Archive for October, 2009

Capturing the Beauty of Flowers through Flower Painting

Posted in Cool Ideas with tags , , , on October 22, 2009 by

Flower paintings have powerful language of color, shape and movement. In my case, I love using pastel because of its immediacy and richness of color. With pastel, I am allowed to work quickly and capture the movement and light on a specific flower. Try also taking picture of flowers like what I always do. It allows me to grow my flower painting with overlaying veils of color at more considered pace.

I know most of us have our own favorite flower and some even plant them in their garden, but them at he florist, or even give them as a bouquet to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or a way for saying “get well soon”. Unfortunately, most blooms have a short lifespan. That’s why I learned to captured their beauty to preserve it forever. Why not try it to your favorite flower too?

Just to inform you, flower painting has a wonderful background. To document huge numbers of flowers and plants, botanical art is being used. Preserving its beauty is a very satisfying experience. Though flower photographs can do the same, painting flowers has an additional pleasure of carefully examining the curves and colors of each petal, stamen, stem, leaf. Try to observe the way that light catches the flower and use it to add some 3d look on your paper. Painting flowers will let you know them very well.

If you want to start your painting right away, I recommend you start it by using your favorite flower as your subject. By using it, you will be motivated to try again to do it well. Your emotions have a better chance to transfer in to your painting. Don’t get depress if your attempts are not perfect just don’t give up and keep in mind that every time you try you become more familiar with its shapes. Then you will find it much easier to paint and you will notice more about the shade of color as well as the way light can affect it.

There are several helpful techniques that you can use to learn flower painting. Many art books are available in the market that would give you excellent tips in flower painting. However, be cautious not to copy another artist’s technique. I suggest use those techniques all together and do some experimentations for you to come up with a new one.

Try do create using different tools. Enjoy what you are doing and never stop trying. Remember practice makes perfect! By doing some more attempts, you will be surprise that you are getting more improvements. In my flower painting, I use pastels both soft powdery ones and the deliciously oily variety. I love using them because of their beautiful range of hues that varies from pale to vibrant one. I can also extend this even further by overlaying thin veils of color, letting the underneath ones to sing through. You could also try using watercolor. This is the favorite color tool of flower painters and botanical artists and for good reason.

You might also want to get an idea on how to create abstract paintings. To help you with, you may want to refer on my article about “how to create an abstract art”. It will surely be a great help for you to come up with an abstract panting you desire.

Painting Seascape

Posted in Cool Ideas with tags , , , on October 22, 2009 by

For a nature lover like us especially for a person who loves water, there is nothing better than going to the ocean and seeing the waves come crashing to the shore. This is very interesting to capture with same as putting the scenery in a canvas. Perhaps you have been to a gallery and wondered how the artist produced a lovely seascape.

There are several ways you to produce a seascape and tools that you can use. A seascape works well when using pastels, colored pencils, pen and ink, watercolors, acrylics or oils. If you are in the beach and enjoying the lovely scenery you may want to use either a watercolor sketch or pastel pencils.

What you should do first before in doing a seascape is to layout the horizon. The placement of the horizon is essential and you don’t want to place it right in the middle of the painting. For one, this is just not compositionally pleasing. If you like the sky, you may also wan to want to capture it in the way it reflects on the water. You may want to lower the horizon line to give more space for the sky. If you want to include waves that crashing onto the shore, then raise the horizon line to give show more of the water. You should learn how to figure out what you want the people to perceive when you determine the horizon line.

After knowing where you should put the horizon line, next thing for you to figure out is the color combination. Water is extremely reflective. If you notice, as you look at the ocean you will see not just one color. You have the white foam, the darker gray green of the deeper water and the clear blue of the Caribbean. You may want to use t halo blue, t halo green, cobalt blue, and other colors to make a new color combination. For reflective white, I recommend to you the t halo green and white, pink and light purple. I know you have seen water at sunset when the sky and water turn a beautiful golden pink. I recently saw a painting of this and the artist used short strokes of a pink made with permanent rose and white. The painting is glowing and captured the beautiful reflective quality of the sky and water. Seeing it from a distance, you won’t notice the pink just the glow of light.

