Postcards From Budapest

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One of the many surprises Budapest has in store for unexpecting visitors is this church within the Vajdahunyad Castle grounds.

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Top Andy Warhol Art

Andy Warhol, one of the greatest artists that ever lived. Not only are his paintings an inspiration to millions all over the world, but he also influenced a generation of people, as well industries and consumer products. Starting his career as a commercial illustrator, he then went on to become one of the most famous and successful painters in the world, and creator of pop art, a genre of art that is still practiced today. Vibrant as well as visually stunning, his paintings have fetched hundreds of millions of pounds, and they have become entrenched in modern day art galleries in hundreds of cities.

Although critically acclaimed, many people have suggested that Warhol’s paintings should never have given him the lifestyle and success he achieved. Using simple, everyday images, Warhol enhanced pictures with replication, fade and colour, and the argument continues about whether he had any real divine talent at all, like Monet or Van Gogh.

His fans on the other hand hold him and his pieces in the highest regard, and even after his death in 1987 at the age of 58, he is still considered one of the most innovative artists of his generation. Let’s take a look at some of his greatest works of art.

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Eight Elvises

One of Warhol’s highest grossing paintings, Eight Elvises sold for $100 million in November 2009, and remains a popular piece of art with his fans. Painted in 1963, the work is a silkscreen painting of Elvis Presley, with the actor playing the part of a cowboy drawing his pistol.

Shot Marilyns

Consisting of four canvases, each measuring 40 inches squared, The Shot Marilyns were arguably the best Andy Warhol canvas produced in his career. Each square shot is a paint of the famous actress Marilyn Monroe, and they were created by a single bullet shot in the forehead.

Originally, there were five coloured Marilyns, with orange, red, sage blue, light blue and turquoise as different backgrounds. They were kept at Warhol’s studio, The Factory, in Manhattan, until a lady called Dorothy Podber asked to photograph them one day, after taking a tour of the studio. The finished piece sold for $80 million.

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Green Car Crash

Another piece of work created by Warhol in the 1960s, this painting sold for over $70 million, and is a key piece in his morbid collection. Between 1962 and 1964, Warhol developed a series of artworks labelled the Death and Disaster collection, and they all focused on a number of gruesome subjects like suicide, car accidents, riots and fatal accidents.

The pictures were grainy, and black and white, and the images were taken from tabloid newspapers and other media outlets. One of the most well-known out of this collection is Green Car Crash (Green Burning Car 1). Being pursued at 60mph, the car overturns and the driver is impaled on a utility pole climbing spike. Most interestingly, this painting is the only piece in the collection that uses colours other than black and white.

David is a huge art lover and especially enjoys the work of Andy Warhol. David enjoys painting in his spare time and frequently visits local galleries.

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Digital Cameras On A Budget

 

As technological advances allow amateur photographers to become professional with the click of a button, the digital camera market has never been so prosperous. Not only are there new high-spec, high performance cameras on our shelves every week, but there are also a wide variety of cameras to suit even the lowest of budgets.

If you’re looking to get into photography, or even if you’re just looking for a handy piece of kit to take away with you on holiday, you’ll be pleased to know that digital camera prices are being driven down, and more importantly, are staying low! Let’s take a look at some of the top budget cameras under £100.

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Canon PowerShot A800 – £50

When digital cameras first appeared on our Christmas lists, you’d never expect to be able to pay less than £100 for even the simplest of models. Thankfully however, just like the smartphone market, a range of models have been made available for consumers just looking for a point and shoot device – and the Canon PowerShot A800 is one of them.

For £50, you could be forgiven for thinking this camera doesn’t come with much, but in actual fact it comes with everything you need to take a picture – how hard can it be? Indeed, compared to other high-end models, it may seem stone-age, but for the money you’re paying, the quality of the shot and the amount of storage inside the camera can’t be beaten.

This model has been flying off the shelves in recent months, and because it is available in a variety of colours, it can even be considered as a fashion accessary. With 10 megapixels, a 3x zoom and a 35mm focal range, it does exactly what it says the tin, and it comes with a handy wire to upload your pictures onto your laptop, just in case it doesn’t have a memory card slot. Lightweight and small, this camera will be great addition to your handbag, home, and holiday suitcase.

