How to Draw Faces from the Side

What Is Art Fraud and Are We All Part of the Problem?

A record-breaking price – 120 million dollars – was paid for a small pastel-on-board painting at the recent auction held by Sotheby’s in New York. The work in question is one of four versions of ‘The Scream’ by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch (1863-1944.) The news started me thinking on how paintings are nowadays perceived as a commodity, their value based on the price they sell for at the auction houses…

Abstract Art Of Houses – Happy Houses

Houses are are houses. They are also a lot more. They are people, they are families, they are friends, they talk, they show emotions, they hide thoughts, they have memories, they smile, they are happy houses.

Finding Artworks That Suit Your Home

I always find it incredibly intriguing to discuss artworks with other people. I think that one of the wonders that’s involved here is the fact that we all have such differing reactions to individual pieces. This can mean that we also have strong reactions.

Setting Up a New Business in the Arts – Why Choose France?

I am often asked that question. My husband Henry and I have spent countless holidays in France over the last 20 years. Like many, we loved the lifestyle, the culture, learning the language, and of course the wine!

Saint Jerome About 1495 – Albrecht Durer (1471-1528)

Fruitful discordance marks the character and career of Albrecht Durer. The diligent son and pupil of a Nuremberg goldsmith, he jettisoned his father’s craft to rain anew as a painter (continuing, however, to exploit his goldsmith’s skills in the discipline of metal engraving).

iPhone Painting App: Inspired by Jackson Pollock

How Jackson Pollock’s art has influenced the iPhone painting app including information about its creation. Also discusses Miltos Manetas, a contributor to adapting a flash application for the iPhone.

2 Tips For Painting Lips

It’s worth spending a major effort to get lips down right; they’re a big part of a face’s “likeness”. John Singer Sargent famously defined a portrait as, a painting of a face in which there’s a little something wrong with the mouth. That is, wrong with the lips. Further, brain scientists confirm what portrait artists should already know; humans have an incredible ability to discern one face from another. We can recognize the face of a friend from twenty years earlier. The slightest nuance makes an enormous difference; witness the ability of husbands and wives to distinguish even identical twins. Perhaps curiously, no facial feature is more telling than the mouth. Thus, we first need to put that mouth in the right place and, second, we need to give it the right shapes. Throughout this exercise, working with these two general tips, I suggest you work with your own face in a mirror, if possible. You’re your own best model!

Beginning Artists – Acrylic Vs Oil

I’ll just let you know first that I use Acrylic. When I started thinking about getting into painting, I fortunately had a little background as my older brother had dabbled abit in his day. He however used oil, and to this day swears by painting in oil. So under his tutelage I learned a little bit about the differences between oil and acrylic paints. After careful discernment of the words from my teacher and taking what I’ve learned by trial and error, I have chose Acrylic as my main source of paint medium.

How to Choose a Brush for Watercolor Painting

Before we begin, let me say why I’m writing this. Your question is important and needs an answer as soon as possible, early in the game. As the violin is to the concert violinist, the brush is to you, the watercolorist. It’s your personal fine instrument. Yes, paint and paper also play big roles in watercolor, but your brush is absolutely first and foremost. The watercolor paper is only your second most important tool. Paper can be likened to the acoustics of the concert hall, how well it responds to your violin’s sound, friendly or not.

Vincent Van Gogh, Death by Bullying?

Vincent Van Gogh is one of the most famous and celebrated of all artists, with paintings such as ‘The Starry Night’, ‘Cafe Terrace at Night’ and ‘Sunflowers’ just a small example of the paintings he is known for throughout the world. Vincent Van Gogh is of course also well known for his madness, his bouts of mental illness that led him to famously cutting off his ear and suicide. But was it really suicide or was it murder?

Must Do Safety Tips to Avoid Face Painting Dangers

Face painting is known as a lighthearted activity, it is a common practice for children and adults alike. This tradition dates back thousands of years, but today it is used for fun to express, celebrate, or mark an event. Although it is often a light-hearted activity, caution should be taken nonetheless.

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