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A painting is like a man. If you can live without it, then there isn't much point in having it.
Lila Acheson Wallace
It is only when I lose contact with the painting that the result is a mess. Otherwise there is pure harmony, an easy give and take, and the painting comes out well.
Most painting in the European tradition was painting the mask. Modern art rejected all that. Our subject matter was the person behind the mask.
Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting with the gift of speech
Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do.
If I had been around when Rubens was painting, I would have been revered as a fabulous model. Kate Moss? Well, she would have been the paintbrush.
Painting is the art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather and exposing them to the critic
Henry Louis Mencken
One never knows what one is going to do. One starts a painting and then it becomes something quite different.
In painting, as in the other arts, there's not a single process, no matter how insignificant, which can be reasonably made into a formula. You come to nature with your theories, and she knocks them all flat.
I'd asked around 10 or 15 people for suggestions. Finally one lady friend asked the right question, Well, what do you love most? That's how I started painting money.
Every good picture leaves the painter eager to start again, unsatisfied, inspired by the rich mine in which he is working, hoping for more energy, more vitality, more time - condemned to painting for life.
I've been doing a lot of abstract painting lately, extremely abstract. No brush, no paint, no canvas, I just think about it.
My aim in painting has always been the most exact transcription possible of my most intimate impression of nature.
I Dont Want To Lose You
Two Faced People
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