Pink Floyd

10/06/2016 Main

Pink Floyd are truly one of the greatest and most artistic bands to have ever existed. Founded by Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright in 1965, they went on to write and produce a number of successful albums over the following 25 years. Under Barrett’s leadership and influence, they gained early notoriety on the London music scene. Sadly, Barrett quit the band in 1968 due to increasing mental health problems. Waters went on to become the dominant influence in the band, conceptualising the band's most successful albums such as Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here and The Wall. They were infamous for their elaborately visual shows and concepts, utilising advanced lighting, projections and stage props to tell the story that was their music. The best example of this was the The Wall stage show where a wall was progressively built up between the band and the audience throughout the course of the show only to be shattered and knocked down at the end. In 1977, while performing their Animals stage show, Waters famously berated the crowd for shouting and screaming while the band were playing. He is also alleged to have spat at a fan in frustration. Richard Wright left the band in 1979 followed by Waters in 1985. Gilmour and Mason continued with the band into the 1990’s and into the new millennium. The band's final studio album was produced in 2014. Barrett and Wright both sadly passed away in the first decade of the new millennium. Although Waters and Gilmour have buried the hatchet in recent years and put their past differences behind them, they have both stated that they have no intention of reforming the band. If you’re not familiar with the work of Pink Floyd, download some of their music from iTunes and give it a go. You won’t be disappointed! Read more

Pink Floyd are truly one of the greatest and most artistic bands to have ever existed. Founded by Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright in 1965, they went on to write and produce a number of successful albums over the following 25 years. Under Barrett’s leadership and influence, they gained early notoriety on the London music scene. Sadly, Barrett quit the band in 1968 due to increasing mental health problems. Waters went on to become the dominant influence in the band, conceptualising the band's most successful albums such as Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here and The Wall. They were infamous for their elaborately visual shows and concepts, utilising advanced lighting, projections and stage props to tell the story that was their music. The best example of this was the The Wall stage show where a wall was progressively built up between the band and the audience throughout the course of the show only to be shattered and knocked down at the end. In 1977, while performing their Animals stage show, Waters famously berated the crowd for shouting and screaming while the band were playing. He is also alleged to have spat at a fan in frustration. Richard Wright left the band in 1979 followed by Waters in 1985. Gilmour and Mason continued with the band into the 1990’s and into the new millennium. The band's final studio album was produced in 2014. Barrett and Wright both sadly passed away in the first decade of the new millennium. Although Waters and Gilmour have buried the hatchet in recent years and put their past differences behind them, they have both stated that they have no intention of reforming the band. If you’re not familiar with the work of Pink Floyd, download some of their music from iTunes and give it a go. You won’t be disappointed! Read more

Body Art

29/05/2016 Main

Today’s is all about the culture of body art. Body art is a form of body enhancement that pre-dates recorded history. The reason why people choose or are compelled to modify their bodies are numerous. Some do so purely for aesthetic or decorative purposes while others do so spiritual or symbolic reasons. Body art roughly falls into one of two categories: piercing or tattooing. Read more

Today’s is all about the culture of body art. Body art is a form of body enhancement that pre-dates recorded history. The reason why people choose or are compelled to modify their bodies are numerous. Some do so purely for aesthetic or decorative purposes while others do so spiritual or symbolic reasons. Body art roughly falls into one of two categories: piercing or tattooing. Read more

 

The Art of War

15/05/2016 Main

Hi folks. I’m feeling a bit under the weather today, what with a bad back and a headache, so I’m just going to write a bit of a filler post about a book I have found very interesting and that I think you would thoroughly enjoy and benefit from reading also. I am, of course, talking about Sun Tzu’s the Art of War. The Art of War is ancient Chinese military strategy manual dating back to the 5th century BC. It has been translated into many languages including English and makes essential reading for military, business and government leaders alike. The strategies described can be transferred to all works of life and the manual is kind of a “how to be successful” manual in disguise. It is also really interesting to get an insight into the thought process of somebody from that time in history. It’s amazing to think that the influential teachings of somebody who lived over two thousand five hundred years ago can have so much influence on how people act and think in their daily lives in the modern world. The manual is broken down into 13 chapters, all of which cover a different aspect of warfare strategy. I would thoroughly encourage you to give it a read. Read more

