Popular Painting Styles

Popular Painting StylesIn painting world there are so many styles that are very popular. But before giving an account of different popular styles we need to know what the term “style” means. In fact, there is not any certain definition of “style”. It may be understood in the aesthetic terms as what to paint or which physical technique implied in painting. Aesthetic movements like realism, romanticism and impressionism belong to this explanation of style. To further understand it, we may say that style is said to be the ways an artist paints and applies colors and texture. The perspective and the way in which an artist looks at the things visible and invisible characterize his or her style.

Scholarly discourse on style has given more technical term “movement” or “school” to which an artist can be associated with. Inclusion of an artist to certain school or movement may be done by the deliberate affiliation of the artist to such movement or by the art historians.

Some of the popular painting styles are discussed under following heads:

Constructivism: This movement had started in Russia in the wake of

The Role Of The Acting Teacher

The Role Of The Acting TeacherThe acting teacher has a variety of responsibilities that have to be addressed if the students are to receive professional training.

First and foremost, the teacher must have a consummate knowledge of their craft, and the ability to impart that knowledge clearly and concisely. This is more difficult than one might imagine. In music for example the musician has an instrument on which to practice their, rudiments, scales, charts, etc. The instrument is tangible. This is not so for the actor, for the actor IS the instrument. The actor works with actions, and specific behavior as a means of authenticating emotional truth. They must learn to inhabit the world of the character, and to bring the writer’s words to life by executing their actions fully. They must understand the wants and needs of the character on a personal level and learn to bring all of themselves/their life’s experience to the work. Generating real emotion using their creative imagination and “working off” the other person to create urgency as suggested by the script is imperative. Guidance and corrective feedback have to be provided in a

An Introduction to Cosplays

An Introduction to CosplaysCosplay, also called costume play, is an art form where the players wear dressy clothes to match certain ideas or characters. Cosplaying may get transformed to performing art, where the cosplayer demonstrates the personality of a character. Alternately, it could be considered as a kind of artistic expression minus the performance feature. It is different than dressing up for events – such as masquerade balls or Halloween – though cosplayers may put on outfits and makeup for such like events; it goes along with a very distinct subculture.

Communities have been putting on costumes since centuries. However, the practice of cosplays started taking shape in Japan during 1980, when the public started dressing up like characters from their much-loved manga and anime series. Apart from dressing up like famous characters or perceptions, they also participated in plays where they acquired different guise. In due course of time, this trend got extended to other parts of world. Now, cosplayers bring to life a wide range of characters, from Harry Potter to Princess Mononoke.

Cosplayers may spend a considerable amount of cash and time on costumes. They

Why Do You Want To Act?

Have you ever stopped to consider why you want to act? I can’t truly say that there are right and wrong reasons to pursue a career in acting, but the question is worth pondering. Particularly if you’re serious about making a go of it in one of the most difficult professions to secure employment.

Some people are attracted to this profession because they hunger for fame and fortune. The glamour they’re exposed to in an array of tabloids promises a life filled with intrigue and excitement. TV shows celebrate the “lifestyles of the rich and famous”, including opportunities that present themselves in the form of fashion, travel, and the chance to meet and hobnob with the VIP’s of the business. All of these enticements draw many people to the business but the desire to attain all the material offerings may not be enough to sustain your interest.

Acting is hard work. Good actors are constantly working at their craft. It begins with developing a solid technique and keeping at it for the long haul. The learning process is never-ending. There is always something new to learn and people who are consumed with their art are always

How To Watercolor

Let me start by telling you that painting with watercolors is more difficult any other painting techniques. Knowing this should not keep you from trying to master the watercolor technique because watercolor paintings are also the most beautiful paintings around. Just go for it and let your imagination and creativity lead you. Ones you master watercolor painting, any other painting technique will be like a walk in the park.

Before you start though make sure you have the following watercolor art supplies around either from your local art shop or your favorite online watercolor paint supplies store. You will need; watercolor paper, watercolor paint (tubes or pans just make sure it is quality paint), distilled water, watercolor brushes (quality preferred), and something you can not buy at the store creativity.

