Make Your Room Feel More Zen With …

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… Japanese Bedroom Furniture

A bedroom feels more Zen when it has earth colours and smooth lines, complemented by the sound of water flowing in the background. Japanese bedroom furniture is in high demand these days. It hints at the tranquillity and minimalist decor that many of us crave today. Decorators use this concept: just like the minimalism of Zen, it is not too hard to look for beautiful platform beds that are excellent copies of Japanese-styled beds. While Japanese beds were originally floor-bound with Tatami straw mats, use of very low platform beds is highly favoured these days. The same functionality and charm can be seen on the platform beds while improving on the physical appeal.

Infuse Colour With Japanese Bedroom Furniture

The infusion of colours to avoid drabness and monotony can be added on the bed linens and accent pieces. Capturing the emotions and genuine aspects of Zen into the dynamics of the bedroom demands the use of Japanese bedroom furniture to add space for the flow of energy in the room. Combine this with the grand styling of modern interior designs that promote the use of Zen. A Japanese bedroom furniture known as the Shoji screen will make your Zen bedroom look very authentic, beyond any doubt. Opt for Shoji screens if they are within your budget.

Zen Influences In Japanese Bedroom Furniture

These are made up of material like kiln-dried hardwood or match sticks and opaque rice paper. They are available in a variety of designs and materials. They can be plain or printed with Japanese logos, like the tall cranes, cherry tree, and Kanji scripts. You can choose similar themes for other furniture items like drawers, closets (oshiire) and nightstands, so as to maintain the harmony of your bedroom interiors. They can even have different designs and materials based on the Zen influence, which have a visual appeal and complement the rest of the Japanese bedroom furniture in a very pleasant and harmonious manner.

Japanese Accents On Bedroom Furniture

You can break up the black and brown combo by putting tatami mats on the floor. You can add Japanese accents, too, like a scroll and a flower arrangement in the alcove. Then throw in some brightly coloured accessories such as throw cushions, art pieces, or pottery. Red is especially popular in Asian art, but you can use other colours, too. To make your Japanese bedroom even more authentic, complement your Asian bedroom furnishings in the tatami room with a sliding paper door, called a fusuma.

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The art of Japanese, Chinese, Kanji and Maori tattoos

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Tattoos variety and popularity keep growing in any age population. There are indeed many types of tattoos you can choose from these days. Their significance and their aspect are the most important things for people deciding to have a tattoo made on their skin.

Here I’ll briefly describe Japanese, Chinese, Kanji and Maori tattoos so that you will be able to make an informed decision when you choose one of them.

Chinese tattoos are probably the most popular in the world. There are a lot of people who love these tattoos from celebrities to average people. This is because it is said that Chinese tattoos are great for their subtle communication.

They usually consist of many symbols and they have a history of more than 4000 years. There are many experts in Chinese tattooing so if you want something with a subtle sense you can choose them. Usually, women like these tattoos and this is why men like them too.

Japanese tattoos are very common in America and Europe. This is because they are said to protect the person who wears them. If you want to have a special tattoo you can think about having a Japanese one. These tattoos also have a long history. However, one downside of Japanese tattoos is that they are liked by gangsters and prostitutes all over the world too.

The Kanji tattoos are lesser known and understood by many people. This is one of the reasons why they are so special and those who understand their meaning love them. Kanji tattoos are in fact tattoos made of Chinese characters in a Japanese form.

Maori tattoos are probably some of the best tattoos in the world. Their design is great and many people love them. They are the most well known tattoos from the Polynesian islands and you should know that they are sacred among the Maori population. The New Zealand population is a very interesting one and you can begin to learn a few things about it by having a Maori tattoo.

In conclusion, there are a lot of tattoo types spread all over the world. The types here presented are among the most popular ones. They have a cultural significance and this is why people all over the world prefer these to others. Besides this, they are also great tattoos because of their design and meaning.

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Most popular tattoos – The Belly Button

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The popularity of tattoos is well known all over the world. People decide to wear tattoos for different reasons. Some of them want to show respect or love for another person, some of them want to state a principle and other do that just for the fun of it. Belly button tattoos are becoming more and more popular these days. They are usually real work of arts and this is why many people love them.

There are all types of tattoos you can choose from. The language of the tattoo, the size of it and other criteria are important for the one who is going to wear it. You probably know that you will have your tattoo forever and this is why you should choose the design carefully. Many people choose a design and then regret their choice. You should not be one of them and you should carefully browse between your alternatives.

You should not think that getting a tattoo will increase your chances of becoming unemployed because this is not the case anymore. A lot of people wear tattoos in the world and they have no problem as being seen different.

There are a few side effects and downsides of getting a belly button tattoo and you should know them before trying this. One of these downsides is that removal is an option but can be done with some costs from your side. First of all, it can be expensive and secondly you might be more exposed to hepatitis C compared to other kinds of tattoos. You would not want to risk your health and this is why you should not choose a belly button tattoo unless you really want it.

The second problem you might encounter is that belly button tattoos are seen as painful. They are indeed painful but this also depends on who is tattooing you. This is another reason why you should select your tattoo designer carefully. There are a lot of tattoo artists who can do a great job but they can also be expensive.

In conclusion, when it comes to belly button tattoos you should think twice and act once. This is because there are a few risks you will be exposed too and pain is surely one of them. If you trust your tattoo artist, this should not be a problem. Otherwise, you might choose something less painful and with lesser complications. There are a lot of body parts you can choose to tattoo instead of your belly button area.


