Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Three of The Most Iconic Oil Paintings of All Time

Oil painting is a medium preferred by a lot of artists. Among the fluid methods, it is the most flexible when it comes to the production of effects one might need to create a visual stunner. The range of possible textures and color mixtures or gradations can easily be achieved on different surfaces but most notably on canvas and wooden panel.

The art world, across centuries and traditions, was graced by a lot of aesthetically superior and provocative examples of oil painting. Here are three of the most memorable and arresting works in this medium:

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The Old Guitarist
This oil on panel painting by Pablo Picasso, arguably the most formidable Western artist during the first half of the twentieth century, is from the Blue Period. The temporal frame is a means of classifying works where he used a monochromatic palette, typically depicting oppressed figures and characters.
The Milkmaid
The Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer was quite famous as a genre painter of domestic interior scenes. Like a lot of his works, this painting has a photographically realistic finish that prominently features Vermeer’s keen understanding of the intricacies of chiaroscuro.
American Gothic
This iconic and quintessential American artwork by Grant Wood is representative of Regionalism, a movement that championed representational images of rural America. There is something completely anachronistic but deliciously appropriate (to the subject matter) about its style of realism, which owes a great deal to Northern Renaissance painters like Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Bruegel the Elder.

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Vijaya Prakash Boggala loves oil and acrylic painting. Learn more about his other inclinations by clicking here.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Pros of do(ing)-it-Yourself

Not a lot of people enjoy doing do-it-yourself or DIY projects. While such projects can be messy and time-consuming, they do bring a lot of benefits. Here’s why anyone should try building (or creating) instead of buying.

Save money. DIY projects help people save a lot of money. Many homeowners spend thousands of dollars to buy furniture or schedule repairs. But DIY allows them to save on repair service costs and other expenses.

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It boosts one’s brain power. DIY projects help people gain new knowledge and skills. Whether it’s just about learning new techniques or skills such as repairing broken appliances or designing and crafting projects, people hone their problem-solving and creative skills.

It keeps people active. Happy and healthy people have active minds and bodies. And doing DIY projects help people to be active mentally and physically. It also empowers people to create something out of nothing.

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It can help develop or restore relationships. DIY projects are a good excuse for people to bond with their family members or close friends. When people do something together, it nurtures friendship and support.

Vijaya Prakash Boggala is a medical abstract writer based in Greensboro, NC. When he is not working, he does a lot of DIYprojects and enjoys being a father to his four-year-old son. For similar reads, visit this blog.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Best Surfaces For Acrylic Painting

Choosing which surface to paint on is as important as selecting the art medium. And for those who want to use acrylic as material, the painting surface should not be too greasy nor glossy. Here are some of the best ones to use:

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The most common surface used by artists, canvas is also an ideal choice for acrylic painters because of the ease of working on it coupled with its affordability. Acrylic also does not degrade the fibers of canvas as time passes, which means that there is no more need to prime the canvas.

But because linen canvas has a smooth, stiff surface, it is not that recommendable for acrylic painting. It is better to opt for a raw cotton canvas.


Paper is another perfect painting surface for acrylic because of its texture. Take note, however, that acrylic contracts when it dries, rendering thin paper impractical. The paper’s edges can be secured by applying removable tape on the edges, preventing it from wrinkling or warping too much. A thicker type of paper can also be used.

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Initially introduced to facilitate painting outdoors, artists have also started to prefer art boards even when indoors as it can be convenient for some. Examples of art boards that are ideal for acrylic painting are canvas boards, museum boards, fiber boards, and wooden boards.

Vijaya Boggala is a medical abstract writer who has an affinity for the arts. He enjoys oil and acrylic painting, and is currently developing his photography skills. Learn more about him by checking out this link.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Understanding The Different Surface Types In Tennis

Throughout the year, tennis tournaments are held on three different surfaces that test the players’ mettle in distinct ways and make seasons ever more exciting for fans. The three surface types are the following:
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Hard court

The most common playing surface in both professional and recreational tennis, hard courts are usually made from concrete, asphalt, or synthetic layers such as rubberized carpets. Hard courts are described as a “democratic” surface because it gives players of varying playing styles equal opportunity to excel. The surface gives the ball a predictable bounce and promotes a fast game pace.


Grass was the original playing surface in tennis. But because it is difficult and expensive to maintain, grass courts are rare nowadays and the grass-court season lasts for just six weeks in a year.

The bounce and pace of the games on grass courts depend on the weather (cold days mean heavier balls and slower games while warm days result to lighter balls and faster games) and how well-maintained the grass is.

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In clay courts, the playing surface is sprinkled with crushed mineral aggregates, such as shale, brick, stone, or basalt. It creates a slow game, high bounce of the ball, and longer rallies that favor players who boast strong groundstrokes and great stamina. Clay courts are also considered the most physically demanding among the surface types.

Greensboro, NC resident Vijaya Prakash Boggala enjoys watching live sports, such as tennis and cricket. For more articles about these sports, subscribe to this blog.