Cars as Art

car-detailing-paintIn these modern times, automobiles are excessively adorned and styled with shapes, shades, textures, patterns and pictures. In their nicest form they are remarkable portable works of art that spell the essence of their home culture. Extremely well-known are the well adorned trucks of Pakistan, Dekotora trucks of Japan and the Matatu buses of Kenya. Nowadays we concentrate on the modern artistic car paint crusade in the United States and especially in California. California often seems to lead the way in many things style wise and cars are definitely one of those things.

Folks all over the place have had extreme affection with 4 wheeled vehicles as soon as the very first cars came off the building track in the early twentieth century. For various car enthusiests, the vehicle is perceived as a friend, practically a fellow of the family. In fact, we oftentimes name them. With this reality, it makes perfectly clear sense to style a normal car and provide it an exclusive character.

California and “Low Riders”

Early instances of car possessors altering their automobiles for merely artistic reasons can be found in the low-rider vehicles that approached out of the Mexican-American barrios of post-World War Two Los Angeles. The hot rods and dragsters of the 1950s were styled even more with wide-ranging body work and paint works. Those automobiles were ensued by the brashly painted and bedecked Volkswagen buses trendy with Hippies in the 1960s and early 1970s.

Pushing the Limits

Artistic car paint “shoves” the limits even more than these instances. With artistic cars, everything about the automobile’s guise is game for reinvention and alteration. Odd sculptural styles swap the smooth outlines of the vehicle’s standard design. Compulsive collage and imaginative paint works swap glossy and flawless industrial surfaces. Certain artistic car paint contains organic living facades, whereas others present complete assortment of object you will never imagine. Keeping these works of art clean and detailed can take time and energy. Many people in California and elsewhere use mobile auto detail companies to keep their cars looking new.  It is a great way to keep the inside looking fresh with a pro who provides a great interior detail service. The same holds true for exterior detailing. Many great mobile auto detailers offer these car washing services. Visit our favorite Santa Clarita company who provides great mobile car detailing.

Brief History

Nobody knows accurately when the first art car came into being. Particular of the early ones were built by persons who operated on their vehicles in seclusion and for only private motives. Early forms of artistic car paint came in the 1980s in both Texas and California. Art car artist and biopic filmmaker, Harrod Blank, created two of his movies related art cars in the 1990s.

When the Burning Man carnival begun in the early 1990s, art cars were highlighted precisely from the start. After the carnival shifted from San Francisco to the Nevada desert all the things about it became more thrilling, comprising the art cars. Finally some of the cars transformed into despicable, huge scale statuaries that just began to travel around on wheels. It is necessary to keep the exteriors clean so use a good mobile detail company who does high quality exterior detailing.

Two Sub-Categories

In reaction to the effect of Burning Man, today’s artistic car paint devotees split the broad variety of these vehicles into two sub-groups, mutant vehicles and art cars. Art cars are street legitimate vehicles that have had their semblance transformed. Mutant automobiles are the portable figures that travel around on tracks or wheels.

Artistic Car Paint in California

Nowadays artistic car paint is approved and valued by the majority of the public. Houston organizes the hoariest ongoing art car festivity and procession in the country. Berkeley and California, Seattle, and Washington both have common yearly festivities and processions. When Libby Schaff became Mayor of Oakland, California  she came at the formality in the now famed Golden Mean Snail Car, styled and created for Burning Man by Kyrsten Mate and Jon Sarriugarte.

Scottsdale Arizona Galleries and Art

Scottsdale-TransportationAnytime but summer in Scottsdale Arizona is wonderful. Even the summers, even though so hot can be wonderful also in the evening hours if you don’t mind a little, or a lot, of heat.  Scottsdale is easily  accessible from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport using any of the easy to obtain Phoenix airport transportation services. So if you want to spend some time enjoying wonderful art in Scottsdale it is not a difficult thing to make happen. As a matter of fact, the accommodations are top notch, the restaurants can be world-class and like any great Metropolitan City, Scottsdale has a long heritage of wonderful things, places and events.  So why not spend some time enjoying what it has to offer. One great way to experience Scottsdale AZ to get a group of friends together and rent a Scottsdale limo service to go explore all that it has to offer. Scottsdale AZ is north of Phoenix Arizona and if you keep on going north you will end up in the foothills with some beautiful scenery in the small towns of Carefree and Cave Creek Arizona.  So pick your favorite limo service and get on the road. If you need to know of a good one, we like Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and getting transportation from Luxe limos AZ.

For artists and art lovers, Scottsdale is definitely worth a trip. Scottsdale is home to America’s original artwalk  which was started in 1975. Check out their website at It’s a no-cost event, in other words, it’s free and it occurs every Thursday from 7:00pm to 9:00PM except on the holiday of Thanksgiving.  Your limo driver or someone can direct you to the Scottsdale Arts District where you just look for the Art Walk the Line decals that are on the sidewalks.  These are found along the Main Street to the west of Scottsdale Road and also on Marshall Way north of Indian School Road.

