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124,642. Peter the painter, along with others, submitted his price to the local council to paint the seaside resort’s historical lighthouse and won the contract.
After painting only half way up the lighthouse he suddenly realised he had grossly underestimated the amount of paint it would require to finish the job.
Undaunted, and determined not to lose any money on the deal, he added a fair quantity of turpentine to the remaining paint. After completing the job, Peter went into the pub opposite and treated himself to a gratifying pint. Taking his drink to the front window of the pub, he casually glanced across to the lighthouse. As the evening sun fell across it, to his horror, Peter’s cost-saving efforts to augment the paint supply for the top half of the structure stood out like a sore thumb.
In despair, he ran outside, shook his fists at the lighthouse and shouted: ‘What am I supposed to do now?’
Suddenly, a voice thundered out of the clouds: ‘Repaint, my son. And thin no more!’ (Painting & Repentance) Anon
375. When I have a terrible need of – shall I say the word – religion, then I go out and paint the stars. (Religion & Paint & Artist) Vincent van Gogh
10,328. I cannot help it that my pictures do not sell. Nevertheless the time will comme when people will see that they are worth more than the price of the paint. (Artist: van Gogh & Paintings) Vincent van Gogh, letter to brother Theo 20th October 1988
10,330. A good picture is equivalent to a good deed. (Artist: van Gogh & Painting & Deed) Vincent van Gogh
10,331. I dream my painting, and then I paint my dream. (Artist: van Gogh & Painting & Dream) Vincent van Gogh
10,337. It’s very difficult to know yourself. But it’s also very difficult to paint yourself. (Artist: van Gogh & Self & Painting) Vincent van Gough
10,346. The only time I feel alive is when I’m painting. (Artist: van Gogh & Painting) Vincent van Gogh
10,351. Just slap anything on when you see a blank canvas staring you in the face like some imbecile. You don’t know how paralyzing that is, that stare of a blank canvas is, which says to the painter, ‘You can’t do a thing’. The canvas has an idiotic stare and mesmerizes some painters so much that they turn into idiots themselves. Many painters are afraid in front of the blank canvas, but the blank canvas is afraid of the real, passionate painter who dares and who has broken the spell of ‘you can’t’ once and for all. (Artist: van Gogh & Painting) Vincent van Gogh
10,352. I work as diligently on my canvases as the labourers do in their fields. (Artist: van Gogh & Painting) Vincent van Gogh
11,770. Painting is a faith, and it imposes the duty to disregard public opinion. (Painting & Artist: van Gogh) Vincent van Gogh
4,194. The world doesn’t make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do? (World & Paint & Artist: Picasso) Pablo Picasso
10,623. The world today doesn’t make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do? (Artist & Painting) Pablo Picasso
10,629. One must act in painting as in life, directly. (Artist & Act & Painting) Pablo Picasso
10,631. I have a horror of people who speak about the beautiful. What is the beautiful? One must speak of problems in painting! (Artist & Painting & Beauty) Pablo Picasso
9,721. There are only two styles of portrait painting: the serious and the smirk. (Art & Painting) Charles Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby, Miss La Creevy
9,741. The sign of a good painting, Dud, with their bottoms towards you is if the bottoms follow you round the room. (Art & Painting) Peter Cook & Dudley Moore, Not Only But Also
9,753. I paint not the things I see but the feelings they arouse in me. (Art & Painting) Franz Kline
9,754. A limited mass of paint on a canvass is nobler than an acre of decorations in a rich man’s mansion. (Art & Painting) Clifford Steel
9,761. A painter paints the appearance of things not their objective correctness. In fact he creates new appearances of things. (Art & Painting) Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
9,771. Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. (Art & Painting) Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
9,805. Paint like nobody is watching and paint like you don’t need any money. (Art & Painting) John Ferrie
9,806. How vain painting is, exciting admiration by its resemblance to things of which we do not admire the originals. (Art & Painting) Blaise Pascal, Pensees 1670
9,807. ‘Painters and poets alike have always had licence to dare anything.’ We know that, and we both claim and permit others this indulgence. (Art & Painting & Poetry) Horace, Ars Poetica
9,808. Good painters imitate nature, bad ones spew it up. (Art & Painting & Nature) Miguel de Cervantes
9,809. Painting is welcome.
The painting is almost the natural man;
For since dishonour traffics with man’s nature,
He is but outside; these pencilled figures are
Even such as they give out. (Art & Painting) William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens I i @161
9,810. An imitation in lines and colours on any surface of all that is to be found under the sun. Nicolas Poussin, of painting
9,819. As an aid to realise perspective is of no importance – the realistic painters of Flanders got on very well without it. But as a symbol it means something, and as a symbol it passes into the decorative arts of early renaissance. (Art & Civilisation & Symbol & Painting) Kenneth Clark, Civilisation: Man the Measure of All Things 4/13
9,820. Realistic portraiture ... Jan van Eyck – no-one has looked at the human face with a dispassionate eye and recorded his findings with a more delicate eye. (Art & Civilisation & Painting & Artist: Van Eyck) ibid.
9,821. The first evolved landscape in European painting – the background of Van Eyck’s Adoration of the Lamb; the foreground is painted with a medieval sharpness of detail. (Art & Civilisation & Painting & Artist: Van Eyck) ibid.
9,844. Light. The light of early morning. The light of Holland. It spreads over the flat fields, it’s reflected in the canals, and it picks out distant towers and spires. This was the inspiration of the first great school of landscape; one might almost say skyscape painting. (Art & Civilisation & Light & Netherlands & Painting) Kenneth Clark, Civilisation 8/13: The Light of Experience
9,871. The process of seeing paintings or anything else is less spontaneous and natural than we tend to believe. It isn’t so much the paintings themselves I want to consider as the way we now see them. (Art & Painting) John Berger, Ways of Seeing
9,877. I’m painting an idea not an ideal. Basically, I’m trying to paint a structured painting full of controlled, and therefore potent, emotion. (Art & Painting) Euan Uglow
9,908. Watercolour is amongst the most popular of all visual media ... And yet it’s a medium that suffers from status anxiety, from a fear that it’s just a watered-down version of oil-painting. In an exhibition here at Tate Britain ... Watercolour’s history is in fact more richer and more varied and much more substantial than has previously been acknowledged. (Art & Painting) Tim Marlow on ... Watercolour 2011