How Inspirational Pictures and Quotes can Motivate You!

August 13, 2013 at 12:14 pm | Posted in Inspirational, Photo Opts | Leave a comment
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Have you ever had a day that no matter what you did you just couldn’t get out of a slump? You call a friend, family member, or maybe even a spiritual advisor to give you some type of inspirational comments to help through the day, and no one was available. Where do you go, what do you do? Do you just continue to be in that slump or do you look for another means of inspiration.

In the social media today, so many people are posting inspirational pictures and quotes throughout the day. Pictures of a baby smiling almost always put a smile on anyone’s face. Maybe a posting of a scriptural is very inspirational for. A picture of a sunset can have such a calming effect on a person.

The combination of pictures and quotes are great inspirational tools. Many companies have these pictures displayed around their buildings. An employees may be in the lunchroom and not having a good day. Then they look up and there is an inspirational picture with an inspiring quote that may give him or her the motivation they may need.

Inspirational pictures and quotes can be a great tool to use to start your day. So take time out of the day to take a deep breath and find an inspirational quote that you believe and repeat it over and over. Throughout the day remind yourself about the quote. Soon you will start to live the quote.

“So long as there is breath in me, that long I will persist. For now I know one of the greatest principles on success; if I persist long enough I will win.” – Og Mandino

So get inspired! Get motivated! Read quotes to fill your mind and give you the positive outlook for the day, the week, month or years to come.

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Imikimi Musical Frames

August 9, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Posted in Digital Art, Imikimi, Inspirational, Music, Photography | Leave a comment
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“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” ― Ansel Adams is a very wise man. This can be interpreted that everything you do and everything you have done defines the person that you are; all your experiences make you unique, including things as your favorite type of music or your taste in art. Imikimi frames are art ― each unique frame carries with it the person who made it. Likewise, the person who chooses each frame and what picture to put in it can be termed an artist of sorts.

Pictures & Music & Imikimi

It has been said and is pretty common to still hear now that a picture is worth a thousand words. According to Brigitte Bardot,  “A photograph can be an instant of life captured for eternity that will never cease looking back at you.” Imikimi provides thousands of ways to enhance these special instances in your life. If a photograph is worth a thousand words, an Imikimi frame with your photo in it is worth two-thousand words!

Like photographs, music can also take us through time and all eternity. Hans Christian Andersen once said, “Where words fail, music speaks.” Likewise, Kahlil Gibran stated, “Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.” Music means so many things to so many different people. It hurts and is sad, yet it has the power to heal and make happy. “Music is the universal language of mankind.” ― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Since pictures and music are so powerful within themselves, why not combine them? Imikimi has many artists who have done just that! Take a look and don’t forget to check out Imikimi.com to find your perfect frame!

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Photo Credit: imikimi Artist heniapak

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Photo Credit: imikimi Artist lovelyMarie08

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Photo Credit: imikimi Artist heniapak

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Photo Credit: imikimi Artist marialedesma1958

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Photo Credit: imikimi Artist DizzyTizzyToni

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Photo Credit: imikimi Artist mmrcss

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Photo Credit: imikimi Artist Sinnlich

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Photo Credit: imikimi Artist mmrcss

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Photo Credit: imikimi Artist miras46

Up and Coming Careers in Art

August 6, 2013 at 12:48 pm | Posted in Conventional Art, Digital Art, Imikimi, Photography | Leave a comment
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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…

Trendy Summer Jewelry Crafts

August 2, 2013 at 12:48 pm | Posted in Craft Corner, Imikimi, Seasonal, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Beauty on a budget has been a concern among women (and men!) for years.  You have that one outfit with no jewelry to match it, or perhaps you’ve seen a piece from an expensive brand and cannot bear the thought of spending a lot of money for occasional wear… Do-it-yourself jewelry crafts can be found all over the web for all skill levels using things you might just have laying around the house!  Here are five fun wearable’s you can craft today:

1.  Using paperclips, tape (any kind), and jewelry findings you can create one-of-a-kind pieces that will get you plenty of attention!  Imagine making this in all colors for variety.Image           Photo Credit: How About Orange

2.  Wondering what to do with all those old cd’s you have?  Break them up, glue them to felt, and BAM you have a new pair of earrings.  You could get very creative with this one by using shapes other than circles.  Think rectangles or triangles.ImagePhoto Credit: PinkChocolateBreak

3.  Taking a vacation this year?  Make a wearable memory of it by cutting your destination from a map and gluing it onto a cabochon.  This would also make a great gift for any recipient.

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4.  Root through your garage or basement to find this simple, yet bold ingredient for a ring: A basic hex nut from the hardware store, painted any color you desire!  Clicking the photo will also show you how to make other crafts with nuts and washers as well.ImagePhoto Credit: Design Crush

5.  Last, but not least, you’ll need a place to store all of your sparkly new trinkets, right?  An old frame and strips of lace should do the trick.  ImagePhoto Credit: Decor4all

Instructions for all of these crafts can be found by clicking either the photo or the photo credit below it.

Best Photo’s of July!

