Painting is used to convey creative expression. Much like drawing, painting is a visual art form. Brushes, and various tools are used to apply pigment to a hard surface. Throughout history, painting has been used to describe a moment, historical record, political views, emotion and many other areas of the human condition. Paint or pigment has been mixed with oils, egg, thinner, and a variety of other less common additives to give the image qualities such as mood, integrity, depth and adhesion.
A rival to oil paint, colored pigment is held in a clear plastic solution. It provides bright, long-lasting color and has the advantage of drying more quickly than oils. Acrylic paint is also water-soluble whereas oil paints need hydrocarbon chemicals to break down. The use of acrylic paint was popularized in the 1950s and 60s by Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, David Hockney, and Robert Motherwell.
One of the major art movements of the 19th century, Impressionism emphasizes the quality of light and movement, candid poses and compositions, and a vivid use of color. Scenes of modern life — lounging by a lake, sitting at an outdoor café — are imbued with a sense of vivacity due to freely applied brushstrokes rather than with lines and contours. The Impressionists tended to paint en plein air, to make the most of the temporal quality of sunlight.
More about Pati Maguire
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Lived in several countries before moving the United States. Each one influenced me as a painter. Fine Art degree from Skidmore College. MBA from Florida Atlantic University. Living in South Florida for the last few decades, and recently also in the Vail Valley, Colorado. I paint and teach out of […]