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Wednesday, 21-Dec-2011 20:18 Email | Share | | Bookmark
An Oil Painting May Come Into Its Own As An Investment

Many people who operate in the upper reaches of the financial world regard an oil painting as a great investment. Very wealthy people sometimes collect paintings and in the corporate world it has become fashionable for firms to furnish board rooms that are both works of art and also considerable investments.

Major works by Rubens and Renoir are mostly owned by state museums, but private investors do buy famous works on auction, often paying millions of dollars for distinctive and famous pictures. Some works by Van Gogh and Picasso are in the hands of private investors and their worth increases by the day, independently of other economic cycles that are affected by variables such as weather and political affairs.

It comes as a surprise to learn that artists can be shown to be statistically among the most highly paid professional people. They are more highly paid than, scientists doctors and lawyers. Jackson Pollock created a picture in 1948 that was sold in 2006 for $156.8 million. Statistically this would account for many works not sold at all but it throws light on the value of art works that succeed when compared with other manufactured products such as buttons or motor cars. Things of beauty are joys forever, and very much more expensive than ordinary objects.

When the son of a scientist once professed an interest in being an artist he was discouraged on the grounds that art was, in the opinion of the father, for 'no-brainers'. This anecdote illustrates a common social attitude towards artists, but also something important about artists

The boy turned away to became a lawyer, so illustrating an important point about genuine artists. Many would rather die than not do art. That is their passion and they have to take the risk of living by it, often suffering severely as a consequence. In great pictures something of the passion remains on the board or canvas as an irresistible part of the picture.

Art investments might fall into many different genres but oil paintings are popular. They are portable, especially if painted on canvas, require relatively little maintenance and do not tend to attract the attentions of tax collectors, unless traded. Ownership of them affords economic, social and intellectual satisfaction. A painting graces a room every day and grows in value as it does so.

Oil is prized as a medium among art collectors. Paintings often have compelling textures and the effects of light can be explored because artists can work slowly, adding layers. The durability of the medium is demonstrated by the story that a painting on board by Van Gogh was found serving as the floor of a chicken coop and restored to life as an art work.

A collector wishing to invest in an Oil painting can now use the Internet to investigate the many opportunities that exist. At first it may be tempting to buy hand painted replicas of great works that are available. However, a better bet might be an original work by a new or little known artist. If it does please it will immediately serve the true purpose of art. If its creator becomes famous in the fullness of time it could also become fabulously valuable.

Wednesday, 21-Dec-2011 20:16 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Purchasing Oil Paintings- A How To

A simple, crafty way to up your financial assets as well as to decorate your home or office is to buy art. Investing in works of art like oil painting and sculptures, though a foreign endeavor to some, is not nearly as scary as it seems. Knowing certain simple tricks and tactics when buying art makes sure that you are getting the best deal for your money on beautiful, rich works of art.

The decision to purchase an oil painting is a major step in the art buying process. Oil paintings are a solid investment because, unlike watercolors and other, more modern mediums, these images are made to last, and traditionally are made to look realistic, to depict real life. An oil painting is an elegant investment in the look of any room in your home or office.

Despite their realistic origins; there is no limit to the subject or basis of oil painting. Available in any number of depictions, sizes, and prices, oil paintings are an easy and simple way to guarantee you get exactly the look you want for your environment. Exploring your options is an essential task in considering what piece of art to buy.

It is important to know what you want in your oil painting. Some patrons want original works of classical art (which can be very pricey and difficult to find) whereas other patrons simply want reproductions of famous art. For both original classical pieces and reproductions, it may be necessary to go through an art dealer. Art dealers are professionals whose main trade is to match buyers with their ideal pieces of art. Although dealers sometimes add their own fees to the cost of purchasing a painting, these fees can be an extremely worthwhile investment when the end result is considered.

For more amateur or low-key pieces of art work, student and novice galleries are ideal. These showings, often in urban areas, feature sales on new works for a considerably lower rate. These works also hold to promise of potential financial gain depending upon the artist's abilities and career success.

