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The Beauty of Oil Paintings

Paintings are arguably among the most beautiful creations of man. They have a special power to tug on the soul of the observer. Oil paintings are a particularly beautiful art form, and their ages old elements continue to mark their stand through generations. Why oil painting? The great painters and the artists of the past chose to work on oil paintings because it rendered a very realistic output. The paintings differed from those produced by water colors, because the oil paintings looked especially rich and attractive. Oil paintings originated during the middle ages, when the necessity for waterproof paintings was all important. Great artists opted for oil paintings because of their durability and long lasting resistance. Thanks to use of oil by great artists of the past, people today are able to enjoy a huge collection of timeless oil pieces. The hard work that goes into oil paintings Behind the beauty of oil paintings is the hard labor of the artist. A classical work may take several weeks to months...

 


20 Tips for Decorating with Art

1. First decide what sort of impression you want to make with pictures. Do you want to be fashionable and arty or do you want to display family photos, nostalgia or personal interests? If you wish you can include all of the above, but you may make a better job of it if you have designated areas for each. For example you may want to make a statement with an impressive single abstract piece in your living room, while in the hall or dining room you could display more personal items. There are no rules as such, but try to harmonize your displays so that they do not compete for the viewer's attention. If you can try and rationalize where and why you hang each item. Ultimately you will get more out of each piece and your guests will sense yours to be an organized and methodical household. 2. Keep your choice of art in proportion to where you will hang it. If a picture is too large it will look cramped and suffocated, if it is too small it will look lost and insignificant. Many people think that if there is room fo...

 


Dada Surrealism is a Response to War

Dada was an Art movement with its peak in 1916-1920s. This movement was established as a position against the War, and particularly World War I. Artists of this period saw all the negativity and horrors of the war. They also rebelled against the art that predominated thier time. It was a protest against beauty, because art didn't save civilization from wars. The members of that movement organized demonstrations, propagandas, and wrote brochures and manifestos against the cruelty of war. They drew from ideas of Arthur Rimbaund in poetry, and the critical ideas of Max Jacob (who later died in the Nazi concentration camp) and Guillaume Apollinaire. They established the new journal where they wrote anti-war and anti-terror articles, sometimes by using satire. Also the group made different absurd theatrical performances highly criticizing the first World War in Cabaret Voltaire . Tzara, one of the leaders of that group, wrote a lot of articles to different European newspapers trying to point out the tragedy ...

 


Collecting Art on the Cheap

It is amazing how the art world seems to have taken a hold of general society. Many more individuals are inclined to forgo reprints and posters and start collecting their own unique art pieces for their homes and offices. Are you interested in starting your own collection of original art? If you do not have thousands of dollars to spend on famous original artwork then you may wish to consider some other ideas and sources for your art pieces. One avenue to consider, especially if you have not spent much time cultivating your tastes, is to rent art from a local gallery. You can have an original piece from local artists for a fraction of the cost of purchase. You can also trade in your selection for new pieces which may be refreshing in a business environment, or even a smart way to select art for personal enjoyment if you are not sure which pieces will suit you long term. Another avenue is to go to local art schools or check your paper for shows by student artists. Here you can buy original pieces by up-a...

 


A Closer Look at Photo Mosaics

Photo Mosaics are actually a very new invention, believed to be first created in the 1990's. Photo mosaics have become widely popular around the world, though, for their unique appeal. A Photo Mosaic is a photo made up of many smaller photos. To say it another way: A photo mosaic is a photo that has been divided up into small squares or rectangles. Each rectangle is the replaced by a separate photo that closely approximates the color the rectangle was. A picture is worth a thousand words in explaining what a photo mosaic is like, though. Go to Google Image Search or Yahoo Image Search and search for 'photomosaics', and have a close look. One of the first creators of photo mosaics, Robert Silvers, patented the production of and name photomosaic. However, Mr Silvers patent does not give him the exclusive rights to make photo mosaics. There are many companies around the world using various methods and technologies to legally create photo mosaics. There are several ways to create or obtain photo mosaics. T...

 




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