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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Don't forget Mom !! Get her a gift certificate !!

There are 4 easy ways you can give Gift Cards in time for the Mother's Day:

1) E-mail a personalized gift card for immediate delivery.
2) Print a personalized gift card on your own printer. (Remember to have your credit card handy when you're ready to print).

3) Mail a personalized gift card (shipping is free, of course) with a greeting card. Please allow 5-7 business days for delivery. 

4) Add a gift card in preset denominations – or a box of them! – to your other purchases in your shopping cart.

Carmel-by-the-Sea, Famous Artist Colony

Scene from 'Visit to Picasso', a documentary by Paul Haesaer

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

How to Make a Watercolor Paint Itself: Experimental Techniques for Achieving Realistic Effects

 all techniques are interesting to me -- check it out and let me know what you think !!

How to Make a Watercolor Paint Itself: Experimental Techniques for Achieving Realistic Effects (Paperback)

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Award-winning artist Nita Engle’s breakthrough approach to watercolor shows readers how to combine spontaneity and control to produce glowing, realistic paintings. Her method begins with action-filled exercises that demonstrate how to play with paint, following no rules. Subsequent step-by-step projects add planning to the mix, demonstrating how to turn loose washes into light-filled watercolors with textural effects achieved by spraying, sprinkling, pouring, squirting, or stamping paint. Engle’s approach, and her results, are dramatic and dynamic; now watercolor artists can create their own exciting paintings with help from How to Make a Watercolor Paint Itself.
About the Author
Nita Engle, whose work appears in national magazines, is the subject of a PBS documentary, Wilderness Palette: Nita Engle in Michigan. She lives in Marquette, Michigan.

Great Gift for the Young Artist !!

Crayola Art Studio

Product Features

  • A powerful, easy-to-use draw and paint program for ages four and up
  • 12 realistic art tools including tempera paint, acrylic paint, watercolor, chalk, crayon, oil pastel, colored pencil, marker and more
  • A great value supported by Crayola, the best brand for children's creativity
  • Supported by Crayola art images--over 1000 editable images to supplement artwork and learn digital editing techniques
  • Children learn key art and basic computer drawing skills

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Real Van Gogh: The Artist and His Letters (Hardcover)

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) is one of the greatest figures in Western art. Revered for his bold, expressionist paintings, he is also admired as a prodigious and eloquent letter writer. His correspondence displays a remarkable literary gift and an ability to communicate his ideas and feelings about nature, art, and life in direct, emotive language.

Illustrated with works of art and letters that demonstrate Van Gogh’s abiding preoccupations--the role of color in painting, the cycles of nature, and friendship, for example--this fascinating book explores the correspondence as a self-portrait of the artist and the man.
The letter-sketches that Van Gogh used to describe completed works or those in progress are reproduced here alongside the finished paintings or drawings, providing a unique insight into his artistic development. Drawing on new and extensive research, leading authorities on Van Gogh reveal how the letters enhance and shape our view of this modern master.

About the Author

Nienke BakkerLeo Jansen, and Hans Luijten are on the staff of the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. They are co-authors of Vincent Van Gogh, Painted with Words: The Letters to Emile Bernard and have recently published a new edition of Van Gogh’s complete correspondence.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

The Blind Side

I watched The Blinde Side -- a great movie and true story !! You need to get it and pass it and share with everyone !!

Great Art Collections Blog

Loads of information on this site -- if you like art that is !!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

" Unusual Flower " 16x20 canvas original unique acrylic

one of a kind painting
" Unusual Flower "
C. Wright
16x20 inch acrylic painting on stretched canvas .
Kinda abstract -- Kinda funky !!
 Unique -- quite interesting and just a bit unusual !!
The colors combined make a great look !!
An unusual flower -- makes you wonder what it's all about !
Background was sponge rolled green mixed with a touch of black , stem has green, white and touch of black and the flower has a combination of blue, white , red and yellow.
I really like this flower -- yes it is different and makes you look and look !
Sides are painted but a little lighter than the face of the painting.
Great decor for your favorite room or give as a gift to the art collector!!
A gift of original art is one of the most special gifts you could offer someone .
My art is not perfect -- I don't think anything or anyone is perfect -- so my paintings will never be an exact painting -- you will see as you follow my art .
some of the colors -- red or (dark pink ) , white , blue , black and white
acrylic paint
I like to add interest to the paintings with texture !!  

** This is a one of a kind OOAK original 16x20 inch painting on stretched canvas .
** signed on front and back
I will include a certificate of authenticity .

