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What to do with a large number of enormous oil paintings

My partner's father, a professional artist, passed away last year. We are now responsible for his work, including many large paintings (over 7 ft high), along with smaller paintings and works on paper. His father wasn't selling many paintings in recent years, so we don't think there's much of a market for them. He was an art professor for many years and had some nice residencies and reviews throughout his career, but as far as we know, he wasn't working with a gallery or dealer in the last few years. [more inside]
posted by pourtant on Feb 3, 2014 - 14 answers

Just use the epoxy caulk after sanding the lead paint down to bare wood

After spending like six hours reading labels and talking to hardware store staff, I turn to you, AskMe. How do I patch these holes and smooth these posts in my front porch columns before painting (but after priming)? [more inside]
posted by slidell on Jan 27, 2014 - 13 answers

It's a dress AND a painting!?

There's an artwork on public display in my community that isn't labeled with the artist's name or the title of the piece, and I'd like to know more about it. The facility that has it on display doesn't have the information, so I'm hoping you could take a look at it (or just read my description) and tell me if you know more about it, or where I could find out who created it and what it is called. It's a rather unique piece, being a full-length overcoat that's been hardened/cast and mounted on a large canvas. The yellow floral pattern of the coat is seamlessly transferred to the background of the canvas. For a link to a phone-cam pic I took of it, click [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Jan 15, 2014 - 3 answers

What is this method of painting method called?

I have a couple small (approximately 3"x5" in) paintings that I picked up in a thrift store. Likely not worth much, but I like them and would like to find out more about them. Here is one, here is the other. [more inside]
posted by BeBoth on Dec 27, 2013 - 5 answers

Christmas craft help - decorating picture frames

Every year my family does a craft project around the Christmas table. This year we're decorating picture frames. I'm supposed to buy the supplies. Except I've never done this before and I don't know what to get. Help. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Dec 23, 2013 - 9 answers

Book / textbook recs for learning basic (art) painting techniques?

Decided to take a break from photography. Would like to learn how to draw / paint. Can anyone recommend a good book / textbook for reference purposes?
posted by NYC-BB on Dec 21, 2013 - 4 answers

Quality oil painting lessons online

I am an amateur painter. Never taken lessons, but I really enjoy it. I am looking to improve my technique - particularly working with texture and light. My paintings are pretty flat now. I want to learn how to add depth and contour. I want to paint in a realistic style, not abstract or impressionist. Looking for some good starting points for online videos and resources to get me to the next level.
posted by SarahBellum on Dec 15, 2013 - 3 answers

Do I need to re-prime my walls before painting?

It's been a while since I primed my dining room walls, and I'm not sure if I need to re-prime my walls before painting. Advice paint experts? [more inside]
posted by ratherbethedevil on Dec 9, 2013 - 15 answers

Inspiration and Direction for Christmas Crafting Requested!!

I got a wooden crate like this one to do a craft project for my father for Christmas. He got a record player for his birthday and is starting a record collection all over again and needs something to contain them in. I figured I could make something neat and personal out of a wood crate, but I need help with the details, or ideas for what to do with it. [more inside]
posted by Quincy on Dec 9, 2013 - 7 answers

Do you read Qing dynasty era Chinese characters? Read these, pls!

This is a calligraphy banner with a colophon on a Chinese ink landscape painting on silk. I don't know the date, but I'm assuming it's Qing. The painting is a vertical scroll - mountain, houses, river beneath - with two or three sets of scene-setting characters. What does this say? Any date? Thanks!
posted by heigh-hothederryo on Dec 7, 2013 - 5 answers

Painting question-- two colors, uneven surfaces -- paint up or down?

I'm painting a wall dark blue and re-doing the ceiling in white. The place where wall and ceiling meet is very uneven, and I'd like a nice clean line between the two. This seems to be a pretty common problem, and the standard solution seems to be creating a neat line somewhere other than the actual wall-ceiling joint. But some say paint the wall color up a bit onto the ceiling and some say paint the ceiling color down a bit onto the wall. Given the colors I'm dealing with, which will look better?
posted by neroli on Dec 2, 2013 - 15 answers

Trying to find an artist...

