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Watercolor Artists Whose Work is Not Representational

I love to look at and create watercolor paintings. However, most of the watercolor art I find isn’t to my taste because it’s so representational. Boats, still lifes, nature, and portraits do nothing for me. I do like the watercolors I’ve seen by Gerhard Richter and Zao Wou-Ki. Who are some other artists who are doing or have done interesting things with nonrepresentational / abstract watercolor?
posted by mermaidcafe on Mar 4, 2015 - 7 answers

I've been framed!

I have a very large (6'x6') piece of amateur art that is made of many large paper cut-outs layered on top of one another with spray adhesive. This art has no actual $ value. I really like it and want to hang it on a wall but I am afraid the layers will quickly peel/curl/wrinkle/rip/fade if I mount the piece on foam core or similar. Framing it with glass or plexi would be (a) expensive and (b) heavy! Any other ideas how I can display this work?
posted by nkknkk on Mar 2, 2015 - 5 answers

Looking for artists I might enjoy

If I like Austin Kleon, Lynda Barry and Danny Gregory, who else might I like? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Mar 1, 2015 - 8 answers

How to find graphic design work / projects?

My friend has a background in visual art (mainly years of oils, watercolors, some crafts) and has recently started exploring graphic design. So far she's done some projects for friends and family (website design, logos, packaging, card designing, etc). She'd love to do more of this kind of work on a freelance basis, but isn't sure how to find it. Should she advertise on Fiverr, or Elance, or...? How does this work and how do you get started as a freelance graphic designer? Any tips or recommendations would be really appreciated!
posted by aielen on Feb 24, 2015 - 2 answers

Guiding Art Development for the Preschooler

How much and what sort of guidance should I provide for the art skills of a precocious preschooler? [more inside]
posted by bfranklin on Feb 24, 2015 - 15 answers

Can you please help me identify this drawing?

I'd love to know more about this drawing. It seems to be an original ink drawing, but I can't identify it or find out more about the artist. [more inside]
posted by the webmistress on Feb 21, 2015 - 7 answers

Where is this Spanish Civil War clip art from?

My grandpa did an album about his time in the Spanish Civil War, and the liner notes (PDF) utilize five pieces of clip art. I'd like to know where the clip art came from. [more inside]
posted by SMPA on Feb 19, 2015 - 0 answers

Name that flower

My daughter really loves the flowers on the vinyl tiles that I am planning to rip up in our upstairs bathroom. Can you help me identify them and possibly find some prints of these or think of a creative way to display and preserve a few? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Feb 13, 2015 - 20 answers

Attaining fluency in creative mediums.

I have a lot of questions about the world! There are many different ways to explore those questions, but in order to explore them at a level that satisfies me, I have to investigate using mediums that I am fluent in. As of this moment, I don't think I am fluent in anything. Creatives of Metafilter, give me your thoughts and anecdata! [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Feb 12, 2015 - 4 answers

Promiscuous Male Artists

Can you give me examples of male visual artists who are and were known for their gratuitous sexual behavior? Sexuality doesn't matter, and neither does period or style. I'm very curious. Thank you.
posted by CyborgHag on Feb 10, 2015 - 22 answers

How to set up creative friction

I've noticed in the past few years that when I am bored or frustrated I tend to get inspired. Some of my best, most interesting sketches are from lectures and work meetings. While working in the office I come up with ideas for paintings, songs, quilts and other projects. I wrote my best poetry at a time when I felt trapped and as if my true thoughts were dangerous and forbidden. [more inside]
posted by bunderful on Feb 9, 2015 - 7 answers

Free publications for designers?

I design magazines and newspapers for a living. Sometimes I kinda...hit a rut...and need some inspiration. I was just wondering if anyone knew of any design/communications publications or periodicals that may supply free subscriptions to professional designers? I've got a few mag subscriptions myself, but they can be pretty expensive to keep up with, especially those with really great illustration and design. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
posted by Bwentman on Feb 6, 2015 - 7 answers

Erasing Non-Photo Blue Pencil

My drawing style has been black ink over non-photo blue scanned in as line art until recently. Now I want to watercolor my drawings, but still start them with blue pencil. I'm having a heck of time erasing my the non-photo blue pencil marks, though. I've tried hi-polymer and artgum erasers. Usually I'm on watercolor paper. The erasers don't work well and I sometimes tear the paper. How is this done? Do I need a better eraser or to wash on another layer or something?
posted by 10ch on Feb 4, 2015 - 12 answers

Converting PDF to JPEG?

I want to take my original art and sell prints and such on Society6. I don't have a scanner so I took the three pieces to Staples and they scanned them onto a jump drive for me. I didn't think to say, "hey can you scan these as JPEG," and when I opened the files at home they're all PDF. [more inside]
posted by 80 Cats in a Dog Suit on Feb 4, 2015 - 26 answers

Is a signed but un-numbered print an Artist Proof (AP)?

Trying to figure out the value of two signed prints that were not printed as part of an edition. [more inside]
posted by Griffinlb on Feb 3, 2015 - 6 answers

How to find an intellectual / creative community of South Asians in NY?

