Top 5 Art Galleries & Museums in the World

Oct 21, 2013 by

Top 5 Art Galleries & Museums in the World

What are the top art galleries and museums in the world for an art lover?  And what is the best way to get the most out of your visit and to enrich your understanding of art?  Guided tours is the answer and many of the top galleries and museums offer this type of service for their visitors.  For those that prefer to pre plan their trip and avoid waiting in queues, a tour guide can be booked through a travel agent.

Now back to the top art galleries and museums fit for an art lover – the below is a selection of the finest in the world, most of which are also the most visited.

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Art Galleries in Manitoba

Sep 16, 2013 by

Art Galleries in Manitoba

Manitoba is home to a number of notable art galleries containing all varieties of artworks with emphasis on local and Canadian artists.  Some of these galleries also run classes on drawing, painting and other art forms.  As mentioned in another article “Arts and crafts boosts health”, participating in any of these art classes can benefit your physical health as well as mental and emotional health.  Here are some of Manitoba’s finest art galleries.

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Sculptures Don’t Have Cracks, So You Shouldn’t Have Spider Veins

Jul 27, 2014 by

Art imitates life. The inspiration for most art work are everyday events in a normal person’s life. Even Salvador Dali and Magritte’s artworks are comments on the mundane and banal. Looking at it, art has an ethereal quality which translates well to any age.

Art is not meant to be perfect. It is meant to alleviate the everyday to a different light, to clean up what you see and show something else entirely. When Cezanne, Van Gogh and Gauguin were painting, their paintings were derided as flawed and funny. Between the three of them they sold exactly three paintings in their lifetime. Since then, the rest of the world has caught up with them. They did not want to conform to the art world, they were too advanced for their time.

Looking at art on the monitor is not the same as viewing the original. When you think about it, an oil painting copy of the original, which is not to scale, is better than what you see on your monitor screen. The original projects an idea, with the way the paint interacts with the light, the texture of the paint, the glossiness of the painting, all of these add layers and textures which pile up the experience. A monitor is a flat representation of a painting. So far, no JPEG image has ever captured the luscious colors of a painting.

Capturing moments has become the theme of today’s electronic generation. Mobile apps help the user to share experiences and moments, instantly. It can only do so much. A picture of a hungarian sausage looks like any other picture of a large sausage. The smell coming from the kitchen, as well as the experience in the restaurant, the taste and smell of the sausage all define if the sausage is good. The only thing that is shared is a load full of “I wish you were here” messages. Come to think of it, most food porn pics are more like “I’m happy with my food,” which says a whole lot about context and message.

People who photograph sunsets understand that they cannot capture what a sunset feels like, or what it really is at the moment the picture was taken. These photographers also know that each sunset image is different from another. This is not just a matter of a sunset being different from another sunset, but also how the photographer feels about the sunset, the perspective he puts into it, and the whole context of the moment, as compared with another photographer beside him and shooting the same sunset.
Art is not about being perfect, even though the ideal is perfection. Nobody would say that Jackson Pollack’s abstract paint streaks, or Andy Warhol’s soup cans are perfect. The artists did not aim for that. They wanted to convey a message. Years later, here we are admiring their work and seeing the concept of perfection in every brush stroke and streak of paint.

Since art imitates life, it is a given that people also strive for perfection. If you’re a model for a painter or sculptor, you know that your skin should be flawless. Sculptures should not have cracks running along them simply because you have varicose veins or spider veins. I recommend this clinic for spider vein treatment in Annapolis that are very effective and affordable treatments. Alternatively, you can check out this clinic Spider Veins in Southfield, if it is nearer your area.

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The Effects of Arts for Medical Institutions

Jul 23, 2014 by

The Effects of Arts for Medical Institutions

Artworks displayed in medical institutions are not just there to make the surroundings presentable. Psychologists believe that paintings provide emotional effects to every individual depending on the person’s point of view. Experts have conducted research to prove the emotional response of people to different patterns and traits by attaching wires to a patient’s body. The reaction of the nervous system has been transmitted to computers through the wires attached to the body to be able to monitor the artwork’s effect.

As an art enthusiast, I strongly believe that it is really important for medical institutions to be careful in choosing the artworks they display. The message it conveys should always be positive in order to help not only the patients, but also their relatives. Here are some positive effects brought about by displaying paintings in wards and waiting areas of medical institutions:

  • Paintings can help make relatives of patients better deal with the grief and nervousness that they are experiencing.
  • Paintings can help motivate a patient in keeping the faith and staying positive before and after an operation.
  • Paintings can entertain people who are bored from waiting for a long period of time.
  • Paintings can evoke positive vibes which will set the right mood inside a room.

