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Holiday painting

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010 | Author:

Holiday painting is one of the most fascinating and exciting thing painters and art lovers can indulge in. Just as the name suggests, you plan a painting holiday where all you need is a pleasurable time with your canvas and paints. The number of people who can join the group is unlimited. Most artists get together and plan such trips. However, experience suggests that ideally 18 to 20 people can make for a great trip.

Painting holidays is specifically conducted for people who enjoy painting landscapes. Experienced painters as well as amateurs can join enjoy these trips together. Mostly scenic and quiet locations are chosen so that the artist can enjoy his or her painting in an undisturbed location.

Such trips are sometimes organized by tour operators who usually plan the whole trip. After the breakfast, there is an hour long art lecture after which artists are given their materials at a quiet spot where they can paint. Since so many painters come together there is a lot of learning and exchange of relevant information.

A fifteen day painting holiday is also organized where painters are taken through the world’s most astonishing and inspiring locations, where they can paint the mountains, rivers and forests using all kinds of painting methods. For amateurs, there are teachers who assist you to learn all the necessary skills to paint landscapes.

Be it landscapes, portraits, still life, buildings and architecture, forests or anything else a holiday and a leisure painting is a very pleasant experience for all art lovers. It is one holiday that makes you enjoy the colors of nature as you color your canvas!

Media painting kit

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010 | Author:

0281110092wwmallmedia1Today, with the help of internet and other modes, getting high quality painting tools is become quite easy. Indeed, there is a wide variety of artists’ paints available for the professional or amateur artist. Different types of paint are available based on the way in which the pigment is poised or entrenched in. It is this that determines the characteristics of the paint such as solubility, drying time etc. The commonly used mixed media tools are acrylic paint tubes, inks, oil paints, pastel crayons, spray paints, water colors etc.

Professional artists also use what is called an encaustic painting where colored pigments are added to bee wax that is heated. The paste which is then prepared from that is applied to the surface or the canvas. Another popular mixed media medium is called fresco which consists of pigments in a water medium on wet or fresh lime mortar or plaster. This is a durable work of art! Gouache is a type of watercolor paint which is made of heavier and more opaque substance by the addition of a white pigment such as chalk!

Most events and scenes are excellently replicated using the mixed media medium. Here, you can truly use what you want to and create your own master piece! From glass to wood to graphite powder all kinds of ingredients are used to prepare a media painting!

They produce many different types of wonderful pictures. Mixed media can be used for abstract imaginary art too. Both, thinned oil paints and thick oil paints can be used. The paintings can also be dyed. There are many a great effects that can be brought to life using this medium. The canvas is yours. Come and explore!

Acrylic Painting

Monday, March 29th, 2010 | Author:

 

panopticism-paintingIt was in 1950s that acrylics were first available. However that time they were mineral spirit-based paints. Later on, water-based acrylic paints were available in the market. These paints were used as house paints in Mexico. Later, artists started to use these mediums in art and painting. Today, acrylic painting has become an art genre in itself and more and more painters are experimenting with this versatile medium.

Acrylic painting is done with the help of acrylic paint tubes and though the painting can look similar to an oil painting or a water colour painting, they have their own unique look and feel that makes them distinctive!

Acrylic paints have the quality of being flexible and adaptable and can be used directly from the tubes or can also be mixed with water. Acrylic paints can be used on many types of surfaces. With this medium, you can use so many styles and brush strokes that you yourself will be amazed at the variety these paints will give you.

guran-gardens-two-acrylic-paintingThis is what you will broadly need to do an acrylic painting: A set of Acrylic Paint Tubes (easily available in the market), paint brushes of number 4 and 8 (flat) and 4 and 12 (round), Canvas board, cotton cloth and other essentials required for painting like pencils, eraser, brush holders, water holder, jars, palette etc. If you wish to make a beautiful colourful collage, try mixing acrylic paints with glue, the visual effect that it will give in a collage will be very appealing! A thick layer of acrylic paint will give a glossy finish to it while using a thin transparent layer will give a matte finish! What is most important while using acrylic paintings is that you should only squeeze that much colour out of the tube that is required. This is because acrylic colours dry very quickly. Blending colours in acrylic needs to be done fast because once applied these colors dry very quickly.

