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La Sagrada Familia

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

Located in Barcelona, Spain, La Sagrada Familia is vast architectural endeavor that is a major tourist destination in Spain.  This privately-funded church has been under construction since 1882, and is not expected to be finished until 2026.  Most visitors await the public opening of a portion of its interior scheduled in September 2010.

La Sagrada Familia is considered the masterpiece of Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926), a famous Catalan architect.  The last 15 years of Gaudi’s life was centered in the construction of this massive infrastructure.  The architectural design is so amazing; it’s been one of Barcelona’s top tourist attractions for years.  This magnificent architecture has been subject of countless abstract paintings.

Originally, the project was under Francesc Del Villar.  When he resigned a year later, Antoni Gaudi was put in his place and the whole design was changed completely.  On Gaudi’s death, Domènech Sugranyes took over.  However the project was interrupted in 1936 because of the Spanish Civil War.  Catalan anarchists destroyed several unfinished areas along with Gaudi’s models and workshop.  Currently, the design is from the reconstructed lost plans of Gaudi and through computer generated modern adaptations.

No other church in Spain is as rich in Christian symbolism as La Sagrada Familia.  Gaudi has intended the church to be the “last great sanctuary of Christendom.”  The current construction of the church is bridled with controversy.  The application of Computer Aided design technology allows the needed stone blocks to be shaped by a CNC milling machine off-site.  People can view the complete description of the current construction and future plans in an exhibited catalogue at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum Frankfurt are Main.  Catalan architects are advocating the halt of the construction as a respect to the original architectural designs of Gaudi.  Those people who are in charge of the project are opposing the idea.  It is expected that by September 2010.  If you cannot visit La Sagrada Familia, you can view gallery paintings of this church in museums.  Abstract art paintings of La Sagrada Familia are also available online.

Light Matters!

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


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


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!

Want to have a modern pool party for your teen? Try this Modern Idea!

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

There are many summer pool party ideas available for everyone, but this Pollock painting is definitely a party rocking, shocking dab of genius! With teens who love art, music or food this party idea will be an over-the-top celebration to remember.

For you to plan a party like this, take practical steps to pump up the party atmosphere. Be sure your teen takes ownership in the planning stages by being in charge of the music. It’s simple enough. Simply post daily reminders on the fridge a few weeks in advance and most likely your teen will be planning the music like a professional DJ.

Remember to assign one teen to take pictures of the event along with one who’ll capture the action on video, if possible. Have them post their film clips and pictures online for all to enjoy the day after.

But before anything else, let’s take a short look at the artist “in charge” of the painting. On the day of the party, this information can be used to inspire the party goers’ artwork.

Jackson Pollock (1912-1956)

He was considered the most original American painter. The reason for this is his extraordinary physical involvement with the act of his actual painting was unique. His friend and patron, the artist, Alfonso Ossorio, described Pollock’s artistic journey this way: “Here I saw a man who had both broken all the traditions of the past and unified them, who had gone beyond cubism, beyond Picasso and surrealism, beyond everything that had happened in art…”

His Artwork

Influenced by the different artist including their styles, he painted in a completely abstract art manner; it was called the “drip and splash style” for which he is popularly known.

Attaching his canvas to the floor or a wall, he poured and dripped his paint out of a can. As an alternative of brushes, he used sticks or knives to work the paint on the canvas. Sometimes he added a mixture of sand or broken glass to “express the unconscious moods of the artist.”

“On the floor I am more at ease, I feel nearer, more a part of the painting, since this way I can walk around in it, work from the four sides and be literally ‘in’ the painting.” ~Jackson Pollock, 1947

Planning for the Party

Tools include:

  • 1 framed canvas for each artist. The larger the better
  • 1 brush, 1 stick, 1 knife each person
  • A variety of small cans of paints for each artists
  • Paper towels
  • Small cups of sand
  • Daylight

Make it sure that when the painting begins, the music is playing and everyone has their workspace set up comfortably on the grass. Before too long, the painting will take on a serious note. Even non-artists can find a way to be excited about their work. Let the art dry outdoors while food is served.

If you liked this modern art party idea, you may also like reading about another outdoor teen party. You can also use abstract art paintings to add spices in your party ambiance. Contemporary painting like abstract is perfect for your modern teen party!

