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Thanjavur Paintings


The paintings started its existence since 1600 A.D. The painters from the Vijayanagar Empire migrated to different parts after the defeat of Vijayanagar Empire. Some migrated to Thanjavur and stayed there under the patronage of the Nayakas Empire. The Nayakas were the one who started giving the importance to the paintings. After the defeat of the Nayakas by the Marathas, the painters got more importance as the Marathas were more passionate towards paintings than the Nayakas. Many paintings of the gods, goddess, religious persons and kings were drawn on the temples, palaces and even on buildings.


The olden people followed many techniques to draw the paintings. They used the natural colours like the vegetables and the dying to colour the paintings. They followed the Chinese reverse glass technique which is cheaper and popular than many other techniques. The painters will draw the paintings at the back of the glass which makes the paintings look great with its shining and stone effect. They used the red colour for the background, blue colour for Lord Vishnu and Green colour for Goddess Sivakami. Most of the diagrams are drawn on the spot and each diagram took more than 5 hours to …

By Gregory July 16, 2019 Off

How To Make Amazing Oil Paintings

Traditional oil painting processes often start with a sketch. The artist is set to draw his subject matter onto the canvas using charcoal. After which, he is to start mixing the colors with linseed oil and solvents. And then, these mixtures were applied over the drawing appropriately and each layer brushed was mandated to have thicker oil coating than the last to promote faster drying, which might take about two weeks. After six months, the finished product is varnished to give it additional protection. And subsequently, it is framed for display.

When making oil paintings, it is highly recommended that you lay out your choice of colors on your palette before you start, in the order you intend to use them so you could progress instinctively and avoid making mistakes. If you want to test how certain mixtures will pan out, try out different combinations first using a sheet and label them appropriately. In addition, try not to use ivory black for your sketching, in case you do not have charcoal, as it tends to dry slower than other oil paints. If you are using charcoal, draw lightly so it does not affect the colors you utilize after. Be mindful …

By Gregory July 16, 2019 Off

Types of Stage Lighting

Flood lights

The quality, shape, and size of the beam emitted from flood lights are rigid with no option to make adjustments. It is a popular choice for illuminating skies or backgrounds, but not so desirable for highlighting the actors. Flood lights can operate as a single light or combined with three or four other lights to provide a color mix. Most come with a reflector to make it easier to provide an even wash across a large space.

Soft spots

Soft spots are easier to control with the ability to adjust the beam shape and size. The quality of the light emitted is soft and even edged, and has minimal light spillage outside the intended area. This type of light is more practical for the short throws, and is generally unsuitable for long throws.

Profile spots

The use of profile spots is suggested in the areas of stage lighting that needs precise control. Profile spots can be combined with shutters (hard edge) and iris diaphragm (round edge) to help create the desired shape and size. Also, purpose-made masks can be applied to help build the more unique shapes. Plus, the quality of the edge is adjustable by making changes …

By Gregory July 15, 2019 Off

Pointillism in Art History

Pointillism is a painting technique whereby thousands of tiny dots of a pure colour are applied to a canvas very close to one another to form an image. The main concept behind pointillism is to use dots of only two to three colours in a particular area. The smaller the dots, the clearer the painting will be and the sharper its lines will be. The basic idea behind pointillism is that your mind and eye blend the colours together to create the image when viewed from a distance.

No – pointillism is all about the painting technique. It doesn’t matter what the subject matter is, as long as it’s painted with small dots of pure colour. There are many famous paintings covering different subject matters that are painted in the pointillist style. Examples include Vincent van Gogh’s self-portrait and Paul Signac’s Sunday, which depicts a Parisian couple at home on a typical Sunday.

Pointillism was developed by Impressionist painters Georges Seurat and Paul Signac. Seurat’s pointillism painting, Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, is one of his most famous works and is known throughout the world. This particular painting took over two years to finish and remains …

By Gregory July 13, 2019 Off

Passionate Affair

Developing industrial technology and the improved transportation network resulted in lower costs of manufacturing. One of the products to benefit was paper, which we consider insignificant today. However, prior to the 19th century, paper was very expensive, and affordable only to the affluent. In the early 19th century, manufacturing improvements resulted in a significant reduction in the production cost of paper, which in turn, fueled an expansion of printing newspapers and books.

Public literacy blossomed as education became more accepted for the emerging middle-class. Paper products such as envelope and stationery became affordable, and postal service had just begun in many countries. These factors combined to make writing to family, friends and loved ones a very fashionable pastime. A strong market developed for desk sets of writing equipment, accessories, and associated novelties, such as paperweights.

This was also a time of extreme sentimentality. Paperweights became a popular gift item to be given to loved ones as a symbol of affection. They were considered to be more charming than valuable, and were prized more for their sentimental symbolism than their cost.