July 30, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Posted in Digital Art, Inspirational, Photo Opts, Photography, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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For the Best of series for the month of July, we here at Imikimi.com thought that we would showcase some beautiful imagery from NationalGeorgraphic.com. Using the theme of light and water, these images not only visually exhibit a beautiful digital contrast the water and light, but they also provide some great ideas for digital art projects that anyone can do….
Light Waves and Dark Currents
Photograph by: Joel James Devlin
Best of National Geograpic 2photo credit: National Georgraphic
This photo first caught our eye because it sort of reminds you of a storm around a beautiful lake maybe on the evening of fourth of July. What does it remind you of? A led light was used in this photograph to define the direction of the waves.
Red Shift
Photograph by: Joel James Devlin
Best of National Geographic 3photo credit: National Georgraphic
“The camera and film allowed me to extend my exposure time an hour or longer, though 40 minutes was often about right with the camera settings I needed.” Joel James Devlin
The photographer for this photo used a Mamiya 7, a medium-format rangefinder camera. This image can remind you of a humid July evening while taking a walk in your local park, trail or favorite wooded spot.
Photograph by:  Gordon Gahan, National Geographic
Best of National Geographic 4photo credit: National Georgraphic
The light reflecting off of the water in what seems like an endless tunnel is not intriguing but brilliant photography done by National Geographic’s own Gordon Gahan.
 
Gentle Stream
Photograph by: Joel James Devlin
Best of National Georgraphic 5photo credit:  National Geographic
The photographer used a small LED light floating on the stream to create this beautiful, peaceful as well as calming image.
“The speed of the light is quite important, so a gentle stream is ideal. If it was too still the light would just stay in one place and blow out [in the photo],” he said.
It is amazing how light can take an image to a whole other level. Whether using led light, other lighting or even altering an image using your favorite image editor, use the this months pics as an inspiration to explore the beauty of light outdoors. See what effects you can create.

Three Secret Summertime Tricks for Perfect Photos (Hint: Just add kids!)

July 26, 2013 at 11:35 am | Posted in Inspirational, Photography, Seasonal | Leave a comment
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Summertime sparks an intuitive collection of photos propelled by children and the everyday joys of water, toys and endless amounts of energy. It’s not hard to find a little inspiration right outside your door. Snapping photos of  summer playtime can ignite even the tiniest bit of nostalgia within minutes – and last a lifetime. The perfect key elements to great summertime photos are literally just a click away. The summer world is ready to go – just add children!

Waterworks at the pool

Great pool poses are instant classics.  From up close face shots, splashing, jumping, swimming and playing, children are aqua-batic tricksters waiting for a photo op.

Photo Credit: Melissa Forte

Photo Credit: Melissa Forte

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Photo Credit: A Scrapbook of Sorts

Beaches are for bums (and children)

Pool time may be the highlight of a child’s day, but they are second rate when it comes the beach. Salty water, fish, shells and sandcastles can fill a child’s summertime dreams at night. Mention those sandy shores to any tike and watch those eyes light up!

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Any toy will do, thankyouverymuch!

The great thing about children is that they do not need a large body of water to occupy their summertime days and keep your camera busy making memories.  Bubbles, water hoses (and water toys), sidewalk chalk and lemonade stands provide ample ingredients for photo magic (and fun!) during the blissful summer days.

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The great thing about kids in the summer is that they they are living, breathing and walking photo inspirations ready to be captured!

Mixing Conventional Art & Technology

July 23, 2013 at 10:20 am | Posted in Conventional Art | Leave a comment
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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

(Source:  http://curiosity.discovery.com/question/technology-changing-art).

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.

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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

(Source: http://www.purdue.edu/uns/html4ever/030421.Cunningham.vpa.html)

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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!

Make Your Summertime Memories Last Forever With Imikimi Frames

July 16, 2013 at 10:49 am | Posted in Digital Art, Imikimi, Photo Opts, Seasonal | Leave a comment
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Imikimi: Summer Time Frames

Imikimi: Summer Time Frames

Summer is in full swing and Imikimi summer frames are the perfect enhancement for all your summer fun memories. There are so many chances for memory making during the summer. From Memorial Day to Labor Day the summer is party time.

Family Time

Picnics and barbecues are plentiful in the summer. What could be better than burgers on on the grill and slices of cool watermelon? Pool parties, beach days and trips to the amusement park can certainly generate tons of memorable photos.  There are carnivals and fairs and trips to your neighborhood zoo. Many families choose the summer to host annual family reunions. It’s time for photo-ops with everyone you haven’t seen all year! What better way to preserve these precious photos than with a summer Imikimi frame?

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Imikimi Picnic Frame

Vacation Time

Summer is always one of the most popular times of the year for vacations. Are you taking a Mediterranean cruise on a luxury liner or taking the sailboat out on the local lake? Maybe you’re backpacking across Europe or hiking up a nearby hillside. You can visit your local state beach or visit some exotic tropical locale. No matter where you decide to spend your vacation, you will definitely want to celebrate these images with summer Imikimi frames.

