Month: July 2019

Shona Art

Shona art has been around for centuries and in fact it can be traced as far back as the first settlements from the Bantu diaspora. A more sedentary life encouraged people to keep possessions. Evidence suggests that it flourished like everything else during the Great Zimbabwe era(10-16th centuries)and under the kingship of the Munhumutapas. One only needs to look at the architecture of the Great Zimbabwe ruins to see how artistic these people are. The Zimbabwe bird, which is now the national emblem of Zimbabwe is a soapstone sculpture that was carved between 1100 and 1400.

Shona art came to worldwide attention through the influence of Francis Jack McEwen. McEwen was an artist–painter, more importantly he was an art lover. His introduction and representation of Henry Moore and the Shona art movement are the defining moments in his legacy as a revered purveyor of the finest arts. He accepted role as director of the national gallery of Zimbabwe then Rhodesia which was opened on 16 July 1957 by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. As national gallery director Frank wanted to see art from the local artists in the gallery, a concept the white Rhodesian authorities were not at all keen …

By Gregory July 26, 2019 Off

Reflections of an Artists Soul

When you buy from and independent artist you are buying more than just a painting or a novel, or a song, You are buying hundreds of hours of experimentation and thousands of failures. You are buying days, weeks, months, years of frustration and moments of pure joy. You are buying nights of worry about paying the rent, having enough money to eat, having enough money to feed the children, the birds, the dog.

You aren’t buying just a thing, you are buying a piece of heart, part of a soul, a private moment in someones life. Most importantly you are buying the artist more time to do something they are truly passionate about; something that makes all of the above worth the fear and the doubt, something that puts the life into the living.

As you move through this journey of life search within for your gifts of creativity. Get inspired, have the courage to make the statement “ This is who I am“, but keep to your truth, and in doing so you will come to know who you really are.

As you begin sharing your gifts with the world, you contribute towards the magic of life. You become

By Gregory July 23, 2019 Off

Tips for Typography Best Practices

  1. Ubiquitous type is can cause user confusion (Mr. Keedy)
    Mr. Keedy created Keedy Sans, a popular font in the 90’s. The font was considered “uncool” 10 years later and used everywhere. Keedy sans is used on teenage girl makeup packaging, as well as winebars. This could create a bad user experience for people because of lack of branding. Last year, Mr. Keedy refreshed his font -to create greater customization and allow Keedy fans to layer the font for interesting visual effects.
  2. Braille is a form of typography (Ellen Lupton, Cooper Hewitt)
    Ellen talked about how blind individuals read Braille in a unique way -holding it across their body. She also demonstrated a blind person’s experience watching music videos by showing the accessibility voiceover.
  3. Brand holds content together with design (Gale Bichler, NYTimes)
    Gale foused on how the New York Times(NYT) has branded itself as a publication that experiments with many types of fonts. NYT can play around with different types and massive fonts as illustration. If someone picks up a page from the floor, they can usually tell that it’s from the New York Times because of branding.
  4. Picking fonts is like eating ice cream. (Veronika Burian and Jose Scaglione,
By Gregory July 20, 2019 Off

Self Portrait of Rembrandt

His self portraits are not only numerous, but also higher quality as he grows older. Especially in the latter half of his life, the experience in real life makes him know much more about himself. Around the 60s, there are distinct personalities in his self portraits. Rembrandt pays much attention to the inner temperament of the face, so the audience can discover a potential inner language from it.

This self portrait was created by Rembrant in 1665 when the painter lost his wife, sold off his property and moved to Llsang J Lahat. At that time, Rembrandt declined a lot in his career. He could just be in charge of the Art Product Processing Company which was founded by Titus, the son of Rembrandt’ s ex-wife and Hendry Gee, as an “employee”. He worked as a carrier carrying products. And this picture is the real image of him at that time.

Rembrandt, as a 54 years old man, is a sloven with the color palette and painting brush in his left hand and right hand on his hip which reflects his poverty and miserableness. Fat body, kerchief on his head and two bright piercing eyes make him seem like he’s …

By Gregory July 20, 2019 Off

Contemporary Ghanaian Verbal Arts

Oath Swearing

In contemporary Ghanaian societies, oaths are taken by those who take up leadership positions in the communities and the nation as a whole. Presidents, members of parliament, assembly men and women take oaths concerning how diligent, true and efficient they would be in discharging their duties without embezzling state funds and be law abiding in all their dealings with the general public. In the traditional settings too, newly appointed kings and queen mothers also take up oaths that binds them with their newly assigned responsibilities.

In the law courts, accused persons and petitioners swear and take oaths that they would speak only the truth with respect to the cases for which they have been summoned. Usually, the oaths are taken with the individual concerned holding items like the Holy Bible or Quran, ceremonial swords, leadership staffs etc.

There are also some professions in Ghana today where newly appointed persons to the job are mandated to swear oaths of allegiance to serve the people. An example is the Hippocratic Oath sworn by new doctors, pharmacists and those who work in the medical field.

