Staying Organized Helps Me with Apartment Hunting

Apartment hunting can be a lot of fun. It can also take awhile to do if a person does not do a little research to find just the right place that makes them happy. That is why I do a lot of research about Tampa Florida apartments online. It allows me to find a good place to live more easily and in a better-organized fashion.

The first thing that I do when I start on my search, is to look at the location. I do not drive, so I need to find things that near my job and a lot of local places that I can get to easily on foot or by bike. I also make sure that there is a bus line close by because there will be days when it is raining or very cold out and walking and biking are not a good mode of transportation on those days. Continue reading

Artists’ Biographies on Film – Top Movies about Visual Artists

Visual artists biographies is a popular theme in the movie world. Moviemakers have always been fascinated by visual artists biographies, especially if it includes struggle with insanity, drug addiction or social conventions. In addition, it gives them an opportunity to depict original or resurrected artworks on the big screen.

Here you can read about some of the most interesting movies about visual artists biographies.
Lust for Life directed by Vincente Minnelli in 1952

Vincent Van Gogh biography had gained several cinematic adaptations. Lust for Life with Kirk Douglas as the struggling artist is one of the most notable. The movie is based on a best selling book by Irving Stone, who also authored The Agony and the Ecstasy about Michelangelo, which also had appeared on the silver screen.

If you are a fan of Van Gogh artwork, you would enjoy watching Last for Life, which features almost 200 of Van Goghs original paintings. However, if you are familiar with Kirk Douglas previous filmographic, seeing him as a tortured Dutch painter might take a little adjustment. Another recommended film about Van Gogh is Robert Altmans Vincent and Theo from 1990.

Surviving Picasso directed by James Ivory in 1996

Like Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso image made him an iconic figure outside the artistic circles. While Van Gogh symbolizes the self destructive, manic depressive artist who achieves success only after his death, Picasso represents the misanthropic and womanizer artist. Picasso infamous relationship with women is the focus of this Merchant and Ivory film. The story is told from the eyes of Picasso mistress Francoise Gilot and features only reproductions of Picasso works. With Anthony Hopkins talent and his physical resemblance to Picasso, Surviving Picasso manages to create an unflattering portrait of an artist as a cruel, self centered genius.

Girl with Pearl Earring directed by Peter Webber in 2003

Comparing to Van Gogh and Picasso, Vermeers biography is less known and less controversial. Therefore Girl with Pearl Earring is much more restrained and delicate. The movie focuses on a short period in Vermeers life in which he was painting the portrait of his young low class maid. Although Girl with Pearl Earring does not avoid filmic conventions by over dramatizing Vermeers painting process, the movie is worth watching if only for its artistic design, which success in evoking Vermeers perception of light and color.

Basquiat directed by Julian Schnabel in 1996

The most common critique against movies that deals with visual arts is the way they depict the creation process. Therefore, there were big expectations from Basquiat, which was directed by the celebrated painter Julian Schnabel. Schnabel did well in depicting Jean Michelle Basquiat rise and fall story in less the predictable manner we have seen millions time before. However, the only reason to watch Basquiat is David Bowie plays the role of Andy Warhol.

Frida directed by Julie Taymor in 2002

Like most of the visual artists who had their life story appear on the silver screen, Frida Kahlo carried an unusual biography, which includes bus accident, problematic marriage, and an affair with Leon Trotsky. Like Van Gogh, Picasso and Jackson Pollock, who was the subject of a biopic from 2000, Frida Kahlo was an icon long before Frida was released, but the 123 minutes film did help to strength her position as a feminist idol and probably the most famous woman painter of the 20 century. Frida tries its best to integrate Frida Kahlo life story with her painting and the result is very colorful and pleasant, but still does not stay far enough from the conventions of depicting artists on film.

Create a Cutting Edge Marketing Campaign With a Brochure Printing For Visual Artists

In today’s competitive business world, it is vitally important to make your company stand out from your competitors. By using insightful marketing strategies, you can help people get a real feel for your business and gain an understanding of the services you offer. This is where brochure printing for visual artists can help to highlight the very best of your company.

