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Making a Living in Digital Art

For artists who work primarily in digital media, it is something that is very difficult to do.  After all their physical counterparts can produce a piece of art which has uniqueness at the core of it’s value.  You can’t simply replicate an oil painting or a statue, but for digital art this is entirely possible and anything can be replicated thousands of times in minutes.  This obviously has a huge impact on it’s value and means that most digital artists have to replicate their work in the physical world in order to survive.

This is generally done in the form of prints or physical copies of their digital art, it’s not something that is done for inspiration but rather by necessity.   In stark contrast to other areas of society, the technology section of art is the poorer neighbour – if you want to make money you’d be much safer sticking with traditional areas of art like painting, design and sculpture.

We are still a long way off, a proper acceptance of digital art and it’s unlikely that digital pieces will reach the same prices at auction as traditional forms at least in the short term.  However it can only be a matter of time, purely because the digital world is of increasing important and it’s only natural that our appreciation of digital art will grow.

For many of us, our lives involve a huge digital and online aspect.  The internet touches all facets of our existence particularly that of leisure and entertainment.  Even when we travel now, the portability of devices mean that we can still keep in touch with our normal digital lives.  There are some restrictions of course, some media providers online now restrict access based on your location – it’s this sort of control that needs to come to digital products to increase their value.  Even though you can bypass these restrictions, this post shows how you can use a UK VPN to connect through to UK only sites – restrictions like these and advanced watermarks will improve the value of digital products.

The art market will certainly become more accepting of digital art over the next few years.  Many expect the rise of 3d printing could be a huge enabler in this area.  Producing physical representations of what we produce online will become much more accessible and cost effective.  This should at least give digital artists some further options of monetizing their creations without having to recreate a physical version from scratch.

Heather Williams

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City of Culture 2017 – News

Hull was in some ways a surprising choice for the 2017 City of culture, however the city is definitely taking the award seriously.  This month a conference will be held exploring the different ways that technology are impacting art.

The organisation Digital Utopias who are currently funded by the Arts Council (with some funding from Google) will bring together a host of other arts based organisation and technology related specialists at the Hull Truck Theater on the 20th January.

So what’s happening there?  Well there is an extensive programme of events covering all sorts of areas.  From showcases of new technologies and debates on a variety of arts related subjects.  One interesting exhibition is that of generative literature where the text is actually generated by a computer using a set of formal rules, there is also something that most children will be familiar with – the award winning video game – Minecraft.

All delegates will be able to meet and discuss matters with many famous artists like Thompson and Craighead, Mathew Fernandez and Memo Atken.

The finale is expected to be the immersive digital art piece by the Marshmallow Laser Feast and the Alexandra Whitley Dance company.  This has been described by the organizers as a ‘duet between human movement and the digital world’.

The hope is that many people will make use of these unique networking opportunities with artists being able to meet some of the digitally creative businesses that are based in Hull and the surrounding regions.  The hope is that Hull will become a hub for digital technologies in the run up and including the 2017 Year of Culture.

There is extensive investment with building already begun on the new Centre for Digital Innovation.  This will be called the @TheDock and you’ll find it next to the old dry dock which sits at the mouth of the river Hull. This combined with some new modern office space represents a 13 million pound investment in the city’s infrastructure, which hopes to attract start up digital design firms and already established businesses seeking to locate in a ‘design friendly’ environment.

There is no doubt that Hull feels that technology is an important part of the City of Culture events, especially as they are most likely to bring more employment and investment in the area.

It’s not uncommon now, for areas like Hull to look to completely different areas in order to bring jobs to the area.  It was traditionally an industrial town, which has suffered with the fall in manufacturing over the last  two decades or so.  Jobs related to technology and digital media by their very nature  tend to be well-paid and are relatively easy to promote requiring minimal investment in infrastructure.  The markets are huge and varied, many companies promote and sell their digital products like this online and can really base themselves in any location as long as there is decent internet access.

It’s an exciting time for Hull and hopefully 2017 will be a real success for the city and bring a welcome boost to an area that has had it’s problems over the years.

Amy Calforth

Digital Media Correspondent

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Digital Art – Bitcoins and QR Codes

Art is of course, largely inspired by the present.  Some of these inspirations are soon forgotten, failed experiments or the results of passing fads and fancies.  At  the moment we’re not quite sure where this current idea will end up.

The core thought, is that art should have some intrinsic value beyond what a viewer places on it.  Put simply that even if you thought a piece of art was completely valueless from an aesthetic point of view, there would still be a value of even more than just the components.

It’s easy to think of the value of something fashioned from rare materials of course.

But what if art could secure its value? What if it contained an intrinsic merit beyond the cost of materials, a worth that was separate from the whims of the consumer and the critique of the elite?

Art with a hidden message

SatushiCrypArt, a company based in the Isle of Man, has set out to achieve just that by producing art out of QR codes; some of the pieces contain hidden messages that can be scanned into a phone, others contain imbedded bitcoin wallets.

It all started, as these things so often do nowadays, with an email. Early in 2014, a group of Manx bitcoin enthusiasts were contacted by an artist who identified himself only via the pseudonym ‘Satushi’. His vision, for an open source, collective art, resonated with the burgeoning cyrptocurrency group and plans on how to create and evolve a stable of CrypArtists were quickly drawn up.

By insisting that the protocol was open source, Satushi enabled other enthusiasts to follow suit in the creation of bespoke, finite art designed from the ground up to encourage the owner to take responsibility for generating and protecting their own wallets. Each piece carries with it a hidden treasure, in the case of wallets, literally so.

Open source and anonymous art

Satushi was soon joined by other artists such as Crypsi, another anonymous street artist known for his/her libertarian themed pictures. Little is known about Crypsi other than to say that he/she has gone on record stating that the current global system is flawed and needs to change.

“[We] believe our bespoke art will satisfy customers wanting art with real value in the form of a bitcoin wallet.”

That was then and this is now; several months on and the idea has moved from concept to reality, with art on display and available for purchase directly from their website. The CrypArt foundation itself is typically grass roots; run by local residents Adrian Forbes and Owen Cutajar both of whom feel passionate about what this new form of art has to offer.

“We feel truly honoured to be involved in such a radical new concept in the art world and to help promote and spread the CrypArt ethos,” Forbes told Inside Bitcoins.

“We share Satushi’s dream of spreading QR technology and bitcoin as a global currency and believe our bespoke art will satisfy customers wanting art with real value in the form of a bitcoin wallet.”


Modern Art – What’s the Point

When any ‘ordinary’ individual makes comments about modern art.  Perhaps they’ll make fun of Tracey Emin’s unmade bed or fail to see the point of a Skull encrusted in diamonds, then art experts (whatever they are) tend to ignore the criticisms.  There are of course many avant garde artists whom the vast majority of the public just don’t see the point of.

However sometimes, the criticism comes from within – when Julian Spalding starts to attack this scene then the rest of us can perhaps feel somewhat justified.  This is no outsider, Julian Spalding is a former director of three of the biggest museums and galleries.

Yinka Shonibare's Nelson's ship in a bottle

His attack focuses mainly on the amount of money being spent on such art, which he claims ‘ rejoices in being incomprehensible to all but a few insiders.”  This work is often funded by the public purse, which the arts council spending billions of lottery money over the years on some very dubious projects.

Did you know for instance that over half a million pounds was spent on Yinka Shonibare’s piece – Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle which was installed in Trafalgar square some years ago.  Spalding himself described it as a ‘crassly designed piece……floating on a sea of public funding’.  Other criticism was directed at ‘Creed’s ‘flickering light installation or Louw’s oranges both which were funded by the public purse for many thousands of pounds.

He claims that the public purse should not be invested in such art, public money should be invested in art that lasts, not this years expensive fad.  He argues that such money should be spent on preserving and displaying art that will still be loved in years to come.  It is not the place of the arts council to seek to direct art and pander to the intellectual snobbery among the art establishment.

