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Acrylic Water Based Paint Options For Painting

Acrylic water-based paints are great for artists for several reasons. It is one of the most flexible paints available and has a lot of other benefits. For starters, acrylic water based paints can be used to paint on just about any surface from paper to canvas board. One feature of acrylic that some consider a con is the fact that acrylic water-based paint dries very quickly. Some artists use no more than 15% of a retarder to slow down this quick drying process. Others use a stay wet palette while they paint.

Different Kinds of Acrylic Water Based Paint for Artists to Choose From

As previously stated, acrylic water-based paint offers up a lot of flexibility including the different kinds that are available to artists, from students to professionals. Although similar in grade to the kind of acrylics used by professionals, student acrylics tend to be lower in pigmentation, have less colors to choose from, and formulas that are less expensive than acrylic water paints used by professionals. Professional acrylics have more options and are as a rule more expensive. Professional water-based acrylic paint options also are more resistant to chemical and water exposure.

Additionally, water-based acrylic paints are classified by their ‘body’, which is a term used to indicate its consistency. Some are soft or medium bodied, others are heavy-bodied, and others still are super heavy or extra-bodied. Below we look at some of this acrylic water based paint varieties and grades and what they mean for student and professional artists alike.

1. Pigments, pricing, and color range

True paint pigments are expensive. Hues, which are an imitation of the authentic pigment are much more affordable. Student grade acrylics are usually available as hues. As for professional acrylics, pigments are grouped into series by numbers (counting from 1 onwards) and letters (moving from A upwards). The higher the series number, or farther away from A the letter is, the richer the pigment and the more expensive it is likely to be. As a rule, professional artist grade acrylic water based paint will have more real colors available in their range, and will be more expensive than those available to student artists.

2. Opacity

Acrylic water based paint options that are more opaque are easier to cover and be covered over by other colors. As such, these options are great for students who may be more prone to making mistakes that they will need to cover up.

3. Consistency or body of the available options

As mentioned before, water based acrylic paints are available in different consistencies including mediums and heavy paints. Professional artist grade acrylic paints will have a wider range of consistency available, while the student options will have less. Importantly, there are binders that can be mixed with the different consistencies, allowing the artist to control how thick or thin the paint is, without losing the richness of the pigment.

4. Tinting Strength and Color Shift

Tinting refers to how much paint is needed in order to alter the color of white paint. The higher the tinting strength of the paint, the less paint is needed to change the color of the white paint. This is something for student artists in particular to bear in mind.

Color shift is something that naturally takes place when using acrylic water based paint. This is due mainly to the fact that the paint goes darker after it is dried. The acrylic emulsion becomes clear as the paint dries (it is white when wet) and in this way darkens the color of the paint. In student quality acrylic water based paint, the binder used is white, as such the color shift from lighter to darker is usually greater than in professional grade paint options. The cheaper the student artist acrylic paint option, the whiter the binder used, and therefore the greater the color shift.

All the above characteristics serve as a rule of thumb guide for both student and professional artists alike. They should be considered when deciding which acrylic paint to use or not use to get the job done. Remember that acrylic water based paint is very flexible, but student grade options less so. The more you wish to do with the paint, including using binders and different chemical mixes, the more necessary it will be to get professional grade options.

This Review of What “Fugitive” Colors Means

You were so proud of your watercolor painting of some roses. You had achieved a good drawing as a foundation to the painting. You loved the composition and how it encompassed the picture plane.. The light spread across the roses giving you just the effect you were after in balancing shadows from very dark to beautiful bright red highlights. It was one of your best pieces to date. In fact, it sold very quickly and that made you even happier.

But a couple of months later, the buyer contacts you. Something had changed in the painting. The buyer said that it has lost some of its brightness. You agree to look at the painting and you’re shocked at what you find. It appears much less vibrant to you. Some of the red areas that were rich in color are now dull, watered down looking. You can’t believe what you’re seeing. What happened?

