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How can I collect old, accurately represented painting on a budget?

I'd like to start collecting art. I know, collect what you love - and I intend to. This is for my home, though if the pieces also have financial value down the road, so much the better. I really like older, typically Renaissance or Medieval portraits or action-filled landscapes (particularly those that feature animals (e.g. da Vinci's Lady with Ermine). As a non-expert with a budget of <$500-$2000, how do I go about buying interesting art without being fleeced? [more inside]
posted by arnicae on Mar 17, 2012 - 14 answers

 

We need a painting of Elric ASAP

We need a painting or inked picture of Elric of Melnibone yesterday. Are there good options for finding artists besides DeviantArt? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Mar 9, 2012 - 5 answers

New career as artist

Advice needed on making a living as an artist. [more inside]
posted by Kiwi on Mar 4, 2012 - 9 answers

It is hard to forget a river of babies

This is a long shot, but I'm trying to identify a painting that I saw at the Philadelphia Museum of Art about 4 years ago. All I remember is that it was a large painting that looked like a forest scene - at first glance it looked simply like a river within the forest, but upon looking at it again, you can see that the river is made up of hundreds upon hundreds of babies. I've tried googling, and exploring the Philadelphia Museum of Art's webpage, but to no avail. I am hoping someone knows this crazy painting!
posted by Neely O'Hara on Feb 22, 2012 - 4 answers

How to pick the right color

Where can I find good websites, books, magazines, etc. that explain the principles of picking good paint colors to use when painting rooms in my house? I tend to pick a color and paint the room, only to find that I don't really like the color. Are there design standards/rules (e.g. the rule of 3s for photography)?
posted by GernBlandston on Feb 14, 2012 - 8 answers

Turn a picture into a painting... with some flare?

I'm looking for a company that will take a plain photo of my dog, and create a painting from it, but add a little flare. I'd like my dog to be in a suit, maybe wearing glasses, in front of a book case. Here's an example: http://i.imgur.com/o8BSE.jpg [more inside]
posted by thankyoumuchly on Feb 2, 2012 - 16 answers

Help me build up a Louis Wain art collection.

Help me build up a Louis Wain art collection. [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Jan 16, 2012 - 3 answers

Orange wall ISO design help

Help me design my VERY ORANGE WALL. [more inside]
posted by lackutrol on Jan 13, 2012 - 13 answers

Source for Chinese handscrolls?

Is there an online store that sells reproductions of famous Chinese and Japanese handscrolls? [more inside]
posted by tnygard on Jan 13, 2012 - 2 answers

Japanese ink drawing called "The Colt?"

Obscure art filter: seeking a Japanese (I think) pen and ink drawing of a horse titled "The Colt." [more inside]
posted by workerant on Jan 12, 2012 - 5 answers

I Want to Draw Stuff

What is the coolest iPad drawing app(s)? [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen on Dec 29, 2011 - 11 answers

I see a wood door and I want to paint it white

Who's right, my realtor or my painter? Should I paint my trim white? Replace it? Details inside (and time is of the essence, the painter comes today) [more inside]
posted by bodgy on Dec 21, 2011 - 30 answers

How to paint these metal pipes?

How to best paint these metal pipes in the toilet? [more inside]
posted by neblina_matinal on Dec 18, 2011 - 8 answers

What led to your artistic breakthroughs?

Which changes, events, discoveries, or epiphanies led to the most dramatic improvement in your painting or drawing ability? [more inside]
posted by cupcakeninja on Dec 14, 2011 - 9 answers

Does anyone remember this Katrina painting?

Looking for a painting created in the aftermath of Katrina. In it: two African American men with their backs to the viewer, walking along an empty highway, with the Interstate signs for Vieux Carre ahead of them. It was part of a fundraising competition. Does anyone remember this?
posted by media_itoku on Nov 30, 2011 - 0 answers

Drawing with an iPad?

