Month: June 2019

Steps to Finding Your Unique Art Style

What Do You Like to Draw?

The first step is to dip into your early memory and try to remember, what was it that you like to draw as a child? Was it animals, flowers, boats, cars, or imaginary creatures? For me, I remembered I used to doodle faces in my textbooks. So naturally my subjects are human faces.

Before you dive into researching the different types of art styles, search within yourself first. You have to find your inner truth and your real passion first.

Experiment with Different Medium and Different Art Techniques

When I first started, I used acrylic. I also tried water-soluble crayons and pencils, color pencils, and soft pastels. But the minute I touched oil paint with my brush, I knew oil would be my medium. It felt magical, as if we knew we were made for each other.

Experiment with different art supplies and Different Art Techniques, and when you meet your Mr. or Mrs. Right, you would know it.

Look at a Lot of Art

If you can’t visit museums often enough, one great online source is The National Gallery, London, where you can zoom in to observe the brush strokes. When you look …

By Gregory June 30, 2019 Off

Abstract Art

Art that is abstract is created when an artist gives their thoughts and imagination a physical manifestation. These are then painted on canvas, drawn or shaped into the form of abstract art. Such types of art must depict connecting and stimulating images for other people to interplay in their minds in some specific way. It is just then that the art’s true purpose is served. By using simple or complex shapes, colors and forms, it becomes possible for an artist in creating an abstract piece of art for the purpose intended.

With the majority of people facing almost all kinds of troubles in today’s frenzied world, abstract art can be a great means to vent out one’s unexpressed emotions and to express oneself on canvas successfully in place of using sentences or words. You may wish to approach abstract art as a therapeutic type of hobby. There are 4 basic components to abstract art: sketching or drawing, perspective, color theory, and tools and procedures. These play a vital role in this particular form of art. Perhaps one thing that cannot be overlooked is the use of colors. Combining the colors to give the artwork the right intensity is a significant …

By Gregory June 27, 2019 Off

Benefits of 3 Piece Paintings

The biggest advantage a 3 piece painting offer is that it lets the story flow from one piece to another. The story does not end in one piece it keeps on flowing until the last piece and this is what appeals the onlookers the most. The continuing story compels you to keep on looking at the pleasing art, and you could not resist yourself from praising it. However, this is a delightful art and there are only people who can carry out it in a professional manner.

Moreover; the 3 piece paintings allow you to cover a lot of area. You do not require additional photo frames or decoration pieces to cover the wall of your living room or lounge. The 3 piece painting covers major portion of the wall thus proving to be more economical as compared to the one piece painting. Moreover, you can arrange them in various alterations like horizontal, vertical or parallel. It solely depends on you how you arrange them on your wall. No matter what the arrangement is they will still convey their message in the best possible way.

Moreover, if you are buying from a store which is quite from your house, or …

By Gregory June 23, 2019 Off

MeconoMorph

Unlike most commonly uses cubes, MORPH concept is a lot different. It is because in this concept ‘mecons’ are used for creating 3D structures. The business cards used in building these 3D structures are artistically folded, smartly joined, strategically managed and superbly displayed to create an amazing 3D view which is an ultimate attention grabber. It’s extraordinarily appealing and colorful enough to pull people closer from a distance. It attracts awe and visibility to the art and the business cards used in the structures.

Using business cards for a piece of art is not only a brilliant concept, it is also one of the most innovative and economical way of promoting a business and boosting its sales. Business cards are not just pieces of cardboard with some letters printed on them. Every business card is a result of a very intimate and sometimes painful process of putting together everything which is important for a given business or activity. Businesses use their own brand, buildings, and employees in artwork and photography to promote their business, provide a certain aesthetic appeal, build their brand, and to enhance their corporate culture. MMORPH can be used in creating a unique 3D view with the …

By Gregory June 19, 2019 Off

Mark Rothko

Mark was born in the Vitebsk Province of the then Russian empire, which is today Daugavpils, Latvia. His father was known as Jacob Rothkowitz, an intellectual as well as a pharmacist. Jacob provided a political and secular upbringing for his children, rather than the religious upbringing which was common then.

Though Rothko’s father had a moderate income, his children were well educated and could speak several languages such as Hebrew, Russian and Yiddish. At the age of five years, Rothko was sent to the cheder. It is here that he studied the Talmud.

Rothko’s father immigrated to the United States for fear that his sons would be conscripted into the army. Marcus was left behind in Asia together with his mother and sister. His two brothers went to the U.S with Jacob.

In 1912, Mark, his mother and sister joined the other family members at the Ellis Island. He joined school in the U.S in 1913 and quickly went through grades three to five. He completed his secondary level education at Lincoln High School, in 1921.

