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La Sagrada Familia

Posted in Cool Ideas with tags , , , on November 17, 2009 by CreditSmartPro.com

Located in Barcelona, Spain, La Sagrada Familia is vast architectural endeavor that is a major tourist destination in Spain.  This privately-funded church has been under construction since 1882, and is not expected to be finished until 2026.  Most visitors await the public opening of a portion of its interior scheduled in September 2010.

La Sagrada Familia is considered the masterpiece of Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926), a famous Catalan architect.  The last 15 years of Gaudi’s life was centered in the construction of this massive infrastructure.  The architectural design is so amazing; it’s been one of Barcelona’s top tourist attractions for years.  This magnificent architecture has been subject of countless abstract paintings.

Originally, the project was under Francesc Del Villar.  When he resigned a year later, Antoni Gaudi was put in his place and the whole design was changed completely.  On Gaudi’s death, Domènech Sugranyes took over.  However the project was interrupted in 1936 because of the Spanish Civil War.  Catalan anarchists destroyed several unfinished areas along with Gaudi’s models and workshop.  Currently, the design is from the reconstructed lost plans of Gaudi and through computer generated modern adaptations.

No other church in Spain is as rich in Christian symbolism as La Sagrada Familia.  Gaudi has intended the church to be the “last great sanctuary of Christendom.”  The current construction of the church is bridled with controversy.  The application of Computer Aided design technology allows the needed stone blocks to be shaped by a CNC milling machine off-site.  People can view the complete description of the current construction and future plans in an exhibited catalogue at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum Frankfurt are Main.  Catalan architects are advocating the halt of the construction as a respect to the original architectural designs of Gaudi.  Those people who are in charge of the project are opposing the idea.  It is expected that by September 2010.  If you cannot visit La Sagrada Familia, you can view gallery paintings of this church in museums.  Abstract art paintings of La Sagrada Familia are also available online.

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

Posted in Cool Ideas with tags , , , on November 17, 2009 by CreditSmartPro.com

The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church is a Protestant church found in Berlin.  The original church was constructed between 1891-1895 but was destroyed in the air raid bombing during World War II.  After the war, several plans were made to redevelop the church.  A new glass church was proposed to be built on the ruins, in addition to complete destruction and removal of the remains so a totally new church would be built.  Later on, it was decided to leave the ruin behind and build a new church around it.  The old church is now a memorial to commemorate World War II.  Many artists created abstract paintings of this church as an expression of their dislike of war and its effects.

The new design of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church was made by Egon Eiermann.  It has 4 buildings set around the ruins.  The original plan to completely demolish the entire church was set aside in favor of the demands of the public to save the ruins.  The four buildings were now situated on the west and east of the ruins.  The walls were made of more than 20,000 stained glass inlay designed by Gabriele Loire.  Loire got his inspiration from the glass colors of the Chartres Cathedral.  The spectacular mix red, green, blue, and yellow would surely inspire you to create your own abstract art painting.  Inside the church is a suspended figure of Christ facing the entrance?  The figure is designed by Karl Hemmeter.  Peter Tauchnitz designed the cross made of gilt silver inlaid with 37 rock crystals.  You will find the bowl of holy water contained in a stand of Carrara marble.  The wonderful sound of the organ is amplified by acoustics improved by Plexiglas panels.  If you wish to see the renowned works of art of the church, head to the northeast wall.  You will find a memorial of Protestant martyrs in bronze plaque that died in 1933-1945 under the Nazi regime.  Next is the Stalingrad Madonna, the church’s symbol for hope.

You will only get to fully understand why Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church is among the most visited places in Germany when you get to see it yourself.  You can buy abstract art of this church in many galleries and also online.

Face Painting: What and how to use face paints?

Posted in Cool Ideas, Landscape Painting, Organic Art with tags , , on November 8, 2009 by CreditSmartPro.com

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Modern paintings like abstract paintings and body painting is becoming popular nowadays, one of these modern painting methods is face painting that is especially popular amongst children party. Many artists also use face painting as their source of income.

As an artists it is important to know what paint one should use, where to get it and how to use it.

  1. Choosing the right face paint to use.

The best brand would be the Wolfe Bros., a.k.a. Wolfe Face Art and FX. Snazaroo and Ben is also a good brand. These brands are all high quality, easy to use and they are FDA approved, meaning safe to use for your skin. They are also available water-based that is so easy to wash off.

2. Arrange all your materials such as face paints, cup of water, paper towels, brushes, and sponges on a table next to your hand. Fold up a paper towel and lay your brushes on top of it. Now set up 2 chairs facing each other. One chair is for you and the other one for the person you will do the face painting with.

3. Dip your brush in the water then bring your brush to the paint. Mix the water from your brush with the paint, working the paint into creamy consistency.

