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Monthly Archives: February 2017

Chinese Painting

Chinese paintings includes flowers and birds, landscape, figure paintings and so forth. Through brief introduction and appreciation of masterpieces, hope you will acquire a fundamental knowledge of the historical development and theoretical issues of Chinese painting. You will learn the basic technique of different brush works, through which you will understand the creative process of Chinese painting, and they will be encouraged to create your own works through the application of the technique and attempt to reform this traditional art form.

Four Gentlemen

The four gentlemen refer to the orchid, the bamboo, the chrysanthemum, and the plum blossom; they are metaphors of the gentleman with moral integrity.

Aquatic Life-Fishes

Artists used to make use of this painting topic to show their enthusiasm for ideal life.

Lotus and Coloring

Lotus represents a gentleman who stands out from the crowd. Painting styles and history of lotus painting will be favored. A contemporary artist Zhang Daqian has developed several new techniques in depicting the lotus.

Landscape

The ancient painters created a landscape painting in different ways, including modeling masterpieces, sketching and traveling to give expression of emotion to maintain and water to pursue lofty and independent personality.

When comes to traditional Chinese painting, it generally refers to China’s traditional art with unique national characteristics, which uses brush, ink stick, ink slab, paper and pigment to depict both realistic and imaginary Objects. It has many categories; including scroll painting, mural painting, New-Year pictures, engraving painting and so forth.

Chinese paintings don’t have a strict art category and is not a scientific conception. According to different tools and materials, it can be categorized into ink-wash painting and color-ink paintings, just like oil paintings, water-color paintings, engraving paintings and gouache paintings equally. With different usage, Chinese paintings can be classified into mural painting, serial pictures, New-Year pictures and illustration. Due to different themes, we can sort out Chinese paintnigs into figure paintnigs and landscape paintnigs. With its unique technique and style, it forms an independent art in the world, on a par with oil paintings in the West. As a whole, traditional Chinese paintings pays great attention to presentings the essence of objects, stressing the beauty of form and requiring pictures to capture both spirit and form and to be replete with vitality and rhythm, which greatly represents the trend of development of traditional Chinese paintnigs and a defining core value of China’s cultural tradition. It is an ideal that the Chinese nation has unremittingly pursued and an important component part of Oriental paintings.

Learn Art of Calligraphy

Calligraphy refers to an ancient design of writing. The word is derived from a Greek phrase that means beautiful handwriting and is also known as a kind of visual art. Though it is a very old form, it is still being practiced all over the world. Since it has been developed in many countries, a variety of styles are available today. These include Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Roman, English, and many more.

You need not be an artist or extremely creative to learn the art of fancy lettering. It is quite simple and can be mastered with consistent practice. The basics can learned on your own by following some simple instructions. Before you can start learning, you should select a particular style from the ones mentioned earlier. The Roman pattern is easy and would be ideal to start with. Also, you should know about the tools, lettering, alphabets and fonts used for this penmanship.

Required Tools

The tools consist of special pens, nibs, ink, and unique paper essential for scripting (or lined parchment paper). Pens can be either felt pens, fountain pens, or quill pens. You will also need a ruler and powdered ink. If you are not sure about the type of pen you would want to use, you can purchase a set for beginners.

Before Beginning
Select the necessary tools, and keep them handy.
Seat yourself in a comfortable position, on a firm and wide table, preferably with a tilted desktop.
Choose the style that you would want to learn, and place it on the table on your right side. You can use a book that shows the basic strokes.
Hold the brush or pen at an angle of 35°. Dip it in the ink if you are using a quill pen, and start practicing the basic strokes.
You can start with the lower-case alphabets, and if you find it difficult in getting it right, try practicing by tracing the alphabets.
You will need to practice the letters over and over again to gain mastery.

Tips on Learning
When you seat yourself to practice, make sure that there are no shadows on the paper, as they can interfere with the detailing of the strokes.
Start from practicing basics, and perfect writing the letters before proceeding towards intricate formations, techniques, and designs.
Stick to learning one style at a time, and practice on a daily basis for mastering it.
When you want to lift the pen off the paper, do not do it in a sudden jerk. Hold the pen at the position for a second or two, allow the ink to get saturated at the point, and then lift the pen.
You will need to pay attention to the spacing between the strokes and the width and weight of your strokes. Do not use ink excessively.
Aim at consistent practice and achieving the perfect spacing, perfect strokes, and perfect lettering.

Once you have the required expertise, you can learn Chinese and wedding calligraphy. You can pursue it as a hobby and can also prepare wedding invitations and party invitations. So, go ahead, and put on your creative thinking caps!

Tips Removal Graffiti

Ways to Graffiti Removal:

Painting Over
Painting over is taken to be one of the cheapest and simplest ways of getting rid of graffiti. All one has to do is choose a shade that will cover the graffiti well enough. Sometimes, the graffiti tends to bleed and make its way out over the paint. Ensure that this does not happen and only then choose a shade. Before starting out with the process though, remove as much of the previous graffiti as you can. This method works best on smooth surfaces that do not have many crevices.

