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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.

Varnishing or Sealing?

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

If you are the type of artist who likes to paint in watercolors on an alternate support as clay board or watercolor canvas, you have two options to choose from: either you frame behind glass as with a traditional watercolor, implementing the same safety measures and that is the painting itself does not come into direct contact with the glass and that there is a space between the artwork and the glass or you seal your work and frame as an oil or acrylic painting. Since the paint lifts so easily off of these surfaces, for me, this is the safest sealing and varnishing.

The advantage of the first one is that, if you paint in large surfaces, a matted painting framed behind glass can be expensive to pay for and a heavy one to hang on your wall. As what other artists claiming, paintings on the larger sized watercolor canvas sealed and varnished sell much better since they are easier to frame and the frames are lighter without the glass. There is a school of thought that also accepts the truth that oils sells as higher prices as than watercolors. Probably it’s the long tradition of oil painting that adds a certain glass. Victorian watercolorists took great pains using body color and gum Arabic to intensify a painting, this way it will appear like an oil to be able to get higher prices for their work. As for me, I looked at framing without glass as means to transport works easier for shows, to say nothing of it being safer.

I try using many different techniques to come up with a sealing method that I prefer to use now. I like a glossy finish, so the products I mention are all about accomplishing this goal. For clay board and canvas paintings, let’s start with the clay board fixative. I suggest that you use three coats, don’t’ forget to allow enough time to make it dry in application of each layer, and then use the Krylon Triple-Thick Clear Glaze (one coat of this product is equal to three coats of other clear acrylic fixative). Apply at least two coats until you achieve the finish you want. And to complete the process, I usually spray six thin layer of UV resistant varnish. However, when doing this, you should keep in mind some reminders: first, big space (make sure you have one); make sure nothing is near by that may get even a little of the spray; if you have a glasses, you may want to take them off; and make sure the room is well-ventilated.

Another technique is recommended by Golden for varnishing acrylics. In this technique it requires an isolation layer so that this layer would protect the acrylic. Use Golden soft gel for the isolation layer. Mix two parts gel to one part water and brush it on. I usually apply this layer onto watercolor canvas. Despite the glossy finish, it wasn’t as glossy as I liked, but maybe if you’re looking for more of a matte finish, you may appreciate the look. I didn’t like applying this with a brush either. The mix is quite watery and brushes easily, but I preferred spraying. This layer is followed up by the MSA Archival Varnish. For prints, this is up to eight thin layers. I do at least six coats for paintings and prints. It’s an easy precaution to protect your work.

I already tried these two techniques using watercolors on paper. I set up the work on mat board before I start. The good thing about this is that you will get really good looking product after you finished the process. The gloss finish will make it more attracting and the abstract painting looks created from a watercolor when the paints were first applies, juicy and wet.

Like this article? You may also check out our site for contemporary paintings. We have several abstract paintings you can choose from including their price.

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!

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.

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.

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!

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!

How to create a painting with no brush

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

Amongst painting tools, paint brush is the most commonly choice for most painters. But this does not mean that you can no longer use other tools especially for oil painting.

Artists who are well informed about oil painting  will definitely agree that palette knives are for long been used as a traditional oil pant mixing tool. As a matter of fact, palette knives are perfect for creating smooth, consistent mixtures of paint with the medium.

Palette knives are available in different shapes and sizes and some are also made in plastic. As we all know, for mixing purposes, one traditional shape or size will do. But if your want to apply paints using this tool, I strongly suggest that you used different shapes and sizes like choosing a set of brushes. Usually, smaller and thinner knives are perfect for lining while the bigger ones are best suited for loading on the paint.

Some people like to use stencils into their painting more specifically when the subject demands a repetitive effect. There are lots of ready-made stencils in the market or you can make your own with the help of a stencil kit. But make sure to proper materials or else your desired outcome will not be achieved.

Professional painters will agree that using stencil for painting is not a traditional oil painting technique. This is the reason why there are hardly any tutorials. They will insist that you should still keep in mind the basics of the medium – what is generally known as ‘fat over lean’. It is obvious that very thin paint will bleed around the edges, so it might be necessary to wait until one of the thicker layers of your painting. It is true that stenciling in one of the under layers gives a great effect but most advised that you do a little experiment to find a solution that will suit your needs.

Later, you will found out that you can actually use rags, sponges and even your bare hand as alternative tools when it comes to oil painting. Expert claims that you can actually create an entire oil painting with the use or rags and/or sponges, without the use of a paint brush. Sometimes the background color of the painting can be done using ones own finger. But of course the basic rule should always be applies.

But you should remember that if you will use your fingers or any other part of your body the oil color and solvents you will use do not absorb into your skin because this could lead to health problem.

Like oil painting? You may also want to create your own abstract painting. Or have one to serve as you wall decor at the same time inspiration for a new idea, why not buy abstract painting on line or try visiting your local art gallery and choose among the gallery paintings that suits you.