The Watercolor Flower Artist’s Bible: An Essential Reference for the Practicing Artist (Artist’s Bibles)

The Watercolor Flower Artist's Bible: An Essential Reference for the Practicing Artist (Artist's Bibles)

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This hardcover book with internal wire-o binding is 6.5in x 8in, a perfect size for readers to keep handy in the studio, and reference often. The stylish design of this book, along with the interior photographs, illustrations and diagrams, make the learning process simple and fun for beginning painters and provides useful tips for more advanced artists.This book is divided into three sections. In the first section, you will find practical advice on choosing the necessary tools and equiopment as well as hints on mixing colors?”one of the trickier skills to master until you have learned some of the basic properties of color. Next, the techniques used in watercolor painting are explained in detail, from the most basic like laying washes and reserving highlights to some of the more unusual and exciting methods like wax-resist or spattering paint. Tutorials and more than 100 step-by-step sequences demonstrate how to paint a wide range of subjects, including landscapes, buildings, people and still life. Over 180,000 copies sold worldwide.





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3 Figure Skating Off Ice Exercises To Improve Your On Ice Performance


Figure skating is a sport that requires more than just grace and artistry. While most non-skaters don’t realize this, pulling off any technical element in skating requires a significant amount of strength and stamina. Awkward positions must be held for extended periods of time, and muscles that most people hardly ever use must be strong in order to execute the jumps, spins, and lifts that impresses the crowd and judges. All figure skaters, regardless of age or ability, should engage in a proper off-ice strength and conditioning program in order to give them the strength and stamina to execute elements, and also to help prevent injuries.

Note: Be sure to check with both your coach, your parents, and your physician before engaging in any off-ice exercise and conditioning program.

Figure skaters looking to build any sort of off-ice conditioning program need to look at their overall objectives in order to put together an overall off-ice program. I would like to suggest three exercises in particular that all off-ice programs should incorporate, and this is for all skaters, including pairs, dance, and freestylers.

1). Bicycle crunches. Like athletes in just about any sport, if a figure skater were to do absolutely nothing else off-ice except ONE thing, then it would have to involve core strength. Your core strength is what allows you to check out of jumps, center your spins, and maintain an erect posture in dance and step sequences. Try doing a twizzle or checking your rotation out of an Axel without core strength — it simply isn’t going to happen.

A study conducted at San Diego State University evaluated over a dozen different abdominal exercises for increasing core strength, and one stood out far and above the rest: The bicycle crunch. To do the bicycle crunch, lie on the floor with your abs engaged and your lower back pressed into the floor (you may have to rotate your pelvis under to achieve this). Put your hands beside your ears (DO NOT pull up on your neck!) and elevate your legs to about a 45 degree angle. Move your legs through a bicycle pedaling motion while simultaneously crunching up in a twisting motion and touching your elbow to your opposite knee.

2). Arabesque exercises. In the worlds of dance, gymnastics, and figure skating, the arabesque position is one of the most common positions you will need to learn to sustain. For figure skaters, this is particularly true when it comes to spirals and camel spins. An arabesque is represented most perfectly by the standard flat blade or edge spiral position of the pre-preliminary and preliminary Moves in the Field tests, with the skating leg held straight, the free leg at or above hip height, and the torso at a 90 degree angle to the skating leg.

To build your flexibility and stamina for holding the arabesque/spiral position, work on the following rotation, to be completed on each foot. Start by holding the arabesque position for one minute while supporting yourself with the wall, then another minute with your leg supported by a partner or half wall, then one minute on your own, then another minute with your arms on the wall again. Rest about 30 seconds between each position. These one minute intervals will be difficult at first, but will improve over time and greatly assist you, especially if you also do ballet or gymnastics.

3). Box jumps. For most spectators of our sports, it’s the jumps that draw the big rounds of applause. If you are a freestyle skater, your jumps are usually your most difficult technical element, and one of the things you spend the most of your training time working on perfecting. Fully rotating your jumps, particularly your doubles, triples and, if you can pull it off, a quad, requires an incredible ability to obtain “hang time” in the air. Getting “hang time” is mainly a matter of being able to vault yourself into the air with incredible power, which itself is a matter of shear strength.

