Photography For Beginners Tip & Tricks

Capturing a beautiful picture through a camera lens is perhaps one of life’s greatest things.  You are able to capture the beauty of the object or moment to keep forever.  If you know a few basics about such things as lighting and aperture it can help you capture an even more incredible image!  Check out this short video on a few camera and picture taking basics.  It may make all the difference!

 

Graffiti As An Art Form

Graffiti is considered by many as unnecessary vandalism by unruly teens or gangs, grafitti-artand while that is apart of graffitis history, graffiti has evolved to where it should at least be respected as a new art form that has been able to give some color and pop to the dull concrete city walls. Modern graffiti with spray paint arose in the inner city in the 1960s and 1970s with people just stylishly writing their names either to get recognition, make a political or social message, or to mark their gang territory. One of the first popular taggers went under the tag of TAKI 183 in New York. Due to graffiti’s largely being tagged on others property a war on graffiti was started and by the 1980s graffiti became less common. However, that just forced graffiti to adapt and overcome from simple tagging to a true art form that can be admired like the works of DaVinci and Picasso. From their graffiti gained more and more acceptance with the help of hip hop culture and the rise in popularity of artists such as Run DMC, Fab 5 Freddy, and LL Cool J. These two rising forms of art combined their strength to become an unstoppable force that made its way into mainstream popular culture that is still having its presence felt in 2018.

Popular Graffiti Artists

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Graffiti is so different from other forms of art due to its unusual roots explained above, but also because canvases and their methods of painting are different. As no one before has seen spray paint as a way to actually create art due to its lack of control of line thickness and detail compared to traditional paint and brushes. Also while artists previously painted on paper, graffiti focuses on purposely being on city walls or buildings or other public property. This forced artist to go out of the comfort art-graffiti-beautyzone of contemporary art to develop a new style on its own. I must admit when I see some graffiti my first question is, “How were they able to do all of that with some cans of spray paint?” Some of the works these artists are able to do surprise me with their sheer detail, colors, and size. Sometimes covering Walmart sized walls edge to edge with bold saturated colors, sharp contrasts, and shocking detail with an aerosol can that is still considered inferior compared to traditional paint and brushes.

While graffiti got off to a “shaky” start with its association with gangs and unwanted vandalism of public property, it’s at least respected as a form of art that deserves its place in cities transforming the dull gray buildings of industrialization into lively vibrant works of art that can demonstrate the culture of the city in a creative and different way never thought of before.

There Is Art To Be Found In Every Profession!

landscape-artAs we have discussed art can be found in practically any form and is all around us.  Whether you see the beauty of a volanic eruption or the under water marine life with all of it’s vibrant colors and different types of fish, to even 3D side walk chalk art, art comes in many forms and is often a skill that many utilize in their professions.  Graphic designers obviously must understand graphics and manipulating computer software to create their visual art. Architects showcase their art through the designs of their building, concrete contractors showcase theirs through the beautiful lay out of their concrete, even the company doing pool decks and concrete coatings have a type of art form.  Perhaps that is one of the things about art that captures me the most. You can look at something and find the art and beauty in it and it never gets old. There are so many different types of art surrounding us at all times!

A friend of mine owns a pool deck & concrete staining/coating company by the name of New Look Kool Deck & More.  One day as I was looking over his plans for a client I asked him to see some before pictures to get a better idea of his transformation concrete-flagstone-coating-phoenixprocess.  Boy, was I blown away! He showed me a few before and after photos of different jobs he has done and I immediatly saw the beauty of his type of art transform before my very eyes! The pool decks he had done were absolutely beautiful and added so much more curb appeal to the homes.  I asked him if he realized the art that he was capable of and he simply said, I take the ordinary and try to create the vision and beauty that my clients see! This interested me and definitely peaked my curiosity in just what other types of art I may be missing out there. So I decided to conduct a little project of all of the various jobs I could find art in and here is some of what I found!

Different Art Forms All Around Us

  • Concrete Art
  • Landscape Design
  • Interior Decorating
  • Vehicle Vinyl Wraps
  • Architecture
  • Home Windows

These may seem like different random things, however if you stop and think about each one you will find that it is a form of art. For example, landscape design is done by arranging flowers, plants, waterfalls into a picture for the eye to see.  Art is all around us and if we take a second to “stop and smell the roses” we may just see some very beautiful things! I encourage you all to find the art in your skill and your job! Cheers to a world full of art!

Julian Beever, The Incredible Sidewalk Chalk Artist

Julian-Beever-Chalk-ArtA phenomenon that has been around for quite some time but probably doesn’t get the exposure it deserves in 3D chalk art.  We have discussed many forms of art and the beauty you can find in different types of pictures, photography, painting etc.  We have talked about Charles Banksy and his unique take on art and the popularity and praise it receives from those throughout the world.  Afterall, he is a great artist with incredible paintings! In light of ALL the different types of beauty you can find in pictures, I would like to share with you an artist whose work I not only find amazing, but who displays such a talent he deserves the recognition, Julian Beever.  Julian Beever is a renowned British sidewalk 3D chalk artist who has been showcasing his drawings on the pavement since the 1990’s. You may be thinking, and I’m only hearing about him now! Trust us, after checking out some of his work you won’t be disappointed.

