Learn About Different Art Styles
Finding the right art style to go with your decor can be a daunting task, especially when you have thirteen different styles to browse through and thousands of fine art prints and paintings to choose from. In this article we describe some of the more popular decors and what art styles fit best with them. But one thing is essential to remember when shopping for art, ?Let the art speak to you?. We can give you tons of advice of what color, subject or style to look for, but in the end it is your taste that matters when choosing the right art for your room.
Whether your decor style is antique, or has a more romantic touch some of the art styles that you could look for are Baroque, Romanticism, or Impressionism.
Baroque Art : Baroque art emerged in the early 17th century, this style is known for its intricate details and exaggerated motions to create clearly defined shapes. The Baroque style is still widely applied by contemporary artists. Even though some Baroque style prints were not created in the 1600s they still have the bold, warm colors and classic look that fit perfectly with an antique or romantic decor.
Romanticism Art : Romanticism was started as an artistic movement in the 18th century against aristocracy. This style used fine lines and deep colors to depict dramatic moods and scenes. Today Romanticism is still being used to stress imagination and feeling. These emotional depictions go well in a classic interior, the strong colors will match the warmth of your interior perfectly!
Impressionism Art : When thinking of impressionism you have to think of Claude Monet, Pierre Auguste Renoir and Edgar Degas. Impressionism arose in the 19th century, this art style is known for its bright, vivid colors and visible brushstrokes. Most of the time when you are looking close up at these paintings you are unable to visualize the theme of the print, but when stepping away the shapes become clearer. Contemporary artists are still applying these techniques to their fine art prints and paintings today, to re-create this very famous art style.
The impressionism art style will go perfectly with your classic decor. The simple yet vivid colors mixed with the intricate lines and shapes will command everyones attention.
Your traditional interior calls for art that is slightly more modern than the classic decor, but it still has some look and feel of the old days. Traditional decors are lively and warm, and require art pieces that bring this same touch. Styles that compliment this interior well are Vintage/Retro art, Art Nouveau, Tribal art and Impressionism.
Vintage / Retro Art : Bold, bright and lively is what best describes Vintage art. Add a nostalgic touch to your traditional decor with Retro art. This colorful art style is sure to catch anyone's attention and will go perfectly in any traditional decor. Whether your interior is dual-toned or multi-colored, you will find shades in this collection to perfectly complement your decor.
Art Nouveau : Art Nouveau is a style very similar to Art Deco, however, this style uses fine lines, softer tones and brings a flair of elegance to a room. This style has both classic and contemporary qualities to add to your living space, which makes it an ideal match for your traditional interior.
Tribal Art : Tribal art is a popular trend in traditional decors, it adds an exotic appeal and an air of adventure to a room. With a distinctive look and feel this art style adds warmth to any living space. Perfect for a bedroom or living room that has a traditional interior.
Impressionism Art : Impressionism art is perfect for a classic decor, but it can also be ideal for a traditional interior. The emphasis on light and natural colors in this art style compliment the warmth of a traditional decor. If you are looking to add an art piece to your living space that will command attention then we highly recommend an Impressionism print or painting!
Contemporary decors are bright and lively, and therefore the art that accents your contemporary interior should also have these characteristics. For this decor style we recommend that you look at our Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Pop Art, Post Impressionism and of course Contemporary collections.
Art Deco & Art Nouveau : Art Deco and Art Nouveau are very similar to each other, they add bold life to a room with both color and style. These are both decorative art styles with intense colors and simplifications, ideal characteristics for a contemporary decor. Though it might at times be difficult to decide what room these creative pieces should go into, we recommend a bedroom or a study. Our collections of Art Deco and Art Nouveau is sure to liven up your living space!
Pop Art : Made famous by Andy Warhol in the 1960s, today the bright colors of Pop art are still widely applied. This art style is perfect for a teenagers bedroom, or a game-room. Whether the style of your contemporary decor is preppy, playful or more classic, our wide selection of Pop art is sure to brighten up every room.
Post Impressionism : As the name of this art style says Post Impressionism came after Impressionism. Some artists were trying to move away from Impressionism art styles, by using thicker brushstrokes, distinctive paint and bold, vivid colors. One of the major artists in this art movement was Vincent van Gogh. This style is considered more modern than impressionism and is therefore ideal for a contemporary decor.
Contemporary Art : Contemporary art styles can be regarded as avant-garde with bold, contrasting, yet neutral colors. This is an art style that can fit into almost any room. It also compliments most interiors, however, we recommend a contemporary decor! This art style will add the perfect modern accent to your contemporary living space.
The best thing about a modern decor is that almost anything goes. You can go bright in color, use any shapes or sizes, and just have fun with your art. For this type of interior we recommend you take a look at abstract art and cubism. However, the styles described in the contemporary decor would also work!
Abstract Art & Cubism Art : Cubism is a form of Abstract art. Choosing a fine art print or painting in either of these styles for your room will immediately create a modern and urban look. Our large collection of Abstract art has a wide variety of colors, shapes and sizes. Whether you are looking for something small and simple, or something large and extravagant our Abstract art is sure to give your living space a modern touch!
Squash tips: We compete for sex to propogate our own genetics. We have an inbuilt system which mimics successors and imagination to improve our chances. Why not use this to improve our squash. Developing a System for Squash You may ask the question: Why a system?
