Color Quotes

I put on my favorite music in my studio and paint. I pick up the brush, pick a color, put color on the canvas, answer it with another color and another, like musical improvisation. Suddenly, I have a painting. I know colors like some people know a melody. And the tunes of my favorite musicians […]

November 1st: A vermilion morning, all waves of soft scarlet, sharp at the edge, and gradated to purple. Grey scud moving slowly beneath it from the south-west, heaps of grey cumuli – between the scud and cirrus – at horizon. It issued in an exquisite day… All purple and blue in distance, and misty sunshine […]

An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while a pessimist sees only the red stoplight… The truly wise person is colorblind.

Higher and higher into the spectrum the defending wallshields began to radiate. At the first blast they had leaped almost through the visible spectrum, in one unbearably fierce succession of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and indigo, up to a sultry, coruscating, blindingly hard violet. Now the doomed shields began leaping erratically into the ultra-violet. […]

There are not more than five primary colors (blue, yellow, red, white, and black), yet in combination they produce more hues than can ever be seen.

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.

The majority of (painters), because they aren’t colorists, do not see yellow, orange or sulphur in the South (of France) and they call a painter mad if he sees with eyes other than theirs.

I have played hell somewhat with the truthfulness of the colors. (on Olive trees with the Alpilles in the Background)

Renoir said once that nothing was so difficult, and at the same time so exciting, to paint, as white on white.

The little may contrast with the great, in painting, but cannot be said to be contrary to it. Oppositions of colors contrast; but there are also colors contrary to each other, that is, which produce an ill effect because they shock the eye when brought very near it.