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10 Simple Debt Free Living Tips – Part 4
Here are some great practical tips for everyone! Saving & Simplicity


Chicken and Corn Soup Recipe
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Repurposed A Faux Wooden Ship Wheel
This is gorgeous! a Vintage Green

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What Is a Gratitude Journal & a Free Printable
I have found that working on gratitude has made a huge difference in everything! Krafty Owl


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Making and Stencilling a Basket Lid
I thought that this looks like a great little project! a Vintage Green

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Grilled Three Cheese and Tomato Sandwich
Ooooh! This is a really nice variation on grilled cheese! All She Cooks


My Favorite Project: A Fairy Garden
These little gardens are so cute and fun! 2 Dishing Divas

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5 Steps to Finding Your Unique Art Style

Apr 11, 2016 by

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By Expert Author Lucy L Chen 

Are you struggling with who you are as an artist? Are you still searching for your unique art style?

Try these 5 steps to find your unique art style. They have worked miracles for me, and may for you, too.

1. What Do You Like to Draw?

The first step is to dip into your early memory and try to remember, what was it that you liked to draw as a child? Was it animals, flowers, boats, cars, or imaginary creatures? For me, I remembered I used to doodle faces in my textbooks. So naturally my subjects are human faces. Try doing artwork and building forts with your children to jumpstart your creativity.

Before you dive into researching the different types of art styles, search within yourself first. You have to find your inner truth and your real passion first.

2. Experiment with Different Medium and Different Art Techniques

When I first started, I used acrylic. I also tried water-soluble crayons and pencils, color pencils, and soft pastels. But the minute I touched oil paint with my brush, I knew oil would be my medium. It felt magical, as if we knew we were made for each other.

Experiment with different art supplies and Different Art Techniques, and when you meet your Mr. or Mrs. Right, you would know it.

3. Look at a Lot of Art

If you can’t visit museums often enough, one great online source is The National Gallery, London, where you can zoom in to observe the brush strokes. When you look at the art you admire, don’t just say you love it and stop there. Examine the paintings. Is detail carefully treated, or loosely? How important is tonal value? How important is color? Are the colors saturated or earthly? Did the painter plan the composition carefully or was it more free and intuitive? What about the use of narrative or symbolism?

As you examine each piece of art, write down your answers to these questions. Once you have done so for at least 5 paintings (the more the better), think about where you want to be on each of these categories, namely, treatment of detail, value, color, composition, narrative and symbolism. This will give you a concrete idea about your preferences, which inevitably determines your style.

4. Get a Mentor

If you are still be somewhat confused, get a mentor. What seems like an unsolvable puzzle to you, very often, is crystal clear to an experienced mentor. You need one who doesn’t just teach you techniques, but who is also knowledgeable in art history and the many genres of art.

5. Keep Evolving

After you think you’ve discovered your style, you will continue to grow and evolve. So stay open, keep looking at great art, keep learning, keep drawing and keep painting!

I hope these 5 steps to finding your art style have been helpful to you in same way, and I encourage you to try these tips.

Visit Lucy’s blog for more fine art tips and techniques.

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How to Start a Voice Over Career

Apr 10, 2016 by

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If you have ever been told that you have a great voice, then you may have thought of making use of that great voice in a professional way, as a singer, announcer or as a voice over talent. Voice over, or adding your voice to advertisements and recorded messages, can be a very lucrative field for a trained talent. If you would like to get the training necessary to succeed as a voice over talent then here are a few steps to take.

But first before I give the step-by-step guide to a career in voice over, remember one thing: in the commercial world all kinds of voices are needed: low voices, whiny voices, gravelly voices, flat voices and even average voices. So, even if you don’t have a classic “good voice” you can enter the field if you have determination. Here is what you should do.

1. Take Acting Classes:

Yes, take acting classes if you are in a major city. Find a course and enroll in it. Why acting classes? You need to know how to create the characters who “speak” in a commercial. Just taking an animation class won’t do it. You need to start the process organically. It’s not about the voice, yet, it’s about the intent beneath the voice that shapes the voice.

2. Take a Voice Over Class

After you’ve opened yourself up for three months in an acting class, time to move into specifics with a voice over class.

3. Start Practicing at Home

In addition to class, listen to any and every commercial on the TV and radio. Mimic them. Pick up magazines and read aloud the ad copy as though it were a commercial. Get so used to your voice that silence sounds wrong.

4. Find Your Niche

Once you’ve gotten a handle on your instrument – your voice – you need to know what your range is and, by association, what your market is. Are you the classy BMW voice, the GenX hamburger guy, the Don Pardo game show host? You could be all three and more. Knowing all that you can do will help you with confidence and direction when promoting yourself.

So, start studying, keep practicing and try to determine where your voice would fit in best.

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Apr 7, 2016 by

Today is all about pretty! ~Enjoy!

