Why You Should Consider Buying Paintings Online

a1Nowadays it is possible to buy almost anything we want or need online, and fine art is certainly no exception. With thousands of talented original artists looking to reach their ideal audiences online, there are now many excellent websites showcasing fascinating and beautiful original art for anyone who wishes to make a purchase.

There are always disadvantages to buying online – including the fact that you have to wait to actually receive the item before you can assess whether you really like it or not – but there are some many advantages too. Here are a few reasons why buy paintings online can be the right way for you to find the perfect piece of art.

The first reason why buy paintings online is a great idea is that you can find something that really appeals to your tastes and preferences, often from an artist that you would never normally come across. As with all online purchases, it has become possible to discover things online that are simply not available in our local area, and this is the same for artists and artwork that we like.

It is possible to browse numerous collections on websites and discover artists that offer certain themes and styles, such as still life, portraits, landscapes and more, all according to what we are looking for. In the past, finding art that we liked was a lot more complicated, requiring us to visit galleries and look specifically in art stores – this is no longer the case.

Another major advantage of buying art online is that it has never been easier to make a purchase. As mentioned above, buying pieces of art that we like in the past involved having to physically visit locations to purchase it, or order it specifically from the artists after we had discovered them. Now, it is simply a matter of clicking a button to add a piece of art to our online shopping basket.

Like buying a book or a piece of furniture online, all that is necessary is to be sure that a good return and refund policy is offered when you buy paintings online, and also be aware of any shipping charges or customs fees when buying from abroad. After checking these terms and conditions, you can go ahead and enjoy making your purchase.

The next point to make is that online shopping for art can actually help people discover what they enjoy art-wise, encouraging them to purchase when otherwise they simply would not. With online galleries and a simple purchasing process, it has never been easier to explore your tastes before you buy.

Online galleries and art stores also make it easier to narrow down your options, with search facilities helping you filter out portraits, still life, landscapes, large art or any particular type of art that you do or do not like. This can leave you with a more focused collection of options that you can choose from.

Lastly, a final advantage of buying art online is that you have the opportunity to support smaller and lesser known artists that are trying to make a name for themselves. Indeed, these individuals may find that the audience that appreciates their art the most is based in another country, and therefore they rely on the internet to help them sell their works.

Those who buy paintings online in order to complete their collections at home can enjoy the fact that they are able to contribute to artists who are living their passion, all whilst they appreciate beautiful artwork in their property. This, and all the other reasons above, are compelling arguments why buying artwork online is often well worth the investment.

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Choosing Artwork for Your Home

Artwork.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.

THE BACKROUND

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 read up on the essential features of cubism. To interpret the image of kissing people covered by a piece of cloth in Magritt’s “The Lovers”, whatever you guess by looking at the painting falls flat once you know that the artist’s mother got drowned in the river, and when found, a piece of cloth was wrapped around her head. So, don’t rely on your skills and taste too much, there are things you need to KNOW before you start making assumptions.

The historical background of the paintings itself is important. Was the artist an innovator, did he start a new trend or movement, whose steps did he/she follow? What experiments was he involved with? How was the painting perceived by the contemporaries? Claude Monet started impressionism with the painting “Sunrise. Impressions”. Malevych started suprematism as a development on abstractionism, laying out the new artistic theory of the color, the form and the composition of the painting. The rough lines and raw colors in the fauvist paintings may be traced back to Van Gogh. Do you think there is something new suggested in the painting you are looking at, or is there anything at all distinguishing about it?

THE GENRE

This is easy. There is a limited number of genres in fine arts for you to categorize the painting: is it a portrait, landscape, seascape, cityscape, genre painting, battle piece, historical painting, religious or mythological painting, literary painting, self-portrait, animalistic painting, nude, still life, or an abstract painting?

THE STYLE / MOVEMENT

The fastest way to interpret a painting is to determine what movement it belongs to, or at least what movements and styles influenced the artist. The style influences the choice and treatment of the subject, the color, the perspective and the symbols.

Impressionists, for instance, experimented with unusual perspectives – bird’s eye or frog’s eye; their brushwork is visible and the colors are laid separately to mix in the eye of the viewer rather than on the palette. In impressionism the light is more important than the people it bounces off – quite different from romanticism.