Many of the member galleries which belong to the Scottsdale Gallery Association help to make this event a real pleasure. Having these galleries available to the public to show off the work of their featured artists can make for a wonderful evening with friends of Art and Wine. You don’t have to hurry you can take your time, as a matter of fact with the Arizona heat if you happen to be there in July you will probably rather take your time.

There are plenty of places to wet your whistle or have a great meal as you peruse the different galleries along the walkway.  With an abundance of famous restaurants, great entertainment, and live music and even some really interesting food trucks you will have no shortage of satisfying any of those desires.

You can find a lot of galleries to visit along East Main Street and North Marshall way in downtown Scottsdale.  Not only will these present a great deal of traditional and contemporary art but they will have a lot of beautiful creations from nearby Native Americans. With New Mexico just next door to Arizona and its hosting of a large number of Native American Pueblos who produce exquisite works of art in the fields of paintings, jewelry, and ceramics, you will find something to tickle your fancy.

We need to shout out and thank our friends at Luxe Limos AZ for sharing some information with us about Scottsdale and Arizona travel. Many thanks.

Some New Modern Art


Here are a couple of new modern art pieces. One is Chinese and the other is abstract. We think they are striking!

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There is no shortage of great artists living today and we wish they all had their work shown for everyone. Even though there are so many great ones putting out top work it is impossible to see it all unfortunately. Check this out for more info.

And some Chinese inspiration here:

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Tow Truck and Chandler AZ Art Galleries

If you have been reading the information on this website no doubt you understand that we are fans of artwork. One of the most enjoyable things to do is to travel to different areas and visit local galleries to see what kind of artwork is being displayed. Sometimes traveling doesn’t go always as planned. We were enjoying a wonderful vacation in Chandler Arizona when are car stopped working and we needed to hire a tow truck. That definitely puts a damper on our visiting of art galleries and drinking great coffee in the beautiful Desert weather during the winter. I can tell you that I would much rather be stranded and in need of a towing company during the winter in Arizona as opposed to the summer. We have been there in the summer and heat and hot really don’t describe the intensity!

To make a long story short we had parked in downtown Chandler and had gone to a wonderful coffee shop call Peixoto Coffee on Boston St where they serve Brazilian coffee and has a very European Flair. It very much reminded us of our visits to Italy and how the coffee is prepared there. So as we were walking around enjoying the beautiful scenery and breathing in the Cool Desert Air we noticed quite a few wonderful art galleries. So there was no way that we were going to avoid taking a look at those. After visiting quite a few many of the owners suggested that we take a drive to Scottsdale Arizona because there’s a large number of very high-quality galleries up there. Scottsdale is not too far away from Chandler Arizona, it’s really just a short ride on the freeway.

Tow Truck and Art Work

So we jumped in our car with our directions in hand and the remaining coffee in our coffee cups. Looking forward to having lunch and viewing the wonderful galleries in Scottsdale we embarked on a short excursion. Well, you can guess what happened next, the car stopped working. We were stranded on the freeway. So that’s when we realized, man we really need a towing company now. We’re happy to tell you that we found a wonderful company called Tow Chandler who went above and beyond the call of duty to get our car towed to the repair shop quickly.

It is really nice when you run across people who operate a great towing company and do a good job and care what they do and how it affects their clients.

To make a long story short, thanks to our tow truck driver and his recommendation of a good repair shop our car was not broken for very long. A real plus was it didn’t cost us very much money to get it fixed or to have it towed. I guess we were just kind of lucky that day. No complaints here because when I’m on vacation the last thing I want to deal with is having my car towed and having it repaired and I’m sure I’m not the only one that feels that way.

So we did finally end up in Scottsdale and visited a lot of really great art galleries. There is no shortage of really high-quality ones there. Another real plus was we saw quite a lot of beautiful Indian jewelry made of turquoise and silver. In case you don’t know Phoenix is not that far from the Navajo Indian reservation in northeastern Arizona. Not only that the Hopi reservation is not far away either. So seeing the beautiful artwork and craftsmanship of these Native Americans really help to make our trip.

Not only that but there was quite a lot of New Mexican artwork from the Pueblo Indians or Native Americans from mostly the northern half of New Mexico. One thing that really struck us was the beautiful pottery from the Acoma Pueblo which is just about 40 miles west of Albuquerque along Interstate 40. We have been there before in the past and really appreciated the black-and-white intricate pottery that has helped to make it famous. That is one day that I will never forget walking around on the top of the mesa where Acoma Pueblo is.

