Tag Archives: Paintings

Artist Featured Friday February 24th

Featured Friday

Featuring:

Landscape Painter: Fahad Hossain
Landscape Photographer: Dianne Cowen
Wildlife Photographer: Shoal Hollingsworth

Rain In Bangladesh- An Acrylic Painting

By Landscape Painter: Fahad Hossain
Found on Fine Art America

Rain In Bangladesh- An Acrylic Painting by landscape painter Fahad Hossain

Winter’s Passing

By Landscape Photographer: Dianne Cowen
Found on Fine Art America

 Winter's Passing by landscape photographer Dianne Cowen

Wet Jaguar

By Wildlife Photographer: Shoal Hollingsworth
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Wet Jaguar by wildlife photographer Shoal Hollingsworth

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Artist Featured Friday February 17th

Featured Friday

Featuring:

Photographer: Julie Pacheco-Toye
Photographer / Digital Artist: Rosalie Scanlon
Landscape Photographer: Laura Pratt

 

Cara Verde 2

By Photographer: Julie Pacheco-Toye
Found on Fine Art America

Cara Verde 2 by Photographer Julie Pacheco-Toye

Tick Tock Version Two

By Photographer / Digital Artist: Rosalie Scanlon
Found on Fine Art America

 Tick Tock Version Two by Photographer Rosalie Scanlon

Tlaquepaque Evening

By Landscape Photographer: Laura Pratt
Found on Fine Art America

Tlaquepaque Evening by landscape photographer Laura Pratt

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Artist Featured Friday February 10th

Featured Friday

Featuring:

Nature Photographer/ Artist: Eva Lechner
Artist: Miro Gradinscak
Landscape Photographer: Ivan Slosar

 

Blue Jay On A Blooming Tree

By Nature Photographer/ Artist: Eva Lechner
Found on Fine Art America

blue jay on a blooming tree by nature photographer eva lechner

Arabian Beauty

By Artist: Miro Gradinscak
Found on Fine Art America

 Arabian Beauty pencil drawing by artist Miro Gradinscak

Desert Curves

By Landscape Photographer: Ivan Slosar
Found on Fine Art America

Desert Curves landscape photographer Ivan Slosar

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Artist Featured Friday January 13th

Featured Friday

Featuring:

Still Life Painter: Kenneth Drylie
Acrylic Painter: Niki Purcell
Landscape Photographer: Mary Lee Dereske

Classico Vita Ancora Con Il Pasto Americano Modern

By Still Life Painter: Kenneth Drylie
Found on Fine Art America

Classico Vita Ancora Con Il Pasto Americano Modern by painter by Kenneth Drylie

Sun Rise

By Acrylic Painter: Niki Purcell
Found on Fine Art America

Sun Rise Acrylic Painting by artist Niki Purcell

Rest Stop

By Landscape Photographer: Mary Lee Dereske
Found on Fine Art America

Rest Stop landscape photography print by landscape photographer Mary Lee Dereske

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Featured Friday

Featured Friday

Featuring:

Oil Painter: Judy Jones
Nature Photographer: Vicki Minor
Oil Painter: Anne Sands

We hope you enjoy the beautiful pieces of artwork and please be kind and check out their work, leave some feedback for them or share their work. Each photograph and the name of the artist is linked to their site or online store.

A Carriage Ride In The French Quarter

by Oil Painter: Judy Jones
Found on Fine Art America

A Carriage Ride in the French Quater by Oil painter Judy Jones Wall art

Tulip Tandem

by Nature Photographer: Vicki Minor
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Flower Photography / Fine Art Nature Photography Tulip Tandem by Nature and Still Life Photographer Vicki Minor

Eagle’s Lunch

by Oil Painter: Anne Sands
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Eagles Lunch by Oil painter Anne Sands

We rolled out our new series of posts called “Featured Friday” a few weeks ago with great success. The objective of this series  is to help other artists gain exposure and grow their small businesses or online shops. If you have a online art gallery and would like to be considered, please contact us with your product link, title and your full name. (Please only send messages through the contact us link above so we can keep all of the inquires in one location). Thank you!

Featured Friday

Featured Friday

Featuring:

Painter: Sheri Keith
Nature and Landscape Photographer: Nancy Worrell
Nature and Landscape Photographer: Keith Frost

We hope you enjoy the beautiful pieces of artwork and please be kind and check out their work, leave some feedback for them or share their work. Each photograph and the name of the artist is linked to their site or online store.

