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Arts and crafts in the Rococo era

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The Rococo style was a great finish to the Baroque style. The legacy of the last century, the eighteenth century acquires a special aesthetic consciousness, in which highly developed artistic taste becomes more important than many other human qualities. Taste implied the ability not only to distinguish beauty and know how to recreate it, but also the ability to deeply enjoy creation. If you need a whole range of emotions for baroque – from joy to tragedy, then for those who enjoy rococo – just a great subtle, elegant.

It is no coincidence that it is at this time that the fashion for “Chinese” or chinoiserie comes. Mobile screens appear in the interior, visually changing the space; tapestries with pictures of flowers, pagodas, people in Chinese clothes; famous Chinese porcelain, excellent orchids, 2/16 trees of small genera, aquarium fish, as well as elegant lacquered furniture by Chinese masters, as if created for Rococo.

The world of miniature forms found its main expression in applied art – in furniture, cutlery, bronze, porcelain, and in architecture mainly on the character of the decor, which took the form of a sophisticated, accentuated sophisticated and complicated look. In the interior, now the most important thing was not magnificent and majestic, but pleasant and cozy. The houses that are built in this period are usually strictly outside classic. Inside are walls, broken by slabs, niches, densely decorated with paintings, stucco, gilding, small plastic, decorative fabrics, bronze, porcelain, mirrors.

The main element of the interior was the fireplace which was very nicely finished and built, as a rule, low. Candelabra, clocks and other decorative items are placed on the marble slabs of the fireplace. Mirrors are placed on the upper sections of the walls beautiful frames. But it is worth noting that the mirrors were hung on other parts of the walls as well. Quite often a mirror was placed opposite the window, on either side of the fireplace, which was placed against the empty walls. This solution made it possible to enjoy the burning fireplace at the same time, as well as the winter view with windows. The decoration of the ceiling and walls corresponded to the shape and decor of the furniture, including drapery and upholstery colors. It was in the Rococo era that the idea of Fr. interior, the interior was from that time considered an integral space, which is performed in a unique stylistic solution.

A chest of drawers (translated from French means convenient) was at that time the personification of comfort. Only the top cover, which was usually made of marble, remained flat, but at the same time the edges of the covers were processed in waves. The motifs of the market were baskets with ribbons and flowers, plant branches, bouquets and more. The decoration was done all over the surface, not taking into account the design of the product. Chests of drawers usually had two or three drawers that became invisible with the help of decorations.

A rococo-style room should look like a box of valuables. Therefore, ignore the accessories and try to style the interior of Rokoca – things are mutually exclusive. Porcelain figurines, coffins, vases can be placed literally everywhere: on shelves for blankets, tables, special accessories-consoles, in cabinets-mountains. Dishes should be light and sophisticated. Materials – glass, porcelain, majolica, processing – gold, silver, lacquer, painting. Do not refuse products made of gilded bronze: candelabra, wall chandeliers, chandeliers, wall and table clocks. Gilded bronze was also used in the form of linings for furniture, porcelain, ceramics, stone and bone.

Creativity and craft

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Albrecht Durer, Melancholy, 1514

Copper, engraving. 23.9 × 18.8 cm

Hermitage Museum

The engraving on which Dürer actually portrayed the areas of the artist’s spirit, i. his state of affairs at three levels of knowledge, where:

-the lower is the craft, the result that can be sold.

-Medium – intellectual knowledge, the area of the craft, the result of efforts that are not valued with money, i.e. This is an area of creativity and inspiration.

– most – the field of infinite and boundless knowledge, the giving of freedom.

The question is: is it possible to stay at an average level without visiting a lower one?

Obviously not. After all, the craft is the base of the art of creation.

Can an artist create without professional craft skills?

Probably not! Because, as a result of the artist’s inspiration, does he take on a material form with an artistic structure? Thanks to craft tools. The painter has a brush, the sculptor has a chisel, the photographer has a camera, the makeup artist has a brush and cosmetics, etc.

It turns out that the craft is a necessary “tool” in the hands of the Artist, which gives him the opportunity to choose his sole precision in many ways, and how much he owns defines him as a Master.

Then, why don’t artists grow out of all the artisans?

The topic is very complex and extensive. Many scientific works are dedicated to the process of artistic creation, from which even its laws and categories are derived.

Obviously, the Artist, Creator, Teacher should possess not only talent, ability for vivid feeling and deep experience, passionate desire for expressing spiritual overflow by possessing professional craft skills, but also strict discipline and presence of controlling self-awareness – only these qualities can give little hope for birth a work of art.

Thus, creativity is the result of the maximum tension of spiritual and physical forces multiplied by self-control and self-discipline.

At the same time, keep in mind that the result, in a material sense, can be zero.

Do we have a lot of heroes who are ready for such an act, such self-denial and, to some extent, self-torture?

But will we not have to answer this self-directed question honestly?

The artist is able to express the state of the world and the human world; it is inconceivable without an emotional attitude towards them, but it is inconceivable without a high intellectual culture, without the ability to subordinate its irrational insights to rational deepening in the subject of its work.

Only in this alloy is a true work of art born, only such unity gives true inspiration in his work. But before an artist “visits” an inspiration, he must go with the thorns, doubts, and pursuits, piling up that rough material in his day-to-day exhausting work, without which creatively inspired burning does not occur.

