Friday, July 28, 2017

Two Minute Watercolors

From David Dunlop's  2 Minute Watercolors -  YouTube.  One of my favorite watercolor videos. Enjoy.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

"Sun Upon the Earth" Art Poster

"Sun Upon the Earth" Poster
Digital art entitled "Sun Upon the Earth" printed on 20 x 16 inch  poster now available for July 25, 2017.

by MOVEIT5150

Monday, July 24, 2017

Understanding the Different Grades of Watercolor Paper

Understanding the Different Grades of Watercolor Paper: Learn about the three types of watercolor paper (hot pressed, cold pressed and rough) and when to use each for the results you want in your paintings.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Classic Rock Art Posters for the Home

 The purpose of today’s article is to provide an overview of rock and roll art posters for the home. We will be taking a quick survey of possibilities concerning the various sub-genres of rock music posters and related thematic ideas for collecting rock music posters.

Classic rock posters. The genre concerns most contemporary rock music from the 1960s thorough the 1980's. There are many possibilities for a collection in this genre. Narrow your choices to as simple as a particular band or singer to a larger aspect of interest such as British rock or Southern rock music of this era.

Early rock posters. The genre concerns music for the 1950's and early 1960's. Some possibilities include focusing in on various artists of the period such as Elvis Presley, Bill Haley and the Comets, Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Ricky Nelson and so on. Many movie posters of the era related to 1950's rock would make for an interesting collection as well.

British invasion music posters. Many British invasion bands and singers during the 1960's would make for a good starting point for a poster collection. There are numerous choices here including obvious choices including the Beatles or the Rolling Stones. An interesting idea is to build a collection around a single musical event such as Woodstock.

1970's rock posters. Various sub genres of rock music existed in the 1970's including hard rock, punk rock, glam rock, funk, rhythm and blues, and folk or country rock. Disco was extremely popular during this period as well and provided many bands and artists to build a poster collection around.

1980's rock posters. Many influences held over from the earlier decade made into the 1980's. Some possible rock music forms to consider include Heavy Metal, New Wave rock, Punk rock, Folk rock and so on. Synthesizer laced rock was very popular as musicians embraced new technology and sounds into their music. Third world forms of popular music also had an influence on pop music during the era including reggae music and ska which were embraced by many British bands of the decade.

1990's rock posters. Many forms of earlier popular music continued during the 1990's. Seattle based grunge and similar influences emerged in the era. Heavy metal music continued as well as more main steam forms of rock. Lastly, new artists emerge all the time creating new areas of interest for poster collectors.


 Rock music from the greatest era of rock from the 1950's to today has provided us with an enumerable amount of subject matter for developing a specific poster theme upon. This outline of rock musical styles will provide a good basis for further exploration of ideas for collecting posters. A general thesis is to narrow your choices to suit your own personal preferences and affinity for collecting posters.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Beach House

Watercolor on 11x15 inch paper entitled " The Beach House" for July 19, 2017. Cool looking summer painting with loose brush strokes. I liked the use of tertiary colors in this one

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sci-Fi Art Video

                          Sci-Fi Art Video featuring digital images from 2016/2017 artwork.
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"Scifi Across the Galaxy" Art Poster by MV
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"Scifi Across the Galaxy" Poster
by MOVEIT5150

This science fiction poster shown above is a collage of sorts of four digital artworks that were done over the year of 2017.  Each of these art images took about 14 hours or so to complete.  The spaceships were all done separately. Initially, the ships were drawn as a pencil sketch (see example images below), on paper then transferred to digital for enhancing on an iPad. The background art was added later to complete the artwork.

Star Fighter Paper Sketch

Star Fighter Digital

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The Color Wheel Video
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Collecting Refrigerator Magnets  Video
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The Piano Player

Digital art entitled "The Piano Player" for July 16, 2017.

Essential Pastel Techniques: Turn Your Pastel Painting Problems Into Beautiful Paintings!

Essential Pastel Techniques: Turn Your Pastel Painting Problems Into Beautiful Paintings!: Carole Katchen shares how to turn your pastel painting problems into beautiful paintings. Find other pastel techniques in the April 2014 Pastel Journal.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Bell Towers

Watercolor on 11 x 15 inch paper entitled "The Bell Towers" for July 12, 2017. Traditional watercolor with colors built up on light washes with good perspective. Brush strokes are full and used conservatively and it is interesting to compare with another watercolor "The Marketplace" on this blog, which was done in a much different style.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

The Lost Path

Abstract watercolor on 9 x 12 inch paper with resist.  In this piece colors were allowed to blend, (for the most part primary watercolors wet on wet) or mingle on top of a thin rubber glue resist applied previously. For July 8, 2017.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Marketplace

Watercolor painting on 11 x 15 inch paper entitled "The Marketplace" for July 5 2017.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Thematic Ideas for Collecting Movie Posters

  Collecting movie posters can be an enjoyable pastime. But, regardless if you are a serious collector or just interested in putting together a few posters it’s a reasonable premise that having a thematic consistency in your poster collection can make your collection efforts a little easier or at least a little more enjoyable. Many movie genres exist so let us begin by examining some of the possibilities.

1. Science fiction posters. Science fiction movies are probably one of the most popular genres for movie poster collecting. Classic science fiction and older serial posters are a possibility. Also, an idea is to collect by decade focusing on sci-fi movie posters that are the most representative of that particular era. 

2. Horror movie posters. A good idea here is that you could focus on just a certain sub-genre such as vampire movies, or monster movies. Again, it’s possible to focus your collection on a particular era of horror movie production or even of a certain movie studio such as the Hammer studio horror films of the 1960s.    

3. Action film posters. Action movies are a very large genre of movies posters from which to choose from. Besides settling on an era of production or studio you may simply focus on a particular director or actor.

4. Romance movie posters. Early classic romance films, date movies, romance and romantic comedy are just a few of the choices for building a movie poster collection in this genre.

5. Humor movie posters. There are many comedy genre avenues to discover including classic comedies, slapstick, dark humor and horror comedies.

6. Musicals. Early 1940s musicals would make for an interesting poster collection. Broadway films, singers and bands new and old are other possibilities. To even narrow your choices a bit you could create a collecting on a style of music such as rock, jazz, classical and so on, and build your collection around a certain era of each style such as rock music featured in 1960s musicals.

7. Mystery and suspense film posters. Film noir could be included here. Narrow your choices by era, decade, studio, director or actor.

8. Television movie posters. There are many television shows that were launched from movies or spin offs of made for TV movies. Focus your collection on a favorite show or television star.

9. Westerns. There are many classic westerns in which to choose from. Early John Wayne westerns would make for an interesting collection. Italian or spaghetti westerns are another good idea for a poster collection.

10. Animated movies. An idea here is for a poster collection around a specific animated character or characters. Also, animated comic book movie characters are very popular and make for a good theme for poster collecting.

When all’s said and done, there are seemingly infinite possibilities for building your movie poster collection. It is important to begin with a specific thematic idea for your collection and go from there. Hopefully these basic ideas here will help you find a more creative inspiration for your movie poster collecting experience.