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Historical Painting: Is It Able To Survive?

Historical Painting: Is It Able To Survive?

Painting is such a fun hobby that can relax your mind. There are many types of paintings out there. One of the most popular types of painting is historical painting. Historical painting refers to a painting that is defined by its own subject matter instead of artistic style. It usually depicts a moment in a narrative story as a portrait.

What’s a historical painting?

Historical painting is generally used to define a painting of a scene from the past in its narrower common sense, excluding allegorical, mythological, and religious subjects. The nineteenth history is the most common subject for this type of painting.

The painting typically contains a large number of figures along with actions in a narrative way. It is regarded as the highest form of Western painting, as it is considered as the most prestigious painting genre. The history painting depicts some important stories in mythology, religion, literature, and of course, history. It was very popular in the 19th and 18th centuries.

Historical Painting: Is It Able To Survive?

Historical Painting: Is It Able To Survive?

In fact, history painting is a painting genre, not a painting style. Hence, there have been so many painters working in different traditions over the centuries. Painters who are specializing in this painting genre painted portrait or landscape with a touch of history in their work to raise its admiration a bit. It was always grandiose in intent and large in size. Characters and stories were derived from classical antiquity and the Bible. These types of paintings have a moral to encourage or a lesson to explain. They have featured a high level of symbolism, detail, and mimesis. Also, they occasionally feature intricate compositions with many figures included.

Different types of historical paintings

Based on messages delivered, historical paintings are divided into 5 categories:

  • Mythological painting

The mythological painting represents an illustration of a mythical story, legend, or fable. Common painting themes including gods of Greek such as Aphrodite, Athena, Apollo, Zeus, Hermes, Hera, etc.

  • Religious painting

The painting depicts pictures with religious narratives from various religious backgrounds such as Christian, Catholic, Islamic, Hindu, Jewish, Buddhist, or even tribal religion.

Historical Painting: Is It Able To Survive?

Historical Painting: Is It Able To Survive?

  • Allegorical painting

The term allegory means a story with a hidden meaning. An allegorical painting means a painting that uses people and objects that represents or symbolize other things or people.

  • History painting

This straightforward painting category represents a picture depicting a moment or an event in the past (history). Besides, it also represents a figure who symbolizes a certain message.

  • Literary painting

The literary painting is actually the part of the mythological painting but narrower. The painting consists of narrative painting that’s based on certain themes taken from literature. The painting, in fact, doesn’t involve any mythological stories instead.

Since a historical painting refers to a narrative painting or a painting that can tell a story, it’s hard to know how this painting genre can survive in this modern era.

Considerations for Purchasing Canvas, a Guide for Painters Out There

Considerations for Purchasing Canvas, a Guide for Painters Out There

In this world, there are many forms of arts that people enjoy. Music is an art form, especially for those who enjoy audio stimuli. For visual arts, you get so many different options from sculptures to paintings. Painting is an art form that people have recognized since millennia ago. There are so many mediums on which you can paint your arts. Past people used their cave’s wall to paint.

The most common medium to use since painting got more respected is canvas, though. Even with current development of digital technology in visual arts, canvas still holds its important spot as art medium. If you are a painter, particularly one who is just starting to use canvas as a medium, you need to understand that there are certain criteria to consider when choosing the right canvas for your painting. It goes without saying that the canvas you are using will affect the end result of the painting. Let’s get to know what the parameters to think about when buying canvas.

Considerations for Purchasing Canvas, a Guide for Painters Out There

Considerations for Purchasing Canvas, a Guide for Painters Out There

Material would be your first consideration during the canvas shopping trip. There are two natural fibers commonly used for canvas materials, namely linen and cotton. Linen is known as the stronger one. Paintings on linen canvas are known to be able to handle time test. Even after hundreds of years, the paintings made on linen canvas still hold their true beauty However, if compared to cotton, linen is not as stretchable. Thus, you will have a harder time to fit linen onto a stretcher bar. Cotton is recommended if you are still a beginner painter who still learns about keeping even tension across the surface while painting. In addition to those materials, synthetically made canvas has also been produced over the years.

