Any working composer or painter or sculptor will tell you that inspiration comes at the eighth hour of labour rather than as a bolt out of the blue. We have to get our vanities and our preconceptions out of the way and do the work in the time allotted.
If you were a painter and a rock and roll musician and weren't established in either - to be an artist today you have to be as much a businessman to succeed, you have to spend an equal amount of time doing business as you spend doing your craft.
They are always asking a writer why he does not write like somebody else, or a painter why he does not paint like somebody else, quite oblivious of the fact that if either of them did anything of the kind he would cease to be an artist.
If you grow up saying, 'I want to be a lawyer,' everyone says, 'Let's give her everything she needs to be a lawyer.' But if you say 'I want to be an artist or a dancer or a painter,' it's, 'Oh, she'll grow out of it.'
To me, a painter, if not the most useful, is the least harmful member of our society.
I did end up becoming a drawer, a sketcher and a painter because of comic books, but I didn't read them. Not at all.
Jesse L. Martin
A painter will paint a cobbler, carpenter, or any other artist, though he knows nothing of their arts; and, if he is a good artist, he may deceive children or simple persons, when he shows them his picture of a carpenter from a distance, and they will fancy that they are looking at a real carpenter.
All art is propaganda. ... The only difference is the kind of propaganda. Since art is essential for human life, it can't just belong to the few. Art is the universal language, and it belongs to all mankind. All painters have been propagandists or else they have not been painters. ... Every artist who has been worth anything in art has been such a propagandist. ... Every strong artist has been a propagandist. I want to be a propagandist and I want to be nothing else. ... I want to use my art as a weapon.
I continue to get further away from the usual painter's tools such as easel, palette, brushes, etc.
La volaille est pour la cuisine ce qu'est la toile pour les peintres. Fowls are to the kitchen what his canvas is to the painter.
Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
That I was not suited to commerce or academic study in no way proves that I should also be unfit to be a painter.
Vincent Van Gogh
I am like a folk painter. Paint and move ahead.
M. F. Husain