Understanding Abstract Art

Published: May 29, 2014 | Category: Thinking

Abstract art, what is it? Well, it is basically a form of art that does not intend to represent or depict reality. You might ask, well then how would you interpret this form of art? The answer is that you can’t as it is meaningless and impossible to understand. Abstract are is an art form that is very unique in that it utilizes numerous colors, shapes and lines to create a mash-up in a sense. There is definitely a modern feel to any type of abstract art, as it showcases vibrant colors and depicts nothing much other than a geometric or linear design. They are oftentimes minimalistic but can also be very intricate and complex.

Because abstract art is unique because it is constantly changing and developing. There is no real theme in abstract art, it is just a mixture of colors and uniform shapes and forms. The basic idea of abstract art is to think creatively. When you first look at a piece of abstract art, you may ask “what am I looking at?” because it really doesn’t depict anything. You can say that it is a design more than anything. With a creative approach, the abstract piece can depict the process of painting for the artist or even the paint itself. When you think creatively, an abstract artwork can depict many things such as a certain mood or atmosphere.

For abstract art, there is no real way of analyzing the piece. It will have a different meaning to different people, based on their age and experience. This is because as people age, they will gain more experience. So, an abstract painting will mean something very different to a child and an adult. A child would probably tell you the colors they see and the different shapes they recognize while the adult may tell you a certain design that the painting reminds them of. There are many ways to interpret an abstract piece because it is not meant to be interpreted. This gives people the flexibility to think whatever they want.

Let your imagination run wild. Abstract art is probably the most versatile genres of art because it lets us be as creative as we want. The purpose of the art is that is doesn’t really have a meaning so it forces the audience to give the art their own meaning. It really takes a person with a creative background and imagination to really appreciate this type of art. Let’s face it, art isn’t for everyone. However, those that really understand and appreciate it will see the value of it.

How to Display Canvas Art

Published: May 27, 2014 | Category: Tips

Designing and decorating the interior of your home can sometimes be a stressful task, but it doesn’t have to be. Interior designers can set you back thousands of dollars and they are only giving suggestions on how to design your home. Don’t be afraid to take all your home décor matters into your own hands. We all have a creative side within us. Here are some tips on how to creatively display your wall art:

  • Don’t be afraid of color. Adding pops of color to your home in the form of wall art is just pure genius! Especially if your home has neutral walls and flooring, a pop of color on your walls will really give your home personality.
  • Mirrors. Placing mirrors throughout your house can actually make your home look bigger and brighter. Because mirrors reflect light, you will also get a lot more natural lighting in your home.
  • Family art gallery. Make a collage with your favorite memories with your family. You can group several canvas prints either horizontally or vertically across an empty wall in your house.
  • Size matters. When it comes to hanging wall art, choose a size that is appropriate for the space you plan to hang the artwork. Too large of a piece of art will look overwhelming in tight, small areas. Measure your space and plan accordingly.
  • Mix and match. Don’t be afraid to play around with art. Mix your family portraits with other pieces of art. This mix will surely give your home personality and character.
  • Scenery. When in doubt, adding a scenic piece to your living room will help to liven up your living area.
  • Abstract art. Don’t stray away from funky, weird pieces of art. It will spruce up your home and give it a more sophisticated feel.
  • Repeating artwork. Don’t be afraid to having repeating artwork in your home. It will keep with the theme you are trying to achieve.

How to Appreciate Oil Paintings

Published: May 25, 2014 | Category: Thinking

Art comes in many forms, it can be an oil painting or pencil sketch or even watercolor. Each form of art is unique in their own way and takes a sophisticated eye to really learn and appreciate the complexity and detail of each type of artwork. Oftentimes people don’t value art as much as they should. Not every can understand and see the value of art, but when you understand the time and hard work that goes into each piece of artwork you will then understand the value of each piece of artwork. Oil paintings are amongst some of the most widely appreciated types of artwork.

Oil paintings date way back to the 12th century in Western Europe. Artists in that time often mixed their oil paints with linseed and walnut oils to help with the drying time and also to increase transparency and glossiness. The advantage of using oil was that scraping out mistakes was much easier since the paint took nearly two weeks to dry. Also, since oil paints took a while to dry, the artist can use the oil paints for a longer period of time which gives them the flexibility of working at their own leisure. The great thing about oil paints is that it gives a richness to paintings that other paints cannot mimic. Oil paints create a more vibrant color and in turn will create a more fluid, unique painting.

The basic rule of oil painting is to paint fat strokes, meaning to paint layers with more oil on top of thin layers of paint. This will help to preserver the color of the paint as well as prevent the painting from cracking over time. As you can tell, oil paintings are extensive works of art that require much time and effort to do. Artists who choose to do oil paintings consider it a labor of love. Not only do they breathe the toxic fumes of the paints and turpentine while they paint, but there is also much prep work that needs to be done for oil paintings.

Now understanding the paintings is a completely different story. We oftentimes just see what the painting is depicting, but the meaning behind every painting is much deeper than what the painting depicts. The interesting about paintings is that there is no real right or wrong way of interpreting the true meaning. Paintings may mean different things to different people based on their life experiences. What a painting means to a young child may not mean the same to someone who is older. This is because a child’s experiences are limited when compared to one who is much older. Someone is older may be able to better grasp certain concepts of life illustrated literally.

Learning to appreciate oil paintings is something that is acquired. You need to understand the process of creating an oil painting in order to really understand the value of it. With the time and effort put into the painting, oil paintings are undoubtedly very difficult to create and create successfully. Appreciating a painting is not about understanding the message or not, as the message can be different with different people, but it is about understand the blood, sweat, tears put into the piece of art. The effort and hard work put into the art is something that people will not understand unless they are put to that task. Oftentimes, we don’t value the piece of art because we don’t understand how hard it is to create it. But once we do, we will get a better understanding of art and learn to appreciate it more.

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