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The Art of Framing

Posted on 11 April 2014 by IAC| 0 comment

Framing is an art; the trick is to frame fine art piece and turn the image into a masterpiece. The primary purpose of a frame on an oil or acrylic painting is to focus your attention on the work of art—to create a unified whole that stands alone, separate, and invites undisturbed contemplation. The primary purpose of a frame on a work on paper is to provide structure for the protection and presentation of the piece as well as to enhance its appearance.

Like the setting for a diamond, the frame around a work of art is the finishing touch, the element that completes and elevates a painting, presenting it to the viewer in its best possible light. Framing, however, is an art in and of itself, and just as a good frame choice can greatly enhance the appearance of a work, a poor frame choice can drastically diminish a work.

Not every work of art needs to be framed. For contemporary gallery-wrapped paintings, framing is completely optional. The term gallery wrap refers to canvas wrapped around thick stretcher bars and secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars. This mounting leaves the sides of the canvas smooth, neat and free of visible staples or tacks. Artists using this type of canvas mount often continue the painting around the sides or simply paint the sides a complementary neutral.

When a painting on canvas is not gallery-wrapped, the stretchers are thinner and the staples are visible along the sides. The obvious intent of the artist is that the piece will be framed, and the frame needs to have sufficient depth to accommodate the thickness of the canvas and stretchers.

Preservation of Artworks

Posted on 04 April 2014 by IAC| 0 comment

Art always represents something unique and beautiful deserving of special care. Artworks may be masterpieces or done by upcoming artists, the support used may be paper, canvas or cloth, whatever the medium involved all artworks need to be cared for in a special manner. Paintings require and demand care if one wants them to keep giving the viewing pleasure for many years to come.

Key Facts to preserve artworks:

Avoid direct light, frame artworks using a UV-coated or no-reflecting glass

Do not place paintings near a heat source or air-conditioning vent

Mitigate the effects of pollution by framing all works using acid free mounts and boards

Never spray insecticides near or on stored artworks

Regularly inspect and clean stored artworks

Place paintings flat in a crate while storing

Never spray cleaning agents directly on a painting or frame

Remove mold using a soft brush and low suction vacuum cleaner

Be very careful while moving artworks

Potential threats to artworks:

Light: When placing lights make sure that it does not reflect on the artwork, this is the ideal distance to be maintained. Also avoid direct sunlight by not placing the works opposite windows which not only could fade the paint but also discolor the paper.

Humidity: It is always best to avoid hanging framed pictures in humid conditions. Fluctuations and extremes in temperature and humidity levels can have a detrimental effect upon the preservation of archival materials.

Pests: Regular inspections of stored collections provide the cheapest and safest method of safeguarding against infestation. Screening on windows and doors will aid in keeping out larger pests. In addition, fresh flowers and plants should be inspected before being placed in the vicinity of your artworks.

Mold: Areas of high humidity and damp are highly susceptible to damage by mold growth. Any appearance of mold must be immediately removed; the best way is to use a soft brush and low suction vacuum cleaner.

Acrylic Painting tips for Professional Results

Posted on 21 March 2014 by IAC| 0 comment

Acrylics are extremely versatile, fast-drying paints, and can be used straight from the tube like oils or thinned with water and used like watercolors. Here are a few important tips to get professional looking results with the help of acrylics.

Keys points to be kept in mind while working with acrylics:

·         Keep Acrylics Workable
Because acrylics dry so fast, squeeze only a little paint out of a tube at a time. If you're using a 'normal' plastic palette invest in a spray bottle so you can spray a fine mist over the paint regularly to keep it moist, and thus usable.

·         Blot Brushes
Keep a piece of paper towel or cloth next to your water jar and get into the habit of wiping your brushes on it every time you raise them. This prevents water drops running down the ferrule and onto your painting, making blotches.

·         Opaque or Transparent Colors
If applied thickly – either straight from the tube or with very little water added – or if mixed with a little titanium white, all acrylic colors can be opaque. If diluted, they can be used like watercolors or for airbrushing.

·          Acrylic vs Watercolor Washes
When an acrylic wash dries, it's permanent and, unlike a watercolor wash, is insoluble and can be over-painted without fear of disturbing the existing wash. A watercolor glaze can be lifted out using water and a cloth.

·         Blending

Acrylics dry rapidly therefore you need to work fast if you wish to blend colors. If you're working on paper, dampening the paper will increase your working time.

·         Using Acrylic Paint as a Glue for Collage
Provided it's used fairly thickly and the item to be stuck isn't too heavy, acrylic paint will work as a glue in a collage. Simply apply some to the surface, like you would glue.

Thought-provoking Abstract Artworks

Posted on 07 March 2014 by IAC| 0 comment

Abstract art uses a visual language of form, color and line to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world. Abstract art, non-figurative art, nonobjective art, and nonrepresentational art are loosely related terms. They are similar, but perhaps not of identical meaning.

Abstraction indicates a departure from reality in depiction of imagery in art. This departure from accurate representation can be slight, partial, or complete. Abstraction exists along a continuum. Even art that aims for verisimilitude of the highest degree can be said to be abstract, at least theoretically, since perfect representation is likely to be exceedingly elusive.

Abstract art can be a painting or sculpture (including assemblage) that does not depict a person, place or thing in the natural world- even in an extremely distorted or exaggerated way. Therefore, the subject of the work is based on what you see color, shapes, and brushstrokes, size, and scale and, in some cases, the process. Abstract art began in 1911 with such works as Picture with a Circle by the Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky. Kandinsky believed that colors provoke emotions. Red was lively and confident, green was peaceful with inner strength, blue was deep and supernatural, yellow could be warm, exciting, disturbing or totally bonkers and white seemed silent but full of possibilities.

In abstract art, the artist uses a visual language of shapes, forms, lines and colors to interpret a subject-matter, without necessarily providing the viewer with a recognizable visual reference point. This contrasts dramatically with more traditional forms of art which set out to achieve a literal and more representational interpretation of a subject communicating a reality to the viewer.

Abstract art engages and challenges the intellect but it also engages and challenges the emotions and to fully appreciate it the viewer has to let go of a need to understand what the artist is trying to say and instead tune into their own feeling response to the piece. All aspects of life lend themselves to interpretation through abstract art – beliefs, fears, passions, a response to music or to nature, scientific and mathematical complexity, to name but a few, can all be used as subject matter and expressed freely and uniquely. The abstract artist communicates with us in a way that allows us to find our own personal response to the work.