Money from these sources could be utilized to make art more accessible.  The Metropolitan Opera House in New York has used grants to produce screenings of their performances which can be seen worldwide.  The BBC could replicate this for theatre productions with similar funding, as such their content although world class is restricted to the UK, you even need a special program called a proxy – explained here, to view their content from anywhere else.

Jeremy Hall

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The Forensic Archaeologists – Mackintosh Library

It’s not a common career you here mentioned but for the rebuilding of the fire damaged Mackintosh Library in Glasgow, it’s a vital role.   Experts are hoping to find both items that could be restored or at least help with the building’s restoration.

The library, has been recognized worldwide as one of the greatest examples of art nouveau on the planet – was almost completely destroyed in May this year.  The Archaeologists have previously worked in similar scenarios such as the fire in Windsor Castle in 1992.


Much material has already been removed by  the library’s owners the Glasgow School of Art.  They have been supported by organisations like Historic Scotland.   This stage is however arguably the most complex in the restoration procedure.

Although it looks like the library was almost completely destroyed, there are still significant remains and it is hoped that valuable fragments will still remain.   Obviously there are many records of the previous design in place mainly stored in archives.  However recovering original items will be of great use to supplement these records during the rebuilding process.

The restoration process itself will be carefully documented to provide an accurate archaeological record which will help detail where and what material was salvaged.  The building has many international admirers and sponsors including the actor Brad Pitt.  He described the building as one of the greatest artistic buildings in the world, it has always been one of my favourites.

There is no timeline yet on the restoration, it is expected to take a considerable amount of time.  Some experts have however predicted that it may be back restored and functioning in maybe four or five years.  There are numerous programs being broadcast in tribute to both Mackintosh and his famous art gallery.   Also there will be frequent updates on the restoration on UK TV especially on BBC Scotland – US viewers can access by using this information.

Jenny Schofield

Arts and IT Blogger


Media Landscape Changes – Netflix is Coming

It’s taken years, and certainly months of speculation but the world of media entertainment is about to change in Australia and New Zealand – yes Netflix is finally arriving.  The US based subscription service announced this week that they would be launching it’s latest region service next March.  It’s likely to have a huge impact on traditional TV services and the established channels.

Why is it such big news?  Well there’s no doubt that Netflix has made a huge impact wherever it has opened but traditionally the Australian/New Zealand TV space has always been very un-competitive.  From my own experience I found it to be much less watchable than TV stations in other English speaking channels, there was a distinct lack of quality compared with say British or Canadian TV.  I should stress that my opinion was only based on a few brief holidays over the years.

Although popular opinion seems to think something similar, with many Australians often seeming to complain about  the quality of free-to air TV broadcasting.   The risk is however much bigger for the Pay-to-view services, with  the cost of Netflix expected to be at a similar price to the current offerings in Australia.   Netflix is a big player on the world media stage, with services spread across North America and most of Europe already, they are planning to invest almost $7 billion in content next year – something that the local pay per view stations will struggle to match.

However there are more complications, one of them being that  200,000 people in Australia already access the US version of Netflix.  They set up accounts and then use a US based VPN to access the content, needed to hide their IP addresses – check this out – which shows one such advanced method.  Whether Netflix will do anythign about this remains to be seen, after all they’re already customers, the circumvention doesn’t stop customers paying for the service merely being blocked from the service.

Here’s a lost of the shows promised to headline in Australian Netflix for 2015 –

  • Bloodline: A thriller investigating “the demons that lurk beneath the surface of a contemporary family”. Stars Australian Ben Mendelsohn.
  • Daredevil: Superhero action series based on the Marvel comic character, starring Charlie Cox with Vincent D’Onofrio and Deborah Ann Woll.
  • Grace and Frankie: Comedy starring Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda about two women forced to cooperate when they learn their husbands are planning to run off together.
  • Sense8: Science fiction drama co-written and co-written by the teams behind The Matrix and Babylon 5.
  • Marco Polo: Adventure series following the early years of explorer Marco Polo in the court of Kublai Khan.
  • BoJack Horseman: Animated sitcom following a four-legged celebrity trying to restart his career in a world where horses and humans communicate.
  • All Hail King Julien: Spin-off from the successful Madagascar films following the island’s Lemur king.

For further details  on the technical modification required above, please see this video

Apple Buys Dutch Digital Magazine Firm


PRSS is a relatively new firm based in the Netherlands which provides a simple platform for building digital magazines.  There’s long been a debate about the future of magazines and whether they have one, but now it seems that the smart money is looking towards the digital format to save the genre.

We’ve probably all seen a favorite magazine disappear over the last decade or so, along with newspapers and comics from our childhood.  But if you’ve ever looked online you might be surprised to find the number of titles that actually exist in digital format.  It makes sense really, all the digital devices we use are capable of downloading and viewing magazines.  They also have the huge advantage of being instantly available by download and distribution costs are very low compared with traditional magazines.


PRSS owns a platform that makes it much easier to produce high quality magazines online without a team of web designers and coders.  It’s kind of like a version of iBooks Author but just focused at the magazine market.    In many ways it seems a sensible acquisition for the technology giant, a platform that makes it cheaper and easier to produce content that can go straight into the digital news stand and into the iTunes store.

It’s the production of digital content which is essential to Apple, and by taking control of a platform which enables this to happen they’re actually controlling some of the verticals of the magazine production.   What the future holds for the platform is unsure, this maybe simply an exercise in grabbing some design talent from the firm.

Hopefully initiatives like these will allow magazines to flourish in digital format, however there are still many concerns for their future.  One is that for many magazines particularly in niche markets is their potential audience.  You would expect that a digital format would make this much simpler to reach more people but often this doesn’t work out.  In many media markets like films and TV, companies are actually restricting access based on location – so for instance you need to change your IP address to watch most US media sites from outside America – here’s how.  It’s not just the TV stations, big firms like Netflix restrict what you watch to your physical location, so to access the British version you’d need either a UK proxy or to connect from that country.

Art Deco Lighting in Your Home

Obviously, the lighting scheme that you choose for your home can have an enormous impact on the overall look of your home decor. The lights you choose give off more than light. They can give off a warm and welcoming feeling, or they can be used to give harsh highlights and shadows if that is the effect you are going for in your home design. Many people do not ever give this part of their lighting choices a second thought. For those who do consider such things however, it is important to use the lighting fixtures appropriate to the theme you are following.

One very popular style of decor today is art deco. Art deco design actually has its roots back in the mid 1920’s and early 1930’s. It is an elegant style that showcases shapes and forms. Specifically, geometric shapes and dazzling polished metals like chrome and steel are often featured. Ironically, many people choose to purchase art deco style items because they look so modern. The irony is that they pay extra to get their hands on genuine vintage merchandise from the early thirties to make their homes of today look as modern and elegant as possible.

Art deco design actually reaches far beyond just art deco lighting fixtures. Although you can certainly make a strong statement in your home decor with properly utilized deco light fixtures, there are also a plethora of options available in the art deco style that you might want to check out. Posters, prints, and mirrors are popular deco items on sites like eBay. For those interested in going even further, you can find entire houses build and decorated in the deco style. The city of Miami is actually well known for having quite a bit of art deco architecture. This is mainly because the city exploded on to the scene and experienced rapid growth during Art Deco’s prime years. If you think that you might want to go for an elegant look in your home design that looks modern, but not too futuristic, you might want to give art deco some consideration. There are many online resources to help you find just the right items to decorate your home and you can also often find some great deco items for sale at local estate sales, if you enjoy visiting them.


We All Hate Him – But Mcdonald’s Happy

There is no doubt that Mcdonald’s probably have one of the most popular and iconic designs in the history of design – the famous golden arches.  However in other areas they don’t seem to have been quite so effective.  Over the years Mcds have had a few mascots, the longest running of course the singularly annoying Ronald McDonald.  The latest design is at first glance, well awful – here it is.