Fugitive colors—that’s what happened. The artist failed to read the labels on the paints she used and to truly understand the permanence of the colors she had chosen. Maybe it was the first time she had chosen those colors. She had no idea some of them were “fugitive” colors. In this article, we’ll briefly review what fugitive colors means and how to read paint labels to better understand what you’re buying, whether it be oils, acrylics, watercolors, gouache, or other paints.

A fugitive color is a paint that has a pigment that can change over time. Most times the changes are caused by exposure to strong light, especially sun light. Every manufacturer of better paints places a rating on the tube by the American Society for Testing of Materials (ASTM). You’ll also find this rating on better colored pencil brands. They rate lightfastness—the ability of the pigment to withstand exposure to light—on a scale of I-IV with I being Excellent and IV being Fugitive. Look for that number on your tubes of paint. It may look like this—ASTM IV or ASTM II. The higher the number the more fugitive the color. Always try to use those marked I or II no matter how much you love the color. Especially if you will be selling the work. Customers get unhappy when their paintings change over time!

Reds are the most fugitive colors, hence the rose painting example above. Historically, alizarin crimson has been fugitive, but now you should look for re-formulations like “Permanent Alizarin Crimson”. Re-formulations of fugitive colors are much more stable and can also be named “New” like some yellows. With fugitive colors like gamboge, again, look for “New Gamboge” since it’s a re-formulation. Any color with the name “madder” is also fugitive, such as Rose Madder.

Try and familiarize yourself with how different brands mark their tubes. On Winsor & Newton, for example, you’ll see permanence marked with AA for extremely permanent, A for permanent, and B for moderately permanent. They also show a Series number that relates to price with 1 being the lowest and 5 the highest. And finally, the lightfastness marked I, II, III, or IV.

Each manufacturer provides the same information in different ways. So, read your tubes and have fun with the colors you like. But be careful if you want permanence in your work.

Some Movement in Contemporary Still Life Paintings

Still Life is a class of paintings that goes back centuries, with well-known artists including Monet, Picasso, and Van Gogh. The subject of still life paintings has changed over time, but still life is still an imperative part of contemporary art. And one of the most important aspects of still life paintings is movement. While that may sound counterintuitive, it is absolutely true.

Movement in a painting can be described in many different ways. It can be the aspect that draws the eye to the subject of the painting or the sense of change within the painting that draws you through and makes the painting more active rather than passive. However it is described, movement brings a still life painting to life.

Taking a look at some still life works from modern artists, it is clear that the use of a variety of brushstrokes can create an incredible sense of movement. Seeing the different strokes, swipes, and sweeps draws your attention to the flow of a painting. In some of the backgrounds, you’ll see larger strokes that lead the eye to the subject of the painting. The subjects themselves have much smaller, more refined brushstrokes that do not take attention away from the still life. Having brushstrokes lead the eye can break our normal view of a painting. We may look at a painting like we would read a book: left to right, top to bottom. However, with the use of bold sweeping strokes, it can lead the gaze in new directions, causing a different reaction to a painting.

Studying the use of strokes in a painting can give us a good idea of the process an artist went through to create the piece. Bold strokes can indicate a more wild energy in the painting, leading a viewer to think that the piece may have been created with more energy. Smaller strokes that are more refined make us imagine a process that is more intricate, time-consuming, and thought-out. Using the idea of having a painting slowly reveal itself to the viewer, we can see how looking more closely at the energy and movement of a painting can reveal the intentions of the artist and even the process. It gives the viewer a better sense of connection with the artwork.

To give the viewer a connection and a reaction to a painting is important. Art has always been an expression of emotion and it continues to be in modern day. Using movement in a painting and creating an ebb and flow is critical and creates synergy in a painting, not only within the painting, but between the painting and its viewer.

About Salvador Dali’s Painting “The Persistence of Memory”

Salvador Dali’s The Persistence of Memory is one of his most cherished works from a prolific lifetime. It was painted in 1931 long after he attended art school in Madrid and Barcelona. His early work throughout his education reflects an unusual aptitude for a wide variety of styles.