Seeking advice on how to find out about events, screenings, lectures, workshops, and gatherings organized by and for the South Asian community in New York City. [more inside]
posted by coastisclear on Jan 31, 2015 - 7 answers

"Art" or "staring at breasts?"

I'm a visual artist, and recently I've been feeling the urge to photograph nudes, male and female. Whilst I don't have any issues with male nudes, I seem to be getting hung up on past experiences when it comes to the female nudes. Help me understand what is due to the past and what is actually a genuine problem with what it is that I want to do (details inside). [more inside]
posted by six sided sock on Jan 29, 2015 - 30 answers

How do I draw like MC Escher?

I'd like to understand how Escher made his architectural illusion drawings so I can model similar environments in 3D and then use those models to draw my own creations out on paper. How do I even get started? [more inside]
posted by everyday_naturalist on Jan 28, 2015 - 13 answers

Filling in those speech bubbles..

What are some tips that I could use to help me write out comics I'd like to draw? [more inside]
posted by morning_television on Jan 28, 2015 - 14 answers

Trying to ID "Invisible Man" painting

We picked up this cool print of a painting at a thrift store the other day. When I saw it I thought it looked familiar somehow, but googling has yet to turn up the artist. Look familiar to anyone? The signature looks like it says "S. Seppa" but it's not super easy to read. Thanks!
posted by klugarsh on Jan 20, 2015 - 4 answers

Art and Chance: A list

I want to compile a list of art works that used chance operations and/or randomness in their creation. I am keen to incorporate pre-20th century, non-Western works, and lots of works by female artists, but anything you can think of will be super helpful. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jan 20, 2015 - 7 answers

A painter who includes donated secrets in their works?

I seem to recall reading about a contemporary artist (possibly a painter) a few years back who includes secrets that are donated by other people into their work, and perhaps encodes or conceals them in some way. Google's not turning up anything useful, so I'm turning to the hive mind instead - does that ring any bells for anyone?
posted by Chairboy on Jan 17, 2015 - 5 answers

Happy little bonny trees

The artwork that appears at the end of the opening credits for the BBC series Ballykissangel, seen (and also heard) here makes me so weirdly happy. I would like more of this, but can't figure out how to find it! [more inside]
posted by dreamphone on Jan 16, 2015 - 14 answers

What technique was used to create this album artwork?

Does anyone know how to create the beautiful abstract swirls in the background of this album art? My hunch is that it was done using coloured oil, but I really have no idea, and if anyone has ever seen anything like it before and knows how to do it, I'd really like to know!
posted by Quilford on Jan 13, 2015 - 12 answers

How Do I organize Unused Canvases in a small space?

I live in a one bedroom apartment. 1/3rd of my living room is assigned to my craft table/supply storage for my mixed media art hobbies. I just lean my unused canvases under my desk in that area. How do I organize them more efficiently and WHAT do I put them in? [more inside]
posted by camylanded on Jan 11, 2015 - 8 answers

But the foolish poets brought no copyright permission

How can I legitimately use the artworks that inspired my poem? [more inside]
posted by Perodicticus potto on Jan 10, 2015 - 7 answers

Get this guitar to sound like that!

I have an old Art and Lutherie Ami (parlour guitar), and a relatively new LXME little Martin with pickup. I like the sound of the A&L better, but the Martin is more versatile and more comfortable to play. Is there anyway I can set up the Martin to sound more like the A&L? [more inside]
posted by redwaterman on Jan 8, 2015 - 4 answers

What's this art style?

Is there a name for this style of art?
posted by gadha on Jan 7, 2015 - 13 answers

Technical name for Crayola Model Magic?

Is there a non-proprietary term for this modeling material? If not, is there a broader technical category that it might fall under? Trying to figure out how to list the materials used in an artwork, and this weird stuff is one component. I need a better descriptor than the brand name if at all possible (I realize it might not be possible.) Thanks for any help!
posted by thegreatfleecircus on Jan 5, 2015 - 8 answers

Antiques Roadshow... Metafilter edition!

Calling all art history sleuths and Japanese signature decipherers! I was raised with my mom telling me this antique Japanese Moriage Satsuma vase was the most expensive thing in the house. She brought it home from Japan in 1957. Now I'm curious if my mom was right or wrong... (Of course I want my mom to be right, but... she wasn't always.) I see a lot of satsuma stuff online, and the values are so varied from $80 to thousands that I don't know if this piece is actually special. [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster on Dec 30, 2014 - 5 answers

How do I draw for a child?

I gave my three-year old an easel with drawing implements for Christmas and would like to be able to draw pictures on it that look like actual things and not crazed scribbles of a drunk. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by Tevin on Dec 30, 2014 - 18 answers

One art, please!

