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What is a Painting?

What is a Painting?

Painting is a kind of fine art. The historic instances, made by prehistoric humans, are on the walls of the cave Altamira in Spain. The human civilization is rich with its various forms. To maintain originality of the creations over ages painters kept on changing subjects, forms, media and base. Thus after Altamira, India got murals and frescos in Ajanta and Ellora caves.

Painting is the practice of applying paint, pigments, colors, or any liquid, semi-liquid substance on a surface called base. A medium is generally applied to the base with a brush but other objects can be used. Even fingertips belong to the category of these other objects. In art, both the act and the result are described as painting. These can be made on surfaces such as walls, paper, canvas, wood, glass, clay or concrete. They can also be decorated with gold leaf. Even some modern creations incorporate other materials such as sand, clay and scrap papers or pieces of cloths. These are called collages.

Like other branches of art, it is a form of expression, and its forms are numerous. Drawing, composition or abstraction and the aesthetics of these works can be used to manifest the expressive and conceptual intention of the practitioner. They can be naturalistic and representational as in landscape or portrait or Still Life. Abstract forms of it may be loaded with narrative content, symbolism, emotion or political views and statements.

Part of the history of this branch of art as well as Eastern and Western art has been dominated by spiritual motifs and ideas. Examples are the mythological scenes depicting the stories of the Bible on the inner walls and on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Scenes from the life of Buddha or other religious scenes of murals and frescos are of Eastern origin.

A painting is the representation of perception. Every point in space has different intensity that can be forged in black to white and all shades of gray in between. In practice, painters can create figures putting together surfaces of different intensity, using only the color having the same intensity in reality. These figures can only be symbolic. Exemplary evidence is the relatively larger figures of Buddha in murals of Ajanta. Often the basic means of thee creations are distinct from the ideological means, like geometrical figures, lines of variant thicknesses and special characters. As base the white walls are usually avoided for its different intensity at each point because of the shadows and reflections from nearby objects, but a white wall remains visible even in darkness. Such contrasts in different viewpoints have been eternally adding new dimensions to this branch of art.…

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What You Should Know About Art Galleries

What You Should Know About Art Galleries

 Art galleries are a little like stores, but they are not exactly stores, so what are art galleries?

An art gallery is a link between an artist and the public. It is absolutely indispensable to our cultural life. Without galleries art would be kept in the confines of museums, and reserved to the elite. In fact galleries are the only places where you admire freely works of art.

You should not think about art resellers in the same way that you think about art galleries. Art resellers buy works of art (from already established artists) and resell them. Art galleries cater to artists in whom they believe, and represent these artists. They ensure the promotion of the artist’s work, and endeavor to make the public aware of the artists they represent. The risks are higher, and the profits much less.

Some people are intimidated to enter a gallery, because they think that they might not look like someone who would go into a gallery to buy art. The fact is that, there is no particular a buyer looks like, and besides, there is no obligation to buy. Gallery owners as well as artists are happy to have you visit and view what they bring to you.

Frequently artists that are displayed in galleries are not very rich, and the gallery owner who represents them is not rich either. Owners are not parasites living off artist’s labor, they operate the gallery because they love what they do, sometimes it pays off and sometimes not.

Art work is expensive, because it takes a long time to produce, and because it is expensive to operate an art gallery.  By supporting galleries you help support the art community and artists who oftentimes live in your locality.…

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Tattoo Art Gallery – Locating Only the Best Ones Available

Tattoo Art Gallery – Locating Only the Best Ones Available

There’s a good chance that you’ve witnessed every generic laced tattoo art gallery out there. It can make people so angry, because there are so many galleries that just stuff their servers with every cookie cutter designs they can grab. If you really want to see crisp, original, high quality artwork, here are the painfully simple steps you need to follow in order to find one fantastic tattoo art gallery after another.

