Inspiring Quotes about Painting (Art and Creativity)

Here are 63 of my favorite quotes about painting by famous authors, artists, painters, and other individuals who have been influenced by painting. 

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  • 63 Quotes About Painting
  • Painting Quotes About Creativity
  • Inspirational Painting Quotes
  • Quotes About Painting that Explain Art
  • Quotes on Paints

There are few things as tranquil and relaxing as painting. Whether you’re using watercolors, oil paints, or acrylics, the process of creating something beautiful can be very therapeutic. 

For many people, painting is a form of self-expression that allows them to tap into their creativity and inner emotions. It can be a very cathartic experience, and one that can be deeply satisfying.

Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned artist, painting can be a great way to unwind and let your mind wander.

 It’s also a great way to connect with your inner artist, and to explore different techniques and styles. Whether you’re painting on canvas, paper, or wood, there are endless possibilities when it comes to painting. 

There are few things as tranquil and visually stimulating as a well-done painting. The colors, the brushstrokes, the composition…it all comes together to create something that can transport you to another place entirely. It’s no wonder, then, that so many people have been inspired to create quotes about painting.

Quotes About Painting

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

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

3. “Painting is the most beautiful of all arts.” – Paul Gauguin

4. “I believe, I believe every day is a good day when you paint.” – Bob Ross

5. “Painting is the silence of thought and the music of sight.” – Orhan Pamuk

6. “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

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

8. “Life is a painting, and you are the artist. You have on your palette all the colors in the spectrum – the same ones available to Michaelangelo and DaVinci.” – Paul J. Meyer

9. “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

10. “If the world really looks like that I will paint no more!” – Claude Monet

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

12. “I started painting as a hobby when I was little. I didn’t know I had any talent. I believe talent is just a pursued interest.” – Bob Ross

13. “Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is a painting that speaks.” – Plutarch

14. “I think each of us, sometime in our life, has wanted to paint a picture.” – Bob Ross

15. “A hill or tree cannot make a good painting just because it is a hill or tree. It is lines and colors put together so that they may say something.” – Georgia O’ Keeffe.

Painting Quotes About Creativity

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16.  “It doesn’t matter how the paint is put on, as long as something is said.” – Jackson Pollock.

17. “Without atmosphere a painting is nothing.” – Rembrandt

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

19. Life is too short to paint something you don’t have feeling for. –  Unknown

20. “The world today doesn’t make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do? “ – Pablo Picasso.

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

22. Painting from nature is not copying the object, it’s realising one’s sensations. –  Paul Cezanne

23. “I wanted to paint a picture someday that people would stand before and forget that it was made of paint.” – O. Henry

24. Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter’s soul. – Vincent van Gogh

25. “Every painting is a voyage into a sacred harbour.” – Giotto di Bondone

26.  “Painting something that defies the law of the land and the law of gravity at the same time is ideal.” – Banksy.

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

28. “A great painter forces the world to see nature as he sees it….We paint from within outwards.” – W. Somerset Maugham

29. “Having the right brush does not mean you will make the right painting.” – Catherine Meurisse

30. When I paint, I never think of selling. People fail to understand that we paint in order to experiment and to develop ourselves as we strive for greater heights. – Edvard Munch

31. “Painting and sculpture are very archaic forms. It’s the only thing left in our industrial society where an individual alone can make something with not just his own hands, but brains, imagination, heart maybe.” – Philip Guston

32.  “I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.” – Georgia O’ Keeffe

 Inspirational Painting Quotes

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33. “The discipline of creation, be it to paint, compose, write, is an effort towards wholeness.” – Madeleine L’Engle 

34. “In the mind of every artist there is a masterpiece.” – Kai Greene

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

36. While drawing I discover what I really want to say. – Dario Fo

37. “Every artist was first an amateur.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

38. Painting must be fertile. It must give birth to a world… it must fertilize the imagination.” – Joan Miró

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

40. “The painting has a life of its own” – jackson pollock

41. Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get the work done. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you’re not going to make an awful lot of work. – Chuck Close

42. “Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow.” – Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

43. “The discipline of creation, be it to paint, compose, write, is an effort towards wholeness.” – Madeleine L’Engle

44. “Painting is the silence of thought and the music of sight.” –  Orhan Pamuk

45. “A painting is worth a thousand confused art-gallery visitors.” – Ljupka Cvetanova

46. A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others. –  Salvador Dali

47. If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing. – Marc Chagall

48. “A simple line painted with the brush can lead to freedom and happiness.” – Joan Miró

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

50. “One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.” – Paulo Coelho

51. “Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.” – Edgar Degas

Quotes About Painting that Explain Art

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52. “Art is a line around your thoughts.” – Gustav Klimt

53. “Art is never finished, only abandoned.” – Leonardo da Vinci

54. “Drawing at its best is not what your eyes see but what our mind understands.” – Millard Sheets

55. “Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.” – Leonardo da Vinci

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

57. “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

58. “Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.” – Plutarch

59. “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

60. “A fine work of art – music, dance, painting, story – has the power to silence the chatter in the mind and lift us to another place.” – Robert McKee

61. “Painting is the representation of visible forms. The essence of realism is its negation of the ideal.” – Gustave Courbet

62. “The art is already in the picture.” – Laura Chouette

I hope you enjoyed our post about painting quotes. With this knowledge, I hope you will be able to find some inspiration for your own next painting project!

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