5 Useful Oil Painting Tips

Posted on June 1, 2016 By

Oil Painting Tips1. Invest in expensive paints

Oil paints can be expensive, but it’s definitely worth investing in some expensive ones. Generally speaking, the more expensive they are, the higher the quality. By all means, if you’re doing several under layers, get these done first using a cheaper oil paint; then simply save the most expensive paints for the topmost layer.

2. Don’t use acrylics on top of layers of oil paint

One of the main properties of oil paint is that it’s incredibly slow to dry. In fact, it can be notoriously slow to dry. With this in mind, you shouldn’t use another type of paint, such as acrylic, on top of oils. Acrylics, for example, are very quick to dry. If you apply a layer of acrylic on top of a layer of oil paint, the layer of acrylic will eventually crack or flake due to the oil paint taking a lot longer to dry out.

3. Try using acrylic paint for bottom layers of the painting

Conversely, you could try using acrylic paint for the bottom layers of the painting. The paint


Tips for Drawing and Interpreting Large Abstract Paintings

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Large Abstract PaintingsBegin your painting by thinking about an object or landscape. Try not to think about the actual drawing. Simply harp on the idea or form of the object. Your creative ability and your emotions will form what you paint on the canvas. Recollect that you’re interpreting and not actually drawing.

Study composition fundamentals and check whether you can do a conceptual painting taking into account one of those principles instead of on a particular subject. This is likely to turn out as a decent theoretical painting! You should be content with your result. Abstract art depends on the thought that it shouldn’t look like the real thing, so don’t expect anything! Simply step into the experience wanting to have a good time! You don’t have to draw something genuine, it can simply be anything!

Move your canvas onto the floor.

Large abstract paintings require you move your canvas onto the floor. Try not to feel as if you can’t move the canvas while you’re painting. Actually, you may make novel outlines by beginning on the floor and then moving the canvas upright while the paint

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Abstract Floral Painting Tips

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Abstract FloralThese abstract floral painting tips will walk you through the procedure for painting an offbeat, beautiful flower, conceptual painting in acrylics like the one above. Painting abstract blooms is fun and simple. It’s fundamentally a building procedure in which you paint shapes and examples with distinctive hues are one on top of the other and alongside one another.

Materials You Need:

Acrylic paints, paintbrushes, canvas, ruler, pencil

A 12 x 12 inch canvas is ideal for the following abstract floral painting lessons. Prime your canvas by covering it with 1-2 layers of gesso. Once the gesso is dry, use your ruler and pencil to draw a framework on your canvas. For your 12 x 12 inch painting, draw 4 by 4 squares of 3 inches each.

After you have drawn your lattice, you’re prepared to paint!

Steps to Take

1. The initial step is to paint every square in a strong shade of color. You can pick any hues you like.

2. The next step is to paint a fringe in each square. When you paint the outskirts, try to pick hues


What Type of Watercolor Brush Is Best

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Type of Watercolor BrushWith so many choices available on the market, how can you decide on the best brushes to use for watercolor? First, watercolor is a transparent medium. It goes on in thin layers of color and lets the white paper act as a white light source for your hues. How you want to put down those colors is as much personal choice as it is functional device. So, you want the feel and comfort of the brush to help guide your decision.

From a practical perspective, you want a brush that loads up with paint well to eliminate constantly dipping the brush into the paint or water. You want a brush made with natural hair that has a nice “belly”, wider in the center, that tapers to a good point. Some natural hairs do this better than others. The best, in my opinion, is pure Kolinsky sable. Its large belly and long, tapered hairs hold a lot of fluid. These hairs, in the finest brushes, come from only the tail hairs of the male. So, for a truly fabulous


Know All About Canvas Paintings Before Making An Ideal Purchase

Posted on May 1, 2016 By

Canvas PaintingsFrom time immemorial, whenever people have referred to a painting, or a figure such as this, it has always been certain paintings on canvas. This is primarily because, such paintings were more prevalent compared to any other type of painting.

Keep in mind, popularity gained by this form of painting one has to be very sure that the quality of products that they buy would be something that would make each and every person reach a high level of satisfaction.

In this respect, canvas paintings have always and will always enchant people to utmost level, and hence one can easily gain the required interest in that domain.

How to choose the correct canvas:

Quite contrary to the types used in making bags, or other types of goods, the canvas that is used for painting, is one that is specially made and useful for making a perfect painting come alive.

