Happy Birthday Michelangelo!

Today we celebrate a great Artist!

If he were alive today, he would have been 539 years old, but Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni has already completed more in his lifetime than many of us can dream to. Michelangelo was renowned as an Italian sculptor, painter, architect, engineer and poet during the High Renaissance. He is considered one of the greatest artists of all time. 

Michelangelo lived from March 6, 1475-February 18, 1564 and died at the age of 88. He's renowned for being one of the top artists of the High Renaissance. He was a true Renaissance man as his great works range from sculpture to painting to poetry and even architecture. His famous works include the sculpture of David, Pieta, the painting of Madonna with Child, The Last Judgment and the Sistine Chapel Ceiling. He fancied himself a sculptor and had a lower opinion of painting despite painting two very famous frescos: The Last Judgment and the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. 

His Finest Works:


The Statue of David


Madonna and Child




The Last Judgment


The Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel


Which work of art by Michelangelo is your favorite? What are you doing to celebrate his birthday? Create your own masterpieces in his style with the best supplies from Jerry's Artarama.

For more fun and interesting information on Michelangelo, be sure to check out Did You Know- Michelangelo



Impasto Techniques the Masters Used

Which Masters Used Impasto and How You Can Too

Impasto is a technique used in painting where paint is laid on thickly to give a painting texture and an almost 3D effect. It can be accomplished with mediums such as acrylic, oil, or gouache. Early in painting, it was thought that the image being captured was more important than the medium it was painted with. Attention was drawn to the subject instead of the paint and canvas itself. 

The first notable artist to start painting with the Impasto technique was Rembrandt. In one of his self portraits from 1659. Thicker brush strokes are clearly visible across his face to give himself a weathered look.

Claude Monet also used Impasto. He would add layer on layer of paint to add depth and give his paintings a "relief" effect to his paintings. 

Impasto techniques became even more popular during the impressionist movement during the late 1800s where paint was quickly added to the canvas and the medium and thick brush strokes used more paint than needed. Vincent Van Gogh was notable for painting with thick brush strokes and instead of layering paint, he would even squeeze his paint directly from the tube to the canvas.


And followed up in the 1900s, Jackson Pollock used impasto in his abstract art using thick drips, smears and quick swipes with his brush. Some of his paint drips were so thick and heavy, that Museums and collectors are having problems preserving his work.

Preserving Impasto can be a challenge and preserving it quickly can be even more of a challenge. However, with Weber Permalba Fast Drying Impasto Gelartists can now use thicker amounts of oil paints and make their own impasto paintings without waiting for weeks for the oil paint to dry. By mixing in the fast drying impasto gel with the oil paint on the palette, painters will now only have to wait 2-4 hours for their paint to dry instead of days to weeks waiting for it to dry. It really is an indispensable addition to any painter's supply, with great results. It also can make opaque colors more transparent and can add a shine to your work. Permalba Fast Drying Impasto Gel is only available through Jerry's Artarama, a real Jerry's Exclusive.

And for varnishing your painting and saving colors from yellowing, don't forget about the Gamblin Gamvar and Gamsol Power Pack which has the fastest drying semi gloss to preserve your paintings. Jerry's Artarama has the right tools you need to preserve your Impasto Paintings so that you can continue to create masterpieces just like these Impasto masters!


Announcing the 2014 Valentines Day Art Contest Winners

Congratulations to all of our wonderful winners!


Chocolate and Roses are great Valentines Day gifts, but soon after V-Day, they're gone. Your art is a labor of love and lasts forever! We had many contestants show us their art and tell us their story and then we let you viewers pick the winners. While everyone who gives and receives art are winners, you all chose these three to be our winners in our 2014 Valentines Day Art Contest


First Place Winner

by Michelle Irizarry

"I painted this daylily as a gift for my mom who has been there for me for years as I battle a long-term illness...without her help and understanding I would not have made it this far."
Acrylics on canvas(22x28 inches)


Second Place Winner

"For the love of birds"
by Pringle Poirot

"This inseparable pair of cockatoos found each other after being placed in a parrot sanctuary. They represent all neglected animals who have been taken in by humans who teach them what it is to find love and peace."
Blackwing drawing pencils on Canson Bristol drawing paper


Third Place Winner


by Keighsie Liu

"This is a portrait of my husband. I love him to pieces, and I tried to capture in this painting his personality: confident, charming, ambitious. I want to show the world with paint this great man that I love, the best in the world."


 Lets all give a big hand for our winners, and to see more entries, be sure to check out our Contest Page. Also be on the lookout for more wonderful contests where you can win big from Jerry's Artarama!


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