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Art is everywhere… Steamy Windows in Donegal

Source:   by Irish Abroad

Steamy Windows in Donegal
Donegal artist Jim Osborne, originaly a window cleaner by trade, took a new direction in his art recently and started drawing on the condensation on his kitchen window with his finger and created stunning images which he took photos of. The results are amazing.

On his website he says “The Steamy Windows Collection is a new departure for me. Working very quickly with my finger on the steamy glass, I create the mind’s cues for perception of a figure, or figures.
The background is provided by the real world behind the window caught with careful camera positioning, and captured before it is lost, seconds later. Nothing but vapour and light.
Since putting a few of these ‘out there’, I have received a lot of highly encouraging feedback from photographers and artists who really zone in to their alternating levels of reality and ephemera.

Osborne is a self taught artist, who was later tutored in watercolour. He decided to take his own direction and style and he recently departed into this new medium he calls ‘H2O’.
Osborne is currently selling these images on Saatchi Online here
You can also visit his website at www.osborneart.com

The Tate Has Been Showcasing Ridiculously Awesome GIFs Based On Paintings

Source: http://www.buzzfeed.com  – by  Leonora Epstein, BuzzFeed


The British museum has an online space where people make badass art stuff.

1. Guess what? The Tate has a Tumblr and it is AWESOME because they do things like invite people to make GIFs out of art. Which produces magical creations like this:

Created by Gif My Ass for Tate Collectives.

2. Here’s another interpretation of the same painting by Whistler.

Created by Un Gif Dans Ta Gueule for Tate Collectives.

3. And another more subtle version:

Created by Fash Gif for Tate Collectives.

4. I can’t stop laughing at this interpretation of John Brett’s Lady With a Dove.

Created by Scorpion Daggers for Tate Collectives.

5. This GIF of Joanna Mary Wells’ Portrait of Sidney Wells is certifiably creepy!

Created by Museum Gifs for Tate Collectives.

7. Here are all the original paintings…

8. Harmony in Grey and Green: Miss Cicely Alexander by James Abbott McNeill Whistler

9. Lady with a Dove: Madame Loeser by John Brett

10. Portrait of Sidney Wells by Joanna Mary Wells

Beach Art in San Francisco

Source: http://www.viralnova.com/beach-art/

If you live in San Francisco, California, then you may be lucky enough to come across the art of Andres Amador. He doesn’t paint or sculpt. He prefers a medium that is temporary but absolutely beautiful: a sandy beach at low tide. He uses a rake to create works of art that can be bigger than 100,000 sq. ft.

He spends hours creating these intricate masterpieces, knowing that the tide will soon come in and wash away his work forever.

Andres’ creations are simply stunning and knowing that these delicate creations are temporary somehow makes them even more beautiful.

You should definitely Like Andres On Facebook and Visit His Web Site where you can buy prints of his designs if you want.

Above all, share his work by clicking the button below. It’s truly awesome.



Kids Create The Loveliest Things! 8 Child Prodigy Artist

Source: http://www.sheknows.com/

These kids have talent! You’ll be amazed at the works they’ve created at such young ages.

8 Child-prodigy artists who push home decor to extremes

The artwork made by these kids doesn’t just hang on the fridge at home — it’s in galleries around the world. Take a look at what these youngsters create. You might find a piece perfect for your home decor.

1 Autumn de Forest

Autumn de Forest

Photo credit: Autumn de Forest Art Fans Facebook page

Just 11 years old, Autumn de Forest is a professional artist who has been painting most of her life. Her works fetch top-dollar prices, and she has also lectured throughout the country for all sorts of organizations. Discover more about Autumn.

2 Shorya Mahanot

Shorya Mahanot

Photo credit: Shorya Mahanot Facebook page

Shorya is a 6-year-old boy and one of the world’s youngest abstract artists. His favorite painter is Jackson Pollock, and he works with acrylics, too. Shorya has been recognized and featured in international media throughout Asia, England, Europe and the U.S. Learn more about Shorya.

