Top 58 Canvas Quotes

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“The animation of the canvas is one of the hardest problems of painting.”

― Alfred Sisley

“In film, you’re painting a canvas. I got really excited about that.”

― Alice Lowe

“The thing that I love about Rick Grimes is that he pulls himself off the canvas even when he has been pummeled to the ground so many times. And either he gets up by himself – he drags himself up – or he is helped up by loved ones around him.”

― Andrew Lincoln

“I love acting and certainly won’t give it up, but it’s part of a bigger canvas for me now.”

― Andy Serkis

“For a filmmaker, it’s a rare chance to do a personal film on a big canvas.”

― Ang Lee

“I don’t like poetry that just slaps violent words on a canvas, as it were.”

― Anne Stevenson

“An actor is an actor is an actor. The less personality an actor has off stage the better. A blank canvas on which to draw the characters he plays.”

― Arthur Lowe

“An uninspiring canvas becomes a glamorous masterpiece when it is reattributed to a better-known artist.”

― Arthur Smith

“Jazz can be a blank canvas full of possibilities.”

― Barbara Januszkiewicz

“And I usually use myself as a model, posing in front of a mirror as I dab the strokes on the canvas.”

― Cleo Moore

“An epic is the canvas Brian DePalma paints on.”

― Dawn Steel

“We’re trying to do what Miles Davis would have wanted us to do, which is approach it as artists with his life as the canvas.”

― Don Cheadle

“The print on canvas is the closest to the original work. I personally sign them as well.”

― Dwayne Hickman

“The white T-shirt is like a blank canvas – eternally versatile.”

― Edward Enninful

“I guess television is so much on the word. It’s so much closer to playwriting – the scale is more just about the voices and the internal lives. Movies, it’s a very different canvas.”

― Edward Zwick

“It is one thing for an artist to experiment on a canvas, but it’s entirely different to experiment on a living creature.”

― Ellen Ullman

“The paintings to me are always canvas; sculpture has always been metal, though I have made sculpture in wood, also.”

― Ellsworth Kelly

“You’re an enormous sponge and everything goes in there and you squeeze it out in songs, I guess. And if you’re a painter, you squeeze them out on to a canvas.”

― Feist

“I think less is more when it comes to make-up; this really helps achieve a lighter complexion. Heavy make-up creates a canvas and can dull the skin.”

― Francois Nars

“I put on the canvas whatever comes into my mind.”

― Frida Kahlo

“I’m a pointillist, just working my tiny little piece of the canvas. I’m not so good at perspective.”

― Garry Trudeau

“When I begin, theoretically and practically I can smear anything I want on the canvas. Then there’s a condition I have to react to, by changing it or destroying it.”

― Gerhard Richter

“This world is but a canvas to our imagination.”

― Henry David Thoreau

“I hardly ever stretch the canvas before painting.”

― Jackson Pollock

“I’ve always loved the rustic, slightly worn style of Canvas and that element of an artisanal hand. It’s so inherently chic.”

― Jason Wu

“The thing about TV is you kind of have an endless canvas. You can always keep going.”

― Justin Simien

“When you’re little, every experience writes on the canvas of who you are.”

― Katherine Ryan

“I think people do their bravest work when given an elusive canvas. That would be seemingly the weirdest, but also the most wonderful.”

― Laura Dern

“So Pa sold the little house. He sold the cow and calf. He made hickory bows and fastened them upright to the wagon box. Ma helped him stretch white canvas over them.”

― Laura Ingalls Wilder

“The Pistols were like my work of art. They were my canvas.”

― Malcolm Mclaren

“If you put a blank canvas in front of Matisse and say, ‘This has to be a success,’ who’s going to pick up a paintbrush?”

― Marianne Elliott

“I write on a visual canvas, ‘seeing’ a scene in my thoughts before translating it into language, so I’m a visual junkie.”

― Marianne Wiggins

“I’ll take anything and slap it on a canvas.”

― Matthew Lawrence

“I’m doing the shows. The stage is my canvas; I’ll put whatever up there for the visible eye.”

― MF Doom

“As a kid, I used to be equal parts drawn to and horrified of the circus. They would have these beautiful canvas posters for Lobster Boy, bearded women, and this and that.”

― Mitch Glazer

“I have tried to preserve in my relationship to the film the same closeness and intimacy that exists between a painter and his canvas.”

― Norman McLaren

“And so my militant philosophy is this: to make with a brush on canvas is a simple direct delight-to make with the movie is the same.”

― Norman McLaren

“A revised schedule is to business what a new season is to an athlete or a new canvas to an artist.”

― Norman Ralph Augustine

“Dancers are a work of art – they are the canvas on which their work is painted.”

― Patrick Duffy

“I came to feel very, very sentimental about those sets, which is ludicrous, because they represent everything which is transitory and insubstantial. It’s absurd that one should feel sentimental about timber and canvas.”

― Patrick Stewart

“It’s so fine and yet so terrible to stand in front of a blank canvas.”

― Paul Cezanne

“With the dramatic canvas, I found you could still operate with the documentarist’s observational eye.”

― Paul Greengrass

“Preliminary drawings or sketches in oil or pastel often have an immediacy and emotional appeal far greater than the final canvas.”

― Paul Mellon

“That was really the Fifties for me – that whole spirit of flicking the paint on the canvas.”

― Peter Marino

“I never know what I’m going to put on the canvas. The canvas paints itself. I’m just the middleman.”

― Peter Max

“You treat the air as a canvas and the paint is the chords that come through your fingers, out of the keyboard.”

― Pharrell Williams

“I remember the noise of the bells ringing at school as the effigy of Guy Fawkes we’d prepared earlier was carried out on a canvas stretcher, hoisted on to the huge bonfire and set alight. Then the revelry would begin. My school friends and I would all have sparklers we passed around, lighting one from another.”

― Pippa Middleton

“When you give an artist a canvas, you shouldn’t tell him exactly how much paint to put on it, or exactly how sharp the images should be. You should let the artist get going.”

― Reed Hundt

“I’m a quarter Chinese and three-quarter Filipino. I don’t look Filipino; I look more Chinese or Korean. It actually works in my favor: in terms of roles, it gives me a broader canvas.”

― Reggie Lee

“I have the utmost admiration for makeup artists. It’s truly magical what they can accomplish with their materials. The face and the body are really their canvas.”

― Richard Phillips

“If you’re going to paint extremely, you need a big piece of canvas.”

― Robert Rauschenberg

“An empty canvas is full.”

― Robert Rauschenberg

“Shapewear is the canvas and the clothes are the art.”

― Sara Blakely

“The mobile-first, cloud-first is a very rich canvas for innovation – it is not the device that is mobile, it is the person that is mobile.”

― Satya Nadella

“Writing the songs and producing the songs and arranging them and recording them is your canvas and your palette and your brush.”

― Scott Weiland

“I’m half-Welsh, half-Russian. My maternal grandmother is Russian. I’ve very much a mongrel, which is good in a way because it makes me quite a blank canvas.”

― Sophia Myles

“Fantasy is the only canvas large enough for me to paint on.”

― Terry Brooks

“When I have a day off, I won’t spend it at a Hollywood party. I’d rather be at home with paints and a blank canvas.”

― Viggo Mortensen
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