Box jumps are one of the best ways to work on your jumping power and increase your time in the air. A basic box jump is completed by jumping onto an 18 to 24 inch tall wooden box with both feet from a standing position. Exploding up onto the box, and then exploding off the box and back to the ground is the most basic method for working on your jump power. Additional methods of box jumping include jumping up onto one box, then immediately onto another, higher, box, and then back to the ground. There are numerous variations of this exercise, all of which will improve your jumping ability.

These three exercises in and of themselves comprise the most basic off-ice training program possible. Of course, as with any athlete, eating right, getting enough sleep, and a basic cardio program are also of benefit to all skaters.

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A Marvellous Dutchman Netsuke of US$230.000,- !


A netsuke (net-skeh) is a miniature sculpture developed in Japan over a period of more than three hundred years. The kimono, the traditional form of Japanese dress, had no pockets. Men suspended pouches (inro) on a silk cord from their sash (obi) . To stop the cord from slipping through the “obi”, a small toggle is attached. That small toggle is the “netsuke”.    

Dutchman 

The netsuke referred to in the headline of this article was auctioned at the German auctionhouse Lempertz on 27 November 2004. It was estimated at $60.000,- (Euro 40.000) but was hammered at a sensational US$230.000,- (Euro 154.000). This unusually large (H 5 2/5″) ivory netsuke of a standing Dutchman holding a dead hare over his shoulder which is attached to a gun, dated late 18th Century, stands out by two characteristics: the somewhat caricature-like facial features and elegant dress, as well as his occupation as a hunter whose bait is an indication of the “South Barbarian meat eaters”.     

Why US$230.000,-?  

The exraordinary hammer price of US$230.000,- for this specific piece can be explained by looking at its history, theme, craftmanship, condition and off course by its rarity. The object made its way over 100 years in famous netsuke collections, and was already publicized in 1895 by the Japonist art dealer Marcus B. Huish. The representation of the Westerner, especially that of the Dutchman in Japanese art (in woodblock prints and netsuke) is a much coveted subject. This because of the striking depiction by the Japanese artists of this “strange” people from another world giving the beholder a very insightful and comic explanation of the encounter of two very different cultures. The unknown creator, it is unsigned, of this particular netsuke had to be a masterful craftsman because of his magnificent eye for detail and its elegant look. The specific subject of the Dutchman is not uncommon but a quality piece in this condition in combination with its age is a very rare find.     

More examples

During the last decades there are more examples of highlights in prices concerning netsukes. On May 1990 at auctionhouse Sotheby’s in London a netsuke of a horse was hammered at US$260,000,- and through an anitques dealer at Oriental Treasures and Points West in Honolulu a netsuke representing a “Awabi Girl and Octopus” (like Hokusai’s famous “Dream of Fisherman’s Wife (Octopus)” shunga design!) was sold at approx. US$250,000.    

Themes  

Netsuke carvers mostly worked in a bounded area of subjects and themes such as scenes of daily life, animals, erotic encounters (shunga), the signs of the zodiac or subjects with a mythical background. Whatever its subject or theme netsuke is a very attractive and highly collectable art form and the interesting pieces will only continue to increase in value.  

Books  

One of the most referred books among netsuke collectors are Lazarnick’s ‘ The Signature Book of Netsuke’ and from the same author ‘Netsuke & Inro Artists, and How to Read Their Signatures’. Both have been issued in limited editions, the first one in 500 copies and the latter in 876 copies. These books are unmissable for the serious netsuke collector. More recommended books on netsuke are ‘Netsuke: The Tokyo Meiko Kagami , Tokyo Living Masters List’ by Shingo Yamaguchi, ‘Netsuke: Fantasy and Reality in Japanese Miniature Sculpture’  by Joe Earle and ‘Expressions of Style: Netsuke as Art’ by Rosemary Bandini.  

