Monday, July 7, 2008

Take a Vacation without Leaving the House

Take a Vacation without Leaving the House

Sometimes you just need to get away, and taking a vacation is a great way to decompress and re-energize yourself. The budget doesn’t always allow the much needed getaway every time you need one though. I suggest taking a vacation in your own home; it’s cheaper and can be just as much fun.

First you have to decide where you want to go…

Once you decide on a destination, you’ll theme the whole day or evening accordingly, planning food, d├ęcor, activities, etc.

Japan
Sushi, Eat sitting on pillows on the floor, use chopsticks, and watch and Japanese movie.

Miami
Plan a latin menu and turn on the Salsa music.

These are simple ideas for a destination date night that will get your juices flowing creatively and romantically. Be as simple or as daring as you want, but most importantly have some fun.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Art Related Quotes

Artsy Quotes

“Art is a lie that makes us realize truth” – Picasso

“Every act of creation is first an act of destruction” – Picasso

“Are we to paint what’s on the face, what’s inside the face or what’s behind it?” – Picasso

“I prefer to see with closed eyes” – Josef Albers

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Cleaning Artwork

Techniques for Cleaning Acrylic Paintings

As with any surface around the home, office, or especially, in a public place, paintings become a depository for airborne dust. They can also get touched occasionally, either inadvertently or purposefully, and may become dirty as a result of frequent touching.

Cleaning of paintings by professionals in fine art conservation is the best approach to maximize longevity. They employ a tiered approach to cleaning that starts with the least intervention possible and progressively becomes more aggressive as needed. However you can do your part to keep your artwork from becoming damaged due to dirt and grime.

Recommendations
Vacuum or mop these areas, rather than sweeping, to minimize airborne dusts.

Minimize exposure of acrylics to elevated temperature, especially in combination with dusty or humid conditions. Such areas may be near hot air inlets, in direct sunlight or attics.

Minimize frequency of direct contact, such as dusting of unprotected acrylic surfaces. Instead, use compressed air.

Seek out professional services as appropriate for the piece and conditions. By virtue of training, experience, tools and techniques, the risk of damage to the painting will be much less if it is cleaned by a reputable professional in the field of fine art conservation.