I can’t paint as well as Vermeer.
– Gerhard Richter
We would sift through every inch of what it was that worked, or if it didn’t, and wonder what was effective in it, in terms of paint, the subject matter, the size, the drawing.
– Helen Frankenthaler
I do not literally paint that table, but the emotion it produces upon me.
– Henri Matisse
Painters must speak through paint, not through words.
– Hans Hofmann
My only objective is to paint a Christ so moving that those who see him will be converted.
– Georges Rouault
If we could but paint with the hand what we see with the eye.
– Honore de Balzac
I paint things as they are. I don’t comment.
– Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
I don’t paint things. I only paint the difference between things.
Twelve-year-old me wanted to do everything: act and sing and paint and dance.
– Joss Whedon
The more I paint the more I like everything.
– Jean-Michel Basquiat
I decided that what I really wanted to do was go off and paint.
– Jim Henson
I wanted to deal with light directly rather than with paint.
– James Turrell
When I started out, I wanted to paint the Sistine Chapel. But I didn’t have the content.
– James Rosenquist
I paint every day. I really have no hobbies. That’s all I do.
– Jamie Wyeth
I paint a slice of life, whatever it is that day.
– Geoffrey Holder
I sing my sorrow, and I paint my joy.
– Joni Mitchell
The things that I paint are things that I know very well.
No, I do a bunch of things to entertain myself. I paint, I make music, I take photographs.
– Charlie Hunnam
A ship is always referred to as ‘she’ because it costs so much to keep one in paint and powder.
– Chester W. Nimitz
It is not an aesthetic misstep to make the viewer aware of the paint and the painter’s hand. Such an empathetic awareness lies at the heart of aesthetic appreciation.
– John Updike
The painter… does not fit the paints to the world. He most certainly does not fit the world to himself. He fits himself to the paint. The self is the servant who bears the paintbox and its inherited contents.
– Annie Dillard
Sometimes I see it and then paint it. Other times I paint it and then see it. Both are impure situations, and I prefer neither.
– Jasper Johns
If only someone else could paint what I see, it would be marvellous, because then I wouldn’t have to paint at all.
– Alberto Giacometti
I’d say mostly I paint hot chicks.
– Bam Margera
I used to paint a lot of oil and now I paint more mixed-media stuff.
– Abbie Cornish
I think it would be better if nobody owned anything, but they didn’t starve. Had enough paint and enough pianos and everything else.
– Arthur Boyd
If I paint something, I don’t want to have to explain what it is.
– Bob Ross
I studied all about Gauguin. He was a banker. He was a banker who – he used to paint on Sundays. And one day he hated himself for painting on Sundays.
– Anthony Quinn
I still love a lot of the guys who just paint.
– Bill Sienkiewicz
I paint with shapes.
– Alexander Calder