How To Read A Painting

Leonardo da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh are veteran painters. All of us are quite familiar to these names. But are we familiar to their work? Can we understand the nuances of painting?  Blatantly, the response remains in denial.

Art has always found a soft corner in the hearts of wealthy and affluent class. The middle class have been left alone from the art of learning it and being able to comprehend it. Art is not only a great source of pleasure but also deepens our perspective towards life and death. Learning and observing art is a passion for some people. They delve into the intricacies and use different perspectives to interpret it.

To be on the ball with art is not a difficult process. A novice can start with simple steps as follows-

1) Observe
Art has traits of being appealing to your senses. A work might grab your attention due to its subtle way, subject matter, its beauty, its color, its realistic appearance or any other factor. After having a good look, ask yourself what is it about? Understanding the subject on which it is based is very crucial. It might be a landscape, object or an abstract work.

2) Symbols
Look for symbols. For example, presence of a skull in the picture of the wealthy interpreted that wealth was only worldly, which pointed that their lives were meaningless. But often it is important to understand that artists interpretation of the work might not be similar to yours. Every individual has different perspective of looking towards things. Focus on what the work means and says to you.

3) Style
Style is referred to as the artists creativity on the canvass. Creativity is  showcased in making closely detailed work,  controlled work, wild and ecstatic effect. Style can also convey a message.

Artist sometimes go out of their way by depicting strong emotions in their painting relating to anger, disgust, lust or even happiness. Art also has an emotional streak. Understand what feelings are evoked by seeing a painting and why does it happen? Keep in mind these four ‘Esses’ to develop an eagle’s eye for observing art- subject, symbolism, style and self examination.

Bob Ransley was born in New England, and has constantly been on the move and has stayed across a variety of locations. He has been living in Maine for the past 6 years now, and his travels have been his inspiration for many of his finest works. He has become America’s most known colorist, due to the vast number of shades that he employs in his paintings. Robert Ransley can be followed on social media at @Twitter , Google+ , Linkedin and Facebook . For more background information on Bob , see his full bio over here.


Tips to draw a human painting

Learning how to draw a human is a detailed process. One needs a bird’s eye with dedication to learn its intricacies. These steps might be of some use to you.


1) Three Steps
First important three steps are to envelope, gesture and then block in. By enveloping you establish general proportions of the human body. The gesture patterns the whole drawing. By block in you pay extra attention to hand that are the gestural organ.

By contouring you understand the art of making refined outlines of a figure. When it is sensitively handled, it looks beautiful and stand alone. It is extremely subtle.

Follow these tips to be more accurate-

  • While drawing hands keep in mind the structure of bone underneath the surface. In some places, the surface is influenced by angular muscles whereas in some by soft muscles.
  • A classic way of drawing is by creating a grid by keeping the reference photo on top.
  • While drawing people make use shaft or midline. This line drawn through the middle shows how the body is supported. It also simplifies the process of indicating angles from a specific form. It gives us direction.
  • Muscles are a bodies important structure. The form and shape of a drawing are dependent on its muscles. There is much importance of what goes beneath the surface.
  • Spend extra time in observing the whole pose.
  • Never attempt to draw a figure unless you have practised drawing every organ individually. Learn how to draw a nose and lips first.
  • Do not run for speed, rather look for accuracy.
  • When blending go from dark to lighter shade. Fade into Light by lightening your touch.
  • Take time to perfect the feel of your pencil.
  • Always draw something that makes you smile. Feel emotionally connected to it to have best results.

Drawing, whether it is a face or an animal has a very similar approach. However, still its a tricky and time-consuming process. Practice is one mantra every person should take up to be a perfectionist.

Author Bio:

Bob Ransley was born in New England, and has constantly been on the move and has stayed across a variety of locations. He has been living in Maine for the past 6 years now, and his travels have been his inspiration for many of his finest works. He has become America’s most known colorist, due to the vast number of shades that he employs in his paintings. Robert Ransley can be followed on social media at @Twitter , Google+ , Linkedin and Facebook .

How to Create an Original Pattern in Bob Ransley’s style?

There are many artists in the world who are very curious to know exactly how to create an original pattern, when it comes to doodle art. Drawing own designs for doodle art is a very exciting and fun thing to do. For creating one, you can use different designs of various places that you can incorporate. If you are really very passionate about creating doodle art first and foremost thing you need to do is to fund different designs that you see around you.

How to Create an Original Pattern in Bob Ransley’s style?

Here is a list of some tips given below that are could be very beneficial for you in creating original doodle art patterns.

Take reference photos: – Taking pictures of different and unusual patterns that you see around you. It is common, but this is can be very beneficial also to design different patterns. You can find them anywhere in the nature, fabrics, buildings, floors, object anywhere- there is no fixed rule that from here you should or there you should not.

Print the pattern in black and white: – It is advisable to create the designs in black and white format. Since creating patterns without colors simplifies the image. If you are not comfortable with creating design or pattern in black and white shades, you can also try photoshop it on and alter the level of contrasts.

