Trekking the Mountains for Lack of Inspiration

October 24, 2014 at 11:13 am

trekkingStuck in a rut? Artistic people who use their creativity on a daily basis may sometimes end up with no new ideas to begin their next project. Everyone from musicians, writers, dancers, directors, choreographers, playwrights, photographers, and a lot more other artists, have to keep coming up with fresh content in the constant search for the next big thing.

There are a lot of ways to keep yourself inspired. One of the most advised is listening to your own heart. Though it may sound very cliché, spending some alone time in your own thoughts can be helpful to find new inspiration. Keeping a journal can also sort out the many thoughts that you have. You don’t need to have them organized, but keeping the distractions away can help keep your focus on what you’re working on.

More often than not, inspiration doesn’t come instantly. The artist will have the idea but it will slowly build, and will have to go through many drafts and changes before becoming a masterpiece. Constant work is needed to develop a good work. As with any passionate endeavor, you have to spend time practicing your craft, and through this you can get the needed inspiration.

Interestingly, light is also one of the sources of artistic ideas. Artists find that more windows help when they need more ideas. So why not find more light by actually going outdoors?

After all, one of the best ways to find inspiration is to get high. And no, it’s not in the herbal kind of way that you think, but to literally get as high as you can by trekking a mountain. The outdoors is a great source of inspiration for artists of all kinds.

A new place can help artists who seek creativity get that mental rejuvenation they need. Just imagine what you can find when you experience a thousand feet (or more!) climb. There are a lot of reasons why people try mountain climbing, and they are great reasons to do so. Aside from the physical benefits that you can get, such as strength building, increased stamina, and altitude training, it can also help with your mental development as well. Climbing high mountains will help you stay humble while also building your confidence. As you start to explore and push yourself to new heights, you’ll find creative insights like never before.

But be warned, mountaineering is risky. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you can be seriously hurt. This online resource provides the statistics on people who were killed while mountaineering. It can also be quite expensive too, since you’re going to need equipment, and you have to travel to where the mountains are. You may be wary of doing all these just to get some fresh ideas… yet you’ll see that after each climb, you’ll feel a sense of simultaneous motivation and accomplishment. After experiencing that new environment and overcoming that amazing climb, you’ll find yourself going back to work revitalized and with overflowing creativity.

Most importantly, before you go to any trek, you have to bring the essentials. Make sure you have proper footwear (hiking boots with socks are best), comfortable but suitable attire, jacket for the cold, sunscreen, bug spray, first aid kit, pocketknife, and most especially, food. Get to know some useful rock show buying tips from this page.

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Understanding Abstract Art

October 21, 2014 at 5:43 pm

abstractThe beauty and mystery of abstract art is how open and subjective it is. Interpreting abstract art, if you are not familiar with it yet, may seem intimidating or confusing. But abstract works of art is actually very welcoming, inviting you to just open your mind and be ready to feel, see, or appreciate the meaning or message as it appeals to you, based on your own experiences and perspective. Before we dive deeper into understanding abstract art, it would only make sense that we take a minute to visit this site and learn the history of abstract expressionism.

That said, it is wrong to assume that abstract art is just a chaotic hodge-podge of meaningless shapes, lines, colors, and textures. There is also structure and composition in abstract art, and in fact the best and most well-known abstract artists do follow the recognized rules of drawing skills, composition, and an understanding of the impact and contrast of colors. When you take the time to really study and understand abstract art, you will find that it is, at its core, possessing the formal qualities of art and exploring the lines, patterns, textures, colors, and process as any other type of art.

In order to begin to appreciate and understand abstract art, it is important to expose yourself to as many opportunities as possible and have a personal immersion in this form. Find out what displays and exhibits are regularly or occasionally held in your area that feature the works of both newer and older abstract artists from different periods. If there are not as many opportunities where you live, you may have to do some travelling and exploring a little farther from your location. Do not be afraid to get on your Jeep Brute from jeepbrute.com website to explore different avenues of abstract art in other cities.

Take some time to learn about the differences of movements and trends in art. When you research about the history and evolution of art, from realism, impressionism, expressionism, and post-impressionism, to cubism, surrealism, and abstract expressionism, and even to the post-modern minimalism and pluralism of contemporary art, you will learn much about how art has been juxtaposed into human experience.

Join organizations or groups that meet and discuss or appreciate art forms, including abstract expressionism. These allow you to connect with others who also share your curiosity or desire to learn more about abstract art, and also to hear others’ point of view and helpful advice on how to continually grow in your knowledge of abstract expressionism. It will become a more enriching and enjoyable experience as you share stories and learn from others.

It also helps to read up on the artist and where he or she is coming from, as more often than not one’s personal experiences or background are conveyed in art expressions. Perhaps you will have a better understanding of the message of the artist when you find out more about the real person behind the work of art. Think of abstract art as a form of dialogue between the artist and you, the viewer. Are you able to hear, see, or read what the artist is trying to tell you?

Be open to how abstract art makes you feel. As mentioned earlier, the appeal of abstract expressionism lies in how it can relate to different viewer experiences and perspectives. How a piece of art affects you emotionally may not always be the same as another person, and that is perfectly fine because we are all unique in appreciation. Aesthetic interpretation, as emphasized in this article, is quite complex and depends on many factors.

Taking Your Daughter Down History Lane

October 8, 2014 at 2:19 pm

history_museumThe history of one’s country is an important knowledge to have. It is part of schools’ curriculums, taught every year in elementary, high school, and covered by some subjects in college. Yet even though this topic is so important, not every kid knows the colorful account of her own country’s past.

