A Canvas Art For Your Home

A canvas art is something that defines the beauty of your home. A canvas art symbolizes a general peace and tranquility in the atmosphere of your home. People all across the world these days are ready to pay millions just to get the right canvas art at their door steps. However, you need to keep certain aspects in mind when you decide to buy a canvas art. These aspects are worth noting because as an art lover you are quite willing to spend millions to buy a piece of canvas art. So, it is important that you get a right deal. Here is a list of important aspects that you must keep in mind when you look to purchase a canvas art for your home.

Fine Art Inkjet paper: The quality of inkjet paper is instrumental in making a canvas art a grand success. Make sure you buy the canvas art where the fine art inkjet paper has a high opacity. This ensures better canvas art quality.

Color: The color of the canvas art must suit the over all color combination of your home. When selecting a canvas art print to match an existing color in your room, select one or two of the boldest, most prominent colors in your room and look for art that has those colors in it. An ideal canvas art must present a blend of bright and dark color with a special effect in the background. You must make sure to include two colors for an ultimate experience. First one is the pink color. Pink is feminine, romantic and luxurious. It lightens the mood and encourages affection. Adds a tranquil and calming feeling to a room. It is ideal if you are willing to choose the canvas art for your bedroom. Another very good color choice is multi color. This color scheme art gives a bold, bright and modern look. Rainbow colors can add a feeling of fun, humor and boldness to a room. So, a good canvas art selection is a careful analysis of your room and the color mixture of the canvas art.

The Subject: Subject and style of your canvas art should be spot on. A good subject of canvas art communicates a symbolic message you are willing to give through your home.

I hope these inputs help you understand the important aspects of getting a fine canvas art for your home.

Beautify Your Home With Art

Decorating one’s home doesn’t start and end with just including furniture pieces, painting walls, and adding essential lighting. A home design will always be attractive and inviting with art and decor. What most people think is that art is expensive and only the rich and well-off can acquire such lovely pieces. In these modern times wherein art should not be defined by the market but the personal taste of consumers, there are a variety of sources and creativity to be able to showcase your artistic taste. Here are ways you can add art in your home.

Wall Decals

Decals or vinyl stickers have become popular in decorating one’s wall with captivating graphics. For example, you can decorate the wall of a nursery with decals to create a lovely ambiance for a child’s room. You don’t need expensive art work if you can easily buy a cheap wall decal in stores or even have it personalized to the specific design you like. Kitchens with wall decals are also popular nowadays. You can even include some witty or inspiring quote to be mounted on your wall through decals.

Photo Walls

Photos always incite nostalgia about the past. If you can put together an interesting photo wall with pictures of your family and friends, it would already look like a wonderful decoration to go well with other elements in your home. Some even opt for a clothesline photo display that would look interesting and creative. Such a display will also be a good way to start conversations especially if you are inviting guests into your home

Art Prints

With many printers able to print high-quality artworks on canvas, you can pick a design you want and have it printed to be displayed on your wall. You can even create your own if you are handy with graphic design, illustration, and drawing. Art prints are your cheap alternative to actual paintings you buy from galleries. There is also one site that offer art prints online. You can choose from a variety of landscape prints they post in their site and have it printed and shipped to your conveniently.

Buy Art from Independent Artists

Emerging artists offer their art works at more affordable prices unlike galleries who sell art at astounding prices. On top of the artist’s price, galleries also set a mark-up price. If you can buy from artists directly or commission a work, you may be able to get a bargain for excellent art pieces.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and the same goes for art and creativity. As long as your home is what pleases you in the artistic sense, you can find comfort in simple pieces and creative elements that doesn’t have to be too pricey and impersonal. You can take pride in your own simple collection of art and find inspiration in what you have personally created, purchased, and design.

Plein Air Painting And Dream Interpretation: Doxidor, Lab And Vegetable Garden Transforms Art And Me

Today is my birthday and when Dad called to wish me Happy Birthday, I couldn’t even tell him how old I am now! “Think about this before you get another dog,” I warned my Self.

