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Before we look at the origin of painting or read about some interesting information on background of painting, let us look at what

painting actually is. It is the practice of applying colour to some sort of surface, be it paper, canvas, glass or even wood and lacquer. But, in artistic sense, the word painting means something which combines drawing, composition and various other elements which ultimately transforms to a soothing concept or an image. Painting can be traced back to the prehistoric age when Neanderthal man created some form of art, but sadly there have been no traces found as yet. But after modern man arrived in the scene or to be specific, the Homo Sapiens arrived, image or painting became clear to the civilization. It might seem like a pretty new phenomenon but the history of painting dates back to some artifacts that were found, belonging to very ancient times. The early sections of the 20th century mainly show representational, religious and classical paintings. The abstract and conceptual style of painting gathered favor after these. However, the oldest paintings that are found are at the GrottleChauvet in the country of France. These paintings are claimed to be more than 32,000 years old. These were painted in red ochre and black pigment and shows clear depictions of horses, rhinocerous, lions, buffaloes, mammoth or even humans hunting these animals.

Cave paintings can actually be found worldwide. Models depicting various cultures and traditions have been found in France, Portugal, Spain, China, Australia, India, etc. When it came to art, it is a well known fact that African art, Islamic art, Indian art, Chinese art and Japanese art had some influence on Western art and vice versa. The various developments which took place in Eastern paintings go hand in hand with those found in Western paintings. The oldest paintings, which were probably made by the prehistoric men, depict various animals. It was widely believed that these paintings were made to 'catch' the souls of these animals into these paintings. Since human beings haven't learned how to speak like we do now, these paintings could also have been a way to express their innate feelings to other humans. On the other hand these paintings might also have been used to transmit some sort of practical information. The paintings that have been found, which belong to the Paleolithic era mostly depict the structure of animals. There are hardly any paintings of human beings that are found. This was mainly because animals were used as a food and animals like rhinocerous, lions, etc represented strength. Some of the human inscriptions that have been found on the caves basically depict handprints or half human/ animal figures. While the Chauvet Cave paintings present in the Ardeche Department of France contains the oldest painting which was painted around the 31,000 B.C, the Altamira cave paintings in Spain were done between 14,000 and 12,000 B.C. One of the best known painting which is called the hall of bulls in Lascaux, Dordogne, France dates back between 15,000 and 10,000 B.C. Whether these paintings meant anything or not, is still to be discovered. To this day, it is a mystery what these paintings actually mean. The various caves in which these animal inscriptions and various other paintings have been found were not inhabited by humans, so, perhaps these were used as seasonal rituals. Along with the animal paintings, various other signs have also been found which most probably depicted some sort of magic. But these are all mere speculations as nothing is concrete. However, there is one important painting of the Mesolithic period that was found which depicts marching warriors on a rock, which dates back between 7,000 and 4,000 B.C. The technique used to paint it was basically spitting or blowing the pigments onto the rock. The paintings that have been found are quite stylized but natural. Some of the figures in these paintings seem to overlap each other but they are not quite three-dimensional images.

The history of Indian painting, however, revolves primarily around the various religious kings and deities. The term Indian art which is used to depict Indian paintings is used for several different schools of art that existed in the whole of Indian subcontinent. There are many famous paintings that have been found in India, from the beautifully etched designs at Ellora to the intricately designed Mughal miniature paintings. The earliest Indian painting dates back to the prehistoric time, the petroglyphs as found in places like the Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka and some of them are as old as 5,500 B.C. Ajanta paintings date back to about 7th century. On the other hand, the Mughal painting developed during the 16th and 17th century. If we look at the Muslim paintings, we cannot find any kind of paintings which depict humans, animals or any other such figure. This is because figurative subjects are strictly forbidden within the Islam religion. However, all there was found were some Arabesque, which was mainly some sort of abstract paintings depicting some sort of geometrical configurations.

Later, at the start of the 20th century, African art inspired many of the famous painters like Picasso, Matisse, Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin and Modigliani. These artists found a sort of perfection and sophistication in the African art form which, according to them expresses the sheer power of the form.

