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Types of Painting Books

Types of Painting Books

We all like being creative. Our busy schedule hardly gives us any time to spent time with our self’s. Constant focus on work makes our life dull. One of the best ways to make your life colorful is by doing some painting in your spare time. A Painting Book consists of some beautiful and decorative paintings. If you are an artist it will definitely help your cause.

Face Painting Book

Face Painting Book will provide you all the tips and techniques that professional face painter artist use. The painting book provides you with all the fabulous face painting designs, simple and easy techniques and useful stepwise guidelines. The painting books consists books like creative painting books, facial art books, wild animal face books, scary face books, FX face books, etc. These books contain different tutorials on painting animal’s faces, scary faces, etc.

Tole Painting Book

Tole painting is an art of decorative painting of metallic objects like tins, coffeepots, and other similar household items. This folk art began in the 18th century in New England. The paintings are a wonderful artwork done on the surfaces of many metal objects. Today one can find number of online stores that provide such painting books. These painting books consist of many decorative and elegant paintings. The painting book also contains many beautiful displays of art for art lovers.

Oil Painting Book

Oil painting books can serve as a complete guide that will help you understand the whole process involved in oil painting. The book will make you learn most of the dark secrets of oil painting. You will learn how to start your painting, proper preparation, proper timings of pauses and breaks, when to let dry, why so much time is taken, and many such important things. Additionally, oil painting book also provides knowledge about money wasters, what brush should be used, etc. It also provides useful tips on your palettes, tube oil paints, medium effects, panels, canvas, etc.

Brighten Up Your Hotel or B&B With Contemporary Fine Art

Brighten Up Your Hotel or B&B With Contemporary Fine Art

If you’re a hotelier or the owner of a bed and breakfast, you undoubtedly want your guests to feel warm and welcome. As you already know, the small touches can leave a lasting impression on your guests. What you may not know is that art – particularly contemporary fine art – can play a significant role in conveying your desired message to your patrons.

As an independent hotelier or B&B owner, you’ve probably given much thought to the facade of your establishment, the layout of the lobby, and even the uniforms that your staff wear. You may not have considered the ways in which art can help reinforce your “brand” – what your guests come to associate with your establishment.

Original watercolors, for example, can reinforce feelings of relaxation and rejuvenation among guests who stay in properties located in vacation destinations. The tropical watercolor of a parrot in colorful plumage or a flowering peach hibiscus will bring smiles to the faces of your guests. For the historical establishment, acrylic paintings depicting local history will reinforce the feeling that your hotel or B&B is associated with a particular location or place in time.

Original contemporary fine art is out of reach for many small- and medium-sized establishments, but that doesn’t mean that art can’t play a role in maintaining the ambience of your hotel. Reproductions are an affordable solution to fine art, and can be incorporated into virtually every public space and private room in a hotel. Giclee prints, for example, can be printed on high quality paper stock, on canvas, or on exquisite silk. The digital ink-jet process uses up to a dozen fade-resistant inks to bring depth and life to a fine art reproduction.

Likewise, lithographs can be reproduced on quality paper, or can even be printed digitally on Baltic birch plywood or aluminum. For the artist, lithographs allow his or her work to be reproduced faithfully, without a “middleman,” so to speak. Serigraphy is another option for those in the hospitality industry to avail themselves of fine art at affordable prices. Formerly known as silkscreening, serigraphy is an extremely versatile method of making multiple copies of an artist’s work. The inks used in serigraphy will adhere to a variety of surfaces, and so can be used on textiles, woods, paper, and glass.

Whatever the ambiance of your hotel or B&B, contemporary fine art and fine art reproductions can enhance the impression you’re trying to convey to your guests – at a price that’s affordable.

Sergio Vega

Sergio Vega

There are artists who may not be household names but are well respected in the art world and whose artworks demand high prices. Sergio Vega has built up a reputation as one of the most interesting multi media artists currently working. Born in 1959 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he is based in Gainesville, Florida. As Professor of Creative Photography at the University of Florida, he teaches both photography and his other specialty, sculpture. In 1996, he gained a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture at Yale University.