Although many of the techniques for making paperweights were known by the Egyptians since about 100 B.C., no one had …

By Gregory July 13, 2019 Off

Create Photoshop Watercolor Effect

  1. Step-1: At first, install the latest version of Photoshop in your computer. Select the photo file on which you want to create the watercolor effect. Duplicate the background layer. It is better to duplicate it three times. You can press “control j” to copy layers. Press them three times. Now turn off the two primary layers. You will notice a small icon. This tiny icon determines that the layer is visible or, not. When it is visible, it means the layers are visible and when you click on the icon it disappears, it means that the layers are no longer visible.
  2. Step-2: Select layer one and it will appear in blue color. Point your cursor on the filter menu>artistic>cutout. Right after choosing the filter, a dialogue box will appear. You will notice there are three boxes. One is for the number of levels second one is for edge simplicity and the last one is edge fidelity. Set the value of first two boxes to four and the last one as two. Click OK to save and exit.
  3. Step-3: Point your cursor to the layers palate and select the blend mode option. Click on the drop down menu, set it to
By Gregory July 8, 2019 Off

History of Oil Painting

During the present times, oil painting on canvas continues to be a favorite of serious painters because it gives long-casting colors and allows a wide range of methods and approaches. The origin of oil paints can be traced back to the 13th century. However, this was further developed as a modern form of medium by Jan van Eyck, in the 15th century. Since artists had a problem of a too long drying time, this Belgian painter discovered a method that enabled painters to have a faster way to develop their compositions. He found a way to create a vibrant oil color palette by means of combining pigments with nut oils and linseed.

Later on, da Vinci, Messini and other artists enhanced the formula by making it the best medium to represent forms, figures and details by using a variety of colors, depths and shadows. It was during the Renaissance, also known as Golden Age of Painting, when artists developed their craft and established most of the techniques that enabled the oil medium to emerge. Oil painting became more refined due to the studies in perspective, human anatomy and proportion. In this era, artists aimed to come up with images that …

By Gregory July 8, 2019 Off

Edouard Manet

Edouard Manet was born in the year 1832 in Paris. He was part of a well connected and affluent family. His mother was daughter of a diplomat and father was French judge. His father expected him to pursue his career in the niche of law. It was his uncle Edmond who supported the painter for the skills that he had in painting and took him to Louvre. He was first in secondary school and then later joined a special course in drawing. It was during this time that he met Antonin Proust woi later become minister of fine arts. He was also Manets friend for the whole life. His father then asked him to try in Navy and he failed in the examination twice which made him later accept Manet’s will in continuing arts education. He learned painting under Thomas couture who was academic painter from 1850 -1856. During spare time he tried copying the works of masters. He had so many amazing friends who were painters. It was in the year 1856 that he opened a studio. He tried following realism which was the kind of painting initiated by Gustave Courbet. It was under this influence that made him …

By Gregory July 8, 2019 Off

Chinese Art

Lots of archaic bronze vessels were used for sacrifices for God and spirits. These were believed to help the standard of life of the people, if the rituals were performed correctly. In earlier times, art was considered a means of moral or social function.

There were many wall paintings that showed sages, emperors, ministers, generals and of course the villains of the stories. These were portrayed as examples of how not to live.

Another interesting thing was the portrait painting that had a moral function and which depicted the characteristics of people, their character and role. Lots of court painters had a lot of success because they were asked to paint memorable happenings and events.

The religious art is quite foreign to China. It is interesting to discover that folk religion was not so much an inspiration to the high works of art, and the almighty Buddhism was nothing but a foreign import.

China always appreciated the human relationships, and it is a normal thing to discover paintings that embody gentlemen who enjoyed romantic pursuits or who went to reunions that helped them travel across the entire country.

The traditional Chinese art doesn’t include themes as violence, death, nudity or …

By Gregory July 7, 2019 Off

Egon Schiele

While Egon was very young, he was very obsessed with drawing the trains that we would see often. His father once believed that his child wanted to become an engineer. At the age of 11, Egon was brought to a Realgymnasium. His lack of interest in subjects of that kind caused him to fail in his classes. Despite tutors coming into his life on a daily basis, he still lacked the knowledge to succeed in his classes.

Unfortunately, his dad died during his teen years, causing him and his sister to become children of different people. Leopold Czihaczek became the co-guardian of them while his mother was also there to take care of them. At the age of sixteen, his guardian and Mother allowed him to take classes at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts. This prestigious school is known for their strong list of alumni painters and artists, not to mention their unique classes. During the summer, he took the rigorous entrance exam that would tell him if he passed or not. At the age of sixteen, he became the youngest person to ever get into those specific classes.

Egon’s paintings tell a story of something beautiful. Most people …

By Gregory July 7, 2019 Off