I’m not sure why but like many, I find him extremely creepy.  He’s certainly not the ‘happy’ face I’d choose to promote a kiddies meal available at a popular fast food restaurant.    If you look across social media, you’ll find many more with the same opinion – calling him scary, weird and just unpleasant.

So how is the fast food giant responding ?  Well mostly they are very pleased. Of course no one is that impressed with having their designs criticized and complained about.   However the goal of this mascot is to draw attention to their range of happy meals and the new related items appearing on  their menus.

But the reality is that every blog post, every Tweet or share or troll on social media that picks fun over the mascot is basically increasing it’s reach and profile.    Just like this post which is effectively bringing a brand name to anyone who reads it.

In fact the mascot called erm ‘happy’ has been used internationally for some years already.  He is only new to the US market and he’s already creating quite a profile for himself and his company and product line.  There are measurements about how successful a brand or image in online and the companies who track these tell us he’s been a bit of a hit.

It’s always difficult for a worldwide brand to select mascots and brand designs which appeal to people across the world.  Mainly because of the simple fact that people are different – just look at the adverts you’ll see on US TV stations and compare them with say a European/British TV advert and you’ll see an enormous difference.    You can check online to watch these, American viewers can use this technique which demonstrates how to watch BBC iPlayer in the US –

So perhaps that design doesn’t need universal acclaim to become successful, sometimes it just to just promote opinions.

James Simpson@

The Media Feasts On News About Apple

Apple’s stock shows how silly the media can be. Being the most talked about company in the world, there is more conjecture and analysis about Apple than one can fathom. It has become an industry unto itself to write about Apple just because the eyeballs seem to be there. Producing exciting tech products that so many of us use, the demand for more and more information about the company seems to never end. 

The problem is that much of the analysis is done by amateurs who pump out content just to make money. The way the Internet media works is that athors can, in some instances, get paid based on the number of views their writings accumulate. Writing about Apple and its stock is the best way to get a high number of clicks because of the tremendous interest. There is no need to fully understand what you are talking about or to have done any comprehensive research and in fact, the more controversial or wrong your piece is, the more clicks it may get. 

Buying Apple stock that pays a nice safe dividend can be a good way to get started in the stock market. But if you do decide to buy the stock, be prepared for the avalanche of news and endless analysis that seems to accompany it. This never ending stream of opinions will make it hard for you to hold on because there seems to be a large segment of writers who do not like Apple and continually write negative hit pieces. It will be up to you to sift through all the BS and form your own opinion of whether the stock is worth keeping and for how long. No matter what the company does, there will be writers and investors who are not happy. 

Fighting Fraud in Afghanistan – Social Media

In Afghanistan, people have become very disillusioned with the wide scale rigging which has been reported in all the previous election campaigns so have decided to fight back.  Many of the more tech orientated voters have taken to social media in order to highlight some of the issues.

It’s an important step forward in a country that has been blighted with corruption since the Taliban were ousted from power.  There are many videos being circulated widely in Afghanistan using social media, of problems during the election process.  All of these are being studied by the Election Complaints Committee who welcome such reports.

There have been a variety of subjects of these videos – ballots being stuffed very quickly, reports of harassment of voters, and even voting slips strewn across the pavements.   Of course the election process there is not perfect but being able to highlight these issues is a huge step forward for the democratic process.

Imagine the difference – twenty years ago, these ballots could be quietly fixed in favor of whoever had the most money and influence.   There would be little more than rumors and innuendo about the validity of an election.  But now thanks to social media, there will be proof being distributed to all areas of the country.  Any cheating will be very visible through sites like Facebook and Twitter.

The video is above and clearly shows vote rigging in operation for the candidate Ashraf Ghani.  Fortunately the internet is fairly open and uncensored there and people are able to share such information fairly freely using the established social networks , they can use tools like this if required to bypass a Facebook block for instance.

Although the cheating is still going on both the methods and the benefactors are clearly visible in video evidence like this.    The effect of social media can only be beneficial to the democratic process overall.   There are many countries where it’s not possible to distribute this much evidence using the internet unless they change their IP address (method here) to bypass such blocks

Amateur Hour with Digital News Media

There are lots of advantages in the wave of new media formats that are sweeping the globe, mostly via a digital format. There’s no doubt about the increase in accessibility that digital media brings us. We certainly don’t have to go to a newsagent or wait until a specific time to access the media.

Thanks to the new generation of smart phones, tablets and laptops – most of us can catch up with the news whenever and wherever we are. Any breaking news story of any magnitude is all over the internet in seconds. We can read about anything virtually minutes after the event in some cases – via Facebook updates, News feeds or Tweets to name but a few methods.

There in lies some of the problem with receiving such information, who has delivered it. Journalists throughout history have always prided themselves on remaining completely impartial when delivering the news. After all there’s a world of difference between a news report from a newspaper reporter than from the press office of a Government office for instance. But with something like Twitter, you have little quality control over the source of the report – which is likely made by someone with little or no journalistic training. Which is why we are often seeing many court cases when snippets of information find their way into the public domain through an unqualified source.

It may be said that’s just caveat emptor and that we need to be more selective ourselves in what we read online. There are certainly advantages in choice, like this link for example we see the technology that allows you to switch your virtual location. So if you’re in Iran, you can get your news from the BBC or NBC in the USA for instance. The benefits of this are of course obvious, particularly in countries where the media is traditionally controlled or censored by the ruling regimes.

But this doesn’t change the fact that we have to be very careful about what we believe or read online. Just as the previous generations dealt primarily with the printed word, today’s youngsters are much more familiar with a digital format. If something is posted on a blog or website – is it necessarily true? Of course it isn’t yet people are still inclined to believe something as the truth even if it just arrives through some anonymous Tweet or press release.

It comes down to trusting the source to a great extent, that and using our own common sense to become trainee editors. Of course it becomes easier if we stick with trusted News sources like the BBC and the iPlayer for our information, yet that’s obviously easier said than done.

Designing a the Perfect Budget

Budgeting can be a difficult task for most people but it is of vital importance. Every day our financial system moves into more debt because people are unable or unwilling to budget correctly. Therefore in this article I wanted to talk about a few ways you can design the perfect to help your family flurish financially. One of the major reasons you want to get your budget in order is to prevent an audit recovery of yourself. You want to make sure financially there is no way you could ever go back and say I did something wrong.

Therefore the first step in preparing your budget is to use online tools that can make your life easier. I recommend you start by using to get started. They provide a system that will automatically integrate with your financial institue, credit cards, and bills to track everything. This will allow you to instantly see where your money is being spent and how much. This is always a great first step for many people as they are not currently tracking there expenses.

The next step will be to desicde how much you would like tp budget for fun activties, food, and any other neccessities. The hardest part of any budget will be sticking to those numbers from month to month. You will find that as you do you will overcome and financials difficulties and help your self become financially free. 

University of Arts London bans payday loan adverts

A recent report by the Arts London news stated that the UAL has campaigned against any form of advertising of payday loans in the University campuses.

Payday Loan companies know that students are always struggling for cash. Research has shown that up to 10% of UK students had taken out payday loans to help with their financing. The UAL wants to stop companies like Wonga and Quickquid from promoting these types of loans at students as they are firmly in disagreement with how much they profit from people with little or no income.

David Smith, a founding owner of who offers a fast loan matching service is somewhat dismayed about this. He advised “This goes against the students freedom to make their own opinions. Many students are struggling to pay for food and pay off other debts, sometimes with higher charges such as bank overdraft fees, but they don’t get the bad publicity like the payday loan industry” Mr Smith believes that more information about budgeting and how to manage their money would be a better way of getting through to students. Like why do they need to have the latest expensive mobile phone contracts when there are ways to reduce the costs and deals all over the web.

Students who are desperate for cash and are in debt should seek help from debt advice first. Speak to their parents and be extra careful with their spending. Don’t just go along with society and buy the designer gear just because your friends are buying this. Either way the University of Arts London will no doubt continue to ban any type of advertising on their campuses. This will not stop them from using these types of loans if they really feel they need to.