Friday, April 16, 2010

Quotations about Art

Quotations about Art

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.  ~Henry Ward Beecher

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.  Art is knowing which ones to keep.  ~Scott Adams

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.  ~Pablo Picasso

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.  ~Twyla Tharp

The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.  ~William Faulkner

Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.  ~Pablo Picasso

Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.  ~Stella Adler

Painting is silent poetry.  ~Plutarch, Moralia: How to Study Poetry

Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.  ~Leonardo da Vinci

It has been said that art is a tryst, for in the joy of it maker and beholder meet.  ~Kojiro Tomita

Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.  ~Amy Lowell

To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist.  ~Schumann

We all know that Art is not truth.  Art is a lie that makes us realize truth, at least the truth that is given us to understand.  The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies.  ~Pablo Picasso

I don't paint things.  I only paint the difference between things.  ~Henri Matisse

The artist uses the talent he has, wishing he had more talent.  The talent uses the artist it has, wishing it had more artist.  ~Robert Brault

An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.  ~Charles Horton Cooley

Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression.  ~Isaac Bashevis Singer

To make us feel small in the right way is a function of art; men can only make us feel small in the wrong way.  ~E.M. Forster, Two Cheers for Democracy, 1951

Art is the stored honey of the human soul, gathered on wings of misery and travail.  ~Theodore Dreiser, Life, Art, and America, 1917

The artist's world is limitless.  It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away.  It is always on his doorstep.  ~Paul Strand

All art requires courage.  ~Anne Tucker

Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.  ~Oscar Wilde

Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do.  ~Edgar Degas

It is a mistake for a sculptor or a painter to speak or write very often about his job.  It releases tension needed for his work.  ~Henry Moore

Pictures must not be too picturesque.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.  ~André Gide

Anyone who says you can't see a thought simply doesn't know art.  ~Wynetka Ann Reynolds

But that's what being an artist is - feeling crummy before everyone else feels crummy.  ~The New Yorker

Very few people possess true artistic ability.  It is therefore both unseemly and unproductive to irritate the situation by making an effort.  If you have a burning, restless urge to write or paint, simply eat something sweet and the feeling will pass.  ~Fran Lebowitz

Great art picks up where nature ends.  ~Marc Chagall

When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work.  I told her I worked at the college - that my job was to teach people how to draw.  She stared at me, incredulous, and said, "You mean they forget?"  ~Howard Ikemoto

Art consists of limitation.  The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.  ~G.K. Chesterton

What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit.  ~John Updike

The artist is the opposite of the politically minded individual, the opposite of the reformer, the opposite of the idealist.  The artist does not tinker with the universe, he recreates it out of his own experience and understanding of life.  ~Henry Miller

No great artist ever sees things as they really are.  If he did, he would cease to be an artist.  ~Oscar Wilde

Let me ask you something, what is not art?  ~Author Unknown

The painter puts brush to canvas, and the poet puts pen to paper.  The poet has the easier task, for his pen does not alter his rhyme.  ~Robert Brault

An artist is someone who produces things that people don't need to have but that he - for some reason - thinks it would be a good idea to give them.  ~Andy Warhol

The buttocks are the most aesthetically pleasing part of the body because they are non-functional.  Although they conceal an essential orifice, these pointless globes are as near as the human form can ever come to abstract art.  ~Kenneth Tynan

God and other artists are always a little obscure.  ~Oscar Wilde

For me, painting is a way to forget life.  It is a cry in the night, a strangled laugh.  ~Georges Rouault

Everything in creation has its appointed painter or poet and remains in bondage like the princess in the fairy tale 'til its appropriate liberator comes to set it free.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The progress of an artist is a continual self-sacrifice, a continual extinction of personality.  ~T.S. Eliot, Tradition and the Individual Talent, 1919

There is no surer method of evading the world than by following Art, and no surer method of linking oneself to it than by Art.  ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Art is... a question mark in the minds of those who want to know what's happening.  ~Aaron Howard

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for.  ~Georgia O'Keeffe

Man will begin to recover the moment he takes art as seriously as physics, chemistry or money.  ~Ernst Levy

Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea.  ~John Anthony Ciardi

As far as I am concerned, a painting speaks for itself.  What is the use of giving explanations, when all is said and done?  A painter has only one language.  ~Pablo Picasso

The world today doesn't make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?  ~Pablo Picasso

When painting, an artist must take care not to trap his soul in the canvas.  ~Terri Guillemets

Sometimes, to pursue a new idea, the artist must forfeit his deposit on an old idea.  ~Robert Brault

