The Olympics On Canvas - Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Olympics On Canvas

The London Olympics 2012 are upon us, with the football kicking off and the athletes arriving at the Olympic village in their thousands. While the rest of the world awaits the opening ceremony on Saturday the Great Britain football team kicks off today, looking to make their own small piece of history.

The city has been prepared to take on the Olympics with a brand new cable car taking tourists to the Millennium Dome, and hundreds of miles of Olympic lanes in the capital and around the country to ensure everything runs smoothly.

Team GB have high hopes for medals in several events, with Jessica Ennis in the heptathlon, Tom Daly in the diving, Rebecca Adlington in the swimming, and the triumphant cycling team including the flag-bearer Chris Hoy and the Tour de France stars Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish and Chris Froome.

If you've got tickets to an event, or just want to head into London to soak up some of the atmosphere you are advised to plan your journey well in advance - over 11 million people are expected to visit the city during the 2 weeks. Locations such as the London Eye and Picadilly Circus will be particularly busy, so plan for delays - take a picnic and enjoy your time in London.

The women's football team kicked everything off with a win against New Zealand, all the team at Canvas Art Shop will be cheering on the men's team against Senegal today.

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Home Trends For 2012 - Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Home Trends For 2012

With the Olympics on the way it's no surprise that everything England is big this year, we're seeing lots of Union Jacks and generally the red, white and blue throughout the home. Now is the time to celebrate everything good about london and the history behind England. This follows on from the trend of "shabby chic" that's everywhere at the moment. From upcycled suitcases to repurposed lampshades, it's all about bringing unwanted pieces back to life.

The colours to look for in 2012 are red and green, although not necessarily in the same room! You can compliment a red interior design scheme with some carefully chosen canvas art. Our sunset category has some great, moody prints perfect for everything from a bright scarlet to an earthy maroon. Greens have featured heavily in both fashion and ineterior design this year, with lighter turqoise shades proving particularly popular.

Why not team your green decor with a colourful floral canvas - we have everything from subtle shades in Hydrangea Greens to the striking, vibrant Green Petal Madness, and many more besides.

Another popular look for interiors in 2012 revloves around the New England theme - which utilises simple white lines and future to create an elegant and classy look. It's refreshing to see a trend taking us away from the minimal look which is more practical for most modern homes. It also leaves you free to add personal touches, simple but classic city scenes are perfect for this look without being over-bearing in a neutral colour scheme.

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How We Print Photos On Canvas - Thursday, November 18, 2010

How We Print Photos On Canvas

In order to make our largest and most impressive pieces our team are experts at image resizing, whether it be you photos or pictures from our existing range. If you have photos you'd like to have printed we have to resize the picture so it looks great on the wall without losing any of the detail. The process begins with the camera - for large prints like our 5 piece canvas you would need a professional lens and camera to take a large enough image. Good quality, widely available digital cameras can take images suitable for large prints up to 40 by 56b inches.

To give you an idea the largest file size for images is 10 megabytes, with the average 10 mega-pixel image being around 3-4mb. Simply take a great photo, decide on the image you want printed and contact us and we can resize and even subtly edit your photos to your requirements.

If you have a particular photo you would like on a 3 panel set or larger please make sure the image is at least 5mb in size so it doesn't lose quality as it is resized. Every digital image is made up of pixels - tiny dots of colour - which are usually indistinguishable to the naked eye. By enlarging an image you effectively enlarge every pixel at the same time, if there are not enough of these dots they will become visible in the finished print - resulting in unsightly, blocky lines.

Our most common request fro personalized photos on canvas take the form of 14” by 20” inch canvas pictures, we produce them at roughly 200 dpi (dot per inch) which works out at 2800 x 4000. To give you a rough idea an attractive print can be made using a 5 megapixel camera or better which are often seen on smart phones. We are proud of the high quality finish of our photos on canvas – although we may take photo canvas art for granted it’s not as easy to make at home as you would think.

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Home And Art Trends For 2011 - Thursday, November 18, 2010

Looking to the coming season the designer’s role will be still complex, being a part of the effort of “greening” the whole process. The task is, above all, to design products in first-class materials and production with aesthetic qualities in order to create lasting emotional and functional relationship between the object and the user. The main keywords for home decoration in late 2010/early 2011 are soften, energize and excite. This ties in with the current economic climate as people want their home to be relaxing, but also need some uplifting modern canvas art to make them forget about the hard times.