How do *you* incorporate art into your life on a regular basis? [more inside]
posted by Twicketface on Dec 30, 2014 - 14 answers

calligraphy for the handwriting-challenged

I got an amazing calligraphy set for Christmas. I have never done anything of the sort before. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Dec 26, 2014 - 11 answers

Custom DIY picture framing 2014

What are the current best places for ordering custom-sized picture framing components to assemble myself at home? [more inside]
posted by primethyme on Dec 24, 2014 - 3 answers

Can you recommend me a website to buy cheap posters to decorate my room?

Hello, I'd like to decorate my dorm room with posters depicting famous paintings (I have the Wanderer above the Sea of Fog in mind) or abstract art such as this one. It would be awesome if it's cheap and ships internationally to France. Thanks a lot!
posted by lite on Dec 24, 2014 - 3 answers

How late can you stay at MoMA?

The museum closes at 5:30pm. Do they begin clearing the galleries then, or do they just stop selling tickets at that point? If you are already inside could you get, say, half an hour more of viewing time before being kicked out?
posted by molla on Dec 23, 2014 - 6 answers

Bulk picture frames.

I'd like to buy a bunch of frames for art prints I hope to sell online. Mostly standard sizing, a few slightly nonstandard panoramic sizes. Where can I find volume pricing? Thanks and happy holidays!
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas on Dec 23, 2014 - 7 answers

Help me name this collective of cinematographers

Can you help me come up with a name for a group of very talented cinematographers based in New York? Naturally the first place I went to was the dictionary (word by word), jotting down everything that had to do with the craft. The technical terms are not interesting to them because they prefer a nice name that focuses on the artistic/storytelling aspect of it. Help? [more inside]
posted by cyrusw8 on Dec 17, 2014 - 18 answers

What to do about someone presenting your artwork as their own?

My best friend just found out that someone bought a bunch of his drawings and paintings online, framed them, and then probably presented them in a 2-person gallery show as their own work... [more inside]
posted by drumcorpse on Dec 12, 2014 - 22 answers

Need business-minded advice about specializing in 2 artistic mediums

I do both analogue photography and watercolor paintings; very different mediums! I have a webpage for my photography which currently has a menu tab for my artwork, though it doesn't fit in at all with my photography or the theme of the webpage. Should I make a separate webpage for my artwork? I also sell my photography on Etsy, and would like to start selling art prints. Should I make a separate Etsy shop for my artwork? Pros and cons of keeping 2 different mediums of work together vs. separating them? Opinions or anything else I should consider?
posted by tenaciousmoon on Dec 12, 2014 - 2 answers

German philosopher quote

Which (German?) philosopher said something like: art/writing is perfect in proportion to the degree to which the personality of the artist isn't detectable in it?
posted by phrontist on Dec 9, 2014 - 6 answers

Of Pencils and Pixels

I want to read scholarly work about why doing things with "digital" tools (like word processors or MIDI music keyboards) is experienced differently from doing things with "analog" tools (like typewriters or pianos). [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Dec 9, 2014 - 6 answers

How can I support myself as an artist?

What are some things that I could do to support myself while doing creative work, *without* taking up so much time that I can't actually do art? [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Dec 5, 2014 - 21 answers

Sources for historic photo art

I'm looking for a cool historic photo for a specific spot in my house. What are your favorite sources for that kind of thing? [more inside]
posted by primethyme on Nov 29, 2014 - 5 answers

How can I give up on this business pursuit?

I met a visual artist two years ago whose work is very, very important to me. I set up a meeting with him because I work in the arts and my skills are complimentary to his. We planned to do a project together, so we spent a lovely day meeting and doing a bit of work together. But he immediately stopped communicating with me as soon as we parted ways. [more inside]
posted by BestCoaster on Nov 20, 2014 - 14 answers

A Gift for an Art Lover

I want to get my Glaswegian girlfriend a Charles Rennie Mackintosh print for Christmas. Extensive Googling keeps bringing up the same type of result: massive print-houses like AllPosters. Maybe this is the best route? I don't know, but they all seem very cheap and what I want is something well produced and worth framing. What advice can the HiveMind offer? [more inside]
posted by Evstar on Nov 12, 2014 - 6 answers

Vending machine art

I don't appear to have the vocabulary for this question, because my Google-fu has failed utterly. I'm interested in vending machines of the 1960s (and maybe early '70s). [more inside]
posted by bryon on Nov 9, 2014 - 4 answers

Print compnay employer is requesting my pay requirements - help

A print company owner is asking me what my pay requirements are to join his staff as an illustrator. How much do people who do this kind of thing make? [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Nov 8, 2014 - 4 answers

Looking for Hi-Res, Easy-Scrolling Awesome Historical Art Sites

I want to look at awesome curious art from all eras in an easy-to-scroll through format with smooth feed and, ideally, some accurate but not necessarily detailed artist, nationality, and date format. [more inside]
posted by LucretiusJones on Nov 7, 2014 - 6 answers

Please help me DIY this vague wall art quote idea!

I have a big white wall next to my stairs. I want to decorate the wall with a 10-sentence quote, like going up alongside the stairs. I am only moderately artsy but not totally hopeless. I'm trying to figure out the best way to do this myself. [more inside]
posted by ootandaboot on Nov 3, 2014 - 5 answers

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