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How do I paint a beach ball?

I want to paint a beach ball to look like Jupiter. It will spend the vast majority of its time deflated in a waterproof container in the middle of the woods. Periodically it will be taken out, inflated, looked at for a minute or two, and then put back. Is there some kind of paint or painting style that will keep the paint from cracking and peeling after repeated inflation and deflation?
posted by ErWenn on May 25, 2015 - 15 answers

House Painting Movie Montage?

My husband and I are painting our new house, and I feel like I'm stuck in a romantic comedy, with the montage including the happy couple painting a room or the house. Of course, my husband has no idea what I'm talking about, and I can't remember any specific movies that have this scene. Can anyone point me to a movie with a montage including the couple painting their new house together?
posted by freshwater on May 18, 2015 - 9 answers

Adolphe Willette - Onbekend

While visiting the wonderful Kattenkabinet in Amsterdam, myself and my friend were captivated by Onbekend by Adolphe Willette. Back home, and I cannot find anything online about this picture, in which a huge black cat looms over a panicked townscape. Does anyone know anything about this painting? What's going on in it?
posted by sarahdal on May 18, 2015 - 9 answers

Help me not wreck my house.

We love our house, an 85-year-old home that was extensively remodelled, preserving much of the charm, including original A-grade fir hardwood floors, but with many improvements, including plumbing and wiring. The outside is the original cedar siding, which was sanded/filled/primed/painted about seven years ago. Now that it's in need of repainting, I'm considering whether I should paint or replace. Don't know if this wrecks the look/value of the house. Hope me! [more inside]
posted by liquado on May 13, 2015 - 7 answers

How do I find and buy affordable original artwork?

I'd really like to have more art in my house, and I love the idea of having original pieces. But I know almost nothing about art, so I don't know the best ways to go about finding and buying it. [more inside]
posted by primethyme on Apr 22, 2015 - 26 answers

Name that Artist ?

This painting means a great deal to a good friend - he has no idea who painted it - i would like to surprise him with some background information if possible. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by kev23f on Apr 16, 2015 - 9 answers

What the monk is he doing?

In Eduard von Grützner's painting Vor der Brotzeit, the monk has something in his hand. What is it?
posted by naturalog on Apr 6, 2015 - 8 answers

Help me identify this painting/print

I'm trying to identify this painting/print that I have seen on several design blogs. This example is at the Marlton Hotel in Greenwich Village.
posted by Frank Grimes on Mar 31, 2015 - 4 answers

How do I paint like this?

I haven't painted since I was in school, but then I saw this and was inspired to try. What supplies and techniques would I need to paint in this particular style? [more inside]
posted by acidic on Mar 19, 2015 - 9 answers

Is anyone familiar with the artist Judy Manthorpe?

Is anyone familiar with the artist Judy Manthorpe, who does oil paintings of cheerful winter scenes like these: "Georgetown Canal" and "winter landscape with children sledding"? [more inside]
posted by Oliva Porphyria on Mar 7, 2015 - 1 answer

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

Best way to prep coffee table for chalk painting?

What is the best method to clean and prep a coffee table for chalk painting? [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Feb 2, 2015 - 5 answers

Painting a room in two colours

Decorating-challenged man with limited colour sense has large family room (24' x 30') with walls divided roughly half way up the wall (on three sides) by narrow (4") shelf/plate rail. Is there a general guideline/rule for painting such a room with one colour up to and including the rail and another colour from there to the ceiling? [more inside]
posted by RafikiGuy on Jan 28, 2015 - 11 answers

Object Source Lighting Modeling Help..

Hello! I'm building a miniature and I'd like to incorporate some object source lighting for the first time. However, I'm having some trouble visualizing where the light would go. I'm wondering if you can help. [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Jan 23, 2015 - 4 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

How to oil paint?

