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10 art studio storage ideas

Posted Feb 12, 2019
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There’s no better time than the present to get your creative space in order. Whether your room is big or small, these top 10 art studio storage ideas will help transform your space in no time!1. Drawer dividers (or cutlery organiser)Installing some simple drawer dividers or using a cutlery organiser is a great way to take your storage space to the next level.2. Paint tube rackKeep all your paints where you can see them by mounting a paint tube rack on your wall.3. CratesIf you’ve got bits-and-pieces floating around your studio (we all do), chuck them in a wooden crate. This art storage idea might seem basic, but you’ll be surprised at how much neater your space will be!4. JarsRe-use old jars or mugs as paint brush or stationery holders. This simple touch can make a world of differenc...

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15 drawing ideas that anyone can try

Posted Jul 10, 2018
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If you’re in the mood for a drawing session, we’ve got just the thing to get your creative juices flowing. Our list of 15 drawing ideas covers a range of subjects – from botanical art, to life drawing and even a recipe! So have your pencil at the ready, scroll through and get inspired.1. Botanical artIf you have a soft spot for nature, botanical drawing is right up your alley. You can draw from a reference image or, better yet, go outside and grab a flower, leaf or branch to use as your inspiration. Don’t be afraid to draw up some rough study sketches before you start on your final piece – it’s all part of the process.2. Your favourite animalImage credit: Krystal Lee ArtistDraw inspiration from the things you love. Whether your favourite animal is a dog or a raccoon, bring it t...

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Leonardo Da Vinci

Posted Jun 13, 2017
Tags: Artists

We wrote an art history article a few issues ago about the mystical Mona Lisa painting created by the equally mysterious artist Leonardo Da Vinci. Much has been written about his art but not so much about the artist, so the topic of today’s post is all about Leonardo. Leonardo was a complex, solitary man and had it not been for the biography written about him in 1568 by Giorgio Vasari, his character would have been kept a mystery. It is well known that Leo was a superman - he was a painter, sculptor, physicist, botanist, writer and a musician, a genius in all of these fields, and well ahead of his time too. He was described by Vasari as a man with great personal appeal, kindness, and generosity and was generally well loved by his contemporaries. According to Vasari, "Leonardo's dispos...

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A Brief History of the Charismatic & Creative Andy Warhol

Posted May 08, 2017
Tags: Artists

The artist Andy Warhol was certainly a flamboyant character, well-known for his eccentricities and not just his original take on art.  The eccentric items he amassed over time as a collector included an extensive collection of wigs made from hair imported from Italy, and his prized piece, a mummified human foot from ancient Egypt, which he kept in his studio to help him gain inspiration.  No one quite knows how he came about owning his precious mummified foot, but the curator of Carnegie Anthropology Museum felt he most likely picked it up at a flea market.  So great was Andy Warhol’s interest in curiosities and obscurities that his collection not only filled his 4-storey apartment, but also a nearby storage unit!Born Andrew Warhol, he was the son of working class immigrants from Slov...

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The Secret Life of Gustav Klimt

Posted Apr 06, 2016
Tags: Artists

I’m really happy to bring you this latest little Art blog, as the subject is one of my favourite Artists, the amazing ‘Gustav Klimt’.   I think Gustav Klimt was in all honesty probably about 100 years ahead of his time, and although he enjoyed great success, his bohemian life style and the themes in his art made him a little unpopular with many of the more conservative people of the time.Klimt will be most remembered for his association with the Vienna Secessionist movement.  This movement separated from the support of official academic art and its administrations.  They snubbed their nose at academia and embraced progressive themes and favoured the ornate Art Nouveau style over the prevailing styles of the time.   Gustav Klimt was born in 1862 in Baumgarten a rural suburb of ...

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The Sad Story of Van Gogh

Posted Mar 16, 2016
Tags: Artists

In the undertaking of writing my blog I always try to discover something new.  Now art history is my thing, but obviously one cannot know absolutely everything about a subject.This time we are exploring Vincent Van Gogh and primitive psychology.  During the writing of this I had a major epiphany!  I realised how for all these years that I had missed the point concerning Van Gogh’s art work.Yes of course I knew he was regarded as a master and his work a stroke of genius, but that just hadn’t been apparent to me.  I think it might be like, for example, when you taste caviar for the first time.  You know you’re supposed to like it, but when you taste it, although it’s not without its charm, it just tastes like slippery little salty balls.  It’s not the magic food of the gods l...

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