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
). 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 -
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
, Painting Img 1
. Does anybody recognize the artists or have any suggestions on how to ID the artists? [more inside]
posted by comradechu
on May 16, 2012 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -