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Painting is a way to depict feelings, emotions, realities. They are like a mirror to every aspect of life. They reflect the reality of society and of every individual. It is said, life exists in every form, painting is something which gives life to a piece of paper. 

"Painter's live their life by giving lives".

History of painting:- The history of painting is dated back to around 40,000 years. The oldest paintings were found in both the Franco-Cantabrian region in Western Europe and in the caves in the district of Maros (Sulawesi, Indonesia). Recently in 2021, cave art of a pig was found on an Indonesian Island and it is dated to over 45,000 years as per a report. Cave paintings are found all over the world. In countries such as Indonesia, France, India, China, Australia, Italy, Mexico, etc cave paintings are found in numerous. Whereas in western cultures, the use of oil paints and watercolor painting have rich and complex traditions in style. In East ink and color ink predominated the choice of media historically. 

Medium of Paintings

Oil painting:

Oil paintings traditionally were dominated by Early Netherlandish paintings in Northern Europe. It is a process of painting with pigments that are bound with a medium of drying oil, such as linseed oil, as defined by Wikipedia. 

As the surface of a pastel painting is fragile and easily smudged, the color effect of pastels is closer to the natural dry pigments than that of any other process.

Water Color:
It is a painting method in which the paints are made up of pigments suspended in a Water-soluble vehicle, as per Wikipedia. Watercolor paintings are dominating in East Asia, where watercolor paintings with inks are referred to as brush painting.

Ink paintings, Hot wax or Encaustic, Fresco, Gouache, Enamel, Spray paint, Tempera are even mediums of painting each defining beautiful work with the blending of colors. 

Types of Paintings


It is a figurative mode of representation. It communicates its message by means of symbolic figures, actions, etc. 

Illustration painting: They are the painting mostly used in books, magazines, and theatre or movie posters and comic books. In Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, and the United States these types of paintings are becoming valued as popular and profitable art works. 

Portrait paintings: They are representations of the person in which the face and its expressions are predominant. Leonardo da Vinci's painting titled Mona Lisa is the epitome of portrait painting. In this painting, facial expressions are realistic which makes the whole painting lively. Still, Life Painting, Landscape painting, and Veduta are even included in types of painting.

Painting by: Mehvish Sayyed  

The painting which you are seeing is a Landscape painting done by me. In the painting, the seen of Setting Sun is depicted. One can see how the radiance of the sun is spread over water and how beautifully the water reflects the radiance and is thus camouflaged with the radiance and turns itself into the Sundown color. 'She asked me, how long can you Love me? I said, as long as Swan loves it's a partner... She smiled because', "Swans Mate for Life..." By Prashu. This quote definitely goes along the painting, where you can see a pair of swans and one can easily feel their love. 

My personal story behind this landscape painting is, that I believe "Sunsets are proof that endings can often be beautiful too..." By Beau Taplin. Just like setting suns' beauty sometimes even, we set down ourselves, yet again we rise and shine. We should never give up on the things we try to achieve. My painting goes along with this quote so well. "The strange thing about the sunset is that we actually don't want the sun to set, we want it to stay right on the horizon, not below it, not above it, just right on it..."By Mehmet Murat Ildan. As you can see the sun is not completely setting rather it is on the horizon waiting for the perfect timing to set and is spreading happiness to the world by its descends.

I hope you readers enjoyed and liked my article. I'm grateful to you.

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