New Year, New Trends in Color and Design

We’re well into the new year, and the Chinese New Year has just kicked off as well. As the fashion world starts to look ahead to spring, they release their predictions and pronouncements for the trends of the upcoming year. 2014 will prove to be fast moving light-hearted and fun if these newly announced trends have anything to do with it.

Saturated colors, Rich Fabrics

What color are your walls? If they’re beige, grey or white, this may be a good time to update your wall color. Rich, deeply saturated colors like navy and plum are the new look. In fact some designers consider Navy the new “neutral.”

If having a navy wall or room makes you a little uncomfortable, start with one piece of furniture or a few fabric accents. If you have beige walls and a white sofa consider how rich plum colored pillows and a throw rug might give that room a nice color “pop.” If you don’t want to replace your sofa but you want that deep luxurious plum color, you could get a fabric furniture cover. This will allow you to change the color of the couch as trends change without having to spend a fortune.

New Takes on Classic Design

Floral patterns are back – but not your grandmothers florals! Bold and bright is what’s “in” this year. Interpretations of floralpatterns are no exception. Mixing and matching bold pattern and bright florals will modernize your overall look.

When shopping for fabrics, consider rich luxurious textures. Corduroy, velvet and suede are sophisticated and durable. These rich fabrics will hold up to darker color schemes and make your room feel trendy, yet comfortable.

No More Matchy-Matchy

2014 is the year to take bigger design risks when decorating. You probably already know that like colors and hues work well even if the patterns differ. This year consumers have even more variety to choose from.

Consider bringing different colors, textures and finishes into your home. You will be surprised how fresh and lively your space will look as you push the boundaries of what you thought would look good together.

The Color Purple

This year’s “Color of the Year” is Radiant Orchid – a vibrant purple with pink undertones. Purple is thought of as a healing color. It is also the color of wealth and royalty.

If choosing a deep plum or orchid color is not your “cup of tea,” then consider going to a lighter color, such as lavender, for your walls and use brighter shades of purple as an accent.

Sculptural Artwork

This year is all about textures and the art on your walls is no exception! Hanging sculpture is what’s “hot” for 2014. Sculpture adds interest and dimension to your walls. Consider a range of materials: Metal, wood, horn, or even macrame or fabric.

If you don’t feel particularly crafty, consider the many local independent artisans in your community. Attend some local arts and crafts shows and you’ll discover a whole world of creativity. Maybe you’ll even find that wall sculpture that makes your heart sing every time you look at it.

The Art Of An Essayist By AC Benson – Key To Good Living

An essay is something the writer writes himself. According to Benson, since the very birth of the essay as a genre in the hands of Montaigne, the essay has been a comfortable mixture of the personal and the subjective, and in fact has been the most personal of all genres. The personal touch breathes life and charm into the essay through the personality of the essayist. The charm is evident because the essay is something the writer writes himself where he lays bare his heart in a most confidential manner. An essay can be on a variety of subjects but it should above all exhibit an interest in life. It should reflect the pleasing personality of the author and also change the outlook of the reader. Thus Benson writes, Montaigne, the father of the essay in literature, while writing his essays is concerned with the ‘man Montaigne’. Thus the essay is a reverie for the essayist – it is a loose sequence of thoughts, irregular in nature which dwells on the moment and allows the writer to dwell within and correspond to himself. Montaigne employed such a technique wonderfully while he wrote his essays, presenting a certain mood of the mind, and infusing charm by being intimate and personal.

An essay is something the essayist does by himself. For the essay we may go back to Cicero or Plato. Cicero dealt with abstract topics with a romantic background. Plato discussed speculative and ethical problems of life and tried to find a philosophical interest. The English temperament lacks the charm of Montaigne. They are too prejudiced, secretive, closely guarded about their privacy. But Lord Brougham proved that one can maintain privacy at the same time display oneself.

Sir Thomas Browne’s Religio Medici or Urn Burial contained essays of elaborate rhetorical style. Addison in The Spectator dealt with delicate humour. Charles Lamb dealt with the romantic and homely. De Quincy wrote impassioned autobiography while Pater used the essay for exquisite artistic sensation. In all these writings the common strain is the personal element, the essay reflects the personality of the author.

