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The History of Landscape Paintings

Landscape art depicts landscapes like mountains, trees, valleys, rivers and forests and mostly art wherein the main subject takes a wider view with the elements arranged coherently otherwise landscape backgrounds still make an important part in a painting. Most often sky is included and weather is most often an important element in the composition.

Most tradition of this painting descend from Chinese art and western painting dating back to almost thousand years. Spiritual element in this painting begins its journey from the art of East Asia, depicting Daoism and philosophical tradition, while on the other hand in West mostly romanticism was depicted explicitly. Earliest forms of landscape art depicted only very little of real landscape although sometimes indication of trees, mountains or other features were included. Frescos from Greece, painted with no human figures was a pure landscape art painted and was the earliest of its kind. A rough system for scaling the distance for landscape were first developed in Hellenistic period in Greece.

Major difference between the West and East Asian landscape is that until 19th century, in the West, these

Ways to Sunrise Paintings

Here you will find some useful tips on how to create beautiful sunrise paintings.

  • Remember that it’s not always certain whether the canvas you are looking at represents sunrise or sunset. It can be confusing for many people. Since you can’t see how the sun moves, the only way you can actually tell what time of the day is depicted in the painting is by its palette. If you are used to the idea that colors are brighter in the morning and darker in the evening, forget about it. In most cases, it is true, but there are many exceptions, and you should be aware of it.
  • Build your palette around yellow, orange, pink and blue; these hues are typical for a sunrise. If you want your landscape to be accurate, you should mind the place of the sun. At sunrise, it will generally be higher than at sunset.
  • Don’t plan your picture in detail beforehand, just let the shades merge right as you paint and keep working on them until you achieve a perfect

Psychedelic Art

Only a true artist would know the importance of art and how it can be a great form of self-expression. In all forms of art, be it music, paintings, or dance, one can witness the changing trends that have occurred since ancient times. Each of these trends are unique in their own way. While some are subtle, others tend to be rebellious. The 1960s was one such period that witnessed many trends from the hippy culture to people who would love to rebel and be seen and heard. Psychedelic art was one such trend that raised quite a few eyebrows!

Background of Psychedelic Art
The term psychedelic can be defined as ‘Pertaining to or characterized by hallucinations, distortions of perception and awareness, and sometimes psychotic-like behavior’. The distinctive characteristic of psychedelic art is the beautiful, colorful images that have a surreal feel to it. Such paintings were influenced by hallucinatory drugs such as LSD, Psilocybin, and Mescaline. Surrealistic drawings, brightly colored abstract patterns, detailing, and even morphing using curvilinear calligraphy are used to depict various scenes.

Psychedelic Art in the 1960s
The 1960s’ saw the beginning of the

Techniques to Craft an Abstract Art

Abstract painting is unique combination of several art genres that require a proper utilisation of lines, colors and shapes to express the associated message in a much effective manner. This is one of the best means of presenting the feelings of narrated subject matter. The artist makes use of this technique to create art without providing a realistic form, thus viewers need to focus on combination of strokes and colors in order to get the real theme.

Painters often use acrylic paints with thick texture to make brightly colored abstract art. Moreover, they follow few unique techniques in order to make their creativity favourite of every onlooker. If you are also interested in making an abstract painting, here is a list of some popular techniques which you can apply in your practice:

Basic method: Firstly, you will have set a specific theme. If you are an art lover, you will surely know that theme is called a very soul of painting. You can select the theme from your day to day life or from the aspects that largely influence your imagination. Now, collect a range of colors according to requirement. Although, you can start painting with

The Benefits of Prints on Canvas

The Canvas prints are an excellent option for the photographers, and with the introduction of latest technologies; these have become more accessible and affordable. These have endless benefits and that’s why people choose these prints to create a huge format picture from a digital image. The experts suggest that making use of Canvas is absolutely an excellent way to make most of your finest photographs. Today people can make use of many options which are associated with this type of creativity. Some of the advantages offered by these prints are:

Easy To Edit: The process of creating Prints on Canvas is quite easy and so is to edit the picture. We can correct it the way we want and when the image comes out after printing, it matches perfectly with our imagination. We can even change the shades of the pictures like emerald to white, watercolor feel, blurry shades or simply keep the picture as it was. You can surely have a customized fit for your image.

Easily resizable: The main advantage of Prints on Canvas is that we can have a wide variety of sizes to select from. These dimensions are chosen by us and

Techniques Beautify the Surrealist Art

These techniques include:

Collage – This is the very first technique and in this Surrealist Art, the artist assembles several different elements in order to create a complete picture. These elements can be related to any field. There are no restrictions in choosing a specific one every time.

