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Modern Frescoes Contemporary Interpretation of an Ancient Art

July 25th, 2018

Modern Frescoes Contemporary Interpretation of an Ancient Art



Modern Frescoes
Contemporary Interpretation of an Ancient Art Artwork for interior decor with antique, aged looks and crackled effects
by Lena Owens @OLena Art
A fresco is associated with something fascinating, beautiful, antique, rare and yes - very, very expensive. As each fresco exists as a unique piece of art, none have an analog. Possession of an original fresco is almost an impossible dream as it is extremely rare to even find one in the extraordinary collections of the wealthiest and most influential people.
No matter who you are and what your goal, the experience with ancient art has rewards that often go beyond all expectations. The study of the history of frescoes reveals originations in several countries over a wide span of time. Through time frescos have revealed each artists interest in life and a sense of connection to their place in time.
It is often through examination and study of these relics from history that both artists and collectors begin to understand the amazing process that is only found in the creation of this ancient art. Deep looks into the knowledge, history, country and time, gives tremendous appreciation and love for life itself. That love gives birth to an expert: the artist or the art collector.
People, who like to collect antiques and want to have ancient frescoes in the collection, can do it only in the form of photographs and prints or as a replica produced by modern artists through various forms of techniques. People successfully have learned to produce modern frescoes according to old recipes as a mural artworks, or they do it on canvas and it can be framed as a piece of art. The basic objective in frescoes creation is to produce an antique and aged looking piece of art transformed in a modern style.
There are also technologies, how to make a fresco in size, corresponding to the modern interior, which will look like a piece of plaster torn from an old church collection of Italy or Greece or other famous places and brought home from a tourist trip and hanged on a wall as it is. If it finished by cutting around the edges, it creates a shadow to the wall to be used as a wall decor in a modern interior.
The recipes may vary but the final result will imitate the real thing or the artist will bring his or her own touch to the ancient art.
One creates it with one’s own hands by following the recipe of a fresco process through trails and errors or to commission it to the artist, who knows how to create such a piece of art. Know why you’ll want to ask me because I know how to and can do it. When finished fresco I create is viewed, it has a cracked surface.
In this short brochure, I will explain the basics info, how I do, my own style of ancient technique, so you can try to do it for yourself or to reach out to me to commission a piece of art, which has qualities, looks of a real fresco with my own personal touch, no matter how small or big it is.

A story, how I've learned to paint modern fresco artwork on handmade canvas with vintage aged effects and rustic large cracks.
The crackled finish made by braking it with your hands and re-assembling pieces on canvas for indoor/outdoor wall art.
Have you ever tried painting on a rough wall like we see in really old church houses and some big ancient edifices;
if you have tried you would realize it is not an easy work to do but the result when you finally must have pulled through is a splendid one.
The type of art you get from creating an art on rough walls is called Fresco.
Fresco literally means painting on a wall prepared with fresh wet lime;
it requires a lot of expertise and speed in working with the environment because once the lime gets dry the color pigments get trapped in the wall itself.
It is a very complicated painting technique to engage in as a hobby and demands a certain level of material, drawing and color theory mastery.
In this work, we will be discussing the ancient (true-Buon fresco), when work is done on wet, lime mortar/plaster - intonaco.
And Modern (fake-Secco or Mezzo-fresco) styles of Fresco and the final effect each has when carefully and expertly done.
Booklet: Modern Frescoes Contemporary Interpretation of an Ancient Art : Artwork for interior decor with antique, aged looks and crackled effects" by OLena Art, Lena Owens.

Start reading it for free: http://a.co/fDmVNOm A story, how I've learned to paint modern fresco artwork on handmade canvas with vintage aged effects and rustic large cracks.
The crackled finish made by braking it with your hands and re-assembling pieces on canvas for indoor/outdoor wall art.
Have you ever tried painting on a rough wall like we see in really old church houses and some big ancient edifices;
if you have tried you would realize it is not an easy work to do but the result when you finally must have pulled through is a splendid one.
The type of art you get from creating an art on rough walls is called Fresco.
Fresco literally means painting on a wall prepared with fresh wet lime;
it requires a lot of expertise and speed in working with the environment because once the lime gets dry the color pigments get trapped in the wall itself.
It is a very complicated painting technique to engage in as a hobby and demands a certain level of material, drawing and color theory mastery.
In this work, we will be discussing the ancient (true-Buon fresco), when work is done on wet, lime mortar/plaster - intonaco.
And Modern (fake-Secco or Mezzo-fresco) styles of Fresco and the final effect each has when carefully and expertly done. #fresco #frescoes #ancient #olenaart #kindle #kindlebook #howtopaint Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FT8WSCS?ref_=k4w_ss_details_rh