I made it my mission to encourage every person I meet to use artworks in maintaining a healthy and sound mind. There was this time when I visited a laser eye surgeon in Green Bay that I found on this website, and I noticed how plain her clinic was. After my consultation, I offered my thoughts about adding paintings to brighten up the room. I explained how artworks can do a lot not only for her patients, but likewise for the staff. It seems that she understood it very well. After a few months, when I came back for my eye surgery, I have sensed a lighter and more uplifting atmosphere than before. I found out that the surgeon took my advice to display inspiring paintings in every corner of the clinic.

Arts is very helpful in plenty of ways. It helps people to express their emotions in the safest way possible and it also contributes positively to keeping both the mind and the body healthy.

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Creative Art Projects to Try

Jul 9, 2014 by

Creative Art Projects to Try

Teaching young children and students to appreciate art is not very difficult. Their young and inquisitive minds are open to different suggestions and ideas. They are also ver eager to try out new things and experiment with different materials and forms.

Besides being an art enthusiast, I also volunteer my time and energy to teach underprivileged kids art at the community center. It’s sort of like daycare except the kids here aren’t fetched by their parents at the end of the day. Some of them also have disabilities and learning disabilities and this is why it is difficult for them to be integrated into regular schools. Art and music are the subjects that they enjoy that leaves them equal if not at an advantage over other students.

As their “teacher”, I take it upon myself for new and exciting projects for these kids. We’ve already done candle sculptures, silk screen printing as well as repurposed different materials such as stockings and turned them into works of art. From the old stockings, we were able to come up with butterflies which we then colored and styled.

We’ve also strung up old seashells to create mini curtains or dividers. For this week, I’m planning to have them do paper art. We’ve already done the paper cranes project and this was something that the kids truly enjoyed doing, probably because of the myth that the cranes are able to grant people wishes if they continue to up to a thousand paper cranes. Now, I am thinking of having the youngsters work on shredded paper and see what creative ideas they will be able to come up with.

To teach recycling and repurposing as well, we first collected scratch or pieces of paper that we’re already being thrown away by companies in our area. These were dropped off at the center or collected at the company’s doorsteps. We then had a shredding company handle the job of breaking down the paper into small-sized images. I had already inquired about paper shredding prices involving different weights of paper. The prices were reasonable and they even gave me a big discount when they found out that this was part of community service. I’m sure the project will be a huge success!

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Have the Confidence to Hold Your Own Art Exhibit

Jul 7, 2014 by

Have the Confidence to Hold Your Own Art Exhibit

I consider myself an art enthusiast. I’m an artist at heart, but I am well-aware that my work isn’t what would blow people’s minds away. With that in mind I decided to make a step back and use my enthusiasm to motivate and teach people about it. In truth, you don’t have to be an artist to get an art exhibit going. You can use your love of art and educate people. What it all boils down to is that art is everywhere. What people need to realize is that they have to open their eyes and see art and beauty in everyday things.

I have artist friends and I know that they have really good skill and talent. I’ve seen some of them at exhibits and their artworks are admired by many. The rest though, are too shy or intimidated to mount their own exhibits. It may be partly because of the expense. It takes a lot of money to pay for a decent venue, provide food, cocktails and music. Sales of artworks don’t come that often and most of the time it’s hard for a struggling artist to find funds for an exhibit. That doesn’t mean though that they shouldn’t have one.

A creative idea struck me one day as I was dusting off frames upon frames of paintings. We could hold an informal exhibit for these artists at the pier. I’ve seen dozens upon dozens of storage units which we can use as our makeshift art galleries. I tasked one of the younger artists to check out websites of storage container rentals so we could decide which ones we could afford and which ones were located nearer us.

Fortunately, we had found a few good choices and we excitedly got in touch with possible participants. All in all, we will be featuring 12 young artists who will be showcasing their artworks for the very first time. Some of the paintings will be available for sale, while some are already owned by family and friends. They’re just being loaned for the sake of the exhibit.

