TAG: Painting

The Street Art Connection

The Street Art Connection

Street artists interact with their environment in a way that is reality based; not producing art to be kept locked up behind pristine museum doors, but left exposed, open for interpretation and interaction. Google’s somewhat controversial Street View has made it easier than ever to check out artists and their works that are swirling around the web with their Street Art Project. The project captures street art with its custom built cameras, making it possible to discover works from all over the world. Currently, there are more than 5,000 images in high resolution available. The Street Art Project was developed by the… read more

The Magical Painted Architecture Of Richard Haas

The Magical Painted Architecture Of Richard Haas

Richard Haas is an artist known for his painted renditions of buildings and ornate architectural details. His work is on everything from skyscrapers, building facades, interiors, drawings and canvas, and his ability to create illusion and art is to be marveled at. The technique that he employs is called trompe l’oeil, which means tricks the eye in French. His painted optical illusions are beyond impressive. He can completely change the look of plain walls, concrete and brick buildings into unbelievably realistic works of art. His painted details include visual feats like buildings that when looked at one way appear to… read more

Painting With Dirt and Berries

Painting With Dirt and Berries

Paint doesn’t always have to be store bought. Natural pigments can be made from many items for their desired hues, and is perfect for crafting or smaller painting tasks. Unexpected things, like soil and berries, can be used to for painting and dying fabrics due to their naturally rich colorants. Rhonda R. Janke provides a handout on creating paint from local materials, like soils. Interested in making her own paints, she developed a skill for formulating colors from natural substances like soil. In addition to other resources, she provides tips for making your own organic egg-tempera, gouache and oil paints…. read more

Natural Paint

Natural Paints (photo by knottyboy on Flickr)

Some of the first recorded paintings were found in Africa and date back around 30,000 years. Early painted works have been found in caves and dwelling areas worldwide, and the art of painting continues as expression and necessity. Modern paints are obviously vastly different than the cave variety. Store bought paints contain chemical additives and harmful substances that are released into the air in varying quantities, called volatile organic compounds. When you choose a natural mixture you have total quality control and there are no lingering toxins. In addition to being better for your space and the environment, it is… read more