Saturday, November 21, 2015
Interior space without any artwork always seems to be lacking that finishing touch. A simple way to add this personal touch to your living space in a more striking and creative way is to add large abstract art paintings. Many can be purchased affordably online these days and a deep gallery canvas painting or print does not require expensive framing. Specifically decorating with this type of art extends the possibility of adding color, space, and emotion to new heights, and in a modern and contemporary fashion that you will love.
As you might know abstract art is the result of imagination, energy, and creative expression. If you resonate with this type of art you will be happy to know there are so many fun possibilities you can have hanging it. Obviously you will want to buy art that you love because you will be looking at it for a long time. You will want to first pay attention to how the art speaks to you, how it makes you feel. These feelings could be that of relaxation, excitement, playfulness, strength, hope, etc. The emotional impact of abstract art is important because such feelings will actually carry over and bring that energy into your space, changing the ambiance in the room.
When you hang a large painting and there is an abundance of one color in the painting, there will be a big change in the room that can go so far as to affect mood. The color blue can be calming, red can channel passion, and brown can help you feel comfortable and grounded. There is much more information on the psychology of color that you might want to consider. You will want to make sure the colors coordinate with your walls and furniture. It also helps to have a splash of color in the room that is the exact same color in the painting. Some rooms that are muted and grey completely change with a flash of color on the walls. And furnishings that are devoid of character somehow seem comfortable when a warm painting is hung near. It helps to know your complimentary colors. These are the colors opposite on the color wheel such as blue and orange, red and green, and yellow and purple. They are striking together, but you have to be careful because they can reverberate too much on the eye.
Finding the proper space to hang your art is simply a matter of following your instincts and finding a balance. Larger rooms usually need a larger painting just as smaller rooms need a smaller one. A big empty wall that seems to be crying for attention with nothing to show for it probably needs something to fill the void. The orientation of the art should coordinate with the orientation of the space. Generally wide horizontal artwork looks great above a wide bed, dining room table, or couch in a room with average ceiling height. And sometimes you can actually stretch the appearance of a small wall by hanging a wide panoramic painting. Tall vertical art is perfect for that strange corner or a boring and tall wall space.
Before you purchase your paintings, think about who are you buying from and where your money is going. You have the opportunity of helping an artist every time you buy art. Giclée canvas prints can look amazing and retain a higher value than paper prints, just make sure you buy a high quality print on 100% acid-free cotton canvas. Cheaper prints will not only look cheap, but they will warp and fade with time. Because of the internet you can almost always contact an artist directly and ask him or her about the artwork before you buy it. Have fun with buying art and changing your living space, and when in doubt take a look the magazines.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
One of the most positive thing about the Internet is that it has opened a new world of potential market. For example, a few years ago, if you want a pair of prescription glasses, you have to do is go to the environmentally friendly optical store or optometrist office. And then you'll see around the glasses, his frame, design and hope that he has something more to offer.
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Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Home bars have been an important part of American homes for many years. They range from country western themes to island retreats and include everything from neon signs to exquisite works of art.
Home bars are intended to be a place for entertainment and relaxation. They should be warm, inviting, and fun. One of the easiest ways to build a unique home bar is to purchase home bar plans. Thanks to the ease of the Internet, you can purchase home bar design plans from a website and instantly download them to your computer. These types of plans provide step-by-step directions and provide you with a list of construction materials.
If you are not interested in building a home bar, you can easily find one to purchase. There are several varieties of home bars. They include the straight wet bar, L-shaped wet bar, kegger bar, bar back, and portable party bar. Most home bars have cabinets, storage areas and adjustable shelves for liquor bottles and glasses. Generally, bar tops have high-pressure surfaces that are waterproof and heat resistant. Some have built-in sinks and refrigerator systems to keep kegs or drinks cold.
You will need bar stools to accompany your home bar. They are usually about 30-inches in height and constructed from a variety of materials including wood, leather, vinyl and chrome. Some bar stools have sports logos screen printed on the seat or carved into wood. Others have high backs with padding on the seat and mid-back area. Bar stools can be custom designed to suit your individual needs. Oftentimes, you can find great deals on bar stools at restaurant auctions or by visiting government surplus websites.