Acrylic and oil paintings look similar however there is a difference in the paint methodology. The main advantage that acrylics have is that they dry fast as compared to oil paints. Acrylic paints are also used a lot in mixed media than oil paints. You need to add turpentine to oil paints while acrylic paints can be directly used. However, the typical blend of colours that you get in oil painting is not achieved in acrylics.

How to do an oil painting?

Sunday, March 28th, 2010 | Author:

 

sun_set_4_oil_paintingOil painting medium is become  popular and exist since ages. We have already learnt some aspects of oil painting in our previous post. Amateurs must learn  this beautiful technique of art.

Like all painting, this one too starts by developing a sketch. If you are well versed with charcoal, you can use that to do your sketch. Else, light pencil strokes are also fine. Remember that it is a sketch and hence detailing should be avoided. After the sketch is done, remember to wipe the sketch with a dry cotton cloth so that while you are painting there is no pencil or charcoal dust on the paper. One needs to thin the oil paint that is removed on a palette through turpentine. The turpentine keeps the paint thin enough to work with and allows it to dry much quicker. Remember that the color should be thin enough to develop water like consistency. Now apply this thinned paint on to your sketch with a flat brush. Apply wherever one will apply the paints. For example, if your picture has a tree, apply to all the parts of the tree and so on and so forth. After this is done, let your painting dry for a few minutes (10 minutes) and by that time you can mix colors that you will need for your painting. For example, to paint the sky you will need to mix colors blue and crimson.

indianpainting-560-lMix colors and see what you achieve to paint your sky. Add a few colors like white and blue over specific areas for greater effect. Now take some color and dab it onto the surface for a technique that is especially used to do tree leaves. Try to use direct color to highlight regions you want to highlight. For finishing details, take a small, round brush and gently “quill” your colors together. For example, if your painting contains trees and they meet the sky – gently stretch the edges of the leaf colors into the sky. You oil painting is done and I am sure you will be quite excited to see this final product!

Top painters of India

Friday, March 26th, 2010 | Author:

M.F.Hussain – He is one of the most gifted artists of India who is known for his strong appreciation of the humans. His paintings are stark and bold and always make a point. Hussain captivates and entices all art lovers.

Francis Newton Souza – He was the first experimental artist from India to achieve wide spread fame in the west. Souza’s work had a good amalgamation of Expressionism and British neo-romanticism.

Vasudev S. Gaitonde – He was regarded as one of the most finest abstract painter of India. His ethereal paintings captivate you and linger on with you for eternity.

Ram Kumar – He is one of the post colonial contemporary artists of India. Ram Kumar has indeed been one of the brilliant twentieth century modern painter especially with his work in Sao Paulo in 1961, 1965 and 1972.

Manjit Bawa – Yet other Indian contemporary artists who tops the chart with his dynamic paintings. The main charm of his paintings is the feel that one gets with the amazing use of color and space.

Krishen Khanna – He is one of the distinguished names in the Indian contemporary art scene. Krishen Khanna makes an impact on the canvas that it sure leaves an incredible expression on the on-lookers. His masterful maneuver of painting evokes great feelings.

Amrita Shergil – She was one of the eminent painters of India. She was the daughter of a Sikh aristocrat and a Sanskrit scholar. Her work was often rejected and called absurd but it sure caught the attention of people who enjoy this absurdity. She is surely of the greatest painters of modern India.

Rameshwar Broota – He is one of the talented painters of modern India. Broota mostly paints in the monochrome technique, black being his favorite. He works with a sharp and thin blade so as to bring in great forms of light.

