Month: December 2018

People Love Art Canvas Prints

While you can still some of these original works of art to this day, they have somehow undergone a major transformation – one that promises to keep their timeless appeal for many generations to see and feel the messages that they want to express. These days, if you want to own original art masterpieces but don’t want to spend too much for it, you get art canvas prints.

A canvas print is the result of an image printed onto canvas which is stretched or gallery-wrapped onto a frame and displayed. They are often used as interior design staples, often featuring stock images or as many people prefer it, customized with personal photos to make them look like original art paintings.

To make your own canvas print, you will need to cut or trim the canvas and glue or staple it to stretcher bars and display it in a frame made from solid pine and underpinned for additional strength or as a gallery-wrap. These prints are designed to continue around the edges of the frame to enhance the three-dimensional look of the mounted print.

While most people take digital photos, print them on glossy paper and frame them for posterity, there …

By Gregory December 30, 2018 Off

Belgian Linen

Bed linen

Because it is a natural fiber, Belgian linen keeps you cool in the summer and warm in winters. In that sense, it is much like cotton. It absorbs well and feels comfortable to the skin. Linen also adapts to different styles and weaves and tends to look good in almost any design.

Items such as pillow cases and duvet covers can also be made out of linen and used for the warmth and feeling of comfort they provide.

Table linen

By its nature, table linen needs to be absorbent and stain resistant. Table linen, whether it is Belgian or not, needs to be able to withstand frequent washing and heavier usage than other cloth such as a framed tapestry, etc.

Table linen can come in different finishes, including stone washed sheets, napkins, placemats, etc. Aesthetically, these can impart a distinct personality to a home. Belgian linen, when used in a stonewashed finish, can provide an understated elegance to the dining area. It is an ideal fabric for both, formal and informal use.

Linen in different weaves

Interested buyers may commission special weaves out of linen. Belgian linen is a natural fiber and is naturally grey or beige. Dyeing …

By Gregory December 29, 2018 Off

Underpainting Practices for Oil Painting

An underpainting allows you to envision the totality of the pictorial idea. In addition to correcting drawing errors the underpainting’s primary purpose is to fix the all important Notan, which is the Japanese term for light/dark harmony.

Generally speaking, there are three types of underpainting: there is the fully worked up monochromatic grisaille. This is the academic approach where little is left to chance. However, the classical grisaille of mixed white and black possesses an Achilles Heel. As the white paint ages it becomes more translucent and the black paint in the grey mix will dominate. Hence the overall picture will darken significantly, especially if there was extensive correcting of the grisaille.

If a basic oil/turpentine medium is employed this darkening is all but guaranteed. The solution is to use a thixotropic resin based medium — such as Venice Turpentine — which suspends the pigment and nullifies the oil’s interminable darkening. Despite its name Venice Turpentine is a resin not a solvent. A confusing but important distinction.

The Renaissance approach often employed the verdaccio which is a green-hued underpainting. Michelangelo’s unfinished Entombment exhibits his painting process from beginning to finish. The central Christ figure is a wholly resolved verdaccio underpainting.…

By Gregory December 29, 2018 Off

Art of Shading

Shading is what makes a subject look real and brings it to life. It provides depth and roundness to any piece of art. The dark to light shading forces the eye to points of origins, which is what provides that third dimension of depth to the landscape. Shading is effective in all types of paintings and drawings, but is most commonly needed for three-dimensional subject matter. Contemporary landscape paintings, for example, can be highly realistic or highly stylized and NOT based in strict reality, but the modern trends usually call for clarity of depth, which shading provides.

Whatever the destination is for the piece, shading should be considered during the layout process. While a one shade work of art can be intriguing, the effects of different shades of light and dark cause a certain kind of contrast to art. The contrast is determined by the depth and shades of darkness gradually leading to lighter points.

Some quick tips for practicing shading:

  • Define where your light source is before you start shading, and then stay with it.
  • Keep in mind that light can shine through every tiny hole, so consider the structures and shapes of the objects and how they block
By Gregory December 29, 2018 Off

Artistic Painting Ideas

Have you ever watched children at play? A broom becomes a horse, a stick transforms into the most magnificent magical wand, the trees in the field are seen as massive giants threatening the stalwart defenders and a blanket thrown over the picnic table makes a safe cave for adventurous heroes and heroines. Give these same children some art materials and they are all likely to dive right in.

Their play-filled approach and unhindered curiosity allows them to create with apparent abandon. Life becomes more complicated as we enter adulthood and this easy creativity sometimes gives way to a world filled with should do this and shouldn’t do that. We sometimes find ourselves bound up and unable to take action when we enter the studio. No matter how much one may want to take a playful approach to that threatening white expanse the moments between intending to start and actually starting begin to pile up.

