The uniqueness of art paintings is very special. When you get right down to it, a painting is so special because it is one of a kind. The artist takes the time to put his own signature style together to make the painting unique to him or her so that its components blend in a very special way.
Just putting a bunch of colors together on a canvas or art board should be not such a big deal, but it is. A true artist puts emotion, thought, joy, and skill into a painting and when the painting is finished, there is a statement there that has never before been made, and never will be again, in quite the same way.
When we look at Van Gogh’s self portrait we see the face of a very troubled man. Of course we know that he was troubled as a human being, but when we see his painting of “Starry Night” we view the heavens from the viewpoint of a man who loved to express beauty.
Norman Rockwell painted in oils and we well remember how his work depicted life in America and its irony in many ways. The picture of the young boy and his grandmother praying over their meal in the restaurant, with all of the other people watching wide eyed in amazement was a revelation of how he felt about things. Rockwell’s ability to characterize people through his paintings was what made his work art.
The masters painted in a period of time when art was at its heyday in regards to the skill they displayed and the subject matter they displayed. Much of the art was in the form of religious art, and its rendition was remarkable in its detail and realism. Rembrandt, Rubens, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci stand out. The Mona Lisa smile and the work of Michelangelo on the Sistine Chapel in Rome are certainly among the most remembered works of art that typify man’s attempt at making art what it is at its highest levels.
The ability to paint with oil, fresco, watercolor or acrylics does not just happen overnight. It takes a great deal of skill and patience to keep dabbing on a piece of canvas in order come up with a painting that not only is recognizable, but actually makes a statement.
Watercolor is an amazing medium to use for painting because you only get one chance to make things happen, while with oil paint and the other types of media, if you don’t like the result, you can scrape it off and start again because it take awhile to fully dry. With water color, the medium dries right away, so you have to have it right very quickly.
One of the more interesting periods of art was the Impressionist movement in the late 1800’s. This period of art history began in Paris and included such artists as Monet, Renoir, Pisarro and others. The accentuation of light and its play was the main focus in the paintings during this time and it departed from the traditional methods that artists used at the time.
Traditionalists were shocked at the time because all of the traditional “rules” were violated in the making of what has become to be known as impressionist art. But what we got were paintings that were fresh and full of live, depicting vibrant color and a zest for the emotion of the paintings. Many of the scenes were outdoors where the light of the sun could be interjected freely into the paintings and the results have left us with a legacy of art that is remarkable.
Art painting has been with us for a long while and it has allowed mankind to portray things as they were as no other media has ever done or ever will be done. Without this ability, mankind would never have been able to leave behind historical facts in a picture form as accurately or as passionately as he has.
We would have never known much about how people looked from the historical standpoint had we not had artists like Gilbert Stuart who painted George Washington or Rembrandt in his self-portrait.
The art of painting has left us with a rich and detailed history in pictures that is not just a pictorial legacy, but the artists have also left us their personal view of things which is what makes it so valuable and lasting.