Thinners for oil painting
Oil paints are pigments of various colors, ground to powder, which are then mixed on an oil basis in the paint of the desired consistency and density. Oil painting is…

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Paintings on the leaves: painstaking art
Nowadays, it is becoming increasingly difficult to surprise the viewer. Therefore, artists, artists, directors and other representatives of the creative professions have to go to various tricks, master new techniques,…

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How to photograph pictures
I’ll make a reservation right away: high-quality photographs that can be sold must be done using professional equipment. Shooting pictures on smartphones is not recommended. Owners of film and digital…

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The art of the mentally ill

In 1945, the French artist Jean Dubuuffe coined the term “art-brut”, which means “rough”, “hard” art.
Quite often, the authors of art brut’s works were mentally ill people, “holy fools”, “freaks”, and “mediums”. Their art did not fit into the academic framework, and instead of university teachers of painting and drawing, voices often appeared, indicating how and what to draw.

“Before the work on the picture begins, I have no idea what will be drawn. Spirits tell me: “Do not try to find out what you will create.” And I follow their instructions. When I take a tube of paint, I don’t know what color it is. I understand that this is unbelievable, but I follow my mentors like a child, ”admitted Augustin Lezage, probably one of the brightest representatives of“ rough art ”. This hereditary miner began to paint only at the age of 35. Continue reading

Russian lacquer miniature

Fedoskino lacquer miniature.

The art of lacquer miniatures appeared in ancient China several thousand years ago, then, through India and Persia, in the 17th century penetrated Europe, conquering the beauty of French and German masters. The first production of products decorated with varnishes was opened in Germany in 1763.

Wealthy fashionistas from all over Europe sought to get an exquisite box or snuffbox with a gallant scene or fancy Rococo patterns. From Russia orders were received for caskets with portraits of the great monarchs. However, I also wanted to have such a production in myself, fortunately, the craftsmen always had Russian land full, and under their power they could do better abroad. Continue reading

The intricacies of acrylic work for a novice artist

In the artistic environment, more and more brush masters are trying to work with acrylic paints. Like oil or watercolor, acrylic has its own properties, and therefore a slightly different technique of applying to canvas. Professionals know secrets, but do not like to disclose them. But what about a novice artist? Do not despair: this article will help to draw the first paintings with acrylic perfectly.
Secret 1. Drying Acrylic
You probably have not only heard about this, but you yourself learned by trying to draw with acrylic paint. Normal water helps to avoid quick drying. Continue reading

The “dead layer” of Flemish painting
Studying the technique of some old masters, we are faced with the so-called “Flemish method” of oil painting. This is a multi-layered, technically complex way of writing, the opposite of…

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Modular paintings: what's the big deal?
Modular panels have become very popular in recent years. But this is not a new invention at all. Moreover, modular art has been around for centuries. The modular picture consists…

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Print
Unlike many other types of art, printmaking is a fairly young phenomenon. It arose at the turn of the XIV - XV centuries. Despite the fact that the appearance of…

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How to make a portfolio and resume of the artist. The advice of an art critic.
Throughout the centuries of the professional art trade, aspiring artists have attributed their work to the owners of exhibition spaces and art shops in the hope that they will be…

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