It was in 1923 that Mark realized his interest in painting. He had been employed in the Garment industry in New York and happened …

By Gregory June 19, 2019 Off

About Gesso

Applying gesso to a canvas is really easy. Get a large, flat brush, load it up with gesso and gently brush it on to the canvas. The aim is to cover the entire canvas in a smooth and even layer of gesso, so be sure to smooth out any lumps or bumps. It’s up to you how many layers you use to prime your canvas with. Try doing a few different paintings, each with a different number of layers, and see how you find each one. You’ll notice that the more layers you have, the less the paint soaks into the canvas.

You don’t have to prime your canvas with gesso if you’re doing an acrylic painting, though it certainly does help to do it. If you don’t prime your canvas, the paint will soak into the canvas material a lot more easily. You’ll find that a lot of canvases come pre-primed – these canvases have already had a layer of gesso applied to them, so you don’t have to worry about applying gesso to them. However, if you’re used to working with a few layers of gesso, you might want to add an extra layer or two. An unprimed …

By Gregory June 19, 2019 Off

Plein Air Painting

Painting outdoors became especially popular in the mid-19th century with the Impressionists and the Barbizon school. Artists would head outdoors and paint scenes from real life, whether it was a scenic landscape or a painting of people going about their everyday routine. The practice grew in popularity thanks to the development of paints in tubes and portable field easels, which made it much easier for artists to have all their equipment on-site. Plein air painting has been very popular with French Impressionists, American Impressionists and a host of Russian painters, as well as many others.

If you can, have two different sets of art supplies, one for in the studio and one for plein air painting that you take with you on the go. Try to use an oil that dries quickly – transporting wet canvases can be quite a problem so make sure you know how you’re going to get your canvas home. It’s great if you have enough room in your car to put your canvas down flat. A French easel is ideal for plein air painting because it’s portable and you can store your painting in it.

One thing you have to bear in mind is the …

By Gregory June 18, 2019 Off

Ageless Banner

Some churches will still use the traditional concept of hanging banners in the pulpit and with the change of the season different colored banners will be hung according to their tradition. Families, even today, proudly display the family coat of arms or crest and yes, our town officials still string up banners to announce festivals, fairs and upcoming events. Banners are widely popular at sporting arenas and outdoor events. The lightweight material is easy to transport and its versatility is limitless. The oldest form of signage is still being used today to send specific messages.

Banners may still be used to communicate but the material used has changed significantly. Depending on the location of where the banner will be hung, whether the banner will be hung outdoors or inside buildings will determine the type of material that should be used. An expert sign company will know whether to use vinyl, cloth, paper or nylon mesh. To take advantage of delivering a distinctive message, use your words sparingly. Overpowering artwork, illegible font and pale colored lettering makes for a vague and unclear message. Remember, banners are an ageless medium for delivering specific messages.

Displaying your banner is as easy as tying …

By Gregory June 13, 2019 Off

Plein Air for Inspiration

Of course this Plein Air technique is not always convenient, mainly due to inclement weather conditions and the artist ends up in his studio burnt out and wondering what to paint next. Most artists, including myself have suffered this mental block on more than one occasion and usually the remedy is to just take a short break. This lack of productivity sometimes persists, however, so in an attempt to overcome this I decided one day to try a different approach.

Instead of relying on visual reference for inspiration I switched to imagination as my source and began to invent. Using white oil paint I prepared ten small boards and started scratching into semi-wet underpaintings my own invented compositions of whimsical houses and windswept trees. Empty spaces were filled with water tanks, fence posts and quirky farm animals. The following day I applied different colors blending one into the other working from background to foreground. When dry these colors were further enhanced with the application of transparent glazes.

This new approach was mentally refreshing as I was using a different part of my brain to produce invented compositions and color schemes. It was an exercise in use of imagination. The basic …

By Gregory June 13, 2019 Off

Start Learning To Draw

Fortunately, in an old book by John Ruskin there are some very simple drawing exercises that you could easily do at work or at home. They were printed as if they had been drawn with a dip-pen and ink. This could be just what you need to sharpen your drawing skills.

An added benefit of getting familiar with dip-pens is that you can substitute fluid watercolor paint for inks, allowing you to strengthen your paintings without a paint brush.

Although dip-pens and fountain pens are less common than ball-point and fiber-tip pens they can be great to use. When used for hand-writing you find that your writing quality improves because you need to be slightly slower and more careful. If you rush or accidentally touch the wet ink it can easily smudge and spoil. Not only that but you get the same kind of damage if you don’t let the ink dry after you have finished writing.

This might sound incredibly negative. For most people in their busy working day this would be true. When you are being rushed you can’t afford to wait.

With art it is different…

What the pen and ink gives you is a reason to

By Gregory June 12, 2019 Off