Too many people are settling on generic artwork simply because they couldn’t find anything better and didn’t feel like looking any more. It’s sad to see, because these people later regret putting such a cookie cutter design on their skin. There isn’t much they can do about it, though. Let me explain why so many people end up at a tattoo art gallery that has nothing but this generic junk. It all deals with search engines, which way too many people rely on when hunting for tattoos on the net.

It’s the worst possible option for finding galleries that have fresh, high quality art. None of them show up in their search results any longer. Zero. It’s just a bunch of generic laced sites stuffed in their lists. Something needs to be done about this, so you have to take things into your own hands. The best part about it is that it’s really easy to do. It boils down to this: If you want the inside scoop about the big, high quality artwork galleries, you need to dive into a large forum. Every amazing tattoo art gallery you can handle can be uncovered through a big forum.

The way it works is really simple. You need to jump into the archive section, which is where tons of topics about tattoos can be pulled right up. You just locate a few of the larger topics and scan through them. Dong this will lead you right to very valuable info, such as the names and links of the superb galleries that other people have run across over the years. One hidden tattoo art gallery after another can be found this way. If you compare the artwork you find this way to the stuff you were finding through search engines, you’ll have a nice laugh.

It’s all about the tattoo art gallery you look through and this is how to get a hold of the highest quality artwork.…

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Visiting the Spa City of Bath on Budget This Autumn

Visiting the Spa City of Bath on Budget This Autumn

Like many people taking a holiday or a city break to Bath this autumn, you may well be looking for low-cost ways to enjoy a relaxing city break without it costing a small fortune. Well, don’t worry, as there are plenty of low-cost options for seeing the sights and many of the spa city’s attractions. Here, we look at some of the low-cost things you can enjoy and even some of the completely free things you can get up to whilst staying in this magnificent city.

First, find some well placed city centre accommodation; by staying within the city centre, you will save on the cost of public transport or petrol and car parking costs.

The other main reason for staying in a central location is that it will mean you will be in an ideal spot to maximise your time within the city and see all of its best attractions as they will be well within easy walking distance.

With walking in mind, why not join one of the local guided walks around the city? If you are a first time visitor to the city, this will be the best way to learn a lot about it in a short period of time from your knowledgeable guide. These are relatively inexpensive and are very informative. Alternatively, you can meet one of the Mayor’s Honorary Guides who offer free walking tours that provide a historical and architectural introduction to Bath. If you want to splash out a little, you can enjoy one of the river boat tours or even a city bus tour.

If you are travelling with a partner or a friend, make sure you take advantage the city’s many 2-for-1 offers and deals for historical attractions and museums. The following all offer 2-for-1 entry deals: Bath Abbey, Fashion Museum, Museum of Bath at Work, Museum of East Asian Art, Herschel Museum, Bath Aqua Glass, and Prior Park Landscape Garden. There are many more, so ask at the local tourist information office.

You don’t always have to pay to enjoy the historical attractions around this UNESCO World Heritage City, as many of the venues or historical places are free to visit or just ask visitors for a small donation. For instance, the city’s Holburne Museum or the Victoria Art Gallery offer free entry all-year-round.

Make sure you visit the famous landmarks and buildings, like Bath’s Royal Crescent, The Circus, The Roman Baths, the grand Pump Room, Bath Abbey, Pulteney Bridge and the city’s Beckford’s Tower & Museum, as these are just some of the highlights around Bath which won’t cost a fortune to enjoy.…

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A Tattoo Art Gallery – How to Locate High Quality Galleries of Designs

A Tattoo Art Gallery – How to Locate High Quality Galleries of Designs

In the hunt for a tattoo art gallery, most of you are getting led to horrible, generic laced galleries. It’s so common nowadays, but most people continue on their way, clicking through mind numbing amounts of cookie cutter junk. In fact, it leads a lot of people to get tattooed with those generic designs. If you want the choice to pick from a tattoo art gallery that features fresh, high quality designs, here’s how you’ll accomplish it.

