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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!

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. 

Contemporary art of India

Sunday, June 21st, 2009 | Author:

Contemporary arts in India dates back to 1960s. It was the time when change was taking place world wide. Contemporary art basically does not belong to any particular method. It uses different modes of expression and themes that are extremely different. One can witness a kaleidoscopic view of emotions portrayed in contemporary art. It is often inspired by real life scenarios which are nothing but reflection of changing social, political and cultural scenario. The variety becomes of paramount importance. Indian contemporary art is a wonderful mix up of our traditional values and modern day beliefs. Experimentation lies at the centre of Indian contemporary art. Indian contemporary art has seen lot of movements since the time of independence. Right from leftist leanings to progressive movement, it has seen it all. It has also witnessed emphasis on visual arts and use of modern technologies. Artists were free to use their own comfortable mode of expression. It is much more flexible.


The contemporary art commands huge market value. Many contemporary art galleries that primarily focus on this genre of art have flexible and experimental setting. In other terms, the exhibitions are quite progressive and intrepid. These specialized galleries display, exhibit and keep in stock the best collection of contemporary artworks. An art connoisseur can find most sought after collections that possess tremendous aesthetic and artistic values. To the delight of many art enthusiasts, there are many online galleries for contemporary art. Because of the busy schedule of people not all of them can visit real life art galleries.

Art Auctions

Friday, June 19th, 2009 | Author:

Art auction have been around since quite a while now. Our history tells that art auctions existed since 17th century. Today, auctions work a business proposition for the works of art. It is a process where the highest bidder gets the artwork in subject. It is a detailed process with careful planning and organized structure. 

The rapidly growing market of Indian art auctions has been a spectacular success in recent times. With art vastly becoming a viable and a profitable business for investors, Indian art auctions have become very popular. In fact, the Indian art market is on all time high. The demand is two fold, both from within and from international market. India’s rising urban and semi urban population and the growing middle class and their increasing interest in Indian art in terms of taste and even need has fuelled the market to a great height. Amongst the various forms of art, paintings of Indian artists have witnessed the maximum demand worldwide.

Painters like, Husain, Tyeb Mehta and S.H.Raza are at the forefront of such popularity. Another factor which contributed to this growth in India’s art market is the availability of Indian art online. The major factor was increasing flow of money and the hype generated by art dealers and the art enthusiasts. Indians have also become tech savvy and the facility of visiting many art galleries online and deciding on the work of art they like. Indian buyers are primarily inclined to buy based on the see and touch feel. But slowly and steadily art auctions in the country are touching new heights altogether.

Detecting fake art

Monday, June 15th, 2009 | Author:

With the advancement in technology, detecting fake art has become possible to a large extent. Over the course of time, the pigments of an old painting become very hard and shrink as well due to which some fine cracks are visible in the painting. These are called as craquelcure. A fake art work however may not dry and crack, like a real old work of art. It depends on the thickness and the treatment of the pigment that is applied. Environmental conditions, history of handling the painting, transportation and restoration of the painting are furnished as a record especially in case of old paintings.


Non destructive techniques that use microscope, radiography and chemical analysis and dating techniques are used to detect an artwork. Even a ten thousand year old art work can be detected for fake art using what is known as the radio carbon dating to measure the age of the painting. Infrared and x-ray photography can detect signatures that cannot be seen by the naked eye. X-ray diffraction is also used to analyze components that make up the artist’s paints. X-ray fluorescence can reveal the artist’s finger prints and the metals present in a sculpture or in the composition of the paints that are used in the painting or the sculpture. 


Another technique known as digital authentication: This technique breaks down a picture into collection of more basic images called as sub bands. These are analyzed to determine the texture by assigning a frequency to each sub band. In this way, there are many new techniques that are being used to detect fake artwork.

Dhokra art

Sunday, June 14th, 2009 | Author:

Dhokra is a metal casting art that has been used in India for more than 4000 years now. Ne o the earliest work of Dhokra art was found in Mohenjodaro. This wax artifact was a dancing girl. Dhokra art is known for its simplicity and enchanting folkness in it. The rural motifs that are used in this art evokes a very earthy feeling in all of us. Dhokra artisans and their artwork are thus in great demand in Indian as well as in international markets.


