Archive for abstract art painting

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

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

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.

The Eiffel Tower

Posted in Great Destination with tags , , on November 15, 2009 by

The Eiffel Tower is the towering icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world.  It was built by Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, and was the highest structure in the world until the completion of the Empire State Building.  The Eiffel Tower was built for the Paris exhibition in 1889.  It stands about 300 meters (984 feet), about as tall as an 81-storey building.  This backdrop of Paris has been a subject of several abstract art paintings.

The Eiffel Tower has three levels for its visitors.  Tickets are bought depending on whether you will use the stairs or the lifts for each level.  Novelist Guy de Maupassant, claiming to hate the tower with a passion, usually had his lunch in one of its restaurants every day.  He said that it’s the only place in Paris where you cannot see the structure.  Still, many famous personalities come to the Tower to see the site of Paris as well as eat in one of its restaurants.  Jules Verne is an expensive restaurant located at the second floor of the Tower, and is accessed via private lift.

There is a controversy over the image of the tower captured in films and photographs.  In March 1992, the French Court has made a ruling that the light display of the Tower at night is protected by copyright.  No one is permitted to take a picture of the tower at night except in panoramic view.  To celebrate its 100th anniversary, SNTE (Société nouvelle d’exploitation de la tour Eiffel) installed a special lighting display on tower.  Since they are the ones who installed the lighting display, they were granted copyright privileges of night time and you must get their permission in order to publish contemporary photographs of the tower.

If you wish to make an abstract art painting of the tower, consider booking a hotel that gives you a panoramic view of the tower just to be safe.  When you get the chance to be in Paris, ask where you can get gallery paintings of the Eiffel Tower.

Other factors in creating modern art canvas

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on November 2, 2009 by

Knowing what appropriate medium you will use to create a contemporary painting as well as knowing about the modifications included in the artwork is just a mere introduction of the subject matter.  Aside form these, other factors to allow you to totally understand the difference it may bring to your life and home.  For a true lover of art, you know that there are things to talk about in this meticulous artistic concept. Want to learn more about the other factors to produce a masterpiece in modern canvas art?

There are three factors leading to the formation of beautiful abstract art piece in this particular terminology.  These factors form variations as to the colors, styles and applications of the finished product.  Each of them has different distinctiveness and descriptions you should know more about.

What are these three factors?

  1. Ideas or theme: This represents your specifications as a client that what the artists have in mind. Though you can work with your chosen artist before the work will start, more of the ideas come from what you have in your mind. Of course, for you to be bale to make it a real contemporary artwork, ideas are more of modern ones.  This is the real spirit to its cognizance as a good masterpiece categorized in this subject.  To be able to have a thoroughly understanding of modern canvas art, it is also best to look into how it evolved and know something about its history.
  1. Techniques or Method Used: Modern artists usually used different techniques in creating their art piece. The word technique refers to the number of brushstrokes used in the masterpiece in order to come out with the clients specifications. More artists prefer to use single stroke since it produces the art piece in lesser time than the usual. If you observe traditional artists like Van Gough or Da Vinci own collections, you will notice that they have allocated much of their time (possibly a week or a month) to produce a single masterpiece.  In modern art, it is more of producing more artworks in a day.

Technology: Since it a modern art piece expects that the abstract art painting is injected with different technologies to make the workload easier. Two and three-dimensional models are captured with the use of other equipment to bring color and life to the collection.  Often, computers and printers are of great help to artists in production.

Make you room looks more lively with abstract art paintings!

Posted in Cool Ideas with tags , , , on November 2, 2009 by

For the past years people always find canvas painting interested for their living space or wall space at work. A piece of an abstract art painting on a wall either in a restaurant or a friend’s house adds a modern contemporary feeling. Abstract art canvas can either be seen as a piece of wall candy or an important piece of your modern interior designs.

Lots of buyers look after to purchase any style of canvas paintings will find either something to match the existing surroundings such as soft furnishing or something that they simply like the look of in spite of the art piece’s shade or size.

