Important Message to the World of Fine Art
What is Visual Fine Art in comparison to other art forms?
Visual Fine Art is the oldest and the highest art form among all other arts.
Origins of the forms of art were found in ancient caves that date back thousands of years, in mankind’s infancy. And pictography was the first way of communicating among early humans. As far as we know, it was the only way to communicate before the spoken and written languages were developed. Pictography was a main method of communication. Pictures of animals or hunters on the caves’ walls has been dated to be more than twenty thousand years old and is ancient proof that pictography has been a basic form of communication.
Fine Art has been determined by being not only historic, aesthetically valuable, and beautiful and also the most tangible among all other art forms. There are numerous historical paintings and sculptures that date back many centuries and are being studied, exhibited and treasured in great museums of Fine Art around the world. This makes Fine Art the most superior over the performing arts of music, singing, dancing and above the art of cinematography.
Art of entertainment is booming! Hollywood stars, singers and dancers are getting all the recognitions and having lavish lives, starting during their young years. However many talented and innovative visual artists get recognized when they are very old or have passed on. This old dilemma needs to be and can be changed.
Why am I writing this message to the world? I am doing my part to be heard and seen as a fellow artist and visual creator who is still around and not that old, and would like to make a positive change in a stale existence of the art world. There should be no more innovative starving artists. True talented visual artists should not strive and struggle in poverty all their lives. We artists need to be recognized and well rewarded during our lives, in the same way as movie stars; performers or even ball players get their recognitions and rewards. Art dealers should no more sell original art pieces from artists that are no longer here to benefit from the sales. No more art dealers selling past artists original works for huge amount of money..Art dealers shouldn’t have any right to resell and capitalize on the work they did not produce and live their lives in luxury by those sales. This is the worst form of stealing from an artist who is long gone. There are many examples of this; one of them is now a famous artist: Vincent Van Gogh, each painting is selling for sixty million dollars. What a shame. When one reads Van Gogh’s biography of his difficult poverty stricken life that he lived, often eating his paints in order to survive and the suicidal ending makes one cry. Vincent Van Gogh does not want us to sob, he wants us to prevail and make sure that no more of his unfortunate life saga repeats ever again. And many other artists want us to change the unfair life pattern of a talented innovative fine artist.
My personal wish is that, when I am gone none of my original art pieces are ever to be sold. This will be my part in changes to the fine art world for better.
What are the differences that exist between the talented creative artist and the commercially technically trained artist?
Academy schooling for art techniques is likened to that of a harness to a horse for an artist. They have no freedom to create. The academy trained artist is confined to the rules and regulations of technical training that they acquire upon graduating from the art academy. These academy artists become commercial artist with their learned, practiced and polished technique. From this, all their work looks very much alike and mass produced.
A good example of a trained commercial artist is Thomas Kinkade. If you have seen his work it represents mostly one image of a house with glowing yellow lights from its windows. Kinkade is a manufacturer mass producer of his same or similar images that are printed on various household products like carpets, blankets, pillows etc, and sold in home accessories stores nation wide. There was a 60 Minutes television documentary made on the Thomas Kinkade manufacturing empire to identify if he is an artist or a commercial businessman. The 60 Minutes showed that he is a very successful manufacturer and commercial businessman, not an innovative artist.
Similar to Thomas Kinkade there is Bob Ross another commercial artist. He has televised art classes that he teaches on public television. Ross teaches his same techniques on how to paint the same or very similar landscapes for hobby artists. He also licenses some of the art supplies under his name to get royalties when the item is sold. Bob Ross is also a very successful businessman. Once, Bob Ross admitted openly during one of his shows that he cannot paint a portrait no matter how hard he had tried.
In the words of a famous Russian writer, philosopher Lev Tolstoy; “An artist should be able to draw, paint, sculpt design anything, and only then are they a true talented fine artist.”
Creative artists are like wild horses, no one controls us. Creative artists are able to fly high in their imagination, we let our creativity loose. We do not know any techniques, mistakes, rules and regulations. We innovate, try and discover spontaneously, everything is new and different each time we are at work. Creativity is very important; this is what keeps the world going.