Key design themes include: authentic - discovering beauty in simplicity.
Cherished pieces and collectables with a patina are characteristic of this natural style. The fusion of old and new creates original recycling chic – simple, uncontrived and individual of which a warm grey, a soft green, petrol blue, sand grey, and linen white are part. Natural materials like pale, bleached wood, cotton and glass look authentic in the home.
One of the key things to remember about authentic room decoration is to keep it clean, because simplicity is elegant.

The second theme for the home projected for 2011 is: eccentric - mixing styles from different times and cultures. Different cultures, eras and art movements collide and ornamental decoration, animal skins as well as materials like velvet, embossed leather, feathers and wooden beads create exciting and contrasting effects. If you can't afford genuine pieces you can make your own. It's easy to make modern canvas prints by yourself or by submitting your photo to an online canvas printing service.

Another strong theme for 2011 is ethnic decorations – if you want to be the most on-trend in your neighborhood you should look for Asian and African furniture. Traditional Chinese tables, paper lamps, African drums and Mexican tea sets can add new accents of interest and a sense of the exotic to your home. The colours for ethnic themes include mohka brown, charcoal grey and red ochres – perfect for the winter months ahead.

Modern canvas art has along been a feature of home décor trends and the current artists lead the way in defining the way that colour is used not only in art but also in the home. To succeed, today's artist must not only have talent but also business acumen. Art is, and always has been, a business. Today's artist not only creates art (the product) but also markets, promotes, advertises, and sells his/her art. Look for modern artists who reflect the current atmosphere in challenging times – bright, colourful pieces with a strong political narrative are particularly fashionable.

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Triptych Art By Francis Bacon - Thursday, November 18, 2010

Throughout his career, Bacon consciously and carefully avoided explaining the meaning behind his paintings, and pointedly observed that they were not intended as narratives, nor open to interpretation. Triptych 1974-77, is the last in the great series of triptych art that Bacon painted in response to the tragic death of his lover George Dyer in 1971. Many of Bacon’s works after that date - marking what David Sylvester maintained was the absolute ‘peak period’ of Bacon’s entire career - were preoccupied with Dyer.

Triptych 1974-77 sold for £26 million in 2008, becoming the most expensive work of art ever sold at Christie’s in London and the most valuable Post-War and Contemporary work sold in Europe.  Painted between May and June of 1974 and revisited in 1977, this great, strangely open, Baconian landscape was immediately recognized as a major landmark in his oeuvre.

In each panel, Dyer is framed by a doorway, and set against a flat, anonymous foreground coloured with black and brown hues. In the left frame, he is seated on a toilet with his head crouched between his knees as if in pain. Although his arched back, thighs and legs are lovingly painted, Dyer is by now clearly a broken man. This central panel shows Dyer sitting on the toilet bowl in a more contemplative pose, his head and upper body writhing beneath a hanging lightbulb which throws a large bat-like shadow formed in the shape of a demon.

In the right panel, Dyer is shown with his eyes shut, vomiting into a hand basin. In the two outer frames his figure is shadowed by arrows, pictorial devices that Bacon often used to place a sense of energy into his paintings. In this work, the arrows point to a man about to die, the arrow of the right panel, according to critics, points to a dead figure on the lavatory bowl.

When challenged with the observation this triptych canvas piece, was the nearest the artist had come to telling a story, Bacon admitted that it was the nearest he had ever done to a story, because it is the triptych of how his lover was found. It has been noted that in the portrayal of Dyer's tragic suicide life seems to visibly drain from Dyer's body, the work is on display at the Tate Modern for those of us who don’t have £26 million sitting around.

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Noah's Art - Thursday, November 18, 2010

There's a new artistic movement has been christened “Noah’s Art” – artwork done by animals trained to paint onto canvas. Paintings done by elephants have been sold at the elite auction houses such as Christie's and shown in museums and galleries around the world. Now the rising stars in the elephant art world have their own dedicated art gallery on the internet.

The artwork created by these animals helps to highlight the great animal care and conservation programs of accredited zoos and aquariums. Often, animal canvas art is sold openly for charitable causes to highlight the plight of endangered species.

Three paintings by Congo the chimp from the 1950s sold in London for the equivalent of £20,000, since then many zoos and sanctuaries are producing and successfully selling art made by animals. Art has been created and sold for various causes by elephants, dolphins, horses, and even turtles. The works by primates seem to bring the most money and attention as they are our closest ancestors in the animal kingdom.

In 1964 four paintings by a previously unknown avant-garde French artist named Pierre Brassau were exhibited at an art show in Goteborg, Sweden. Art critics from Swedish papers praised the works, Rolf Anderberg of the morning Posten wrote: "Brassau paints with powerful strokes, but also with clear determination. His brush strokes twist with furious fastidiousness. Pierre is an artist who performs with the delicacy of a ballet dancer."

