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Art of Paper Collage Painting

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on April 27, 2009 by CreditSmartPro.com

Creating a collage with paper only needs some basic tools. Just add a sense of balance and style and you create one beautiful artwork. The initial step that you should learn is how to collect and create the paper collage. Read further as you will find out how to create a collage with the use of paint and paper as basic medium.

What are the tools necessary for paper collage? Well, they’re quite simple. All you need are scissors, a ruler and a craft knife. In addition, you also need some wood glue or probably other paper glue. Most importantly, you have to have a big piece of board or Masonite, measuring about half a meter square where you can work. It’s better to work on a board rather than a table since if you work on the latter, it can be quite a messy activity. So that you can start integrating paint into the collage, you must also have a few basic tubes of acrylic paint. Having the primary colors such as red, yellow and blue is will sufficient. Include in your tools a bowl of clean water plus a few house brushes. Lastly, you should have a small sponge and some clean rags beside you.

The next thing that you should is the particular materials to be used. Apparently, you are going to make use of a paper. But now, simplicity is transformed into complexity. There are a massive range of possible papers which you can include into your collage. Also, there are a lot of types, textures and colors. The first thing that should concern you is to select the paper for your work of art.

One good thing to do is to put your found and created papers in separate folders or boxes. Categorize them properly so that you can easily choose what you are looking for. Surely, if you have loads of appealing papers, it will become very much frustrating when you are searching for a certain paper to be used for your artwork.

When working with collage, Papers are your palette. They would refer to the primary colors and textures to be used in forming the finished artwork. Gather your papers together and later assign them to the separate different folders. For instance, one folder would contain different colored papers with different texture and density. On the other hand, it is possible for you to make use of a different classification system with folders for different textures and grains. The decision is solely yours on how to divide and categorize your paper collection. Just remember that that this system should suit your particular style so that you can easily search of find the particular papers you are looking for.

Spending some time searching for different papers is worth doing also. You can start searching in the art store where you can find a lot of different types of paper, as well as pastel papers, silk paper and course paper. The papers you collect should extend to the common and ordinary like the magazines, newspapers, including sweet papers. Just always bear in mind to keep an eye to form and texture. More importantly, look into the textures that can be worked on and is capable of being transformed into something else. Now, you just started collecting the papers that will form the groundwork of your future collage work.

You don’t have to go through a passive process in collecting collage paper. You can resort to a lot of ways where you can easily and actively manipulate and work on ordinary images from magazines and newspapers. Get few of your ordinary newspaper and magazines and then place them in a plastic tub. Thereafter, fill the tub with water in order to saturate the papers. Later, take this tub and put place it outside in a spot where it is sunny for about a week. You will find that the water has evaporated and that the dry papers remain when you return to the tub. It is also possible that the papers have mixed, thus, producing some strange results. Like for instance, the ink for the newspapers will have mixed thus creating some strange and interesting textures. One more strategy in preparing paper is you can add oil paint to the mix. Also, you can create paper in a more linear and of course, a controlled way. This simply means that you can take a paper image and paint over it directly. Another important thing to do is to go over the works of other artists where they have used paper collage as a medium. You might find the work of Kurt Schwitters interesting as he used ordinary papers very effectively.

The next and final things to get concerned of are the collage and paint it. More often than not, it is best to start spontaneously when starting a collage. Nevertheless, the blank page and the large variety of papers may cause a feeling of panic to a lot of starters. Read further to know one of the ways to start a collage.

First, apply a wash to the surface that you have selected like a stretched watercolor paper or board. There is no need for a rigid support when working with paper collage although working on hardboard or some other rigid support can be beneficial if you what you desire heavier collage objects.

Next, apply your wash of acrylic color to the support; you can make use of any color although it would be better if you spend some time selecting the right color for your painting. This is so because choosing the right color will aid you in integrating the different aspects and textures into your collage.

Finally, let us start with the collage itself. Begin by selecting some papers at random from your collection. Pick about two or three papers and paste them onto artwork’s surface. Bear in mind that acrylic is a natural adhesive, thus, you can insert the paper into the wet acrylic paint. Before you entirely begin, take a step back from the collage and then spend some time viewing and discovering the relationships that have been caused by the collage pieces. Although they may seem as none other than dissimilar shapes placed on the surface at first, you may see some abstract art as well as realistic relationships to work on. In case you are able to search for a formal relationship between the papers, then start by emphasizing these relationships by making use of paint and adding other papers to strengthen this relationship. There are no formal rules as this is a very spontaneous process.