Pressure Washing
This method works best on surfaces like wood and brick walls. In fact, it is one of the best ways to remove paint from brick. As the name suggests, the pressure of the water dispels the graffiti and clears the surface. For best results, the nozzle should be wide and the washer should have low pressure so that it covers a wider area and does not damage the surface with its force.

Chemical Solvents
One has to be extremely careful when one uses chemicals. If not used well, they can corrode the surface and damage it further. Here are certain factors that you need to consider for different surfaces:

Plastic Surface
Use a light penetrating oil like citrus oil for effective removal of graffiti. Another method is that of rubbing over the paint with extra fine steel wool.

Metal Surface
Paint thinners are seen to work effectively well on this surface. Try rubbing a small section of the surface with the paint thinner and check for results. Other than this, penetrating oil is also known to be a good source.

Wood Surface
Usage of mineral spirits over wood is said to bring about best results. For this to work out well, one has to know how to remove paint from wood and ensure that the wood is not old and crumbling. If it is, then the graffiti will be soaked further into the wood.

Other Surfaces
Surfaces made from aluminum as well as fiberglass can be cleaned with a little amount of paint and chemical remover. Make absolutely sure to use it sparingly and to test an area before you use it with reckless abandon.

Other Methods
For glass surfaces, using a razor and scrapping off the graffiti is considered a great idea. Adhesive graffiti is sticky and messy and can get to be very difficult to remove. Scrape off as much of the adhesive as you can, and then use acetone to gently wipe over the surface. Always test a small area before you get this done. Sandblasting is another method that can be employed for removing paints and more tough stains. Yet, it has to be noted that it cannot be used on delicate surfaces or it might end up damaging the surface.

These were some of the graffiti removal tips that you can look into. Remember to check and test the surface before starting out on the cleaning process. That way the surface will still be around to greet you when you’re done cleaning it.

The TrustoCorp Art Collective

Since at least 2010, an artist or art collective called TrustoCorp has been creating artistic pranks satirizing American life and culture. TrustoCorp has managed to retain its anonymity despite receiving quite a bit of media coverage since its inception. At the time of this writing, the identity of the artists behind TrustoCorp remains unknown. In fact, no one even knows how many people belong to this collective. What we do know is that TrustoCorp’s satirical product labels and street signs seem to be a perfect fit with the world we live in.

In 2010, TrustoCorp started creating product labels and packaging and placing them in and amongst real products on store shelves. One humorous example was a soda can that the artists ‘stocked’ near sugary sodas in supermarkets. The gold, blue, and yellow can featured the TrustoCorp logo above the words ‘Nose Job in a Can’. Underneath the product’s title were printed instructions for use: ‘Step 1. Grab Can. Step 2. Smash Face’.

Along with satirical product labels, TrustoCorp has created imitation street signs and attached them to posts in cities across the US. New York, Miami, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco have discovered TrustoCorp’s signs on their streets. The signs are made of metal and designed to look similar to official street signs. For example, a black sign with a white arrow mimics the standard ‘One Way’ sign, but instead reads ‘One Day’. Underneath the arrow in smaller type, these signs add messages like, ‘When Hell Freezes’, and ‘Things Will Get Better’.

The collective’s website, TrustoCorp.com, maps locations in Manhattan where the street signs have appeared. The careful observer will note that, when connected, the locations form the shape of, perhaps, a fist raising a middle finger. Altogether, the TrustoCorp phenomenon seems like something that could only have happened in a futuristic sci-fi novel, but the group’s success indicates that the future is here.

Just what kind of a world we’re living in is the subject of TrustoCorp’s art; the collective seems to be poking fun at many elements of American culture, including the fast food industry, big business, the financial sector, and religion. At a gallery opening in New York City, the group created a carnival-style game where people attempted to knock over plates that displayed images of cultural ideals. The game was rigged so that religion, big business, and a few other plates could not be knocked over-a symbol of the hegemony of these institutions over the American way of life.

TrustoCorp’s aesthetic tends toward a retro-kitsch look. Blending retro styles with design that evokes official signage and packaging lends to the group’s appeal. The style strikes an essential balance between whimsy and social commentary, which has probably had something to do with the astounding degree of publicity that TrustoCorp has generated. The artists are not unrealistic about their activities, however. Their public statements are few and far between, but they have expressed the modest aims of breaking up the monotony of daily life and giving people something to smile about.

The art collective seems equally realistic about its chances of having a lasting impact. In homage to their clear ideological predecessor, Andy Warhol, the group created a street sign establishing a ‘Fame Limit’ in the style of parking regulation signs. The Fame Limit, of course, is 15 minutes, and according to the sign, it’s strictly enforced weekly from 9pm to 5am. Maybe that’s a signal that the artists of TrustoCorp haven’t quit their day jobs just yet.