You will find an abundance of accessories to decorate your home bar. One of the most common design elements of a home bar is the neon sign. Today, neon signs are very affordable and come in a variety of designs and colors. You can even buy customized neon signs and further personalize your home bar. Other signs that you might want to include in your home bar design include football, basketball, racing and other sport signs; liquor signs; and novelty signs.
You will need cocktail glasses, martini shaker and strainer, shot glasses, mixers, bar tools and a blender to complete your home bar design. You can get great deals on bar accessories at restaurant supply stores. Also check the classified section of your local paper for auctions of restaurant equipment.
Monday, August 3, 2015
Spanish style homes are popular because they are so beautiful, inviting, and comfortable. The colors, textures, architectural details, and materials inspired by Spain can add old world sophistication to any home. Spanish home decorating design, when done properly, will give your home a warm, authentic feel that will evoke relaxing siestas and fun fiestas.
First, start with the appropriate backdrop. Spanish style uses warm paint colors, such as reds and oranges, and tans. Use paint to create a faux-finish on the walls, staring with a lighter color as a base with a darker color on top. If you want to be very traditional, then add texture to the walls with stucco.
The single most recognizable Spanish design element is tile. Whether it is used as flooring, a backsplash in a kitchen, or a bathroom sink, colorful hand painted ceramic tiles are a Spanish staple. They liven up any space, and they can be used on just about any surface. Tile is essential to any Spanish style space.
Spanish architecture is unique and easily identifiable. Arched interior doorways are typical of the Spanish style. There are often cut-outs in the interior walls for display purposes, and they come in all shapes and sizes. High ceilings and exposed wood beams are also typical of this style of home.
Decorating a Spanish style home, like any other style, is in the details. Using the proper materials is important for getting the full effect. Décor from this region is full of texture, so add colorful woven tapestries to upholstered pieces or hang them on a wall. Pottery, whether hand-painted or of the classic terra cotta variety, is a great addition to any Spanish style room. Warm, richly colored wood furniture should also be incorporated into the space.
It is easy to identify elements of Spanish home decorating design, but creating a space that is traditional without being too heavily themed is more difficult. Follow these tips to create a warmth and authenticity that is classic Spanish style, but do not go overboard. Images on the Internet will illustrate the colors, types of tile, architectural details, and materials needed to feature this style in the home. It does not matter if the exterior of the house is Spanish style or not, any of these tips can be used to bring a piece of the Mediterranean to the interior living space of any home.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Fashion is an old tradition popular in most countries. If you dig it deeper, you'll be able to know that fashion is also an art - the art of creating styles and designs. In spite of anything fashion can be a powerful instrument in encouraging people to buy a specific product of to join in a specific group. One other side, photography is the art of capturing picture. And if blended with fashion can create magic! What's that magic? Well, it's the existence of high fashion photography.
If you have talents in designing clothes or in capturing pictures, then don't hesitate to take high fashion photography. As you can see, there are several magazines featuring men and women wearing latest brands and designs of clothing. Aside from their appealing look in cameras, they're also showing a sort of talents that could be added on the runway and television ads. And what's more interesting about fashion photography is that you can easily get paid as long as you're done in editing color, style, level of precision and special attention.
Fashion photography started to "boom" during the opening of the 21st century. In relation to photography, the enhancements start in halftone printing, photographs being featured in several magazines. Despite the fact that models are more popular than photographers, photography still plays a vital role in achieving excellent shots and layouts. Without photography, there will be no magazines, billboards, streamers, magazines and models. Without a doubt, fashion photography is recognized everywhere in the world most especially in fashion capital cities including New York, Paris, Tokyo, Milan and London.
To start your career in high fashion photography, the first thing that you should consider is to study the subject. You can search for information and images on the internet. Attending some fashion shows can also help a lot. Obviously, you will need to provide you own equipments, most especially high end cameras, lighting system and tripod. The fact about fashion photography that you should know: you can't achieve things without the presence of expensive cameras. No kidding for that! Stop hearing the rumors about getting a 5-mega pixel camera at all. Don't waste your time and money for a useless thing. Think smart and work hard for it!
Thursday, June 11, 2015
You may not realize it, but digital art is the kind of art you are most exposed to. Computers and digital media improve our lives and our creativity in manners that we would never have thought possible only a few years ago. Some modern art experts say that digital fine art is a natural evolutionary result of the progression of human technology, and that it should be recognized as a vital cultural phenomenon.
