Artistic, musical, creative, and entertaining topics of art about all things geek.
The Art in 14th Century Sword Fighting
Graham Sue-A-Quan’s nervous energy bounces into the room before he does. He is a gangly man wearing a large T-shirt; it hangs from his limbs like a blanket on a clothesline. Whenever Graham Sue-A-Quan grapples, he makes sure to let his partners know that he is “brand new at this.” He has been here two weeks, and it is obvious in the way he toes around people to get a drink from the water dispenser.
"The Fighting Temeraire", by J M W Turner
“The Fighting Temeraire” (the full title includes the words “tugged to her last berth to be broken up”) is possibly the best-known painting by JMW Turner (1775-1851) and is one of the major attractions of the National Gallery, London. It is a masterpiece of light and colour, and one of the most atmospheric works of art ever committed to canvas.
"The Swing", by Jean-Honoré Fragonard
Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806) was an 18th century French painter best known for his works in the Rococo style, although he later turned his attention to Neoclassicism. Rococo was a reaction to the formalism of Baroque, and was typified by excessive ornament and an emphasis on lightness, playfulness and intimacy. “The Swing”, painted in 1767, is often referred to as a prime example of French Rococo, and with good reason.
The Adoration of the Shepherds
The subject of the Adoration of the Shepherds was extremely popular among painters during the Renaissance, and continued to be so in later centuries. During an age when very few ordinary people could read or write, and in Catholic Europe the services were conducted in Latin, there was a ready market for images that could involve lay people in their religion, and many Bible scenes were painted for display in churches.
The Art of Improvisation.
Google provides the following definition to improvisation: "Something that is improvised, in particular a piece of music, drama, etc. created spontaneously or without preparation." There is nothing wrong with this description but it is a bit light when it comes to capturing the art of improvisation. Yes, I used the word "art". The five years that I spent improvising with a French team in London have convinced me that improvisation has carved a very distinct place of its own in the league of performing arts. This opinion might spark some debate but it is not the purpose of this article.
10 tattoos you should get and why
Unlike decades ago when tattoos were really only acceptable in the military, they have now become incredibly popular. People, especially teenagers, get them for all kinds of reasons. To show what means something to them, their beliefs, to stand out, and even as a protest. Picking your tattoos is important, they're for life after all. So you might be asking yourself, what's the right tattoo for? Fear not, here is a handy guide of ten types of tattoos to help you decide. Please note, not all tattoos fall in these categories, but the majority do. And the advice given here can apply to any tattoo. Please remember to think before you ink.
My Idea of Netflix and Chill
Ok. So honest confession here. My definition of Netflix and Chill, is NOT what the kids have attributed it as being. I have ADCD, Attention Deficit Crafting Disorder. I have not coined that term myself. Thought I did, but I looked it up just now. Seems several of my fellow creative geniuses have this same disorder.
I’ve created numerous fictional characters in my writing. A number of them have tattoos that I will never get but maybe you’ll still enjoy them.
From Script to Screen, And Everything Between: How An Artist Can Help You Turn Your Prose into the Perfect TV / Movie Pitch
I was born to be a storyteller. From the moment I could think, I was thinking up stories. Ideas came to me like they had been sent to my brain by lightning strike, and the energy flowed into my hand and out in the form of thoroughly imagined youthful adventures. My childhood was filled with writing; grabbing any surface or loose-leaf I could find and scribbling words that leaked uncontrollably out of me. The process of writing was rarely something I agonized over; when I was younger, sentences leaped from my fingertips without my command, and I didn't pay much attention to re-reading what I had done and judging its merit-- I was more interested in what my hand was scrawling out next.
Through Darkest Dungeons Are Formed The Greatest Friends
What interests do you hold as a person? Do you like imagining far away realms where magic can occur? Do you like looking at old maps and wondering what it must be like to inhabit those places? Do you enjoy artistic and crafty endeavors showing the beauty of the world in microcosm? You are here reading this story and quite possibly many others hosted on this platform, so I am willing to bet that you enjoy good story telling. And who among us does not? With the film industry raking in billions of dollars every year, it is safe to say that the world puts a lot of value on stories. And there is no better medium to tell stories than Table Top Role Playing Games (or TTRPGs)!
Donatello's statue of David
Donatello (full name Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi) was probably born in 1386 (in Florence) and was apprenticed to the sculptor and goldsmith Lorenzo Ghiberti, with whom he worked on a number of commissions for statues to adorn churches and other buildings in Florence. He also spent three years in Rome working for the architect Filippo Brunelleschi.
Animation: A Passion Born from Art and Storytelling
It all begins with teeth. It's an instant change-- suddenly, you're bitten by the creative-bug and it never really lets you go. Lockjaw, like a dog with a rope toy, shaking you by your shoulders and yanking you into action.