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Self Promotion Getting the Word Out

January 31st, 2019

Self Promotion  Getting the Word Out

If you create and display your art in the woods, does anyone see it? The answer is no. Not without a little word of mouth.
Before you start thinking “Promote my work? No thanks, I’m allergic,” stay with me.

You don’t have to fly an airplane banner in the sky or shout from the rooftops with a megaphone to get the word out.

We recommend simple, authentic ways to champion your designs and turn your FAA shop into a well-oiled machine.

Keep personal and artist profiles separate on social
Life imitates art in more ways than one. This entanglement is a beautiful thing. But it’s a good idea not to mix the two when getting the word out about your shop. Like a classic mullet, it should be art in the front, personal in the back.

For example, a Facebook profile peppered with selfies, cats, and pictures of your food makes it difficult for fans to find, admire and purchase your work.

Put the art you upload to your FAA shop front and center.

Define what your art means with a mission statement
You don’t have to reveal all the ingredients in the secret sauce for people to appreciate the flavor. The same goes for your mission statement.

What gets you up in the morning and keeps you up at night? Why do you create art and for whom do you do it? In one or two sentences tell your fans how you and your art interact with the world.

Engage with supporters. It shows interest
There are many ways to connect with people that invest in your art. Show appreciation authentically through FAA mail, on social media and comments, and even in person. These little interactions can help build your artist-buyer relationships and lead to continued interest in your work.

Share works in progress with your followers
An amuse-bouche prepares the guest for the meal and offers a glimpse into the chef’s approach to the art of cuisine.

Prime your fans’ appetites with a sample of your current project. Yes, before it’s fully baked. Your work in progress offers a peek into your creative process.

It’s also a great reminder, as an artist, that the journey is as just as significant as the destination.

Let followers and fans into your workspace
Whether your workspace resembles Dr. Frankenstein’s dank dungeon, a minimalist setup, or the Parrish mansion at the end of Jumanji, fans love to see where the magic happens.

When you invite people to see your humble, explosive, inspiring workspace, you share the reality of art making.

Try snapping a few photos or even a quick video of your space. The gesture could go a long way.

Use analytics to see who is looking at your work
Left Brain, do you read me? Left Brain. Do. You. Copy?

Analytics may seem scary and complicated like Morse Code or astrophysics, but its uses are invaluable. See your most popular content, best times to post, and sources for how your fanbase found you.

Pantone Color of the Year

January 31st, 2019

Pantone Color of the Year

Every year designers and artists alike look forward to Pantone’s Color of the Year. The color chosen each year, resonates with trends past and present, with the temperature of our current society, and represents the universal language of color. Colors play an important role in not only in an artist’s life but in our daily lives. We use color to communicate mood, evoke emotion, and express style. Using a color that connects with your viewer may be the difference between a consumer falling in love with your art or walking away from it.

The 2019 Color of the Year is PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral

“Vibrant, yet mellow PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.

In reaction to the onslaught of digital technology and social media increasingly embedding into daily life, we are seeking authentic and immersive experiences that enable connection and intimacy. Sociable and spirited, the engaging nature of PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity.

Symbolizing our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral embodies our desire for playful expression.

Representing the fusion of modern life, PANTONE Living Coral is a nurturing color that appears in our natural surroundings and at the same time, displays a lively presence within social media.”

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Few must-know painting techniques for artists

January 29th, 2019

01. Underpainting
I never work from white when using oils or acrylics. Create an underpainting in burnt umber or a mix of burnt sienna and phthalo blues to establish shadows and values. Acrylics are probably the best medium to use at this stage as they're quick-drying and permanent.
Work paint up from thin to thick, especially when using slow-drying paints. It's impossible to work on top of heavy, wet paint. In the same way, work up to highlights, adding the brightest (and usually heavier) paint at the end. Have a roll of kitchen towel to hand to clean brushes and remove any excess paint.