There are some obvious practical questions to ask yourself before investing in art, be it bohemian or mainstream. The space you want to hang your artwork in must be evaluated and considered in terms of character and placement. The art you hang in a foyer differs largely from what you might hang as the centerpiece of a room. In addition, size needs to be considered. The size of the painting will determine largely which artists you choose to buy from and what the subject of that painting might be.

Along with size, the question of framing is a major consideration. The decision to frame or not will involve size, cost, and the piece of art you purchase (as some, more contemporary pieces cannot be framed). Finally, the obvious concern of budget must be considered. Original art and classical pieces at auctions can increase in price rapidly, so it's always good to know your limits.

There is no doubt that investing in artwork is one of the savviest things a person can do when redecorating a room. Knowing what you want and what you can do to get that work of art can make all the difference in your art buying experience.

Wednesday, 21-Dec-2011 20:15 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Oil Painting Reproductions Offer Artful Taste To Home

Many people choose to get their favorite classic or historic painting choices reproduced for use in their own home. There are things to consider before choosing oil painting reproductions. From how they are made to why someone would choose one, think carefully before making this important home decorating choice.

As old as the fifth and ninth centuries, oil painting has a long and interesting history. A paper written by someone famous in the art world in 1125 explains all about the use of oils and pigments and natural resins. The most popular paintings come from the fifteenth century and are by artists such as da Vinci and Van Gogh, who had to make their paints the hard way. They made their art with many limitations on what they could do, and still made great pieces.

Oil reproduction companies respect what the original masters had to go through and thus try to imitate that process themselves in some ways. Rarely do they keep stock on hand to sell immediately. Instead, once a customer makes a request and a choice on which original they want reproduced, a whole team will begin the process of making the picture.

When a reproduction is good, it will be hard to tell which is the original and which is the fake. This is because an entire team of professionals will work on a single painting, using their experience having viewed the original to imitate it in great detail. Working off the original helps them to mimic the brushstrokes the master used the first time.

Home owners enjoy the idea of putting an original looking piece of art in their homes. It's critical that they consider where it will be located, though. A few different places should be chosen so that future room changes can be accommodated and the purchased art doesn't end up stored away and unseen.

Another important consideration is how the art piece looks. It needs to match the home owner's tastes, especially if it's going to be framed. Not all reproductions are framed because many of the master painters such as Monet painted their pieces with the intention of never having them framed. A reproduction should be chosen because the piece speaks to the owner, and not just because they would like to own something expensive.

When purchasing an oil reproduction, it's critical to be educated about the choice. Paintings often require cleaning and quality care. The eyebrows and eyelashes of the Mona Lisa aren't missing because of the era of the painting but rather from centuries of over cleaning. Be sure to learn how such an expensive reproduction would need to be cared for in order for it to last a long time.

Adding oil painting reproductions to one's collection of artwork is an important decision. Properly reproduced paintings will mimic the original in almost every way, and thus should be treated as well as the real thing. Choose a painting only when it is meant to last through several generations, just like the historic originals do.

Wednesday, 21-Dec-2011 20:13 Email | Share | | Bookmark
An Introduction To Oil Painting Reproductions

Art in any form is a creative piece of work and it always has a large fan following in the form of collectors, connoisseurs and just plain lovers of art. Oil painting reproductions is also one of the results of such a creative mind and talent at work. For such fan following of oil painting works it is better to be aware of the nuances beneath or that goes into the creation of the oil painting. The final product that such a lover of art beholds would have greater depth in meaning if one is aware of the process that makes it so.

A canvas is the base upon which the artist would create or weave the magic that attracts its beholder. Stretched taut and tight the artist would be splaying the color of magic which is made up from a combination of pigment and oil. The final product of this application of paint is what would hold the lover of the art in mesmerized attention.

For the paint that is used on the canvas the most common form of it has originated in the Europe region and is a mix of pigment and linseed oil. However, linseed oil is not the only type of oil that is used in this form of painting but also reports are there that artists have used oil like safflower, walnut and poppy seed oil. The major difference that exists between the usages of the different oil is its drying time period and also the yellowing factor after drying.