Katie is not getting any younger either. I have been thinking of painting her since we adopted her 14 years ago. This week, I finally did it! I have always been intrigued by her white on white coloring, and imagined painting her on an antique ivory patterned bedspread which she used to sleep on years ago.

As I finished up painting Kate, Jim returned from the grocery store to say he had stopped at the SPCA and wanted me to go see two pooches he had seen. Reluctantly, I went. When we arrived, one of the dogs he had told me about was out front getting clipped and brushed. Fur and dog mess was everywhere! We went inside quickly. “No way,” I thought to my Self.

In the kennel we met the other dog Jim wanted me to see. A shy little dog, ‘Honey,’ was in a kennel with another dog. She looked like a puppy, small with a cute rounded face. Reading her card, we discovered she was actually two years old ~ full grown! This little pooch was only 24 pounds, a doxidor: a dueschund/labrador mix. She charmed us both. Reluctantly, I agreed as Jim made arrangements to take her home to see if Kate would also approve.

Over the next few days we worked at getting to know each other. On the way home, she squirmed out of my arms and down between the back seats in the van into an afghan which was on the floor. When we got home, she wanted to stay there. At the house I found another afghan and put it down for her. Immediately she made another nest. She is a nester.

Nesting is something I have never been good at. It seems I am always running around doing something. Sit down and be still? Hard for me to imagine me doing that. Got to be DOING something.

The day after she arrived, I took out the vacuum to tidy up. I saw her out of the corner of my eye as I took the vacuum out of the closet. The deck door was open and spying the vacuum, she quickly slipped outside. I went about vacuuming. Jim came in a while later and asked where she was. No where! She had disappeared! We spent the next hour searching the yard, surrounding woods and adjoining neighbors’ yards.

Back at the house, ‘Sneekers’, as we had started calling her for her white paws ~ was curled up in a new nest behind Jim’s computer desk. There isn’t much space back there between the desk and wall of windows. Just a narrow passageway to get in and a pile of wires!

As each day passed I spent more and more time with her, coaxing her out of her nest, encouraging her to play. Slowing me down, I guess. I didn’t feel much like going out to paint, so I set my easel out on the deck and painted a view of my vegetable garden.

The obelisk Jim and I had constructed just last weekend was already filled with cucumber and tomato vines. I sat while I painted, too lazy to stand, I thought to myself. I set up a larger canvas than I normally use en plein air. This one is 203 x 243, not huge but significantly larger than the 9 x 12s I often use.

As I was painting, a neighbor paddled into my painting with his two children. They stopped to catch a bass or two, then paddled away. I quickly brushed them into the picture without thinking whether I really wanted them there or not! The sun moved lower in the sky and finally I felt the need to quit. Most of the garden was now in shadows.

Light and shadows ~ this is what I have been balancing out in my life all week. In the painting of Allie, (Allie’s Gift ) everything was darkish, varying shades of dark. In this painting of Kate the inverse is true. I didn’t see it until this morning when I wrote down my dream. Dream: I see a low key pattern of darks; darker darks and lighter darks. I am inverting the image. Now it is a pattern of lights ~ high key lights, lighter lights and darker lights. Inversely proportional.

This dream let me see what has been going on all week! Between the paintings and the new dog ~ I have been balancing my life, inverting my perspective on things! In this painting of the garden, I played. I played with the imagery … letting the canoe of children fishing enter into my world without thinking as to whether it would upset my world or not! I let the game I was playing in my vegetable garden onto my canvas of life.

This little dog turned my life right side up! And just when it looked like she might NOT be successful, she amped up the stakes. Toward the end of the week I went to vacuum again. This time she was lying on the floor in my bedroom. So I told her I was going to close the door while I ran the vacuum. When I came back 15 minutes later she was under the bed shaking like a leaf. I let her stay there awhile. Checking on her throughout the morning, I finally coaxed her out. I put her on the afghan in the den and sat there on the floor with her and held her while she trembled.