Fernando Amorsolo List of his masterpieces are 1920 My Wife, Salud 1921 Maiden in a Stream, GSIS Collection 1922 Rice Planting 1928 El Ciego, Central Bank of the Philippines Collection 1931 - The Conversion of the Filipinos 1936 DalagangBukid, Club Filipino Collection 1939 - Afternoon Meal of the Workers (also known as Noonday Meal of the Rice Workers) 1942 - The Rape of Manila 1942 - The Bombing of the Intendencia 1943 The Mestiza, National Museum of the Philippines Collection 1944 - The Explosion 1945 - Defense of a Filipina Womans Honor, oil on canvas (60.5 in x 36 in) 1945 - The Burning of Manila 1946 Planting Rice, United Coconut Planters Bank Collection 1950 - Our Lady of Light 1958 Sunday Morning Going To Town, Ayala Museum Collection The First Baptism in the Philippines - Cebu High School Princess Urduja Sale of Panay Early Sulu Wedding Early Filipino State Wedding Traders Sikatuna The First Mass in the Philippines The Building of Intramuros Burning of the Idol Assassination of Governor Bustamante Making of the Philippine Flag La destruccion de Manila por los salvajesjaponeses (The Destruction of Manila by the Savage Japanese) Bataan Corner of Hell One Casualty El Violinista (The Violinist)

Vicente Silva Manansala His masterpieces are Madonna of the Slums, Jeepneys, Kalabaw (Carabao), oil on canvas, 28.5 inches x 38 inches, 1965

Carlos V. Francisco His great works include Blood Compact, First Mass at Limasawa, The Martyrdom of Rizal, Bayanihan, Magpupukot, Fiesta, BayanihansaBukid, Sandugo, Portrait of Purita, The Invasion of Limahong, Serenade, and Muslim Betrothal

Juan Novicio Luna

His most famous piece, The Spoliarium, for which he won top prize at the 1884 Madrid Exposition, is currently in the National Museum in Manila. Hernando R. Ocampo His major works in the visual arts include Ina ngBalon, Calvary, Slum Dwellers, Nude with Candle and Flower, Man and Carabao, Angel's Kiss, Palayok at Kalan, Ancestors, Isda at Mangga, The Resurrection, Fifty-three "Q, Back drop, Fiesta,Mother and Child, Easter Sunday, and his most acknowledged work Genesis, which served as the basis of curtain design in the Cultural Center of the Philippines Main Theater. His works were exhibited in Washington, New York, London, and Tokyo. Cesar Legaspi His works include Man and Woman (alternatively known as Beggars), Gadgets and Procession. Critics further described that Legaspi "reconstituted" in his paintings "cubism's unfeeling, geometric ordering of figures into a social expressionism rendered by interacting forms filled with rhythmic movemen

Famous Filipino Painters

Here is the list of the Famous Filipino Painters: Pacita Abad, Martino Abellana, Federico Aguilar Alcuaz, Alfredo Alcala, Fernando Amorsolo, Pablo Amorsolo, Isidro Ancheta, Luis Eduardo Aute, Elito V. Circa, Fabian de la Rosa, Victorio C. Edades, Jose Fadul, Carlos V. Francisco, Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo, PacoGorospe, Jun Impas, Jose T. Joya, AngKiukok, Cesar Legaspi, Juan Luna, Arturo R. Luz, Vicente Manansala, JaoMapa, ManingningMiclat, Hernando R. Ocampo, OnibOlmedo, Alfonso A. Ossorio, Mario Parial, Jose Rizal, Danny Sillada, Romeo VillalvaTabuena, Fernando Zobel. Those Famous Filipino Painters have excellent work of arts that really made them famous. Their famous works will be researched and will be posted here for your reading and viewing.

Find out more about various styles and types of painting, including decorative painting, stenciling, fabric painting, face painting and more. Don't worry if you've never picked up a paintbrush before or feel you're not artistic, you're in the right place to start learning and discover just how creative you can be. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Fine Art or Easel Painting Traditional Printmaking Techniques Expressive or Painterly Style Art Journaling Fabric & Silk Painting Painting Cards Decorative Painting Stenciling Face & Body Painting Glass & Ceramic Painting

Fine Art or Easel Painting

The painting techniques of artists using oils, acrylics, and watercolors on canvas or paper get differentiated from other styles of painting as "Fine Art Painting" or "Easel Painting". But fundamentally it's what you're painting on and the type of paint you're using that differs. There's a lot of cross-over with other styles and what you learn to do in one style of painting can be used in another. Art Styles: From Realistic to Abstract 15 Questions Beginners Often Ask Pros and Cons of Different Types of "Fine Art" Paint 7 Ways to Create a Painting How to Read the Information on the Label on a Tube of Paint Step-by-Step Painting Demos and Tutorials Sponsored Links Frank Bowling RAart works for sale at ROLLO Contemporary Crosscomar, S.L.Ship Repair & Marine Services Gibraltar Straight / Algeciras Get your prints todaySupport an emerging photographer Get your prints today !

