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Need inspiration for my next work of... well... something.

I'm not an artist by any stretch, but I recently discovered that I kind of like painting with acrylics-- and I've badly needed a hobby for a while now. But I also need inspiration and so I'm looking for images that I can use as examples, but that I can make my own. For example, I really liked this and so my very first (and so far only) painting was this (1,2). I'm liking very geometrical or line-based repeating patterns that are either brightly multi-colored or monochromatic designs, but even though I have rulers and compasses, I also have a very unsteady hand so the design has to be kind of forgiving. Can you help me find images or sites where I might be able to find an idea for my next one? [more inside]
posted by mireille on May 18, 2012 - 18 answers

Please help decipher the signatures of a drawing and painting

My wife and I bought a sketch and a watercolor, both of which have visible signatures, but that we cannot decipher. Images: Sketch Img 1 & 2, Painting Img 1 & 2. Does anybody recognize the artists or have any suggestions on how to ID the artists? [more inside]
posted by comradechu on May 16, 2012 - 3 answers

Amateur Sericulture

What is the most efficient way to harvest spider webs for an art project? [more inside]
posted by cirrostratus on May 14, 2012 - 2 answers

Was "The Scream" sold a few weeks ago also sold a few years ago?

Recently, Munch's "The Scream" sold for about $120 million. Somehow I had in my mind the idea that (a version of) "The Scream" was sold at auction a few years ago. Did I imagine this? [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver on May 13, 2012 - 6 answers

Help a crazy cat lady compile a collection of photographs and paintings.

Help me find black and white vintage photographs or old paintings that feature at least one person and at least one cat. [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte on May 2, 2012 - 11 answers

Fodder On My Wings

Where can I find a large (or any size) print of this painting of Nina Simone by Gabriel Jarnier? It appeared on the cover of Simone's album "Fodder On My Wings."
posted by hermitosis on Apr 18, 2012 - 1 answer

Painting my way to Marrakesh.

I love the walls in this photograph. Moroccan, textured, uneven. I'm moving into a new place soon. I don't know much about painting. What do I need to do to make my walls look like this?
posted by Jairus on Apr 3, 2012 - 17 answers

Help Me Price My First Painting Job

How much do I charge to paint two small rooms for a friend? [more inside]
posted by xingcat on Mar 31, 2012 - 10 answers

Help identifying an Impressionist painting

Need help identifying an Impressionist painting. [more inside]
posted by MetalFingerz on Mar 29, 2012 - 13 answers

Where in Montmartre (Paris) did Maurice Utrillo stand when he painted this view of the "Maquis"?

My late grandfather painted an interpretation of one of Maurice Utrillo's depictions of the "Maquis" of Montmartre, in Utrillo's time a very poor area of the well-known Paris neighbourhood. Which Utrillo work did my granddad use as a blueprint, and where exactly was Utrillo's vantage point? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Mar 26, 2012 - 12 answers

Where's Painting's Cutting Edge?

Any recommendations for blogs/sites about the cutting edge of contemporary painting? I'm casting a wide net here in terms of subject matter, abstraction vs. representation, etc.
posted by Toecutter on Mar 20, 2012 - 3 answers

Refinish or am I just finished?

Can this piece of furniture be refinished or painted over? [more inside]
posted by drpynchon on Mar 19, 2012 - 14 answers

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

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