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!



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 CreditSmartPro.com

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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.

 

Roses

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.

 

Orchids

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.

 

Wildflowers

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

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 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

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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!

Light Matters!

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

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Whether you want to create your abstract painting in-doors or out-doors, having the right light on your canvas is important, yet I frequently observe some artists doing wrong.

 

If you prefer to paint your abstract art out-doors, you must remember that when you’re done, your paintings are going to hang on a wall under indoor light. So, for you to paint in light that is similar to this you must always turn the easel so the canvas is full shade. Or let say, you must turn the canvas “against the light”. Meaning to say, no sunlight must fall on the canvas during the whole painting process.

 

Watch-out for direct sunlight!

Always keep in mind that your paintings will be hang on a wall with indoor light, so, if you will paint it in direct sunlight, you would not be able to judge hue values well and the paintings when brought indoors would be too dark.

 

When you prefer to paint in-doors, you don’t want direct sunlight fall under your canvas, however you need indirect lighting to illuminate the canvas nicely. Therefore, when you create a masterpiece indoors you want as much indirect light on your canvas as possible, which, when you think about it, is very similar to being in the shade out-doors.

 

Of course you want to see what you are doing when you’re indoors but don’t switch on the overhead light as they can ruin any sense of form that a single source of light creates on your subject. If you want, you could set up a lamp that could be the source of your light but doesn’t shine directly on your canvas. In short, indirect sunlight is the key!

 

Perhaps you would ask, how about normal light? The term normal is actually weakened out capability to taste the light with our eyes. It cuts our sensation with an idea. To be able to say that a specific light bulb has a normal color to it is like saying the green light bulb is the normal color but the truth is there is no such thing as “normal” color or light!

 

The type of light that an artificial light emits (its color and temperature) would be the same color or temperature it draws out in a painting. Like for example an ordinary household bulb that is tend to be yellowish will make the warm of a painting glow, on the other hand, fluorescent tubes draws out the cools in a painting.

 

Don’t be concern about the fancy names given to different types of bulbs what you need to so is to see the light in order to judge it. Try out range of artificial lights until you get to a mix that looks good to you. Finally, do as Cezanne said, “Trust your little sensations.” Only you can tell what you want and what you like to create your abstract art paintings a masterpiece.

Tuscan Inspired Painting Ideas

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

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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!