Bison Silhouette – Aurelia Schanzenbacher Sisters Fine Arts Print

Bison Silhouette – Aurelia Schanzenbacher Sisters Fine Arts – Canvas

Source: Bison Silhouette – Aurelia Schanzenbacher Sisters Fine Arts Print

Medieval Window – Aurelia Schanzenbacher Sisters Fine Arts – Canvas Artwork

Medieval Window – Aurelia Schanzenbacher Sisters Fine Arts – Canvas

Source: Medieval Window – Aurelia Schanzenbacher Sisters Fine Arts – Canvas Artwork

Completed in watercolor then put through digital software to enhance the colors. Windows, are openings in the wall of a building for the admission of light and air; windows are often arranged also for the purposes of architectural decoration. During early times, the window were filled with stone, wooden, or iron grilles or lights (panes) of glass or other translucent material such as mica. In the Far East, windows were made of paper. Today, windows are almost always filled with glass, though a few use transparent plastic. In Roman imperial times glazed window appeared, and fragments of glass in a bronze frame have been found in Pompeii. It is probable that the great windows in the baths of Rome must have been enclosed in some way, in order to retain the heat. The general hypothesis is that these great clerestory openings were filled, originally, with frames of bronze which subdivided the whole into small areas, each of which held a pane of glass. Most likely, glazed windows were very exceptional in Roman times; marble, mica, and shell were most often used to fill window openings.


Cave Ant – Aurelia Schanzenbacher Sisters Fine Arts – Canvas Artwork

Cave Ant – Aurelia Schanzenbacher Sisters Fine Arts – Canvas

Source: Cave Ant – Aurelia Schanzenbacher Sisters Fine Arts – Canvas Artwork

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There are more than 12,000 species of ants all over the world. An ant can lift 20 times its own body weight. If a child was as strong as an ant, she would be able to pick up a car. Some queen ants can live for many years and have millions of babies. Ants don’t have ears. Ants “hear” by feeling vibrations in the ground through their feet. When ants fight, it is usually to the death. When foraging, ants leave a pheromone trail so that they know where they’ve been. Queen ants have wings, which they shed when they start a new nest. Ants don’t have lungs. Oxygen enters through tiny holes all over the body and carbon dioxide leaves through the same holes. When the queen of the colony dies, the colony can only survive a few months. Queens are rarely replaced and the workers are not able to reproduce.

Depending on the type of ant, will determine their preference for food.  Ants need food for fuel just like humans, and require a diet of proteins, carbs and lipids in varying quantities. Sugar ants are after that sugar , where big-headed ants go for protein and fats if they’re available. Have you ever wondered why ants are so attracted to your old soda cans?  Biologically speaking, all animals, including us, are driven to consume sugar because it is a calorie-dense food source. Since ants are such hard workers they need calorie-rich food in order to move about continuously in service of their queen. Sugar is basically an edible form of energy, so ants recognize this about sugar that is why they exploit any sugar-source as much as they can. Sugar, honey and some other sweeteners will provide an ant with enough energy go about its busy day. Ants are also well known for carrying around giant food particles that are often heavier than they are, but ants prefer to carry around sugar particles because they are so lightweight. To an ant, sugar particles are the preferred food to be hauling around.

Below are a few common ants and their food preference.

  • Carpenter ants — Carpenter ants have a reputation for eating wood, but they don’t actually eat cellulose. They nest inside wood, hollowing it out in the process. They prefer sweet foods like honeydew (a sugary liquid secreted by aphids), but will also eat other insects and flesh from dead animals.
  • Fire ants — These biting and stinging ants may seem like carnivores.  These are the ants that sometimes take a little nip at you.  However they eat seeds and sugars as well as meat and fat.
  • Pavement ants — These swarming ants eat just about anything around.  You might see them hauling away a wad of candy, piece of wood or chewing gum.
  • Pharaoh ants — These small ants also eat almost anything.
  • Thief ants — These tiny ants are also called grease ants because they prefer meat, fat and oil.

Hopefully you’ve enjoyed learning about ants! Thanks for looking!


As a new artist it is important to learn different brush strokes. This includes Pointillism This will help make your painting have texture and depth adding another dimension of fun to your art. (or even an experienced artist who has picked up the habitual pattern of using the same easy broad stroke should remember to disperse pointillism in their pieces)

So what is Pointillism?

Pointillism is a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of color are applied in patterns to form an image.

Georges Seurat and Paul Signac created this technique in 1886, moving away from Impressionism. The term “Pointillism” was coined by art critics in the late 1880s to ridicule the these artists, but is now used readily by artists. The movement was started by Seurat and was called Neo-impressionism. The Divisionists used a similar technique of patterns to form images, though with larger cube-like brushstrokes. Pointillism is similar to color printers as the dots are printed on paper or canvas using only four colors cyan, magenta, yellow and black. The colors are not preblended but nozzles which are programmed know which color to apply for the final picture. Pointillism is very unlike traditional painting where the colors are mixed first on a pallet prior to applying or mixed on the canvas while colors are wet.

The majority of Pointillism had been done in oil paint. But any paint can be used as long as it does not run or bleed. Thicker paints are preferred.

George Seurat’s Pointillism of the Neoimpressionist Era
Ludovico Tommasi Divisionist

Use any of the photos on this page to try out Pointillism art. Remember to focus on fun! Focus on the journey of creating! It’s the creating something out of nothing and leaving all worries behind which is the challenge. If it feels hard, your trying to hard. Some artists use a big paint brush so that they won’t focus too much on details. Try this sometimes.

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The Lion Watches – Aurelia Schanzenbacher Sisters Fine Arts – Canvas Artwork

The Lion Watches – Aurelia Schanzenbacher Sisters Fine Arts – Canvas

The Lion Watches – Aurelia Schanzenbacher Sisters Fine Arts – Canvas Artwork

New Group – Fine Art Spot

I started a Facebook Group that will incorporate some of my art style. After doing a search, I noticed that there was a shortage of Facebook groups that offered expressionistic, modern and abstract art. Granted, I enjoy traditional impressionistic and pre-century art styles, but I seem to be doing varies styles and mixing different art mediums, or focusing on a mix of traditional and modern art…but not to the extreme that the art is abstract. Therefore, to meet my own needs and to open the group to others, Art Spot was created. If you are on Facebook, we would love to have you join us. The link is listed below:

Facebook Fine Art Spot

Here is the intro to the group

“This is a group for artists and photographers of all mediums (ink, watercolor, pastels, oils, acrylics, charcoal, graphite, digital, mixed media, urban sketching, etc) whose focus is on expressionism, modern art, abstract and digital/photo art. We created this group for those artists and photographers who like to play around with different styles, different colors through mood play, expressionism and art “outside the box”. Be yourself, playing with any medium you want. Use black and white, crazy colors or mix all the mediums together! Creating art can be through traditional mediums or digitally using technology. It is a safe place to ask questions, share ideas, get inspired, and make connections. This is a group for all levels of artists (from beginners to professionals). What we share is a desire to move forward with our art and to help others do the same. We believe that we are all on the same path – some are just ahead and more experienced, while others, are just starting out – but we are all striving to be artistic. We look to those who are experienced to guide us, and we reach out a hand to those who are less experienced. We greet each other with kindness and understanding with positive input, and we expect others to do the same for us. Thanks for joining us! We are so glad you’re here!”

Hope you are as excited as I am, and you’ll join us!