The answer is simply this: Without a system (program) to follow, the progress of development would be extremely haphazard with great difficulty in finding and fixing weaknesses. With a system to follow, the participant or student can take each individual section or routine of the system, develop it separately and then slot it back into the complete system for an overall improvement. Coaches can organize programs to do the same and also break a student's performance down into the separate bits of the system to isolate problem areas and then devise a training program to fix the bit that is not working correctly. The concept of a system is a powerful development tool and is not as inflexible as many people may think. In this article I hope to give an outline of a simple squash system that you can develop further. This system may initially cause your game to suffer for a short time as you grasp the concepts, but I assure you that the long term benefits will far outweigh any short term lapse in performance. The system may require a shift in your present game, especially if you are a club player. Those who are trained at the highest level and in the world rankings may already have developed a system. If not, they should have!
How The System Works: The various parts of a rally (both players exchanging shots) are broken up into important pieces that if not done well will cause that whole part to suffer. These parts are organized in a way that the second part relies on the first part being successful and same for the third part relying on the second. I broke the rally up into six major parts as taught separately in most coaching texts but not organized into any order or system.
These important sections are: > READY: Waiting for your opponent's return or service. You must be totally alert, in a good position, have your racket ready, watching for the ball to leave the opponent and have your feet ready to move very quickly in an instant. NOTE: During a rally, good position depends on where the opponent is hitting the ball from (dynamic positioning), but, if you don't already know them, have a coach point these out to you or if just beginning then use a position as close to a step in front of the 'T' (center) as you can without interfering with your opponent's swing or shot at the front wall. If waiting for a service, then a good position is between the inside rear corner of the service box in your quarter and the center line. > PROJECTION: This is my term for guessing a likely path for the ball to follow from the opponent's racket. It must allow for changes due to odd bounces from joints and ball spin. Since if you are close to the correct place and the bounce alters, then you have the chance to quickly adjust your movement and still position yourself to make a great shot. > SPEED: This is an often misunderstood concept, but it is basically the ability to take long strides, dive and lunge into position quickly so you have plenty of time to place your shot. Too many players run straight forward to the ball and find that they not only waste energy but are too upright on reaching the ball to hit it well. This also lessens their ability to recover from their shot. > AWARENESS: A not very well taught aspect of squash but extremely important, as you must watch both the ball and your opponent (loose or 50% focus) to check on your opponent's movements. This makes the game safer as you are less likely to hit them and means you will also know the best place to aim your shot. > STROKE: With the above parts done well, you should be in prime position to play a great shot and know exactly where to put it. Now your racket skill comes into the game. Here is where a lot of matches are won or lost. Racket up high, take your time, watch the ball onto your racket (tight or 100% focus) and place it where you want it to go with the correct power for the chosen shot. Needs tons of practice. I gain better focus on the ball by pointing at it with my non-racket hand just before striking it. > RECOVERY: Now you must charge back to a 'Good Position' to cover any returns from the shot you just made. Here you must start moving as soon as the ball leaves your racket and be watching both the ball and your opponent's movements (loose or 50% focus) so as to avoid collisions and interference. From here you start at READY again if your opponent reaches the ball.
Applying The System:
The above parts are broken up into their important component(s). All components (sub-actions) must be performed correctly before the main action is completed properly. Thus I've set it up as a checklist.
You must check all the bracketed actions below a main action before you can consider the main action as completed.
The best approach is to watch great players' execution of the sub-actions, then visualize yourself doing them in your mind. As a great thinker once stated, "You are what you think you are." Another very good saying is. "If the vision is big and strong enough, the brain will find a way to make it real." Such is the history of progress for the human race.
After you have done a lot of visualization and can remember all the sub-actions of a main action. Practice the main action on court with a coach or friend. Physically step yourself through the sub-actions (tick the boxes in your mind just as you visualized above until you can do them fluently. Keep doing these for all the main actions. Once you can remember them all and they become reasonably automatic, you can try applying the entire system to a game situation.
The Cycle: Repeat the above until you get to where you want to be and beyond. Observe great players performing each sub-action, mimic them (visualize yourself performing the sub-action & making similar muscle movements) and then put the action together on the court.
THE CHECKLIST: 1 - Ready: [ ] I am in a good position? [ ] My racket is up high? [ ] I am watching the ball meet my opponent's racket? [ ] My feet are ready to move quickly (moving and on toes)?
2 - Projecting: [ ] I am watching the ball leaving my opponent's racket or body (if behind)? [ ] I am starting to move towards the best place to hit a return for that shot?
3 - Speed: [ ] I am taking large strides, sidesteps, diving and lunging into position?
4 - Awareness: [ ] I know where my opponent is or where they are going?
5 - Shot: [ ] I am in a good position and balanced? [ ] My racket is up high? [ ] I am watching the ball onto my racket? [ ] I am hitting the ball accurately and with correct power for my chosen shot?
6 - Recovery: [ ] I am moving back towards the center of court as soon as I strike the ball. [ ] I am watching the ball (loosely) and moving towards a better position to cover any shot my opponent can make.
Finally: With plenty of practice all sub-actions and main actions will become automatic and you will be able to execute them all in sequence without even thinking of them. Then you will know you are going to be a great squash player!
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