Jun
14
2014

2014 World Cup Art

World Soccer Tournament Attracts and Inspires Artists from Around the World

We all know that the 2014 World Cup in Brazil is the premier event for Soccer or Futbol, but how many of us think about it as a hub for world art?

Most events that bring the world together so dynamically such as this world wide soccer tournament will invariably invite a mix of cultures and experiences centered around a universal love of the game. This year, the FIFA 2014 World Cup Tournament has attracted art in many forms from street art to fine paintings for a variety reasons. Many artists are simply celebrating the tournament as artists show off their expertise and share their love of the game, players and nations participating.

 Check out this incredible piece by Red Hongyi as she paints a portrait of Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, Argentina's Lionel Messi and Brazil's Neymar (Neymar da Silva Santos Junior).

 

 The FIFA World Cup has also attracted lots of graffiti and street art this year. Murals such as this one have been popping up seemingly over night all over Brazil. This mural depicts people of many different countries and ethnicities holding up a world where the only country that exists (or matters in the case of this artist's perspective) is Brazil. 

This next mural, located in Brazil, depicts famous futbol players from all over the world. Many more like this one have popped up in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte and other cities hosting visitors from around the world. The artist of this mural is unknown.

 

Even this piece has drawn the attention of the media and internet. With the global popularity of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, its no surprise that displays such as this are even springing up as far away as Odisha, India. This piece was created by sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik.

Does this kind of art work inspire you? We at Jerry's Blog Squad recently ran an article about Sports Artist Justyn Farano who drew inspiration from famous athletes to create incredible portraits in Justyn Farano of Sports Art Illustrated in Jerry's Artist Spotlight

Have you created or plan on creating any artwork inspired by the 2014 FIFA World Cup Tournament? If you havent considered it yet, you should. Between the action, the vivid and bright colors, sportsmanship and cooperation between countries, there is more than enough inspiration to go around. If you feel so inspired, pick up your brush and grab some artist quality paint from Jerry's like top brands SoHo Urban Artist, LUKAS and Charvin and paint something to commemorate this historic Soccer tournament. 

 Top Painting is World Cup Soccer by Joseph Emilio Abraham

Jun
12
2014

What's the Buzz- Creative Mark Painter's Edge Palette Knives

Find Out What Real Users Have to Say About our Popular Palette Knives

In this edition of What's the Buzz, we will be seeing what real customers and artists have had to say about the Creative Mark Painter's Edge Palette Knives, one of our most popular brands of palette knives!

These Italian style palette knives have been best sellers for years now and offer a great alternative to brushes. The wonderful thing about palette knives is that they are easier to clean and can adhere straight color to the canvas or board. They can offer infinitely more texture than brushes and have just the right amount of give for the perfect painting response. 

Many artists like them because of their composition and value. Creative Mark offers 60 different shapes for an incredible variety of movements and styles to put your paint to canvas. Each blade is fixed into its wooden handle withe he aid of a brass collar, and the comfort-grip handles feature a deep walnut stain for beauty and durability. Many artists like that even if they do manage to bend their knife blades, they can bend right back into shape because of their more rigid composition.

Check out this short video to learn more about how to use these palette knives with Mike Rooney:

 

Now, see what the buzz is all about and exactly why our customers cant stop clamoring for these perfect palette knives:

"I have only used 2 out of the 7 I ordered so far. I only got them the day before yesterday. These knives are well made and have a good feel to them. Handle is well balanced and the tension is just right on the blade."- Anonymous

"Bought this for a workshop I took in Italy because a metal palette knife was required. While some may say it's 'just' a palette knife, it's really the craftmanship that makes the difference. Lightweight, flexible, durable and easy to use, I'm never picking up a plastic palette knife again! It really made a difference in the mixing and application of paint."- KQM