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How To Paint The Best Portrait Of Your Pet

Pets are the most suitable objects that you can paint and get some practice. One, they are your pet, so they listen to you and are anytime available to get sketched; and two, you know your pets and have strong bonding with them. This will help your subconscious to capture their essentials in your painting. So whether it’s your bird or loving pet, you can begin painting their image.

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Get The Materials in Hand First
a)Naturally, you should have your ration ready before the battle begins. Do your homework and purchase the necessary things beforehand to avoid the scene later.

b)Buy some hard as well as soft brushes, depending on your painting style and canvas/paper.

c)You can consider buying brushes of different shape so that you can make the best strokes at any given time.

d)Arrange the color on a neat palette, preferably made of wood or plastic. Since you are going to make a painting of your pet, you should ensure that the palette and brush are kept at a safe distance from the pets, lest they spoil your arrangements.

Paint As Per Your Style

a)Depending on your training and acumen, you can start painting on your canvas.

b)It is, however, ideal to paint the background first so that your hands get set on the canvas.

c)Also, that minimizes the errors since you can anytime erase the unwanted strokes etc. in the background sketch.

So that the painting does not get spoiled by too much of colors, all at once, it is advised that you leave the painting for a day or two. Allow the painting to dry up and then you can resume painting your pet’s portrait as per your convenience.

A Look at Painters with Portfolios

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Recently, Michelle announced the launch of If you take photographs, record music and video, illustrate and paint, or design things, you can build a portfolio here on, using one of our portfolio themes.

I was curious to see how painters use as an ultimate canvas to compile and display their masterpieces. If you’re a painter looking for ways to build your online portfolio, find inspiration from these artists:

Fatima Ronquillo

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Born in the Philippines and now living in New Mexico, self-taught painter Fatima Ronquillo paints classically inspired portraits. Yet her body of work also evokes magical realism — it’s playful and even eerie. Fatima’s gallery of paintings covers seven years (click on “Works” in the menu to browse back to 2007), so take the time to browse her collection. She uses Portfolio, a premium theme in our Theme Showcase.

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Guns ‘R (Still) Us


Out-of-state residents can purchase firearms in Arizona read the sign behind the counter at Sprague’s Sports in Yuma. ASK US HOW. I asked a clerk named Ron for details. He was short, packed solid as a ham, with a crew cut and a genial demeanor. He pointed to the cavalcade of hunting rifles lined up on the long wall behind him. “Any of these you can get today—or these over here,” he said, leading me to a corner of the store where two young men in ball caps and a woman with a sparkly purse were admiring a selection of AK-47’s.

I didn’t really want to buy an assault rifle, or even a handgun, but I was curious to know what buying one felt like, how the purchase worked, what-all was involved. Nobody in my circle back east had guns, nobody wanted them, and if anybody talked about them, it…

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Painting, You’re Doing It Wrong

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Don’t bother asking Mark Gottsegen – founder of AMIEN, author of The Painter’s Handbook, teacher, artist, and all around art materials guru – what’s the best type of paint to use?  “I get asked this all the time,” said Gottsegen, who took time out from writing to speak to me last week.  “And I say, well, I can’t tell you that.”


It’s not that he doesn’t have opinions on the matter, but as someone devoted to the scientific study of art materials he realizes the importance of maintaining an unbiased position.  AMIEN, which stands for Art Materials Information and Education Network, bills itself as “the only unbiased source of information about art materials on the internet.”  They do not accept advertising and do not allow the promotion of any specific products. In a series of forums on the AMIEN website, users can post their questions about art…

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How to Begin Painting with Botanical Specimen

Painting objects from the botanical world have been an all-time favorite for most of the painting schools. Whether a budding plant or a withered trunk, painters, explore beauty and essence everywhere. And why not? “The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness

Painting with Botanical SpecimenOur civilization is charged guilty for not respecting the botanical world as such. As a painter, you can convey a very appealing and compassionate message to conserve forests by sketching botanical specimen.

Assemble all that you need

You need a large, cream-colored canvas, large enough to permit making changes (or elongate) in your painting. The paper quality should be good, i.e.. Should have a very smooth surface. Arrange the paper on the cardboard.

Brush and paints:

If you want to render a fine and detailed painting, you will want small and sable brushes. Small brushes have short bristles that will retain their shape when you press them on paper while painting. Additionally they give you a better grip thus a better control. They will not be able to hold as much paint, but you can always transcend that hindrance. Can’t you?

Get good quality paints and arrange them on your color palette. If you are using watercolor you should know about the color to water ratio to get the desired color shade.


You can select a typical specimen that will contain the characteristics of the species you intend to paint. Either you can get the real specimen (a flower or leaflet, fruit, etc.) but they will need proper care. You will have to keep them moist (but not damp) so that your specimen retains freshness.

Alternatively, you can opt to have a good angled photograph of the plant for the same purpose. It will not only save you time and labor, but will also help you in observing minute details by zooming in.

Now that you have arranged all the materials, you can begin painting in a well-lit and properly ventilated room. Take your time and express your creativity through the colors. Botanical paintings are a good way to start mastering the craft.

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