Month: March 2016

Canvas Wall Art Tips To Consider Before You Buy A Painting

Knowing how to buy canvas wall art will make your room look better and add value to your artwork. Paintings add a personal touch to a room because it reflects your taste. You don’t just decorate with art, you also show a part of your character.

Each person has different personalities, hence will have various tastes in decor and paintings. When choosing artwork, the first thing you have to consider is your personal taste before you think of how much it will cost or how it will look on your wall. It is important that you buy artwork that you will enjoy looking at for a long time.

Of course expensive classic paintings created by masters are beautiful, but they are not for everyone. Today’s modern lifestyle has created a new niche in the art market. Contemporary paintings are now in demand more than ever because they complement today’s modern homes.

When choosing artwork is also important to consider your furniture style and color theme. Although you may love a particular painting but if the colors won’t match with your room’s color theme it won’t look as great ones it is hung on your wall. Your other option is to repaint your room and change the colors of your furnishing.

Another thing to consider when buying canvas wall art is how it reflects your lifestyle or business. If you are en equestrian or live in a ranch, it is only logical to decorate your home with paintings that depict horses. If you own a wine bar or a fine dining restaurant, a picture of a vineyard or wine canvas would be suitable to decorate your business.

If you love to cook at home, paintings that depict food, fruits, herbs or a dining scene or cafe would be ideal for your dining room or kitchen. For a child’s bedroom, abstracts in their favorite color would be safe bets. You can also hang a painting of your child’s favorite animal in his or her bedroom.

Present your artwork properly to make it into the room’s focal point by framing it in an attractive frame, by hanging it in a spot where it can’t be missed, or by toning down on other decor pieces in the room. If you have a large room use large canvas pieces. Hanging one tiny painting on a large wall will just get it ignored. You can also group several small paintings to make up a large centerpiece on your wall.


Tips for Attending Art School

Here are some tips that will help you survive and thrive during your art school adventure.

Make the most of your education

Attend every art class, and be on time. Keep your nose to the grindstone and do the best work you can do. Don’t wait till the last minute to do homework assignments. You are building the foundation upon which the rest of your life will be built. Make it a solid one! Be sure to get plenty of sleep. Get to bed early on school days and let your hair down on the weekends.

Be unique

Push your creative boundaries. Be careful not to plagiarize or reproduce anyone else’s work. Don’t be afraid of using up your creativity. The more work you produce, the more creative you will become.

Your portfolio

Always be thinking about building your portfolio. Work on each assignment as if it will end up in your portfolio. Push yourself to be the best you can be and don’t settle for mediocrity. Try to make each piece better than the last.

Purchased used textbooks if you can

Textbooks are one of the most expensive purchases you will make while in art school. Buy used textbooks if you can, as they are much less expensive. Sell the textbooks you don’t need.


Keep searching and applying for scholarships. Apply for scholarships for each term. Every little bit of extra money towards tuition will make a huge difference, especially if you have student loans to deal with.

Get involved

Join student organizations and groups. It is a great way to make new and lasting friendships.

Frugal living

Living frugally and on a budget is essential while you are in college. Make use of your Student ID! Many local shops, theaters, and restaurants offer discounts to students. If you have access to a kitchen, cook your own meals. Wait for sales and clearances before purchasing clothing, or visit store outlets.

Stay healthy

It is easy for college students to put healthy habits aside when the stress of college life mounts. Get plenty of sleep. Taking a nap between study sessions can help you retain the information longer. Eat healthy foods and drink lots of water. Try to exercise every day, even if it’s just going for a walk. Staying healthy will make you feel better and you will be more creative and productive.

Tips and Tricks Found in Acting Books

For the last three years I have been reviewing books on acting for a drama weekly. However, I haven’t yet found a book on acting that compares to real acting experience. Now, I’m not saying that acting books are worthless because they have their place. These books contain an almost encyclopedic discussion of various acting methodologies and approaches. These books also can also provide useful contact information that might take a while to find on your own. Nevertheless, a book on acting cannot take the place of a good acting course.Acting books can help you to take your first steps into the world of acting. After that, it is all up to you. You can study all of the books on acting that you want, and try out every acting technique known to man on your own, but they are worthless if you can not use them to impress a director. Acting may require a lot of methodology, but the methodology is not the point. Acting is about figuring out what you want to do and finding ways to do it. Some professional actors know so many techniques that they write acting books on their own, but others know very little. Diving into the mind of the character to make him or her come alive is enough for them.

