Texture is used to describe the surface quality of an object.  It refers to how things feel, or look as if they might feel if you were able to touch it.

Texture isn't always physical, could be suggested.   You couldn't always feel a texture, but you could always sense it with your eyes.

Look at the piece of silk and the bricks below.  The screen on your monitor is flat and smooth, and if you reach over and touch the picture of the piece of silk and the bricks, it feels smooth.   However,  it doesn't mean the brick has no texture, because you could still feel it's texture with your eyes. Does looking at the piece of silk and the bricks give you the same sensations?

Silk Bricks

Some artists paint carefully to give their paintings a smooth appeal, while others use a lot of paint to produce a rough texture.

An example of such artist is Vincent Van Gogh.  Compare his Starry Night (left) with Monet's Lilly Pond (right).   Which painting has more texture?


E l e m e n t s
Color | Value | Line | Texture | Shape | Form | Space

P r i n c i p a l s
Balance | Emphasis | Harmony | Variety | Gradation
Movement | Rhythm | Proportion

T e r m s
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