Make Use of the Best Imagery and Graphics to Showcase the Talent Within Your Company

It makes perfect sense to create something that is aesthetically and artistically stunning when creating promotional materials. This gives potential customers an insight into the quality and variety of products available. Brochure printing for visual artists should highlight the talent and top quality service offered by your company, giving you an advantage over other companies within the same field of business. When selecting the images and graphics, use of as many different types, sizes and shapes should be included to highlight the versatility of your company.

Think About Other Ways to Display the Quality of Service Delivered By Your Company

Your business may already have created promotional materials without even realizing. Something as humble as a drinking mug that has company produced graphics on it can become an effective marketing tool that can help your business stand out from your competitors. Other ideas that can be employed are key rings and bookmarks both of which are relatively easy to create. They can be mentioned in the brochure printing for visual artists, helping potential customers have first-hand access to the amazing services offered by your company.

Make the Pricing System Clear

A good method to employ in the creation of a pricing system is to present it in a straightforward list format. Use graphics and images alongside each service offered and its price; this has a great impact, giving the customer a clear idea and vision of what to expect from each service you offer. If you use a company to help you in the creation process that specializes in brochure printing for visual artists, they can provide some useful tips and techniques to get the most out of your promotional materials.

Include Information on How to Place an Order

So now, you’ve attracted the customer and they’ve made a decision about what they’d like to purchase; now you need to inform them about how to place an order. The inclusion of an order form within any brochure printing for visual artists will help make the order process clear and straightforward for your customer. Making this part of the process easier for your customers will help secure a sale. Payment methods and estimated shipping times are useful information to include here. A customer may want to place an order in person, so providing information about how to do this will enhance the customer experience.

Visual Artists – How to Deal With Criticism of Your Artwork by Artists and Those Dear to You

Working almost every day to improve as a visual artist in photography, digital art, and painting has required me to expand to new mediums and experiment with new subjects and styles however experimentation alone is not enough for rapid growth and significantly improved artwork.

Some people recommend having a mentor or instructor to critique your work, but one is often either unaffordable or unavailable. It is much more practical to join one or more art communities or participate in a forum belonging to one of the print on demand art services that the artist is uploading artwork to. In those sites, one can receive feedback from multiple users.

Of course family and friends will often share their views on what is or is not good about your artwork too. That is all great, but we must take care to weigh the advice given according to who is giving it.

Family and friends are most likely not art experts so the advice might not be very accurate. They all have a separate subjective point of view of what is right and that may not agree with your desire for an artwork.

When you create a new artwork, you are in your creative space not your friends, family or other artists so you must be in charge of the artwork and only be ready for specific constructive criticism toward the end of the creation process.

Think about how a novel writer does a book. The writer determines the main plot and basic characters and finishes the first draft before showing it to others to read and give feedback. Likewise your artwork should be mostly complete before getting feedback or the changes may cause the work to lose your unique creative touch.

Be aware of prejudice when taking advice from others especially friends and family. Quite a few people dislike certain subjects, mediums, and styles and no matter how good those are done, they will not like your work. Do you really want to get that? Some common ones are traditionalist painters dislike for photography and photographer’s dislike for photo-manipulation art. I can’t say how common these views are, but I’ve interacted with people who thought like that. When you discover that a friend or family member has one of these biases, just don’t go out of your way to show them your work in those mediums. Let them know where online they can find your work if they’re interested and leave it at that.

Be ready to agree to disagree as well. If someone gives you specific advice and it doesn’t meet your vision, it is better to just keep the idea in mind for next time. Do not be afraid to ask for and get feedback from friends, family and other artist, but remember who is really in charge of your artwork.

Christopher Johnson is a visual artist who works in photography, photo-manipulation, computer generated art, oil painting, acrylic painting, portraits, etc. He has been selling fine art online since 2007 and is available for art commissions and licensing. His favorite subject is flower and nature art and he enjoys creating digital portraits.

Visual Artists in the Web

There are a lot of artist who have the ingenuity in creating visual arts. These artists go into the process of having a vision, of getting their pencils, coloring tools, and just putting that vision into expression. After finishing that emotional expression, a masterpiece is now created.