In the 1930’s Dali’s unparalleled ability as an artist was combined with his discovery of Sigmund Freud’s teachings about subconscious imagery, and his recognizable mature style was introduced to the world. Before painting The Persistence of Memory Dali had also become acquainted with the Paris Surrealists. He felt enabled to create groundbreaking art that would establish the reality within the subconscious.

The iconic imagery of the melting pocket watch has made The Persistence of Memory one of Dali’s most recognizable paintings. The painting is a splendid example of the contrast between sharp hard lines and melting softness. The watches themselves symbolize the concept of time past, and perhaps the irrelevance of time in the universe. Dali may have been commenting on the Surrealist interpretation of Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity.

Dali painted an abstract human figure in the middle of the composition that some interpret as a self-portrait. This bizarre figure is a recurring visitor in his work, and represents a soul that travels within both the realms of reality and the subconscious. Dali often drugged himself into hallucinatory states, and spent a great deal of time exploring his subconscious. The figure in the painting has only one closed eye which suggests a dream-state.

Ants crawl over a clock at the bottom left of the painting. Dali often painted ants to symbolize decay. This effectively ties in the mortal plane to work that is clearly a depiction of the subconscious.

It is likely that the clocks was used by Salvador Dali to symbolize mortality instead of literal time. And the cliffs that provide the backdrop are the impression of part of Catalonia, which was Dali’s childhood home.

This is rather a small painting, at least not as large as you would think. While this painting is one of Dali’s biggest triumphs, the actual size of this oil on canvas painting measures only 9 1/2″ x 13″.

This painting was first shown at the Julien Levy Gallery and has been part of the collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City since 1932, thanks to an anonymous donor.

Make Paint Acrylic Abstracts

A lot of budding artists shy away from abstract painting. For some reason, there’s this misconception made by people outside of or on the cusp of the art world that you have to have a deep, intrinsic reason to create abstract art. That, if you can’t paint a convincing realistic landscape first, you don’t have the right to paint abstract art.

Why, I say that’s silly! Just as anyone can learn how to paint, anyone is allowed to create abstract paintings!

First, I guess we should probably break down what abstract art is. Simplistically, abstract art is any creation that doesn’t mimic reality.

When you look at abstract art, it can be confusing at first because you’re not always admiring a tree or a person or an animal; you’re admiring how colors play off each other, how the paint moves across the canvas, and how shapes lines up with one another.

There are abstract artists who move the paint into familiar shape. Sometimes you can pick out a park, or a horse, or a circus elephant. Sometimes, though, the art is just a series of intersecting lines and circles.

The meaning of the art is personal and up to your interpretation. Abstract art requires an audience to be complete.

The ultimate mission of abstract art is to serve as a visual expression of the artist’s emotions and to evoke a response in the viewer. The magic of abstract art is its chameleon ability to give a different experience to everyone who looks at it.

How and Where?

Oil painting is a stand-by for classical and modern artists alike. Its sheen, richness, and elegance make it a top-tier choice in the medium department. When it comes to abstract paintings, however, it might be time to pull out the newcomers to the paint scene: acrylic.

Around only since the 1930s, acrylic paint as an advantage other paints don’t: it dries really, really fast! Oil painting isn’t something you should count out for future paintings, but to start it’s best to work with something that dries quickly so that you can’t question the decisions you’re making. It forces you to commit to your art, which is helpful when learning to go with the flow and create from your soul.

Now that you know what paint you’re using, it’s time to figure out what you’re going to paint on. Abstract art lends itself to a plethora of different painting surfaces, especially when you’re using acrylic paint. Many famous abstract artists – Jackson Pollock, Picasso, Leonid Afremov – do their painting on canvas.

Painting on canvas allows your art is speak for itself. You’re not trying to tie in the shape of a piece of wood or found object: the two dimensional surface gives your colors and shapes the spotlight. When you’re more comfortable using art as an outlet (because that’s what abstract art really is: an outlet for an artist’s message or emotions), you can incorporate other “canvases.” Some abstract artists even create their paintings on people’s skin!