In romanticism you have to be a poet, a revolutionary, a gypsy or a vagabond to make your way into the painting – they appreciated the bold spirit, the freedom and the people who were different.

Primitivist (naive) artists depicted objects in a solid monumental manner, as seen by a child who perceives the world as a whole, without analyzing it and breaking into unnecessary components.

In symbolism you do need to look for the hidden meaning, and it’s absolutely pointless in pop art, op art, art nouveau or hyperrealism. Each style and genre sets forth its requirements, so brush up on the movement the artist belongs to before you proceed.

THE COMPOSITION

Now go back to the subject and your first impressions about the painting. It’s time to analyze how the artist made you feel the way you felt using the artistic means it his/her disposal. The composition is the position and the balance of the objects and figures in the space, the interrelation of their size, coloring, shading etc. How exactly does all that impact your perception? Let’s dig in.

First consider the size of the painting. The more impressive the subject, the higher the emotions it appeals to, the bigger it is. Religious, mythological paintings are often huge – their massive energy makes you shiver. It is pretty understandable with figurative paintings like Rafael’s “The Sistine Madonna”, and more subtle with color field paintings of Mark Rothko. People are often overwhelmed with religious tremor in the presence of his artwork, and the size factors in. Also, the subject often calls for larger canvases – battle scenes need space and cannot be fitted into a smaller painting, while some subjects will get lost unless depicted in a smaller size.

Now take a look at the form of the canvas – you might take it for granted, but it does influence the subconscious feeling you get when enjoying a piece of art. Round and oval canvases produce the impression of serenity and completeness, they are often picked for feminine, soft portraits, like Ingre’s “Turkish bath”. Rectangular paintings – vertical or horizontal – are more complicated. While widely used in landscapes, the horizontal format may serve to diminish the figure portrayed, impose or convey some limits, as you can see in Vrubel’s “Demon”. Vertical format ensures monumentality and steadiness.

Now let’s proceed to analyzing the center of the composition. There is an optical center in the middle – you will notice that the center of the composition, the major element will never be placed there, otherwise the scene will look artificial. The center of the composition will always be the most striking element, and the rest will just serve to make it more expressive. The artist may use various means to achieve this effect – the color contrasts, light and shade effects, size of objects and distance between them. Secondary elements are depicted with less detail and vigor – they have to bring forward the center, not block it.

Notice the way your eyes travel the painting – intuitively you will start at the center and will proceed to the rest of the elements to refine the story.

The perspective. Do you feel the distance between you and the painting? Are you an observer or a participant? The way you feel is dictated by the artistic choice – it’s never a coincidence. An artist thoroughly selected the angle: you may look upwards, or downwards, or be at the same level with the objects depicted. If the horizon is at your eye level, the impression you will get is calm, stable. The high horizon will reveal more space, in landscapes it provides a majestic view. Paintings with the low horizon, so common with Dali, are monumental, highlighting the size of the objects and figures. The unusual views of Paris by Pissarro appeared as he painted from the hotel rooms.

THE LIGHT AND COLOR

The light and color in the painting will always be dictated by the artist’s intention, the concept of the painting. So, consider the sources of color, the time of the day, the emotional impact of light and shades.
Is the light neutral, sharp, mystical?
Are the contours rough or concealed?
What colors are prevailing – tonal or local, warm or cold?
What are the major color fields in the painting and their role in the entire composition? Is the light optically realistic or expressive as in Matisse’s painting?
Can you feel the rhythm in repeating some color or combination?
Is some color dominating?
What emotions does it produce?

THE BRUSHWORK

Depending on the art movement and personal peculiarities of the artist, the brushwork can range from delicate and almost invisible to rough and plastic.

CONCLUSION

Once again go through the images and the story of the painting. Was your first impression different from what you see now?

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Why Our Culture Does Not Deal With Art

Schools consider art an aside from intellectual activity. Once a college major is chosen, course selection becomes more constricted. This constricted view sees imagination as a weakness. Social conversation respects and rewards precision of thought. The professional world rewards “critical thinking.”

There is a whole world of emotion beyond this thinking. Think of a joyous moment in your life. It was driven by emotion, not critical thinking. In evolution, emotion came to early humans long before modern thinking. Emotion drives evolution, then and now, even on a personal level. We find happiness in emotion. Music, movies and literature are industries based on emotion. I think it’s clear that emotion is in play when we choose political candidates.