• There are a number of canvasses available, such as stretched, miniature, decorative, and traditional cotton type. All of this makes a perfect backdrop for original canvas


All About Back Painted Glass

Posted on May 1, 2016 By

Back Painted GlassA Back-painted glass is glass that has been painted on the reverse side. You can paint different types of glasses including casted, laminated and tempered glass.

How to paint

You should start by mixing paint and catalyst. You should then clean the back of glass by running a paper towel soaked with alcohol over the glass. To start painting you should pour the paint mixture into the gun. For ideal results you should run the paint through the strainer while pouring it into the gun.

You should then apply a coat using the gun. You should paint in the up and down motion and wait for about five minutes.

After five minutes you should add another layer of paint. You should repeat this until you have applied at least four layers. For the paint to bond to the glass you should wait for 48 hours.

If there is overspray you should use a light steel wool to remove the overspray at the edges. If there is some paint at the front of the glass you should use a lacquer thinner to clean it.


Affordable Handmade Canvas Paintings

Posted on May 1, 2016 By

Handmade Canvas PaintingsPaintings have eternally enthralled men in different ways. This ageless form of art speaks volume even without a word inscribed on it. The paintings not only speak about your thoughts or attitude towards life, but reflect your own philosophy in quite an aesthetic way. Oil paintings, water colours, acrylic paintings, digital paintings have always held a special position in the decoration of interiors. Whether it is your home or office, canvas paintings have, added, changed, enhanced and excelled the manifestation of décor. You might happen to think that you do not “understand” art and paintings. Well, there are quite a few factors that can help you understand art like never before once you start recognizing them.

As they say “beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder” is quite a true fact when it comes to understanding and selecting a canvas painting for your home. If it is sublimely beautiful to your eyes and tantalize your senses in a smooth way, then you know that you can “buy this canvas”. The next factors that you should look at are the colours, textures and the shapes or figures


Hidden Secrets About Aboriginal Art

Posted on May 1, 2016 By

Aboriginal ArtWhen Aboriginal artists at Papunya in Australia’s Central Desert started recording ancient stories using modern art materials, they knew their cultural secrets could be viewed by people who lived thousands of miles away from their homelands. Much of this cultural history was closely held by the elders, slowly released to their own people as they progressed through the traditional law and knowledge system.

Symbols or icons were used to represent elements of the stories and were widely recognised by Aboriginal people. The use of dots to decorate designs was extended to conceal parts of stories represented by the icons that should not be revealed to outsiders.

As stories of the dreams or Creations of the Aborigines, were central to many of the early paintings, there were hidden secrets that should not be shared. The stories were passed down along family lines by the custodians and placed great responsibilities on the custodian group. While it passed down generations, the message of not sharing these stories with the world was also passed down.

Nearly half a century later the stories told by that first group of Aboriginal artists


Unusual Techniques to Try With Paint

Posted on April 1, 2016 By

Unusual Techniques to Try With PaintPaint is an inexpensive way to add color and personality to your walls. Some techniques can create a striking appearance or a visual illusion.


When you want a finished effect that involves a variation of colors, ragging can be an effective technique to try. This process is also inexpensive; all you will need is a drop cloth, tape, tray, and roller. Of course, you will also need a lint-free rag or cheesecloth. The surface will require a standard matte finish as the base, a second matte color, and a latex glaze. Depending on the desired result, you can either use a lighter base color and a darker glaze or vice-versa.

After applying the base color to the wall, allow it to dry completely. Prepare the mixture for the next coat by mixing one gallon of glaze with one quart of the second matte paint. Moisten the rag slightly, then wad the rag into a loose ball in your hand, and dip it into the mixture. Dab the rag onto the wall randomly to begin adding color. You can add as much

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How To Buy Paintings Online For Your Home

Posted on April 1, 2016 By

Paintings OnlineYour home is your sacred space, and it is necessary to decorate it well. This is necessary so that you look around your home and like what you see; it gives you that sense of being at peace in your own home.

Home decor is very important for your family too. Everything in your house should give you a welcome feel. This is also true for guests who visit your home. After all, you do want them to like the kind of home that you have. The artwork exists at the very core of home decor, and original canvas art can take your home to new heights. It gives a different outlook to your house.