The basic advantages that an artist using oil paint as the medium of painting is that of the paint being semi-solid in physical format, does not run into the paint that has been used in area alongside. Mixing of colors does lead to the generation of a completely different color scheme which does not match the idea that the artist had wanted to portray through the work. The oil paint has the other advantage that, as it takes long time to dry up the artist is able to mix colors right on the canvas itself to generate the new and appropriate color shade. The artist has the benefit of even deciding for adding a new color to the existing one at a later stage without the fear of the next layer superimposing itself on the previous one as happens in case of water color usage.

The oil paint is applied upon the canvas within the boundary that forms the sketch by the artist. It is to this sketch that the artist applies color to and brings to near real life for its admirers. The sketch is drawn with the help of charcoal.

It is not just one layer of paint that the oil paint artist would be applying to the sketch upon the canvas. Multiple layers form the final work and for this the artist would have applied varied amount of oil to the paint. By rule the higher the layer of paint more the oil that has been applied to the pigment by the artist. This would ensure that the paint does not crack or peel when it gets dried up.

An artist who has to meet a deadline and therefore in a hurry to ensure that the oil painting he has worked on is dry would apply turpentine or mineral spirit to the art work. This ensures faster drying up of the oil paint.

With the advance that technology has gone through with times oil paint artists now have two distinct paints which are chemically produced to work with. Oil painting reproductions using these types of paints have their own characteristics and the distinct way of differentiating them is that one can be cleaned with normal water while the other has to be treated with heat under special conditions for it to dry up. With all these medium and features of the oil paint, this type of art work is easier to produce than any other and therefore would be cheaper by cost to pick up for one's collection building.

Wednesday, 21-Dec-2011 20:11 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Fascinating History Of Traditional Oil Paintings

The pursuit of art and culture often bring to mind visits to galleries and trips to museums. Anyone planning a touring vacation in Europe will set their sights on such places as must-see stops. Oil paintings are historic evidence of humanity's commitment to beauty and art.

The process of using oil based paints to make a piece of art is called oil painting. In the past, oil paints were created by boiling natural resins with oil. Linseed was very popular but so were walnut oil, safflower oil and even poppyseed oil. If a resin such as frankincense was used, the paint would make a highly prized varnish, valued for its glossiness and body.

When people consider the history of oil painting, they think usually of the 15th century. However, there is an actual treatise written by the pseudonymous author Theophilus Presbyter regarding the use of oil paints that is dated 1125. Indian and Chinese painters were using oil based paints in Afghanistan as far back as the fifth and ninth centuries.

When oil painting became a popular art form in Europe, most pictures were of three kinds. Painters would paint portraits for money and many famous courts kept an artist in residence for such uses. Pictures were also composed of famous biblical or mythological scenes, such as the Raising of the Cross or the Rape of Europa. Another popular subject was that of typical people. Paintings like Bust of an Old Man With Helmet and The Blue Boy were very common.

Almost everyone knows about the infamous painting the Mona Lisa. Cloaked in intrigue for a very long time, the painting was not considered finished by the artist, Leonardo da Vinci, until just before he died in 1525. In 2005 a margin note was found that identifies the person in the image as Lisa Del Giocondo, a member of a prominent family that had the artwork commissioned in honour of the birth of her second son and the purchase of a new home.

Many people have wondered about the assumed beauty of the lady sitting in the Mona Lisa. She is considered as evidence of da Vinci's talent as well as honesty, as compared even to other women of her era, she was not thought to be beautiful. Without eyelashes and eyebrows, many people thought she had plucked these out prior to the painting, as many women of that era did. However, closer inspection shows that these were once painted on the picture but were wiped away by overzealous cleaning over the centuries.

The Mona Lisa was stolen in 1911 by a Louvre employee and held captive for almost two years before its return. The man who stole it was an Italian patriot who walked out of the museum during working hours with the painting under his jacket. The painting toured Italy and was returned, and he served six months while being heralded as a hero by his countrymen.

The art of oil painting harkens back to a more difficult time for painters, when they had to acquire and make their own pigments and couldn't typically travel to the sources of their inspiration. Paints weren't water soluble in those days and the art form took great patience and care. Oil paintings offer those who most appreciate them a chance to glimpse a historic capturing of the past, for which they are so grateful.[url]

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