The weaving of canvas is also something to consider when purchasing it for painting purpose. Weave refers to how tight the weaves on fabric from each other. The more weaves we see on the fabric, means that the fabric will feel less textured or softer. Is it better to choose canvas with higher weave count or lower? The answer is: it depends. There are painters who want to achieve certain look on their paintings and thus opt for canvas with low weave count because they need rougher surface. For portraits, it is recommended to use high weave count canvas to achieve a smooth look.

Considerations for Purchasing Canvas, a Guide for Painters Out There

Considerations for Purchasing Canvas, a Guide for Painters Out There

More experienced painters also often need to choose between having a stretched across canvas or the one mounted on panel depending on the paintings. Stretched canvas will have certain bounce when you are painting over it because the surface tension is not as rigid. For beginner painter, it may not be as convenient and may make their paintings look wonky. Thus, beginner painter is recommended to choose canvas which is mounted to the panel.

Other considerations for canvas buying are the prime coating and the size. Primed canvas helps ensuring that the paintings will handle the time test better. Meanwhile, size also depends on how you envision the painting to be.

The Top Four Most Popular Paintings in Art History

The Top Four Most Popular Paintings in Art History

Painting is already known since 40,000 years ago when human used charcoal and ochre to create images of several things such as animals or the stencils of human’s handprints on cave walls. Although, digital technology and photography have been developed nowadays, painting still remained as mode of expression.

The term of painting in art depicts the act and the result. People can feel the power of painting by looking at the psychological, emotional and spiritual reflection from the painting which can reach the level of human condition. O

The Top Four Most Popular Paintings in Art History

The Top Four Most Popular Paintings in Art History

Top 4 Most Famous Paintings

  1. The Portrait of Mona Lisa

The portrait of Mona Lisa is one of the great masterpiece in painting created by Leonardo Da Vinci between 1503 and 1517. Since the year of this great masterpiece has been made, two biggest questions left unanswered about this fascinating portrait: Why is the subject smiling and who is she?

In order to answer these questions, many theories have been proposed over the years about the subject in the portrait. Most popular theories said that the woman in the portrait is Caterina, Leonardo’s mother. Leonardo Da Vinci used his own childhood memories to paint her mother. However, other theories said that she’s Florentine merchant Francesco’s wife.

The very well – known smile of Mona Lisa has made many people crazy over centuries. The calm yet stunning landscape behind the portrait match Mona Lisa’s look.

The Top Four Most Popular Paintings in Art History

The Top Four Most Popular Paintings in Art History

  1. Painting of The Starry Night

Painting of The Starry Night is made by Vincent Van Gogh in1889. The painting is very popular and was made by Van Gogh at the asylum in Saint – Remy. The painting from Van Gogh reflects perfectly the turbulent state of mind Van Gogh had at the time. He painted the picture from the window of Saint – Remy asylum room which he occupied, facing east.

Van Gogh painted it just before the sunrise which he added imaginary village on the bottom. During his stay in the asylum, Van Gogh had produced various recognized paintings.

  1. The Portrait of Girl with a Pearl Earring

The portrait of Girl with a Pearl Earring is made by famous artists Johannes Vermeer in 1665. The portrait made by Vermeer was very popular since it looks so real and modern amongst the other portraits at that time. Many people wonder whether or not this portrait used the help of pre – photographic device that was very popular back then called a camera obscura.

This device was able to create the image of a person more real. However, there are no correct answer about this matter until now. Many theories said that the subject in the portrait was Vermeer’s maid. Johannes Vermeer portrays the looks of the woman over her shoulder and focused more on the big and stunning eyes of hers.

  1. Whistler’s Mother

Whistler’s Mother or also known as Arrangement in Grey and Black no. 1 is made by James Abbot McNeill Whistler in 1871. The painting shows a symbol of motherhood despite the rigidity in the element composition.