In case you failed to find any relationships between the collage pieces, there are still a lot of things that you can do. At the outset, you can resort to a natural object or image and make use of them as a reference point where you can base your collage. Like for instance, you can make use of a flower or tree, or any other image. The idea behind the use of such kind of images is that you can make use of their shape and form to create a pattern, a “map” as it were, in the creation of your collage and the placement of collage papers.

One more way that can you can use if you are caught for inspiration, is to wash over the collage, and papers, using another layer of the same or different color. After which, you can apply the collage paper to the resulting semi-transparent wash. Just remember to be alert as this is the secret to this method. You will able to view a new relationship in a few moments. You can strengthen the relationship by adding some paint and paper. Although this process can get you frustrated at times, you will soon the get the feeling that is ultimately rewarding and creative if you persevere. Once more, it is still best to refer to the recognized masters of collage art. Visit abstract art gallery to be able to view the contemporary paintings of renowned painters.

Abstract Oil Paintings – Easy to Start, Easy to Do!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on April 27, 2009 by CreditSmartPro.com

For an up-and-coming artist, Abstract art painting is an effortless entry to the world of oil paintings. The beginning artist need not immediately paint anything complicated in abstract art. Actually, what artists do is to make use of several geometric shapes and properly mix them together with few colors thrown into it. Just by doing this, they are already on the path of creating their great masterpiece. In abstract art, what is being used is a subjective type of art style which implies that by reason of the simple fact that even if an art viewer cannot determine what the artist’s exactly message really is or what he is trying to convey through his paintings, the said viewer is still able to formulate his/her own views or thoughts and feelings as regards a particular work of art. This shows the real beauty behind abstract oil paintings.

As repeatedly discussed in several articles, Abstract art painting had begun years ago and among the prominent painters are Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin and some other master artists. Intricate geometrical shapes and affluent, vibrant colors are where abstract artists rely. They use them in order to convey their ideas on canvas. Modern Artists are now following a particular style where their paintings have no resemblance on any physical model or particular subject matter. Nonetheless, exceptions also exist just like the creations of Vincent Van Gogh. His abstract art paintings resembled certain base models to some extent although his feelings were expressed in different colors.

How to get started? What an artist really have to do at the time he choose to make an abstract painting by means of oil on canvas is to make his or her imagination run wild. The artist need not follow a pattern or something. He can play around with shapes and a color however he wants to and to his/her heart’s content. However, the paintings must be colored intensely so that the real meaning of the oil painting will be showcased to the viewer. In addition, oil painting’s outline is also vital. Once the art has been created, the artist must not alter the primary outline of the oil painting.

The next thing that might concern an artist if he was already able to successfully create few initial oil paintings and if he feels that he/she has already acquired sufficient skill and confidence is how to moving on to a more complicated artwork. Well, actually it is already easy to move on. The process is extremely and expressively gratifying to the artist since he/she is able finish a work of art where he was able to express his/her own feelings as shown by the complicated shapes and a kaleidoscope of colors.

Selling their own works to certain art enthusiasts or collectors or is already fulfilling for skilled abstract artists as they can already make a secure living with their artworks. A lot of certified artists are fairly thriving in their field of art as they are able to sell their oil paintings via online abstract art gallery or art shops.

You can indeed be emotionally and financially rewarded with your abstract artworks even if you consider the same as merely a hobby. Those artists who have slight experience or no experience at all in art creation can just engage in abstract art painting to be able to express their inner self. All that you need is a little imagination plus some patience, of course. I believe we all have a little imagination; hence, nothing should stop us from expressing ourselves.

How Can You Tell What Abstract Paintings Are Worth?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on April 27, 2009 by CreditSmartPro.com

Looking at an Abstract art can actually be very exciting. By its nature, it must be forward-thinking plus it can be often observed as having an astounding collection of textures and colors. On the other hand, abstract art can also be intimidating. It’s hard to determine what these abstract art paintings really are worth. Perhaps a lot have already heard someone say that he can easily create his own abstract or that their little kinds can quickly make such form of art.