Getting Started

Learning how to create an abstract painting is a lot like learning how to enjoy listening to classical music. There are layers of understanding to classical music, layers of paying attention, and it requires auditory refinement.

But, it’s also something you can just DO. You can turn on the radio, crank the classical music, and choose to enjoy it.

Figuring out how to paint abstract art is a lot like that. Of course you can instill deep, rich, complex meaning in your pieces. Of course you can try to make it look like a portrait or a visual representation of a novel or some other complicated artistic slant. Or, to start, you can just paint.

Put yourself into your art. Pick a color that speaks to you. Paint a shape that feels right when you move your arm. Use your hands, you fingertips, your feet. Put your literal self into creating the art. Glue on found objects. Smash berries on the canvas.

This is the kind of art that can skew both ways: it can have extreme limitations, or it can be limitless. To get started, don’t approach it with any guidelines; simply approach it with a passion to create.

Continuing the Journey

While you might want to keep creating photorealistic paintings or still-life paintings after giving abstract a shot, I encourage you to let yourself fully explore this world of brushstrokes and smudges; splatter and bleeding edges; geometry and contrast. It’s a cathartic side of art. It demands nothing more than what you give. Anything you put down on the canvas is exactly what was supposed to be there. Approach abstraction as a wonderland. There are no expectations here: only fun and exploration.

Place To Show Your Art

Where to Show Us Your Art

There are many artists these days creating master pieces that not many people will be exposed to. If these artists aren’t showcasing their creations online or in art exhibitions they won’t be getting the recognition that they deserve for all the time and effort they take in designing and making them.

It’s a real shame that some countries aren’t teaching basic practices on the world-wide-web today for creative minds. I believe a lot of confusion with the world-wide internet could be avoided after schooling years if school curriculums’ covered web development and SEO. So that everyone could be given the same opportunities to create their masterpieces and develop their own online art exhibition to showcase their designs.

These days most artists are so engrossed in their creations they don’t have time to learn how to market their products. They are the creative ones’ that want to pour their time and energy into new and exciting projects, not sit an online course to understand web design and development so that they can create a site themselves and learn how to get it to the top of the search engines for exposure.

My nephew has a girlfriend whose father is a successful artist, who has developed his own site to give his work the exposure it deserves, but he is only one artist that I know of that has done this. Paying community hall fees to showcase your creations can often defeat you, as you have already paid the costs to develop your designs, and generally at the end of that project you want a quick turnaround, to simply pay for the materials and time spent in making it.

Am I right? So how will you be able to further out-lay more money to pay for an exhibition when you haven’t been able to properly marketing the designs and creations you have building up for sale?

Apart from understanding how to use the worldwide web to showcase your art, please consider what the best option for you will be. If you are successful and you have the cash flow to pay for an exhibition, you can gain some more credibility within your niche by hosting this type of event, and being the artist in-house at the event, to answer any questions that potential buyers may have about your creations.

Whatever you decide to market your productions, be assured that you have an admirer in me! I love art of all kinds, from oil painting, textured painting, watercolours and my all-time favourite is acrylic paintings. I wasn’t blessed with the skill to be able to create art the way you can, and often felt envious of those that could draw well growing up. Keep up the fabulous work, your works’ are masterpieces that need to be celebrated.

Now Get a Truly Unique Work of Modern Art for Your Home

If you’re still searching for that one perfect piece of modern art for your home but can’t find it in stores or galleries, consider a more direct route: commission a work yourself.

Commissioning a new work from an artist can bring your home’s level of beauty, sophistication and style up to never before seen standards. It’s your own unique work to keep and show off at your discretion.

But how does one go about commissioning a piece? And how can you be sure it’ll come out the way you want?

It comes down to two things: artist selection and communication.

To find the right artist, you’ll have to know what you’re looking for in the work of art. It’s a narrowing down process, and it’s not really as daunting as it may seem.

If you’ve got something in mind, ask yourself — where have you seen their work? At a museum? On the walls at a coffee shop? If you’ve seen something you like, you can always ask the owner if they have the contact info of that artist, and if you can contact them for a commission of your own.

