How To Protect Your Art Collection

November 3, 2014 at 3:33 pm

art collectionYour art collection, no matter how small or extensive, is something that is surely very important to you. Of course, you would want to protect it by all means possible. Art pieces, after all, cost a substantial amount of your hard-earned money, and are considered investments that can also provide you with some liquidity or additional assets in the future. Of course, they are also for your personal enjoyment and you should be able to enjoy your art collection for a long period of time even if they are not as large or famous as the art collections included in this list.

When you make security precautions for your home or other properties, you should also include your art collection. There are specific policies and services that you can look into especially for the ample protection of your works of art.

Here are some guidelines you can follow on how to best protect your collection:

 

  • Have the right insurance policy. Your home insurance should have proper protection for your art collection in case of fire, natural disasters, theft, and other incidents. In particular, the personal property coverage in your home insurance policy should have full coverage for your art collection. This means in case your collection is lost or damaged, your financial investment will be protected. If the value of your collection exceeds that which can be covered by your home insurance provider, you should look into additional coverage specifically for your art works. You can find very useful information like the different types of art insurance and the companies offering them in this article.
  • Use electronic security installations. There are plenty of options available to homeowners these days for securing their property, including electronic home alarm systems, CCTV and surveillance systems, and remote-controlled locks and gates. Your home security system should be up-to-date and working properly so your home and your belongings are always fully protected.
  • Secure all entrances and access points. Doors, windows, garage doors, and other entry and exit points must be properly secured to avoid unwelcome intrusions. If there are any repairs or replacements needed, such as new garage doors, make sure they are performed immediately. You can use this garage door prices guide in the event that you’d need to replace your garage door. Delaying necessary replacements or repairs would expose your home and your art collection to strangers.
  • Register your collection. Another important safeguard for your art works is registration in the Art Loss Register which is a worldwide database of lost or stolen art, collectibles, and antiques. Registration with this database will greatly increase the chances of your valued collection being recovered in case of theft. Registration costs per piece of art is minimal but will prove invaluable in the unfortunate likelihood that your art collection is compromised.
  • Limit exposure. While you would want to enjoy your art collection with your family and friends, you should also safeguard against unnecessary exposure or access to your collection. One example of this is your social media accounts such as Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Your accounts should be private or keep out unauthorized users especially if you have revealing photos of your collection online which can give criminals an idea of what you have.
  • Keep important documents safe. The corresponding paperwork for your art collection should always be kept in a secure place, preferably not in the same room as your collection. These documents will be important when you need to file an insurance claim and provide proof of ownership, or if you file any reports with authorities regarding incidences of theft.

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.

The Advantages of Shopping Online This Christmas Season

September 16, 2014 at 6:16 pm

xmasonlineshopping.jpgCan you feel the season changing? The weather is starting to drop, so jackets, coats, and all knitted clothing are coming out. People are becoming happier, busier, and everyone’s just a bit more generous. September has just started, but in some countries, people are already looking forward to Christmas. As December comes, almost everyone participates in the parties thrown, the food being shared, and of course, the exchanging of gifts.

Christmas is one of the busiest seasons for shopping. It’s not just the last-minute rush (although you would want to avoid that!) but even people who come early still find the stores full of people who are also interested in buying gifts. This usually leads to stressful situations for each shopper. The solution? Online shopping.

 

Here’s why you should shop online this Christmas season:

 

  1. It doesn’t require you to leave the house

What could be a better reason than this? When you just want to bundle up and sip a cup of coffee, the last thing you’d want to do is get dressed and go shopping amidst the freezing weather. You’d have to walk among the busy crowd struggling to find that perfect gift, and when you finally do, you spend almost an hour waiting in line just to buy it. Then you have to carry all the bags as you trod from one store to another. Not getting out of the house also means no gas purchase (and avoiding having to find parking, that’s always a plus), or commuting fees. So don’t go out! Lie on your couch and get your mug and laptop, and still get that shopping done. That’s convenience at its best.

 

  1. You can get the best deals

How else can you compare prices without actually having to walk to different stores? If you want a particular product in the mall, you’d have to go to all the shops and check each product and their price difference. Through online shopping, you can get the product for the best price just by searching on different sites. You can also get online coupons which add discounts to your purchases. Come on, that’s better than having to actually print out these coupons and giving them to the cashier in a store.

You also get to avoid these cashiers, and the salespeople who pressure you into buying stuff. You don’t need their sales talk anymore – you can find dozens of reviews online from people who’ve actually purchased the product. With all these comparison, you can find out for yourself which buy is actually worth your money.

 

  1. Unlimited selections

With online shopping, you have more options to choose from. You wouldn’t be limited to a shop in a certain country or place; you can have your pick among the products in the whole world, some of which are not even available in-store!  And the worst thing you can do is to let your internet connectivity issues limit your online shopping options. Here is the Comcast number that you can call to get your internet issues resolved and you can resume your boundless shopping experience.

 

  1. Getting mail is so fun

Isn’t it just an amazing feeling when the doorbell finally rings and you get the shipment you’ve been waiting for? Or getting home from work and seeing boxes for you? It’s like Santa’s already been at your house.

 

  1. Organized expense

With all the email confirmations you’re going to receive, arranging your finances will be easier than ever. Goodbye to lost receipts, hello to digital copies. This is how shopping is done.