Jack Vettriano Exhibition Deemed a Success

For those who have followed the artist Jack Vettriano over his 20 plus years career a must see exhibition is due to open shortly. It’s based in the one time city of culture Glasgow in the halls of the wonderful Kelvingrove Art Gallery. To my knowledge it is the biggest exhibition of Vettriano’s work ever. The artist is said to be thrilled as the exhibition covers his life work from his early days.

It starts this Saturday (28th September, 2013) and will finish in February 20124. It looks to be a fascinating insight into the artists work who was completely self taught. He is not universally liked despite huge sales of his prints (outselling the likes of Dali and Monet). Many art critics say his style is too traditional and predictable, the public however seem to largely disagree.

This picture entitled – The Billy Boys is very popular in print and poster format and was actually inspired from a promotional poster for the film Reservoir Dogs.

Venttriano has often been quoted that he refuses to change the way he paints in order to appease the critics. He assures his fans he has no intention of changing his style to seek critical acclaim.

It’s a great chance to catch some of the artists work, especially as many of the pieces have been loaned from private collections and may not appear in public again. There have been some glimpses on British Television of the artists work but it’s quite difficult to watch BBC TV in the USA so this is a great chance for fans. Although this method may help –

It’s available on YouTube as well entitled BBC Iplayer Online.

As well as Vettriano’s best-known paintings, the exhibition will also feature examples of his erotic works such as Game On and The Parlour of Temptation. All the paintings featured will be on loan from private collections and many are going on public display for the first time in close to 20 years.

The Art of Web Design

Designing a web store can be a tedious process that requires multiple revisions and an expert eye. But with a little work you can make an amazing website who’s design inspires the web visitors and other web visitors like yourself. In this article we will cover some ideas that will help you discover your web artist and make beautiful web design. The first step in this process is to find a style you like. You need to decide whether you want a clearn design or a more complicated design. Personally I have always preferred a cleaner design. For example this CTR ring store features a more white clean design. You will see that they use a lot of white space and bright colors to help the user discover content more easily. But on the other end of the spectrum would be a design like this one. As you can see one design is more simple but the other can be more visually appealing.

By deciding on a design standard you would like to follow you can start designing your own webpage. Next you will want to decide on what platform you will want to design for. Creating a website on Magento or WordPress will require completely different slices and images. Therefore decide what platform you are designing for before you begin. Once you find the right platform you will be able to make bqutiful designs for people to admire from afar.

Decorating Your Christmas With Classics

Tradition is a funny thing. Many people now live in a culture where tradition is cast away to the side while we carry on living in a way that is fast paced and highly forgettable.

There is one time of year though where traditional values and the feeling of home rings through to the hearts of even the coldest Scrooge. When Christmas comes round its everyone’s time to get in to comforting habits as they get ready to leave the office and enjoy the comfort of home, and more importantly, get festive.

For those living abroad though, it can be hard to find that comfort familiarity gives. That’s why there’s an increase of families getting their relatives presents like gift baskets with the best local food that bring back great memories.

Giving a loved one far away those familiar foods that harkens back to home is a great way to make a family member feel a part of the family Christmas celebrations for the times when they can’t be there.

Even if it’s just a basket of the kitchen staples from home, it’ll be the difference between someone having the traditional family breakfast on the most important day of the year and missing out on those simple pleasures derived from a taste of home.



The Art of Taking Care Your Cat

Having a pet or two of course comes with the huge responsibility to take care of them. In taking care of pets, there are some inner satisfactions when the owner knows that the pests are fine. In order to do that, there are some ways that the owner can do to make sure he/she is doing a good job in looking after them. First, feeding time is very important.


Never ever let your cats starving or over feeding. If you can make a feeding schedule that will help you a lot. Or if you do not have a lot of free time at home or have to work 9 hours per day. You can have an automatic cat feeder to help you. It is practical and save a lot of time. Second, spending time with your pet is also recommended.

In order to make your cats feel your love, you can spend a little amount of your time to take a walk with them or just cuddle in your warm sofa together. That will be very nice. Third, bathing your pet is good idea too. Well of course there are a lot of cat bathing place but it will be wonderful if you do it by yourself. The last is sleeping with your pet cat can be another good idea.

An IPad for Designers and Architects

Although for the most part, the iPad has been met with serious acclaim across the world.  There have been some mutterings of discontent from some high performance users who see it as something of a backward step  in mobile computing.  With prices of storage and disk space plunging, we have all been handed the capacity to create, draw or design on our computing devices like never before.

However if you pick up a standard 64GB iPad and store a few apps and AutoCad your going to seriously struggle to complete very much on it.  The problem is that the lack of storage and the input devices themselves mean that it simply isn’t big enough to store very much.  You put a few sketches or drawings or designs and you’re looking at a very full and sluggish device.  The iPad is designed to consume content but it’s not really very good for allowing people to create their own stuff.

The architect or designer with Autocad is going to spend most of their time uploading designs to the cloud or other devices.  The mobile device of the decade is going to need some sort of storage device in tow to make it truly usable.  If you’ve tried uploading a 1 gb design file onto the cloud you know you’ll need some serious patience and plenty of spare time.

This criticism has hit Apple, they don’t want to be known for creating a device that actually stifles creativity, it’s not a great image for a company like them.  So they have created a new version for design professionals or at least people who need some serious storage on their devices.  the major difference in this version is that it has 128GB of disk space enough to get all your apps installed and then carry around quite a few designs with some working space.  It sounds simple but it could be the difference between people moving from their traditional PC based versions of Autocad onto IoS.

It’s something I find useful to travel with now, especially now I have finally figured out a way to bypass content restrictions on certain websites.  Yes I have figured out that I can watch online TV shows from anywhere in the world on an iPad using a VPN  – here’s how.

It’s also available on YouTube if you want to watch it again – How to Set up a VPN for the Ipad

Worth watching if you travel with your iPad anywhere – for example my banking website is inaccessible when I am connecting from a foreign IP address! How useless is that!

Art on Internet TV

There are some great resources for art online.  Nowadays you can stroll around virtual galleries and view world famous pictures from the comfort of your arm chair. If you enjoy reading about art, then there’s many web sites like this to help provoke thought and point you towards the latest art news.  If you want something more discussion based there are many great forums where artists and people can meet – if you want want to try based in the UK then try this –

Many of  the non-profit making art websites and forums tend to look a little basic, but they’re often packed full of useful information and discussion about art.  The best organised ones are split into different subject areas, which makes them easier to navigate.  For example artist forum above has sections about digital and traditional media.  These are then split down into drawing, painting and other art methods, then split again into specifics such as the medium.  There’s some great tips on charcoal drawing in those forums for example.

But my favorite use of the internet is on a practical level.  After all you can look at an image of a famous painting or drawing on a monitor but it’s never going to replace seeing the work of art in person.  But for someone learning art what could be better – well how about this for an example.

For people learning art in colleges as students, of course pracical demonstrations are readily available.  But for the rest of us with perhaps an interest in art and no mentor – videos like these from the Pain Basket TV are invaluable.  A huge series of art lessons recorded and uploaded onto Youtube for free – they’re wonderful.

THere are many great art programmes on traditional TV but often these are inaccessible depending on where you live.  Some of the best are in the UK and US however if you live outside these areas it’s difficult to watch even online.  Sites like this can help you access some of the best art shows on UK TV –, however it does involve some small expense to watch it online.

There is no doubt that like many areas, the internet has brought artists together and enabled people to learn wherever they are.


The Art Of Dressing In Cold Weather

The nights are drawing in, the days are shortening, the leaves are on the ground and the big winter chill is setting in. After a long, hot lazy summer of mooching about in a swimsuit and flip flops, the transition into a winter wardrobe can be tough. But don’t let it get you down – the art of dressing for cold weather couldn’t be simpler.