It is rather easy to buy paintings online these days because there are so many sites to choose from. However, not all of them have the best galleries or paintings that they portray in their homes. So, this can get quite disappointing after a while, and it will be a waste of money too if you don’t know where to look for.

Things to consider before buying

You can easily


Interested In Contemporary Art Look No Further

Posted on April 1, 2016 By

Contemporary ArtWe are always getting asked: What is the difference between contemporary art and old masters. In a nutshell, contemporary art is created by artists that are still alive. Old Masters are paintings painted by artists that are deceased. The good news is that if we purchase contemporary art now from well known, talented artists, then chances are that one day, either us or our children will be the proud owners of old masters. The bad news for the artists is that generally while they are alive, and painting, they seldom get to see the true value of what their paintings are truly worth.

Contemporary means “art that has been and continues to be created during our lifetimes.” In other words, contemporary to us. Contemporary art is art produced at the present period in time. Contemporary art includes, and develops from, post-modern art, which is itself a successor to modern art.

Strictly speaking, it refers to art made and produced by artists from the 1960’s or 70’s up until this very minute. 1970 is the cut-off point for two reasons.

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Contemporary Paintings And Common Mans Love For It

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Contemporary PaintingsFrom oldest of times, art has been a means to express oneself in a visual mode. With change and progress of time, the mode of this visual expression has changed, leading to the evolution of contemporary art paintings. Rather than searching out a specific topic for making the painting, at times a beautiful woman, or any other type of divine figure, this art gives one the freedom to make a painting that depicts the reality of life.

Given the extremely depressing scenario that is present, with help of such contemporary abstract paintings, one can surely relieve oneself of the very tiring and boring life, thereby getting a fresh feel to live life at a different level.

Thus, with such paintings, a connection with the audience also is at a different level, rather than the utopian thought of painting as a divine art.

Integral beauty of this art form:

Every form of art has its own inherent beauty associated with itself. However, the true beauty of an art is exhibited in the way, the audience connects with it.


10 Tips Every Face Painter Should Follow

Posted on March 1, 2016 By

Face PainterIn every industry, hygiene is an essential factor that must be considered. For instance, in every restaurant, waiters are asked to wash their hands at every opportunity they get. Beauticians are asked to clean their brushes for each client and most change the needles. There are certain rules as to what must be followed regarding hygiene but still there is some grey area when it comes to it.

Face painting – its evolution

Over the last two or three decades, face painting has evolved as a very popular sort of amusement. Kids, for instance, love this and more often than not, they prefer it in their parties. But as it has advanced, there has been a growing concern regarding its contamination and how to counter it with proper hygiene. For a healthy and happy painting, here are a few tips to follow:

    • Always use the products which are compatible with your skin. Refrain from using acrylics or markers or any other product which are not apt for using over the skin.
    • If you have sores, skin disease or any cuts, do not paint. If you


How To Use Contemporary Art Paintings As Decor

Posted on March 1, 2016 By

Contemporary Art Paintings As DecorWe live in an age where we create art for arts’ sake. The point of art is to appeal to our senses and bring beauty into our lives. Art is on canvas the picture what we see around us, it is also an expression of who we are. We need not create art to express ourselves, but the display of art in our houses and personal spaces is also very telling of who we truly are. These days it has become rather easy to buy art paintings as there are many sites online and in stores in our local neighborhood to check out as well. Of course, sitting at home and browsing through some of the best work out there in the world is very enticing.

Using art around the home

One of the best places to use contemporary abstract art is around the house – especially if you are the kind of person who loves minimalist, but chic décor. Taking pride in your home is a good thing, and you can showcase through the exemplary


Watercolor Vs. Gouache

Posted on March 1, 2016 By

Watercolor Vs. GouacheOne of the questions people coming into our store ask frequently is “What is the difference between watercolor and gouache?” They assume that since both are water soluble, watercolor and gouache are the same. Some think that maybe gouache is just another fancy name for acrylics since they, too, are water soluble. But not so.

