGowan

To model yourself after Steve Jobs is like, 'I'd like to paint like Picasso, what should I do? Should I use more red?' -Larry Ellison

Obama is trying to paint us as a caricature, as if we're some bizarre individualists who are hardcore libertarians. It's a false dichotomy and intellectually lazy. Of course we believe in government. We think government should do what it does really well, but that it has limits. -Paul Ryan

I'm a much better filmmaker than painter. But studying it did make me visually acute and taught me lessons like being economic: Say something once and you don't have to say it again. -Jane Campion

A way you can get really good abs in film is you get your makeup artist to paint shadows – faux washboard. But if you see me in a movie and I have great abs, it means I have a great body double. -Jennifer Tilly

I wanted to be an abstract painter, but I was rotten at it. -Jenny Holzer

I'd paint long strips of canvas and abandon them on the beach, or put bread out in geometric patterns for the pigeons downtown. I wanted people to find something nice and intriguing to puzzle over. Then I'd go back to see if the things were still there, or if anyone would notice. -Jenny Holzer

I'm like the painter with his nose to the canvas, fussing over details. Gazing from a distance, the reader sees the big picture. -Steven Saylor

I've been painting and drawing and taking pictures as long as I've been writing music – and I've actually been drawing longer than I've been writing music. -Brandon Boyd

Art, a book, a painting, a song, can definitely inspire change, whether it's a small change or a big change but you know there's novels I've read or a scene in a film that I've seen where I definitely inspired something and made a change or addressed an issue in my life or done something cliche like make a phone call. -Rose Byrne

Free time keeps me going. It's just something that's always been a part of my life. I was originally a painter, and I made films sort of as an extension of that, and then I started to try to make dramatic films because the early films were experimental films. -Gus Van Sant

I'd come into filmmaking as a painter so, for me, making 'Good Will Hunting' was experimental because I didn't know how to do it. -Gus Van Sant

The artist himself is actually the subject in everything after, say, 1900. Eventually, art becomes so removed from the community that you have to know about the artist before you can even look at the painting, because there is a conceptual idea going on. -Gus Van Sant

I paint mostly from real life. It has to start with that. Real people, real street scenes, behind the curtain scenes, live models, paintings, photographs, staged setups, architecture, grids, graphic design. Whatever it takes to make it work. -Bob Dylan

I don't want to paint a picture of total gloom and doom. -Fareed Zakaria

Since Obama has expressed admiration for the portrait of Abraham Lincoln that Doris Kearns Goodwin paints in 'Team of Rivals,' he could do the 16th president one better: He should name Hillary Clinton as his running mate in 2012. That would be both needed change and audacious. -Douglas Wilder

I like, for instance, 'Serpico.' I enjoyed playing Serpico because Frank Serpico was there. He existed. He was a real life person and I could – I could embody him. I could, you know, I could work and get to know him and have him help me with the text, the script and become him. It's almost like a painter having a model to become. -Al Pacino

I collect old portraits. They're all just interesting pictures of people, and you just kind of wonder who they were and what they were. There's a guy – I don't know who he is, but he's wearing a suit. He's got his arms folded, and he looks like he sold insurance or something. I'm just wondering why someone painted him. -Ellen DeGeneres

I just like art. I get pure pleasure from it. I have a lot of wonderful paintings, and every time I look at them I see something different. -Jack Nicholson

My mother was the most creative, fantastic person and would come up with great things for us to do. She'd buy art supplies and all of us would sit around painting. I was lucky. -Cher

I like to write and draw and paint, and my mom's an artist, so I think I get caught up in thinking, 'I'm afraid it's gonna be bad,' and it's hard for me to start sometimes. -Kristen Wiig

I maintain that if you're a novelist and you go into an art museum, you'll come out a better novelist. And if you paint a picture for an hour you're a better actor at the end of it. -John Hawkes