In all of this emotion in popular culture, fine art is a niche, but it’s becoming less of a niche every year. Millennials enjoy a variety of group social activity. The art gallery scene is a vital part of this activity. Think of art as psychic antifreeze which helps you find you true SELF.

The culture does a good job of stimulating activity, but it’s not so friendly to individual reflection. We are all on our own. If you are not accustomed to reflecting, your first finds will be a void. Fine art can help in filling that void.

As a medium of reflection, fine art competes with the powerful mass media aimed at group audiences. The ultimate goal of fine art is to stimulate individual reflection. Fine art hanging on a wall of a home or apartment is a powerful statement of the obscure. What is “a powerful statement of the obscure?” Sounds like an oxymoron.

Well, make you heart diffuse enough to excite your imagination and bring about change. Find a world of fine art that has been waiting for you. Fine art takes you to a land of confusion that leads to resolution.

This is not la la land thinking. It is basic to the primitive brain which guides us in more ways than we imagine. We have been using this primitive brain for millions of years compared to modern thinking of a few centuries.

When you consider fine art, relax your modern objective striving brain. Let that primitive brain guide you. This primitive brain has guided us a lot longer than our modern brain.

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The Art of Varnishing Your Paintings

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 look makes it more appealing to the viewer by making it less challenging to the eye.

One word of caution: if areas of your painting have sunk and look dull, do not try to fix these areas with varnish. Use a good quality painting medium such as matte medium for acrylics or Liquin for oils to fill those areas. Let this dry completely before applying varnish.

The reason varnishing works well with oil and acrylic paintings is that once coated, over time the surface can become impregnated with contaminants like dust and dirt. Even wiping the surface to clean it is a temporary solution, important as it is to do this on occasion. But eventually, the surface can reach a point where wiping it off does little good and the varnish must be removed and new applied to revitalize the painting surface—and the painting!

Varnishes come in many brands and most are fine when used according to directions. Some better brands include Winsor & Newton, Grumbacher, Liquitex, Golden, M. Graham, Schmincke, and Gamblin.

The classic varnish used for centuries by artists dating back to the early Renaissance is copel, or amber. These were hard varnishes made from tree sap. They were a great protectant, but yellowed badly in time and became much more difficult to remove. A softer varnish used for many decades is damar (or dammar). Unlike copel or amber, damar and mastic varnishes are soft and dissolve in turpentine or mineral spirits allowing for easier removal and re-application. Even with the introduction of synthetic varnishes in the past decade, damar remains the most widely used by artists for their oil paintings.

Varnish can be applied by brush, the most common method, or by aerosol spray. Spraying requires even better ventilation than brush application. An appropriate varnish applied in the right way will give your final painting surface just the right appearance and can ensure proper maintenance of the painting for many years to come.

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Adding Contemporary Art Paintings To Your Office Decor

Every room you walk into should have a personality and an outstanding quality based on what the room contains. This means everything from design, shape, and color, placement of furniture such as tables, chairs, flower arrangements or contemporary art paintings. Everything in a room has its own place, and this adds a perfect ambiance to a room.

Why art is necessary

When you choose to decorate an office, you should first determine what you would like to portray. You can have an office that looks sleek and minimalist or one that looks busy and bursting with life. There are many modern offices that usually opt for contemporary abstract paintings. This is because these paintings allow the office to look chic yet warm and comfortable at the same time. Art tends to give a life to a place; it adds a certain amount of characteristic charm. This is why art is necessary for every home and office. They are also great conversation starters.

Art is celebrated in every corner of the world these days. It is easy now to search for art paintings online because there are a number of art sellers and creators available who choose the online option to showcase their work to the people of the world. But finding exactly what you need will be a bit difficult task.

You can always buy art paintings online or at a store if you find a good store nearby. Buying art online will save you a lot of time and energy. Online stores offer a huge variety than local art sellers.

Today, you can even buy paintings from an online art exhibition. These online art exhibitions are organized by different online stores. In these exhibitions, you may find much rare and exquisite art pieces at a very reasonable price. These exhibitions are definitely a good way to find new and interesting original contemporary art pieces for your office or home.

