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Find the Artist Within

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Find the Artist Within
by Eileen Bergen
The Artful Crafter
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Can anyone be an artist?

People admiring my work often say, “I could never do that!” I say, “Yes, you can!”

Eight years ago, during a very difficult time in my career in finance (Downsizings, layoffs – let’s not talk about it, OK?), my company sent me to a development workshop for female executives.

I came out of a particularly thought-provoking discussion group and penned the following very prophetic free verse.

Threads They Said
Mimi said, “Why don’t you paint again?”

I said, “There’s no time. I crunch numbers now.”

Carole said, “You can do it!”

I said, “No. I don’t think so.”

Cheryl said, “You have an artist within. Reach down. Bring it out.”

I said, “My numbers … they pay the bills.

Though, God knows, they don’t feed the soul anymore!”

Martha said, “There’s a strength within you.”

I asked, “They why do I feel so weak, so beaten?”

Bob said, “Reach for the sky. Be your mother’s daughter.

Write poetry. Perhaps the answer lies within.”

I reached. I created. I wrote. I discovered.
The threads came together.
I design tee-shirts now.
On a glorious sunny beach.
I write my musings in between.
And share them with other artists
— like me.

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I didn’t really dwell on these thoughts at the time since I ended up taking early retirement and had no intention of going back to work.

“Threads They Said” got filed away with my other work files. I only unearthed it recently and was stunned to realize how it all has come true.

Except we don’t live on a glorious sunny beach, we live on a mountainside overlooking a beautiful lake – close enough for me! And now you are some of the other artists I share my musings with!

I believe anyone with a creative eye can be an artist. If you know what you like when you see it, you can be an artist. If you know what someone else will like, you can be a commercial artist. You only need to find your medium or craft.

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To find the artistic spirit within you:

1. Think about your abilities, not your dis-abilities; what you can do, not what you can’t. Maybe you’re good with the computer. Think graphic arts. Maybe you wield a mean needle. Think of practical sewn items to which you can add artistic touches.

Today with the endless supply of craft materials and kits to get you started, there’s something for everyone – or I should say – something for every artist.

2. Determine your bliss. I once read that if a woman thinks back to what she most enjoyed when she was between 8 and 11, she can identify her bliss. For men, it’s between 10 and 14. They mature later, you know – some women would say never. If, at that age, you were always making “stuff” (doesn’t matter what) and loved having your own crayons (that no one else was allowed – under penalty of death – to touch) and maybe your own set of colored pencils, art and crafting could be your bliss.

If you took particular joy in actually producing something – an end product – rather than just messing with all those neat (or should I say, messy) paints, you almost certainly have an artist within.

3. Browse a local crafts superstore or Internet crafting sites (please start by browsing around TheArtfulCrafter.com!). Go up and down the aisles, whether virtual or real, and see what appeals to you. Purchase a few kits. [Aside: If you intend to sell what you make from the get-go, be sure to consider what will also appeal to your future customers.]

4. Don’t be afraid to try something new. To me, a sub-definition of artist is “someone who is always trying something new” – new techniquesFind Article, new media. You have little to lose – the cost of a kit or a few tubes of paint – and very much to gain!

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by Eileen Bergen
The Artful Crafter
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Mandala Art

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The mаndаlа iѕ a symbol and an inѕtrumеnt оf nаturаl еnеrgу within уоu thаt both gives уоu ѕtаbilitу and pulls уоu bеуоnd yourself tо bесоmе more whоlе, mоrе completely whо уоu rеаllу are. Thе mandalas you сrеаtе symbolize you: your bоdу, уоur рѕусhоlоgiсаl state, аnd уоur рlасе in thе wоrld. Mandalas аlѕо соntаin within thеir сirсulаr form thе essence of thе univеrѕе, the seasons, and cycles of nature. Mаndаlаѕ trаnѕlаtе the vast mуѕtеriеѕ оf human lifе tо a scale thаt саn bе apprehended. Mау уоu соmе to еxреriеnсе mandalas аѕ a source оf hеаling аnd whоlеnеѕѕ in уоur life.

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Enhance the Decor of Your House With a Variety of LDS Oil Paintings

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Nothing can be as great as the paintings that can capture all the colors of life. There are some most beautiful creations of mankind and the paintings are one of them. They have a spell bounding power to put forth the real elements that evoke imagination. A huge variety of paintings are available in the market based on their specific types and oil painting is one of the finest forms of it.