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.

Painting Landscapes: What are cool and warm colors?

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

What makes the artwork easily identifiable by its viewer? Well, it’s the colors and lights that make an artwork more realistic! These concepts are easy to learn and can be mastered through careful observation and of course practice.

Fall Landscapes Colors

Most artists recognize that common colors for this season in a landscape are red, orange, brown, yellow and gold. However, it is important to take note that just any version of these colors won’t necessarily work for an autumn painting. The reason is that fall colors are warms colors.

What are warm hues?

Warm colors are those contain a little amount of yellow or red and because orange is a secondary color made of yellow and red, any orange is perfect for autumn paintings. This is also applicable for tertiary colors such as gold and brown.

However, reds from a tube can be tricky in a landscape painting. They can be blended with a cooler undertone that will make them look out of place with warm colors of fall. For instance, Alizarin Crimson has yellow, warn undertone while Permanent Rose has a cooler undertone since it has a touch of blue, which is a cool color.

The key to determine the warmness and coolness of the color is by dividing the color wheel. Those hues that range from the darkest red to the lightest yellow are belong to the warm colors. On the other hand, the colors that range from the lightest green to the lightest purple are cool.

Autumn Lights in Paintings

As the world turn its way from the sun, the outdoors light gradually disappear. In short, it is not as strong as the light during the summer. Because strong lights can washout hues, soft, fall light can increase to the richness to the already energetic colors that flourish during this time.

To imitate autumn light in paintings, you should prevent using strong contrasts in light and dark. The light should combine from one extreme to the next without harsh lines.

Another thing is that you should avoid pure white highlights on objects. White with a touch of yellow tones will seem less harsh and will unify your painting.

Thus, in painting autumn landscapes you should not forget to keep subjects warm and soft to obtain a realistic look that transports the viewer to fall.

Though this rule applies in painting fall landscape, in abstract art paintings the artist doesn’t necessarily pay much attention to his abstract art work’s color. Abstract painting is more of expressing the painters’ abstract view on a certain object, but of course right combination of colors adds to drama to an art piece.

Creating a Natural Look Set-Up

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

Believe it or not, painting masters Cezanne and Chardin spent hours just for setting up their subject matter before they sketch them out. This task could be very hard especially for the novices. But don’t worry! To help you with, I listed down some important things you should do to in how to set up a still life setting for your painting.

Arranging the objects for a still life study

First, let us define composition. In artistic terms, it means the arrangement of the objects within a painting. When you create a good composition, it is more likely for you to come up with a good piece of art. It is more upsetting for an artist that to spend hours sketching the setting, having the right combination of colors and appropriate tones only to realize that the arrangement looks gauche.

The Negative and Positive Space

Always remember the two parts of every painting!

  1. Negative Space: Refers to the background and foreground area around the subject matter.
  2. Positive Space: The subject matter itself.

The negative space is frequently unnoticeable in a painting, however, if you would give an equal attention to these spaces, your composition will look balanced and more pleasant to the viewer’s eye.

On the other hand, it is important to be aware of the negative space when it comes to arranging the objects. Consider it as having shapes as much as the objects.

What makes a good composition in a painting?

When arranging a still life setting, the question needs to be asked if there is too much negative space within one area.

  1. The painting of too heavy on one side and leaves too much negative space to the left.
  2. The painting is too flat and leaves too much negative space below and above.
  3. The composition doesn’t look natural. The objects are all pointing to one way.

How to make the setting looks more natural?

Consider the following:

  1. Are the objects are too close together that there no enough negative space between?
  2. How about the shadows in your painting? Shifting the light source could cause one to spill off the edge of the art work and will eventually give an unbalance look on it.
  3. The viewpoint. A little bit of change make all the difference. An unusual viewpoint can yield novel and interesting results. Of course, photography is very important in this case.
  4. How about the setting? Does it look so unnatural? There are times when a still life can happen by accident, for example, the discarded toys on the floor or a worktop displaying forgotten tools. An ideal still life is the one that looks as though it has happened by accident, the one that looks natural!