Best of all, this is extremely easy to implement. A few very simple tips and you’ll be well on your way to 50 times better artwork than you’re used to seeing. It all starts with our good friends: Search engines. This is the one mistake that people are making, because 90% of us go right over to one of them, without even thinking twice about it. The problem is that none of the good galleries appear in their lists. The only type of tattoo art gallery you’re presented with is the generic laced ones I was talking about.

This is great news if you love cookie cutter tattoos, but most of us hate that with a passion. So, what can you do about this? That’s easy to answer. You use the wonderful assistance of any large forum out there. Just make sure it’s a big, general type of forum and you’ll be led to so many of the semi-hidden galleries (because of search engine’s failure to bring them up) that put up hoards of amazing artwork. Even better, only one part of the forum is needed in order to find a tattoo art gallery like this.

That would be the archives, which are littered with topics about tattoos, as it’s usually a very big subject. You can leisurely go through all of these topics if you want to, but at least skim through a portion of them. So much great info is available here, because artwork lovers are here helping each other out, which includes tons of posts that contain names and links to the awesome artwork galleries people have run into recently. You wouldn’t believe the type of tattoo art gallery you are able to uncover this way. It’s twenty time better than spending your day going through search results, staring at generic junk all the time.

It’s about time you saw what a real tattoo art gallery looked like, instead of drowning in a sea of bad artwork.…

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John Singer Sargent – Portraits in Praise of Women

John Singer Sargent – Portraits in Praise of Women

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) was the foremost American portrait painter of the late nineteenth century. In his elegant, fluid likenesses of leading figures in industry, society, and the arts, Sargent captured a new America-a country emerging from the ravages of civil war and eager to take its place on a global stage. A lifelong expatriate, Sargent was immersed in European culture and, as Americans traveled to Europe in greater numbers than ever before, became an important link between old world and new. Americans who desired to be seen as sophisticated and worldly sought him out to paint their portraits. The resulting body of work documents a period of profound changes in American society and culture.

Early in his career, Sargent earned praise for his portraits of women. Henry James, in his 1887 article on Sargent in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, saw something about the young artist that made him “so happy as a painter of women.” Sargent’s women were not “the commonplace work that looks down at us from the walls of exhibitions,” where “delicate feminine elements have so often been sacrificed.” The women with whom Sargent surrounded himself, or met on his travels, inspired him to create vibrant canvases that reveal each woman’s allure, intelligence, and complex humanity.

The height of Sargent’s career coincided with an historical era in which women claimed new personal freedoms. The post-Civil War period was a time in which women’s roles in society were changing rapidly. Women entered higher education and professional careers in greater numbers than ever before, and changes in fashion (especially the development of the bloomers and the shirtwaist) and culture gave them greater physical freedom. In art and the popular press, the “new” woman can be seen experiencing her newfound independence and confidence.

“John Singer Sargent: Portraits in Praise of Women” connects the artist’s stylistic choices with the character traits of his female portrait subjects. Specifically, the exhibition illustrates the manner in which Sargent created a range of images that effectively communicated the complex changes and paradoxes in femininity in late nineteenth century America. Divided into three thematic sections-Women of Fashion, Women of Mystery, and Women of Substance-the exhibition showcases images of women who exerted leadership in the arts and society as well as in their careers and in the intellectual community. It also demonstrates Sargent’s keen interest in exotic women little known or understood by an American audience, and his visual assertion of the importance of mystery in the definition of femininity.

Women of Fashion includes portraits of women who exemplified sophisticated taste and extravagance, many of whom made their homes centers of social interaction and artistic exchange. Sargent tended to paint these women with a lighter palette and an emphasis on surface textures and light, along with costume details that spoke to the sitters’ wealth and taste. Women of Mystery features exotic beauties, mainly (but not exclusively) women from cultures little known to fashionable society. These include Sargent’s famous Capriote model Rosina Ferrara and perhaps his most famous (or infamous) subject of all, Virginie Avegno Gautreau, or Madame X, represented in the exhibition by two preparatory drawings for her 1883-4 portrait.

