Category: Painting

Art

Amazing paintings by passionate French artist and designer that can wow you

Damien Geminard is a French designer, graphic artist, motion designer, and painter that is skilled with illustration, web design, and motion graphics. For years, he has worked with so many companies as a graphic designer. He has provided services for almost every conceivable client - print shops, web agencies, stickers shops, and more. He's also freelanced for over a decade. Geminard is a family man who is as passionate about his art as he is about his kids. So whenever he gets some free and uninterrupted time on his hands, he goes back to his original love: painting. He paints, he paints, and he paints some more. Below are some of his amazing works using paint. You can contact him through his email or see more of his work on his website, Artisteprint. On his site, you can also see his other work in graphic design, motion graphics, and a lot more. ...
Creativity

When art gets under your skin: photos show people who tattoo famous paintings on their bodies

Those who fall in love with the paintings of the great artists, sometimes decide to honor their art by tattooing it on the skin. By tattooing these famous paintings, art lovers are able to forever carry their favorite pieces with them. In the pictures bellow, you can see some of the famous paintings and the way they look on human skin. Picasso, Klimt, Van Gogh, Da Vinci, Schiele, Matisse… Sometimes it is not enough to wear the art in your soul, but under your skin too. ...
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African mask-inspired chrome paintings by Brooklyn-based artist

Drawing inspiration from historical African sculptures, Kip Omolade's latest series of oil paintings is all about chrome and solid backgrounds. Titled, "Diovadiova Chrome," the Brooklyn-based artist's new works discuss contemporary identity, luxury, and immortality. Each piece features a mold taken from a model which is then produced in resin. Then, layers of chrome-y goodness are applied coupled with artificial eyelashes. The process ends with tall, hyperrealistic oil renderings that serve "as a conduit between the spiritual and natural world," writes Omolade. Check out some of the works below and find more on Instagram. ...
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Artist creates commissioned paintings using watercolor and the final results are simply lovely

Renee Pulve is a graphic designer and artist from California who recently started commissioned painting services. In the photos below, we can see how her process works. Each of these paintings is for different clients or purposes, but we can appreciate the technique and color palette similarities for them. The first photo features a monstera leaf using watercolor, which was created for a tropical planner. The second photo shows a favorite of the artist herself. You can purchase this flamingo creation on Minted. Next, we see a simple pineapple subject. Pulve admits that there is some difficulty drawing and painting leaves while maintaining some dimension in the end. Finally, there is a pretty seahorse painting, where Pulve used masking fluid to create a degree of texture. Brighter paints were used to bring life to the creature's face, fin, and tail. Check out more of Pulve's work on Dribble or on her website. ...
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Artist gives tutorial on how to make landscape paintings using watercolor

Jem Bowden teaches us how to create landscape watercolor paintings by showing one of her own pieces. We see the actual photo of the artist's subject. In this case, it's a scenic image of a beach shore with boats and other elements. If you look closely, the watercolor painting looks more artistic and creative than the reference photo. Bowden advises that even with reference photos, it's nice to get "creative" and feel free to paint with some freedom. Bowden also says that in impressionistic painting, detail is not as important as a good composition. A nice atmosphere with verve and directness will go a long way. The artist aims to captivate the entire sense of a specific setting or scene while allowing the chosen subject to stand out. In this particular project, the painting was done outdoors. They may be subtle, but working around the actual weather, smells, and sounds of nature can create important influences on the painting itself. ...
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Remembering the defunct ‘Faux Museum’: a paradise for oddities and confusion

The Faux Museum was once the bread and butter of Tom Richards, its curator (and often, janitor). It was located in Portland, Oregon and contains a wild collection of knick knacks. Everything inside the museum was either created by Richards himself or his friends. Each displayed item is a representation of his eccentric imagination and sense of humor. Why the weirdness? He simply wants people to "not think too hard" and "see things differently". In this light, each piece is misleading by intention. In fact, the original plan was to make an entire museum as a prank, but Richards ended up pouring everything he had into it. As a result, he made tourists and locals amused (and usually, confused) as they pass by. There certainly is a big hole left by the Faux Museum as it leaves us in its wake. It said goodbye in 2015, and fans from all over are still hoping that it'll open its doors once again - in one way or another.  ...
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Sir Anthony Hopkins’ colorful paintings on display in Las Vegas and San Diego

