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    The completion of my latest painting represents two 'firsts' for me! Firstly, having been struggling with issues of lack of inspiration, finding the time and actually being able to complete my previous painting, (started last year sometime) - this is my first complete painting of the year 2012 Secondly, this is my first ever painting that was not based on a photograph - and no photographic reference material was used - not even for the large (lily-like?) flower... The koi pond, right in the middle of that lovely, rough and very green cottage garden lawn was just my idea of a perfect view from my ideal kitchen window! Let me know what you think! Window With a View
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    I have been reading where Google has released information that it may start puting it's first page ranking up for bids on search. To me this would hurt the small business people that do not have the budgets of the large corporations. The example that I saw used one dollar per click as an example which could be bid as high as five dollars per click. Man...I can just see Google sending me a bill saying today 5000 people clicked on my sight and bought nothing...that will be $5000 please. No way! From the statistics I have seen that 70% of potential customers will not click on adds that come up under search anyway. I suppose this is a way to hide paid advertising from customers by charging for search ranking. Plus they do not guarantee first page ranking anyway-even with the paid search plan. For those of us trying to maintain a sight I suppose we could try for page 2 or 3. I could better understand the system if it was a commission on sales results of some sorts. My humble opinion is that Google in it's largeness is becoming very greedy. I understand that they must make a profit but it should not come at the expense of putting the small busness out-of-business. Google should remember that Yahoo and Bing are waiting in the background for the opportunity to become # 1. Papadan http://www.papadanart.com
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    So, first entry. New here, so on and so forth...I'm a hobbyist photographer, with main interests lying in photographing insects/other invertebrates. I don't have a fancy camera, but I do spend time making sure everything that needs to be in focus is the light conditions are just right etc etc. So yes, will hopefully be uploading some images soon.
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    The title to this entry is an allusion to the break-up of my first, slightly unsuccessful marriage - and my descent into the pits of hell with the second. That was all over ten years ago but, today, I find myself wondering why I devote so much time and energy, (never mind money,) to a bunch of websites... It costs me well over $US 400 a month, just to keep them "on air." I can only take so much of my paid job, so could this just be a diversion to keep me busy and keep my mind away from thinking about the past? Then there is the fact that I invariably, deliberately mess-up any kind of developing a relationship with the opposite sex. I certainly don't feel ready to get hooked again. Not just yet... Maybe not in the next ten years. Maybe when I am already dead?! Then there is the art. Making amateur art, without any kind of pressure to pay the bills with the proceeds, is quite a relaxing pass-time and, like the web sites, it does keep my mind occupied on mundane things. Sometimes though, it is a real struggle just to get motivated; pick-up a stick of pastel and make some kind of mess on a sheet of paper. Even that takes a real effort when I am not in the mood. It's just as well that I am not into oil painting... I'd never even get all that gear set-up!!
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    Death Ever since I was a little child I was afraid of dying. The thing that scares me the most is the fact you are no more; your just not here anymore. I’m terrified of leaving everyone behind once I go; just that thought alone scares me to death. What happens to you after you die? I am also worried by the unknown of dying and, what happens to your soul. I have had many people in my family pass away. The one that had me face my fears the most was my dad’s own passing. My dad passed away when I was eighteen years old; it will be two years in February. My dad had cancer and was put into remission, but about six to eight months later he was diagnosed again and was terminally ill. After we found out he was terminally ill the doctors said he had a month to live; in the end that’s all we had left with him. When we brought him home we got hospice in right away. Hospice is a service where they bring in a death bed, have a nurse that comes in a few times a week and I want to say she was a social worker who came in to be there for us. My mom, brother and I all witness he slowly pass away. The only good thing about him passing that way, instead of a freak accident, is that we all got to say good bye to him. It’s hard to admit that there are good things that can come from someone close to you dying. After you go through something like that it changes you; sometimes bad but also it can be a good change. I wouldn’t be the person I am today if I haven’t faced that; it has also made me face my own fear of death. I believe that my dad is still with us; I believe his spirit is here watching over my family and me. I have always believed that there is some form spirituality out there; even through my own confusion with my belief of God. My belief of there is life after death became even stronger after my dad left us. When I didn’t believe in God anymore I used to picture where my dad was. I would imagine a lake in the middle of the woods, at night time, even though it was dark outside it wasn’t freighting. Knowing my dad is with us gives me comfort for when I die one day. If I were to die tomorrow I know my dad would be there. I wouldn’t be with the rest of my family and friends, but I would still be with people I know. I would love to see my dad again but I can’t until I met my end. Just to hear him say I love you again would be amazing. I hold on to the hope that we will see each other again one day. After watching my own dad die I am less afraid to die. I know he will be there for me when I need him, just in a different way now. Of course it stills scares me, but I feel a little less scared of it now. It’s going to happen one day, so why not try to see the positive from it. That’s how I like to view the world; always look for the positive in a bad situation.