I need some suggestions for an e-drawing set-up. My girlfriend has a Macbook and a 1st generation iPad. She wants to use some combination of these to start drawing with a tablet. What's the best rig? [more inside]
posted by one_bean on Nov 28, 2011 - 14 answers

Looking for a great essay on art.

In 1971 Artforum magazine published an essay, 'After Modernism', by American composer Morton Feldman, about Modernism's endgame and what it meant for contemporary painting. I have repeatedly looked for it online but have had no success. Just curious to see if it is on the intertubes somewhere, thanks.
posted by Phlegmco(tm) on Nov 23, 2011 - 2 answers

How screwed am I?

How much am I about to pay a body shop? [more inside]
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish on Oct 27, 2011 - 12 answers

It is called "PAINTER'S TAPE," right?

Ok, this is nearly impossible to Google: Is masking tape/painter's tape easy to paint over? On purpose? [more inside]
posted by snapped on Oct 25, 2011 - 5 answers

Help me paint like a pro

Help me paint like a pro! [more inside]
posted by Becko on Oct 21, 2011 - 13 answers

Can you help identify my painting?

Trying to identify an on oil on canvas painting that was painted over. Maybe a hidden treasure? Could I email anyone a pic of the painting for ID? Driving me crazy that I don't know name or artisit of the painted-over pic!
posted by merrygoround on Oct 19, 2011 - 3 answers

What painting of Death is this?

What is the name of this painting of Death and some horsemen?? [more inside]
posted by facetious on Oct 10, 2011 - 3 answers

I want something to put over the mantle with us and our dog. Don't judge. Help.

What are some great traditional examples of family paintings with animals that look like THIS? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Oct 10, 2011 - 6 answers

Uh oh, We Used Old Shellac

Uh oh, I think we used old shellac. Now what? [more inside]
posted by musofire on Oct 9, 2011 - 3 answers

Our love is written in blood.

Looking for stories/poems/paintings/etc. that include a letter written in blood. [more inside]
posted by howiamdifferent on Oct 6, 2011 - 7 answers

Searching for a TARDIS blue...

Which of these blues is closest in colour to the blue on the exterior of the TARDIS? (Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, or Matt Smith era TARDIS.)
posted by Year of meteors on Oct 5, 2011 - 12 answers

Help me jazz up some yard sale prints!

What color to paint the frames of some neat little animal prints from a yard sale? [more inside]
posted by klugarsh on Sep 25, 2011 - 8 answers

Let's beat the docent! What was that painting?

Ten years ago I saw a painting at the Ringling museum in Sarasota. It wasn't there today. Help me figure out what it was. [more inside]
posted by cmyk on Sep 24, 2011 - 2 answers

The Frank Zappa of canvas.

What 2-D, physical, non-photographer, non-sequential (more or less straight-ahead drawers and/or painters) artists are considered to be "cutting edge" right now?
posted by cmoj on Sep 22, 2011 - 1 answer

This is gonna sound weird

Can I get some guidance on commissioning a black velvet painting? [more inside]
posted by kafziel on Sep 11, 2011 - 4 answers

Do you recognize this painting?

Is this a famous painting? [more inside]
posted by cheechman85 on Sep 8, 2011 - 8 answers

What is this art?

Does anyone recognize this painting or artist? [more inside]
posted by something something on Sep 7, 2011 - 3 answers

Hire fixers separately or hire one contractor to lead the work?

If I need plumbing, painting, electrical, HVAC work and carpentry work done on my newly purchased home, is it better to hire one contractor for all the work or just find a separate painter, electrician, HVAC guy etc? I am a first time home buyer, so sorry if this is an obvious question. [more inside]
posted by dottiechang on Sep 4, 2011 - 7 answers

Advice on choosing interior trim colors

I want to paint my house interior trim a neutral/white color that will complement a wide range of wall colors in different rooms. How do I select from the gazillion whites out there? [more inside]
posted by mr_roboto on Sep 4, 2011 - 16 answers

Who painted this?

