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How To Choose Wall Art - Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Choosing the perfect piece of canvas art to go in your home can be a difficult process. You may want to compliment your existing decor or add a focal point to a room with a bright splash of colour.

Very often budget will determine which piece you go for - genuine artwork can run to thousands, and while we'd all like to have an original Banksy or Warhol on our walls it's just not possible. Canvas prints provide the perfect medium for those on a budget - affordable yet attractive - and they offer a quality alternative to the original artwork.

Once you have set a budget in place for your wall art you should begin to look at the colours already in your home and decide if you're going to find something to compliment or contrast. Bright, vibrant colours like scarlet can make a real statement in a neutral room but would clash with colourful furniture.

With the advent of the internet there's no need to go traipsing round art galleries, looking at wall art and trying to find prints. Online stores like Canvas Art Print have thousands of images available for you to browse at your leisure.

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Before you buy keep in mind the proportions of the space you are decorating. Too small a print and it'll look lost and lack impact, too large and it will dominate the room. The industry standard is still to give sizes in inches but make sure to double-check this before you buy - one inch is 2.5 centimetres!

So the key steps are simple -

  • Decide what you want from your wall art
  • Set a budget
  • Browse online to find the best choice
  • Select the right size for your space

There are no rules to buying wall art for the home - whatever your tastes may be you should feel free to indulge it. You can find almost anything you can think of online, the only limitation is your imagination.

Good luck and happy art hunting!

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The Digital Era And Canvas Art - Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Gone are the days of sitting in the darkroom carefully printing your pictures, hoping no light gets in. The digital era is upon us and it's changing the way we shoot and print photos. Now days you're never far from someone taking a picture be it with a digital camera or a mobile phone, you can see how huge the industry has got in such little time. 

Digital cameras were not available to the public until 1990 but since then the market has boomed. The first digital camera to be sold to consumers was the Dycam Model 1 also known as the Logitech FotoMan, it had a 376x284 resolution and only produced black/white photos and cost a staggering £499 but it was the first one on the market.

Since the 1990's the technology and quality of cameras has improved at a seemingly fast rate, from the 90,000 pixels of the Logitech FotoMan to several millions pixels of the standard digital camera or mobile phone today. With the sucess of the digital camera the prices have dropped and you can pick up a low mega pixel camera that still prodcues great photos for under £100. 

Digital cameras are now rivaling the quality of film cameras but neither are good or bad. They are more convienant and can be used by anyone, most of them offer auto settings so you can point and shoot. If you want more control over the picture and seemingly better quality you would go for film. 

Film cameras are more for the expert photographer, it's very hard to producde a great looking film print from negatives than to shoot a great picture using a high quality digital camera. There is no right choice but film cameras will still be around for years to come and it's not the the technique that's changing it's the technology.

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With the digital camera market booming it was only time till mobile phones had cameras. The first mobile phone camera was introduced in 1997 but wasn't on sale till 2001. Mobile phone cameras are catching up with the standard digital camera in terms of megapixels and functionality. 

A major selling point is the fact you can share photos via text, internet or other forms within a few moments of taking the picture. Cameraphones have become so popular that you see pictures or video taken on cameraphones used in TV programs, online or in magazines. It's only time till the cameraphone starts competing with the more powerful digital cameras on the market.

Digital photography has also spawned the rise of home printing, theres no need for darkrooms or chemicals its as simple as plugging a memory card into a computer and clicking print. Digital printing is a lot less time consuming and more cost effective than its print counter part. 

Many companies offer digital printing in many different forms, be it as a photobook, calendar, mug, greeting cards or even canvas prints, you can get your images printed on near enough anything.

A very popular form of printing is canvas printing, these prints are usually placed onto a frame and make a great gift. Canvas art print offer a great quality photo to canvas service.

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Me Me Me In Modern Canvas Art - Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Traditional modern art is based on the idea that we are alone in the universe, and that the only things that are real are what we can see around us. Renaissance art by the old masters was fixed in the faith that man was made by God with a purpose beyond our understanding.

This faith gave people the belief not only in the afterlife but also that we we somehow guided though everyday life. Artists mirrored this mental picture of the world in their paintings, referencing Bible stories to inspire and reassure people. Modern canvas art is much more straightforward - it's all about the here and now.

Nowadays the definition of modern art, and indeed art itself, is tested on a regular basis by artists that push the boundaries of creativity. There is much debate over works by artists such as Damien Hurst and Tracey Emin who care little for traditional forms and narratives in their pieces.

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Anything you care to imagine is art to someone - it's all a matter of perception. What's key is what you find attractive in a piece. There's no right or wrong and that's what's great about it, so it really is all about you.

Take a look through our modern canvas category and make your own mind up. We have literally hundreds of unique designs to chose from.

