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Month: October 2005

Painting Technique

While browsing the library last week, I came across a book called Painting Flowers the Van Wyk Way by Helen Van Wyk. Though I have my own style of painting, I know there are new techniques that I can learn and by no means have I mastered the art of shadowing.

Painting Flowers the Van Wyk Way depicts “The Seven Components of Pictorial Expression” in a delightfully visual manner. There are diagrams of the anatomy of various flower types and tips on achieving balance, tone values and rhythm.

Typically I paint with acrylics, but I am interested in exploring oils and other mediums. While researching technique online I have found a site which provides Free Art Lessons Online with a 7 layered lesson by an amazing artist – Alexei Antonov. This lesson is helpful when learning more about contrast, blending and shadow casting.

I have also found a link for free online lessons giving excellent step by step instructions on perspective and other valuable tips on composition by Interactive Art School.

“The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.” ~Michaelangelo

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Prodos interview with Andrew Bernstein

While working on my files this afternoon I listened to a very good Prodos interview with Andrew Bernstein about his most recent book called The Capitalist Manifesto.
I can’t wait to get this book and learn more about the history behind capitalism.

I’ve always found it fascinating to learn about how Europe (in particular) tried to transform from feudalism to a modern society, and I think this book will be enlightening in that regard.

I highly recommend the interview as Prodos keeps the show interesting and informative!

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Planning and Organization

It’s a constant battle, isn’t it?

My desk is in a constant state of clutter. I tend to collect papers from all over the house and stack them on top of the desk without taking the time to file or shred on a daily basis. The pile becomes messy as I need to dig through on occasion to find something important.

*Here’s a site with some good home office organization tips.

I’ve created my own customized printable planners in Excel which is kind of fun.
*Here’s another link for a free printable day planner.

My sister in law recommended an excellent holiday planner a few years ago and it’s worked well for me ever since.
I’ve carried over the idea to other holidays throughout the year including birthday ideas and reminders.

Thank you SIL!! 🙂

Have fun planning!

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