"Painting" Sayings and Quotes
In traditional Asian arts, the word and the picture always sit next to each other. I have an aunt, a Chinese brush painter, who told me that when you do a Chinese brush painting, you have to pair the image up with some poetry.
One does a whole painting for one peach and people think just the opposite - that particular peach is but a detail.
Only by painting the great panorama of history, can the great history-reading public be entertained or satisfied.
Since Courbet, it's been believed that painting is addressed to the retina. That was everyone's error. The retinal shudder! Before, painting had other functions: it could be religious, philosophical, moral... our whole century is completely retinal, except for the Surrealists, who tried to go outside it somewhat.
A man of eighty has outlived probably three new schools of painting, two of architecture and poetry and a hundred in dress.
It used to be that if you stood in front of a painting you didn't understand, you'd have some obligation to guess. Now you don't.
I was always painting when I was a kid. But then when I handled a camera when I was 17, that was it for me. I loved photography. I would work 4 or 5 hours a day. It was like a calling.
Painting, n.: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather, and exposing them to the critic.
The most difficult thing about painting is the self-discipline. When I finish a job, I give myself a few days, but then I have to discipline myself quite fiercely if I want to do some painting that's worthwhile. Otherwise, you're just doodling. It's much easier when you're just told what you have to do.
As a teenager, I was really interested in drama and art. I did painting and drawing. I did some acting and loved theater.
Painting is about the world that we live in. Black men live in the world. My choice is to include them.
I still take photographs for my own use, personal studies. I do not feel that I can fully express my views through the medium and this is why I have moved towards painting.