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Floral Paintings: What flowers are commonly use by artists?

Posted in Floral Art, Irregular Forms Art, Man Made Painting, Organic Art, Painting Tips with tags , , on November 8, 2009 by


Flowers are important and symbolic items for ceremony, celebrations, and festivals. No wonder many artists find flowers as their most chosen subject for painting. Floral art aside from abstract art, landscape, seascape, and still-life has also defined the legacy of several popular painters and continues to be one of the most well-known categories of art brought and sold today. So given the endless variety of flowers on earth, which one are most frequently painted? Artist over the centuries have gravitated towards specific species when making their works of art.



These are probably the most popular flower in history. They have been used to represent love, ceremony, death, and endless other human endeavors. There are over 100 varieties which include many colors as well. Not to mention the symbolism of the delicate petals protected by the dangerous thorns is ripe with symbolism. So it is usual that roses are painted more than any other flower out there. Artist in the past are fine tuned their skill to construct and shape the petals of a rose.



These flowers are more mysterious since no one knows how many varieties of them truly exist. New orchid species are continuously being discovered. Their cult like following likely stems from the combination of their rarity and variety and the beauty of so many species.



Another flower that you can often see in most floral art is the wildflower. It depicts not so much a species but a category of flower. However, the fact remains those artists have often tried to capture the radiance that wildflowers provide in the wilderness. There are numbers of colors and shapes and given that they often grown in groups and bunches only makes them more tempting for artist to imitate on a canvas. Contrasting colors of wildflowers in the same setting makes for great art.



Lilies on a canvas are also popular, bug beautiful blooms that last for a long time projected into brilliant paintings. Right labeling of a flower as a lily seems to be challenging in that there are many species that are similar but nor of the official variety. Regardless of their colors, lilies are perfect paintings for wall decoration.

So, what other flowers are most famous use by artists as a subject? There are so many that could complete this list. Daisies with their simplicity appeal to those wanting to paint with white. Eastern cultures have made art featuring Lotus flowers renowned. Tulips, daffodils, and marigolds are standards of spring. Exotics like Bougainvilleas, Anthuriums, and Birds of Paradise are featured in art from tropical areas over the world.

Several of flower species not discussed here that have been featured in flower paintings. Given the joy, beauty, and symbolism flowers bring to human cultures, it’s no surprise that flower paintings continue to be as popular as they are. Floral art is also now more available than ever, you may want to search online to see an endless number of flower galleries and collections.

You might also want to take a look on contemporary paintings, landscape paintings, abstract art paintings and other still-life paintings online. Who knows, you might find the one you are looking for!

Tuscan Inspired Painting Ideas

Posted in Cool Ideas, Figure Art, Man Made Painting with tags , , , , on November 8, 2009 by


With the use of simple wash of colors you can create a Tuscan painting. You can either create a vertical or horizontal composition but it is not advisable to mix the two since Tuscan painting should have a peaceful feeling and mixing the direction would make the painting look more energetic.


You can choose from yellow, peach, white, honey brown, dark brown, red, blue and green, which are the typical Tuscan color.


Use either thick or thin paint. If you are thinning the paint, combine the acrylic paint and water in a bowl. The purpose of this is to create a wash that is similar to a watercolor. Then use a brush to paint broad lengths of colors across the canvass (either vertically or horizontally). Overlap the colors carefully allowing them to bleed into each other.



Tuscan Inspired Still-life Painting


Tuscany is a land that is rich in color and texture. Their love for nature can obviously see in everything around their scenic villas, from the wooden unpainted furniture to the woven fabrics used for curtains. With those things you can easily create a Tuscan still life painting.


Typically, still-life paintings include flowers, fruit and bowl but to give it a Tuscan look and feeling, the bowl will be replaced with a lidless biscotti jar composed of warm shades of yellow. You can use bright colors like turquoise, orange and red to paint flowers on the jar. This will create the look of a hand-panted biscotti jar.