How a Headboard And a Chair Ended Up Together
My Sweet Things

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DIY Interchangeable Spring Wreath Tutorial
Decor by the Seashore

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DIY Chalk Paint Makeover: Nesting Tables
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Abstract Art and Its Future

Apr 5, 2016 by



Precision is not reality, said Henri Mattisse the great artist. Thus the search for exactness begins and authenticity struggles.

In art, everything is precise. That explains the genuineness of art on a broad scale. But art need not carry accuracy. The reason- there are no clear-cut rules. The rules in art depend on an artist’s imagination, how he carries his dreams forward, what shape he gives to them, and how he reproduces the idea on to canvas with a brush dipped in paint.

Photographers are also learning abstract concepts to add interest to their images. With a creative eye, some basic yet beautiful photos can be transformed into abstract art.

Abstract art is a form of art. As the name explains, the paintings come under it are abstract in nature. It is not related to anything, non representational, even though it is a clear representation of an imaginative mind. Abstract art can be divided basically in to two types.

  • Figurative abstraction
  • Emotional abstraction

As the name suggests, figurative representation is the symbolic representation of situations or ideas in a way the artist conceptualizes. They are simplifying reality by avoiding unnecessary details. The essence is left for us. Emotional abstraction is the representation of emotion, spirituality or voice.

The movement

The movement of abstract painting emerged in the mid forties in New York. It gradually gained importance in American art. When artists like James McNiell began believing in the harmonious arrangement of colors in representing visual sensation rather than the depiction of objects, abstraction started gaining prominence.

Later artists took up the movement in such a way that abstract painting gained much importance. The artists believed that the job of the artists was to deepen the mystery rather than revealing it. In abstraction only conception made a difference. The basic idea behind the idea remains the same. Stephen Wright once commented on abstract painting that he had been doing a lot of abstract painting without paint, brush and canvas, but just by thinking about it.

Abstract expressionism

This is the movement in which the artists rapidly applied paint on canvas without great care for detail, and thus showing emotions and feelings spread on the canvas. The works of abstract painters showed a sense of hastiness and an intervention of life situations like a risk or a chance in applying paint on canvas.

Some abstract artists even took a mystical approach to subject matter, but by defining their objectives and intentions clearly on canvas. It was generally believed that the painters of abstract expressionism relied on the spontaneity of creativity and the representation of that flow on canvas in a scale broad and large. The expressive method of painting was considered important.

Abstract expressionism did not focus on one topic; rather it focused on many themes or styles. It concentrated on many ideas. The artists of abstract expressionism valued individuality and spontaneous inventiveness.

The painters who came to be called as abstract expressionists shared an outlook

Characterized by the spirit of revolt. The movement of abstract expressionism

can be divided in to two-

  • Action painting
  • Color Field painting

Action paintingAction painting is related to surrealism, which is the movement in visual art and literature that became popular in Europe between World Wars I and II. It emphasized on positive expression. Artists like Pollock Jackson with essence form surrealism, implied a technique different from the usual styles of painting that employed the method of dripping paint on to the canvas. Instead of brush, sticks and knives were used to manipulate the picture. This type of painting began to be called as action painting.

Color field painting

This abstract art movement started only in the 1960’s. A type of abstract expressionism, color field paintings employed the use of solid color covering the whole canvas in such a way that the lyrical or atmospheric effects of color were seen in a vast canvas. The aesthetics of the color field artists were truly intellectual aesthetic. They dealt with two-dimensional spaces and their color tone was different and not modulated.

Abstract expressionism presented within its large framework, a stylistic diversity that was not easily identifiable. Many artists explored various forms of painting in abstract expressionistic painting. Here more attention was paid to brushstrokes, texture and surface qualities.

Thus abstract art gained much importance. Wassily Kandinsky came to be known as the father of abstract painting. Other artists who followed the path of Kandinsky were kasimir Malevich, Raoul Dufy, Paul Klee, Juan Gris, and Piet Mondrian. Thus abstract painting spread far and wide with an intellectual tone to the form of art in a style varied, specific and incomprehensible.

The future of abstract painting

With a fabulous history of abstract paintings done on landscape, floral art, people, and just emotions in various ways possible, abstract art grew on a canvas broad, but ambiguous. Artists like Wassily Kandinsky and Piet Mondrain came with newer conceptions and ideas representing the new form of art in an aesthetically well built canvas.

There would definitely be a shift in style from the usually employed techniques like action painting and color field painting. Newer forms will take shape with styles which may take time to establish in the field of painting.

With the invention of more tools in painting, and with newer methods employed, abstract painting will undergo a lot of changes in the coming future. Probably, forms take a different shape, ideas may be modernized, and fresh thoughts would be employed. But the basic idea behind the notion, which is abstraction, will never change.

To the great painter there is only one manner of painting – that which he employs in his art. He appreciates his own art and also criticizes. Because nobody, but he can understand the enormity of his work, so do his pitfalls.

Abstract art has definitely a future, bright, colorful even though vague. As Edgar says, “A painting requires a little mystery, some vagueness, and some fantasy. When you always make your meaning perfectly plain you end up boring people.”

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