02. Blocking in
Brushes come in a number of shapes and with different fibre types, all of which give very different results. The key is to try all of them as you paint. The most versatile are a synthetic/sable mix – these brushes can be used with most of the different paint types. Brushes come in flat and round types and it pays to have a selection of both. Check out our guide to picking the right brush to learn more.

I work with a range of brushes. For most of the early work I use larger, flatter and broader brushes. A filbert is a good general brush for blocking in form and paint. It has a dual nature, combining aspects of flat and round brushes so it can cover detail as well as larger areas. I tend to use smaller brushes only at the end of the painting process.

03. Building up texture
Have a dry, flat brush that you can use to blend your paint and create smooth transitions. I tend to like lots of texture and like to see brush marks in my own work. Almost anything can be used to add texture to your paint. There are ready made texture media available, but I have seen items such as egg shell and sand used to add interest to a painting.

One tip is to use an old toothbrush to spatter your image with paint. This can be remarkably effective at suggesting noise and grain.

04. Dry brushing
This is a method of applying colour that only partially covers a previously dried layer of paint. Add very little paint to your brush and apply it with very quick, directional strokes.

This method tends to work best when applying light paint over dark areas/dried paint and is useful for depicting rock and grass textures.

05. Sgraffito
Removing paint can be as important as applying it. Sgraffito is the term used when you scratch away paint while it's wet to expose the underpainting. It's especially useful when depicting scratches, hair, grasses and the like.

You can use almost any pointed object for this – try rubber shaping tools or the end of a brush.

06. Glazing
Glazing is the process of laying a coat of transparent paint over a dry part of the painting, and it's used for intensifying shadows and modulating colour. A light transparent blue over dry yellow will, of course, create green.

07. Painting with mediums
Mediums are fluids that can be added to paint to modulate its consistency, drying time and texture. In the case of acrylics, you get different mediums that make the paint matte or gloss. However, I tend to use the matte medium mainly to seal my paper or board, so paint doesn't soak into it.

Contemporary Art

January 20th, 2019

What is Contemporary Art?

Strictly speaking, the term "contemporary art" refers to art made and produced by artists living today. Today's artists work in and respond to a global environment that is culturally diverse, technologically advancing, and multifaceted.

What are the themes of contemporary art?

Working in a wide range of mediums, contemporary artists often reflect and comment on modern-day society. When engaging with contemporary art, viewers are challenged to set aside questions such as, "Is a work of art good?" or "Is the work aesthetically pleasing?" Instead, viewers consider whether art is "challenging" or "interesting." Contemporary artists may question traditional ideas of how art is defined, what constitutes art, and how art is made, while creating a dialogue with—and in some cases rejecting—the styles and movements that came before them.

Contemporary Art And Its Tendency For Abstraction

Since the early 20th century, some artists have turned away from realistic representation and the depiction of the human figure, and have moved increasingly towards abstraction. In New York City after World War II, the art world coined the term "abstract expressionism" to characterize an art movement that was neither completely abstract, nor expressionistic. Nevertheless, the movement challenged artists to place more emphasis on the process of making art rather than the final product. Artists like Jackson Pollock brought art-making to choreographic heights by dripping paint in grand yet spontaneous gestures. As one critic noted, the canvas was an arena in which to act—"what was going on in the canvas was not a picture but an event." This notion of art as an event emerged out of the movement called abstract expressionism, which greatly influenced the art movements that followed, and continues to inspire artists living today.

Contemporary Art and Artistic Minimalism

Contemporary artists working within the postmodern movement reject the concept of mainstream art and embrace the notion of "artistic pluralism," the acceptance of a variety of artistic intentions and styles. Whether influenced by or grounded in performance art, pop art, Minimalism, conceptual art, or video, contemporary artists pull from an infinite variety of materials, sources, and styles to create art.