An essayist is not a poet. An essayist deals to some extent with humour. But humour is alien to poetry which is more of a sacred and solemn mood. The poet is emotional, reverential, excitable, in search of the sublime and the uplifted. He wants to transcend the mundane petty daily frets, the discordant, undignified elements of life. The similarity of the essayist with the poet is that an essayist can also make an effort to kindle emotion. But an essayist uses the commonest materials of life and transforms simple experiences with a fairy tale delicacy and romantic glow. Behind all forms of art whether, whether poetry or prose lies the principle of wonder, of arrested attention. It need not only be the sense of beauty, but also the sense of fitness, strangeness, completeness, effective effort. The amazement a savage feels on seeing a civilized city is not the sense of beauty but the sense of force, mysterious resources, incredible products, unintelligible things. He also sees the grotesque, absurd, amusing and jocose. The essayist deals with these basic emotions. He filters out the salient matters from these instinctive emotions and records them in impressive language.

So an essayist is a spectator of life. As catalogued in Browning’s poem “how It Strikes A Contemporary” the essayist’s material is watching the cobbler at trade, the man who slices lemon, the coffee-roaster’s brazier, the books on stalls, the bold-print posters on the wall, a man beating his horse or cursing a woman and so on. The essayist selects his setting, maybe a street, countryside or picture gallery. But once he selects he has to get into the heart of it.

The essayist must have largeness of mind. He cannot simply indulge in his activity whether of a politician or a thief with the sole objective of making profit. He cannot be prejudiced in his favours, i.e. he should not hate his opponents and favour his friends. If he condemns, despises, disapproves he loses sympathy. He must have an all encompassing mind to enjoy all he thinks worth recording, and not be narrow minded. Close jacketed persons like a banker, social reformer, forensic pleader, fanatic, crank or puritan cannot be an essayist. The essayist has to be broadminded but not moral. He must be tolerant, he must discern quality, he must be concerned with the general picture of life in connection with setting and people, not aims and objectives.

The charm of the essayist lies in translating a sense of good humour, graciousness, reasonable nature and in the effort to establish a pleasant friendship with the reader. One does not read the essay for information or definition, but to find an acceptable solution to a mass of entangled problems which arise in our daily lives and in our relationships with people. The essayist would take up some problem of daily life and delve into it to find out reasons for our fitful actions, reasons for our attraction or repulsion towards people and try to suggest a theory for it. Reading an essay a reader should be compelled to confess that he had thought in the same vein but had never discerned the connection. The essayist must realize that most people’s convictions are not a result of reason but a mass of jumbled up associations, traditions, half understood phrases, loyalties, whims etc.

The essayist must consider human weakness, not human strength. But while accepting human weakness he must try to infuse flashes of idealism in them. He should keep in mind that human mind in spite of weakness is capable of idealism, passionate visions, irresponsible humour which may shoot from dull cloudy minds. The task of the essayist is to make the reader realize his self worth, that every human mind is capable of getting hold of something big and remote which however may not always be clear in our minds. Human nature is indecisive, it vacillates. The confessed aim of the essayist is to make the reader see that every person has a part to play in life, they have an interest to take in life, that life is a game full of outlets and pulsing channels and life is not only meant for millionaires or politicians.

The essayist therefore ultimately teaches that life is not just about success but in fullness. Success may blur our vision of life and make a person full of self importance. What matters is how much a person can give than take.

The similarity between an essayist and a poet is that both perceive the greatness of life. But the essayist works with humbler material. The essayist is not a romancer because he does not deal with fancy but homely material. The essayist has to detect the sublimity of life. Life is not always exciting, not always expectant of something about to happen. There are monotonous gaps in between. An essayist’s task is to bring out something rich and strange out of those monotonous gaps.

Thus an Essay as a genre cannot be strictly classified too. It is like an organ prelude that can be moderated, modulated and coloured. It is to some extent criticism of life too. It is a learning process that teaches not to condemn the negative but perceive the fullness of life and encompass all experience. An essayist is an interpreter of life. He is within a short compass a combination of the historian, philosopher, poet, novelist. He observes and analyses life, colours it with his fancy, enjoys the charm and quality of simple things and endeavours to make others lead a better life.

