43 Inspirational Painting Quotes To Find Your Inner Artist

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Painting is a widespread hobby for many people. It can be an escape from the modern world and a way to find peace in simplicity. It can also be a way to express feelings and genuine emotions.

A painting is a representation of a moment in time. A piece of art that can capture a moment in your life, an event, a memory. But what is behind the painting? The artist has to take all their skills and talents to create something that will last for generations and inspire others.

There are examples of paintings that have captured the beauty, joy, or even pain of an event. What does it take to be an artist? The answer is passion and dedication, but what if you don’t have any? How do you wake up the inner artist inside you? Check out these amazing quotes about painting. They might help you unlock your inner artist and make a new masterpiece.

43 Inspirational Painting Quotes

1. “All you need to paint is a few tools, a little instruction, and a vision in your mind.” ~ Bob Ross

2. “The creation of a painting takes as much trickery and premeditation as the commitment of a crime.” ~ Edgar Degas

3. “I don’t paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality.” ~ Frida Kahlo

4. “Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things.” ~ Edgar Degas

5. “What keeps my heart awake is colorful silence.” ~ Claude Monet

6. “I want to be famous but unknown!” ~ Edgar Degas

7. “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

8. “To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.” ~ Kurt Vonnegut

9. “I am not sick. I am broken. But I am happy to be alive as long as I can paint.” ~ Frida Kahlo

10. “Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.” ~ Plutarch

11. “What is commonly called ugliness in nature can in art become full of beauty.” ~ Auguste Rodin

12. “Painting is an illusion, a piece of magic, so what you see is not what you see.” ~ Philip Guston

13. “Painting is the grandchild of nature. It is related to God.” ~ Rembrandt

14. “I dream my painting, and then I paint my dream.” ~ Vincent van Gogh

15. “The painter will produce pictures of little merit if he takes the works of others as his standard.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

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

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

18. “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

19. “Painting is just another way of keeping a diary” – Pablo Picasso

20. “Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun.” ~ Pablo Picasso

21. “When I paint, the Sea Roars. Others Splash about in the bath” Salvador Dali

22. “A painting requires a little mystery, some vagueness, and some fantasy. When you always make your meaning perfectly plain you end up boring people.” ~ Edgar Degas

23. “I’ve been doing a lot of abstract painting lately, extremely abstract. No brush, no paint, no canvas, I just think about it.” ~ Steven Wright

24. “A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.” ~ Michelangelo

25. “I want to paint the way a bird sings.” ~ Claude Monet

26. “Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.” ~ Oscar Wilde

27. “Painting is concerned with all the 10 attributes of sight; which are: Darkness, Light, Solidity and Colour, Form and Position, Distance and Propinquity, Motion and Rest.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

28. “Painting is a source of endless pleasure, but also of great anguish.” ~ Balthus

29. “When art critics get together they talk about Form and Structure and Meaning. When artists get together they talk about where you can buy cheap turpentine.” ~ Pablo Picasso

30. “Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.” ~ Jackson Pollock

31. “I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.” ~ Claude Monet

32. “A painting is never finished – it simply stops in interesting places.” ~ Paul Gardner

33. “Every canvas is a journey all its own.” ~ Helen Frankenthaler

34. “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

35. “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

36. “The longer you look at an object, the more abstract it becomes, and, ironically, the more real.” ~ Lucian Freud

37. “A painting to me is primarily a verb, not a noun, an event first and only secondarily an image.” ~ Elaine de Kooning

38. “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

39. “To the artist there is never anything ugly in nature.” ~ Auguste Rodin

40. “Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

41. “The canvas has an idiotic stare and mesmerises some painters so much that they turn into idiots themselves.” ~ Vincent van Gogh

42. Art critic! Is that a profession? When I think we are stupid enough, we painters, to solicit those people’s compliments and to put ourselves into their hands! What shame! Should we even accept that they talk about our work?” ~ Edgar Degas

43. “I love to look at art, I love to look at paintings, and I almost feel like the experience isn’t complete until I’ve made something of my own.” ~ Cecily Brown

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