Sunday, February 23, 2014

Landscape Serenity original painting

Sometimes all the noise in this world makes me yearn for a little peace and quiet. I painted this little scene of a calm sky with warm earth tones beneath.  Devoid of noise and busy images, this painting can be contemplated and bring some quiet moments to our busy lives.


Monday, February 3, 2014

Kiss Embrace

Valentine's Day is just around the corner.  Here is a little painting of two people lost in their love.  Size 9x12.  Oil on canvasboard.

Kiss Embrace by Monika Dickson

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Healthy Chocolate...very interesting

Just finished finding out about the best-tasting, healthy anti-oxidant chocolate!
I have already heard about several people feeling better, inflammation decreasing, so thought I should join up and try it!  Feel free to check out the link or  contact me for more information.


(screenshot of where the above link will take you)
Also, if you are interested, the little video link below will show how to make some money while enjoying the benefits of healthy, pure, great-tasting chocolate!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Autumn Colours by Monika Dickson

Once again, we had spectacular orange, red and yellow colours this fall.  This painting shows some pretty birch trees.  This picture also would make a great back cover for your cell phone, check it out on my Zazzle site!


Saturday, September 14, 2013

Rock Painting - Defiance Peak mountain

This piece of rock came straight off a mountain called Defiance Peak located in northern Ontario.  I painted it to look just like the scene it was found in.


Rock Painting - Pirate Ship

This rock originally came from a water stream, and I had a fun suggestion to paint a pirate ship in a cove.


Saturday, September 7, 2013

Painted Saw - Black Bear

Here is the second old saw.  This black bear is walking with the sun shining on his beautiful shiny fur.


Monday, June 24, 2013

Walk After The Rain

Here is a little painting full of romance, two people walking just after it has finished raining.  Painted in acrylics.


Saturday, May 25, 2013

Monika's Weekly Art Tip - Do's and Don'ts of framing art

We've already established that a good painting can take the beauty of your room to a whole new level. However, the impact of the painting can vary, depending on the type of frame that you are using. Also, many artists do not frame their paintings at all.  This is a cleaner, more modern look, and it also keeps the cost of the work down, since framing can be expensive.  The collector can always choose to leave the work unframed, or take it to a good local framer if desired. Here are the things to look out for, while framing your painting.

The type of the frame depends on the painting technique, and not every type of frame goes along perfectly with your painting. The frame and the painting should cooperate in size and style.
For example, you probably won't decide to put a massive, gold leafed, historical style frame on a small or medium-sized painting. That would look unbalanced and the message you are trying to send could be mislead.

Next, never use a glass frame on a painted canvas, because it is sturdy enough due to the fabric and the under-frame that was used to stretch it. If you use it, it won't look good. A glass frame is used with light-weight paper, such as the type that is used for watercolors.

Make sure you never use glue or any other adhesive tape as the mat between your frame and the canvas,unless it's a linen tape, because it can damage the canvas beyond the ability to repair; such as ripping and tearing off the paper or the canvas.
Dry-mounting, applying glue to the painting using heat, is used with types of paper that are low to medium quality, and the risk of damage is not that high.

As a last piece of advice, make sure that the hook on the back of the frame is secured and properly fixed, so that it can hold the weight of the frame once it is hung on the wall.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Monika's Art Tip - What are different styles of art



Many thoughts and ideas spring to mind at the mention of the words painted art. There are many artists that catch our attention at the museums and in private collections in one's home. 

We mostly judge the painting by the looks; we find something particularly interesting about it, that catches our attention and interest. But we rarely think about the style of art, and we probably couldn't tell right away which painter uses which style. Here are three distinctive art styles, and the painters that represent them.

Let's start with Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Paul Gauguin. They were Cubists. Distinctive features of Cubism are geometrical shapes that serve as a basis for the painting. The word itself comes from the fact that the predominant geometrical shape were the cubes. They believed that everything that surrounded them, be it a human being or a still nature, can be successfully depicted on the canvas through geometrical shapes.