“I don’t know what happened to you,” I said out loud to her. “I’m sorry. I’m so sorry it happened, whatever it was.” I continued. As I spoke I stroked her head. And as I did I felt my Self let go of whatever it was that had kept me doing, doing, doing until I thought I would drop. We let it go together.

Today, on my birthday, I painted these two quick paintings of Sneekers. She was sitting on my sofa ~ a thing I never permitted a dog to do! I had to paint quickly because she changed positions often. The sofa is brick red so I used alizarin crimson to draw her shape quickly, directly onto the canvas. By the time I had the shapes in, she had moved. I responded by gently blocking in the colors the best I could remember.

Then I went and got another canvas. This time she stayed snoozing a little longer. Afraid she might move again, I continued at the fast pace. I liked the gestural quality of the first one, playful. “So what if my couch isn’t really pink?” This way I can have a pink couch without having to live with it! Sleeping there on my spot on the sofa she continued teaching me how to play. The blue thing she is sleeping on is a needlepoint pillow I made 35 years ago. I not only let her sleep on it ~ I enjoyed painting it! I am a hard case, I admit. Transforming a workaholic? FAITH … plays a woman! I guess an old dog CAN learn new tricks.

Note: 4 plein air paintings illustrate this article and may be obtained for republication.

Art’s Impact On Society

Art is an extremely private experience, yet, it is meant to be shared with the public. Society, as a whole, examines the art produced and has the right to approve, disapprove, acknowledge, ignore, praise and abuse it. The public or society has not remained constant over the years. In the time of the Renaissance, for example, only a select few were “society.” They commissioned art, were patrons of the arts and their artists. Today, almost anyone can share in the experience of art. They can attempt to create, view and act as a critic.

Does art make the world a better place, or is it quite useless? This is a very ancient riddle, and no one has solved it yet. A similar question – has art truly had any impact upon society? Has it fashioned or molded minds? Has it shaped opinions and altered how people feel or think? Is it practicable in or relevant to society and its individuals’ daily lives?

Art reflects life. It is a portrait of history, whether it is history of the current moment or an event in the past or something of the imagination. Art has captured an event, clarifying its existence and representation to society. The portraits of the French Revolution by David, Benjamin West’s portrayal of the death of General Wolfe and Poussin’s recreation of the Rape of the Sabine Women all strive to provide a version of historical events. Society, in turn, can accept or reject these portrayals of true events. Sometimes, as in the case of Goya’s depiction of the French behavior during their conquest of Spain, art inspires a deep hatred of a certain nationality.

Art encapsulate a country’s culture during that time period. Rembrandt, Rousseau, Monet, Hogarth, Whistler, Jan Steen, Frans Hal and Breughel depict for their generation the world as they see it. They affect future society by providing concise, if sometimes imaginative, depictions of daily life. Brughel the Elder paints peasants, Jean Baptiste depicts lower-class life and Daumier’s subjects in “The Third Class Carriage” are not the
lofty work of Gainsborough. The wit and graphicness of Hogarth in “The Rake’s Progress” or the imposing work of Thomas Eakins’ “The Gross Clinic” provide historians with clues and pictures to a vastly different way of life. Jan Steen’s “The Eve of St. Nicholas” provides a way to uncover how people spent Christmas in the early 17th century in the Netherlands.

Art has encouraged feelings of patriotism and national pride. Goya’s, “The Third of May, 1808,” the Americans portrayal of their revolution and countless other artists across the centuries have provided an impact extending beyond the work. Depictions of Washington crossing the Delaware, and portraits of battlefields, at home and abroad, are scenes that inspire society. These works also remind the public of their past, what has been sacrificed or accomplished and what they can aspire to in the present or future.

Artwork has also provided clues to lives long over and species since disappeared. Holstein provides us with portraits of people long dead e.g. Henry VIII, Erasmus of Rotterdam, as Rubens does with his painting of Marie de’ Medici. Goya’s masterful and psychologically rich work “The Family of Charles IV” lays bare the natures and relationships of this royal family for all of society to view. Art has also provided examples of garden styles, structures to be imitated and fashions to follow.

