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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.

How to create abstract art?

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

You would probably catch yourself asking, “How can I produce an abstract art image?” So, how to do it?

But before we move on to answer that question, I need to ask you first some question:

Why? Or why do you want to produce an abstract painting?

Here are some answers you should read and then decide which, if any, loosely fit your reason for wanting to do it:

  1. No reason at all. I just really want to.
  2. I think it is easy to do and I find it nice for something to go with the décor in my room.
  3. It would be a great investment!
  4. I feel like I am obliged to do it.
  5. I have visions, dreams, day dreams, thoughts, I also hear voices and something is telling me that these should be brought into the material world.
  6. This could serve as my therapy. An opportunity to release my aggression, enhance my self confidence and visualizing my inner confusion.
  7. I want to express myself in my own way.

Choose one answer from above and take a look at it in more detail

  1. This is the answer of an anarchist. This is also a very valid reason for wanting to work abstractly. You already have inside of you an angry boiling cauldron as well as the potential to produce truly opposing and dramatically random works. However, this requires Brut strength of will and the blinding power of determination that will work for you.
  2. This is one of the most usual mistaken ideas. Unlike what other thinks, it is not easy to create an abstract art painting but it is very much easy to create a mess that will then lead to your frustration, depression and bitterness. And because of this, you will be a far better position to produce something like a true abstract work.
  3. The fact is, there are millions of people producing the most amazing art works but none of them are rich, famous or even earning money at all. I will always stand by my belief that what I paint is not about money because it can never be. Try again!
  4. This is an interesting answer. This could drive you to a series of worker attitude. It can be dangerous yet compelling. Success is your destiny but success will have no meaning or interest for you and will not help you. However the force will take you deep into darkness (not scary one but mysterious indeed) where you will find more questions.
  5. This is the answer of a surrealist. Making abstract paintings would not be too hard for you, as long as you relax a little. Never allow the explicitness of sights blind you to the potential and more appropriate imagery of the subjects joining of confidences.
  6. This is the answer of a purist abstract producer. His inner tensions, incomprehensible fears, and binding mental flashes all add to a truly ground-breaking palette.
  7. You are a fearless explorer! That is what you should expect yourself but you had better step carefully. Are you also ready to hear other people telling you how much they hate your work? So much that they want to destroy it? If that’s the case, are you still willing to continue?

So, how do you find it? Still want to continue and produce that masterpiece? If yes, these are the practical things you should do.

Get a sketchbook. Make sure you make at least one mark of some kind on one page each day. Visit an abstract art gallery (you can also visit them on line) and with you sketchbook, make any observations or scribbles. If you are a little bit hesitant about markings, try these useful exercises:

  • Get a sheet of paper (A4 size) and a pencil.
  • Find a watch, clock or timer with a second hand.
  • Set the timer for 15 seconds; place the paper and the pencil on a table. Juts make sure that there’s nothing else on the table except for your paper, pencil and timer.
  • And of course, have a sit ready to sit on.

Look for any object near you and place it upon the table. It could be anything such as a mobile phone or a magazine. Without any thinking, put it onto the table, sit down and set the timer. Take a look at the object for five seconds but do not try to draw it. Take in consideration the shape, texture, space, highlights, lowlights, tone, tints especially the outline of the object. After five seconds, start drawing. You have ten seconds to try capturing hat you have just seen.

Face the fact that you’re not going to produce a masterpiece, so do not force yourself! All I want is for you to try. I want you to simply capture the dynamics of what you see. That’s it!

I recommend for you to do it six times. Each time you do, try to slow down and draw a purposeful line without any hesitant scratches. Why draw twenty little marks when you can try to do one big line!

Ideas for a wall art

Posted in Cool Ideas with tags , , , , on October 1, 2009 by

When visiting gallery paintings you may think that all of those artworks are meant only for those who are elite and can afford to buy those paintings. If you do not have the money to purchase them, then you can never have them even if you’re already excessively drooling over for that abstract painting that you may have seen in an abstract art gallery you have previously visited. But, guess what? You can always make one of your own! Here are a few design ideas to get your project started:

Go Natural. Our nature offers the best and most affordable resources that we can get. See that leaf hanging over your window? Why not get it and make your own stencil art? Arrange and place it on a canvass or thick board then spray over it. Remove the leaf to make a print.  Those fallen branches can also be used to create a frame for your board using strings to attach them together.

Go Asian. With a black paint and empty canvass, make your own calligraphy writing. You may search the internet for a word that you like, for example, the word love, and its characters. Practice first on a disposable paper until you are able to get the “feel” of it.

Tape them. Use tape to create stripes on your canvass. To do this, simply arrange and stick the tape strategically on the canvass. Paint over it using the colors you like. When the paint is dry, remove the tapes to reveal the stripes. You may also create a checker-styled art.

Mixed art. Use different materials like beads, magazines, stones and other embellishments to jazz up that blank canvass. Try making a collage or scrapbook-themed canvass. Also, you may try doing your own patch work on a canvass. Simply cut the squares and glue them on the canvass. Then you may add stitches on the sides to create a sewn effect.  Snip, stick and stitch away!