You should consider getting a few drama books instead of spending hard earned money that actors tend to have in such small quantities on acting books. Classic books of plays are an actor’s best friend. After all, theater is one of the original art forms. You can strengthen your acting by delving more deeply into theatrical arts. Even movie actors can attest to the benefit of reading drama books. In fact, many of the best movie actors started out with Shakespearean acting courses. Only a select few actually spend their time reading acting books.

Now, don’t get me wrong because I’m not trying to discourage you entirely. Go ahead and read acting books if you are inspired by reading them. Spending time with whatever inspires you to act is important and worthwhile. Just remember that the purpose of these acting books is inspiration and ideas. None of them will give you real acting experience, although they can be great sources. You will have to take acting courses, go to acting workshops, and hustle for jobs like the rest of the acting world if you want to gain valuable acting experience.

7 Tips For Starting Your Painting Art Journal

Your painting art journal is a powerful way to jump-start your future painting projects. Consider the following tips to get started.

  1. Obtain an 8 1/2 x 11 size hard cover sketchbook. Of course, you could make your own journal, but that is for another discussion. Why keep a journal? It is important to maintain a journal to record important ideas that you receive. If not those great ideas will fly out of your mind as quickly as you receive them. Therefore, Keep your journal with you at all times.
  2. Use zip lock or similar pint sized storage bags.

These bags will contain small clip files. Keep images in these bags that can be drawn on for inspiration and included in your painting. Also, keep a sharpie pen to write on the zip lock bag to record its contents.

Get a glue stick to paste some of these image ideas into your journal with notes stating the possible uses of the images. Try recording your notes with color. This will give you a good visual record of the direction that you planning to go in.

  1. Write your thoughts about your painting ideas into your journal.
    Your thoughts are in addition to the notes you have recorded in step 2. They should be images that inspire your creativity.

When possible include the time, date and place where you obtained your inspiration. The recording of the TIME may help you in understanding what time of day, or month you tend to be more creative.

When you record the location where you got these gems of insight it will encourage you to re-visit that special place.
This will allow you to capitalize on you peak creative times. And the surroundings that inspire your spirit.

  1. Use color swatches for ideas and paste into your journal.

Look for color samples from magazines clippings that can be inspiring in your color choices. This can help in the overall color feel of your painting series. They may have an earthly color feel, a warm color sense or cool colors made up of blues and greens.
This is also the time to play around with different color combinations. These color swatches can be pasted into your sketchbook with your glue stick.

  1. Paste photos inside your journal and maintain records.

A photographer’s best friends are the records that are kept for future reference. These records include:

o Camera and lens combinations used, what digital settings were used or film type.

o Time of day that light in a scene was observed. Some great light is seen early dawn or near sunset. It is usually during this time that you can get nice color changes and light angles.

o Seasonal changes. This will enable you to know where and when to go to get that breathtaking photo.

For example, once a year there is a park in my area that has Cherry Blossoms. If I capture a picture there and decide to paint it in the future I need to record the season and place of those beautiful flowers.

  1. Draw, Draw, Draw.

Drawing is fundamental. Drawing is the key foundation to all art forms. With the use of note taking in your journal you can record studies for future artwork.

I like to do thumbnail sketches first. These are small quick drawings that record the sense of composition before a more careful worked out drawing is done. Sometimes in the thumbnail stage I will record notes that will be helpful in my later work. The incubation stage for a series of paintings can be born in your journal.

  1. Carve out a time and place each day to visit your journal.

Sure there may be days you just do not post to the journal. But if you aim to do it daily then you will miss not doing it. As a result you will go to your journal the next day or two that week.