Painting Terminology

  1. That characteristic of a color which enables the viewer to distinguish one color from another.
  2. The lightness or darkness of a color.
    Lighten a color by adding white or by thinning the paint out significantly and allowing a white ground to show through the translucent color.
  3. A light version of a color.
    Tint Ex: pink is the tint of red.
  4. A dark version of a color.
    Shade Ex: maroon is a shade of red and navy is a shade of blue.
  5. The brightness or dullness of a color.
    Adjusted by adding its complementary color to it.
    Intensity Ex: red is the complement of green.
  6. A color whose intensity has been reduced by adding its complement.
    Tone Ex: olive is a tone of green and rust is a tone of red.
  7. A color that moves gradually from light to dark.
  8. How thick or thin a line is.
    Line Weight
  9. A painting whose color values run from light to white.
    High Key
  10. A painting whose color values runs from dark to black.
    Low Key
  11. The surface upon which the painting is done.
  12. The characteristic roughness or smoothness of a support.
  13. A clearly defined border of an object.
    Hard Edge
  14. An out-of-focus border on an object.
    Soft Edge
  15. An imaginary transparent plane between the object being drawn and the artist upon which the object is projected.
    Picture Plane
  16. Predetermined space upon which the painting is to be composed.
  17. The organization of a work of art.
  18. The illusion created in a picture when an object of some length is depicted as extending toward the viewer.
  19. Art that aims to create a convincing illusion of recognizable objects.
    Representational Art
  20. Art which has, as its source of inspiration, recognizable objects, but convincing illusion of these objects is not the artist's aim. Emphasis is on form rather than subject matter.
    Abstract Art
  21. Art that is not based on anything out of reality but upon the artist's own visions and sensibilities.
    Non-Objective Art
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