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    I wish I knew what year Norm Darwish made this photograph. I tried to contact him on his website but, no response back. I can find information on a lot of his work, just not this series. I guess it might have came from his flowers theme. It is so beautiful, it is so mind boggling that he does this flawless of work with color pencils
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    This art work is my fathers. He has not been doing well so I offered to get his artwork out to the masses. I hope you like it and please give any comments you may have. if you want to see all pieces go to www.grandaddyearl.com. ]
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    This painting was in my Grandfathers estate. It is signed by T. Fulop. Behind the name is either a "54" of "Sr". It's 35" wide and 24" tall. Does anyone know of this artist??
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    picture it as a tattoo (attachments)
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    I got into the field of animation because animation is beautiful. Taking something that is still or something that you have created and moving it. You are creating and bringing life.I've always loved movies and I always loved animations. The stories were great, but there was more to it. I could feel what the character felt and it felt like they were real. The movement was beautiful, close to life but not quite, it was very different. Anyway, animation opened up a whole new realm of opportunities for me. There's so much more to it than people realize. It allows me a chance to indulge in all of my senses and forms of expression. Background design, character design, object design, hands-on sculpture, stop motion animation, texture, sound effects, music, story, writing, and more and more, the possibilities are endless. That's all I wanted to say for now. My gallery is small right now but I have tons of projects in the works (I have so many unfinished ideas) as well as some projects that need to be finished for my freelance clients. But check back often as I will keep on updating. Be sure to check out my other places on the web as well! If you ever want to find me somewhere, just search ShinyHubbCap (my internet handle!) Meaning of ShinyHubbCap- Well, my name is Julie Hubbard. My nickname is Jewels, everybody calls me Jewels. Jewels are shiny. "Shiny" is another nickname somebody gave me. When I think "Hub" I think Hubcap. My last name is Hubbard. so ShinyHubbCap is like my name. get it?
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    This is first ever portrait I tried at my age 6.
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    Seems lately that I have so many distractions that I find no time left to paint. First it took me quite a while to learn how to put up my own website. http://www.papadanart.com. This I finally accomplished with the help of yahoo's small business tools. You will not realize the accomplishment of building a website for a guy that still carries a dumb phone. Then we have the distractions of other folks, usually family, that think every little snag in their life should be a great emergency for ME. These seekers of opinion do not realize that I gained my wisdom from making many of the same dumb mistakes that they are making. Soon I know there will come a day that I can turn once again to my painting and the gradification it brings to me. I hope to start another series. Maybe the last series(Crazy Island) is out of my system. I have no idea what the next series will be but I am sure it will be a learning experience for me. Suffer through those anoying distractions that take us from our painting or whatever our method of expression may be. It just makes the return more enjoyable. Have a great day. Papadan.