"Flowing Hair' by Matisse and "Acrobat" by Picasso
Their goal was to deconstruct the object before them, and give it a 3-dimensional feel. Another thing is the limited range of colors that is used for painting. These colors were mostly earthly tones of yellow, brown, and gray.

All three of these painters have been influenced by the sculptures and other forms of art that were custom in Native America and Africa. They were inspired by the simplicity of forms and style of these cultures.

Next we have the abstract style. It is, in a way, a continuation of Cubism. It had preserved the idea of incorporating all geometrical shapes into the painting, oftentimes stretching and distorting the image to such an extent that the object was unrecognizable.
Abstract painters are focused on depicting what is inside their soul. Their brush strokes are short but energetic. They paint a very thin line between heaven and earth, “up” and “down”, good and bad. The movement of the brush is spontaneous, and yet there is a certain consistency to it.

http://0.tqn.com/d/arthistory/1/0/9/h/jm-aa_08_08.jpgA famous painter of abstract paintings was Jackson Pollock. His art was denied and criticized by the realists, who claimed that this style of painting was a horrible attack on art. 

He was given a nickname “Jack the Dripper”, because he never finished a painting without dripping the paint directly from the brush, while standing above the painting.


Realism is yet another famous style of art. Whereas abstract style and Cubism were focused on distorting the image, or giving it a third dimension using geometrical shapes, the realists were adamant about painting it “like it is”. 

Their goal was to portray the object in such a way that it looked real, and almost tangible on the canvas.

 We can look at the realists as a kind of journalists. They were only interested in the truth behind what they painted. They wanted to show the multiple layers of the society that they lived in. This wasn't a general rule, but most paintings that were made by realists were painted in long, gentle strokes. Red, blue, gray, black and white were the predominant colors on the paintings.

http://allart.biz/up/photos/album/M_N/Edouard_Manet/edouard_manet_1_the_luncheon_on_the_grass.jpgThe famous realist painter was Gustave Coubert, who believed that a painter must stick to his own experience as a basis of his work, in order to portray it realistically. 

However, Edouard Manet shocked the realists with his painting called The Luncheon on the Grass. Although the details were realistic, the whole concept of a naked woman sitting on the grass with two fully clothed gentlemen was thought to be scandalous at the time.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Monika's Art Tip - Why A Painting Feels Better Than a Photograph

There is something special about any piece of painting on a canvas. Something that makes it more beautiful than a photograph, when you put them side by side. Of course, a beautiful photograph of your family, favorite pet or a scenery is always a great thing to have at home, but it can hardly match the power that comes from the painting. Here are three reasons why.

We all know what cameras are for, both digital and manual. We use them to capture a moment; to freeze it in time. By doing that, we know that the moment will remain perfect no matter what. Still, no matter how beautiful that photograph is, you'll probably feel that it's static. Frozen.

On the other hand, the painting gives a feeling of a natural flow. If you look at a painting of a river, and compare it to a photo of that same river, you can immediately notice the difference. Brush strokes in various pressures, lengths and thicknesses give us a more realistic representation of a river that flows. It looks alive and warm. Your eyes easily follow the direction of the river.

Another reason why a painting feels better than a photograph is the soul of the object that is being captured. It doesn't matter if you're looking at a painting that was done decades ago, or quite recently, because the effect that they give is the same. You feel the presence of that person in the room, because the softness of the face and the wrinkles on the dress look real. The essence and gentleness of the person is evident in every brush stroke.

The final reason is the rich variety of color palette that is used while painting on the canvas. Camera lens have a limited source of light even if all the parameters are set appropriately, and even though the weather outside is bright and sunny, it can never truly capture all the nuances of colors from the object of our interest. Painting, however, consists of various tones of the same color, and they make a strong impact on the overall work when combined just the way we want to.

That said, let's not forget that by changing the painting technique, such as switching from acrylic to oil paints, the painting will look new, different and, above all, alive each and every single time you paint it. That is the beauty of it.

And to give you a visual example of the point of this article, here is the same place painted by hand and taken as a photograph. Both of these belong to Monika Dickson.