Archive for August, 2009

Used Art Books For Painting Inspiration

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Perhaps every artist has a fondness for an art books. For the beginners, you can have those over-sized books with great big, full-hue, completely clear photographs, they will surely help you in making your art piece.

Others preferably called those tomes as coffee table books, but for me and for some artists like me, we prefer calling it as a painting inspiration, a study guide, or just plain old edibles. This is a good idea for the painters who never painted from the old masters, or just using their afternoon leafing through hundreds of exquisite paintings.

If you are living in a rural area and hundred miles away from the Art Institute, I suggest you give these books a try.

You can check out the site for a good used book supplier where you can look for a “used book” that is appropriate for you. You may also want to check them out in Amazon and or might as well type the words “used books” in Google search line.

In, many of their books seemed to be former library books, but don’t worry about the book’s condition because their library really handled their books well.

Another tip is, if you can’t find enough information in the internet about what you’re getting such as number of color plates involve, or the size of plates, and many more buying these used art books would definitely have an answer to such questions.

For those artists who live near the library at Buena Vista University. You might also want to visit this library since they has a huge number of art books collection that might serve as your inspiration for whatever painting you likely to create. Of course if there’s a college or university near your community, why not pay a visit so you can look through and check out the books that you’re thinking about buying.

Of course, you can also spend your vacant time visiting an abstract art gallery and examine the gallery paintings so you will have a clear idea of what you need to do to create a great art piece. But no need to buy abstract art or paintings, handling yourself a used book will surely inspire you in making a great piece of art.

Any artist could whether look for a two week diversion, or something that will inspire, nourish and further enhance your knowledge in artistic activities. So, why not try used art books?

What children paintings can do?

Surely, children’s paintings could frequently arouse a sense of wonder to those involve. For many years now, working with many artists and decorators who have both experienced and created this sense of wonder has been a great honored for me.

I remember a colleague and fellow artists of mine reveal how a simple project of decorating the children’s waiting are at a local hospital aid him from giving back his sense of wonder and fun. It so happen that during the times when he was looking for an inspiration for this project he saw two children’s painting illustrating scenes from his long favorite childhood books. It looks like the paintings brought back the wonderful childhood memories therefore inspiring his long lost sense of fun.

I think by just placing children’s artwork and paintings on the empty walls of the lounge will change the entire place ambiance. It could make the patience either old or young to feel better, more optimistic and willing to work harder to regain their good heath. All of this could be attain through adding a bit of fancy and wonder to the room with the children’s artwork and paintings.

Another good thing and joy that could give by children’s paintings is told by a decorator friend of mine. He told me how a childless couple asked for help in choosing a few wall hangings. He described their style as a minimalist, but when he showed them his portfolio they were specifically taken with a few lollipop art prints. What I am trying to say is, they decided to add a few lollipop art prints to the main hallway of their home. The art prints did not only add warmth to the entire house but it also seemed to add a warmth and sense of happiness to the couple too.

Being inspired by children’s painting can also add positive changes in ones life. According to another friend decorator of mine, a family who never seemed to do anything for bonding was inspired to add family days into their lives after they saw  some children’s painting depicting families cycling together hung by a decorator in different places. It brought their family into a closer relationship to one another and they decided to schedule more family events in a month.

Fancy children’s paintings can of course inspire artistic expression. A fellow artist explain how a dance studio owner raved that after he asked a mural artist to paint on the walls at her dance studio, the young students was inspired and the enrollment almost doubled. The children admired the ballerinas in the mural that they wanted to be just like them.

I think these examples and different circumstances are enough prove that both children and adults can benefit by juts a little whimsy in their lives. Children’s paintings are but one way to fill you life with some fun and inspiration.

Interested in children’s painting for inspiration? You might also be interested in abstract art. Abstract art paintings from famous painter will surely give you inspiration. It is not necessarily to by abstract art if you don’t have that budget, as an alternative why not frequently visit an abstract art gallery where you can see different wonderful paintings.