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Tango Dance

January 20th, 2019

Tango is a popular partner dance and social dance that originated in the 1880s along the River Plate (Río de Plata), the natural border between Argentina and Uruguay. It was born in the impoverished port areas of these countries, where natives mixed with slave and European immigrant populations.[2] The tango is the result of a combination of the German Waltz, Czech Polka, Polish Mazurka, and Bohemian Schottische with the Spanish-Cuban Habanera, African Candombe, and Argentinian Milonga.[3] The tango was frequently practiced in the brothels and bars of ports, where business owners employed bands to entertain their patrons with music.[4] The tango then spread to the rest of the world.[5] Many variations of this dance currently exist around the world.

Native Americans in the United States

January 20th, 2019

Native Americans, also known as American Indians, Indigenous Americans and other terms, are the indigenous peoples of the United States, except Hawaii. There are over 500 federally recognized tribes within the US, about half of which are associated with Indian reservations. The term "American Indian" excludes Native Hawaiians and some Alaska Natives, while Native Americans (as defined by the US Census) are American Indians, plus Alaska Natives of all ethnicities. Native Hawaiians are not counted as Native Americans by the US Census, instead being included in the Census grouping of "Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander".

The ancestors of modern Native Americans arrived in what is now the United States at least 15,000 years ago, possibly much earlier, from Asia via Beringia. A vast variety of peoples, societies and cultures subsequently developed. Native Americans were greatly affected by the European colonization of the Americas, which began in 1492, and their population declined precipitously mainly due to introduced diseases as well as warfare, territorial confiscation and slavery. After the founding of the United States, many Native American peoples were subjected to warfare, removals and one-sided treaties, and they continued to suffer from discriminatory government policies into the 20th century. Since the 1960s, Native American self-determination movements have resulted in changes to the lives of Native Americans, though there are still many contemporary issues faced by Native Americans. Today, there are over five million Native Americans in the United States, 78% of whom live outside reservations.

When the United States was created, established Native American tribes were generally considered semi-independent nations, as they generally lived in communities separate from British settlers. The federal government signed treaties at a government-to-government level until the Indian Appropriations Act of 1871 ended recognition of independent native nations, and started treating them as "domestic dependent nations" subject to federal law. This law did preserve the rights and privileges agreed to under the treaties, including a large degree of tribal sovereignty. For this reason, many (but not all) Native American reservations are still independent of state law and actions of tribal citizens on these reservations are subject only to tribal courts and federal law.

The Indian Citizenship Act of 1924 granted U.S. citizenship to all Native Americans born in the United States who had not yet obtained it. This emptied the "Indians not taxed" category established by the United States Constitution, allowed natives to vote in state and federal elections, and extended the Fourteenth Amendment protections granted to people "subject to the jurisdiction" of the United States. However, some states continued to deny Native Americans voting rights for several decades. Bill of Rights protections do not apply to tribal governments, except for those mandated by the Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968.

Ballet dancer

January 20th, 2019

"Ballerina" redirects here. For other uses, see Ballerina (disambiguation).
"Coryphee" redirects here. It is not to be confused with Coryphaeus.

Pierina Legnani (left) and Olga Preobrajenskaya (right) costumed as Medora and Gulnare, respectively, for the scene "Le jardin animé" from Marius Petipa's final revival of Le Corsaire for the Imperial Ballet. St Petersburg, 1899. Legnani was the first ballerina ever to be officially titled as Prima ballerina assoluta, the highest rank for women.
A ballet dancer (Italian: ballerina [balleˈriːna] fem., ballerino [balleˈriːno] masc.) is a person who practices the art of classical ballet. Both females and males can practice ballet; however, dancers have a strict hierarchy and strict gender roles. They rely on years of extensive training and proper technique to become a part of professional companies. Ballet dancers are at high risk of injury due to the demanding technique of ballet.[1]

Architecture of New York City

January 20th, 2019

Architecture of New York City

The building form most closely associated with New York City is the skyscraper, which has shifted many commercial and residential districts from low-rise to high-rise. Surrounded mostly by water, the city has amassed one of the largest and most varied collections of skyscrapers in the world.[1]