Decalcomania: In this technique, thick paint is spread on a plain canvas and the surface is covered with a foil or paper. The foil or paper is then removed again after a few seconds so as to give it a pattern. This pattern them becomes the base of the painting on its end finishing touch. The professional’s choose canvas because it is more durable as well as reliable as compared to the other items.

Cubomania: In Cubomania, a collage is formed which is then cut into small squares that are reassembled randomly. These collages are cut in same size so that equal numbers of squares are formed that can look beautiful. This specific procedure was invented by a very famous artist named Gherasim Luca.

Frottage – Frottage is a unique method in which the pencils are rubbed

The Art Classes

The art classes really help your kids. The process of creating art benefits your kids in a wide variety of ways. Research has shown that the kind of art education that occurs during the art studio classes is instrumental in laying the groundwork for the future academic success or future career. Needless to say, the creative children have a better rounded and a wider perspective of the world. Such children are not afraid or shy to be expressive and their self-esteem is further strengthened through their artistic endeavors. The valuable learning cannot be achieved with just the left brain. The left side of the brain is vital to steering towards rational thinking and accuracy and the right side of the brain is devoted to artistic learning. The right side of the should not be pigeon-holed into being seen as largely optional or unnecessary as most of the people are of the wrong notion that it does not provide real benefits from childhood into adulthood.

The valuable learning or developing skills through an art studio classes are beneficial because the kids not only learn a novel skill but they also balance their learning and help them to enhance

Traditional Chinese Art Painting

While paying a visit to China, you’ll have the chance to gain knowledge of customary Chinese & calligraphy. While on a tour of the very old metropolis of Lijiang, the heavenly picturesque metropolis of Guilin, or visiting the illustrious mountain Huangshan, you’ll find that the readiest thing to buy here is scroll of Scroll. You’ll also find that it’s enormously interesting & fascinating to paint by way of soft brushes. Those who are Chinese Art Painting lovers must not forget to take a few of such objects back home.

Chinese’s also called traditional/customary Chinese painting. Just like its name meant, Chinese painting’s painted with conventional means compliant with Chinese artistic standard. Chinese Painting’s developed a distinctive style.

Chinese painting’s painted on top of rice paper / thin silk with brushes, Chinese ink & Chinese painting dye. As far as topics are concerned, painting is able to be categorized into 3 branches: Landscapes; human figures; flowers & birds.

On painting practices, one’s traditional/customary realistic painting distinguished by fine brushwork & close notice to detail while the other’s freehand brushwork.

Where to find them?

Are you among those who are still struggling to find a

Landscape Art Paintings

Now-a-days, Landscape artwork is a popular subject. The artwork primarily focuses on forests, rivers, trees etc. The landscape is an inseparable aspect of nature. The rising sun, the blooming flowers and the twilight of the butterflies mark the most amazing forms of landscape art. Night landscapes are currently very popular among the art lovers.

Landscape art gives an opportunity to see the whole world. It depicts the beauty of the heavens and representation of Mother Nature. These paintings revolutionized the whole world, and helped in bringing originality of the work of various artists. Most landscape paintings also withstood the test of time. These paintings are one of the most beautiful ways to exhibit the attraction of natural beauty. Landscapes are considered as one of the popular subject in the art field. These paintings depict the physical world around us and include mountains, vegetation, valleys and water.

Traditionally, Landscape was considered lower in status but currently it is very popular subject among various artists. Painting landscapes posed a great challenge and many artists rose to meet that challenge. Good artists can pick a landscape and turn it into

The Custom Art

The custom arts are an excellent way to better the reflection of the residence or the place of work and are most commonly used by many individuals all across the globe. It is good to know that there are stunning varieties of art work available and one can make a choice from different forms of art like the traditional, tribal, contemporary, modern and many more. While each form of an art is unique in itself, if we look at the trends then it indicates that certain styles are in fashion at certain times. So, if we look at the current trend then we find that custom art is popular.

What is personalized art work?

