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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!

The Wonder of Fruits

Posted in Cool Ideas, Irregular Forms Art, Painting Tips with tags , , on September 1, 2009 by

wonder of fruits

Probably, the most favorite subject of most artists in doing still life painting is the fruits. There are many popular artists created extremely captivating paintings of rotting fruit. In this time artists are also adepts in making captivating still fruit oil paintings and oil pastel fruit paintings. It is said that the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries are considered as the golden age of fruit growing among wealthy amateur. They make sure that there are abundant supplies of specimens to paint and for the published plates.


The art of painting and the painting industry as a whole is flourishing supported by art enthusiasts all over the world. Because of this, fruit paintings gained its popularity and there has been a steady increase in the population of fruit painting lovers. People are so excited to decorate fruit paintings in their home, offices and restaurants. They also bought fruit paintings as a gift fro their loved ones on a special occasion. Since many people love fruit paintings, it became the favorite gift of some for birthdays, wedding, new home, and new office. Like real fruits, fruit paintings are greatly used in most events and functions all over the world.


Creating fruit painting are not limited to any select varieties of fruits but involve almost all kinds of fruits. Numbers of fruit paintings is comparable to numbers of fruit species. These paintings have extraordinary beauty that holds great attractions to viewers. This could be done in different mediums and different materials. Most common fruits that artists paint are grape, guavas, bananas, apples and pineapples. These artists are brilliantly representing the best art work of rotting fruit. Fruit bowl painting is equally fantastic and add charm with their presence on the walls of your room.


Making a fruit painting is not complicated to do and can easily be learn through simple decorative one stroke painting method which you can use in diversity of surfaces. Anyone can easily paint apples, blossoms, leaves, bracts, strawberries, garlic, tomatoes and many more. You can easily use elements alone as well as with others to be able to make your own unique style. Once you have master this one stroke fruit painting art, you can use your talent and creativity to make paintings for gift articles, bazaars, shops, online wending, exhibitions, home decoration and many more. You can use materials fro your learning process or practicing like folk art acrylic and enamel paint, floating colorless medium, wicker white, green forest, sunflower yellow, burnt umber, maple syrup, berry wine, crimson, etc. There are also available brushes for practicing that are so available in the market.


Choose card or any other type of paper you wish to paint on. Prepare your paints and assemble a special color palette for the paint instead of dipping it directly into your usual paints. This is important or else you may get pieces of vegetable or fruit sticking out and they are bound to rot sooner or later. The good thing about painting fruits is that you can focus on one small area at the time. I strongly suggest that you choose a paint that is somewhat thin but not too watery. At first, try painting on old newspapers till you gain enough expertise. You can try painting on old newspaper first for practicing. Put only a little layer of paint on the fruit to avoid smudging and make the floral border if it is greeting cards or for a scrapbook


Do you love painting? Why not try to paint abstract art with fruits as your subjects? Surely abstract paintings of fruits are perfect gifts for your love ones. Why not buy one now in any abstract art gallery in your area.

Creating a jungle look in your child’s room

Posted in Cool Ideas, Painting Tips, Still Life Art with tags , , , on September 1, 2009 by


Most children of today love different kinds of animals. If your children are one of them, this is good news for you! Jungle mural is a great way to give a new look for their room. It will look more fun and enjoyable. The question is how to create such look on their room?

Don’t worry if you don’t have that artistic talent because this type of mural is so easy to do as long as you have with you the materials needed.

Let me give you a tip, you can actually transfer a desired jungle scene, animal or image to transparency film then with the use of an overhead projector you can now display the full image of it on the wall which you can now trace and begin doing the painting.

You can buy transparency film from any store that sells computer accessories, business or school items. For the projector, why not borrow one to your office or your child’s school? If you can’t you can always rent one or better yet buy one from a local business store or look for a sale on line.

Try searching online for the sample images. Your child can choose from numerous designs as well as the images can easily print off on the transparency film. When selecting for images, I suggest you choose an image with less details.

Try to select those two-dimensional images. Another tip in using transparencies, why not use stencils for smaller animals like for birds that may be in the sky or on trees. You can also buy this in craft stores.

Another question would be what is the best paint to use for this wall mural? The best paint to use is acrylic paint and artist paints. You should also have different sizes of brushes.

