Why People Keep Coming Back to Conventional Art Forms

September 6, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Posted in Conventional Art, Imikimi, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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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.

Don’t Let Yourself Be Blinded By Someone Else’s Vision

August 28, 2013 at 7:00 am | Posted in Imikimi, Inspirational, Photography, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Have you ever picked up someone else’s glasses and tried them on?  I did it all the time when I was a kid.  I’d grab my mothers glasses and usually end up falling down because I couldn’t see through them, even though they were meant to improve vision.  I had a hard time understanding that as a child, and even as a young adult.  That was her vision, not mine.  The same thing applies for inspiration.

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Inspiration can come from many sources: Nature, food, colors, animals, clothing…I could go on, but you get the idea. Two people can look at the same sky and see two completely different shapes in the clouds.  They might see a dolphin, while you see an alligator.  Art is one the few things that are unique to each person.  Different eyes see things differently.  Let what you see dictate what inspires you.

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Ancient Egyptians were influenced by their beliefs and daily lives.  They drew characters on cave walls and papyrus to express themselves.  While it may seem like a bunch of stick figures and symbols, there was a meaning to it.  The colors, the way the bodies are positioned, and even the animals had a purpose to the art.  It was a time when there were no colored paints or pencils.  They used what they had, when they had it, and they did it where they could.  Don’t tell yourself you can’t paint a sky because you only have purple paint.  Use your vision, not someone else’s.

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Image Source:  John Briner

When Grant Wood created “American Gothic” his inspiration was simply a house.  He saw it and decided to paint the folks that he thought should live in such a house.  Wood used his sister to model the woman, and his dentist as the image of the man.  What he saw as appreciation, others saw as mockery.  Is this an accurate depiction of the people who live in that home?  We may never know.  What we do know, is that Grant Wood saw something through his own eyes that others couldn’t see.

Back-To-School: Imikimi Style

August 27, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Posted in Digital Art, Imikimi, Photography, Seasonal, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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As summer winds to an end we all get a little emotional.  Memories were made, vacations were taken, images captured.  What better way to commemorate these events than with this awesome frame?  It just screams summer with flip-flops, sand, sun, and seashells:

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Image Source: Imikimi 

The beach has become iconic of the American summer vacation.  Families across the country take an average of 4.5  trips per year, and sun and sand are the most popular destinations. The end of summer also brings back-to-school preparations.  It might be your child’s first time off to kindergarten, or a nearly grown teenager returning to class.  Either way, we have to get ready.  We want them to look their best on that first day back.  Hair combed smoothly, wearing the trendiest looks to hide their nervousness.  Be sure to snap a shot of them as they head out the door.  They’re sure to complain, but you’ll be glad they did when you can look back at them in this frame in a few years:

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While shopping for new clothes and shoes to wear, don’t forget to grab supplies!  Fill up that new backpack with brightly colored pencils, pens, folders, and notebooks.  The store shelves are filled with every character and color scheme the kids are into.  With more options than ever before, back-to-school will be a lot less “boring.”  Check out this frame for inspiration:

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As the school year progresses, there are various concerts, plays, parties, and sporting events to record for future reminiscing.  Also, you cannot forget the everlasting school picture.  Using Imikimi frames will provide boring school pictures with the opportunity to shine, and they’ll make cherished keepsakes for friends and family:

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Your child’s teacher plays a significant part of his or her school year.  Teachers are with the kids day in and day out and (usually) come to feel as if they are their own children.  Sneak a class picture while you’re on a field trip, or take a photo of the teacher from the yearbook and stick it here for a Christmas gift that’s sure to make her smile:

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Appreciating Contemporary Art and its Subjective Nature

August 20, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Posted in contemporary art, Imikimi, Photography | Leave a comment
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Contemporary art is defined as art created in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.  To define it even more simply, it is art that has been created and that continues to be created right now, during our lifetimes. The term itself; contemporary, alludes to the present time.  Most authorities on art history, however, say that contemporary art encompasses all art produced after the 1970’s on.

Do you have to be an art aficionado to tell the difference? Not really.  Contemporary art usually gives itself away.  To the novice art buff, it’s usually the type of art that catches the eye and captures his attention.  It is timely as it alludes to the future or present day, it is savvy and selective in its presentation, it is constant, dynamic, and reactive.  Or is it?  The topic of what makes something art in the first place is something that has been a matter of tireless, opinionated debate by artists, Art History professors, critics, and the general populace since the dawn of art appreciation! What makes something contemporary art or art at all; for that matter, is subjective. This quality is also the source of art’s lure and appeal. Art comes from the creative soul and is expressed in the artist’s chosen form as a gift to the world.

Examples of Contemporary Art Museum Pieces

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Whether a piece of contemporary art speaks to you, elicits certain feelings from you, or even repulses you, depends on your particular tastes.  Your affinity or distaste for a piece is subjective to all the factors make up who you are, and what you think makes a great piece of contemporary art.  It doesn’t matter if you are looking for a piece of contemporary art to add to personal your collection, or you are a gallery owner or museum curator searching for that perfect show stopping piece. There are about as many  styles of contemporary art as there are opinions about it.  You should have no problem at all finding your perfect piece.

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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…

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!