Julian Beever, The Great 3D Sidewalk Chalk Artist

  • Julian grew up in the small town of Melton Mowbray, England
  • He use a technique for his art called anamorphosis
  • Anamorphosis-distorted projection or perspective that requires the viewer to look from a particular vantage point
  • At the young age of 16 he decided to pursue studies in art, psychologypavement-chalk-art and design
  • He was a born natural when it came to at and started to realize both depth and visual perception
  • He works internationally but most of his works can be found in Europe
  • He does freelance art & commissioned murals for large and small companies
  • In 2010 he released his first book titled Pavement Chalk Artist, which showcases his many sidewalk murals done around the world
  • He often takes pictures of his finished work with himself in them as a prop to the art

Julian-BeeverAll in all Julian beever is a pretty interesting guy with a lot of talent to share with the world.  His unique take on art and his fantastic creations shed a whole new beauty on art and hat can be done with a little skill and the imagination. Another thing that is fantastic about Julian’s chalk drawings is that he can relate things such as the Mona Lisa, The royal family, or draw free hand and come up with something entirely new.  Should you ever get a chance to see one of Julians painting in person you will be more mesmerized than just seeing pictures of his work alone. This goes to show that beauty can be found in all types of pictures both near and far!

 

The Beauty Of Nature Through Pictures

We have written a lot about the beauty that you can find in pictures in so many different aspects of life.  From erupting volcanoes to underwater scenery, beauty can be found everywhere and capturing it through photos is the icing on the cake! Check out this video of the beauty of nature captured through photos.  It’s almost as if you feel like you are in the picture, with all of the clarity and essence captured in each.

 

The Rorschach Test-Inkblots & The Human Mind

The-Rorschach-TestIntroducing the ink blot, another form of art that is interpreted by the viewer viewing it.  For example I may see a picture in an ink blot I’m shown while another person may see a completely different picture! That again is the beauty of art and perspective. However, what if we told you that not only are people’s perspectives different but what they see in that blot of ink often gives insight into their personality and the functionality of their mind?  I’m sure many if not all of you readers have heard of the inkblot test often given to psychiatric patients and those with mental disorders. The test by way of proper name is referred to as The Rorschach Test. Many of you may have heard of it and know some details, but I’m sure a lot of you, like my self aren’t completely familiar with exactly where this test came from and how it exactly measures mental stability!  We compiled some interesting facts and information about The Rorschach Test and it’s perspective into the minds of others.

Inkblots & Rorschach Testing

  • The test is done by analyzing a subjects perception of the inkblots shown by using a scale of psychological evaluation
  • The test consists of 10 inkblots-5 in black & 5 in color
  • The test was widely used in the 1940’s & 1950’sink-blot-art
  • The test is believed to be derived from the game Blotto, a popular came that consisted of making up poems or playing charades based on the inkblot picture you chose
  • In 1911 the term Schizophrenia was founded making way for Hermann Rorschach introduction of the inkblot test
  • Hermann realized that patients with schizophrenia responded differently to the Blotto came, thus helping him come up with The Rorschach Test
  • The test is not as commonly used in this day and age, however it has adapted to also measure personality traits
  • The test was not invented to measure personality & thus there is much controversy over if the test really gives accurate results for both mental disorders and personality

Hermann-RorschachThe Rorschach Test has become more and more controversial over the years because of the different scale systems that the testing measurements are based on.  There are at least 5 different measurement scales that can be used to read the inkblot test and many argue that that wide range of measurement can not be completely accurate. We have found that art and pictures are often interpreted differently by each individual person and that the individual mindset and personality of each person influences what they invision.  Although The Rorschach Test may have some discrepancies we believe that those people with different mental conditions or schizophrenia often do interpret art differently. Why? Because their brains are wired differently and they function on a different level. Although the test may not be as accurate as we had hoped or believed in the 40’s and 50’s I think it is pretty safe to say that often the perspective of people does help describe who they are and what some of their personality traits may be.  Art is a world without boundaries and is to be deciphered by those seeing it. Isn’t that after all some of what makes art so beautiful? It allows you to take a deeper look inside yourself and explore your imagination and creativity.

Dr. Seuss ~ A Legend Was Born

Dr-Seuss-Child-authorDr. Seuss is a well known children’s author and illustrator that is loved by many.  In fact most of us probably grew up listening to his books being read to us as bedtime stories or reading and exploring the pages of his illustrations ourselves. Dr. Seuss, born Ted Seuss Geisel, had a knack for painting & drawing pictures that not only had bright colors and creative looking creatures, but also the ability to stand out in people’s minds. Readers not only coveted his uniquely told stories but also the artwork that went with them!  Why? Because his art was something out of the norm and really got your imagination flowing. This is exactly why we have chosen to feature the great Dr. Seuss in this article! He took art and manipulated it with his own individuality, imagination, and perspective and in doing so he created a legacy that will forever stand throughout time & history. He was a man who went against the norm, which many people especially in the early 1900’s , weren’t quite sure about.  He opened up a world of art and beauty that most of us could never imagine. Like we have said before in previous articles, pictures & any form of art holds more beauty and meaning than just meets the eye. The beauty that can be seen is interpreted by the viewer and can be different things for different people. After All isn’t that what art is all about!