Dhokra art consists of animals like cows, horses, elephants, peacocks, owls, religious images of various Gods and Goddesses, measuring utensils, glasses and bowls, and lamp caskets etc. All these art products are highly appreciated and praised.


There are two main processes of lost wax casting: solid casting, and hollow casting. Solid casting is predominant in the south of India while hollow casting is more common in Central and Eastern India. Hollow casting is the more traditional method and uses the clay core whereas solid casting uses a solid piece of wax to create the mould.


Most artisans of the Dhokra art belong to the Dhokra Damar tribes that are the traditional metal smiths of West Bengal. Thus the name of this art and their technique of lost wax casting is named after their tribe – Dhokra metal casting. This tribe extends from Bihar to West Bengal and even to Orissa. Some of the artisans of Madhya Pradesh also specialize in the Dhokra art. Some of the artisans a few hundred years ago traveled to south as far as Kerla and north as far as Rajasthan and hence are now found all over India.


Tanjore art

Saturday, May 09th, 2009 | Author:


Indian art has diversified into many sects. It is a conglomeration different style of brush strokes and colours that contribute to form a larger part of the art movement in India. One such artistic style of painting is the Tanjore painting. Tanjore paintings as they are popularly called are paintings that are followed widely by the people in the southern part of the country.


Art spread widely in the Tanjavoor district of Tamil Nadu (anglicized version: Tanjore) which was then the capital city of the Chola Dynasty in the 16th century. The Nayaks of Vijaynagar dynasty, Rajus communities of Tanjore and Trichi and Naidus of Madurai supported Tanjore art to a great extent. Tanjore art is considered scared and divine. This art has its roots in the culture and the tradition that is characteristically Indian. The art has evolved and has scope to incorporate modern styles of arts to it.


Tanjore art is known for its embellishment. This artwork is adorned with pearls, semi-precious stones, gold and glass pieces. The richness of Tanjore is evident with dashes of gold and silver on it. Tanjore art makes for fine pieces of wall hangings and home decoration items. Tanjore Art usually incorporates a lot of Gods and Goddesses because this art spread and became popular at a time when temples were being constructed by so many kings and rulers of different dynasties. The figures in Tanjore paintings are large and the faces are round and divine.


Tanjore paintings add a great value and aura of tradition and culture to ones home. They reflect the height of aestheticism that our culture imbibes in all that it beholds.

Art- Perspective

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009 | Author:

There has been a certain paradox about the world of art and artists. Most of famous artists had to struggle real hard to get recognition and fame that was accorded to them only after they ceased to exist. The magical pieces of work created by them in their lifetime did not attract as much attention and appreciation as they had desired. It’s an irony that sometimes it requires death to make us understand the true value of things. While telling this tale, one name that comes to our mind is Vincent Van Gogh. A true legend and a quintessential painter.


He possessed every quality that we normally associate with an artist. He was supremely talented, troubled and his life was a vivid example of struggles faced by an artist. He never got his due while he was alive. It’s not that he, himself was not confident of his work but going by the worldly reactions, he somehow always believed that he appealed to a very small audience. We can’t actually blame him because we get accustomed to the repetitive views of the world about us, even though it may be far away from the reality.


What can be more ironic than the fact that an art work ‘Irises’ of the same van Gogh was sold for astonishing $ 27 million after many years of his death. Now, Vincent Van Gogh is considered as one of the greatest and most talented painters of all time. If we talk in Indian context, can we forget the fact that redoubtable M.F. Hussain started his journey as a painter of film posters? But as the greatness demands, he never quit and reached the highest pedestal. What I am trying to emphasize is these examples are not isolated cases. There were many and we will see many other talented but ignored artists in the future. Here comes, concept of investment in art. Who knows, the artist and the art work you invested in, turn out to be the one of the all time greats and your belief is well paid in terms of monetary riches. So keep looking for hidden gems. We will soon cover how to look out for potential investment opportunities in world of art.