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The Sphinx of Giza

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

In Greek mythology, the sphinx is a creature with a head of a woman, a body of a lion, and the wings of a bird.  This mythical creature was given a famous role of a guardian of the city of Thebes.  Anybody who wish passage must answer a riddle or be devoured.  The riddle goes: “Which creature in the morning goes on four legs, at mid-day on two, and in the evening upon three, and the more legs it has, the weaker it be?”

The riddle (and a second one) was answered by Oedipus, and the sphinx killed herself in despair.  In Egypt, however, the sphinx is a symbol of power and wisdom.    Sphinxes are made with heads of kings or gods on a lion’s body.  The most famous of all Egyptian sphinxes is the Sphinx of Giza.  This sphinx has been an inspiration for many authors, film makers, historians and was even used as a subject for abstract painting.

What’s amazing about this man-made structure is that it’s made out of bedrock of Muqqatam Formation; which was formed 50 million years ago from sediments and remains of now-extinct plankton at the bottom of the sea.  It was believed a quarry was built where the sphinx stood.  The quarry was for the stones to be used for the construction of the great pyramids.  In the area where the body of the sphinx is located, the stones were believed to be substandard.

A visionary has conceived an idea to use that substandard stone to form a Sphinx.  When the Sphinx was completed, it was left for years and was buried under tons of sand.  Legend has it that when King Thutmose IV was still a prince, he fell asleep beneath the shade of the Sphinx.  The Sphinx implored the prince to uncover him from the sand and promised him the throne.  The request was granted and Thutmose was ordained king of Egypt.

Right now, the sphinx is slowly deteriorating because of the elements and smog.  Restoration only caused further damage to the Sphinx, so it was left alone.  No one knows whom the Sphinx of Giza signifies.  Most historians speculate that it was Cephren, others state it was his guardian deity.

There are other images of the sphinx in abstract art paintings.  This can be a great addition to your collection, so consider looking for a sphinx when you buy abstract art.

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!

Abstract Art Paintings

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

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Unlike other painting techniques, abstract art, I believe, has no right and wrong in terms of making a painting. The values of form, contrast, line, hues, position and tone are basics. Even so, it is crucial that the painter feels free to experiment and explore with paint. This article helps you in making your own way to produce an abstract painting which you will enjoy as much as you enjoy its value.


Feel Free and Concentrate!

Though I understand that most of us have our own daily task, making an abstract art painting will require your full concentration, so set aside your daily. As matter of fact the more you concentrate in expressing your self in the painting the faster you will achieve your goal.


Do not forget to put enough drop cloths on the floor for you to work as freely as you want. Remember that you want this job done as enjoyable as you can, so do not limit your imagination. You can also wear your old clothes and don’t feel shame if you think you’re like a kindergarten child who is having fun making abstract art paintings.


Put Yourself On it!

While doing your painting, it is important that you’re putting yourself on it. Identifying your feelings and transferring it in your canvas. To help you with, choose a music that lifts your spirit and supports your painting, an abstract painting with wild abandon!


Let go of all expectations!

In my opinion, this part is the hardest of all. Since grade school, we are aiming to paint a perfect apple or a good orange. Well, set aside of this thought! Forget those people who are telling you that you don’t have a talent in drawing. Just enjoy the moment and see what comes. Don’t feel worried by the pristine white canvas. If you want to cover that white as fast as possible just to get rid that feeling right away, you may do so! To start with you could also apply any single color to the canvas to cover it completely. Then choose any colors that you think are applicable for your present feeling.


Put more paint on your brush or use your hand!

Stop worrying about the mess you will make on your floor, or clothes, or even on your face. Don’t worry if you commit a mistake! I always believe that there are no errors in art just discoveries and challenges to solve. No need to let the first coat of paint dries before you apply the next one or more. Wet on wet is a great way to come up with a great work of art in abstract. What also great thing about abstract is that you can use whatever tools you can find in your home to make your marks like your old toothbrush! Try wiping it back into the freshly applied paint. Don’t be scared with the medium just let go and enjoy!


Stop and look at your work!

What can you see? Pay attention to those marks you are not happy with. If you are not satisfy with what you see, you can walk away first, perhaps have a cup of tea then go back later and look at it again. What can you see then?


Recognize and appreciate what you have painted!

Be sure to recognize what you have painted. Notice the shapes that cold have drawn out more or the colors or marks that work really well against each other. You can ask your immediate family on which part of your painting they like most.

