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Conventional Art is art that is made using standard mediums, such as paint and canvas. This art continues to be the favorite form of media. The visual aspects of conventional art keep bringing fans back for more.There is a lot of new and experimental media out there, but when it comes to buying art, Conventional is what people gravitate toward. The newer art is very interesting to the viewer’s eye, but when it comes to purchasing, most people stick with Conventional Art. People are more comfortable with this form of art because it has been around for centuries. Most people will gravitate to what they know, not the new and upcoming thing. That’s not to say that the other forms of art aren’t flourishing as well, but Conventional art will never die, even though the prices are higher.
Transient or performance-driven art is often “short-lived”. Therefore, it’s difficult to purchase. When it comes to displaying art, sculptures and paintings offer flexibility. There really are so many different aspects to conventional art, such as, materials, media, price, style, and whether you want to hang your art or display it on the floor, it is entirely up to you!
Conventional art will never go out of style; people will keep coming back to the old standard, because it is the most popular. People like to decorate their businesses and homes with it. This form of art has been around for centuries, and will continue to thrive into the future and beyond.
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What makes art so amazing is that it means so many different things to different people. There are graphic designers, photographers, musicians, painters, carpenters, and cake decorators who all call themselves and deserve to be called artists. However, it is difficult to have a career as an artist, we have all heard the term, “starving artists”… Actually, now more than ever, it is possible to have a lucrative career as an artist. Let’s take a look at some of the exciting up and coming careers in the arts that could potentially earn you big bucks: Continue Reading Up and Coming Careers in Art…
Tags: art, choreography, modern art, new art techniques, technology
Art is well known for having no boundaries, and in today’s world that could mean just about anything. From classic watercolor painting, and charcoal drawings to art mixed with modern technology. Yes, technology has enabled art to go to a whole new and exciting level. It’s as if technology has taken all of the genres of art and enabled them to blend together to create something amazing in and of itself. It’s creating a whole new vocabulary within the art world of how we define different media.
I would say that if it wasn’t for the computer, my art wouldn’t be known because my art is so linked to it. It’s how it’s defined. I made art with the computer, writing computer programs. I made things that could morph and change and if it wasn’t for the Internet maybe a thousand people would know about it. Or like when I walk into MOMA, and that work I made as I sat on the second floor of my flat in Tokyo on a small ironing board with my Macintosh and between my legs I’m typing or whatever. Sat with a fan because it’s very hot in Japan, the little piece of code I made is living in a museum now. I find that very odd, interesting, very fortunate, very lucky. ~Artist and President of Rhode Island School of Design, John Maeda
John Maeda is a world-renowned artist, graphic designer, computer scientist and educator whose career reflects his philosophy of humanizing technology. For more than a decade, he has worked to synthesize technology, education and the arts into a 21st-century model for creativity and innovation. So, we can thank technology for connecting us with amazing art, that we may or may not have even gotten the chance to experience without it. But, what about technology being a part of creating art? John Maeda thinks that the computer itself is a form of art media in it’s own right.
Most of us have been to art shows and museums in our lifetime, for school, on a date, with family, but let’s face it…it probably wasn’t much “fun”. We tend to think of them as quiet, and you’d get in trouble for touching anything. Now, technology is changing that. New art-technology is allowing visitors to actually interact with the art to create a more personalized experience.
The Cleveland Museum of Art, for example, is another one of the innovators of mixing art and technology. They have several interactive technologies and also offer visitors the option of bringing or renting an iPad for guided tours. One of the coolest parts is a 40-foot interactive wall that has thousands of images for visitors to “like” on their iPads. They also use the iPads to create personalized maps to follow according to their personal preferences. Using the iPads also allows visitors to click on individual aspects of the art they are viewing and learn all the little details. Technology has now made art easier to connect with, and made museums more fun.
Another way that art and technology are together creating great things, is through choreography. A professor at Purdue University has been working on an experiment that involved motion picture technology to create dance choreography during a performance recently. The visual and performing arts professor, Carol Cunningham, teamed with the technology department to create an amazing multi-disciplinary performance. She calls the performance, “100d11A0N1C00E1”, and during the performance five dancers interact with an onstage environment of abstract images and shadows. Computer technology is being used to capture the dancers’ movement, animate it and project it onto three large screens.
This is a new method of problem solving for me that inspires a world of choreographic possibilities, I wanted to see if I could find a way to choreograph an abstract figure, generated from a human body, to communicate emotions. I’m also interested in designing interesting spatial and rhythmic relationships between humans and computers. ~Carol Cunningham
Basically, because of modern technology there are so many new avenues of art opening up and in my opinion, it’s making it a whole lot more fun and interesting!
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It’s almost that time for summer vacations. What are you planning on doing this year? Going cross country to visit a relative? Heading to the beach? Checking out your favorite amusement park? Or, are you just staying home with a glass of tea in hand and relaxing in your favorite lounge chair??? Whatever you decide, don’t let your creative juices take a vacation too! ‘Tis the season to enjoy the beauty in front and make this a creative summer to remember.
