on painting

Only when he no longer knows what he is doing
does the painter do good things.


Life is a great big canvas,
and you should throw all the paint you can on it.
~Danny Kaye

Genius is the ability to see things invisible,
to manipulate things intangible,
to paint things that have no features.
~Joseph Joubert

When something needs to be painted,
it lets me know.
~Luis Frangella

Somehow the painting soothed him.  It verified his fears.
But it also informed him that fear was wonderful.
~Timothy Findley

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

The painter turns a poem into a painting;
the musician sets a picture to music.

Abstract paintings must be as real as those
created by the 16th century Italians.
~Frank Stella

The painting has a life of its own.
I try to let it come through.
~Jackson Pollack

Abstract painting is abstract.
It confronts you.
There was a reviewer a while back who wrote
that my pictures didn’t have any beginning or any end.
He didn’t mean it as a compliment,
but it was.
~Jackson Pollack

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

I’ve been doing a lot of abstract painting lately,
extremely abstract.

No brush,
no paint,
no canvas.
I just think about it.
~Stephen Wright