Impasto—A technique to thickened the texture of your painting

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Let me begin this article by explaining what impasto means. Well, impasto is a term used to describe a thickly textured paint, which almost three-dimensional in form.

With this technique, one often leaves a noticeable brush strokes in the finished painting. Most of the time, those brush strokes are more important that the subject of the painting itself.

Perhaps we could say that impasto is a type of sculpture for painters on their canvass.

For an instance, you see a panting but not that sure if whether the artist has used impasto technique what I suggest you to do is to look at the painting from side and check for globs of paint sticking out from the canvas. If you saw them, then that is impasto.

Looking at the front, impasto paint is dyed by whatever natural light is in the room and with heavy impasto you’ll also be able to see shadows underneath the paint.

Not like wet-on-wet blending techniques, this method really makes a physical statement that is the reason why you’ll find it most often in expressive, abstract art works.

Juts to let you know, impasto has been around for a lone time and wasn’t until Van Gogh came along that impasto was used for its dramatic qualities. Even before Van Gogh, most artists would make layers of paint to add a realistic effect to their abstract art paintings and other paintings that makes their objects more three-dimensional in looks.

But the again, Van Gogh was out of the ordinary. He used impasto to give a dramatic effect to his brilliant colors, movement, and feelings to his landscapes.

You might want to check out the details of his art piece Wheat Field with Cypresses. Actually, he could have painted it with the precise same colors without using impasto but what do you think would have happened? There would have been no movement, no feelings in his art work. In short, there would have been no Van Gogh.

If you are an artist and wanted to involve yourself in this technique, impasto is not that complicated to do.

Typically, it involves loading up your brush or painter’s knife with more paint than you’d normally need. Next, rather than ‘dying’ or ‘scrubbing’ the canvas with color, just let the paint squish onto the canvas and sit there.

Of course, you don’t want to swindle it with any one spot too much, or else you’ll lose that three dimensional quality by overworking the paint.

I recommend you examine the details of Lucian Freud’s painting. He created a rough, scumbled-on texture by kind of scraping color onto the canvas. Every place his brush passes by adds a more thickness onto the dried paint.

Impasto is a simple technique to give an average painting a bog boost, so I suggest you give this thing a try and challenge yourself. You can try impasto to your contemporary paintings. For the beginners you might want to visit abstract art gallery to study how famous artist of impasto did their artwork.

Gustav Klimt Famous Painting “The Kiss Yellow”

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Gustav Klimt was a popular Australian Symbolist painter who was also one of the famous founding members of what is known as the Vienna Art Nouveau movement.

The Kiss Yellow

Originally called as Der Kuss and was painted by Klimt in 1907 to 1908. This painting was surely led him to his biggest success. The painting in true style of this master representation of a couple covered in gold and symbols sharing a passionate kiss. The couple was painted in contrast to a usual background.

Naturally, what you can see in the painting is a man standing but bending down to kiss the woman who is kneeling down to an area covered with flowers like as if getting into the position to accept the man’s kiss, but not really partaking in the lovemaking actively.

The covering golf for the man is full of rectangular shapes and mostly in black and white, while the woman’s cover was made of dots in various hues, perhaps representing bunches of flowers.

You might want to know some of the interpretation about this work of art:

For many people, they believe that the gold cover that shared by the subjects of the painting and the insipid background conjure the eternal union of two bodies that a kiss can arouse.

Another one is that the painting is a fine example of the emotions being experienced when the two people share their first kiss. It is describe as beautiful, exciting and golden.

It is also interpreted as the man in the painting felt lost in the kiss, and the woman was unable to move by the kiss and so turns her head way from it.

For some, it was perceived as a symbol of submission by the woman to the man and shares a moment of sexual ecstasy that is a very memorable experience.

Also, there is a belief that Gustav and his beloved Emilie Floge as acted as models for this classic work of art.