But don’t limit yourself to your own small corner of the world. Embrace the Internet! There are tons of platforms to find a style you like, and usually a way to contact the artist. Try DeviantArt, Carbonmade, or even Pinterest and Instagram. Use the search functions to find what you’re looking for and the artist who creates it.

When it comes to communication and direction, that’s all up to you. Think about yourself and how particular you’re going to be. Some people will accept anything the artist hands over, and some have distinct ideas about what’s good or not. You know yourself, but chances are the artist doesn’t. So it’s on you to communicate your vision clearly.

It’s never to soon to start forming your overall vision. Artists require communication, and if your vision is not concrete enough, the artist might fill in all the blanks for you. And while this might sound attractive, it can be a dangerous thing. Once an art project is complete, it’s not easy (or cheap) to redo any or all of it. If you don’t like the artist’s vision, then chances are it’s because it didn’t line up with YOUR vision, and that’s because you didn’t communicate your vision well enough to the artist.

To make sure you get what you want, you should narrow the communication options down to their specialty. What medium does this artist typically work in? Is that the medium you want for your piece? Be honest with yourself and your artist: are you attracted to their own style, or is it just that their style happens to most closely match the vision you have in your head?

It’s also important to find out how many commissions the artist has performed previously. If they’ve done a lot, they likely will have their own set of questions to ask you, the client. Please answer all the questions honestly and completely. The more you collaborate and communicate, the happier you’ll be with your finished piece.

Keep in mind: “surprise me” works out well less than most people think. You can surprise your guests when they see the piece at first, but you don’t want to be surprised by your commissioned artist.

Whatever your tastes are, the more selective you are in finding an artist and the more communicative you are to that artist, the better your fine art commission is bound to come out.

Tips to Choose the Best Type of Graco Air Spray

For your painting needs, you need not limit your choice to the conventional paint brush or paint roller. These days, a wide selection of paint sprayers are available in the stores.

Whether you are a professional contractor or a do-it-yourself project enthusiast, you’d love the advantages that a paint sprayer could offer. All you need is a good finding skill in looking for the perfect paint sprayer that will work for your needs.

Brushing or rolling paint can pose challenges in terms of consistency. Tackling narrow spaces can be difficult too. With a paint spray, you no longer have to spend as much time and energy completing the painting job. Your work will be a lot easier compared to using a conventional paint brush.

The only thing that would probably take you the most time is deciding which particular spray paint to choose. To help you out, here are questions you may ask yourself when choosing your very own paint sprayer. Let’s get started.

What is the size of the project I’m working on?

Are you repainting the entire home interior? Or are you only tackling a specific wall? Think about the size of the project as this will serve as your guide in deciding which type of paint spray to purchase.

For small projects, for instance, handheld units such as the TrueCoat 360 Graco Air Spray would be more than enough. You can finish your painting projects fast, all while ensuring a professional-looking finish.

For bigger projects, meanwhile, you may need a paint sprayer that has higher pressure and can deliver a broader spray. If you are most concerned about speed and need to get the project completed fast, you can as well look into sprays that come with a larger horsepower.

What sprayer tip and size best suit my project?

Paint sprayers come in various tips and sizes. To decide which one to choose, consider the job you are using the paint spray for. For small surfaces, say you’re painting fences, go for sprayers with smaller tip size and opening. For walls, meanwhile, you can go for wider tips. You can always ask the supplier for the specific tip size that best suits the application.

Will I be working on a single location?

If you will be working on your yard alone or only in a single location, then handheld paint sprayers may be enough. However, if you are covering wide spaces and you need to carry the tool around, then you may want to consider a paint sprayer type that comes with wheels. These units are commonly used for pavement or field markings that are done by professional painting contractors.

Will this unit produce loud sounds?

You don’t want to disturb your neighbors nor be complained for being too loud. Ask the supplier if the sprayer you’re looking at produces loud noise when used.

Finally, are online resources for this product available?

Go for a reputable brand so you can ensure quality paint sprayers. These brands, more often than not, would offer manuals or tips that you can consult every now and then while working on your project.

