Inspirational Brush Quotes On Painting, Colors, Life

These brush quotes will inspire you. Brush a device composed of bristles typically set into a handle and used especially for sweeping, smoothing, scrubbing, or painting.

A collection of motivating, happy, and encouraging brush quotes, brush sayings, and brush proverbs.

Best Brush Quotes

  1. “There are lots of things that you can brush under the carpet about yourself until you’re faced with somebody whose needs won’t be put off.” ~ Angela Carter
  2. “I continue to get further away from the usual painter’s tools such as easel, palette, brushes, etc. I prefer sticks, trowels, knives and dripping fluid paint or a heavy impasto with sand, broken glass or other foreign matter added.” ~ Jackson Pollock
  3. “Laughter is the brush that sweeps away the cobwebs of your heart.” ~ Mort Walker
  4. “With the brush we merely tint, while the imagination alone produces colour.” ~ Theodore Gericault

  5. “You’d have to be daft as a brush to say you didn’t like Pink Floyd.” ~ John Lydon
  6. “Let us shun self-analyzation, self-consciousness, morbidness, affectation, attitudinizing. Let us look ahead as little as possible, keeping our eyes on our brushes and on the world of beauty around us.” ~ Mariana Griswold Van Rensselaer
  7. “To me, the whole process of being a brush stroke in someone else’s painting is a little difficult” ~ Madonna Ciccone
  8. “I’m always having to be told to brush my hair.” ~ Lena Dunham

  9. “Love what you do. Believe in your instincts. And you’d better be able to pick yourself up and brush yourself off every day.” ~ Mario Andretti
  10. “I’ve learned to brush off many things.” ~ Katrina Bowden
  11. “Ever since I was very young, as far back as I can remember, I have loved making pictures. I knew even as a child that, when I grew up, I would be an artist of some kind. The lovely feeling of my pencil touching paper, a crayon making a star shape in my sketchbook, or my brush dipping into bright and colorful paints — these things affect me as joyfully today as they did all those years ago.” ~ Eric Carle , Paint brush quotes
  12. “The business of peace requires more than showing up with paint brushes, foodstuffs and an oil pipeline or two.” ~ Tony Snow

  13. “But I always curl my lashes, even if I don’t put on mascara. I’ll also put on a lip gloss or lip balm. And I always brush my eyebrows. I have very thick eyebrows – I’m just now starting to thin them out a bit.” ~ Denise Richards
  14. “Instead of using brushes all the time, try a palette knife to paint.” ~ Frank Bruno
  15. “When we draw on the tablet, the drawing shows up on the computer screen. If we have chosen to tell the computer that the stylist is to behave like a piece of chalk, or a pen, or a wet brush, it will.” ~ Buffy Sainte-Marie
  16. “People say I’ve had brushes with the law. That’s not true! I’ve had brushes with overzealous prosecutors!” ~ Edwin Edwards

  17. “If you take 67 brush fires times 10 years, that’s almost 700 right there. Those brush fires are incredibly dangerous, all those homes going down proved that.” ~ Joseph Wambaugh
  18. “Between our birth and death we may touch understanding, As a moth brushes a window with its wing” ~ Christopher Fry
  19. “I was always musical – yelling when I was a baby, singing into a brush and singing in the shower.” ~ Susan Boyle
  20. “I am an artist. The track is my canvas, and the car is my brush.” ~ Graham Hill

  21. “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
  22. “In my hand luggage I always have my camera, iPod, make-up bag, tooth brush, cleansing products, clean underwear, socks and a change of clothes in case anything goes missing at the other end – and of course my passport.” ~ Lisa Snowdon , Make up brush quotes
  23. “But in the old days, visual artists used to fall into two distinct categories: those of us who created images with cameras and those of us who applied stuff onto other stuff, with brushes or other tools.” ~ Buffy Sainte-Marie
  24. “Real painters understand with a brush in their hand.” ~ Berthe Morisot

