Archive for January, 2009

The Life of Pablo Picasso

Posted in Life of a Painter with tags , , , on January 25, 2009 by CreditSmartPro.com

Art is a lie that helps us to realize the truth.

This was a famous quotation said by an also famous painter of the 19th century. He is no other than Pablo Picasso.


Pablo Picasso was the son of Jose Ruiz Blasco and Maria Picasso in the city of Malaga in Spain. His father, a painter and a teacher in the Da Guarda art school situated in La Coruna, taught him how to paint at the age of ten. Pablo was later accepted in the La Lonja Academy after having shown talent, which was a year after his father started working there.

It was Toulouse Lautrec’s artwork that drove him to go to France. It was Lautrec’s works plus the ever presence of street ladies that inspired him to paint his first famous work, the Les Demoiselles d’Avigno. He later on pursued painting the poor, the unfortunate and the street children.

He was known to be a womanizer, proclaiming that he “has no friends, only lovers”. This painter has very violent temper. Pablo is an eccentric deemed to be misunderstood.

He began the Cubist movement with his fellow painters. The Cubist approach in painting is depicting a single image from various angles or points of view. Hence, he was able to produce La Guernica, one of his famous paintings. La Guernica is a response to the terror and fear that war brings. This is the painting that contains hidden images. These images include the Minotaur which is a mythological creature, and a Devil’s head.

Pablo Picasso also made metal structures, still employing the concept of Cubism. He created set designs for Igor Stravinsky and Jean Cocteau. He made costumes Eric Satie’s premier performances. He was also a playwright himself.

Picasso died on the 8th of April of the year 1973, at an old age of 92.

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The Life of Leonardo Da Vinci

Posted in Life of a Painter with tags , , , , , , on January 25, 2009 by CreditSmartPro.com

One of the most famous painters of all time is Leonardo Da Vinci. There is hardly any person on the world who has not at least heard of the name. He was the painter famous for his work, the Mona Lisa. But aside from the controversial smile of Mona Lisa, what else do we know about him? Who really is Leonardo Da Vinci?


He was born on the 15th of April, in the year 1452. He was an illegitimate son of a notary. His father was the one who taught him how to paint. The materials he used and the scholarly documents he read were provided by his father’s family. He later went to Florence to be an apprentice, and there he met other Renaissance artists. As time passes by, his skills are being observed as far greater than those who taught him. His teacher, Verroccio, noticed the excellent talent of Da Vinci when the young man painted some angels for Verroccio’s piece, the “Baptism of Christ”.

Leonardo worked for Duke Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan. There he painted and designed some architecture, for he did not only excel in abstract art painting, but also in science. There is a fairly large amount of science in his writings. He actually had the gift of foresight, being able to design machines that can fly and even a submarine.

Before the end of his service for the Duke, Leonardo was able to paint The Last Supper. He traveled throughout Italy, working for several patrons. He eventually came back to Florence. There, he was able to paint his most famous work—the Mona Lisa.

Pope Leo X employed Leonardo Da Vinci to make paintings for the Roman Catholic Church. He was allowed to pursue his studies of science ND human anatomy, although he wasn’t successful on this aspect.

Leonardo later worked for King Francis. He was named as “the first painter, engineer and architect of the king” after successfully making walking mechanical lion.

Leonardo Da Vinci died on May 2, 1519 at the age of 67.

Do you want to see the modern Leonardo D’ Vinci? Check out Jason York’s abstract art paintings.

Face Painting

Posted in Painting Tips with tags , , , , , , on January 25, 2009 by CreditSmartPro.com

During festivals and celebrations, you may notice that there are a lot of people who paint their faces. Most have colorful designs, making them look like something else, from animals to cartoon characters. There are also those who put little amount of paint in their faces, adding a little glow like make-up. Little flowers and stars are decorated mostly on the faces of kids during school festivals.


If you are interested in face painting, here are some safety tips:

· Use only face paints. There are a lot of different paints available in the market, and yet not all of them can be used for the skin. The face has an extremely sensitive skin that reacts to toxic material. Face paints are non-toxic and are washable.

· Adding glitters. Make sure that the glitters you use are made of polyester. Make sure you buy glitter that is classified as “cosmetic size”.

