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 on Insta at TinkerLab.
“Every canvas is a journey all its own.”
“All you need to paint is a few tools, a little instruction, and a vision in your mind.” Bob Ross
“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
“If you could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint.” Edward Hopper
“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary” Pablo Picasso
“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
“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
“I don’t paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality.” Frida Kahlo
“The painter will produce pictures of little merit if he takes the works of others as his standard.”
― Leonardo da Vinci
A painting to me is primarily a verb, not a noun, an event first and only secondarily an image.
– Elaine de Kooning
“Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun.”
– Pablo Picasso
“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
“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