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…

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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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

Fathers in History – Father Inspired Art Pieces

June 7, 2013 at 10:42 am | Posted in Conventional Art, Inspirational | Leave a comment
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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?

Spring in History – Artists Inspired By The Season

May 17, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Conventional Art, Inspirational, Seasonal | Leave a comment
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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….

Claude Monet

(November 14, 1840 – December 5, 1926)
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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
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An Orchard in Spring
1886
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Vincent van Gogh

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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
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Almond Blossoms
1890
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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.

Top photographs of 2012

December 31, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Posted in Conventional Art, Imikimi, Photography, Seasonal | Leave a comment
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2012 is coming to a close and we wanted to share with the top 25 photographs that grabbed our attention this year. Not only did these photos  stand out but they made us stop and admire them.

Beauty of the Night Sky:

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The Red Zone At The Natural History Museum:

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Superstorm Sandy damage:

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Space Shuttle Endeavour flies over San Francisco:

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Surfer in Cardiff, California:

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Humpback whale in San Luis Obispo, CA:

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Beijing, China:

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Lightning strikes in Israel:

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2012 London Summer Olympics:

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Olympic Games 2012:

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A Seahorse Inspects a Diver’s Watch:

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World’s Edge:

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Mount Rainer:

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Kung-Fu:

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First Contact:

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Dahu Park:

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Chicago:

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Church:

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Winter:

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Vancouver, Canda:

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Palm trees and snow:

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Against the Lights:

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Against the Lights:

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Magellanic Penguins

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The USS Iowa:

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We hope you enjoyed the top 25 photographs of 2012! We cant wait to see was 2013 brings.

Diptic lets you create photo collages

December 27, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Posted in Conventional Art, Craft Corner, Imikimi | Leave a comment
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With this app you can quickly and easily combine multiple photos to create a new image. You can create your new photos with different layouts, angles, shapes, text captions and you can add borders to your pictures.

Sample of what you can do with Diptic:

This one looks yummy:

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Diptic layover:

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#ShowMeYourDiptic thank you for sharing with us:

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Thank you for sharing #ShowMeYourDiptic:

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Diptic layover:

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Dipctic thank you sharing your rainbow #ShowMeYourDiptic:

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“A simple, elegant way to use pictures to tell your story” – MacWorld

ColorStrokes App for Photographers

December 24, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Posted in Conventional Art, Craft Corner | 2 Comments
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Do you want to bring your photos to life?

The ColorStrokes app lets you bring your pictures to life using your creativity a you have color palette to use. Here are some amazing pictures that have used this app to make the pictures pop and come to life.

@lifeisrandomphotos thank you for your photo:

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Another one from the series. Mixing ColorStrokes for iPhone and Snapheal for Mac:

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Discovered superb way to mix clone&stamp in Snapheal for Mac and ColorStrokes in iPhone:

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@barbee42 thank you for sharing:

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~Getting Ready for the Holidays:

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@janeoako thank you for sharing:

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@jessepn great picture thank you sharing with us:

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@colr we love your picture! Thanks for sharing:

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Simple but beautiful:

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@ovatherainbow love this:

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#colorstrokes_memories:

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Believe it or not, but you are making everyday more special:

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Thank you ColorStrokes for sharing last last picture with us:

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ColorStroke app is great for photographers is helps any picture stand out and pop with color helping it come to life. You can mix selective colors with dramatic effects to make your picture a masterpiece. You can get this app with either with your iPhone or a Mac either one will make your pictures become art work.

13 Amazing Digital and Traditional Artists

June 21, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Posted in Conventional Art | Leave a comment
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Hello once again, fellow artists! It’s the Imikimi team and we’ve decided to put together a list of 13 of our favorite  artists! Here you’ll find a short and sweet compilation of some of the best artists we’ve had the pleasure of featuring on the Imikimi blog.


Jessica Hische

View our feature of Jessica Hische.


Craig Thompson

View our feature of Craig Thompson.


Tebe Interesno

View our feature of Tebe Interesno.


Zach Graham

View our feature of Zach Graham.


Joy Ang

View our feature of Joy Ang.


Satoshi Kamiya

View our feature of Satoshi Kamiya.


Glenn Jones

View our feature of Glenn Jones.


Marc Johns

View our feature of Marc Johns.


Julian Beever and Kurt Wenner

View our feature of Julian Beever and Kurt Wenner.


Charlie Bowater

View our feature of Charlie Bowater.


LimKis

View our feature of LimKis.


Simon Blanc

View our feature of Simon Blanc.


Erik Johansson

View our feature of Erik Johansson.


As always, thank you so much for stopping by the official blog of Imikimi! We hope to see you back again soon for yet another cool feature! Check back often!

Best wishes,

The Imikimi Team

“The business of art is to reveal the relation between man and his environment.” — David Herbert Lawrence

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