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Digital fine art

Over three decades who would think that one could paint and sketch without a paintbrush? Well, it was not their fault, as not too many could think so futuristically that they could use a computer to create fine works of art. And all the more who at that point would know that a little device called the mouse would be used instead of the paintbrush and the canvas would be a computer screen. And one would not need to wait for the paints to dry, but an instant printout could be instantly framed.

This technological way of creating a piece of art is known as digital fine art. The artist is trained in using the computer and the required software to create the designs and patterns one desires. Many people are aware of the modern and geometric artistic designs that can be created digitally. However, there are artists, who also create portraits, landscapes, waterscapes and other pictures.

Apart from creating original pictures, the technology of digital art can be used to enhance original paintings, as well as fin art photographs. One of the important aspects to enhance the quality of a picture is the appropriate use of fine art lighting. This is a specialized aspect of fine art photography. Like they say: “It’s all about the lighting.”

There are various lighting fixtures for fine art. These are not the regular ones used for lighting up interiors, in general. These fixtures are created particularly to light up the object being photographed in a particular way. The most important aspect of these lights is that they can be adjusted to throw light in any desired angle. This is important, as the photographer needs to particular on how he needs the light and shadow effect.

After the complete processing the digital images fine art for sale are usually exhibited at various art galleries, or are put up for auctions by art connoisseurs. Many artists are known to work with various charities and give a part of their earnings towards the benefits of these charities.

The prices of the fine art pieces depend on the reputation of the artist. This largely implies his popularity. And another aspect is the support one has garnered from the celebrity section of society. Another way to promote one’s work is to be constantly in touch with the digital fine art galleries, letting them know about the new work being prepared. Also, in case one is preparing for an exhibition then it is necessary to make advance bookings with the reputed galleries; as bookings happen months in advanced. And in some even years in advance.


July 11, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Essential Items for Sketching

Sketching is a fascinating art form. Sketching is important as a study for the next stage of the development of the artwork. Those involved into making sculpture know the importance of sketching. By sketching, one can study the form of his subject because every shape and form is unique and mysterious. Pencil and paper are essential items for sketching but there are many other materials that will help you in sketching. The paper must have quality to accept watercolor because one will need to experiment in tone and color and not only form. Therefore, when you purchase a sketchpad, make sure that the paper is thick enough to accept water without buckling too much.

You should get hold of a container that can accommodate all your sketching material. This will prove very handy for your outdoor sketches. Buy pencils of different degrees of hardness and softness. Soft pencils can be used for shading whereas hard pencils are good for line work. Add a set of ink pens to your sketching kit. Using waterproof-marking pens, you can create a quick basis for a sketch.

Don’t forget to have a rag and absorbent paper for mopping up and working on your sketch. Many artists prefer to have a set of cheap watercolors, few low-priced brushes in different sixes, a clean cup or palette for mixing and a container of water that can be closed. All these items will prove very crucial in making sketches. Don’t forget to experiment as much as you can.

September 28, 2010 Posted by | Art mediums | , , , , | Leave a comment

Opaque colors

When one talks of opaque colors, what immediately comes to mind is ‘poster colors’. Just like the conventional water colors, these opaque colors too are soluble in water however; the properties of these colors are different than those of watercolors. While watercolors are transparent, opaque colors, just as the name suggests, are opaque.

Opaque colors can be used as thick paints unlike water colors. In opaque colors, it is easier to make corrections after the color has dried. The beauty of opaque colors is that every conceivable tone can be achieved with varying amounts of white. Also, the exact tone can be mixed in the palette, and it will appear evenly on paper.

The use of thick opaque paint is a useful way to paint easily. Thick flat patches of the required tone are applied one over the other or adjacently. The best way is to start with middles tones and then gradually add lighter and darker tones as required. This is because; it becomes easier to estimate the tonal value as we progress.

Opaque colors come at an advantage especially when you want to paint things like a wall. A combination of thin and thick applications is just right to create the effect of a plastered wall.

Opaque over transparent technique is used for getting the best of effects from both the worlds. The transparent layer serves as a rich background over which the opaque effect adds lighter tones and highlights the desired areas.

Pointillism is another method that is used with opaque colors. This method was pioneered by Impressionists artists. In this method, small dots of paint are placed close to each other and the resultant hue is perceived by our brain which mixes these colors.

