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I was drawn into a discussion today about Redbull, where I suggested that it was more of a marketing concepty that actually a product…

so, that started me thinking about Red Bull related ART!

First thing to note, is that red bull is an incredibly innovative company and as part of their brand-building they actually sponsor art projects.

One fun project they are currently running is “red bull art of can”.

Here artists must make a picture or sculpture or piece of modern art, using mainly a red bull can!!! Crazy but exciting, and a fantastic opportunity for promotion by new young cutting edge artists.

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See here for an image of a dragon made from a red bull can!!

Also see here for a you tube video of a drumming sequence using red bull, also done by independent artists, not red bull staff.

And here is a Flikr set of Red bull  ‘art of the can” series…

Have a great day.

Please take time to have a read about PortraitXpress artists…  if you need to order a personalised painting as a gift to arrive with you by Christmas day, you need to order it in the next few days to allow time for the paint to dry and the artwork to be shipped!

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well, today I thought about blogging about artists using blood (there is a crazy artist who makes self portraits out of his own blood) but its so distasteful, that you can go and read about that yourself if you like. I thought about blood …given that the stock markets are dropping 10% region today in many places in the world… so everyone is seeing red.

Anyway, on a more uplifting note, what I did decide to write about is elephant dropping art!!

I have long known about paper made from elephant droppings, in Thailand, but I had forgotten about the artist who uses elephant dung in all his artwork!

First, here are some of his paintings. By Chris Olifi.

no woman no cry

no woman no cry

holy virgin mary

holy virgin mary

afrodizzia

afrodizzia

For example, this last pieceAfrodizzia, is made 96x 72 inches, is on linen, and is made from paper collage, oil paint, polyester resin, glitter, map pins, and wait for it………………..elephant dung.

Best known for his paintings using elephant dung, Ofili remarked during a radio interview at the Turner Prize award ceremony (about ten years ago), that the important thing was to know whether art was “good art or bad art” and not whether it contained elephant dung. He is, nonetheless, reported to have used this ingredient in all his works so far (almost a guarantee of authenticity), the original smuggled in from Africa, with subsequent needs coming from London’s Zoo and dried in an airing cupboard. He won the Turner prize for his “inventiveness, exuberance, humour and technical richness in painting”.

Another great quote I like is, he says ‘the way I work comes out of experimentation, but it also comes out of a love of painting, a love affair with painting.’ fantastic!

He is a British Born artist of Nigerian origin, and his works are available to buy online and in a few galleries.

So, if you afford it, go buy one.

If you want to have the fun yourself, go do a painting.

And if you don’t know already… for those people who can’t paint but want a personal painting, without the elephant poo (sorry!) then check out my commercial site Portrait Xpress for bespoke art from your photos. Have a good day!

There are many styles of paintings you can do if you are doing paintings.

This is pretty obvious I guess. But, if you order a bespoke painting tailor-made to your design, you can chose the style also.

One style that artists can do is impressionistic, where its a loose interpretation of the original image or design. For example, George Bush can be painted as follows- this is just slightly impressionistic.

Alternatively, things can be painted much MORE losely, or much more of a direct style.

See www.portraitxpress.com for details, look at the gallery there, and at the different styles.

Note also, that the painting can look different depending on what type of canvas is used. Ask the artist for a very smooth canvas if you want a relective/shiny surface or an image very similar to a photo.

Ask for a real canvas with a rough, more open weave texture, if you want a more natural feel to the painting.

If you are using a good artist then they should guide you through this process and be very hepful in helping you chose what style to paint your painting, and on what type of canvas. Really you should be able to get a great impressionistic painting (if that’s the style you like) made from your photo. If you like other styles (eg Dali), tell your artist, they should be able to paint it for you in a different way!

Good luck!!

yes you, look at me!

yes you, look at me!

many people ask me why do paintings or sketches of people or pets and not just a photo?

well, photos are great and Im an avid photographer (okay when i have the time) but I think there is something more unique about a painting. Also, sure we can manipulate photos a lot nowadays on photoshop, but a painting is done by hand so every one is unique- you cant beat that as a gift or as a personal memory to keep.

So, Im keen on promoting artwork!

In an ideal world, Im a traditionalist, so the person or pet should sit in front of the artist and the portrait be done over a few days or weeks. BUT, who has this time anymore? so, I think portrait paintings from photos are justified, as long as they are 100% done by hand with no printing or any cheating involved.

To be honest, using a reputable artist or company, the client also has some fun-

they can help tell the artist in what style to do the painting, they get a great painting even if their own artistic skills are not great, and they can request changes to the painting before its finished.

They can change the background or the contents of the painting- its so flexible!

Here is the original photo.

watch out or I scratch the sofa!

watch out or I scratch the sofa!

"look into my eyes..."

so waht have pets got to do with art anyway? well, if you have ever looked into a cat’s eyes I dont think you need to be asking that question, animals are often art/beauty in motion, and watching a cat move can be as fascinating as watching a painter complete a painting.

I got interested in both art and animals at a young age, and Im sure there is some kind of connection although I can’t really put my finger on it.

As a veterinary surgeon, I know that my lightness of touch in surgery (and enjoyment/skill in surgery) is related to the sensitive dexterity I need if I am painting a painting, or doing a sketch. So, transferrable skills.

But is there more to it than the fact both skills (surgery and painting) require manual dexterity? who knows….

    In february 08 I was representing http://www.portraitxpress.com (the bespoke art company I run in my spare time) at The National Wedding Show in Olympia, London, UK, for 3 days.
    The national wedding show (see http://www.nationalweddingshow.co.uk) is the UK’s number one wedding show, for couples planning to get hitched. From over the moon to the honeymoon, from your dream dress to the world’s most romantic resorts – there’s nothing quite like the National Wedding Show to help you make your big day everything you’ve imagined. It’s all laid out for you under one roof – dresses, groomswear, occasionwear, accessories, photography, flowers, honeymoon destinations, venues, cakes and much, much more. It’s a brilliantly useful, inspirational and fun day out. So, Portrait Xpress exhibited for the first time there this year in February 08. They had a stand where they displayed a number of examples of their hand-painted wedding portrait paintings. A real buzz was generated at the stand, and dozens of couples were standing around, imagining what a portrait painting might look like of their wedding day. A number of people asked about our Portrait Xpress gift vouchers, which can be used … and could even be put on the wedding Bridal List of ‘wished for’ items for the bride and groom. A competition was also run on the stand which was very popular, and one lucky couple won a free painting. There was also interest from some of the Uk Wedding press.

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