The artist has exhibited extensively around the world in solo and group exhibitions, including at various Biennales. A truly international artist, his work has been seen in Chicago, New York, Prague, Venezuela, Italy, South Korea, Holland, France and Japan. Through his own experience and academic achievements, he is giving something back to the art world with his teaching. His exhibition in Paris in 2006, Crocodillian Fantasies, was his debut solo presentation in a European gallery. Sergio Vega creates in the medium of photography, text, installations, scale models and painting.

The artist is very much concerned with the theme of colonialism and the imperial impact of European rule in his native South America. One of his major works was the result of collaboration with fellow artist Miguel Angel Rios in 2000. Titled The Discovery of the Amazon, the piece contained sculptures, a wall painting and drawings to tell the story of the first expedition on the Amazon River by a European, the Spanish explorer, Francisco de Orellana. This exploration in 1541 was documented by a priest who wrote of a battle with the Amazons, a tribe of fierce, female warriors. Legend has it that the river got its name from this encounter. The collaboration involving Sergio Vega is satirical and juxtaposes contemporary images with historical ones.

The artist’s playful nature is also evident in his exhibition of paper airplanes, he technique he refers to as aerogami. These small paper models are representations of actual military aircraft and were shown alongside photographs of their real counterparts. Another project has been developed over a number of years and was based on a book, in which the author searched for the origins of the Garden of Eden. The author claimed that Eden was located in South America. Sergio Vega took up the challenge of finding a specific location and concluded that the biblical paradise was in Brazil. The artwork, titled El Paraiso en el Nuevo Mundo was the result of his studies.

Guide to Ancient Art Replicas

Guide to Ancient Art Replicas

An affordable way to get unique works of art for your home or business is to buy ancient art replicas. These are beautifully created replicas of artwork or statues from ancient history. Art replicas can resemble modern art or art from hundreds or thousands of years ago. Ancient art replicas often date back to Egyptian art, Greek art, and ancient Christian art, or periods in history that have been long forgotten.

What is an Art Replica?

An art replica is not an original work, but a very accurate reproduction of the original. Art replicas are usually produced from scratch or touched up by skilled artists. Some art painting replicas are painted entirely from scratch while others might be copied digitally or by print and then highlighted by an artist’s brush.

Ancient art replicas portray the feeling and real-life sentiment of the original piece of work. Whether it’s an ancient painting by a Greek artist or statues of FooDogs, the replica artists or craftsmen make a great effort to recreate the original work. High quality replica paintings are usually hand-painted on canvas and are not merely “copies” of the painting. This gives the paintings a more authentic look and feel.

Ancient Art Replica Statues

Statues from the past can be replicated by creating a cast to match the shape and size of an original statue. A master mold is then turned into a replica statue using the utmost detail to capture the same quality as the original. You can buy amazing Buddhist art or Greek art statues in life-like forms to place in a home, business, or religious establishment. Ancient art replicas are lovely and admirable just like the original statues, but at only a fraction of the cost.

Benefits of Buying Ancient Art Replicas

There are several benefits of buying ancient art replicas. You’ll receive a high-quality painting or statue that is not merely a “copy.” Replicas are often created with the same amount of care as an original work and will closely resemble the original. Ancient art replicas make wonderful decor pieces and often stir conversation wherever they’re found. The statue replicas can be placed inside or outdoors. Also, art replicas are available at affordable prices. If buying an original artwork or statue, you might pay thousands of dollars whereas replica pricing often ranges from $50 to $300.

Ancient art replicas are available for many types of art as well so you can choose from thousands of products. There are also websites that specialize in ancient replicas so you can buy Greek art, Christian art, Buddhist art, FooDogs, and more from your own computer. Statues come in many shapes and sizes as well as themes so you can easily find one or two to add to your current décor. Whether you prefer Christian artwork such as a Celtic cross or Byzantine cross, or Buddhist art such as a statue of Buddha Amitayus or a Buddha in teaching pose, there are plenty to choose from.

Use art replicas to bring ancient history to life in your home or business today!

Only Use Original Art

Only Use Original Art

As an architect, I sometimes get the chance to be a part of the process of people decorating their homes once they have been designed at built. Sometimes a client will invite me back to see the finished product of a house I’ve designed for them and then we will inevitably begin discussing different options for decorating their new space with furniture and art that fits them. As usual, I am full of suggestions in these situations, but there is only one thing that I almost always suggest to my clients about decorating: use original art.