Visual artists (drawing/paint artist) can always create stunning works of art which seem to make our day just by seeing their beauty. Therefore, these artists can always create eye catching drawings.

Visual artists in the web are called web designers but being artists like them doesn’t always happen instantly. Aside from having a beautiful eye, designs they produce must also have a good interface system that will make it easy to use, navigate, explore and will guide website visitors browsing their website.

A web designer is not just a good visual artist. For a web designer, producing good looking web designs with deep meaning is not enough, they design more than a beautiful piece of art, they need to catch the one surfing their website’s eye. Some designers though, just want to make designs purely for artistic presentation, some for information, and others just for experience. For example, a web designer who wants to promote a product needs to convert his/her visitors to clients, so they don’t just create it with beautiful combination of texts and pictures; and it should also be readable and informative to the website visitor. A good web designer should be able to help you in assessing the following:

1. What identity will be conveyed for your website?

2. What will the function of your website be?

3. How can it effectively communicate information that you intend to ?

Proficient web site designer needs to work on the kind of site that resembles the site you have in mind for your company; this is for him to able to design/develop your site effectively

In today’s competitive world a site should be designed by a competitive web designer. Being a good visual artist is not enough; as an artist, he should be able to give his clients an affirmative return on their client’s investment. As graphic artist they must either come into the interview with a good sense of what your business is about, or will at least be eager to adapt to your instructions. He must be an open minded professional and will not dismiss any of your questions as insignificant to the design you want your site to be, so you as the owner of the business will understand the process when you don’t agree on something. When it comes to pricing, he should also be able to give you a reasonable estimate on how long it will take to complete the project, and at what cost. Launched in Response to Nation’s Surging Nutrition Issues


(Brea, California)– An estimated 90 percent of children in the United States are at risk of developing micronutrient deficiency according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s most recent analysis. A form of malnutrition stemming from dietary imbalance, this new epidemic spanning the country leaves America’s children vulnerable to rashes, bone deterioration, bleeding gums, anxiety, failure to thrive and a number of other health complications. At the same time, the obesity rate among children and adolescents has surged over the last three decades. With this crisis in mind, spokesperson Odette France has launched a new website.

France elaborated, “Developments like these are among the driving forces behind the launch of, our new website dedicated to promoting healthy diets. One of the features of our site is our ‘healthy eating for kids’ segment featuring Malnutrition: The New Childhood Epidemic, an in-depth discussion of the situation. Nutritious foods are more readily available than ever with programs like SNAP, WIC and free or reduced lunches in schools now in play, but parents still face problems in this realm. Even though children have access to those healthy fruits and veggies, they aren’t eating them. Our website will approach this situation from a couple different angles.

World of Sauces provides a number of nutritious sauce recipes for pasta, meat and vegetables. Some of these include spicy buffalo sauce for wings, creamy alfredo sauces and homemade salsa along with sweet options such as caramel sauce for ice cream. The website will additionally offer recipes for salad dressings and dips. Viewers may search for recipes based on individual meals, specific ingredients and various targeted diet plans such as vegan, vegetarian, low-fat, low-carb and gluten-free to name a few.

The new website will likewise provide information designed to help parents learn ways of encouraging their children to make healthier choices. Included in the “Progressive Approach to Healthy Nutrition” portion of the website are 25 methods of getting children to eat more vegetables with each technique rated according to effectiveness. Details surrounding these methods as well as the benefits and downsides of each are discussed.

Concluded France, “Malnutrition isn’t an issue we commonly associate with our country, but it’s a growing problem even here. As mentioned in our informational segment, waste is up more than 50 percent when it comes to healthy foods, so we’ve got to find creative and delicious ways of getting children more interested in nutritious dishes. We hope by combining recipes for homemade sauces, dips and dressings with in-depth information geared toward parents on our website, we can collectively reach this goal.”


A website for Sauce Lovers and parents of picky eaters, provides a wealth of homemade healthy dips, salad dressings and sweet and savory sauce recipes categorized by meal type, origin, ingredient and diet as well as tips for using and serving sauces.