How does a high quality, investment abstract art stand out as against brow random expressions of colors where you can’t even find a dollar equivalent?

The first thing that sets these two groups different is your personal fulfillment, your own realization that is shown in a painting. The decision is yours as you have the full control over this kind of observable fact. The questions that may be probably asked is did the painting move you or are you able to imagine gazing at the same painting every day.

The next distinction is the time that separates these two categories from each other. When you are able to determine time, most probably you will be able to find out the time where various artists rise or fall in to the priceless and worthless fields. Alas, almost all abstract art does not suffer the test of time.

A lot of artists use one and the same style or theme. This is what’s holding them back from searching for the center of their artistic soul. However, Sudargono or Gono, an artist, does not effort with this at all. He always makes sure that he regularly redefines himself and his art. After every few years, he has developed in medium and approach. He endeavors frequently into pragmatism to sharpen his skills and keeps on growing. By now, he can say that he can already rest as he has already had great achievements, he being among the fathers of abstract art in Indonesia. Until now, he keeps reinventing! Just this previous year, he started working on his most original abstract art paintings to date and it can be best explained as an oversized pointillism. You will surely see how brilliantly intense the colors and textures are!

The next thing that separates the two groups is education and experience. You should probably ask if the artists are, in reality, a painter. A lot of people are great copycats. They can greatly copy one of the works of great abstract painters. Nonetheless, you will still see the great difference. Usually, you just simply create a mixture of colors and/or textures in the abstract expression. However, these are intricacies that can only be learned when you study so that you can master the creation of abstract art. The time taken to experiment is also considered to determine experience. Just like other famous artists, Gono has fairly a background in studying and painting.

Élan Vital is another name of a well learned painter and experimenter. Élan is a resident of Maui and that his paintings can be considered as among the most original art you could ever see. You would surely like to see his résumé as it is really remarkable. He finished psychedelic lighting design, engineering, sculpting, painting and even fashion design. Because he underwent all these courses, it led him to his secret style. Élan makes use of pigments and gemstones in his paintings. These pigments and gemstones are mashed until they turn into powders. After which, he mixes them with aerospace enamel. The said enamel is that which is used to fasten the stealth fighter. He utilizes all his knowledge in the creation of his paintings. He makes his own materials plus he ‘engineers’ his paintings using no brush at all. For every painting, you could see about 30 and 100 layers of his process. This is very much similar to a liquid gemstone psychedelic explosion, isn’t it? Who would not say this he is absolutely brilliant.

I also learned of one more things concerning abstract art, whatever your opinions are, it is always valid. You need not be a famous critic so that you can communicate a good critic. Whatever you can see and feel when you gaze at a painting is all valid. On my part, I tried not to ask the artists what his painting is all about. What I did instead was to tell my views to the artist first. Whatever you can think of when you look at a painting is actually there! No wonder why I very much love abstract art. You can perceive a creative process in these paintings. Your imagination as an art lover is equally important as the painters.

The Sarah Palin Nude Painting a Big Hit

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 27, 2009 by CreditSmartPro.com

Did you know that our famous candidate Sarah Palin has a Nude Painting and it became a big hit? In fact, the Chicago artist who drew the portrait of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is now drawing crowds to his bar in the buff.

This artist is none other than Bruce Elliott. According to the Windy Citizen reports, Elliot revealed the 4-foot-tall portrait at the Old Town Ale House on Chicago’s North Side. At the portrait, the governor is in her trademark hairdo, plus she was holding an automatic rifle while standing naked on a polar-bear skin rug.

What grabbed one of the viewer’s attentions is the typical Palin’s inimitable hairdo plus her outsized glasses, not her nude painting. Can you imagine Peggy Hill from “King of the Hill” naked? If you can, then you have got to see this guy’s painting.

At first, one viewer said that his initial impression on the painting is that it is the sexist to trivialize and objectify an important female by painting her in the nude. Would you want a nude painting of John McCain or Joe Biden? Ask Bruce Elliott to do that!

It can be remembered that Palin became John McCain’s running mate.