Things to consider

• The office decor helps to determine the attitude and atmosphere of an office environment, and contemporary paintings are the best option to add a mood to your office.

• If you are working on a budget, then it is probably best to look for an inexpensive art gallery online. You may get a wide range of options at a reasonable price.

• You should know where to place the artwork so that it adds the perfect ambiance to the office and catches the attention of people without being a sore distraction.
Contemporary art is very popular these days, and many artists are willing to create artwork based on your need or specifications. Art always adds to the aesthetics of any room. It is one of the main ways in which you can decorate your home or office. It helps to reduce the monotony that may sometimes associate with space. Original contemporary art is the most elegant and classy choice, especially if you have an eye for good artwork.

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How To Buy Paintings Online For Your Home

Your home is your sacred space, and it is necessary to decorate it well. This is necessary so that you look around your home and like what you see; it gives you that sense of being at peace in your own home.

Home decor is very important for your family too. Everything in your house should give you a welcome feel. This is also true for guests who visit your home. After all, you do want them to like the kind of home that you have. The artwork exists at the very core of home decor, and original canvas art can take your home to new heights. It gives a different outlook to your house.

It is rather easy to buy paintings online these days because there are so many sites to choose from. However, not all of them have the best galleries or paintings that they portray in their homes. So, this can get quite disappointing after a while, and it will be a waste of money too if you don’t know where to look for.

Things to consider before buying

You can easily find an online art gallery but finding one that is worth your time and money is difficult. But here are some things you should keep in mind before investing in canvas paintings or anything else.

• You should only buy what you love. At the end of the day, it is your home, and you will be staying there all the time. So, whether it is modern art paintings or even simply a painting of a waterfall on a blank wall. You should be passionate about what you choose. Many people choose paintings on canvas because of their old school texture and feel.

• If you are a genuine collector of art, then keep in mind the value of the art you purchase. Consider purchasing only from an original art gallery so that you can ensure its authenticity.

• Content should also be an important factor. Especially if you are an art enthusiast. What the painting is about and what it says to the world should also be important.

• When you go to any art gallery website, keep in mind the color scheme of your house and how well the artwork suits your general decor.

• Oil paintings are not very popular these days, but they can still be found online if you search the web long enough. You will need to skim through quite a few sites to find them.

The importance of art

Art is something that portrays your personality to the world whether you create art or simply display it in your home. It tells the world about the things you like, the things you are passionate about and the things that catch your eye. They are quite the conversation starter. So when you venture out to buy paintings, you should definitely look online first.

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Blank Canvas Blues How Do You Begin a Painting

You just finished setting up an interesting still-life. You placed a couple of apples, a vase of flowers, and some grapes on a lovely piece of fabric, carefully making some folds here and there. You’ve arranged your still-life in front of a very dark background. Since you positioned a light source coming in from one direction, there’s an interesting pattern of darks and lights. Your palette is loaded with colors and all of your supplies are at hand. You’ve chosen just the right size canvas for your painting and it’s properly prepared and placed on your easel. Now, you sit down to paint—and you draw a blank. You’re faced with this vast, white canvas staring back at you. You reciprocate with a blank stare back at the canvas.

Now what? At one time or another every artist faces this artistic version of “writer’s block”. Almost every beginner faces it out the gate. The wiring in our brain that has evolved from prehistoric times that protected us from predators and each other triggers our “fight or flight” response when we face fear. And fear is the root cause of artistic or creative mental block.

Many questions race through your mind when you first sit down in front of that blank canvas and are confronted with that vast, white nothingness. A beginner may think “What if I mess this up?” “What if I make a mistake?” or “What if people don’t like it?” An experienced painter—and this does occasionally happen to them—might wonder “Will this painting be better or worse than my last one?” or “What if the selection committee rejects it?” or “Will this one sell?” Sudden fear can set in whether it’s related to failure or success.