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Traditional Printmaking Techniques

Printmaking in fine art is centuries old, though not all printmaking techniques are that old. A print is an original artwork, not a reproduction of an existing painting. Start your journey to explore the fun that can be had with traditional printmaking techniques here. What is Fine Art Printmaking? How to Sign an Art Print What's a Linocut How to Make a Monoprint in 7 Steps How to Make a Monotype Print (Very Detailed Instructions) Photo Gallery: Lucian Freud, The Painter's Etchings

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Expressive or Painterly Style

In an expressive or painterly style you're not trying to create painting with a smooth, glossy finish like a photograph, but something that celebrates the materials used to create it: paint and brush. What is an Expressive or Painterly Style? How to Make Expressive Brushmarks

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Art Worksheet: Apple Painted with Expressive Brush Strokes Expressive Figure Painting Step by Step: "Blues" How to Paint Like the Expressionists Did Photo Gallery: Vincent van Gogh and Expressionism

Art Journaling
Express your thoughts, dreams, and desires in both pictures and words by creating an art journal. What is an Art Journal What You Need to Start Creating an Art Journal How Art Journaling Differs From Scrapbooking Printable Art Journal Pages Best Painting Sketchbooks

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Fabric & Silk Painting

Transform a piece of plain fabric into an item of beauty, whether it's a wall hanging, floor cloth, throw for a sofa, t-shirt, or a table cloth. 10 Tips for Getting Started with Fabric Paints Fabric Painting Supplies: What You Need to Start How to Fabric Stamp Fabric Painting with Fabric Markers Fabric Painting with Inktense Pencils Turn Your Acrylics Into Fabric Paint Use Fabric Paint to Change the Color of a Fabric Print Is There a Medium for Acrylic Paints that Makes it Suitable for Silk Painting? Best Fabric Painting Books

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Painting Cards

In the consumer age we live in, a handmade card is something very special and personal. There are various approaches or techniques for painting cards, some of which don't take much time at all. Ways to Paint Your Own Christmas Cards Easy Technique for Painting Cards: Wax Resist and Watercolor Painting Cards Demo: Pear Diamonds (& Printable Template) Makes Cards with Monotype Prints How to Make Your Own Paper for Your Cards

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Decorative Painting

Start your journey on the exciting path of decorative painting with this collection of helpful tips, essential techniques, and stepby-step demonstrations. Decorative Painting Photo Album How to Load a Flat Brush with a Single Color How to Load a Flat Brush with Two Colors How to Paint Basic Highlights and Shadows How to Prepare Slippery Surfaces for Decorative Painting How To Price Your Decorative Painting Work How to Paint a Wall Mural How To Start Saw Blade Painting How to Paint a Woodgrain Effect All About Painting Gourds

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Learn how to stencil, cut your own stencils, and more. How to Cut a Stencil How (and Why) to Use a Stencil Brush 10 Tips for Stenciling Free Printable Stencils How to Use Floor Stencils American Colonial / Heritage Paint Colors for Stencilling

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Face & Body Painting

Whether you're painting children's faces at a party or someone's whole body, here you'll find information on the techniques involved, materials used, and step-by-step instructions. 10 Tips for Face Painting Top 10 Safety Tips for Face Painting Face Painting Designs: Basic Clown Face Face Painting Designs: Basic Butterfly Face Painting Designs: Basic Ghost Printable Practice Faces for Face Painting

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Photo Gallery of Face Painting Designs Photo Gallery of Halloween Face Painting Designs Video: Skull Face Painting Design Video: Tiger Face Painting Design Face Painting Stencils

Glass & Ceramic Painting

Find out more about painting on glass and ceramics, including how to prepare the surface so the paint won't peel off later The most famous painters of the Italian Renaissance were: Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael.

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