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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

Spiritual Motifs

Art aficionados must be aware of the term spiritual motifs in bewitching world of paintings. These motifs have always been very special and have an important present in range of paintings. Right from Hindu paintings to Christian paintings or even Thangka Paintings, the spiritual motifs have remained an integral presence in them. The motifs have an element of serenity and tranquility.

If we talk about Hindu paintings, then they have always been influenced by Hindu epics and Puranas. The stories are magnificent and imaginative as well. Hindu paintings are known for having spiritually uplifting elements. One can find many colorful portraits of Hindu Gods and Goddesses in numerous Hindu households.

If we look at Christian paintings, the prime purpose of these paintings was to educate illiterate Christians. It was in fact a clever ploy to include spiritual elements in the paintings as they fulfilled the need of being simplistic as well as spiritual. The most dominant theme in Christian paintings was life of Christ.

 Thangka paintings belong to Buddhism and this religion by its very origin is spiritual in nature. Thankga paintings beautifully depict spiritual philosophy of Buddhism. These paintings are nothing but complex web of minor figures signifying spiritual dimension of the life. Thangka paintings thrive on spirituality and that also explains their popularity in the world of art. Spirituality has always remained a dominant theme in sphere of art and spiritual motifs are just shining representative of this eternal fact.

November 16, 2009 Posted by | Forms of Paintings | , , , , | Leave a comment


Minimalism is one of the most appealing forms of painting media. It is basically an art form that solely focuses upon core expressions. Only the most fundamental features of the theme are covered in this form and it is sans any extravagance or unnecessary decoration. In general sense of the term, minimalism uses simple geometric design and the usage of colors is quite limited. The minimalistic form had its quota of criticisms and rejection in its eventful journey. It was given several unflattering terms like authoritarian, futile, elitist, mechanistic and pedantic etc. But the main strength of this form is its rejection of any kind of self-expression, narrative, social comment or any specific need of approval. Minimalism aims at creating objects of beauty and interest.

The origin land of Minimalism is USA. Black paintings of legendary Frank Stella bore first signs of minimalism and these works also inspired other artists to go for this new style. Initially, sculptors were the major followers of this form than the painters. An exhibition named, ‘Primary Structures’ held in New York in 1966 left an indelible mark in the history of art.

David Burlyuk is credited to be the first artist to make the term ‘minimalism’ a popular one. This term was used as early as 1929 but it came into prominence during 1960s movement. Initially, this movement was not given its due importance but things changed drastically afterwards. As a painting style, Minimalism is quite precise and hard edged. All in all, Minimalism is a wonderful form of painting.

October 26, 2009 Posted by | Forms of Paintings | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Indian Folk Art Painting

Indian folk art painting has always been an integral part of Indian civilization. It’s a centuries old tradition which reflects instinctive human expressions. Folk art painting is a medium through which the native Indians or common people express themselves. One can find images being painted and sketched on walls, pans, dried leaves, pots, village houses, papers, clothes etc. folk paintings are executed in every possible way, on every possible medium. It’s more of a way of living for common folks and expressing their innermost urge and decorating their homes in their own creative way.


The most common themes of folk paintings are, mythical figures, legends, gods and goddesses and a common man’s life. Generations have kept on passing this art and that has helped in the survival of this finery art. It all started in prehistoric period as cave paintings. Most renowned folk arts are Madhubani paintings, Patachitra, Warli paintings etc. these glorious form of arts were always hidden in anonymity but their discovery has led to world-wide acclaim and appreciation. Indian culture is lucky to have such gems which symbolize art at its natural best. These folk art paintings follow no principle, have no formal training or guidance but they are inspired by real life events like festivals, family occasions, rituals, domestic beautification, harvesting etc.  


Folk paintings have multidimensional facets. Considering Indian diversity, every region has different color, form, expression, shape used in folk art. However, themes and styles have remained the same over the ages and that makes folk art paintings even more priceless. Few things have remained in their natural form avoiding modernity. Indian art truly represents India’s rich culture that is very much alive and flourishing.


November 23, 2008 Posted by | Forms of Paintings | , , , | Leave a comment

Elephant Paintings

The word elephant evokes a sense of grand magnitude and power. It is also awe-inspiring and graceful. Elephant also an important place in Indian culture and mythologies. After all this, finding numerous elephant inspired paintings comes as no surprise. Ganesha paintings and Kotah paintings are famous schools of paintings.


