Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The process, art, or occupation of coating surfaces with paint for a utilitarian or artistic effect.
  • n. A picture or design in paint.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of paint.
  • n. An illustration or artwork done with the use of paint(s).
  • n. The action of applying paint to a surface.
  • n. The same activity as an art form.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or employment of laying on, or adorning with, paints or colors.
  • n. The work of the painter; also, any work of art in which objects are represented in color on a flat surface; a colored representation of any object or scene; a picture.
  • n. Color laid on; paint.
  • n. A depicting by words; vivid representation in words.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act, art, or employment of laying on paints.
  • n. A picture; specifically, a likeness, image, or scene depicted with paints.
  • n. Color laid on.
  • n. See the qualifying words.
  • n.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. graphic art consisting of an artistic composition made by applying paints to a surface
  • n. the occupation of a house painter
  • n. creating a picture with paints
  • n. the act of applying paint to a surface

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Examples

  • The rule is so stern, that all delight in mere incidental beauty, which painting often triumphs in, is wholly forbidden to sculpture; -- for instance, in _painting_ the branch of a tree, you may rightly represent and enjoy the lichens and moss on it, but a sculptor must not touch one of them: they are inessential to the tree's life, -- he must give the flow and bending of the branch only, else he does not enough 'see Pallas' in it.

    Aratra Pentelici, Seven Lectures on the Elements of Sculpture Given before the University of Oxford in Michaelmas Term, 1870

  • The rule is so stern that all delight in mere incidental beauty, which painting often triumphs in, is wholly forbidden to sculpture; -- for instance, in _painting_ the branch of a tree, you may rightly represent and enjoy the lichens and moss on it, but a sculptor must not touch one of them: they are inessential to the tree's life, -- he must give the flow and bending of the branch only, else he does not enough "see Pallas" in it.

    The Crown of Wild Olive also Munera Pulveris; Pre-Raphaelitism; Aratra Pentelici; The Ethics of the Dust; Fiction, Fair and Foul; The Elements of Drawing

  • Take, for example, the term painting "plein air," a French expression meaning "open air" and used colloquially by the French for camping and outdoor sports that refers to creating a work of art outside.

    Daniel Grant: Debate: Must 'Plein Air' Be Defined?

  • The title painting, "Only Gods could survive" 2006 which depicts what looks like a Tarzan figure facing a mountainous past, or future, reminds me a little of William Blake.

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  • The tagline under the painting translates as 'evidence of hell' - faithmouse [at] yahoo (dot-here) com

    faithmouse

  • "BREEZY DAY" is the title painting in a news series of paintings by Julia Waco that will be on display Portland's Attic Gallery Feb. 5-March 5.

    JewishReview.org

  • Some people believe the lady in the painting is the wife of Florence banker, some believe she is the wife of Francesco del Giocondo, or some believe that she is a man in disguise.

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  • I felt it a totally inappropriate choice by the publishers given the girl in the painting is about the same age as Lolita (much younger than her 14 years in the movie adaptation) and is cropped down version of a painting which originally included a cat.

    A Book by Any Other Cover « Write Anything

  • Whether knitting for soldiers or not, this painting is an homage to women and their work, a tone set by their bowed heads and the humble head tilt of the lady in the center.

    Knitting in Highbridge Park

  • How then do the experts determine whether a painting is a real Picasso or a forgery?

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