Painting is the practice of applying
paint, pigment, color or other medium to a surface
(support base). The medium is commonly applied to
the base with a brush but other objects can be used.
In art, the term painting describes both the act
and the result of the action. However, painting
is also used outside of art as a common trade among
craftsmen and builders. Paintings may have for their
support such surfaces as walls, paper, canvas, wood,
glass, lacquer, clay, leaf, copper or concrete,
and may incorporate multiple other materials including
sand, clay, paper, gold leaf as well as objects.
Painting is a mode of creative expression, and the
forms are numerous. Drawing, composition or abstraction
and other aesthetics may serve to manifest the expressive
and conceptual intention of the practitioner. Paintings
can be naturalistic and representational (as in
a still life or landscape painting), photographic,
abstract, be loaded with narrative content, symbolism,
emotion or be political in nature.