Choosing the best paint sprayer for your project doesn’t have to be stressful. Ask yourself these questions and gather recommendations from suppliers themselves. Make your painting project in a success with the right paint spray!

The Painting Realistic Pictures Without Drawing

Do you wish you could paint realistic pictures but have always been put off because you can’t draw? I have created a system which overcomes the drawing problem and opens up a wonderful hobby for people who have always thought it was something they just couldn’t do.

I take the drawing problem away by providing an outline which you transfer to your painting paper. Then with detailed step-by-step instructions, accompanied by photos, I show you exactly how to achieve a fine painting. There are paintings from beginner level 1 to more advanced level 5.

This is real painting, not colouring in or painting by numbers. You learn proper painting skills including the very important skill of blending. Blending means making two colours next to each other merge gradually instead of having a sharp join. For example, the stem of a flower is round, not flat. By blending the colours you can make it appear round. Without blending it would just be flat and not lifelike. Blending is vital to realistic painting, and is widely used to give shape and depth to faces, body parts, flowers, jewels, fruit, wineglasses, and many more.

Some people worry that using an outline is cheating, and that any artist should do all the drawing. I’ll let you into a secret. Many professional painters are not very good at drawing and need help. For a small painting they might take a photo, and trace it so that they can transfer the tracing to the painting surface. For a large painting some artists use a projector to shine an image onto a canvas and draw around it. Others who are better at drawing still don’t draw straight onto their painting paper or canvas. They do the drawing on paper and work on it, rubbing out mistakes and doing it again until they are satisfied it is good enough to transfer. Using a grid of squares to get the proportions right has a long history and was a method employed by some of the great masters. Using some form of drawing aid is very common and you should not in any way feel that there is something wrong with it. It will allow you to achieve a painting that you would have thought was completely beyond your abilities

I did all the paintings with an opaque water paint which is very easy to use. I don’t recommend oil paints for people who are new to this style of painting. They are more difficult to use than water paint. The aim of my method is to show people how to achieve paintings that they would not have thought possible. It is very important that the paint should be easy to use and not involve unnecessary complications. Of course, after building up some experience you might want to explore oil paints. Why not? You never know how far you might go once you have been supported to get started. You might amaze yourself with what you can do!

David Ainge has created the ArtStepByStep project to show people that they can paint fine realistic pictures without drawing skills.

This approach is highly structured and gives very clear instructions, with photos, for every step of a painting. You are supported at every stage of the painting, from start to finish.

Reasons You Must Buy Paintings Directly From Artists

When you decorate the walls in your home, there are a number of facts, that support you should buy paintings directly from an artist, instead of buying reproductions in online shops or physical shops.

  • You get an original, unique painting that no one else has
  • The painting is carefully created, down to the smallest detail
  • You get a quality product, made of excellent materials
  • You get the most bang for your buck – no commission to online or physical galleries
  • The selling price is higher when you want to make changes in your collection
  • You get a better service, the artist will answer any questions you have

You get an original unique painting

When you buy an original, unique painting from an artist, you get a unique piece of art, there is only one of one-of-a-kind.

And you can use the artwork to design the decor in your home with your own special touch, without any fear that your family, friends or neighbors already have the same painting or can imitate your decor.

If we look at the definition of the word “original”, The Danish Dictionary says it is an “object or phenomenon that is the basis for a copy.”

Be aware that many online and physical stores that advertise with “original” paintings, actually sell reproductions where the artistic value is practically non-existent.

Copies are typically made at art factories in China and other Eastern countries. The workers there doesn’t always have the best working conditions. Employees work many hours a day without any breaks, and the production is made in buildings, that lack basic needs such as glass in window and heating during winter.

There is also a couple of Danish mass producing art factories, which employ Danish artists who produce copies under pseudonyms.

It may be difficult to spot whether it’s a real or fictitious artist and if it’s an original painting or a copy – here are a few tips you can use, factors that indicate it is a real artist:

Start by Googling the artist and see what information comes up. Does the artist’s contact information appear, is he having his own website, does the search show earlier exhibitions?

