Tuesday, June 30, 2009

How to Paint Rivers and Achieve Realistic Reflections

River scenes are always popular with the universal painting. The movement of water quietly flowing along to its destination carries the imaginative mind in the same direction.

Before starting to paint water reflections, the whole of the river should be painted in a tone considerably darker than the sky. This will help them to judge the correct tonal relations of various reflections.

Calm diagnosis is necessary when making a realistic painting of water which has become frantic and disturbed by a powerful wind.

With oil painting, the problem can be solved in the initial stage by ignoring the restless movement of water and painting the reflections as they would appear if seen on a calm day. Then, with a brush fully charged with oil colour, paint the movement of the water, leaving certain passages untouched.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

‘Acrylic Paints - preeminent in the Painting Industry’

The main characteristic of acrylic paint is, it dries very fast. It contains many types of pigments dissolved in an acrylic polymer mixture. Once they get dried-up they become water resistant, otherwise they can easily mix up with water.

In many ways they are very related to other oil paints, but they are very simple to use and much cheaper compared to oil paints. If you just start your painting career, it is very suitable to use them. It doesn't require skills that are required to use watercolor or the patience needed for oil paints.

Artist must be very quick with his or her design and ideas while using them. However, in present time additives are used in them to slow down its drying process.

If any artist wants to use this type of paint for external use, he has to buy a special paint made for exterior use only.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Canvas – The Best Medium for Oil Painting.

Today, canvas is the most common medium for oil paintings. paintings were done on more solid mediums, such as wood. However, during the time of the Italian Renaissance, the merchant shipping industry was booming, and with that boom came many innovations and technologies borrowed from more eastern cultures. Among these technologies was the use of the canvas sail.

Canvas painting quickly took popularity over the more traditional and unwieldy wood planks. Because of its durability, canvas was able to withstand both the paint itself and the test of time. canvas is more portable, less expensive, and easier to create the correct size. No longer was an artist inhibited by the size of the wood plank he could find, and much larger paintings resulted from this freedom.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

START MOBILE launches - Art For Your iPhone

"The iPhone represents a new modality for the innovation, ownership, and appreciation of digital art, and creates a new mechanism for artists and designers globally to monetize their talents," observed artist Chandra Michaels, the creator of the Sugarluxe iPhone Gallery. "This truly is New Art for a New Medium."

START MOBILE iPhone Galleries each feature a bundle collection of curated artist wallpapers, delivered as 99¢ iPhone applications. "Rather than clip-art wallpapers of sports cars and bikini models, START MOBILE is bringing curated collections of New Art at a New Price to iPhone users around the world," observed Christina Samala, START MOBILE's Creative Director. "We are using technology to bring art directly to the people, inspired by what Maxfield Parrish did a century ago using what was then the cutting-edge technology of mass reproduction."

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Hamilton gets done Painting in engine oil

Hamilton was extremely pleased with the way the painting has come out. He also mentioned that while he knew that the Mobil 1 is an important component that can give us an edge over rivals in some circumstances.

He would never have imagined one could use it to paint. Macaluso who is an expert in using motor oil as a painting medium said that he has been used motor oil into paintings since 2005, so it was exciting to do a portrait of Lewis, and it was a privilege.

Painting with Mobil 1 used motor oil offered a wide range of tones and was perceptibly a very refined product from its texture. It was extremely smooth and very particle-rich, with all the engine dirt in perpetual suspension, making for a great painting medium.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Utah Arts Festival June 25: Opening a vein for art

Prince, a 26-year-old painter who lives in Logan with his wife, doesn't take pride over the fact that his work -- plasma on Plexiglas -- provoked such a reaction. He doesn't downplay it, either.

Prince's crimson images may blend similar responses for those who peruse the Utah Arts Festival artists' marketplace June 25 through 28, when his work will be displayed inside the main festival entrance at 200 East and 400 South, Salt Lake City.

The scarlet, wine, cherry and maroon tones of Prince's images enclosed in Plexiglas and sealed with resin don't come from globules on a palette. They come instead from the marrow of the artist's bones, through a vein in his left arm, into a syringe, and either straight onto a Plexiglas surface while bright red, or onto a refrigerator shelf where they grow darker with time.

"Almost all artists pour their heart into a work," Prince said. "I was reaching for more. I wanted to pour myself onto the surface, so figuratively reached into something that was a part of me."

Friday, June 19, 2009

Prestigious Painter Award

An exhibit of the work of the eight finalists in the annual Bethesda Painting Awards competition is on view at the Fraser Gallery in Bethesda. The winners of the generous awards, funded by the Trawick Foundation, were announced at the opening.