In For The Night

by Painter: Sheri Keith
Found on Fine Art America

Landscape Painting by Sheri Keith

Step Into The Light

by Nature and Landscape Photographer: Nancy Worrell
Found on Fine Art America

Architectural and Landscape Photography: Step into the light by Nancy Worrell

Winter Falls

by Nature and Landscape Photographer: Keith Frost
Found on Fine Art America

Landscape Photography Winter Falls by Nature and Landscape Photographer Keith Frost

We rolled out our new series of posts called “Featured Friday” a few weeks ago with great success. The objective of this series  is to help other artists gain exposure and grow their small businesses or online shops. If you have a online art gallery and would like to be considered, please contact us with your product link, title and your full name. (Please only send messages through the contact us link above so we can keep all of the inquires in one location). Thank you!

Brain Feels Rewarded While Looking at Art

I found this really cool article yesterday about a study that was conducted by the Emory University on how our brains react to viewing art and photography of both known and unknown artists.

Brain Feels Rewarded While Looking at Art
By Traci Pedersen

Viewing the works of Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh and other artists more strongly activates the brain’s “reward system” than simply looking at photographs of similar subjects, according to a new study by researchers at Emory University School of Medicine.

The Emory study included four male volunteers and four females whose average age was 23.  The participants were asked to view paintings from both unknown and famous artists (Monet, Van Gogh, Picasso and others), as well as photographs that depicted similar subjects.  Imaging technology revealed that when an individual viewed a painting, rather than a simple photograph, the ventral striatum (part of the reward system) was more strongly activated.

The ventral striatum is a set of regions in the brain involved in drug addiction and gambling, says senior author Krish Sathian, M.D., Ph.D., professor of neurology, rehabilitation medicine and psychology.  The Orbitofrontal Cortex is another brain area involved in the reward circuit.

Sathian noted that this area of the brain is not only activated by strong reward-seeking behaviors like gambling or drug-taking, but also plays a part in making decisions under uncertain conditions, such as financial decision-making.

Previous art appreciation studies that utilized brain scans typically sought to examine how the brain responds when art is considered attractive or ugly. Usually a study participant would be asked to look at an image and then give it a rating based on how well he or she liked it.  These studies have shown that the Amygdala, involved in emotional reactions, as well as different regions in the Orbitofrontal Cortex are involved in aesthetic preference.

“We took an independent approach,” Sathian said. “This paper hasn’t solved the problem of what art is. Rather, we can show that art does not activate just one process in the brain. There are a whole host of circuits involved.”

During the current study, participants were not asked if they enjoyed what they saw, or even if they considered it art, in order to avoid any biasing as a result of the question asked. Instead, as participants viewed the images, researchers scanned the volunteers’ brain activity (using functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI) as they viewed paintings versus photographs.

Interestingly, the brain regions activated by art images (as opposed to photographs) were independent from those brain regions that became active during aesthetic preference.

Specifically, the results reveal that not only did art viewing stimulate the ventral striatum, but it also activated the hypothalamus (associated with appetite regulation) and the Orbitofrontal Cortex (associated with risk-taking, impulse control and detection of social rules).

The study was inspired by the work of marketing experts Henrik Hagtvedt of Boston College and Vanessa Patrick of University of Houston; both of whom were at the University of Georgia during the study. Hagtvedt and Patrick had explored the effects of “art infusion,” in marketing—in other words, how incorporating a painting on a product’s advertising or packaging could make it more appealing.

“The art infusion effect is tied to the notion that art represents a distinct, universal and recognizable category of human behavior,” said Hagtvedt, who also chose the images used in the study.

“This category is not characterized by what is depicted, but by how it is depicted. Therefore, even art and non-art images with similar content should evoke different responses from viewers. The current study provides evidence that this is indeed the case. ”

If the participants had all been art historians, or had come from a developing country and had not visited museums or been exposed to Western art, they might well have shown a different pattern of brain activation when viewing the images, said first author Simon Lacey, Ph.D., and research associate.

“The thinking is that the reward circuit evolved to shape our brains’ decision making, to provide reinforcement when decisions turn out to be beneficial,” Sathian says.

“We find that the brain’s responses to art may have a connection to the reward circuit and perceptions of luxury or social status, independent of whether an individual rates the image in question highly.”

The study was supported by the State of Georgia, the National Institutes of Health and the Veterans Administration.  The results are published online in the journal NeuroImage.

Source:  Emory University and Psych Central