Tuscan Inspired Trompe l’oeil

If you think you are ready for a more advance subject, Tuscany homes are famous for their Trompe l’oeil murals. These murals appear to be windows to the world outside and represent rolling hills, mountains, evergreen trees, fountains, grape vineyards and basilica-style architecture. Tuscan use of colors is generally very light almost pastel.


To paint the mural, start with its background. Paint the mountains in the distance at varying levels of elevation. Paint the farthest mountains in alight blue color, a bit darker than the sky. The blueness of mountain color should increase as they are painted closer into the foreground.


Paint rolling hills a bit closer into the foreground also with varying levels of elevation and in different shades of yellow ochre. Paint green rows of vineyards at alternating angles on the hills but be sure to keep the vineyard on a singular hill going onto same direction.


You also want to add evergreen tress, rock patios and other nature element like a fountain even deeper into the foreground. This will not be the closest element in the picture, so leave room for barrel-vaulted archways and Corinthian style columns at the closest level of the foreground in the painting.


Finally, paint the barrel-vaulted archways into the foreground. Your audience should feel like they are looking out a window and observing the archways. Add greenery like ivy vines attached to the walls.


If you are a collector of art you may also consider contemporary paintings as one of your collectibles. Abstract paintings are perfect for wall decoration. Visit abstract art gallery now and choose among the gallery’s paintings that will fit your personality!

Saving and Collecting Paintings as an Investment

Posted in Cool Ideas, Life of a Painter, Man Made Painting with tags , , , , on September 1, 2009 by

Collection painting

Since financial events of 2008 told us that keeping investments in the bank is no longer a safe option, so why not put a small amount of pension savings into painting. By doing this, you can create a balanced portfolio?

For as long as investors only spend as much as they can afford to lose, you will realize that they are trying up their money for the long haul and appreciating their art treasure may become unfashionable over time, buying and collecting paintings is surely to a fun and profitable endeavor.

Let me give you some tips to help you in art investment.

  • Buy original art works – Limited edition prints may be a less expensive entry into the art world, but the chances that you are simply buying a costly poster are high.
  • Buy only those paintings you Like – Since you will live with the art that you buy be sure that you only buy and own something you will be happy looking at.

  • Never buy cheap paintings – More likely, a cheap new painting will develop into a cheap old one. Unlike cheap one, a more expensive painting has a great chance to at least hold its value.

  • Purchase something that many people would definitely like – Make sure that the painting has a good quality and will stand out in a crowd. Buy something that is soothing and fairly traditional but don’t forget that it should also have a twist that will make it extra ordinary.
  • Don’t be too in a hurry – Pay some time to look around the galleries like for example in an abstract art gallery in your area. Looking around the gallery paintings, buy something that finally captured your eyes.
  • Take a visit on the artist’s web site – You can buy abstract art paintings, still life, landscapes and many more in a less amount than in galleries if you will buy them directly from the artist. You can visit galleries and art exhibits to find out the artists you like but don’t forget that galleries are surely have a large mark up on their prices.
  • Put your painting in a proper place – If you are keeping your painting to sell in the future or when the time comes for your retirement, be sure that you hang them all in a good place away from direct sunlight or heat because they can damage your paintings.

  • Remember to increase your household insurance – Itemize your painting too! It needn’t cost more than a few pounds or dollars each year to make sure that your treasure is safe from thieves or fire.

So, who says that paintings are not that valuable? Aside from collecting and enjoying its exquisite look, it can also be a good investment for anyone who is art enthusiasts.

“Green” Style of Painting

Posted in Cool Ideas, Man Made Painting, Organic Art with tags , , , , , on September 1, 2009 by


Modern artists continue doing their best to find new ways of doing an art piece. Basically, they use unusual materials and make it into a different form. Painting using plants is a result of this art experimentation. Artist use flowers or leaves and turned it into paint that looks more likely as watercolors.