I've just finished my 20th book this past year and I'm working on my 21st book about the Middle East right now that I'll finish this year. And I get up early in the morning and when I get tired of the computer and tired of doing research, I walk 20 steps out to my woodshop and I either build furniture or paint paintings. I'm an artist too. -Jimmy Carter

My paintings have gotten to be pretty popular and I've taken a little bit more interest in painting the last few years. In fact, my novel that I wrote not too long ago, 'The Hornet's Nest,' I painted the cover picture for it and I do a good bit of painting now. -Jimmy Carter

Unfortunately, after Sept. 11, there was an outburst in America of intense suffering and patriotism, and the Bush administration was very shrewd and effective in painting anyone who disagreed with the policies as unpatriotic or even traitorous. -Jimmy Carter

Republicans always try to paint Democrats as weak on defense. This time, they can't. After all, Mitt Romney's idea of an overseas accomplishment is sending U.S. jobs there. -Chuck Schumer

Well, in order for me to be successful… In order to be a great artist – musician, actor, painter, whatever – you must be able to be private in public at all times. -Lady Gaga

Artists need some kind of stimulating experience a lot of times, which crystallizes when you sing about it or paint it or sculpt it. You literally mold the experience the way you want. It's therapy. -Erykah Badu

I hate being looked at. Can't stand it. I know, I know – I picked the wrong career. I should have been a doctor. If you play certain parts you have this nice face painted on you, and then you have feel as if you have a responsibility to this idea of being beautiful. I hate that about our business. -Lena Headey

I know people have tattooed my 'Sons of Anarchy' photos, they've painted them, on their bikes. I've seen a few of those, sent to me through friends, where they've actually taken my 8×10 Tig photo and put it right on their bike. -Kim Coates

All my forebears worked for a living. My grandfather painted portraits. My mother too. My aunt painted seascapes. -Erica Jong

I love paint. I like watercolours. I like acrylic paint… a little bit. I like house paint. I like oil-based paint, and I love oil paint. I love the smell of turpentine and I like that world of oil paint very, very, very much. -David Lynch

See, a painting is much cheaper than making a film. And photography is, you know, way cheap. So if I get an idea for a film, there are many ways to get it together and go realise that film. There's really nothing to be afraid of. -David Lynch

Directing is really exciting. In the end, it's more fun to be the painter than the paint. -George Clooney

I was originally a painter, and I made films sort of as an extension of that, and then I started to try to make dramatic films because the early films were experimental films. -Gus Van Sant

Wrestling needs to be about the art form again. It needs to be about painting a picture and having a really good match. -Hulk Hogan

I've always loved painting, although I never show anyone what I've done. Mainly because I don't do it well. But it's like a form of visual diary for me. A way of fixing things in my mind. -Judi Dench

The essence of paint ball is the fact that when you get hit by a ball full of paint, it hurts just enough to say, 'Ow, I gotta get out of the way,' but not enough to say, 'I quit.' -William Shatner

Unfortunately, we are not painters and authors, where we can do something in isolation. We require a lot of money to create what we create. It's almost like being an architect: You can't be an architect and build whatever buildings you want to. -Jon Favreau

There's been too much attention on marketing. Can't we just talk about the paintings? -Julian Schnabel

I have tons of regrets, but I think that's one of the reasons that push people to create things. Out of their angst, their regret, comes the best from artists, painters and writers. -Sylvester Stallone

Playwrights have texts, composers have scores, painters and sculptors have the residue of those activities, and dance is traditionally an ephemeral, effervescent, here-today-gone-tomorrow kind of thing. -Twyla Tharp

It's a waste of time to think that if you colored a painting red what might have happened if you painted it black. -Yoko Ono

The lovely thing about being an actor is being anonymous, it's never having to explain yourself. And that's what I find interesting about actors or painters I admire. I don't want to know about their lives. -Matthew Macfadyen

I get strength from my art – all the paintings I own are powerful. -Madonna Ciccone