I want to reach that condensation of sensations that constitutes a picture.  ~Henri Matisse, Notes d'un peintre, 1908

Great art is as irrational as great music.  It is mad with its own loveliness.  ~George Jean Nathan, House of Satan

Art is the colors and textures of your imagination.  ~Meghan, Los Cerros Middle School, 1999

Art is your personal diary where you may color your thoughts and emotions on a page.  ~Sara, Los Cerros Middle School, 1999

Art is a shadow of what a person is thinking... a small glimpse of what they hold inside.  Little secrets, regrets, joys... every line has its own meaning.  ~Sarah, Los Cerros Middle School, 1999

Art is your emotions flowing in a river of imagination.  ~Devin, Los Cerros Middle School, 1999

Art is an adventure that never seems to end.  ~Jason, Los Cerros Middle School, 1999

Art is pictures straight from the heart.  ~Ben, Los Cerros Middle School, 1999

If Michelangelo had been straight, the Sistine Chapel would have been wallpapered.  ~Robin Tyler

Art is the triumph over chaos.  ~John Cheever

All great art comes from a sense of outrage.  ~Glenn Close

Art is indeed not the bread but the wine of life.  ~Jean Paul Richter

Poets do not go mad; but chess-players do.  Mathematicians go mad, and cashiers; but creative artists very seldom.  ~Gilbert Keith Chesterton, Orthodoxy

One of the best things about paintings is their silence - which prompts reflection and random reverie.  ~Mark Stevens

God is really only another artist.  He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat.  He has no real style.  He just goes on trying other things.  ~Pablo Picasso

Art hath an enemy called ignorance.  ~Ben Jonson

What garlic is to salad, insanity is to art.  ~Augustus Saint-Gaudens

Art... does not take kindly to facts, is helpless to grapple with theories, and is killed outright by a sermon.  ~Agnes Repplier, Points of View, 1891

Art disturbs, science reassures.  ~Georges Braque, Le Jour et la nuit

As the sun colors flowers, so does art color life.  ~John Lubbock

It is frequently the tragedy of the great artist, as it is of the great scientist, that he frightens the ordinary man.  ~Loren Eiseley, The Night Country, 1971

Art is spirituality in drag.  ~Jennifer Yane

The artist's talent sits uneasy as an object of public acclaim, having been so long an object of private despair.  ~Robert Brault

Reflexes and instincts are not pretty.  It is their decoration that initiates art.  ~Martin H. Fischer

What was any art but a mould in which to imprison for a moment the shining elusive element which is life itself - life hurrying past us and running away, too strong to stop, too sweet to lose.  ~Willa Cather

An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.  ~George Santayana

Art is like a border of flowers along the course of civilization.  ~Lincoln Steffens

Art is not a thing; it is a way.  ~Elbert Hubbard

An artist's career always begins tomorrow.  ~James McNeill Whistler

Surely nothing has to listen to so many stupid remarks as a painting in a museum.  ~Edmond & Jules de Goncourt

Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.  ~G.K. Chesterton

Artistry is an innate distrust of the theory of reality concocted by the five senses.  ~Robert Brault

Grammar stops at love, and at art.  ~Terri Guillemets

The true painter strives to paint what can only be seen through his world.  ~André Malraux

An artist never really finishes his work; he merely abandons it.  ~Paul Valéry

Artistic growth is, more than it is anything else, a refining of the sense of truthfulness.  The stupid believe that to be truthful is easy; only the artist, the great artist, knows how difficult it is.  ~Willa Cather, The Song of the Lark, 1915

A subject that is beautiful in itself gives no suggestion to the artist.  It lacks imperfection.  ~Oscar Wilde

An artist cannot talk about his art any more than a plant can discuss horticulture.  ~Jean Cocteau, Newsweek, 16 May 1955

The artist does not see things as they are, but as he is.  ~Alfred Tonnelle

A man's work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened.  ~Albert Camus

An artist's instinct is more refined than the typical mortal's.  ~Holden Rinehart

For the mystic what is how.  For the craftsman how is what.  For the artist what and how are one.  ~William McElcheran

O, how much simpler things would be
If eyes could paint or brush could see.
~Robert Brault

An artist must be careful not to throw his ideas out with the trash.  ~Terri Guillemets

Art is a kind of illness.  ~Giacomo Puccini

A great artist is always before his time or behind it.  ~George Moore

A man and his art are like a fool and his king.  ~Corri Alius

A painting is what you make of it, besides which, 'Moon, Weeping' has a better ring to it than 'Paintbrush, Dripping.'  ~Robert Brault

