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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!

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!

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.

Amisha Mehta

Thursday, March 18th, 2010 | Author:



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.


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.

Indian Art Summit 2009

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009 | Author:

8_bigThe global meltdown affected all the industries and the art market was no avrse to it. Indian art market was considerably affected with the global economic recession that set in during mid 2008. Many said that the real artist in the industry will continue to exist and attain greater heights inspite of the recession. And this has been surely proved by the Indian art summit that recently happened in Delhi. The summit gathered an enormous response and this has surely boomed the Indian art industry.


All those who took part in the summit had an awe-inspiring experience. Commercially as well people did very well and had huge amount of sales. Indian art summit gives a base to the modern contemporary Indian art that is now catching attention on international grounds. The central objective of India Art Summit was to focus on education and raising awareness about art, which has been effectively done this time.   


About 17 galleries were put up from around the world including some of the most prominent international galleries from Europe, Asia and the United States.


The summit was organized by Asia Art Archive, Asia Society, Lalit Kala Academy, The Devi Foundation, and the British Council. The summit exhibited the most assorted range of modern and contemporary paintings, sculpture, and photography which included mix media, prints, drawings and video art by known and forthcoming artists.


The fair ensured that the contemporary art scene in India gains visibility. It also gave an insight into the richness and diversity of the art market to the visitors that came from across the world.

Indian art market

Monday, July 13th, 2009 | Author:

Appreciation of Indian art seems to be also a part of our heritage. Our monuments, kingly palaces and also getaways to prominent towns have a distinct identity owing to the encouragement received by patrons of art. The caste system prevalent in the earlier times also added to preservation of art forms in families. With much of intermingling and scrapping of caste system India is looking at a more comprehensive way to commercialize the appreciation of art.


Art sees no religion and is the expression of an artist. This is seen in the works of M F Hussain who explores the subtle natural element in Hindu mythology. The paintings of renowned artists like Amrtia Shergil or Tyeb Mehta are priced high and they have several seekers to love to adorn their homes or commercial units with the fabulous paintings. Several Indian associations are also looking at a consortium to sell the great works of art and the buyers are growing each year.


Scaling international heights for any kind of commercial activity is very important. This can be done by formal channels of exhibitions and display of the marked pieces. It is important to merchandise the paintings in a very sophisticated manner and the person must be able to highlight the in-depth matter of the subject. There are several art houses who exhibit paintings and photography on regular intervals.


Art schools have workshops to train novices and amateur painters who are also given a chance to explore and hone their talent. The support from the Government is also required to back any kind of activity in the Indian art market. Art lovers look out for unique and blending concepts in the thematic works of art and are ready to invest in premium collections.


The paintings by great artists are a trophy collection and for art lovers this is a passion. Exhibitions offer a great opportunity to display the paintings and the recent online gallery is again a new way to connect with people who share a love for Indian art.

Art courses

Friday, July 10th, 2009 | Author:

If you want to make art your career, you need some professional qualification for the same; There are many art courses that are available in India for an artist to get some professional training and educational qualification in art. Art courses are wonderful way to explore the latent talents of artists and some other time, it works as a polishing mechanism for accomplished artists. Various art activities in these courses and workshops are performed in a thoroughly professional way. The scope of these programs is quite huge. Though art cannot be literally taught like other subjects, a formal training in the subject ensures that you know art history, various styles etc. In short it just makes you more aware and informative about the subject.

Talking about Art courses, there are various art courses at under graduate and post graduate level in multiple streams. Most of the colleges and universities conduct these courses. Approximately fifty universities in India offer courses in Fine Arts. These courses often start with BFA (Bachelor in Fine Arts). Students also have the option of going for MFA (Master’s degree program), once BFA completed successfully. BFA course is normally of four to five years and MFA of two years.

Few of the courses available in various streams of Fine Arts are;

Art Courses

Sculpture (Course in Sculpture)

  • B.A Sculpture
  • BFA in Sculpture
  • U.G Diploma Course in Sculpture
  • U.G. Diploma Course in Fine Arts
  • Diploma in Sculpture

Painting (Courses in Painting)

  • B.A Painting
  • BFA in Painting
  • U.G. Diploma Course in Painting
  • Diploma in Painting
  • MFA in Painting

Investing in Indian art

Thursday, July 09th, 2009 | Author:

Art lovers have an innate passion for art works. If you wish to invest in art or merchandise in the same a certain capital has to be scheduled. There are many art students who work as apprentice and in this field caliber is a primary ingredient. Each day new artists are exposing themselves to new fields of learning, mediums and colors. Locating a chief culture of art is also the main thing about this business.


One needs to have a considerable space to house the pieces of art and storing is essential to avoid any kind of harm or erosion in the art works. Technology and modernity has made it possible to restore works of art and this can be also looked into a branched business. Investing in art means having a keen sense of concept and understanding of varied art forms.


Books and literature is certainly available on the art forms in the ethnic and recent types. There is a lot of essential things to know about the original and metamorphosis of Indian art. Many art forms are also in their stage of extinction. Investing in art for self is another passion though many times this becomes a unique casing. Art lovers also have a specification for the love of art.


People can choose paintings for their living room as aura ones, the fire and ice concept or great ones in Warli art or Madhubani ones. The canvas paintings or portrait in singular frames look elegant on a hallway. Kid’s room paintings can also be looked at great gifts and vibrancy is a necessary ingredient and can also be related to caricature.


New age paintings are also showcased adjacently with traditional ones and this is a great relief that helps the investor to choose among the minimal choices. The investor must be clear about the color and medium and also can have a liaison with the artist to customize rare paintings. Knowledge improves with interaction and exposure and investing in art is a fervor for many investors.

Art Dealers

Saturday, June 27th, 2009 | Author:

Selling and buying art is becoming more and more commercial because people consider this as an investment that can give you high returns. Indian art industry is booming and it surely has a lot to offer to art connoisseurs and art industry enthusiasts all across the globe. Indian art is not only selling like hot cakes, it is selling at pretty high prices as well. Moreover, the spending power and indulgence amongst the masses of the country has greatly increased due to which people do not mind investing in art. Majority of the people across the nation have developed taste for this due to which Indian art dealers have become very popular and much in demand.

So who is an art dealer? Well, in simple terms he or she is primarily into buying and selling of art works. So how exactly do you sell and buy art? It is simply through the art dealers. They ensure that the customer is not cheated into fake art and thus he or she facilitates the whole process at the cost of a small commission. This also gives them an opportunity of combining business with personal interest. Selling art gives you an offer to make huge profits. This has resulted into many corporate art dealers. They possess huge number of art collections. Some even specialize in a typical style of art. In case if any of you have an inclination towards art which I am sure you do, you can consider becoming an art dealer. However, needless to say, an art dealer constantly needs to be aware of activities in art world. 

In the whole process of buying and selling art, an art dealer has a crucial role to play. Any art and artist having a statement is able to sell in rapidly growing global art market. Art dealer often conveys that statement to the world. He or she is a person with large network of people and wonderful public relationship skills. Being an art dealer means you need to have creative inclination as well as business acumen.