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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!

More books on Art

Sunday, July 19th, 2009 | Author:

Ajanta Paintings: Their Composition, Technique Deterioration and Preservation

Author: – B.B. Lal, Edited by S.P. Singh

Publisher: – Islamic Wonders Bureau, New Delhi  


Creative Arts in Modern India

Author: – Ratan Parimoo and Indra Mohan Sharma, Books & Books, New Delhi


The Art of Modern India

Author: – Balraj Khanna, Aziz Kurta, Thames and Hudson


Conservation of Indian Miniatures and Illustrated Manuscripts

Author:-A.S. Bisht

Publisher: – Om Publication, New Delhi


Representing the Body: Gender Issues in Indian Art

Author: – Vidya Dehejia and Daryl Yauner Harnisch


Satish Gujral – An Autobiography

Publisher: – Penguin Books India


Husain – Riding the Lighting

Author: – Dnyaneshwar Nadkarni, Ramdas Bhatkal


Indian Terracotta Sculpture- the aelrly period

Author: – Pratapaditya Pal


Bindu – Space and Time in Raza’s Vision

Author: – Geeti Sen

Publisher: – Media Transasia Ltd.


The Arts of India – Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Author: – Joseph M Dye III


The Flamed-Mosaic – Indian Contemporary Painting

Author: – Neville Tuli, Abrams

Publisher: – Harry N. Inc.


Tradition and Expression in Mithila Painting

Author: – Jyotindra Jain

Publisher: – Mapin Publishing, Ahmedabad.


Indian Contemporary Art Post Independence

Author: – Yashodhara Dalmia


Masterpieces & Museum Quality III – Indian Contemporary Paintings with Rare Books & Vintage Film Memorablia

Author: – Neville Tuli


Sri Aurobindo on Indian Art- Selections from his Writings

With photographs by Elizabeth Beck

Art books

Saturday, July 18th, 2009 | Author:

Art Books present various fascinating facets of Indian art. Books always manage to take readers in an enthralling journey. Books dedicated on arts traverse many centuries and give rare and stimulating vignettes of the prolific names. There is numerous numbers of great books which contains relevant information about all the aspects of the Indian arts. Right from covering Indian paintings and sculptures to architectural richness of this country, books on Indian arts provide plethora of interesting insights into the history of Indian arts. Many of these books are dedicated to varied forms of art such as rock paintings, sculptures, bronzes, pre-historic rock art, contemporary and modern art, bronze age seals and sealings, folk art, miniature paintings etc. These books are helpful not only for artists, architects, and historians but also to every art student, art aficionados and general public. Art books focus on deep connection between art and artist through the medium of his or her ideology, creativity and philosophy.


Here are few of the famous art books:-


Believing is Seeing – Creating the Culture of Art

Author: – Mary Anne Staniszewski

Publisher: – Penguin Books


Pleasure Gardens of the Mind – The Jane Greenough Green Collection of Indian Paintings

Author: – Pratapaditya Pal, Janice Leoshko, S.Markel,

Publisher:- Mapin Publishing, Ahmedabad


Masterpieces & Museum Quality Series – Indian Contemporary Art, Books, Paintings & Sculptures

Author: – Neville Tuli


The Living Tradition: Perspectives in Modern Indian Art

Author: – K. G. Subramanyan

Publisher: – Seagull Books, Calcutta (1987)


Abstraction in Indian Painting: Post Independence Era

Author: – Badar Jahan

Publisher: – Kaveri Books, New Delhi


Expressions and Evocations: Contemporary Women Artists of India

Author: – Gayatri Sinha

Publisher: – Marg Publications, Mumbai

Wood carving

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 | Author:

Wood carving has been an ancient art. Earlier wood was used as a chief instrument for hunting by prevalent tribes and later this was aesthetically explored by artistic people. Modern carving is easy with specially crafted automatic knives, engineered moulds and also scientific means of ascertaining proportions. There are several types of carving that is related to different countries.


Painting or giving color to the wooden art form like a bird, basket, figurine or a deity is also part of the art. There are several instruments like chisel, gouge, fish tail, carving knives and blades that aids the process of chipping wood. The works are different from various geographical resemblances that are typical like Africa, Italy or India. Utility items blended with aesthetic value are the remarkable feature of wooden sculpture.


In India, there are several idols or deities that are carved in wood especially in South India and this is a typical way of adorning the temples. Bangalore is famous for its sandalwood carvings that are aromatic and yet the miniature wooden sculpture makes a great gift item. Rosewood is also a part of carving deities. The southies refer the idols as ‘kachankurchi’ where in the idols cannot be bathed (abhishek) on a daily basis.


Wood variety like oak is of the thicker variety and needs a special hardener or chisel to get the form. Bowls, key chain holders, spatulas and also kitchen utensils can be artistically carved out of wood. The polishing is dependable to adjust to use. Wood carving also is a special handicraft work in Northern hilly areas. There are table tops, book stands and also miniature varieties to adorn a show case.


In many areas in India, the local artisans engage in the wooden carvings to eek out a means of living. There are several pieces that attract the attention of foreign tourists visiting India. Monuments also have huge doors infused with wood carvings. Wooden pillars are also common in the medieval age.Several books are also available to guide you on wood carving. This is splendid hobby and a very creative pursuit.