Having all the supplies you need does not mean that there is nothing more to know. You will need some knowledge on the techniques on how to watercolor. You need to know what kind of paint to use. Find information on some essentials of what kind of paint to use for your watercolor painting. If you just go ahead and use any kind of paint you

My First Acting Class

I had just turned 30. I was about to take a giant step forward by enrolling in an acting class in NYC. The last time I had acted was during college, As far as I was concerned that didn’t count as I had no formal training and I had just been winging it. I made a couple of calls, spoke to a former actor/friend who gave me some much needed-advice, and finally settled on a “teacher” who came highly recommended (that’s another story) by the friend of a friend. I was now ready to take the plunge. It felt like I was diving head first into the deep end of the pool, but I had little time to waste. If I hesitated now I might never do it so I made “the call”. After speaking with said teacher I was scheduled to begin class the following week. I’d stopped smoking cigarettes several years before, and I wasn’t into drugs, or booze, so there I sat… just me and my jangling nerves. Class was a week away and I was trembling like I had just been sentenced to “The Chair”. Was I the only person that ever felt

History of Oil Paintings

Oil Paintings are the stuffs of a certain time and certain set, and art history of course tries to place these works in their superior setting. Any body learning western art, for instance, would study to be familiar with the styles of the Oil painting reproduction, Baroque, traditional, idealistic and Modern periods, and to know the complex interaction of consideration, support, civilization and monetary issues, which the oil paintings represent. It is to such a sympathetic that art critics refer when they insist that art today has to be comprised with contemporary issues.

The history of oil painting goes back to very old times when man endeavored to detain his world and knowledge in paint. It was profound in the grottos of Southern Europe when man assorted animal fats with earth and stain to form what could be measured as the first oil paints. The paint was then altered onto the walls of the grotto, with the prehistoric images of the hunters and the animals sought after becoming the earliest creative creations of humankind.

The oil painting medium developed when during the time of 15th century, Jan van Eyck the well known Belgian painter found that

Houses of the Moving Image

The motion picture industry has come a long way in its 120 year history. In the early days it was regarded as an entertainment for the working classes and was sometimes looked down on by the middle and upper class. Many people seeing the potential jumped on the bandwagon and opened houses of the moving image. Converted shops, halls and fairgrounds were some of the places where early animated films were screened. Purpose built cinemas were yet to arrive. The films, which were short were on nitrate stock, which could burst into flames if near a heat source. The projector was often placed in the aisle of a building and was hand cranked by the projectionist. The film would often drop into a basket after running through the machine.

Because of a large number of fires it was decided that projection equipment needed to be kept away from the public in a fire – proof box. In 1910 it became law that equipment had to be kept separate. Fire shutters were placed above the ports that allowed the projection light through. These had to be dropped in front of the ports at the end of the show


Paint Watercolors With Only 3 Colors

When watercolor painting beginners think about getting started little thought is given to color mixing.

  1. Why is this so?
  2. Is it because watercolor paint manufacturers can supply almost any color imaginable?
  3. Does this mean that you need to buy all the colors that are available?

Question 1 is easy to answer… People are used to living with color. Your home, your car and your clothing can be chosen in almost any color you want. Even your food contains extra coloring to make it more attractive.

Color is all around you… so much so that you don’t give it a second thought…

A watercolor painting beginner doesn’t realize that mixing is fine art in itself.

Question 2. Modern technology allows an incredible range of every strength and quality. This wasn’t always so… at one time colors like Ultramarine Blue were rare and expensive, being made from ground Lapis Lazuli, a rare and precious stone. There is a reason that Purple has been associated with Royalty… it used to cost a King’s ransom.

Question 3. Just because you have the world of color at your fingertips does not mean that you must use every different color

Japanese Painting and Its Styles

One of the most popular art forms in Japan is Painting. Chinese painting style has lot of influence on the Japanese style of painting and these are beautiful, nice and sometimes very complex or intricate. In the period of Muromachi (1338-1573), Chinese style of paintings was established or introduced in Japan, due to the invasion of Chinese trade. Noblemen of Japan started buying these Chinese paintings to decorate their houses and thus started liking the Chinese painting style. This affinity by the painters of Japan for the Chinese paintings made them adopt the style for creating nice masterpieces that would appeal to the taste of Japan. In other words, Chinese style of paintings were the fore runner for Japanese paintings.

Japanese painters who were in the period of Muromachi depicted a deeper sense of space and every painting portrayed a story. Painting on landscapes developed in the period of Momoyama (1573 – 1603) and these are normally depicted on very big screens. During the period of Edo (1603 – 1867), a complete different way of painting emerged where gold leaf backgrounds were given to the paintings to get a holy mosaic effect that belonged to the Western

Different Types of Paint Brushes

Painting is one of the most creative jobs. An artist when he puts his thoughts on to the material it is important that they require complete and a good set of tools that his brush, the palette, and many other things . There are many different kinds of painting brushes from which you can choose from like big, square, small, fan, angle, mop, rigger, Filbert, Bright and many others. These brushes differ in their size, shapes, the fiber used in the brushes, some of these brushes are made of synthetic fibers, natural hair, and some are made of the combination of both synthetic fibers as well as natural hair. These brushes are available in different sizes like some are available in the size of a pencil tip and some are almost as large as a brush used for the painting done in the homes. So there are a wide variety of choices available for the artists to choose their brush which they can be more comfortable with.

