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Paintings are arguably among the most beautiful creations of man. They have a special power to tug on the soul of the observer. Oil paintings are a particularly beautiful art form, and their ages old elements continue to mark their stand through generations. Why oil painting? The great painters and the artists of the past chose to work on oil paintings because it rendered a very realistic output. The paintings differed from those produced by water colors, because the oil paintings looked especially rich and attractive. Oil paintings originated during the middle ages, when the necessity for waterproof paintings was all important. Great artists opted for oil paintings because of their durability and long lasting resistance. Thanks to use of oil by great artists of the past, people today are able to enjoy a huge collection of timeless oil pieces. The hard work that goes into oil paintings Behind the beauty of oil paintings is the hard labor of the artist. A classical work may take several weeks to months to be completed. Color pigments and binders are the constituents of the oil paints. Linseed oils, poppy seed oils, safflower oils and walnut oils are some types of oils that are mixed with the pigments. Oil painting is said to consume a lot of time and energy because oil does not dry easily, and if the artists wants to paint in layers, he must wait for the paints to dry at each level. This process can quickly devour days or weeks. One advantage to this process is that the artist is able to make changes during the dry period of the painting, which is impossible in water paintings. Oil paintings do not dry through evaporation, they have to be oxidized. Once that is accomplished, usually after six or eight months, the paints are varnished. Some art conservators consider an oil painting to be dry only after it's 60-80 years old. Oil paintings reached their pinnacle during the renaissance, where artists began to select wooden panels as their base medium. They would stretch their canvas over the wooden panel before setting to work. Artists used a variety of brushes to produce different kinds of unique effects, and knives and blades were also used. Some artists chose not to use any tools at all, and painted with their fingers. Oil paintings today Oil painting is an astonishing art form and even today there are many artists who work fabulously on oil paints. But now there are more sophisticated tools used to produce oil paintings, such as water miscible oil paints. These paints can be thinned and cleaned up with water rather than using turpentine. Turpentine was commonly used as a cleaner in oil paintings, but water miscible oil paints reduce the deep and dangerous odor of toxic chemicals. Oil painting have been, and may always be, one of the most strickingly beutiful forms of art created.
Dada was an Art movement with its peak in 1916-1920s. This movement was established as a position against the War, and particularly World War I. Artists of this period saw all the negativity and horrors of the war. They also rebelled against the art that predominated thier time. It was a protest against beauty, because art didn't save civilization from wars. The members of that movement organized demonstrations, propagandas, and wrote brochures and manifestos against the cruelty of war. They drew from ideas of Arthur Rimbaund in poetry, and the critical ideas of Max Jacob (who later died in the Nazi concentration camp) and Guillaume Apollinaire. They established the new journal where they wrote anti-war and anti-terror articles, sometimes by using satire. Also the group made different absurd theatrical performances highly criticizing the first World War in Cabaret Voltaire . Tzara, one of the leaders of that group, wrote a lot of articles to different European newspapers trying to point out the tragedy of war. As with the Dada movement, Surrealism was also a reaction to World War I . One of the predominant facts for both movements to create something irrational and surreal. Surrealism inherited a pessimistic and revolutionary mood because of Dada movement . Dada's main artistic idea was to explore various activities and theories, instead of producing actual representational art. The followers of Dada came up with the ideas of irrationality and accidentalness. The 'Law of Chances' created by both Jean Arp and Marcel Duchamp found the artists throwing pieces of paper on the floor and gluing it to the background medium where it fell. Dadaists were very experimental and broke all manner of artistic order and conventions that were established by the masters in art before them. Surrealism inherited ideas from Dada about an anti-consciousness, anti-controlled way of thinking in the process of creating pictures. They preferred to focus on the subconscious mind and feelings. They believed in the power of dreaming (Dali), in intuitive associations, and in the idea of chances (Ernst). Some Dadaist Surrealists used a lot of ideas that most would find absurd and illogical. Dada was a precursor of Surrealism partly due to the fact that some Dadaist artists and poets became Surrealists in their future artistic careers. Examples include painter Max Ernst, the photographer May Ray, and the poet Tristan Tzara. 'Invasion of the Night' is one of the most well- known pictures by Roberto Matta. He was one of the members of the Surrealist group. This rather large (96.5 x 152.7 cm) oil painting was made in 1940, when the artist moved to New York from Paris. Invasion of the Night was made in the biomorphic or abstract Surrealistic style. The use of organic shapes, the absence of strong contrast lines, and a warm palette choice all create the illusion of a dream state. The composition is very unique: it is visually reminiscent of a chessboard. It is not made by lines, but by the smooth transitions of the main two yellow forms in background, and two main blue- greenish forms painted as chess squares. The painting invokes an eerie fear because of the luminous saffron color with white spots in between, and the half-divided horizontal lines causes the canvas to appear as though it has holes in it. Despite the dark connotations, this masterpiece is undeniably amazing. Dada and Surrealism immerse themselves fully in darkness and the unknown, and the genre that eventually took shape has an enduring following of admirers.
Photo Mosaics are actually a very new invention, believed to be first created in the 1990's. Photo mosaics have become widely popular around the world, though, for their unique appeal. A Photo Mosaic is a photo made up of many smaller photos. To say it another way: A photo mosaic is a photo that has been divided up into small squares or rectangles. Each rectangle is the replaced by a separate photo that closely approximates the color the rectangle was. A picture is worth a thousand words in explaining what a photo mosaic is like, though. Go to Google Image Search or Yahoo Image Search and search for 'photomosaics', and have a close look. One of the first creators of photo mosaics, Robert Silvers, patented the production of and name photomosaic. However, Mr Silvers patent does not give him the exclusive rights to make photo mosaics. There are many companies around the world using various methods and technologies to legally create photo mosaics. There are several ways to create or obtain photo mosaics. The first method is tedious, to say the least. Using photoshop, or any other editor, you can manually cut and paste images together to create the larger image. This technique is very time consuming, though, and there is really no need to employ this method. The second method is to use photographic mosaic software. There are many versions of free software that can help you much more easily create photo mosaics. Of course, there will be at least a short learning curve, but most are not too difficult to use. The third and final method to obtain a custom photo mosaic is to pay a professional photo mosaic designer to create one for you. This is obviously the most expensive option, but it will probably also give you the highest quality finished product. Really, it's all up to and what you need and want! Happy photo mosaic-ing!