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    04-07-2012, Today I took a step in my plan to make a difference in the art world. Over the years I have worked in sales and marketing but my heart has always belong to the world of art. As a high school art student, I fell in love with copper etching. oils and pastels were ok but I could not get enough of the copper etching portion of the class. Once the class ended and I could not find a way to continue on my own, I experienced withdrawals. My desire to be an artist begin to burn out and finally I turned to sports to file the void. Over the years I would dabble in oil painting projects but I could not rekindle that fire that once burned within me. It was not until I met an unknown artist by the name of Jay Burley that I begin to understand my place in the Art World. That brings me to The Curator's Shadow, the Art Book. I begin trying to help Jay get his work seen by the world. We put his work on Tee Shirts and other clothing, even coffee cups. His work was all over the web, Youtube, Myspace even Facebook. Working with Jay reminded me of all the talented people I have come across with limited or no way to get their work seen by the public in a way that would do justice to their talent. The Art Book was the answer, a way to record a piece of history that would last and be shared for years to come. The Curator's Shadow will become a National Treasure, showcasing the work of artist the future may someday label great masters. To give our new website a look see click here
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    Hello people...Sorry I haven't been on here but have had all kinds of things going on.....like new drawings and playing with digital painting.....What fun it is learning a lot and still more to learn I think its endless...lol...... And I am including a sample with me as the star....lol.....enjoy
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    http://www.flickr.com/photos/69618608@N08/ My grandparents have come under some major financial stress and they're house is in jeopardy. They had these paintings they have collected over the years and are trying to find out if they have any real significance and might have something that could help them financially. There is one that appears to be one of the "Highwaymen" from Florida in the 50's and 60's that I have had someone on the Highwaymen website verify that it is Livingston Roberts' work, but he never replied back to me to give me a title of the painting or any other information. Any help anyone can offer would mean a great deal to me and my family. All the pictures in the link above have all the information I have under them. I think most of these were purchased in Florida if the helps any. Thanks in advance, Kevin
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    I recently purchased a painting from goodwill (kind of vintage looking) I think it might be by an artist who was experienced in hand painting reproductions of famous artworks. I found another painting that was a reproduction of "The First Kiss" and was sold with the same signature as the artist on my painting (which was also sold to soneone on goodwill). I have tried to research this artist but have been unsuccesful. I guess my question is, does anyone know the name of this painting, or what is it a reproduction of? Or perhaps, does anyone recognize the signature. I am planning to keep this painting concidering that reproductions are a highly priced item sometimes, and it is soo beautiful. But since I know that the artist does reproductions, I really want to know if this is a repo. too, or an original of the artist. Thank you for any response back. With all the ship paintings to research, after a while, they are starting to look the same.
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    <p style="font-family: Arial"><acronym>Renowned Danish author Orla Nygaard and World of Art Award Winning Danish Artist Asbjorn Lonvig <br /> have so far published 3 children's books on LuluPress.com, the world's best in the print on demand concept.<br>The print on demand concept is printing and shipping after ordering and paying.</acronym></p> <p style="font-family: Arial"><acronym> <a href="http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/the-worlds-best-beagy/15743892"><img style="width: 238px; height: 307px; border: 2px solid" src="http://www.lonvig.dk/colorful-news-father-2-arms-around-dog.jpg" alt="The World's best Beagy" hspace="10" vspace="10" /></a> <a href="http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/beagy-will-be-beagy/15586242"><img style="width: 222px; height: 308px; border: 2px solid" src="http://www.lonvig.dk/colorful-news-two-fat-ladies.jpg" alt="Beagy will be Beagy" hspace="10" vspace="10" /></a></acronym></p> <p style="font-family: Arial"><acronym>Two Books have been published in English. They are about a family who buys a dog (a Beagle). <br /> The father is skeptical because he does not think he has time enough to look after the dog. <br /> However, he becomes so fond of the dog that he decides to bring up and train the dog himself. <br /> Unfortunately, things do not turn out the way he thinks and hopes. Time after time things go wrong <br /> and very far from what he had expected, which results in a number of comical and bizarre situations.