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The Stawamus Chief October 31, 2019

Located ‘across the street’ from the town of Squamish, BC, the spectacular monolith known as Stawamus Chief is renowned worldwide as one of the best places in the world for rock climbing, slacklining canyons, and BASE jumping. This giant granite dome rises over 700 m (2,297 feet) above the waters of Howe Sound. The Squamish language name for the mountain is Siám’ Smánit – ‘The Chief’. With its unusually steep, flat face, immense grandeur, and natural beauty,…

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Mandala Art October 30, 2019

Madala art provides deeply rewarding and therapeutic benefits. Mandala is the Sanskrit word for ‘circle’, the primary geometric shape. But a mandala is far more than just a simple geometric shape. In Eastern religions, a mandala is a symbol that represents a kind of ‘spiritual map’. In the West, a mandala typically symbolizes ‘the cosmos’. It is actually a common and prevalent shape throughout the physical and biological world. From atoms, to flowers, to planets…

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Arthur Lismer October 26, 2019

I am especially fond of Canada’s ‘Group of Seven’ painters, many of whom I have spoken about in previous blogs. Arthur Lismer is not as prominent as many of the others, but his art certainly identifies him as one of the major contributors to the ‘Group of Seven’ style. The Early Years Born in Sheffield, England in 1885, Lismer apprenticed at a photo-engraving company when he was 13 years old. From 1898 to 1905, he…

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Meditate With Art October 17, 2019

The benefits of meditation have been clinically and scientifically proven. Meditation has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, promote both physical and emotional health, and improve memory, attention-span, and focus. But it doesn’t stop there. It can also enhance one’s self-esteem, bolster the immune system, aid in fighting addictions like smoking, over-eating, etc., decrease depression, and generally contribute to an increased optimism. Meditation is all about practicing deliberate focus. But did you know that…

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Six Prominent Op Artists October 11, 2019

Op Art (short for Optical Art) is an art movement that emerged in the late 1950s and early 60s. It is a distinct style of art that purposely tricks the eye, to create the illusion of movement and color. Using a variety of techniques, including precise lines, repetitive patterns, stark contrast, and perspective, these op art achieves a three-dimensional, puzzle-like quality. 1. Bridget Riley Concentrate on Bridget Riley’s “Dominance Portfolio, Blue” (1977) for even a…

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The World’s Greatest Paintings October 10, 2019

Personal taste has a lot to do, of course, with what we each think makes a painting great. There are, however, some paintings that have stood the test of time, and are considered today to be among the world’s greatest paintings. Here are just a few… 1. The Last Supper (1495) – Leonardo da Vinci This mural painting, located in the refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan, Italy, was part of a…

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Digital Art – A Whole New World October 8, 2019

The invention of digital technologies has had one of the most far-reaching impacts on society, since, perhaps, the invention of electricity. Nowadays, computerized digital technology is the most common medium in photography, music, film, literature, architecture, and graphic arts. The term ‘digital art’ refers to any artistic work that uses digital technology. This very broad definition includes artworks where the final product is a digital file (ie., jpg, mp3, doc, etc.). It also refers to…

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