There it goes! You have just started an abstract art painting. There are several issues make an abstract art really works such as balance in the artwork, or lack of thereof, the tone, the placement, composition, use of materials and use or combination of colors. The more you attach yourself to the process the more you will understand the secret of abstract art!

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.

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!

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.

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.

Creating Drama to Still-Life Paintings

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

A finished painting with a mistake is hard to correct. Proper planning is very important in every painting that the artist will make. In painting a still life, the artists should have a great image in his/her mind the chosen subject right before the session start. To help you with, this articles aims to help you in how you will paint a dramatic still life painting, here are some few steps:

The tension in fine art

Like in all games, every play must have its player and same goes for still life paintings. Everything that included in the painting should have its story, just like watching a theater play to participate and connect with its audience. Right before the artist start to paint, he/she should arrange properly in his/her mind every single item that involves in his/her painting.

For an artist to create a painting with a drama there should be “tension” that can be manifested in the “players” or the items. To be able for the artist to produce tension, he/she can use the opposing textures, colors and shapes to keep the eye moving around the image.

The Story behind the painting

After creating a tension of the painting, the artist should also include the dialog of each “player”.

Take for example a teapot that has been placed in a way that is pointing at the spilled pot. The positioning of these items can manipulate the viewer to imagine what may have happened in the story that the painting is trying to tell. Although the viewers may not really interpret the real story or what the artists wanted to tell, they are still communicating with the painting that is very much important.

To create a communication between the painting and the viewer, the artist must play with their still life objects like as if they are playing with dolls. Producing a communication with the pieces will give your painting life and drama on its own.

Contrasting Colors

Another way to create a tension in your painting is through the color contrast of your art piece. To achieve this, the artists should use colors on opposite sides of the color wheel or by using a light color next to a dark color.

Combining all these elements to create a drama

For the artist to create these drama, ask yourself first before you begin painting your still life art piece.

  1. What hues could give a great impact to the painting?
  2. Should I darken or lighten the background to improve the contrast with the objects?
  3. What should I do to be able the “players” interacts more with the viewers?
  4. Is the painting has a story to tell?

The dramatic look on every still life paintings give more impact to its audience, this way your viewer can interact with your art piece easily. You can also apply these tips in doing your contemporary painting or abstract painting. Though your viewer may not interpret what you really want them to understand, they will still have an interaction with your abstract art piece, which is worthy goal!

Capturing the Beauty of Flowers through Flower Painting

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

Flower paintings have powerful language of color, shape and movement. In my case, I love using pastel because of its immediacy and richness of color. With pastel, I am allowed to work quickly and capture the movement and light on a specific flower. Try also taking picture of flowers like what I always do. It allows me to grow my flower painting with overlaying veils of color at more considered pace.

I know most of us have our own favorite flower and some even plant them in their garden, but them at he florist, or even give them as a bouquet to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or a way for saying “get well soon”. Unfortunately, most blooms have a short lifespan. That’s why I learned to captured their beauty to preserve it forever. Why not try it to your favorite flower too?

Just to inform you, flower painting has a wonderful background. To document huge numbers of flowers and plants, botanical art is being used. Preserving its beauty is a very satisfying experience. Though flower photographs can do the same, painting flowers has an additional pleasure of carefully examining the curves and colors of each petal, stamen, stem, leaf. Try to observe the way that light catches the flower and use it to add some 3d look on your paper. Painting flowers will let you know them very well.

If you want to start your painting right away, I recommend you start it by using your favorite flower as your subject. By using it, you will be motivated to try again to do it well. Your emotions have a better chance to transfer in to your painting. Don’t get depress if your attempts are not perfect just don’t give up and keep in mind that every time you try you become more familiar with its shapes. Then you will find it much easier to paint and you will notice more about the shade of color as well as the way light can affect it.

There are several helpful techniques that you can use to learn flower painting. Many art books are available in the market that would give you excellent tips in flower painting. However, be cautious not to copy another artist’s technique. I suggest use those techniques all together and do some experimentations for you to come up with a new one.

Try do create using different tools. Enjoy what you are doing and never stop trying. Remember practice makes perfect! By doing some more attempts, you will be surprise that you are getting more improvements. In my flower painting, I use pastels both soft powdery ones and the deliciously oily variety. I love using them because of their beautiful range of hues that varies from pale to vibrant one. I can also extend this even further by overlaying thin veils of color, letting the underneath ones to sing through. You could also try using watercolor. This is the favorite color tool of flower painters and botanical artists and for good reason.

You might also want to get an idea on how to create abstract paintings. To help you with, you may want to refer on my article about “how to create an abstract art”. It will surely be a great help for you to come up with an abstract panting you desire.