I'm trying to find the artist who made this painting. I purchased the painting in Orta San Giulio, Italy, about 5 years ago. The signature says "Bertocchi" although it may say "Beitocchi". The painting came in a larger frame, I think I spent about $200 for it, however it may have been slightly more. Would like to get more works by this artist on this location. Thanks!
posted by Farce_First on Nov 17, 2013 - 2 answers

Looking for a print online (speaking Italian would help)

I would love to purchase a print of this (warning: auto-playing music) but I can't locate a store online. I'm hoping someone with better Italian skills than me can find a clue somewhere that would lead me to a site.
posted by Tell Me No Lies on Nov 10, 2013 - 4 answers

Can you identify this artist?

I just bought this nice painting and would like to know who painted it. Here's a close-up. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Nov 9, 2013 - 7 answers

I can't paint, but I want to make some paintings.

I want to make some paintings that basically look like this--basically some flat fields of hopefully compatible colors on canvas. I don't care if what I make is real art, I mainly just want to add some color to the room. I went to the craft store and was kind of confused by all the different options for paint. Let's just assume I pick a set of colors I like -- what do I need to buy to make the painting, other than a canvas? What kind of paints, which colors, what kind of brush, what else do I need? How do I mix the colors? I'm not under any illusions that I'm going to make anything good, I just want to get some colors down on canvas in a hopefully appealing way. If I picked a palate from a site like colourlovers, is there a way to order the paints premixed in those colors or what that be a bad idea?
posted by empath on Nov 4, 2013 - 18 answers

Who is in this painting?

Who is in this painting?
posted by czytm on Oct 28, 2013 - 3 answers

Help me find this painting

Years ago I saw a painting in a newspaper with an accompanying article. I really liked the painting and made a vague mental note to look up more online but never actually did. As I recall, the painting was called something like "The Pioneers" and it was very detailed semi-futuristic buildings on the side of a cliff. I'd like to find it or the artist again. [more inside]
posted by raeka on Oct 20, 2013 - 4 answers

Looking for glossy, self-leveling, resin-like one-part arylic clear coat

I'm looking for a product comparable to Ranger's "Glossy Accents" but cheaper and/or sold in larger quantities. I use it between paint layers to get a deep glaze effect on a playing-card-size panels. [more inside]
posted by blnkfrnk on Oct 9, 2013 - 6 answers

Music for kids to paint to

I need to choose excerpts from different types of songs for children to paint to. They need to be different in tone, tempo and mood. It doesn't matter what genre they are from, but instrumental is probably best. The idea is that the children will have a paper divided into parts and as each song excerpt plays they can paint with colors and strokes that reflect the mood of the piece. [more inside]
posted by Biblio on Oct 4, 2013 - 18 answers

Who was that guy?

I know Walter Benjamin treasured a drawing by Paul Klee, Angelus Novus (angel of history).. So much so that he wrote about it in his essay "Theses on the Philosophy of History". [more inside]
posted by Mister Bijou on Sep 27, 2013 - 2 answers

Can I use blackstrap molasses in my whitewash recipe?

I am whitewashing my brick house with this recipe. Should it matter if I'm using clear molasses vs. the blackstrap kind? [more inside]
posted by critzer on Sep 14, 2013 - 8 answers

Pictures of the moon?

I'm looking for paintings, sketches, and other visual art that features the moon. Show me your favorite moon-related imagery!
posted by aaanastasia on Sep 13, 2013 - 23 answers

Creepy Art Catalog

I've been playing Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs over the last day or two. Has anyone put together a list of all the artists and titles for the paintings in the game? [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon on Sep 11, 2013 - 1 answer

Chalkboard-painting a stainless steel refrigerator: possible?

