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“I’m back in the saddle again!” – Steven Tyler

“I’m back in the saddle again!” – Steven Tyler

Feedback from Luis Samaniego

Fame and money was never something I sought after with painting. It was always more about creating something personal and tangible that showed a part of me, or reflected a time in my life. Some people sing or play instruments, and I always found art to be a wonderful outlet and almost meditative in a way. I miss the mentality and confidence I had as a painter, and I find myself wanting to release the creative work I have in my mind without having to worry about the basics of painting nor the techniques themselves. Currently, I feel like I’m holding back on the canvas. I want to be able to wake up and paint, no holding back. …

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I paint to keep my mind busy.

I paint to keep my mind busy.

Feedback from Ivy Daniels

Female, 54 years old. I am no longer able to work because I have chronic acute kidney failure, so I started painting because it helps keep my mind busy, off my pain and gives me goals to accomplish and everyone likes my paintings. That makes me feel good about myself and life and gives me hope.

My favorite artists are Rembrandt, Monet and Michelangelo. I love the way Michelangelo & Da Vinci do people. I’d like to learn more about that technique.

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Realist Artist in the Studio

Realist Artist in the Studio

Sir John Everett Millais was an English painter and illustrator and one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Millais’ Christ In The House Of His Parents was highly controversial because of its realistic portrayal of a working class Holy Family labouring in a messy carpentry workshop. All early works were painted with great attention to detail, often concentrating on the beauty and complexity of the natural world. In paintings such as Ophelia Millais created dense and elaborate pictorial surfaces based on the integration of naturalistic elements. This approach has been described as a kind of “pictorial eco-system”. This style was promoted by the critic John Ruskin, who had defended the Pre-Raphaelites against their critics. Millais’ friendship with Ruskin introduced him to Ruskin’s wife Effie. Soon after they met she modelled for…

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The Controversial Restoration of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Ceiling

The Controversial Restoration of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Ceiling

    The Controversial Restoration of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Ceiling  No single proof of a restoration-induced injury to a work of art could be clearer than the photograph shown here (Fig. 1) of a section of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling frescoes. It was taken after the last restoration and shows in its centre section a repair made in 1566 by the painter Domenico Carnevale when a section of Michelangelo’s fresco fell away during settlement of the building (see Fig. 2 diagram).   Carnevale had re-plastered the loss and, while the plaster surface was still wet, faithfully painted it to match Michelangelo’s (then) surrounding colours and tones.   The repair was a good one and for centuries it remained almost invisible…

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Famous Artist Odd Nerdrum sentenced to jail

Famous Artist Odd Nerdrum sentenced to jail

      Artist Odd Nerdrum sentenced to jail   Odd Nerdrum, one of Norway’s most famous and controversial artists, was sentenced to two years in prison on Wednesday after a local court in Oslo found him guilty of tax evasion. Nerdrum has earlier denied his guilt, and his defense attorney filed a quick appeal.     The court’s prison sentence matched what state prosecutors had sought after mounting their case that Nerdrum had failed to declare around NOK 14 million in taxable income from the sale of paintings between 1998 and 2002. Nerdrum was also ordered to pay court costs of NOK 10,000.       The 67-year-old artist, who boycotts Norwegian media and won’t allow his photograph to…

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Artist in his Studio: a French impressionist painter

  Artist in his Studio This is a view of Claude Monet standing in his first studio amidst his favorite canvases. The light of the afternoon is almost palpable. This room located in his main house at Giverny was turned into his sitting-room after 1890. The picture was made in springtime according to the tulips behind Monet. The photo reveals how much the painter loved flowers. There were at least six vases in his studio on this day!   When Monet became successful, he built a new house in the corner of his garden, where he moved his studio. He had now a well lit large room to work in and to store his paintings. The former studio became a place where…

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Finding Life Through The Art

The beauty of art transcends many things in our world. It makes a beautiful mind even more beautiful. It also is the balm that soothes all ailments. When you feel like you are having a great day, you ought to express yourself through art. And when you feel like the world is totally against you, the battle you face is all uphill, you should turn to art in those times as well. I once knew of a lady who had her whole life before her. She had just graduated high school and she had been selected by a top college in the country. She was enjoying a nice summer day out on the lake. They had a platform where she…

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Oil Painting : Glorious Art of Colors

Painting is an aesthetic representation of the imaginative mindset of a painter. This form of art exerted tremendous influence on the society since its inception several thousand years ago. Painters are like alchemists who can make formidable creations intermingling colors on a piece of canvas. It is through painting artists of all ages portray the conditions of the mainstream society, the various ethos, culture and traditions. A work of painting can best reveal the good and evil of the everyday life and urge the common people to be good in thought and action so that the society becomes beautiful and beneficial to the mankind. Originated as a creative pastime as cave depictions by our early ancestors, painting has undergone several…

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