· Do not use alcohol for cleaning your materials such as brush and sponge. Trace amounts of alcohol left in these materials are actually venues for bacteria to grow.

· Do not paint over irritated or open skin, this includes acne. The face paint you use may have some ingredients that would worsen the skin problem.

· Wash your hands. This promotes both health and cleanliness.

· Painting someone’s face will not be over in a few minutes, so make sure you and the person whose face you are painting are seated comfortably.

· Make sure your materials are handy. It is better if your materials are placed in a table beside you to reduce the need to stand and get the paint or item that you need. Furthermore, placing them neatly in a table lessens accidents.

Before starting the process of art painting, be certain that all your materials and design or pattern are ready.

If you wish to learn new tips on painting, read more on painting for beginners.

Painting for Beginners

Posted in Painting Tips with tags , , , , , on January 25, 2009 by CreditSmartPro.com

A lot of people believe that it takes an innate talent to be able to paint—that is not true. If you really want to paint, passion and zest are the necessary ingredients. And of course, a little research here and there won’t hurt.

If you are really into it, then the next thing you need to consider is which medium you would like to use. You can choose between acrylic painting, oil painting, watercolor painting or acrylics. Even if you are just a beginner, it pays to choose materials with the highest quality. Of course you don’t want your painting to be viewed at something cheap, not because it was not created by a professional, but because the poor quality of paints have adversely affected your painting.

Apart from preparing your materials, you must also prepare yourself. Study about ways to mix colors. Not all colors blend well, especially for different materials. Also, you have to learn how much part of each color needs to be added to be able to produce the right shade and texture of color you desire. You can search for color-mixing strategies on the internet.

Another important aspect in painting is finding a subject for your painting. You don’t just mix colors and then splash them on the canvass. You must have a theme. Also, you should decide on the size of the painting and also the technique which you are going to employ.

Inspiration is not easy to come by, especially if you haven’t decided on your subject yet. There are many artists who experience the “artist’s block”, whether he is an expert or a beginner. For this problem, various books, journals and even visuals that can give you a spur of inspiration.


As it is, learning about how to paint is still important to make sure that you create a painting, still life painting, landscape painting or abstract painting that you can be proud of.

Flower Vase

Posted in Still Life Art with tags , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2009 by CreditSmartPro.com

“Flower Vase and Fruit Bowl” by Michael Leen

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This is the large abstract art painting “Flower Vase and Fruit Bowl” by Michael Leen. The abstract painting was created with oils and mixed media on stretched canvas and ships framed and ready to hang.

This painting is an ORIGINAL art painting by Michael Leen and not a print of any kind. The artwork comes with a NFAR certificate of authenticity upon request.

Dimensions: 36″ x 24″ x 1 3/8″
Support: Stretched on wood stretcher bars
Material: Oil on Canvas
Framing: Choice of black or blonde wood frame
Stock ID: 678

Gold Sunflower

Posted in Floral Art with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2009 by CreditSmartPro.com

“Gold Sunflowers” by W. Fontaine

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This is the large abstract art painting “Gold Sunflowers” by W. Fontaine. The abstract painting was created with oils and mixed media on stretched canvas and ships framed and ready to hang.

This painting is an ORIGINAL art painting by W. Fontaine and not a print of any kind. The artwork comes with a NFAR certificate of authenticity upon request.

Dimensions: 36″ x 24″ x 1 3/8″
Support: Stretched on wood stretcher bars
Material: Oil on Canvas
Framing: Choice of black or blonde wood frame
Stock ID: 932

Signage Painting

Posted in Text Art with tags , , , on January 19, 2009 by CreditSmartPro.com

“Signage” by Jason York

This is the large abstract art painting “Signage” by Jason York. The abstract painting was created with oils and mixed media on stretched canvas and ships framed and ready to hang.

This painting is an ORIGINAL art painting by Jason York and not a print of any kind. The artwork comes with a NFAR certificate of authenticity upon request.

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Dimensions: 36″ x 24″ x 1 3/8″
Support: Stretched on wood stretcher bars
Material: Oil on Canvas
Framing: Choice of black or blonde wood frame
Stock ID: 583