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Introduction To Watercolor Painting Techniques

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Introduction To Watercolor Painting Techniques

This article will provide you with a general understanding of some of the more basic watercolor painting techniques.

Flat Wash Technique – The flat wash technique is one of the more basic and common of the various techniques. The flat wash technique is usually used when large areas of the canvas need to be covered. You will want to lay out the watercolor wash evenly and uniformly. First you will need to dampen the area of your canvas where you will be applying the watercolor wash. Make certain to have an adequate amount of water and pigment available before your start. If you should have to stop for any reason, it will be difficult to match your layers.. It is better to have more than less available. The angle at which you apply the watercolor wash is important. If the angle is too steep your wash will run down the paper. If the angle is too level, then you won’t have enough movement. Use a large brush for this technique and start your first stroke at the top of the paper. Continue applying the watercolor wash going down the paper, but alternate sides as you move down.

Glazing Technique – The glazing technique is when you apply a thin transparent color over a completed dry layer of color. This technique creates some very interesting blends of new color. You will need to use a non-staining, transparent color for this watercolor technique. You should use a soft brush and don’t apply that much pressure.

Wet In Wet Technique – Wet in wet is simply applying a wet wash over a wet surface. You start by evenly wetting the paper with a brush or spray bottle. Have a sponge handy to absorb any excess water. You want your paper to be evenly saturated. Then apply your watercolor.

Dry Brush Technique – With the dry brush technique, your paper is completely dry. You then apply a fairly dry pigment with very little water to the paper. The dry brush technique should only be used where you want to draw focus or create texture in your painting. It’s always a good idea to use various watercolor brush techniques in a single painting. This results in a more interesting painting.

Lifting Off Technique – Artists use this technique when they want to remove watercolor from a certain area of the panting. It is usually done by first wetting the area that needs to be removed with a clean sponge and then absorbing the color with a tissue. If you find that the color does not come off right away, then let the water soak in a bit longer and try again. If you still are unable to remove the color, then dampen a bristle brush and gently scrub the area. You should use extreme care with this watercolor technique, as there is a risk you can damage the paper.

I hope this article on watercolor techniques has helped. Happy Painting!

Oil Painting – To Collect or to Invest?

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Oil Painting – To Collect or to Invest?

There are many styles and techniques used in painting. Painters also use a variety of media like pastel colors, water colors, natural colors, oil, and many others. You can paint in any surface such as rocks, walls, cardboard, canvas, paper, and lots more. However, there are only a few valuable paintings that exist and among them are oil paintings. At present, you can still find original classic paintings done by famous painters.

Precious oil paintings can be found in private collections and museums and these original classics are worth millions. Museums are the perfect place to see these art works and you can always visit them during their business hours. Private collectors on the other hand are sometimes hard to find. But with the use of the internet, you can get in touch with them online. There are different reasons why some people collect art works. It can be for investment purposes or for personal enjoyment. Whatever the reason, you too can start collecting or investing on oil paintings.

Original paintings are very expensive but now you can purchase oil paintings that are a replica of the original ones. Now, this is a more affordable way to collect some of your favorite paintings. At present, there are many big companies that sell reproductions of the original paintings. The company simply asks the customers of the painting that they want to purchase. The company then commissions a skilled oil painter to do the work for them. The customer can choose the material and size of the painting. Aside from the famous original classics, you can also have your favorite photograph or cherished painting translated into an oil painting. There are some companies that commission portraits and other art works. If you don’t know what to purchase, you can visit the galleries of the companies online. There you can browse the different pages by genres or themes. After that, you can now choose the painting that you like. Some companies allow price negotiations while others have already set their prizes. Find a suitable company who can cater to your oil painting needs and most especially, one that will suit your budget.

If you want to learn more about oil paintings, you can visit art museums and join the educational tours. You will learn many things like how to take good care of your oil paintings and how to give value to them. You see, oil paintings are easily damaged if you don’t provide enough care for them. Things like excessive humidity, extreme temperatures, and harsh sunlight can destroy your paintings.

if this is your first time to collect oil paintings, you must read books about oil painting. Visit galleries and museums to learn more. If you want to invest and make money out of your collections, you can consult investment firms because you may be able to find an investment portfolio. The portfolio includes precious oil paintings, and you can either keep them or sell them.

Oil paintings are still in demand at present. With the increasing demand year after year, one can’t really tell the value of oil paintings in the future. So if you want to invest and at the same collect your favorite oil paintings, you should start browsing the net now and learn more about oil paintings. With more knowledge about oil painting, it will be a lot easier to invest or even collect the paintings.

The Narcissist’s Confabulated Life

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The Narcissist’s Confabulated Life

Confabulations are an important part of life. They serve to heal emotional wounds or to prevent ones from being inflicted in the first place. They prop-up the confabulator’s self-esteem, regulate his (or her) sense of self-worth, and buttress his (or her) self-image. They serve as organizing principles in social interactions.

