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.

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

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

Happy 4th from Imikimi – Featured Top Frames

July 2, 2013 at 10:39 am | Posted in Imikimi, Photo Opts, Photography, Seasonal | Leave a comment
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July 4th is usually a day that we not only celebrate our Independence, but its usually when folks get together for a barbeque, outdoor picnic, trip to a local beach and ending the day with fireworks… This year at Ikimi we would like to help you celebrate by featuring some 4th of July inspired frames….

 
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by blue-nightingale

tphoto credit: Imikimi.com

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While wearing a five finger ring representing the USA, this frame exhibits a modern day version of Uncle Sam. You can use this frame as an invitation or as a Happy 4th what’s up to entertain your viewers with your pic of choice. This is definitely a cool favorite at Imikimi.

 
Patriotic, Memorial Day, Military Fourth of July
By: hobbsca

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We can’t forget to honor those who have fought for the country. This patriotic frame is an outstanding piece to either remember a fallen solder or honor those who are away this year. What an amazing contrast and blend of the eagle and flag.

Fourth of July Baby
By: cmachao

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Not only is the frame cute but you can add  anyone’s photo not just a baby’s to add a little character and fun. What a nice frame for a baby’s first 4th! This frame is so adorable!

Independence Day
By: EARROYO

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Whether you are staying and watching the fireworks on tv, going out and enjoying a picnic or barbeque…. Make this 4th of July a memorable one with a Ikimi frame. Happy 4th to all and be safe!!!!!

Photo Opts.. June’s Best Photos

June 28, 2013 at 7:47 am | Posted in Digital Art, Inspirational, Photography, Seasonal, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Although Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial summer kick-off holiday, June is the first full month of the Summer Season. The month of June means that elementary and high schools are finishing up their academic years and families are heading out on vacation to engage in any number of summer oriented activities. In this post I wanted to highlight some of the images that not only allow us to think of the summer season’s first full month, but those we find inspiring as well.

Activity #1: Picnicking and Barbequing: In my opinion there’s nothing better than the aroma one smells of food cooking on the grill or fresh fruit and salads coming out of a picnic basket located on the beach or by a lake. Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Chicken, Pasta Salads, Watermelon, and Fresh Baked Cookies are all some of my favorite summer-inspired dishes, what are some of yours?

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Activity #2: Camping & Fishing: One of my most memorable and inspiring summers came when I was a little boy and my uncle took me fishing on the lakes of the Adirondack Mountains. We’d fix ourselves a camp site, pitch the tent, make a fire very night and roast marshmallows under the starry night sky. Each morning, we’d wake up and launch our three-person row boat off the shore and set out on a fishing adventure that began with Sun Fish and ended with Trout. Have memorable moments from your childhood, ever inspired you as a parent?

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Activity #3: The Beach: For those of you who prefer crashing waves and beautiful sunsets over the calm and still beauty of a lake-based atmosphere, then the beach is the place to be. As the waves crash on the sandy shores, I think from an artistic perspective and strongly believe that a new canvas unfolds during each tidal cycle. One of things I love about the beaches here on the East Coast is that during the month of June, tidal cycles tend to deliver the clearest water during the summer months, and that clarity is what inspires me.

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Capturing A Memory That Will Last Forever This Summer? Check Out These Two Frames

June 4, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Posted in Imikimi, Seasonal, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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When it comes to capturing our most cherished summertime moments, it may be best to select a number of the frames featured on the Imikimi website and apply them to the pictures we intend on taking. What better way to emphasize such moments then to put a themed and seasonally oriented frame around them. In this post I’ve chosen two frames to focus on, and have explained how I think they can be used to capture those very memorable moments that we intend on holding onto for a very long time.

Frame #1: Nature Frame (Author: Raquel Rocha DeJesus)

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Was it a Mother-and-Son fishing trip in the Florida Keys? Was it a cherished week spent with your grandparents on their lake in Michigan? Or how about that time at summer camp where you began as friends and ended the summer as sisters? If any of those specific scenarios feels like a good fit, then The Nature Frame is for you.

Frame #2: Cosmos Summer (Author: Amber Kiitty 77)

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Did your summer include a drive-in movie night in your backyard? Was this the summer of making a friendship that would last forever? How about the summer where you met that one true special person you couldn’t live without?

If any of those things occurred then the Cosmos Summer frame may just be the frame you’d want to use to capture those memories with. If in fact you’d rather choose a different style or model of frame, please check out Imikimi.com for a plethora of added options.

May’s Best Imikimi’s

May 21, 2013 at 11:00 am | Posted in Imikimi, Photography, Seasonal | Leave a comment
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Digital frames have the ability to change our photos and allow them appear stylish and classy.  May has many highlights, to include Mother’s Day, Memorial Day and the fact that Spring has really sprung!

