Paint Sayings and Quotes

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


Paint the essential character of things.     

Camille Pissarro

Life is a great big canvas; throw all the paint you can at it.     

Danny Kaye

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

Charles Dudley Warner

If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.     

Vincent Van Gogh

Paint as you see and be accurate in your drawing: the whole secret of your art is there.     

William Bouguereau

All you need to paint is a few tools, a little instruction, and a vision in your mind.     

Bob Ross

Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.     

Plutarch

Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do.     

Edgar Degas

To live is to paint, it is to create; but while we are painting, we are being painted, being created as well!     

Mehmet Murat ildan

Paint from the inside out.     

George De Groat

A painter paints his pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. We provide the music, and you provide the silence.     

Leopold Stokowski

If you paint in your mind a picture of bright and happy expectations, you put yourself into a condition conducive to your goal.     

Norman Vincent Peale

Painting is another form of thinking.     

Gerhard Richter

An artist is forced by others to paint out of his own free will.     

Willem de Kooning

Paint what you are, paint what you believe, paint what you feel.     

Ben Shahn

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.     

Pablo Picasso

Your painting is a measure of your mind.     

Millard Sheets

Paint what you see, not what you know.     

Charles Webster Hawthorne

Painting is not about what you see, its about what you don't see.     

Bernd Haussmann

Painting is like child birth you forget how hard it is until you do it again.     

Anonymous