There are some strategies that may help you overcome this fear, whatever the cause. Step away from your canvas, grab an 18″x24″ newsprint pad and some soft pencils (4B or 6B) or soft charcoal and begin sketching your subject in very loose, gestural strokes. Cast aside any thought of careful drawing of shapes and detail. This is an exercise to loosen you up and force you to not only see the subject’s overall shape, but the relationships of the shapes within and the shapes between (negative shapes). Spend no more than 1-2 minutes on a series of theses quick studies. You’re not trying to capture a “picture” of what you see, but rather the essence of what you see. Keep your strokes fluid and moving freely around the page. After a few of these quick studies, begin to think positive thoughts about what can happen as you begin your painting like “Creating is a lot of fun!” or “I love making art, making something out of nothing!”

Once you feel fully engaged in the process, sit back down in front of your canvas, and using a number 4 or 6 round brush, mix up a lighter blue, green, or gray color, and begin loosely sketching in your still-life laying it out on your canvas in an interesting way. There are no rules stating that it has to look exactly like what you see. This approach should get you to focus more on the process of seeing and composing. You’ll have time later to think about the finished product as you paint in areas and arrange your colors so they make sense to you.

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Don’t Use Water to Thin Your Acrylics A Review of Acrylic Mediums

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 pigment molecules. Think of the polymer molecules as forming a sort of glue that holds the pigment onto the surface. When this glue, known as polymer, gets thinned by water, it loses its strength to bond. When the paint pigment is left unbound, over time it will release from the surface on which it was applied (usually canvas) and begin to flake off. How well the surface was prepared can also play a role in how well paint binds to it, but even the best prepared surface cannot overcome the damage too much water mixed with the acrylics causes to its adhesion properties.

Thinning your acrylic paint with any of several polymer mediums allows the pigment to bond with the surface as the medium dries forming a very solid structure to hold the pigment. If you prefer more of a wash effect, similar to watercolor, say, to tone down your white canvas, then airbrush medium works very well. It can have the consistency of skim milk and works like water as a thinning agent, but enhancing rather than decreasing the binding of the paint to the surface. Other polymer mediums can perform any number of tasks to change the application and body of your acrylics producing very interesting effects. For example, you can extend the drying time of your paint to be able to work it from hours to days; you can extend the colors; increase the flexibility of the dried paint skin; increase the translucency or even shape the surface or crackle it when it dries. Your paint can also become better for glazing techniques by using the appropriate polymer medium, which can add a matte, satin, or gloss finish depending on which medium you choose. Another important attribute over water is that the UV resistance of your paint can also be enhanced by mixing with polymers.

So, give the multitude of polymer mediums on the market a try to improve the workability, flexibility, and longevity of your acrylics. Use less water. And have fun exploring the creative potential of the many gels, pastes, and other polymer mediums that you can find at better quality art supply stores—a place where you can find a live person to answer your questions and help you solve technical challenges with your art supplies.

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Christian Art Reflects Christianity Through Paintings

Christian art is a sacred and special art, which uses different themes, as well as images from Christianity. In Christian paintings the kingdom of Heaven meets the culture. It’s actually the point where the artists have the unique and most amazing opportunity, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to be able to translate the Kingdom of Heaven into a language that can be understood by anyone in the most unique way. More specifically, it’s a language that bypasses words or even phrases and goes directly into the human spirit. When people being able to collaborate with the Holy Spirit, it’s the power of God and His Light that merge with people’s faith, as well as desires and creative thoughts.

Whether the art is abstract, impressionist, realistic or anything in between, it’s inspiring to see God being glorified in an amazing collection of art paintings. More specifically, Christian and prophetic art uses images of Jesus, as well as narrative scenes from His Life, which in fact are of the usual subjects and scenes from the Old Testament, which also play an important part in Christian art. Moreover, religious art depicts also biblical themes, such as art abounds, especially from earlier centuries. It also depicts images of the Virgin Mary and the saints, but these ones are more rare. In most of these Christian, as well as prophetic paintings, artists share Jesus in a unique way, by using his God-given abilities to ‘spread the gospel with paint’ among people. In fact, His amazing testimony help people to find their purpose of life in Christ and at the same time to be able to overcome any kind of weaknesses. More specifically, the early Christian paintings were actually wall frescoes of the well-known Catacombs in Rome. The earliest Christian works tend to employ symbols of Christianity, such as wine, bread or the fish symbolizing Jesus.

