Canvas Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old canvas quotes, canvas sayings, and canvas proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

This world is but a canvas for our imagination. Henry David Thoreau
A blank canvas...has unlimited possibilities. Stephanie Perkins
An empty canvas is full only if you want it to be full. Robert Rauschenberg
Let the future remain uncertain, for that is the canvas to receive our desires. Brian Herbert
A canvas is an arena in which to act. Jackson Pollock
You are an artist. The canvas is your life. Make something worth staring at. Cheryl Richardson
The canvas upon which the artist paints is the spectator's mind. Okakura Kakuzō
A truly poetic canvas is an awakened dream. Rene Magritte
It's so fine and yet so terrible to stand in front of a blank canvas. Paul Cezanne
The painter knew the mirror lied. And the canvas told the truth. Thomas Lloyd Qualls
Today is a new canvas, paint it with all your favorite colors. Anum Sattar
When the face in the mirror doesn't please you, turn it into a canvas. Tablo
The value of a canvas depends almost entirely on your mental attitude, not on your moral attitude; depends on what kind of a man you are, the way you observe. Charles Webster Hawthorne
The canvas is a court where the artist is prosecutor, defendant, jury and judge. Art without a trial disappears at a glance. Philip Guston
If you look into the past of the successful painter you will find square miles of canvas behind him. Charles Webster Hawthorne
The canvas has an idiotic stare and mesmerises some painters so much that they turn into idiots themselves. Vincent Van Gogh
Every canvas that can awaken us more exquisitely and accurately to the infinite and various surface of our experience does that much to sharpen life, and thereby render it more alive. Alton Tobey 
It seems strange that some artists fear a blank canvas, when it has been a major contributory factor to great paintings. David Luiz 
To paint is to know how to put nothing on canvas, and have it look like something when you stand back. Robert Henri
An empty canvas is a living wonder. Far lovelier than certain pictures. Wassily Kandinsky
A great artist can paint a great picture on a small canvas. Charles Dudley Warner
Every canvas is a journey all its own. Helen Frankenthaler
Cover the canvas at the first go, then work at it until you see nothing more to add. Camille Pissarro
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
The important thing is to remember what most impressed you and to put it on canvas as fast as possible. Pierre Bonnard
Colors live a remarkable life of their own after they have been applied to the canvas. Edvard Munch
Painting a line across canvas with a brush is similar to the motion of a wave breaking. Mary Heilmann
Now will never leave. It is always here. Like a clear canvas, it awaits our painting. Swami Satchidananda