So what are you waiting for? Grab your canvass and other materials and start creating your original abstract art using these ideas!

Bathroom make-over

Posted in Cool Ideas with tags , , , on October 1, 2009 by

Bathrooms are one of the favorite rooms in a house because it gives you the chance to have a private time for yourself. So, as a requisite, bathrooms should be clean, fresh, neat and relaxing. But, is your bathroom boring you? Are the white walls making you feel empty? Are all your things inside your bathrooms makes you feel stressed rather than relaxed? When you enter the room, do you feel enclosed like a very tight jar? If you answered “yes” to at least two of those questions, then it only means one thing: it is time for a bathroom make over sans the need to dole out too much money.

The first thing to do in having a presentable and comfortable bathroom is to clean it. Remove the things that are not supposed to be in your bathroom. If you really need to have all those things inside your bathroom, then make sure that you are able to store and arrange them properly in boxes or in cabinets. Basically, what you’re trying to do here is to hide all the clutter in a container to make it look as if your things are well organized. Also, having a well organized room will also help create a wider space.   Sanitation is also very essential for this part of the house since bacteria thrive easily on wet places.

If you have bland or boring wall, then paint it. Deep colors will help make your room look larger since it will help create an illusion of having no corners. Also, adding large mirrors on the wall will help make it look more spacious too. Also, you may try to change your bulb to a “warm white” which gives a warmer glow.

Lastly, add life and colors to your space! If you have a large space and open space, fill it up with plants or the likes. If you have a smaller space, then try to fill in the walls (rather than the floor) with accessories or artworks such as abstract paintings. Try to buy an abstract art in an online abstract art gallery which offers a wide range of artworks for you to choose from.

There goes! You now have a new, clean, beautiful and fresh bathroom!

Play with vegetables and prints

Posted in Cool Ideas with tags , , , , on October 1, 2009 by

Eating vegetables have always played a vital role in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and body. But their ability to cater to our needs does not only feed the physiological needs of our body, but also its creative aspect. What I mean is, for example, if you want to make your own abstract art or contemporary paintings but don’t know how or where to start and what to make use of, you can use them! Yes, you heard me right! You can use make use of your vegetables either as a subject or as a medium in creating your original abstract art that is worthy to be placed on your home walls or in your abstract art gallery.

The materials you will need are:

  • Potatoes, or other vegetables such as mushroom, citrus, cabbages (cut lengthwise), that will make a good surface or design for printing. IF you want, you may also make use of a sponge.
  • Knife or crafting knife to make create a design
  • Pencil
  • Colors or paints
  • Paper, canvass, cloth, place mats or other surfaces that you want to put your design on
  • Newspaper of plastic to cover your working surface


  1. Cut the vegetables. When cutting, be sure to make a straight and flat printing surface so that you can easily transfer their design on the paper.
  2. For your potatoes or in your other vegetables that does not have a design yet, you may draw the design you want by first sketching it on the surface of your potatoes using your pencil. You may try making frogs, grasses or the likes.
  3. Next, carve out your design using your knife.
  4. When you have all of the designs you want, it is now time to bring out your paper or canvass and your colors to transfer your designs on them! Simply dip the vegetables on the colors and press it against your canvass. Experiment and play with your colors. Have fun!

If you have children, this project can serve as a bonding activity where both of you will surely enjoy making – just be careful about the knife. Supervise the kids when handling sharp objects, also there are some vegetables, like mushroom and citrus, that creates beautiful designs without the need to even carve them out.

Lace Art : A do it yourself

Posted in Cool Ideas with tags , , , on October 1, 2009 by

Designing your own space is neither always easy nor cheap as others may thing. You may have visited an abstract art gallery where the cost of abstract art or contemporary paintings is way above what we can spend. But if you still desire the need to have something to hang on your wall or cover a surface with your own abstract painting, here is a Do it yourself Lace art which is both cheap and easy to do!

The things that you will need are:

  • Plastic/Newspaper – to protect your floor or table from paint bleeding
  • Stones/weights – to make sure that your cloth and lace will not move
  • Cloth – large enough to serve your intended purpose
  • Lace (with a good design) – that is large enough to cover your cloth
  • Spray Paint – there is a variety of spray paints available in the market, choose one that will best serve your purpose

Are all of your materials ready? Then it’s time to start your project! Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Lay your plastic or newspaper on the floor. The plastic or newspaper will help protect your working area from any paint bleeding or stray colors.
  2. Place the cloth with its right side up on top of the plastic/newspaper. Make sure that it is laid flat and even.
  3. 3. Place the lace on top of the cloth,. It should be flat and even like the cloth you laid earlier. Also, put stones or paper weights on the sides so that your lace and cloth will not move.
  4. 4. Spray the paint on the lace layer. Make sure that you get a full coverage of paint on your cloth.
  5. 5. Remove the lace and adore your work of art. A negative of your lace design will be transferred on the cloth. If you have a shorter lace, you may repeat the process starting from step 3 until you are able to cover the entire cloth.

You may also try to mount your cloth on a frame and hang it in one of your bland walls, use it as a table piece, as a lamp shade, drapery, as a garment cloth and in many other ways.  Happy Spraying!