Just like any art form, digital fine art is created by three factors: artist inspiration, technique and presentation. All the traditional artistic techniques still apply to digital art - techniques such as perspective, light, shadow and expression.
The greatest achievements of digital fine art
Perhaps the most significant impact digital art has made so far is its ability to create three-dimensional (3D) images in a few clicks. This technology paved the way for advancements in the field of digital design and applied digital sciences (as in robotics).
And, because a there are many different software and hardware tools to aid both digital fine art designers and regular users, digital art is the most accessible art form. Everyone can learn how to manipulate form, shade, space, color, movement, texture, shadow, light, transparency, radiance, luminosity and reflection to create ingenious digital fine art.
Contrary to popular belief, digital art is 'serious' art in a sense that the artists are just as creative as artists who use more traditional methods. The computer does not compose and create art by itself - it is still the artist who uses virtual brushes and paints to produce one-of-a-kind artwork.
The future of digital fine art
You can expect to see more elaborate, digital fine art in the future as artist's organizations take steps to gain more publicity and launch their artworks. The move to get art enthusiasts to take digital art more seriously is likely going to progress and succeed. It won't be long before digital fine art is traded in high end auction houses. Although the image of digital art on a computer screen can be stunning, the digital fine art print is a collectible artifact that can be appreciated on a very personal level and treasured for a lifetime.
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Have you ever tried to remember the first time when you found yourself looking at an abstract art or an abstract painting? Do you remember the thoughts or feelings you had about what you were looking at?
This article is a reflection of some of my own personal and subjective viewpoints and realities as an artist about abstract art with certain references to facts that are in agreement with what I believe myself as to the nature, birth, growth and the evolution of the abstract art outside the boundaries of the esoteric terms of the art academia.
To have a basic and fundamental look at the subject, we should first understand what the word abstract means before we could tackle the understanding of "abstract art" itself; and we learn that abstract in this sense and as a verb means to extract or remove and surprisingly as an adjective means not easy to understand; abstruse. And as a transitive verb it means to take away, remove. It's origin is from Latin abstrahere 'draw away' or 'draw from.'
Thus, we can conclude that abstract, is generally viewed as a form of art that does not depict anything that resembled the objective or material world; instead it represented new creations that very subjectively were expressions of the inner substance and the spirit of the artist and often through a profound spontaneity that brings out the inner world of the artist.
So, abstract art, being the product of this very natural, uninhibited and unpremeditated impulse in the absence of any external stimulus, is intrinsic and belongs to the very basic nature and the make up of the artist, as the true influence behind his creations.
As I evolved through my own representational art and became more acquainted with the history of art, I learned that abstract art had its roots in the very early dawn of human history when man began to draw on the walls of his cave. These early abstract arts, abstract drawings and abstract paintings - sometimes embellished with organic dyes - often attempted to capture the essential nature and the quality of the objects rather than the actual appearance of them.
As the art historians and art critics formulated their opinions and ideas into prints, more esoteric terms spun off the subject under "non-objective art," "non-representational art," and "non-figurative art." In the field of aesthetics, since none of the principles of creating art have been precisely formulated, this particular branch of humanities has its critics galore with many schools of divergent opinions and thoughts, where esoteric lectures and opinions are listened to with open jaws in lieu of reason, personal expressions suffers under the cloud of confusion.
Centuries long before the birth of abstract expressionism in America, highly figurative arts had existed in the East, namely in the Islamic culture, where calligraphy also as a non-figurative art is taught as a subject starting sometimes as early as in primary schools, as great emphasis is placed upon the pupils' acquiring and developing skills in calligraphy, as the art of handwriting.
In the Western culture, abstract designs are found in many forms. But abstract arts are uniquely distinguished in composition form in relation to decorative art and fine art, where in abstract art, the results of creation, are spontaneous snapshots of the artist's thoughts, emotions, and the introspection by which he creates his work of abstract art.
Abstract Expressionism, as we know it today, was born in America in the mid 20th century following a massive exodus of the European avant- garde artists to New York City, making the city the center of the art world; a title that used to be held by Paris. The contemporary American artists were immensely influenced by the influx of this new talent that brought forth the very welcoming freedom of personal expression through the vehicle of spontaneity in the absence of the boundaries and limitations of conventional forms.