If you want to view a lot more images and paintings of celebrities, the Ole Town Ale House is open for you. Palin’s nude painting can also be viewed in the said gallery. You might also find one in an abstract art gallery. Who would not think that her crazy do, unique glasses, and beauty queen looks would qualify her as a celebrity?

Nude painting is indeed a contemporary painting that is very interesting to view together with other gallery paintings. Would you not agree?

Black And White versus Color in Artistic Expression

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on April 27, 2009 by CreditSmartPro.com

In visual art, I believe that the widespread notion is that full color, is a more satisfying viewing experience as compared to restricted color or black and white. Similar to countless other art concepts, this is extremely arguable.

For instance, Black and white photography is one example of an artistic medium which portrays the notion that off-putting an image to black, white and shades of gray is capable of producing an artwork which that is much more dominant and striking than images which has a complete range of color. There were several black and white landscape photography that was created by Ansel Adams and Brett Weston. If you have seen them, then you will agree with me that restricting the color of images can actually cause the creation of some outstanding results in artistic expression much more in pieces of artwork. Black and White color used in the creation of artistic painting is as striking and outstanding as abstract art paintings having different colors. Several famous black and white artworks of painters are created by renowned painters like Giocometti, El Greco, Franz Kline, Picasso, Ad Rhine hart, Robert Mother well, and Jasper Johns. Get a dazzling view of them in some abstract art gallery.

I bet you have encountered the expression “less is more.” If you make use of less color, it can lead to much more expression just like the examples that I have cited previously. You might be obligated to look at this avenue of expression if you are an artist. On the other hand, if you are an art aficionado, it is but proper for you to learn how to understand this avenue of artistic expression. Photographs that are Black and White are actually exceptional abstract art forms where you can explore the beauty and power shown by a limited color palette. This fact is similar with printmaking, drawing and, of course, painting. The best example of the power of black and white is seen in German expressionism as shown in their paintings, drawings, printmaking and film.

Now we can say that having less can be having more. However, having more is not necessarily less! Can you now see the beautiful contradiction?

Flaming Art – Contemporary Abstract Art on Fire by Derek Collins

Posted in Cool Ideas with tags , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2009 by CreditSmartPro.com

Do you know one artist who was able to create an art which is fascinating and unique? Well, I do. There is this particular Scottish artist who has been regularly exhibiting his works at Artery Gallery and who is a professional Lanarkshire artist. He is none other than Derek Collins. What sets his artworks apart from other gallery paintings? Well, Mr. Collins has been creating fascinating abstract art works using rare materials such as certain powders, special resins, liquids and pigments. These materials are carefully poured on the canvas. More than these rare materials, what makes his paintings come to life is the most important ingredient which is unexpectedly fire!

Mr. Collins has been using some specialist paint effects in his painting and fire is just among those that he has using for a lot of years. “I love the way other paints and lacquers affect one another, if one paint is not compatible the other paint does not want to touch it so it moves away or breaks the weaker paint and forms another effect. When you then add the thinners of different paints, another reaction takes place, too much thinner will make it flow out but set it alight and it will evaporate the thinners and seal off the paints,” he communicated.

In addition to these lacquers and paints, Mr. Collins also made use of all types of additional materials in his art such as sand and shards of glass including leaves and moss. More than that, his customers may request that certain gems, stones or personal photographs be included in his artwork. Just lately, a woman who saw his flaming art approached him. This woman inquired if he could incorporate her mother’s ashes into the painting.

Mr. Collins considered this an exceedingly sensitive matter, thus, he agreed with great pride and care. He even said that somewhat people are often left with loved ones ashes and they become somewhat unsure of what they are to do with them. He said that using the ashes in a painting is an excellent way to remember a life. It can even create something close and personal which can be kept in the home plus the family have something to keep for years and years to come as Mr. Collins further stated.

When Mr. Collins was still starting as a decorator, his point of expertise was utilizing colour although he also had the enthusiasm to experiment and produce. He has great achievements with his present art works and this is the product of his experimentation with decorative paint effects on his stone floors. This is simply a natural progression of his artwork. Thus, what he has is the freedom of expressing his desires to create and they are all portrayed on his canvas. Obviously, his excellent paintings are works of contemporary abstract art.