Artwork has allowed us to glimpse lives and lifestyles. At one time, dressmakers in the colonies used the artwork found in magazines and depicted in reproductions of paintings to create the latest in fashionable clothing. Art shaped a fashionable society where none had existed before. It allowed the Americans to be as up-to-date as their European counterparts. In the same manner, George Caleb Bingham with his painting “Fur Traders on the Mississippi” allowed Europeans a glimpse of another life. The art works by the Jewish artists trapped in the concentration camps of World War II preserve for all time the horrors of war and the inhumanity inflicted by one race upon another. Art has also been a medium to help spread a culture. Art of propaganda during war is a classic example. Posters urge people to support their troops. Marketing ploys ask consumers to buy locally or purchase a specific product. Pop art is probably one of the most influential societal tools of the modern and post-modern age. The best possible example is Any Warhol. His Campbell Soup Cans are now icons.

Art has stirred the imagination of all nations from the earliest time. It has helped roused patriotic fervor, brought new ideas and culture to light, raised questions and rewritten or reinterpreted historical events. Art has provided clues to the past and advanced questions about the future. Its impact continues to be felt emotionally. For, above all, art touches us beyond the intellect, reaching down into society’s emotional core. In the end, the greatest impact of art is its ability to provide us with the truth about the world seen through the eye of an artist.

How To Buy Awesome Martial Arts Weapons Online And Save Money

The weapons used when training are generally hand-held weapons made of wood or metal. There is a big range of martial arts weapons such as Tonfa, Sai, Nunchaku, Kama, Swords, Bo Staffs, Knives, Escrima and others.

Buying the best M.A. Weapons can be an extremely confusing procedure. There are a lot of sellers, manufacturers and various types of materials to be used in making these weapons. Every specific martial art has a specific weapon choice. It is essential that you pick up your weapons cautiously as they are recommended by your trainer.

So, if you seeking to purchase awesome M.A. Weapons, you may have two choices, either you can visit a number of local stores to get your desired weapons and pay at whatever rate they demand, or another option is that you can go online and surf the various websites specialized in this market, compare the prices, check the reviews of former buyers and pick up a website and order the list of required weapons. You will discover great selection, superb quality and the price which can be very low as compared to the prices on your local stores. Most importantly, for all this, you do not need to wander shop by shop; you can give an order at the comfort of your home.

To purchase the best M.A. Weapons, you can look through online stores which provides various styles and designs of M.A. Weapons. These weapons are made out of best quality material so they are very reliable and durable. You can find Ninja weapons, blowguns, CAS hand forged, Escrima Sticks, Kamas, Knives, Kung Fu weapons, Nunchaku, sais, swords, throwing knives, throwing stars, Tonfa and many others. So, just place an order and get pleasure from quality material weapons from the comfort of your home.

A Look At Five Sculptors Who Inspired Modern Sculpture

In the world of art, the term “modern” can be in reference to the artist, the artwork or the style utilized that has been popular during the past century or sooner. Being new or young does not necessarily mean that art is modern.
As time passes, an art can turn into a “classic” which signifies timelessness just like the Medieval, Baroque and Renaissance styles. This also applies to sculptures and sculptors.
Sculpture as an art form has been in existence for centuries. Many were tagged as classic while some were deemed as contemporary or modern. A lot of today’s sculptures, paintings and metal wall art sculptures were influenced by contemporary sculptors.

Constantin Brancusi (1876 – 1957).
Constantin Brancusi, who was born in 1876, was Romanian born sculptor but made France his home. Brancusi honed the act of making sculptures as a form of art rather than architecture.
He was mainly influenced by Auguste Rodin from whom he learned that a force from within a sculptures brings it to the surface.
“Corche” was created by Constantin Brancusi in 1902 and is still used by medical students in Bucharest. He has the reputation of providing an aura of mystery in his works while still showing the basic beauty of the sculpture.
Later, he concentrated more on the most basic form of the sculpture using a minimalist approach.

