For the Love of Art – Painting
Ah, love. Where would we be without it? It ennobles the simplest lives and when you want to find a unique piece of art that embodies this sentiment, you will not go wrong with abstract art, because the sheer generosity of love can be best expressed in the wide expanses of shape and color that abstract love art does best. Red, of course, in the shape of a heart, means love, but how about the tinkering that the artist can do with the iconic heart shape. A warp of the shape and love becomes unstable, a mutable thing that changes with each day’s encounter with the loved one. A realistic touch, you might say, because love isn’t a solid thing to touch but an emotion to feel, and how often do our emotions stay steady throughout the course of a day? In regards to mood and color, a pink heart shows a more tender emotion than the fiery red, in that pink is delicate and reminiscent of springtime with its tentative flowerings and the growth of new plants. If we continue the use of color as metaphor, then a gold heart symbolizes the love that is tried-and-true, the one that has lasted in value just as does gold. All these symbols for love show up dramatically in an abstract treatment of the subject.
But moving on to the particular object of our love, a portrait done by an abstract artist from a photograph or from an actual sitting could bring joy to a room. Personal portraits can be done in closeup, a family type studio setting, or even in plain air, using the great outdoors as a backdrop. The abstract element of love art would be in the artist’s choice of what to emphasize – will it be the glossy hair of the beloved, the grace of a certain well-loved posture, the ghost of a smile? The elements of a natural background can be used by a canny artist, as well. Perhaps the mist of a distant waterfall is echoed in the coronet of baby’s breath flowers in a bride’s coiffure. There is no end to what the artist’s eye can pick up and use as a theme. So it seems that whether an individual portrait is the aim, or a family portrait, or the portrayal of a beloved pet, the abstract artist will find just the right touch to imbue his work with his personal stamp, a stamp that his commissioner will agree with.
The placement of a piece of love art need not be problematical. The bedroom is the obvious choice for a piece depicting one’s love, and the individual portrait or the more generalized picture of the ideal of love will enhance one’s bedroom to maximum effect if the painting is placed out of range of ultraviolet rays streaming in from a window, which could damage the finished work over time. A painting needs to be softly lit and on a wall where it dominates the flat surface. Sconces containing lighting features are a fascinating way to light a painting, but track lighting will do just as well. More and more, the use of love art will seem to you to be the ultimate expression of the love of your life.
Mommy Loves Art
Well, I am in the process of moving the beads out. I also have a baby lock on the cabinet with the beads. A little hand was outstretched the other day while I was pondering a color with two beads in my hand. She said “more?” which is a frequent request when she wants a snack. UH oh! Beads aren’t snacks!
I had a pretty necklace that was plastic. I allowed her to play with it supervised. First move? Guess what —it was yup-into the mouth! She will probably get used to wearing jewelry without putting it into her mouth but I heard I have a few more years to go (she is only 15 months).
One idea I had which was not too cost-effective but a long term dream, was to get a studio. I searched and searched. Through this research process I learned that I only need a few square feet, 4 plugs, some lighting, internet and phone access, heat and a window. That’s all I require.
Prices for art studios here in Massachusetts are just as expensive as living studios! So that dream will have to wait a while longer. Shared art studios are more of the way to go but they frequently are in the city ( I am close to the boondocks), and are shared with welding sculptors, pottery enthusiasts, their kilns, and other large equipment art types. Very cool but I’d feel like a drop in the pond with my needs.
Another idea was to build a shed in the backyard. Probably the worst idea if you’re broke but definitely the coolest. Metroshed is a company I found in Dwell magazine’s last few pages of congested cool ads. They sell shed kits to build sheds that don’t just house your lawnmower and pool supplies. You can live in it; make it your office or guest room. It is completely ideal for an artist studio. Custom built to your needs, you can get a kit that has as many windows as structurally possible. Custom colors and interior walls, plumbing and electricity (which you need a professional to hook up). They sometimes sell their floor demos for dirt cheap. Dirt cheap being $5,000 and up. That’s great except I don’t have and extra 5 grand lying around.
But it’s great to dream about a little room, just your own, with all your supplies and all your projects out splayed on a table ready for your attention without the little hands aiming for it.
Secrets to Make Him Fall in Love – Art of the Heart
Have you finally decided that getting him to fall in love with you is just too complicated? Are you beginning to think that your life is destined to be spent alone? Would you love to find that perfect guy to share your life with, but in your heart you feel it will never happen? Don’t take such a pessimistic view of your love life. There is probably a guy out there right now who feels the same way as you do… be ready to meet up with him and get your relationship right.
The roles of men and women have drastically changed over the years. Women are working and making more money than men. Men are more involved in child rearing that ever before. And dating has become strange and sometimes strained as men try to figure out how to approach the modern woman.