3 Kieron Williamson

Kieron Williamson

Photo credit: ArtIsEverywhere (painting by Kieron Williamson)

Kieron started drawing at the age of 5 (he’s now 11) while on a family vacation. According to Kieron’s mom, Michelle, “He loves trying different media, watercolor, acrylics and more recently oils. Kieron has always insisted on good quality adult art materials. He’s never been happy with poster paints!” Check out Kieron’s gallery.

4 Sisters Victoria Yin…

Sisters Victoria Yin...

Photo credit: Trymael

5 … and Zoe Yin

... and Zoe Yin

Photo credit: Trymael

These two young sisters are astonishing artists. Born in Boston, Victoria, the older of the two sisters, broke into the international art world at the age of 10. She uses surrealism in her works. Younger sister Zoe began drawing when she was 1 year old. By the time she was 8, art collectors and insiders were comparing her to Matisse and Picasso. Learn more about Victoria Yin and Zoe Yin.

6 Josh Tiessen

Josh Tiessen

Photo credit: Josh Tiessen

Josh was born in Russia to Canadian parents. He became increasingly interested in art by the time he was in elementary school back in Canada. From fine art to photography to graphic design, Josh covers many mediums. He opened his own gallery at the age of 15. Take a closer look at Josh’s gallery.

7 Hamzah Marbella

Hamzah Marbella

Photo credit: Megawide Foundation Facebook page

Hamzah is 12 years old and is from the Philippines. According to a feature in The Manila Times, Hamzah’s father, Renato, said that “when he was 2 years old, from his crib he would always watch me paint.” At the age of 5, Hamzah had a work auctioned at the third highest price for a charity auction of the International Care Ministries in Hong Kong. He has produced about 300 pieces of art.

8 Akiane Kramarik

Akiane Kramarik

Photo credit: Akiane Art Facebook page

Akiane was born in 1994 in Illinois. She started drawing at the age of 4, started painting at the age of 6 and began writing poetry at the age of 7. According to her website, she “rises at 4 a.m. five to six days a week to get ready to paint in the studio and write, and works for about four to five hours each day. She often works over 100 to 200 hours on a painting, producing eight to 20 paintings a year.” Discover more about Akiane.

Best Ways to Care for Clean and Store Art

Source: http://www.houzz.com/

Keep your treasures on canvas and paper in top shape with this expert advice from two gallery directors

