Oil Painting on Sale!

So you’re looking for a good deal on a great piece of oil painting art? Moreover, do you desire something with an abstract appeal? The following two set oil painting is a great example of a true, hand painted oil artwork at a phenomenal discount. The oil painting pair as on sale seen full scale by clicking on the link below, is originally $179.99. But it has been marked down to a sweet $39.90!

It depicts an abstracted, ballet dancer in a stick figure-like outline. I like this one because it is strangely seductive to the eye. No matter how long I look at it, I am zoned out on its peculiar, dainty aberration. It really seems to truly captivate beauty in motion.

The backdrop is rather pungent and has a streamlined feel to it. I think this would be perfect in a bathroom wall as they are usually the smallest. In this way  a person on a bathroom can truly examine it close up.

Like I said, this is a veritably sweet deal. If you are thinking of getting this two piece work of art, remember this is an original hand painted set. So only one person will get it.

Brief History and Explanation of Oil Paintings

The main element of oil paintings is the process by which it absorbs or discharges spectrums of light. Substances called pigments altars light through a process called wavelength selective-absorption. Pigments actually give of hues to materials from curtains, soft drinks to car upholstery. Many types of oil-based color agents are durable. But there are kinds of oils that are not so versatile. These are called fugitives which fade with ware and light bombardment and other causes.

Oil based paints actually have a foundation of common, simple natural oils like poppy seed oil among others. Compared to acrylic paints, oils are more robust, vibrant and are easier to discern in color variation. The only real downside to oil paints is their strong odor and how much slower they dry.

The surface that an oil artist paints on is called canvas as we all know. It can made of linen, made from the flax plant, or plied cotton which is less durable but cheaper than linen. Canvas is made flat by fours sides of a square border that makes the surface flat and able to be painted on. There are two kinds of this “frame” called a strainer or a stretcher. A strainer may get loose somewhat. But a stretcher is adjustable making up for this.

After the canvas is tightly bout by all four corners, it is applied with sticky substance made from animal materials. This “glue” is sometimes made from rabbit skin. Typically,  an adhesive chalky, sticky substance called gesso is put on a different of surface called a panel. Regular gesso is not suitable for canvas. Instead, an acrylic based altered gesso is used.

Acrylic gesso serves the purpose of absorbing the oil paint into the canvas surface.

What is oil paint composed of and how is it made?

Pigments, as defined before, are mixed with an oil solvent. It is either pre-made or mixed on an palate, a hand held wooden boomerang shaped tool to mix and apply paint. Pigments are either natural substances like minerals or plant-based solvents.

However, natural pigments tended to degrade over time. So, in place of this kind of pigment, chemically altered agents help to sustain and preserve the oil painting.

In the 18th century, oil paint was first made into freezable tubes with caps, making paints easy to transport. This would also preserve paint to have a longer degree of liquidity and pastiness.


Brushes came in varying sizes and shapes as well as brush substances. Some were made from weasel hair bristles or mongoose hair. Each size and shape had a specific purpose. A round small tipped brush served to compose fine detail. Wide brushes were used to portray backgrounds or wide shading.


A bright brush was flat but a little shorter than a normal brush used for tough color scrubbing. Next there is the Filbert brush that has a wide semi-circle edge. The very similar called an Egbert brush was a longer version of the Filbert brush and only available to the more wealthier artists. A tool known more as a “putty knife” is the palette knife used to scrape of paint layers.


Famous Oil Paintings

Here is a brief naming of famous oil paintings – some of which need no introduction. The Mona Lisa painted from 1503-1506. It is quite likely the most old and pristine example of an oil painting in existence. It was created by the very notable Leonardo De’ Vince. In the year 1630 another esteemed artists named simple as Rembrandt in most contexts made a portrayal of himself or a self portrait as it is properly called.

Moving along the line of prominent artists and their works, comes Raphael  and his oil painting La Donna. Painted in 1516, it pictures a fair-skinned woman in a long hair veil with an exquisite relaxed face.

