Lighthouse art comes in more forms than you may think of right off the bat! Those of us who are lighthouse devotees love searching for just the right lighthouse artwork or sculptures, maybe lighthouse travel posters that we like to adorn our shelves or walls. But what is it that draws us to that?
Because we love the romance, the history, the aura of the stories of the keepers and their families. We love the travels we take, seeing lighthouses, and the spectacular views we're rewarded with after that hard work of climbing to the top.
When we view some lighthouse art, we can imagine the circumstance of the painting. Or think of the scene of the poster, the place we've traveled to, or plan to visit. We may want to get the true meaning of what's behind the scenes for that artsy photograph of that lighthouse, or that stormy painting.
So we're going to research all that here. And see what's up with those lighthouse artists, and the artwork they create. They all have their little bits of similarities - but they take that, and then make it their own. Let's see how they do that.
When you look for lighthouse artwork, do you look for well-known artists? Do you want recognized names? Or are you just looking to decorate your bar area, or your patio or deck with something inexpensive. Are you looking for someone in the lighthouse art world who is an up-and-coming name? Maybe you want to try doing some lighthouse artwork yourself.
If you're going to purchase something, how should you evaluate the lighthouse art you're considering? There are so many lighthouse artwork choices for you. Let's begin with a few evaluation tips:5
Consider all of these points. Think about how a piece of lighthouse art you're considering - especially if it's a monetary investment - what is it saying to you? What emotions does it trigger for you? Does it make you just look it over, or does it get you thinking of what it does for you - taking you far away in your thoughts?
Finally, consider how it will look from various angles. How will it look in areas of your home? Will it suit its surroundings? After time, will you still love it, as you did on the day you took it home? Then you've made the right choice!
Lighthouse paintings can take many forms. It depends, probably, with your taste in lighthouse art. Do you like realism? Choosing portraits, so to speak, of actual lighthouses - as they appear. Or would you like a stylized version of that lighthouse you're familiar with? What a wide array to choose from!
Maybe you'd like any lighthouse, even if it's not a real one in this world, but you'd like it to look as if it were! Or perhaps you prefer a moody look to your chosen lighthouse art, or stormy seas coming round it.
Whatever your preference, there is a painting of a lighthouse you'll find that will satisfy your want - for sure. Let's see a few samples. Personally, we like some of the stormy varieties, and artsy types of lighthouse art. It doesn't have to be one that actually exists, but it can. We just never can tell what may strike us until we see it!
Lighthouse art in watercolors often has an airy quality. But not even necessarily, as you can see here in the painting of the Plouzane Lighthouse in France. Maybe because it portrays it at night. A good view since you see the guiding beacon.
Usually when you have a lighthouse painting on canvas, that lighthouse art is an oil painting. These are usually obvious pretty quickly, as you note the brush strokes and heavier work of the oils. Some people love that quality. It can work well with stormy seas, for sure! Probably with those quirky modernistic tower paintings, too.
But here are a few to consider. The first two are by a "starving artist" trying to make her way on-line, the next two are from past historic artists, who've made their mark.
Why not try your own lighthouse art:
Paintings of lighthouses around the time of sunset set a wonderful, relaxing mood. They often forecast a calm approach in their setting - but not always!
A lighthouse silhouette can be used in many ways. Many business companies incorporate it into their logos. It is dramatic, and obvious in its appearance. Often its used because of the symbolism it can represent. It can mean guidance, lighting a way forward, or strength, perhaps leadership through stormy times.
The watercolor painting seen above used a lighthouse silhouette in its sunset scene. It effectively used its dramatic solidness of the silhouette contrasting with the hazy fog of the ocean and setting sun.
Lots of art beginners start painting with lighthouse silhouettes. You can get an idea of some here.
You could try one too!
Lighthouse sculptures can take some different forms. From miniatures that you place in curio cabinets and shelves inside your home, to decor on a patio or inside a themed room to an outside garden or courtyard. Some may be structured with actual lighting, to simulate the beacon of a lighthouse, or turned into a lamp. Some may be constructed specifically as Cemetery Memorials for those who related to lighthouses in their work or hobbies.
We'll look at some of the varieties.
A painting pattern is an already outlined visual that is pre-structured for taking further into a finished piece of artwork. A lighthouse painting pattern will outline the lighthouse itself. It may have other details lined across the surface: some windows, the main door, the gallery and its railing, the lantern, and the coned-roof.
The pattern emblazoned on the lighthouse surface may be represented: striped, checked, diamonds throughout, brick patterns, etc.
The delineated surroundings could show a rocky cliffside, waves, clouds in the sky, the sun, birds flying about. Or if at night it may show the moon, and give the light beam shape.
Often used by those who love working with lighthouse art, but don't feel naturally skilled. They may begin with lighthouse painting patterns to develop their artwork. The lines of the pattern offer guidance, and budding artists can use them as they see fit! They can be as creative as they like with colors, or with adhering to the structure of the lines. This helps overcome intimidation of a blank canvas!
Here are some examples of lighthouse related patterns.
Would you rather just draw your own lighthouse - just a simple lighthouse drawing? Learning to draw a lighthouse isn't very difficult. You think? It's just a few basic shapes, and then you can take it more complicated from there if you wish to. Like this video shows:
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