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The Ancient Egyptian Artistic Paintings

The ancient Egyptian artistic paintings encapsulate the embodiment of modern painting, though the latter is refined due to the advancement of human knowledge, technology, and discovery. However, the root for the success of modern painting is credited with the humble beginnings of the profession by the ancient Egyptian masters in painting. From the generation and production of the media for production through to the selection of appropriate subjects for paintings, techniques through to its essential roles it plays in the society acts as a stepping stone for the marvelous development in the field of painting today.

In their quest to obtain a permanent and durable coloring medium for painting, the Egyptian painters’ ground ochres into powder and mixed them with gum. The resulting pigments were dissolved as the painters wet the brushes and rubbed them over the surface much as the watercolor paint used today. The application of the paint was done by the use of brushes which were creatively made from the trimmed stems of other marsh plants. Bristles which held a supply of wet pigment were made by chewing one end of their stems to separate the fibers. The supports for the painting included Papyrus paper, wooden panels, stone tablets, walls and surfaces of pyramids and temples. Today, color manufacturers, use binders which are in the likeness of the gum used by the ancient Egyptian painters mixed with pigments in producing colorants in the form of dry media like pastels, crayons and the like as well as wet media like acrylics, gouache, poster and watercolors, emulsion and oil paints and many more. Modern painters have strived to increase the scope of supports for painting while the traditional supports still remain very instrumental.

The theme for the paintings of the Egyptians depicted their belief in life after death and the affluent life of the elite class in the society. The themes included people hunting and feasting, Pharaohs, the affluent and other important people journeying to the land of the dead, people worshipping deities, scenes of musicians and dancers, Judgment in the underworld and familiar scenes from the earthly existence of the deceased. Today, genres of everyday life activities that reflect the ideologies and beliefs of modern societies are the principal theme for painting as was done by the ancient Egyptians. This includes political themes, entertainment themes, and themes on social sensitization on health, education, agriculture and religion.

Moreover, various techniques were used by the ancient Egyptian painters. For example, the representations of the images in the paintings followed the conventional Egyptian pose. The head and legs are in profile with the torso and eyes in frontal view. Men were painted bigger and darker than women and children. Prominent people and noblemen in the communities were painted bigger and darker than slaves. This is a visual representation of the class distinction that existed in Egypt. Distance or depth in drawing (perspective) was depicted by the placement of one body on top of another. Animals and plants in their natural habitats were painted to show naturalism based on careful observation. The technique of their painting was mural painting (fresco secco) that is painting on a dry plaster or surface. This painting technique allowed the trained professional Egyptian painter to express an exact knowledge of the theme or subject painted. Today, the concept of perspective which was the only parallel perspective has been heightened to include aerial perspective with varied forms of linear perspectives like isometric and angular forms of perspective. Moreover, the painting styles have been furthered to include canvas, realistic, abstract and semi-abstract renderings.

In terms of function, the paintings of ancient Egypt were made primarily to serve the dead in the metaphysical world. They provided the ka or soul with familiar scenes from the earthly existence of the deceased. They also showed the royal power of the Pharaohs. For instance, the king depicted on the painted chest is portrayed as a successful hunter pursuing droves of fleeing animals in the desert and also as a great warrior. Most of the paintings showed the nobility, richness, and prosperity of Egypt. Paintings were used to lavishly decorate the interiors and exteriors of private and public buildings to accentuate their aesthetic values. Today’s paintings are also used for this same purpose which is to immortalize and remember past personalities and heroes as well as remembering iconic moments and experiences of life. They are also used in enhancing the visual appeal of places.

The significant contribution of the ancient Egyptians to the field of modern painting must be recognized. The rich historical account must be studied by learners of art in various educational levels to deepen their appreciation of the efforts of the past forebears in the advancement of art in modern societies. It would charge them to mimic the path of their creative exuberance and determination to remedy the woes of mankind and satisfy their insatiable needs through the services of art.

Tips To Get the Painting You Want From the Artist You Know

There’s something to be said for a big, blank wall. It may not seem like much, but it can be whatever you want it to be. The possibilities are endless.

The potential is the attractive part of a blank wall. But while potential is great, it doesn’t amount to anything until it DOES amount to something.

And if you’re waiting to find that special piece of fine art to hang, ask yourself: how’s that coming along? How’s all that waiting panning out?

Stop waiting. Have a piece created for you and your blank wall. It can be a mural or a series of photographs or an oil painting — again, the possibilities are endless.