An abstract painting can bring new life into a newly festooned room, or even an existing room that is lacking in any real feature and looks boring. If it’s a working space, a piece of it can really do justice on an office wall space. It can help create a calm working environment or a focal point in which to get yourself lost in during your lunch breaks.

Paintings make such an ambience in itself that even in the corner of your eye, you know that in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, you can take five minutes to gaze out and escape into a make-believe porthole of vivid colors, contours and brush strokes.

There are huge selections of contemporary paintings, canvas art, original canvas paintings and canvas prints available to everyone, so your choice in investing in a piece of canvas art is limitless. Who says you should only have one? Why not create a large quantity of colors in your living space and place a canvas painting in each room to either match your surroundings or your mood. Create a central point for you and your guests to admire and tell the world that canvas paintings are an essential piece of interior wall candy.

Go ahead and visit a gallery, you will be inspired with the huge variety of paintings you will see in it. Choose which of those paintings suit your personality and display it in you room whether at home or at work.

How to position your subject properly?

Posted in Cool Ideas with tags , , , on November 2, 2009 by

Posing is deciding on what body position the subject will take, and positioning is very important to a painting. Next to it is considering considerations of the subject.


Common position on portraits, people usually sees this in paintings such executive portraits. However, don’t leave the subject standing in an open space. Make them stand on a desk, a chair or a credenza table decorated with personal items. This will balance out the composition and give the viewer a better feel for the subject if the corrects setting is chosen.


This is a better option for subjects since this has a more casual feel or for those can’t stand for longer periods of time. Of course, find a chair that fits the person’s personality to add more drama to the portraits. Take for an instance a bartender would be perfectly matched perched on a bar stool, a professor will look good on the edge of a desk and a business man will look regal sitting in a wing-backed chair for an executive portrait.

There are numerous posing options for someone who is sitting. Each pose gives a different ambiance. I listed some of them:

  • Inclining forward and propping an arm across the knee-conversational
  • Head-in-hand with elbow on knee-contemplative
  • Head-in-hands with both elbows on the knees-friendly or approachable
  • Leaned back, legs crossed-easy going
  • Knees together with ankles crossed and to the side-demure
  • Knees spreading apart, elbow on each knee, hands interlocked-confident

Hand Positioning

Positioning the subjects arm is also important. This will make the subject more comfortable and will make the painting more appealing. You can try these hand positions:

  • Hand in the pocket
  • On the back of a chair
  • Holding something
  • Doing some busy works like knitting, sketching, and using a calculator


This is the biggest mistake of most portrait artists by sticking their subject dead-center in the composition. This will make the painting look boring.

The perfect way to decide where your subject should be is through the use of the Tule of Thirds. Rule of Thirds tells that the most interesting composition is obtained by visually dividing your canvas into thirds vertically. Meaning to say, your canvas will be divided into nine areas. The ideal composition will have the subject in the intersection of lines in the upper left-hand corner, upper right-hand corner, the lower left-hand corner or the lower right-hand corner.

Remember all these tips and you will create a strong pose in your portrait!

Unlike portraits, abstract art paintings are easier to paint. Since abstract paintings are created more of lines, shapes and combination of colors, positioning is not that obvious. So if you’re the type of artist who does not want to pay much attention to your subject’s position, you may want to try an abstract art painting instead.

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!

Having trouble in buying abstract paintings? Try these tips!

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

Some people might think that buying abstract paintings is an easy task to do. Though for some expert, it is others might still find it hard especially those novices are finding it hard to choose which one they should buy. They might choose the work they want then buy it!

However, as soon as you look at the abstract painting, you will then find out that “it is not really the one you are looking”, that will lead you to looking for another.

Here’s what you should take in consideration as well as what you should ask to yourself…”why does this painting I am looking right now is not quite right?” You can find several answers to that.

  1. It has the colors you don’t like.
  2. You are not sure if it will look good together with your other item in your room.
  3. It takes time for you to realize that there’s something you don’t like about the art work.
  4. You find it great but you are not that sure if it is enough for the space.
  5. It is just right but it cost more than you are expecting.

Though I may not know all the answer, I will still like to share some of my experience about this matter that could be the solution for your problem.

