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Monster List of Art and Exhibit Themes

In art, theme conveys the message or broad idea of a work or group of works. Themes are often universal ideas; that is, explorations into life, society, or human nature. Themes are usually implied rather than explicitly stated.

If you are trying to create a cohesive body of work, or prepare your artwork for an exhibit, you might find it helpful to choose a theme so that the pieces “hang together” (no pun intended). The list below should help you get started.

Monster List of Art Themes

List of Art and Exhibit Themes

    • 3D Art
    • Aboriginal and Native Art
    • Abstract
    • America
    • Anatomy
    • Animals
    • Apron Strings: Ties to the Past
    • Architecture
    • The Beauty Myth
    • Bizarre and Surreal
    • Bring in the Clowns
    • C is for Consciousness: Your Rich Inner Life
    • Casting Shadows
    • Conflict / War
    • Creations of the Night: Art Inspired by Dreams
    • Creepy / Spooky / Eerie / Strange
    • D is for Disrupt; Risky, Rebellious Art
    • Decay / Rusty / Grungy
    • Distortions
    • Dreams
    • Drip, Dribble or Splash
    • Duality / Yin Yang / Light Dark
    • Ecology
    • Elements of Design: Line, Color, Texture, Shape, Form, Value, Space
    • Emotions: Love, Hate, Desire, Jealousy, Envy, Joy, Compassion, Fear
    • Eyes from Above/Below
    • Fairy Tales
    • Famous Landmarks
    • Fantasy
    • Fluidity
    • Found Objects
    • Freedom
    • From Natural to Abstraction
    • Full Circle
    • Gadgets
    • Gardens / Flowers / Plants
    • Great Outdoors
    • Glassy and Glossy
    • Head in the Clouds
    • Heroes / Heroines / Archetypes / Gods / Goddesses
    • Humor / Fun / Silliness
    • Inspired by Great Artists
    • Interactive Art
    • Is Anybody Out There? Artworks About Outer Space
    • Kinetic Sculpture
    • Landscapes, Real and Imagined
    • La Vie Quotidienne: Art of Everyday Life
    • Light and Shadow
    • Lipstick and Rouge: The Emotions of Red
    • Local Inspiration
    • Loneliness / Loss / Solitude
    • Macabre
    • Masks for Full Moons
    • Medicine / Anatomy
    • Meet the Parents: Art of Moms and Dads
    • Memory
    • Messy & Sloppy
    • Metals / Metallic / Shiny / Lustrous / Golds / Silver
    • Minimalism
    • Monochromatic
    • Monsters
    • Mythological Creatures
    • National Identity
    • Nature & Environment
    • Opposites Attract
    • Ordinary to Extraordinary
    • Out of Place
    • Outdoor Art
    • Paradise
    • Paradox
    • Paw Prints: Artworks of Animals
    • Personality Through Sculpture
    • Perspectives
    • Picture books
    • Principles of Design: Pattern, Contrast, Emphasis, Harmony, Scale/Proportion, Balance, Rhythm/Movement
    • Recycling
    • Reflections & Shadows
    • Renaissance / Rebirth / New Beginnings
    • Romance / Love
    • Seasons / Fall / Spring / Winter / Summer
    • Seeing Things in a New Light
    • Self-portraiture
    • Seven Deadly Sins
    • Shadows
    • Shattered Images
    • Slice of Life
    • Small Art / Tiny Art / Miniatures
    • Souvenirs from the Sun: Vacation Artwork
    • Spirituality
    • Stages of Life: Growing Up, Boyhood, Manhood, Girlhood, Womanhood, The Crone, The Maiden, The Mother, Children, Fathers, Mothers, Grandparents, Death
    • Steampunk
    • Stories
    • Symbolism
    • Take Me Away
    • The Gaze of a Woman
    • The Great Outdoors: Landscape Art
    • The Heat is On: Summer Artworks
    • The Way We Were: Art About Nostalgia
    • Through a Window
    • Time and Space
    • Transformation
    • Unique Mediums
    • Weird & Wacky
    • Who’s Your Helga?
    • Winter Wonderland
    • Zen

What would you add to this list?

Victor Shearer, Berks County, Pennsylvania, Artist

In my childhood home, I often looked at two paintings that hung on the wall in our family room. They were similar in size and style, painted in oil on canvas, with gold frames. One was a seascape and the other a landscape.