A lot can be explained and understood by the artist. Yet, his personality carries a certain secret that attracts and invites him, encourages him to seek within himself the hidden forces that make man the creator of new values, cultures and beings. “

Sketching Tips to Sketch Like a Pro

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If you are a beginner artist and have a longing to start sketching but don’t, then you perhaps can’t either find the time or you are unsure about how good you are at your craft. Either way, don’t worry because we have the perfect tips to get you started as a beginner sketch artist. Not only will these tips help you find time for sketching but you will also be able to improve your skills by a tenfold. Good luck, and let’s get started!

  1. Know your tools

For a sketch artist to know his tools is as important as a pilot to know the controls of a plane. Having the perfect pencil at your disposal is going to make it easy for you to achieve precision. Pencils usually differ from each other on the basis of the hardness of graphite. To see how hard the graphite is on a particular pencil, you can just read the indication on its side. The indication would be, B, H or HB. ‘B’ stands for soft, ‘H’ stands for hard, and HB is the level between those two. For beginners, it’s usually better to start off with a pencil on the H scale. Additionally, some artists recommend beginners to work with mechanical pencils as they help in reaching a greater level of precision. The level of graphite in most mechanical pencils is HB which gives the artist a balanced range to start off with.

     2. Leave the details for later

The most common mistake that most novice artists make is that they draw shapes and immediately want those shapes to have stunning details. This is problematic because it is imperative to have all the individual shapes on paper before you move on to creating any textures. Once you have mastered your outline, you should begin perfecting the shadows, details and other intricacies. 

   3. Learn to hold pencil for sketching purposes 

Growing up we learned to hold our pencils in a way which would reduce imperfections. However, holding a pencil for sketching purposes is completely different as we are free to make mistakes and have rough lines, because we have erasers and we can go back and perfect them. When you start, try to keep your hand relaxed and don’t be afraid to make any mistakes. One important tip to keep in mind is to not let the blank paper intimidate you and give your hands a shake. 

4. Make sketching a habit

Yes, it’s difficult to find time for a hobby in our busy schedules, but if you want to get better at something, you have to make it a habit. You know how we have to brush our teeth before going out? That’s how habitual you should be of sketching if you want to be good at it. 

5 Tips on Organizing an Art Exhibition

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It’s no secret that exhibiting your artwork provides you exposure and gives the number of your audience a boost. However, it is no less than a nerve-wrecking task, especially if you are doing it for the first time. There is always a fear of getting negative feedback which takes a toll on your confidence. But artists can tell you that it is a risk worth taking. So, if you have made up your mind, then here are 5 steps you can take to ensure your exhibition goes better than you expected it to go.

1.    Pick a location

Based on the kind of audience you want to attract, pick out a location for your exhibition. You’d need to do a bit of research on this. Check to see which venues are popular with which kind of audience and pick the most apt location.

2.    Settle on your artwork

Selecting your artwork may be a daunting task. All of your art-pieces maybe masterpieces, but you need to narrow them down and choose the pieces that depict a spectrum of your skills. Also, pair your art-pieces in a way that they sort of go along and complement each other.

3.    Get exhibition ready

Of course, you want to look presentable for the exhibition but by this point we mean that you should get your work ready for the exhibit. Make sure everything is tidy. Clear out any messes that you wanted to fix. Pick out frames that you think will give your paintings a boast. Make sure, everything is ready before you head out.

4.    Select the commute

How do you plan on transporting your artwork to the gallery? You need to decide the transportation earlier to avoid any mishaps. Also, make sure that your artwork is safely packed and it won’t be subjected to any environmental changes.

5.    Sell yourself

Artwork speaks for itself but you want to market yourself as an artist. That should be the whole point of organizing the exhibition. Prepare whatever you think can come in handy. For example, if you want, you can create a website with all of your information or you can also go ahead and make a catalogue. In addition to that, make yourself available on social media. This will enable your audience to get in touch with you and if you want to invite them to another one of your exhibitions, you easily can.

5 Ways to Design A Room That Sparks Creativity

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According to most creatives, be it painters or artists, the rooms conducive to creativity are different than the usual. Some individuals place objects in their creative space to open up the windows in their artistic minds whereas some prefer a clutter-free and calm environment to let their creative juices flow. Even though, most people want their homes to be a haven they can retreat to after a stressful day, creative spaces need to be dynamic enough so that they can act like windows into an artist’s brain.  
So, if you are struggling to find your creative spark, here are 5 tips below to help you out:


1. Be messy
Unlike your personal room or apartment where you want things to be as organized as possible, you can be as messy as you please in your creative space. Feel free to spread out drawings, sketches or paintings that are a source of inspiration for you. Bring in souvenirs that spark creativity. Hang crafts that help you in unleashing your creative energy.
The bottom line is to surround yourself with inspiration and just about whatever works for you.


2. Bring the outdoors in
Do you know the feeling you get when you walk inside your living room and just want to watch TV all day without doing anything productive? But when you go take a walk outdoors, it gives your creative energy a boost. This is because outdoors have the power to energize you. So, it is advisable to bring in plants or any greenery you can afford. You can even start by something as small as letting the sunlight in.


3. Keep evolving  
By this we mean that you should keep on experimenting with new things in your creative space. Don’t settle with one kind of theme. Keep changing up and see what works for you and what doesn’t.


4. Play music
Music has a positive impact on the minds of creative individuals. When you play music, your atmosphere lightens up with creativity. However, we’d recommend you to not stick to one kind of music. Experiment and broaden your choices. You can also listen to international music and see the impact it has on you.


5. Decide on a project space
Leave an area clean and clutter free for the projects you are working on. Keep all the needed supplies in this area so that you eliminate distractions and focus on your work.

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