First of all, think about all of the great winter things to get inspired. Crisp, frosty mornings, holidays, warming food, cosy knits and of course, snow! You don’t have worry about overheating; it’s all about keeping toasty warm now.

Starting at the bottom, a good pair of boots is a must. Keeping your toes warm in icy temperatures helps keep the rest of you cosy too. A good pair of boots might be expensive, however if you choose wisely they should see you through not just this winter, but a good few more.

For the bottom half, jeans are probably the easiest thing to just throw in, and are just such a timeless classic. Alternatively, if jeans aren’t your thing (pretty unlikely admittedly), try wearing thick tights with a trendy yet traditional tartan skirt

The afore-mentioned cosy knits are fantastic choices for your top half, especially since Nordic chic is definitely in. However if you don’t like to bulk out your silhouette, then fine knit polo necks are chic and warm too. Think layers too – wearing vests and long sleeve tee-shirts can keep your warmer.

A coat is obviously an essential in cold weather. Insulated parkas can look chic and just a touch retro, but don’t forget to have a smarter dress coat for when you are going out. Wearing a gorgeous party dress with heels with a parka will look completely incongruous.

Accessorizing in winter is so simple – hats, scarves, mittens, gloves, wrist warmers, ear muffs, there are so many ways that you can customize your look with minimal effort.

So snuggle down for a long and cosy winter.



The Beautiful Garden for My Dog


My backyard always becomes the spot for my dog to spend her day. She likes to hide or juts lay down on the grass all day long. At first I did not notice that she has been using my backyard as her personal space but then after I found out, I decided to redecorate it so that my dog can be more comfortable. Now she loves my garden more than before and spends her time there unless she needs to eat. She needs to come back inside because I put the automatic dog feeder in my house. I feel like I did a great job by making my dog happy. You should try it sometimes.

Design a Comfortable House for Pet


I have just moved to my new house, it becomes hard work to design and rearrange the property so all the member of the family will fell comfort and do not compare with the previous one. It’s no secret that we’re color lovers. We paint the wall as the request of the family member. So each room has different color with others. A little color goes a long way to brighten up a home and a lot of color well, even better! For those who consider their favorite animal a part of the family like us absolutely want to make our pet feel comfortable too.

Offering a place for pet to feel safe that is in perfect harmony with the surrounding space lead us to have a beautiful house and a pet, too. An automatic pet feeder in the dining room  make our home beautiful and comfortable, this way can lead us have much more time to spend together especially in our meal time. It will be more  more beautiful place for us to live in. Thinking about our pet, ever wondered how they find our home and whether it is comfortable for them to live too. And here we go to live. Provide comfortable spaces for pet and yet remain attractive and stylish for us to stay.

The Art of Payment Calculations

Determining the cost of loan financing has become a bit of an art form with sources such as the PAymentBot helping you to reach your goals.

Anybody living within the USA needs to understand the benefits and importance of the credit facilities provided by local financial institutions such as banks. These institutions provide suitable information that is essential for the loans and credit that people need in their lives. To find out more information, it is essential to make use of the resources such as the loan payment calculator available at PaymentBot. This is an online website that provides useful information to individuals who need to take out loans and credit facilities of other kinds. It is essential to work out matters and find out exactly what a loan entails and how much it will cost in the long term as well as in the short term.

One of the best ways to use this website is to understand the kind of loan needed, including the amount necessary or the interest amounts being charged. Understanding all these essential factors will make it easier for borrowers to organize themselves and plan their loans a whole lot better. There are always mitigating factors that need to be organized in all manner of ways. This is one of the best ways to take charge and accessing the online website PaymentBot is definitely advised.

To manage a loan well, it is best to start with all the necessary tools. These tools will ensure success for the borrowers and will ensure they have the facilities as well as the amenities necessary for success and all this information will be readily available at PaymentBot. It is essential to work out matters and find out exactly what a loan entails and how much it will cost in the long term as well as in the short term. One of the best ways to use this website is to understand the kind of loan needed as necessary.

Wonderful Art Of Ethnic Bag

Bag is the part of woman life. They stuff their whole life into their bag and make sure there is a complete mess inside. No mess – not enough stuff. As the development of fashion style, ethnic bag start increasingly popular. If you intended to own the newest ethnic bag just directly visit which providing various and stylish bag with ethnic touch.

We have a wide choice of handmade ethnic You can find handmade bag made of canvas with the variety combination of colorful patchwork and sweetened with muted embroideries. Blend colors and interesting shapes will definitely fit with any style, especially for you who love full color appearances.

You can easily combine your ethnic bag with your clothes because the color and design of the bag is unique. It is suitable to wear in every situation both of formal and informal. Just get it and create your own art style.

Making Your Site Mobile Friendly

Creating a website to look good in all circumstances can be a bit of a challenge.  Take for instance a WordPress blog, the chosen platform of millions of bloggers and organisations across the world.  It’s simple and easy to set up, you can even buy customised templates for creating a different feel.  There are thousands of these themes for things like magazines, blogs, portfolio or even ecommerce stores.  It’s no exageration that you can be up and running in a matter of hours with very little investment.

Unfortunately sometimes it’s not as straight forward as this – you need to check how your website looks in different web browsers.  Make sure at a minimum you check Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Safari – and ensure that your website looks and displays well in all of them.  If you’re using a standard CMS like WordPress and have bought a proper theme there should be no problem.  However as soon as you start customizing and tweaking display settings then potential problems can occur.

Remember your visitors may come from all sorts of sources – using PCs, Laptops and Apple Macs with a combination of screen setting and resolutions.  Make sure your website looks it’s best to all visitors, or at least to the vast majority of them.  There is also another issue that you should consider with regards to display – mobile devices.  

Many people now surf the internet on their phones and tablets, which obviously have much smaller screens.  Your website may look great on a 22 inch screen with a high resolution but how does it look crammed into a small mobile like the iPhone or iPad.  Even larger screens can cause display problems on certain websites.  I for instance surf mostly using an iPad, especially after my discovery that I can use a fake IP address to switch it between locations to watch Hulu, BBC Iplayer etc – look here for more information –

Often sites can be difficult to read, text scrolling off the bottom of the page.  Menu navigation can also be a challenge particularly if you’re using a design with many columns.  So if you are getting a lot of visitors from mobile devices then you need to do something about.  You can invest in any decent web designer who should be able to convert your website to a mobile friendly version.  For WordPress users it’s even easier, there’s a simple application called WPtouch which you can install as a plugin on your site.  This plug in detects when a visitor is using a mobile device or a tablet and serves up a modified version of your site.

Respite In The Country

I grew up in Illinois in a small suburb of Chicago.  Small town living with the ease of the giant metropolis nearby.  I loved trips into the city, where as a younger child we would board the Metra and ride the train all the way to the LaSalle Street Station in the heart of beautiful downtown Chicago. 

During these excursions, I would look up at the Sears Tower looming in the distance, and try to see the top of it through the clouds.  The giant skyscraper seemingly touched the sky.  I wondered often what my ancestors would think of such a sprawling city.  William B. Ogden, who was the first mayor of Chicago as well as one of the gentlemen who helped build the city prior to the Great Chicago Fire would undoubtedly approve of the unique architecture of the city.  

Fast forward a decade, and I was headed to college for my first semester away from home.  I drove two and a half hours south, straight into the Illinois Plains, and I longed for a slice of Lou Malnatis pizza and to see the formidable buildings lining the distinguished skyline.  While the campus offered some unique, old charm, the most updated building on campus was the recreational center, which housed the workout equipment and the swimming pool.  Our rec center was certainly a sight to behold, and offered a wide variety of equipment for all students to use free of charge.  They also offered some different classes, such as those seen at, though the hustle and bustle of the city was missing.  While I might not have been able to view a beautiful skyline from the waters of Lake Michigan while I was studying, I could at least enjoy the one modern building on campus, and get in shape while I did it.


