Balancing Act – Creating As Giving

Can everyday objects be beautiful? Have you ever got a buzz from creating something purely for the pleasure it brings to others? My tale of river stones will inspire you to be balanced and creative!

How to Draw Pictorial Perspective

Pictorial views are images of objects that seem to be as precise as it is whenever you look at it with your eyes. Parallel and angular perspectives are the most common perspective that we all know.

”The Dance of Death” (1796): A Souvenir of the Mural Installation in Basel’s Dominican Convent

Consider the term ‘souvenir’ for a moment… even in the most enlightened mind, it is certain that at least a fleeting thought will surface of kitsch, tasteless and tacky mass-produced ornaments. It is a concept that will be familiar to travelers world-wide – and while we may not necessarily fall prey to the siren-call of cheap baubles, the desire to acquire a memento or token of remembrance (whether in relation to travels or other personal pursuits) has been a feature of humanity since we began to walk on two legs. Undoubtedly, too, for the same period, entrepreneurs have seen an opportunity to profit from this seemingly innate drive. In the 18th Century, travelers were drawn to Basel to view the remnants of the mural installation known as “The Dance of Death” in the city’s Dominican Convent and the Mechel brothers, identifying a niche in the souvenir market, brought together a collection of surviving woodblocks more than two centuries old to promote among visitors. As a consequence, important Renaissance illustrations have been preserved and contribute to our understanding of changes to the great Mural installation at Basel.

Creating Memories From Your Special Occasions

What better way to commemorate that perfect holiday or wonderful vacation than with a gorgeous canvas print? Along with buying souvenirs, taking photos are one of the most popular methods we have of creating something to remember our holidays and free time. However, some people fail to make the most of these opportunities and end up with disappointing snaps that fail to do justice to the occasion.

The Early Mixed Media Artists

The word mixed media represents an artwork made out of one or more material. The common use of mixed media was a major trend in the evolution of art in the twentieth century. The most prevalent is collage. The art critic Clement Greenberg recommended that collage, a form of mixed media where various things are put together in a single composition, was 1 of the most important steps in the development of modern art.

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