No matter what technique you use to produce your seascape, you will want to capture he movement of the water. You can paint water a smooth but the sea is in continuous motion. I think, seascape look very beautiful with waves. So capture the rolling feeling of the waves. With the use of brush strokes or lines to capture the feeling of water you can create the direction of the waves. Stroke the paint brush in choppy strokes to create the direction of waves. Stroke the paint brush in broken strokes to create short waves and longer strokes to create the crest of the wave. Roll your brush as you paint to bear a resemblance to the curl of a wave.

So next time you go to the beach and you wish to try seascape, bring with you some art tools and do it. But of course do not forget that you’re on the beach to relax so don’t get stress if the picture is not exactly right. Just try to relax and enjoy on what you are doing!

Love seascape painting? I’m sure you will also love abstract art paintings. Aside for being a good investments, abstract art are a perfect for wall decoration as well as for art collectors. So try to visit abstract art gallery on line and order one!

Things You Should Consider In Buying Art Piece

Posted in Cool Ideas with tags , , , on October 22, 2009 by

We all know that painting is an art, more than just that; it is also a way of communication. Whenever we think of painting today, we imagine those oil paintings in art galleries and exhibition halls. But painting has a very ancient history, when prehistoric humans used to draw animal pictures and scripts on cave walls. Of course, they did not do that just for the sake of money, it was indeed they way of communicating. Even nowadays, these so called modern art or contemporary paintings try to communicate to us. Telling us something subconsciously that instantly draws us towards them.

One form of fine art is oil painting. This form of art is widely used in modern Europe and other parts the world. There are several great painters like Leonardo da Vinci, Pablo Picasso and others have used oil paintings to express their inner emotions as well as their philosophy that have remained alive for so many years.

In present, as we stepped into an abstract art gallery, we would see those painters communicating to us through the pieces of canvas.

You will then found out that you are interesting in buying an oil painting. It is a good idea! However, have you think of some questions that you should consider before buying one? Like, what are you looking in that painting? What do you want that painting to convey to you and to other as well?

Other buyers of art based there selection on specific themes. Most of them are art collectors who can hear what paintings want to say. There buyers roam in areas that are more close to art galleries and art lanes, where you might find local artists selling their art work at a cheaper price than what you may find in an art gallery.

On the other hand, people like usually buy art like seascape paintings, landscape, still-life and abstract paintings because w e like to hand it on our living room’s wall or in our office cabin. We buy something that goes with our mood and attitude to others, just right after their first glance at the painting.

For a business-minded person, art is something that one could become an investment with. Normally, when we see Mona Lisa, we become fascinated as we admire its beauty and for them, it is something that they could invest their money with. As you see, it’s just a matter of how we perceive things. These people buy art and sell it off when they think it’s the right time to sell it.

For this reason, it is very important to know what exactly you want your art to covey with.

Contemporary Art: A Perfect Wall Décor!

Posted in Cool Ideas with tags , , , on October 22, 2009 by

Surely, art is the very amazing! It is almost everything we see, feel and touch and can be captured with its application. Every finish products could be connected on how we live our lives as humans. Though there are different interpretations by different people, whether it is a bunch of geometrical figures and patterns or even a simple battle of colors, there is a certain beauty to it. It has meanings that illustrate different emotions. Obviously, it is the perfect form of expression without spoken words

Contemporary painting is a unique form of art, modern yet strong and expressive. One form of it is abstract art. An artist could express his feeling with his art piece through using lines, shapes and colors that attracts viewer’s eyes. It is something you can’t actually interpret right away and the impressions come from how your eyes see it. Another form of this art is minimalism, where the objects are designed from its most basic form. It is a fuzz-free art and can be as simple as a square or circle that is being showcased in its different angle. These arts could not be very appealing to most people because of tits modern look. But these are perfect décor to your walls and can still look much better with contemporary décor.

