Tips for Drawing and Interpreting Large Abstract Paintings

Posted on June 15, 2016 By

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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Create A Painting In 4 Easy Steps

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Create A Painting1. Find the subject of your painting

It’s important that the subject of your painting is something you care about. If you don’t care about it, you’re not going to feel motivated enough to get the painting completed. Finding the subject can be hard for some artists: some spend ages trying to find the right thing to paint; some come up with a long list of prospective painting subjects and whittle that list down based on what they think will be better to paint. Landscape painters especially can spend many weeks or even months travelling about trying to find that perfect landscape to paint.

2. Have plenty of material to work from

If you’re painting something like a bowl of fruit in your home, great, you’ve got that to work from. If, on the other hand, you’re painting something like a scene from a park that’s a good half an hour drive away, you’ll need some reference material to work from. A lot of landscape artists like doing most of their work outdoors, something which is called plein air painting, but then they might finish


5 Useful Oil Painting Tips

Posted on May 15, 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


Facts About Abstract Oil Painting

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Abstract oil painting is pleasant in light of the fact that you can mix the oil paint as much as you need. It dries gradually. Have you ever done any artistic creations by any means? All you need is abstract, so simply begin painting and bring your instincts in to add what you like. Take great care of your brushes and your brushes will take great care of you.

What You Need

All you need to paint is a couple apparatuses, a little guidance, and a dream in your mind.

Oil paints are one of the most effortless and most secure mediums to work with. It takes, for the most part, 2-3 days to dry and you have enough time to change or refine your painting. In the off chance that you don’t care for something, wipe it off with a cloth while the painting is still wet or apply another layer of paint when it is dry. The paint is anything but difficult to mix.

Your instruments: Canvas, palette, oil paints, different size paint brushes, turpentine or linseed oil, and a rag

Fundamental Guidelines:

Start by outlining your drawing with a


Abstract Floral Painting Tips

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These 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 that match well with the foundation color of the


Know All About Canvas Paintings Before Making An Ideal Purchase

Posted on May 15, 2016 By

From 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 art.

• The deep profile cotton canvas is a perfect backdrop, with the colour having the


Affordable Handmade Canvas Paintings

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Paintings 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 on the painting you are looking at. If you think


Interested In Contemporary Art? Look No Further

Posted on May 15, 2016 By

We 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. Firstly, because it was around 1970 that the terms “Post-modern” and “Post-modernism” popped up — meaning, we

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Which Brush Is Best for Oil Painters

Posted on April 15, 2016 By

The hairs used for good quality oil painting brushes are stiffer and taper differently than the natural hairs used for watercolor. Where the sables, horse, squirrel, ox, or goat hairs in watercolor brushes tend to be longer in taper and more supple, hairs from hogs, boars, badger, weasel, and mongoose are better for the more heavy bodied oil paints. Let’s take a look at each.

The Kolinsky sable hair, especially the female golden brown hair, is used for oil painting brushes. These hairs are a bit stiffer than the tail hair of the males and have better snap and resilience. The true Kolinsky sable was banned from import to the U.S. in 2014. Today, Kolinsky sable actually comes from the Siberian weasel. The hairs are harvested from the tail of the males. This ban came about because sable martens where pure red sable comes from do not do well in captivity. The only way to harvest the hair was through trapping. Thankfully, that is now banned.

That’s both good and bad news for the artist. Good the little critters’ lives are saved, bad that these super high quality brushes are no longer available. But, the tail


All About Back-Painted Glass

Posted on April 15, 2016 By

A 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.

If the overspray is too thick you should scrape


The Art of Varnishing Your Paintings

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How you protect your paintings is just as important as how you prepare your painting surface, the quality of your paint, and what you mix with your paints while applying them. All of these tasks add up to not only how your final painting will look, but how it can be cleaned in the future—even decades from now. A finish coat of varnish, the right kind applied in the right way, ensures that your oil or acrylic painting will have an evenly distributed gloss, satin, or matte finish that won’t yellow and will be protected from dirt, dust, and air contaminants like smoke. The varnishing process is an investment in the longevity of your painting.

When an oil or acrylic painting dries, the outer surface—the skin or film—hardens and actually separates from the inner paint substance itself. Depending on the mediums mixed with the paint during application, this outer surface dries with a matte, satin, or glossy finish. Typically, this finish is uneven and is a mixture of those different qualities. Varnish evens out this final surface quality to either a matte, or flat finish; satin; or glossy, more reflective surface. Giving your painting surface a uniform


Unusual Techniques to Try With Paint

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Paint 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 or as little as you wish. Continue to reload the rag with more

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Do not Use Water to Thin Your Acrylics

Posted on March 15, 2016 By

If you’re using water to thin your acrylics while creating that masterpiece, it could flake off your canvas before it reaches thousands of dollars in value. In fact, if you happen to be in your 30’s, it could begin to flake off before you reach 50! If you’re wondering why you shouldn’t use water to thin a water-based paint, let’s take a look at why.

Not enough artists—and especially up and coming artists—realize that adding too much water to acrylic paints breaks down the binder (some refer to it as the vehicle) that holds the pigment together. In acrylic paint, that binder is polymer. Polymer is essentially a liquid plastic compound that is comprised of millions of small molecules that are arranged in repeating patterns. These repeating patterns of smaller molecules form larger molecules. It’s this structure that acts to bind the pigment into paint form. When water is used to thin acrylic paint, these molecules get widely dispersed suspending the pigment molecules in water and detaching them from the polymer molecules. Losing this attachment to the polymer molecules, the pigment becomes what is known as “unbound” since the water holds virtually no ability to bind the


10 Tips Every Face Painter Should Follow

Posted on March 15, 2016 By

In 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 do, it can elevate the soreness and cause inflammation.
    • Whatever tools that


How To Use Contemporary Art Paintings As Decor

Posted on March 15, 2016 By

We 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 art that you have displayed as well. But you cannot simply put up random art pieces around your house. This


A Comprehensive Guide To Buying Your First Contemporary Paintings

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While we push the youth of today towards high paying corporate jobs, and degrees that have good prospects, we cannot deny the importance of art in our lives. Whether it is in the office, at home, or even on the streets, we always stop to admire good art and the aesthetics of a place. Art has been a source of never ending satisfaction and it genuinely helps us emotionally and mentally. Art also works as good decor. Art is important, and if you recognize that, and you’re looking for the right way to purchase your first modern art paintings, then this guide should help you!

How to buy art?

You would be surprised at how much intuition actually works when buying art. But you cannot rely on just your intuition when you are searching for oil paintings. There are many facts that you need to acquaint yourself with, and above all else, you must love what you buy. Below you will find a few helpful bits of information that will help you.

• The first thing you need to know about buying canvas paintings is the name of the artist. The artist need not be


Watercolor Vs. Gouache

Posted on February 15, 2016 By

One 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, there is a faction of watercolor artists who have challenged

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How Original Art Can Transform Your Space

Posted on February 15, 2016 By

Throughout 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.

Even some of the most ‘simple-looking’ works of art have an idea behind them, and this is enough


Choosing Artwork for Your Home

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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 Picasso, you need to know that Guernica is a town demolished by the Nazi, and you have to

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Classic Tips for Drawing Inspiration

Posted on February 15, 2016 By

Inspiration 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 what they represent and draw inspiration from the merging