The veteran actor, best known for playing Hannibal Lecter in the movie franchise, is also a world-renowned painter and artist. His latest collection is now on display as part of permanent exhibitions. These can be viewed at the Jeff Mitchum Galleries, at the Bellagio and MGM Grand (Las Vegas) and in La Jolla (San Diego). His pieces are acrylic paintings on canvas, selling between $4000 to $80,000. The 79-year old started painting 12 years ago, thanks to the encouragement of his wife. He admits there is "no meaning" in his paintings. He just creates them and discovers the art along the way - he does not like thinking or analyzing them. He uses paints, acrylics, oils, pens, markers, canvasses, brushes, and tempera bottles. He loves making super colorful art since he was a child, which started from his fascination for church stained glass windows when his father took him to hear mass. See more of Sir Anthony's work on display at Jeff Mitchum Galleries. ...
Creativity

This young artist draws 3D optical illusions on his own hand

Jordan Molina is a gifted young artist. And his talent is almost magical, his paintbrush might as well be a magic wand. With just a few effortless paintbrush strokes he turns his hand into impossible illusion from his fluid imagination. But of course, this is only a glimpse of what he can do. To see more of his impressive work, visit his website, follow him on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, or G+. ...
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Paintings perfectly capture the gloom of rainy days in big cities

These paintings by Mike Barr are good enough to beat any filter-infused Instagram photos. The Australian painter is a master of creating rainy cityscapes, depicting gray atmospheres and moods of gloom. With the neon hues of nearby street lamps and shop signs powering through thick layers of haze, it becomes challenging to try to figure out which city is being depicted (it's Melbourne). Coupled with a sense of familiarity that we've all experienced similar gloomy days in big cities, Barr's paintings prey on nostalgia. Check out some of his paintings below and find more on his Facebook and website. ...
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Massive otherworldly portraits comprised in the classic impasto style

Globs of oil paint can do the trick sometimes in portraiture and Salman Khoshroo's paintings showcase just that. The Tehran-based painter creates massive portraits that can be several feet tall at times. Each painting depicts a human form performing different gestures. With a palette knife, Khoshroo goes about spreads globs of thick oil paint, defining the shape of each form in the impasto style. The paintings below were created for a 2015 show at Azad Gallery. Check out some of the mysterious portraits below and find more on Facebook and Instagram. ...
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Collaboration proves that hand-painted mail gives a more personal touch to getting holiday cards

Wouldn't it be amazing to go back to the time when everything was made by hand? Handwritten and sealed letters say so much more about a person's emotion and sentimentality than a text message or an email. Fortunately, we are here to know that all of this old school style isn't completely lost. Lucy Halcomb is a Brooklyn-based artist who specializes in hand-painting her crafts. Her latest projects include customized, hand-painted mail in the form of greeting cards. She sent this to her friend, Nimrat Brar, who happens to be an art director. But instead of simply saying thanks and appreciating the cards, Nimrat returned the favor and "realized" some of the mail. She even responded with a hand-painted letter of her own. Below are some of these hand-painted mail from the collaborators - but you can also check out Lucy's Instagram account for more of her amazing art. ...
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Illustrative acrylic works created on wood cut pieces

Wood and paint seem to blend well together as seen in Meni Chatzipanagiotou's fabulous paintings. The Greek illustrator produces wood cut painted illustrations with acrylic, gouache, and pens as part on an ongoing series. Her work carries a particular aesthetic that can be likened to those elaborate ones found on old archived parchment paper, while also combining a little bit of expressionist style. The paintings span a variety of subjects from fantasy and surrealism to science fiction. Check out some of her paintings below and if you're interested in purchasing a few of her wonderful woodcut pieces, they available in her shop. ...
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Artist shares work on potential Harry Potter magazine cover

Abi Daniel, an artist based in Texas, is sharing some previews for her work that may end up in a "potential" and "future" Harry Potter magazine. Fans of the franchise will fall in love with these pieces - and not just because of the context (Expecto Patronum!) but also since they are just exquisite paintings. Daniel used watercolor on the pieces and was given the suggestion of adapting the particular scene (when Harry conjured a stag Patronus using the Time Turner). Incidentally, she had already been thinking of the same scene even before they suggested it to her - so she naturally got on board right away. She loves watercolor. However, she admits that she made a pre-paint composition prior to making sure there are no necessary paint-overs or take-backs during the process. You can see her works on Instagram. She also has her own website for her art. ...
Architecture