Visual Art Criticism: Problems of Critiquing Untitled Art Works

Art criticism involves analyzing works of art inline with their structures, meanings, and problems; comparing them with other works, and evaluating the works using the characteristics, theories or other valuable information for proper understanding their relevance to the society. As an art historian I have confronted several issues in trying to speak judgmentally on certain art works produced by contemporary Nigerian artists. For example, an art work without a title offers the art critic an elusive stand point not only to begin his/her judgment but also for establishing some essential points that will help the public (audience) in understanding the meaning as well as circumstances surround the creation of such an art piece. It is important to know however, that the judgment of an art work is similar to the judgment that takes place in a court of law. In a law court, the presiding judge will make use of the available facts which are usually presented in form of evidence, to pass judgment on contending cases involving individuals or groups. If the evidences are not strong enough to back up a claim or vice versa, they are either discarded or sustained. The implication of the either cases is that, such individual or group will or will not lose the case in favour of the opponent as the case may be.

In the criticism of visual art especially like painting and sculpture also, there are varying factors which the critic used as stand points for judging a work of art. For example, the title of the work (what is the title of the art work?); the artist that creates the work (who made this art work?); the environment where the artist creates the work (where does the artist lives); the nature of the artist’s environment (what are the cultural, religious or socio-political conditions of the artist’s environment?). The answers to all these questions formed the essentials of what it takes to understand the contextual meaning of the art work. This is very important as it explains the circumstances under which the art work is created and by so doing ingrain or integrate the thoughts of the viewers into that of the artist. When this happens, communication take place in a manner that will trigger a reaction (which could be either negative or positive) on the part of the viewer. If the communication takes place in the direction of a positive change desired by the artist, then the purpose of the artist is achieved. In most cases, an art critic only helps the audience to see other sides of the work which a viewer would ordinarily not think of. For example, a work of art which has traditional African motifs and features on its body, but has a title pointing to European culture and also created by a European artist would require varying approaches in viewing it. The critic therefore, presents different view points which may help audience in understanding the nature, meaning, as well as the circumstances surrounding the creation of the work.

However, all these are far different from factors used in knowing whether or not an artist is good in applying the elements (line, colour, texture, form etc) or principles (balance, unity, rhythm, composition etc) of art (design). The principles and elements are only used in judging physical components of the work which help to improve the artist’s skills in the creation of art work. The factors that relate with principles and elements are used by the critic to judge the aesthetics features of an art work while other ones like title are used by the critic in interpreting the contextual meaning of the work.

It is common to find artists presenting beautiful pieces (artworks) in an exhibition without titles. The rationale behind their ignorance is that: “An art work speaks for itself.” However, they (such artists) forget that certain conditions warrant the art work to speak in a clear tone that would make the audience to understand the language it is speaking. If one of the conditions necessary for the understanding of the audience is either missing or not properly presented, the tone of the language in which the art work is speaking will definitely loose shape. At worst, the art work might lost its essence and would practically not fulfill its full purpose of being created.

This means that, title of an art work is very important as it provides a first step to reading other aspects of the work. Hence, title of the work, artist that create the work, place where the artist lives, or other information that formed the artist’s background etc, are all factors which jointly armed the critic with the basic knowledge necessary for explaining the contextual meaning of an art work for the better understanding of the audience.

This is most likely to be the reason why many art terminologies have been coined by art critic in order to explain their relevance as well as sustain the concreteness in the changes that have occurred in the history of world art. For example “Fauvism” was a term used by a critic in describing works of artists in an exhibition in Paris (1905); “Impressionism” on the other hand was a term that was first used in 1874 by a journalist to ridicule a landscape (Impression-Sunrise) by Monet which was latter accepted and used by critics in describing works of artists of that time. Art terminologies like Dadaism, Cubism, etc were all coined by critics /individuals to explain the changes in styles or trends noticed in the art practice of a particular locality or region. If there were no names given to these art styles or trends, it would be difficult to either define the art periods or explaining the changes that have occurred in the history/practice of art.

