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Art Can Change the World May 30, 2019

Throughout history, art has influenced world cultures in profound ways, and has had a huge effect on society. For example, in recent history, artist have had a major impact on social issues, from the Berlin Wall to Tiananmen Square. Art really can change the world. 1. Leonardo Di Vinci, ‘The Mona Lisa’, 1503 There’s a reason why this painting is the most famous in the world. That’s because Di Vinci challenged how artists create portraiture,…

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The Meaning of Colors May 23, 2019

Colors have meaning. In fact, Color plays a very important role in our lives, affecting our moods and our emotions. For that reason, the colors an artist employs in their painting, aside from the actual subject matter, is of great significance. Throughout the ages, different cultures have shown a certain propensity or interpretation for certain colors. In the Western world, the colors of the traffic light say it all… red means stop, yellow means caution,…

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Italian Renaissance Art May 17, 2019

The Italian Renaissance began in the 14th century in Italy, and lasted for more than 300 years. Renaissance is from the word Rinascimento, meaning ‘rebirth’. It represented a rebirth of Classical ideas in the pursuit of ‘true’ reality. The ‘Early Renaissance’ basically spans the 15th century. That’s when artists, such as Fra Angelico and Botticelli, began to experiment with realism. Following the Early Renaissance, the ‘High Renaissance’ lasted from about 1490 to 1527. That’s when…

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Coloring Is Good For You April 29, 2019

Have you ever heard of the ‘amygdala’? That’s the section of the brain that becomes activated whenever you feel stressed or scared. Of course, every child knows about the joy of coloring. Well, researchers have discovered that coloring is good for you, too! This activity actually has a positive effect on your state of mind, and helps to relax your amygdala. Five Benefits of Coloring 1. Relieves Stress Coloring activates the parts of the brain…

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The Art of Science April 23, 2019

Many might think that art and science have little in common. On the contrary, artistic and scientific disciplines are often intertwined. For example, the architectural and design professions rely heavily on fundamental principles from both fields. And many inventors have had artistic training or influences. Here are some notable artist-scientists who have had a major influence on our world of today. Samuel Morse Morse studied art under the 18th century painter, Benjamin West, at London’s…

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The value of art in your business March 27, 2019

Did you know that art has a lot more scientifically-proven benefits on your health? The benefits of art in business are subtantial. More than making you feel happy or relaxed, themed artworks can do wonders for your mental health, disposition and well-being. In fact, many studies have shown that displaying art in your business contributes to lower stress levels. Art in Hotels Interior decorators understand the value of displaying paintings, sculptures and other artworks in…

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The Benefits of ‘Enjoying Nature’ March 22, 2019

In today’s world of powerful technology, people sometimes feel a need to simplify their lives, and get back to nature. In fact, studies show that enjoying nature can have huge benefits in all parts of our lives. There are so many ways you can take advantage of the benefits of nature. Here are just some of the benefits of enjoying nature… 1. Helps to relieve stress The demands of work or school can often be…

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Children and art, allowing them to just create. March 11, 2019

Your preschooler is having a blast finger-painting with a mix of colours. Trying to be encouraging, you ask her, “What are you making?” and she shrugs. She hadn’t given it any thought. Little kids live for the moment — they love the way it feels when they smear paint on paper, how it looks when they sprinkle glitter, and even the soft sound a brush makes as it crosses the page, says Amy Yang, founder…

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Art as Investment March 2, 2019

Did you know that art sales topped $60 billion in 2014, a 67% increase over 5 years? And, 75% of art collectors bought art for collecting purposes. So, is art collecting a valid investment strategy? The truth is, it depends. Collecting may not be right for everyone. And your knowledge about collecting, the art market, and investing all play a factor. Answering these seven questions will help you determine if art collecting is a smart…

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The Kitsilano neighbourhood of Vancouver an artist’s mecca! February 22, 2019

The Neighbourhood beginning . In the 1960s, beachside Kitsilano neighbourhood was Vancouver’s hippy hangout, drawing comparisons to San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury. Today the Kitsilano neighbourhood still has plenty of culture. But its apartments and houses are now occupied by young urban professionals and families. Many who enjoy a modern version of that relaxed atmosphere. It is also the birthplace of the global yoga brand, Lululemon Athletica. Just over the Burrard Bridge from the downtown peninsula, the…

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