"Traditional knives, like Liquitex, are plain steel and lose their finish in water-based media. These are stiffer than some, but still fine. I would happily buy them at full Jerry's price, on any sale they are a great deal. I use heavy-body acrylic paint, sometimes mixed with gels on boards and panels. Any other knife shapes with sharp points are hard to use, scratch the work and are way more trouble than they are worth. These are an excellent value."-Kustererartworks

"I love these knives. They are so much better than plastic knives because they clean up easier, they don't wear down and they don't break or bend as easy as plastic. These knives come in many shapes and sizes to meet all your artistic needs."- Tab the painter

"I am new to knife painting, but I find these to be well balanced, just the right blend of stiffness and flexibility. I'm using them with acrylics. You can't beat the price. I now use them to mix colors, even when painting with a brush."- amateur artist

"I have used palette knives for over 40 years and finally found replacement knives as my old company went out of business. Will be ordering more in the future."- Anonymous

"I use the product with patching plaster to create texture for watercolor paintings. It has just the right amount of firmness, but flexible and the size and shape allows me to create many different textures."- Anonymous

"Top quality for the price. I've tried a number of different brands of palette knives and these are great. The quality is great for the price. If I drop it and bend the edge, I know that I can order another of the same size and get the same quality."- Anonymous

Have you tried Creative Mark Painter's Edge Palette Knives yet? What do you think about them? Let us know in the comments below.

Jun
10
2014

5 Mistakes New Artists Need to Stop Making

A Quick List to Help You on Your Way

Many new painters will often make the same mistakes over and over again when they are starting out, often not knowing that they are even making them. While mistakes are definitely okay and should be expected when starting out; correcting those mistakes can become the first major milestones in one's art career.

While occasionally a mistake can transform a finished work into a masterpiece by a rare stroke of luck, for beginners, mistakes are simply roadblocks that transform into stepping stones for artists in order to become better. Many new painters will make some of the same mistakes over and over, which is why we chose these as some of the most common mistakes needing to be corrected.

1. Mixing paint on your canvas.

Mixing paint is to be done exclusively on your palette. Do not experiment with color on your canvas, it leads to messier brush strokes and often just junky paint mixing that will be hard to cover up as you paint. If your palette is not big enough to mix on, find a strong piece of paper to mix on that is not your canvas. Be direct when putting your brush to canvas and mix your colors on your palette.

2. Do not poke your canvas with your brush.

Pointillism is an art form that was developed by Georges Seurat and Paul Signac. It takes an artist poking the canvas with small dots of pure color over and over again to create an image. Many artists just starting out will try and add an element of pointillism to their paintings with dots of color just messily poked on to their canvas. This can be avoided with short strokes and dabs. Poking your brush too hard to the canvas will split your brush and push your colors out in odd and messy bursts rather than drop small amounts of color.

3. Using too much white.

While mixing with white is fine to create lighter colors, adding too much white directly by itself can blanket out a canvas and make your paintings look chalky, dry and cold. Winter scenes are the exception to this.

4. Being stingy with paint.

Do not be afraid to use lots of paint on your canvas. Many new artists are scared to use too much paint at several points during the painting process, both on the palette and on the canvas. You can always buy more paint so do not be afraid to use too much. Better too much than to leave thin areas on your canvas and have the paint dry out too quickly. In regards to your brush, use lots of paint and big strokes on your painting. Having too little paint on your brush can make your paint look dry and scratchy when it hits your canvas.

5. Using cheap hobby paint.

Do yourself a favor and buy some better paint than from a cheap hobby store. It will perform poorly on its own without any mistakes on your part. Jerry's Artarama proudly carries many great paints at an easily affordable price that paint better and offer many more colors than hobby paints made with fewer pigments and more filler. Instead try a paints like LUKAS, SoHo Urban Artist, Charvin and Matisse. They all have higher pigment counts and better lightfast ratings and will paint smoother. 

6. (Unofficially) Do not be afraid to make any mistakes.

You will make them, so don't stress about them. Making mistakes is part of the learning process. Just be sure to correct them as they happen and the mistakes you make and learn from will make you a better artist

Have any tips for other common mistakes new painters often make? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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