Archive for the ‘Painting Styles’ Category

Symbolism Art Movement

Symbolism is an art movement that came out sometime in the mate 19th Century. It initially originated in parts of France as well as Belgium in the form of poetry as well as in the other arts. In painting, the movement represented the development of a darker version of Romanticism. The development of Symbolism as an art movement was essentially a reaction of artists against Realism and Naturalism, movements that aim to capture reality in its most natural form. Those who became Symbolist artists r…

Pop Art

After World War II, an art movement began to take shape in the United States and United Kingdom, both are influenced on popular mass culture, which would become one of the most influential styles of the 20th Century. It was aptly called “Pop Art.”Pop art is a visual art movement that challenged tradition because the artist used items associated with popular culture and joins it together with classical techniques. It is characterized by themes and methods that were based on popular culture like a…

Modern Encaustic Painting

Encaustic painting has enjoyed a revival of sorts with the availability of modern techniques now being considered as standard in the craft. This kind of panting technique was once shunned with the availability of new mediums that allow artists to paint without having to deal with handling hot wax. It may have been discouraging for many artists having to deal with making a fire trying to make hot wax consistent enough when being applied. Modern TechniquesBut with new modern techniques in place, a…

Understanding Encaustic Painting

Encaustic painting is an art technique that involves the use of heated beeswax mixed with colored pigments that are then applied to a surface. The common surfaced used usually are wood although canvas as well as other materials may also be utilized. This method is also called hot wax painting since it involves applying wax in its liquid or paste form into a surface before it hardens. HistoryEncaustic or hot wax painting is actually an ancient method of art. Early records of this painting techniq…

The Basics of Acrylic Painting

Acrylic painting is a fairly new painting method where artists make use of acrylic paints instead of the oil based variety. Acrylic paints first became commercially available during the 1950’s. They were first produced as house paints that were water based. Soon enough, a number of artists started to explore and use acrylic paints for their art works. Hence, acrylic painting started. AdvantagesOne of the advantages of using acrylic paint is that it dries fairly quickly. This allows artists to pa…

Impasto, Painting Technique

Impasto is one of the painting techniques that has been used even by the great painting masters. The term comes form the Italian word which means “dough” or “mixture”. As a painting technique, impasto refers to a method of painting where paint is laid on a canvas very thickly. The paint applied is usually thick enough that the strokes of the brush and painting knife are visible. Some techniques make use of impasto in order to mix paint right on the canvas itself. In using the impasto technique i…

Introduction to Art Nouveau

Art Nouveau is an international style used in art, architecture and design that became popular in the beginning of the 20th Century. The style is characterized by its flowing and curvilinear designs that incorporate floral and other plant-inspired accents. Its name was said to have been derived from the name of a shop in Paris that exhibited art pieces that followed this approach in design and style. Art Nouveau was said to have been introduced by Siegfried Bing, a German art dealer in Paris. He…

Panel Painting

There are many techniques employed in painting as art. Artists would want to follow a certain technique that they believe shows their best expression. Some artists prefer the canvas as the medium for their art expression. Some would prefer watercolor on paper. Still others choose pencil drawings as their outlets for expression. Another known method of painting that was popular then was doing panel paintings. Panel painting is simply painting that is created on a panel of wood. The panel can be a…

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…