Using brushstrokes to create specific effects is an important part of creating a memorable work. Many of the great masters used their brushstrokes to define their unforgettable styles. In this 30-minute film, painter John Virtue paints an enormous landscape on a canvas laid flat outdoors. The painter discusses the use of brushstrokes in the impressionist style and the way those brushstrokes can create his artistic expression. The brushstrokes demonstrate the way that impressionist images differ from realistic ones. The latest mediums, and the way that paints are now created, have given artists more ways than ever to create interesting effects from their brushstrokes. Several artists from throughout history are discussed in the context of their self-expression through brushstrokes. They include Van Gogh, Titian, Pollack and Constable.