This kind of work encompasses that work which gets done by keeping someone especially in mind. A very popular example of it is the portrait of the children, a sculpture etched specifically with your facial features or a cartoon and much more. Within the spectrum of such work of art is created collages relevant to the individuals, the weddings, birthdays or corporate gatherings. To make them more exquisite pictures of individuals with name, messages and dialogue can also be made. For having

Canvas Art Prints

Here are a few points to consider before choosing canvas art as a gift:

So, you have made the mind to gift a good quality canvas work and you are selecting a work with good prints. In the process of selecting an awesome canvas art prints, here are some other points that has to be considered by you:

  • Thinking about the receiver’s personal taste – You must look at the personal taste of the person in the first instance. This should be followed by checking that whether they are conservative or bold? Do they wear clothes and accessories with bold colors or patterns or do they prefer plain and classic styles? In case you find then fairly conservative, the canvas art print must be more of abstract with two or three colors. If they are colorful and flamboyant then pop art or retro designs can be given.
  • Thinking about their home – If you are giving a work of art, it becomes vital that the home decor and designs of the receiver is considered. Remember that the personal upkeep of the individuals can be actually different from the homes. So, one must not guess everything from outlook.

Ways Decipher an Abstract Painting

1. Don’t try too hard

Abstract art addresses on human emotions. Artists don’t copy images from the real life. Instead, the paint their canvasses in a way that can spawn several interpretations and all of them will be equally acceptable. It might be difficult at first, but the more you look at such paintings, the more you understand them. It’s like learning a foreign language – only everyday practice will give you the result.

2. Don’t be in a hurry

We are constantly on the move and we want to get as much information as possible in a short period of time. But art doesn’t like it. Stop for a moment and have a close look at the picture, free your mind and try to focus on your feelings about it.

3. Step by step

You have to pay attention to every detail, each stroke of the brush. Only this way you can find the hidden message of the painting and answer all possible questions that emerge in your head.

4. Artist’s vision

In their works, artists try to show how they

Modern art paintings

First modern styles appeared in 1860s as refusal from past traditions. They are characterized by freshness, ideological content, unusual techniques and even simplified forms of displayed composition. Modern oil pictures are painted with vibrant colors and surreal shapes to portray deep emotions.

Here are some of the most influential styles that mostly reflect the spirit of modern art schools and movements.

  • Abstract art is a nonrepresentational style that departs from reality replacing it with associative and symbolic elements. Rather than depicting real objects, artists try to evoke the viewer’s feelings through the use of colors and shapes.
  • Surrealist paintings are a free combination of bright and vivid images in a fantastic, unconventional way. Surrealists are dreamers without boundaries who emphasize the meaning of the subconscious and try to paint a “flow of imagination.”
  • Pop art reflects subjects and scenes from casual life. It is a certain kind of realism in contemporary art, only defined by modern realia.
  • Representatives of conceptual art believe that the conceptual side of art dominates over the technical one. This style is mostly reflected in a combination of different elements: sculpture, installation and painting.
  • Futurists depict the triumph of technologies and the evolution of the world

Way be a Freelance Illustrator

Some of the duties you would expect to perform as an illustrator include:

Understanding client needs and developing artwork from their concepts Creating storyboards that depict the script and narrative Drawing in 2D to create sketches, artwork or illustrations Designing models, backgrounds, characters, objects and environment Using clay, plaster, oil paints, watercolours and acrylics Working to deadlines and meet client’s expectations Using technical software packages, such as Adobe suite and other tools used by illustrators


Illustrators must develop certain skills to make a decent living. There are many websites and forums and blog posts that can help you develop and hone these skills. However, before you do find out where it is important to know what these skills are. Without ado, let us look at these skills in question:

As an illustrator, you should:

Be creative and artistic Possess drawing skills (sculpting skills aren’t needed)Have good concentration Have an eye for detail Observe and understand body language and expressions Be a good communicator and negotiator Be organised Be innovative and resourceful Be able to work well as a team player and take direction

Techniques to Make Oil Paintings

Oil painting is one of those timeless possessions of arts that depicts the visual documentation of the lifestyle and history culture. As the time passed by, there are new styles and techniques have made their way into the painting, making them more versatile and enriched. Even today in this modern times, oil painting is very popular and people still love to learn this form of art. The connoisseurs and modern artists esteem them and innovate new ideas from them.

Oil paint is generally different from gouache, acrylics or watercolors because it is not a water-soluble, but requires a solvent like paint thinner, oil or turpentine to dilute or clean it. Instead of water evaporation, it dries by a process of oxidization and takes a considerably longer time to dry than any other types of paints. In addition to this, it has a buttery and lovely consistency that can’t get from any other paint. Though, there is a little bit of waiting for the layers to dry, but they remain manipulable for a while so that you can make any changes and work into them.

For bringing glossiness

The Minimalist Art

Minimalism – The Masters of Less

Black Square
One of the earliest art that came to be defined as ‘minimal’ came from Kazimir Malevich, known as the Black Square. The painting describes just that – a black square on a white canvas. Originally derived as a concept in Russian Suprematism, the oil on canvas, as described by Kazimir, depicts the purity of an emotion. The black square represents the feeling, while the white background is the void that lies beyond this feeling, waiting for the feeling to end, to take hold of you once it does.

