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Art Mediums

Saturday, March 27th, 2010 | Author:

If you are an art lover or have just started to venture into the fascinating world of Indian art, you should be aware of different mediums of art. Many artists prefer to express themselves in one particular medium and because of that or call it comfort zone; they are slightly tentative to start in another medium. Not every artist is familiar with other mediums as they have made themselves comfortable with one particular medium. But to truly expand your talent and range of work, one needs to have a fair bit of idea about other mediums as well.


Watercolor is one of the most common mediums used by artists. If, by any chance you have not tried your hands at watercolor you must give it a try. It will surely fascinate you. Watercolor painting is reasonably quick and you will be able to create subtle colors and beautiful washes. If you are planning to paint a landscape, you must use watercolor. Quite popular amongst artists, watercolor paintings of outdoors or sceneries can be great attractions.


Drawing is often bypassed by the artists who are proficient in watercolor paintings or oil paintings. Drawing stage is quite important to your basic knowledge of art. It is a fundamental necessity. If you are planning to draw, you can choose among many mediums including charcoal, pastels or pen and ink. Working in these mediums can be total fun and relaxing. It will also give a new dimension to your artworks. It also helps in making you aware of new perspectives.


Every artist is familiar with concept of oil painting. If you have a desire of producing wonderful rich colors and blending the paints then go for oil painting medium. Initially, it can be tough but sooner than later it will mesmerize you. You can always take a lesson or buy a book on oil painting to learn the basics. The last medium in this article is Acrylic painting. Perfect for abstract art, acrylic painting holds all the possibility of creating a new artist in you. Some of the other painting and drawing mediums are encaustic, airbrushing and mixed media.


Art & Finance

Thursday, March 25th, 2010 | Author:

Art is one of the most wonderful forms of creative expression. Artists all over the world have used their talents to express their innermost feelings. The popularity of art knows no boundaries. We have kept witnessing beautiful works of art over the centuries. Apart from being a mode of expression for symbolism and creativity, art also helps in expanding the reach of mind. So now, keeping these views in mind, can we calculate the value of an art work?


With changing times, art has also witnessed a significant change and that is most evident in its practical side. Art has become a huge business in last few decades. It is no more just a tool in the hands of creative people. Art has got huge financial sides to it. One must have come across news of famous paintings fetching millions of dollars in auctions. People purchasing these paintings are no fool. They have got their return on investment in minds. Any work of art goes through different values during course of time. If there is an environment of instability or an artwork gets all bashed up in media by the critics, its prices tend to drop.


The value of a work of art is subject to many factors. The name of the artist, present condition of the art, negotiations, awards won by it, overall quality etc play a major role in deciding the amount a buyer is willing to spend on a particular artwork. It is also true that predicting the future of the art market is very tough because of several variables. It is almost like a fad. What is in demand today might be rendered obsolete tomorrow. All these factors make it imperative for the artists to consider all the buying, selling and trading aspects pertaining to an artwork. Business consultants or expert dealers can prove to be very useful in deriving the exact value of the artwork.

Pastels Painting

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 | Author:

Pastel is an art medium used for drawing. Pastel drawing and painting offers several advantages. Pastel is a rich and versatile medium and that’s why artists can use it for painting as well as drawing. Let me try to define pastels. When sticks of pigment of powdered color are held together with a binding medium, the resultant effect is sticks of color which is known as pastels. Pastels are available in different range and different grades. The most common type of pastel is dry pastel which can be hard as well as soft. Most of the expert artists prefer to use hard pastels whereas beginners often go for soft pastel because it allows drawing flexibility.


For a beginner, he should begin with wide range of colors. The range should include basic colors like black, white, red, blue etc. Having different shades will add to your repertoire. Many renowned companies offer huge range of pastel colors and shade along with pastel paper that is used for painting. The paper comes up with a slight texture which is so very crucial in holding the pastel powder to the surface. You can use watercolor paper also along with making your own paper. However, if you are a beginner go with a readymade paper.


In the dry method of drawing, paper is placed on the board with a clip. You do have the choice of using wet paper but more on that in later articles. The basic method requires one to sketch the subject with the black. Thereafter, other pastels are used on it. The painting will formally begin on the paper when you apply brush and water to it. Some artists like to use other mediums of painting like watercolor and acrylic. Once you start feeling comfortable with your work, you will be able to appreciate the true versatility and beauty of pastels. A pastel painting has rich depth and that’s why it is so very popular among the artists.