My sister gave me a starter set of oil paints for Christmas. I know nothing about how to use oils, basic techniques... nada. Can anyone point me at free web resources on how to get started? Seems like there's a lot out there and I'd appreciate finding stuff vetted by the hivemind. [more inside]
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering on Jan 15, 2015 - 7 answers

what do I need to know for a small but important paint job?

I want to paint my dining room. Obviously there are many Youtube videos, etc and I have been watching them. But I want YOUR experience. [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes on Jan 12, 2015 - 26 answers

Different mediums to seal hardboard for oil painting?

I bought some hardboard for oil painting; I plan to cover it with acrylic gesso. I've been told by an experienced painter to use GAC100 to seal the board to prevent discoloration due to chemicals leaching into the paint from the hardboard. I've read articles that say either GAC100 or high-quality (e.g. Gamblin) PVA. Do you use those, or something else, for this purpose? Will any acrylic polymer substitute? [more inside]
posted by cupcakeninja on Dec 13, 2014 - 10 answers

How to paint Netherlandish/Flemish, a la Bosch, Bruegel, or Ryden?

I paint occasionally in my spare time, and over the last couple years I've viewed a lot of early Netherlandish and Pop Surrealist painting that's tightly executed and finely detailed. What steps have you taken or do you advise to learn to paint in something like the style(s) of Bosch, Ryden, Bruegel, etc.? [more inside]
posted by cupcakeninja on Dec 4, 2014 - 12 answers

Which colors to paint this ceiling medallion?

Florists, gardeners, green-thumbs, I have a floral ceiling medallion that I want to paint in pastel colors. Link to imgur album. I know these might not be real flowers but what do they remind you of? [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog on Dec 3, 2014 - 9 answers

Best options for tarting up horrid 80s wall unit?

I am going to need a bookcase in a room I am redecorating. Downstairs is a HORRIBLE 80s chipboard wall unit thing with dark, not at all convincing fakey veneer. Complication: I'm redecorating the room to a Hannibal theme. [more inside]
posted by tel3path on Oct 16, 2014 - 4 answers

Looking for First Nations art depicting seals

I'm looking to find examples of Canadian First Nations art depicting seals. Ideally paintings, prints or sculptures from B.C. aboriginal artists. [more inside]
posted by arcticseal on Oct 12, 2014 - 12 answers

my enjoyment...not for sale!

Another word for work that is for enjoyment, not for sale. [more inside]
posted by artdrectr on Oct 3, 2014 - 38 answers

Help identifying writing on a Russian? bark painting

It is a little painting on bark. Trying to find out more information about it. But I am being stymied by not really knowing Russian characters while trying to google the writing on it. Pics inside. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by jeribus on Sep 27, 2014 - 6 answers

Is $2500 reasonable for an 1100-sq. ft. apartment paint job in NYC?

We're strongly considering getting our apartment painted by professionals, and we got a quote today: it would be $2500 for the foyeur/dining area, living room, kitchen, and two bedrooms. The price includes only labor. We would be providing all the paint. There's a number of different colors, a few accent walls, and separate colored molding. Is that a reasonable amount to pay? How much can we try to negotiate it down?
posted by Blisterlips on Sep 3, 2014 - 16 answers

How can I prevent a stretched canvas from warping more with each coat?

The canvas warps when painted and then unwarps when it dries, what can I do to prevent this? [more inside]
posted by cirrostratus on Aug 7, 2014 - 5 answers

My Mismatched Crap + X = Beautiful Bedroom. Solve for X.