Country Architecture

It is important when building in the countryside to make sure that what you are doing does not spoil the surrounding areas and it can be difficult to get the balance right and make sure that you have made a contribution rather than detract from the area. Looking at other good examples of buildings and holiday lodges England can be useful.

These kind of projects can be an interesting thing to take on because it will challeng your abilities while giving you the freedom to explore the effect of nature and architecture. The many buildings through the countrysides of the UK are testament to what can be done and their are many beautiful examples that have stood for hundreds of years and did not even have to deal with the planning permition and conservation issues that many architects have to overcome in designing a building today.

Many will see it as a great challenge and any good, ambitious young architect would be honoured to carry out a project that will allow themselves to be tested in such a way as it can lead on to bigger and better things after they have proved that they are capable of dealing with this kind of situation.


Broadcast Your Architectural Designs Online

If you are a newbie architect then you know just how difficult it is to acquire clients. You may have some experience working on small projects here and there but if you want to make a name for yourself, you need to reach out to a bigger market. Who knows, you might have the modern design ideas that could revolutionize the way modern architecture works. The best way to do this is to start your own website.

Starting your own website to showcase some designs and to attract clients is a basic business strategy these days. Pretty much everyone is offering their services and products online. If you aren’t that well-versed in designing your own site, it is much easier, quicker, and in many ways cheaper to outsource to a developer. Web design prices are not as ridiculously high as they used to be, so even with a limited budget you can get a decent and attractive website that will get clients interested.

You can do it in many different ways, too. You can set up a professional website with content that showcases your designs or you could get a very basic, blog-like static website that is simple but nonetheless functional. Of course the more complicated the design is, the higher the web design prices will be. That is reasonable however because you want something that is visually appealing but also easy to navigate for your website visitors.

Modern architecture is often criticized for being monotonous, devoid of emotion and style, yet more and more innovative architects are proving that this is not always the case. You might have a few radical designs in mind that could forever change the way people look at buildings, so why not let the world know about it? Web design prices are low and with platforms like WordPress even an inexperienced person can maintain a professional website.


San Francisco and the 21st Century

So San Francisco has become something of my adopted home for a number of reasons.  To start, my wife and I have decided to raise our family here, which seems like a great idea in retrospect simply because we love it so much.

Secondly, we live in an area with some of the best schools around and live in one of the most walkable neighborhoods in America.  Those are all really cool things don’t you think?

Anyway, in SF they have a real architectural challenge. They have to blend the old with the new in ways that other cities on the west coast especially don’t.  Even considering the earthquake of 1906 and the construction boom that it caused afterward, those are still older neighborhoods than say Los Angeles, Seattle or San Diego have to deal with.

Fitting in with that old arcitecture is a major challenge.

Appreciate Architecture buy Saving for a New Home

An interest calculator is a simple way for you to discover just how much you will need to put away in order to get to the point where you would like to be. No matter what you are saving for, you will need to have an idea of just how much money you will need. However, getting there can be very difficult if you do not know where you would enjoy the largest amount of compound savings. Every day that you have your money in the wrong account is one that you are putting off getting where you need to be. What you can do in order to increase the amount of compound savings you enjoy would be to use a calculator whenever you have some money to invest.

When you make this decision with an interest calculator, you would learn how much you will need to invest in order to get the return you are you aiming toward. Also, you can count on the fact that you are not making a bad financial decision. One of the most difficult things about saving for many people is the fact that they do not know what they are doing. If you have ever suffered from insecurity when it comes to your savings account decisions in the past, this calculator will rid your life of any need to worry. After using this tool, you will feel reassured that the figures are on your side and money will keep flowing into your life.

Wine and Magazine Covers

Wine is definitely something which has to be consumed, to be enjoyed don’t you think?

I mean, no matter how great your magazine happens to be, it’s hard to get tastes and truly beautiful images across, only on a magazine rack.  Of course, a wine gift basket allows the magazine to not only talk about wine, but also about the other products which are included.  What I’m trying to say is that, any magazine can be a success, but telling a story with your magazine is becoming increasingly more important by the day.

I mean, with so much competition out there, what are consumers going to do?  Shop around forever? Some will, others will simply enjoy finding a high quality magazine that they enjoy.

Artist Working Enviroment

Many artist are working on a tight budget so find themselves working in less than adequate locations for them to work in. Starting out usually in dark and cold places with other artist in the same type of position. 

Once an artist has found a bit of success, they will often find them moving into a studio and shop/gallery where they are set up to work and display the art that they have been working on. This offers them the chance to work on new things in a more comfortable environment. Some artist done like this though and will prefer to work somewhere that inspires them and helps them work to their greatest potential. With many successful artist still working out of all warehouses or factories that have been converted into work spaces. 

At the end of the day is is all up to personal preference where you decide to work and what is the best place to get the best results for your type of art. 

When someone has purchased a piece of there artwork it important that it is then sent out and delivered professionally making sure that nothing can happen to it during its transportation. This means that that a specialist courier is used or a removal company such as used to make sure that everything arrives in one piece and in perfect condition. As art is normally a one off original piece it is highly important that is arrives intact as replicating an original is impossible. 

Making the right decision is a must for all artists. This can range from the type of paint you use to the envirmoment you decide to working in all the way though to the delivery methord that is used to deliver the final art work. 

Art In Marketing

There has been a recent rise in the sale of marketing and advertising artwork. It has been a big market with people looking to buy old signs and advertising material that was used. 

Most marketing and advertising signs were not made to last they were generally made on the cheap to for a campaign and not to last for a great deal of time being thrown away when it was out of date or replaced. This has made classic signed big business with people paying big money mint condition advertising.

There is a huge market for big name brands with massive collectors of Coke and Pepsi products. The Vendo 44 is the most desirable coke vending machine because of the narrow width, it was only manufactured for 2 years and is very rare these machines will sell upward of £7000 each. Other popular coke items are the large enamel signs that were hung outside shops. 

Lots of men are now collecting this sort of artwork for their garages or dens where they have put together collections of thing they like to look at when they escape. often having signs restored to mint conditions or buying replica pieces to hang. 

It has been come a very popular thing now for bars and pubs to do is have vintage advertisement to go with the new products that they stock as part of the decor in the place. They might have and old Islay scotch advertisement hanging up on the wall along with other old Guinness signs what have been very popular and in some cases iconic such as the toucan “lovely day for a Guinness” sign 



Designing in the new era!

I was discussing with a friend of mine who holds a bachelor degree in Architecture about some of the best designs we have seen during our studies. We have found that we both believe some of the newest appliances and general stuff for our houses have been improving quite a lot lately.

One such example is the design we saw on this miallegro immersion blender. This blender has a nice stainless steel finish that gives it some nice feeling about it. It also has a very minimalistic design which resembles some of the oldest design from Mies Van Der Hohe during the Bauhaus era.

We have seen the trend: big corporations started to realize that design is indeed important and these days just having a good and functional product is not enough. I believe Apple might be the best at this since they are very famous and world wide recogzined by their designs which have won many awards – and probably a lot of money too!

So if you are working at any company – no matter what it does or creates – then you certainly need to take into consideration the design and the time you spent getting your “thing” to look good as this will certainly make a difference in the long run.

Are website templates considered artistic?

For you to design the good site it will require time, work and knowledge. Exactly what are web templates? Are website templates considered artistic? Simply, web templates are usually semi-finished, pre-designed webpages you can use to produce and also host websites in a lot less time. They’ve all the HTML coding for visuals along with logos you may need plus they might be personalized if you want to include new photographs or even content. But there’s a noticeable difference between getting somewhat creative and also becoming a performer using the capability of combining all the components of website headers, careful use of graphics, selections and also design in to a logical and also attractive entirely.

