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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

How Do I Learn To Speak Artist?

I will soon need cover art for a self-published book. I'd like to get something original rather than buying a stock photo. I am quite ignorant about the world of visual arts. Please teach me how to communicate what I want to an artist--and how to find one? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath on Nov 29, 2012 - 10 answers

Journals of traveling landscape painters or photographers?

Journals of traveling landscape painters or photographers? [more inside]
posted by Cwell on Nov 18, 2012 - 5 answers

What the Font? God Mode

Can you identify the signature on this abstract painting? [more inside]
posted by ostranenie on Nov 17, 2012 - 3 answers

Identify This Pike Place Painting Print?

Help me identify this painting hanging at Pike Brewing Company in Seattle. [more inside]
posted by pmed on Nov 13, 2012 - 3 answers

Can I paint over carpet glue without killing anyone?

Can I just paint over thick carpet glue? Other ideas for beautifying a rough-looking studio space welcome. [more inside]
posted by Ms. Toad on Nov 7, 2012 - 14 answers

It's a sailboat!

Maybe you know this art print? Years ago I lost a piece of art that I loved but didn't know anything about. It was a sketch of a dry-docked small (single-person? in the perspective it looked to be about a 12-foot craft) sailboat, sail down, in a field of waving shore grass, looking out towards the sea and the back of the boat. The surf was far away, maybe 100 yards or so, and the boat was positioned in the lower right-hand quadrant of the piece though not in the corner. The original medium was was pencil or charcoal on paper. When I see it I think "New England coast" and "loneliness". It was a yellowish-greenish-sepia tone, or perhaps that was just the paper it was litho'd on. I recall it was an official print numbered in pencil on the matting and framed in a low-profile chrome frame. Do you know the work? Can you speculate on the name of the artist? I'd really like to be able to attempt to get another copy. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Oct 9, 2012 - 8 answers

Grotesque Paintings of Talking Penises

On a deadline: Help me find the name of an amazing, bizarre, crude, disgusting artist whose childish paintings of people in extreme situations surrounded by thought/speech balloons/bubbles I saw in a Lower East Side gallery around 2010-2011. [more inside]
posted by StopMakingSense on Oct 8, 2012 - 4 answers

A framer has damaged my beautiful painting. How much discount should I ask for?

A framer has damaged my beautiful painting. How much discount should I ask for? [more inside]
posted by tonylord on Oct 4, 2012 - 14 answers

How to learn photography and painting

I'd like some guidance on learning how to paint, and learning how to take photographs. [more inside]
posted by sciurine on Sep 23, 2012 - 19 answers

Hobbies! Culture! Art! Beauty!

Developing cultural taste/becoming an expert at new hobbies... are there general principles? (snowflakes inside) [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Aug 27, 2012 - 8 answers

Painting pixels

Looking for advice, tips, links, book recommendations etc about getting into digital art. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Aug 19, 2012 - 5 answers

Who painted this painting?

Who painted this painting? I can't read the signature but want information about this artist? Rob Soba? My GoogleFu has failed me here. Photos of paining and close-up of signature here.
posted by nancoix on Aug 6, 2012 - 2 answers

Tips on setting up an art studio

Need tips on setting up my art studio [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Aug 6, 2012 - 9 answers

How much green is too much green?

Would it be weird if I painted three out of five upstairs rooms the same soft green color, if they were given different treatments? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Jul 25, 2012 - 32 answers

Removall or other eco-friendly paint removers for retail in Twin Citites?

Looking for a lead on Removall 220 available for retail in the Twin Cities area, or recommendations of equivalent (brushable, eco-friendly) paint strippers. [more inside]
posted by longtime_lurker on Jul 10, 2012 - 2 answers

Cheap paper for watercolor practice?

Are there any no-hassle, cheap alternatives to watercolor paper? I want to practice a lot without spending a lot. [more inside]
posted by kristi on Jul 10, 2012 - 16 answers

Help me remix my wedding dress

I have a wedding dress. I have a black tie event in August. I want to wear a modified version of my perfect-for-me wedding dress to said black tie event. What are some things I can do to remix it? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Jul 5, 2012 - 24 answers

Over the moon

My friend wants me to try to recreate this painting as a decoration for her wedding. The problem is that neither of us have any idea who the artist is/where the image came from. Can you help? Also, it would help me out immensely if I had access to a higher quality image to work from.
posted by corn_bread on Jul 3, 2012 - 10 answers

Painting of two girls in CMA collection

I'm trying to identify an oil painting of two young girls that was (still is?) in the Cleveland Museum of Art's collection. [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote on Jun 30, 2012 - 2 answers

Help us build our studio

Artists: What are your must-have features for an art studio? [more inside]
posted by txmon on Jun 30, 2012 - 14 answers

Where's Caravaggio?

Caravaggio-filter: help me find all the Caravaggios in Rome. Is there a list? [more inside]
posted by grobstein on Jun 22, 2012 - 11 answers

Alternatives to thick acrylic gel?

I'm looking for possible cheaper alternatives/ substitutes for heavy acrylic gels for my paintings. The stuff I get at the art store is a little pricy for the amounts I like to use. I'm hoping there's some kind of (industrial?) paste out there that would act similarly. (basically, a thick medium that I can 'etch' then let dry)
posted by mrmarley on Jun 13, 2012 - 4 answers

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