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A Guide To Abstract Watercolor Artists

- - Sanny Tendilla

By Emilia Stout


Abstract watercolor artists have been renowned worldwide for their avant-garde brand of aesthetics. They challenge conventional wisdom by producing art which has little or no resemblance to real-world forms. This allows the person seeing the artwork to interpret it according to his own style and taste. In effect, this gives the viewer a more interactive experience, being a part of the art process himself.

These paintings depend on using the peculiar characteristics of the medium to provide contrast and impact. The translucency of the watercolor allows great versatility in its application, with glass-like and glossy strokes on one hand and vivid strokes in another. Most watercolor paintings therefore are light and bright, giving a sense of happiness and joy.

Artists which use this medium are commonly of the expressionist movement. This movement, which started after World War II, is a hallmark of modernist art. A synthesis of varied influences, this art form tries to detach you from 'reality' and its limitation and allows you to see the expression as fully and as vividly as possible. Examples of such artists include Francesco Clemente, Joseph Raffael, John Marin and Charles Demuth.

You can also start early with this medium. Because this is a safe medium for the kids, it is commonly one of the first one taught in schools. This may be the reason why it is the most prevalent medium in America today. As a result, many renowned artists started their exploration of watercolor in their early childhood, perfecting it in their growing years.

Even relatively unknown artists can make good quality works. A good start is looking at the local art galleries or art guilds and you can see that some of their works rival those of the pros. Connoisseurs and laymen alike will appreciate their works and even by them for prices comparable to that of the pros.

While it is true that abstract art is no longer as big as it once was, abstract watercolor artists are still very much in demand today. The Internet has opened up a wide range of possibilities as to the marketing and distribution of this art form. It is not only possible now to procure materials from places as far away as Nigeria or India but for artists to sell across geographical boundaries. Prices range from $250 to and beyond, depending on the size of the project and the reputation of the artist.




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Bringing High Quality Canvas Prints To The Masses

- - Sanny Tendilla

By Kyle Maxwell


Ever seen one of those expensive canvas photographic art prints and thought "I'd love to have one of those, but I'll never be able to afford it?" A new Online business is counting on the fact that you have, and are using cutting-edge technology to bring premium-quality canvas prints to the home market, and prices that, at first blush, seem almost unbelievably low.

"We were constantly being asked why canvas art prints cost so much," says Josh Bevans, C.E.O. of BuildACanvas.com. "The truth is, it's a lot of work, and the material is expensive. But thanks to recent advances in digital printing, we can create a canvas art print of your wedding or any other photo for about a tenth of what it used to cost. Now anyone can afford a large format canvas print."

So how large is "large"? "The size of your couch," Bevans says with a laugh. "We do smaller prints as well. In fact, you can pick just about any size you want, from 8x10 to wall size. But obviously, we think the bigger prints are cool. Everyone does."

If creating a couch-sized canvas sounds expensive and time-consuming, that's because it is... or at least, used to be. "We've made it fun and affordable," Bevans says. "Prints like this used to cost six or seven hundred dollars, minimum. We can do it for as little as thirty dollars. The real breakthrough isn't price though, it's how our clients are able to create the canvas themselves, online, in real time. All you have to do is visit the site, click a button to upload your photo, and you're done. Or, if you want to play around with it, you can move the photo around, resize it, or see how it looks at different sizes. We've had people tell us that they visit the site just to play with the canvas creator."

BuildACanvas is up and online right now at www.buildacanvas.com. In addition to their usual discount pricing, they are currently running a holiday promotion for 50% off extra prints. At this rate, it might not take them long to make their dream of "a canvas in every living room" a reality.




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Airbrush Technology: An Overview

- - Sanny Tendilla

By Harvin Gulfill


Airbrush is one of the electronic gadgets widely used even decades before, most especially on automotive re-coloring or retouching. These work out in almost the same principle with sprays that uses air to blow out atomized paint for a finer touch but just lately, various uses of airbrush are already starting to make it one of the most flexible gadgets ever.

Patented first under the inventor named Francis Edgar Stanley, airbrush was introduced to the world around year 1876. It was used primarily for the steamer making of the inventor which is now known for their product "Stanley Streamer". These gadgets were used to blow paint out of the gadget in which the paint particles are atomized, making the paint to look finer and smooth as compared to manual use of paint brush.

The airbrush works with the use of electricity as its source of power. Air is blown from inside, letting the paint or the dye to be refined before escaping the gadget. A trigger is also present in the gadget which helps you to operate the brush. Some have various adjustments where you can make the discharge wider or finer.

The airbrush is now used in various intentions such as in painting cars and other vehicles, where it is slowly replacing manual sprays. Since the discharge of the paint can be moderated through the use of the adjustment buttons or keys that can help in making color blends or transitions to look continuous and edgeless. There is also airbrush gadgets used in applying makeup or even in getting temporary tattoos.

Other new ways of using the airbrush only proves that mankind will always seek more and more on what they already have but on the other hand it is also an advantage because various inventions and discoveries are made, just like how airbrush gadgets are converted in more useful ways.




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