Archive for April, 2007

The Basics of Watercolor

Watercolor painting can be a very interesting hobby. As a matter of fact, any type of art as a hobby can be fulfilling, considering that you are trying to create something out of a blank white sheet of paper or canvas or whatever material you wish to use. On a hobby such as watercolor painting, you can be able to create wonderful works with practice. And with practice, you would require a bit of discipline, patience and creativity. Your interest in your hobby would ensure that you have all these…

Aesthetics in Japanese Arts

Japanese aesthetics is closely tied in with what is considered beautiful in Japanese culture. An astonishing and unsurpassed aesthetic sense is grasped, yet one can be bewildered as to how to make sense of it. This is particularly obvious in traditional music and theater such as Kabuki and Noh. There is a pace and distinctiveness in these arts unlike Western music and theater. This difference is such that by viewing Japanese arts from our typically (and I would even say, to a large extent hegemo…

Starting Oil Painting

Oil paints are extremely versatile. They can be used thickly in impasto or extremely thinly in glazes; they can be opaque or transparent. Here are a few tips to help you get the most from your oils. Oil Painting Tip 1:Always lay your oil paints out on your palette in the same order so that, with time, you’ll be able to pick up a bit of a colour instinctively. Oil Painting Tip 2:The proportion of oil (medium) should be increased for each subsequent layer in an oil painting – known as painti…

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio

Revolutionary, madman, iconoclast, and murderer. Michelangelo Merisi’s complex life is mirrored in his radical art. He defied centuries of tradition to present ordinary scenes with models from the lower classes. His use of chiaroscuro- dramatic light and dark effects- was an important discovery that will be copied by many other artists and in different mediums. Michelangelo Merisi was born in the Lombardy hill town of Caravaggio on September 28, 1573. His professional name is derived from his ho…

Pencil Drawing For Beginners

If you are interested in drawing, it can become into a worthwhile as well as fulfilling hobby. Drawing requires continuous practice in order for one to become good at. It is not something that can be learned just by reading about it. In needs always having a pencil and paper on hand and an ideal subject. One may then start drawing away to create a masterpiece, dependent on one’s adeptness in the use of his hands, the creativity and the vision of the mind. Many people might see drawings as incomp…

Surrealism Art Movement

Art has been a part of man’s quest for knowledge. Man aimed to capture and the concretion of what comes to the imagination of the human psyche. Objects with a physical or tangible counterpart are easier to recreate in a painter’s canvas and an artwork of extreme beauty can be produced. But what about the metaphysical realm where so-called objects may not have a physical counterpart? How would artists make them as a subject of a painting for example? What is invisible and the stuff of dreams and …

Dada or Dadaism Art Movement

Dadaism was an art and cultural movement that developed in 1916 through an agreement between a group of young artists in Zurich, Switzerland. It was the time of war. In fact, the first World War was ongoing during those times. The movement started with that fateful gathering of poets, writers, painters and other young artists who protested to the ongoing war around the world. These young artists believed that the war started because of the rationalization, intellectual rigidity, reason and logic…

Impressionism Art Movement

Impressionism as an art movement came out in France sometime during the mid 19th century that began to go against the rules of academic painting. During that time, the most popular paintings were then created following the rules and standards instituted by the influence of European schools of art. Impressionism was borne out of going against the stylistic as well as the technical standards that academic art was known for. A few Paris-based artists during the 1860’s were beginning to go against t…

Post-colonialism – Impact on Southeast Asian Art

Post-colonialism is primarily a set of theories focused on literature, film and philosophy. It basically deals with issues for societies that have undergone colonialism: the task of developing a national identity of years of foreign rule, of finding the right voice to express issues and concerns of their own culture. There isn’t a single definition of post-colonial theory but it is a method of dealing with colonialism. All the theorists agree that colonialism still lends an incredible amount of …