As in the past, the competition was released to artists of all levels from Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Of the record 240-plus submissions received, 38 were chosen as semi-finalists. The jurors included John Winslow, painter and Catholic University emeritus professor, whose proclivities are literally evident in the selection of finalists. The other two jurors, also painting professors, were Patrice Kehoe, University of Maryland, and Ruth Bolduan, Virginia Commonwealth University.

Perhaps most interesting about the results of the judging is the relative homogeneity of the selections, with one glaring exception. On one hand is a group of abstract works, all of them relating linear patterning and layering of forms. The rest are realists, except for the top prize winner, Camilo Sanin, who works in a style that might be called Neo-Color Field. Sanin's striped paintings are redolent of the work of 1960s Washington Color Field painters Gene Davis and Howard Mehring, but on a much smaller scale.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

CHRIST REDEEMER - The Great Wonder from BRAZIL

This statue of Jesus stands say 38 meters tall, atop the Corcovado mountain overlooking Rio de Janeiro. Deliberated by Brazilian Heitor da Silva Costa and created by French sculptor Paul Landowski, it is one of the world’s best-known monuments. The statue had take five years to construct and it was inaugurated on October 12, 1931. It has become a symbol of the city and of the kindness of the Brazilian people, who receive visitors with open arms.

The idea for erecting a large statue atop Corcovado was first recommended in the mid 1850s, when Catholic priest Pedro Maria Boss requested financing from Princess Isabel to build a large religious monument. Princess Isabel did not think much about the idea and it was completely dismissed in 1889, when Brazil became a Republic, with laws mandating the separation of church and state. The second suggestion for a large landmark statue on the mountain was made in 1921 by the Catholic Circle of Rio. The group organized an event called Semana do Monumento to attract contributions and collect signatures to support the building of the statue.

The contributions came mostly from Brazilian Catholics. The designs considered for the "Statue of the Christ" included a representation of the Christian cross, a statue of Jesus with a globe in his hands, and a podium symbolizing the world. The statue of Christ the Redeemer with open arms was selected.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

PYRAMID -- The Great Wonder from MEXICO

Chichén Itzá, the most well-known Mayan temple city, served as the political and economic center of the Mayan civilization. Its different structures - the Pyramid of Kukulkan, the Temple of Chac Mool, the Hall of the Thousand Pillars, and the Playing Field of the Prisoners – can still be seen today and are demonstrative of an extraordinary promise to architectural space and composition. The Pyramid itself was the last, and possibly the greatest, of all Mayan temples.

The site exhibits a multitude of architectural styles, from what is called “Mexicanized” and suggestive of styles seen in central Mexico to the Puuc style found among the Puuc Maya of the northern lowlands. The presence of central Mexican styles was once attention to have been representative of direct migration or even conquest from central Mexico, but most modern interpretations view the presence of these non-Maya styles more as the result of cultural diffusion.

The shell of Chichen Itza is federal property, and the site’s stewardship is maintained by Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia . The land under the monuments, is privately-owned by the Barbachano family.

Monday, June 15, 2009

TAJ MAHAL – The Great Wonder from INDIA

As per the New 7 Wonders organization the seven candidates were elected by voting though none is rated ranking and the 7 are equally efficient offered as a group. The Taj Mahal from Agra , India was one among the 7 Wonders to celebrate.

This gigantic Tomb was built on the orders of Shah Jahan, the fifth Muslim Mogul emperor, to honor the memory of his beloved late wife. Built out of white marble and standing in properly laid-out walled gardens, the Taj Mahal is regarded as the most perfect jewel of Muslim art in India. The emperor was accordingly jailed and, supposed to see the Taj Mahal out of his small cell window.

Construction Of The Tomb

Work on the tomb began in 1633 and 20,000 workers were laboured to build it for 17 years. The most expert architects, inlay craftsmen, calligraphers, stone-carvers and masons came from all across Indian and lands as distant as Persia and Turkey. The master mason was from Baghdab, an expert in building the double auditorium from Persia, and an inlay specialist from Delhi.

Friday, June 12, 2009

New 7 Wonders on goal for 1 billion votes

The New7Wonders organization had pleased to announce that the following 7 candidates have been elected by more than 100 million votes to represent global heritage throughout history. The listings are mentioned in a random order, as announced at the Declaration Ceremony on 07.07.07. All The Official New 7 Wonders are equal and are offered as a group without any ranking.

Worldwide voting rate is increases by 10 times greater

Voting for the Official New7Wonders of Nature is done from everywhere on the planet, via the Internet and telephone on the N7W Global Voting Platform. Voters can prefer their favorite 7 nominees at n7w.com, using the international telephone voting line, or with a personalized voting certificate.