A good example of a creative artist is Leonardo De Vinci, an Italian man who lived five hundred years ago and is still well known. There is no singer or dancer who lived five hundred years ago and is still known, this is direct proof that Fine Visual Art is the highest form of art above all other categories of art including performing art.. Leonardo’s natural talent and abilities have their mark on progress in art, architecture, technology and science. The first transportation unit, which was then the bicycle, was invented by Leonardo De Vinci. He was so remarkable that his work still remains a mystery and is active in scientific studies today, like his paintings of Mona Lisa and her mysterious smile, his numerous technological inventions and working prototypes and scientific discoveries.
What are technique and style?
Style is a specific technique or way of painting that is comfortable and is adopted by an artist to use. Many academically trained artists adopt a specific technique that they have practiced over the years and feel comfortable with. They stick to their one technique and are afraid to try something new, because as I have mentioned earlier these artists are harnessed.
Creative artists have many styles and we are always trying something new. We don’t like our work to look the same. It would be boring and hinder our creative process. I am posting some of my various art works on this message blog. The majority of the art pieces that you see were created by me a long time ago while in my early 20s.
Personally I reinvent each painting when I paint; this is my goal. Before I begin a new painting I totally forget about my previous painting and begin with new idea, composition, colors, mediums and the different application of paints. I’ll try something different in order to prevent my paintings from looking alike. Often I get a comment,” Your paintings look beautiful and different, like they have been done by different artists..” That is a big compliment for me, this what I strive for. I don’t want my paintings to look the same. Copying your work over and over, like a commercial artist, repetition is a hindrance to any creativity to emerge. Look -alike paintings are not fine art, they are mass produced objects.
Why not believe in yourself and just try it?
My art “career “contained many rejections in fact one rejection after another. Although my art work has been exhibited and some of the pieces were published, I was never paid. So I had to work in various customer service phone banks, retail jobs and do my art out of my small living room. When I grow weary from painting, I make sculptures, draw, and design new apparel and accessories, exercise units, etc. I have a few on going projects that are patent pending and some working prototypes made.
Whenever someone starts any tasks or any challenge it is important to see it through. Challenges are worth doing. They open your mind, liberating you from the limitations that you think you have,building and strengthening confidence. Not trying at all is the real failure. I too, even now, struggle. Just recently my self esteem began to strengthen. I strongly feel it is through doing creative projects not in art alone but in speaking out for me verbally and through writing.
For many years my biggest phobia was the fact that I could not write and I believed this until I got into college. However, I remember having to ask people to write simple notations for me that most people would not think twice about writing. These little acts of kindness on other people’s part were actually embarrassing for me. When I got into college I had to write and this is when I recognized a phobia about writing and as it turns out my problem only existed in my head.
Now I write with confidence, not only I can write, I graduated from college with honors and a degree in Business Management. My favorite subjects were Philosophy and Expressive Writing. Writing for me proved to be a very powerful an effective form of communication. Things get done when we put them in writing. We think that we can not do things but this is a false assumption; our mind has played a trick on us. Fear is our worst enemy. We should focus more on doing the good. We all are God’s best creations and there is no way we are failures.
Why writing versus reading?
I enjoy writing; however I am not a big fan of reading. During my school years, I read what was required of me in order to graduate. What really surprised me is when I was in college and I took my very first philosophy class. I never heard of any philosopher or their philosophical views prior to going to college. Incredibly, I surprised myself; I intuitively knew all of their philosophical thoughts. How is that possible? I would ask myself, I never heard of Plato or of Socrates before this lecture class. I remember that I was able to finish their philosophical sayings spontaneously. This to seem to me as if they were reading my mind and I theirs.
The professor in my philosophy class had a PhD in this subject and had many years of reading and writing on it. He gave me the highest participation points and said, “I never had a student who received this high number of points for participation.”
Some time ago, when I was twelve, my mother took my drawings that I always drew on my own, she took them and me to children’s art academy. We sat down with an art director of that academy. He looked at the drawings and told my mother; “Your daughter does not need to go to the art academy, she is already gifted in art: art schooling can hinder her creative abilities. Just let her do art on her own like she has been doing.”
True gift is given as a blessing and cannot be acquired. Creative fine artist is a gift, amazing voice for a great singer, or great dancers have the unique ability to move and many other special talents. We all have been blessed by our creator with different special gifts, some times it takes time to find out what kind of talents we are blessed with.
