Famous Inspiring Painting Quotes

Quotes can uplift us, inspire, and send is in a new direction with just a few simple words of wisdom. As an artist I often look to professional artists for tidbits of inspiration to help me get over a hump or work through a block.

These are a few of my favorite painting quotes from some of my favorite artists through the ages. Feel free to borrow these images to share. If you happen to post to Instagram, tag me at @tinkerlab  


bob ross painting quote tinkerlab

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

degas painting quote tinkerlab

“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

hopper painting quote tinkerlab

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

picasso painting quote tinkerlab

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

sakai painting quote tinkerlab

“When you want to make the main color pure and bright, don’t just keep adding bright colors on it. Just make the colors around the spot darker and dull. It will give the scene dramatical effects. I think the life is the same.” Hiroko Sakai

van gogh painting quote tinkerlab“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

kahlo painting quote tinkerlab

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

da vinci painting quote tinkerlab

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


  1. says

    Hi” Art Activities, I Really enjoyed to read all quotes specially all quotes with beautiful images i appreciate for this beautiful post thanks again !