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I Needed to Feel Better

I have really abused my body in the past. There were days where I would eat junk food all day long without a single piece of fruit or a serving of vegetables. I wish I could say those days were few and far between, but they weren’t. That is how I got to be so unhappy with how I looked. I was overweight and had no energy, and I was so ready for a change. I had heard about a slimming treatment in Singapore that I wanted to get more information on.

I knew that it was going to be hard to change my bad habits, but I knew that it would be even harder to continue on as I had been. Sure, it is easy to shovel food in my face, but the consequences are a lot harder to deal with.

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Making Garden Art and Statuary

download-13Think outdoor garden, and beautiful plants, ornamental trees, flowering shrubs and rolling lawns come to mind. The mind’s eye may not immediately envisage concrete statuary or even benches, pavers, stepping stones and the like.

However, any garden worth its name – be it in a small backyard or a sprawling turf – is quite incomplete without attractive concrete artworks. While statues, animal sculptures, gnomes, fairies, gargoyles and birdbaths add to the landscape and look quite becoming, other concrete items such as benches, urns, plaques and pavers are quite elementary to the garden scheme.

Indeed, the lush foliage of a garden gets an added charm and texture with garden art and statuary. Most of these items are cast in concrete as it is sturdy and durable.

This brings us to the question of first making molds for these concrete casts. Which mold making materials will be suitable for casting concrete? Let’s take a look:

Liquid latex rubber – This has emerged as the mold making material of choice for casting concrete garden articles. It is flexible, long-lasting, maintains details well and most importantly, can easily resist the

Intensity of Emotion in Art

download-14The intensity of emotion is best expressed by using the dynamic methods of an art form. Every creative subject has its own formalized approaches for dynamic usage, but in general dynamics are tools we can use as options for increasing or decreasing the amount of emotion flowing between artist and audience.

The flow of emotion through art is a two-way flow occurring between two terminals – the artist’s mind and the audience’s mind. The flow is smooth when the emotional impact sends a feedback signal that is regular and consistent, but rough and jagged when inconsistencies cause disturbances to the balance of smoothness. Both of these effects change by manipulating the types of emotions in question with their artistic dynamic equivalents.

The emotional impact of a dynamic component can be altered in one of two basic categories: suddenly and gradually.

A sudden impact will manifest as a punch or direct influence with no subtlety about it, but sometimes it will occur as a harmonious and seamless emergence within a work of art. In contrast, a gradual emotional impact will usually seem to come from a far

Influence of Industrialism on Arts

download-15Engineering, technology, and industrialization have made our lives much better. There is no doubt about that. They have transformed our society and for better or worse, they have also changed the way we perceive and admire Arts and Artisan’s efforts around us. But, to what extent?

Everything that modern man uses has been manufactured en masse and Information technology have made Earth a global village. People can interact with each other thousands of miles away in sub-seconds and travel around the world in a matter of hours. So, they have a faster and direct access to what is being expressed in the form of art and literature. That has changed things a lot too.

There were some art forms that were transformed with the advent of modern machines. Camera photography gave people the unprecedented ability to capture any moment instantaneously. When photography was invented in 1830, painters felt threatened by the new invention. They eventually distinguished Arts form from Photography and began to experiment with impressionism, abstract arts, surrealism and other forms of modern painting concepts that were partly fueled by industrialism and the new social settings in

Why Art Galleries Exist

What do you think of your gallery exhibition openings? What is the gap between how you view your art, versus how you explain your view of your art. It’s difficult because, after all, you chose visual art, a nonverbal, and now you have to explain it back into words. Some are glibber than others, but the universe of words fails to explain the universe of art.

Is the potential buyer looking for sofa art or soul art. Each is legitimate, and no one has to apologize. In reality, any piece of art will have to fulfill its aesthetic meaning as well as a deeper meaning. The needs of the artist and client must be filled. In the catholic world of art, explaining this distinction will establish the aim of THIS painting or sculpture.

Everyone will be happier if they understand the dynamics of the gallery opening. It’s an extrovert situation surrounded by walls of insight. In our hectic world, art should be a time for insight and reflection.

The ultimate purpose of a gallery and an opening is for a patron to end up with a piece of reflection (art) for a living room wall.

How to Become a Model – 4 Versatile Tips

When you are first starting out, you will face a very intense competition. It is about how to keep up with others, how to keep up the pace, and most importantly and I cannot stress this enough, is how you have to be different from others, in a good way. If you are outstanding and unique, chances are, you are more likely to be chosen for projects. So the following are some pointers as to how you can become a model, hopefully a versatile one.

