81 Painting Quotes to Inspire Creativity and Art

The act of painting is a vibrant display of creativity and imagination, manifesting in various styles such as watercolor, oil, acrylic and fresco.

It is an art form that allows artists to convey their feelings, thoughts and concepts through a complex harmony of lines, forms, hues and textures.

Since the dawn of civilization, painting has played a pivotal role in human culture, encapsulating moments in time and broadening the mind’s horizon.


Esteemed artists like Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali, to name a few, have made un-erasable impressions in the world of painting.

Their enthralling creations and motivational quotes about painting can invigorate your artistic imagination, whether you’re preparing to create on an empty canvas or just enjoying art.

Bear in mind, painting goes beyond just the organized application of colors onto a firm surface; it encapsulates the emotional and creative expression of an artist, brought to life through a myriad of brushstrokes and color palettes.

“The Last Supper” by Leonardo da Vinci is on display at the Louvre Museum.

The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci – (Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons Public Domain)

Top 10 Painting Quotes


Painting is a source of endless pleasure, but also of great anguish. ~ Balthus.


It doesn’t matter how the paint is put on, as long as something is said. ~ Jackson Pollock.


Painting something that defies the law of the land and the law of gravity at the same time is ideal. ~ Banksy


Painting is just another way of keeping a diary. ~ Pablo Picasso..


A painting is never finished – it simply stops in interesting places. ~ Paul Gardner.


Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is. ~ Jackson Pollock.


Painting is an illusion, a piece of magic, so what you see is not what you see. ~ Philip Guston.


They paint what they see and we paint what we are watching. ~ David Berkowitz Chicago.


Art is the only way to run away without leaving home. ~ Twyla Tharp.


Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen. ~ Leonardo da Vinci.


I paint flowers so they will not die. ~ Frida Kahlo.

Life, like a good painting, needs balance, a harmonious arrangement to avoid being chaotic, a mess, a failure. ~ Iain Pear.

Creative Painting Quotes

I love to look at art, I love to look at paintings, and I almost feel like the experience isn’t complete until I’ve made something of my own. ~ Cecily Brown.


Real painters understand with a brush in their hand. ~ Berthe Morisot.

Every now and then one paints a picture that seems to have opened a door and serves as a stepping stone to other things. ~ Pablo Picasso.

The holy grail is to spend less time making the picture than it takes people to look at it. ~ Banksy.

I started painting as a hobby when I was little. I didn’t know I had any talent. I believe talent is just a pursued interest. ~ Bob Ross.

I paint for myself. I don’t know how to do anything else, anyway. Also I have to earn my living, and occupy myself. ~ Francis Bacon.


I paint the spirit and soul of what I see. ~ Brian Froud.

When I paint, the Sea Roars. Others Splash about in the bath. ~ Salvador Dali.

If you could say it in words there would be no reason to paint. ~ Edward Hopper.


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

Without atmosphere a painting is nothing. ~ Rembrandt Harmenszoon Van Rijn.

It is a widely accepted notion among painters that it does not matter what one paints as long as it is well painted. This is the essence of academicism. There is no such thing as good painting about nothing. ~ Mark Rothko.


Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures. ~ Henry Ward Beecher.

Imaginative Painting Quotes

I am not sick. I am broken. But I am happy to be alive as long as I can paint. ~ Frida Kahlo.

The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before. ~ Neil Gaiman.


A painting is worth a thousand confused art-gallery visitors. ~ Ljupka Cvetanova.

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.

If the world really looks like that I will paint no more! ~ Claude Monet.


Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do. ~ Edgar Degas.

I paint objects as I think them not as I see them. ~ Pablo Picasso.

Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. ~ Oscar Wilde.


I dream my painting and I paint my dream. ~ Vincent Van Gogh.

I wanted to paint a picture someday that people would stand before and forget that it was made of paint. ~ O. Henry.

Painting is concerned with all the 10 attributes of sight; which are: Darkness, Light, Solidity, and Colour, Form and Position, Distance and Propinquity, Motion and Rest. ~ Leonardo da Vinci.


I’m not performing miracles, I’m using up and wasting a lot of paint. ~ Claude Monet.

The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize. ~ Robert Hughes.

Best Painting Quotes

Treat a work of art like a prince. Let it speak to you first. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer.

I say that good painters imitated nature; but that bad ones vomited it. ~ Miguel De Cervantes.

A hill or tree cannot make a good painting just because it is a hill or tree. It is lines and colors put together so that they may say something. ~ Georgia O’ Keeffe.

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. ~ Scott Adams.

Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye.. it also includes the inner pictures of the soul. ~ Edvard Munch.


If you could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint. ~ Edward Hopper.

I think each of us, sometime in our life, has wanted to paint a picture. ~ Bob Ross.

A painting to me is primarily a verb, not a noun, an event first and only secondarily an image. ~ Elaine de Kooning.


For me, painting is a way to forget life. It is a cry in the night, a strangled laugh. ~ Georges Rouault.

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

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Famous Painting Quotes

Creativity is painting the canvas with colors, doing what you do with what you have, knowing the limits and moving beyond. ~ Anand Patwa.


Every canvas is a journey all its own. ~ Helen Frankenthaler.

There is something particularly fascinating about seeing places you know in a piece of art – be that in a film, or a photograph, or a painting. ~ Sara Sheridan.

Painting is the passage from the chaos of the emotions to the order of the possible. ~ Balthus.

The creation of a painting takes as much trickery and premeditation as the commitment of a crime. ~ Edgar Degas.


Create with the heart; build with the mind. ~ Criss Jami.

There is something beautiful about a blank canvas, the nothingness of the beginning that is so simple and breathtakingly pure. It’s the paint that changes its meaning and the hand that creates the story. ~ Piper Payne.

Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun. ~ Pablo Picasso.


Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. ~ Thomas Merton.

An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one. ~ Charles Horton Cooley.


Moonlight is sculpture; sunlight is painting. ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne.

The painter will produce pictures of little merit if he takes the works of others as his standard. ~ Leonardo da Vinci.

I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale, you could not ignore its beauty. ~ Georgia O’ Keeffe.

To the artist there is never anything ugly in nature. ~ Auguste Rodin.


Painting is the most beautiful of all arts. ~ Paul Gauguin.

I believe, I believe every day is a good day when you paint. ~ Bob Ross.

A painting requires a little mystery, some vagueness, and some fantasy. When you always make your meaning perfectly plain you end up boring people. ~ Edgar Degas.


I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers. ~ Claude Monet.

I would like to paint the way a bird sings. ~ Claude Monet.

Sometimes painting is just prayerful movement. And that is enough. ~ Carrie Schmitt.


Painting must be fertile. It must give birth to a world… it must fertilize the imagination. ~ Joan Miró.

Great Painting Quotes

Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. ~ Pablo Picasso.

One must spoil as many canvases as one succeeds with. ~ Vincent Van Gogh.

A painted surface is a real, living form. ~ Kazimir Severinovich Malevich.


I don’t paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality. ~ Frida Kahlo.

Painting is a blind man’s profession. He paints not what he sees, but what he feels, what he tells himself about what he has seen. ~ Pablo Picasso.

Painting has as much to do with evolving consciousness as training the eye. ~ Glenn Haybittle.


Painting is the grandchild of nature. It is related to God. ~ Rembrandt.

The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity. ~ Alberto Giacometti.

Painting is the silence of thought and the music of sight. ~ Orhan Pamuk.

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