Metal works could add life to your boring walls as it can awaken your interests once you hang it. You can’t help yourself from staring and thinking what the object could be. The shiny materials used for these paintings can look very stylish on your wall. Another object that could surely add new look and style to your wall is abstract paintings. Having one could add some colors and texture to your empty walls. The good thing about having a contemporary painting are that no matter how puzzling the object are illustrated but the colors are just appealing to the eye. A simple boring wall can look lively just as long paints of this quality are used.

You will definitely enjoy how a contemporary wall décor could do for your homes. One thing to remember is that no matter what will not be very far out with the theme you are adapting to a specific room. Not all contemporary arts can goes well with other themes. One thing I am sure of, these designs can really make your wall interesting and could be one of the best highlights in your house! So, why not have one?

The New Contemporary Painters Arise!

Posted in Cool Ideas with tags , , , on October 22, 2009 by

There are millions of painters nowadays. Some names are well-known while others are less familiar. We listed below some name of painter who are new in the business but made it on the top because of this we think are among the most exciting contemporary painters working today that are worth introducing for.

Jakub Julian Ziolkowski

Born in Poland in 1980, Ziolkowski’s painting has quickly become highly desirable. Quite apart from it’s “must have” standing in most galleries and collectors, deserve to be in the top.

Comes in different styles and ways he created it, his best art works are masterly, considering that his one of the youngest painters in the list, Ziolkowski is just starting on his artistic career.

Adrian Ghenie

Born in Romania in 1977, is another Eastern European young artist whose works burst onto the art scene in year 2005. Since then his reputation grow quickly.

His art works attempts to investigate memory and the unconscious against a backdrop of 20th century European history.

Often achieving a cinematic, film noir-esque quality and his highly structured dramatically lit tableau makes him one of the major novices in art of the moment.

Jonathan Wateridge

Born 1979 in UK, this artist is expert in technical brio and old-mastery style. However, his subject matter is not standard fare. His art works includes scenes of disaster such as plane crashes; shipwrecks counterpoised against sublime landscapes, massive group portraits focus on unlikely ensembles, historical re-enactment societies, space program personnel, school plays or even Sandinistas.

This artist’s eye for detail is certainly breathtaking, his grand compositions a nod, among several influences towards the romanticized High Victorian mise en scene.

Aside from these new artists, there are also some abstract art artists who are making their way onto the top of success. Since abstract painting is gaining its popularity nowadays, that why it is very much understandable that thousands of artist choose abstract art paintings as their way of expressing their selves.

The Therapeutic Side of Abstraction

Posted in Cool Ideas with tags , , , on October 22, 2009 by

Abstract art paintings are not just a way to express the artist feelings. It is more than just a mixture of meaningless pattern and arbitrary shapes. More than a painting, abstract art has a therapeutic value to be found in most of the mysterious marks seen in various styles nowadays. It looks like one of the most important thing to decide on which an artist should take in consideration before he paint is his viewer. This should be taken slowly and carefully. This could cover anybody within the following wide ranges of alternatives: a busy boardroom environment; a single office or room where quick thinking, fast reactions, and serious decisions very much needed; a worker who get back from a hard days work and wanted to relax; or the space in which the desperate and mostly misunderstood person is slowly losing a tentative hold on the sense of reality.

There several things you may take in consideration.

Apparently, colors play a healing and therapeutic role to be found in carefully selected crafted piece. Abstract paintings are growing in popularity because of its color-field work that could add a feeling of peace and quiet to a noisy and hectic environment. There are few variations within a large image; a gentle sense of immersion into abstract stillness can also slow down any fussy or changeable thinking and could also aid with the adrenal challenge of a creative person.