Commission a painting. Get a professional artist to do it for you. It’ll be one of a kind, it will appreciate in value over time, and your blank wall will, at last, amount to something.

Find the Right Artist on the Internet

Artists aren’t hard to find anymore. Most have websites that show off their work, so you can determine if that’s the style for you. Their websites will also let you know if they are open to individual commissions. (Even if the website doesn’t say they are, it never hurts to reach out by phone or email and ask that artist!)

You can also search visually-focused social media platforms like Pinterest for new works from working artists.

Communication

Once you’ve found your artist and opened some communication, it’s incredibly important to keep communication open and flowing. Talk with the artist about your ideas — brainstorm with them if you like, and if they like — and be as clear as possible about what you really want.

It helps to have examples to give the artist, so collect some pictures of works you like and organize them in advance. Don’t feel bad — this actually helps the creative process. You’re not being unoriginal, and nobody’s getting ripped off. Your painting will still be your own one-of-a-kind commissioned piece.

Payments & Contracts

Artists are often afraid to talk money, so be upfront with what you’re willing to spend and make sure you get everything settled well before the painting begins.

Contracts help keep things clean and friendly. You’ll need to understand the terms and conditions before writing your first check, because there’s no “undo” button for real paint.

This is why a lot of people are hesitant to commission a painting — the fear that they might overpay for something that can’t be undone. But remember: number one, that artist works in a free market and you’re paying market value; and number two, whatever the artist creates today will be more valuable tomorrow, because commissioned art appreciates over time (just like a house). So, like any home upgrade, you’ll need to sign contracts, and your investment will pay off.

It’s fair to pay a portion up front and a portion on the backend; this helps the artist share that responsibility, and keeps everybody honest. Most professional artists will have their own preferences, and it’ll save you all time if you respect their preferences from the onset, but make sure you each have a reason to stay in touch while it’s being worked on.

Shipping & Handling

Shipping and handling should also be discussed beforehand. Shipping a fragile work of art, even through just one city, can become very expensive (NEVER have it shipped without insurance of some kind). Don’t let yourself be surprised at the cost of shipping. There’s nothing worse than an unpleasant shock to take the joy out of something beautiful you just acquired.

Once you get those details compiled and straightened out between both parties, let that artist get to work! Your new painting will become the artistic focus of your home, and your guests will marvel.

The Symbolism of Colours

Colour symbolism refers to the use of colours to represent ideas and situations in the society. Interestingly, the philosophical meanings of colours also share striking resemblances or commonalities among the various cultures in the world. When they are used shrewdly, it will aid in promoting understanding between various people and cultural affiliations. It is a great source of enlightenment to abreast oneself with the powerful messages gleaned from the symbolic usage of colours.

Black: It is the colour of the night, and of “evil.” Black can also be a colour of elegance or class such as a black-tie only event, and black evening gowns. Black can also represent ideas such as power, sexuality, sophistication, formality, wealth, mystery, fear, evil, unhappiness, depth, style, sadness, remorse, anger, and mourning. Black can also represent a lack of colour, the primordial void or emptiness. It can also mean sorrow or mourning, in the Christian tradition of wearing black to funerals. Black is the colour of mystery and solemnity; the colour of the night. Black expresses the depths of the unknown, and encourages the imagination of a different world from that of daylight realities. Used by itself, black can represent bad luck or misfortune.

Black/White: They stand for mourning and cheerless occasions. For example, traditional dress for a funeral is black and white. The black stands for the loss, and the white colour for their passing onto the heavens.

Blue: It is the colour of the Virgin Mary, and is associated with girls who have similar pure qualities. In addition, it is the colour of water and the sea, with all the symbolic references already discussed for that element – that is, blue usually indicates femininity, life, purity, etc., just as water does. Blue can also symbolize peace, calm, stability, security, loyalty, sky, water, cold, technology, and depression. Indigo blue mirrors the colour of the vast ocean surrounding the Japanese islands. This shade of blue is very commonly seen in Japanese art and clothing.

Brown: It represents the ideas of earth, hearth, home, the outdoors, endurance, simplicity, and comfort.

Gold: It is also associated with royalty. It represents the colour of the heavens.

Green: This colour can also represent nature, the environment, good luck, youth, vigor, jealousy, envy, and misfortune. It is regarded as the colour of eternal life, as seen in evergreens which never change their colour from season to season. It represents both trees and vegetation.

Orange: It represents energy, balance, warmth, enthusiasm, flamboyant, and demanding of attention.

