Painting terms in action
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Art Terms in Action: Stain
Male: A stain is made when you take a paint and you thin it out with a lot of solvent. In the case of oil painting, a lot of turpentine. The paint becomes very, very watery. It becomes very dilute. The color is reduced, and also because it's so watery that stain can actually penetrate into the canvas itself. In the work of Rothko we know that he layered stain over, stain, over stain. We're quite literally seeing through these very, very thin washes, if you will, of paint.