The Top Abstract Paintings From Time To Time

The Top Abstract Paintings From Time To Time

Abstract painting, which we all have heard during our elementary school, or even some of us have passion and admiration towards the art. Abstract paintings have always been sitting in a special place in people’s interests and tastes. If you are new to this art, you might want to figure out some of the world’s top abstract paintings, to possess an interest in abstract painting.

What Is Abstract?

Simply and worldwide known, abstract (in art) is a term where there is no intention to draw, create, or represent a recognizable visual. It simply combines shape, color, and forms to make an aesthetically pleasing visual. But basically, you will not figure out what the painting is representing.

The Top Abstract Paintings From Time To Time

The Top Abstract Paintings From Time To Time

Top Abstract Painters Of All Time

Time might keep going, but legends standstill. Here are a few of the legendary abstract painters of all time. Recognize some of them?

  1. Vasily Kandinsky (1844-1944)

Simply, he may be not one of the first people who jumped into figurative art, but he was the pioneer of painters who dive into abstract painting. His word of wisdom was that art is independent of one’s observation of the external world, which still is very famous until the very today. Kandinsky also believed that color is a subject of art, not just a part of it.

  1. Piet Mondrian (1872-1944)

A little younger than Kadinsky, Mondrian drew himself into modern art, one of which is abstract painting. His very iconic painting consists of just primary-colored geometric. Mondrian was inspired by the famous Van Gogh and also Seurat, but then jumped into modern art as a spiritual communion.

The Top Abstract Paintings From Time To Time

The Top Abstract Paintings From Time To Time

  1. Kazimir Malevich (1878-1935)

Malevich started his first abstract composition painting just a few years following the Kandinsky. He refers to his art style as “new painterly realism”, which is pretty similar to Mondrian, with colored geometric shapes. Except for his, it contained more shape.

  1. Lyubov Popova (1889-1924)

Popova, the woman of abstract painting whose painting was equally stunning with others, was also a designer and a key member of the Constructivist movement. Her painting was strong, well constructed, and valuable. She created the unity of color and line into the world-famous abstract painting, proving a great construction she is.

  1. Mark Rothko (1903-1966)

Rothko was one of the world’s most famous abstract expressionist artists. His style was pretty unique, compared to the previous artist. He diffused the paint all over the canvas, making it into something unpredictable. Rothko also forms contrast color as his style to create a vibration of his painting, which makes it even more alive. The composition of his painting is to provoke a response of emotion from the audiences, said Rothko himself.

  1. Joan Miro (1893-1983)

Miro, the French artist famously known for his talent as a surrealist artist. He was transitioned from figurative to abstract art. Miro was not wrong to jump into abstract art, for his art currently worth more than twenty million in euro. To be noted, he was one of the influencers for Mark Rothko.

The Potato Eaters and The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh: An Interpretation

The Potato Eaters and The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh: An Interpretation

The Life Story of The Famous Painter Vincent Van Gogh

What comes to your mind when you hear the name Vincent Van Gogh? He is a phenomenal figure during his lifetime, known as an “insane” painter. Why insane? He cut off his own ear and gave it to a woman he met in a brothel. However, cutting his own ear was not the only madness he had. As a painter, his work has been recognized throughout the world.

He had the talent of painting since he was little, however, painting could not make him a successful kid in formal education, and as a result, he was not able to complete it. But he continued to hone his talent. At the beginning of his career, Van Gogh was not a painter at all, he was an art dealer who worked in London before finally deciding to quit the job and switch professions to become a servant of God. In spite of his busy life, he continued to paint even though his painting did not make any money. Fortunately, he had a good relationship with his younger brother, Theo Van Gogh, who later helped with his financial problems.

