paint·​ing | \ ˈpān-tiŋ How to pronounce painting (audio) \

Definition of painting

1 : a product of painting especially : a work produced through the art of painting
2 : the art or occupation of painting

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Examples of painting in a Sentence

They hung the painting in the living room. The woman in that painting is my grandmother. I like painting more than sculpture. He is studying abstract painting. She wants to devote all her time to painting. The room is ready for painting. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The sweet moment comes after Adonis showed off his painting skills earlier this month. Alexandra Schonfeld,, 17 May 2022 As his pinnacle, Hambleton eschewed his ubiquitous, eerie figures for a while to explore modern landscape painting, elegantly shifting from realism to what Sullivan compares to 19th century Romanticism. Natasha Gural, Forbes, 17 May 2022 Highlights included another untitled painting by Rothko, which sold for $48 million and a self-portrait by Warhol that fetched $18.7 million. CNN, 17 May 2022 This work could be considered a 3-D variation of the artist’s 1951 painting with the same title currently displayed at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow. Antonia Mufarech, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 May 2022 Unfortunately, painting or placing polyurethane on wood decks or log homes is often not a desirable option. Cole Sikes Alabama Cooperative Extension System, al, 16 May 2022 Sánchez Cotán helped initiate what became the golden age of Spanish painting. Willard Spiegelman, WSJ, 13 May 2022 The Syrians are usually outfitted in robes with vibrant, two-toned stripes that suggest both traditional clothing and abstract color-field painting. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 Crealde School of Art Exhibition at Osceola Arts: Artistic Unity at Osceola Arts is an exhibition of works created by Crealde School of Art painting and drawing fellowship students, studio artists and faculty. Amanda Kondolojy, Orlando Sentinel, 13 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of painting

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 May 2022

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Kids Definition of painting

1 : a work of art made with paint
2 : the art or occupation of creating pictures with paint

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