Nikon Coolpix s6150 – £80

With digital cameras, you’ll find that the more you pay is relative to the features you find on the device, and at Venture photography, you’ll be able to see the benefits of buying a high-spec camera. However at £30 more expensive than the Canon PowerShot, you get 7x zoom instead of 3x, and at 16 megapixels, the quality of the photo is extremely good value for money. Furthermore, the Nikon Coolpix also comes with anti-shake technology, meaning your images won’t be blurred if you haven’t got a steady hand.

One of the best things about the Nixon Coolpix s6150 however, is the smart LCD 460k monitor. For this price, there shouldn’t really be one, however Nikon have given their customers a taste of the good stuff for as little money as possible. Not only are you able to view your pictures in a high screen resolution, but you can also crop them using the camera’s internal software, saving one less job when you upload them to your computer.

- David is a passionate photographer who is always looking to take his next best picture. David enjoys taking pictures of local wildlife and scenic locations. -

 

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Importance of Selecting the Right Fine Art Printing Options

Fine art printing has been a part of the Western landscape for centuries, since the 1400s. However, early fine art wasn’t always readily available for viewing by the masses. In fact, rare artwork was often only seen inside palaces and the homes of the wealthy. Churches were other locations where fine art was found centuries ago.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art shares that, “Prior to the fifteenth century, images were not only one-of-a-kind but rare, generally found locked away in palaces, to which few had access.” After the printing process started to grow, it became increasingly popular for larger numbers of people to view and enjoy great art. This may have inspired more children and adults to explore, not only expressing themselves through art, but also sharing those expressions with a broad audience.

Those early artists relied on fine art printing presses that used woodcuts, then later, ink and metal plates. Metal plate and ink printing processes were referred to as intaglio. During this process “lines cut into a metal plate are filled with ink, the surface of the plate is wiped clean, and dampened paper is pressed against the plate with such pressure that it is forced into the grooves and picks up the ink.”

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Slowly, artists began introducing color into their artwork. Today, it’s both color and black and white prints that talented artists, both in the United States and abroad, rely upon to introduce their work to large audiences. The paper quality, ink and skill of printers remains a key factor in how well artwork produces, whether or not it maintains its original texture, shape, depth and intent.

Fine art prints, like archival pigment prints as well as working with cotton rag papers, brushed aluminum and acrylic could keep the genesis features of an artist’s works, years after the work has been printed. It could also make it possible for more people to learn about great artists and their works, whether people get a chance to admire the works at public street or private gallery shows.

Notwithstanding, whether each artists’ works are viewed and appreciated by a dozen, hundreds, thousands or millions of people, any art lover knows that the work can easily touch and stir the very soul of people who see it. This alone, might be a reason why some artists paint, sketch, photograph or draw for hours a day.

Serious artists, from ages past up to current times, know how important it is to work with printers who have established relationships with gallery owners, relationships that can get artists’ works out of hidden-away areas like offshore cathedrals, palaces and museums, into the lives of masses of people. After all, before art can be preserved, it must generally be shared and appreciated. It’s no reason Isaiah Thomas has been quoted as saying, “Printing, which is the preservative of all arts.”

Sources:

http://www.bluewatereditions.com/fineart.html

http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/prnt/hd_prnt.htm (Metropolitan Museum of Art: Printed Image in the West)

http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/topics/printing_t001.htm (GIGA Quotes: Printing)

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Artists Getting Support and Rewards for Their Creative Works

It’s fine art that captures much of the human experience. It’s fine art that helps us to understand what our ancestors were focusing on most, and feeling, many years ago, long before we were born. When created from the depth of the soul, fine art digs up emotion in an artist and her supporters, helping people work through complicated experiences. The work of great artists like Michelangelo, Esther Inglis, John Constable, Catarina van Hemessen, Leonardo Da Vinci, Tierney Gearon, Jacob Lawrence and Edmonia Lewis tell the stories of our lives, show us our brilliance.

Just as readers turn to writers like William Shakespeare and Zora Neale Hurston to connect with the mood, the spirit, that was prevalent generations ago, people look to great artists, many of whose works are put on display at a fine art gallery, to illuminate their core. Creating great art appears easy. However, nothing might be further from the truth. Artists like Jacob Lawrence, Edmonia Lewis and Tierney Gearon spend long hours modifying, adding tones, color, depth and clarity, to their artwork.