Pablo Picasso, know for his abstract pieces, made the Old Guitarist in 1903. It depicts a frail, wrinkled man cramped into the portrait with a long guitar. Picasso typically made religious works of art too. This is one of his portraits. Picasso was also an architect as well that reflected in his works.

A good example of a more recent famous oil painter is Marc Chagall. He painted his piece called the Bella with a white collar. It was made in the early 19th century in 1917. The depiction was just as one would think from the title. It pictures a man in a white collar and black overalls.


I hope you enjoyed the excursion into the vast world of oil painting in all its variations. If you are really into oil paintings, or you like the oil painting for sale above, let me know if you would like more like it or of a different temper but which still an oil painting and I will post more for you. Just leave a comment bellow. But feel free to comment on anything art related. I’d love to hear from you!

What is Sand Painting?

The definition of sand painting is straightforward. Like most arts, it is an old practice. To compose sand paintings, the artist pours different pigmented sands or bits of chalk-like materials that were also poured on. Now that we’ve described the initial answer of the simple question of “What is Sand painting?” we will migrate to some methods and a succinct look into the origins of the art.

Sand panting spans the globe across all continents. It reaches back quite well in the past. We can find it in the territory of the Native American artists. Like much of their antiquity, a lot of sand painting reflected religious or superstitious essence. In such a commencement, this act was done in small, hut-like earthen huts. Sometimes an animal skin from deer were used to catch sand that is carefully filtered through one’s hands in a precise pattern. They also used manufactured sheets of pliable cloth or other such constructs. The most significant tribe that contributed to our knowledge of sand painting are the Navajos.

Much Native American the sand paintings, if not all, were religious in this rite so that even the paintings were considered to have deistic, spiritual essence. Pure, untainted, granulated rock and raw sand of different hues were made to portray illustrious patterns.

The paintings were used to supernaturally heal people. In these ceremonies an ill person sat on a richly crafted sand painting. A “medicine man” would then chant and spirits are thought to exit in and out of the bodily afflicted person.

On the Australian continent, the aborigines made multiple kinds of art along with sand paining. They were brought to prominence in the 21st century by an Australian man named Geoffrey Bardon. Notably, there were clashes that arose in the US specifically in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

In the 1950’s there first arose a movement that had an affect on painting called minimalism. This was the use in art that focused on uniform, plain constructs meant to be void of extra meaning or intention. In other words, it was “just for looks.” I this way, it is similar to fine art which is called by some as “art for art’s sake.”

There is no absolute individual who coined the term minimalism. However, there was an esteemed, and significant musician named Phillip glass who vouches that Tom Johnson coined minimalism.

Tom Johnson was a high class politician and successful entrepreneur who lived in mid-18th century to the beginning of the 19th century. Yet still there is no sure person who has been credited with minimalism.

Next, there are the equally fascinating sand paintings of the inhabitants located in the Tibet Mountains. Like the Navajos, their works were highly spiritual and religious. They reflected different specific faiths. This includes the Indian religion of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Japanese Shintoism.

Shintoism, for one, involved ancestor worship and the sacred soul that permeated living and non-living subjects. Each conceptualized pattern reflected a reference to paradise in this belief system.

Tibetan sand painting was particularly rich in composition and color. Sand painting in this aspect took extensive time to complete. Buddhists, for example, involved the use of a large surface that sand was laid on. And, unfortunately for archaeologists, these works of art were dashed to pieces after finishing it to demonstrate the continual change in all entities, conscious or not.

As mentioned before, there exists a few more forms from Europe and the Japanese Islands. The most up to date pieces came from Europe but they had their inspirations from the above mentioned geographical places that gave birth to the more modern, developed forms of sand art.

As always, I hope you found this brief narration of the different kinds of sand art enlightening and fun. Please feel free to leave comments on whatever I talked about! Or, just leave something on any art-related subjects.


This four piece set combines images of sand art and rock art. I think it’s a very good deal for the quality with both the picture clarity and the aesthetic feeling it procures. My personal favorite is the bottom right. The contours are soothing to the eye and the stacks of round stones presents a simple, calm Fengshui so to speak. It is excellent to display in a living room. It can be a stress breaker to simplify conversation one-on-one or in groups.

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