Naum Gabo (1890 – 1977).
Gabo was Russian born but the sculptor later migrated to America. He lived in Norway during the World War I and it was during this time that he was developing the “stereo metric method” of sculpting.
In the years that followed, the stereo metric technique became a significant influence in the art of sculpting, even in today’s wall sculptures.
His first sculptures were the Cubist wherein he used the celluloid and sheet metal as his materials. As a sculptor and artist, Gabo was very experimental and adventurous with the materials used. He was known to use various materials, including plastic, glass and wire. This experimentation resulted to many great works and influenced today’s creation of outdoor wall decorations, plaques and other art forms.

Ivan Mestrovic (1883 – 1962).
A Croatian-American sculptor, Mestrovic was greatly influenced by the classic Greek style and Auguste Rodin.
His works is typically big and somber. Mestrovic’s work includes sculptures made from bronze, marble and wood. He has interests in Yugoslav history and folklore, churches and biblical scenes making them his main subjects.

Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973).
One of the most recognizable artists, Picasso was initially known as a painter. His paintings are now widely popular because of its originality and emotion.
Unknown to many, Picasso dabbled in the production of sculpture and other forms of art. It was stated that some of his paintings were even influenced by sculptures. Picasso’s legendary style of painting was owing to his inspiration of Iberian sculpture. His use of Cubism was influenced by an African sculpture.

Auguste Rodin (1840 – 1917).
Auguste Rodin’s works were seen as visionary and he was a source of inspiration to many artists. His work has influenced great many artists that ultimately shaped some of today’s art.
This Frenchman viewed making sculptures as allowing the shape of his materials to come out. He perceived his materials as objects that only require shaping to create different effects on its surface.
It was during a trip to Italy in 1875 that resulted to one of his greatest work of art – The Age of Bronze. Scholars surmised that he used a human being as a mold due to the fact that it was so lifelike in form.
In present times many art forms have been greatly influenced by these great artists. Although most may not recognized it but in one form or another we have brought it a little part of their art in our home.

Tips On Modern Canvas Art: How To Make The Best Choice

In your liking to have modern canvas art for your homes or offices, you have to make sure you are guided with some tips. This will make you realise whether you are making the right decision or not. Not because you see a name pop up on your mind whilst you think of venues to do the modern canvas art for you means you should run to these places right away. Making a successful choice is more than just that specific criterion.

Modern canvas art intensifies the beauty of your home and brings out life to the pictures you have kept for a long time. It can also be a picture enhanced to perfection. You simply adore them because they work wonders for your place. However, how will you be able to make all hardships payoff the way you want? What are the things you need to consider in order for everybody to appreciate your own canvas art on your walls? Here are the answers.

Making the right choice for modern canvas art

You always want to bring the best value out of your money. At any point of your acquisition, you do not want to waste your money. If you want to be assured you are heading the right track, make sure you have the following considerations in mind:

• Always go for the best company. Sometimes, it is hard to qualify or quantify this criterion. The technique is to look at how the provider will satisfy you. Whilst you think of ordering from them, consider if they are willing to provide you with other services such as uploading images and editing the said pictures. They must also be willing to ask about your suggestions on the images. You may check their art galleries and see how other people testify to the services they have extended. Look at how they can transform your images and see if they can make them livelier in modern canvas art.

• Look into printing options as well. Modern canvas art highly relies on the medium used in order to print your pictures. High quality images may be measured from the fact that the colours are retained no matter how long the artwork will stay in your midst. Make sure that the canvas has its own coating since this enhances the quality of the production. Canvas coating is important to protect the art form from dust and other particles that may affect the material.

• Reasonable pricing is definitely essential. Reasonable does not always mean affordable. For modern canvas art, it may also mean producing the type of quality that you desire as a customer. It is more of matching the product with the price.

Modern canvas art is chosen from all these essential pointers. You should not miss on any of these steps otherwise your output will suffer. Looking at all these tips, you will see that the workload is indeed easy. Erase all complexities, enhance your picture’s colours and capture life’s most unforgettable events with the aid of modern canvas art.