4. As for the sponge, you may either use it on its original form or cut it in half suing the scissor. Then dip one end of it in the water and pat it onto the paper towel to remove excess moisture. Rub the sponge with firm pressure in the paint, loading of paint on one end.

5. When applying the paint on the face on a full-face design, use the sponge to cover large areas of the face, the use the brush to add smaller details. Once you have applied the paint onto your sponge, use a dabbling movement to apply the paint. In case the paint comes out too streaky, go back over it with the use of the sponge with a light dabbing movement. Let the paint dry first before adding more details.

As an artist it is indeed a fulfillment at the end if you create good face paint. Same applies for other painting genre such as abstract art, plein air, contemporary paintings, landscapes, and others.

Flower Painting Ideas

Posted in Collage Art, Cool Ideas, Figure Art, Floral Art, Geometric Art, Irregular Forms Art with tags , , , , on November 8, 2009 by CreditSmartPro.com

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Flowers are very attractive subject matter especially for those artists who really love any species of it. Despite the range of flowers that exist in nature, this project should not be off-putting. Flowers can be broken down into its important parts to help you with your drawing and painting.

Sketching the Flower

In sketching, you can either use a real flower or a photograph of it. Tulips work well as a simple flower subject. First, put the flower in a vase to keep it steady. Using your pencil, sketch the flower, following the gentle curve of the stem. Continue until you are satisfied with the sketch of the stem. Then start sketching the inner most flower petals, use dotted lines to reflect where the petals overlap one another. Start from the center and move outward. Once you feel satisfied with the arrangements of the petals, you can then erase the dotted lines. Don’t forget to sketch the pistils and stamen if they peek through the top of the petals.

Painting the Petals

Try to observe carefully the shadows and how they appear on the flower. This affects the color temperature of the flower, making the flower look more lifelike. The warmer the temperature, the lighter the shade of the color and the cooler its hues the darker the shade will be. Using pictures is helpful in this because the light can change the shadows on the flower before you have completed the painting.

To start with, use a heavy cartridge of paper. Then make an underwash for the flower. Underwash is a universal color that seems to lie beneath the whole flower and will be the flower’s lightest hue. This remove the white of the paper and gives a good contrast to the color temperatures you will apply to the petals. Use a watercolor underwash and an acrylic paint as the surface paint. Coat the colors on the flower in stages, depicting the various color temperatures. Build the colors on top of the underwash, keeping an eye out for the variation in color temperatures. When creating brush strokes, always remember that there are color lines in the center of the flower that pull outward toward the ends of the petals.

Painting the Leaves and the Stem

You can use the method above regarding the underwash and color temperature for the leaves and stem of the flower. Take note that the most distinguished aspect of the leaf is its vein structure and how the light and shadows reflects off of the leaf. When sketching the leaf, make a general outline of the leaf, applying the details later when you start to paint the leaf.

The key to achieve a successful floral painting is to paint in stages, building color around the light and shadows on the leaf and adding vein detail after you have accurately reflected the color temperatures on the leaf.

Truly, floral paintings are good for wall decorations either at home or in your work. Another genre of paintings that can also add and intensify your room’s personality is abstract art paintings. Abstract art are perfect for those people who love to exercise their mind and imagination. Buy abstract art now on a gallery or on line!



The Beauty of Fabric Painting

Posted in Cool Ideas, Figure Art, Floral Art, Geometric Art with tags , , on November 8, 2009 by CreditSmartPro.com

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Painting on a fabric aids to enhance the textiles. There are several patterns and styles that can be created on fabric. One popular design is flowers. There are huge numbers of kind of flowers that’s why artists have no limitation and can even create their own look of a flower without even referencing a particular kind.

Fabric Painting Step1:

Choose or look for a fabric that you would like to paint. Think about how you will use the fabric when the painting is complete since different fabrics are better suited for various types of projects. For instance, silk and cotton fabrics are perfect for creating garments and a thick cotton/poly blend is ideal for drapes and upholstery, and a duck cloth or heavy canvas is ideal for a tablecloth. A fabric with a coating such as oil cloth is not an ideal fabric for this process.

Fabric Painting Step2:

Wash the fabric or clean it as indicated to the care instruction. For example, most silk fabrics are not washable and could be clean through dry-cleaned to remove any dirt that could hinder the steadfastness of the paint on the fabric.

Fabric Painting Step3:

Choose the type of paint you will apply on your fabric. Different paints are formulated for various types of fabrics. Like for an instance, there are paints made deliberately for painting on silk. Have a variety of hues for painting or the primary colors (red, yellow and blue) with black and white for mixing your own colors.