Imikimi: Family Vacation Frame

Imikimi: Family Vacation Frame

Summer Love with Imikimi Frames

Summer is one of the most romantic times of the year. Candlelit dinners alfresco and sunset walks on the beach provide picture perfect moments. From first dates to June weddings and everything in between, there are so many opportunities for a sizzling summer romance. A beautiful photo commemorating that special day or night with your loved one is something to cherish forever.

Imikimi: Summer Love Frame

Imikimi: Summer Love Frame

Summer Holidays

The summer holidays are great for getting together with family and friends. The Fourth of July and Labor Day are both  wonderful holidays to spend time with loved ones. There are fireworks and parties and picnics galore. Keep the festivities going all year when you use Imikimi frames to remember those special days.

Imikimi: Summer Holiday Frames

Imikimi: Summer Holiday Frames

Your summer is full of memorable moments you’ll never want to forget. Imikimi  Summer frames make your images unforgettable.

Inspirational Photo’s – What Inspires You?

July 12, 2013 at 10:35 am | Posted in Inspirational, Photography | Leave a comment
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Hey there! Have you ever wondered what goes on in different cultures around the world? I mean, the different inspirational things that happen everywhere and most of us don’t even realize it? With over 7 billion people populating the earth today and not one of them being exactly like another one person, it is inevitable.

Every place is different. Every person is different. Every culture is different. So it would stand to reason that each unique individual is inspired by something equally unique to themselves. Granted, groups of people can be inspired by the same genre of photo’s, but the meaning will be something deeper that reaches the individual on a personal level.

What inspires you?

There are many, many forms of inspirational art. Some are simply photo’s of animals, landscapes, or random items. Other forms are actual paintings and sculptures of people, place, and things. Abstract art is an increasingly poplar form of inspiration because it can be interpreted a million different ways according to the unique mindset of the viewer. Take a look at some of these inspirational photo’s:

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Photo Credit: designyoutrust.com

As you can see, inspiration can come from the oddest and most unique places – a beautiful landscape in Australia, a Native American Pow Wow, or even an “onion bulb.” Minds can be inspired by absolutely anything; that is the beauty of being our own individual selves. From photographs, sketches, paintings, drawings, and digital art to famous and infamous quotations, there is inspirational motivation all around us. What is your inspirational motivation?

Photo Credit: quotes-lover.com

Photo Credit: quotes-lover.com

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Photo Credit: verybestquotes.com

Your Best Photos are Waiting for You!

July 9, 2013 at 10:00 am | Posted in Conventional Art, Photo Opts, Photography | Leave a comment
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Whether you’re considering taking your first trip abroad or hitting the road with the brood, the best photos are the ones you took yourself. Still undecided where your next much-needed, much anticipated vacation will be this year?  Hop on a search engine near you and get ready for adventure!  You can take flights of fancy to far off places and exotic locales!  You can research places you’ve been considering traveling to, look for ideas, and see places you are curious about. The options are practically limitless. What could be better?  You can take a look at the best photos the web has to offer of a location and get a feel for it before you have to spend a dime!

If you’re a professional photographer or just appreciate capturing the beauty in a great sunset, there are many destinations that offer photo ops galore! Perhaps you would like to travel to Europe, for example.  London might just be your cup of tea. Take a look at some of the best photos from the area.  What do you see?  Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, The Tower Bridge perhaps?  All great examples of British history and postcard quality photos for your scrapbook! Perhaps you’d like to take a stroll down the streets of Rome.  There is definitely no shortage of terrific places to snap a pic or two of your family to post on your website.  Don’t forget to get one with them in front of the Coliseum or Trevi Fountain! No trip to Rome is complete without those two sites behind the smiling faces of your family.  Saint Peter’s Basilica or the Sistine Chapel, home of Michael Angelo’s  awe-inspiring ceiling frescos also offer beautiful photos.  Perhaps Europe isn’t on the agenda this year.  That’s okay, there is no shortage of photo-friendly places to go that will satisfy the photographer in you!  All it takes is a little research and imagination.  Go ahead!  Type “vacation” into your favorite search engine and see what comes up. See any great photos?

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10 locations to capture your best photos:

These are in no particular order, but they are all worth seeing in person!

  1. The Great Wall of China
  2. Stonehenge, England
  3. Rapa Nui, Easter Island
  4. The Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
  5. Vatican City Rome, Italy
  6. The Coliseum Rome, Italy
  7. Palace of Versailles France
  8. Machu Picchu, Peru
  9. Taj Mahal, India
  10. Kalaupapa, Molokai, Hawaii

Who knows where you’ll end up.  You could find yourself looking through the lens at the Great Wall of China or the Pyramids in Giza. Wherever you go, you will be able to go again and again as you thumb through your photos and see the sights just as they were the moment you took them.  It’s been said that photographers are always on the lookout for their best photos, the ones that capture the essence of a moment and speak without saying a word.  The most photogenic locations offer opportunities for iconic photos that speak for themselves. So, what are you waiting for? Get going, have fun and don’t forget the camera!

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