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Subject: Subscription to website w/still life images or oil painted images
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: debra425-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 07 Jan 2005 20:11 PST
Expires: 06 Feb 2005 20:11 PST
Question ID: 453902
I have been trying to find a website that has still life painted
images and/or oil painted images that I can reproduce on ceramic tile.
I would become a member of that site through a yearly subscription or
whatever. Can someone please help me with my search?

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 07 Jan 2005 20:24 PST
Hello Debra,

There are a number of good sites that can provide images for
reproduction.  It would help to know just a little bit about what you
plan to do with the tiles.  Are they for personal use, or do you plan
to sell them?

Also, are you looking for famous images...a Van Gogh sunflower, for
example...or for very professional but not quite as well known works
by other artists?

Let me know, if you have the chance.


Clarification of Question by debra425-ga on 08 Jan 2005 12:32 PST
I am planning on selling these tiles. I am in the business of making
murals on tiles. I do not care if they are famous artists or not I
just need to have access to some beautiful images with a resolution
that will work for reproduction. I will be anxious to hear back from
you.Thanks so much
Subject: Re: Subscription to website w/still life images or oil painted images
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 08 Jan 2005 16:31 PST
Hello again, Debra.

Thanks for getting back to me on this.

As I mentioned, there are a number of excellent sites where you can
access a wide variety of images -- works of art, commercial
photographs, illustrations, etc.

Of course, you will need to obtain the appropriate license/permission
in order to make use of the images, especially for commercial

The one exception to this get-permission-first rule is the use of US
government images, which are in the public domain, and can be used in
an unrestricted fashion for whatever purposes you choose.  I'll
include some information about these below.

I've included a number of links that I think you will find very
useful.  However, before rating this answer, let me know if you need
any additional information.  Just post a Request for Clarification and
I'll be happy to assist you further.

All the best,



For a deep collection of fine art files, try Art Resource at:

You can pretty much find any topic or theme of interest to you, from a
host of artists, both famous and lesser-known.  For instance, my
search on "sunflower" returned 32 images.

The company describes their service this way:

"Whether for a book, advertisement, poster, calendar, CD-ROM,
television program, web site, film, or greeting card, Art Resource
will act quickly to get you quality images of famous and lesser known
works of art..."

Prices depend on the image selected and its intended use.  You will
have to contact Art Resource directly for more detailed pricing


This site isn't the easiest to navigate, but it has a hefty collection
of images -- fine art as well as archeological -- and makes
high-resolution digital files available for a fee of from $20.00 to
$65.00 per image (low resolution images are also available for as
little as $5.00).

Their license policy is fairly unrestricted:

"AnthroArcheArt.Org Digital Images may be used for Advertising,
Promotional, and Editorial purposes, as well as on items for resale
such as: Packaging, Brochures, Magazines, Books, Jackets, Hard Goods,
Greeting Cards, Clothing... "

At present, their fine art collection is rather limited, although this
is still a worthwhile site to explore.  They apparently intend to
expand their art collection sometime soon.


I also want to mention this site:

which lists a great variety of images available from the federal government.  

The value of these is that the vast majority of images are in the
public domain -- that is, they are available to the public for any
use, with no restrictions, and at no charge.

For instance, have a look at these beautiful "Earth as Art" images from NASA:

Some of these would make some first-class tiles, if you ask me (which
you didn't...!).  But still, you may want to explore these image links
for free downloads from a wide variety of federal agencies.


Alamay also has a good art collection, as well as stock photographs:

I find that searching on an artist's name is the easiest way to bring
up relevant pictures, and to separate photos of paintings from other

Once you register at the site (there is no charge for this), you can
click on an image of interest to find out the relevant fees, which
seem to start at about $50.00 per image.


Individual museums generally have provisions for making images of
their works available for a fee, though they can be cumbersome to work

Here is a link, for instance, to the instructions for obtaining
high-quality copies and permission to use them, from the Metropolitan
Museum of Art  in New York:


Getty Images is another very extensive, very well-known collections of
available art and photography images:

Click on "Creative" to get started, and search for the terms of
interest to you.  Again, searching on artist names can be helpful in
sorting through the materials, though their search engine can be
finnicky at times, so if a name doesn't produce immediate results,
don't give up.

You'll have to register at the site (no charge) to get information
about the fees for specific prints.


FotoSearch makes available pre-assembled collections of artwork on CD:

There's are quite a number of CD's with fine art collections here,
mixed in with others that are more in the clip-art camp.  If these
meet your needs, though, you might find the price more agreeable --
and the process a whole lot simpler -- than purchasing individual
prints.  Click on a collection of interest to see the images it


I trust these services will be an endless source of images for your
commercial needs.  But again, just let me know if you need anything


search strategy:  Used bookmarked sites for "Art" and for "royalty-free"

Request for Answer Clarification by debra425-ga on 09 Jan 2005 15:49 PST
I am not sure that I have found the type of images that I am looking
for yet. Some of them are okay but I am still not real happy with what
I saw. Still life oil paintings of wine & grapes, fruit & baskets,
bread & cheese, flowers, etc. I do not want photos I want my images to
look like they are painted on my tiles not like I have transferred a
photo onto them. I hope you can be of further assistance to me. Sorry
to be such a pain. Thanks so much

Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 09 Jan 2005 16:15 PST
No problem, Debra, but perhaps you can help me a bit to help you. 
Getting images of paintings that look like paintings whouldn't be a
problem, once I know the sort of paintings you would like.

Is there a particular painting or two you can think of that best
exemplifies what you're after, or a particular artist that rings your

I can only provide a fairly generic answer until I have a better
understanding of what sort of images you really need.  The more you
can tell me, the better I'll be able to assist you.

Looking forward to hearing back from you.


Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 09 Jan 2005 16:22 PST
One more thing...just to be sure I'm understanding you.

Do you want to transfer a two-dimensional image of a painting to a
tile, or do you somehow want a textured, 3-D type of thing happening,
as if there were actual oil brush strokes on the tiles.

Let me know.

Request for Answer Clarification by debra425-ga on 09 Jan 2005 17:09 PST
This site might give you and idea of what I am looking for. I do not
need it to look like the brush strokes are on the tiles. Yes I want to
transfer a two-dimensional image of a painting to a tile. Looking
forward to hearing back from you. Thanks again

Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 10 Jan 2005 15:01 PST
Hello Debra,

I think you'll find that the type of images you're looking for are
available on some of the links I provided in my initial answer. 
Forgive my oversight for not explaining in more detail how to find the
images at the sites, though I hope to rectify that right now.

Art Resource seems your best bet for doing some exploring:

In smallish type near the top of the page you'll find a link for
"Advanced Search".  Pressing on this takes you to:

In the "assisted keyword" box, enter the words [ still life ] in order
to zero in on this particular class of paintings.  In the long "Text
Search" box, enter the subject you'd like to search on, then click on
"search".  Let's start with [ flowers ] as a test subject.

The results should pull up a fair number of still life images
containing flowers.  And in fact, when I conducted the search, my
results contained 562 pictures (there are 63 pages of results, shown 9
images to a page).   Here's a link to the overall results:

Clicking on any individual image pulls up a larger image and some
additional information, such as this one:
Flower still life.
Location: Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Great Britain

If this particular image was of interest to you, then you would
contact Art Resoruce directly to determine its availability and price.

I'm going to stop right here to make sure that I'm on the right track.
 Please give the above process a try -- and play around with a few
other search terms of interest to you -- and then get back to me to
let me know any other information you might like to have.

I will certainly continue to assist you with this until you are 100%
satisfied that you have everything you need.


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