Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Creative Monday Challenge #42 - Painterly Style

In the world of painting you often hear the term 'painterly' being thrown around - what exactly does that mean? Here are a few definitions that I found.

paint·er·ly adj.
1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a painter; artistic.
2. Having qualities unique to the art of painting.

An oil painting is "painterly" when there are visible "brush strokes", the result of applying paint in a less than completely controlled manner, generally without closely following carefully drawn lines. Works characterized as "painterly" can be produced with any painting media, oils, acrylics, watercolors, gouache, etc.
 
Painterly refers to achieving an organic, loose, hand-crafted quality of mark-making as opposed to glossy photographic high realism where no marks are evident and the work takes on an almost mechanically made quality.
 
The Creative Challenge this week is to create a piece of art in a 'painterly' manner using whatever medium, that you choose.