Fifteen cities and countries are currently participating in the global bidding tender to prefer the location that will exclusively acquire the rights to be the Official Host of the Declaration of the New7Wonders of Nature event in 2011.

The final results includes the below mentioned list:
  • The Pyramid at Chichén Itzá Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
  • Christ Redeemer (1931) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • The Roman Colosseum (70 - 82 A.D.) Rome, Italy
  • The Great Wall of China (220 B.C and 1368 - 1644 A.D.) China
  • Machu Picchu (1460-1470), Peru
  • Petra (9 B.C. - 40 A.D.), Jordan
  • The Taj Mahal (1630 A.D.) Agra, India

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Asian Overview Rome in 2009

The group of relationships built online is possibly the most obvious subject of this exhibition. The wonder of discovering it is possible to build a society overcoming differences in age, geographic collocation and cultural habits, using virtual contacts and transforming them into an artistic event. In this exhibition there is an Indonesian artist who immigrated to Italy, Setyo Mardiyantoro, and an Italian artist who immigrated to Japan, Marco Sodaro. Two experiences of life both rare and they express with different techniques, painting and photography, the same sense of confusion to the environment.

The oldest artist is Jinleng Yeoh, internationally recognized artist since the 50s, whose works are in the National Gallery of Kuala Lumpur as in other prominent institutions, while the youngest is Liu Yang complicated digital artist and already teacher of this subject at the Academy of Fine Arts of Sichuan.

The strange symbolic artwork by Bruno Bruno, Mario d’Imperio and Antonius Kho seems the prelude to the complete abstraction of Hiroshi Matsumoto and Armando Profumi. A various collection of art that shows contact points between the different artists and also differences but expresses however the pleasure to discover and recognize each other escaping through this comparison from the social, political influences and the cultural environment of their background.

Monday, June 8, 2009


Globally renowned for its shore temples, Mamallapuram was the second capital of the Pallava kings of Kanchipuram. It is situated 58 kilometers apart from Chennai on the Bay of Bengal, this tiny sea - side village of Mahabalipuram, is set in a stone - strewn landscape.

Tourists are drawn to this place by its miles of undamaged beach and rock-cut art. The sculpture, here, is mainly interesting because it shows scenes of day-to- day life, in contrast with the rest of the state of Tamil Nadu, where the carvings generally represents gods and goddesses.

Mamallapuram art can be divided into four categories: open air bas - reliefs, structured temples, man-made caves and rathas i.e. 'chariots' carved from single stone, to resemble temples or chariots used in temple processions. The famous Arjuna’s Penance and the Krishna Mandapa, adorn huge rocks near the centre of the village. The beautiful Shore Temple towers over the waves, behind a defensive breakwater. Sixteen man-made caves in different stages of completion are also seen, scattered through the area.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Modern Art of MARC CHAGALL

Modern art is a term that refers to artistic works formed during the period extending roughly from the 1860s through the 1970s, and denotes the style and philosophy of the art produced during that era. The term is usually connected with art in which the traditions of the past have been thrown aside in a spirit of experimentation.

As a pioneer of modernism and one of the greatest symbolic artists of the twentieth century, Marc Chagall achieved fame and fortune, and over the course of a long career created some of the best-known and most-loved paintings of our time.

Marc Chagall's artworks are hard to categorize. Working in the pre-World War I Paris art world, he was concerned with avant-garde currents; however, his work was consistently on the fringes of popular art movements and emerging trends, including Cubism and Fauvism, among others. He was directly associated with the Paris School and its exponents, including Amedeo Modigliani.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Overview of Contemporary Art

The Department of Contemporary art is responsible for the achievement, display, and interpretation of art made after 1955, international in origin and without restriction to media. It includes over 600 objects and emphasizes painting, but also includes considerable examples of sculpture, photography, and new media such as video projections. Unlike the other prestigious collections of art of the past which have earned the MFA an international status, the collection of contemporary art is far from encyclopedic in its demonstration of critical artistic movements of the late twentieth century through the present, although it has never been more essential since its founding.

While work by living artists has always been composed by the MFAWinslow Homer and Claude Monet were contemporary artists when some of their paintings were acquired—the Department was officially established upon the Museum's centennial in 1971. Modern and post-1945 art was originally pursued with a decided stress on color-field painters such as Jack Bush, Helen Frankenthaler, Jules Olitski, and Larry Poons.

A study collection of over thirty complete and incomplete canvases by Morris Louis was also created. Attention abroad in the 1980s encouraged additions by artists loosely categorized as European Neo-Expressionists, such as Georg Baselitz, Francesco Clemente, Anselm Kiefer, and Sigmar Polke, among others.