So all-in-all our trip to Chandler Arizona was a real success and thanks to our tow truck driver who got us to a great repair shop and a special thanks goes out to those warm and inviting people and owners of the local art galleries that shared that we should go up to Scottsdale and visit those galleries also. It was a memorable experience and we can’t wait to return to the beautiful Phoenix Desert in the wonderful State of Arizona.

Health and Clean Living

Living in a clean environment ensures a healthy living. The first thing is to care for your personal hygiene including washing your hands, brushing teeth, bathing and wearing clean clothes as well as keeping the house clean by professional carpet cleaning on a schedule. Observing good personal hygiene promotes health and social benefits.


Health Benefits

If you keep your body clean and cleaning your flooring, it means you have safeguarded it against all types of illnesses. Washing hands helps prevent you spreading germs same as brushing your teeth regularly prevents you from having any oral diseases and other infections.


Social Benefits

If you care for your body, take bath regularly, it will lessen your body odor and boost your personal appearance and others will also perceive you as a healthy person, especially, in places such as schools and offices where good appearance will improve your self-image.


Observing cleanliness and personal hygiene is the foremost step to living a healthy life, neglecting it or permitting your children to neglect it, may harm yours and their health. For that, one must develop a healthy routine especially the people with bleeding disorders and their caregivers because any negligence in it will cause germs to spread and infect the people.


Hand Washing

Hands are the basic parts, if not clean, can cause infection easily.


When to Wash Your Hands

  • Wash them while preparing meal
  • Before eating anything
  • After toilet usage
  • Right after changing diapers or washing a child in toilet
  • If shaking hands or touching someone who is sick, wash them before and after
  • If blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, wash them afterwards
  • After touching an animal or animal waste
  • After touching garbage
  • Wash them before and after treating a wound

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Street Artists and Performers

Street PerformersPerforming at public places for gratuities is known as street performance. Gratuities include money, food or drinks.  Street performance is an old art that is still being practiced all over the world by street performers including men, women and children. Such performers perform anything entertaining such as acrobats, juggling, singing, dancing, playing instruments, puppeteering, magic, animal tricks, like snake charming, painting or sketching, ventriloquism and street theater, etc.



The art of street performers is quite old and especially before the use of electronic media, it was quite popular and one of the common means of earning. In the beginning, it was Continue reading “Street Artists and Performers”

Contemporary Art

Street Art 20th CenturyContemporary art includes the period from 1960 onwards. It is also known as Postmodernist art and includes dozens of disciplines. Contemporary art is a style and attitude that discards the notion that art gives meaning. It says life is meaningless so is the art. Instead of focusing ‘how’ art was created it asks ‘what’ is produced and emphasizes on concepts and perceptions.


The main 21st century painting styles are as follows:


Monochrome Painting

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Italian History

In the Medieval Age, Italian art comprised of frescoes and mosaics. Byzantine art in its high and refined form was quite popular with calligraphy and impressive use of colors and gold. Till the 13th century, art in Italy was regional and influenced by Eastern and European works. But in c.1250, with the development in the art of various regions, it also acquired originality. The traces of Gothic art are also found in Italian works during the intermediate age from Medieval to Renaissance.


Renaissance in Italy (From 14th to early 16th century)


Unlike Medieval painters, who gave a spiritual and religious meaning to their work, Renaissance painters and sculptors portrayed nature and human beings realistically.

  1. Giotto, the Florentine painter, was the first artist who portrayed a realistic picture of nature in 14th century and produced brilliant frescoes for churches.
  2. In 15th century, there was a group of Florentine painters, architects and sculptors who were remarkable in their realistic approach including Masaccio, Donatello and Filippo Brunelleschi.
  3. Then later in 16th century, Michelangelo, Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci remained dominated.
  4. In earlier 16th century, Mannerism flourished in Italy with its courtly and sophisticated style by Giorgio Vasari and Bronzino.
  5. Mannerism influenced painting and other art forms as in architecture, the work of Giulio Romano and in sculpture Benvenuto Cellini and Giambologna are noteworthy examples. This period was the end of High Renaissance and a shift towards Baroque tradition.

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Since beginning, Greeks inhabited the south, Etruscans the center and Celts the north of the Italian Peninsula, when, finally, Italy emerged as a dominant power. It conquered most of the ancient world and became a center of leading political, cultural, and religious activities in the western civilization.


Italy during the Renaissance


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Famous Painters

PaintersAmong a great number of painters and millions of paintings that have been created and displayed in art galleries, there are few that are admired beyond time and they are able to make history. These paintings have been revered and recognized by people throughout the world. The makers of these paintings have got worldwide recognition; few of these world renowned painters are as follows.


Masaccio (1401-1428)

Belonging to the Italian Renaissance, he is said to be the founder of painting in Florence and inspired Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo in 15th century. He died young at the age of 26, while working on the Brancacci Chapel frescoes of the life of St Peter, remarkable in their realism and form that later this chapel worked as a school for upcoming artists. His famous paintings include nude Adam and Eve and shivering boy ready for baptism.


Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)

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Art Galleries

GalleryArt galleries are the places meant to display the visual arts most of the time. They can be both public and private. Public art galleries are usually non-profitable and display the selected works of art, while private galleries are owned by individuals who exhibit their art works for the purpose of sale. In recent times, private art galleries are much famous. They usually exhibit art works for the sale purpose however, sometimes they are non-profitable and only intend to introduce the new trends in art. Then there are vanity galleries that charge the artists some fee to reveal their effort.


History of Art Galleries


In past, monarchs, churches, temples, palaces and other religious institutions were used to display art pieces and occasionally, they were open for the public view. In Classical age, religious institutions were used as art galleries and wealthy people and rulers used to donate their precious jewelry to these galleries for demonstration. Then in the late medieval period, in Europe, palaces and large country houses were used to display the works which were at times open for the public. In 18th century, Royal Palace in Paris was quite popular for art activities and Grand Tour, in Italy, was a major industry. The tradition of private art gallery, meant for the public view, can be traced back in 17th century, when first such museum was established in 1683 in Oxford, named as Ashmolean Museum.


World’s Famous Art Galleries


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Art Exhibitions

An exhibition is a display of artistic work open for public to view. Different art pieces are gathered together at one place usually displayed in art galleries, clubs, halls and museums. Now, with changing traditions, they have been shown in private art galleries, coffee houses, hotels or may be on some important occasion.



Art exhibitions have a significant importance in art field, in order to introduce new artists and new work by any artist. They got popularity in 18th and 19th century with the opening of Paris Salon in 1773. Then in London, The Royal Academy 1769 introduced new works. Artists of those times used to put great efforts in their work, sometimes they used to change the style of their work to get some place in these academies. Exhibitions are done for two purposes: commercial and non-commercial.


Commercial Exhibitions

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European Artists

Left Them Behind PaintingThe art of European artists can be described in terms of different movements.


Egyptian, Greek and Roman Artists: Painters of Egyptian civilization mostly painted the scenes of afterlife. Greeks used to paint everyday life scenes and Roman painters were much influenced by them in their work.

Middle Ages Artists: Middle ages instilled a religious spirit. It kept the Byzantine Art style displaying the divine reflection. Cimabue in Italy and his pupil Giotto are considered to be the pioneers of medieval painting in west.

Renaissance Artists: Renaissance brought an exceptional change in the medium of art. In Italy, Fra Angelico, Piero della Francesca, Filippo Lippi, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo Buonarroti and Raphael etc. developed painting through their thinking and perception.

Baroque and Rococo Artists:  Paintings were dominated by dramatic tones. The important painters were Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Velázquez, Poussin, Rubens, Jan Vermeer and Jan Vermeer. In 18th century, Rocco established the decorative arts in France. The great French painters were François Boucher, Fragonard and Antoine Watteau.

18th and 19th Centuries Artists: David and then Ingres brought sensuality and Pantheist philosophy in art. Romantics introduced pessimistic ideas related to human destination and painted shipwrecks and demolished churches. Paintings of love scenes and women’s nude images were popularized.

In 19th century, John Constable, J.M.W. Turner and Francisco de Goya portrayed the scenes of mythology and religion. The major painters were Théodore Géricault, Eugène Delacroix, John Constable, Caspar David Friedrich and J. M. W. Turner.

Modern and Contemporary Artists: Henri Matisse brought a great revolution in Paris art with multi colored wild paintings of human figures and landscapes. Pablo Picasso painted prostitutes and violent women showing human liberation.

Pioneers of Modern art Movement: Modern painting is influenced by almost all the visual art forms. Van Gogh’s put a great influence on 20th century Expressionism. Then the Wassily Kandinsky is considered to be the pioneer of abstract art. Symbolism and Expressionism have dominated all over the world. Continue reading “European Artists”

Painting and Artists

Modern Art 1 PaintingPainting is a genre of art and a creative way of expression of an artist. A painting is a combination of different elements from color, tone and medium to the depiction of a particular theme. For that, a painting is not just a piece of art that appeals to our emotions and gives aesthetic pleasure but it displays certain norms, traditions, culture and socio-economic activities of a particular society. It develops a mindset and a viewer depicts it with that particular attitude. The art today has reached us after passing through different phases and still it is changing with time.

Medium of Expressions

Every artist chooses his own medium and form of expression that is naturalistic or representational, abstract, symbolist, photographic, narrative, political or emotive. Then the use of color and medium has great importance through which he shows the intensity of his emotions. It is upon the painter how he merges colors and gives them a symbolic meaning. He creates a psychological impact on the mind of audience by using Continue reading “Painting and Artists”