Father’s wartime heroism, mother’s youthful good looks, one’s oft-recounted exploits, erstwhile alleged brilliance, and past purported sexual irresistibility – are typical examples of white, fuzzy, heart-warming lies wrapped around a shriveled kernel of truth.

But the distinction between reality and fantasy is rarely completely lost. Deep inside, the healthy confabulator knows where facts end and wishful thinking takes over. Father acknowledges he was no war hero, though he did his share of fighting. Mother understands she was no ravishing beauty, though she may have been attractive. The confabulator realizes that his recounted exploits are overblown, his brilliance exaggerated, and his sexual irresistibility a myth.

Such distinctions never rise to the surface because everyone – the confabulator and his audience alike – have a common interest to maintain the confabulation. To challenge the integrity of the confabulator or the veracity of his confabulations is to threaten the very fabric of family and society. Human intercourse is built around such entertaining deviations from the truth.

This is where the narcissist differs from others (from “normal” people).

His very self is a piece of fiction concocted to fend off hurt and to nurture the narcissist’s grandiosity. He fails in his “reality test” – the ability to distinguish the actual from the imagined. The narcissist fervently believes in his own infallibility, brilliance, omnipotence, heroism, and perfection. He doesn’t dare confront the truth and admit it even to himself.

Moreover, he imposes his personal mythology on his nearest and dearest. Spouse, children, colleagues, friends, neighbors – sometimes even perfect strangers – must abide by the narcissist’s narrative or face his wrath. The narcissist countenances no disagreement, alternative points of view, or criticism. To him, confabulation IS reality.

The coherence of the narcissist’s dysfunctional and precariously-balanced personality depends on the plausibility of his stories and on their acceptance by his Sources of Narcissistic Supply. The narcissist invests an inordinate time in substantiating his tales, collecting “evidence”, defending his version of events, and in re-interpreting reality to fit his scenario. As a result, most narcissists are self-delusional, obstinate, opinionated, and argumentative.

The narcissist’s lies are not goal-orientated. This is what makes his constant dishonesty both disconcerting and incomprehensible. The narcissist lies at the drop of a hat, needlessly, and almost ceaselessly. He lies in order to avoid the Grandiosity Gap – when the abyss between fact and (narcissistic) fiction becomes too gaping to ignore.

The narcissist lies in order to preserve appearances, uphold fantasies, support the tall (and impossible) tales of his False Self and extract Narcissistic Supply from unsuspecting sources, who are not yet on to him. To the narcissist, confabulation is not merely a way of life – but life itself.

We are all conditioned to let other indulge in pet delusions and get away with white, not too egregious, lies. The narcissist makes use of our socialization. We dare not confront or expose him, despite the outlandishness of his claims, the improbability of his stories, the implausibility of his alleged accomplishments and conquests. We simply turn the other cheek, or meekly avert our eyes, often embarrassed.

Moreover, the narcissist makes clear, from the very beginning, that it is his way or the highway. His aggression – even violent streak – are close to the surface. He may be charming in a first encounter – but even then there are telltale signs of pent-up abuse. His interlocutors sense this impending threat and avoid conflict by acquiescing with the narcissist’s fairy tales. Thus he imposes his private universe and virtual reality on his milieu – sometimes with disastrous consequences.

Alternate Ways To Travel Efficiently And Effectively

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Alternate Ways To Travel Efficiently And Effectively

Travel can be a lot of fun and there are so many ways you can improve upon your traveling plans. Whether you need cheaper transportation or better places to stay so that you can better enjoy your trip, take a look at the tips below to help you plan a better trip.

Before making firm travel plans call the hotel you are considering, and find out when it was built or last renovated. A low-budget facility can be a great place to stay if it is brand new, while a high class hotel can be a miserable experience for you if it is very old. You want to stay somewhere that was either built or renovated in the past five years.

On a long road trip get to bed early and start out very early. By leaving in the early morning hours before dawn, you can almost always guarantee that your children will sleep for a good portion of the beginning drive allowing you to be well on your way before any major disruptions may begin.

Anyone who’s ever been on a cruise knows how much all the hallways and doors look the same. To make finding your door easier, bring a photo of your family pet or something (nothing personal!) and attach it to your door with a Christmas bow. This will help you easily identify which room is yours.

Be aware of the potential for bedbugs while traveling and always check the bedding as soon as you get into your room. Do not put your luggage on the bed. Bedbugs are more likely to come home with travelers that allow their bags to touch bedspreads or mattresses. Instead, place your bag on a chair or other piece of furniture that is not upholstered.

When planning a trip to a foreign country with children, try immersing them in the culture with a lot of information about the destination prior. You can easily accomplish this by buying books about it, movies that feature the places, etc. This can help them get excited about the trip.

When travelling to a popular vacation destination, visit local tourism offices upon arrival. They may offer great tips on unusual or fun alternatives to the typical visitor attractions such as small festivals or museums not listed on the major tourism maps!

Sign up for a travel price watcher. This feature offered by many websites lets you enter in destinations you travel to frequently and it watches them for you. When the airfare or hotel price drops by an amount you choose, the site will send you an email alerting you to the change. This will save you the hassle of checking on the price daily.