1) Keeping fit and staying in good shape

You cannot always eat what you want to eat; you need to ponder about your diet to make sure you stay in shape. A few pounds heavier could shun off potential projects and that is the last thing you want. Modeling agencies and their clients look for models who are fit and in shape, so that they will be suitable to appeal to the big crowd. Moreover, keeping fit and maintaining a good shape will increase your versatility in landing projects. You could be on a fashion runway, sporting commercial and even projects which involve promoting healthy lifestyle; this is why it

The Theory of Space and Time

Since I write some in the area of Science Fiction, I figured I’d write an essay on ‘Space and Time’, old stuff for the most part.

First of all let me explain “Relativity” which simply means theory, as does “Quantum Theories” so when I say the Theory Relativity I’m really saying, a theory is physics, Quantum meaning, nearly the same thing but beyond the normal gauge of known physics, like Black Holes and Gravitational Waves, and so forth. But the Theory of Relativity is the older way of announcing Simple or Special Relativity, by Einstein. Whereas, Quantum Theories would seem to go to Stephen Hawkins.

What does all this mean? The Theory of Relativity deals with space and time. Put another way, space can bend and time can be stretched. Quantum theory, is rather unsettling, it has more of a strangeness. For instance, if a star dies, if it gets close to the rim of a black hole, the gravity around the rim will pull it into the hole, and forever be part of that black hole, and never see the light of day again, yet on another note, the black hole may explode and create

Artistic Decisions and the Flow of Energy

Indecision

Indecision stops the flow of creative energy and prevents an artist’s vision from taking shape. It fills us with low-order ideas and points us in numerous unproductive directions.

Fear causes indecision and paralyzes us from moving forward. It prevents us from committing to specific ideas and making efforts in certain directions. Fear leads to second-guessing, doubts about our abilities, undermines our desire for creative expression.

The creative clog in our minds caused by indecision and fear eventually overflows and becomes a dispersal of creative thought that wastes good ideas and motivations in solid artistic directions.

Challenging artistic creations that have a daring edge to them can sometimes shock us and cause us to hesitate from bringing them to completion. Fear of transmitting this shocking effect to others and the way we imagine their resultant opinions about our new ideas, which could be our best work is another form of artistic indecision, which stems from the fear of hurting or offending others with ideas, manners, or through the violation of a societal norm.

Decision

Decision opens our mental valves to allow the flow of creativity to fill our works of art.

How to Buy Art, Tips and Tricks

– Find an artist who makes what appeals to you. Look on the internet, there are various online platforms. Visit galleries or art markets. Ask around. Looking at art repeatedly will help you to determine what you really like.

– Do you have financial space to spend money on art? Just how much are you able and willing to pay?

– If you do not have the financial resources, is there something else you can trade with the artist of your choice? Perhaps you can repair her car or help him with some book-keeping, help install an exhibition, take professional pictures of the works or swap goods you make.

– Buying directly from the artist really gives you your money’s worth. You avoid having to pay a broker.

– Ask the artist to show you some of his older pieces that might be in his way. Should you find something of your liking the benefit is mutual: the artist gains space in his studio with the knowledge that his work is appreciated by someone and you will have it at a very competitive price.

– Inform if the artist accepts payment by installments.

The Life of a Statue

The statues that I make start in a dimension between awakening and sleeping. Somewhere at a certain moment they are inside my hand and I draw them or they instantly find their way into clay or another material. And then they’re there. New statues, not yet finished at once. Something still has to be done. A cheek or a leg is not yet completed. Perhaps the basic shape is all right, but the skin needs some attention. Something still irritates and itches. So the statue has to wait until I am ready to see the right things and make the right changes. At a certain moment it has gained its own reason for existence, away from me. When it is a good sculpture, I will be surprised as well as another viewer. The sculpture will tell its own story, more complete than I intended when I was making it.

And then the moment comes when the statue is finished. All set to dry or be abraded or polished, due to the material I worked with.

The statue lives in my studio for a while. Covered by a bag and a piece of cloth. Or just naked

Hobby Or Profession?