Pink: The colour pink usually serves two purposes. It can be used to show childish innocence, or the character of child-like personality. It can also be used to show a more flirtatious personality. Pink is normally a colour associated with girls and femininity. Pink is considered a colour of good health and life – we speak of people being “in the pink” or the “freshness” of a newborn baby. Pink is associated with sexuality and purity. That is, a girl who is a virgin in heart and body. Pink is symbolic of pure love. It is also the colour used for sexual advertisements and such, to indicate the purity of the girls.

Purple/ Violet: It represents royalty, spirituality, nobility, ceremony, mysterious, wisdom, enlightenment, cruelty, arrogance, and mourning.

Red: It symbolizes many things; from blood, to love, to infatuation. Basically red symbolizes strong emotions, or things of strong emotions rather than intellectual ideas. For example, red can symbolize excitement, energy, speed, strength, danger, passion, and aggression. Red, the colour of blood and fire, represents life and vitality. Red also signifies the colour of the sun: a symbol of energy, radiating its vitalizing life-force into human beings. Red is also looked upon as a sensual colour, and can be associated with man’s most profound urges and impulses. Ironically, red cats symbolize bad luck.

Red and White: Their use together immediately signifies happiness and celebration. The combination of red and white in the decorative ornaments used on wedding or engagement presents has a compelling quality that suggests man’s urge to create a bond between his own life and that of the gods.

Silver/Grey: Silver/Grey symbolizes security, reliability, intelligence, modesty, maturity, conservative, old age, sadness, and boring.

White: It is a sacred and pure colour. It’s the colour of angels and gods, as the colour reflects that which is sacred and pure. It is also the colour of doctors, nurses, and others in the health profession, as well as cleanliness. White can also represent reverence, purity, simplicity, humility, youth, winter, and snow, good, cold, clinical, and sterile.

Yellow: Yellow symbolizes joy, happiness, optimism, idealism, gold, dishonesty, cowardice, deceit, illness, and hazard.

Understanding the philosophical meanings of colours beyond their physical qualities and attributes can contribute to the understanding and friendship among various ethnic and cultural affiliations. Artists and designers who implement colours in their creations must endeavour to consider their symbolic implications when making choices for the creation of products.

This Why Artists Must Pay Close Attention To Their Colour Selection

This is the organisation and arrangement of various colours in an orderly or pleasant manner so that they portray unity and oneness. Colours used for a composition must ‘agree’ or meet the principles of aesthetics. The artist must carefully and skilfully choose his colour scheme or combinations. This is because a wrong pairing of them can disturb the design and general outlook of a composition. It can disrupt the aesthetic appeal of even a perfect creation and distract viewers.

Artists can learn from the splendid examples found in nature. A critical and deep observation and the meditation of things in nature such as the feathers of birds, accentuating hues of flowering plants, leaves, and so forth.

It is essential in various fields of study. In the food science sector, appetites of people toward food are increased using appealing colour combinations. For instance, orange carrots and green beans carefully sliced in interesting shapes on white rice shaped in love shape can be used to boost the appetite of patients and other individuals who cannot eat.

They are several forms of colour harmony. Examples have been explained below.

Monochromatic Harmony

The term ‘monochrome’ means one colour. Therefore, monochromatic harmony deals with the use of varying tones of the same hue in painting a design. This may be the tints and shades of the same hue. For example, red, brown, pink are all obtained from one root colour which is red. Therefore when these colours are used side by side in a composition, they can create a pleasant colour harmony.

Analogous Harmony

Analogous hues are those that are adjacent to each other or close in proximity to each other on the colour wheel. When these pigments are used side by side in a composition they form pleasant harmonies. Examples include yellow, yellow-orange and orange or blue, blue-green and green.

Complementary Harmony

Complementary colours are those that lie directly opposite to each other on the colour wheel. These colours when combined in a scheme also create pleasant harmonies. Examples include yellow and violet, red and green, blue and orange.

Triad Harmony

A triad refers to three equidistant colours on the colour wheel. These hues have the same distances between each other on the colour wheel. For instance, if the distance is one colour step, to locate the other two colours, count one colour step to your left and right on the colour wheel. Examples of triad harmonies on the colour wheel include Red, yellow and blue (3-equidistant colour steps); Red-orange, Yellow-green and Blue-violet.

The selection and choice of colour harmony must be well thought of in advance or while the artistic creation is being undertaken. This would afford designers a great deal of time to come out with colours that can perfectly meet the ideals of harmony while attracting viewers and buyers.