Let’s say you saw an abstract art painting you like but the there’s something wrong with the color combination. Why not try to contact the artists and tell them about what you’re thinking? By doing so, you will find out that some of them will either be able to replicate a similar work in the colors you like, or they are very much willing to notify you when and if they produce a work that may be nearer to the colors you desire.

If you have a problem with the size, I recommend you do the same as I mention above. Contact them and let them know the problem, I’m sure they would give a similar response like what is written above.

Another thing you should keep in mind is when you bought a painting is that the artist is offering a return policy. Like in my case, I have a ten day return policy which means if you bought a painting and hang it to your wall and if within 10 days of buying that painting you become uncomfortable with any reason and you think you can’t live with it anymore, you may return it then and your money will also be returned. The point here is that you may have particular decisions on buying the artwork, so it important to tell this to the artist which will enable them, if they decide to, to produce a work that is more likely you want. Because of this, you will be very much glad and you will have greater value of the painting you have bought!

Another tricky task for you is the price of the art piece. In this case, there are several artists that offer different ways to help you buy the piece you want. If ever the piece you really like is too expensive then you have a number of choices. Probably the easiest way for you to do is to negotiate the price with the artist. But you must also never forget that the artist has created a totally unique and original painting. Take in consideration also the artist struggles just to finish his art piece. It would probably take them 5 years, ten years or even so just to come up with that painting, so negotiate with the price but be realistic not only for yourself but for the artists as well.

However, there are also some artists who will not negotiate their artwork’s prices. Yet, they may be willing to sell you the work by installment. But before you buy it, ask yourself “Do I really want this painting?” If yes, then you go buy it.

Lastly, some artists are making their art work available as high quality giclee prints. There reproductions look very much closer as those original one and some of the reproduction houses make sure that every brush stroke has the appropriate texture and feeling. So, you can still buy a work that is almost identical to the original one except for one fact, and that is the price of the art piece. The print will be of a limited edition, that makes it a collectible investment – and it will have been checked, numbered and signed by the artist.

If ever, none of the above proves to be helpful to you then the easiest thing to do is contact the artist and just communicate to them or inform them what you think about their work, what you are looking for.

TIE and DYE: Squirt Technique

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

In abstract art painting, artists make use of colors to express what they are feeling. So, most often than not, you will see in some gallery paintings an abstract art that is just a plain mix of colors and circles or patterns but a very striking one at that!

To achieve this kind of art, you may opt for a Tie-Dye method. According to the Wikipedia, Tie-dye is defined as a process of resist dyeing textiles or clothing which is made from knit or woven fabric, usually cotton; Meanwhile, Resist dyeing textiles refers to “the methods of dyeing textiles with patterns.”  Tie and Dye requires some rigorous methods, but here is a simplified method just for you using a squirting technique:

You need:

  • Cloth/T shirt to put your patterns on
  • elastic bands
  • Dye of your desired colors, fiber reactive dyes are preferred
  • Squirting bottles
  • Gloves to prevent staining your hands
  • Large plastic or garbage bag to protect your work space (this can get messy!)

What you do:

The first thing that you need to do is to tie off your cloth or shirt using your rubber bands. Tying them up will create different design for each pattern. Remember that the part where the you first pick and tie the shirt is usually the center point of the pattern. If you desire it, you may first experiment with tying your rubber bands in different ways on several scrap pieces of cloth and the patterns that it creates.

Next, prepare your dye by following the manufacturer’s instructions. After which, place them in squirt bottles.  Once done, you’re ready to dye your cloth. Dying can get quite messy , so when dying, make sure to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting loaded with lots of other colors., use gloves to keep your hands clean, and cover your workspace with plastic.

Squirt the colors on the cloth, changing colors as you move from one band to another. The bands will refrain the colors to pass through the other parts of your cloth. After you have soaked your cloth with dye, we will now let the colors set – this may take hours (at least 8).

When set, rinse the excess dye and let it dry off. Voila! Your own abstract art design!

How to arrange your home décor accordingly

Posted in Cool Ideas with tags , , on September 20, 2009 by

It is said to be that paintings are essential element of any . Though there are many ways to personalize your space you still need to keep in mind some rules to create a balanced and artful look of your decoration.

