The Practice of Painting


The myth of artistic talent relies on inspiration, never-ending ideas, and confidence. But the reality is far more complex. Embracing the insanity of not knowing and embracing the imperfections of the process yields an experience of innocence and compassion. A breakthrough or awe can come only by risking the vulnerability. True completion is a moment of astonishing surprise and release. The experience is more engaging and entertaining. Achieving this state is akin to reaching an inner destination.

The practice of painting involves the application of pigments to a support surface, establishing an image, design, or decoration. The term painting describes both the process and the outcome. Generally, painting is accomplished by applying a liquid or solid color to a surface with a brush, although some art forms, such as Tibetan mandalas and Navajo sand painting, use powdered pigment. Painting is one of the oldest creative media and has survived for thousands of years. It is an important form of expression in many cultures around the world.

Despite the shift away from the historic value of documentation and craft, many artists continue to practice painting. The definition of a painting has become much more fluid and subjective. Contemporary artists are combining paint, media, and other art forms. There are no hard-and-fast criteria for what constitutes a painting, and the line between the two forms of art is blurred more than ever. In this changing climate, painters have an opportunity to reinvent a centuries-old medium.