Color Quotes Graphics: O'Keefe to Reid

“Whether the flower or the color is the focus I do not know. I do know the flower is painted large to convey my experience with the flower – and what is my experience if it is not the color?” - Georgia O’Keeffe

“Whether the flower or the color is the focus I do not know. I do know the flower is painted large to convey my experience with the flower – and what is my experience if it is not the color?” -- Georgia O’Keeffe, American painter recognized as the "Mother of American modernism", 1887-1986

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“The meaning of a word — to me — is not as exact as the meaning of a color. Colors and shapes make a more definite statement than words.” - Georgia O’Keeffe

“The meaning of a word — to me — is not as exact as the meaning of a color. Colors and shapes make a more definite statement than words.” -- Georgia O’Keeffe, American painter recognized as the "Mother of American modernism", 1887-1986

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“All the earth colours of the painter’s palette are out there in the many miles of badlands.” - Georgia O’Keeffe

​“All the earth colours of the painter’s palette are out there in the many miles of badlands.” -- Georgia O’Keeffe, American painter recognized as the "Mother of American modernism", 1887-1986

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“I don’t think of myself as a ‘colorist’; I look at myself as a value painter. While I paint I do not think directly of what colors I wish to use… rather I think of temperature.” - Don O’Neill

​“I don’t think of myself as a ‘colorist’; I look at myself as a value painter. While I paint I do not think directly of what colors I wish to use… rather I think of temperature.” -- Don O’Neill, American Artist, b. 1924

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"If time were a color, I bet it would be a tasteful off-white." - Greg Parrish

“If time were a color, I bet it would be a tasteful off-white.” -- Greg Parrish, American Illustrator, 1870-1966

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“Colour is as variable and evanescent in the form of pigment as in visible nature,” - Walter J. Phillips

​“Colour is as variable and evanescent in the form of pigment as in visible nature,” -- Walter J. Phillips, Canadian Painter, 1884-1963

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“I want to know one thing. What is color?” - Pablo Picasso

“I want to know one thing. What is color?” -- Pablo Picasso, Spanish Cubist Painter and Sculptor, 1881-1973I

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“A smart walk through a gallery from a fifteenth century to a sixteenth century, and then a seventeenth century room will reveal how in successive centuries the brilliancy of oil picture diminishes.” - Arthur Pillans Laurie

​“A smart walk through a gallery from a fifteenth century to a sixteenth century, and then a seventeenth century room will reveal how in successive centuries the brilliancy of oil picture diminishes.” -- Arthur Pillans Laurie, Scottish Chemist and Principal of Heriot-Watt College in Edinburgh, 1861-1949

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“The glories and the beauties of form, color, and sound unite in the Grand Canyon – forms unrivaled even by the mountains, colors that vie with sunsets, and sounds that span the diapason from tempest to tinkling raindrop, from cataract to bubbling fountain.” - John Wesley Powell

​“The glories and the beauties of form, color, and sound unite in the Grand Canyon – forms unrivaled even by the mountains, colors that vie with sunsets, and sounds that span the diapason from tempest to tinkling raindrop, from cataract to bubbling fountain.” -- John Wesley Powell American Explorer, 1834-1902

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“My personal theory is that being frugal with the number of colours, one gets to know them intimately and to understand how each reacts with the others.” - Ron Ranson

“My personal theory is that being frugal with the number of colours, one gets to know them intimately and to understand how each reacts with the others.” -- Ron Ranson, English Artist, Teacher and Author

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“I know I can not paint a flower. I can not paint the sun on the desert on a bright summer morning but maybe in terms of paint color I can convey to you my experience of the flower or the experience that makes the flower of significance to me at that particular time.” - Georgia O’Keeffe

“I know I can not paint a flower. I can not paint the sun on the desert on a bright summer morning but maybe in terms of paint color I can convey to you my experience of the flower or the experience that makes the flower of significance to me at that particular time.” -- Georgia O’Keeffe, American painter recognized as the "Mother of American modernism", 1887-1986

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“The feeling that a person gives me that I cannot say in words comes in colors and shapes.” - Georgia O’Keeffe

“The feeling that a person gives me that I cannot say in words comes in colors and shapes.” -- Georgia O’Keeffe, American painter recognized as the "Mother of American modernism", 1887-1986

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“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.” - Georgia O’Keeffe

​“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.” -- Georgia O’Keeffe, American painter recognized as the "Mother of American modernism", 1887-1986

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“I mix them with my brains, sir.” -  John Opie

​“I mix them with my brains, sir.” (His response when asked what he mixed his colors with)  --  John Opie, Cornish Historical and Portrait Painter, 1761-1807

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“Each colour is applied to the canvas in relation to the colours next to it. The painting becomes a living thing and calls out for the colour it wants.” - Neil Patterson