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Have the Confidence to Hold Your Own Art Exhibit

Jul 7, 2014 by

Have the Confidence to Hold Your Own Art Exhibit

I consider myself an art enthusiast. I’m an artist at heart, but I am well-aware that my work isn’t what would blow people’s minds away. With that in mind I decided to make a step back and use my enthusiasm to motivate and teach people about it. In truth, you don’t have to be an artist to get an art exhibit going. You can use your love of art and educate people. What it all boils down to is that art is everywhere. What people need to realize is that they have to open their eyes and see art and beauty in everyday things.

I have artist friends and I know that they have really good skill and talent. I’ve seen some of them at exhibits and their artworks are admired by many. The rest though, are too shy or intimidated to mount their own exhibits. It may be partly because of the expense. It takes a lot of money to pay for a decent venue, provide food, cocktails and music. Sales of artworks don’t come that often and most of the time it’s hard for a struggling artist to find funds for an exhibit. That doesn’t mean though that they shouldn’t have one.

A creative idea struck me one day as I was dusting off frames upon frames of paintings. We could hold an informal exhibit for these artists at the pier. I’ve seen dozens upon dozens of storage units which we can use as our makeshift art galleries. I tasked one of the younger artists to check out websites of storage container rentals so we could decide which ones we could afford and which ones were located nearer us.

Fortunately, we had found a few good choices and we excitedly got in touch with possible participants. All in all, we will be featuring 12 young artists who will be showcasing their artworks for the very first time. Some of the paintings will be available for sale, while some are already owned by family and friends. They’re just being loaned for the sake of the exhibit.

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Have the Confidence to Hold Your Own Art Exhibit

Jul 7, 2014 by

Have the Confidence to Hold Your Own Art Exhibit

I consider myself an art enthusiast. I’m an artist at heart, but I am well-aware that my work isn’t what would blow people’s minds away. With that in mind I decided to make a step back and use my enthusiasm to motivate and teach people about it. In truth, you don’t have to be an artist to get an art exhibit going. You can use your love of art and educate people. What it all boils down to is that art is everywhere. What people need to realize is that they have to open their eyes and see art and beauty in everyday things.

I have artist friends and I know that they have really good skill and talent. I’ve seen some of them at exhibits and their artworks are admired by many. The rest though, are too shy or intimidated to mount their own exhibits. It may be partly because of the expense. It takes a lot of money to pay for a decent venue, provide food, cocktails and music. Sales of artworks don’t come that often and most of the time it’s hard for a struggling artist to find funds for an exhibit. That doesn’t mean though that they shouldn’t have one.

A creative idea struck me one day as I was dusting off frames upon frames of paintings. We could hold an informal exhibit for these artists at the pier. I’ve seen dozens upon dozens of storage units which we can use as our makeshift art galleries. I tasked one of the younger artists to check out websites of storage container rentals so we could decide which ones we could afford and which ones were located nearer us.

Fortunately, we had found a few good choices and we excitedly got in touch with possible participants. All in all, we will be featuring 12 young artists who will be showcasing their artworks for the very first time. Some of the paintings will be available for sale, while some are already owned by family and friends. They’re just being loaned for the sake of the exhibit.

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Have the Confidence to Hold Your Own Art Exhibit

Jul 7, 2014 by

Have the Confidence to Hold Your Own Art Exhibit

I consider myself an art enthusiast. I’m an artist at heart, but I am well-aware that my work isn’t what would blow people’s minds away. With that in mind I decided to make a step back and use my enthusiasm to motivate and teach people about it. In truth, you don’t have to be an artist to get an art exhibit going. You can use your love of art and educate people. What it all boils down to is that art is everywhere. What people need to realize is that they have to open their eyes and see art and beauty in everyday things.

I have artist friends and I know that they have really good skill and talent. I’ve seen some of them at exhibits and their artworks are admired by many. The rest though, are too shy or intimidated to mount their own exhibits. It may be partly because of the expense. It takes a lot of money to pay for a decent venue, provide food, cocktails and music. Sales of artworks don’t come that often and most of the time it’s hard for a struggling artist to find funds for an exhibit. That doesn’t mean though that they shouldn’t have one.

A creative idea struck me one day as I was dusting off frames upon frames of paintings. We could hold an informal exhibit for these artists at the pier. I’ve seen dozens upon dozens of storage units which we can use as our makeshift art galleries. I tasked one of the younger artists to check out websites of storage container rentals so we could decide which ones we could afford and which ones were located nearer us.

