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House Painting Offers A Great Return On Investment

Exterior house painting done properly is probably the single most cost effective action a homeowner can take to preserve and protect their biggest investment, their home. The return on investment of a quality paint job is among the best investments a homeowner can make. Not only does your home look great, but painting increases its marketability and value.
Quality house painting instantly increases a home’s curb appeal. A well maintained properly painted home stands out in a crowd. When people see an expertly painted house, they appreciate that the property has been properly cared for. Regular high level care for a property significantly reduces future maintenance expenses. Costly and time consuming repairs are minimized when a home is well maintained. A great paint job is the perfect way to showcase a home’s loving upkeep and attention to detail.
When people see a home that needs painting they shy away from further involvement. The thinking is, “if these are the problems I can see, what am I not seeing that will come back to haunt me?” Tom Hanks and The Money Pit come to mind. People appreciate a beautifully painted home and understand that painting usually signifies the home has been regularly and properly maintained.
A home in need of painting has greatly diminished value. People are very concerned about the expenses that will be incurred when painting the neglected house, and move on to the beautifully painted home, perfect for immediate, hassle free occupancy. Just add furniture! Those people who don’t move on usually discount the unpainted house’s value, often far in excess of the actual cost of the necessary house painting.
When selling a house, one of the first things a Realtor will suggest is a fresh coat of paint. Real estate professionals know that a professionally painted home will “show” better, sell faster, and ultimately close for a higher price. A painted home is much easier to sell because of its appearance and the immediate impression that this is a home well cared for.
So if you want to add a polished look to your home and add value to your house, consider your local painting professional for an estimate. A skilled painting contractor has the experience and skills to transform your home and increase your home’s value with a return on investment that even Wall Street will envy! If you are considering investing in your home, a call to your local painting professional is a great way to start!…

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Contemporary Art

The Do it Yourself Painting Over Wallpaper That Looks Fabulous!

Are you going to be painting over wallpaper because you having trouble getting the wallpaper off the walls in your house? Here is how your walls will look professional after painting the wallpaper.
We finished remodeling our bathroom recently. One of the things we needed to do was to get rid of the wallpaper on the bathroom walls.
Our contractor who built our house did a pretty good job with the exception of gluing the wallpaper that was in some of the rooms directly onto the drywall. This bathroom was no exception. This is not a good thing to do! When we tried to take it off the walls, the top layer of the drywall also came off. This meant the wall is no longer smooth.
We found out that contractors, when building new homes, will sometimes apply the wallpaper directly to the drywall. They do not use sizing or primer to seal the wall. It saves them money and time and you may never know it until you are trying to remove the wallpaper.
So, we decided not to try to take the wallpaper off the bathroom walls. Instead, we used a product called “Blankit”. It is a thick primer specifically made for covering wallpaper. We just painted it over the drywall. It did a fabulous job! Here is what to do.
1. First, patch any bad seams, nail holes, etc;
2. Remove any accessories before painting;
3. If any wallpaper is loose, use some contact cement to reapply the wallpaper;
4. Apply the Blankit primer to the walls; and
5. After the Blankit has dried, apply the final coat of paint.
And that is all there is to it.
TIP: We like to use semi-gloss in bathrooms and kitchens. Flat paint just does not hold up to the moisture in these rooms. We also put semi-gloss on all the woodwork.…

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Art Appreciators On A Budget Now Savoring Oil Painting Reproductions

Art has always been an element in the lives of people at all stations of life, but until recently it has been difficult for those without considerable wealth to afford great art. In terms of providing value, very few things add to life the way art does and this is why so many quest after such fine art pieces as oil paintings. However, with the price of such paintings being so high due to the labor involved in their production, average people were often left having to appreciate such art only in a museum setting.
Today, a new site is changing all of this. The average consumer now has access to oil paintings reproductions of a higher level of quality than ever before. The web is well known to be an innovative place where prices of many things are able to be reduced, but this could be a first in the world of art. Instead of mere posters, these new oil paintings look just like the real thing, but due to the efficiency of their production they cost much less. A wide range of artists and styles are presented to viewers which allows them to own impressive reproduction art sure to add to their lives in an aesthetic and inspirational sense.
This is a breakthrough for those looking to begin their own art collections who still might not be able to lay down several thousand dollars on a single painting. The site offers a large selection of artists ranging from Van Gogh to more recent contemporary artists and boasts not only free shipping, but also prices that are half or more off the standard prices seen in today’s art galleries where the vast majority of paintings are sold.
Far from mere prints, these reproductions are hand painted and of museum quality, ensuring that buyers are getting the value they had hoped to obtain when purchasing a painting. Those who want a meticulously recreated version of some of the world’s top paintings ranging from Mona Lisa to The Scream, can now afford to have their own.
Those wishing to learn more should visit Arts Heaven to discover not only the wealth of paintings, sculptures and other fine art reproductions available, but the seasonal discounts which help them save more. This is a new era for art appreciators around the globe who want to own fine art.…