Nam June Paik – An Extraordinary Visual Artist

Nam June Paik was a Korean-American Contemporary Video Artist of the early twentieth century. Born on July 20, 1932, in Seoul, to a textile entrepreneur father, Nam June started his musical training as a classical pianist right from an early age. He however had to cut it short due to the family’s migration to Japan via Hong Kong in 1950 during the Korean War (1950-53).

Nam June Paik graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1956, where he wrote his first thesis on an Austrian-American composer Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951). Then he moved to Germany where he studied the history of music at the Munich University. Here he also met composers John Cage (1912-92), Wolf Vostell (1932-98), and Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007) who evoked Paik’s interest in Electronic Arts. Inspired by John Cage and his technique of using day-to-day sounds in music, Nam participated in Fluxus, a Neo-Dadaist art style. He debuted at the ‘Exposition of Music-Electronic Television,’ an exhibition where he used distorted images on television sets. Paik was considered the first artist to incorporate Audiovisual Art, merging video and audio records into a single piece.

Paik moved to New York in 1964 and collaborated with American cellist & performance artist Charlotte Moorman (1933-91) to combine his electronic visual presentation with her music & performance. In the work ‘TV Cello,’ they used stacked television sets to form a cello model, which showed an image of her playing cello as she drew the bow across the screen. Paik and Moorman worked together on ‘Opera Sextronique’ (1967) and ‘TV Bra for Living Sculpture’ (1969). Nam June Paik is considered the father of the term ‘Information Superhighway,’ which refers to digital communication systems and the internet telecommunications network. In 1974, he even innovated the concept of ‘Electronic Superhighway’ in his transcript called ‘Media Planning for the Postindustrial Society.’ The same year, an American media technologist Judson Rosebush (b. 1947) compiled Paik’s early works in a book titled ‘Nam June Paik: Videa ‘n’ Videology 1959-1973,’ published by the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York.

Nam June Paik’s famous works include ‘Something Pacific’ (1986) with the faces of sitting Buddha on a closed circuit TV. ‘Positive Egg’ had a video of white egg displayed on the monitor. He used the images of fish in aquarium on different screens for his album ‘Video Fish’ (1975). His splendid piece ‘Electronic Superhighway: Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii,’ (1995) is an exemplary work on cultural criticism. The piece remains displayed in the Lincoln Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC, in which he conveys his message about America’s obsession with television and moving frames. Paik also created robots using wires & metals and eventually radio & television parts.

A display of Paik’s work was held in 1982 at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Here, he demonstrated a linkage between South Korea, New York, and Paris. In his work ‘Bye Bye Kipling’ (1986), Paik created a tape with assorted live programs from South Korea, Japan, and USA. In 1988, he created ‘The More the Better,’ a massive tower of 1003 monitors for the Seoul Olympic Games. He served as a professor at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Dusseldorf, during 1979-96. Paik suffered a stroke in 1996 that left him partially paralyzed. In 2001, the International Sculpture Centre honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Nam June Paik died on January 29, 2006, in Florida.

Annette Labedzki received her BFA at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver, B.C. Canada. She has more than 25 years experience. She is the founder and developer of an online art gallery featuring original art from all over the world. Please visit the website at It is a great site for art collectors to buy original art. Artists can join for free and their image upload is unlimited.

The UK Data Protection Act For the Visual Artist

Your obligations under the Data Protection Act as an Artist

The amount of information about customers that you hold will vary between individuals, but at the very least, to comply with your Income Tax record keeping obligations, you should retain copies of all your sales invoices. These will probably record the customer’s name and address (and possibly email address and telephone number).

The Data Protection Act requires that any data you hold must be:

* processed for specific purposes,

* relevant and not excessive,

* accurate and up to date,

* not kept for longer than is necessary, and

* kept secure.

(This list has been shortened so that it is wholly relevant to Artists working as a sole trader).

Individuals’ rights under the Data Protection Act

Individuals have a right to see the personal data that is held on them, and the right to have it corrected if it is wrong.

Although highly unlikely, you could be asked to show an individual what personal data you hold on them. If you do receive such a request, you are obliged to:

* respond to it within 40 days,

* provide a copy of the data you hold on them,

* advise who the source of the data was,

* give information on how the data is used,

* give information on about other people or organisations it may have been disclosed to.