The Kiss Yellow is not the signature style of Gustav Klimt as he is popular for painting powerful and remarkably beautiful women mush like Pallas Athene.

Surely, this painting is able to evoke strong feelings of passion, desire and want that are characteristics of any true love relationship between the couple.

Interested in Gustav Klimt The Kiss Yellow?  You might also want to see other Australian painter’s contemporary paintings. Check them out on online gallery paintings or visit the nearest abstract art gallery in your place.

Making exquisite painting? Try preliminary painting!

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Everyone knows that for someone to come up with a very good performance, one must practice first before the big day come. Same goes with other things that needed to be practice first before you gain the success you wanted.

We all know that in this life, practicing beforehand will always help us to achieve the goal we ever wanted. And same goes for the artists. Through creating a painted study, they get there practice too.

For the beginners to understand better what I’m saying, painted study is simply a preliminary exploratory work made before beginning the final painting.

I’m not promoting completing a study before every painting because the process itself could hinder the naturalness that is so significant in many works of art. However, when working on a complicated painting, this might work to save your time and lessen your anxiety about the project.

Depending on the project or painting you will make one might take one to two hours to finalize a study. However his/her time did not go to waste. Below are a few advantages;

  • While it is possible to fix errors in a watercolor painting, getting it right in the first pass will keep the artwork fresh and spontaneous.
  • Once you did a study, most probably you will have a fewer problem with the actual painting. Preliminary studies also reveal challenging areas like in palette choices, mixing of colors, values, light source issues, composition, etc.
  • It would be a more enjoyable painting experience for you since you already know where problems would likely to occur. It will make you more confident, faster in creating your painting and less stressed.
  • With the “taking all the risks” attitude during the study phase, your brush strokes will be inclined to become less on purpose, more spontaneous. In the end you will find out that you are taking creative risks, after all it’s only a practice.
  • After you finished the painted study and you are ready to start the real one, your study becomes a working copy that you can actually experiment on as you do your final art piece.

So, have you ever tried to do preliminary study before you make your painting? If you haven’t, I suggest you try it for yourself. This is a good idea when you are making a complex contemporary painting. You might also want to visit abstract art gallery and look among those gallery paintings and study how the artists made them.

Comparing the art pieces of two Masters

The 20th century might be the rising of the social, political, and economic world. Indeed, it also gives its way to a huge change in the art world. Among those artists on this period, two revolutionary artists, Claude Monet and Paul Cezanne made their way in finding new ways of representing nature, but definitely in different style.

Monet, being one of the great leaders of the impressionist art movement, studied the way in which outdoor light plays upon nature. His way was not meant to be much defined that makes his pieces most effective when seen at distance still, it is very clear what his paintings are.

On the other hand, Cezanne’s art pieces show early evidence of what would eventually be known as the Cubist art movement. This movement was accidentally built out of a reaction to Impressionism. Like Monet, he did not present a clear and concise picture of the world, but he was totally different from Monet in a sense of how he went about it.

Examples of their art piece

The oil painting entitled Banks of the Seine, Vetheuil that was made by Monet in 1880 is one of the many perfect landscapes he was recognized for.

What he wanted to do is to present a single moment of light and bring to us the feelings and emotions regarding the power of Nature. His purposeful division of subjects leads the eye spontaneously from one plane to another. He started with detailed concentration on the flowers in the meadow that lead us into the water of the pond, then to the trees and shrubs in the background, and then into the sky above.

Cezanne painted very well the Le Chateau Noir in 1904 which is a landscape.

His painting was different from Monet’s, but in the Le Chateau is illustrated in unnatural way and without a balanced composition. And if Monet used soft, somewhat pastel-like colors, Cezanne used bold, dark, contrasting and striking colors to express his images.

What are the comparison of Monet and Cezanne’s techniques?

