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Glossary of Art Terms
 
Welcome to USBlackart.Com Glossary of common Art Terms. Here we hope to give you a brief definition of various art terms which might be unfamiliar to you. If you have any questions, comments, or ideas please e-mail us.
 
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Lake:- A dye that has been chemically or electrically attached to a particle and does not bleed or migrate. Return to top
 
Landscape: A painting in which the subject matter is natural scenery. Return to top
 
Landscape Art: -Any artwork in which the category of aesthetic subject matter is natural scenery. Return to top
 
Large Posters:- Large prints and large posters meaning art prints oversize in dimensions. Generally, larger than 24 inches by 36 inches. Return to top
 
Latex:-Dispersion in water of a solid polymeric material. Return to top
 
Leaching:- The process of drawing out excess liquid through a porous substance. Return to top
 
Lean:-Used as an adjective to describe paint thinned with a spirit, which therefore has a low oil content. Return to top
 
Levigating:-A method, of water-washing pulverized pigments, to clear the particles of dissolved salts or organic matter. Return to top
 
Lightfast: A pigments resistance to fading on long exposure to sunlight. Watercolors are rated lightfast on a scale of I-IV. I and II ratings are the most permanent. Resisting fading, and other changes, due to the effects of light. Return to top
 
Line Art: - Line art is any image that consists of distinct straight and curved lines placed against a (usually plain) background, without gradations in shade (darkness) or hue (color) to represent two-dimensional or three-dimensional objects. Line art can use lines of different colors, although line art is usually monochromatic. Return to top
 
Lithograph Art: -Any artwork that is produced by, the art or process of producing a picture, writing, or the like, on a flat, specially prepared stone, with some greasy or oily substance, and of taking ink impressions from this as in ordinary printing. Return to top
 
Local Color: The actual color of an object being painted, unmodified by light or shadow. Return to top
 
life drawing - Drawing the human figure from live model. Return to top
 

Limited Edition. The number of prints made from an original has been restricted to a certain number. This number would appear on each printed piece as such; 50/500; number fifty out of five hundred prints. Return to top
 
Light Perception:- Discrimination between light and dark, between brighter and darker light. Return to top
 
Limners: - May refer to any painter, but more often to itinerant American painters of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, who made literal and naive portraits. They were largely self-taught. Return to top
 
Linear :- A painting technique in which importance is placed on contours or outlines. Return to top
 
Linear Perspective: - A system of drawing or painting in which the artist attempts to create the illusion of depth on a flat surface. The lines of buildings and other objects in a picture are slanted inward making them appear to extend back into space. If allowed to continue, these lines will meet, at a point along an imaginary horizontal line at the eye level. Each such imaginary line is called an orthogonal. The point at which such lines meet is called a vanishing point. Examples of pictures employing linear perspective Return to top
 
Lithograph :- This term describes general offset printing. This process is used by most print publishers today. The original painting is photographed and the image is burned into four plates for a full color printing process. The ink comes from a roller on a printing press. High quality lithographs use a very fine dot screen on acid free paper with fade resistant inks. Return to top
 
Linseed oil - A drying oil used in paints, usually boiled to make it faster drying. Return to top
 
Literal Qualities - The realistic presentation of subject matter in a work of art; avoiding distortions, exaggerations, or embellishments. Return to top
 
loaded - In painting, a loaded brush is one that is charged or filled with paint to its capacity. Return to top
 
Local Color:-The actual color of an object or surface, unaffected by shadow coloring, light quality or other factors Return to top
 

Loom State:-Canvas that has not been primed, sized or otherwise prepared beforehand for painting Return to top
 
Luminosity - A quality seen in some paintings of a glow coming from within, the illusion that there is actually a light coming out of the picture. Glossy colors are more likely to provide this luminous effect than matte colors. Return to top
 

Lunette - A semicircular painting set separately within a work's frame. Return to top
 
Latex:-A dispersion in water of a solid polymeric material. Return to top