New York has architecturally significant buildings in a wide range of styles spanning distinct historical and cultural periods. These include the Woolworth Building (1913), an early Gothic revival skyscraper with large-scale gothic architectural detail. The 1916 Zoning Resolution required setback in new buildings, and restricted towers to a percentage of the lot size, to allow sunlight to reach the streets below.[2] The Art Deco design of the Chrysler Building (1930) and Empire State Building (1931), with their tapered tops and steel spires, reflected the zoning requirements. The Chrysler building is considered by many historians and architects to be one of New York's finest, with its distinctive ornamentation such as V-shaped lighting inserts capped by a steel spire at the tower's crown.[3] An early influential example of the international style in the United States is the Seagram Building (1957), distinctive for its facade using visible bronze-toned I-beams to evoke the building's structure. The Condé Nast Building (2000) is an important example of green design in American skyscrapers.[4]

The character of New York's large residential districts is often defined by the elegant brownstone rowhouses, townhouses, and tenements that were built during a period of rapid expansion from 1870 to 1930.[5] In contrast, New York City also has neighborhoods that are less densely populated and feature free-standing dwellings. In the outer boroughs, large single-family homes are common in various architectural styles such as Tudor Revival and Victorian.[6][7][8] Split two-family homes are also widely available across the outer boroughs, for example in the Flushing area.

Stone and brick became the city's building materials of choice after the construction of wood-frame houses was limited in the aftermath of the Great Fire of 1835.[9][10] Unlike Paris, which for centuries was built from its own limestone bedrock, New York has always drawn its building stone from a far-flung network of quarries and its stone buildings have a variety of textures and hues.[11] A distinctive feature of many of the city's buildings is the presence of wooden roof-mounted water towers. In the 19th century, the city required their installation on buildings higher than six stories to prevent the need for excessively high water pressures at lower elevations, which could burst municipal water pipes.[12] Garden apartments became popular during the 1920s in outlying areas, including Jackson Heights in Queens, which became more accessible with expansion of the subway.[13]

An Overview of Native American History

May 25th, 2018

An Overview of Native American History

A Brief Historical Background of American Indians or Native Americans

Many thousands of years past, late within the geological period, humans journeyed across the Vitus Bering land bridge, from Asia into Alaska. Their descendants explored on the geographic area of North America. As early as a thousand before Christ, they'd lined nearly the whole continent. It’s not renowned once the primary individuals arrived within the Americas. Some archaeologists (scientists WHO study the remains of past human lives) believe it'd are concerning 12000 before Christ.

Over thousands of years, American Indians have developed a good vary of languages, customs, and civilizations. There are as many various social group nations within the Americas as there are nations in Europe, Asia, or Africa, and there's the maximum amount selection among them.

Ten thousand years past, once the glacial period complete, changes in climate and increasing populations impressed some Native Americans tribes to experiment with growing completely different crops. Some became extremely good farmers. As early as concerning 5500 B.C., tribes in United Mexican States cultivated corn and squash. They raised turkeys, llamas, and guinea pigs for food and that they hunted deer and bison. They frequently burned off patches of land to stay it in pasture, therefore the animals would return to graze. Several tribes on the coasts hunted ocean mammals from boats and caught fish, employing a form of economical strategies.

After 2000 before Christ, some Native Americans developed states, every governing thousands of individuals. They established intensive trade routes across the continents. And that they used wares rafts and alternative boats to ship their product from one commerce purpose to a different. In South America, llamas provided transportation toward land.

From the current region of the mid-western U. S. to southern Republic of Peru in South America, centers of presidency were marked by huge mounds of earth. Most of those mounds were flat on prime, with palaces and temples engineered on them. Some were interment sites of honored leaders. Yank Indian cities were as massive because the cities in Europe and Asia at that point. Their fine design remains greatly loved.