Netsuke Organisations  

International Netsuke Society
International Netsuke Carvers’ Association           

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Portfolio Canvas Decor Large Printed Canvas Wall Art Painting, 30 by 40-Inch, Fond Memory, Framed and Stretched Ready to Hang

Portfolio Canvas Decor Large Printed Canvas Wall Art Painting, 30 by 40-Inch, Fond Memory, Framed and Stretched Ready to Hang

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Portfolio Canvas Decor’s framed canvas art collection is constructed from the highest quality wood stretcher bars and canvas, printed with first-class giclee printing machines and is fully manufactured in the United States. With gallery wrapped edges measuring 1 1/2 Inch and the print continuing on the sides, this panel piece is sure to elicit design, style and fashion from any angle. The “Fond Memory” print is a beautiful natural tree landscape rendering, including shades of blue, red, green and yellow. This print is the perfect addition to any home decor project, providing gallery quality wall art sure to complete any room. Canvas print comes stretched, framed and ready to hang.Gallery wrapped sides 1 1/2 in thick, image continues around edges
Comes hand-stretched on wooden frame, ready to hang
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First Steps Towards a Happy Life As a Minimalist


As I shy away from paying for Hulu and Netflix services, I have been further exploring what YouTube has to offer. It’s interesting what you find that you connect with when you are curating your own entertainment. One community or trend I’ve been into following is the tiny house and minimalism trends. I was raised by minimalists and have always been pretty subconsciously minimal, but now I want to wake up to more possibilities with it.

The first step is opening your eyes to things you consume and surround yourself with in the home. I think everyone has a few things that stand out as things we seem to collect, but not get our use out of. This may motivate us to part ways with these things, simply stop collecting more of it or make an effort to use what we’ve already collected. I’ve always been a fan of the buyerarchy of needs pyramid and would love to recreate it as a piece of art to hang in my home. The base of the pyramid, not unlike a food pyramid, is the healthier choices. From base to top, the buyerarchy is: use what you have, borrow, swap, thrift, make, and finally buy.

These are the things I noted that I collect and don’t get optimal use of.

Crafts

I am such a creative person. Crafting makes me feel good until my mind has created more things than I physically can keep up with and even storing my supplies has become a mess. This year I’ve decided to clear my palette. Once I’ve completed the crafts in queue, I will put all my creative energy into writing because it takes up little space and furthers my career!

Books

Books are another common consumption a new minimalist looks at first. I’m not THAT bad, but I’m a new mom who hasn’t had a chance to read regularly the books I’ve accumulated. Instead of using my credit card points on books as I usually do as a treat for myself, I’m going to read what I have and turn my points in for cash reward instead. If I’m interested in skimming a book on a topic on a whim, there are many free and inexpensive books offered on Google Play.

Jewelry

Jewelry does not take up a lot of space, but it does encourage me to buy more clothes to match them. Some jewelry lovers might have great pieces that go with everything, but not me! Over the years I’ve made a small collection and I never wear them. It’s sad. If I can’t incorporate them more into my wardrobe, I am going to donate them and pair down to the most versatile and interchangeable pieces.

Clothes

With a changing body, pregnancy to postpartum, my wardrobe has expanded and not in a good way. Clothes I never would consider keeping have stayed; torn tank tops, ugly dresses, ill-fitting pants, and leggings and sweatpants with holes in them. All because I anticipate more change and also stretching and mistreating clothing until I’m finished breastfeeding. When I go into my abundant, yet organized closet, I try on several pieces before I’m satisfied with the fit, look, and quality of an outfit. To feel good with my current wardrobe, I will need to tighten the collection and cut the fat. Anything I am not absolutely sure I should toss will go into a Rubbermaid bin in another closet to be taken out and evaluated another season.

My Child’s Toys

After reading about Montessori methods, I understand the importance of not having too many toys so a child can work on focus and skills associated with one or few age appropriate toys. Since then I have been dispersing toys he grows out of and even toys that are age appropriate to his grandparent’s house or spread to different rooms. Being overwhelmed with toys only makes the child less focused on them and more on getting into whatever you are doing! It also contributes to a messy house and safety hazards, so I’m much more pleased when my son has 3 age appropriate toys in each room that I can sit down and show him how to use. It’s more peaceful for all of us.

What things do you have an overabundance of? Some other examples might be makeup, tools, movies, cords and remotes, canned food that never gets circulated or boxes “that might come in handy!”. What things are you consuming that can be cut from your budget to provide you a savings cushion or vacation? Some of these things might include coffee and lunch purchased outside the home, eating out in general and Hulu/Netflix/Cable. Perhaps you buy so much of something that you DO use that you can purchase it in bulk to save money and save our planet from excess waste of packaging! Exploring doable minimalist practices can only help you, your family and your planet. What are you waiting for?

