Painting is the practice of applying paint, pigment, color or other medium to a solid surface . The medium is commonly applied to the base with a Brush, but other implements, such as knives,Sponges, and AirBrushes, can be used.

Painting is a mode of creative expression, and the forms are numerous. Drawing, gesture as in gestural painting composition, narration as in narrative art or abstraction as in abstract art, among other aesthetic modes, may serve to manifest the expressive and conceptual intention of the practitioner. Paintings can be naturalistic and representational as in a still life or landscape painting, photographic, abstract, narrative, symbolistic emotive or political in nature as in Artivism.