Regarding with Monet’s technique, he painted like an Impressionist where the images was carried in his mind before he actually painted it, and just suggested to the viewer through a huge number of small, energetic strokes of pure color. Except for the colors that meets the other on the canvas, they were unintentionally blended and layers of colors were used to come up with the animated effect of the paintings.

Also, Monet’s water is composed of many, several layered brush strokes of different hues to present how the outdoor light is reflected from its surface.

Contrary to that of Monet, Cezanne used a more mechanical, uniform method, and even prevents himself from the intimacy of Impressionism by taking a viewpoint far away from the Chateau and peeking through the trees at it.

Also in contrast to Monet’s way of painting of small, energetic brush strokes on his entire canvas, Cezanne painted with large flat brush strokes and dark lines, at times giving his paintings a feeling of disorder, and certainly showing us a glimpse of Cubism with his more basic cube-like shapes.

We can say that Monet was fond of the effect of light in Nature so that he could expose its natural beauty; on the other hand, Cezanne was more systematic and manipulative, studying nature to reduce it to its simplest forms.

All in all, Cezanne and Monet both presented inventive and innovative ideas of how to capture nature on canvas and were those techniques and philosophies which led the way to Modernism in the art world.

Try to look and view some of Monet’s and Cezanne’s artwork in some abstract art gallery online or search among the gallery paintings with the same techniques used by these two artists. You might also want to buy abstract art painting or any contemporary painting to decorate on your wall.

Want to have something affordable to hang on your wall?

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Imagine a room without any decorations in it. It looks dull right? The fastest way to bring an alluring look to your room is to put up some prints of beautiful paintings.

You might want to consider the following:


For printing paints, expect to pay a range amount of $50-$500 for an unframed print. Prints that cost less than $50 are more likely look like a poster. Aside from that, you should also expect to pay a comparable amount to have your print framed. Before art prints were sold online, the only way to get them was either in the galleries or in the museum shops hat has to charge a large markup. It is not a surprise if you find an art prints today that cost more than a few hundred dollars and indeed impossible to find good-quality prints below $100. However, those lower amount prints might also be on sale. But if you are a fun of paintings like the “Starry Night” of Van Gogh, you should not be surprise if you will spend much money on it.


For each painting or photograph, there is at least on print on display in a museum anywhere. With the help of internet, nowadays it is much easier to find the right art print among the numerous existing prints and have it send to you right away, regardless of where the original is located. And because websites will let you browse thumbnail images of the artwork, it will be easy for you to find a specific piece even if what you just know is the artist’s name or the time period when is what made.

And just to let you know, prints are available in variety of print stocks.

Prints or Original Paintings?

If what you just wanted is to have some prints to decorate you wall rather than collecting them, I suggest you buy prints instead the original one. The reason behind are as follows:

Costs: An original work of art will take some weeks before it become finish. Think about the costs it will take you for hiring someone to make that artwork of yours. That is one reason why original artwork costs for about thousands of dollars. For you to have the art piece you wanted, you should also buy the labor of an artist investing on it.

Questionable investment value: Original artwork only has investment value if the price rises. More often than not, amount does not. To make it short, if you are more on to investment, I suggest you buy stocks and t buy art for the sake of you are giving value to it.

Wisdom: What you need to have is the wisdom of what you are doing. Better have no error since there are lots of frauds in this business. Another thing is, there are many wishful thinking on the part of art dealers in regards to a work’s long-term market prospects.

Now you can make your room look more beautiful and alive. With the use of internet you can have lots of choices to choose from. All you have to do is search them. You might as well buy abstract art prints on the abstract art gallery site. Just make sure to look for prints of those abstract art paintings that will surely fit your taste.

How artist can help in saving the environment?

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Good news for all the artists out there who also love to save the earth at the same time. There are now earth-friendly products that are very much available in the market. Below are five methods for artists to go green while saving money in the process.

Making your own paper

Making new paper out of those old papers is an intelligent way to recycle the paper that is very useful for the artist’s needs. You can search online regarding the method of recycling some old papers and making them a new one.

