Choosing a Painting Theme
How to Choose a Painting Theme
Choosing a painting theme is not as easy as it sounds. You could get hold of an art book and copy the theme from one of the prints, but then you’ll have no originality in your paintings, not to mention that you’ll have to draw or paint everything from scratch (unless you already have the skill).
What if you want to paint a realistic portrait, for example? If you choose a photo from a magazine, people will recognize it immediately. How can you make it look like it’s painted by hand?
Answer: choose a subject that gives you enough material to work with and will allow you to be inventive with its subject matter. For a realistic portrait, ask your subject to change at least one characteristic (like his hair color or the color of his clothes), and then modify it throughout the portrait so that he doesn’t look like he just came out of front of the camera. For example, if he has blue eyes in real life, make them brown in your painting; if he has long hair, make him look bald… etc.
Choosing a painting theme can be difficult, especially when you have no idea where to start. Your creative mind might not be firing on all cylinders and if you have been working on your art for a while and are stuck, then take a look at the gallery below to see if one of these painting themes might inspire you.
An artist’s work is often connected with his life experiences, whether they be positive or negative, happy or sad. You may find that picking a painting theme that evokes a particular emotion is a great way to express yourself creatively. Take some time to really consider what each of these painting themes represents so that you can make it come to life in your own paintings.
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1. Abstract Art – Abstraction describes any type of visual art that’s unconcerned with the realistic depiction of visual perception. It tends to focus on formal qualities and often has no reference to recognizable subject matter.
2. Abstract Expressionism – Abstract Expressionism was an American post-World War II art movement that is characterized by gestural abstraction and an emotional rather than narrative focus. Artists in this category include Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko
If you are an artist who has only recently started to sell your artwork, or are still unsure of the exact style in which you want to express yourself, you may find it helpful to read this article. It offers advice on how you can create a portfolio that is more cohesive and gives the viewer a clearer idea of what type of paintings you create.
Example of a portfolio created by an artist with a specific theme in mind:
Okay, so we have looked at two portfolios here, one with no theme and one with a theme. Both portfolios include pieces of art that could fit into any sort of portfolio, but they also include pieces that fit specifically into their own theme. The first portfolio seems more like a hodge-podge of pieces that do not go together in any way, while the second seems like it all fits together in some way.
We can say that the second artist put more thought into his portfolio and had something in mind when he was creating it, whereas the first artist did not. It is always better to have a specific plan for your art when creating a portfolio because it will make your work seem more professional and show that you are invested in your art career.
Art is a beautiful way to express your feelings. Painting allows you to bring your innermost feelings to life and share them with others. However, not everyone has the talent to create art. The tips in the following article can help anyone become an artist.
Before creating a painting, it’s best for you to consider what style of painting you want to do. There are many different styles of paintings; some more complicated than others. It’s best for you to pick one that is simple, clean and clear in design. Your audience can enjoy the piece more if it is pleasing to the eye.
Treat painting as a business venture by learning everything you can about pricing, display and promotion of artwork. Find out how much other artists are charging for their work so that you can set appropriate prices for your own art. If people see that you’re serious about your work, they’ll be more likely to buy it from you. It is crucial that your studio or workspace look presentable and professional at all times. You will build a better reputation as an artist if people see how organized and well-prepared you are at all times.
When beginning a painting project, plan ahead before starting so that you know what paints and brushes to use when working on your piece.
I’ve seen a lot of paintings that look like the artist tried to paint every possible subject, but did it halfway. In other words, they painted portraits, landscapes, and still lifes, but not in a way that was interesting or unique.
Trying to be a jack-of-all-trades is a good way to end up being master of none.
If you can only paint one thing well, then focus on that. If you can paint two things well, then focus on those two things. Maybe things will change in the future, and you’ll have more skills to draw from in the future. But for now, pick one thing you’re good at and stick with it (or two things).
The art business is not a business where you can bring your own style or subject matter and just wing it. If you are going to sell art, you are going to have to follow the instructions of the art market and make something that people want. This is how art galleries work.
There are many reasons for this. First, if you just did what you wanted, then your work would not be any good, because you wouldn’t know what people wanted. Second, for the same reason, people who want to buy art will not be able to understand why they should buy your art instead of someone else’s. They don’t know what they like yet; they need to see a bunch of examples of lots of different kinds of art before they can figure out what they like. Third, if you have no idea what people want and just throw paint on canvases in hopes that some rich person will buy them as an investment, then rich people will think you are a loser and not buy your paintings. And fourth, if you do something other than what the established art market wants (like paint giant blue dogs wearing sunglasses), then they won’t take you seriously and won’t give you shows in their galleries.
So if you want to be an artist, then first find
The best art emerges from a solid understanding of Art History, with an emphasis on mastering the fundamentals (drawing, color theory and composition).
The study of art history is not a substitute for artistic ability; it is an enhancement to your already existing talents.
The study of art history will help you become a better artist.
If you are looking to become an artist, the study of art history will give you a deeper appreciation for that which inspires you and gives meaning to your own work.
Art History can also inspire new ideas for your own compositions.
Art History can help you understand why artists choose the subject matter they do, and how composition and other elements contribute to the success of a painting or sculpture.
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