Traveling can be a very exciting experience and you can see and learn about new places. You may already have some knowledge on how to plan a trip, but you can always improve your travel plans. No matter your reasons, hopefully the tips above gave you some ideas on what you can do to enjoy your trip even more.

Tarot Basics

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Tarot Basics

A Tarot card deck typically consists of 78 colorful cards imprinted with what many deem fascinating and curious images. The cards, each filled with a particular meaning and portent, most often come somewhat larger than ordinary playing cards and make an impressive display when ritually laid out. This deck of special cards can be used by a trained “reader” for glimpsing into his or her own future or that of another person for whom the cards are read. The Tarot deck, divided into Major Arcana and Minor Arcana, contains 22 symbolic cards and 56 suit cards – wands, swords, cups, and pentacles – interestingly also called “pip” cards.
Many types and styles of Tarot cards exist, and a breakdown of even the more common Tarot card deck reads like a mysterious journey into the occult – and perhaps it is! The Major Arcana includes the magician, high priestess, empress, emperor, hierophant (a sage or wise man), lovers, chariot, strength, hermit, wheel, justice, hanged man, death, temperance, devil, tower, star, moon, sun, judgment, world. The Minor Arcana (the suits) consists of the aces, twos, threes, fours, fives, sixes, sevens, eights, nines, tens, court cards, pages, knights, queens, and kings – all in the above-mentioned suits.
The key to successfully reading the Tarot deck, however, does not lie only in what the cards mean, but in how to interpret them. A gifted Tarot reader can sometimes create a huge following by accurately predicting the futures of friends, family – even strangers who call on him or her for a reading.
“Tarot” comes from the Italian word “Tarocchi,” a French card game originally termed “carte da trionfi” – “cards with trumps.” It has been theorized that the name was shortened from “Tarocchi” to “Taro” and thus evolved over time into “Tarot” by the French. The definition of Tarot goes hand in hand with the origin of the name because Tarot is considered to be a tool of divination by believers, and the roots of the name explain, in part, how this came to be so, though we may never know the complete story, since its complete origins have been lost in the passage of time.
The origins of Tarot vary almost as widely as there are people exploiting the powers of these fascinating cards. Some maintain the cards have roots beginning in the ancient mysteries of Egypt, the mythical city of doomed Atlantis, or from the magic-filled background of the European gypsies. But etymologically speaking, that is, considering Tarot from the history of the word itself, this mysterious deck of future-foretelling cards probably came into being in the northern Italian courts of nobility during the mid-15th century.
Whatever and whenever the source of Tarot, this remarkable deck of cards remains an entertaining and intriguing journey into the unknown, the inexplicable, and the sometimes mystifying realms of life. Perhaps the roots of Tarot lie shrouded in doubt for a reason. Perhaps Tarot is meant to mystify as well as to reveal. Perhaps…only the Tarot cards know for sure!

Benefit From These Wonderful Travel Tips Now

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Benefit From These Wonderful Travel Tips Now

Safety when you travel is extremely important, especially if you are traveling to a country that you are not familiar with. It can be difficult to understand the culture and the language. There are some basic safety tips that can help you through, and we will discuss them in this article.

It’s easy to get bored while waiting in airports or at bus stations. One of the best items you can carry along is a small hand held computer or a smart phone. Before the trip you can pack it with games and even books so that you will always have something to do while waiting on your ride.

If you plan to travel with children it is best to think ahead. Kids are not the easiest to vacation with and will need quite a few entertainment tools to keep them happy. If you make a list in advance, you will know exactly what to bring when you travel.

The more you plan, the cheaper the flight should be for you. Try and plan your trips ahead of time and budget how much money you want to spend on flights and hotel, as well as, how much you want to spend on leisure activities. Planning out your trip in advance, helps you to manage your money properly and ensures that you will have a better time.

A plastic shoe organizer over your hotel door can keep you organized. It is difficult to stay organized away from home, with little to no storage space except your suitcase. Put an organizer over your bathroom door when you arrive, the kind with the clear pockets is best. You can use it to store your essentials and keep them where it’s easy to locate.

Bring your own travel necessities and comfort aids. Do not count on the airline that you are traveling with to provide you with things like pillows, blankets, and headsets. Bring your own so you will know that you can be as comfortable as possible during your flight and you will not be sorry.

Check the dates of the reviews that you are reading about your potential destination. Many things change with time, and a review that was written long ago may not be as accurate as you need it to be to make a sound judgment as to whether to visit or not.

When traveling by air make sure to check the TSA regulations before packing your checked and carry-on luggage. Forgetting that pocket knife in your backpack, or the glasses screwdriver in your laptop bag can result in delays and inconvenience when going through security. Also, make sure you consider security checks when dressing for travel, you’ll have to remove several items like belts as well as your shoes.

You go on vacation to have fun, but having fun should not mean letting your guard down. As we have discussed in this article, remaining safe should always be your top priority when traveling. Keeping a few basic safety tips handy can give you peace of mind, and make your trip more enjoyable too.

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