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August 30, 2006, 07:15
wordcrafter
Words of Art
Painting, anyone? This week we present words from the world of art.

putto (plural putti) – a representation of a naked child, especially a cherub or a cupid
August 31, 2006, 07:39
wordcrafter
abbozzo – a rough, preliminary sketch (not necessarily pictorial; could be a sketch of an opera)

An interesting thought in today's quotation.
September 01, 2006, 12:22
wordcrafter
Lest you think all art words are Italian, here's one from the Dutch for "paint stick".

maulstick; mahlstick – a light stick on which a painter supports and steadies his brush hand, for detail work, without resting the hand on wet paint

See here. One end of the stick is placed on a dried part of the painting. It is typically leather-covered so as not to scratch the paint.
September 02, 2006, 09:20
wordcrafter
chiaroscuro – the interplay of light and shade in drawing and painting; a work stressing that interplay
[Italian chiaro ‘clear, bright’ + oscuro ‘dark, obscure’]

Our second quote is a stunning example of using the term figuratively, for another complex combinations of contrasting elements.
September 03, 2006, 10:41
wordcrafter
Here's a word that's too new to be in most dictionaries but has over 5 million google hits.

glicée – a high-quality copy of a painting, etc., made by digital scanning and ink-jet printing onto canvas or archival paper [French glicer to spray or squirt]The glicée process yields high color accuracy and is often less costly than lithography, serigraphy or serilith.

lithography – printing with a plate whose areas are chemically treated to retain or repel ink
serigraphy – silk-screening: ink forced through silk mesh, parts of which have been impermeably coated
September 04, 2006, 08:22
wordcrafter
Two words today.

stipple – to paint, etc. in dots or short strokes (or otherwise produce that flecked or speckled effect: a field stippled with purple weeds – Flannery O'Connor) [noun: the technique, or the effect produced]contrapposto – the position with hips and legs turned somewhat in a different direction from the shoulders and head; typically most of the weight is on one foot
September 05, 2006, 10:53
Caterwauller
quote:
glicée – a high-quality copy of a painting, etc., made by digital scanning and ink-jet printing onto canvas or archival paper [French glicer to spray or squirt]


I am in the process of purchasing some giclees from a woman who grew up near my library and is now a children's book illustrator. Very cool. Wish we'd had this word a few months ago so I wouldn't have had to say "what is a giclee?"


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