A Brief History of Rock and Pop Music

You may be wondering when exactly did rock/pop music begin? There’s no clear answer to this. Some might say that it started with the advent of rock n roll with Bill Haley and the Comets in 1952. Others would say Elvis, although not the first but surely the original truly global superstar. Yet none of these were really the first. Rock n roll has its roots in blues which has its roots back to the 19th century with black immigrants trying to escape from their slave driven lives. Fast forward to the early 20th. century and some of the earliest recordings on 78 began to appear. Players from this time such as Bobby Jo and Robert Johnson helped to form the structure of early blues

Robert Johnson had recorded only thirty songs during his short life as he was prevented from achieving true fame while alive by being poisoned by a jealous husband. He died shortly before he was being sought to appear at the ‘Spirituals To Swing’ concert in 1938 by record producer John Hammond. As a result, his reputation only took off after Hammond released an album of his recordings for Columbia in the early sixties. Later blues exponents like Muddy Waters and Eric Clapton admitted borrowing heavily from these early stalwarts.

In the 50’s, artists took the basic blues style and used electric guitars, drums and double bass for the first time creating early rock n roll, later known as rockabilly. Stalwarts like Chuck Berry, Buddy Hollie and Jerry Lee Lewis were the most famous protagonists here. Later Elvis in the US and to a lesser extent, Cliff Richard (later leading the Shadows) in the UK brought rock n roll to a truly worldwide audience. This paved the way for the 60’s beat era which could be considered the true beginning of pop music as we know it today, certainly as far as bands were concerned.

In the 50’s and early 60’s, it was mostly lead solo artists with just a backing band. With the advent of the beat era, bands dominated with The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and the Beach Boys from the US taking the world by storm. Even so, The Beatles later admitted being heavily influenced by those earlier rock n roll and blues artists. They mostly played rock n roll and blues covers at their pre-fame Hamburg concerts. in the early 60’s. The Beatles however, were the first band to successfully blend classical music textures with rock n roll to form perfectly crafted pop songs. While bands like The Rolling Stones continued with the mainly rock n roll theme,

The Beatles took their finely crafted style further in the seminal album ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ in 1967 by utilizing new studio techniques and instruments never used before. They used a new instrument called ‘the Melotron’ This was basically a keyboard which played looped tape recordings. of real instruments. The most famous sound from this was probably the flute used on the ‘Strawberry Fields’ single recorded at the same time but later dropped from the album. The Melotron though, was cumbersome and unreliable and had a rather grainy sound. Even so It was regarded as the forerunner of the electronic sampler, invented nearly 20 years later. Infinitely more flexible than the Melotron, the sampler helped build the framework for modern pop,dance and R&B music.

The Beatles ‘Sgt.. Pepper’ album with its groundbreaking recording techniques was preceded the year before by their ‘Revolver’ album. These LP’s helped popularize a new wave in music known as psychedelic or acid rock, named after the mind bending effects of LSD drugs. Pink Floyd also recorded their debut album ‘Piper at the Gates of Dawn’ in the studio next door at the same time that The Beatles recorded Sgt. Pepper. It was reported that Pink Floyd were a direct influence to The Beatles as a result. This new style incorporated new guitar effects like Fuzz, flanger anger and delays. These were used along side the earliest portable synthesizers such as the therein and mini Moog. invented by Bob Moog.

In America, the Beach boys responded with the ‘Pet sounds’ LP in 1966 and later that year released the first big psychedelic hit ‘Good Vibrations’. About this time, the band ‘Jefferson Airplane’ recorded their debut album which was also the first LP to come out of the new San Franciscan music scene. This got the record industry’s attention and they had two of the earliest psychedelic hits ‘White Rabbit’ and ‘Somebody to Love’ in 1967.

Meanwhile in Los Angeles, Jim Morrison joined with members of The Psychedelic Rangers and Rick and the Ravens to form ‘The Doors’ They were initially turned down by Columbia but were signed to Electra Records and released their self titled debut LP in 1967. The album included the 7 minute long hit single ‘Light my Fire’ one of the first to break the typical three minute pop and rock song barrier.