The Potato Eaters and The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh: An Interpretation

The Potato Eaters and The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh: An Interpretation

About 900 post-impressionism or neo-impressionism paintings were made by Van Gogh during his difficult life. Out of all those mesmerizing paintings, everyone knows that The Potato Eaters and The Starry Night are two of his most outstanding paintings.

The Potato Eaters

This painting is often considered to be the first masterpiece created by Van Gogh. When he lived in Nuenen, he painted what conditions he saw around him. How do the people there live their poor life. In the painting, dark colors, almost monochrome, predominantly show the less prosperous living conditions of the farmers.

The portrait of The Potato Eaters depicts five farmers sitting at a dining table and the dish they eat is only potatoes. The dramatic depiction of the farmers’ fatigue can be clearly seen from the four old farmers with wrinkled faces and one young person whose face also look very tired. With only one lamp as a means of minimal lighting hanging in the middle of the room, this painting gives a very dark atmosphere because Van Gogh managed to make the final result of this painting to become “gloomy”.

The Potato Eaters and The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh: An Interpretation

The Potato Eaters and The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh: An Interpretation

The Starry Night

It seems that this painting has become the most famous paintings among Van Gogh’s other paintings. It also seems that everyone has seen this painting at least once in their life, even though they don’t know the name of it.

The Starry Night depicts a natural scene just before sunrise that was painted based on Van Gogh’s memory. He painted his masterpiece in the mental hospital room he stayed in. This painting puts an emphasis on emotional life which can be seen in how Van Gogh painted a raging and wild sky. It is as if the sky is twisting along with a dynamic curve around which is surrounded with glowing stars. This combination then produces a sacred night scene filled with emotion.

Although no one knows for sure the meaning of this painting, people still interpret and give opinions about the meaning of the painting. In fact, experts have examined the circular strokes in the painting as a turbulence pattern in fluid dynamics, which is described as a small vortex full of energy.

Most Expensive Paintings

The Most Expensive Paintings in the World

People are quite familiar with the fact that painting artworks can be very expensive, but some of them can be considered as the most expensive paintings in the world. Here are five of them.

Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci

The record of the most expensive painting in the world was held by Salvator Mundi made by Leonardo da Vinci. This painting shows Jesus Christ that was holding a crystal orb. This painting was made during the same period as the famous Mona Lisa. King Louis XII of France commissioned da Vinci to make this artwork in 1605. It became a lost artwork with no record somewhere between 1763 and 1900.

Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci

Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci

A group of art dealers from Britain rediscovered this painting in 2005. Salvator Mundi means ‘Savior of the World’ and it was bought by the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia at that time, Mohammed bin Salman but this purchase was made on behalf of the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism.

Interchange by Willem de Kooning

The Interchange was made by Willem de Kooning in 1955. The inspiration for this artwork was his surroundings when he was living in New York City. It was considered as the artwork with the highest price that was paid in the private sale.

Interchange by Willem de Kooning

Interchange by Willem de Kooning

This painting was bought by Kenneth C Griffin along with Number 17A by Jackson Pollock in a $500 million deal. It means that the value of this artwork was $300 million. Unlike Number 17A  by Jackson Pollock, Interchange can be enjoyed by common people since it is displayed at the Art Institute of Chicago.

The Card Players by Paul Cézanne

The Card Players made by Paul Cézanna becomes the third most expensive painting artwork in the world. Cézanna made a series of paintings consists of five paintings with the same name as this painting.

The Card Players by Paul Cézanne

The Card Players by Paul Cézanne

This artwork is included in the series made by the French master in the 1890s. The value of this painting was $250 million and it was bought by the Royal Family of Qatar in 2011.

Nafea Faa Ipoipo by Paul Gauguin

Nafea Faa Ipoipo was painted by Paul Gauguin that was a French post-impressionist painter. It was made when he went to Tahiti for the first time.

