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A Commercial Gallery & An Art Museum

May 17th, 2013 2:36 am

The term art galleries is used interchangeably between an actual art gallery where art is exhibited and sold for a profit and an art museum where collections of art are merely exhibited for the enjoyment and education of patrons. For the purposes of this introduction to art galleries, the former will be used. Although some of the most famous and important works of art are exhibited in art museums around the world, they are not for sale. The exhibiting of art for the purpose of sale is the major function of the commercial art gallery.

A commercial art gallery exhibits art for the enjoyment of the patrons, but the art is also for sale. This means that the collections in an art gallery are changing quite frequently as works are purchased and removed from the exhibit. The gallery will often have special exhibits featuring individual artists whose works are the centerpiece of special events. In most cases, the art galleries make their profits from taking a commission on the sale of the exhibited art, although in some cases, admission is charged. This is fairly rare in the commercial art gallery business, however.

The majority of work exhibited in art galleries are visual art with paintings being the most common form. Some galleries also exhibit other types of art such as sculpture and photography also. Some galleries that specialize in sculpture are also known as sculpture gardens and those that specialize in photographs are known as photo galleries. The term art gallery is most often used in place of these terms and many galleries feature all of the various forms of art.
The expression contemporary art gallery does not refer to a style of art, but is used to describe the modern commercial for-profit art gallery. The term is used to distinguish it from the art museum.

Many contemporary art galleries tend to be clustered together in certain districts in larger cities. Greenwich Village in New York City is an example of this although most medium sized cities will usually have at least one gallery for local artists.

There are also art galleries that are artist collectives and not run for profit, but as a place for the artist to exhibit their own works. Regardless of the type, art galleries and art museums offer the public a chance to enjoy art of all kinds and also the commercial galleries allow them the opportunity to take some of that art home with them to add to their own collections.

Different Techniques Of Oil Painting

March 11th, 2013 9:38 pm

Dry brush: A bristle brush which is dry is to take a small quantity of color from a tube of paint and apply it lightly on the painting surface be it canvas or board. If the surface is uneven then the raised portions will absorb the paint leaving the lower portions to be seen through its natural coloring. This gives a wavy and broken effect.

Basic Toning of canvas: it is a technique to give the canvas a basic tone with a warm color. Sometimes the natural color of the painting surface can be so bright that it makes the painting too much of a contrast. To reduce such stark contrast you can apply a base color on to the whole surface which will help you to do the rest of the painting with better judgment. It is very useful especially on learning how to paint rain using oil painting. This base color toning can be any color of your choice, but usually warm colors such as red, brown, light orange or yellow gives the finished canvas a brighter look.

Alla Prima Technique: This involves finishing a complete painting in one single session. It was the famous artist Bob Ross who made this painting technique really popular on one of his shows on television. During this show he executed a wonderful painting from start to finish within half an hour.

Using Painting Knives: Yet another is to use a knife to apply paint on the canvas. If you have not tried this method yet, then give it a shot. You may find you are able to paint quite easily and fast with a knife just like applying butter on a slice of bread. The only thing to remember is that while learning how to paint rain with a knife the consistency of the paint should be butter like. When we say painting knife remember it is NOT the palette knife since the painting knife is constructed in a different manner to a palette knife.

Glazing: This method of applying translucent layers of paint which is called glazing gives a rich and realistic look to any canvas. In this oil painting technique the colors are not blended together before painting. The colors are brought out by applying transparent colors one on top of the other. Glazing method gives a luminescent sheen and natural look result.