Using this method you are able to assess if your art and you will make use of using an online presence. A free website can also be usually made available from web serves as a means for one to check his or her services. Among the best methods for getting open would be to create a website using search engine website templates. You may get these kinds of internet search engine pleasant websites once you join an incredibly good web design templates company. Even though dining tables unquestionably allow it to be simple to speedily situation wording and also visuals it does go against the grain involving good website design.

Choosing the perfect web artist is a thing that a lot of people themselves up against with some time inside their career, yet it is not uncommon to get a very hard time the process. As possible probably explain to, having a quality web developer may make a huge difference on the globe. To make sure that you are satisfied with your alternatives, often go ahead and take time to appear while hard as you possibly can to discover a web designer that is to be capable of meeting your needs.



Art in the Media

For many years London has been at the forefront of street art.  The diverse range of cultures and the relaxed attitude by certain councils for genuine street art has encouraged this position.  However with the onset of the Olympic games many artists are complaining that councils are removign much of the quality street art that is on Londons walls.

There are exceptions of course, if you visit the East of london in an area called Brick lane you’ll see lots of wonderful pieces of art on the walls there.  You’ll actually find information on some of the official council guides to the area.  However Hackney council have been accused of being much too agressive on removing art from walls.

It is of course quite difficult to decide on where the line of street art and just graffiti.

With artists like Banksy the risk of the art being stolen is more of a danger than being removed by a council cleaner.   One artist named Darren Cullen has actually had a restraining order to prevent him going near the Olympic village.  Is this a restriction on freedom of expression or are we simply trying to ensure that the city is kept looking good for the Olympic visitors.

There is lots of information on the BBC website regarding this and other art stories.  If you want to watch some of the shows on BBC Iplayer and live outside the UK then you’ll need some help, like this.   This site  – shows how you can watch Iplayer abroad using a security program which hides your location.  It is very effective and ensure you can access sites in other countries easily too.



Olive Oil in the Media and Art World

Any time we’re talking about a food item which has been around since antiquity, there is going to be a long and historic list of media and art sources which have documented it.

Olive oil is no different in that regard, but perhaps no other food product has been featured as prominently in religious art other than the apple itself.

From the Catholic Baptism to the olive tree paintings themselves, there are literally thousands of examples of art centered around the olive, especially in the Mediterrean basin.  Of course, in modern times there are quite a few books which document the larger olive oil industry in present times.

The Beauty of the First Kiss

We’ve all been through this, well most us probably. The first kiss and how beautiful it was. Young romantics dream and long about this, the kiss that would forever linger as their first. You can see it in movies, in television shows, and even music videos, you can even imagine it as you read through pages of romance stories and novels. What is it really about the first kiss that makes it so special?

The beauty of the first kiss would probably make a good opening story to any sexual education program designed for the youth. It will definitely capture the attention of young male and female audiences alike, sparking their interest, so that they would want to know more about sexual education and the responsibilities that go along with it.

There is a need to expand the coverage of sexual education programs as more and more cases of teenage pregnancies are being reported. Adolescents should be made aware of the risks that go with teenage pregnancy. Proper sexual education should be given to both young males and females to increase awareness on health risks on teenage pregnancy, social factors that affect young parenthood, and other topics such as sexually transmitted diseases.  

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Retro Refrigerators – Kitchen Art

When it comes to great works of art for the home, it is hard to match what a vintage retro refrigerator has to offer. Long lasting durability, impressive design and decent refrigeration performance – these are just three of the most prominent benefits that you can get from a vintage refrigerator. However, many people out there have inhibitions about acquiring one because they tend to associate vintage or retro refrigerators with outdated technologies.

It is true, even the name speaks it, that vintage refrigerators are refrigerators that were literally designed and manufactured at least 50 years ago, with vintage refrigerator parts and accessories that are no way as updated as the modern fridges that we have today. But you can’t deny that vintage refrigerators still have that endearing charm, as they are truly reflections of the lifestyle of a generation gone by.

For those people who are still clueless about the characteristics and qualities of vintage refrigerators, here are some points they should know about:

A vintage refrigerator carries a high price value, especially if the model is no longer released, rare and relatively unique. At some point, vintage fridges may be costly than ordinary and conventional refrigerators that are for sale today. Retro fridges are appraised in terms of age, brand and the complexity of the unit, both technically and in design. They are also highly popular, especially amongst vintage collectors.

The vintage refrigerator’s year of manufacturing date can go as far as 1920s, although most of the vintage and retro fridges, including their antique refrigerator parts, were made and designed in the fifties and sixties.

The primary purpose of a fridge restoration is to restore back an old fridge back into proper working order – meaning, to get it working properly again so that despite its age, you can still ensure the minimum requirements for decent refrigeration. But there’s also room for improvement in terms of cooling performance as well as design updates, as most restoration jobs calls for customization as well.

No need to worry about energy efficiency. True, vintage refrigerators are not energy efficient but once they are restored, their beautiful appearance is well worth the higher electricity bill. These works of kitchen art are well worth the cost.

Art and Technology

Art is deeply connected to technology and scientific discoveries. Not only does the subject matter of art change to reflect how new technology has changed society, but also the way art is made is very much affected by the technology available. This post will explore these two themes.

Art is not only self reflective, it is also strongly connected to humanity. As living conditions change for normal people art reflects these changes as well as comments on these changes. Thus, we have Victorian writers like Charles Dickens describing the utter wretchedness created in the inner city slums of London. At the same time in Hard Times Dickens uses the character of Gradgrind to show how education was becoming mechanical and turning people into automatons. In art we see the paintings of Goya and Picasso expressing the horrors of war. Arthur Miller in Death of a Salesman takes apart the American dream and shows its absurdity and tragedy. These are just a few examples of different forms of art reacting to, reflecting and commenting on society that is going through changes brought about by technology.

At the same time the tools and materials available to artists have changed because of advances in technology. As oil colors got better so artists could use more colors and could produce paintings that would last longer. Modern installation art owes much to development in video technology. Sculptors were restricted to stone and wood that could be worked with a chisel. Now with modern EDM electrode cutting scupltors can use even the hardest metals and alloys for their work. With computers they are able to produce a consistency and an attention to detail that was not possible before. In a way technology has its beauty and art has its practicality (think of furniture). The two are inextricably linked. It is certain that as the digital age progresses so will art forms.

Media News – Production of ParaNorman

It might look like just another family animation film but the production of ParaNorman used some cutting edge techniques.  The workhorse of this production was a bank of four very powerful 3d printers which were essential to production on the film.  The film was created using a technique called Stop-Motion.  This method was actually developed over a century ago and involves using puppet models that are moved slightly to create the next frame and the illusion of movement.

The method is very successful but incredibly time consuming mainly down to people’s expressions.  To complete small movements in the facial expressions, traditionally each look would be sculpted from clay by hand.  However for this film the makers – Laika used the printers.  They had stored on computer a bank of nearly nine thousand 3d faces for just the main character.  Playing around with the various combinations could increase the variations to over 1 million.

They are not the first company to use these sophisticated printers, the famous British company Aardman used them aswell.  In fact their latest film – The Pirates used this technology extensively.  Animators would select  the expressions or looks that they needed then use the 3 printers to produce the finished product.

You can see how essential the printers are to these productions by the amount of work they have done.  In all they used nearly 4 tonnes of ink toner between them.  They were used a total of 572 days mainly printing out the thousands of facial impressions that are required in this production.

As for the film, it is excellent and well worth seeing.   There’s a great little show on the Hulu site at the moment with more on ParaNorman.  You ‘ll need to find an American proxy – to view though.  This is because Hulu has now locked all it’s content down for visitors from outside the US.  Don’t worry though it’s not that hard to use a VPN to hide your real location from the server.

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Finding Cheap Products?

I was recently researching the world of cheap wine when I realized something, there are a number of cheap wine clubs out there which deliver exactly what I was looking for, without the fuss.  The whole process made me think about how the media tends to show wineries and other goods, which generally go up in quality as price increases.  I’m not talking about stuff like watches, which simply work the same, but look better as they get more expensive, but good and foods which really do get better as their price increases.  Wine after all, is a lot like art isn’t it?  Much of the value of the wine is seen in the eye of the beholder.