Art Museums in India

Monday, March 22nd, 2010 | Author:

An art museum is a place which reflects the true rich cultural heritage of a country. These art museum exhibits the works of art, usually visual art. The most common art work which is exhibited at art museums is paintings apart from Photographs, sculptures; illustrations etc. many art museums also display applied arts objects. Art museums are encyclopedia of cultural knowledge of a country. Not only they display wonderful art works but they also provide plethora of knowledge about the arts and artists. India, a country with rich cultural tradition and history also has many art museums. Most of these Indian art museums have a prize a collection of great art works.

img_1245937479_6036_newdelhi_culture_ngmaThe National Gallery of Modern Art also known as NGMA, New Delhi. It also has branches in Mumbai and Bangalore. This is the foremost art museum in India. NGMA has amazing collection of almost 15000 art works. The prized collection of NGMA includes works of Abanindranath Tagore, Jamini Roy, Amrita Sher gill, Gaganendranath Tagore, Rabindranath Tagore, Nandalal Bose to name a few. Not only that, NGMA also had foreign artists’ collection like that of Thomas Daniell and Pablo Picasso.

Goa State Museum is another famous Indian art museum. It has numerous art works collection such as Sculptures, Christian arts, Banerji arts, art works of Religious Expression, Menezes Braganza arts and Contemporary art works.

The Government Museum and Art Gallery is situated in Chandigarh. One of the prestigious museums in India, it has multiple portraits collection, architecture classics, ancient indian and gandhra sculptures, amazing section of indian miniature paintings, metal sculptures, Medieval Indian sculptures and tempting works of contemporary arts.

salar-jung-museum_1Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad is one of the foremost art museums in the country. It has built its reputation on great collections of European Paintings & sculptures, Mughal Miniatures, Japanese Silk Paintings, Chinese Porcelain, Carpets, rare manuscripts, Clocks, Double figure by Italian sculptor G.H Benzoni, Sculpture of Veiled Rebecca, Musical clock, jade crafted knifes of Jehangir & Nurjahan and few famous European paintings like ‘Venice’, ‘Soap Bubbles’ etc. it has several galleries and all of them possess distinct collections.

Victoria Memorial Museum, Kolkata has a rich collection of paintings, sculptures and other art works displaying cultural diversity of Kolkata. Apart from the above mentioned museums there are several others and each one of them having a distinct and wonderful assortment of various art works.

Thota Vaikuntam

Sunday, March 21st, 2010 | Author:

 

3iThota Vaikuntam is a popular Indian contemporary artist who finds his inspiration from the raw and the rural parts of India. His work reflects the cultures and traditions prevalent in the southern part of India. The artist himself hails from Andhra Pradesh and portrays village men and women especially Telangana women in his art. As a child, Vaikuntam drew his inspiration from village male artists who would often sketch sensuous female characters.

pictureaspxVaikuntam’s artwork is simple but this simplicity is striking. He uses primary colors which give a sense of reality to his paintings. He often uses charcoal to sketch and his lines are nothing but fine strokes, well-controlled and strong. Colors like red, orange and yellow are artist’s favorite colors and he feels that these colors help his paintings to retain the Indian-ness in them. artwork_images_425787472_435525_thota-vaikuntam

In one of his interviews, Vaikuntam suggested “I don’t like using colours that are mix of two, because they are not natural, they don’t exist in surroundings around us, in our everyday life”.

Vaikuntam was born in Boorugupali, Andhra Pradesh in 1942 and since childhood, he was always interested in paintings. In 1970, he completed his Diploma in Painting at the College of Fine Arts and Architecture in Hyderabad. He also completed his diploma in Painting and Printmaking from the Faculty of Fine Arts at Maharaja Sayajirao University in Baroda in 1972.

solo-exhibition-by-thota-vaikuntam-482x298Vaikuntam has received the Biennale Award from Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal in 1988 and a National Award for Painting in 1993. He has also held numerous solo and group exhibitions in India and in various other countries as well.

Sajal Sarkar

Saturday, March 20th, 2010 | Author:

 

b2f004a4Contemporary Indian art is growing in a big way and new artists are emerging as Indian art embarks a new global journey through its paintings. One such contemporary Indian art artists of the recent times is Kolkata born Sajal Sarkar.