Painting identification: Who painted this? A friend saw it at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. He said it was a 19th century American painting hanging in a visible storage area and not in a regular gallery and that it wasn't labeled. Thanks!
posted by MaryDellamorte on Sep 3, 2011 - 5 answers

Is it as simple as taking a paint brush and applying paint?

DIYfilter: Making simple modern paintings as a novice artist? [more inside]
posted by royalsong on Sep 1, 2011 - 15 answers

Inspiration images for map-based artwork

Can you suggest some inspiration pictures for artwork involving old maps? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Aug 23, 2011 - 9 answers

How do you paint leather?

I'm turning a small vintage samsonite leather suitcase into a baby travel kit that will stay in my sister's truck. I know how to get the lingering smells out, and how to replace the liner. I also figured out how to clean leather. But what type of paint is best to use on leather? I want to add some decorative elements with a baby theme to the outside and I'm not sure if acrylics are okay.
posted by FunkyHelix on Aug 22, 2011 - 8 answers

Painting Recognition Request

My brother has asked me -('cause I is a genius with this new Net thing) to identify a painting he came across in France, and additionally to translate the Japanese hieroglyphics contained within said pic. Tin-Eye was no help as it only linked to 4 expired Ebay-France pages. [more inside]
posted by Wrick on Aug 6, 2011 - 16 answers

Name that landscape painter

What American (?) naturalist landscape painter am I thinking of? I took this photo in Ketchikan, Alaska while on vacation last week. It reminds me of a painter who painted grand American landscapes with lots of lush detailed realistic trees (and mountains), maybe in the past 100 years. I feel like I'd have seen his work on posters or calendars, or promoting US conservation groups. Any ideas?
posted by dywypi on Jul 29, 2011 - 8 answers

Hello folks

Your opinion on this American naive/folk painting? [more inside]
posted by WickedPissah on Jul 12, 2011 - 6 answers

SWF ISO Weird Long-Lost Mystery Painting.

Several years ago, my boyfriend and I saw a really weird painting/print/poster in a thrift store. We didn't buy it (nooo!), it disappeared shortly thereafter (NOOO!) and it's haunted us ever since. What WAS it? [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Jul 5, 2011 - 15 answers

Is this a thing?

Is there a name for this style of painting? [more inside]
posted by marimeko on Jul 3, 2011 - 12 answers

Please help identify this painting

This is a screencap from an episode of the "Ray Bradbury Theater" series from the 1980's. I tried using the Google Goggles app on my phone, both with the picture on my TV and on my computer monitor, but it can't scan it all the way. When it does come close, it can identify it as some sort of iconography, but that's it. Does anybody have any idea who the artist might be, or the title of the painting itself? [more inside]
posted by Corpsegoddess on Jul 1, 2011 - 15 answers

Is this a film of paint or something evil?

What do you think this white film covering everything might be? [more inside]
posted by Toto_tot on Jun 30, 2011 - 7 answers

How much did it cost to get your house painted?

How much did it cost to get your house painted? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Jun 27, 2011 - 18 answers

Painting a primed shed after some months?

Last fall, I painted primer onto a newly-built shed, and have not gotten to painting it beyond that until now. It's been a rainy winter. The primed shed has some dirt on it. What do I need to do to get it ready to paint? [more inside]
posted by everichon on Jun 20, 2011 - 3 answers

Oak, Pine, Handful of Norsemen, Creativity

Studio apartment 2.0: What are some simple and affordable tweaks I can make to basic furnishings that let me shop at IKEA without looking like all I did was shop at IKEA? [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something on Jun 20, 2011 - 20 answers

Cleaning cat pee of an oil painting

How do I clean cat pee off an oil painting? [more inside]
posted by ShooBoo on Jun 11, 2011 - 10 answers

Looking for typographic art blogs

Where do you go to find new typographic art? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jun 10, 2011 - 5 answers

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