Mother’s Day

A great time to celebrate our Mom’s and everything that they do for us year round! Take your favorite photos and give Mom something that she will cherish forever.

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BestKimi's

Give your Mom something that she will cherish and hold on to forever! What a great surprise for her to receive.

Memorial Day

Honoring our Fallen Hero’s of the armed forces is the key to this Holiday! What better way to honor those you know by giving them a patriotic picture that will show them how much you care and appreciate their sacrifices.

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BestKimi's

BestKimi's

Showing your patriotism can be simple and mean the world to someone who has fought in the Armed Services.  Almost everyone knows someone who has served in the military, show them love this year.

Spring Time

Although “Spring” arrived in April, it wasn’t until May that most started to feel the warmth of the sunshine and spend some much-needed time outdoors.  Take those wonderful outdoor pictures and dress them up!
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BestKimi's

May iss full of holidays and spring adventures.  Visit Imikimi so that you can explore even more amazing frames for your photos!

All photo credits belong to: www.imikimi.com

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?

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An Orchard in Spring
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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?

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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.

An Inspirational Journey Through Nature

May 3, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Digital Art, Inspirational, Photography | Leave a comment
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When we as human beings begin to seek out sources for inspiration, we more often than not find ourselves turning toward Nature for a helping hand. Nature isn’t just a hodgepodge of animals, plants and landscapes but rather a plethora of community, survival and awe. In this post I wanted to go beyond capturing just the imagery of each picture and take a closer look at the elements such as emotion that are contained within.

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Photo Credit: National Geographic

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Photo Credit: National Geographic

It is morning, and our journey begins in the Serengeti of Tanzania, where a congregation of Zebra find themselves gathering in an effort to cross a river filled with unknown predators. As we traverse our way through the river and reach land on the opposing side, moss and low-lying vegetation surround our mud-infused feet. After drying ourselves off we begin to tread further into the forest where our eyes are captivated by a spotted Rhododendron housing a very-rare teal-colored butterfly simply looking for something to eat, which is by far one of the more unique things that can be found in the midst of all natural environments.

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Photo Credit: National Geographic

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Photo Credit: National Geographic

Basic survival and group activities aren’t the only elements that exist within nature. Have you ever heard the terms ‘An Angry Sky’ or ‘Oh Boy, Its Such A Star-Filled Evening’? Well if you haven’t, the next two destinations on our journey clearly represent those terminologies and are sure to inspire you. We begin this portion of our journey way down under in a place called Dunedin, New Zealand where the clear and humid night sky is exemplifying a very boisterous and active Milky Way, complete with an abandoned fish shack in the foreground.  The second portion of our journey highlights the anger and emotional behavior that can our when weather-fronts collide and form atmospheric offspring, better known as funnel clouds or tornadoes.

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Photo Credit: National Geographic

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Photo Credit: National Geographic

The last part of our journey focuses on two very distinct animals, an elephant walrus pondering what to do next in her sleep, and a diamondback rattlesnake coiled up in a defensive position. What brings us to these two specific animals, you ask? Although neither is related in any sense of the word, both of the animals allow us to look deep inside ourselves for various types of emotion and inspiration. How have these images of Nature, inspired you?

Spring Digital Art – Beauty Right in Your Front Yard

April 30, 2013 at 9:00 am | Posted in Digital Art, Inspirational, Photography, Seasonal | Leave a comment
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Spring has to be one of the most beautiful, welcoming and rejuvenating seasons in the whole year. With the fresh smell of blooming flowers, birds chirping, calming afternoon showers and a breeze that is not only cooling but calming as it hits the trees and makes them sway gently. It is the perfect time to advantage of the beauty that is right in your front yard and use it as motivation to get artistic juices flowing.

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photo credit: Macrobiotic Life

Flowers:

Flowers can provide a colorful inspiration to any artist. Take a look at the variety of colors in dandelion or even a rose. Using more than just your vision, use your other senses to capture a more diverse side of a flower. What do you envision? How does it make you feel? What does the fragrance represent? Tell a story of more than just a floral arrangement. Make your art stand out as an expression on how you view spring time beauty.

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photo credit: Spring Garden Show

Showers:

Showers and thunderstorms can make for a bad and gloomy day for some. Take a deeper look into spring showers. They can be motivation to correctly create an array of artistic pieces based off of the calming beauty of the rain drops and the breeze. With the melody of the raindrops tapping  against your window, play around with colors and drop like patterns to create art that will turn a rainy day frown to a smile from its beauty.

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By just looking at your window, front yard maybe even take a walk around a beautiful garden, you will definitely find new ideas to incorporate into your digital art projects. With flowers in full bloom, birds chirping to their own tune, ’tis the season to let playful colors embrace your art. Spring is finally HERE!!!!

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photo credit: Digital Art Gallery

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