August 31, 2010 Posted by | Drawing | , , , , | Leave a comment

Art in society

Art plays a major role in our society. Right through the journey of human civilization, art has always remained an integral part of our evolution. The first and foremost contribution of art is in bringing awareness to people. It expresses truths about humankind that cannot be expressed any other way. Art is a wonderful medium for presenting ideas that all of us can connect to. Art has definitely helped in improving our society. Most often than not, the ideas expressed through art are radical and revolutionary in nature and if these ideas can make people take actions, we are definitely headed for a better world.

To make art real effective in the sphere of society, art must be made available to the public. People should be able to appreciate the true value and inherent message of the art. Art cannot do anything on its own, unless people are willing to change their mindset. People need to experience art before they can think of taking concrete steps for the betterment of society. If art is not available to the general public, it is definitely a loss to the society.

Art is known to depict wonderful emotions like love, beauty, devotion etc. Art makes people respond emotionally. It has such power. Considering the fact that ideas expressed through art are universal in nature, people all across the globe are able to connect to a single theme. No other medium has such power. Art is also instrumental in encouraging understanding amongst people. Art truly has the power to bring required changes to our society.

July 30, 2010 Posted by | Indian Art | , , , | Leave a comment


Art lovers must be aware of the word ‘Gouache’. Though, many confuse Gouache with watercolor but both are two completely different things. The word gouache has originated from the Italian word “guazzo” which means water paint or splash. It first appeared in 16th century Italy. The Italian artists used to apply oil paint over a tempera base and that’s where it acquired its name. From there, it traveled all around the world and found immense popularity in art community for its usefulness.

Gouache basically refers to a type of paint consisting of pigment suspended in water. People often mistake gouache for watercolor because of presence of pigments and particles. But in reality, gouache is heavier because of presence of an inert white material. Gouache is also more opaque and clearly demonstrates better reflective qualities whereas particles are larger in watercolor.

Talking about the technique of gouache, it is quite deceptive in nature. Compared to watercolors, gouache is considered as a more immediate medium of painting. When wet, it is actually drier than it appears. Because of this particular reason, using gouache one finds difficult to achieve the same shading in multiple painting sessions. Though gouache offers limited number of works to artists but is used frequently for graphic works that include designing works and posters.

J.M.W. Turner was one of the foremost English landscape painters. He used gouache in many innovative ways and did amazing work with the medium. He is also known for using wash technique because for which he was termed “painter of the light”. He was one of the leading exponents of gouache art medium that inspired several other artists.

June 30, 2010 Posted by | Painting Media | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wax painting

Art lovers must have heard of wax painting. Originally known as hot wax painting or encaustic wax, this is actually a very old method of painting. It is believed that first wax painting was created centuries ago. It is hard to explain the original components of wax paintings in ancient ages because the culture of this painting method has kept changing. However, the credit for this beautiful form of painting goes to Roman and Egyptian culture. Number of application techniques was used to make paintings from wax. In this method, heated beeswax is used in combination with colored pigments. The resultant paste is further used on a surface made of wood. Canvas is also used in the surface.

In earlier ages, wax was boiled in salt seawater and then strained. The later function was performed with the help of cheesecloth to remove contaminations. This process was repeated several times before the wax was left in sun or moonlight for several days. Once the wax was properly bleached, sodium hydrogen carbonate was added to it for the purpose of saponified. The last stage included of rinsing the product in lukewarm water and air-dried.

Before using the final product in painting, it was mixed with other natural ingredients. There were several domestic tools used for making a perfect wax painting. Some of the popular tools were, mixing trays and containers, hot plate, brushes and knives, and hot-air guns. The culture of encaustic painting is still prevalent in certain parts of the world.

May 30, 2010 Posted by | Forms of Paintings | , , , , | Leave a comment

Radha Krishna Paintings

The love story of Radha Krishna is perhaps the greatest love stories in Hinduism. It’s a love legend that has stood the test of times. The entire Hindu population is fascinated by the love saga of Radha and Krishna. The idea of love has truly been exceptional in the world’s oldest religion. The relationship between Krishna and Radha has been extensively represented by different art forms. Whether its poetry, sculptures or painting or motifs, this relationship has served as a model for male and female love. A great many north Indian Hindu paintings have depicted this eternal love story.

Radha’s unwavering love for lord Krishna is much more than a mere love story. It depicts the human quest for union with the divine. These paintings are wonderful representation of Krishna’s loving interplay with the ‘gopis’. In a way, the interplay is symbolic of connection between God and humans. This bond has been considered equivalent to bond between husband and wife. This is also the highest form of devotion in Vaishnavism. Radha Krishna paintings are cherished by art connoisseurs all over the world. One can find these paintings in temples, art museums and at several other religious places.

