Showing posts with label Art. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Art. Show all posts

Wednesday, 23 November 2022

Paintings of Elementary School’s Students - Art 9

Our city, Baton Rouge has a program to select talent students in paintings. The students come from Elementary, Middle and High Schools.

Image 1- Painting of grade 1

Then, our city school system hires professional artists, usually local artists to train and improve students' skill in paintings.

They have a kind of “summer camp” to learn how to be a professional painting artist.

The goal off course, students may reach skill at level of:

- local
- national
- or even international

Image 2- A painting of grade 3 student

Image 3- A cat, painting of grade 5 student

Paintings are regularly shoen on the wall of city library entrance, hence people may see and observe the paintings.

As you may see, images 1, 2 and 3 are paintings from elementary school students of grade 1, 3, and 5 consecutively.

Which one do you think the best?

There are price tags on some paintings, the cost vary from just US$ 25 to couple hundred bucks.

I do not know how many people really interest and then buy the paintings, even price is quite reasonable.

Moreover, some best paintings will be shown in the commercial places such as banks, hotels, restaurants and coffee shops.

Is there any kind of talent programs for painting in your city or place?

Tuesday, 8 November 2022

Mural Paintings by Local Artists – Art 8

We talked about a colorful car which owned by mural artists at previous post:

- A Colorful Car at Our City Park – Art 7

Image 1- Two local artists are painting

After looking around for a while, we saw two mural artists while they are painting the wall diligently.

It seems the artists paint the park administration building. They painted variety of plants with pollinators on the leaves.

Sure, like other cities around the globe, we have mural collections in downtown.

Depictions of downtown murals may include cars, trees, futuristic architectures and animals.

Image 2- Artists are working hard

Image 3- Almost completed

Interestingly, all murals have been done by local artists, especially since 1998 where many mural projects are sponsored by art councils of our city.

Local artists may come from:

- students of high schools and universities
- who are graduated from universities and high schools
- whoever have talents.

We know one artist who graduated from painting and art history department of local university.

He is not only a mural artist, but doing a lot of commercial projects, some of them to paint windows and walls of restaurants, cafes, banks and many other businesses around city

How about with murals in your cities? 

Tuesday, 1 November 2022

A Colorful Car at Our City Park – Art 7

The city park is one of our favorite places for walking or jogging. We do walking almost every day.

Image 1- A colorful car.

We avoid rain and too low temperatures for our outdoor daily walking, then we do indoor activities.

Morning walking no more than 40 minutes, just about 2 miles (3.2 km), enough to make us feel “healthy.”

A lot of interesting, unique and fun things are found while we are doing our daily outdoor walking.

Recently, we saw a colorful car, parking in the corner of park.

Image 2- Illustration only

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Image 3- A left side of colorful car

What wonder us: who the owner of this colorful car?

After a while, we understand the colorful car is belong to “a mural painter” who might have a project around the city park.

Mural painters are quite popular nowadays, they are ready to be hired as:

- an independent artist
- artists who associated with companies (small, medium and big one).

Do you know or have a friend as a mural artist?

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Sunday, 30 October 2022

Happy Halloween to Who Celebrates It – Art 6

I have never missed bags of candies for Halloween. They are such a reward for the trick-or-treaters who knocks on my front door in the evening.

Image 1- Jack o-lantern face

I cannot wait for that moment, especially whenever I see them with their cute and fantastic costumes.

Every year, on October 31st evening, the children around my neighborhood walk around with their costumes and baskets, play trick-or-treat, and adults supervise them from behind.

I am always amazed with the preschooler, like the others, they are also very excited with their costumes.

Image 2- Skeleton decoration

Preschoolers are the best with pretend play, and they also love dress-up activities.

The meaning of costumes in their mind must be different with the school children, teens, and adults.

Image 3- Scary decoration

I am kind of enthusiast to know what the preschoolers’ thought about the costumes and the decorations of Halloween because their thinking is not mature yet.

Image 4- Some of Candies for kids

They believe that inanimate things also have life, and they also believe in the powerful cause of events as well.

Image 5- Night at our neighborhood

This is a stage of their developmental thinking, well known as animism and magical thinking.

When they come to me, I like to hear them talking about their thoughts.

Image 6- One of Scary faces

The age of 4 to 5 years enjoy talking, even they use several words only but their vocabulary more than 2100 words.

It is wonderful!

Okay, here are some candies for great trick-or-treat!

Fill up your baskets, but please do not eat all candies at one time. Also, brush and floss your teeth before going to bed.

Good night!

Happy Halloween!

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Tuesday, 25 October 2022

Paintings Show in Mini Maker Faire – Art 5

Maker Faire was held first time in San Mateo, California in 2006. More than 15 years ago.

Image 1- Painting in Maker Faire

Then, the festival spread all over cities across America. The first time Mini Maker Faire in our city was in 2014.

I just know this kind of festival recently. This annual event attracts many interests such as:

- computers
- robotics
- 3D printing
- arts, crafts and many more.

Image 2- One of corners in Mini Maker Faire

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Image 3- Paintings show

It seems that the faire was attended by all ages, from little kids to grandmothers and grandfathers.

I noticed there is painting section. Unfortunately, I saw just several paintings there. No artists seen in the section, paintings only.

In addition to American cities, the Maker Faire also held in Asia and European cities. Some cities are Shenzhen, Taipei, Seoul and Tokyo (Asia), then Paris, Berlin, Barcelona and Rome (Europe).

Have you known Maker Faire?

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Monday, 29 November 2021

Can a Poet be a Millionaire? - Art 4

All of us might know that the list of richest men in the world come from background of businessmen, entrepreneurs and even inventors

We possibly hear or be asked the simple question from common people around the corners.

