Category: Painting

Self Portrait of Rembrandt

His self portraits are not only numerous, but also higher quality as he grows older. Especially in the latter half of his life, the experience in real life makes him know much more about himself. Around the 60s, there are distinct personalities in his self portraits. Rembrandt pays much attention to the inner temperament of the face, so the audience can discover a potential inner language from it.

This self portrait was created by Rembrant in 1665 when the painter lost his wife, sold off his property and moved to Llsang J Lahat. At that time, Rembrandt declined a lot in his career. He could just be in charge of the Art Product Processing Company which was founded by Titus, the son of Rembrandt’ s ex-wife and Hendry Gee, as an “employee”. He worked as a carrier carrying products. And this picture is the real image of him at that time.

Rembrandt, as a 54 years old man, is a sloven with the color palette and painting brush in his left hand and right hand on his hip which reflects his poverty and miserableness. Fat body, kerchief on his head and two bright piercing eyes make him seem like he’s …

By Gregory July 20, 2019 Off

Mural Painting

A characteristic of this later, more sophisticated mural art was the use of decorative features such as frames, borders and geometrical patterns, which might accompany the theme of the painting and help it sit comfortably in the architecture that it decorated.

In modern times we still see murals being painted, but now often as political propaganda or commercial advertising. The availability of wallpaper and other commercial decorative features has made painting an expensive option but fortunately there still exists a market for purely decorative murals. In popular culture spray can graffiti has created its own heritage of mural art.

Trompe L’Oeil.

The late Greek and Roman period discovered the decorative the use of trompe l’oeil – that is making a flat wall surface seem as if it is 3D architecture, simply by painting it on with light and shade. Impossible architectural fantasies became possible in the hands of an artist. In Pompeii and Herculaneum there are many surviving murals using fantastic trompe l’oeil. The technique really came into it’s own in the Renaissance period. Ceilings became decorated as skies full of clouds and cherubs, walls had balustrades and pillars giving onto fantastic landscapes with battles raging and mythological creatures roaming. …

By Gregory July 17, 2019 Off

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

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

Popular Italian Painting Periods

  • Italian Renaissance Paintings
    Developing out of the dark, dour, and severe Middle Ages, where most paintings were strictly religious, and stark, with little attention given to the style of the human figure, came the Italian renaissance. Born in Florence, in the 13th century, the Renaissance slowly spread throughout Europe and other parts of the world with a focus on the arts, humanities, and sciences. Some of the main characteristics of Renaissance art include a much wider range of subject matter, including secular images, pagan images, and mythological imagery. Renaissance paintings have soft lines and make use of light, shadow, and perspective, with close attention given to, and joy taken in, the expression of the human form. Expressive characterization and gestures, linear perspective, and atmospheric perspective combine in Italian Renaissance paintings to give a unique, distinctive look. Popular artists from the period include Taddeo Gaddi, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Leonardo da Vinci. Early in the period, tempera is the common medium, oil paintings appear later. One of the most famous and most iconic Italian Renaissance pieces is Botticelli’s ‘Birth of Venus’, along with Da Vinci’s ‘Madonna of the Rocks’.
  • Italian Baroque Paintings
    From the late 16th to mid 18th century, Italian Baroque
By Gregory July 2, 2019 Off

Painting Terms


This is the term that is used to describe a source of art material. Artists use several types of material to create art. Sometimes they even use more than one medium in a single piece of art. A few art mediums include; oil, acrylic, and watercolor paint, pencil, charcoal, and pastel. So if you hear the term medium, it simply refers to the source of art material that is on the paper or canvas.


This is a technique that is used very often when painting with any medium. You can use a dabbing technique to make trees, bushes, flowers, and even grasses. Simply use a flat bristle brush, dip it in the paint, and then touch the tip of the brush to the canvas or paper. You can press harder for a thicker application of paint or lighter for a thinner application. When using the dabbing technique with oil paint, be very careful not to muddy successive colors.

For example, when painting bushes, apply the darkest under-painting color first, then apply highlights to areas of the bush using a lighter color. Since the first color will still be wet, you need to be extremely careful not to smudge …

By Gregory July 2, 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

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