I have this pet peeve about people using anything other than original art to decorate their homes or to decorate anywhere really. I guess I hate it so much because I have a few good artist friends who are spending their lives creating beautiful and unique pieces of original art that they are trying to sell to the public. Perhaps because I have seen enough of their work and heard enough of their plight to want to see them succeed, I am committed to seeing people use original art pieces.

The greatest thing about decorating with pieces of original art is just that: that your decor will be original. I am so tired of entering homes that all look the same. People who can walk me from one room to another and tell me about all of the department stores or non-specialty stores where they happened to find their art. It is a rare thing that someone walks me into a room and I am impressed by seeing a piece of original art that has come from a local artist. There is no mistaking a piece of original art because of the uniqueness and the quality of the piece.

Another reason people need to consider decorating with original art is to support their local economy. Think about all of the local artists that are struggling to make a living doing what they love. How great would it be if people would take them seriously and would support them by putting their orignial art in their homes. Not only would our homes look better and be filled with unique original art, but our local artists would be able to thrive doing what they love and our overall local economy would do better.

So the next time you are looking to decorate your home or office, look no further than to finding a unique piece of original art for your space. You will be so glad you did, and so will your local economy.

At Home Business Opportunities for Artists

At Home Business Opportunities for Artists

Everyone knows about the stereotype of the starving artist?
Well, guess what? For you, it could soon become a thing of the
past. The Internet has opened up new opportunities for artists.
Now, you have a platform to share your creative efforts with the
rest of the world. You can take advantage of the different at
home business opportunities available to artists.

In the past, you had to find a gallery or showroom and convince
them to display your work. Maybe you even tried setting up your
easel in a local park or on the sidewalk and selling your work
that way. With the Internet, some new at home business
opportunities have opened up for you. You can set up your own
personal web site which will serve as your own digital art

Whenever you create a new work, you can easily add a
digital image of it to the site. By adding a shopping cart to
your site, you can sell your works yourself without having to
use a middle man.

If you already have a loyal following for your artwork, you can
explore different at home business opportunities. You might try
selling your art on some of the online auction sites. If you
have prints or multiple copies of your work, you may choose to
offer an affiliate program of your own and recruit people to
sell these works for you.

To help you while you are waiting to become a successful artist,
you might try other at home business opportunities. You could
investigate the possibility of selling art-related products as
an affiliate marketer. Set up your own web site that sells items
such as posters, various art prints, stationery items and art
supplies. Alternately, you could publish a blog or online
newsletter and write reviews of artists, art shows and different
products related to your field of art.

Try something nontraditional in the way of at home business
opportunities so that you can fund your artistic endeavors. In
this way, you can experience your true passion while supporting
yourself without leaving home.

Some Student Artists in the Ohio Schools Will Apprentice This Summer

Some Student Artists in the Ohio Schools Will Apprentice This Summer

With all the education budget cuts during the past decade and a renewed focus on reading and mathematics, the arts have seen many cutbacks and even programs eliminated. Though educators recognize that the arts is an important subject for graduating well-rounded students, the new government requirements do not leave any time or money to underwrite the programs needed. Thus, students who wish for a career in the arts are the ones now left behind, unless their parents recognize their children’s talent and can afford to send them to private schools. Additionally, students with latent artist abilities may never recognize these skills, since they will not have the opportunity to experience the arts firsthand in the school environment.

In the Ohio schools, some students are being given a helping hand. Every June for one month, a few Ohio schools secondary students are given the opportunity to apprentice with a professional artist, actually working on a commissioned project.

The program is called Arts LIFT (Lola Isroff Fund for Teens). The Ohio schools teens are selected from the Akron high schools and spend three days at the Cuyahog Valley Environmental Education Center for a retreat. Then, they work under the direction and tutelage of the professional artist.

This year, ten Ohio schools teens will be apprenticed under Akron artist and professional ceramist Beth Lindenberger. After their three-day retreat, the Ohio schools teens will create large-scale, permanent ceramic sculptures at the University of Akron’s Myers School of Art. The artwork will be installed at the Environmental Education Center at the end of June. A public reception follows in July at the Art School. Throughout the Ohio schools teens apprentice period, exhibits of artworks from their personal portfolios will be exhibited at the Art School in the Emily David Gallery, Folk Hall. Each student receives a stipend for their participation.

