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    Rules to Follow at the Theatre

    Arrive Early

    It’s best to arrive at least 30 minutes before the time stamped on the ticket. Most venues start seating patrons half an hour before show time and stop seating once the show starts. If someone is late, ushers may require that they wait in the lobby until a break or intermission. Avoid missing the first part of the performance by getting to the venue early.

    Silence Cell Phones

    Most theatregoers prefer a quiet atmosphere. Ringing cell phones or smart watches sending out notifications can be distracting. Once the lights dim, make sure all technology is either turned off or set to silent mode. At intermission, attendees can check messages and respond to phone calls, but if they’re in their seats, it’s best to stay quiet and pay attention to the show.

    Avoid Distracting Behaviour

    When the actors are onstage, it’s important to be quiet and respectful of their performance. Avoid whispering or talking to friends, and save any snacks for intermission. While the actors may not be able to see everything that’s happening in the crowd, other audience members sitting can become distracted by constant movement or hushed conversations.


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    Use the One Stroke Painting Technique

    As its name suggests, the one stroke painting technique simply means you achieve everything in just one stroke. This includes shading, highlighting and blending – you get all this from a single stroke instead of having to use multiple strokes. All you have to do is load different colours on to a flat brush. It can be used on a variety of different surfaces.

    Both! Even though the one stroke painting technique was developed with beginners in mind, it’s fully accessible to everyone. People who have never painted before find it just as enjoyable as people who’ve been painting for years. One of the reasons why it’s become so popular is because it’s so accessible and easy to learn. It’s attracted lots of new people to painting and it’s intrigued and caught the attention of many professional painters.

    The one stroke painting technique was devised by American author and artist Donna Dewburry. She paints flowers and animals in her demonstrations, but the technique can be used to paint practically anything. Why has this painting technique become so popular? Simply because it allows you to very quickly and easily create very beautiful works of art.


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    Appreciation to Oil Painting

    All the characters in the painting were arranged in a half round and the center was the painter’s image. The unified hot and stuffy atmosphere broke the too bright colors that appeared in Courbet’s scenery painting. The uniform colors were based on different color brown tones. The massive walls, the rose, blue and brown tone of the infinite soft terms was a masterpiece. The naked human body model was one of Courbet’s most successful human bodies, although she was based on the photos. All the volumes were expressed by the light and shadow. And the pink clothes thrown on the floor was a wonderful still life painting. Portraits of friends were taken from Courbet’s past works. So, what we saw here was a memory and a real fantasy, which did not show the intention of the realism of Courbet.

    Compared this painting with A Burial at Ornans, we can clearly see the benefits that Courbet got out from the reality of bondage and invested himself in this warmth. The characters were portrayed clearly and seemed to be independent, only relying on the strong atmosphere of independence to get the painting of unity. Therefore the comparison of self-contained

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    Original vs Reproduction

    Trying to figure out whether a map or a print is an original or a reproduction is something that can be done by any purchaser as long as one knows what the determinants are. A trustworthy seller is also a factor in determining whether a print is an original or not. Verifying the printing process, paper and other factors may help in ascertaining the authenticity of a print or a map. Professionals in this line of business would of course be able to determine an original map or original print from reproduced ones. However there are methods on verifying its authenticity. First of all it would be good to know what an original is. An original print or map is one that is made during an artist’s lifetime. It is an impression made out of blocks usually wood but could be stone or metal as well. These are then cut from the designs that the artist made himself. It is possible to have later reprinting’s and still consider the print as an original so long as they are still made from the original blocks. However blocks which are recut completely may still qualify as an authentic if it

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    Draw Photorealistic Hair

    Do you have any blending tools? It doesn’t matter if you don’t, you can get them later. But when you want hair to look photorealistic, you can’t draw each hair as an individual line. Your pencil is far too thick and you just won’t be able to get the different shades or the way the light plays on the hairs if you do it that way.

    Instead what you need is to draw areas of lightness and darkness. You need a contrast in texture of the drawing, to highlight where hair is and how it’s behaving. And you can achieve this with blending tools.

    Now for you as a beginner, you’ll probably like either stumps or a chamois (pronounced shammy) the best. Depends what kind of hair you’re drawing really. If there’s not much hair to draw, or you’re trying to fit small, tiny details in, than you’ll want a stump over a chamois.