You can charge a fee of up to £10 for handling a request if you choose to do so.

Registering with the Information Commissioner

The Data Protection Act requires a nominated person to be responsible for data protection, and that person to register with the Information Commissioner’s Office. Registration currently cost £35 annually.

Happily, you can be exempt form the registration process if personal information is retained for core business purposes, such as your own marketing, or invoicing.

David McHank – A Visual Artist

This week I caught a few words with David McHank an artist in San Diego, California. I found his work on and thought it was a lot of fun, and modern. If you like comic books, cartoons, and bears, you’ll enjoy his work too!

What inspires you?

David: I get it from all sides. Animation, children’s books, comic books, old cereal boxes, heavy metal and punk records, Old National Geographic magazines, Jim Henson, Maurice Sendak, and Rick Fork. Music is a huge influence. A lot of times I’ll hear a line in a song wrong and think of a visual that accompanies it. Plus I love o hang out at the library…seriously, I will just go there and pull out books a dozen at a time and scour through them.

Where is your art available for the public to view and buy?

David: I have shows a few times a year. I’m going to have one up in San Jose in June, and then I’ll look into having another in San Diego within the next few months after that. Aside from shows, if anyone is interested, they can look at my constant updates on this

and they can contact me either through myspace (htp;// or email me directly at [email protected]

When did you realize you wanted to do what you’re currently doing and when did you begin?

David: I started doing fliers for bands when I was in high school. The first
show I did a flier for was MDC with Nasal Sex at the Cactus Club in
San Jose. It was a pretty terrible flier.This was 1991, so I was 16.
I did my first album cover in 1994, when I was a senior in high
school for a band called Seed. There were a ton of fliers in between
the first one and this album cover, so I feel better about my image
that they used, it was a linoleum block print of two cats fighting and
a guy freaking out. They used it on shirts too, I still have one
locked up in the archives.

I guess to answer your question, I really always wanted to do album
covers and t-shirts for bands, since I was a little little kid. I
think if I pinpoint a moment, it would be when I was 7 or 8 and saw
Yellow Submarine on TV, and asked my godfather if he had any Beatles
records. He had Revolver and Rubber Soul, and I remember clearly
staring at the cover of Revolver for hours, trying over and over to
draw it and copy all the little details.

What are your favorite items to use in your art?

David: I get bored, so, this switches a lot. Some days I use ink and brush,
sometimes it’s acrylic paint, sometimes watercolor, sometimes just a
ball point pen. I also do a little bit of pixel stuff– I tried
photoshop for it once but was more happy with the plain old microsoft
paint program.

Do you have any favorite products you use when creating your art?

David: Honestly, I end up preferring the cheapest little plastic handle
brushes, the ones you buy a ten pack for a dollar at wal-mart over any
expensive brushes I’ve used…. Which is a blessing, I suppose.

Are you a part of any artist communities online or offline?

David: No… but myspace has been huge as far as meeting artists and interacting with them. I’m friends with a few people that are amazingly talented-I mean sincerely blow me away…Martin Ontiveros, Scott Mcpherson, Mikey McCardle, Bwana Spoons, Travis Millard…those guys are all devastating. I’m not even at their level. I found most of them through bands, or comics they’ve made.

Do you have a favorite piece that you have created?

David: I’m more critical of myself than of anyone else. There’s one I’m partial to…It’s a little bear falling asleep while fishing, and a pink whale taking a look at thim from under the surface.

Other than that, i’m pretty happy with the Lionel the Tiger picture, which was drawn using my mouse in ms paint in about 4 minutes.

The pieces that get the most compliments are the one of the Beulah Whale, and the Hialeah buck.

What themes do you have in your art?

David: Bears…drunk bears…something about starting drawing them is addicting. Also, wings. I love that I can sit and work on their details…they’re pretty satsifying to draw.

Do you see yourself moving in any new directions?

David: Yeah, that’s something I’m trying to always do. It’s a balance…I try not to forget my influences and roots, but expand at the same time. Every once in a while, I get lucky and something new comes out of my brush, and I surprise myself.

Thank you Daivid McHank!