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Fine Art vs Car Canvas Art - Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Throughtout the history of art the division between traditional painting and scultpural pieces or "applied art" was clear. The applied arts such as pieces of furntiture or buildings are made for daily use and have never been seen as masterpieces.

Recently it's been widely acknowledged that design along the lines of clothing, furniture, glassware and architecture can also be thought of as art. Some have even tried to suggest that cars can become artwork once they have beauty and visual meaning that is beyond their practical use.

Designers come up with ideas that will serve a purpose while being attractive to use, Apple or Aston Martin for example are experts at this. Painting is also about ideas, and those ideas are also converted to tangible objects. The only real difference is that artists do it to express themselves and designers do it to meet the needs of others.

Art does not serve a purpose beyond sharing a story or emotion that the artist wants to share. Design, meanwhile, is about use - it doesn't have any value beyond what people use it for even if it does look nice. While a controversial piece of art may divide opinion if the design does not work it has failed. A car can be called art if you look at it and say “that's beautiful” rather than “that's a great machine”.


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Canvas Art Print have put together a great selection of great machines on canvas for you to chose from. Whether you like classic rally cars or the very latest in motorsport we have something for everyone in our car canvas category with some great prints from only £14.99.



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Iconic New York Canvas Art - Tuesday, November 02, 2010

There are many famous images of New York City and with good reason - it's the largest and most densely populated area in the States, and is visited by almost 40 million people every year.

New York City has a history of being home to some of the world's most creative people. Home to Sotheby's and other successful art dealers, it’s also the most competitive market for art of all shapes and sizes.

The Soho area is a hotbed of the art scene and home to art galleries in the Chelsea District. If you’re passionate about the latest in the art world this really is the place to see and be seen.

The Big Apple as it's affectionately known is probably most famous for the iconic Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building.

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You can find lots more New York canvas art and many other inspiring city scences in our city canvas category.

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Make Your Own Landscape Canvas Art - Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Landscape prints are intended to show the beauty of the world and convey an appreciation of scenery. When painting a landscape canvas you're not required to paint everything you see in front of you, simply for the reason that it's there in real life. Landscape paintings incorporate natural scenery such as trees, mountains and rivers in a wide view and arranged into a coherent composition.

When painting the world you'll notice a lot more colour and how these colours constantly change with the weather and the seasons. You'll notice when painting sea locations, how tricky it is to paint wave movements and how to keep on top of the water colour as it changes from light blues to rich greens whilst booming waves constantly alter the levels.

When contemplating which colours to choose look around and contemplate the astmospheric conditions. Whilst painting autumn trees you'll use dark browns and greens but take into account the late autumn sun and how it turns these dark colours to rich reds and oranges.

Landscape prints have become more popular overtime and are now being displayed in offices and homes around the world. It's a great way to bring a piece of the outdoors inside and to be able to see unique views of the world from the comfort of your home or office. At Canvas Art Print we offer over 400 picturesque scenes in a virtually endless list of different framing options.

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The Canvas Art Print team are always on hand to help you choose the best landscape canvas for your needs, be it a purple paradise or a misty autumn bridge will have something for you.

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Defining Abstract Canvas Art - Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Abstract art doesn't relate to anything, it's representation can be different in many ways including shape, colour and form. abstract canvas art should stimulate thoughts, emotions, beliefs and imagination. A lot of people will have different ideas about what an abstract painting is about or what emotion is being shown. Abstract is an art form literally derived from taking nothing and turning it into something.

Seeing as abstract art is basically something made out of nothing, can it be judged as being good or bad? It's said that abstract art is to evoke emotion from the person looking at it, for instance if a partiuclar abstract painting made you feel sad, happy or even angry it's served it's purpose, so would you class it as a good piece of abstract art? 

Ultimately if an abstract painting hasn't evoked any emotion it's failed and is therefore bad? Not all people will like abstract art but if you see a piece and you feel pulled into it, the artist has still accomplished something even if it's judged to be good or bad.

Everything in life has pro's and con's, its likes and dislikes. There will be people who love abstract canvas art and others who think its a talentless display of art. The team at Canvas Art Print really appreciate abstract art, it's pleasing to look at and is unlike any other piece of art you'll see.

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At Canvas Art Print we offer a huge variety of abstract canvas art in many different sizes. All are prints are handmade and carefully checked to ensure your print arrives in flawless condition and ready to display from the box.

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Pop Art Icons - Audrey Hepburn - Tuesday, November 02, 2010

The legendary Audrey Hepburn is still remains one of the most famous actresses of all time, she's remembered as both a film and fashion icon. Audrey dreamed of becoming a ballerina since childhood but was rendered psychially incapeable, instead she took modelling jobs and eventually found herself in front of a motion picture camera. Within 3 years the whole world came to know Audery as Princess Anne in Roman Holiday and that is how we came to know her and still in love with her today.