In these likenesses Sargent entices the viewer with sensuous poses and emphasizes the “strange and unusual” physiognomies, costumes, and settings of his subjects. Unlike Sargent’s commissioned portraits, these subjects engage the viewer in oblique ways that enhance their allure. Women of Substance includes portrait subjects known for their contributions to higher education, professional life, or the intellectual community. Many of these women were pioneers in their fields and leaders in society. In these portraits Sargent often employs a darker palette along with restrained compositions and cerebral poses that emphasize the formidable intelligence of the sitters.…

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Fine Art Gallery – Benefit Two – Community and the Art Group, Co-Op Gallery Experience

Fine Art Gallery – Benefit Two – Community and the Art Group, Co-Op Gallery Experience

“Having someone in the same boat helps get you there faster.”

Community: a group of people joining together and having the same interests, work etc. in common. Artists with similar goals and commitment for making something happen and sharing with the group. Where all members put their time and expertise into benefiting the groups success. A co-op has committees assigned for the variety of tasks necessary to run a successful gallery. From member selection, monthly shows, annual tours to organizing all the events for the year… this cannot be done without community participation.

• Artist Members: it’s always great inspiration to talk with other artists about what they are doing, how they do it – their process, where they go – other galleries or groups, who they talk to – reps or journalists.

• Group Shows: where the membership comes together in working on a similar theme… showing their same and different perspectives and based on the medium they use. A theme can bring a community together in a different way.

• Local Public: they frequent the gallery and come to openings, spreading the reach of possible buyers of art.

• Notices of Art Call-for-Entry Opportunities: most artists belong to other mailing lists and groups, they have access to notices of multiple calls-for-entry for a wide variety of Open Calls… AND they pass it along to the group.

• Group Encouragement: where people want everyone to do and feel good about their artwork… to get noticed and expand opportunities and helpful evaluations of progress.

For me, being a part of a co-0p gallery and community art groups has created moments for me to remember when I participated in hanging new work in the gallery, sitting at a table with other artists for hours applying labels to postcards for a mail-out, or creating a brochure for a group event… knowing what I’m doing is making a difference and that the conversation and friendships that are being created are irreplaceable.

Have you thought about joining a community in your area or starting one? The next benefit I’ll talk about is the Running a Business aspect of the co-op gallery.…

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Extreme Makeover Starts in Art Museum

Extreme Makeover Starts in Art Museum

EXTREME MAKEOVER FOR YOU

A makeover can help you look good from head to toe. In order to understand the key factor in this process it is important to understand color theory. The following article explains how a visit to an art museum can help you understand this important concept.

ARTISTS AND MAKEOVERS

Makeovers deal with wardrobe, and they necessarily help you see color in a new way. To appreciate this, it is important for a client to gain an understanding of color theory. The best way to do this is to study the work of various painters, especially those who use color in bold and striking ways, such as van Gogh.

Artists understand color because it is the chief tool of their trade. One very good artist to study is van Gogh since he used color in spectacular ways. He also used color in a way that will help you with your makeover.

WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT THE MET

The Met is the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Located on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, it houses a collection of van Gogh paintings. These paintings embody the concept of complementary colors. This means van Gogh puts on display the very concept that you need to master to look good.

An extreme makeover will help you understand that color contrast is important. This boils down to understanding the theory of complementary colors. One example will suffice. Blue and yellow are complementary colors in some color systems. This means they will look good when placed side by side. They will add intensity to each other.

Look at van Gogh’s paintings and you will see him consciously using this color theory. He often juxtaposes blue and yellow. Visiting the Met will inspire you to utilize this color theory when dressing for success.

LEARNING FROM ARTISTS

A client who learns from great artists like van Gogh is likely to make great strides forward in wardrobe matching. You’ll not only learn a great deal by looking at how van Gogh matches colors, but you’ll also have fun. We often bring our clients to the Met to teach them color theory.

Copyright (c) 2010 William Cane.…