The Movement
In the words of one of the greatest in the Minimalist Movement, Frank Stella’s, “What you see is what you see” quote can be considered as the way to look at minimalist artworks. Of course, what you deduce from what you see is the result of opinions. His work, “The Marriage of Reason and Squalor, II”(1959) hinted at his commercial influence. Ad Reinhardt explains the Minimalism as, “The more stuff in it, the busier the work of art, the worse it is. More is less. Less is more. The eye is a menace to clear sight. The laying bare of oneself is

Renaissance Art

The Renaissance period was a time of great cultural upheaval which had a profound effect on European intellectual development. Having its beginnings in Italy; by the 16th century, it had spread to the rest of Europe. Its influence was felt in various aspects of intellectual pursuits such as philosophy, literature, religion, science, politics, and, of course, art. The scholars of this period applied the humanist method in every field of study, and sought human emotion and realism in art.

Renaissance scholars studied the ancient Latin and Greek texts, scouring the monastic libraries of Europe for works of antiquity that had become obscure, in their quest for improving and perfecting their worldly knowledge. This was in complete contrast to the transcendental spirituality that medieval Christianity stressed. However, that does not mean that they rejected Christianity. On the contrary, much of the greatest works of this era was devoted to it, with the Church patronizing a lot of the works of art. However, there were subtle changes in the manner in which they began to approach religion. This affected the cultural life of the society, which, in turn, influenced the artists of that period, and was hence reflected in their art.


Tips to Fabric Painting

Fabric paints can be best used on old clothes that you are about to discard from your wardrobe. In case your interest lies in painting, then take out the stack of old clothes and turn them into wacky and trendy clothing. Pick some fabric painting pens to create detailed pictures or use a fabric spray to color your t-shirt with different colors. Here are few ideas to help you with painting.

Basic Methods of Fabric Painting

  • Fabrics tend to shrink after a wash. Therefore, before painting on it, wash it thoroughly, so that it settles to a certain size.
  • According to the fabric texture, select the appropriate fabric paints. Fabric pens, sprays, tubes make a great choice for making detailed pictures. Even stencils are a great way to get easy and quick designs.
  • Once you have sorted out the designs and paints, arrange the cloth on a hard surface, to assure stability while painting.
  • Once the painting is over, allow the cloth to dry at least for 24 hours.
  • Make sure it still rests on the hard surface, to avoid the paint from smudging.
  • In case the paint is wet even after 24 hours, allow it some more time to dry.
  • Once

The Psychology of Painting

Van den Steinen is mentioned by Henri Delacroix in his essay entitled “The Psychology of Art” (“Psychologie de l’art”), when referring to the study of some Brazilian tribes and how they envisioned the whole process of painting. Den Steinen expressed the idea, the genius of visual arts resides in the gesture of imitating. This is most obviously noticeable, in his opinion, in the primitive man’s act of quickly drawing the sketch of an animal in motion or expressing a certain attitude. This sketch is almost the continuation of a gesture, and the gesture is almost the continuation of the perception’s constitutive movements.

There are two types of languages within this process of imitation: an abstract language and the vivid, concrete language of art itself. An artist’s writing actually originates in the child’s or the primitive man’s way of drawing. According to Delacroix, childhood age analysts have noticed some specific things. Thus, when observing a child who draws, there are certain elements that may be taken into account. A child who draws has two tendencies: a descriptive tendency and an indicative tendency. In most circumstances, a child uses drawing as a means of indicating a certain place or thing that

Ways Spray Paint Art

A Step-by-step Guide for Beginners

Step 1
To begin with, you need a proper ventilated place to practice. You can choose the wall of your compound, a garage, or a driveway for this. Once you have finalized the location, gather all the materials you will need, lay out newspapers or an old cloth at the place, and take out anything you don’t wish to get the paint on.

Step 2
Take the wooden piece or poster board to the place, and tape it onto the wall on the edges, with the help of masking tape or painter’s tape. This will make it easier for you to remove the board or the piece of wood, once you are done with. Before you start working, wear all protective gear to prevent any paint from falling on your body parts. Gloves and face masks are a must, to protect your hands from the paint and also to prevent intake of any hazardous paint fumes.

Step 3
Since you are a beginner, use spray paint cans for your work. Apply pressure with the help of your fingers on the nozzle of the can to control the rate at which paint flows out from it. You