Nothing can be as great as the paintings that can capture all the colors of life. There are some most beautiful creations of mankind and the paintings are one of them. They have a spell bounding power to put forth the real elements that evoke imagination. A huge variety of paintings are available in the market based on their specific types and oil painting is one of the finest forms of it.

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When imaginations meet shining oily colors on the canvass it turns out to a beautiful oil painting. These are an antique form of art which are successfully marking up their presence to be stand out from the rest types. It is one of the ancient most styles of painting that is generally opted by the great artists and painters. The pictures made out of this style are tremendous and contains a realistic appeal.

Oil paintings are usually very rich and attractive with a distinguished flavor of creativity to play with magical colors. Mostly the oil paintings were originated in the middle age when people want to have the waterproof paintings. The oil-paintings were considered to be the more durable due to their long lasting resistance. This is why we are now even able to have the pleasure of the astonishing collections made by the great artists.

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A few major types of the LDS oil paintings are enlisted as:

1. Temple Paintings
These paintings are made on the stunning temples situated around the world. The LDS temple paintings that are focused to tap the salient beauty of the temples will turn out to be a perfect investment for you walls.

2. Custom Paintings
It is really a break through style in which you can get your family photo painted with eye catching oil paints.

3. Historical Event Paintings
This type of paintings is based on the prominent historical LDS church events. It is a hand painted oil painting that allows you to be in that situation where the event has taken place.

4. Prophet Paintings
It is a unique type of painting that is a portrait of contemporary and past prophets or clairvoyants.

5. Jesus Christ Paintings
Jesus Christ Paintings are the flawless art work sketching our Lord and Shepherd.

Paintings are a way to create your memories alive and make them worthy to showcase. Life is really beautiful that is full of memorable moments and things which we always want to cherish. The desire to keep all the magnificent things along with us makes us insisted to keep all these mesmerizing moments in our memories.

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Fishing Boat- Handcrafted-Wood Burnt

Imagine stumbling upon a beautiful stretch of shoreline on a perfect afternoon. As you stand beside a weathered wood fence, you gaze upon a lighthouse and watch the seagulls soar across the sky. A sailboat peacefully drifts along the water, and the quaint seaside homes are visible in the distance.

You don’t have to close your eyes and use your imagination to be whisked away to this beautiful scene whenever you wish. The Handcrafted Art Pyrography-Wood Burnt Wall Plaque will transport you there every time that you look at it!

The Handcrafted Art Pyrography-Wood Burnt Wall Plaque features a lovely picture is produced by burning every detail into a piece of birch veneer plywood. Then, the plaque is then hand-painted with watercolors to draw out all of the details of the beautiful scene and enhance the realism of the design. The picture may also be left in its natural burnt state providing a more rustic leek. An acrylic clear finish is added to bring out the natural grain of the wood and preserve the work of art for years to come.

With its wood burnt and painted or unpainted border, the Handcrafted Art Pyrography-Wood Burnt Wall Plaque is like a picture within a picture and instantly catches the eye when hung on a wall. The work of art bears the signature of the artist, L. Baber, at the bottom right corner of the image.

Measuring 12 inches by 12 inches in size, the Handcrafted Art Pyrography-Wood Burnt Wall Plaque will make a charming addition to the wall of a living room, entry way, bedroom or den. The wall plaque is also a unique alternative to paintings, posters and prints for decorating vacation homes, cabins and offices.

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Painting by Weyden

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Rogier van der Weyden, original name Rogier de la Pasture (born 1399/1400, Tournai [Belgium]—died June 18, 1464, Brussels) Northern Renaissance painter who, with the possible exception of Jan van Eyck, was the most influential northern European artist of his time.

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Owl Wood Burnt Art, Pyrography Art

The Handcrafted Art Pyrography-Wood Burnt Wall Plaque features a lovely picture is produced by burning every detail into a piece of birch veneer plywood. Then, the plaque is then hand-painted with watercolors to draw out all of the details of the beautiful scene and enhance the realism of the design.  The picture may also be left in its natural burnt state providing a more rustic leek.   An acrylic clear finish is added to bring out the natural grain of the wood and preserve the work of art for years to come.