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The Benefits of Buying an Art Easel for your Children



Having troubles on what to get your child as a gift? Well, since most children enjoy expressing their creative imagination and love to paint and draw, why not get them a new art easel. Even though art easels are more thought about as tools for professional artists, kids too can use them as a fun and enjoyable way to pass their time.

Easel boards designed for children function as more than just something to draw and paint on. Some of these easels can be used for games and as a teaching instrument sort of like a chalk board at school. In fact, many new art easels are reversible with a chalk board and white erase board on each side. This way your kid can use it to draw and you can use it as a tool to help them with their homework and such.

As a parent, the idea of an easel for your children should strike you as a great one. You children will learn to develop their imagination and learn how to project that imagination in the form of art by painting. Not only will it help develop important aspects of your child’s learning curve, but it will also allow you (the parent) plenty of more free time to be able to do the things you want or need to do without being constantly harassed by your children. They will be too busy playing with their new easel to bug you.

Easels are great for children because it allows them to be able to think for themselves and create their own work. By using the art easel to draw and create paintings, your children are constantly working towards improving their skill sets whether they know it or not. This will help them in the long run be more productive as an individual in whatever line of work they decide to take up. It will even help them get better grades in school because they will understand the concept of working hard for themselves to produce positive results.

There are many different choices of art easels you can choose for your children. They have less sophisticated art easels for very young children like the easel I described above. Of course you can also buy a more professional art easel that has all of the options a professional painter would have. This would be more suited to the older kids who really have a passion towards art and drawing.

Whatever skill level your child may be at his or her age, an easel would make the perfect gift for them. They are fairly inexpensive and you can find them anywhere, including online.


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Thoroughly Modern Millie

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Not only is Thoroughly Modern Millie a zany romantic spoof of the Roaring Twenties, it’s a musical that won an Oscar for Best Original Music Score! Julie Andrews stars as Millie, an innocent country girl who comes to the big city in search of a husband. Along the way she becomes the secretary of the rich and famous Trevor Graydon (John Gavin), befriends the sweet Miss Dorothy (Mary Tyler Moore), fights off white slaver Mrs. Meers (Beatrice Lillie) and hooks up with a lively paper clip salesman, Jimmy (James Fox). In the end it takes a rich nutty jazz baby like Muzzy (Carol Channing) to unravel all these complications, give a great party, and match up lovers.Factory sealed DVD



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Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art: A Sourcebook of Artists’ Writings (Second Edition, Revised and Expanded by Kristine Stiles)

Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art: A Sourcebook of Artists' Writings (Second Edition, Revised and Expanded by Kristine Stiles)

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First published in 1996, this irreplaceable resource has now been updated, revised, and expanded by Kristine Stiles to represent thirty countries and more than one hundred new artists. Stiles has added forty images and a diverse roster of artists, including many who have emerged since the 1980s, such as Julie Mehretu, Carrie Mae Weems, Damien Hirst, Shirin Neshat, Cai Guo-Qian, Olafur Eliasson, Matthew Barney, and Takashi Murakami. The writings, which as before take the form of artists’ statements, interviews, and essays, make vivid each artist’s aesthetic approach and capture the flavor and intent of his or her work. The internationalism evident in this revised edition reflects the growing interest in the vitality of contemporary art throughout the world from the U.S. and Europe to the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Australia.



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Make a Small Room Look Larger With Art Wall Decals


If you have a small place there is no reason to stare at plain white walls. Decorating the walls in a smaller living space is often challenging but makes all the difference when creating a cozy space. No matter how small the room is, if it is warm and inviting, it will make friends and family feel right at home. Here are a few tips to make a room look larger with art wall decals.

Choose the right pattern or theme to create the illusion of a bigger space. There are literally a multitude of themes and designs to choose from when decorating the walls in your place. Choose light-colored backgrounds that match with colors in your decals to coordinate the room colors. For example, nature designs with earth colors of green and brown would look good on a wall painted in tan or butterscotch. Match accessory colors to accent colors in the design to complete the look.

Keep the space open by careful furniture placement. Placing furniture in an open design makes a room look bigger. A simple couch and chair in a matching solid color with an accent rug or small table makes a cozy living area for sitting and relaxing with friends.

Choose a pattern or design of art wall decals to match the color and furnishings of the room. Some people like a nature theme with trees and or a modern Art Deco look with odd shapes or bold designs. Large patterns are fine with minimal furnishings and can become the focal point of the room. Place a couple of lovely decorative mirrors where they will reflect the wall scenes to make it appear as if the scene continues into another room adding to the illusion of more space.

