Aug
12
2014

Everyday Items to Amazing Art

Art is everywhere

Although we at Jerry's Artarama are bigger fans of fine art, every now and then, we get absolutely amazed by what artists are creating out of even the most mundane items. Art truly is everywhere and made from everything, from tape to hardware to rubix cubes. 

We've scoured the internet and here are just a few amazing examples of incredible art made from everyday items:

 

Packaging Tape 

Both of these images were created by Amsterdam street artist Max Zorn using just Brown Packaging Tape. You can find out more about Max and see his works at his gallery.

 

Wine Corks

 

Each of these mosaics were made entirely of wine corks and was completed by Saimir Straty(pictured above). You can see more of his world record holding mosaics on his Facebook page.

 

Screws

Both of these works were completed by Andrew Meyers(pictured above) with industrial screws on a hard backboard and then painted. You can see more of his artwork at his website.

 

Rubix Cubes

Both of these mosaics were made completely of completed rubix cubes. Each was made of solved rubix cubes by artist Pete Fecteau. The mosaic depicting Martin Luther King took 4242 rubix cubes to complete the work while the Einstein Mosaic took twice as many cubes. You can read more about Pete Fecteau and his work, check out his website.

 

Art is all around us. What unique items have you seen made into beautiful masterpieces? Share with us in the comments below!

Aug
9
2014

One Quick Tip to Be a Better Artist

Want to be a better artist? This one easy thing can improve your skills greatly!

Now, there are many great tips to make artists better at their craft. This article doesn't claim to have all of the answers, but this one skill can improve your skills in painting, sculpture, sketching and more.

This skill, although seemingly simple, can open up new worlds to your creativity and unlock inspiration wherever you go. And this simple tip is just this:

Carry a sketchbook and pencil or pen on you.

That's it.

Now while this doesn't seem like the great art secret you were hoping we'd share with you, it is a very simple way to boost your creativity and improve your art.

How? By carrying a sketchbook with you wherever you go, you will have access to a place where you can practice your drawing skills, sketch quick ideas for later, larger works of art and for acting as a resource for when your running a little short on inspiration.

A good sketchbook is great for rough sketches and notes. If you get burnt out with overly complex larger art projects, sometimes sketching a quick and simple drawing can relieve stress and give you perspective on what you're doing. Keeping a sketchbook on you can give you a great outlet for when you're on the go or just need to express yourself. 

Many famous artists kept sketchbooks on them from Frida Kahlo to Vincent Van Gogh to Claude Monet. Even though they were painters, these famous artists knew the importance of daily sketching and having an available outlet on their person for artistic inspiration. 

If you don't have a sketchbook yet, Jerry's Artarama has a wide selection of available sketchbooks from artists favorites such as the Artist Survival Book with three types of drawing paper to the popular Reflexions Pocket Journal, the perfect sized sketchbook to carry conveniently. Whichever sketchbook you decide on, carry it with you and you will quickly see an improvement in your art!

Aug
7
2014

Happy (belated) Birthday Andy Warhol!

Pop Artist Andy Warhol would have been 86 this year

Today we (belatedly) celebrate Andy Warhol and his life. His birthday was actually yesterday, August 6th but we will have to celebrate it one day late.

 

Andy Warhol revolutionized what we call Pop Art stylized by challenging traditional fine art by glorifying imagery taken from everyday advertisements, 50s culture and even from comic books.

Andy Warhol himself, born Andrew Warhola (August 6, 1928-February 22, 1987), focused his art in multiple areas of media including sketches and drawings, paintings, silk screening, sculpture, film and even printmaking. Warhol grew up in Pittsburgh before graduating from the Carnegie Institute of Technology where he earned a Bachelor's degree in pictoral design. He worked in commercial design before making it as a professional artist. On top of experimenting with film, painting, sculpting, printmaking, drawing and more, he even authored numerous books. Warhol even coined the phrase "15 minutes of fame", so today, lets give him 15 more with this selection of his work:

Famous Works:

 Campbell's Soup Cans (1962)

 

 

Marilyn Diptych (1962)

 

 

 

Green Coca-Cola Bottles (1962) 

 

 

Eight Elvises (1963)

 

 

Camouflage Self-Portrait (1986)

 

To learn more about Andy Warhol, Jerry's Artarama carries Arists of the 20th Century: Andy Warhol where you can learn so much more about artists and many like him in our Artists of the 20th Century DVD series!

 

Happy Birthday Andy! 

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