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?

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Photo Credit: verybestquotes.com

Photo Credit: verybestquotes.com

Get Crafty this Summer with the Kiddies

July 5, 2013 at 10:46 am | Posted in Craft Corner, Seasonal | Leave a comment
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Summer is the best time to come up with some creative crafty home or vacation projects for the kiddies. Below are just a few ideas to get you started on your crafty summer vacation….

Homemade Play dough:

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What you need:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • food coloring or Koolaid (adds a nice smell)
  • Pan

Steps:

  1. Mix all the above ingredients accept for the food coloring and koolaid into a mixing bowl.
  2. Once mixed, place in a pan on the stove and cook under medium heat. Make sure the mixture reaches to the consistency of dough.
  3. Let it cool and then knead it. You may need to knead it more and add cooking oil.
  4. Add food coloring or Koolaid for color. Koolaid makes the dough smell sweet.
  5. Store in plastic container. Should last for at least 3 months.

Homemade Finger paint:

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What you need:

  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 cup of cornflour
  • food colouring
  • Pan

Steps:

  1. Add water to a pan and bring it to a broil.
  2. Dissolve cornflour in a little cold water and add to hot water, stirring constantly. Boil until clear and thick (about one minute).
  3. Add desired food coloring to the mixure. This mixture will be very smooth.
  4. Offer it to the kiddies while it is still warm to touch.
  5. Store in refrigerator as it spoils in hot weather.

Vacation Memory Jars:

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What you need:

  • jar, yahoo bottle, or soda bottle
  • Bent wire for thin neck jars
  • souvenirs from vacation (i.e sand, key chains, seashells anything collected during vacation you may want to add to this wonderful display.

Although there aren’t any standard steps for this project, keep in mind to have fun and be creative. The memory jars will store memories for you and the kiddies to reminisce on for many years to come. For thinner neck bottles, use a bent wire to lower the souvenir to the bottom of the bottle. Many people use old mayonnaise jars, yahoo bottoms, old soda bottles and that is just to name a few. Happy crafting!!!

Crafting Away for the 4TH!

June 21, 2013 at 8:19 am | Posted in Craft Corner, Seasonal, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Crafting for a holiday can be exciting and memorable.  Whether you want something for your kids to create or you want something to create yourself, choosing the craft is half the battle!  Here are 3 crafts aimed at different audiences; toddler, kid and adult…chose your craft and get creating!! Source: http://www.mosaicofmoms.com/marble-painted-fireworks-diy/

Toddler Time

Source: http://www.mosaicofmoms.com/marble-painted-fireworks-diy/

Supplies needed

  • Red, white and blue paint
  • A disposable (or washable) cup – one for each paint color (I used an egg carton this time.)
  • A marble for each paint color
  • Paper
  • A box large enough to lay paper flat on the bottom
  • Large shirt or apron

Craft

Directions

  1. Place a piece of paper into the bottom of the box.
  2. Put a small amount of paint into each cup.
  3. Drop a marble into the cup and roll it around to cover it in paint.
  4. Drop the paint-covered marble into the box on top of the paper and roll it around by tipping the box to create your ‘fireworks’.
  5. Repeat with a new color and continue until you feel it’s finished!

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Kid Craft Time!

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Supplies

  • Empty toilet paper tube Small coffee filter
  • Red crepe streamer Blue card stock White card stock
  • Glue/double sided tape
  • Scissors
  • Star stickers
  • Pop-its or Snaps

1.  Start by fitting and gluing a coffee filter inside one end of the tube.  This sealed the one end and made a little holder, so to speak.

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2.Then wrap  and glue some red crepe paper streamer around the bottom several times.  I made cuts in it once it dried.  This made the “rocket flames”.

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3. Using a piece of blue card stock, cut it to the size of the tube and glued it into place.  Cover the glued part of the crepe paper streamer too.  The clips held it in place while it dried.

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4. It is decorated with stars and filled with pop-its.  You might call them pops, pop-its, snaps, or
snappers.

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5. I used white card stock to cut a circle, made a slit in it, and folded it around to make a cone shape. I used double sided tape to attach it to the top.

Adult Craft Time!

Now to get the creative juices flowing!!

Tie Dye Patriotic Pillow

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MATERIALS

The TULIP Tie-Dye Kit comes with everything you need but the fabric.

Includes 8 4oz bottles, 12 different color dyes, 8 pairs of gloves and 40 rubber bands

1. First read the directions.

2. When I was done reading the second thing I did was test the dyes.  I wanted to make sure I had the right color. As I tried them I labeled each bag with the name of its color for future reference and use.

At this point I was ready to create.  I mixed, inside of the bottle that came with the kit, the dyes with water according to the direction

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3. I wanted my pillow to have a rustic old look so I eye balled the stripes for the flag.  Using the tip of the bottle I traced the red ones first.

4. Then I used my finger to spread the dye.  More dye you put more even the look will be. I wasn’t worried about it being perfect so I just had fun with it.  After I was done with the red I repeated the same step for the navy blue rectangle.

5. Then all I had left was to let it dry and sew the flag to another piece of burlap to make a pillow.  I added some old metal buttons that I had to give it a little more detail.

Let the crafting begin!!

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