Artist spray paints intricate floor patterns to mimic traditional Catalan works

Awesome tiles in rundown places. That's how you get someone's attention. Javier De Riba is an artist with a knack for spray painting over floors and walls with intricate geometric patterns. It's amazing how perfectly crisp the patterns are at the edges because they're nearly indistinguishable from ones traditionally found in Catalan homes. Strategically placed in derelict, abandoned places, De Riba's pieces effectively impact the viewer upon first sight. Check out some of his works below and find more on both his website and Etsy. [caption id="attachment_74456" align="alignnone" width="950"] [/caption]  ...
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LA County Museum of Art to host exhibit works from Picasso and apprentice Diego Rivera

Pablo Picasso had a friendly relationship with fellow painter Diego Rivera. The latter was a younger artist from Mexico at the time, and he had spent a lot of time discovering Europe. He even lived in Paris for many years. Picasso and Rivera were neighbors at one point. The two artists will be the painters of focus for the next exhibition hosted by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). This exhibit will highlight the two artists' lives, how Picasso acquired a still life painting by Rivera - and what he got in return; their experiments with various painting techniques and art materials; and how they both reenvisioned representational painting in their unique ways. The exhibit is called “Picasso and Rivera: Conversations Across Time” and will be sponsored by Christie's auctions. Tickets and admission are free for members all year long. More details on the exhibit are posted on the official event page from the LACMA website. ...
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Out-of-the-box Bentwood Box Art Pieces support fundraiser

The Annual Charity Bentwood Box Event has gathered a total of 25 artists to participate in the fundraising event this year. The moderator gave all artists the same materials to work with. At the end of the event, the artists showcased their own individual interpretations and created art pieces that raised awareness about important issues in our society today. It was held at the Lattimer Gallery. The fundraiser started last November and concluded recently on Dec. 3. It became a live auction, where all proceeds went to benefit the Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA). UNYA is a nonprofit that aids indigenous youths in urban areas, primarily to build and develop an aboriginal youth centre - the very first one in the country. This event marked the 10th anniversary of the charity. Since its conception, the bentwood box charity has raised over $180,000 for the UNYA. Right now, all of the box installations have been sold out. You can still view photos of the pieces on...
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This “mandala artist” spends between 8 and 54 hours to complete her works

UK-based artist Asmahan A. Mosleh currently has 130,000 followers on her Instagram account and the pictures below will explain to you why. She makes absolutely gorgeous mandalas with amazing details and balanced color combinations. The process is complicated and the artist needs several steps to accomplish her vision. That’s why it takes her between 8 and 54 hours to complete the painting. Mandala is an essential part of Tibetan Buddhist tradition. They became a symbol of patience and balance. They also symbolize the art of “letting go”. Mandala painting is a spiritual act. And one can say that Asmahan A. Mosleh is a monk of modern art time. ...
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Seeing the best of representative painting at Art Basel Miami Beach

Many detest the Art Basel events in Miami Beach, claiming them to be overly commercialized and expensive. Audiences who are able to see past that, however, might find that it is worth going on a trip for - especially if you're only ever concerned about the actual art. The show will feature the works of various artists from around the globe. These artists use all kinds of media, but painting seems to be among the more prevalent ones. To be precise, "representational painting" is a huge trend for this year's event. More than paintings, fans of film, art installations, sculptures, and even magazine collectors will find something interesting. The event is also a prime spot for critics and collectors from all around the world. Considered as the premier art fair in the US, the exhibit is expecting a total of 70,000 visitors this year. ...
Creativity

Teen artist creates Mandala-inspired hippy art

Lauren Swan is a teenager from Sydney, Australia. Her medium of choice is Posca Water Base Paint Markers and her canvas is whatever she can get her hands on. Ukuleles, decorative heads, statues, you can see the joyful sprinkle of colorful dots carefully placed on each piece. To see more of her gleeful work follow her on Facebook, Instagram or visit her Etsy store. Can w...
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Transforming the shape of the human body into a living canvas