Being approachable is a combination of being making yourself as attractive as you can, smiling and showing that world that you’re open to meeting new people, and a friendly and easy way about you as men come up to talk to you.
If you’re immediately hijacking the conversation and making it all about you, you may go home feeling you’ve hit a homerun because you really impressed him with all your witty repartee. He may just go home with a headache from your constant chatting.
You may also innocently fill the conversation with your accomplishments, promotions or other accolades without acknowledging the things he’s telling you he’s proud of. Don’t try to pump up your ego by spewing forth how great you are, all while ignoring or even putting down what he’s good at.
Men, perhaps more than ever in light of the successes of modern women, need to be praised and need to know that they are valued by the woman in their life. If you really like this guy it must be because you see some great qualities in him. Let him know you see him as a wonderful man you appreciate and admire. Men will rarely fall in love with the woman who makes him feel awful. So make him feel great.
Art And Business – The Way To A Balanced Life
Many years ago, a career in art and a career in the business world were considered to be on the two ends of the career spectrum. Artists who exhibited remarkable talent for their craft would oftentimes live a humble and meager life, unable to translate their talents into business growth. Businessmen, on the other hand, pursued their ambitions in the open markets, spending their time dealing with issues of finance, strategy and profit margins, oftentimes expressing their appreciation for art only from a distance. In recent years the business world and the art world have begun to merge, either through newly developed products that combine business with art, or through people of one profession, rolling up their sleeves and delving in to the other.
Today, some of the leading revenue-generating products are those that combine art with practical function. In response to this, there is a developing awareness and appreciation for the importance of integrating art and creativity into the business world. One of the main drivers for this new trend appears to be a shift towards a belief that it is ultimately innovation that will differentiate us from our competitors. Steve Jobs, the legendary founder of Apple, supported this idea when he said, Technology alone is not enough. It’s technology married with the liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields the results that make our hearts sing. Technology has certainly changed the way in which we experience our world, and this change has created new perspectives from which business can be approached. Reaching success ultimately requires both the ‘right brain thinking’ of the artist to have the vision and creativity required to innovate, and the logical ‘left brain thinking’ of the technologist to understand and translate this innovation into a practical manifestation. Possibly the best example of where art and technology or art and business meet is in the advertising industry. If once there was a team of copywriter and art director, the dyad has today become a triad that also includes a creative technologist.
This partnership between creativity and practical disciplines is also being expressed within the individual. Concurrently, businessmen whose first love is in fact art in one form or other are finding a way to combine their artistic talents with business for personal and professional benefit. In many cases the businessman and artist are one and the same – either a businessman who dabbles in art in one form or other, or an artist who seeks to establish a prosperous career from selling his or her works. There are businessmen’s art clubs, some with a number of branches in various cities across the US. Together these clubs claim membership of hundreds of professionals – bankers, salesmen, manufacturers and lawyers – who would rather spend their spare time painting than playing golf.
The late Johannes Christensen was one example of a businessman and artist, who, after his retirement, held a number of exhibitions in London and Denmark. Christensen worked for the Great Northern Telegraph Company, which is a multinational corporation operating out of Denmark. He played a significant part in laying a telecommunications cable from Copenhagen to Leningrad, through the Baltic Sea, and from there to Japan, through Siberia. Although he studied for a short time at the Slade School of Art, Christensen was, for the most part, a self-taught artist with a darkly expressionist style.
Another example of a businessman returning to his first love – photography – is financier Scott Mead. Mead’s love of photography started at the age of 13, when he received an old camera from his grandfather. Before embarking on his banking career, Mead seriously considered a career in photography and studied under the renowned American photographers Gown, White and Eggleston. Ultimately his career in banking took precedence, and only recently Mead returned to devoting more time to photography. Recently, Scott Mead held a successful exhibition in 2010 at London’s Hamilton Gallery, and two photographs from this exhibition – “Untitled” and “Evening Light” – were selected for the Royal Academy’s 2011 summer exhibition. Scott is working towards a second solo exhibition – “Looking Forward” – planned for 2013.
Victor “Corky” Goldman was a businessman for more than forty years. Now, having retired, he is returning to his first love – art, and over the last few years has exhibited his watercolor paintings at local and regional shows in the Mobile, Alabama area. Goldman graduated from Auburn University with a BA in fine arts, and had hopes of becoming a commercial artist. Fate intervened in the form of family commitment when his father-in-law became ill with cancer and Goldman was required to move to Mobile to help with the family business. When Goldman’s father-in law passed away, Goldman took over the business and put his dreams on the back burner as he worked in the business and raised three children. In 2010 Goldman sold the business and since then has devoted himself full time to his passion – art.
With time, art and business are becoming more and more intertwined. It seems that the two very different disciplines are actually quite complimentary to one another, creating a balance not only in the products that we consume, but also in the lives that we lead.