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Paintings For Sale

Fascinating Oil Painting Ideas For The Budding Artists

A portrait is any pose of an individual or animal that you simply select. The artist may use paint with palette knife that’s flat, metal blade. I spread a layer of gesso onto the canvas making the painting service smoother with each consecutive layer. Find out what she likes – landscapes, portraits, still life, fashionable artwork or another model and make contact with an oil portray artist who specializes in that specific form.\n\nAn alkyd resin can be needed as a way to pace up the drying instances of some pigments. Degas’ photographs had the look of his work. Landscapes are great examples and can be utilized as wonderful oil painting ideas. Paint could be very costly and as you be taught you can find that you will not use quite as much paint as you probably did in the beginning.\n\nChilly pressed linseed oil ends in a low yield, so this oil does carry a heftier price tag. The artist may apply many required layers of gesso, sanding each smooth after it dries up. It’s attainable to tone the gesso to a selected shade, but usually store-bought gesso is white.\n\nThe transformer is as well included in many low voltage fixtures but it is generally separated depending on the particular fixture and style. It does work very properly for Portrait and Panorama. In order for you the lower layers to dry quicker than the layers above just be sure you use linseed oil, this can help to get the layers dried up at a sooner rate.\n\nExamine the colours in nature and observe duplicating the colors you see round you every day. This method is named “Alla Prima.” When the picture is completed and dried, an artist will usually seal the work with a layer of varnish normally constituted of Damar gum crystals dissolved in turpentine.…

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Abstract Painting

Find the Right Painter For a Successful Painting Experience!

Saving time and peace of mind may be worth the cost of hiring a pro, even if you would prefer to “do it yourself.” Keep in mind that each project situation is unique with its own challenges. You may be opening Pandora’s Box-as you attempt to fix one situation, another larger problem is lurking behind the original. This alone would increase your time on the project.
So begin by asking yourself should I dive in as a “do it yourself” project or do I need the services of a professional?
Each project has criteria: time, skill, budget and knowledge of hiring the right painter. There are different types of painters.
A House painter can be a tradesman, mechanic or laborer: responsible for painting of a house or substrate.
Decorative painter also known as an artist, faux finisher, decorators, custom house painter and normally does more specialty detailed work.
Do you need a painter or a contractor, with what skills?
Painters Skill-level: Master painter, journeyman, apprentice and handy man.
Professional painters need to have keen knowledge of tools of the trade, regardless of skill level. This knowledge includes safety, ladders, scaffolding, paint roller type, brushes, sprayers, sandpaper grit and power tools to perform the work.
Thought and preparation needs to be considered before simply applying paint. For instance, drop cloth, taping, wallpaper removal, repair techniques, dimensions of rollers or brushes, there are different sizes or types of brushes and rollers for different finishes; water-based VS solvent-based, material types, amount of paint, number of paint coats, amount of primer, types of primers and sheen finishes. The skill of cutting with a brush on the outline of the ceiling, making trim, doors, windows, molding, baseboard other trim work smooth and nail-hole filling techniques just to name a few.
Do not assume a painter or contractor can complete all tasks or has the skill set needed to complete your desired outcome; without asking, do you have the man-power and experience in all the tasks? Get references by following up and visiting past jobs. Some painters or contractors cannot use sprayers, match colors and make certain repairs, stain woodwork, faux finish or do custom work.
Painting Contractor: Person or entity able to quote, organize and perform a task by him/her or has qualified mechanics working as employees or sub-contractors. They enter into a contractual agreement directly with the owner to perform the repair and painting.
Larger contractors are generally capable of performing many painting, repairs and decorating services. They may have a number of skilled tradesmen or unskilled to perform certain tasks. Proper use of laborers, apprentices to do the set up clean up, preparation and helping with the painting, can save you money. Some jobs may require the following: a plasterer, drywall repair, carpenter, caulkers, master or journeyman painters, wallpaper removal, wallpaper hanging or a faux finisher.
Trade activities: The contractor or painter is primarily responsible for the safety, organization of setting up the job, protection of surfaces from paint spatter, preparation of the surface to be painted, such as patching nail holes, repairing drywall, plaster, caulking and applying the paint. The last of the items may include clean up, properly identifying paint cans and proper disposing of all hazardous material.
Category of each painter can vary: Residential repaint or new construction, interior/ exterior, economy, standard or custom, interior wood-staining & varnishing, repair-drywall, plaster, caulking, light carpentry, restoration work, popcorn-textured ceilings, faux finishes, wallpaper removal and wallpaper installation, deck-fence cleaning striping and finishing, power washing and cleaning, epoxy floors-residential garage floors and basement floors.
Commercial repaint or new construction interior/exterior – apartment, office, school, hospital, church & condominiums, industrial light or heavy, spray-brush-roll sand blasting-shot blast-media blast, epoxy floors-commercial and industrial, 24/7 emergency board up storm and water clean up, Insurance repair, wood replacement, line striping, paint removal and stripping, concrete and brick pavers-sealing.
Why hire an industrial painter to faux finish your bathroom? You now have the knowledge to talk intelligently about the services of painter or a painting contractor and ready to begin the process. Match a painter to your specific job requirements, meet with the painter or contractor to feel comfortable your personalities work well together, receive a firm quote, in writing, select the colors, brands, sheen finishes and have the job done the right WAY!…

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Art For Sale

Are Great Painting Artists Born or Are They Made?