I can draw really well. And I like to paint. I'm a bit of an artist. -Zac Efron

If I were a painter, you'd be calling me Shaqcasso. -Shaquille O'Neal

To me, it's like the difference between a pen and a paintbrush. Music draws from almost the identical place as art does, which really is that intangible – it's like you're pulling from the ether. I don't know where it comes from. Nobody really does. It sort of arrives when it wants to. -Brandon Boyd

Very rarely is there any confusion as to when a painting or a song is finished. You just know when it's done. -Brandon Boyd

Rock & roll is not obscure, it's really easy to understand. So is my painting. -Grace Slick

When I was very, very young, seven years old, I heard there was school where you could go to learn to draw. That was my absolute driven passion, to become an artist or a painter. So the romantic realist in me, I studied to be a graphic design artist and an art teacher. -David Coverdale

One of the main reasons I am so drawn to Hitchcock is that he planned his shots way in advance on story-boards, which he designed like classic paintings (he was an art connoisseur). It's why he found shooting on set boring – because he had already composed the film in his head. -Camille Paglia

Does art have a future? Performance genres like opera, theater, music and dance are thriving all over the world, but the visual arts have been in slow decline for nearly 40 years. No major figure of profound influence has emerged in painting or sculpture since the waning of Pop Art and the birth of Minimalism in the early 1970s. -Camille Paglia

When I was living in New York, I had this slightly wannabe bohemian existence and took up painting, at which I'm appalling. I also bought several guitars. -Eddie Redmayne

I don't like getting out when I could be painting. And when I'm painting, I don't want anybody else around. -Captain Beefheart

I do not believe the picture that some people paint of Scottish towns dependent on welfare. Every time I come here, I meet people who are determined to get into work. Who, with the right help are desperate to get off benefits, support their family and set an example for their children. -Iain Duncan Smith

I love painting and have a need to do it. -Emma Watson

I want to be a Renaissance woman. I want to paint, and I want to write, and I want to act, and I want to just do everything. -Emma Watson

At first I had some idea that the absence of color made the work more physical. Early on I was very involved with the notion of the painting as an object and tended to attack that idea from different directions. -Jasper Johns

To do a drawing for a painting most often means doing something very sketchy and schematic and then later making it polished. -Jasper Johns

I was raised in South Carolina; I wasn't aware of any art in South Carolina. There was a minor museum in Charleston, which had nothing of interest in it. It showed local artists, paintings of birds. -Jasper Johns

There was very little art in my childhood. I was raised in South Carolina; I wasn't aware of any art in South Carolina. There was a minor museum in Charleston, which had nothing of interest in it. It showed local artists, paintings of birds. -Jasper Johns

Used to be, conservatives revered the Average American, that Norman Rockwell oil painting of diner food, humble faith, honest toil, and Capraesque virtue. -James Wolcott

I have friends come over and we read plays out loud and I make paintings and I just do things all the time just so I don't ever feel like I'm sitting around. -Nikki Reed

I think I've always been afraid of painting, really. Right from the beginning. All my paintings are about painting without a painter. Like a kind of mechanical form of painting. -Damien Hirst

Picasso, Michelangelo, possibly, might be verging on genius, but I don't think a painter like Rembrandt is a genius. -Damien Hirst

A painting probably is the most shocking increase in value, from what it costs to make to what you sell it for. -Damien Hirst

I think art is good at looking back and looking forward. I don't think art is good at looking head-on. At the end of the day, people are more important than paintings. -Damien Hirst

I remember when you used to have your profession on your passport and I always thought that being a painter was the best one to be, because my heroes were Goya and Francis Bacon. -Damien Hirst

I always feel a bit trapped when a painting goes for millions of pounds and only one person can have it. If you can have that as well as a poster on every student's wall, then you're in a very enviable position. I'd like to do a Damien Hirst for £500 at some point. -Damien Hirst

The idea of being a painter, I've always thought, is better than being an artist or a sculptor. -Damien Hirst

When I used to do abstract paintings at school, like everyone else, the tutor said these would make great curtains. I would always neglect the formal stuff that was going on by using colour, because colour kind of came naturally to me. -Damien Hirst