Here are few tips which would help you choose the right kind of the brush for your painting experience to be made more beautiful.

To start with it would

It’s A Juggling Act

Today’s actors have it tougher than ever. More and more people are interested in acting at the professional level. The lure of fame and fortune is powerful and rising to celebrity status in the world of acting is an enticement that rivals “Eve” tempting “Adam” in the Garden Of Eden. Reality TV is still alive and well and many viewers would rather watch the Real Housewives duke it out in a restaurant than a Sidney Lumet directed film. The best way to approach this highly competitive field is with both feet planted firmly on the ground and eyes wide open. To that end I would like to offer some advice that may prove helpful.

Pursuing a career in acting will demand all of your time, energy, and the financial means required to sustain yourself over the long haul. Acting is not a part-time endeavor. I have never known anyone who could juggle a full-time job and the demands of acting. The first thing you will need to do is find a part-time job that provides you with enough income to afford an apartment in close proximity to NYC (Manhattan). Rents are at an all-time high so

The Overwhelming Benefits of Supporting the Performing Arts

When budgets are cut in schools and communities, the first thing that takes a hit is the performing arts. While singing, dancing, and playing instruments might seem like a colossal waste of time to community leaders, they are some of the most important activities that you can have. If you are still on the fence, here are some reasons you should lend your support in your area.

Strong Communities

Performing arts are central to building a cohesive community. An area that has a vibrant community of music, dance, and drama allows kids to partake in things that are not just pop culture. According to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, communities that embrace the arts have higher child welfare, lower poverty, and higher civic engagement.

Cultivating Creative Industries

Creativity is an industry, and without performing arts, that industry cannot exist. In an analysis by Dun and Bradstreet, around 756,700 businesses in the United States are involved in the creation and distribution of art. These businesses employ nearly three million people, representing approximately 2.17 percent of the workforce and 4.14 percent of all businesses. These businesses include museums, films, theaters, and symphonies.

Local organizations

Graphite: A Review of This Versatile Drawing Medium

You may remember, back in the day, many of us learned to write cursive with a No. 2 pencil. You may have started with a fat, six-sided pencil because in early elementary school, it was easier for small hands to grasp and control. Today, in many better quality art supply stores, you can find modern versions of those fat, hexagonal pencils made with cores of graphite in various degrees of hardness and softness. Many artists like the weight and control, along with the thicker leads in these pencils. Let’s take a closer look at pencils and various forms of graphite used by so many artists today. The variety is surprising!

In today’s world, artists have a huge selection of graphite products with which to draw and create. Pencils come in many brands from the dollar store Chinese types to top of the line art supply store offerings. Better brands include several types by Faber Castell, Prismacolor, Staedtler-Mars, Derwent, and Carand”Ache. Within those brands you’ll find types like 9000 (Faber Castell), Premiere (Prismacolor), Lumograph (Staedtler-Mars), Graphic (Derwent), Ebony (Prismacolor), and Technograph, Technalo, and Grafwood (Caran d’Ache). Any of these would be rated professional grade. One could add General

Passion, Purity and the Painter

“Nature never did betray, the heart that loved her.”

Says William Wordsworth.

Nature is, for what, one can feel falling in love again and again. Nature is more than any explanation of the word ‘beauty’. Nature is more than any ideology of mimesis could hold on to.

Nature inspires human eye, she inspires human brain, and she inspires human heart, and if this inspiration falls upon an artist, she reincarnates herself as and through panoramically rendered canvases, or malleable stone sculptures.

Love for land is, as an artist is naturally inclined to mother earth, for what a painter explores new areas of his or her palette.

Landscape painting is such an affair where painters let no stone unturned, even to paint mere pebbles. It is about capturing the changing light if one is impressionist like Monet; especially in his Haystacks series. It is about putting on display the pure colors with thick layers if one is post-impressionist like Van Gogh. And it is about trees, shrouds, water, clouds and birds, all a romance, no matter it is in the lucidity of Constable or in the ambiguity of Turner.

The soil where Pakistan

Basic Elements of a Stage Show

Think of stage shows and you immediately think of popular operas and musicals that have involved theatre and drama not only from recent times, but over the past few centuries. Many of Shakespeare’s popular plays have been composed into stage shows and theatre shows as well as musicals that have been hugely popular around the world.

