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Want To Buy An Antique Oil Painting? Better Make Sure It Is Real

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If you are planning to purchase an antique oil painting, it can be easy to come home with a bunch of junk if you do not know what to look for. Below are some tips you can use when you start shopping to ensure you are getting what you paid for. Canvas Color The first thing you should do is to turn the painting around and look at the back. This is a big clue on what year the art is from. For example, if the back is a dark beige or brown, the art came from the 1800s. Art this old will also have an open weave, which means there are tiny holes in the canvas that look like small open spaces. Art made from the 1900s generally has a closed weave, and the back is a bright white color. Basically, the darker the color, the older the art.   If the art you are looking at is covered in the back, ask the seller to remove it so you can see what color it is. If they refuse, the art is likely not antique. Brushstrokes Hold the artwork up to the light, and look at the paint with a magnifying glass. If the painting was actually done using the artist’s hand with a paintbrush, you will see that there are brushstrokes that vary in texture and size. Turn the painting over up to the light to look through the other side. The light coming through should be varied, as the artist uses varying degrees of heaviness when painting. For example, the paint may be thicker on the trunk of a tree, and a lighter paint for someone’s face. If the artwork is not authentic but instead a lithograph, all the paint will have the same degree of thickness. Smell Hold the painting up to your nose and smell. Oil paintings have an oily fragrance for a long time, as it takes many years for the oil to completely dry out. For this reason, if the oil painting you are going to purchase still has the oily fragrance, it is not an antique. If you determine the artwork is authentic, you should still take it to a professional appraiser (like those at Davis & Associates-Marc Davis) to make sure. They can do a detailed inspection, and when they are finished can tell you approximately what the painting is worth. They will also provide you with documentation as to their...

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Getting Your Art Noticed

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If you are an artist, you are most likely very proud of the unique pieces you have created. Most artists like to share their work with the public, gaining recognition as a result. If you are just beginning to get your artwork into the public eye, and you want to increase how many people see your pieces, you will need to be diligent in your efforts to market yourself and your work. Here are a few ways you can get your artwork the attention it deserves. Create A Blog Blogging is a sure-fire way to get your work noticed by people you would not normally come in contact with in everyday situations. Making a blog and keeping on top of your posts will attract attention from people all over the globe. Start by uploading a few photos of your artwork to your page with a description about what they mean to you. Make sure you respond to comments and update promptly to keep people coming back to view more. Donate A Piece If you wish for local people to see your work, consider donating one of your pieces to a local business. They will most likely be glad to hang your piece from their wall so customers can enjoy it while visiting their establishment. Give the business your name and phone number in case someone inquires about your artwork so you can possibly make a sale or expand the viewing by donating another piece to those who enjoy your work. Donating a piece to a local art gallery is another way to catch the eye of people who enjoy art. Enroll In Contest Sign up a few of your favorite pieces for art competitions through galleries or online. You will get a lot of exposure from others who have entered, as well as from people judging the work they receive. If your art wins, you will gain even more exposure. Give Some Time Start an adult education art class at a local school to teach others the fundamentals of using the medium you use for your work. This is a great way to get others excited about starting their own projects, and you will be able to share yours with them as well. Another idea is to give a free class through a local art shop. The company will gain sales of the materials you use in the projects you teach about, and you may be able to showcase some of your pieces within the shop so customers will be inspired to make their own pieces or purchase one of yours. For more information, contact a shop like Gallery...

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Classic Native American Art Pieces

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When decorating your home, especially if you live in the Southwest, it could be culturally appropriate to use authentic Native American art. However, each piece of Native American art has a very specific meaning. Here is a list of the most popular pieces, and their cultural significance: Dream Catcher When you think of Native American art, the first thing that comes to mind is usually a dream catcher. Many children use dream catchers to catch their bad dreams above their heads before they have to have them. This is obviously not the original meaning of the piece.  Originally, the dream catcher was founded off of the mythology of the Spider Woman. The Spider Woman took care of all of the children in the tribe, but once the tribe had spread to all parts of the nation, she could no longer reach them all. Once this happened, the mothers of the children would sew sinew and cords together and hang them over the heads of even the smallest children. These dream catchers would filter any thoughts flowing through the child’s head and only allow good thoughts and dreams through, all bad dreams would be caught in the web and would disappear with morning light. Totem Pole Another rather misused Native American art piece is that of the totem pole. Totem poles are created using the wood of native trees, such as pine and red cedar. The carvings put into totem poles usually symbolize either a specific tribe or clan, or different legends. Since totem poles can have so many meanings, and so many usages, ensure that you know what a piece means before you place it in your home. Woven Baskets Woven baskets are of less cultural importance and more traditional value for their use. Woven baskets were usually created from plants that were harvested on the tribe’s land, and dyed a variety of bright colors. Many times the pictures on the baskets represent local flora and fauna, like cacti from the Sonoran desert.  Ute Bead Work The Ute tribe is a tribe that mainly inhabits Colorado and Utah, but they have made themselves famous through their unique bead work. The Ute people would add small beads made of animal bones to many different piece of clothing, wall art, and children’s toys. These bead are beautiful for your home because there is no cultural significance behind them, so you will not accidentally offend anyone. Talk to native art dealers for more...

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