Photos capture some of the best moments in our memories, especially in the summer. While you are out enjoying the weather, why not take your favorite camera with you. Capture images that you never thought of capturing. Play around with the lighting. Try to capture the sun rays and how it hits your patio or even the ocean on a quiet evening. Your favorite ride at the amusement park in motion especially at night. Notice the light effects and how they seem to dance and beam off of each other. At the end of the summer, take all of the images you captured and create a collage. Even frame it and even add caption. Once hung, you will see how not only fantastic your summer break was, but how all your memories are combined in to a work of art!
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I am sure everyone has collected a seashell or two to remember that wonderful trip at the beach or even because the shell was too beautiful not to take home. But, have you ever thought a turning your seashell souvenirs into a contemporary art piece? Besides shells, you would need to purchase frames with mats, shells, card stock, tape, scissors, hot glue. Some great examples, finished products as well as tips can be found at the Sand and Sisal blog.
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Using what is front of you, whether you are at the beach, in the park or even in your own yard, summer is the perfect time to use the bright and beautiful colors as your motivation to paint away at your hearts desire. Try to capture a summer storm after it passes. Maybe you will be lucky and capture a rainbow through your window as well as the raindrops peeking through your window screen. On the beach, try to capture a calm night, with a slight breeze and waves. Maybe even have some play in the water or use nature as your inspiration to create and capture a moment as if you were taking a photo with your camera. Painting can be quite therapeutic on a nice relaxing summers day.
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Have have you choose to vacation this summer, make sure you capture the beauty of any moment you would like to visually remember. These are only a few ideas…. Be creative!!!! Don’t let your creativity vacation too!!!!
Tags: art, artist, artists, Conventional Art, father's day, holidays
Celebrated annually on the third Sunday in June, Father’s day was introduced in the early 1900’s and the idea can be attributed to Sonora Dodd who was raised by her widowed father . She came up with the idea after a Mother’s day inspired church sermon. She took in consideration all her father had done for her and her siblings, and thought it would be a good idea that Father’s have a day to celebrate as well. Not just Mother’s. The first Father’s Day was celebrated in Spokane Washington in 1910.
Historically we have been celebrating fatherhood even before there was a designated day… Especially through art. Father’s have been an inspiration to many artists whether famous or underrated through out history. Lets take a look into our history and see what paintings were inspired by one of the greatest jobs a man can have!!!!Dad’s Coming 1873 Winslow Home (1836-1910)
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Winslow Homer was an American landscape painter and print maker and is best known for his marine inspired art. In 1873, he spent a summer in Gloucester, Massachusetts where he was inspired to paint Dad’s Coming. Here you see a fisherman’s family waiting on his return. Notice how the son is looking towards the water, waiting for his father’s return. You can feel the anticipation from the boy as he is waiting for his beloved father? Or the Mother who looks looks worried but yet remains calm for her little ones.Come to Daddy C19th William Henry Midwood (1833-1888)
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William Henry Midwood, who lived and worked in London was considered a figure and genre painter. Midwood painted Come to Daddy sometime in the 19th Century. This piece is an adorable reflection of a father and daughters happiness to see one another. Almost gives off a daddy’s little girl vibe. This is a very heart warming painting.The Four Seasons of Life Middle Age 1868 Currier and Ives
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Based in New York City from 1834-1907 and headed by Nathaniel Currier (1813–1888) and James Merritt Ives (1824–1895), Currier and Ives was an American print making firm. The Four Seasons of Life Middle Age is a hand colored lithograph which represents a father coming home to his family. Look at the wife and children’s eagerness to great the father. This image is often duplicated in today’s reality. How many of us have greeted out fathers at the door just like in lithograph?A Heavy Burden C19th Arthur Hacker (1858-1919)
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Mostly known for painting religious scenes and portraits, Arthur Hacker was also heavily inspired by his travels to Spain and North America. A Heavy Burden represents a father and his two girls walking home from a long day. This beautiful painting exhibits a father as a protector, teacher and leader. Such a loving representation of many of the fathers yesteryear as well as today
These art pieces are just a few examples of father inspired art throughout history. Can you think of any timeless pieces done by historically famous or underrated artists?
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There are many Artists in history, who have used Spring as a theme for their many famous paintings. Using beautiful fields, sunshine, budding trees, children, animals and water as an inspiration to create colorful and warming images on canvas that makes you feel as if you are right there in the painting. Although there are many famous artist who have captured this time of year vividly, we wanted to share two Painters who visually bring spring to life with a passionate stroke of a paintbrush….