Media and Wine

I was talking to the owner of the best wine club that I’ve ever been a part of the other day and we had a really, really interesting discussion about the way the media chooses to cover wine.  From their recent stories on the way Costco chooses to buy wine to how local wineries constantly struggle for attention he said that despite the media and American society wanting to feature high net worth clients and products, cheaper almost always wins out.

Personally, I think that’s unfortunate because of the large number of interesting smaller vintners that exist, if only because they absolutely need to charge higher prices in order to stay in business.

Media, Disasters and Holidays

I have never experienced a natural diaster at close hand. I was in Japan when the 2011 earthquake and tsunami hit, but I was far enough away to feel the strong tremor without fearing for my life. It was shocking watching the tragedy unfold on my television screen which was happening just 200 kilometers north of where we were staying. In this instance the media covered the disaster in great detail from beginning to end. Only the disaster hasn’t really ended because Fukushima Nuclear Powerplant continues to give off radiation.

On December 26th 2004 the Indian Ocean Tsunamis struck. They were caused by the biggest earthquake in 40 years. There was a lag of several hours between the earthquake and many of the tsunamis reaching land. However, most of the 150,000 people who died in the first day were entirely caught off guard by the giant waves. There was no early warning system in place to warn people. Where was the media to warn people to move in land?

Indeed where were the media? There are only a few handheld videos as documentary evidence of the tidal wave in Thailand. Is it because it was the day after Christmas? I thought the media loved a good tragedy.

I very recently went with my wife to Khao Lak. Read about our experiences here. It was a shock to us to feel earthquakes while on holiday in Thailand. Some of the people reacted strongly that were near us in the hotel restaurant at the time.

We were reassured by the tanoy warnings telling us to move inland. The staff at the hotel were quick to turn on the TV and radio to get information which was soon forthcoming. It was a big tremor but very shallow so not likely to cause a tsunami. I thought the media did a good job of calming everyone down.

What was more disturbing was the quick to surface rumours that the ‘big one’ was coming to wipe out Phuket just south of where we were staying. The fact that the mayor of Phuket threatened to imprison anyone who spread this rumor and that the media reported this story baffled me.

It’s a mixed bag the media and disasters.

Contemporary art in the University

From decades, contemporary art has maintained pace with culture and holds pride for spreading it unanimously. It is only because of contemporary art that an individual gets accustomed to the culture of different regions or countries. Even universities pay supreme honor to contemporary art since its commencement. Distinct programs in colleges or universities portray contemporary dance, theatre, visual art, culture studies, film and music. To reveal excitement of new cultural events, students assimilate contemporary art in their cheerleading uniforms as well.

  • With great enthusiasm in cultural theatres, sound studios, galleries, facilities and screening rooms, people in huge bulk gather with demanding interdisciplinary and act as an inducement for art enthusiasts, students and scholars of different countries. There is no doubt that contemporary art in Cheerleading uniforms boasts culture of a particular nation and this is the main reason why every uniform posses a different look.
  • Nowadays, you will find many cheerleading costume designers, which are cultural favorites and love to play with contemporary art while designing costumes. Zombie is one of the most commendable brands known for its creativity and unique work on costumes. Dressing up in zombie style is instantly a decipherable favorite of myriad proponents. Zombie cheerleaders are sexy discrepancy on classic themes, which permit a reveler to doll up in a cute outfit and still getting adequately daunting and macabre for the holiday.
  • VCU, a supplier of cheerleading uniforms confirms that they can be had in custom styles that proffer an extensive range of different cuts, colors and themes. The best thing about contemporarily designed uniforms is that customers can easily receive apparels that perfectly suit specification of events whether it is sport, cultural or college. Cheerleading uniforms are made up of quality fabric that is comfortable, long lasting and gives a professional look.

How the Media Helps Some Wineries

I think it’s interesting to look at different industries and how the media can make one company wildly successful, while completely ignoring another.

That whole topic came up after I opened a wine gift from my wife at dinner for my birthday last night.  It was a bottle of wine from Napa Valley in California, called Screaming Eagle.  It is also the most collectible wine made in California.

I wonder what affect the cool name and logo had on how the media decided to cover the brand. Did the art work help to set them apart from some of the other wineries making memorable wine in the area? Is there any way to know for sure?

The art of creative writing

writingWriting has been around for centuries. It can only be imagined what would happen if people years ago didn’t fancy writing and never wrote a letter! Today, writing is considered to be one of the noblest professions around the world. There are many categories and chapters to writers today who indulge in all sorts of writings. Movie scripts to poems to nonfiction to scientific and medical research; the list is endless depending upon the subject. The new age media is driven by what we call is creative writing. It is basically the same act in the most innovative way possible.

While the doors of writing are open to all those who can pick a pen, the scopes to take up this as a profession seems are limited to those who are professionals. Newspapers and magazines alone have sea of different writers with multiple skill sets.  As a writer, one can be a film critic who can speak about the real picture behind what the movie shows or could do a quick review on some of the best juice extractors. Of course, then there are writers who create content for the website and other electronic media. Articles on multiple topics, personalized shopping blogs that compel readers to go shopping and e-books that leave readers wanting for more with greater accessibility are some of the runaway hits in the writing industry.

Creative writing requires the writer to understand the subject or topic in its entirety. The writer is required to look and consider all angles to create a frame before the story starts being penned. The job is tough but has its positives too. An excellent write-up can create waves in the local community and more. Creative writing is one of the best jobs in the world today as long as you pay attention to detail and understand the subject well.

Outside the Mainstream Media

There is a division now in the media that never really existed before. In the past there was the mainstream media that consisted of newspapers and other printed media, television and radio. Outside this mainstram media was the undergound press and a few pirate radio stations. The alternative to the mainstream media was severely limited in reaching a mass audience. As a a result public opinions were much easier to control than they are today.

The internet has been a complete revolution and has arisen as a threat to corporate dominated traditional forms of media. The world wide web is essentially without a center, without a core of owners and editors that can control information. Google likes to see itself as the keeper of the internet but time will prove even the mighty Google as being unable to control, monetize, sanitize and manipulate the internet. The recent spate of changes to the Panda Algorithm was ostensibly to make better content more visible, but really it was to stop the little man hijacking the SERPs. It is for this reason that Google fills many front pages for money-relevant key terms with its own junk – maps, shop listings and of course those who pay to jump the queue with adwords. The more they do this, the less people will find that interests them on Google and the faster new ways of exploring content on the web will be conceived.

The same is true of reviews. Whereas big companies try to monopolize reviews in the mainstream media and online people are dicscovering that blogs on a vast array of topics from Phangan Island, to grasshoppers, to new music, to politics, to coffee makers, to American occupation crimes in Baghdad are far more absorbing, relevant and ‘unflitered’.

As more people become smarter consumers of media; as they download, stream, and browse what they want and as the big media giants fail to stop ‘copying’ by acts of Congress the mainstream media will lose its power, because it will lose a lot of its revenue. The outside media will become the new dominant media.

Support Your Art with a Cash Loan

Many Artists struggle for cash as the income is irregular. Funding your new designs and events can be expensive. The truth of the matter is that you will at some point need to borrow money from someone to help out until you next get paid for your designs. It would be nice to think that you could sell off all your pieces of art straight away but more often that not it doesn’t happen like that. Well at least when you first start out.

If you are unable to borrow money to help out with either an event, new design materials needed or even if you are starting out and need help with your studies, but your friends or family are unable to help you out, then consider using a Cash Loan to help you out in the short term. You can borrow up to £1000 and have the money in your account the next day so there is no delay in getting you the money you need when you need it most. Support your Art if you are really passionate about it, but do be careful to not get yourself into debt. You need to make sure you can pay back the loan.