Remember that your jungle mural is not just limited to your wall; you can also extend it to the ceilings. For example, when creating an image of tress, you can draw an extension of their leaves on the ceiling. You can also paint the ceiling with a light blue color to make it appear like a sky.

However, if you don’t feel like putting too much of trees on it, you can just focus your paintings on animals. You can do this s by placing different animals in different corners of the room. Remember, you ca always use the shape of your child’s room to your advantage in creating a jungle mural.

To go along with the jungle mural on your child’s room, why not buy them a bunk bed or loft bed. The good thing about these beds is that they give more three house effect that would encourage the imagination of your child, and will enhance upon the whole genuineness of the room.

In the end you will found out that the more you discuss this matter with your child, the more creative it would be. Not just that, the best thing about this is that it will bring lots of fun and bonding moments to the whole family!

Of course you can always have a choice. If you think you can really do this because you don’t have enough time but you really wanted to surprise you child with an image of their favorite animals, you might want to consider contemporary paintings of animals. There are so available on line or in any abstract art gallery in your area. Animal abstract painting is a good gift not only for children but for animal lovers as well!

How to set the right price for your Paintings

Posted in Cool Ideas, Painting Tips with tags , , on September 1, 2009 by


Whether you are a novice or an expert painter, you still probably find it hard to set a price to any of your paintings. Think about this, if you set a too much amount for your painting than what it should be the end result may be not selling them all. On the other hand, if you set a price lower than what it should be, you might not get back the costs you have spent or get taken seriously.

I understand how hard it is, so you might want to consider the following ideas on how you will set a price for your paintings on its right amount.

  1. Consider doing a research in the market about what other artists are charging in your area. Of course, most big cities would definitely have more prices as those in sub-urban, so, set a price that is appropriate for your local area.
  2. Never forget that the prices of gallery paintings are not the same price as what the artist gets. Galleries take a lot of commission, so you better check how much it is.
  3. Of course it is important that you know how much you have spent in doing your painting. Aside from the materials you have used, electricity, studio rental, or a model of you have.
  4. Consider also the time you spent in doing your painting since time also costs money but initially you might not get too much from it.
  5. If you already have a name or reputation in painting industry, you should also consider that. But of course you’re not expecting too much if you’re only setting out.
  6. If you’re planning to do some marketing strategies to sell your paintings like an exhibition or promoting an open-studio day, add for this matter as well.
  7. After you have finalized the cost, make a comparison again with local prices. Do you think the price is realistic given in the market and your reputation? Don’t worry; you can always increase your painting’s prices in the next time.

Here are some tips you might also consider:

  1. Whether you believe it or not, oil paintings still has higher prices than other mediums. So why not consider oil as your medium for painting?
  2. Never set a lower price for your art work. It will just appear for some buyers that your paintings are not as valuable as it is.
  3. I suggest that you only sell your best art work. Most especially if you are a beginner who still establishing his/her name and reputation. As you have established your name, of course buyers would want to have the best from you, so maintain it!
  4. If you want to sell one of your best painting through including it in an art exhibit but having  a second thought if you will sell it or not, don’t’ think that setting a high price on it might not sold it. What if it does?

Setting a price for your contemporary paintings? Why not try those simple tips above before deciding whether you will exhibit it in an abstract art gallery or through an open-studio day?

Impasto—A technique to thickened the texture of your painting

Posted in Painting Tips with tags , , , on August 2, 2009 by

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.

Want to have something affordable to hang on your wall?

Posted in Painting Tips with tags , , , , on August 2, 2009 by

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.

Creating artwork using computer

Posted in Landscape Painting, Painting Tips with tags , on August 2, 2009 by

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.

Naked Skin as Canvas

Posted in Painting Tips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 8, 2009 by

As we all know, social attitudes about artistic nudity have changed. This has from time to time led to conflict over art that no longer conforms to prevailing standards. Like for instance, some members of the Roman Catholic Church once organized the so-called “fig-leaf campaign” to cover nudity in art, starting from the works of Renaissance artist Michelangelo but the Church has since removed such fig leaves and restored the works.

