The term “painting” can be a verb or a noun. A painting is a visual representation involving the application of pigments to a surface. Paintings can be done in oil on canvas and seen in museums or be grade school art projects of tempera paint on construction paper. To paint is the act of applying paint (pigment/color) to a surface. Painting does not necessarily have to have an intrinsically artistic connotation; houses, cars, and other objects can be painted. The term “painting” does not have to be taken literally, it can mean to describe, ie. using the phrase “painting an ugly picture” to mean “describe an unpleasant situation”.
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