Month: August 2017

10 Art Terms To Help You At Your Next Arts Festival

Mirage (36x84)

Greetings Breezles,

A lot of festivals occur during the summertime and arts festivals have to be one of my favorite.  It is so much fun to see the different types of art, listen to live music and just enjoy a nice summer day outside.  After working as a director of an art gallery for many years I have learned a thing or two about art and have gained a new appreciation for paintings and sculpture. So, to help you feel a little bit more knowledgeable about art I listed 10 common terms with their definitions.

Do you like to go to arts festivals?

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1. Medium: The type of material used to create a piece of art.  A medium can be almost anything.  I have seen pieces made out of bottle caps, tree branches and even blood.

2. Abstract: A term used to describe a piece of art that is not representational or based on reality

3. Commission: To request a piece of art with you in mind.  Most artists will have you put money down if you would like them to paint something for you.

4. Diptych or Triptych: A diptych is an art piece consisting of two parts and a triptych is a piece consisting of three parts.

5. Lost Wax Process: The way the majority of bronzes are cast.  The piece usually starts out with a precast made out clay, wood or wax.  A rubber mold is made and wax is poured into the rubber mold.  The wax then goes through a porclain slurry and has a hard shell surrounding it.  Finally, hot bronze is poured into this shell and the wax is melted out.  Many bronzes are done in pieces and then welded together.

6. Edition: If a piece of work comes in an edition this means there are more than one.  The edition can be closed or open.  If it is closed the artist makes a minimum amount and stops producing copies once they reach the end  of the edition. If it is open the artist has not decided on the number they want to make yet.  The edition numbers usually look something like 5/30; 5 being the number you are purchasing and 30 being the amount in the edition.

7. Contemporary: Art made during the present time

8.Giclee: An exact print of an original painting using a high end ink jet printer.  Giclees are usually printed onto canvas, fine art or photo paper.  An enhanced giclee means the artist printed a copy of an original, but added paint to parts of the painting, but not the entire piece.

9. Patina: The colors on a bronze.  To get a various colors you paint certain chemicals and acids onto the bronze and heat them at different temperatures.

10. Direct Positive: A photographic term referring to a positive image made directly by exposure to light and by development without the use of a negative. In a direct positive print an image is produced on a surface and then treated chemically to imitate the tonal range of nature.

Painting: “Mirage” by Troy Collins

Practice Art

Greetings Breezles,

There are so many ways to express yourself through art.  Whether you like to play a musical instrument, paint a painting, sculpt, dance, have fun with your fashion, etc. No matter what you choose to do it is a way of telling people how you feel without saying a word.  When I was a little girl my parents asked me to choose an art and a sport to practice.  I chose piano and dance for my art.  I don’t dance as much as I used to, but I still love to play the piano.  When I sit down to play nothing else matters.  It is a time for me to be one with the music and be lost for just a moment.  While I was taking lessons I didn’t love the piano, but now I am older I am so happy my parents asked me to choose something to bring out my creative side.

Do you do anything to express yourself through art?

, E

Art Quote

Day Hike Outfit Inspiration

Greetings Breezles,

One of my favorite things to do while I am camping or have a free day in the summer is to take a day hike.  Whether you are taking a long trek or a short one you want to be prepared.  Below is a little outfit inspiration for the next time you get to be one with mother nature.

What do you like to bring when you go hiking?

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6 Mountain Camping Tips for Success from an Experienced Camper/Backpacker


Greetings Breezles,

We are planning on going camping this weekend and because I haven’t been camping for a while I thought I should speak to an expert camper to find out what tips he could give me before I went on my adventure in the woods.  The person I spoke to has been camping and backpacking his entire life and doesn’t go a year without doing both.  He has camped in many different types of terrains and has experienced almost every kind of weather while camping, so I thought he would be a great person to ask.  A list of his 6 mountain camping tips are below and I hope they help you on your next camping trip.

What camping tips do you have?

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Water– Most campgrounds offer potable water, but a 5 gallon jug sitting on a camp stool saves a lot of steps and you can place it anywhere you want. DO NOT drink from lakes or streams!!!

Wood– Most campgrounds do not offer firewood and it can be hard to find downfall nearby. Bring your own or unload the vehicle and drive a little to a wooded area to pick up all the downfall you want.  A tarp can minimize mess if you choose to do this.  Get branches small enough to break and leave the axe at home.  “White man build big fire, stand far away.  Indian build small fire, stand close”.

Shelter– Whether you prefer a tent or hard sided unit prepare for rain and varying temperatures. The weather specialists are not always right and the mountains make their own localized weather.  Remember, the more you are prepared for bad weather the less likely you will have it.  Look for trees before pitching your tent and place a tarp underneath.

Shelter Yourself– Bug spray (I like 30% DEET), sunscreen and a first aid kit including Benadryl can save an otherwise miserable trip. A rain coat is great for hanging around camp, but a poncho is better for hiking, especially with a pack.

Bedding– When looking for a sleeping bag remember too much can be as bad as too little. Go light and take a fleece blanket for a liner if needed.  It’s always great to have a couple blankets on had just in case you get cold at night.  Air mattresses rule!  There are so many to choose from and there are other things you can use instead of purchasing the fancy backpacking pads.  Pool floats/loungers work just as well or you can find an air mattress that can be pumped up by a car adapter air mattress pump. Take an extra if you are planning on using it in a lake as well.

Clothes– You will get dirty and wet, so make sure the clothes you pack are washable and you won’t be upset if they are ruined. It will get cold, so layer up and have backups just in case.