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Painting quotes and quotations

Painting: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather and exposing them to the critic.
Ambrose Bierce

Lely on animated canvas stole The sleepy eye, that spoke the melting soul.
Alexander Pope

The fellow mixes blood with his colors.
Guido Reni

Painting with all its technicalities, difficulties, and peculiar ends, is nothing but a noble and expressive language, invaluable as the vehicle of thought, but by itself nothing.
John Ruskin

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

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

I say that good painters imitated nature; but that bad ones vomited it.
Miguel de Cervantes

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.
Pablo Picasso

Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting with the gift of speech.
Simonides

Each painting has its own way of evolving...When the painting is finished, the subject reaveals itself.
William Baziotes

And those who paint 'em truest praise 'em most.
Joseph Addison

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

As certain as the Correggiosity of Correggio.
Augustine Birrell

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

There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.
Pablo Picasso

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

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

From the mingled strength of shade and light A new creation rises to my sight, Such heav'nly figures from his pencil flow, So warm with light his blended colors glow. . . . . The glowing portraits, fresh from life, that bring Home to our hearts the truth from which they spring.
Lord Byron

If they could forget for a moment the correggiosity of Correggio and the learned babble of the sale-room and varnishing Auctioneer.
Thomas Carlyle

A picture is a poem without words.
Confucius

Paint me as I am. If you leave out the scars and wrinkles, I will not pay you a shilling.
Oliver Cromwell

One picture in ten thousand, perhaps, ought to live in the applause of mankind, from generation to generation until the colors fade and blacken out of sight or the canvas rot entirely away.
Nathaniel Hawthorne

Well, something must be done for May, The time is drawing nigh-- To figure in the Catalogue, And woo the public eye. Something I must invent and paint; But oh my wit is not Like one of those kind substantives That answer Who and What?
Thomas Hood

He paints a dolphin in the woods, a boar in the waves.
Horace

The only good copies are those which exhibit the defects of bad originals.
Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

The picture that approaches sculpture nearest Is the best picture.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Vain is the hope by colouring to display The bright effulgence of the noontide ray Or paint the full-orb'd ruler of the skies With pencils dipt in dull terrestrial dyes.
William Mason

Hard features every bungler can command: To draw true beauty shows a master's hand.
John Dryden

Pictures must not be too picturesque.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Paint me as I am," said Cromwell, "Rough with age and gashed with wars; Show my visage as you find it, Less than truth my soul abhors."
James Thomas Fields

A flattering painter, who made it his care To draw men as they ought to be, not as they are.
Oliver Goldsmith

He that seeks popularity in art closes the door on his own genius: as he must needs paint for other minds, and not for his own.
Mrs. Anna Jameson

I only feel, but want the power to paint.
Juvenal

I mix them with my brains, sir.
John Opie

He best can paint them who shall feel them most.
Alexander Pope