'Playboy' made the good life a reality for me and made it the subject matter of my paintings – not affluence and luxury as such, but joie de vivre itself. -LeRoy Neiman

My lovely wife Janet has been in a few paintings. She is basically a reserved woman who has never sought the limelight. She has always been there throughout my career and continues to be at my side. -LeRoy Neiman

Every time I started painting it was like a new experience, but they all came out the same. -LeRoy Neiman

Some people try to paint in my style. Some simply sell pirated copies of my work. Some claim to be my publisher or agent or even my exclusive representative, when they are not. -LeRoy Neiman

The people who love my paintings, that respond to them the most, they're spectators, they're not viewers. -LeRoy Neiman

I draw all the time. Drawing is my backbone. I don't think a painter has to be able to draw, I just think that if you draw, you better draw well. -LeRoy Neiman

It has been difficult to hold onto many paintings but I have retained a few. Possibly the current favorite is titled 'Big Band' completed in 2005. It measures 13 feet x 9 feet. It has 18 nearly life size recognizable portraits of the biggest jazz stars that I knew and saw perform in the 1950s, '60s, '70s, '80s and includes Wynton Marsalis. -LeRoy Neiman

The big shock of my life was Abstract Expressionism – Pollock, de Kooning, those guys. It changed my work. I was an academically trained student, and suddenly you could pour paint, smear it on, broom it on! -LeRoy Neiman

When I paint, I seriously consider the public presence of a person – the surface facade. I am less concerned with how people look when they wake up or how they act at home. A person's public presence reflects his own efforts at image development. -LeRoy Neiman

The need to make music, and to listen to it, is universally expressed by human beings. I cannot imagine, even in our most primitive times, the emergence of talented painters to make cave paintings without there having been, near at hand, equally creative people making song. It is, like speech, a dominant aspect of human biology. -Lewis Thomas

I haven't stopped painting or drawing – I've just added another medium. -David Hockney

Who's going to ask a painter to see a diploma? They'd say, 'Can I see your paintings?', wouldn't they? -David Hockney

I'm not going to stop painting just to take orders. -David Hockney

I had always planned to make a large painting of the early spring, when the first leaves are at the bottom of the trees, and they seem to float in space in a wonderful way. But the arrival of spring can't be done in one picture. -David Hockney

I've always wanted to be able to paint the dawn. -David Hockney

My only worry is the painting I'm doing. Nothing else. -David Hockney

It's very British to go about to see something unusual and paint it. -David Hockney

I'm interested in all kinds of pictures, however they are made, with cameras, with paint brushes, with computers, with anything. -David Hockney

All painters are interested in photography to a certain extent. -David Hockney

Easel painting means small painting. -David Hockney

I paint what I like, when I like and where I like. -David Hockney

When you are older, you realise that everything else is just nothing compared to painting and drawing. -David Hockney

Of course you can still paint landscape – it's not been worn out. -David Hockney

I generally only paint people I know, I'm not a flatterer really. -David Hockney

I can paint in jail. -Jack Kevorkian

I get painted quite a bit as a tragic figure because of some of the stuff that's happened in my life. -Tori Amos

I taught principally German language and literature at Eton. But any master with private pupils must be prepared to teach anything they ask for. That can be as diverse as the early paintings of Salvador Dali or how bumblebees manage to fly. -John le Carre

The problem for the Left, however, is that the moment it stops painting the Right as vile, it has to argue the issues. -Dennis Prager

Some people create with words or with music or with a brush and paints. I like to make something beautiful when I run. I like to make people stop and say, 'I've never seen anyone run like that before.' It's more than just a race, it's a style. It's doing something better than anyone else. It's being creative. -Steve Prefontaine

When you drive, you are doing several things at once. You are using your eyes, ears, hands, your mind. If you have meditated for many years and have reached a lofty height in your meditation, as I have, you can meditate while running and cycling and painting. -Sri Chinmoy