We're putting down new wood floors in our bedroom. We've got lovely curtains, terrific bedding. And I just painted the walls a pleasant grey/purple tone. But our dresser and headboard are two different shades of cheap light-colored IKEA wooden stuff. The new floor is yet another light wood tone. Is there some kind of wash or paint treatment I can apply to my headboard and dresser that will pull them out of the light wood range and into the other colors in my palette, so that our stuff can finally match? [more inside]
posted by Comrade Doll on Jul 26, 2014 - 12 answers

Wrapping exterior house trim

Has anyone had any experiences with wrapping exterior wood trim and window frames instead of painting? [more inside]
posted by dilettante on Jul 4, 2014 - 4 answers

Online acrylics lessons

I used to be a decent student painter, and I've recently had a yen to start up again, after almost a decade. I've got to restock my supplies and have an okay sense of what I need. But – I'm looking for some mid-level acrylic lessons in either photographic + blog or video format to dive back in. Very basic conceptual stuff not needed (I know color theory, perspective, and all that good stuff), but something that focuses specifically on painting with acrylics, technique, and getting started on new projects would be great. Any ideas?
posted by thirdletter on Jul 4, 2014 - 3 answers

Make my black fitbit clip flesh toned

Is there a simple way to paint or color the standard fitbit clip so that it is a nude/flesh tone? I would like to paint it, but I anticipate difficulty since it seems to be made partially of silicone. Is there a way this can be done successfully?
posted by skjønn on Jun 28, 2014 - 9 answers

Painting a Peeling Garage Door

The paint on our wooden garage door is seriously peeling, and I want to re-paint it. How should I go about this? What tools do I need? What kind of paint should I use? Brand recommendations welcome. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Jun 23, 2014 - 16 answers

How can I learn to be a very good acrylic painter?

I've been a professional writer all my working life--non-fiction: newspapers, national magazines, books, tv--and now that I'm semi-retired I'm attempting to learn a new skill. Painting. It's thrilling to see the world in a new way and I love it. The instructor is delightful: accomplished and generous with praise. I've taken her beginners' course and learned a lot--by my subjective eye, I went from worst in the class to second best. Now I'm in the follow-up course. But I'm not very good yet and nearly all the 15 or so others in this class have painted for years or have taken lots of courses, and they're embarrassingly far ahead of me. I know that I must "compete" only with myself. I know that I can advance only at my own pace and that should be fine. But I want to learn faster! I want to be the best! I'm reading books, and practicing outside class, and messing around with different paints and colors and substrates, and that helps. Is there anything else I might do that would help me learn faster? Tips? Reading? Materials? Just practicepracticepractice? See, I don't even know enough yet to ask a clear and concrete question. Mefi artists, can you show me the way?
posted by fivesavagepalms on Jun 6, 2014 - 12 answers

Help identify this painting

Can anyone help identify this painting above the sofa? Any hints would be much appreciated!
posted by blithecatpie on May 28, 2014 - 2 answers

Who's the painter who wasn't able to finish a painting?

I heard this story once, probably apocryphal, of this painter who would never consider a work finished, and his dealer had to break into his studio to get the paintings out so the artist would stop working on them before they were ruined. Does anyone know know who this story is about?
posted by gertzedek on May 22, 2014 - 9 answers

Projector for painting: advice wanted

I want to project digital images, resident on a laptop, onto a large canvas in order to paint them. My maximum canvas size will be, say, 6 feet by 6 feet. What sort of projector do I need? I am unlikely to use it for any other purpose, i.e. movie viewing.
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic on May 22, 2014 - 4 answers

Teach Me About Art Storage.

My favorite part of museums these days are the visible storage units. My favorite part of natural history museums are old-fashioned drawers filled with air-tight cases. I want to know more about the history and practice of storing/preserving art objects, paintings, sculpture, textiles, etc. What books/websites should I be reading to find out more? The more weirdly medium specific and detailed the better. Strange anecdotes very much welcome.
posted by The Whelk on May 22, 2014 - 14 answers

New Orleans art shows in October 2014

My friend from Orange County (California) is a fine artist and photographer. He’s visiting New Orleans in October 2014 and would like to be part of some art shows while he’s here. [more inside]
posted by glass.hourousha on May 15, 2014 - 6 answers

Help me identify these black heroines

I saw an interesting folk art painting in a shop window the other day. It's a group portrait of about a dozen renowned black women. I could only name some of them off hand, though, and was trying to figure out who the rest were. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by Diablevert on May 4, 2014 - 15 answers

