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paint (something) with a broad brush

To describe or characterize something in very general, vague, or broad terms, ignoring or neglecting to include specific details. When asked about how she would stabilize the economy, the candidate painted her plan with a broad brush, resorting to vague claims about creating jobs and getting people back to work.
See also: broad, brush, paint

paint the lily

To add embellishment to something that is already beautiful or outstanding. The phrase comes from Shakespeare's King John: "To gild refined gold, to paint the lily ... is wasteful and ridiculous excess." My wife is so gorgeous that putting her in a fancy gown would just be painting the lily. Why add a filter to your photo of the rainbow? No need to paint the lily.
See also: lily, paint

be like painting the Forth Bridge

To be such an involved or time-consuming improvement process that it never truly ends. The phrase refers to Edinburgh's Forth Bridge, which once required constant upkeep. Primarily heard in UK. Remodeling our house was like painting the Forth Bridge—once we saw how nice one room looked, we had to redo another!
See also: bridge, forth, like, painting

be no oil painting

To be physically unattractive. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Jack's a nice guy, he's just no oil painting, you know?
See also: oil, painting

be no oil painting

  (British & Australian humorous)
if someone is no oil painting, they are not attractive She has an interesting face but she's no oil painting.
See also: oil, painting

be like painting the Forth Bridge

  (British)
if repairing or improving something is like painting the Forth Bridge, it takes such a long time that by the time you have finished doing it, you have to start again
Usage notes: The Forth Bridge is a very large bridge in Edinburgh.
Home improvements are a bit like painting the Forth Bridge. By the time you've finished the kitchen, the bathroom needs decorating and so it goes on.
See also: bridge, forth, like, painting
References in classic literature ?
But, however that might be, these young girls, sitting or standing, in the midst of their color-boxes, playing with their brushes or preparing them, handling their dazzling palettes, painting, laughing, talking, singing, absolutely natural, and exhibiting their real selves, composed a spectacle unknown to man.
Her taste for painting took the place of the passions and interests which usually absorb her sex.
Good-morning, my little Laure," she added, in a soft, caressing voice, approaching the young girl who was painting apart from the rest.
Moreover, it is necessary to instruct children in what is useful, not only on account of its being useful in itself, as, for instance, to learn to read, but also as the means of acquiring other different sorts of instruction: thus they should be instructed in painting, not only to prevent their being mistaken in purchasing pictures, or in buying or selling of vases, but rather as it makes [1338b] them judges of the beauties of the human form; for to be always hunting after the profitable ill agrees with great and freeborn souls.
It was only another delusion--a painting by some ingenious artist with little charity in his heart for tired folk.
Here in Milan, in an ancient tumble-down ruin of a church, is the mournful wreck of the most celebrated painting in the world--"The Last Supper," by Leonardo da Vinci.
Your painting and Plastik are poor stuff after all.
After all, the true seeing is within; and painting stares at you with an insistent imperfection.
When master was painting of it," she said, "in the studio, he used to come running in here to say to her such like as, 'What colour would you make his eyes?
Leaning against the wall were several sketches in various stages of progression, and a few finished paintings - mostly of landscapes and figures.
The office of painting and sculpture seems to be merely initial.
I too see that painting and sculpture are gymnastics of the eye, its training to the niceties and curiosities of its function.
He had a ready appreciation of art, and probably, with a taste for imitating art, he supposed himself to have the real thing essential for an artist, and after hesitating for some time which style of painting to select--religious, historical, realistic, or genre painting--he set to work to paint.
At three on the Wednesday afternoon, that bit of the painting was completed.
There is a smear on the painting of your door, here.