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Claude Monet was the founder of French Impressionist painting. His paintings can be viewed as a painted “snapshot” very close to our camera and phone photos today. The shading and the use of pastels can be captivating and yet calming. By looking at the two paintings below, can you almost feel the breeze coming from the trees?Springtime 1872 photo credit: Wikipedia An Orchard in Spring 1886 photo credit: WikiPaintings ————————————————————————————————
Vincent van Gogh(March 30, 1853 – July 29, 1890) photo credit: ArtFactory.com
Vincent Van Gogh was a Dutch post Impressionist artist, who was not only remembered for his mental turmoil and severing his earlobe, but was remember post death as one of the greatest most brilliant artists/ painters. He definitely poured his heart and soul into his work. Displaying a wonderful contrast of pastels colors that will leave you visually believing the painting has come to life. Can you imagine yourself sitting accompanying the man in the boat listing to the spring leavers dangle as the breeze hit them or the vivid smell of the blossoms?Fishing in Spring 1887 photo credit: Wikepedia Almond Blossoms 1890 photo credit: Wikipedia
Take a moment today to possibly research more work from these artists or others who have used the beauty of spring as their inspiration to create the most famous art work to date not only hanging in museums or being kept in hidden confinement but are also being replicated to bless our homes with a taste of history.
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Top Imikimi Frames for Summer Memories
As we run head long into summer what better way to capture those special moments than with pictures and of course that means frames. Imikimi has all the frames to say the perfect thing about your summer fun! While you are taking those memorable pictures for prom, weddings, days with the family and friends, Imikimi has the perfect backdrop to your beautiful pictures. Take those beautiful pictures from wow to WOW with the perfect frame.
Senior pictures are out, prom pictures are being developed, weddings are being planned and family fun in the sun is in the making! Take a walk through the Imikimi library and find that perfect frame for that perfect memory that will last a lifetime! Or maybe you are looking for that special gift to give or keepsake for your wedding. What better way to display all the love and joy of those precious moments then with a Imikimi frame.
For those senior pictures Imikimi has the perfect frame to make your child sparkle and the day shine right through:
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Prom is one of the most memorable days next to weddings and birth of a child; capture that moment with one of these frames:
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Let’s not forget the summer wedding; these frames will highlight the day and the love shared by everyone on your perfect day:
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Imikimi has the perfect frame for every occasion and all the frames can be shared in emails, on Facebook, made as screen savers for your computer or iPad. They can be even printed for your photo album, coffee table or wall. Take some time to find the one that turns those special moments into cherished memories! Your memories can be made into everything from keepsakes to coffee mugs and t-shirt, from table top art to wall hangings and iPhone or iPad cases. Everything starting from as little as $0.29 for prints to $54.99 for canvas wall hangings.
So have fun and make some memories!
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Artwork using natural materials is especially satisfying in the spring. The time of year when the dreary browns and grays magically transform into all the vivid colors of the rainbow. It’s time to get out of the house, combat that cabin fever that’s been ailing you for the past few months, and feel the warmth of what seems to be a new sun. What better time to get out and gather some natural materials to enhance your decor and bring spring into your home.
While there are an infinite number of ways to use natural materials as artwork around your home, this article will only address two high level categories. In one, the natural materials are the art and in the other they provide enhancement.
Artwork Using Natural Materials as Art
Using all natural materials as art is a great activity to get the kids involved in. After all, they too need to get out of the house and away from the video games for awhile. It’s a very stimulating exercise for children and their creations are always amazing.
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They are not afraid to be a little more abstract in their creations and mix and match items that to an adult may not seem logical. But just ask them and they’ll tell you what it all means. All these need are some nice frames and you’ve got an interesting conversation piece.
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It’s not just for the young children. Older children and adults can let their creative side out as well. Here’s a Lion, made by someone with a vision and creativity that is not found everyday. A great example of how nature can stimulate ones soul and mind, which are things that provide serenity- an attribute greatly appreciated in today’s 24 hour-a-day society.
Artwork Using Natural Materials as Art Enhancement
Much more commonly seen is artwork using natural materials as an enhancement or a seasonal accessory to another piece of art or possibly a photo or decoration. And who can resist clipping those first few tulips that poke up- sometimes through the snow- to remind us that the air shall soon be warm and filled with the many aromas of flower blooms and freshly mown grass.
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The fascination that comes with knowing of the colossal amount of renewed life that is coming forth makes springtime a great time for creating artwork using natural materials.
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The calendar went from Winter to Spring on March 20th yet across the country mother nature has not gotten the memo! Cold fronts have swept the north and south, bringing snow, frost and major wind storms that knocked out power to different areas. Here at Imikimi.com we wanted to bring a little sunshine to your cold spring day with some interesting and beautiful spring digital art. Digital art can be abstract in nature or simply a photograph that has been changed digitally to spark the interest of the viewer. Art in all forms is beautiful and unique with the beauty always in the hands of the beholder.
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Spring comes in many shapes and forms even if we do prefer the warmth after a long cold winter. The saying from childhood of “April showers bring May flowers” is what helps on those blistering cold days where even the birds are hiding instead of singing their spring songs. Flower festivals sprout up around the country bringing the vibrant spring colors of red, blue, purple, pink, green and yellow. From Washington’s Tulip Festival to the Dogwood-Azalea Festival in Missouri, flowers are synonymous with the thought of spring and what better way to celebrate than with parades and street fairs that typically accompany the flower festivals.
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Art has the ability to inspire and change a persons perspective on the world as a whole. Hopefully this art will bring you out of the winter slump and bounding into spring!
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