 

 

 

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Paintings by Tiepolo

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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, also known as Gianbattista or Giambattista Tiepolo, was an Italian painter and printmaker from the Republic of Venice. He was prolific, and worked not only in Italy, but also in Germany and Spain.

Born: March 5, 1696, Venice, Italy

Died: March 27, 1770, Madrid, Spaintiepolo_christ_carrying_the_cross
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Everything You Need To Know About ART Galleries

If you are a fan of fine art and have a few pieces in your collection then you are probably very familiar with the world of art galleries, but if you have only just expressed an interest in art then the likelihood is that you are only just beginning to learn about them and may or may not have set foot inside one yet. The gallery is indeed a fascinating place within the art world and if you ever pass one then it will be well worth a look. However, before going into one, you should take a little time to find out a bit more.

An art gallery is generally a space that displays art to the public in the hope of selling pieces to the individuals that walk through the door. They are set up to try and make a profit and should not be confused with non-profit organizations and museums. Every individual gallery will feel familiar because the salespeople that work within them do want to entice individuals into the warm and cosy confines of the gallery and then provide them an environment that encourages inspiration and thus sales!

There can be any number of items on sale in a gallery, depending on the size of the gallery and the stock that it holds at any given time. It may be that one gallery only holds work by one or two artists at a time and has them there for a couple of months. It may be another gallery as many pieces and rotates their stock in line with what they think will sell or an exhibit or promotion that they have on shortly or have had on recently. Although the rooms of a museum are also generally known as galleries, this is the major aspect outside of the financial ream in which they differ.

Private galleries and public galleries rarely have a permanent collection because of the nature of the business. Every piece displayed in a gallery is for sale and actively promoted as a result. There may only be one individual working in a gallery, in which case he or she is responsible for everything. The marketing, planning, administration and finance roles are all down to this one individual, but if there is more than one person working there then they will split the duties. There is no curator as such and there would be no volunteers because every individual working there is paid to sell. When you do set foot inside one then you will realise this fact purely and simply because they will be on you to find out what you may like as soon as you walk through the door!

It is usually free to get into a gallery because you may well be a paying customer, and the very fact that you chose to go through the door proves that you are a potential paying customer. The profits instead come from the sales because they gallery can expect to receive a commission of at lease 25%, although in some cases it is as much as 50%. In truth, the larger the gallery, the more likely the people working there are to have sales targets. You may well find yourself in the middle as a result! Although everyone working in a gallery should be knowledgeable, some of them are not. However, anyone with a passing knowledge of art should immediately be able to distinguish between the two. Although the latter may be better in terms of knocking a price down, the former is perhaps better because you can ask any questions that you may have and expect to receive an honest answer!

If you are looking to expand your art collection then art galleries in your local area may be the first step you tae towards building a collection. Always go into art galleries to see what is on offer, but beware of what you buy on impulse. Stuck to the ones that you love instead!

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ART Handcrafted Woodburning Art

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The Handcrafted Art Pyrography-Wood Burnt Wall Plaque is completely handmade and is a true one-of-a-kind work of art. Each one is meticulously handcrafted from start to finish by the artist, rather than churned out along assembly lines by machines. As a result, slight variations in the look and appearance of the finished design should be expected.

The wall plaque that you choose will be a real original, as no other will be produced exactly like it. Crafted in Seattle, Washington, the Handcrafted Art Pyrography-Wood Burnt Wall Plaque is American made and sure to become a favorite piece in your art collection. In addition, the wall plaque makes a unique gift idea for men and women. You can give one as a Father’s Day gift, Mother’s Day gift, birthday gift, Christmas gift, housewarming gift or gift for any other occasion. With its natural wood coloration, the wall plaque will look at home in any space and complements any color palette.

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Paintings by Tintoretto

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Biography. Jacopo Tintoretto was born in Venice in 1518, as the eldest of 21 children. His father, Giovanni, was a dyer, or tintore; hence the son got the nickname of Tintoretto, little dyer, or dyer’s boy, which is anglicized as Tintoret.marriage_at_cana_wga st_nicholas_wga the_birth_of_st-_john_the_baptist_wgatintoretto_the_ascent_to_calvary tintoretto_the_circumcision

 

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