My Knives

January 17th, 2018

My Knives

“Art teaches nothing except the significance of life.” ― Henry Miller
Artistic life is often misperceived as bohemian lifestyle sometimes impractical, tragic and pessimistic. In fact, it is an enormously positive and sensible approach towards one’s own sanity and inner peace and a healthy respond towards life challenges. Heart recognizes goodness and goodness never contradict logic. Intuitive left brain pertaining to what exists through intuition and one’s heart which is the brain of an artist. The nature of creativity is to receive and to reflect, to share one’s passion (flame) through action. To receive and to return.
1- Knives
What matters is precisely this; the unspoken at the edge of the spoken -Virginia Woolf
The painting knives became my essential tools to use. But, let’s call it Lena's tools as it easy for me to speak from the third person perspective, so I can look at the whole picture without being attached to it.
So, knives became a big part of Lena’s studio existence as technique and means of daily living and means of making living as her chosen tools, companions and the technique of an alternative voice of expression without words. Each has its name, aim, and role. The role of a knife is to shape, trim, split or slice. In tender hands, it can butter up reality, brings inspiration, energy, and joy. Or became a magic wand or a sword for a battle.
2- Art
"There is a sun within every person." - Rumi
And art helps to reconnect with that within inner-self. Deep inside, there is strong, ancient voice of life itself within each individual, stirring up the human potential to live productive, happy life without a conflict. But somewhere on our collective journey, we lost touch with it, and in that "out of touch" state, we developed different degrees of a so-called modern epidemic of psychological disorders: dissatisfaction with life, depression, anxiety, fears. Daily social life with its demands to fit ... to submit ... dominate ... to please ... conform .... compete ... to be stronger, smarter, faster, bigger adds to that stress and cast life energy away.
That lack of energy affects all aspects of life. Humans have the ability to create or to destroy, and to destroy, is far less laborious, it takes less energy and less mind power, so we do what we can do with that kind of energy and as follow up there are strong negative emotions, sensations and reactions as a response: anger hatred bitterness, disgust, envy with destructive outcome in everyday life. These catastrophic storms with waves of distress and all other sorts of harmful effects mess around with well-being and happiness.
It is important to understand that force of suppressing one’s inner state of mind which may be acting out of distress only stimulates destruction. Suppression is not a solution towards inner health.
3. Art Therapy
Martin Heidegger calls it: "forgetfulness of being" as the state of being absorbed in every day, lost in the crowd, but yet, feels isolated and lonely, where so-called state - "loneliness of spirit" with its self-centered movement of thought is an alert and 'invitation' to examination and cure. Contrary, "mindfulness of being" as the state of being aware of one's existence with the spirit of responsibility for this existence, where even subtle recognition of the importance of living authentically with awareness and admiration for life and it's beauty, heals.
A balanced connection between inner and outer heals not only on an individual level but like a fragrance of a flower it gives it's healing power freely to an aspect of human’s life. In order to modify reality, one has to invade inner revolution and the 'control room' is within and the operator is self.
It is well-known fact, that art can have a great healing effect. There are many examples when art and connection with beauty as a ‘healthy choice’ saved people’s life from anxiety, addiction, depression, anger, as an effective psychotherapy. In situations where the artist’s inner being is harmonious, everything, including arts have a wonderful outcome.
One doesn't need to be an artist to appreciate art, to understand it and to get into artistic, creative state. What is needed is to catch a wave of the inner state, when life itself became a form of art, no matter what you produce.
Art as a form of expressive therapy is not just about being able to 'express oneself' and to create a 'thing', to learn a trade, or to have a joy while working. But the ability to be still, to witness and to be in the connection that creative energy inside. reawaken that inner voice, to return to our natural state is like psychologically defragmenting of one's hard drive when fragmented parts fit into a harmonious whole. Physically and psychologically, transforming 'disorder into order' when everything gets in its right place, which is goodness itself. In Arthur Danto's term - “transfiguration of the commonplace.”
Interestingly, word art means action, formation, bringing something into existence where everything should be put together in a right place, order. Word religion (from Latin - relegare) means: to tie, to bind, "unite" "put together". In other words is to make separated, falling apart, fragmented parts into the whole - Holy. Art is a creation and in its psychological give-and-take sense the 'sacred' act of creation, where an artist is a creator, taking the raw material of existence, turning it into the orderly organized state as in while the returned essence of that process affects his own personal psychological shift - very personal process.
“Art teaches nothing except the significance of life.” ― Henry Miller
4. Art As Religion
Interestingly, word art means action, formation, bringing something into existence where everything should be combined in a right place, order. Word religion (from Latin - relegare) means: to tie, to bind, "unite" "put together". In other words is to make separated, falling apart, fragmented parts into the whole - Holy. Art is a creation and in its psychological give-and-take sense the 'sacred' act of creation, where an artist is a creator, taking the raw material of existence, turning it into the orderly organized state as in while the returned essence of that process affects his own personal psychological shift - absolute personal, solitary affair. .... Continue follow ♥◠‿◠♥! - Lena Owens @OLena Art #paletteknife #olenaart #arttherapy