I'm trying to get every man involved in art, into experimental music, or painting, or novel-writing. -Harvey Pekar

There's nothing new under the sun – you just get a can of paint out. -Robert Plant

There's also some element of coming of age during the Reagan administration, which everybody has painted as some glorious time in America, but I remember as being a very, very dark time. There was apocalypse in the air; the punk rock movement made sense. -John Cusack

The surrealists, and the modern movement in painting as a whole, seemed to offer a key to the strange postwar world with its threat of nuclear war. The dislocations and ambiguities, in cubism and abstract art as well as the surrealists, reminded me of my childhood in Shanghai. -J. G. Ballard

Yes, sometimes I think that all my writing is nothing more than the compensatory work of a frustrated painter. -J. G. Ballard

All I could do at school was paint and draw and that was the only time I ever passed any exam. It was the only thing I ever got right at school. -David Bailey

I did painting before I did photography. -David Bailey

When I stop working, I go out and start working again. Most people paint a picture, or whatever they do, and go home. For me, it has to be continuous. -David Bailey

My paintings are rubbish. -David Bailey

The more I paint the more I like everything. -Jean-Michel Basquiat

Occasionally, when I get mad at a woman, I'll do some great, awful painting about her. -Jean-Michel Basquiat

I did not know how to paint a mural. I did not know how to prepare the surface. There was nobody from the Renaissance around who could advise me, and I did the best I could. -Maurice Sendak

I've been trekking the hills and lanes of the British countryside for nearly four decades now and I've come to associate my passion with overexcited poets rather than pampered painters. -Arthur Smith

The real change that paintings undergo is in the perceptions of the viewer. -Arthur Smith

I paint very messy. I throw paint around. So when I let myself do the same sort of thing with my writing, and I would just write and write and write and revise, that's when I found my rhythm in writing. -Erin Morgenstern

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

Sometimes I write what I can't paint, and I paint what I can't write. I use a different part of the brain. -Erin Morgenstern

When I played Gollum in 'Lord of the Rings,' if I was climbing up the side of a mountain, which I physically did, you know, I was on every single occasion swimming through streams, all of that, that wasn't captured. That was filmed on 35 millimeter, and for certain of those shots, it was rotoscoped and painted over. -Andy Serkis

I wanted to be a painter, really, when I was growing up as a kid. It was one thing that really took a grip on me. -Andy Serkis

I remember kind of doing early acting and thinking, 'God, they don't paint behind the sets.' It's a bit of a shame, really – 'Oh, what's on the other side of this wall? Oh, you can see the plywood.' I was really disappointed. I just thought that these things were real, from watching things as a kid. -Andy Serkis

We are so fortunate, as Australians, to have among us the oldest continuing cultures in human history. Cultures that link our nation with deepest antiquity. We have Aboriginal rock art in the Kimberley that is as ancient as the great Palaeolithic cave paintings at Altamira and Lascaux in Europe. -Kevin Rudd

When I was a little kid I wanted to be an artist or a painter. But once I got into boxing, all I wanted was to box. -Emanuel Steward

After my divorce, painting took me out of panic mode and into a serene, calm place. I could absolutely lose myself. -Jane Seymour

I learn my lines while on the golf course. I try to do two or three things at once. I have ideas for books all the time, I have ideas for paintings all the time, and I write them all down. I take my sketchpad and my iPad, which I design on, and I do sit down and do specific tasks at specific times. -Jane Seymour

Every once in a while I go off to do a movie or a television series and I take my art with me. I can stay in character when I paint. -Jane Seymour

When I started painting 17 years ago, I never imagined that anyone would look at my work or buy my pieces. But now I do about 14 exhibitions each year. -Jane Seymour

I spend my afternoons painting and working on my Open Hearts jewelry line for Kay Jewelers. I designed an image of a heart that isn't completely closed. My mom always told me to live with an open heart – when life gets tough, you should go out and help someone else. -Jane Seymour