Giving equal attention to negative and positive space will do much to help the arrangement. Be careful with shadows as these can appear as solid as the objects themselves. Consider trying a different viewpoint and lastly, look for the natural still life that happens in everyday life. It is a good idea to ask what makes the object natural and how to try to imitate this effect when setting up the scene.

Interested in abstract paintings? You may want browse this site and look at our available abstract art paintings or you may also consider reading our articles about abstract art that includes helpful tips and ideas in how to create an abstract art piece.

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!

The New Contemporary Painters Arise!

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

There are millions of painters nowadays. Some names are well-known while others are less familiar. We listed below some name of painter who are new in the business but made it on the top because of this we think are among the most exciting contemporary painters working today that are worth introducing for.

Jakub Julian Ziolkowski

Born in Poland in 1980, Ziolkowski’s painting has quickly become highly desirable. Quite apart from it’s “must have” standing in most galleries and collectors, deserve to be in the top.

Comes in different styles and ways he created it, his best art works are masterly, considering that his one of the youngest painters in the list, Ziolkowski is just starting on his artistic career.

Adrian Ghenie

Born in Romania in 1977, is another Eastern European young artist whose works burst onto the art scene in year 2005. Since then his reputation grow quickly.

His art works attempts to investigate memory and the unconscious against a backdrop of 20th century European history.

Often achieving a cinematic, film noir-esque quality and his highly structured dramatically lit tableau makes him one of the major novices in art of the moment.

Jonathan Wateridge

Born 1979 in UK, this artist is expert in technical brio and old-mastery style. However, his subject matter is not standard fare. His art works includes scenes of disaster such as plane crashes; shipwrecks counterpoised against sublime landscapes, massive group portraits focus on unlikely ensembles, historical re-enactment societies, space program personnel, school plays or even Sandinistas.

This artist’s eye for detail is certainly breathtaking, his grand compositions a nod, among several influences towards the romanticized High Victorian mise en scene.

Aside from these new artists, there are also some abstract art artists who are making their way onto the top of success. Since abstract painting is gaining its popularity nowadays, that why it is very much understandable that thousands of artist choose abstract art paintings as their way of expressing their selves.

The Therapeutic Side of Abstraction

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

Abstract art paintings are not just a way to express the artist feelings. It is more than just a mixture of meaningless pattern and arbitrary shapes. More than a painting, abstract art has a therapeutic value to be found in most of the mysterious marks seen in various styles nowadays. It looks like one of the most important thing to decide on which an artist should take in consideration before he paint is his viewer. This should be taken slowly and carefully. This could cover anybody within the following wide ranges of alternatives: a busy boardroom environment; a single office or room where quick thinking, fast reactions, and serious decisions very much needed; a worker who get back from a hard days work and wanted to relax; or the space in which the desperate and mostly misunderstood person is slowly losing a tentative hold on the sense of reality.

There several things you may take in consideration.

Apparently, colors play a healing and therapeutic role to be found in carefully selected crafted piece. Abstract paintings are growing in popularity because of its color-field work that could add a feeling of peace and quiet to a noisy and hectic environment. There are few variations within a large image; a gentle sense of immersion into abstract stillness can also slow down any fussy or changeable thinking and could also aid with the adrenal challenge of a creative person.

Imprecise shapes and patterns like those of Jackson Pollock, Peter Lanyon and Howard Hodgkin are examples of a very positive association. Probably, these could influence a person with a mind filled with illogical thoughts to pause, simply take in the obvious naturalness and then take a different direction. Hodgkin artworks specifically is a puzzle-like canvasses in which the viewer has no real point of reference so is free to begin in anywhere in the picture.

Sometimes viewers can see few defined areas regarding the piece and find emotions, thus letting them freely make a positive or negative feedback.

Admit it, any pictures that provoking one for such a negative reaction can nonetheless be of great value to its viewers who might actually benefit from seeing a challenging picture that features a bad association. Better hang it on the wall than just put it in the mind. In this case, the classic combinations of red for blood and danger, black for death and sin and brown for decay and illness, together with dramatic lines and movements, when found in paintings are equally valuable stimuli if showed in an appropriate surrounding.

This comes back to what I am trying to say and that is, when looking for a painting, carefully take in consideration of the things that must be taken to find that work of art that speaks directly to the deepest part on the viewer.