Back in Britain, radio broadcasting was very limited because the BBC were the only organization allowed to broadcast on the mainland and had just two pop music shows The Saturday club and Easy Beat Radio Luxembourg partially filled the gap but it was left to pirate radio, broadcast from ships out at sea with DJ John Peel’ which enabled the new style to reach a mass audience, often eclipsing the BBC in popularity. The BBC responded in the end with the advent of Radio 1 in June 1967. With the existing labor government making pirate radio illegal in Britain several months later, Du’s like John Peel rather than risk arrest joined radio 1 which had a much more informal and relaxed style as opposed to the staid and conservative approach favored by the BBC until then. This perfectly suited psychedelic pop and rock and John Peel championed this in his late night shows. playing new genres of music and introducing new and unsigned bands in the Peel sessions. He did this for nearly four decades until his death in 2004.

By the end of the 60’s after the break up of the beatles, mainstream music was about to change direction yet again both in style and fashion.

Best Decorative Indoor Plants

Indoor plants bring a warmth and natural atmosphere to the home or office and can be a great decorating tool to compliment your furnishings and architecture. Choose your color, size, leaf design and maintenance requirements from a bevy of indoor beauties to call your own, many of which only ask for an occasional drink and pruning.

Plants Toxic to Animals.

According to The Humane Society of the United States, there are over 700 harmful and sometimes deadly plants that can poison our pets and should never be grown inside or outside on your property. Cats in particular will nibble the leaves and seeds unaware of the adverse reaction to follow which, in many cases, is fatal. Check with HumaneSociety.Org for a comprehensive list of deadly houseplants that can harm your beloved pet. Cardiac arrest, kidney failure, neurological disorders and gastrointestinal disruptions are the most common symptoms from plant toxins and must be treated immediately.

Bonsai Trees.

The bonsai tree makes an excellent house guest with minimal maintenance and a lot of style. These miniature trees come with traditional green foliage or colorful buds, strutting their stuff in full animation designs. The bonsai plant does well in almost any kind of potting, from glass terrarium containers to simple shallow pans. Use richly textured color gravel to fit your creative space or design your own world with miniature ceramics and garden accessories. Larger bonsai, such as the Golf Ball Hawaiian Umbrella bonsai tree will require a heavy cast planting pot, but most of the unique bonsai species will thrive with minimal planting space. Use the bonsai for your kitchen countertop, wall niche or that perfect centerpiece for the dining room table. Most bonsai enthusiasts are ardent indoor plant collectors, where the first little tree is merely the flash point for a lifetime of bonsai appreciation. Buy a bonsai and join the club.

Helpful Hints.

Your bonsai plant may be moved outdoors in the spring and summertime, however, they do not thrive well when the temperatures drop below 40 F. In addition, all types of indoor plants may be temporarily moved to a protected patio when you are on vacation. Just be sure that you keep a cardboard or canvas barrier over the plants to shield them from intense direct sunlight or wind conditions. Plant sitters are available in the phone book, but if you are not comfortable giving them the key to your home, send your indoor foliage to the back porch for two weeks and all will be well when you return.

Pots and Containers.

Part of the decorating fun is finding the perfect plant container to mix and match with your interior color schemes. The best pots and containers for your indoor plant to thrive should have drainage holes and plenty of room for your plant to grow its roots. Small Terra Cotta pots are often used as a transport vehicle from the store or greenhouse to the home, but are insufficient to sustain a healthy plant life. Ceramic and clay pots remain the number one choice of indoor plant enthusiasts, however, lightweight plastic and fiberglass containers will work just as well. Larger plants may be complimented with bold brass and copper pots, available in sweet petite to astronomical sizes.

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How to Spy on a Computer Without Anyone Knowing

If you need to know how to spy on a computer, I’ll tell you right now that it’s with software. But not all are created equal… some can spy on certain activities, but not everything. What’s more is that most do not do so invisibly – and this is the key thing here. Invisibility and stealth are paramount to the success of monitoring computer activities no matter the reasons. Why?

For example, this is not how to spy on a computer; if you’re trying to keep an eye on your kid while he’s online to make sure he doesn’t go off on some crazy bestiality porn site, it would do nothing if there’s some blinking fireball of an icon pulsating in the system task bar. He’ll clearly know he’s being watched, and go off to a friend’s house to check out some porn on his friend’s computer.