However, one critic panned the work, suggesting that "only an ape could have done this." As it turned out, the latter critic was correct as Pierre Brassau was, in fact, an ape. Specifically, he was a four-year-old West African chimpanzee named Peter from Sweden's Boras zoo. After Peter had created a number of paintings, Axelsson chose what he considered to be the four best and arranged to have them exhibited in an art show at the Christina Gallery.

After the hoax was revealed the critic who had praised the work insisted that Pierre's work was still the best painting in the exhibition. Although many see “Noah’s Art” as a fad that will pass there are also those willing to invest large amounts in animal canvas art. Indeed, it says more about people’s tastes in abstract art than it does about the animals and - as all good art should - makes you question what life is all about.

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How To Make Your Own Panoramas - Thursday, November 18, 2010

How To Make Your Own Panoramas

There are actually 2 principal styles of panoramic photos, firstly cylindrical panoramas - these are the easiest to make - constructing a photograph that is comparable to being in the interior of a cylinder. Spherical panoramas extend both horizontally and additionally up * down, similar to standing in the middle of a ball or bubble. They're excellent for indoor photos of expansive buildings such as cathedrals and large music venues.

For both styles of panorama, the ideal results can be carried out using a support and panoramic head. Professional lenses are available to purchase that fasten onto digital cameras with an optical lens to make cylindrical panoramas in a individual photograph. Many photographers take advantage of either wide-aspect or fish-eye lenses to take the pictures and take advantage of one of the scores of software packages available to stick the pictures together to craft the final photograph.

To pull off the desired large canvas print there are a number of simple steps you can go by. To start with, align the camera to take the snaps in portrait format so the completed scene won’t look elongated and narrow. Secondly, capture at the highest pixel count and with the widest angle you have the ability to. You're able to take away data, but never the reverse. Furthermore it is actually sensible to disable any programmed tools such as auto light balance to make certain that you achieve a regular detail and light quality.

Hand-held photographs are best when doing panorama work where most of the object of significance is comparatively far-off. Every photograph should overlap the previous one by about 30 percent. If possible, the camera should be employed in portrait view as a result the completed picture is not so long and narrow. It is unavoidable that whilst shooting hand-held panoramas you may turn the camera both horizontally and vertically, as a consequence with many digital cameras this will have the effect that the final product looks be excessively elongated and narrow if captured in landscape view.

Whilst putting together your snaps you would ideally think that the ball of your foot is the central point for the shot. Using this starting position, aim to keep the digital camera over the starting position, and shoot your initial photograph. To continue you merely turn on the predetermined point, with roughly thirty percent overlap, and keep capturing photos in this method until you've totally replicated the view.  

If you are thinking of doing panoramas the last item you will want is image joining applications, you'll find a lot of resources available as in Paxcam which make the experience undemanding and easy to use. These programs are pretty confusing, however they result in an infinite level of management to the customer. It is ideal to be patient in order to acquaint yourself with the aids of the application you pick, once mastered you can make endless, attractive, large canvas art.

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Marilyn Monroe - Thursday, November 18, 2010

Marilyn Monroe

Probably the most celebrated of all actresses, Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jean Mortenson on June 1st, 1926, in Los Angeles. Marilyn grew up not knowing who her father really was and her mother, Gladys, had several relationships, further confusing her daughter as to who was the father figure in her life. Afterward, Gladys gave her the name of Baker, a boyfriend she had before Mortenson. Gladys was also extremely attractive and worked for RKO Studios as a film cutter, suffered from mental illness and was in and out of mental institutions for the rest of her life.

Norma Jean spent much of her childhood in foster homes, when she was nine she was placed in an orphanage where she was to stay for the next two years. Upon being released from the orphanage, she went to yet another foster home. Escaping this cycle, she wed her boyfriend Jimmy Dougherty on June 19, 1942. A merchant marine, Dougherty was later sent to the South Pacific and Monroe went to work in a munitions factory in Burbank where she was discovered by a photographer. By the time Dougherty returned in 1946, Monroe had a successful career as a model.

The couple divorced in 1946 - the same year she signed her first movie contract, with the movie contract she reinvented herself as Marilyn Monroe and dyed her hair blonde. But her acting career didn't really take off until the 1950s, her small part in John Huston's crime drama The Asphalt Jungle (1950) put her in the public eye. That same year she impressed audiences and critics alike as Claudia Caswell in All About Eve,

Monroe achieved celebrity status with starring roles in three 1953 features - Niagara, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How To Marry a Millionaire. During the same period a series of nude calendar photos, taken in 1948, appeared in the December 1953 debut issue of Playboy-magazine.