How to Choose Fine Art Prints For Your Home
What creates fine art? Are you puzzled by what you should spend money on that has no physical function in your home? There are many kinds of fine art and the definition from one online dictionary is a visual art considered to have been created primarily for aesthetic purposes and judged for its beauty and meaningfulness, specifically, painting, sculpture, drawing, watercolor, graphics, and architecture. I would have to add that commonly it is considered an investment that will appreciate in value. Keep in mind that the art market goes up and down like other investments.
Perhaps you don’t really know what you like? Take the time to visit art galleries, go to art walks, art museums and fine art shows. Get a feeling for what you enjoy and what you wouldn’t want to see hanging in your house. Also keep in mind that if you like portraits, not every picture on your walls should be a portrait. Your collection will be more interesting if you hang a variety of work from different artists. And most importantly don’t purchase a piece only because of its possible appreciation value. Buy pieces that you like because you will have them a long time.
As you research art for your walls you will find that a certain artist, or two, create pieces that you really like. It’s interesting to follow the artists work on the internet and watch them grow, during the process their art can change dramatically. Often times detail will be better as the artist matures. Sometimes you can tell when an artist has gone through a period of depression as their pieces may use less color. As you read their biographies you will learn a lot about them.
So how do you know if you are just buying more stuff, or if you are buying a piece of fine art? Simply put, a print is art, a signed print is considered fine art. You will usually pay more for a signed piece. As you are choosing pieces for your home keep in mind that an unsigned picture probably won’t be worth what you paid for it if you go to sell it in a few years. Often times signed pieces are also numbered, such as 34/100. This means the print that you bought is the 34th print out of 100 made. Some people prefer to collect artist proofs. These are usually the first few prints that the artist may keep for himself or sell. Commonly the print will show AP, the artists signature and is numbered. Some people collect only artists proofs. Sometimes an AP will appreciate more, but not always. Most collectors tend to buy prints that have fewer pieces available.
Every picture doesn’t need to be valuable. If you are hanging a print to add interest to your bathroom you might consider a nice picture or photo over an expensive piece. Moisture from showers can ruin the fine paper that is used. It is simply not worth taking the chance. Hang less expensive pieces where damage can occur. The other culprit that can destroy a great piece on the wall is the sun. When framing a signed print consider going to the added expense of museum glass, or hang the picture where the sun is not going to directly shine on it. Fading occurs very slowly over time and chances are you won’t even notice, until you go to sell it.
Most importantly buy what you like and remember, fine art never matches your sofa.
Dedicated To all past, present and future innovative visual fine artist
The Boston Museum is a Leader in the Museum of Fine Arts
It has been said that the Boston Museum of Fine Arts could be considered an interesting mixture of two other world-famous repositories of fine art: the Musee d’Orsay of Paris, and the British Museum of London. The people of Boston, and the city itself, are both strongly respectful and very supportive of the arts in general and of their fine arts museum specifically.
In an effort to make sure that this fine repository of the arts remains a leader in the field, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is in the midst of extensive renovations. The east wing of the facility has all but disappeared in the process of the ongoing demolition and ensuing reconstruction. The completion of this expansive grand addition to the museum is highly anticipated and is expected to be dedicated in 2010.
The end result of this major undertaking is that the Boston Museum of Fine Arts will soon have the extra space that will enable the facility to be able to accommodate a number of new and expanded art exhibitions. The museum staff is also busy behind the scenes preparing art center programs and special educational events that will even further enrich the visitors’ experience of the museum.
While the renovations are in progress, the museum is introducing many new exhibits and displays in areas that are not affected by the construction, to help encourage local area residents to continue patronizing the facility and taking advantage of the current offerings. Visitors to the Boston area are also encouraged to visit the many gallery exhibitions that are still running, even during this time of change and improvement.
The museum is easy to access by making use of the city’s efficient transportation system known as the MBTA, or the “T,” as many locals call it. For those arriving by car, there are two museum parking lots available.
One lot is actually a covered garage while the other is an open-air parking lot. Parking is fairly limited and tends to fill up very fast so patrons are encouraged to either take public transportation or carpool whenever possible.
Daily operating hours for the Boston Museum of Fine Arts are as follows: Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 10 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Only select gallery exhibitions and the art gallery housed in the West Wing of the museum are open after 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday through Friday.
