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Digital Painting - Replicate the Nuances of Traditional Painting Using a Computer

By Christina Guerra

Digital painting is the latest art form that originated from some of the more conventional painting methods including watercolor, oil, and impasto paintings. This involves using digital tools on a computer, such as painting software, to create art. Your computer serves as the canvas, while the software is the equivalent of palette, brushes, paint, and other accessories. Now, digital painting and other forms of digital art aren't the same.

This emerging form of painting still closely resembles painting as you would with brushes and a canvas, whereas other types of computerized art refer to editing pictures, video, or making an image from a model. Specific painting techniques are used for digital painting in the same way they are used for physical paintings, the difference of course is the use of a computer to do so.

Non-Linear Method Of Painting

Aside from using a computer, digital painting differs from conventional painting styles in that it is not linear. This results in artists being able to make any changes to their work independently and paint in layers. One of the advantages that digital art has is the ability to redo or undo any work that you have done. You are able to experiment more because of it without any fear of making mistakes. However, an artist still must be skilled in creating art and implementing various techniques that originated from earlier forms of painting.

Some of the best design concepts used in digital painting are also often utilized in video games, TV, and films. A similar environment to traditional painting can still be created by an artist digitally as long as they have the software to do so. He or she will still have a canvas, tools to use for painting, the ability to choose from almost any color, and mixing palettes. Of course, this is all done on a computer and not a physical canvas.

The more experienced advocates of digital art will begin their work by using digital photos to create art work, by using tools such as a brush from software to blend the various pixels together. All the nuances associated with convention painting can be replicated digitally. This experience can be just as exciting, and allow you to express your creativity and emotions just as much as traditional forms.

Digital painting is the new wave of art. There are a number of advantages and disadvantages to it, but is a great way to broaden your skill set and challenge yourself.

Watercolor Painting Surfaces, Brushes, and a Few Techniques

By Matt Fussell

Most watercolor artists depend on white paper for the tints of the colors in their paintings. Therefore, white paper is generally preferred by watercolor artists. (Although there are exceptions to every rule.) Papers range in price from very inexpensive to very expensive. Watercolor papers are categorized by the weight of the paper and the type of tooth (texture) of the surface. This is determined by how much 500 sheets (or a ream) of paper weighs. For example 100 pound paper is thinner paper than say, 400 pound paper. Thicker paper is most often more expensive. Thinner papers tend to bubble with several applications while thicker papers keep their form. Papers can also range in tooth. Tooth is the surface texture of the paper. Watercolor papers that are "hotpress" papers are smooth in surface texture while "coldpress" papers are rough in surface texture.

Many artists chose to prepare the paper before they paint. This may include moistening the paper. An artist may dip the paper into a water bath and then tape the paper to a board to stretch the paper, or the paper may be first taped to a board and then sprayed with water. Preparing the paper allows for the watercolor paint to be absorbed by the paper without the paper buckling.


There is seemingly an endless variety of brushes designed for watercolor painting. Most watercolor brushes are made of some type of animal hair. Sable brushes are soft and are preferred by most watercolor artists. Many brushes produced today are combinations between natural fibers and synthetic fibers. Many of these brushes provide the benefits of both natural fiber brushes and synthetic fiber brushes. Nylon brushes are purely synthetic and can also be used for watercolor painting. Nylon brushes tend to keep their shape longer and are more durable than natural brushes. (Not to mention less expensive.) Bristle brushes are generally not designed for watercolor painting although some interesting effects can be created with them. I would suggest experimenting with different types of brushes to find the type that is best suited for what effects you are trying to achieve.

There are also different shapes of brushes for watercolor painting. Flat brushes are a square shape, while round brushes are more tubular and then taper to a point. Brush sizes are designated by the number given to them. A no. 24 brush is the largest round brush while a no. 00 is the smallest round brush.


Watercolor painting allows for a variety of effects. Some of these watercolor painting techniques allow for alot of control on the part of the artist while other techniques provide the artist with little control.