​“Each colour is applied to the canvas in relation to the colours next to it. The painting becomes a living thing and calls out for the colour it wants.” -- Neil Patterson, Canadian Painter, b. 1947

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“In painting, whether colour reflection is apparent or not, every hue must echo neighbouring hues, so that homogeneity may be attained.” - Walter J. Phillips

​“In painting, whether colour reflection is apparent or not, every hue must echo neighbouring hues, so that homogeneity may be attained.” -- Walter J. Phillips, Canadian Painter, 1884-1963

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“When I haven’t any blue I use red.” - Pablo Picasso

​“When I haven’t any blue I use red.” -- Pablo Picasso, Spanish Cubist Painter and Sculptor, 1881-1973

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“I find great pleasure in using color out of context to express emotion and to entertain the viewer.” - Carlton Plummer

​“I find great pleasure in using color out of context to express emotion and to entertain the viewer.” ~ Carlton Plummer American Painter, 20th Century

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“If I can someday see M. Claude Monet’s garden, I feel sure that I shall see something that is not so much a garden of flowers as of colours and tones… because it was planted so that only the flowers with matching colours will bloom at the same time.” - Marcel Proust

​“If I can someday see M. Claude Monet’s garden, I feel sure that I shall see something that is not so much a garden of flowers as of colours and tones… because it was planted so that only the flowers with matching colours will bloom at the same time.” -- Marcel Proust, French Intellectual, Novelist, Essayist and Critic, 1871-1922

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“The fundamental grey which differentiates the masters, expresses them and is the soul of all colour.” - Odilon Redon

​“The fundamental grey which differentiates the masters, expresses them and is the soul of all colour.” ~Odilon Redon French Symbolist Painter, 1840-1916

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“There’s something about black. You feel hidden away in it.” - Georgia O’Keeffe

“There’s something about black. You feel hidden away in it.” -- Georgia O’Keeffe, American painter recognized as the "Mother of American modernism", 1887-1986

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“Color is one of the great things in the world that makes life worth living to me and as I have come to think of painting it is my efforts to create an equivalent with paint color for the world — life as I see it.” - Georgia O’Keeffe

“Color is one of the great things in the world that makes life worth living to me and as I have come to think of painting it is my efforts to create an equivalent with paint color for the world — life as I see it.” -- Georgia O’Keeffe, American Painter, 1887-1986

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“My mother warned me to avoid things coloured red.” - Claes Oldenburg

​“My mother warned me to avoid things coloured red.” ~ Claes Oldenburg Swedish-born American Pop Sculptor, b. 1929

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“To achieve depth the colour has to penetrate the paper.” - Shanti Panchal

​“To achieve depth the colour has to penetrate the paper.” -- Shanti Panchal, Indian Painter

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“This may sound a bit simple, but the rainbow was my teaching source about mixing color.” - Jim Pescott

​“This may sound a bit simple, but the rainbow was my teaching source about mixing color.” -- Jim Pescott, Contemporary Canadian Painter

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“It is the sense of unfamiliar envelopment that is impressive, whether in the living grays of hoarfrost, the crimson of the heavens at sunset, or the golden suffusions of autumn” - Walter J. Phillips

​“It is the sense of unfamiliar envelopment that is impressive, whether in the living grays of hoarfrost, the crimson of the heavens at sunset, or the golden suffusions of autumn” -- Walter J. Phillips, Canadian Painter, 1884-1963

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“Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this? No.” - Pablo Picasso

​“Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this? No.” -- Pablo Picasso, Spanish Cubist Painter and Sculptor, 1881-1973

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“Colors in painting are as allurements for persuading the eyes, as the sweetness of meter is in poetry.” - Nicolas Poussin

​“Colors in painting are as allurements for persuading the eyes, as the sweetness of meter is in poetry.” -- Nicolas Poussin, French Baroque Era Painter, 1594-1665

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“At a certain point the well-versed musician does not need to think of the keys, where they are located, or which scale or sequence of notes will recall a certain mood… The artisan can think of the palette as an instrument with each of the colors representing a different note on the keyboard.” - Stephen Quiller

​“At a certain point the well-versed musician does not need to think of the keys, where they are located, or which scale or sequence of notes will recall a certain mood… The artisan can think of the palette as an instrument with each of the colors representing a different note on the keyboard.” -- Stephen Quiller, American Artist, Author and Teacher, b.1946

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“Partially mixed colors, mixed on the paper, are more interesting than thoroughly mixed colors from the palette’s mixing area.” - Charles Reid

​“Partially mixed colors, mixed on the paper, are more interesting than thoroughly mixed colors from the palette’s mixing area.” -- Charles Reid American Painter, b. 1937

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