People ask me how I keep my figure, and I tell them it's because I paint. When you're covered in paint, it's quite hard to put food in your mouth! -Jane Seymour

The day the producers aren't minting money, or the fans are done with me and, most of all, I as a person get bored of acting, I will stop and pursue my other interests. There is a lot to do: painting, writing, direction. -Salman Khan

Sitting in the Oval Office, beneath a painting of George Washington, with a bust of Martin Luther King Jr. over his right shoulder and a bust of Abraham Lincoln over his left shoulder, Obama told 'National Journal' that the country's economic woes are deep and endemic. -Ron Fournier

I have never been much of a painter. -Christian Marclay

In fiction, plenty do the job of conveying information, rousing suspense, painting characters, enabling them to speak. But only certain sentences breathe and shift about, like live matter in soil. -Jhumpa Lahiri

Once music ceases to be ephemeral – always disappearing – and becomes instead material… it leaves the condition of traditional music and enters the condition of painting. It becomes a painting, existing as material in space, not immaterial in time. -Brian Eno

I sing my sorrow, and I paint my joy. -Joni Mitchell

I have always thought of myself as a painter derailed by circumstance. -Joni Mitchell

I'm irresponsible to my career in order to paint. Because painting is obsessive. I forget to eat. I forget to sleep. -Joni Mitchell

What part of people is resistant to an artist doing more than one thing? Is it somehow perceived as greedy? Anyone who has that weird volition to become an actor probably has a weird volition to do lots of other creative things – to write, to play music, to paint, to cook. -Minnie Driver

Because I'm so busy and because I think of myself as a painter, I desperately guard the time that I have to paint. And sometimes I'm irresponsible to my career in order to paint. Because painting is obsessive. I forget to eat. I forget to sleep. -Joni Mitchell

I am for gay marriage. Or same-sex marriage. I don't want to say it the wrong way. I think people are sensitive to it. I have been painted as being this right-wing zealot on choice. Nothing could be further from the truth. -Harold Ford, Jr.

Whatever it is, if you draw, you paint, you're a carpenter, you play football, the more you do it, you're a journalist, the more stories you write, the more people you interview and navigate your way through these different personalities to get your story, the better you're going to get at it. Acting's no different. -Tom Sizemore

Leon Theremin's original designs are elegant, ingenious and effective. As electronics goes, the theremin is very simple. But there are so many subtleties hidden in the details of the design. It's like a great sonnet, or a painting, or a speech, that is perfectly done on more than one level. -Robert Moog

I want to start my own airplane business. I'm going to buy two Dakotas, paint them up in war colours and do, er, nostalgia trips to Arnhem – you know, where the old paratroopers used to go – and charge them about 20 quid a time. -Gary Numan

I'd say mostly I paint hot chicks. -Bam Margera

Stories in which the destruction of society occurs are explorations of social fears and issues that filmmakers, novelists, playwrights, painters have been examining for a long time. -J. J. Abrams

I do real paintings, you know. I'm a little messy in the studio, so I'm a bit of a danger. But I just adore it. -Jaron Lanier

For me, my 20s were all about reaching for the brass ring of work in theater, television, and film, surviving in between by waiting tables, painting houses, serving coffee, and temping. -Kate Walsh

With both acting and ballet, often you can't just choose when you do it, whereas a painter can go at his own pace. -Mia Wasikowska

When I was a kid, I'd spray paint my hair, cut clothes up. -Rita Ora

I hate nothing more than having my nails painted. I feel like I'm in time out. -Troian Bellisario

I grew up loving horses. I was relatively obsessed, starting with my rocking horse at age 2, all the way through my painting and drawing phase. -Diane Lane

Movie making is not like other art forms, like painting, or writing a novel, because that can be digested or interpreted… It takes two years to make each one of these, and it's always judged on money. -M. Night Shyamalan

I like the transience of Klimt paintings. -Steve Coogan

I did photography, painting, and drawing, but I prefer sculpture. I like it because it's very physical. -P. J. Harvey

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