Oath wearing is supposed to bind the person who engages in it to be true, loyal …

By Gregory July 19, 2019 Off

Theatre Productions

Teamwork is Vital

Working together is important in any setting where more than one person is responsible for putting together a final product. That is certainly the case in the theatre, where there are a number of roles behind the scenes that are necessary to bring the production to life. The director, set designer, actors, and more all play a role in the project. A good costume designer will work closely together with these various people in order to make sure the costumes for the production are in line with everything else that is going to be done. Even the best looking costumes in the world won’t really be successful if they don’t make sense within the context of the show or the staging.

Getting the Period Right

The majority of productions take place at a very specific point in time – usually not the present day. That means that one of the most important jobs of the costume designer is to make the clothing ring true for the period that is supposed to be represented. Clothing styles have changed greatly from generation to generation over the years, meaning it requires thorough research to get this part of the job …

By Gregory July 19, 2019 Off

Care For Magnetic Vehicle Door Signs and Decals

However, as you’ve pointed out in your question, many of our clients or other company’s clients aren’t exactly sure how to care for magnetic door decals. Let me say it once here – it is VERY IMPORTANT to maintain your magnetic decals properly for the sake of the decals, but even more so for your vehicle’s paint longevity, because if you don’t, you may cause serious problems for the paint under the area where your magnetic decals are placed on your vehicle’s door.

First, in regards to your decals, you must remove them off your vehicle daily, especially during the winter or rainy season in your area, but I would recommend doing this year around. However, in dry areas, one could get by with removing them once weekly (as on the weekends). Still, when your truck or car doors’ paint is at stake, I personally would say to err on the safe and less costly side of this equation.

When you remove your door magnets, you’ll want to have a place where you lay them out flat every evening, or at least for the weekend. Any slight bump will permanently create a bump in the magnetic material that may cause …

By Gregory July 18, 2019 Off

Mural Painting

A characteristic of this later, more sophisticated mural art was the use of decorative features such as frames, borders and geometrical patterns, which might accompany the theme of the painting and help it sit comfortably in the architecture that it decorated.

In modern times we still see murals being painted, but now often as political propaganda or commercial advertising. The availability of wallpaper and other commercial decorative features has made painting an expensive option but fortunately there still exists a market for purely decorative murals. In popular culture spray can graffiti has created its own heritage of mural art.

Trompe L’Oeil.

The late Greek and Roman period discovered the decorative the use of trompe l’oeil – that is making a flat wall surface seem as if it is 3D architecture, simply by painting it on with light and shade. Impossible architectural fantasies became possible in the hands of an artist. In Pompeii and Herculaneum there are many surviving murals using fantastic trompe l’oeil. The technique really came into it’s own in the Renaissance period. Ceilings became decorated as skies full of clouds and cherubs, walls had balustrades and pillars giving onto fantastic landscapes with battles raging and mythological creatures roaming. …

By Gregory July 17, 2019 Off

Cecil Aldin Prints

Around 1900-14 he created sets of six caricature type humerous paintings, mainly foxhunting and racing. eg. The Fallowfield Hunt. The Blue Market Races. The Harefield Harriers. The Cottesmore Hunt. Nearly all were purely fictional, much to many people’s disappointment who would like to be able to name where these scenes took place today. Alas, this was not his intention and we shall never know! Today these are still sought after. Aldin was particularly fond of hunting, hence the large Hunting Countries which were produced from 1912-13 – 1925.

He wrote and illustrated well over 100 children’s books which also included many books, which although well suited to children, tend to be even more appreciated by adults of any age! His dog books continue to be reprinted today. Indeed probably the most popular book ‘A Dog Day’ was first published in 1902 and by 1950 had been republished 15 times. Today it is still available and continues to be republished! It has truly stood the test of time! Amongst some his most popular books are: Sleeping Partners, 40 Fine Ladies, Dogs of Character and Drawing Dogs.

His early works were published in periodicals ie. The Sketch, The Graphic, Illustrated London News …

By Gregory July 17, 2019 Off

Clementine Was An Artist

Back in the 1800’s, there was once a girl named Clementine Hunter who lived with her family at Melrose plantation located near Natchitoches, Louisiana. A plantation is a large farm where crops are grown, like cotton, corn or other vegetables. Clementine spent her entire life living and working on a plantation. It was not always an easy life for Clementine – it was sometimes hard and harsh.

When she grew up and got married, she had five children. She would take her children to the fields to work with her so that she could check on them while picking cotton. Even though it was hard work, she enjoyed picking cotton.

Clementine was promoted from the fields to the house. She became the gardener and took care of the laundry. She made clothes for the plantation owner’s children and their dolls. Designing clothes was another of her many hidden talents. Clementine was an artist in many ways, and loved to create quilts in beautiful rich colors in addition to the clothes she made.

She was very poor as a young girl and could not afford crayons, markers or paints like students have today. She didn’t attend school in her younger days …

By Gregory July 16, 2019 Off