By  – Houzz Contributor, and the blogger behind Lolalina (http://www.lolalina.com/)
When you’ve made an investment in artwork you love, it’s worth a little extra effort to keep your pieces in the best possible condition. But how exactly are you supposed to do that? What if you need to move or put your art in storage? And what about those gorgeous but grimy old treasures unearthed in your grandparents’ attic — how hard would it be to clean them? I asked Rob Delamater and Gaetan Caron, founders and art directors of The Lost Art Salon, a San Francisco gallery that specializes in artists of the modern era, about the best ways to care for, frame, maintain, store and move artwork.
Gaetan Caron, cofounder of The Lost Art Salon
Q. Let’s say I’ve found a vintage painting I love, but it looks really grimy. Is there anything an average person can do to safely clean a painting?
A. The simplest way to clean up an oil or acrylic painting on canvas is to use a white cotton cloth soaked in a gentle soapy water; olive oil–based soap works wonders. You’ll be surprised to see how much grime comes off. Be gentle with paintings with thick impasto, as you do not want to break hardened paint. You might want to use Q-tips and work gently in crevasses.
If the painting still looks grimy, it’s better to see an art restorer that would use a stronger art cleaning product and may reapply pigment colors where need be. It’s surprising how a restored painting can show its true colors just by taking away the accumulation of cigarette or fireplace smoke. If your oil painting shows paint flaking off, it is better to leave the cleaning and restoration to an art restorer.
Many times canvases have become loosened on the stretcher bars. A simple method to retighten the canvas is to spray water on the back of the canvas and leave the piece to dry in the sun for a couple of hours. Canvases are made of fabric, and with time the weave has become loose. This process is safe and will not damage the painting itself.
As for works on paper, you need to determine first if it is a water-based paint or not. That could be done by wiping a damp white cloth in an area of the piece that would be behind a mat. If the color of the paint can be seen on the cloth, it is a water-based paint.  For water-based paint, one would damage the piece while trying to clean using water. We recommend to simply dust using a dry soft and fine brush. If you notice a small stain that bothers your eye, you can try to gently wipe out using a damp, barely humid white cotton cloth, avoiding taking off the pigments.
With non-water-based paint, a soft cleaning with a damp, barely humid white cotton cloth can do wonders. Avoid wetting the exposed paper without paint, as you could create a water stain. With works on paper with lots of water stains, it is better to leave it alone or see an art restorer specializing in works on paper. They would be able to give you an estimate on the cost for restoring your works on paper.
Most of the time, a work on paper looks very grimy because of the accumulation of dirt on the glass itself, which could easily be cleaned up and the piece put back together. You might decide to further protect the piece by changing the mat to an acid-free mat.
Q. What about regular maintenance? Should we be dusting our paintings and frames?
A. We certainly recommend dusting paintings regularly using a dry, soft and fine brush. As for the frames, one can use a damp cloth or whatever is used with furniture depending on the material the frame is made of. A good piece of advice would be to keep works on paper away from humid areas — bathrooms or next to the stove in kitchen area.
Another easy and useful trick for artwork framed using an exposed canvas mat that has some water stains is to use a toothbrush with gentle soapy water and make sure to wet the entire canvas mat. The stain caused by water should disappear like magic as the entire canvas mat dries. The common error is to try to wash the area with the stain only, causing the stain to only get bigger.
Q. Custom framing can be expensive. Is it OK to use ready-made frames? Are there times it’s best to go with a custom frame?
A. Framing costs are expensive. That is why we offer most of our unframed works from The Lost Art Collection with a standard-size archival mat, so one can go to a ready-made frame shop and buy a standard frame for a fraction of the price of a custom frame and pop it right in. Unfortunately, there are not as many choices that come ready made.
Q. Should we be concerned about sun damage for artwork hung in a sunny room?
A. Yes, the sun can damage artwork, especially works on paper, yellowing the paper and sometimes causing the paper to almost disintegrate.
Q. What do you recommend to limit damage? A. If you would like to have an artwork in a location where there is direct sun at times, do consider having it framed behind a UV-protected glass. There are different grades of UV protection; the bigger protection, the better. But know that such pieces of glass can be quite pricey. Also know that UV-protected glass is usually reflective. We like to have works on paper behind a nonreflective etched glass at times, ensuring that the artwork can be seen without everything from your room reflected in it. Unfortunately, etched glass comes with little UV protection. Depending on the location intended for a piece of art, one can decide what kind of glass is required.
Q. What about protecting paintings on canvas from sun damage?
A. Oil paintings are a lot stronger than works on paper, but exposed to the sun they would also change color. Avoid having direct sun on your paintings. The discovery of oil paint applied to a canvas allowed for artwork to be shown without glass and mat, which is the norm for presenting paintings on canvas. If you have a sunny spot ideal for a work on canvas, one can decide to have it framed behind a UV-protected glass with spacers. The same could be done with an oil that shows quite a bit of damage — we like to call it patina, which can be very charming — avoiding the hefty price of oil restoration.
Q. What is the safest way to store art? Say someone is downsizing and must put a great deal of their belongings in long-term storage. How should their paintings, framed artwork and loose prints be handled?

A. The best way to store art is to follow the following steps:

  1. Wrap up the piece in brown paper.
  2. Wrap it up in bubble wrap.
  3. Place frame corners on all four corners.
  4. Place the wrapped-up artwork in a solid box (for a mirror).

For unframed works on paper, use plastic sleeves with acid-free cardboard to make sure the paper doesn’t bend with time.

Q. What about protecting art during a move or shipping? Anything we should do in addition to following the steps you shared for storing art?
A. We recommend you double the box by adding cardboard on each side of the painting. Make sure the box is filled in with paper to avoid the piece’s moving within the box during transportation.