Obviously, that is not how to spy on a computer at all. In order to do so effectively, you absolutely positively need stealth. You need to be invisible, or it just ain’t happening, period. For this reason, when you seek out some software to monitor computer activities, it’s got to run silently and invisibly… like the types used by businesses who keep tabs on whether their employees are indeed working, or stealing account information and client files for their own ends. These software programs record everything, every detail, instant message, every keystroke, and hides them on secret invisible files that then get discretely e-mailed to the observer who plays it all back for view.

TMJ Symptoms – 5 Easy Steps for At Home Relief

It can range from a vague, achy feeling all over your head, neck and shoulders to severe pain that you would swear was a migraine. The truth is, your painful symptoms could very likely be caused by TMJ. And it can range in intensity from a minor irritation to enough pain to almost put you down for the count and make every day living difficult.

TMJ stands for Temporo Mandibular Joint and by itself is not a problem because everyone has two of them. It’s the joint where the lower movable jaw bone, or mandible, is attached to the skull with a sling of muscles, ligament and a capsular cartilage. It’s when the joint becomes dysfuntional that issues arise and in fact the condition has become known as TMD or Temporo Mandubular Dysfunction Syndrome. And more recently many medical and dental professionals are referring to this broad group of painful symptoms as MPDS – MyoFascial Pain and Dysfunction Syndrome.

The reason is, that it is being found more often that the pain is not originating from the joint. The joint was the original suspect because many times when people with painful symptoms were being examined it was noticed that the jaw joint was making a clicking, popping or grating sound. So where there’s smoke there’s gotta be fire, right? Wrong! When healthy people without symptoms were examined their TM Joints made the same sounds in about the same proportion as those individuals with pain. So it isn’t always the joint.

Another thing that is being touted as a cause of the symptoms is an improper bite, or malocclusion, causing stress on the TM joint leading to the symptoms. And while it is true that a poor bite can cause the ligaments surrounding the joint to stretch or be stressed this may not be the cause. There are many instances of people who have no teeth, and do not wear their dentures without any history of pain. The same can be said of people with many missing teeth or severely misaligned jaws.

So if it’s not the joint and it’s not the bite, then what can be causing all of this discomfort? Quite simply, muscle spasms. And the muscle spasms are the result of either physical or psychological stress. There is a vast complex of nerves throughout the head and spasms can cause referred pain anywhere along these nerve branches.

The end result is very painful situation but the good news is there may be some very easy ways to get relief and break the cycle of pain. The key to relief lies in finding the origin of your pain. As I mentioned earlier the pain can be caused by stressors, either physical or psychological so let’s go about relieving some of these:

  1. First, and perhaps the simplest key, is to make sure you are adequately hydrated. Even though water consumption has increased very few people drink a full 8 glasses of water a day. And many experts feel that each soft drink, coffee or alcoholic beverage cancels out an equal amount of water. How does dehydration lead to the facial pain associated with TMJ? Well the proper amount of water helps flush out toxins, lactic acid and the byproducts of muscle activity. A buildup of these toxins in the facial muscles can cause fatigued muscles to spasm or not allow them to relax. So, drink up!
  2. Many sufferers report increased discomfort when they wake up in the morning that ends up leading to a day long head ache or neck ache. If the pain is more severe on one side of the face or neck it may be caused by your sleep position or habits. If you sleep on your side or rest your jaw on a hand laid on your pillow while you are asleep the muscles on that side of your face will be stretched. The joint on the opposite side of your face will be displaced into the socket in a painful manner. So the muscles on the side next to the pillow will attempt to contract to return to their “rest length” and relieve the pain on the socket on the opposite side. Many times, just becoming aware of this problem and changing your sleep position will relieve the symptoms.
  3. If you wake up with pain on both sides of your head or face or if your teeth feel sore or loose, you are probably clenching or bruxing while you are asleep. Many dentists will prescribe a bite guard for this but this really only serves to protect the teeth and give a cushion for the joint. The muscle spasms remain.
  4. If you take stress to bed with you it will get worked out with nocturnal clenching. The key here is to find something that relieves and relaxes you before you go to sleep. A hot bath, herbal tea or a glass of wine are all helpful to start the relaxation process. Take your worry hat off 30 minutes before the time you plan on going to bed and make a vow to think only about enjoyable past experiences.
  5. Your facial muscle spasms have a focus, locate the focus and start knocking out the pain. TMJ pain is not spread uniformly across the affected area of the head and neck. Some areas will be more painful than others and one spot will be the most painful of all. To find the focal point, start pressing along the painful areas of your face. Start at the lowest area of pain and work your way towards the top of your head. One area will feel extremely tender to your touch – this is the focal point. You can concentrate your relief effort on this spot and the rest of the pain will melt away. Start off by placing a warm compress on the area for about 20 minutes, and then massage the area with your thumb. Apply maximum pressure and move in a circular motion. Then finish off with something like Ben Gay or Icy Hot. Break the muscle spasm in the focal point and the rest of the muscles will relax.

