Art for Life

Make the Body a beautiful prison for your Soul ...more

WHAT WRINKLES?

"Life is so wise -- by the time wrinkles arrive, the eyesight to see them disappears." (Happy Musings is a newspaper feature syndicated by King Features that I create each day to remind us all that “Life is wonderful!”  I offer it here to brighten your day.  Please share it with your friends.) ...more

A mama's take on taking shots

Photography tips from a non-photographer ... simple ways to get interesting, decent shots of your wee ones. ...more

SILENCE --- SHH, SHHH!

"Silence contains more than words can say." (Happy Musings is a newspaper feature syndicated by King Features that I create each day to remind us all that “Life is wonderful!”  I offer it here to brighten your day.  Please share it with your friends.) ...more

The origins of allegorical portraiture

In my last post, I talked the about how the Art Academies of old Europe looked down on portraiture, believing it required nothing more than an ability to copy from nature. As it turns out, likeness isn’t the only fault of this beleaguered genre. Academics also disparage portraiture for its inherent profitability. Even in the 17th century Art Academies, making money from one’s work was considered vulgar,* and it’s a sentiment that is alive and well in our sell-out sensitive culture. ...more

Validating a mimetic art

Long before the camera and its progeny, Modernism, spat on verisimilitude in painting, the Art Academies had discredited portraiture. The special irony of the genre is that, though it can’t seem to earn respect in elitist circles, everyone is flattered to be a model. ...more

Change Your Color Scheme To Liven An Unloved Hue

On-trend colors tend to change before we’ve even used last season’s products. Do you have items in a color that you loved last fall or winter, but can’t bear to look at now that summer is close? This week we’ve been altering the actual colors of products. Today let’s talk about how you can alter the feel of a product by surrounding it with a new color scheme. You can read the rest of the article at Paperclipping.com   ...more

Baby Boy Scrapbook Layouts

Here are some tips that will help you in creating Baby Boy Scrapbook Layouts. These tips may prove to be useful for expecting mothers who already know the gender of their future offspring, or for mothers who already have a baby boy and would like to start a scrapbook specifically tailored for their cute little son.   ...more

The fine art of presenting your work

Art should explain itself. It should be its own reason, its own promoter. Only, it doesn't and isn't, not in today's information-overload world. There is too much art out there for simply excellent work to get noticed. An artist's oeuvre requires a promotional machine behind it in order to attract an adequate audience. ...more