Okay so, perhaps like you, I’ve read about creative geniuses and creativity. There’s a big difference between IQ and creativity, although it is possible to have high scores in both. It appears that our very best painters in human history have scored high in both categories, which brings me to another question; do you believe that great artists and painters are made, or are they just born that way? Indeed, maybe we should talk about this for a moment.
You see, recently, I noted an advertisement for Aaron Brothers, an art and craft supply retailing chain. Over the three-day weekend they were having huge sales. One item really struck my fancy, it was a “Grow With Me Easel and Table,” with workbench for kids. Normally selling for $199.00 for the set, quite nice actually, but then in this ad it was for sale 50% off in the Aaron Brothers “Kid’s Art District” area of their store.
In other words, if you wanted your child to grow up to be a great painting artist you might buy them an easel to start painting and drawing when they’re very young. Isn’t that what Tiger Woods dad did? He bought him a set of golf clubs. It turns out that Burt Rutan the famous aircraft designer started out building model airplanes in his youth, graduating to real airplanes that people could fly around in and now aircraft that leave the atmosphere.
If great painting artists are born, then buying paint brushes, paint, and easel for a young child probably won’t make any difference. But if that child through nurture watches their parent painting on a larger easel, while they practice on a smaller one the chances are pretty good that they will become a darn good painter by the time they grow up into their teens. Even if they don’t become the best in the world, or a painting great whose household name we are to memorize in school. A children’s easel, that would be a pretty good start.
Of course, perhaps it is nature and nurture. And if a parent is a good painter, there is a good chance that child picked up some of those creative genes. If they exercise them, then they could also become a great painter, and if they don’t, chances are they won’t. Nevertheless, if you have a young child and you are a good painter, then you want to find out for yourself? It seems like a good idea to me, and it will certainly help their dexterity skills and the formation and formatting of their young creative brain. Please consider all this and think on it.…

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Modern Paintings

Drawing and Painting From Life – The Layout Sketch

Using a few techniques and equipment can enhance the accuracy of a layout sketch from life.
Measuring
The technique is simple in principle, but requires much practice to master.
The simplest tool is use of a pencil (or brush) as a ruler and protractor. For example, when drawing a face, the pencil can be used to measure the relative size of an eye, the distance between the ear lobe and the corner of an eye, or the angle of the nose.
Hold your pencil at arms length. If the pencil is as far away as possible it will be easier to shift your eye’s focus between the pencil and the subject. Additionally, holding the pencil at arms length ensures that each time you take a measurement, the “ruler” is always the same distance from your eye/subject, and measurements will consequently so be consistent.
Place the point of the pencil where you want to measure from, and grasp the other end of the pencil at the exact point you wish to measure to. Without changing your grip, move the pencil to the paper and make a mark on the paper at the tip and point of your grasp. It helps to always measure in one direction (e.g. left to right) and that direction will depend upon whether you are left or right handed.
It is critical that you always view and measure the subject from the same point. Don’t shuffle from side to side, or bob up and down.
Scaling is tricky (a bit trial and error), but essentially requires the artist to be at the correct distance from the subject. Broadly, you need to be further away to scale down, and closer to scale up.
Grid method
Another slightly outdated but effective method of laying-out is the grid. A grid is best described as a frame containing a set of horizontal and vertical wires. The subject must be viewed from a fixed point, through the grid. The paper or canvas must similarly be covered with a lattice of squares equal in number to that of the grid. Layout is achieved by separately copying the contents of each box of the grid to the corresponding square on the paper. In effect, your layout will comprise lots of tiny drawings that all fit together to make the whole.
The artist must always view the subject from a fixed point.
Using a grid limits the potential for error, and the smaller your grid boxes, the more accurate your copy will be. If your grid is say 1cm squares, then your layout lines should never be inaccurate by more than 1cm (unless your grid is inaccurate, you draw something in the wrong square, or you do not consistently view the subject from a fixed point), but the chances are your sketch will be pretty close to millimetre perfect.
Grids take a good deal of effort and discipline to use. There are many ways to go wrong when using a grid.
Optical Systems
There is compelling evidence to suggest that many Old Masters used the equivalent of a pinhole camera to project an image of their subject on to a canvas. Layout lines were drawn directly on to paper or canvas, using the projected image as a guide.
Reproduction of this technique is somewhat impractical, other than by use of an evolved tool – the modern camera.
I find it somewhat paradoxical that the device that artists developed to allow greater accuracy and realism in their paintings has become a means to an end in itself, and in many ways a competitor. If you strive for the greatest possible accuracy, there is little reason to draw or paint from life when the camera captures the scene or moment with speed and precision.…