Unlike any other, this process can be very fun. Let me give you an idea on how to do this kind of painting with paintings at the same time, how to use it to come up into a piece that perfectly fits the artist’s style.

What are the materials needed?

  1. Hammer
  2. Watercolor paper (cold pressed 140 lbs. Strathmore Watercolor Artist Trading Cards as an example)
  3. Wax paper
  4. Fresh flowers
  5. Fresh leaves (I suggest you use fuzzy, thick leaves than glossy leaves, because they work better on this)

What you need to do?

  1. Smashing

With the use of the hammer, smash the leaves and flowers to get their juices. This will serve as your dye in water color paper.

Put the plant onto the watercolor paper. Next, cover the plant with wax paper. Then beat it with the hammer.

  1. Rubbing

By rubbing, you can also extract the plant’s juice, but here you will use different method. Tear apart the plant and by force rub it onto the watercolor paper to make an interesting wash of color.

After the wash of color is laid, you can now draw or paint on top of it.

  1. Layering

To add an effect to your art piece, layered your work with several different kinds of plants. Like for instance, smashed a watermelon leaf onto the paper, and then rub some petals of the orange flower over of the leaf print to achieve a look of an abstract art painting of a flower.

  1. Finally, manipulating

To manipulate botanical paintings, add some mixed media. For instance, use a felt tip pen to add more details on the painting. You can also use watercolor, ink, acrylics, to manipulate the appearance of the piece.

You can use this style in doing an abstract painting as well as other contemporary painting but you need lots of practice and testing to get fantastic results.

Adding Some Twist to Your Room with Space Night Sky Ceiling Illusion

Posted in Animal Art, Cool Ideas, Man Made Painting with tags , , on September 1, 2009 by

Space Night Sky Ceiling Illusion

Bored with the old white fashion look of your ceiling? Why not try Space Night Sky Ceiling Illusion? I bet you will love this as much as I do!

Here how you will do it:

First gather all the materials needed. It includes the following:

  • Good quality art brush (this is very available in most craft stores)
  • Invisible-by-day glow paint (I suggest you buy water based paint for it is the best and much safer for the environment and easier to clean up after as well)
  • Old toothbrush
  • Rags (for cleaning)
  • Drop cloth or old sheets
  • Painters tape or old ribbons and thumbtacks
  • Torchlight
  • Step ladder

Next step is preparing your room

    1. Clear your room by taking out the furniture inside.
    2. Put a cover using drop-clothes or any old sheets to the floor and any immovable objects or furniture.

And now, you are ready to paint…

  1. Use painter’s tape or colored ribbon and thumbtacks to tape off the ceiling into smaller areas.  It’s like painting using a grid system.
  2. As mush as possible darken the room. That’s why you have to use the torchlight to help you move around.
  3. Let the glow paint be exposed to sunlight or any strong source of light like the compact fluorescent lamp for about 5 minutes. After exposing it, take it in the darken room. Notice how it wonderfully glows in the dark!
  4. Dip the paint brush in the paint and put random dots on the ceiling covering one grid at the same time. Make different sizes of dots but take note that the largest should not mush bigger than the dime.
  5. Make sure to cover as many surfaces in the room as possible with the glow paint so you can create a Lost Space every time you turn off the light.
  6. After doing it on the ceiling, do it on the wall as well!
  7. Once you make it both on your ceiling and wall, you can now take out the step ladder and drop cloth outside.
  8. Then dilute a small amount of the glow paint in equal amount of water and shake it very well.
  9. Using the old toothbrush, dip it in this mixtures and sprinkle all over the floor of your room. Just don’t step on the areas you already sprinkled with the paint.
  10. Let the paint get dry fro about half an hour before you place back all the furniture in your room.
  11. You can charge up the paint in the room using a strong source of light like a compact fluorescent lamp bulb of about 15-20 watts. On daytime open your window to let the get in. Five minutes is good enough. This is the best way I think. Don’t forget to darken the room after.