Arts LIFT won a Collaborative Project Award from the Akron Area Arts Alliance in 2005. The apprentice program was conceived and is directed by Elisa Gargarells, a University of Akron art education assistant professor.

The purpose of the program is to give Ohio schools students in Akron a chance to work with and see professional artists in the context of using their talents for hire in the real world. The program also seeks to connect Ohio schools students with institutions that deal with conservation and environmental issues, as well as real ecological efforts. The desired outcome is for Ohio schools students to see that their artistic talents are marketable as a career, as well as being able to help the community and environment.

Previous Ohio schools students in the program have created:

• Large hanging, stained glass butterflies for the Corbin Conservatory at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens in 2004;
• About 40 ceramic sculptures for the Crown Point Ecology Center’s perennial garden in 2003; and
• An animal habitat-themed mural for the Akron Zoo’s educational outreach van in 2002.

Though cutbacks and educational refocusing have severely hurt the arts program in the Ohio schools, some students in Akron are getting the encouragement they need and deserve.

Art Schools, The Artist’s Choice!

Art Schools, The Artist’s Choice!

Is Art School necessary to be a good artist?

Being creative or artistic is truly a gift, a talent. But as with any talent, it needs to be tempered, honed, and optimized. Without proper training, one might never achieve the potential he or she was born with. And to help you hone your talents, you will need a good Art school!

Any educational institution that offers training in the arts may be called an art school.

They may offer vocational, undergraduate, or graduate and even post-graduate courses.

These schools focus their trainings on the visual arts such as illustration, painting, advertising design, graphical arts, photography, sculpture, and other artistic expressions. In the last few years, even game design has become institutionalized. This means that the art of designing game graphics has become serious business.

If the college is accredited it will grant you a Bachelor’ degree in Fine Arts or a B. A. in Fine Arts or some other certification and degree.

A successful future in the Arts industry depends on choosing the right school to hone your talents. When choosing an Art school, consider the following factors.

What Can You Benefit from an Art School?
You may be tempted to think you will be able to wing it through a career without any formal training. That is possible. However, since industries are constantly looking for professionals who can abide by industry standards, those with Art degrees get a competitive edge. Also, in Arts school you learn from other professionals what these industries expect of their artists. This helps you be more prepared for work with professional companies.

Art school will also benefit your art technique. Your innate talent will benefit from the proven concepts and techniques you can learn here.

Art school also develops in its students a love and appreciation for the different forms of art. It opens to the student new vistas of learning and expressing. Even if only for that reason, Art school would be worth every penny paid to it.

What You Won’t Learn at Arts School
Art school, however, will not teach you passion and drive. You must have both and mix them with your innate talent and hard work. You have to develop an intimate relationship with your profession to be able to maximize your potential.

Choose a School
Different schools have different strengths, find a school that plays to your strengths and has specialization in the field of your choice. Some will have a style of teaching that maximizes your skills. Some will expose you to techniques that will make you twice a better artist than you already are. They key here is for you to know yourself. Know how you learn, what interests you, what your tendencies are. This will help you visualize how you will react when faced with the rigors of school.

Meet New Friends!
Do you know that at art school, many of your colleagues will go on to be successful artists? Everyone at your school will have varied skills and different strengths. Use your time as school wisely so that you get to meet these people and learn from them. They could learn a thing or two from you too!

School is an excellent place to build professional relationships. When you all go out into the industry, your connections and friendships will be instrumental to your success.

It would do no harm to start looking at the educational background of your admired artists. Checking out the schools they came from will give an idea of the sort of training these artists went through. From here, you may make decisions as to whether you would like to choose the same school as they did.

The Verdict? Sign Up for an Art School Today
Your choice of school is an investment that will last you a lifetime. Proper care and investigation in choosing such is truly important. When you are comfortable with your choice of design school, you can now chart your path towards a successful career.

Art school might be the most important decision you will make. Without proper training, your chances at success are greatly diminished. With Art schools you can be assured of a brighter, more artistic future!

How To Make Money By Re-Selling Oil Paintings?

How To Make Money By Re-Selling Oil Paintings?

