Exterior paint removal question: MILD EMERGENCY [more inside]
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]
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]
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!)
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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!
Help me ID a painting I have seen a few times and really want to purchase a print of. [more inside]
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.
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?
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?
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]
Is there any art that you find ugly, but still admire or value? [more inside]
Looking for some help making my narrow hallway a little prettier and more interesting. Bonus bookcase wood finishing/painting question inside! [more inside]
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]
My mom wants to figure out the artist of this painting. Can you help? [more inside]
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]
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]
What is the earliest depiction (not description) of an iceberg in Western Art? [more inside]
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]
Journals of traveling landscape painters or photographers? [more inside]
Help me identify this painting hanging at Pike Brewing Company in Seattle. [more inside]
Can I just paint over thick carpet glue? Other ideas for beautifying a rough-looking studio space welcome. [more inside]
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]
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]
A framer has damaged my beautiful painting. How much discount should I ask for? [more inside]
I'd like some guidance on learning how to paint, and learning how to take photographs. [more inside]
Developing cultural taste/becoming an expert at new hobbies... are there general principles? (snowflakes inside) [more inside]
Looking for advice, tips, links, book recommendations etc about getting into digital art. [more inside]
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.
Need tips on setting up my art studio [more inside]
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]
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]
Are there any no-hassle, cheap alternatives to watercolor paper? I want to practice a lot without spending a lot. [more inside]
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]
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.
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]
Artists: What are your must-have features for an art studio? [more inside]
Caravaggio-filter: help me find all the Caravaggios in Rome. Is there a list? [more inside]
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)
I need to paint my previously painted cement block porch while putting in the least money, time, and effort. What can be painted over a chipped paint job without it chipping again? [more inside]
Where can I find a reproduction print... even I guess a poster of this particular version of Claude Monet's Houses of Parliament? [more inside]
Help me find a painting. [more inside]
This is a painting by Michael Sowa. I desperately want a print of it for the guest bedroom. Is it available for purchase anywhere? [more inside]
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]