This Boston museum has an extensive collection of fine, exquisite and rare art pieces, which have been collected from many different areas of the world. The Art Gallery of Asia, Africa, and Oceania are very popular with art connoisseurs.
One current art gallery exhibit is the Weng Collection, which highlights Chinese paintings and works of calligraphy. The Art of Europe gallery is an equally extensive collection, which includes over 22,000 pieces of art and covers eras from the seventh century up to the twentieth century, featuring some of the greatest masterpieces of all time.
Additional art collections at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts include the Art of the Americas exhibit, the Art of the Ancient World gallery, Contemporary Art gallery exhibitions with various prints, drawings and photos. There are also fascinating exhibits that feature musical instruments, textiles, and the artistry of the fashion industry. The museum also has an interactive tour, which is an excellent way for visitors to learn about the history behind the works of art on display.
Southern Nevada Museum Of Fine Art
The museum makes every effort to set itself apart from others with distinctive artistic events and learning programs that are made available to the community.
Moving to the Neonopolis in 2008, the museum now has more than 20,000 square feet of gallery space. Besides the main gallery, there is one for special exhibits and one for exhibits by solo artists. An additional exhibit space in the Emporium showcases the work of artists from the local area to those from around the world.
The museum is collecting a vast assortment of modern day art from all over the world. They have selected 40 pieces to display as part of their permanent collection. Visitors to the area and local community members have the opportunity to view the work of many remarkable artists.
The idea is to display art that is done by people with excellent skills who use an infinite variety of methods and procedures. Some of them are well known and some are not. However, each of them has something significant to offer the viewer. When its significance is not instantly recognized, the viewer will appreciate the challenge to discover it.
In 2013, there was a show that highlighted a variety of work by notable photographers. It was The International Masters of Photography. Its primary function was to create a journal of events in the art of photography throughout the world. Their hope is that the book and the exhibit puts photography and photographers in a well deserved spotlight.
For this show, they did not restrict themselves to using only recognized photographers. They felt people coming to it would have missed much of the essence of an art that is growing and reinventing itself. So much of the innovative and stimulating work is being produced by youthful, unheard of photographers.
In recent years there has been an increasing awareness in modern Asian Art. These younger artists have modified the traditional styles and methods and blended them with more Western elements. The museum has offered paintings that reflect the newness and differences between the old and the new generations.
Many of the solo exhibits feature painters and sculptors who have won many prestigious awards. The Contemporary Masters was an offering of works by people that are still living. The main goal of the show was to present art that is currently being done around the world. They want visitors to the museum to consider the idea that art is truly a universal language that can be understood by everyone.
As mentioned earlier, there is a space in the Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Art that is devoted to showing the art of people from the area and from all over the world. The Emporium gives them an exclusive setting to display and sell their individual masterpieces. Since it is inside, they get the exposure they would not otherwise have.
Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts, a Historical and Cultural Showcase
The Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts is considered to be one of the premier cultural sites in Hobart, Australia. Boasting a fine collection of valuable books and manuscripts, as well as an acclaimed collection of original artworks the institution is renowned for its exceptional compilation of precious items.
The magnificent collection of books and pamphlets was commenced by Cecil Allport at the turn of the 1900s, and subsequently was expanded by his son Henry. A large proportion of the items in the collection are priceless volumes of rare works, many relating to Australia and the Pacific region, although there is also a fascinating variety of works on topics relating to the local region. A good proportion of the items in the collection are the only copies existent in Tasmania.
After Henry Allport’s death, additional material was acquired through the Endowment Fund of the library and by donation. The library additionally features photos of distinguished Tasmanians and members of the Allport family as well as images of the environs of Hobart.
The Allport family was also prominent lovers of the arts, as is demonstrated by the variety and quality of the artworks on display which include about 2,000 originals in addition to approximately 500 prints. Further delights for art connoisseurs are contained in various sketchbooks and albums. Prominently featured are the works of competent artists in the family, such as Curzona Frances Louise Allport and Mary Morton Allport. The collection also includes the work of a multitude of colonial-era landscape artists and convict artists.
Additional treasures include exquisite French, English and Chinese porcelain, Georgian glass and silver as well as magnificent Sheraton, Chippendale and Hepplewhite furniture in walnut and mahogany dating to the 17th century.
Today the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts continues to attract book and art lovers from around the world, as befitting its status as one of the premier cultural institutions of Tasmania.
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