Jun
5
2014

Did You Know- Salvador Dali

Little Known Facts About One of the Most Provocative Artists of the 20th Century.

Salvador Dali and his pet ocelot, Babou

We all know Salvador Dali as one of the more eccentric and flamboyant artists that graced the 20th century. Although we mostly know Dali for his trademark curly mustache and "melting clocks", how much do we really know about him or his art? Here are some little known facts about this incredibly fascinating artist:

      • Dali's whole name is Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dali i Domenech.
      • Dali was born May 11, 1904 in Figueres, Spain.
      • Dali believed he was the reincarnation of his older brother also named Salvador Dali, who died during childbirth nine months before Salvador Dali was born. At age 5, Salvador was taken to his brother's grave where his parents told him they believed he was the reincarnation of him. He believed that from that day on and it heavily affected his work with images of his dead brother appearing embedded in his later works, especially Portrait of My Dead Brother painted in 1963.
      • On top of painting, Dali was also a skilled at film, photography, sculpture and drafting.
      • Dali hated to pay restaurant bills- he had a habit of inviting large parties of people out to restaurants and then when it came time for the bill, he would write out the bills amount on a check. When the waiter was looking, Dali would sketch or doodle on the back of the check knowing that no sane person would cash a check with an original drawing by him on it.
      • His most famous painting The Persistence of Memory was inspired by Dali seeing some Camembert cheese melting in the heat on a hot summer day. That night, he dreamed of clocks melting just like the cheese and the image became one of his most famous paintings.

The Persistence of Memory

  • Dali was married to a woman named Elena Ivanovna Diakonova or as he knew her, Gala. In 1968, Dali bought her a castle in Spain. Dali himself was only allowed to visit the castle after obtaining her permission in writing.
  • Dali has produced over 1,500 paintings during his career on top of producing sketches and illustrations for books, lithographs,, theatre sets, costumes and even collaborated with Walt Disney on a short animated film. 
  • Dali's paintings are often provocative and incredibly imaginative, which were not the result of drug use. Dali actually would stand on his head long enough to become semi-lucid (such as Swans Reflecting Elephants [right]).
  • Dali once gave a plaster replica of his brain to musician Alice Cooper. The plaster brain was topped off with a real chocolate eclair and covered in ants. He would later create a hologram of Cooper with lasers. 
  • Dali was a showman and once gave a lecture in a full deep-sea diving suit. He almost suffocated in it when he refused to take it off during the lecture. 
  • Dali had a pet Ocelot named Babou.
  • He once claimed that his well known moustache was an antanae that could receive alien signals.
  • Jerry's Artarama carries the Dali Eco-Friendly Bamboo French Easel inspired by the french easels Dali used.
  • Dali died January 23rd, 1989 of heart failure and is buried at the Dali Museum and Theatre in Figueres, Spain.

There are some of the more interesting facts about the life and times of Salvador Dali. To find out more about Salvador Dali, check out the DVD-Artists of the 20th Century: Salvador Dali 

Jun
3
2014

Dura-Handle Resin Handles are Changing the Way We See Paint Brushes

Creative Inspirations Brushes are the next Evolution in Paint Brushes

 

Wooden brushes have been the standard for paintbrushes for hundreds of years now. A fixture of any professional painter's studio-the container filled with the messy paint splattered brushes looking like this:

 

Brushes are often the first thing to go in any artist's studio. If you have ever taken an art class or are one to soak your brushes after use, you can see that the brushes that have been soaked in water or solvents have taken some wear and tear. Even if it is the easiest way to clean these brushes by soaking them, they wont last as long, and even if you do take the time to thoroughly scrub them, they will still be coated with old dry paint which can just make your hands feel grubby after reusing them.

Well, what if your studio could have something better? A better quality brush that wouldn't crack or chip when soaked in solvents or water or one that was easy to clean?

Introducing the New Creative Inspirations Dura-Handle Brushes

 

New Creative Inspirations Dura-Handle Brushes feature special high performance Resin handles that wont crack, chip or retain water are incredibly simple to clean. As it is made from solid resin, the high quality brush handle has a balanced feel. The resin handle also gives the feel of a wood handle, so the only difference you will notice is it's longevity of use and unsoiled and untarnished handle. Cheap plastic can be flimsy and break easily, but not resin! Topped off with seamless, nickel-plated brass ferrules for an elegant look and Taklon synthetic hair, Creative Inspirations brushes can hold a large amount of paint and then release it flawlessly.

 And, they are so easy to clean. Just with a simple wipe of a paper towel, the paint will disappear off of your resin handle. It's that easy!

 

 

Available in both short handle and long handle versions, they can be used with all traditional media so if you want to try them with oils or acrylics, try the long handle brushes. If you prefer watercolor, the short handled brushes will be ideal for everything from sweeping washes to the smallest details. 

 

 Resin brushes are here to stay and for anything like classroom or professional use, they will prove to last longer and perform better than traditional wood handled brushes. Try them today at Jerrysartaram.com and see why they are the future of Paint Brushes. Also available in Sets.

Have you tried new Creative Inspirations Dura-Handle Brushes yet? Let us know what you think about them in the comments below!

May
31
2014

10 Art Journaling Prompts to Try Out This Summer

Keep your Creativity Alive during these Long Hot Summer Days

Summer is full of inspiration and provides some great chances for artists to grow and explore their own artwork. Art journaling is a terrific way to learn about your own artistic talent and grow your creativity on a daily basis. Here are some simple summer ideas to keep you journaling this summer:

1. Sunshine

Draw, sketch or paint your love for the sun and warmth and bright days.

2. Fourth of July Fireworks

Fireworks are so much fun to draw, paint and play around with on paper. Capture the strands of sparks with long, thick, curled lines.

3. Vacation

Did you or do you plan to take a road trip or fly somewhere exotic this summer? Journal your memories or new experiences.

4. The Water

 

Is there a better way to spend the hot days than by the pool/beach/lakeshore? Describe how being in or near the water makes you feel and illustrate it.

5. Baseball Games

 

Go to a baseball game, bring you journal and a pen or pencil and capture the experience of America's favorite pastime. 

6. Ice cream/ Popsicles

 

Theres no better way to beat the heat, so journal about your favorite treat.

7. Picnics

 

Think about all the colors between the food, nature, the picnic basket, blanket etc.

8. Taking a nap under a tree or beach umbrella

If you sketch or paint it, try and capture the shadows created and focus on the shaded areas.

9. The Stars

With so many cloudless nights out, documenting the stars through sketch, coloring and painting. 

10. Your Best Childhood Memories of Summer

 

Think of all the summer memories you had growing up and capture or reinterpret those fun and meaningful moments with art!

Have any great inspirations for Art Journaling this summer? Let us know in the comments section. To learn more about Art Journaling, check out our article Art Journaling Can Improve Your Creativity!

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