  1. Strengthen the existing theme

Put into consideration the dominant inspirations in your room design. Is your room design more on modern or classic? Are the colors scheme subdued and relaxing or contrasted and energizing? By knowing so, you will have a great idea of which type of art would best enhance your design. Colorful and powerful abstract paintings would perfectly strengthen a creative modern decor however but definitely contradict in a tranquil classic bedroom setting.

Moreover, it is much safer if you will stick to a specific theme when combining art in the same room. A figurative landscape watercolor would definitely not blend well with a geometric abstract art creation.

  1. Organize the larger artworks first

I strongly recommend that you hang the largest pieces first, as they will have bigger impact on your room.

Remember that the orientation of the art should fit the space created by the wall. A large oriented artwork will fit a long wide wall better and a vertically oriented painting will best compliment a narrow and high wall.

One thing you should also remember is to position the painting on the wall so that the center of the painting is at your eye line.

Take in consideration also the size of the furniture piece when hanging a painting above furniture. Basically, a painting should be not wider that sofa below it. To come up with a balanced décor, your painting or art work should be about two-thirds the width of the furniture piece.

Lastly, creating a visual connection between the furniture and the art will create a dramatic effect. Like for an instance, a painting with a dominant green on it will look better near sofa upholstered in the same color. Of course, it’s not easy and always possible to change your furnishing’s hue, but you can also try to create a more subtle visual links. Like for example why not place a striking red ceramic vessel on the chest below your vibrant and passionate red abstract art painting, or play with the colors of your cushions and throws, just be creative and you will see the endless possibilities!

  1. Arrange the smaller paintings and pictures

When arranging smaller artworks, keep that grouping pieces will create a strong effect.

Also, you should remember when putting a group of paintings together, the paintings in the middle of the arrangement should be at eye level.

Lastly, if you want to group together images of various sizes, place the larger pictures at the bottom and smaller above to make a well balanced arrangements.

Hope this simply tips would help you arrange your home décor appropriately and beautifully. Good luck!

Lacquer Paintings

Posted in Cool Ideas with tags , , , , on September 20, 2009 by

Lacquer paintings are ancient paintings that regained their popularity in the world art scene for the last decade. Vietnam and Burma are two main producers of this distinctive art. The two countries were just recently opened up to tourism and started exhibiting their highly skilled artists.

Vietnamese and Burmese Lacquer methods are very old. In Vietnam, Lacquer arts have been found in tombs in more than 2,300 years ago while prehistoric inscriptions around Burmese city Bagan have shown Lacquer way back 11th century.

This kind of painting involves much more process than those traditional oil or watercolor form. To create a Lacquer painting, the artist must use sap from Lacquer trees to hold a cloth covering onto their wooden canvas. They will paint the outlines of the picture in hot Lacquer and put the colors one layer at a time, letting each dry out before putting the nest color. Modern lacquer artists in Vietnam have learned to use other substances like crushed egg shells, gold foil and plants into their artwork allowing them to come up with a unique and fascinating expression of creativity.

On the other hand, in Burma, using of gold foil was already used in lacquer ware centuries ago but usually this way of making lacquer was only reserve for royal paintings as well as religious art. Other materials like animal bone, colored glass and bamboo are also used depending on where the lacquer designs are applied to. Colored glass is being used into lacquer paintings of thrones, Buddhist images, caskets and others alike while bamboo is their favorite choice in lacquer paintings that depicted vases, tables, chairs and chest.

For the past years, most of the people in Bagan have been involved in lacquer ware, passing the tradition down through the years. At present there is a government-sponsored institution in Began that is dedicated in recruiting and giving training to lacquer ware artists and the demand for Burmese and Vietnamese lacquer ware in the West countries continue to rise.

Want to buy lacquer painting? You may want to search in the internet amongst the famous lacquer painting of Vietnam and Burma. Or you may also want to buy abstract art online. Abstract art painting like lacquer is very popular and one of the most collected artwork of all times. There are several of abstract paintings that you can select with. Try visiting your nearest abstract art gallery or search them in the internet.