Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Summer Flower

Summer Flower

Acrylic Painting on Canvas

This painting was inspired by the bright colors of summer. I love the sound of the birds the vivid flowers, and bright clothes.
The loose painting style mimic's the flow of water.

Friday, 12 July 2013

Beach Glass
Many of my pieces contain beach glass I have written a little blurb on what beach glass is.
Beach Glass is found on beaches along oceans, bays, rivers or large lakes. They are pieces of glass that have been tumbled and smoothed by the waves, water and sand, creating smooth, frosted peices of glass.
The color of beach glass is determined by its original source. Most beach glass comes from bottles, but they can also come from jars, plates, windows, and windshields.
The most common colors of glass are Kelly green, brown, and clear. These colors come from bottles used by companies that sell beer, juices, and soft drinks.

Sea foam Green - While the most common source for this lovely shade of light green glass was most likely an old Coco Cola bottle. The shades vary from a light sea foam green to yellow green, to light aqua. Transportation was difficult so many of these bottles were manufactured locally, hence the color variations in old coke bottles.
A lot of older white glass however, had a greenish tint and depending on thickness and whether bubbles are present, could be an old piece of rare glass. New glass of this shade is still used for wine bottles.

White - Beach Glass can come from just about anywhere from a new soda bottle to an old pane of glass. You can usually determine how old your white glass is by the thickness and any markings or bubbles. Many angular shapes of sea glass are white pieces (maybe because it was once window glass from a storm wrecked cottage or auto glass from off shore dumping and reef formation.)

Kelly Green-These colors come from bottles used by companies that sell beer, juices, and soft drinks. Heineken, Beck's or Presidente beer, and 7-up bottles.

Lavenders and Pink- Many lavenders and pink beach glass come from what was originally clear glass that was clarified with magnesium (lavender) or selenium (pink). The chemicals turn lavender, over time. The sun light somehow transformed the discarded white glass into lavender. Many shades of lavender have been discovered over the years and most likely it is due to the length of time the glass was exposed to those certain circumstances. Otherwise, Lavender is only found in some specific areas in the world and in some places it is not found at all. Creating the lavender and pink colors

Jade, amber -(from bottles for whiskey, medicine, spirits, and early bleach bottles), less common.

Golden amber -or amberina (mostly used for spirit bottles) less common.

lime green- (from soda bottles during the 1960s), forest green, and ice- or soft blue (from soda bottles, medicine bottles, ink bottles, and fruit jars from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, windows, and windshields). These colors are found about once for every 25 to 100 pieces of sea glass found.

Uncommon colors A type of green, which comes primarily from early to mid-1900s Coca-Cola, Dr Pepper, and RC Cola bottles as well as beer bottles. Soft green colors could come from bottles that were used for ink, fruit, and baking soda. These colors are found once in every 50 to 100 pieces

Purple -sea glass is very uncommon, as is citron, opaque white (from milk glass),

 Cobalt and cornflower blue (from early Milk of Magnesia bottles, poison bottles, artwork, and Bromo-Seltzer and Vicks VapoRub containers), and aqua (from Ball Mason jars and 19th century glass bottles). These colors are found once for every 200 to 1,000 pieces

Extremely rare colors include
Gray, (often from Great Depression-era plates), teal (often from Mateus wine bottles), black (older, very dark olive green glass), yellow (often from 1930s Vaseline containers), turquoise (from tableware and art glass), red (often from old Schlitz bottles[ car tail lights, dinnerware or from nautical lights, it is found once in about every 5,000 pieces), and orange (the least common type of sea glass, found once in about 10,000 pieces). These colors are found once for every 1,000 to 10,000 pieces collected. Some shards of black glass are quite old, originating from thick eighteenth-century gin, beer and wine bottles.

Red rubies-of the beach, might come from perfume bottles, the tail lights on old automobiles, and lanterns.

Hanging Art Work

Hanging Art Work

How high should I hang a picture above my sofa?
Great question!  The ideal height to hang a picture is one of the most common question people ask. Most people hand artwork too high.  The general rule of thumb is to hang your artwork so that the subject of the picture (usually in the middle) is centered to the eye level of the viewer.  Because people come in all different heights, shoot for about 5’8  which is usually a good height.  That said, if the picture will be going in the living room in an area where people will be sitting, the ideal artwork height will be a bit lower than it would be in a foyer or hallway.

The size of the artwork should relate to its surroundings.
A small picture on a large empty wall will get lost, while a large picture will overwhelm a small wall. Pictures should be smaller than the furniture over which they hang above. For example, a large painting hanging over a tiny table will look unbalanced and top heavy. Your picture should hang between 4"-8" above the back of the table.

Picture Ideas

If you don’t have a picture large enough to hang over your large furniture or large walls consider hanging pictures in groups.

Groups of two over large furniture

A group of six can be visually appealing in a large area

5 Benefits of owning Original Art

5 Benefits of owning Original Art

The first benefit of owning original art is its aesthetic quality. Hanging art or sculpture enhances the room in which it is displayed and this is often the prime consideration when someone is thinking of buying art. Just knowing that it completes your interior can lift the mood of the room, including the mood of the occupants. Additional paintings and sculptures provide a focal point for rooms.
Enhance décor
A wall hanging can compliment, or contrast with, the surroundings in which it is displayed. If it is bought to blend in with the décor then it is likely to be the finishing touch on an otherwise perfect room. However, many people prefer to have the piece stand out from the rest of the room. This will undoubtedly ensure that the artwork is noticed, and admired, by everyone.
The impression of wealth
Many people will appreciate the quality of an original art piece and the impression that it gives is one of individuality of the owner. Depending on the size and type of art, it may also lend an air of success to the lucky buyer. This is particularly the case for original paintings or bronze sculptures. The impression of wealth may not be founded in reality, but it is often the impression that counts. A person might prefer to have a number of smaller pieces of a particular artist or sculptor, or buy the largest that they can afford. It really makes no difference. As long as it is pleasing to buyer.
Potential future value
Continuing on the topic of wealth, there is no doubt that pieces of original art tend to increase in value over time. Many people have no intention of selling the work that they have just purchased, but the fact that it can be the an inheritance for their children maybe another reason for picking that piece of art.
The love of it!
There are many benefits to owning original art; however the most important one by far is simply for the love of it. Original works of art should be appreciated and give many years of joy to the new owner.