Whenever I tell people that I am a sculptor they ask me if I can get an income out of it. Their second question is how I turned my hobby into my job. Another rather funny question is how I make time for this. I seldom think about that but occasionally I look at my work, at the amount and I just know how many hours I spend on each sculpture. This is what I do, my life’s ambition, my profession. I am a sculptor, I make sculptures. I devote my time and my life to this.

People never ask a professional athlete how much time his sport occupies or how he changed his hobby into his job. You just know that. He is a professional athlete so he already made that choice and will dedicate all his time to it. All his future decisions will be dependent on his choice to become a professional athlete. It is the reason for his doing or not doing certain things. And that choice can only be made after spending 10.000 hours practicing your sport to discover whether you’re talented enough. I once heard people say about Sven Kramer that

Shading Techniques in Art

Shading is the technique of showing tones or values on an object through gradual gradations for it to look ‘solid’ and have a three dimensional effect. Shading techniques allow you to weave layer upon layer of pencil marks to add a convincing form to your line drawing. Shading adds a sense of substance to your subject and produces a convincing tonal relationship. Drawings take on a three dimensional form when shaded properly.

To render shades correctly on drawn objects, the artist must carefully observe the source of light that is striking various values of tones or shades on the drawn objects. After realizing the source of light, the artist must study closely the reflections of the light on areas of the objects to know the lightest and darkest sections. After establishing the endpoints or extremes thus the lightest valued areas as well as the darkest valued areas, the remaining area with a mid-half tone between the two extremes is the middle value.

The tones are adjusted as many times to make it look realistic. It is advised that artists step back periodically to look at the drawing and the subject in a distance to view and

Popular Adult Costume Ideas

Who says that Halloween is a holiday that is interesting just for the kids and teens? Adults can have fun too and that’s why I present a short list of Halloween costume ideas for adults. For woman, you must decide whether you are looking for a naughty/sexy costume or a “regular” costume. If you decide to go wild on this night, you can always choose a nurse, police officer or fireman costume. These costumes will make anyone look sexy. Men choosing to bypass the “regular” costume, might opt for a more traditional costume such as a pirate, vampire, zombie, or ghost.

When it comes to so-called “regular” costumes, you can choose a costume that reflects your hobbies or interests. If you like movies and TV shows you can dress as some of your favorite characters. Keep in mind that there are many people who love movies and TV shows so you might be wearing the same costume like someone else. If you want to avoid that, choose a character that is not actually the main character in the show. If you belong to the older generation, choose characters that were popular back in the days – 80s

Care Tips For Your Acrylic Displays

Acrylic is among the most popular materials used for display cabinets and display cases. You will also find acrylic display stands and shelves that are suitable for your business to present products in an impressive way that attracts the customers. The good looks of the material are probably its best-selling point, it is a hard plastic that looks like glass and apart from the clear look, you can also find the plastic in several other colors so you can select what works best for your business.

Acrylic displays are impact resistant, making them ideal for busy stores that even experience playful children. You will have fewer accident worries when you have acrylic display cases and you do not even to think about replacement costs. If you are a business that sells food, the displays also work best because will not be affected by elements such as high temperatures that could end up ruining your food. This is a material that is also not that hard to clean and maintain and you will spend less time on the cleaning. It is not that hard to maintain a clean fabulous look with your acyclic display cases but a few

Creating Adventure

Yesterday I did something new. Together with a fellow artist Jan Tervoort I changed a sculpture into a new sculpture. It was a portrait. There are times when you are not completely sure of things anymore. That’s when you have to search for new tracks, new things. Push or transform your boundaries.

I have known Jan for quite some time and I am impressed with his work. It is beautiful, profound, abundant. Sitting in his workroom we can chat for hours about art and everything allied and for a while we have been searching for a co-project, something that will belong to both of us. Because one plus one sometimes equals more than two. We are both inquiring artists and view our work with healthy suspicion. What can be improved, what on earth am I doing, when is it all right, is this all right, is this all right. Therefore the idea was born that we could create something together that neither of us would be able to achieve on our own.

Being a curious artist makes you vulnerable. When questioning many things in order to reach the best possible image you have to listen to

How To Decorate Leather Using Tooling, Marbling, Dabbing, Printing, Painting and Patchwork

Increasing the aesthetic qualities of an item to be produced is one of the powerful means through which manufacturers win greater market share for their products. The leather craftsman must know these decorative techniques so that s/he can utilise them in improving the attractiveness of his/her products. This article gives a core description of tooling, dyeing, marbling, dabbing, painting and patchwork.