Time to clean the studio
When the artistic painting ideas aren’t flowing it’s definitely time for an artist to step away from the canvas. But don’t leave the studio entirely; stick around and focus on getting some chores done. You would be surprised at how many …

By Gregory December 28, 2018 Off

Elements Of Character

After developing a solid technique you will have to learn how to break down a script. The writer provides the actor with a road map and it is the job of the actor to navigate the twists and turns of the writers vision. Actors approach their roles differently. Brando was an actor who relied heavily on his instincts and intuition to gain an understanding and feel for the character’s point of view. He was a keen observer of human nature who spent hours watching people in a variety of situations. In the latest Brando bio by Susan Mizruchi (“Brando’s Smile”) Ms. Mizruchi writes that Brando was an avid reader/researcher that would read voraciously to gain information on all aspects of the character’s nature. Annotating every script he worked on was part of an insatiable curiosity that was an integral part of his process. To gain an understanding of character he had to know why his characters were motivated to do the things they did.

Intuition is another tool that is an integral part of the process. Getting a “feeling” for what is happening “moment-to-moment” and “impulse-to-impulse” is a non-intellectual way of dealing with the written word. The actor cannot impose …

By Gregory December 27, 2018 Off

Professional Canvas Side Finish

  • Fastest method:
    This fastest method is also one of the easiest methods that you can use for more of a casual painting that can be used at homes or for study purpose. The fastest method is by making use of a black duct tape to cover the sides. But you need to remember that making use of a black tape requires certain amount of care and caution while you attach them to the sides. Never try to cover the side of the canvas with more than a single black tape coating and lesser the seams, better the finishing. Also, remember not to cover the front area of the canvas with the tape as this may hinder with the painting and when removing them it will cause damage to the painting by leaving white jarred surface. The extras of the tape can be stuck carefully at the back surface, while you seal the corners carefully and neatly.
  • Cost effective method:
    The cost effective method is just other alternative to cover the side by coating it with a black paint rather than by making use of a duct tape. For this purpose you can make use of an acrylic black paint to
By Gregory December 27, 2018 Off

Ways To Improve Your Painting Skills

Get Better Supplies

When it comes to art supplies, it can definitely be worth investing in more expensive supplies. Not only do they last a lot longer, they’re also of a higher quality. Take colours, for example. If you buy student grade colours, which are the cheaper ones, there isn’t as much variety as there is with artist grade colours, which are the more expensive of the two. Spending a bit extra on supplies can open up a lot more opportunities for how you approach your paintings; it can also give you more freedom to explore your ideas.

Use All Of Your Supplies To Their Full Potential

You’ve probably got lots of supplies lying about that never get used. You never know, they may well come in handy, so see if you can use them. A ruler, for example, can help you create a grid that can help you place everything in your painting more accurately. Do some research on how different supplies can help with painting and you’ll be surprised to learn how many different items artists use to help them.

Get Critiques From Others

It always helps to get a second opinion. In fact, the more opinions you …

By Gregory December 27, 2018 Off

About Sgraffito

The sgraffito technique is quite simple to do. All you have to do is to paint one layer of paint on to a canvas, let it dry, then paint another layer of a different colour on top of it. The top layer that you’re scratching through should still be wet. You can use any sort of object for sgraffito so long as it’s capable of scratching through the paint: the ‘wrong end’ of a paintbrush is quite good for this technique, for example. Artists also use palette knives or even their fingernails to do the scratching.

You don’t have to use two layers of paint with this technique. You could simply apply one layer of paint to the canvas, then scratch through that to reveal the canvas beneath it. Some artists even apply three layers of paint – each a different colour – then scratch through to reveal the colour of the middle and bottom layers.

With sgraffito you need to have good hand-eye coordination so you don’t make mistakes. The good thing is that there is a way you can practice to build up your skills. Use oil pastels for the first layer, then for the top layer use …

By Gregory December 24, 2018 Off

Masterpiece by Banksy

Banksy’s Graffiti professional career started in 1989 in Bristol and his first ever painting gallery was held in 2001 in London Gallery Cargo. His work was also acknowledged in the US in 2006 through an exhibition held in Los Angeles. Banksy Graffiti artworks are present in the UK and US and mostly represent politics, ethics and pop culture.

A lot of Banksy Graffiti work is also available in modern galleries as well as in many books. Many op art sellers attempt to sell Banksy’s work (The wall art present in the streets) to the highest bidder. The removing of the art from the walls is however the winning bidder’s area of concern.

One of the masterpieces of Banksy is the monkey who wears a board on his shoulders with the warning words written on it “Laugh now, but one day we’ll be in charge.” This artwork was created almost a decade ago and originally was not painted in the trademark stencil manner rather the painting was painted on paper and then pasted on the wall.

The poster of the painting is four feet tall originally, however later on, the painting stenciled on the walls. The original paper made art piece …

By Gregory December 24, 2018 Off