Can I paint my stainless steel fridge with chalkboard paint? I've found lots of tutorials on how to do it with a regular white fridge (whatever those are made of) but nothing on stainless. Should I try to sand it? Do I need primer? Please advise. [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Sep 1, 2013 - 15 answers

I bought a beautiful problem

An art newbie wonders: just how does one properly store an oil painting? [more inside]
posted by charlemangy on Aug 26, 2013 - 3 answers

Finding information about person in a portrait

We have inherited a portrait of Prof. Jacques Stock painted in the late 1930's. Based on family tradition he might have been a professor of art. Is there some site or some way we can search the web based on the face in the portrait? We've tried many different ways to search by name and keep coming up with nothing. The artist was a family member who died several years ago. The portrait was discovered after he died. We do know the family member studied portraiture under Thomas Eakins, but that is about all we have to go on. Many thanks for any help you can give.
posted by fgdmorr on Aug 11, 2013 - 4 answers

It isn't easy painting green.

How do you paint a stainless steel ring? [more inside]
posted by zinon on Aug 10, 2013 - 8 answers

Exterior paint removal question: MILD EMERGENCY

Exterior paint removal question: MILD EMERGENCY [more inside]
posted by ashtabula to opelika on Aug 7, 2013 - 15 answers

Advice for a beginning abstract painter

I seem to have taken up painting, somewhat accidentally, mostly through the cunning tactics of a very good therapist. I dabbled in art in high school but haven't really done much visual art since (though I have also recently taken up photography). A lot of abstract artists (especially female abstract expressionists like Joan Mitchell and Helen Frankenthaler) are the painters that move me the most, plus I don't really have a desire to make representational art. I am mostly painting for self-expression and self-satisfaction, but it'd be nice to also not be embarrassed to show other people my work. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Aug 7, 2013 - 7 answers

How can I figure out if this painting has any value?

I've had this painting for many years. It belonged to my grandfather. He owned an antiques store and he traveled a lot in China. I'm not sure where it came from/how he obtained it. [more inside]
posted by doomtop on Jul 21, 2013 - 6 answers

How can I get my place painted soonest?

I need to get my 2 BR apt in the Washington, DC area painted before I move in. But my only personal-networking options have fallen through: the co-op itself is presently too short-staffed, and it turns out the guy recommended by my realtor can't do it until August. I really need it painted ASAP--although I'd also like a neat, professional job. Is it realistic, to want to get it painted much sooner than August? If so, how can I go about finding a good and reliable painter or company, being new to the area? (Bonus if you have a painter/company in the area whose work you liked and you would recommend!)
posted by theatro on Jul 8, 2013 - 11 answers

Looking for information about a painting and the artist

Photos of the painting are here, including a close-up of the artist's signature, David B. Young. The painting belongs to a relative, and I'm trying to find out more information about the artist for her. [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk on Jul 6, 2013 - 1 answer

A challenge for the hive mind: who painted these?

I have two portraits, painted by the same artist, that I bought at a flea market. They're both signed "Geo. Menkel," and one is dated 1952. They may have come from the Baltimore area, and the artist may have been a doctor painting his wife, based on what I was told by the person I bought them from. Want to help me track down the artist, or a living relative? [more inside]
posted by nonasuch on Jun 12, 2013 - 10 answers

Resurfacing IKEA Furniture?

I've got a black IKEA Expedit bookcase that I've used as a surface the last two years or so, and it shows. For various reasons, I can't really move it from where it is right now (it's part of some custom built in furniture). How can I repaint or restain this thing to look a little better? [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something on Jun 5, 2013 - 17 answers

A waveform? A landform? Just a lovely abstract?

Can you help me learn more about this painting and/or the artist? [more inside]
posted by atlantica on Jun 5, 2013 - 4 answers

Won't you help me solve a thirty-year-old puzzle?