Fortunately, we had found a few good choices and we excitedly got in touch with possible participants. All in all, we will be featuring 12 young artists who will be showcasing their artworks for the very first time. Some of the paintings will be available for sale, while some are already owned by family and friends. They’re just being loaned for the sake of the exhibit.

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Tips in Decorating Your Home with Art

Jun 26, 2014 by

Tips in Decorating Your Home with Art

Hanging decor and paintings on your walls can enhance the look of your home. If you have empty blank walls, you may use your very own artworks or find gorgeous pieces that would give life to your place. They don’t have to be expensive as you could find nice decorative art that would fit your budget, especially if you look around. Here are some tips to consider when decorating your home with art pieces.

Choose a Theme

While this is not necessary, you may want to consider getting a theme for the art that you’ll place on the walls. For instance, in the kitchen and dining area, you may hang paintings and artwork that are revolve around food. In the living room, you may choose another motif that you’re interested in like floral still life or landscapes.

Consider Your Furniture and Other Items in the Room

The artworks would work together if you choose a theme. However, you should also consider the other items in the house as they are also part of it. If the art doesn’t work well with your furniture and other decor, the result may not be pleasing to the eye. They don’t have to match exactly, but they should complement each other so the entire place would look beautiful. Imagine using colors or shapes that clash– it would be chaotic instead of inviting.

Find Art in the Right Size

The art should be the focal point of the room. They should be hung at eye level so they can be easily seen. Furthermore, they should be the same size or at least half the size as the furniture below them to achieve balance. If you wish to use smaller art works, you may place them near each other to fill the space that a big wall art should fill.

Consider the Spacing

Proper spacing is also important to make them look organized. Don’t place them too close together as it would look too crowded, unless they are designed to be placed that way.

Use sturdy materials for securing your artwork like masonry anchors, especially if you’re working on concrete walls. This would ensure that your artworks are secured in place.

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Choosing Artistic Doors and Windows for Your Home

May 31, 2014 by

Choosing Artistic Doors and Windows for Your Home

There are a lot of options when it comes to doors and windows. Thus, you need not settle for anything less. You can go for options that are way beyond what you normally see. In fact, when you really want to spruce up your overall home design, you can choose doors that have something unique in them.

First of all, you can choose colorful doors and windows. We are used to doors made of plain colors. However, it does not hurt if you try to play with colors and come up with a more creative overall look. You might also want to go for sliding doors and windows instead of the usual push and pull. This will make the entrance and exit more dramatic. If you choose wooden doors, you can find one with unique carvings in it. Don’t settle for designs that you have already seen before. For windows, you can choose the ones made from colored glasses just like what you see in churches. You should also not forget to buy blinds to complement your windows. There are a lot more choices to go out from the usual options. All you have to do is to find the one that is closest to your heart or even customize designs for total uniqueness.

Benefits of Unique Doors and Windows

First of all, when you have a unique door, you will immediately impress your guests. This is the first thing that they are going to see when they visit your home. If it is already impressive, then they will most likely look forward to what else is in store for them when they get inside. Also, when you have unique doors and windows, it will increase the value of your home. When you plan to eventually sell your house, people will be more attracted to the property and buy it immediately. There are a lot more benefits in choosing these windows. Thus, even if you have to invest more, it is worth the price.

If you wish to find the best choices, you can check out Windows and Doors Ajax here.

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Give Up Everything to Pick Your Passion Up

May 28, 2014 by

Give Up Everything to Pick Your Passion Up

The years we invest in building a career actually make up the biggest portion of our lives. Spending all that time on something that does not make use of our potentials or stir our passions simply leaves a void within that can only lead to feelings of dissatisfaction, low morale, demotivation and lower energy levels. Psychologists suggest that most of the time, if people who have a flair for arts or creativity do not pursue it as their careers, they tend to age faster and go through more difficult mid-life crises and experience higher stress levels. Therefore, it is always worth it to make a switch and give up everything to take up your passion. If you have a talent for the arts, then either make time to pursue it or switch careers to minimize regret and maximize fulfillment and inner satisfaction. Here's how to go about it in simple and workable terms. 

Establish a Start Up

Inasmuch as start-ups sound difficult to manage with a high risk of failure and no certainty of how it is going to turn out, they are exciting, challenging and give you an excellent opportunity to learn, grow and succeed beyond any limits. If you have been dreaming of setting up your own art direction company, or advertisement production house, take a loan, invest in the inventory required and let the creative juices flow. If you plan for a side business to stabilize income so that you can explore your passion for clay sculptures or painting, then invest in used forklifts for sale like these and give them up for rent to generate income. A start up basically provides flexibility to either incorporate your hobby into your work, or work at a pace that lets you manage time to pursue your passionate hobby. 