Radha and Krishna had a childhood bond which later on converted into love during Krishna’s life in Vrindavan. The religious books and paintings portray different facets of intimacy like play, song, dance etc. Radha kept waiting for Krishna while he was busy managing the universe. Her love for the lord was so great that even today Radha’s name is uttered whenever Krishna is referred to. Without the deification of Radha, the Krishna worship is considered as incomplete.

March 30, 2010 Posted by | Ancient Indian Art, Indian Paintings | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Alkyd Paint

Alkyd paint is one of the commonly used paint types. It is used in many different aspects of life. Paints, in general are of different types and each of them are used for different purposes. Basically, alkyd paint is a type of oil paint easily available in the market. It is perhaps the most popular oil paint type. One can use these paints for different types of painting works. Alkyd signifies synthetic resin that is used as a binder in the paint. Binder could be the oil in the paint.

Almost every household uses alkyd paint because of its known qualities of resisting wear and tear. See the doors and trims within your house and chances are they have been painted using alkyd paint. Cabinets in bathroom or specific items in kitchen mostly rely upon alkyd paints to protect them from abuses.

If you are planning to paint an object that will be kept outside then go for alkyd paint because they are also weather resistant. Whether it’s cold snow, rain or chilling temperature, alkyd paint is likely to hold up in adverse situations. So, you can comfortably use these paints in lawn furniture, bird houses, wooden benches or bird feeders. One major benefit of alkyd paint is its less toxic nature compared to other oil paints.

Alkyd paints are quite compatible with other oil based paintings. Most of the alkyd paints types dry slower and can take almost 24 hours to dry properly. In a way, it works in the benefit of artists. All in all, if you are painting your house, or exterior, or cabinets in the bathroom or a beautiful artwork, alkyd paint will perfectly suit your needs and requirements.

February 15, 2010 Posted by | Indian Paintings | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Kamangari Paintings of Kutch

Keen followers of Indian art must have heard of Kamangari paintings of Kuch. The Kuch region is situated in the state of Gujarat and has always been associated with rich cultural heritage. The Kamangari School of painting is particular to the region. The origin of this magnificent art system goes back to good old days when the rulers and rich echelon of society used to patronize artists. The major job of these artists was to paint the walls of work place, temples and houses. Some peculiar characteristics of Kamangari art relates to method of painting.

 The artists always used wet plastered background to paint the creation. The reason was long lasting nature of such paintings. The brushes used for paintings were made from bark of palm trees. The colors were extracted from leaves, pebbles and clay mixed with gypsum. The themes of the paintings covered a wide range of subjects like epic stories or even day to day life scenario. One can see some of the mythological characters painted in Kamangari paintings.

 Some themes were unique because they had no connection with Kutch region. These scenes and events came from people who had migrated to other regions in search of livelihood. The migrated people came to know about new things in other regions and when they used to come back, they would ask the artists to depict those events and objects. The Kamangari artists found more themes when British arrived in the Kutch region. A large number of these paintings have been done on the walls. The present state of Kamangari art is far from encouraging and due to changing socio-economic situations, the Kamangari artists have shifted to other professions. Yet, one can witness this beautiful form of artworks in Kutch Museum and Aina Mahal, another museum in Bhuj.

January 26, 2010 Posted by | Art museums, Indian Art, Indian Paintings | , , , , , | Leave a comment


One of the most traditional and popular method of dyeing in India is Bandhej. In states like Gujarat and Rajasthan, it is also known as Bandhani. The most fascinating aspect about this tradition is usage of color. Most of the colors being used are vibrant and bright like green, black, red and yellow. It is practiced in many parts of India. As far as base color of the textile is concerned, it is normally a light shade of pink, blue, brown or turquoise. You have to see the final outcome to exclaim Wow! The effect is more than stunning and one will be forced to appreciate the dyeing practice.

Most of the readymade garments and female attires like dupattas, kurtas, saris, lehengas, skirts and salwars bear testimony to this practice. One can witness some very beautiful designs and patterns used in Bandhani. Many clothes have designs of animal and human figures which is obviously an elaborate and delicate process. Chikhara and chandokhni are terms associated with attires meant for brides. Basant bahar is associated with pattern that has vibrant colors of spring season. Chokidal is the deisgn with elephant and other animals whereas mor zad is for peacock pattern.

Bandhej is quite a simple and yet highly effective process. Patterns are created with utmost care and are given full time. Many of the intricate designs take no less than a week. Cloth is often bleached and folded into layers. The thickness of cloth decided the design. Trying and dyeing of silk or cotton clothes is the main essence of this process.

December 18, 2009 Posted by | Indian Art | , , , , | Leave a comment