Every time I paint a portrait I lose a friend.
—John Singer Sargent
Painting seems like some kind of peculiar miracle that I need to have again and again.
If we could but paint with the hand what we see with the eye.
—Honore de Balzac
Painting, n.: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather, and exposing them to the critic.
Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun.
Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.
I paint with shapes.
Painting is a nail to which I fasten my ideas.
My painting does not come from the easel.
When I have a terrible need of - shall I say the word - religion. Then I go out and paint the stars.
—Vincent Van Gogh
Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.
—Henry Ward Beecher
The painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through.
It's not your painting anymore. It stopped being your painting the moment that you finished it.
A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.
I say that good painters imitated nature; but that bad ones vomited it.
—Miguel de Cervantes