We can point to various reasons for this lack of interest in history, but it mostly boils to one thing: students find history boring. For history buffs, this may be surprising to hear – each country has such a vibrant past, with stories worth keeping and telling, passed on from one generation to the next. However, the fact remains that the human attention span is very limited. As stated in this article, some experts say that the average attention span is no more than 10 minutes and that would even be cut shorter if one has no genuine interest in the object of one’s attention.

A reason for this disinterest may be due to how history is taught. Lessons are focused on specific details – precise dates, correct spellings of towns and capitals, middle names of significant people – rather than the concept of how the events came to happen in the first place. If teachers focus on the smaller stuff rather than the bigger picture, students will continue on being ignorant on the story of how the current world situation came to be.

How then can history be made interesting for children? One of the methods to teach children history is through books. Reading and talking about history through books made for children will capture their interest. There are available books that tackle almost any historical topic, and there are historical fiction books that promote multiple perspectives and shed light to the everyday life that people back then lived. These historical fiction can help your child relate to little girls in different eras and will help her analyze how different people lived various lifestyles, giving her a wider perspective on the world.

Museums and historical sites that show tangible evidence of the past are also all around us. A trip to historical cities will help your kids put a place and face to the books she’d been reading. It is an awesome way to let kids experience the past visually, by showing landmarks that have a significant meaning to history. Museums are literally everywhere. In the US alone, according to this website, there is a total of no less than 17,500 museums.

Relate to the kids as well. At their age, they will be fond of things that hold their attention, and these things are usually toys. In the unlikely case that your daughter has no interest in reading your suggested books, or gets bored when you go to the historical sites, try reaching out through the toys she plays with. The American Girl Company sells American Girl dolls, a line of 18-inch dolls that represent historical characters of various ethnicities living in different time periods. Each doll has a back-story that will surely get your child’s interest, all told in a book that you can buy with it.

Reading and playing with the dolls will help teaching sessions with child more fun. With stories told from these young dolls’ points-of-view, your daughter will have an easier time understanding important historical topics. Admittedly, these educational dolls do not come cheap. If you’re worried about the price tag, you can always print some American Girl coupons from this site, and you’re on your way to saving money on your purchase.

It is a personal obligation of each citizen to know of their country’s histories, but adults can certainly make a way for the lessons to be more captivating. This way, we can help the next generation fulfill their own moral and civic duty to their country, simply by knowing their past.

The Hottest Diets of the Decade

October 8, 2014 at 1:19 pm

fad-dietsWe all want to be healthy. We understand that weight loss means both proper exercise and healthy diet, but why exhaust yourself at the gym if you can just eat certain foods and lose the weight you need to?

It’s not that all of us are lazy, but we know how helpful eating the right food can be. Undoubtedly there are some people who think that there is an instant solution to losing all the body fat they’ve gained through the years, and search for this quick fix magic that will work immediately. Diet fads have come and gone throughout the decade because people actually tried it, only to discard the method when it doesn’t work.

Here’s a list of some of the hottest diet trends that have been popular in the last decade:

 

1. Low-Carb Diet

Popularized by Dr. Robert Atkins, this high-protein low-carb plan became such as a hug hit. Everyone tried it and it sounds easy at first –you can eat as much as you want of anything you wanted, as long as it doesn’t have carbohydrates.

It has since been revised into many alternative diets, one of which is the South Beach Diet. This diet trend became known as the tamer version of Atkins Diet, because dieters can eat carbs and fat, but they have to make sure it’s among the good ones.

Before you even consider any low-carb diet, it is important to check with your doctor about the possible effects of these diets on your health. Visit this website to know what precautions you need to observe in regard to your health once you decide to commit to a low-carb diet.

 

2. Protein Shakes

Centuries ago, people would work all day to have enough money to provide healthy, heavy meals for the family. Who would have thought that several years in the future, consumers would rather have all their necessary nutrients in a liquefied version of a meal?

Related to the low-carb diet, these protein shakes became popular when people started reaching for products that are high in protein.It’s that common nowadays that you can get protein shake recipes from this site, and you can easily pick a recipe that is delicious as well as nutritious.

 

3. Lemonade

The Master Cleanse, more commonly known as “Beyonce’s Dream Girl Diet” became famous when she lost 20 pounds for her role in said movie. Though it sounds healthy, this method takes a whole lot of dedication: you’re only allowed to drink lemonade throughout this diet. According to this article, this diet trend which is also known as Juice Fasting remains controversial for reasons related to its possible side effects. Supposedly you’ll feel lighter and better, as with any other cleanse, but days of drinking a mix of hot water, lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper is enough to make anyone starve to irritation.

 

4. Whole Grain

People did eventually realize that not all carbs are evil. Whole grain, the healthier cousins of the carbohydrates we hate and love, became popular and now come in different sizes and packages. You now have access to whole grain breads, crackers, cereals, and even whole wheat pasta.

 

These trends may still be popular up to the next decade, or they may not. What’s certain is that unless people start to accept that they have to change their whole lifestyle to be healthy, they will continue on buying the idea that there is a sure-fire immediate way to lose fat. They want to suffer for a short amount of time, if only so they can go back to how they were living right after.

Of course this is not the way to do it. A lot of people believe that eating this way will help them achieve the body they want, and for a certain time it will, but without proper maintenance they will just go back to their former body weight, or worse, gain more.