1. Tooling

This decorative technique involves the creation of fine outlined patterns on a leather item. The leather material is moisture or made damp. The outlined pattern is created with pencil onto the leather item. A round sharp edged tool which can be heated is made to go through the outlines to create the pattern on the leather item. In tooling, the image is always sunken as compared to embossing.

2. Marbling

This decorative technique has several ways of being achieved. One way is by crumpling the leather material before the dyes are poured or sprinkled onto specific areas of the leather material with the help of a teaspoon. Sometimes areas of the leather are tied with threads before the dye is sprinkled or is immersed in the dye solution.

Another marbling

How To Design and Produce Functional Items in Leather: Briefcase, Belt and Leather Suspended Chair

One of the interesting aspect in the field of Leatherwork is creatively manipulating the leather material to come out with aesthetically pleasing and functional products that can be used in playing various roles in our everyday life. This includes enhancing our personal outlook through the use of items for personal grooming like belts, briefcases for storage purposes and chairs for seating. The steps in producing these functional items have been discussed in this article.

a. Designing and production of a Briefcase

Tools; Lacing needle, knife, steel rule, rivet setter, and edge creaser.
Materials: Leather, lining, thread, cardboard, and rivet.

Process;

1. Make preliminary sketches of the briefcase.

2. Select the most suitable design and prepare the templates.

3. Use the templates to cut out the various parts of the briefcase.

4. Sew the various parts together to form the briefcase.

5. Finish the briefcase to enhance its outlook.

b. Designing and production of a Belt

Tools: Steel rule, square point knife, rivet setter, leather punch, edge beveller, and brush.
Materials: Leather, rivet, and shoe cream.

Process:

1. Use the draw gauge or any appropriate stripping tool

Sponsoring the Study of Art: Learning From The Renaissance Age

One of the enterprising, most important and breathtaking professions and area of study is Art. The great impacts exerted by art in our lives as humans are very severe such that scholars in the field synonymously interchange life with art and vice versa. This is true because from personal adornment through to the enhancement of our societies and the carrying out of our everyday activities pivots on art. It is, however, sad to realize how people rate and value art today. Art receives low patronage and recognition in the pool of other disciplines. Students who would want to pursue the study of art due to their awe-inspiring talents in sculpture, graphics, leatherwork, basketry, ceramics and the other vibrant fields of art do not receive the due sponsorship. These young enterprising artists end up shattering their great talents and resort to engaging in petty chores like cleaning, helping in construction works, housekeeping, and trading. The situation is escalated even in developing countries in Africa. The patronage of art is so low such that students from affluent homes who would want to pursue art are discouraged by their parents and even mocked at by their mates as timid students. The

Opportunities in Art

Everything changes continuously and the art world is no difference. I develop myself as an artist, my work evolves alongside and also the art world makes progress in a haphazard way.

At the beginning of my career I was an art school graduate visiting galleries with my portfolio. I studied the gallery advertisements and called them for an appointment when I thought my work would fit in. We would meet and when we felt a match we joined forces. This resulted in long-term contacts allowing me to present new work in the said gallery on a regular basis. I did not sell much, my work was considered the abstract note next to their more commercial items, the ones that did sell. I sometimes made a special piece for an art trail in a park of a public garden. At that very beginning I even received some money once for making and exhibiting my work. I was given a scholarship which allowed me a meagre sustenance while developing myself as an artist. I thought I had it made. Sales would start growing at some point, I worked hard and my reputation would grow. People just had to get

Types of Modeling: What Type of Model Are You?

Modeling is a business with a large variety of styles and caters to people of all ages and sizes. From the kid next door, to a college girl, or a 50-year old dad, anyone has the ability to become a model; it only depends on the style of modeling you are best suited for. Here we list the various kinds of styles that are provided by the various modeling agencies and help you discover what works for your look.

Fashion

This is the where the strict requirement and the toughest standards for models are imposed. Usually fashion models taken for consideration are above 165cm, but generally people above 170cm are preferred. A slender figure is also preferred in most cases for this style. There are 4 main categories of fashion modeling namely, Runway, Editorial, Catalog and Fitness.

Runway: A person is required to do a professional catwalk in order to market a particular brand or fashion wear. Confidence and good height are required in this.

Editorial: High-end fashion magazines where a stylish fashion sense is showcased. A model should have good height, distinct looks, and a camera-friendly photogenic appeal.

Catalog: Print ads for