Hello darlings. I'd like your help, specifically in the form of looking at a painting and telling me if you recognize any parts of it from the city you live in, especially if that city is Boston. There's a fair amount of background in terms of what to look for, so please do bear with me. It's all relevant, I promise. [more inside]
posted by FAMOUS MONSTER on May 14, 2013 - 186 answers

Getting Your Creative Motivation Back After A Long Dry Spell?

I went on a long, long break form my creative career cause I was feeling burnt out due to some failures and now I can't seem to get back into it, possibly because I no longer have a financial incentive to do so. How can I fix this? Warning: Long, super privileged person problems. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 7, 2013 - 18 answers

What style of artwork is this?

Can someone tell me a term for this painting style? Pig Painting Specifically the small appendages and rotund body shape. I'm looking for more paintings of pigs in this style if you know of any good ones. Thanks!
posted by meta87 on May 6, 2013 - 8 answers

What is this painting I can't get out of my head?

Help me ID a painting I have seen a few times and really want to purchase a print of. [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas on Apr 10, 2013 - 9 answers

Searching For Painter's name. Monekys and Skeletons

I am searching for the name of a painter. I am going to describe one painting I clearly remember. I saw these paintings when I was a child. The book of his works had the same theme of monkeys and skeletons involved in everyday activities. In the painting I remember, a skeleton (it may have been a couple) is in a bed with white sheets and leaning over to put out the light on a nightstand. There is a monkey or baboon sitting on the room's window sill. The images are realistic bordering on illustrations. This is all I have. And this is why I came to metafilter. Thank you for your help.
posted by M83 on Mar 16, 2013 - 7 answers

How do I repair a rip in oil painting on canvas?

Have an oil painting, self portrait of my old man, there is an L shaped rip around 6x4in flap. What's the best way to repair it?
posted by daveo'h on Mar 15, 2013 - 6 answers

Painting from "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World"

I really like the painting that hangs over Steve Carrell's couch in "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World". (screenshot here). Does anyone know anything about it, or where I might find it?
posted by namewithoutwords on Mar 9, 2013 - 6 answers

Point me toward the "Ishkur's Guide to Electronic Music" of painting

I just asked my art-school trained girlfriend to teach me to paint. My art history is probably better than average, but I'm sure I'm missing knowledge of 96% of the technique I'd like to know about. Help me fix this. [more inside]
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear on Mar 8, 2013 - 4 answers

positive ugly art

Is there any art that you find ugly, but still admire or value? [more inside]
posted by leibniz on Mar 4, 2013 - 39 answers

Narrow hallway makeover!

Looking for some help making my narrow hallway a little prettier and more interesting. Bonus bookcase wood finishing/painting question inside! [more inside]
posted by amanda on Feb 23, 2013 - 10 answers

Suggestions on spot cleaning an acrylic on canvas painting?

Suggestions on spot cleaning marks off an acrylic on canvas painting? I recently bought a painting on eBay, not terribly expensive, not terribly valuable either, but it's nice and I like it very much. It needs to be cleaned up a bit. [more inside]
posted by Capt. Renault on Feb 12, 2013 - 6 answers

Who is the artist of this painting?

My mom wants to figure out the artist of this painting. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Jan 3, 2013 - 6 answers

Fantastic! Now ... how to hang it

Calling all handymen and women, artists and other problem solvers; how to hang totally awesome (but heavy) acrylic painting my boyfriend made me for Christmas [more inside]
posted by notcomputersavvy06 on Dec 25, 2012 - 12 answers

Looking for a painting I once borrowed from a library

Painting filter: can you help me track down a painting? I borrowed it from a local public library years ago (they have since stopped loaning out art, don't know why) and can't recall the title or artist. [more inside]
posted by crepeMyrtle on Dec 13, 2012 - 5 answers

Icebergs in oil or bone or what-have-you

What is the earliest depiction (not description) of an iceberg in Western Art? [more inside]
posted by Chrischris on Dec 2, 2012 - 5 answers

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