Monroe added a sense of innocence and naturalism to the dumb blonde stereotype although Monroe's characters were often humiliated at the expense of a voyeuristic pleasure. Whether being lassoed like a cow in Bus Stop in 1956 or exposing herself unknowingly in 1959’s Some Like It Hot.

Her personal problems, with failed marriages to baseball star Joe DiMaggio and playwright Arthur Miller led to an increasing reliance on drugs to combat depression and physical ailments. Her demons, and precarious involvement with people in high places, eventually overwhelmed her. On August 5, 1962, she was found dead of an overdose of sleeping pills. Surely one the most tragic cases of public self destruction in recent times, and her unmistakable image and character have continued to make her an icon for generations after her passing.

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Album Cover Art - Past, Present & Future - Thursday, November 18, 2010

Album Cover Art - Past, Present & Future

In the history of album cover art there is one man who started it all: Alex Steinweiss, the designer at Columbia Records who in 1939 came up with the crazy idea of replacing the standard labels on album covers with original art. Since then there have been tens of thousands of album covers created throughout the years and there are some that are instantly recognized, while some remain obscure.

One of the leading creators of some of the most memorable album cover is a company called Hipgnosis. This creative group has made pop art album covers for some of rock’s dignitaries, including Pink Floyd, Genesis, Black Sabbath, and Led Zeppelin among many others.

An interesting side note is that the company did not have a set fee for designing artwork for the bands that commissioned them, instead they asked the musicians to pay what they thought it was worth. Most definitely a risky strategy that would be out of place today but they must be commended for their steadfast dedication to viewing their creations as pieces of art.

Many album cover artists go uncredited, working at small labels with even smaller budgets, and many art directors in the age of vinyl had to create something out of almost nothing. Their work might not be in the same league as the greats, but you over the years many of the final products have earned themselves a place in our visual vocabulary. Even as the musicians on these records have faded into obscurity, many of their albums may still provoke curiosity from their outrageous cover art.

As the record album shrank from the LP's 12 inch format to the CD's 5 inch covers, so too did the aspirations of graphic artists. Now, the goal is to simply show the singer's face so consumers know what product they're buying; the marketing men are in control, and it seems as though it’s the artist who sells the CDs not the music.

The best designers were music-lovers themselves, and that affection showed in the final artwork–something we seem to have lost with modern-day record labels' preference for airbrushed photo-shoots. Although it may be harder to find modern day examples of genuine album art there is a great deal waiting to be discovered in amongst pop art canvas art, we just have to look a little harder.

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Good Vs. Bad Abstract Canvas Art - Thursday, November 18, 2010

Good Vs. Bad Abstract Canvas Art

What makes unconventional canvas art good or bad, and can abstract canvas prints even be defined as such? Some argue that there is nothing we can call good or bad abstract imagery because abstract painting doesn’t appear to perform a use and could be anything that resembles nothing. Yes there is good abstract imagery and there is bad abstract artwork and you might recognize this by seeing it, particularly if you are in a position to understand the artist. A good piece of abstract painting, just like any other work of art, has the ability to cause you to be happy, miserable, or even make you furious. ‘Good’ art, whatever the style should bring to mind feelings in the viewer, so we can safely claim that a picture that is emotionally lacking has failed to function and is, as a result, ‘bad’.

Abstract painting is realism turned upside down and we have a tendency to assess abstract canvas art and literal painting in a similar fashion. The aspects of arrangement, painting talent, shade, texture, construction and the like. tend to be exhibited in both and will be similarly inspiring in either method. The significance of abstract painting or painters may have been a bit over-stated and was formed and nurtured by a number of art experts and the same is apparently true in the conservative fine art sphere.

Why do a lot of people who love abstract music not like abstract paintings? For some reason the music industry is more acceptable for a neutral audience, a musician such as Jimmy Page is appreciated for his talent and creativity whereas a artist such as Jackson Pollack is criticized by the mainstream. As both are bona fide art forms it’s implausible that unrestrained noises from a guitar could be valued any differently to nonsensical colour splashes.

Abstract artwork is the most misunderstood kind of visual art - the neutral art audience will declare abstract painting is irrelevant since it’s simply a lot of emotionally lacking shapes and colours and that anybody can do it. Okay, anyone can produce abstract canvas art by throwing paint on a canvas however not many are actually competent at it. That's like asserting anybody can yield abstract sound or tunes out of a instrument, although we can plainly identify individuals that are really proficient at it. It requires a perceptive and educated observer to appreciate high-quality painting and composition the same as music. If that was the case all of us would be rich and well-known, however there's hardly any wealthy and famed abstract artists around these days.

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