And finally, just a point of common sense. The more you exercise and use the facial muscles during your daily activities, the more likely they are to go into spasm while you are sleeping and develop more intense symptoms. So if you have ever experienced discomfort, then gum chewing is definitely a no-no. And even if you haven’t, don’t leave a piece of gum in your mouth longer than 20 minutes. Most foods eaten in moderation will not cause an issue, but you will need to avoid chewing ice, hard candies and if crusts cause a problem, they will need to be cut off. Also, tongue and lip jewelry lead to para-functional habits that will lead to spasms of the muscles in the head and neck. So those will need to come out.

If you need to find out more information to relieve the pain from your TMJ symptoms this is an excellent resource. It is also very important to remember, if you notice no improvement in your symptoms over several weeks time you will need to seek out professional advice.

You will not wake up one morning and be entirely pain free but you should notice slight improvement each day. These common sense ideas should relieve your TMJ symptoms over time, and being pain-free will be great!

Principles of Art

There are five basic principles of art whosoever must consider decorating a room so that the result would be attractive. These are:

1- Proportion

2- Balance

3- Harmony

4- Rhythm

5- Emphasis

Let explain one by one to the above Art Principles.

1-Proportion:

The proportion principle is now and then called code of relations. It is an Arian principle that the length and width of any place or thing should have 2:3. For instance, if a room is 12 feet wide the length should be 18 feet. The color of room and the size of room have also profound relation with each other. If a room is small then you can create spaciousness by light paint on walls. The color on wall should match with other things color scheme. Suppose, if the color of walls is white or off-white then cove of couch, curtain, carpet and other decoration pieces must have wanton color scheme.

2- Balance:

It means to decorate the things together in such a way that their trivial sign should spellbinding. We can divide balance in further two forms i.e. Formal and Informal. Informal Balance has more nearness, freedom, the right of choice and variety while Formal Balance is reversed.

3- Harmony:

Harmony means unanimity which can be found in the following:

I. In form or line

II. In size or magnitude

III. In creation

IV. In the surface

V. In colors

To arrange the room or any thing under consider the above five elements, it can made eye-catching. Unanimity means your creation aggregately striking and impressive.

4- Rhythm:

Rhythm means the movement of scene from one thing to another. Each movement is not pleasant if you feel weariness and hindrance to watch the movement of one thing to another then its sign could not be comfortable. When take a glance from one decoration to another in continuation then it give comfort to heart and soul. On the other hand, if unable to create rhythm then the sign of creation would not be symmetrical.

5- Emphasis:

It means to give central importance to anything. Such as to keep the things on a apparent place which draw attention towards initially.

Photo Framing With Acrylic Photo Frames

With the modern technology digital photography has taken over the old day’s picture taking and their framing. However, the idea of having those memories hanging on the wall is not forgotten; it is not only photos that can be framed but also, certificates, art pieces, and others. Acrylic photo frames are one of the best photography framing techniques due to their excellent qualities and the sleek design they add on to those walls.

Many benefits come with the use of acrylic frames compared to any other form of a structure and this, therefore, makes it ideal for anyone that needs framing. The technology behind the acrylic material is in such a way that durability and elegance are maintained. The frames can even be customized to contain any added details such as inscriptions and engraved ornaments like gemstones and others small fitting decorations.

Acrylic photo frames bear resemblance with glass frames due to their transparent nature, but they have many differences. Here are some of the differences and the merits of acrylic frames.