Dried watercolors tubes can also be reuse

Dried watercolor tubes can also be reuse and could be recycled into watercolor pans.

  1. Put the tube on the work flat surface
  2. With the use of utility knife, cut a line down the center of the aluminum and across diagonally.
  3. Pry the aluminum back with the tip of the utility knife.
  4. Then, take away the dried watercolor paint in one piece.
  5. Lastly, use dried watercolor as a watercolor pan. Wet your brush and touched it slightly onto the watercolor to get pigment on the brush.

Trading tools

Some artists have tools that they no longer use. Trading them with your fellow artist to avoid them from throwing in the garbage bin is a good idea. You might want to check out the sites below. These sites help their members trade goods over the internet for free or sometimes with minimal amount.


A frugal, eco-friendly artist can make a functional desk for their office or studio for a little amount, and even for free. All it takes is a little creativity and some elbow grease.

Environmental-friendly products

Several art materials producers are coming out with brands that take in responsible production practices by using regenerative energy sources, using post-consumer products and alternative fibers. Because of this, artists have lots of options in choosing quality art materials that are good for the environment.

I suggest you take a look and try these products:

  1. Strathmore’s Windpower art paper collection: Here, papers are made by using wind power and 30% post-consumer fiber content.
  2. Artemis Plant Colored pencils and pastels: he pencil and pastel here are made from natural plant extract so, you are ensured that you are using non-toxic colorants.
  3. Hemp Heritage sketching, drawing, and journal books: The papers are made from hemp instead form tress.
  4. Fila Olie oil pastels: Oil pastels are made from natural materials.

With these simple tips and information, any artist who loves to save the earth will achieve the goal they wanted to gain.

Are you an abstract art enthusiast and have a great feeling of saving our earth at the same time? You may want to visit any abstract art gallery who patronized environment-friendly materials for their abstract art paintings.

The Art of Sand Animation

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No wonder only a few knows about sand animation. Have you see the trailer of “The Sand Magician” by De Zandtovenaar? This trailer gives a glimpse of how the artist works. He moves various color of sand around to come up with a live sand painting as animation. Almost absolutely inspired by traditional sand painting, the multimedia art form looks like to only be evolving. Since this is new, you might find it hard to find information regarding it. This makes the job challenging for young and novice artist who want to make an art out of this as they will discover modern techniques.

The multimedia technique is incorporated with:

A light box that could be as simple as the light boxes animators and graphic artists used trace during working.

  • A surface where you can paint with colored sands and absence of sand that can be as simple as a big sheet of Perspex. It should be large enough so sand will not fall over the sides.
  • Webcam or movie camera that is tightly set onto tripods to keep it steady.
  • A music that can be a part of the script or stimulation and ringleader of the story like the lyrics of the song that makes the story painted as an animation. You can captured the movie live or add it in a program like Movie Maker
  • You can also add some captions using a software program Movie Maker or Adobe Premier after the final work is finished.

Several ways can be use to manipulate the sand; move around; introduced or removed from the surface of the picture plane.

Some of the methods are listed below:

  • Pushing the use of the finger
  • Blowing the sand onto he surface
  • Drawing the use of a slight instrument like the skewer
  • Wiping the sand with the se of hand that is often right off the surface
  • Blowing the sand with different levels of intensity
  • Dashing of materials with different intensity
  • Dropping of particles with a dropped hand

Though this is almost absolutely inspired by traditional sand painting, it looks like this form is developing as a multimedia art form. If you are a teacher of an abstract art you can teach your students to discover as many ways as possible to draw and paint with and into the sand. If you want to learn more about this art form I suggest you search for examples on sites like where your students can analyze the work and think hard on how the artist come up with such art work. Through also the internet you might also want to look some of the examples of contemporary paintings that are being exhibit in an abstract art gallery online and make them as an inspiration for your sand art painting.