Ganesha Paintings; Lord Ganesha is a Hindu lord and no Hindi ritual can begin without praying him. Also considered as an elephant God, many Indian households and art lovers have Ganesha paintings. These paintings are much more than just being religious paintings. They are aesthetic works of art and soothe the logical minds. One can sense an element of tranquility and a gracious feel in Ganesha paintings.  These paintings are a school of Art in themselves.


Kotah Elephant Paintings; Kotah painters are renowned for painting exact movements in animals, especially elephants. As far as animal paintings are concerned, Kotah painters are considered as better than any other artists. Most captivating aspects about their paintings are, not only they painted lively appearing elephants but made them appear powerful and strong as well. Their focal point was depicting massive energy of elephant. Best phase of Kotah paintings was between 1720-1870. Paintings of these eras depict tiger hunting from mounted elephants through green jungle scenery. Another well-liked and acclaimed Kotah Paintings is that of The Angry Elephant. Charcoal is used for initial sketch of the painting. Elephant’s head is painted in black and brown ink.  

September 30, 2008 Posted by | Forms of Paintings | , , | Leave a comment

Abstract Landscape Paintings

So how do we define abstract art? Abstract art comes from artists’ willingness to express their vivid imaginations. Imagination is an integral part of art. Without it, the work of art wouldn’t be as fascinating as they are. More so, portraying persons or objects realistically all the time is a total mismatch with liberty associated with works of art. It’s an intrinsic element amongst artists to change the stereotypes and portray things in a more fascinating way by using color or texture. Abstract art reframe nature and make them more expressive.


Abstract natural paintings are one of the most captivating forms of paintings.  Abstract landscape paintings take its inspiration from changes in the natural surroundings. To create such paintings different combinations of texture, color, shapes, gestures and diverse viewpoints are used. Often, artists’ use cool or warm palettes to convey a sense of pleasing tranquility.


Abstract landscape paintings are most successful in evoking emotional response from the viewer. No matter, how industrialized the world has become yet nothing can match the response and calm these paintings generate.


There are few guidelines to be followed while conjuring magic on canvas. These are;



Balanced composition.









 Few of the most famous abstract painters of the world are;


Robert Motherwell

Barnett Newman

Yuko Shiraishi

Mark Rothko

Sean Scully

Callum Innes


September 24, 2008 Posted by | Forms of Paintings | , | Leave a comment

Painting Themes

Indian paintings are a visual encyclopedia of thousand of themes presented beautifully. All sort of themes can be witnessed in the Indian painting world including, religious or secular, exotic or classical, royal or rural etc. other fascinating themes include, animal figures, God and goddesses, court scenes, romance, nature, mythology, folklore, literature and so many other things a like includes and has to offer. Imagination rules the roost when it comes to draw art masterpieces and Indian paintings represent wonderful amalgamation of reality and imagination. Painting themes also reflect India’s famous unity in diversity structure. Art known no religions but when it comes to creating art, every religion offers its own special things including, nuances, vast metaphors and rich associations, humanization of peculiar Gods and characterization of people and just about everything.  I would be writing down few of the most popular themes used by Indian as well as international artists.


  • Halo Painting
  • Village Paintings
  • War Paintings
  • Watercolor Landscape
  • Abstract Landscape Paintings
  • Acrylic Landscape Painting
  • Romantic Landscape Painting
  • Spiritual Motifs
  • Urban Landscape Painting
  • American Landscape Painters
  • American Landscape Painting
  • Elephant Paintings
  • Figure Drawing
  • Bird Painting
  • Camel Paintings
  • Cat Paintings
  • Chinese Landscape Paintings
  • Christmas Paintings
  • God Paintings
  • Green Tara Thangka
  • Impressionist Oil Paintings
  • Landscape Oil Paintings
  • Mughal Love Paintings
  •  Mughal Court Paintings
  • Panel Painting
  • Pet Painting
  • Pwar Paintings
  • Radha Krishna Paintings
  • Oil Paintings of Flowers
  • Oil Painting Landscape
  • Oil Portrait Paintings
  • Paint Landscape
  • Paintings Of Landscape
  • Renaissance Landscape Paintings