Fashion Forecast For 2015

September 7, 2014 at 5:09 pm

Fotor09081057As we’re heading to the last quarter of the year, we say goodbye to our cool, breezy clothing and welcome back our warmer clothes tucked away in storage. We follow the fashion as seasons change – out with the old and in with the new, right?

A few decades earlier, futuristic fashion was imagined to be body fit jumpsuits and metallic fabrics with the latest gizmos attached to matching headgears. Fifteen years in the twenty-first century and we still haven’t quite reached that stage. Try walking around in a metallic suit and you’ll surely be a sight to see wherever you go.

Of course, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t get excited with the latest fashion trends. After all, it’s never too early to start preparing for the year ahead! We wouldn’t want to be the last person to know about the apparel-to-have, so start the look out for 2015’s fashion forecast:

 

1. A Throwback With A Twist

We can’t always avoid the past, but that’s because we don’t have to. Pieces inspired by the fashion of the 60s and 70s will become trendy in the next year. The classic and vintage comeback slightly mutes the retro vibe, as the combination of thrift shop pieces is reinvented in a modern way, resulting in a creative mix that makes sense fashionably.

2. Dare to Bare

We’ve seen the emergence of bold trends this 2014, so 2015 will definitely take it one level up.  With more women willing to show off their body and still keeping it classy (such as the mid riff cropped top matched with high waist bottoms), it won’t come as a surprise when we see more skin without looking skimpy.

3. The Future is Loud and Bright

We’ve seen tribal prints come and go, but next year’s trend might be more than the vibrant appeal. Bright colors will be mixed with neutrals, but the highlight of this trend will be the right fabrics used, as well as the abundance of detail, like repeated geometric patterns. It’s not Boho and laidback; the artisanal accents create elegance in the intricacy.

4. Comfort Is King

Notice that the material from where the pieces are made of has been emphasized again and again. Gone are the days when people have suffered for the little enjoyment of beautiful things. The re-emergence of big coats, fur clothes, poncho, and knitted outfits prove this true.

5. Androgyny and Equality

Men have worn skinny jeans and women have worn boyfriend jeans. Pieces listed as only for a certain sex have definitely gone out to the sewing machine, and back to closets, regardless of gender.

 

We might not be walking around with jetpacks yet, but we’ve certainly continued moving forward with fashion and technology, so who’s to say it won’t happen anytime soon? We definitely won’t want to be left out; watch out for the latest fashion tips by tuning in to TV shows via Charter Cable.

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Art Movements and Trends

June 19, 2013 at 10:47 pm

Art TrendsFashion, art, and entertainment have a direct, almost symbiotic relationship. Trends in art, movies, television, and music all influence fashion, either directly or indirectly. Conversely, without fashion, the themes in art, movies, television, and music would be missing a vital communication vehicle. Furthermore, through movies and television, not only are fashion trends introduced, but they are launched virtually simultaneously around the world. Additionally, the advent of the internet has also helped move fashion forward. By utilizing shopify themes here, creative minds can market and sell creative designs online.

In art, artists broke away from accepted conventions in both technique and subject matter. Abstract expressionism, op art, pop art, minimalism, and postmodernism formed the new vocabulary of art through the last half of the twentieth century. The shapes, forms, colors, and textures of each movement were reflected in the fashions of each era. The optical illusions of op art were translated into textile designs for the “psychedelic ‘60s.” The pop art movement not only elevated Campbell’s soup cans to art but opened the door for the placement of logos, such as Guinness beer, and cartoon characters, such as Beavis and Butthead, on T-shirts. Other logos and products such as Jaguar, Jeep Brute (jeepbrute.com) or Wrangler hard top appear in movies.

The twentieth century also saw the birth of rock ‘n’ roll and its many genres: funk, punk, new wave, heavy metal, mod, glam, and disco. Through rock ‘n’ roll, in all its forms, youths created a generational gap that angered their parents and the establishment. Each genre, whether punk or new wave, metal or disco, rock or folk, had its costume to visually convey messages and identify subscribers. If hippies had dressed in suits and ties instead of donning jeans, T-shirts, and long hair, would their anti establishment message have been heard?

Television was perhaps the greatest communication tool of the twentieth century. From Elvis performing on The Ed Sullivan Show to the moon landing, from the assassination of a president to the shooting of J. R. Ewing, from the Vietnam War to the unification of Germany, every celebration and every tragedy was broadcast for the world to see. When JFK did not wear a hat for his inauguration, the world took note and did the same. When Don Johnson wore shoes without socks on Miami Vice, again the world took note and did the same.

Movies repeatedly told the stories of our hopes, our fears, and our conflicts, reflected changes in women’s roles, and got us all dancing. Cold War espionage played out in James Bond films, the impact of the Vietnam War was depicted in The Deer Hunter, the hippie revolution was recorded in the Woodstock documentary, and the rise of corporate America can be seen in Wall Street. Films such as Desk Set, Working Girl, and Baby Boom reflected women’s ever-evolving role as wife, mother, and employee, whereas movies such as Beach Blanket Bingo, Saturday Night Fever, and Flashdance launched dance crazes as well as fashion trends. Whether leisure suits, power suits, or leg warmers, movies helped us learn what to wear. Additionally, toys and dolls such as american girl coupons found here also contributed to fashion and trends.