    The chamois is diffuclt to work in small details because it’s essentially just a piece of leather, whereas the stump would fit a beginner’s wants far better. At any rate, either of one of these will give a far better result

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    How Color Evokes Emotion


    Violet doesn’t evoke the wide range of emotions and feelings that most of the other colors do. The purple color range is typically only used as a royal color that is associated with wealth, prosperity or to reflect a rich sophistication. The best example I can show is Crown Royal scotch. Not only do they use ‘royal’ in the name of their premium product, they wrap the bottle in a violet sack.

    Oddly enough, the other place you will see an overwhelming amount of purple is in the toys of little girls. Little girls love all shades of purple, so they will use everything from violet to pink when advertising and packaging toys for little girls.

    As always, keep in mind the natural emotions that the colors you design with evoke. You don’t ever want a red dominant color scheme when you design a website for a lawn care company. It is far easier to play to the emotions you want by changing your color scheme.

    Matthew Necroto is a graphic designer [http://www.necroto.com] currently living in the Tampa, Florida area. He has more than 20 years of experience working in graphic

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    Prepare Your Palette for Oil Painting

    My preference is for the wood palette. Wood palettes come in a variety of shapes and sizes; the most popular is the oval shape that is designed to fit in the crook of your elbow and is gripped with your thumb through the hole in the palette. The wood palette can be either a small, dinner-plate size or a large platter. As a teacher I recommend that beginners use the smaller size palette.

    Before the palette can be used for painting it needs to be prepared with a sealant. Unsealed palettes will leach the delicate oils from your paint and rob them of their lustre.

    There are three different methods for preparing a palette for painting. One can lightly apply a few coats of shellac letting each coat dry thoroughly before the next. Some artists who have invested in an expensive, counter-weighted palette will painstakingly seal it with a French polish giving it the look of a fine antique. There is, however, a serious drawback to these two preparations: the warm, umber hues of varnish make it difficult to accurately gauge color mixing.

    The better method is this: invest in a litre of linseed oil.

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    Having spent years in life drawing groups studying the naked human form, I have always been amazed by the atmosphere and electricity generated by the group. The loud mouths suddenly become calm and reserved, the young, single- minded and purposeful and most fascinating, older people seem to exude an exuberant youthful spirit incongruous to their advanced years.

    It seems to me that a relationship exists between art, good health and general well-being. I doubt this can be pinned down by science, its more of a metaphysical principle based on the feeling of being in the zone and tapping into an unfathomable creativity, unavailable through the normal mundane channels of everyday existence.

    I believe sculpture is the purest and most expressive of all the visual arts. Being inside a block of stone and allowing the chisel to move intuitively, slowly discovering the form within the block fills the sculptor (or individual attempting sculpture for the first time) with a sense of wonderment and a feeling of being alive through the physical and emotional connection with the material.

    Similarly, the viewing of highly original beautiful sculpture also evokes the same sense of awe-inspiring fascination, excitement and appreciation

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    Buying Fine Art From A Gallery

    Whether you are looking for that perfect original painting, high quality lithograph, giclee or heliogravure print, bronze sculpture or any other work of fine art, you must now decide where you can get the best value for your money. Should you visit an art gallery, attend an auction or search online? There are advantages and disadvantages to every option, so let’s take a look at some of those differences.

    • If you live near one or many art galleries or if there is an auction that is taking place nearby, you might enjoy wandering about and looking through their selections. The big advantage here is having the ability to examine the artwork in person. However, many people do not live in an area where the art galleries or auction houses are abundant, so they might be limited in the opportunity to find a work of art that is most appealing and would appropriately add accent to your home or office decor. An online search does not give you the ability to see the artwork first hand, but you would certainly have a far greater selection of fine art, including rare unusual and unique paintings, high quality prints and
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    Creating a Photorealistic Vue Render

    Global Radiosity vs. Global Illumination in Vue Atmosphere Renders:

    In my opinion, and generally in the opinion of most other experienced Vue artists, the ultimate in realism in your renders is gained from using Global Radiosity (GR) in your Vue Atmosphere lighting setup rather than Global Illumination (GI). If you look around you, and carefully analyze how light interacts in the natural world, you will see actual Global Radiosity at work… Since we live in the natural world, and in an atmosphere that creates this ‘scattering effect’ our eyes can tell us what ‘looks real’ and what does not, even if we can’t quite put our finger on it. GI simulates natural lighting to a degree, but it will not duplicate the realistic color bounce and ‘shadow fill’ as seen in the real world as the Global Radiosity setting will for the best and most realistic Vue atmosphere.

    Tweaking the Vue Atmosphere for your Render

    Since every scene is different, different lighting situations and requirements will come into play. Therefore when using the Vue Atmosphere of your choice there are different things you can do to enhance the realism of your render for your scene.