The Oxford English Dictionary describes “painting” as ‘the act or art of using paint to produce pictures’. Many of us cultivate painting as a hobby. But, are you aware about the major forms of painting and the main elements that form a part and parcel of painting? Lets ponder over them a little:
Real Life: Such paintings capture life in action – busy street, beach party, dinner gathering or any place where life activity is going on.
Still Life: A still life painting depicts objects such as flowers or food. Still life paintings are often found in the interiors o the ancient Egyptian tombs. Ancient Greek, especially vase paintings are examples of the same genre. Wall paintings and floor mosaics unearthed in Pompeii (Italy) stand evidence to still life painting. Masters in this category include Caravaggio, Diego Velasquaez and Annibale Corracci.
Landscape Painting: It deals with the depiction of natural scenery, like valley, mountains, rivers and forests. The subject is usually a wide view with coherently arranged elements. Sky is almost included in all landscape paintings. Famous landscape painters include names like Claude Lorraine and JMW Turner.
Portrait Painting: In this genre, the intent is to depict the visual appearance of the subject. Usually portrait artists create an work of art after they have been commissioned by patrons. Historically, portrait paintings have primarily been the forte of the rich and the powerful.
For the elements of painting – wait till the next time.