Mingle in the Right Circles

Go beyond your regular group of friends and family to search for like-minded people who are equally involved in the same field of art. This would open up new avenues of exploring how people with the same passion manage their lifestyle, where do they go for holidays  to seek inspiration, which clubs have they joined and how far have they come with the same passion. Mingling in the right circle boosts positive energy and helps in the process of growing in the arts field.

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How to Turn Your Living Room into an Art Gallery

May 26, 2014 by

How to Turn Your Living Room into an Art Gallery

When you love art as much as I do you want to be surrounded by it, which is why I decided to turn my living room into my own personal art gallery. You can do it too and, once you start, you‘ll spend the rest of your time looking for the right piece for the finishing touch.

Preparation

If you’ve been to any art galleries, you’ll notice they have white walls. This makes any piece of art stand out and it will also match anything. However, depending on the type of art you want to display you could also use a dark color or even exposed brickwork. Do not use wallpaper or wall stencils.

Match your Art to Your Furniture

If you are yet to buy any art pieces to hang make sure you match them in with your furniture. Of course, you could always buy some new modern living room furniture, there’s some great deals online, and match that to the art you already have.

Sculptures

If you have a few sculptures, make sure they are displayed properly – it would be very easy to lose them in amongst everything else. Use pedestals or raised surfaces. Smaller pieces can be grouped together and you can use mirrors behind them to add some depth.  You can also display them in decorative light boxes.

Hang your Art Properly

This is important. You don’t have to follow the studs in your walls to hang your art. You can use proper anchor bolts anywhere to secure your art to the wall and you can get those anywhere.  No matter how small or large your art piece is, make sure it is hung at eye level. And, absolutely vital, keep expensive works away from direct sunlight.

Choose the Correct Lighting

Artwork always stands out more if it is properly lit. The right lighting gives life to art and it enhances it, making it stand out. Use track lighting that is adjustable or proper portrait lighting and make adjustments to the angles until it’s right.

It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to turn part of your home into an art gallery and, if you have the right pieces and you display them properly, your friends and family will all want a gallery in their own homes.

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Teddy Branson: Art Wunderkind

May 15, 2014 by

Art is something that people shouldn’t take for granted. Although you may view art as something that is extraneous, it actually influences all the aspects of our daily living. From the objects found at our home to the various forms of entertainment we consume, it can be said that art gives rise to such things. This is why I always urge people to take up art. So many artistic minds are not able to realize their full potential just because people tell them that art is useless. This shouldn’t be the case.

To help people realize that they should pursue a career in art if it really is their passion, I am going to talk about the life of a young, world-renowned artist: Teddy Branson.

Teddy Branson is now recognized as one of the leading figures in the world of art. Despite his success, there was actually a time when he was working as a manager at a roofing company in Toronto. He was actually very good at it. The roofing Toronto citizens got from his company was always of the highest quality, and this was because Teddy always made sure that the roofing contractors under him always kept their roofing knowledge up-to-date. Whether it’s a flat roof repair or just shingles replacement, Toronto homeowners could expect to get the best roofing jobs from Branson’s company.

Still, even though Branson was happy at his job and was doing very well, he still ended up deciding to pursue art at the age of 28. Art had always been his passion; the problem was that his parents forced him to take up a more practical field of study in college: management.

After leaving his job at the roofing company, Branson immediately started making works of art. Although he didn’t study art formally, his natural talent for it enabled him to create so many amazing works of art. In just a span of one year, Branson was able to gain so much recognition in the art world. In just a year, his works ended up selling for thousands of dollars. His most valuable work, “The Chateau,” sold for more than a million dollars at an auction held in London about four months ago.

When we interviewed Branson about his experience, this is what he told us:

“When I quit my job and pursued art, I didn’t really think about the money. I just wanted to be able to express myself. The monetary rewards are just secondary to the feeling of satisfaction I get when I finish a work of art. If art really is your passion, money shouldn’t be your primary concern. Still, I do love the fact that I’m earning a lot whilst doing what I love to do.”

Hopefully, this post of mine will end up making my readers think about just how passionate they are about art. If you believe that you have the passion for it, then you really should consider pursuing a career in the art world.

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