So there you go! This is so easy to do. In the end, you be amaze of the result. It’s like you are riding in a magic carpet (through your bed) and lost in space! Try it!

For those who don’t have enough time to do this but really want to make their room elegant and alive, why not buy abstract art instead? Search them online of visit the nearest abstract art gallery in your area and search among the gallery paintings that suit your style!

Assemblage Art – Collage Creativity Amalgamated With Imagination

Posted in Collage Art, Cool Ideas, Man Made Painting with tags , , , , on June 9, 2009 by

Have you ever heard of ‘Assemblage Art’? Well, actually, this is an art form which is similar to ‘collage making.’ Some keys to this form of art are creativity and an effective portrayal of imagination. Several dissimilar ‘found objects,’ like wood, paper, fabric, plastic, or leaves, are organized in a three-dimensional plane, according to the respective thematic fashion of a work in Assemblage art. As Donald Barthelme, the famous literary author and art admirer, have quoted, “…the principle of collage is the central principle of all art in the 20th century.”

This form of art was first seen in the works of revolutionary artists, like Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) and Georges Braque (1882-1963). Picasso introduced collages through his painting, “Still Life with Chair-Caning (1911-12)” while Braque would mix sand and sawdust in order to create a new texture to paint with. ‘Assemblage Art’ officially started way back in 1950. At that time, artist Jean Dubuffet created a series of collages, “assemblages’ d’empreintes,” where he portrayed butterfly wings. Another landmark name in this field is Joseph Cornell (1903-72) His contemporary painting became known with its boxes oriented works, such as choosing a glass painted front and then placing Victorian pictures. An undertone of ‘Surrealism’ is always carried by the boxes as it never failed to convey a political or revolutionary message. It was his interactive assemblages like “Medici Slot Machine” boxes that became the exemplary of the highest order.

It was in the New York Museum of Modern Art when first ever exhibition on ‘Assemblage Art’ occurred and that was in the year 1961. Such exhibition was an instant hit. Braque, Marcel Duchamp, Dubuffet, Kurt Schwitters, Picasso, Man Ray, Robert Rauschenberg, Joseph Cornell were among the prominent artists whose works were included in the gallery paintings. Some of the main objects that were used in the exhibited works were welded materials, natural, as well as recycled products.

Another master sculptor who made use of welded and automobile wreck pieces in his works was the American artist named John Chamberlain who was born in 1927. Minoru Ohira (b. 1950), Robert H. Hudson (b. 1938), Fred H. Roster (b. 1930), Edward Kienholz [(1927-94) who is the creator of the tableaux, “the Beanery”, and Daniel Spoerri (b. 1930) who is the creator of “snare pictures” from the used food objects & utensils are among the other renowned assemblage artists. There are also female artists in this field and those who have shown high competence in ‘Assemblage Art’ are Louise Nevelson (1899-1988) and Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven. Louise American was an ‘Abstract Expressionist’ artist who was mainly admired for her exceptional employment of the used pieces of wood in her artistic composition. A 3-stories high assemblage was one of her famous works.

Owing to its usefulness, ‘Assemblage Art’ are created with manufactured, natural, waste, sand, junk beds, beaches, waste ground, including basically any tangible and usable object. It is the manifestation of the artist’s imagination that has the real essence in this art form more than the use of object. Because of the mystery and innovation of ‘Assemblage Art,’ numerous young art students were attracted. As a consequence, evolution and excellence of this art field continuously occurred just like the field of abstract art.

Absolute Vodka

Posted in Man Made Painting with tags , , , , , , on January 19, 2009 by

“Absolute Vodka” by Jason York


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

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

Dimensions: 36″ x 24″ x 1 3/8″
Support: Stretched on wood stretcher bars
Material: Oil on Canvas
Framing: Choice of black or blonde wood frame
Stock ID: 500