In October 2014, The Lion King celebrated 15 years of stage presence at Lyceum Theatre in London, where it opened first in 1999, with large crowds still drawn to it. That is an outstanding achievement and the facts prove it – by then it had grossed over £4 billion globally, beating Phantom of the Opera which was the previous record-holder. To understand it in better perspective, The Lion King’s global revenues topped even the combined worldwide revenues of the top six grossing Harry Potter films!

However, critics were skeptical if stage shows still hold sway over the public in terms of visual majesty or they are mere vestiges of tourist interest for foreigners visiting a local city or country. The answer to their questions has been very much in favor of stage shows, which only goes to emphasize the fact

Acrylic Paint – Why It’s So Great for Signs

Acrylic paint is a luminous synthetic paste that combines and enhances the best characteristics of watercolour and oil paint to create a versatile substance with superb coverage, drying power, flexibility and resistance. These important features in acrylic paint have been proven superior to other paints through careful testing.

Mexican painters of the 1920’s conducted a series of pioneering tests on rudimentary acrylic paint to evaluate its resistance when exposed to harsh weather conditions. They discovered that its chemical properties gave it extreme durability. Small resin particles and pigment make up an emulsion in water held together by polymeric agglutinants. Unlike oil paint, water can evaporate out of acrylic from between the agglutinants. As a result the paste dries rapidly to form a compact plastic film.

Artist Jackson Pollock created large painted masterpieces with thick textures. This process is tedious when using oil paint due to the lengthy drying time. However, when Pollock used acrylic he no longer had to wait for months for his canvas to dry. Thus acrylic’s superb drying power enabled artists such as Pollock to create more spontaneously. Abstract painter Morris Louise also benefited by exchanging oil for acrylic. Whereas in oil painting

Painter Vs Artist?

I finally read “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.” I may not be performing a tune-up anytime soon, but it has really impressed me in terms of what I do, namely paint in the “classical” tradition. Author, Robert M. Pirsig distinguishes “Romantic” beauty, as the appearance that strikes the senses, from “Classic” beauty, which comes out of a harmonious order of the parts.

Representational artists, like me, have often been made to feel “square” because we aren’t “cool” and spontaneous; we can’t throw paint around like a guerrilla (or a gorilla). We are not “romantic,” by the definition above. The book has taught me to value my having a rational, classical method and offers a reconciliation of these two approaches. Obviously there needs to be a balance. I’m not here to invalidate the sincere efforts of any of my splatter-painting colleagues. What needs to be present in any artistic endeavor, however, is an authenticity, the presence of something called quality.

Pirsig asserts that quality is actually what generates our perception of reality. It is not merely a response to “reality,” a judgment, as we were taught to believe in school. It is a pre-intellectual

Drawing: A Review of How to Begin and How to Get Better

Drawing can be viewed as putting lines, shapes, values, and textures on a surface. Learning to draw as a skill is like learning to write and most of us remember that struggle, although cursive is becoming an extinct skill in many schools today. There are numerous terms relating to the graphic process of drawing: doodling, sketching, scribbling, etc., but this article will focus on the act of drawing as a process to translate a three-dimensional object(s) or setting with tools that make marks. This process is basic to most every form of art and design. Look around you. Every manmade object began as a drawing on a surface. Sketched as an idea, then drawn more accurately to better relay the vision, then maybe onto a drafting table or computer aided design (CAD) process for further refinements.

But let’s talk about drawing not only as an art form, something unheard of not that many years ago, but as a way to see. As beautifully as Cezanne or Ingres or David could draw, during their lifetime, drawing was considered a preliminary foundation for a portrait, still-life, or landscape painting. Today, their drawings can stand on their own as beautiful

The Instinctive Sensory of Color

The human eye and brain interpret light of certain wavelengths into the perceptions of certain colors. Simply color is the reflection of light from a color agent (natural or synthetic) on a surface that our eyes physically transmit to our brain. This optical occurrence between the eyes and brain instinctively defines its self as sensory in our human psyche (mind).

The human psyche then conveys the color to use not in words, but through our individual emotions, personal sentiments, and life experiences. It is this defined definition of instinctive occurrence that color is sensory and not a physical experience. Color cannot be touched or felt except psychologically and this is one reason that we respond to color in numerous or an infinite amount of ways. This color sensory or sensory to color is why one can say that human beings see an infinite amount of colors.

We are all surrounded daily by emotionally charged hues and their influence. However, many people take these influential hues for granted. Socially common hue sensory influences such as red’s passion, yellow’s vibrancy, blue’s serenity and violet’s authority are often not acknowledged or overlooked by many.

Upon this observation I