The arrival of abstract expressionism in New York was the dawn of a new peaceful artistic revolution by which the artist began to rebel overtly against the status quo. He began a new era where he could freely create towards the future and change the existing scene for a better tomorrow.
Some of the pioneers in abstract expressionism, such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, became synonymous with New York School and action painting as they played a significant role in what became deservedly known as avant-garde; a new realm of freedom for the artist to create and construct with an impulse that surmounted any rational and objective realm of reason.
On the more textural side, Jackson Pollock began to re-arrange his easel and painted as he pleased, expressing himself by pouring the paint from within unto the canvas, as he felt. Pollock, as one of the most mavericks of the era, used also his body as an instrument to paint with, as he moved rapidly around his large canvases on the floor, spattering interlacing patterns of paint, like an emotional roller coaster, drawing the viewer into its rhythmic flow of motion, apparently into an infinity of space.
In great contrast to Pollock, Barnett Newman's color-field paintings, are open fields of vast empty spaces for the viewer to step into them and imagine what they wish to place in them.
Now, for the sake of simplicity, we could categorize art into only representational art and abstract art. Representational art being what we instantly recognize in association to familiar objects, vs. abstract art that requires our thought to perceive the composition of the art and the comparison of our observation with the conclusions we have made in the past, in order to arrive in the immediate instance, where we are. Thus, in our observation of abstract art, the presence or the absence of any emotional responses, brought about as the result of understanding the abstract art, raises the question of, what is truly an abstract art and when does it become successful.
Let's imagine that we are looking at a representational art, a scenery where it depicts a mossy wooded area cloaked in a low fog with a cascading shallow stream running through it. We can all agree with what we are looking at, appreciate the quality of its beauty, and some of us become awestricken by its magic, and even feel the mist in the air and smell the moss. We like to look at it as a pleasant experience. We sense that it is peaceful, because it has the tendency to make us feel good. It helps us - even if it is for a brief moment - forget our troubles, and transforms our disturbances into a new level of calm, to the point that we could be there, in our imagination. We walk away from the painting and look at other paintings that does not produce the same thoughts and feelings, and we turn and look at it again and again, wanting to have more of the same pleasant experience. Pleasure is what we are experiencing.
This is the emotional reaction we feel towards this very representational art that we fully understand. It communicated to us a certain message within the boundaries of its technical expertise, by which it was created. The technical expertise wasn't the initial visual attraction, however. It was the message that it communicated to us visually, that attracted us. The virtuosity by which it was created becomes secondary to the significance of the message and the quality of its delivery. Although the message doesn't have to have the same meaning for every viewer, it is the combination of both, the message and the technical expertise that brings about an understanding that causes the viewer to respond emotionally.
From sketching and carving with sharp stones on the walls of his cave, to the magnificence of today's technology, man has journeyed through an incredible evolution in the arts among many other dynamics of life. From those who have accepted the boundaries of their culture and environmental factors, have remained true and faithful to what they were permitted and expected to create in the form of various representational and figurative arts. But the more precocious, who had an awareness of higher form of existence and true potential, wanted to move beyond the obvious with no tolerance for suppression and entrapment. They became the visionaries who escaped and sought freedom of expression elsewhere, where the attainment of that freedom was possible.
A great number of European artists and teachers such as Joseph Albers and Hans Hofmann moved to America in mid 20th century and made New York the new Art Center of the world by leaving Paris behind. They brought with them that very freedom of spontaneity to create paintings that became what we know today as abstract expressionism. As unique as our finger prints, each expression, became a new aesthetic signature to reckon with.
However, the basic roots of the transition from representational art to abstract art and expressionistic paintings had begun to grow in the later part of the 19th century in the form of impressionist and neo-impressionists when art had begun to change its face, while still retaining a good degree of resemblance to what it meant to be; and by the time post-impressionism had arrived on the scene, the field of art had already gone through a noticeable change and well on its way towards a major transformation.
Prior to the arrival of this new transformation, and certainly before post-impressionism, the artist was primarily engaged in the natural depiction of the landscape, rather than attempting to tap into the depth of his own emotions by way of his canvas, and connect to the psyche of his audience.