Wet on Dry-

This watercolor painting technique is exactly how it sounds-wet paint on a dry surface. This may include applying a transparent wash or it may include a heavier concentration of paint. This technique allows the artist quite a bit of control over the medium. When watercolor paper is used, the paint is absorbed into the paper allowing the artist to guide the paint into the areas where it is desired.

Wet on Wet-

This watercolor painting technique is placing wet paint into an area that is already saturated with moisture. This area could be wet because of watercolor paint or it could be wet because of a wash of water. This watercolor painting technique does not allow the artist to have full control over the medium. The water pulls the applied pigment in different directions because of capillary action. This watercolor painting technique, although hard to control, does create some interesting effects.

Dry Brush-

The dry brush watercolor technique is used to create textures. It is achieved by wetting the brush first with watercolor and then rubbing the brush a bit on a surface like a paper towel to dry it out a little. Then the brush is used to apply the remaining color to the surface. Because of the brush having very little paint in it a textured mark results on the surface.

For Home Decoration - Select Watercolor Paintings

By Suzie Potter

Did you buy any water color painting? To be frank, I have the vast experience in buying the water color pictures and paintings from eBay. The internet has become a powerful vehicle of the collection of the wonderful artifacts and products at comfortably priced rates. However, so far as the watercolor paintings are concerned, the quality of the picture is really wonderful and attractive. I purchased a painting which was painted by Y. Gianni. It was launched into the market in the year of 1890. It has fantastically depicted an Italian hamlet which is really bright and vibrant. I can assure you that you will be glad to have the glimpse of this water color painting. I am very much fortunate and lucky to collect a wonderful watercolor painting which has been painted by William B. Gillette.

There is a fantastic color contrast. The artists have made a bold effort by choosing the wonderful and attractive color shades like soft green, bluish hue, purple, peach and brown colors. The beauty of rural landscape in the painting is marvelous and eye catching. The pictorial scenario of wonderful blow of sweet breeze and the beach with the protected hills encircling village has been painted in magnificent color shades. If you have the strong passion for purchasing the water color painted pictures, you can try your luck by opting for Charles Dickens Wader's collection.

His artistic work is not only famous but the pictures are painted in unique way. Frankly speaking, from childhood days, I have very good intention to purchase the beautiful pictures and I show much interest to buy the watercolor photos. On the other hand paintings can be used for the inner decoration of the house. If you are very much interested to decorate your rooms installing the elegant paintings and pictures, you must opt for watercolor paintings for the designing of the house.

In this connection, I can tell you a sweet incident which is still fresh in my mind. There was a lawyer who earned much recognition in the legal world. However he also took keen interest in the decoration of the house. He once hired me for the selection of good paintings for decorating his bed chamber and lounge. I was very glad to accept his offer and eventually I made an extensive search in the art exhibition to find the most appropriate painting for the lawyer.

After huge investigation and probing, finally I found a wonderful picture which depicted two polo players who were seen riding the horse in the play ground. My lawyer friend was very ecstatic to see the picture. Jim Killen is also very well known to the young artists and the painting lovers. His watercolor paintings can be chosen for the decoration of the rooms.

Watercolor Painting Lessons - How to Get Started

By Jolene Clement

Have you wanted to try painting with watercolors but don't know how to get started? If you have seen different watercolor paintings, you might have noticed the many varied types and techniques used. It might make it seem as if watercolors might be too complicated, but do not fear. The key is to find lessons from a teacher that can help you with all of the varied tricks, techniques, and methods while encouraging you and making it fun. For beginners, good lessons from a teacher that is skilled in not just one method or style, but in various methods is the best way to go. Taking lessons from someone who will want you to strictly follow only one way of painting may not allow you to experience what best suits you personally.

Watercolor painting is a medium that can be controlled when you learn the skill with a bit of practice, but it is by nature a very loose and transparent form of painting. This scares many people away from the media, but if you find someone to teach you the freedom that it allows you, you will be pleasantly surprised and pleased.