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Plate 5 by Gearon

Artists also look for genius ways to sharpen or soften their art, perhaps finding new tools to use to illustrate and honor human experiences in still images people can enjoy viewing at a fine art gallery for years. Some artists have been turning to coins to develop art. In fact, London Community News reports in its “Artists, Craftspeople Turn to the Penny as a New Creative Medium” article that, “As Canada’s smallest currency fades into extinction, artists and crafts people across the country are searching for ways to keep its memory alive — to repurpose the unlucky penny into a lasting treasure.”

After Canada’s government stopped producing the coin, artists, as they often do, found a way to keep the memory of the coin fresh in people’s minds. Some artists used coins, at times melting them or keeping them in their initial state, to create unique images. One artist, Dale Dunning, is reported in the article as creating, “many sculptures in the shape of the human face.” The artists later “took the opportunity recently to design and build a larger-than-life mask made from pennies.”

Some fine art gallery owners are committed to making sure that artists like Dale Dunning, Tierney Gearon and Masato Seto can afford to continue to focus on creating great work. They spotlight artists’ works both online and offline, at their galleries, art festivals and art exhibitions. It’s these efforts that help ease the burden artists have of balancing their living expenses with work, interviews and marketing and promotion obligations.

The income that fine artists receive, unlike other career fields, isn’t guaranteed. In fact, an artist’s income can fluctuate significantly year after year. According to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), fine artists earned approximately $48,300 as of 2008. However, unlike arts directors and some fine art gallery owners, fine artists “create original art.” They create from their soul, exposing their inner selves to the world. It’s not an easy job, but it is rewarding, especially when the world stops and pays attention.

Rhonda Campbell is journalist who offers advice about fine art and commercial art. Her work has been published nationally.

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Add Dimension to Your Images with Photosynth

Impress your friends with cool photos that can be transformed into 3 dimensional images by having a Photosynth in your line up of gadget applications.  With this application, digital photos can be analyzed and presented in a 3D model.  Photography enthusiasts would also appreciate the different perspectives and photo stitching that Photosynth can give for their captured images. This added dimension makes photo sharing more fun and interesting for both photographers and viewers.

There are two-ways to create a 3D image from this application, the panorama and the Synth. The panorama captures images from a single location only and uses a standard zoom level for all the photos. The Synth on the other hand makes use of images of the same object that are taken from different positions. Once all the photos are in, users can start working on their own three dimensional models and share it with their friends and loved ones or the general public.

 Those who want to share their photos can upload it to their Facebook pages or publish it in Bing, their blogsites or websites. Some of the best photos using the application are published in their website. NASA has a Photosynth collection featuring the International Space Station which is published in their website, and just like them you can have your own synth collection in your web or blog sites too.

You may start creating your own synths and panoramas by signing-up for an account with them and downloading all the tools you’ll need. This application is compatible with Windows phone version 7.5 and above, iPhones, and desktop PCs.

Viewing photos is more engaging when one can look at it in different angles that only a 3-D model can provide. Why settle for the usual flat photos when you can easily add dimension to your pictures by using Photosynth.

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Send Out Your Message in a Snap with Snapfish Postcard Printing Services

Keeping in touch with our loved ones comes easy with the modern communications technology that we have today. However, there are some messages that are still best delivered in the traditional way or through letters, invitations, greeting cards and postcards. Call it nostalgia but the warmth and care conveyed by personalized messages can never be replicated by electronically generated ones. Although, one may find a way to bridge the gap between tradition and modernity through online printing services from websites like Snapfish.

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Postcards are one of the economical means of sending messages during the 1800s, it is simply a rectangular card that bears a message and mailed at a letter rate. Eventually they became picturepostcards that serve as souvenirs or collections for travelers, the postcard recipients, and collectors. These cards usually have images of popular landmarks, art works, or events from tourist spots all over the globe. It is a popular way for tourists to share their travel experiences to people who are important to them.

Today, travelers can have their pictures taken as they visit each landmark or event in their tour destination and send them out as a postcard. This can be done with the help of websites that offer photo-sharing and photo-printing services. Online tools like Snapfish postcard printing services make it easy for people to share happy moments in a snap and preserve warm thoughts for a long time. It is quick efficient and personal, a combination of modern convenience and traditional sentiments. These sites allow you to upload pictures of daily travel and pick one that you will use for your postcardpicture. You can also include a personal message that is printed with your chosen font and color at the back of your postcard. Your postcard can be printed and shipped to your home or directly to family and friends even while you’re still on a vacation. This way your loved ones will feel that you are never out of reach even if you are continents away.

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