Fig 01- Magnolia blooming, illustration

Can a Poet be a Millionaire?

The surprising answer is YES!

Then how?

By selling a poem or poems through:

- auction at Christie
- online such as an Amazon eBook platform
- magazines and literally journals

Arch Hades, 29, British poet, sold her poem at Christie in the USA recently with fantastic price.

US$ 525,000 for a single poem with tittle Arcadia.

This is the highest cost of poet at all time.

Fig 02- Louise penny, a Canadian author, illustration

Fig 03- Pepper jelly, illustration

Fig 04- Arch Hades, one of richest poets
(credit to Austin Macauley Publishers)

Moreover, Arch Hades poems based on her own experience from her boarding school times to her married to her career.

All joyful, sadness and heartache are mixed together.

Arcadia, the most expensive poem contains 102 lines with 1,000 words describe about:

- reflection of life
- pain and sorrow in loneliness
- anxiety through days

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Tuesday, 14 September 2021

The Prodigy Kid - Marla Olmstead’s Paintings – Part 2- Art 3

Wild flowers, Painting of Marla Olmstead

You may read the previous part (part 1):

Prodigy children had their own specific capability since they were born.

Each kid is different each other.

Even after sharpened by guidance, their artworks have their own unique identities.

However, Marla’s paintings are not the case. Marla art creations are consistent, and even static.

She does not have her own identity and tend to copy artworks of one of great artists such as Jackson Pollock.

We may observe the similarities between Marla Olmstead and Jackson Pollock’s paintings in term of:

- visual elements
- colors
- and shapes

One of Jackson Pollock’s paintings.

Marla Olmstead painted on the selected high-quality canvass that is proposed for commercial market.

Hence, I agree with Dr. Ellen Winner, a professor of psychology at Boston College, who said, “I saw no evidence that Marla Olmstead was a child prodigy in painting. But she did see a coach who kept her going.”

Comparative of Marla’s painting and Pollock’s that both have similarities could be seen at figures (part 1 and part of this article).

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Thursday, 9 September 2021

The Prodigy Kid - Marla Olmstead’s Paintings – Part 1 - Art 3


Painting of Marla Olmstead.

Marla’s paintings had its own concept compared to her peers, kids.

She was able to brush the canvas with almost the same concept or form consistently.

Her art was abstracts mostly with expressive characteristic of:

- delicate lines
- and enthusiasm dots.

It is indicated that Marla was different and so bold in term to draw lines and dots, then to blend the objects (lines and dots) with a beautiful color composition.

Kids as old as Marla Olmstead, 13 years ago was an 8 year old kid, even with a lot of talent, usually painted or sketched of un-intend objects in which they could be:

- anything
- and any mood at any times.

One of Jackson Pollock’s paintings, well known American artist.

Moreover, their objects are what they observe from surrounding areas, not what in their mind or what they thought.

Hence, these kids tend to paint the real objects than the abstract ones.

Since these kids had physical and psychological development, their painting quality would develop as well.

# To be continued to part 2

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Sunday, 15 August 2021

Do You Know that Some Musical Instruments Made from Bamboo? - Art 2

Ya Li could not find the flute, but she got an umbrella

 It's said that music is a good therapy for better quality of life.

Sometimes people prefer to the tone and rhythm from a specific musical instrument, and it's happening to one of my friend, Zhao Ya Li.

She was so excited about this therapy and texted me about it.

Ya Li is a person with peculiar favorite things. She only enjoy the music whenever the flute is dominant.

The matter is the flute that she needs is a bamboo flute. She got some of bamboo flute musics in her gadgets.

But that isn't enough. She's missed to play the flute. She ask me join her looking for the flute in Asian Markets.

We could not find one but we got out with an umbrella from the Market.

This umbrella looks gorgeous, with ribs, stretchers, caps, springs, and runners made from bamboo.

Bamboo trees in the right side of LA Interstate 10.

Ya Li loves every single thing made out of bamboo.

In her kitchen, she has kitchen and table wares from bamboo, and many beautiful bamboo chopsticks.

She was grown in Panda's country. Whenever she introduce herself, proudly she said, “I am from the Kingdom of Bamboo”.

I understand how her love to bamboo.

Especially her lucky bamboo in her antique hand-painted porcelain flower pot that she put among of the bamboo lanterns.

Now, she just need to release her anxiety by playing bamboo flute. She believes that playing music can relax her mind and energize her body.

She just texted me that she just placed a classical bamboo flute order by online.

Saturday, 6 March 2021

Paris in the Eyes of Vincent Van Gogh - Art 1

Street in Montmartre, Paris, Painted by Van Gogh (1887)

We might know that Vincent Van Gogh, a Dutch painter lived in several places in France:

- Auvers-sur-Oise
- Saint- Remy- de- Provence
- Arles
- Paris

Living in Paris was crucial for Van Gogh in respect to paintings, both number and quality of paintings.

Van Gogh produced about 224 painting during his two years, from March 1886 to February 1888, lived in Paris. Some of his paintings:

- Street in Montmartre, 1887
- Outskirt of Paris, 1886
- Vase with flowers, 1886
- View of Paris from near Montmartre, 1886
- View of the roof of Paris, 1886.

Outskirt of Paris, Painted by Van Gogh (1886).

One of his painting, Street in Montmartre, not shown for public since 1920, about 100 years.

This painting, then exhibited recently in cities of:

- London
- Amsterdam
- Paris

Some of us might wonder why Van Gogh has no paintings of Eiffel Tower? These following facts lead to answer:

- Van Gogh lived in Paris from March 1886 to February 1888
- Eiffel tower was built in 1887, and completed in 1889

Do you love Van Gogh’s paintings?


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