Here are some of examples of contemporary modal sand painting:

An example of contemporary modal sand painting is that of Ilana Yahav. He created “Let’s Get Together last January 2007 and one of the best known sand artists. You can search and look for his art piece at He is artwork he combine popular music together with construction of paintings that seems to have a delightful appeal world wide.

This work is surely appealing and multimedia students will enjoy strive their best to know how to do the projects. They will surely engaged themselves in such activities and enthusiastic if they can choose their own style of music.

An example of Sand Art by world renowned sand artist David Alcala is less difficult that animated sand painting. Through this style of sand painting, your students will be able to see how artists build up images as composition. Ad I think it would be much better if teachers will encourage their students in doing simple sand paintings on canvas in preparation. Students may also want to work at this level until they are comfortable painting with the medium before moving on to light shows.

If the students wish to moved from sand painting to light box work they can gradually introduce music to it. Through this, a learner will be able to know each phase of the task separately. As the job becomes more difficult, the student will naturally move toward the higher-level of thinking that is necessary to combine modalities in a multifaceted way.

For teachers, this multimodal story telling projects provide them with rich, fertile contexts that will develop the student’s literacy. Students can write their projects to have a polished product that they can be shown in the public with pride. Within this context they can make labels, title pages, introduction and credit sheets in Movie Maker or their preferred program. ESL teachers will be able to work with their students and encourage them to caption the animated story in English or another language.

Know more about sand art painting including abstract art paintings of today and try to search them online.

Creating artwork using computer

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For the past years artists used natural media for expression such as paint, charcoal, graphite, and chalk. In present where computers are more powerful and interfacing technology more organic, the computers capability to create artworks similar to traditional media is causing the computer as the medium of choice for two-dimensional, visual artwork.

Despite the fact that traditional media is not going away soon, most especially in the fine art community, commercial artist of these days are taking full advantage of this very useful software that bring together all the tools into one package, and lessen the cost and time involve in that of traditional media.

Mostly used software like Photoshop™ and Corel ™ contains a wide variety of tools that imitate traditional media, and also offers new effects and methods that are impossible to imitate outside of a computer. Digital painting offers some of the following features:

ü      Custom brush creation

ü      Independent drawing layers

ü      Multiple filters effects

ü      Traditional paint simulation

ü      Zoom navigation

These tools are used in combine with digital graphics tablet technology like the one offered by Wacom™. With the use of this, an artist can work much more efficiently because they will no longer wait for the paint to become dry or even worry about unintended staining or smudging, and can undo or erase errors ad try again.

This Tablet Technology will let the artist apply natural movement which is especially important for draftsmen. Artists can change the whole tool collection with a single drawing pad and stylus with pressure sensitivity, tilt sensitivity, programmable buttons, and other features

What artists can get?

The good thing about this digital art is it allows many proletarian artists and art students who don’t have enough budgets for the high expense of materials being used in traditional painting and drawing, to become skilled and experiment with a medium that cost nothing after the initial investment. This allows the artist to try out with new concepts and techniques without damaging hours of work in a one error.

Endless flexibility of digital art has no limitation and only an artist’s creative thinking can limit her/him. Several students and amateur artists are being encouraged to try various media styles that they might be in hesitate to use and in turn we can produce a diverse and creative artists who mix and coalesce different methods.

Making an art with the use of the computer means that it is also instantly available for sharing and exhibiting through email and the World Wide Web. If you have observe many artist of today are popping up all over the internet where they give critiques, instructions, and exhibit of their artwork takes place. Since digital arts have connection with computers it became an important tool in growing population of these artist communities.

Traditional media has a long history and continue to become popular long into the future especially in the fine art community. Nowadays many artists used digital art medium in the commercial art world as long as computer technology is there and continue to develop and expand its ability, computers will continuously execute more and more in all aspect of art expression.

With the use of digital art media, you can also create your own contemporary painting or abstract art painting as easy as 1-2-3. You can also exhibit you abstract art in an abstract art gallery on line.