Returning to writing and painting after a long depression

I am a writer (poetry, fiction, essays) and painter (mostly abstract art done in acrylics). I am normally quite prolific, but I have been dealing with a ferocious depression for months now and pretty much stopped creating altogether. However, I am feeling hopeful that the end of the yuckiness is in sight, and I'd like to get back to work. Yesterday I went to a cafe to write and sent out some submissions but really didn't know where to begin with writing. I made a list of potential projects, but none of them really grabbed me, and I didn't either feel any great ideas or the patience to sit with them until I got an idea. A similar thing happened when I was thinking about painting. So, does anybody have any tips for getting back into creative work after a long time away with something as crippling as depression can be?
posted by mermaidcafe on Apr 20, 2014 - 10 answers

Cone of shame

Can you help identify the artist behind this painting?
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Apr 2, 2014 - 7 answers

Help locate the painting in the background of an image.

Here is the image. It's 100% safe for work, as it's a cute dog. We're trying to find out a little more about the painting in the background. A reddit thread had a comment from the purported OP saying "The title is Eve. Bought at an art show in Bellingham, WA. Can't remember the artist's name, and can't decipher from the signature, sorry" Does it look familiar to anyone at all? The colors would be great in the living room.
posted by drstein on Mar 31, 2014 - 5 answers

How do we contractor?

We are buying a house -yay! But the house needs renovation work done - eek! While we have previously owned a house, it was 10 years ago, in another state, and never had any major renovations. We are scheduled to close on April 30, so we are trying to figure out what kinds of professionals we need and how to find/hire them. [more inside]
posted by DiscourseMarker on Mar 30, 2014 - 15 answers

How do I find a new direction in my art?

I've been painting for a year now, and I'm at a phase where I hate everything I've done and feel ready to do something different. I use acrylics and do abstract paintings (I've dabbled in watercolors). I look at a lot of art, both online and in person, so I am getting plenty of inspiration, but nothing is really calling me to try it. I want to make art that at least has meaning to myself, if not for others, but I don't feel like I've done that and I don't know how to now. A short lists of artists I like includes Joan Mitchell, Zao Wou-Ki, Tracey Emin, Cy Twombly, Leonora Carrington, Dorothea Tanning, Jules Olitski, Pat Steir, Gerhard Richter.
posted by mermaidcafe on Mar 23, 2014 - 14 answers

Garden of Earthly De-frights!!!!

Looking for analysis of Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch. And yes, I absolutely had to look up the spelling on that one. [more inside]
posted by Uppity Pigeon #2 on Mar 18, 2014 - 6 answers

DIY Furniture Question

I want to paint this. For various reasons, stripping it first is out. How to get the best paint job? [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Mar 10, 2014 - 17 answers

Walk me through painting my balcony

My balcony is gross and I want to paint it. I know nothing about painting. Tell me what materials I need and what procedures to follow. Pics inside. [more inside]
posted by zeri on Mar 8, 2014 - 14 answers

Identifying a naive art/folk art artist

There is an artist whose paintings strongly remind me of someone else's style. Within the realm of naive/folk art, which artist had a similar style or similar paintings? Something about the spareness of the trees, the lines of the houses, remind me strongly of... someone. Someone I would have seen in a museum or book, someone well known. [more inside]
posted by Houstonian on Mar 8, 2014 - 9 answers

Multitasking air compressor?

I’m looking into buying an air compressor that will work equally well with an airbrush and a framing nailer. Does such a thing exist? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Feb 24, 2014 - 14 answers

What is the name of this painting and the painter?

She looks remarkably like a friend of mine and I would like to find a print of this.
posted by ITravelMontana on Feb 15, 2014 - 3 answers

Color me pretty. Help me learn watercolors!

I'd love to do more urban/travel sketching with watercolors and ink, and I'm pretty new to art. How do I learn to do it better? More inside! [more inside]
posted by lightgray on Feb 12, 2014 - 10 answers

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