The nude has become an enduring genre of representational art, especially painting, sculpture and photography. It depicts people without clothes, usually with stylistic and staging conventions that distinguish the artistic elements such as innocence or similar theatrical/artistic elements of being nude with the more provocative state of being naked.

A nude figure is one, such as a goddess or a man in ancient Greece, for whom the lack of clothing is its usual condition, so that there is no sexual suggestiveness presumed.

A special case, where nudity, though not permanent, is physically necessary for the art to be created and observed, is body art which uses the skin as the medium like a painter’s canvas upon which the markings are created.

While the techniques used, such as tattooing and scarification are often used in a more artisanal way, as most body markings have less of anaesthetic than a social and communicative purpose. Some clients carefully select artists and designs for artistic beauty to decorate significant skin surfaces, preferably coordinating the different designs — some like displaying them in public while others rather keep them hidden except in select company, accordingly preferring to mark body parts that are commonly clad.

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Miniature Paintings

Posted in Painting Tips with tags , , , , on February 8, 2009 by

Miniature painting, as its name itself implies, is a painting that is smaller than usual. More detail is employed on this type of artwork. Usually, a smooth surface is utilized to effectively paint on. According to history, miniature paintings originated from the medal depictions of ancient Rome. There is also some proof that it came from the ancient Egyptians, based on their writings in scrolls. If you check antique manuscripts, you will see that small paintings are made either on the book cases, book covers or on the edge and corner of the pages itself.

Miniature paintings were made to demonstrate some things that could not otherwise be expressed in words. Through time, the drawings become more complex and expressive. There was a time when portraits were made into small pieces so they can easily be carried around. This is very similar to our modern printable pictures that can easily fit in our wallets.

Some people think that for miniature artworks or pieces, the model themselves must be miniature. That is not so. Miniature artworks are simple paintings reduced to a small size. Great detail is put into these pieces so that they would effectively resemble its model, even if it is very small. That is why it takes a lot of effort and time to make one.

However, miniature paintings are not limited to being small. There are actually huge sizes of miniature paintings. It simply means that something very large (the model) is reduced to a minimum size. For example, one can create a big painting of a miniature town. It can be very tough since all necessary details must be employed, aside from the fact that they are minute.

Some miniature paintings are no larger than a square inch. This is the reason why most people opt for these miniature paintings to be placed in objects and act as design or accessory. Russian lacquer boxes often have miniature paintings. Others put it in jewelry boxes to further accentuate it.

Most of the subjects of miniature paintings are nature related, such as flowers, butterflies and insects.

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History’s Five most costly Paintings

Posted in Painting Tips with tags , , , , , , on February 1, 2009 by

Art enthusiasts all over the world can attest to the fact that if one painting is expressive and you can relate to it, then it is a great artwork. What more if it was made by someone famous, or if the circumstances that surround the painting are noteworthy?

There are art collectors who would go to a certain extent for them to get what they want, whatever the cost. And that is exactly how biddings are won, because of the price. Here is a list of the five most expensive paintings in history.

Let us start with the fifth placer: Le BAL Au Moulin De La Galette, Montmartre. This painting, which costs $78 million, was created by Pierre-August Renoir in 1876. This French painter was one of the first to employ the Impressionist style in his works.

Grabbing the fourth place is the work of Vincent Van Gogh, entitled Portrait of Dr. Gachet. This painting amounted to $82.5 million. This portrait has two versions; one is in Paris, France, and the other, currently unknown.

The third place goes to Dora Maar au Chat, a creation of Pablo Picasso. It was bought in 2006 with the price of $95.2 million. It is an intense depiction of Picasso’s lover, Dora Maar, who shared his passions and leanings.

The second most expensive painting in history is another one of Picasso’s work: Garçon à la Pipe. Picasso broke from his usual Cubist style in this painting. It was made in 1904, during the early part of the artist’s life. It was sold for $104.1 million in 2004.

The most expensive painting to date was sold at a whopping $135 million. The painting, entitled Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, was a creation of Gustav Klimt in 1907. It took the artist three long years to complete the work, which paid really well. The Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I is one of the artworks stolen by the Nazis during the Second World War.

The price of some of these paintings actually surprised the world of art, especially since they didn’t expect them to cost as much. But still, it is the collector himself who sets the value of painting with the intensity of their desire to get hold of it.

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