How To Create Textured Art Designs

Most artists enjoy working with some form of color, shape, form, and texture or all of the above. I was thinking of a unique way to add texture to acrylic paintings or for that matter any type of art whether it’s working with paint, paper or clay. Be creative in whatever medium you choose.

I thought using sugar, salt, sand or glitter would be an interesting substance to work with within a piece of artwork.  It can be used prior to painting the work or sprinkled over the project after painted.

How to: Using Paint

§  Apply a transparent glue on the canvas
§  Sprinkle sugar, salt, sand or glitter onto the canvas randomly
§  Let dry overnight
§  Paint on the canvas as usual.
§  You will need to use a special set of brushes which you don’t mind using for this stand-alone project.

How to: Using Paper or Cardboard
You can use pennies as a form of 3D pop art which I used on creating a vision board.

§  Simply apply a permanent glue as an adhesive between the object and base.
§  Align the amount of pennies needed to create dimension sandwiched between the base and the object.
§  Glue accordingly.
§  This technique works well on small projects no larger than 11 x 12 area.

How to: Using Clay 

§  Use marbles, jacks, jewelry beads, string or yarn to mix into the batch of clay

§  Mold as desired.

           For more inspiration, go to: Sand Textured Landscapes or Textured Designs

The Annual New England Art Walk Festival

On Saturday, August 24th, the Annual New England Art Walk Festival was held in Portland, Maine. Painters, sculptures and jewelry designers gathered under white tents to showcase and sell their latest works. There were several landscapes, seascapes, portraits and abstract paintings in mediums such as oil, acrylic, tempera, and pastels. 

They also had local musicians dispersed throughout the festival which played guitars, saxophones and violins which added a special ambiance. The festival was located just minutes away from downtown Old Port where you could find fresh lobsters, clams, oysters and other well-acclaimed seafood dishes. Local shops and restaurants was within walking distance to the art festival. It was also located in the vicinity to the Portland Museum of Art and the Maine College of Art, also known as, MECA 

If you have never experienced the New England seacoast, this would be a great place for creative inspiration. Local beaches are only 45 minutes away. There are many landmarks which make it a great place for photographers to capture nature and scenic views. Autumn is a peak season also.

You can also take a local trolley ride to tour the city or simply relax on a mini cruise to several historic islands in the nearby area. 

Whatever you decide to do, while absorbing the creative atmosphere, will definitely add to the fun, food, and excitement at the festival.  

Photos Courtesy of Yolanda Berry

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The Birth of Venus

Alexandre Cabanel  (French, Montpellier 1823–1889 Paris)

“Cabanel’s “Birth of Venus” (Musée d’Orsay, Paris) created a sensation at the Salon of 1863, which was known as the “Salon of the Venuses” because several paintings of the goddess were exhibited. This painting embodies the ideals of academic art in its careful modeling, polished surface finish, and mythological subject. Cabanel’s picture established his reputation, and it was purchased by Napoleon III for his personal collection. (A depiction of Napoleon III’s wife hangs at right.) In 1875, the American banker John Wolfe commissioned the present canvas, one of numerous replicas Cabanel made after the original.”

Credit: MET Museum of New York 

When I visited the MET museum, the painting of Alexandre Cabanel’s, “The Birth of Venus“, created in 1875, was eye-captivating when I saw it across the room. I was quickly drawn like a magnet. The scale of the woman was emphasized by painting a larger than life image of the woman floating on top of the ocean which was illuminated and life-like. The painting used vibrant colors and was saturated but did not use a lot of bright colors. The flesh tones were very realistic and natural as well as the proportions of her body.

The subject had movement. Her long locks of reddish, curly hair floated on top as well as beneath the surface of the rushing waves. The ocean created a 3-dimensional illusion because of the depth and use of shading. The artist captured the viewer’s attention by using scale and proportion which was emphasized in the piece of artwork. All elements were integrated and well organized. There were five Cupids flying above Venus which was going in different directions which added interest. The large canvas used to paint the image also implied the monumental image of the Goddess. The artist captured the viewer’s attention by using scale and proportion as well as color.

The perspective was a horizontal line which allowed your eyes to move across the whole scope of the painting. It was a very smooth surface and well blended which illustrated the artist’s technical skills in a highly finished piece of artwork.

I concentrated on the hair and waves which had such detail and rhythm. The artist emphasized the meaning of power, strength and beauty within the scale of the female body. She also seemed to be peaceful and relaxed. In contrast, the ocean was active, harsh and rough with crashing waves. The underlying message that I received was of a woman resting in peace in the midst of a storm.