Nafea Faa Ipoipo by Paul Gauguin

Nafea Faa Ipoipo by Paul Gauguin

This painting features the native women on the island and it is not the only painting with this kind of concept after all. The title ‘Nafea Faa Ipoipo means ‘When will You Marry?’. In 2015, this artwork was sold for $210 million after a long negotiation that lasts for about two years.

Number 17A by Jackson Pollock

Number 17A was made by Jackson Pollock in 1948. This painting is special because it was the second piece of artwork that was purchased by Kenneth C Griffin that was a hedge fund manager in a deal with $200 worth in 2015.

Unfortunately, common people cannot enjoy this painting yet because it is not displayed for the public at the moment. Nevertheless, other paintings by Jackson Pollock can be found in the museums for public display around the world. Nowadays, this painting is worth $200 million.

Fine Art artist

Basic Things You Must Know to Become a Fine Art Artist

Some of you might love to draw something and want to improve it into a fine artwork. You are able to do it as long as you follow the process. A great masterpiece is created by an experienced and skilled artist. So, what do you have to do if you want to be an expert in fine art or to become a fine art artist?

Draw Something

The main thing you have to do if you want to be a fine art artist is just doing it. You just need to draw something based on your passion about bola 88 or interest in games or anything else that you enjoy. Drawing one fine art project is not enough. As a fine art artist, you have to draw every day. You have to create artworks as many as you can. Repeat what you have done and then improve it. You may try to learn new drawing methods and apply them to your project.

noah's ark mural

noah’s ark mural

Improve or Edit Your Drawing

When you are done with a fine art drawing, try to look at it again. Just take a few minutes to think about the drawing deeply. Take this moment to improve or edit the drawing. You may check the shape, line, shade, colors, or any detail of the drawing.

Learn from the Other Fine Art Works   

In your break time, you can find some fine artworks from the other artists. Try to find the works that apply different types of method. While exploring those artworks, you can learn so many things. Seeing artworks from the other artists might inspire you or lead you to a bunch of ideas. This is also the way to improve your skill in creating more attracting fine artworks.

fine art boudoir

fine art boudoir

Get Ideas from Anywhere

As an artist, you need to find an idea before creating a fine art project. The thing that you have to consider is that everything can be a good idea which leads you to great artwork. Exploring nature, objects, or events is a good way to get a new idea. Then, you can combine the idea with a new method you haven’t tried before. Just be creative and innovative in executing the idea to become a great fine artwork.

Now, you know the basic things you have to do to become a fine art artist. What you have to do next is starting to draw and making an artwork regularly. Repeat and improve the proc

Fine Art Projects

Simple Tricks to Finish Your Fine Art Projects Fast

Drawing a fine art seems complicated to do, especially if you are a beginner artist. Actually, there are several things you need to know to make your fine art drawing process much easier. Even, if you get used to with those basic things, you can finish the drawing faster. Learn the simple tricks to finish your fine art projects fast below and apply them to know the result.

The Importance of Background

The basic thing you need to know before creating the fine art project is the importance of background. Some of the advanced fine art artists often start the background first. The color of the background depends on the project you want to do. You can start with black and white or pale brown background. You may also use a combination of some colors such as blue, and brown if you want to use a black and white pencil drawing project. By applying this simple trick, you can finish your fine art project fast along with a wonderful result.


moonlit pumpkins

moonlit pumpkins

The Use of Patterned or Textural Surfaces

You have to be creative in creating a fine art project. This is including using a variety of surfaces including patterned or textual surface. You can use the pattern or the texture of the material as the background and even support the fine art theme. For instance, you can use wallpapers, postcards, or paperback book covers as the material. Then, start the fine art project based on the message or theme you want to share with the people. Indeed, you are not only finishing the project fast but it gives deep meaning to your fine art project.

downpour intimacy

Fine Art Projects downpour intimacy

Work with Several Projects at Once

Let say, you have several ideas and you want to execute them right away. You don’t have to finish it one by one. Try to finish those projects at once. This trick makes your job more efficient. You can start it by choosing a color which you will use for those projects. Work with the first material using that color. When it is done, go to the second material and so on. Interestingly, by the time you want to continue the first project, the paint is already dry and you can directly continue it. Indeed, it makes the process faster and you can have several fine artworks in a very limited time.