Hi folks. I’m feeling a bit under the weather today, what with a bad back and a headache, so I’m just going to write a bit of a filler post about a book I have found very interesting and that I think you would thoroughly enjoy and benefit from reading also. I am, of course, talking about Sun Tzu’s the Art of War. The Art of War is ancient Chinese military strategy manual dating back to the 5th century BC. It has been translated into many languages including English and makes essential reading for military, business and government leaders alike. The strategies described can be transferred to all works of life and the manual is kind of a “how to be successful” manual in disguise. It is also really interesting to get an insight into the thought process of somebody from that time in history. It’s amazing to think that the influential teachings of somebody who lived over two thousand five hundred years ago can have so much influence on how people act and think in their daily lives in the modern world. The manual is broken down into 13 chapters, all of which cover a different aspect of warfare strategy. I would thoroughly encourage you to give it a read. Read more

The Art of Landscape Photography

02/05/2016 Main

Welcome to my latest blog post folks. This time I am going to be talking about the art of landscape photography and giving you some tips to take the best landscape photos. (By the way you can find a great landscape photography resource for your iPhone or iPad here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/light-landscape-magazine-no1/id680385551?mt=8 With landscape photography, it is important to be at the right place at the right time. A combination of the right setting and the right lighting is essential for success, along with a whole bunch of patience! But hopefully the tips below will also help you along with your landscape photography endeavours. Read more

Welcome to my latest blog post folks. This time I am going to be talking about the art of landscape photography and giving you some tips to take the best landscape photos. (By the way you can find a great landscape photography resource for your iPhone or iPad here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/light-landscape-magazine-no1/id680385551?mt=8 With landscape photography, it is important to be at the right place at the right time. A combination of the right setting and the right lighting is essential for success, along with a whole bunch of patience! But hopefully the tips below will also help you along with your landscape photography endeavours. Read more

One Man's Junk is Another Man's Treasure

07/04/2016 Main

I’m waiting in eager anticipation of the delivery of my French colonial replica tiles from Ho Chi Minh City. I have recently been doing a little more research on the chap who is making these (trying to kill some time whilst I wait for them longingly) and I have read some lovely stories about him. Apparently he, much like most Vietnamese people, just thought of the old colonial tiles as scruffy and ugly. His preference was for the shiny new variety. This opinion is pretty much standard across Asia. Asian people long for modern, western design with clean lines and more stainless steel than you can possibly know what to do with. In the West, however, we seem to have more nostalgia for, or at least more taste for, design, fashion, artifacts, interiors and exteriors from days gone by. Read more

I’m waiting in eager anticipation of the delivery of my French colonial replica tiles from Ho Chi Minh City. I have recently been doing a little more research on the chap who is making these (trying to kill some time whilst I wait for them longingly) and I have read some lovely stories about him. Apparently he, much like most Vietnamese people, just thought of the old colonial tiles as scruffy and ugly. His preference was for the shiny new variety. This opinion is pretty much standard across Asia. Asian people long for modern, western design with clean lines and more stainless steel than you can possibly know what to do with. In the West, however, we seem to have more nostalgia for, or at least more taste for, design, fashion, artifacts, interiors and exteriors from days gone by. Read more

A French Colonial Tiled Coffee Table

18/03/2016 Main

I have always loved antique tiles, especially French colonial tiles found in countries such as Vietnam and Cambodia. Both countries were occupied by the French in the late 19th and early 20th century and with this occupation came the most beautiful blend of French architecture and design with a tropical landscape. French colonial villas were adorned with beautiful tiles, wooden shutters and elegant balconies.  The tiles are what I find most appealing. Because of the heat in French Indochina, tiles were a popular way, and still are though not so beautiful these days, to keep a house cooler.  The tiles made popular by the French during this period were made from dyed cement. Different coloured cement would be poured into a mold to create a patter and this pattern and colour would make up anywhere from the entire tile to at least 2 inches on the surface – meaning the pattern on the tiles would not wear from useage. This is precisely why so many French colonial tiles remain intact in Vietnam and Cambodia today. Read more