· The first benefit and main advantage come from the fact that these structures do not easily break. Therefore, they are perfect in all conditions and especially where the risk of falling or causing damage when there is breakage. For example in public art galleries and museums, acrylic work best, in cases of accidents they won’t break and either cause damages to the art pieces or cause injuries to anyone around

· The other advantage and big difference are in weight. Acrylic frames are much lighter compare to glass frames. This is all beneficial when it comes to putting them up on the wall or carrying them along. They do not threaten to fall off if they are not well fixed on the wall, often with larger art pieces and photos.

· The glass frames usually have a polishing step known as glazing, which can also be done on acrylic frames. However, glazing in acrylic can be done in many different ways, making them to have a better finishing and qualities such as a protective glare that reduces the chance of picture damage by the UV light.

· The last winning comparison is the dimensional size of the frames, the glass frames typically come in small dimensions, and this is associated with breakage risks while the acrylic which is flexible and breakage free, they come in all sizes and dimensions.

Conclusion.

To enjoy these benefits of acrylic photo frames, you have to order them from the right suppliers and make sure you keep in mind the proper dimensions to avoid wastages and extra remodeling costs.

Defining Abstract Art

The term “abstract art” is like the term “modern music” in the sense that it is a very broad umbrella sheltering a wide variety of art. But like “abstract math,” the general sense of the term is that it is the opposite of the concrete, or “realism.” At one end of the continuum is a painting of a violin so perfectly rendered that we feel we could reach into the frame, pick up the instrument, and play it. At the other end is a canvas painted pure white or black all over. There is nothing in it to reach in and touch.

A simple, common definition of “abstract art” is “not realistic.” Yet many artists who call their work abstract, actually do have a subject in mind when they paint. They take a figure or landscape and simplify it, exaggerate it, or stylize it in some way. They are not trying to imitate nature, but to use nature as a starting off point. Color, line, and form are more important to them than the details of the actual subject matter. They want to give a sense or feel for the subject rather than an exact replication.

Historically, the term “abstract” has been associated with a variety of art movements. The cubism of Picasso, Braque and Cezanne was a geometrical abstraction. In the United States, a group also known as the New York school of action painters was defined by critics as “abstract expressionists.” Yet the individuals in this group varied greatly in their approaches. Jackson Pollock did overall drip paintings. Mark Rothko painted shimmering color field canvases based on a simple square pattern. Willem de Kooning did not abandon subject matter like the others, but abstracted the female figure in much of his work.

Art that has no intentional beginnings in any subject matter is sometimes referred to as “non-objective,” or “non-representational.” A related term is “minimalism,” or the tendency to take as much away from the painterly surface of the canvas as possible. A white square painted on a white background is an example of minimalism. The end result is not so much the point as the daring it took to get there.

“Modern art” is another term commonly used to refer to abstract art, though originally this term was used to differentiate the experimenters of the twentieth century from the traditional European painters and sculptors. Thus, “modern art” began over seventy years ago, and is no longer new. Many movements in art have come and gone since then. For example, “pop art” incorporates popular culture such as comics and movie stars. Well-known artists of this genre include Andy Warhol, who painted Cambell’s soup cans and portraits of Marilyn Monroe; and Jasper Johns, who did a series of flag paintings.

“Contemporary art” is another one of those terms that covers a wide variety of art. The best definition of “contemporary” is the work of any living artist, though the term has also been used to mean art that you would hang in a contemporary home. This sense of contemporary is more like the term “modern,” in that it means the opposite of “traditional.” Thus, “contemporary art” is also sometimes used to mean “abstract art.”

Another way to define the term “abstract art” is to enter it as a search term on Google or Yahoo and look at the results. There will be millions of them, proving that the term is used today to cover a vast amount of art. I use the term “abstract art” to define my own painting because I know that people who love my art tend to define it this way. They often find me by entering the term on Google. Others use the term “modern art” or “contemporary art” to find me.

So where does that leave us in our definition of abstract art? Like most definitions of art movements, the answer is complex. We can look at it historically from an art critic’s perspective, or use it as the general public would, to mean something other than traditional realistic representation.

Copyright 2006 Lynne Taetzsch