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I did painting before I did photography.
I gave up painting by 16. I secretly thought I would have been Rembrandt by then.
Some people like to paint trees. I like to paint love. I find it more meaningful than painting trees.
My mother was the most creative, fantastic person and would come up with great things for us to do. She'd buy art supplies and all of us would sit around painting. I was lucky.
So when I'm playing, I'm sort of painting a feeling in the air.
The painting is not on a surface, but on a plane which is imagined. It moves in a mind. It is not there physically at all. It is an illusion, a piece of magic, so that what you see is not what you see.
That's why I ended up going to Lancaster University, because they had a visual arts course, and in the first year it was like a broad visual arts course in sculpture, painting, graphics - all of that.
Painting does what we cannot do - it brings a three-dimensional world into a two-dimensional plane.
Wash your face at the end of the night! There's nothing worse than sleeping in makeup. You wake up looking like a painting that's been left out in a rainstorm.
I have always loved contemporary dance, but it has always been a bit of a mystery to me. But choreography is very much like what I do when you are putting characters in frame on the page. It's so impressive what they do with their bodies. It's like painting: an abstraction.
I'm not painting myself as a down-home, modest guy.
I'd rather create a miniature painting than a Taj Mahal of a book.
Rock & roll is not obscure, it's really easy to understand. So is my painting.
I always feel a bit trapped when a painting goes for millions of pounds and only one person can have it. If you can have that as well as a poster on every student's wall, then you're in a very enviable position. I'd like to do a Damien Hirst for £500 at some point.
People who look at my painting say that it makes them happy, like the feeling when you wake up in the morning. And happiness is the goal, isn't it?
Painting is something that you need to do, if not every day, then certainly most days. It is almost like being a pianist: if you stop, you lose something.
And I think a painting has such a limited life anyway.
Painting is an essentially concrete art and can only consist of the representation of real and existing things.
Pollock also... wanted one to be wrapped in the painting.
Look at any inspired painting. It's like a gong sounding; it puts you in a state of reverberation.
Lets tell young people the best books are yet to written; the best painting, the best government the best of everything is yet to be done by them.
Very rarely is there any confusion as to when a painting or a song is finished. You just know when it's done.
The craft of painting has virtually disappeared. There is hardly anyone left who really possesses it. For evidence one has only to look at the painters of this century.
I am only interested in painting the actual person, in doing a painting of them, not in using them to some ulterior end of art. For me, to use someone doing something not native to them would be wrong.
I think a painting should include more experience than simply intended statement.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
C. S. Lewis
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