The primary abstract art gallery that has been supporting contemporary Scottish artists over the years including Mr. Collins is the Artery Gallery. And up to now, it continues to enhance artist profiles. Mr. Collins indeed made massive leaps forward during the previous years. His art is now among the very much recognized and highly sought artworks within Scotland and also in the UK.

You can get hold of an abstract art painting of Mr. Collins at the Artery Gallery found in both St. Andrews and Crieff as he exhibits his fine artworks in the said gallery regularly.

Mystical Abstract Art

Posted in Cool Ideas with tags , , , , , , , on April 22, 2009 by CreditSmartPro.com

There were several tries done in order to express an abstract work and they made use of words such as “emotions”, “soul”, and “feelings”. If you try to look at it, you might discover that these words are hints on what is really happening between the viewer and the artist.

This is Mystical Abstract Art.

Both the mystical environment and the world of art pave its long way back along with a lot of common faces of one another. These common faces include the fact that both desires to go into a deep unknown and later desire to express it into this physical world through one means or through another.

As a result, a non-representational picture is understood that you cannot easily comment on them. Although the one who is viewing an abstract art painting may be “moved” by the artwork, he cannot however tell the reason why. But for me, I believe their sleeping soul has something to do with it as it is being soothingly or otherwise aggressively dazed into a explicit awareness. Because of the belief that physical body of a human have very few understanding on what is actually happening, they are left to effort in clearing up a holy thought as compared to a physical point of view.

Nonetheless, if you an artist who has obtained and who is living by a few understanding of some spiritual features, you would agree that there is something that would happen to a viewer when he is able to encounter a mystical abstract painting.

Let us try to picture the entire episode while considering all aspect in order to see the actual happening between the viewer and the artist.

First, is the Spirit. Among the primary intentions of Spirits is to convey a spiritual understanding into a physical reality. In order to do that, one way that is considered is to enter time and express a probable opportunity for a receptive body. The said body can be seen in two forms. It may either be the messenger offering the opportunity or the person himself to whom the opportunity is being offered. In case it would be the former, then there would be a lot of ways in which that message can be conveyed. Among these ways include the production of a challenging illustration or allegory through an abstract art.

Second is the Messenger or more popularly known as the artist who is usually remembers their own inner enigmatic visuals. When the time comes that the artist gets inspired, he immediately expresses his visions into his own style of depiction. Thus, I believe that there is a possibility that a lot of artists are unaware of what they are actually drawing on their canvas. Probably, what they are only aware of is the fact that there is an imperative force to work with particular colours, or to draw using a definite style.

Third is the Art. When we say art, we mean a personalized expression of the inner visuals which is translated on board or on canvas or by means of any other handy suitable medium during that time. What the artist does is to visualize something in their mind and later express them into the physical world. As a result, an artwork of surreal allegory, or simply a plain abstract presentation where definite colours or shapes are used, or a be-riddled story is created. An art has elements and every element it has shall or will include a prospective key that is set to permit the suitable viewer to access into its interesting but artistic environment. Try looking at several gallery paintings to know what I’m talking about.

Fourth is the Viewer. When you are a sympathetic observer who is viewing the art, you may originally have an indescribable sympathy with it. Perhaps, they would be sensitively attracted by image before they knew it. After which, their thoughts may start set off other thoughts and thereafter steady realizations begins to show causing the gain of strength and later causing the acquisition of a personal creative understanding which is only apparent by themselves although it may later involve others who will encounter them.

Fifth is the Gift. At first, a vision was still unclear until it comes to a point the truth begins to become apparent to the receptive viewer. It come in different forms like it may be a through a personal revelation, or a plain affirmation, or rather through a particular mental, spiritual, or inner encouragement. Also, it may be in the form of an energizing instruction for a hungry or struggling soul or through the offering of a sense of contentment within an exigent situation. Depending on what is required by the viewer, this gift can either be simple or complicated. It can eternally influence as it remains relevant over a period of days, weeks, months, or years.

Above all, if you desire to have a piece of art produced the next time or rather you choose to go over an abstract art gallery, you need not have doubts or think that you don’t have enough understanding of art as you can just open your eyes and surely you will be able to perceive what an abstract art really means.