Imprecise shapes and patterns like those of Jackson Pollock, Peter Lanyon and Howard Hodgkin are examples of a very positive association. Probably, these could influence a person with a mind filled with illogical thoughts to pause, simply take in the obvious naturalness and then take a different direction. Hodgkin artworks specifically is a puzzle-like canvasses in which the viewer has no real point of reference so is free to begin in anywhere in the picture.

Sometimes viewers can see few defined areas regarding the piece and find emotions, thus letting them freely make a positive or negative feedback.

Admit it, any pictures that provoking one for such a negative reaction can nonetheless be of great value to its viewers who might actually benefit from seeing a challenging picture that features a bad association. Better hang it on the wall than just put it in the mind. In this case, the classic combinations of red for blood and danger, black for death and sin and brown for decay and illness, together with dramatic lines and movements, when found in paintings are equally valuable stimuli if showed in an appropriate surrounding.

This comes back to what I am trying to say and that is, when looking for a painting, carefully take in consideration of the things that must be taken to find that work of art that speaks directly to the deepest part on the viewer.

What color should I use for my abstract painting?

Posted in Cool Ideas with tags , , , on October 22, 2009 by

Unlike what others think of, making an abstract art is not that easy! Though putting some paints to the ground may not take that very long, creating an image itself can be a far more time consuming activity.

So let’s get into short look into one aspect of abstract work and that is the use of color as part of the abstract succession.

Here are some of the elements parts of utilizing color for you abstract art:

  • Tone
  • The color and its combination
  • Color balance

1. Tone

This could illustrate important elements like the contrast, distance, loudness, and texture. What you can do is to carry a small hardbound watercolor paper book, a tiny container of black watercolor (two plastic bottle tops of different size so that one can fit into the other), a little watertight screw top container filled with clean water, and a small paint brush (an old fairy fine sable with most of the wooden part cut off and sanded smooth). Look for any of the said elements like for example the “contrast”. After finding something that could contrast with another, try painting the contrast without essentially illustrating anything since you are just trying to create a contrasting relationship.

2. The color and its combination

In my case, it takes lifetime for me to study this. But the basic sections include tints, harmony, disharmony, complimentary, and combination’s. I refer to the book, color pot, water bottle and brush only during this time rather of the pot that only has black, get a pot with medium cadmium yellow, crimson, and cobalt blue and nothing more. This is one of the most exciting exercises you will ever carry out since it will force you to mix these colors to create all other colors and don’t forget to use the white of the paper for white. Search for a visual that applies to one of the sections I have mentioned earlier and look to find varieties of tints. Observe how natures compliment colors very particularly and take note of these. Try and get hold of a personal understanding of what you see as harmonious and disharmonious hues.

3. Color balance

I already mentioned harmony, now let me discuss complementary colors. Now, we are entering the scientific world of color theory, and we need to take note of the particular combination’s like red and green, orange and blue, yellow and purple. You should be very careful when using the complimentary combination’s. Decide on what you think your viewer would likely to experience. For example, you could give them a headache and even result to a migraine if you mix two strong colors. Why not try another color combination? If you will experiment one of the colors like, for example, adding a bit of white or black, you will find out that the other color is becoming louder and bolder. Another experiment you could do is adding a third color like for instance green and red separately by a line of black, orange and blue separately by a line of deep red. Try also other combination’s for yourself and never forget to make a note of what you just did.

By doing these experimentation, see how the colors differ form each other. If you try adding or decreasing the area of one color. Different textures will also add another color.

When applying paint, be fearless and bold even in producing something delicate!

Lastly, if you decided to do some experimentation, always finish what you have started. And if you really want to become successful, always paint, when you feel lonely, sad, frustrated-paint, when you are ill-paint, and when you feel you are not like painting-paint! Never stop painting. If you always paint, time will come that you cannot stop yourself anymore from painting.

Try these tips to your abstract paintings and see the results. Take note, abstract art paintings are catching viewer’s attention not just only because of its shapes but also because of its color combination.