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URL: http://coulsdoncollegevisualarts.blogspot.com/

This blog is for Coulsdon College Visual Arts Students. It is a forward thinking place which aims to provide it’s students with an environment in which they can grow creatively and intellectually. The blog is updated regularly by teachers from the Visual Arts department with posts about inspirational artists/ designers, tutorials, upcoming exhibitions and student work.

Coulsdon College offers a range of Visual Art courses; A Level Graphic Communication, Textiles, Fine Art and Photography, BTEC National Level 3 Art and Design, BTEC Level 2 Art and Design, NCFE Life Drawing and NCFE Photography. [Read more]

The ability of portrait painting is one of the most crucial skills that an artist should have. Portraits have been painted since antiquity; in the beginning they were created for ceremonial reasons and as a means of documentation, making portrait painting techniques essential for all painters. As time passed, they were made for more personal and sentimental reasons. If you plan on learning how to paint lifelike portraits, you should take a look at these useful portrait painting techniques as below.

The first and foremost technique is to remember that the human figure follows a number of set proportions. An adult’s height is usually seven times that of the distance from his crown to his chin. This is the same distance from his chin to his chest, from the chest to the waist, and from the waist to the pelvic region. Da Vinci’s Vetruvian man is usually the figure to reference when working with human proportions. Take note that babies and children have markedly different proportions; their heads are larger in relation to the rest of their bodies so you might have to use four to five heads instead of seven. Facial features also follow set proportions, although it is the slight variations in these that make each human face unique. The head is generally egg-shaped and divided into three sections of equal length from crown to brow, brow to nose and nose to chin.

Once you’ve sketched in the subject’s features and followed the proportions as a guide, it’s time to think about putting on the paint and color. Good portrait painting techniques direct you to fill in large areas of color first, and then work in the shadows. It’s better to mix your own colors for the skin rather than use pre-packaged flesh tints as these can look rather flat. Caucasian skin contains pink, white and blue pigments, while olive skin contains ochres and yellows in addition. African skin can contain both ochres and blues.

When rendering the hair, make sure you don’t paint individual strands. Treat the head of hair as a whole, and add shadows, low lights and high lights as necessary. This will result in a soft, realistic texture that will do much towards making your picture come alive. Finally, one of the most common portrait painting techniques to check for balance and proportion is to look at your painting in a mirror or turn it upside down. This will help you identify any flaws in composition.

Blog URL: http://www.linesandcolors.com/

I am a webcomics artist, cartoonist, illustrator, web site designer and Flash animator (yeah, me and my 5 clones) living in the Philadelphia area. I’m probably best known as the creator of Argon Zark!, the first ongoing comic created specifically for distribution on the Web. (That’s Argon, not me, pictured above…).

I studied Painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, supplemented with study at the Delaware Art Museum and the Fleisher Art Memorial. I continue to pursue an interest in drawing at The Plastic Club and The Philadelphia Sketch Club. I teach a class in Adobe Flash at the Delaware College of Art and Design.

I have been doing professional web site design since 1995. You can also see a few of my personal sketehes here. I can be reached by email at: charley@linesandcolors.com. When suggesting a site or topic for Lines and Colors, please see the Suggest a Site page. [Read more]

When opting for oil paintings, there are several things you need to keep in mind before making a decision. Not only on the piece of artwork itself, but also the entire home. Such things as the decor that is currently in place and any other types of art that you already have in the home. This will allow you to give thought to all of the oil paintings you are considering and also help you in determining what pieces will match in the space and which options are going to best fit into the space.

Your Room: The first thing to consider is which room the canvas art will be hung in. If there is very little furniture in the space, choosing the brighter and bolder colors in the oil paintings you are purchasing, will help the room pop and stand out. For a room with heavier amounts of furnishings, something lighter and with a simple or plain design will make for a subtle effect in the space. You must also consider the colors of the walls in the room, in order to ensure things will not clash and that the oil paintings match the space entirely.

The Paintings’ Theme/ Subject: Whether it is something in pastels and lighter colors for a large living or dining room or an expansive landscape style piece for a bedroom or hallway of the home, these are just some of the factors to consider as you are determining what to buy. Of course each home owner will have their own taste and style, but making sure the theme and colors match the space is key when choosing the right oil paintings that will fit the space you are attempting to fill with art.

The Hanging Spot: Making sure to measure the spot or area you plan to hang a painting in and obtaining the dimensions of the canvas art before buying it should also be done. Depending on the size of the room and what other art or pieces of decor are already present in the space, making sure the oil paintings are not too large (or small for extremely large spaces) has to be determined prior to the purchase as well. Writing down the measurements and marking the walls in the home before purchasing ensures it will properly fit the space.

The Material: A final tip when buying oil paintings for your home is to choose the material which best fits the space. Whether you choose art that has been done on canvas or purchase a print of the painting that has been printed on paper will depend on you personal preferences, budget, and the overall look of the piece. This is more of a personal choice and will vary based on the space you are placing the oil paintings in. Prints will need to be framed under glass and that is another consideration too.

When deciding on oil paintings for your home, you should consider these and any other factors which are important to you personally, in order to ensure you find something you will truly love and something that fits well into the space you are displaying the painting in.

Blog URL: http://www.fundamentalpainting.blogspot.com/

This is a  catalogue of essential painting (and a bit of opinion) – It is a bit of webspace where a particular kind of painting is gathered and appreciated.

