Category Archives: Art Theory

Arts and Architecture: Do They Go Hand In Hand?

Architecture isn’t necessarily something that many people would consider an art form, but it may interest some to know that there is a very close relationship between those who appreciate and create fine art, and architects. For decades, architects and … Continue reading

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Empty Chairs at Empty Tables: The Use of Furniture in Art

When composing a painting, the artist gives careful consideration to all the elements of their piece. Nothing is included unless the artist wishes it to be; and thus even the most humble and overlooked factors can be imbued with great … Continue reading

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The Art of the Arboreal

The tree is perhaps one of the most powerful symbols possible, evoking meaning and emotion in cultures across the world. From the symbolism of the olive branch to that of the mighty oak, from the Tree of Knowledge in the … Continue reading

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Is Lighting Important in Fine Art?

The lighting of a subject in a piece of art is often one of the most important aspects of the composition. From still life to portraiture, lighting brings a tone and depth to a piece, no matter what the subject … Continue reading

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The Importance of Life Drawing in Art

Different artists have different focuses when it comes to creating their artwork; whether it be still life, sea or landscape or even portraiture. No matter what art style an artist specialises in, life drawing – or figure drawing as it … Continue reading

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Push Your Painting Boundaries

Like Rome, a great painting isn’t produced in a day. The care and precision the artist takes in bringing their masterpiece alive takes time, patience and a great deal of practice. Before settling on a single painting technique, artists are … Continue reading

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A Voyage Through The History of Seascape Art

Many purveyors of fine art will have already come across some of the beautiful seascape paintings that have been produced throughout history and will have marvelled at the beauty of the scene; with dark, rolling tides and nautical scenes, there’s nothing not … Continue reading

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The Connotations of Colour

  When looking for European paintings for sale there are a number of  features to a painting to consider. One of the most dominant features of a piece of artwork, however,  is colour. In the grand scheme of art, colour … Continue reading

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Art of an Island Nation

What is British art? It is an exceedingly difficult question to answer; perhaps in part because any definition of what it is to be “British” is so complex. Should we consider only artwork by British-born artists? Then we exclude famous … Continue reading

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Painting the Horizon

In perspective-based art, the horizon is one of the most important considerations; it is the line towards which all other things in the piece are oriented in order to create a natural, realistic appearance. Rather than being the horizon as … Continue reading

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