European invasions of land began with Columbus's voyages to the "New World" in 1492. The Europeans brought diseases with them, as well as pox and rubeola. These unknown diseases unfold quickly among Native Americans. They were worn out the populations of the many native cities.

The Europeans started colonizing solid ground so as to cultivate new farmlands and build new jobs for the growing populations of Europe. To do so, they typically fought Native Americans social group nations for the land. Many factors gave the Europeans the advantage in these conflicts. First, they'd some immunities to their own diseases. Therefore they weren't as ruined by them as Native Americans were. Second, the Europeans had horses and guns that overcome the Native Americans' hand weapons and arrows in battle. Third, European settlements within the Americas grew at such a rate that the Europeans' descendants eventually outnumbered the native individuals

Native Americans social group nations resisted colonization, however eventually; several were forced to surrender their lands. Within the regions of contemporary southern North American nation, the U. S., and southern South America, survivors were gathered up and involuntarily emotional to specific areas, referred to as reservations. In Mexico, Central America, and northern South America, the native individuals were forced to measure as peasants and laborers, below Spanish rule. In the previous couple of decades, developments in transportation and earth-moving machinery have created it profitable for outsiders to colonize the tropical lowland forests. Currently the approach of life for those social group nations, too, is vulnerable.

Today Native Americans populations across each continents area unit another time on the increase. Native American leader’s area unit achieving larger political success in fighting for the rights of their peoples. Additionally, recent widespread concern over human rights has prompted government’s et al to respect Native yank cultures and traditions once responding to their wants.

What is Painting ?

May 24th, 2018

What is Painting ?

What is Painting?

In 1890, French painter Maurice Denis said that “a painting –before being a warhorse, a unadorned lady, or some story or alternative – is basically a flat surface coated with colors assembled in a certain order.”
What is a painting? In Essence, will it seek advice from a visible composition of oil on a clothes canvas surface? Truly, the term is applied a lot of broadly speaking than that.

Ask a critic to outline the art of painting. He or she is going to surely question about type. In art, a medium, like music, will be attenuated into smaller classes supported type, like a song or an opera. During this example, the music is that the medium, and also the song in that the creative expression’s specific type. But additionally think about however the means expressed in an exceedingly song may need come upon if the creator had chosen a unique kind, sort of a written verse form, maybe.

The definition of painting is additionally a matter of kind. May be a painting realistic or abstract? Will it use organic or geometric forms? Is that the subject a landscape or someone, and will it fall in an exceedingly specific genre, like surrealism? Was the paint applied employing a brush or sponge, or was it covered and tossed in creative action? These area unit queries which will assist you perceive the kind of a painting. Thus what's it that unites the sphere of painting?

The shaping aspects that unite all works of art beneath the class of painting embrace the employment of sure materials. This suggests that a painting is sometimes outlined as consisting of some reasonably paint applied to some reasonably surface, sometimes a flat, two-dimensional canvas. But that does not mean that the sole works of art thought-about painting are going to be those made from paint on textile canvas. Within the broadest sense, graffiti may be a reasonably painting as a result of it’s created with paint - aerosol paint - applied to a flat surface, sort of a wall or block of pavement.
There many kinds of paints usually used, like poster paint, acrylic, watercolor and fresco. The probabilities of what medium to use paint to vary from paper, to wood, to animal skin and a lot of.

History of Painting

Painting is one in every of the oldest art forms. Once societies began crafting tools and creating fireplace, they were additionally learning to represent the globe in photos. These photos were recorded in cave paintings that also exist these days. A number of the oldest paintings proverbial to exist may be found within the Chauvet Cave France.
The art of painting evolved over time, through the hieroglyphics of ancient civilizations to the classical and Renaissance paintings that preserve the Louvre these days. The art of painting has taken some radical turns, with fashionable kinds of painting together with color field and Abstract Expressionism.