Victor Shearer Seascape, 1936

Victor Shearer Seascape, 1936

Victor Shearer Landscape, 1936

Victor Shearer Landscape, 1936

Recently, I wanted to learn more about the paintings and here is what I found out.

The artist was Victor Shearer, a landscape and seascape painter in traditional style who reportedly created many similar paintings “selling them for a few dollars apiece on the streets of Reading.”

Victor was born in 1872, the son of artist Christopher High Shearer (1840-1946) and his wife Sarah. and lived primarily in Reading, Pennsylvania. Before pursuing painting in the early 1900’s, he worked as a basket maker. Victor died at age 79 in 1951 and is buried in Alsace Lutheran Cemetery.

His initial work was similar to his father’s, realistic and traditional, but he later developed his own style.

As a child, I much preferred the seascape to the landscape. Something about the waves and the boats, I suppose. It also had a sense of danger about it. Would the sailboat crash into the rocks? It seemed likely. As an adult, I still prefer the seascape, but now I can appreciate the composition, the heavy mass of rocks at the bottom right, opposed to the airy mass of sea and sky at upper left. The waves leaping into the rocks and spiraling back around counter clockwise, leading the eye through the painting again. The solitary sailboats strike a vertical counterpoint to the horizontal weight of the sea.

Peter Hastings Falk, Editor, Who Was Who in American Art

Painting is Easy |Edgar Degas

Edgar Degas, Painting is Easy Quote

Edgar Degas, Painting is Easy Quote

Painting is easy when you don’t know how but very difficult when you do. – Edgar Degas

Oh Orange, How I Love Thee, Let Me Count The Ways…

Orange is my happy color. It radiates warmth and happiness and combines the physical energy and stimulation of red with the cheerfulness of yellow. I have touches of orange throughout my home, in the form of furnishings like throws, vases, framed art, flower pots, curtains, and candles. Although I was tempted, I refrained from painting entire walls orange, instead using it as an accent color. I find the color orange to be immensely cheerful and uplifting.

The Shades Of Orange

The Shades Of Orange

I decorated my spare bedroom with orange. The walls are painted an unassuming beige, but the curtains, bedspreads, are blankets are orange. The floor is hardwood with a natural finish and takes on an orange tone, especially when the afternoon sun streams in through the west-facing window. The spare bedroom is where we host foster children for respite care so I was delighted to learn that the color orange offers emotional strength in difficult times, helps us bounce back from disappointments and despair, and assists us to recover from grief. Hopefully we can provide some small amount of healing to our young guests, although they are with us only for a short time.

Monsters are the secondary theme for our spare bedroom makeover. What color? Orange, of course! I chose orange colored furry monster friends for the beds and an assortment of monster creatures in the form of wall decals. Meet them below:

Orange Monsters

Orange Monsters

The wall decals were purchased online from Amazon, the chunky monster at the left is from Target, and the faux furry guy on the right is one that I made a few years ago. I hope that the stuffie monsters will help our foster children scare away the monsters in their own heads.

The Meaning of Orange

Orange is associated with a number of positive aspects, including the following:

happiness • fun • joy • enjoyment • optimism • determination • stimulation • enthusiasm • invigoration • encouragement • rejuvenation • heat • sunshine • health • creativity • success • freedom • expression • strength • endurance

Objects That are Naturally Colored Orange

carrots • pumpkins • sweet potatoes • cantelope • mango • curry powder • paprika • saffron • poppies • marigolds • poppies • daylilies • fall leaves • canaries • tigers • foxes • butterflies • fish • koi • goldfish

The Color Orange in Art

The color orange was used in early art in ancient Egypt, the Roman Empire, and in China on tomb paintings and frescoes from pigments made from the minerals realgar and orpiment. It appeared in Medieval art and Renaissance art.

In the early 1800’s, a synthetic pigment, chrome orange, was invented from the mineral crocoite or lead chromate. Orange became popular with the Pre-Raphaelites in Britain later in the century. One of my favorite paintings is that of Flaming June by Lord Leighton. See it below, along with a gallery of other striking paintings using orange in large part.

Using Orange in Your Art

Orange has very high visibility, so you can use it to catch attention and highlight the most important elements of your design.

Orange Inspiration

Lose yourself in my Pinterest board, “Orange You Glad for the Color Orange?” for great orange color inspiration!