Well, as with all paint, the pigments are pretty much the same. Where they all differ is with the stuff that holds the pigment together—the binder. From a chemical standpoint, that’s where the magic lies. The binder in watercolors, which is a weak substance called gum arabic, is easily broken down by water whether the paint is in tubes or pans. Gum arabic and small amounts of water create pigment application that is transparent. Rather than using white paint to make lighter colors, the white of the paper serves this role. Since the white shows through the thin layers of pigment, watercolor tends to be airy and luminous at the hand of an experienced watercolorist. The trick to achieving this rich and luminous quality is to use very little water. In fact,

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How Original Art Can Transform Your Space

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Original ArtThroughout human history, art has provided a way for people to express themselves and their ideas, and it has equally provided a focal point for the imagination of onlookers and has fostered an appreciation of beauty in all its forms. For many people now a days, art in the home is a luxury that we can afford, bringing a touch of this magic into our spaces.

Indeed, original art can truly transform a space from something bland and lifeless into something with imagination, beauty and character. Here are a few of the main reasons that investing in original paintings for sale for your home is often well worth your investment.

Firstly, it can be said with all honesty that all art is an expression of the emotions, thoughts and perspectives of the artist that created it. These can be very thought-provoking, and this is why many people become huge fans of one particular artist – it can be because the painting or drawing speaks to them in particular, or because there is a profound idea encapsulated within.



Choosing Artwork for Your Home

Posted on February 1, 2016 By

Artwork for Your HomeTHE NARRATIVE

First look for the narrative, simply describe what you see. Who or what is depicted, what’s going on? If you see people and things, the painting is figurative; if you see lines and splashes – go for non-figurative. The name of the painting might come in handy, especially when it comes to Dali.

What seems to be more important for the artist – representation or expression? Compare the paintings in the styles of hyperrealism and expressionism – you can always tell if the images look idealized or expressly distorted.

Notice the feelings you get looking at the painting, the general impression produced by the entire painting and its elements – later you will dig deeper to understand what inspired those emotions. There is a reason why you like one painting more than the other. Your taste in art is as unique as your taste in food or clothes, inspired by your background, upbringing and even professional expertise.


Collect information on the artist and the historical background. To analyze “Guernica” by

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Investigating Art Heists

Posted on February 1, 2016 By

Art HeistsOne of the most perplexing cases to come across the desk of a PI is the theft of valuable art. After all, why would anyone steal fine art, since it’s so difficult to sell? Not only is it off-limits to legitimate art dealers, but the vast majority of private collectors would never buy it, either.

Art is very easy to damage. The theft itself, the transportation, and improper storage seriously erode the value and therefore the presumed payoff for the theft. Contrary to what you’ll see in the movies, art theft is not done by people who love art and want to hide it in the basement. In fact, the thieves often leave evidence of careless handling, which adds terrifically to the level of pain experienced by the museum staff or the private collector. What’s more, if there is any sentimental value attached to the artwork, the thieves don’t care about that, either.

The tools for investigating art theft are basically the same as what we use for any other investigation: surveillance, photos, interviews, and public records. Private Investigators have no police power to detain suspects for

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Classic Tips for Drawing Inspiration

Posted on February 1, 2016 By

Drawing InspirationInspiration is everywhere. It does not matter what kind of artist you are, from a painter to a writer, inspiration can be found anywhere. Some find it in nature; some find it deep in the cities; some have the purpose of creating detailed figurative drawings; while some tend to care more about the process of being creative. The one thing that remains the same, though, is that artists are more productive when they know how to find and use inspiration around them.

If you’re up for some creative challenges, here are a few classic favorites:

1. Look at People

There are many ways to use your surroundings to find inspiration. If you are the kind of artist that likes to search for inspiration outdoors, you can go to a park and people watch. You can observe their interactions with one another, or with their kids, or even with their pets; you can observe them in contrast to the environment around them. Then, you can use those people’s experiences as inspiration for your art. You can paint them exactly as you seem them, or you can use


Why You Should Consider Buying Paintings Online

Posted on February 1, 2016 By

Buying Paintings OnlineNowadays it is possible to buy almost anything we want or need online, and fine art is certainly no exception. With thousands of talented original artists looking to reach their ideal audiences online, there are now many excellent websites showcasing fascinating and beautiful original art for anyone who wishes to make a purchase.

There are always disadvantages to buying online – including the fact that you have to wait to actually receive the item before you can assess whether you really like it or not – but there are some many advantages too. Here are a few reasons why buy paintings online can be the right way for you to find the perfect piece of art.

The first reason why buy paintings online is a great idea is that you can find something that really appeals to your tastes and preferences, often from an artist that you would never normally come across. As with all online purchases, it has become possible to discover things online that are simply not available in our local area, and this is the same for artists and artwork that we like.