Fabric Painting Step4:

Before applying the paint, test it first on the fabric by trying different brush strokes and methods for painting on a scrap piece of fabric. If you are creating this fabric for a wearable item that will be washed, wash the scrap of fabric to ensure steadfastness. The fabric paint label should detail care instructions and always follow those instructions.

Fabric Painting Step5:

Start painting the fabric! To produce a flower, press down with the side of the brush, making an ovular shape on the fabric with the paint. Do this in a circular, changing the direction of the brush to point outward, completing the circle to form a basic flower shape. Paint the inside of the circle to finish the center of the flower. Another technique flower painting is through laying a translucent fabric on top of a picture of flowers. Just follow the outline of the flower with the paint and brush, producing a replica of the flower in the picture. To create depth in the flower, water down the paint to create a lighter mark, adding highlights with the thicker paint.

Fabric Painting Step6:

Cure the paint as indicated by the label on the fabric paint. Basically, this inquire letting the paint fry completely and ironing with a hot iron on the backside of the fabric to cure the paint.

Do you like fabric painting? Try abstract art too! Visit abstract art galleries on line and see among the gallery paintings that suits your taste.

Abstract Canvas Painting Tips

Posted in Collage Art, Cool Ideas, Figure Art, Floral Art, Geometric Art with tags , , , , , on November 8, 2009 by CreditSmartPro.com

lights improvedlights improvedI know every artist wants to create the best and unique artwork. This goal is of course difficult to obtain if you are a beginner. Here are some tips to help you with:

Colors

Every artist has its preference towards a particular color. He/she will then try to include this color in each of his/her artwork. You may love to use this color the most or even might not mind using only this favorite color over a canvas. Either way, what most important thing you should always remember to mix proper and appropriate colors. If you want your painting to become loud and energetic, I then suggest that you use colors with bright colors and you like the opposite of it, try using subtle colors!

 

Brushes

It doesn’t matter how many brushes you use to create your art piece. The truth is you can keep them aside and try using some other tools. Try painting knife or a pallet knife instead or if you also like, use your nails or needles.

 

Camera

You can use this to capture your favorite things. After capturing, you may want to transfer these photos into paintings.
Left over colors

Most of the time, a considerate amount of hues remain after the painting session. You can put them in small empty containers and seal them properly. Instead of sealing them with a lid, you can use some good cling wrap. You can also draw a small stroke from the same color over the container to serve as your mark of what color that container has.

 

Glass Palette

Place this over a clean white paper which acts like a neutral background, and use it as a palette. Make sure that the glass is as thick as your standard windowpane. By suing these you can clearly see colors as you go mixing them over the glass pane.

 

Using alternatives in your regular art is a great abstract painting ideas. With the tips above, you can produce a new and unique abstract art canvas. Wherever you go shopping, traveling, partying, or even during work, spend time to look around you and experiment things that you could easily transfer to your canvas. Try adding some fun to your abstract art painting by experimenting with the unusual things and you will have an amazing painting ready on your canvas!

Painting Ideas

Posted in Cool Ideas with tags , , , , on November 8, 2009 by CreditSmartPro.com

painting ideas

Most artists expressed their feeling though a painting. Painting has been used fro thousands of years now to express human emotions. It is rightfully said that “a picture is worth a thousand words”. Painting a tiny flower, a huge gathering, an old fort or latest model can be accomplished using a canvas, colors and painting tools. Aside from those physical materials, you also need to have a wild imagination that is your key to a successful masterpiece.

 

Canvas Art Ideas

 

  1. You should know your interest area. If you like things such as gadgets or vehicles, you can try them on a canvas! It doesn’t matter if you’re a first timer or not, I believe you will enjoy doing this. Same thing goes if you love nature, why not spend time to go to the nearest favorite spot and start your masterpiece?

 

  1. Floral Art is probably one of the best painting ideas for the novices. All by yourself, you can arrange your favorite flowers in a vase or buy a simple affordable bouquet and start your work with keen observation. A single flower is also enough to make your canvas artwork.

 

  1. Try new things! If you enjoy painting a particular genre and is good at it, you may also try to do something that is completely different. Try landscape, abstract art, contemporary paintings as well and others.

 

  1. If you are tired of looking for a subject to paint with, look at yourself in a mirror. Why not paint your hands, or your legs with your favorite footwear on. Remember, do not limit yourself on one thing, explore, enjoy and experiment!

 

  1. Thinking weird might also help you. Let say an ants queue over your books stack, or a mobile phone placed inside your formal shoes, as if on a phone stand. It’s a matter of thinking something unusual. The more you think weird the more it will become unique!

 

  1. Try abstract paintings! If you think landscape or still life paintings are too hard for you since you are a novice, why not try abstract art paintings instead? It will be easier for you to create this and express your feelings!