Here is a great opportunity to make money just being home. Earn up to 25% of the money made by selling Oil Paintings. Here is how it is done, its easy, enroll in a reseller program by contacting the site owner of Oil Paintings, open your very own reseller site. Sit back and let the money flow in.

Look for established sites that sell Oil Paintings, contact by email or through their contact form to make your request for becoming a reseller. With minimum effort you could be seeing enormous cash flow. But you may ask why Oil Paintings? Well the answer is simple, because material of art hardly needs marketing. People buy the Paintings for the quality work done.

Once you own a painting it is yours!!! You may not be able to reproduce the art, but you can sell it for whatever you want, I do all the time!! If you can sell it for more than you bought, more power to you. I see most artists not being able to sell their material and end up getting a cheap bargain. With the right kind of strategy you could be selling the same piece for five maybe ten times what you bought it for.

You could even auction it off in ebay because once the Oil Painting is bought by you; there is no royalty over such material. This is how paintings of famous artist such as Van Gough are sold for millions by the rightful owner, which is what you could be.

By far reselling is one of the best business practices wherein the returns are far higher to what the investment is. Reselling is legal whereas just making multiple copies of the work of art without the permission of artist and selling those is going to land you in trouble. When an artist sells you a work of art he/she has to provide you with rights for reproduction of original copy. Unless such clear agreement is made it would be a crime to make copies.

If you decide you have the killer marketing skills, you could even go in for wholesale purchase of paintings and turn them into your gallery wherein you could start building your own purchase of Oil Paintings and make profitable income.

I heard an artists once say “If he sold a picture for say $50, and the buyer then resold it for $500, then lucky for them.” An artist once sells his Painting to a person, he is entitled to sell it to others, but not make copies of it.

To begin with look for a site where you could purchase paintings that you feel can fetch you good market value. It is always advisable to start with popular items. Once you get a foot holding in the market arena then you could trade multiple Paintings after wholesale purchase.

These are just a few pointers towards making a successful career out of reselling paintings. Please remember this fair warning to read through the Copyright laws before you decide to market material that you have purchased.

Free Ways To Gain Exposure For Your Airbrush Art

Free Ways To Gain Exposure For Your Airbrush Art

Getting known in any industry will take time but you have to get your work out there in front of people. It is only after you have people looking and admiring your work will you finally start to become known. There are several ways that you can get your airbrush art seen. Most of these ways will actually cost you nothing. The use of the internet has made it where you can show your work to the world for free.

Almost everyone on the internet has started using a blog. Well you should be no different. Get yourself a free blog and start showcasing what you can do. Don’t just put up pictures of your work though. Make sure to actually talk to your audience. Tell them about yourself and your passion for airbrush art. Show some pictures of your work and tell your audience how you created that design. Talk about the paints that you use, the types of airbrushes and so on and so forth. By discussing your techniques and sharing your insight you will show your audience that you are an artist that knows what they are doing.

Once you have a couple of post up telling about yourself and showing off some of your work then you are ready to get your blog seen by the world. Some blog sites such as Shout Post and Tblog actually show your blog posts off for you to other bloggers. This helps to get your blog some traffic. If you choose a blog host that does not do that then you should look into some blog traffic exchanges. After all what good is the blog if no one is seeing it? So find a couple of blog traffic exchanges and register your blog. A good traffic exchange if Blog Explosion. This exchange allows you to not only surf other blogs for traffic but lets you put your blog in the Battle of the Blogs for a chance to win traffic as well as ranking. Either way you are getting your blog seen and this means your airbrush art is getting seen.

Another ways to get your airbrush art seen is to take a look at some airbrush art websites. A lot of these websites offer a gallery that artist can upload images of their work onto for free. This gets you seen by the webmaster of the site as well as other artists. Your work will be put up there for the sites traffic to see and thus getting you known in the industry. Take the time to submit several pictures of your work to several website airbrush art galleries. Don’t depend on just a couple of pictures on one or two sites to get you known.

Myspace is also a great way to get seen and gain some exposure. With myspace you can create a profile that is dedicated to you as an artist. Upload pictures of your work and take the time to create a couple of videos as well. Create the videos so that they show you in the act of working on your airbrush art. Make sure to use good lighting so that your videos truly capture the art of what you are airbrushing. With millions of users on myspace you are sure to get yourself seen by people who are interested in your work.