I am for an art that is political-erotical-mystical, that does something other than sit on its ass in a museum.  ~Claes Oldenburg

Science is out of the reach of morals, for her eyes are fixed upon eternal truths.  Art is out of the reach of morals, for her eyes are fixed upon things beautiful and immortal and ever-changing.  To morals belong the lower and less intellectual spheres.  ~Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist, 1891

While I recognize the necessity for a basis of observed reality... true art lies in a reality that is felt.  ~Odilon Redon

The question of common sense is always what is it good for? - a question which would abolish the rose and be answered triumphantly by the cabbage.  ~James Russell Lowell

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.  ~Aristotle

Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul - and you answer.  ~Terri Guillemets

Listen carefully to first criticisms made of your work.  Note just what it is about your work that critics don't like - then cultivate it.  That's the only part of your work that's individual and worth keeping.  ~Jean Cocteau

Any great work of art... revives and readapts time and space, and the measure of its success is the extent to which it makes you an inhabitant of that world - the extent to which it invites you in and lets you breathe its strange, special air.  ~Leonard Bernstein, What Makes Opera Grand?

There is in every artist's studio a scrap heap of discarded works in which the artist's discipline prevailed against his imagination.  ~Robert Brault

Art, as far as it is able, follows nature, as a pupil imitates his master; thus your art must be, as it were, God's grandchild.  ~Dante Alighieri, Inferno

A portrait has one advantage over its original:  it is unconscious; and you may therefore admire without insulting it.  I have seen portraits which have more.  ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

The fine arts once divorcing themselves from truth are quite certain to fall mad, if they do not die.  ~Thomas Carlyle, Latter Day Pamphlets, no. 8

Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.  ~George Bernard Shaw

A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.  ~Michelangelo

Artists can color the sky red because they know it's blue.  Those of us who aren't artists must color things the way they really are or people might think we're stupid.  ~Jules Feiffer

All the other colors are just colors, but purple seems to have a soul.  Purple is not just a noun and an adjective but also a verb - when you look at it, it's looking back at you.  ~Uniek Swain

Architecture begins where engineering ends.  ~Walter Gropius

Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling.  ~G.K. Chesterton

Why should I paint dead fish, onions and beer glasses?  Girls are so much prettier.  ~Marie Laurencin

Art is Man's nature.  Nature is god's art.  ~James Bailey

The artist gazes upon a reality and creates his own impression.  The viewer gazes upon the impression and creates his own reality.  ~Robert Brault

Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.  ~John Ruskin

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Acrylics & Alcohol don't mix, or do they?

I think this is a cool technique -- gives me some ideas -- but I have to get the percentage alcohol he was talking about .
Another adventure for me !!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

"Midnight Owl"

one of a kind painting
" Midnight Owl "
C. Wright
16x20 inch acrylic painting on stretched canvas .

Oh my goodness !!
 Unique -- quite interesting and just a bit unusual !!
A wise old owl looking at you and his eyes may follow you across the room if he feels like it !
Background was sponge rolled blue and the owl with his many feathers has a combination of blue, white and black.
My what big eyes you have my wise old owl !!
Great for owl collectors or your favorite reading room !!
A gift of original art is one of the most special gifts you could offer someone .
My art is not perfect -- I don't think anything or anyone is perfect -- so my paintings will never be an exact painting -- you will see as you follow my art .
some of the colors -- blue , black and white
acrylic paint
I like to add interest to the paintings with texture !!  

** This is a one of a kind OOAK original 16x20 inch painting on stretched canvas .
** signed on front and back
I will include a certificate of authenticity .

Jonas Gerard - Asheville Painter

Jonas Gerard Interview

High Energy Time Lapse Oil Painting created

Saturday, April 3, 2010

What the Easter bunny taught me

What the Easter bunny taught me
Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket.
Walk softly and carry a big carrot.
Everyone needs a friend who is all ears.
There’s no such thing as too much candy.
All work and no play can make you a basket case.
A cute little tail attracts a lot of attention.
Everyone is entitled to a bad hare day.
Let happy thoughts multiply like rabbits.
Some body parts should be floppy.
Keep your paws off other people’s jellybeans.
Good things come in small sugar-coated packages.
The grass is always greener in someone else’s basket.
An Easter bonnet can tame even the wildest hare.
To show your true colors – you have to come out of your shell.
The best things in life are still sweet and gooey.
Author Unknown

Have a wonderful Easter !!