September 18, 2008 Posted by | Forms of Paintings | , | Leave a comment

Mughal Love Paintings

Mughal Paintings are renowned for their style and themes selection. They command huge appreciation from art lovers. One of the most fascinating sub genres of Mughal paintings is called Mughal Love Paintings. These paintings are not known to capture realistic themes but then their beauty lies in imaginative themes and colorful styles. Mughal love paintings reflect the rich culture of mughal period in their own imaginative way.  Not for nothing, these paintings are considered as quite a substantial specimen of Mughal era.


Mughal love paintings are a delectable mix of Indian and Persian style. Most of the themes, as suggested from the name are quite revealing and provocative. Themes range from lovers in a sad state to courtly lovers in close positions. These paintings took their inspiration from vivid and colorful life styles of Mughal kings. Kings’ love lives are also depicted in these wonderful works of art. Few things common in all of love paintings are; lavish world, full of life and colors, corporeal exquisiteness and sensuality.


Some famous names in Mughal love paintings are; Govardhan and Ustad Mansur. Both belonged to 17th century and were specialist in depicting Mughal lovers. Mughal ruler Jahangir patronized and helped in developing this form of art. He is known to be a big fan of art and his contribution in encouraging love paintings are greatly acknowledged. Jahangirnama depicts his life in details and also that of foliages and animals. Jahangirnama has several fascinating paintings. 

September 11, 2008 Posted by | Forms of Paintings | , , | Leave a comment

Ceramic paintings

Ceramic painting belongs to Vietnam. It’s an indigenous form of art of this south-east Asian country. Vietnam is known for its beautiful landscape and picturesque scenery. Ceramic paintings wonderfully depict the natural beauty of the country. These paintings have mostly been created using two colors white and blue. These two colors are considered as traditional Vietnamese colors.


Bat Trang, is a small village situated in the south east of Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital. It’s a pottery village and proudly boats the tag of home of ceramic paintings. Since ancient times, this village has been associated with art of pottery. It’s located near the famous Red river. To its misfortune, Bat Trang caught fire few decades ago and got completely destroyed. But all credit to the villagers who reestablished themselves and later came to known as hub of ceramic painting of the world.


Mostly these paintings use blue and white as the primary colors but with changing times, they have also started using other colors like dark yellow, green and pale brown color. Ceramic paintings depict old streets of Hanoi from several angles. These paintings make one feel nostalgic by presenting the golden era and old structures of the place.


The pictures are engraved on the traditional ceramic tiles. Non traditional colors and themes used help in making these paintings even more effective and long lasting. Contemporary Paintings. Another attractive feature of these paintings are light and fine glaze used in them. Reason to inform about ceramic paintings under indian art section is their growing popularity amongst Indian art groups and their consistent inclusion in various exhibitions organized in India.

August 31, 2008 Posted by | Forms of Paintings | , , | Leave a comment

Seascape Paintings

Famous literature figure Oscar Wild once remarked, “Art is the most intense mode of Individualism that the world has known”. How true! Painting is one of the most prominent forms of art. Adored and admired by millions of people all across the globe, it manages to touch few chords. One of the most fascinating forms of paintings is Seascape Painting which actually features a segment of the sea significantly. Sea is a fascinating concept for many artists whether it is paintings, literature or even visual media. It has this intrinsic element of drama and placidity. One of the most seascape painters is J.M.W Turner.


He is credited to give this form an art international recognition and fame. One of the best European painters of all time, he uses mesmerizing color effects in his paintings. Using mild oil upshots and contrasting light effects especially for atmospheric elements like rainbows and storms. Also renowned as “the painter of light”, he is considered as one of the founder members of English watercolor landscape painting. It’s hard to pick any one of his paintings as his best but yet his most famous painting is “The Fighting Temeraire”. Seascape paintings also symbolize the power of ocean and slave trade rampant in earlier centuries. Most of these paintings use vibrant colors. No wonder, sea will continue to be a mystery for people till the eternity and it will keep inspiring painters to paint some hidden parts of it!


August 24, 2008 Posted by | Forms of Paintings | , | 2 Comments