<br /> You can see comprehensive previews on LuluPress of the books: Preview "The World's Best Beagy" <br /> and preview of "Beagy will be Beagy".</acronym></p> <p style="font-family: Arial"><acronym>You can order these 2 books by clicking on the motifs shown above - you will be navigated directly to <br /> the books on the LuluPress markedplace. </acronym></p> <p style="font-family: Arial"><acronym>The 2 books mentioned above have been combined and published in Danish. <br /> The book title is: "Biggi Verdens bedste Hund".</acronym></p> <p style="font-family: Arial"><acronym><a href="http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/biggi-verdens-bedste-hund/16105197"><img style="width: 200px; height: 261px; border: 2px solid" src="http://www.lonvig.dk/colorful-news-father-2-arms-around-dog-danish.jpg" alt="Biggi Verdens bedste Hund" hspace="10" vspace="10" /></a> </acronym></p> <p style="font-family: Arial"><acronym>Nygaard & Lonvig, Denmark is very satisfied about feedbacks.<br /> One of the most positive is this:<br /> </acronym></p> <p style="font-style: italic; font-family: Arial"><acronym>Dear Asbjorn.<br /> I wrote to you when I received the books that I thought they are beautiful.<br /> I liked the titles of the books. Very memorable. Children and parents can relate easily to the titles and<br /> chapter titles. The colors of the covers and the art on the covers is very appealing for children as well as parents. <br /> I love your geometric art and think it goes really well with the story contents.The inside of the books are very nicely done. <br /> The page layouts are very clean and the art and story go really well with each other. <br /> One can follow the story easily by looking at the pictures.<br /> </acronym></p> <acronym style="font-family: Arial"><span style="font-style: italic">I liked the stories very much. Each had humor and a strong concept of family values. </span><br /> <span style="font-style: italic">The stories are lessons as</span><span><span style="font-style: italic"> well, but these lessons do not distract from the fun aspect of the book.</span><br /><span style="font-style: italic">For very young children, each chapter could be made into its own book.</span><br /><span style="font-style: italic">The books are WONDERFUL!</span><br /><br /><span style="font-style: italic">All my best,</span><br /><span style="font-style: italic">Ellen Fisch *</span><br /> <br />*) </span><span>Ellen Fisch</span><span> lives on Long Island, New York. <br /> </span><span>Ellen Fisch</span><span> </span><span>has a BA in Art from Brooklyn College and a MA in Art from New York University.<br /></span><span>Ellen Fisch</span><span> i</span><span>s a fellow artist to Asbjorn Lonvig, she teatchesis.<br /> </span><span>Ellen Fisch's general</span><span> jud</span><span>gments are second to none.</span></acronym> <p style="font-family: Arial"> </p>
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    This is where I live exactly...My link
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    Hi! It's me ShioriWolf. I am kinda new here I guess. I joined and then forgot about this website.... Theres not much that goes around here is there? hmmm.... Anyways i will be putting up more art soon... maybe..... if i remember.
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    Hi, Each day is a new day. We do the same things or things happen differently or different things happen to us. I am making a conscious effort to do things differently every day. I am on my week off today. However, i ended up doing the same thing. Ohhh! how sickning! Anyway, i will still continue to keep up my zeal and learn to do things differently. Thats my quest at the moment... mY day has been pretty good. Well i know no ones interested to know that, but i would still like to share...Share my dreams.. I plan to sell my ART to fund my NGO. I have not yet thought of the cause for which i would work selflessly.. i will share it with you once i realise..I always wanted to do something interesting and i feel art is the one now.
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    Art Around Adams, On January 6, 2009, 12 noon to 10:00pm See: www.artaroundadams.org Will host the all ages creative arts festival featuring four stages of lives bands, circus performers, a theater production, a stand up comedy, film screenings, large scale interactive art, a 21 and up fun zone, and lots more. The event is a public show of support for San Diego
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    SOVEREIGNTY When Rudyard Kipling died in January 1936 and his autobiography was published the following year, the Baha
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