Additional decorating tips:

Let functional spaces do double duty if possible. A bookshelf placed in a corner can double as a place to store small trinkets and knick-knacks without cluttering up the space. The right light fixtures can add depth to a room when placed close to a mirror or other reflective surface, the brighter the light the larger the room looks.

Reasons to decorate with decals:

· Decals are not only stylish and attractive, but create a look that is all your own.

· Economical way to decorate because the designs can be removed when you decide it’s time for a change.

· Create a focal point to draw attention away from problem areas such as uneven walls or oddly-shaped corners.

Wall decorations such as decals, stickers or stencils make a space unique and express the owner’s personal style. They are suitable for just about any room in your home, from bedroom to kitchen; decals are a great way to decorate the way you like. Even if your landlord will not let you paint, there is no reason to have boring white walls when art wall decals are so easy to use and remove when you move to a new place.

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A Marvellous Dutchman Netsuke of US$230.000,- !


A netsuke (net-skeh) is a miniature sculpture developed in Japan over a period of more than three hundred years. The kimono, the traditional form of Japanese dress, had no pockets. Men suspended pouches (inro) on a silk cord from their sash (obi) . To stop the cord from slipping through the “obi”, a small toggle is attached. That small toggle is the “netsuke”.    

Dutchman 

The netsuke referred to in the headline of this article was auctioned at the German auctionhouse Lempertz on 27 November 2004. It was estimated at $60.000,- (Euro 40.000) but was hammered at a sensational US$230.000,- (Euro 154.000). This unusually large (H 5 2/5″) ivory netsuke of a standing Dutchman holding a dead hare over his shoulder which is attached to a gun, dated late 18th Century, stands out by two characteristics: the somewhat caricature-like facial features and elegant dress, as well as his occupation as a hunter whose bait is an indication of the “South Barbarian meat eaters”.     

Why US$230.000,-?  

The exraordinary hammer price of US$230.000,- for this specific piece can be explained by looking at its history, theme, craftmanship, condition and off course by its rarity. The object made its way over 100 years in famous netsuke collections, and was already publicized in 1895 by the Japonist art dealer Marcus B. Huish. The representation of the Westerner, especially that of the Dutchman in Japanese art (in woodblock prints and netsuke) is a much coveted subject. This because of the striking depiction by the Japanese artists of this “strange” people from another world giving the beholder a very insightful and comic explanation of the encounter of two very different cultures. The unknown creator, it is unsigned, of this particular netsuke had to be a masterful craftsman because of his magnificent eye for detail and its elegant look. The specific subject of the Dutchman is not uncommon but a quality piece in this condition in combination with its age is a very rare find.     

More examples

During the last decades there are more examples of highlights in prices concerning netsukes. On May 1990 at auctionhouse Sotheby’s in London a netsuke of a horse was hammered at US$260,000,- and through an anitques dealer at Oriental Treasures and Points West in Honolulu a netsuke representing a “Awabi Girl and Octopus” (like Hokusai’s famous “Dream of Fisherman’s Wife (Octopus)” shunga design!) was sold at approx. US$250,000.    

Themes  

Netsuke carvers mostly worked in a bounded area of subjects and themes such as scenes of daily life, animals, erotic encounters (shunga), the signs of the zodiac or subjects with a mythical background. Whatever its subject or theme netsuke is a very attractive and highly collectable art form and the interesting pieces will only continue to increase in value.  

Books  

One of the most referred books among netsuke collectors are Lazarnick’s ‘ The Signature Book of Netsuke’ and from the same author ‘Netsuke & Inro Artists, and How to Read Their Signatures’. Both have been issued in limited editions, the first one in 500 copies and the latter in 876 copies. These books are unmissable for the serious netsuke collector. More recommended books on netsuke are ‘Netsuke: The Tokyo Meiko Kagami , Tokyo Living Masters List’ by Shingo Yamaguchi, ‘Netsuke: Fantasy and Reality in Japanese Miniature Sculpture’  by Joe Earle and ‘Expressions of Style: Netsuke as Art’ by Rosemary Bandini.  

Netsuke Organisations  

International Netsuke Society
International Netsuke Carvers’ Association           

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