Each piece of Christian art gives the opportunity to believers to allow the Father to flow through them, through the Holy Spirit, and touch their souls and therefore their lives. In fact, this process releases the testimony of Jesus through Christian art – who Jesus is, His presence, Glory, grace and what he has done for people. Literally, it releases the Spirit of Prophecy of the Breath of God (Wind), imparting life to the one interacting with people’s creative expression. Inspiring, heartwarming and true, Christian art often in history was what the church declared officially to be religious art.

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Art Is Life and Life Is Time

Art is not art without emotion. It simply cannot exist without emotion. If a sculpture or painting fails to provoke an emotion inside the viewer, then it’s merely wall décor. It’s just something pretty on a wall. Art must grab us and make us feel something.

That emotion might be happiness, sadness, animosity, or perhaps a mixture of several. The emotion good art stirs is demanding and pressing. It’s an urgent cry that forces us to pay attention and contemplate the work.

Emotions aren’t static, fleeting experiences. They evolve and change. They travel with us as we traverse our lives and modern still life paintings need to capture the movement of the subject and the movement of the emotions. When we reflect on our lives, we don’t remember our emotions by the minute. We remember our emotions as they sojourned with us during a period in our lives.

We remember the grief of the loss of a loved one and remember how it peaked with sharp, cutting pain in the beginning and transformed into a dark reminder of absence as time passed. Happy moments in our lives come as fresh joy and transition into broad nostalgia later. Emotions move via time. When an artist captures emotion, they capture time.

Artists are tasked with providing a snapshot of the visual moment, as well as the emotional subtext surrounding the subject. As a rudimentary example, a modern still life painting may depict a table with a bowl of fruit on it. The emotion poured into the painting by the artist may convey a message about hunger or gluttony. A table that seems too large for the amount of fruit may indicate a family that has recently and sadly downsized.

Art speaks to what is present and what is pointedly missing. In another example, a portrait doesn’t just show the viewer what the person looked like, but where they are in their lives and how they feel about it. Is the subject happy or sad? Are they longing for something or someone? Have they resigned themselves to their lives or are they hopeful for what may come? The answers to these questions are only revealed in the silent dialog between the artist and the viewer.

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Unusual Techniques to Try With Paint

Paint is an inexpensive way to add color and personality to your walls. Some techniques can create a striking appearance or a visual illusion.

Ragging

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 paint until you have covered the entire wall. Stand back to assess the entire wall to ensure you applied the glaze evenly.

Dry Brushing

Dry brushing is another simple technique that can provide extraordinary results. For this technique, you will need; three 2.5-inch brushes, a base coat, and three complimentary hues.

Apply the base coat to the wall, and allow it to dry. Choose one complimentary hue, and load the tip of one brush. Make a 12-inch-long stroke onto the wall at a 45-degree angle. Make a second stroke of the same length, this time, at the opposite 45-degree angle to crisscross the strokes. This process will make a herringbone pattern. Continue stroking the paint in this pattern while working in small sections at a time. Repeat the same process using the other two hues to finish.

Sponging Off

This method is an easy way to create a variegated appearance on a wall. You will need the standard supplies, as well as a base color, a complimentary color, glaze, extender, and a sea foam sponge.

Prepare the surface in the same way you would when ragging or dry brushing. Combine the complimentary hue, the glaze, and the extender. Use a roller to apply this mixture to the wall. Use the damp sponge to remove some of the glaze from the surface while the paint is still fresh. Continue working in small sections, applying the glaze with the roller and sponging a portion of it off with the sponge. Periodically, step back to ensure that you are creating a uniform appearance.

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10 Tips Every Face Painter Should Follow

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 are used for this purpose should be kept in good condition. After every job, they should be cleaned and sanitised properly. Also, sponges should be used only once per colour.

 

    • The colours should be stored at a moderate temperature.

 

    • Before storing, the tools should be dried out properly.

 

    • The water used should be clean. Dirty water can make your kid’s eyes irritate.

 

    • Using a baby wipe to clean the baby’s face from time to time while the painting is being done.

 

    • Children under three years should never be subjected to this because they are just developing and they might get an allergy to it.

 

    • Usually, the colours do not have any SPF in them which is why if your kid is going to stay outdoors for a considerable time, apply sunscreen lotion over their face.

 

  • There will always be many other kids who will try to get involved in the process which can really disturb the artists. Keep those kids in check so that they don’t poke their nose in the process.
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