  25. “Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher
  26. “My children, as long as you live, the shadow of the Hiss Case will brush you. In every pair of eyes that rests on you, you will see pass, like a cloud passing behind a woods in winter, the memory of your father – dissembled in friendly eyes, lurking in unfriendly eyes.” ~ Whittaker Chambers
  27. “I don’t have to lay on the couch and see a therapist because my therapist is in my paint brushes.” ~ Abbey Lincoln
  28. “The first thing I do in the morning is brush my teeth and sharpen my tongue.” ~ Dorothy Parker

  29. “I’m interested in all kinds of pictures, however, they are made, with cameras, with paintbrushes, with computers, with anything.” ~ David Hockney
  30. “A hair in the head is worth two in the brush.” ~ William Hazlitt
  31. “At the point where I’m trying to force something and it’s not happening, and I’m getting frustrated with, say, writing a poem, I can go and pick up the brushes and start painting. At the point where the painting seems to not be going anywhere, I go and pick up the guitar.” ~ Joni Mitchell
  32. “I continue to get further away from the usual painter’s tools such as easel, palette, brushes, etc.” ~ Jackson Pollock

  33. “Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart.” ~ Louise Erdrich
  34. “Brushes are crucial for applying glazes, sauces, and oils. The pastry brushes that you find in homestores can be pricey so pay a visit to your local hardware store and pick up a few paint brushes which are less expensive and work equally as well.” ~ Bobby Flay
  35. “My desire is to stand up and brush myself off when I make mistakes and ask for forgiveness.” ~ Janine Turner
  36. “I will preach with my brush.” ~ Henry Ossawa Tanner

  37. “The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis.’ One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger–but recognize the opportunity.” ~ John F. Kennedy
  38. “He is outside of everything, and alien everywhere. He is an aesthetic solitary. His beautiful, light imagination is the wing that on the autumn evening just brushes the dusky window.” ~ Henry James
  39. “I think the work that they do and the style of 3D graphics is absolutely fabulous and I think it’s a great brush to use for some stories. And there are other brushes that I think are exclusive to a different kind of story.” ~ Don Bluth
  40. “I have improved the way in which I paint. The colors are cleaner and there is more energy in the brushwork.” ~ John Dyer

  41. “The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word “crisis.” One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity.” ~ Richard M. Nixon
  42. “Having been through the muck and mire, I’ve had my own brush with bad choices.” ~ Michael K. Williams
  43. “The true gardener then brushes over the ground with slow and gentle hand, to liberate a space for breath round some favorites; but he is not thinking about destruction except incidentally. It is only the amateur like myself who becomes obsessed and rejoices with a sadistic pleasure in weeds that are big and bad enough to pull, and at last, almost forgetting the flowers altogether, turns into a Reformer.” ~ Freya Stark
  44. “Not even pencil or charcoal is needed. Drawing can also be done with a brush. But drawing is a must, if not, no painting can resist.” ~ Raul Soldi

  45. “I can’t even find the perfect brush so I can paint what’s going through my mind. Racing ‘gainst myself but I’m a couple steps behind.” ~ Drake
  46. “A simple line painted with the brush can lead to freedom and happiness.” ~ Joan Miro
  47. “My brushstrokes start in nothing and they end in nothing, and in-between you find the image.” ~ Karel Appel
  48. “It’s the pleasure of picking up the brush and seeing what happens.” ~ Henry Miller

  49. “Interesting thing, these fellows never seem to get the idea of perspective-‘ The Bursar thought, or received the thought: that’s because perspective is a lie. If I know a pond is round then why should I draw it oval? I will draw it round because round is true. Why should my brush lie to you just because my eye lies to me?” ~ Terry Pratchett
  50. “When I say artist I mean the man who is building things – creating molding the earth – whether it be the plains of the west – or the iron ore of Penn. It’s all a big game of construction – some with a brush – some with a shovel – some choose a pen.” ~ Jackson Pollock
  51. “I’m going to brush my hair and change my clothes if we’re going out. That gives you two ten minutes to get it out of your system, so I’m not stuck with a couple of frustrated horndogs all day. But no pressure,” she added on a laugh as she swung out of the room and started upstairs.” ~ Lynsay Sands
  52. “All I did was to look at what the universe showed me, to let my brush bear witness to it.” ~ Claude Monet