Interesting Dr. Seuss Facts

  • He often used antlers, bills, horns and such from zoo animals who had died to create unique taxidermy sculptures
  • Dr Seuss graduated from Dartmouth College and also worked on theart-work-dr-seuss colleges magazine as an editor & contributor
  • He got kicked off the college magazine after he was caught with alcohol during the prohibition!  He refused to stop submitting his contributions and instead did so under the name T. Seuss. This is what helped lead him to his pen name Dr. Seuss
  • His classmates at Dartmouth actually voted him less likely to succeed, he got the last laugh there didn’t he!
  • He created a bug spray campaign with his quirky art and it was one of the most successful advertising campaigns of his time, lasting 17 years!
  • In 1937 he published “And To Think I saw It On Mulberry Street” is VERY first children’s book.
  • The book however, was rejected more than 20 times for being to “out of the norm” and he was going home to burn before it finally was published.
  • Dr Seuss has earned 2 Academy awards for his work
  • After An embarrassing encounter with President Theodore Roosevelt on stage he adapted severe stage fright & refused to give TV interviews or speak in public.
  • He is actually credited for inventing the word “nerd” which appeared in his book “ If I Ran The Zoo” in 1950

the-great-art-dr-seussThese are just a few of the many facts that give us a bit more insight into who Dr. Seuss was and where his passion came from.  What we love about this author and artist, is that he ditched what normal was perceived as and was uncoventionally himself. He let his art and writing speak to his viewers and readers and in doing so opened up a whole new world of characters and art that we are lucky to be able to see and read.  Cheers to you Dr. Seuss, may your legacy and legend live on for eternity.

 

Pele~The Goddess Of Fire

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Although the colors alone in this picture are beautiful, there is so much meaning that can be found in it as well.  Here you see a group of people watching in wonderment as lava slowly flows into the ocean.  The hot magma coupled with the salty ocean water creates sizzling steam that rises up into the air.  Not only are you witnessing mother nature doing what she does you also are watching as new land is added onto this Hawaiian island.  Afterall, how do you think the islands were formed?  But it doesn’t stop just there!  For the people of Hawaii, ones that are native to the land, have put down their roots there, or those simply interested in Hawaiian culture they see Pele The Goddess Of Fire hard at work!

While there are numerous different tales as to how Pele came to reside on the lava-flow-volcano, one thing that holds true for all versions is Pele’s volatile and fierce temper.  It is also believed that when the Volcano erupts it is pele showing her anger and baring her teeth.  She is not here to make friends she is mad and her volcanic eruptions are expressing it so!

Another part to the legend of Pele that remains true no matter the tale you choose to believe,  is taking a piece of her lava rock off of the island and to the “mainland”(the continental United States) will bring very bad luck and bad energy to you.  While some choose to not believe this part of the tale, it is safe to say that hundreds of pieces of lava rock are mailed back to the islands each year.  Seems that this so called myth may just be true! Want to know a little more about this fiery goddess?

Pele “The Goddess Of Fire” Facts

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  • More Than Just Fire- Pele is actually more than just the goddess of fire.  She also is believed to be the goddess of wind, lightning, violence, dance & volcanoes
  • Ka wahine `ai honua- Another of Pele’s given names, it means “the woman who devours the land” seems quite appropriate doesn’t it?
  • Creator of the Islands- according to legend Pele is the creator of the Hawaiian islands, by the use of her fire and volcanic abilities
  • Hale Ma’u Ma’u Crater- The name of the crater located on the Big Island of Hawaii where Pele resides.
  • Take Offerings- You may always visit the crater where the goddess resides, however it is suggested that when paying your respect you bring offerings such as gin, flowers, & fruit

Part of the legend of this incredibly beautiful goddess goes as follows.  Should you see a beautiful Hawaiian woman with long hair, or an elderly woman dressed in white with  white flowing long hair and a white dog walking along the side of the road at night you must offer her a ride. For this is Pele in another form seeking the kindness and respect of strangers.  Should she walk up to your house you should treat her with respect and offer her food.  Why? In treating Pele with respect and kindness, or Aloha, she will favor you and protect your home and family should there be an eruption.

Pictures are a form of art captured in the moment.  Looking at a picture and really seeing all that is encompassed in it’s image can speak to you and teach you new things continuously.  Next time you glance at a picture, take a second and stop and really look at what you are seeing! There is a story behind every single one!

 

 

All About Us

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Welcome to our blog!  Although many beautiful pictures can be found throughout the web, we wanted to create a site that not only showcased BEAUTIFUL pictures but one that also offered a bit more.  With our blog we hope to showcase different pictures that depict nature’s beauty, love, relaxation, happiness, excitement and more.  Pictures are not only wonderful to look at they can also speak to the person doing so!  We hope that you enjoy our pictures, articles, and view on what the beauty of a picture can do for your spirit! CHEERS!