Be it oil, charcoal or any other medium, Sajal’s work shows a lot of experimentation not just with the medium but with the message as well. He thoughtfully weaves his cobweb to create a vivid representation of his subjects.

In Sarkar’s work, you will mostly see male figures with accentuated features. Neither vulgar nor sensational, these figures represent strength and are aesthetic in their form. His lines are bold, strong and often quite simple but it is this simplicity that represents the male form. sajal_33l_big

Sarkar uses female forms occasionally.Most of the female forms used in his works are seen alongside the male figures. Even the colors that are used in his paintings are bright making the picture look real and vivacious.

Sajal Sarkar graduated in Art paintings from the Government College of Art and Craft there in 1989 after which he spent four years working at the Lalit Kala Akademi Studio in Kolkata as a practicing artist. In 1993, he later moved to Baroda to pursue his Post Diploma in Graphics (Printmaking).

sajal_34w_bigHe did his diploma in graphics so that he could experiment with various mediums. As he graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts at M.S. University at Baroda, his interests widened and he began visual experimentation in contemporary Indian art. Sarkar has had numerous exhibitions and shows. He is awarded the Bendre Husain Scholarship and a Junior Fellowship from the Ministry of HR Development, Govt. of India, in 1995-97. Sajal Sarkar is an ode to Indian art.

Amisha Mehta

Thursday, March 18th, 2010 | Author:

 

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Amisha Mehta is a name which strikes the chord when thinks of colors and its effect on us – color therapy. Amisha’s works are full of vibrant paintings that catch your attention and emotion as well!

Amisha concentrates on the five elements of nature namely fire, water, air, earth and space in her paintings through which she evokes certain emotions in her viewers.

Amisha strongly believes in the healing power of colors. Her paintings have an emotional impact on the human mind and make you feel connected. lotus

She uses all the seven colors of a rainbow with its hues and shades in her paintings. The concentric circles of various bright colors makes you mesmerized. She feels that colors can have a positive impact on our mind and they can instill a lot of optimism in us.

untitledbHolding a degree in applied arts, Amisha worked as a visualizer in an ad agency before she decided to plunge into fine arts completely. Today, Amisha is glad that she has taken this step to explore her creativity and heal people through the use of colors. In fact, Amisha has recently worked on furniture pieces as well which are based on color and light therapy. transcendence

In her latest exhibition, Amisha has blended ancient art and symbolism with modern tools and techniques in a way where people can connect with the paintings.

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Even though Amisha’s works may seem abstract, they sure establish some connect with the human psyche. Amisha’s work is truly unusual and different that catches attention and strikes a chord with your inner self.

Glass painting

Monday, March 15th, 2010 | Author:

Glass painting is a school of art in itself. There are various tolls and techniques that are used in glass painting. Traditional stained glass painting can be done on a surface of a sheet of glass where details with traditional lead lines are added later. This style of painting was also so that light could be avoided.

Glass paints are usually browns and gray-blacks and are water or gum-arabic based. They are applied through brushes just like watercolors are. In some cases, paints are fired onto the glass using a kiln to bond with the glass.

There are other types of traditional stained glass paints as well such as vinegar paint, silver stain and oil based paints. Vinegar trace glass paint is usually used to completely block out the light passing through it.

It is most often used for designs and the paints that are used for the same are mixed with water, vinegar and gum. Due to the gum, the paint becomes fairly thick. This thick paint then easily sticks to the glass. Gum Arabic is available in powder form and is later mixed with water. While using this technique one needs to wet the glass as well as paint the surface with a wet brush.

Care needs to be taken while using this technique as you can’t apply more paint to a particular place once it is dried. If you do, the paint can flake when fired in the kiln.

The key to learn this technique right is to learn how to apply the right amount of paint. If you apply too much then the painting will have blots and if it is too little then it will dry before you even complete the stroke. Once this is done, the paint is fired to around 1100 degrees F. after which it becomes shiny.

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