  • If there is an artist profile on the store’s website, and it shows a photo and a biography of the artist.
  • If an artist profile with biography is attached to the painting, and there is shown a photograph of the artist.
  • Things that indicate it is an original unique painting:
  • If there is a real artist behind and not only a pseudonym.
  • If the painting is signed with the full name, title and year on the back of the canvas.

The painting is created with great care

Unique paintings, made by real life artists, are characterized by the artist using hours and hours of work on composition, texture, color composition and color blending. The result is an artwork with endless small details, beautiful colors and great depth, which means you will continuously discover new details, textures, and details.

Initially the artist plan the composition, style, subject, and medium. After that, the process of creating the painting consists of a series of different steps: priming of the canvas, applying texture pulp (1-3 operations), painting the subject (1-5 operations), top finish and at last, a topcoat.

It varies a lot, how many times an artist must work on a painting before it is ready for the public, but typically it’s worked over 5-10 times. Especially when the creation requires many thin translucent layers and transparent colors, it has to be worked over many times.

Characteristic for the production of reproductions is, that there is very little time for producing each painting, normally there are only 15-20 minutes available.

This means, that it is only possible to make a painting with a maximum of three layers before it is ready. Often the painting will be manufactured in one process, and the employee is parallel working on up to 50 copies of identical paintings. Therefore, reproductions are often missing details and depth.

You get a quality product

Many artists take pride in using paint, materials and tools in a very high quality.

Basically, a distinction is made between three different qualities within artist paint: School quality, student quality, and artist quality.

What factors do determine the quality of the painting? It’s a question of the pigments being used, the proportion pigments have relative to the fillers, and the bindings.

The highest quality paint is using the most expensive pigments, the largest share of pigments and contains little or no fillers.

School quality is the cheapest and is used for training in school classes. It’s not suitable for a real painting, used to decorate your home with, since the poor quality means difficulties in mixing with other colors, the paint can not maintain the texture and dries to a flat shape, and lack colors fade resistance, opacity, tinting strength and transparency.

Student quality is a basic paint, which is used for priming of paintings and opaque surfaces. It is a sound quality, that has some good characteristics so the colors can be mixed, and they keep the texture to an acceptable degree. The only problem is, that these colors have trouble showing transparency without the use of mediums.

Artist quality is top of the line with high lightfastness, high opacity, strong color tinting and high transparency. All in all, it gives the possibility of making paintings with very fine details, brilliant colors, and great depth. And the high proportion of pigments secures that the paintings will have a long shelf life, without the colors starting to fade away or paint flaking off.

The professional artist uses canvas in good quality, made of cotton and/or linen.

The vast majority of artists always finish the process with a layer of protection in the form of varnish or gel. It secures a painting that will last for many years, and also makes it easier to clean.

Reproductions usually use artist paint in school quality and student quality – the outstanding artist quality will not be used because of a high price. And copies don’t get the topcoat that protects against UV rays and sunlight and provides durability for many years to come.

The canvas they use are often made of 100% polyester, providing a rigid surface, that is unable to stretch with the paint under various humidity conditions.

You get the most bang for your buck

If artists are selling through online or physical galleries, they often must pay up to 50% of the sales amount to gallery owners.

Obviously when you are dealing directly with the artist, there is no paid commission, and there is thus no costly intermediaries to monetize on the artworks.

The selling price is higher

When you want to sell a painting you initially bought from a professional artist, the prices keep a higher level, compared to copy paintings you buy online and in physical stores.

Generally, you can get approximately the same amount as your buying price for paintings purchased from an artist, whereas reproductions fall drastically in price, so you only get about 25% of the amount you originally paid.

And if you spot a talented artist, you can make money when you sell again.

It requires a lot of practice, and that you know what to look for when buying art.

You get a better service

When you deal directly with a professional artist, he or she will answer any questions you have. Whether it comes to design, materials, maintenance or otherwise.

And you have of course also the possibility of letting the artist creating a unique piece with your own colors and designs.

Many artists also offer to help with transportation.