After her performance in Roman Holiday Audrey was catapulted into the limelight, she won the 1954 Oscar for best actress after only her first motion picture. After winning the Oscar in 1954 Audrey found her acting career in full bloom and her image was sought after. After the huge response from the public and press Audrey found herself in a position of being able to work with many of the finest directors of that time. 

In 1961 Audrey began work on Blake Edward's Breakfast at Tiffany's, often considered as one of Hepburn's most defining roles as Holly Golightly her high fashion stlye and sophistication became synonymous with her. After nearly 50 years later, Audrey still remains the irrefutable icon of both.

In 1988, Audrey accepted what she considered her greatest role as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. Audrey traveled to over 20 countries reporting what she found to world leaders, governments and the international media. Audrey's work has served to inspire many others to reach out and commit their time to improving the lives of children around the world. 

Towards the end of 1992, Audrey completed her last mission for UNICEF and was eventually diagnosed with cancer. Audrey gracefully slipped away on January 20th 1993.

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Her fame has seen a resurgence in recent years, and all manner of pop art images have been made in celebration of her life. Here at Canvas Art Print we adore Audrey Hepburn, she was not just a brilliant and elegant actress but a loving person who dedicated her time to better others. To honor Audrey and to keep her legacy going we've put together the best of Audrey Hepburn canvas prints and posters that remain popular to this day.

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The History Of Triptych Art - Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Triptych canvas goes back further than records show but is still popular to this day. A standard triptych art painting consists of a picture divided into three panels, the middle panel is usually the largest and is flanked by the two smaller panels but you can get triptych canvas of equal sizes. Triptych art was originally created for churches and cathedrals but they're now widely used around the world in homes and offices to create striking visual decoration.

One of the earliest documented examples of triptych art is associated to the Dutch painter Hans Memling. The painting was called The Last Judgement and was painted between 1467 and 1471. It's now on display at the National Museum in Gdańsk in Poland. 

The central panel shows Jesus sitting in Judgment on the world, while St Michael the Archangel is weighing souls and driving the Damned towards Hell. On the left hand panel, the Saved are being guided into Heaven by St Peter and Angels. On the right-hand panel, the Damned are being dragged to Hell. It's an amazing piece of artwork with a great level detail.

Triptych prints are great for adding a new dimension to a seemingly boring subject, espcially if you choose to have different sized pannels. It's important to remember, that when hanging a triptych print you keep at least a 1 or 2 inch gap between each panel to ensure your taking advantage of the triptych canvas look. When printing a triptych canvas it's important to use high quality wrap canvas for the printing.

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At Canvas Art Print we pride ourselves on are great range of triptych canvas art. We have many styles from abstract triptychs to triptych flower canvas. You'll be sure to find something to suit your needs.

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Banksy Graffiti On Canvas - Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Whatever you choose to think of as fine art, or merely vandalism there's no doubting the talent of the street artist know as Banksy. His works - irrespective of whether they are made on public buildings or displayed in galleries - are filled with imagery twisted into metaphors that go across all language barriers. They are often bright and humorous but can also contain political undertones hinting at his roots as an "outsider" artist. But who is Banksy? His true identity remains a mystery, his unwillingness to be interviewed or even reveal his name has fuelled interest since he appeared on the street graffiti scene in Bristol in the early 90s.

His graffiti art is unquestionably the handiwork of a talented individual, and every new piece that appears is heralded as a masterpiece. You can now buy Banksy canvas art all over the globe as photos of his works quickly spread with his fame. Some fans profess to know the artist’s genuine identity and despite apparently painting a self-portrait on a wall in London and being on closed circuit tv a few times the mystery remains.

His more recent works have pushed the boundaries - in June 2010 a street painting appeared in Ashton Gate of Jesus being crucified wearing a Bristol City football shirt. Near the bottom right of the graffiti is the word "religion". Although there is no Banksy signature on the piece, the owner of the pub thinks there are several signs possibly pointing to Bristol's world renowned street artist. Experts point to the consistency of colour and graphic style similar to the Christ With Shopping Bags he made previously. The credentials of most Banksy wall art have never been in doubt but like any successful artist imitators popped up, copying his distinctive style.


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Graffiti is by no means a modern phenomenon though - archaeologists working on ancient Roman buildings have discovered countless examples of humorous artwork and writing on walls. In fact funny, insulting, and completely coarse behavior can be found in nearly every part of the Roman world. In the remains of Pompeii they were delighted to find Roman graffiti faultlessly preserved in the ash. Vulgar messages as “I slept with the barmaid” and “Celadus makes the women scream!” we accomanpied by the ever-popular and imaginative line: “Lucius painted this”. Truly the Romans gave us everything, and remained anonymous for hundreds of years!


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