Canvas Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old canvas quotes, canvas sayings, and canvas proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

This world is but a canvas for our imagination.     

Henry David Thoreau

A blank canvas...has unlimited possibilities.     

Stephanie Perkins

An empty canvas is full only if you want it to be full.     

Robert Rauschenberg

Let the future remain uncertain, for that is the canvas to receive our desires.     

Brian Herbert

A canvas is an arena in which to act.     

Jackson Pollock

You are an artist. The canvas is your life. Make something worth staring at.     

Cheryl Richardson

The canvas upon which the artist paints is the spectator's mind.     

Okakura Kakuzō

A truly poetic canvas is an awakened dream.     

Rene Magritte

It's so fine and yet so terrible to stand in front of a blank canvas.     

Paul Cezanne

The painter knew the mirror lied. And the canvas told the truth.     

Thomas Lloyd Qualls

Today is a new canvas, paint it with all your favorite colors.     

Anum Sattar

When the face in the mirror doesn't please you, turn it into a canvas.     


The value of a canvas depends almost entirely on your mental attitude, not on your moral attitude; depends on what kind of a man you are, the way you observe.     

Charles Webster Hawthorne

The canvas is a court where the artist is prosecutor, defendant, jury and judge. Art without a trial disappears at a glance.     

Philip Guston

If you look into the past of the successful painter you will find square miles of canvas behind him.     

Charles Webster Hawthorne

The canvas has an idiotic stare and mesmerises some painters so much that they turn into idiots themselves.     

Vincent Van Gogh

Every canvas that can awaken us more exquisitely and accurately to the infinite and various surface of our experience does that much to sharpen life, and thereby render it more alive.     

Alton Tobey 

It seems strange that some artists fear a blank canvas, when it has been a major contributory factor to great paintings.     

David Luiz 

To paint is to know how to put nothing on canvas, and have it look like something when you stand back.     

Robert Henri

An empty canvas is a living wonder. Far lovelier than certain pictures.     

Wassily Kandinsky

A great artist can paint a great picture on a small canvas.     

Charles Dudley Warner

Every canvas is a journey all its own.     

Helen Frankenthaler

Cover the canvas at the first go, then work at it until you see nothing more to add.     

Camille Pissarro

When you give an artist a canvas, you shouldn't tell him exactly how much paint to put on it, or exactly how sharp the images should be. You should let the artist get going.     

Reed Hundt

The important thing is to remember what most impressed you and to put it on canvas as fast as possible.     

Pierre Bonnard

Colors live a remarkable life of their own after they have been applied to the canvas.     

Edvard Munch

Painting a line across canvas with a brush is similar to the motion of a wave breaking.     

Mary Heilmann

Now will never leave. It is always here. Like a clear canvas, it awaits our painting.     

Swami Satchidananda