  53. “But you have to learn to bend a little,” said Clary with a yawn. Despite the story’s content, the rhythm of Jace’s voice had made her sleepy. “Or you’ll break.” “Not if your strong enough,” said Jace firmly. He reached out, and she felt the back of his hand brush her cheek.” ~ Cassandra Clare
  54. “Addie, please.” More tears dripped down her cheeks. “Don’t be so hard.” “Oh, please,” I muttered…and that was as far as I got. ‘You broke my heart’ were the words that had risen to my mouth, but I couldn’t say them. That was what you said to a boyfriend, a lover, not your best friend. She’d laugh. And I’d had enough of being laughed at. I’d worked hard to get to a place where it didn’t happen anymore, where I didn’t move through life like a walking target, where it was just me and my paints and brushes and my big empty bed every night. “You weren’t a good friend,” I said instead.” ~ Jennifer Weiner
  55. “This was my one brush with love. Was it love? It felt awful enough. I spent another two years crawling around in the skin of it, smoking too much and growing too thin and having stray thoughts of jumping from my balcony like a tortured heroine in a Russian novel.” ~ Paula McLain
  56. “Read the dictionary from A to Izzard today. Get a vocabulary. Brush up on your diction. See whether wisdom is just a lot of language.” ~ Carl Sandburg

  57. “Must you know that yours will be the “better” picture before you pick up the brush and paint? Can it not simply be another picture? Another expression of beauty? Must a rose be “better” than an iris in order to justify it’s existence? I tell you this: you are all flowers in the Garden of the Gods.” ~ Neale Donald Walsch
  58. “For a week I did not take off my mechanic’s coverall day or night I did not bathe or shave or brush my teeth because love taught me too late that you groom yourself for someone you dress and perfume yourself for someone and I’d never had anyone to do that for.” ~ Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  59. “I want you.” Feeling the grip of his hand in mine, the brush of skin on mine, seeing the way he moved in front of me, equal parts human and wolf, and remembering his smell – I ached with wanting to kiss him.” ~ Maggie Stiefvater
  60. “Every time he brushes me with his fingers, time seems to tether for a second, like it is in danger of dissolving. The whole world is dissolving, I decide, except for us. Us.” ~ Lauren Oliver

  61. “I want to hear raucous music, to see faces, to brush against bodies, to drink fiery Benedictine. Beautiful women and handsome men arouse fierce desires in me. I want to dance. I want drugs. I want to know perverse people, to be intimate with them. I never look at naive faces. I want to bite into life, and to be torn by it.” ~ Anais Nin
  62. “Once or twice a week I would set my alarm for six A.M. so I could get up and plug in Hot Stix…I would study the curls in the mirror, impressed with both the appliance and my newfound ability to use it. Then, without fail, at the last second before leaving for school, I would ask myself, “Am I supposed to brush it out or leave it?” Why could I never remember” That feeling of “I’m pretty sure this next step is wrong, but I’m just gonna do it anyway” is part of the same set of instincts that makes me such a great cook.” ~ Tina Fey
  63. “Brush teeth. Wash hair. Rule undead world with an iron fist.” ~ Jeaniene Frost

  64. “I am old enough to know that time passing is just a trick, a convenience. Everything is always there, still unfolding, still happening. The past, the present, and the future, in the noggin eternally, like brushes, combs and ribbons in a handbag.” ~ Sebastian Barry
  65. “Switters was actually quite fond of Seattle’s weather, and not merely because of it’s ambivalence. He liked it’s subtle, muted qualities and the landscape that those qualities encouraged if not engendered: vistas that seemed to have been sketched with a sumi brush dipped in quicksilver and green tea. It was fresh, it was clean, it was gently primal, and mystically suggestive.” ~ Tom Robbins

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