Good watercolor lessons will also cover the basics of drawing, composition, color, and shading. Even though watercolor lends itself to being loose, these basics are really very important to any kind of painting. When you actually begin your lessons, you will probably work with simple forms and practice techniques such as wet washes (which are wet paint laid directly onto wet paper), dry washes (which are watery washes of paint laid smoothly onto dry areas of the paper), and then layering these type of washes. You will also learn to blend and shade with this watery media. After that, you may begin to learn to control "happy" accidents, and use a dry brush or do varied fun methods of creating texture and detail. Your first paintings will be ones that generally follow that of the teacher's painting in demonstrations to get a basis of experience and learning. Once you become more comfortable with watercolor painting, you will progress to painting from still life arrangements or photos that you have taken, or even other types of models or plein air.

There is a school of thought which is called the "Purists." Those who follow a purist form of watercolor painting, insist that watercolor paintings must be done very cleanly and all whites must be the actual watercolor paper. Along with this, no other substances may be introduced or added to the painting. This means no white paint or opaque paints. On the other end of the spectrum, there is a school of thought, which allows and encourages the use of white paint and other substances to allow for creativity. If white paint is used, it is generally called a gouache and the painting looses it's transparency.

Basic supplies for watercolor painting include special watercolor brushes which are more flexible than oil painting brushes. These brushes will normally have longer bristles and will hold a large amount of water or paint. Watercolor paintings are most commonly done on a special watercolor paper which is made of rag and can be purchased in varying sizes and weights. However, there are many other untraditional surfaces that can you may want to paint on. As for paints; there are the dry cake type watercolors that are available, but most serious or accomplished watercolor artists prefer tube watercolor paints. Your teacher will provide you with a list of supplies and will probably let you know their preferences.

The cost of these supplies can be relatively simple or may become quite expensive. If you decide to continue with watercolors after the beginning lessons, you will want to purchase the better brands and better quality of these artists' tools, but they can be purchases gradually. One item of cost that many students may not consider at first will be in the framing. Watercolor paintings need to be matted on acid free matt board by a knowledgeable framer. Then the matted paintings should framed be under glass. So, this additional cost with the frame may sometimes make framing watercolors a little more expensive than perhaps oil paintings or acrylic paintings.

Watercolor painting can open a new and exciting world of expression for you. Once you consider all of the fun and positive aspects of watercolor painting and then let yourself enjoy it, you will no doubt be on your way to becoming a unique and wonderful artist.


No architect troubled to design houses that suited people who were to live in them, because that would have meant building a whole range of different houses. It was far cheaper and, above all, timesaving to make them identical.
Michael Ende

Not many architects have the luxury to reject significant things.
Rem Koolhaas

Nothing requires the architect's care more than the due proportions of buildings.
Marcus V. Pollio

Proportions are what makes the old Greek temples classic in their beauty. They are like huge blocks, from which the air has been literally hewn out between the columns.
Arne Jacobsen

Rome has not seen a modern building in more than half a century. It is a city frozen in time.
Richard Meier

Space has always been the spiritual dimension of architecture. It is not the physical statement of the structure so much as what it contains that moves us.
Arthur Erickson

The bungalow had more to do with how Americans live today than any other building that has gone remotely by the name of architecture in our history.
Russell Lynes

The dialogue between client and architect is about as intimate as any conversation you can have, because when you're talking about building a house, you're talking about dreams.
Robert A. M. Stern

The frightening thought that what you draw may become a building makes for reasoned lines.
Saul Steinberg

The higher the building the lower the morals.
Noel Coward

The interior of the house personifies the private world; the exterior of it is part of the outside world.
Stephen Gardiner

The loftier the building, the deeper must the foundation be laid.
Thomas Kempis

The Romans were not inventors of the supporting arch, but its extended use in vaults and intersecting barrel shapes and domes is theirs.
Harry Seidler

The work of art shows people new directions and thinks of the future. The house thinks of the present.
Adolf Loos

Those who look for the laws of Nature as a support for their new works collaborate with the creator.
Antonio Gaudi


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