This is not a running blog where I expound my opinion on anything and everything, rather, it is a bit of webspace where a particular kind of painting is gathered and appreciated. I will only post and write about things I like, so hopefully this will be a positive experience for all involved.[Read more] 

 

Blog URL: http://www.dailypaintings.blogspot.com/

Welcome to my painting blog. This is a record of paintings that I started in January of 2006. Most of these pictures are small intimate paintings of everyday subject matter ranging from a single orange to a simple landscape; favoring simplicity over complexity in composition. I paint mostly from life and am quite interested in how light affects different subjects. In 2006 I began this blog with a painting a day focusing on exploring many types of subject matter in an effort to grow my skills as an artist. Nowadays I post less frequently, giving more attention to subjects that most interest me. [Read more]

Watercolor painting could be the most rudimental form of painting with the brushes as it is the primary step in the painting field, to get accustomed with the colors and the strokes of the brushes. On discussing about this art we come across several aspects, which can be debated upon or could be put aside as the shortcomings or benefits of the art.

Pros:

Watercolor paintings are an easy art, as far as the painting techniques with the paint brushes are concerned. The necessary ingredients required for watercolor painting could be easily available in the market, along with the water that is in free flow in every home. The watercolors are generally watering soluble pigments, which can be easily affordable by the individuals, and the water to dissolve the pigment is available at the workplace and even at home.

All this makes the technique of watercolor painting so popular among the younger learners, who seek to get a good grasp on the painting techniques. Even the application of colors and the movement of strokes could be very well mastered, through the watercolor painting. It is much easier process than the others and allows us to feel free to experiment with the colors, as they are within affordable limits.

Cons:

Although, people say that the watercolor painting technique is a very easy process and saves a lot of money, they forget to consider the after effects of the watercolor painting. There are several disadvantages of maintaining a watercolor painting due to several reasons, like problem with pigmentation, colors being water soluble and few others. You might have noted that watercolor paintings are mostly done on paper, varying between several qualities, which tend to turn yellow after quite a few years.

Moreover, the watercolors being soluble with water are prone to water damage in the long run, where the entire painting might be ruined. Preservation for a watercolor painting can be really difficult considering these aspects, as you never know when some accidents might lead to contamination of water over the painting, dissolving the paint and ruining it.

When we take up the aspects of the pigments present with the paper texture, we do not wonder about the bonding of the pigments with the texture. For this reason, when the pigments seem to come off the paper and the painting seems to get dull over the days, you feel astonished at the incident, causing us further trouble to restore it.

Sculpture information says that Asian art is made up of diverse artistic traditions. If there are any commonalities in style or subject matter, they are usually due to the influence of religion, conquest or trade. The ancient civilizations of West and Central Asia for example produced monumental figurative sculpture. Self-expression in sculpture did not exist in Asia until the development of the International Style of modern art in 1900s. Traditional Asian sculpture was primarily designed to communicate religious and political ideas.

Sculpture art is considered the greatest artistic achievement of India. Their creations were characterized by spiritual content and technical brilliance. Two religions, Buddhism and Hinduism, were the bases of Indian sculptural tradition. The earliest stone sculpture information was evident during the reign of the powerful ruler of the Mauryan Empire, Asoka. Important events and locations were commemorated with the erecting of large beautifully polished stone lions on top of stone columns. Thousands of statues and other buildings were also constructed.

Buddhist monuments continued to be built. Sculptural activity flourished as a result of the construction of many temples and other religious structures. Buddhist art became evident in most sculptural works. Sculptural images of Buddha express Buddhist teachings in visual form. Through the physical characteristics, gestures, dress of the image and the figures surrounding it, the sculptor is able to communicate his ideas. Aside from that, the gates and stone railings of structures showed images of folk gods and goddesses.

The early sculptural tradition of China, Japan and Korea differs from that of India and other Southeast Asian regions. Instead of using stones for erecting temples, impermanent wooden structures were utilized. The majority of early Chinese sculpture was Buddhist. Images of Buddha were created in wood. Through the years, Chinese sculptural style developed from relatively simply carved, substantial figures to decorative images with elaborate details. They create striking forceful designs with beautiful proportions. Their sizes range from small to very large structures.

Very little of Japanese sculpture is made of stone. As in China, most buildings in Japan were constructed of wood. Sculptures created for temples were made of bronze, wood or dry lacquer. The earliest wood sculpture showed Chinese influence. Japanese sculptors however, developed their own naturalistic style. They also use carving and sculpting in the creation of their different structures for the home and weapons for defense.

The rich culture of Asia has brought about the unique art which can be considered one of the best in the world. It has even evolved today as time goes by and methods are even added and modified to express thoughts through art.

Blog URL: http://www.dorsetsculpture.blogspot.com/

Why do I sculpt? I simply love it. I just have to “recreate” life as I see it. I caught sculpture at a turning point in my life. It was infectious, demanding, selfish, totally compulsive, it has become my reason d’être. Sculpture is in our time and place. It exists; it is more than an image. You should engage with it, touch it and see it from all angles. It has the advantage of presence.

Welcome to Dorset Sculpture Blog! This blog is my art gallery, a diary of thoughts about sculpture, visual art, music, current, rural and personal affairs.  [Read more]

Blog URL: http://www.artinthewax.blogspot.com/

Founded in 2008, we are small Tucson, AZ based company with about 15 employees, with a passion for handmade, art, and indie business. As an interactive handmade market place and craft community our mission is to support your business and your brand with innovative features and functions. We are an e-commerce company and we focus on support of member’s needs by taking a service first approach.

This blog is about discovery into encaustic art, through the magic of painting with wax. [Read more]