Gesine Mardewel is a skilled German bodypaint artist. There is very little to say about her, but that's because her work says it all. In her own words "It is the transformation of a human being into a breathing, moving, living work of art". In most of her work, the model(s) and the fine bodypaint mimic the animal so faithfully that the model just vanishes, camouflaged by the surroundings. To see more of her work visit her website or follow her on Facebook. Just be careful, some of the pictures may be NSFW. ...
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Sea rocks brought to life

Robert Rizzo is an Italian artist residing in Malaga, Spain. He uses acrylic paint to transform sea rocks softened by the waves, into works of art - embellishing them with the essence of live animals. Since he works in unaltered rocks, respecting shape and size, each painting is unique. He also makes pet lifelike portraits with an uncanny resemblance, giving pet-rocks a whole new meaning. To see more of his work visit his website, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, or his Etsy store.   ...
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Amazingly satisfying video of paint being mixed (more interesting than watching it dry)

This should go down as one of the most satisfying videos to watch ever! Exploring symmetry, Canadian artist Annette Labedzki, who specializes in abstract figurative painting, recently discovered the human attraction towards obscure but satisfying videos on Instagram. Following up with this discovery, she created a video of her own showing off paint as it's being mixed. Labedzki made symmetrical versions for some clips to achieve balance in both halves of the frame. Watch the magical video below and find more here.  ...
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Artist uses reclaimed materials to created oceanic art

Ross McDowell is a surfer and avid lover of nature, especially any and all things relating to the ocean. Most of his work is done on hand-scraped reclaimed Indonesian teak, inspired obviously from oceanic nature.  In all his work you can appreciate the worn out finish that gives you the feeling of an antique treasure that just drifted onto the wave-licked sands of some distant beach. To see more of his work visit his website, or Instagram,    ...
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Artist’s hands become the ultimate canvas

Isaar Tahir is a New York painter that loves cookies and animated movies. She can also hold the hold universe in her hands.  In an interesting paradox, she creates art with her hands, on her hands in a true case of Inceptcionart. There is not much information on her, but there is not  doubt she is a Disney fan. No doubt, you can recognize more than one movie in her art. To see more of her work follow her on Instagram. ...
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Dreamlike landscape paintings inspire discussion about disasters and distress

Paintings that are so good that you forget about how complicated they were to make are sure to astound us at DesignFaves. So, we just had to talk about artist Julie Heffernan. Her paintings of dreamlike landscapes feature layers of detail in canvases as large as five feet. The scenes appear to be something right out of an epic fantasy novel like Lord of the Rings. Heffernan's paintings discuss disaster and distress and our collective thoughts on situations like Hurricane Katrina or the BP oil spill. In her artist statement, she writes, "We are slowly making our world unlivable, and I want to bring to the surface the destructive action, waster, and contamination that is generally invisible to us." Check out some of her work below and find more on her blog, Painters on Paintings. ...
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Dina Brodsky’s stunning sketchbook combines watercolor and pencil art

These watercolor and pencil drawings by Dina Brodsky are a match made in heaven. The artist's sketchbook is filled with glorious renderings of architecture, wildlife, and people. The drawings are detailed and done in pencil amidst a plethora of gorgeous cursive handwriting. Each scene is further brought to the foreground by multicolored layers of watercolor, gouache, gold leaves, and objects Brodsky has discovered during her travels. Her recent exhibition "The Secret Life of Trees" was held at the Bernarducci Meisel Gallery in NYC. Check out some pages from Brodsky's sketchbook below and find on her Instagram and on Etsy. ...
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‘Point of Origin’ exhibition in NYC features paintings made on palettes

The many shapes and sizes of an artist's palette can tell you a lot about their work. For Dina Brodsky, this led to a series of paintings on palettes. Brodsky had been experimenting with tools that artists use in their work when she discovered the creative potential in her paint palette itself. Then, a studio visit further intensified this discovery until it led to a series of paintings upon palettes. Brodsky invited friends and strangers to come join in and the resulting works are nothing short of amazing! Brodsky writes, "It grew from there, almost like a conversation that was happening via palette paintings and social media amongst artists all over the globe." Check out some of the paintings below and learn about Point of Origin, an exhibition bringing together the works at The Lodge Gallery in New York City. ...
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