Nothing is more powerful and significant than the birth and the power of a new idea. Nothing can or is capable of stopping an idea. Once an idea is conceived, it cannot be stopped, suppressed or harnessed; because an idea has no mass or form to occupy a physical space and become subjected to the opposing forces, and become vulnerable. A new idea, once conceived, takes on a life of its own, by being nurtured in the powerful lofts of imagination and carried forward in the arms of those who embrace it.
Hans Huffman who became recognized as the father of the abstract expressionism has this to say:
"An idea can only be materialized with the help of a medium of expression, the inherent qualities of which must be surely sensed and understood in order to become the carrier of an idea." The idea of self-determinism, to permit oneself the ownership of freedom of expression is a luxury that is not for sale, but to attain; a faculty innately available to a few, but attainable by the masses. For some it arrives quickly, and the rest come to embrace it through hardship.
The evolution of art from representational to abstract expressionism required a tremendous level of liberalism and acceptance by those whose help and economic support were instrumental in the survival level of the abstract expressionist painters.
In an essay, very revealing of his philosophy of art, Johannes Itten says: "If new ideas are to assume any artistic forms, the physical, sensual, intellectual and spiritual forces must all be equally available and act in concert." Truly speaking, Itten says what it takes to create a good artistic expression in terms of the wherewithal necessary to transmit an idea, which is something imagined, felt or pictured in the mind, into the canvas as a successful work of art, which can be sensed and understood by the viewer.
This above criteria outlined by Itten in the early 20th century was a big philosophical bite that required lots of chewing and digestion before earning acceptance and support; so the abstract artists had to endure a very endearing plight in earning and preserving their livelihood.
Before the arrival of the European pioneers and their fortitude, in bringing their very precious gift of abstract paintings, representational artists had no clue as to what freedom of artistic expression really meant to open the door into a new realm of practicing art, which opened a new door and an extension of their inner self.
Faced with the sever opposition of the traditionalists who rejected change, the abstract artists began to express their soul, on their new canvases, with their own newly created rules. In the world of art, where art is traded as a luxury and not a necessity and dependent upon the discretionary money of a few, the arrival of the abstract art in general and in particular abstract expressionism threatened the axles on which the art market was pivoted.
Change became inevitable, and traditionalists broke rank with futurists at the expense of the modern art; but the abstract expressionists became busily involved in experimenting and exploring the various physical entities and invented new tools by which they could apply paint to their canvases.
Suddenly the conventional means by which the artist had painted changed into an ever-changing process of exploration, creation, experimentation, and more creations; each time giving birth to a new technique. The canvases, paints and the studio tools extended far beyond the boundaries of the artist's studio and into the realm of collage and found objects.
Jackson Pollock was the quintessential action painter, who struggled badly with acceptance, began to use his body as a painting instrument around his vast canvases laid out on the floor and danced with his splashes, drippings and spattering of paint; he developed and mastered the technique of action painting and enjoyed some of the sprouts of a great new fame and fortune before he fell victim to the demons of his culture at the ripe age of 42. He left a great legacy behind, which continued to inspire many abstract artists through the variety of great canvases which he left behind.
This is what Pollock have said in part about his paintings: "It's all a big game of construction, some with a brush, some with a shovel, some choose a pen. The method of painting is the natural growth out of need. I want to express my feelings rather than illustrate them. It doesn't matter how the paint is put on, as long as something is said. On the floor I am more at ease. I feel nearer, more a part of the painting, since this way I can walk around it, work from the four sides and literally be in the painting. The modern artist is working with space and time and expressing his feelings rather than illustrating. When I'm painting, I'm not aware of what I'm doing. It's only after a get acquainted period that I see what I've been about. The painting has a life of its own. Every good painter paints what he is."
Another great artist and contemporary painter from the abstract expressionists group is Robert Rauschenberg. Rauschenberg created collages with found objects on the streets of New York City and defied every conceivable traditionalist's rule as he progressed through his career, which became quite deservedly rewarding, earning him the recognition, notoriety and financial success in the past few decades. He later moved to, Florida to get away from New York City, where he continue to create his art on the quiet and affluent shores of Captiva Island.
One of the most inspiring techniques of Rauschenberg worth remembering, is his concept of leaving enough to chance for the sake of discovery, where the artist enjoys the serendipity of unexpected happenstance.