I have always loved antique tiles, especially French colonial tiles found in countries such as Vietnam and Cambodia. Both countries were occupied by the French in the late 19th and early 20th century and with this occupation came the most beautiful blend of French architecture and design with a tropical landscape. French colonial villas were adorned with beautiful tiles, wooden shutters and elegant balconies.  The tiles are what I find most appealing. Because of the heat in French Indochina, tiles were a popular way, and still are though not so beautiful these days, to keep a house cooler.  The tiles made popular by the French during this period were made from dyed cement. Different coloured cement would be poured into a mold to create a patter and this pattern and colour would make up anywhere from the entire tile to at least 2 inches on the surface – meaning the pattern on the tiles would not wear from useage. This is precisely why so many French colonial tiles remain intact in Vietnam and Cambodia today. Read more

Penguin Wall Art

11/03/2016 Main

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about a signature piece for my living room wall.  I’ve found some great and quirky works of modern art but my budget is a bit tight at the moment and, unfortunately, it transpires that I have expensive tastes. Every piece I admire would rack up a bill well into the thousands! The cheaper works I have seen just don’t have the wow factor that I’m looking for. Read more

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about a signature piece for my living room wall.  I’ve found some great and quirky works of modern art but my budget is a bit tight at the moment and, unfortunately, it transpires that I have expensive tastes. Every piece I admire would rack up a bill well into the thousands! The cheaper works I have seen just don’t have the wow factor that I’m looking for. Read more

The meaning of art

01/03/2016 Main

For many people, art is an abstract thing, not always understanding if there is something to understand through a work of art. I will try to enlighten you the best with my opinion. Read more

For many people, art is an abstract thing, not always understanding if there is something to understand through a work of art. I will try to enlighten you the best with my opinion. Read more

I Need a Trailer!

17/01/2016 Main

I’d like to welcome you back to my Art’s blog, hope you’ve enjoyed the read so far. So we’ve touched on art around the home and talked about what art fairs to look out for in 2016. Later in my blog I’d like to touch on those subjects again but this post is going to be taking things in a slightly different direction as I’m currently in the market for a trailer and wanted a bit of advice. Read more

I’d like to welcome you back to my Art’s blog, hope you’ve enjoyed the read so far. So we’ve touched on art around the home and talked about what art fairs to look out for in 2016. Later in my blog I’d like to touch on those subjects again but this post is going to be taking things in a slightly different direction as I’m currently in the market for a trailer and wanted a bit of advice. Read more

 

Art at Home

11/01/2016 Main

I really hope that you have enjoyed my blog so far and hopefully I’ll see some of you at the Art Fair in London at the end of the month. I wanted the next article to be about something a little bit different as not to be too boring. I wanted to talk a little bit about Art around the home and some of the cool things you can do with cheap materials, to make your home look a bit more, Arty and fun. I’ve been searching far and wide, reading through book after book and searching the internet from top to bottom, trying to gain inspiration. If anyone has any input, then I’d really like to hear your ideas. It’s great fun adapting your own techniques after being inspired by other people’s ideas and ingenuity so you should really have a go if your one of those people who just paints the walls magnolia and sticks-up a few random pictures. Read more

I really hope that you have enjoyed my blog so far and hopefully I’ll see some of you at the Art Fair in London at the end of the month. I wanted the next article to be about something a little bit different as not to be too boring. I wanted to talk a little bit about Art around the home and some of the cool things you can do with cheap materials, to make your home look a bit more, Arty and fun. I’ve been searching far and wide, reading through book after book and searching the internet from top to bottom, trying to gain inspiration. If anyone has any input, then I’d really like to hear your ideas. It’s great fun adapting your own techniques after being inspired by other people’s ideas and ingenuity so you should really have a go if your one of those people who just paints the walls magnolia and sticks-up a few random pictures. Read more

 
 

Sally's Art

01/01/2016 Main

Hello everybody, my name is Sally. This is a small introduction to my blog on Arts and Crafts. I like my quirky art and very interested in design. I’m always trying new themes and styles around the home and like to give my own personal touch. I am just putting together my first article so please be patient and do return. Read more

Hello everybody, my name is Sally. This is a small introduction to my blog on Arts and Crafts. I like my quirky art and very interested in design. I’m always trying new themes and styles around the home and like to give my own personal touch. I am just putting together my first article so please be patient and do return. Read more