In the end, working with fine art project is fun and challenging. You must use your creativity to produce outstanding fine artwork. This is including a creative way to finish the projects fast and get the result just like what you are expected.

Design a Drawing

Tips on How to Design a Drawing – Check Them Below

When you are drawing the convincing visual in a way more than just accuracy. You are trying to communicate ideas or sequence orders. You will deal with the background and characters in one surrounding. Drawing is the basis of visual narrative and this is also the main way for your illustration to communicate your ideas.

Design a Drawing

Design a Drawing

You can start with your idea

The first step is making a drawing which illustrates something at – this is something that you really want to communicate. So, what is the story? It does not only involve the characters or personalities which been included where it takes place and what’s happening between the characters. So, the first time is coming with your best concept. Where you get that idea? You can make use of what you know. Unless you were working with clients, your concept will go out of your imagination. This is the first experience that you will draw. All your experiences and anything that you see is the basis for your virtual story. So, you can decide what do you want to try to communicate?

Making sketch out of some thumbnails

Most of the illustrations were started from the concept of thumbnails and sketches. A concept is only an idea which quickly captured on paper. This is just the initial impression. Because it is small, then the thumbnail allows you to make some ideas quickly without consider about its accuracy. You can see the whole sketch at the same time.

Design a Drawing

Design a Drawing

You have to place a frame surround it

In your sketch concept, you want to find out a sense of the space where you are working. After you have the initial idea, you will be fast to make a sketch where you want those figures to come into the environment. By this way, you will ensure that anything inside the drawing linked to other things in your drawing. Actually, this is the main goal. You want to manage those elements in the space – which is loosely, but still in a more meaningful way. It is highly recommended that thumbnail destination should be fit in the final artwork so that you do not need to redesign anything when you are making your own final design. Many people of them said that what’s inside their heads are not what they can do in the paper. The aim is getting ideas on paper so that you are able to run it and try to refine it.

Drawing Skill

Here Several Ways to Improve Drawing Skill

When people see someone who so good in drawing often said that they wish that they can draw better and practice at Some of them might often hear that. There are many people who should not consider drawing to be all that necessary. They are designers or photographers and they might not understand the observational and technical acuity which increasing their design or photographic skill as well.

Drawing Skill

Drawing Skill

You should know that drawing slows you down. When you are drawing something, you need to spend your time to see an object, analyze it and start to produce. You do not only need preparing to set it in order to capture it to the next painting. You will be aware completely with its proportion, shape, and color. You understand the light and shade as well as how they will reveal and define that shape. This awareness will be interpreted to become a visual pursuit.

For those who want to draw better, then there are some recommendations:

  • Go drawing something, then repeat

Practices will lead you to improvement. You do not only get better, except if you are involved with that effort. The more you paint or draw something, then the more confident you are.

  • Always check the drawings

Whether it just a simple line or very detailed renderings, you can learn so many things by checking the work of others as well. How do they use shapes and lines? Of course, you might wonder, how do they shade?

  • You can draw from drawings

It might sound so weird, but what will you learn by copying the Da Vinci sketch? And so on. You are able to learn from the masters by copying it. They do not mind it.

Drawing Skill

Drawing Skill

  • Draw something from your life

If you just start, then you can choose a simple object and continue to the complex objects. You can go ahead and try to draw people or even your pet. You can draw your furniture and living spaces as well. Why do you enjoy your coffee? Then you can draw your coffee. This is the challenge: draw your hand. The feet and hands are the most complex part of your anatomy. Of you can handle it, then you can handle anything.

  • Draw from photos

For most people, it is easier to reproduce the 2-dimensional than reproduce the person, actual object or environment. When you are working from photos, then you have to check the edge, angles, and shades.

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