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jean-baptiste-grancher-2 TYPE Oil-based pastel
IMAGE SIZE 30″ x 20″
AGE Circa 1960-70
SUBJECT Forest and hills

(please over $1000)

Signed lower right. Look at the beautiful and bright colours in this large work (click on images to enlarge). Pinks, oranges, greens, blues, blacks and yellows. Two exhibition catalogues included. Also studio stamped lower left. Shipped worldwide in a tube.

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From the middle of France, a native of Aubusson in Creuse. Painted in Italy and Spain under the names of both JB Grancher and JB Granger (altered for contractual purposes). Granger’s father was a blacksmith, his mother made tapestries. Very much an artistic family. He exhibited in Paris at Salon Des Independents and Salon D’Autome as well as in the USA.

Granger painted portraits, landscapes and still life. He was friend of the art critic Maximilien Gauthier (1893-1977) who was instrumental in his early exhibitions, and who described him as a leading exponent of French Social Art. Plein-air post-impressionist landscape artist whose later work were often scenes along the Vienne Valley and rustic landscapes of the lower Massif Central.

The work comes with two of Granger’s exhibition catalogues – one of which includes a photograph of the artist. You can well attach these to the back of the artwork.

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Tattoo ideas for a newbie – Some ideas for the location

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tribal-tattooThere are a lot of people who think about getting their first tattoo but they do not have any idea for the location. If you are one of them, you should read this as you will find out some great tattoo ideas.

The first thing you should know is whether you want your tattoo to be visible or not. This is very important because it will help your decision making a lot. There are several body parts you can decide to tattoo so you should know which one of them is your favorite. You can tattoo your bicep, chest, calf or other parts depending on the visibility criterion.

Another important factor to be taken into consideration is the pain involved in the process of tattooing. If you do not want to have a painful experience, you should choose the body parts that are not very sensitive. Otherwise, you will have to deal with the pain. Besides this, it is a good idea to choose a small tattoo especially if this is your first tattoo. This is because you will notice your pain tolerance and you will see whether a bigger one is an option or not.

Your lifestyle is important because interaction between tattoo visibility and social life should be also taken into consideration. If you plan on working in a corporation or you already work in one you should avoid visible tattoos as they can draw back your career. Unfortunately, there are still many people who judge differently when they notice a tattoo. On the other hand, a tattoo will not decrease your chances of getting a good job if it will not be visible at all.

As I said before there are lots of tattoo locations you can choose from. If you are still unconvinced and you do not know what to do, you should ask your friends who have tattoos. The design, the size and the location of a tattoo are its most important characteristics so you should choose them carefully. This is why a little research on your side is extremely important.

Luckily, there are also a lot of specialized forums and websites where you can find valuable information and they can help you in your decision making process. The last decision will surely be yours because you will be the one wearing the tattoo for the rest of your life. If you will follow the criteria above, chances are you will get a great tattoo and you will be satisfied with the decision.

Mastering the Art of Sports Photography

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Author: Amy

For sports enthusiasts, there’s nothing more exciting than sports people playing their favourite game. The sight of the field, rink or golf course initiates the thrill and anticipation. This, combined with digital photography, can provide some amazing photographic opportunities. However it’s not a matter of point the camera at the person diving for the ball or puck and snapping away. It’s a lot more complicated than that.

In digital photography sports can be quite challenging. The sports people do not present an easy task of being photographed because of the amount of high movement. However, you can indeed achieve great sports digital photography. Most excellent sports digital photography requires good planning and execution.

Here are some exclusive tips for gaining fantastic sports shots in your digital photography.

First things first; know your digital camera. I recommend taking note and practicing first all the settings that sports photography needed. You may find yourself going for the faster shutter speed, increased ISO and burst mode. Let’s take a look at all these things on your digital camera and see how they can be applied to give you sensational sports photos.

High shutter speeds:

As with all moving objects, in order to capture the “frozen in time” look in digital photography a fast shutter speed is required. The faster the movement the fast the shutter speed will need to be. In digital photography the general consensus is that the shutter speed needs to be faster than that of the subject. For example if you have a sliding puck across ice and there is a someone about to take a dive for it then its necessary to quickly mentally assess how fast that person might be traveling at. If they are traveling at approximately 50 kilometers (approx 32 miles) per hour then you may find a very fast shutter speed is needed for this digital photo.

A very fast shutter speed in digital photography may be anything from 500th of a second or higher. For high speed movement you may want to consider an even faster shutter speed of 1000th of a second or something in that range.

Keep in mind that in digital photography a fast shutter speed works to reduce some of the light which is why a higher ISO is often necessary. (I’ll talk about that in a minute.) Usually a if a ball, such as a baseball going at around 145 kilometers an hour (90.09 miles per hour) a shutter speed of around 1/4000 will get you that “suspended ball in mid air” type of photo. For physical movement, such as someone leaping to catch a football, a shutter speed of 1/500 or over is a good place to start.

Now this is all very well if your scene if well lit. But what if you are taking your digital photography shots indoors at night and the light is not quite enough to provide enough light? In most instances, an indoor stadium at night time will be well lit, but that doesn’t always ensure good digital photos. In sports photography we need to understand that we can only control the artistic value and input of our digital photo and the control of the camera. We can’t control the lighting on the scene being such a public event. In digital photography sports photos we must realize that it’s going to be a challenge to begin with. So here are something’s you can in your digital sports photography to increase the amount of light.

If you have a light tool on your digital camera such as a histogram you can get a good idea of what the light levels are like on your sensor. With this handy tool you can adjust the ISO at the time of your pictures taking.

Increase your ISO: A high ISO in digital photography simply means the sensitivity to light that your digital camera has. In a nutshell the more ISO you have increased the image to, the less light the sensor needs. In sports photography an ISO of 400 or higher can work really well. The downside to this is that it does increase noise. To combat this you can use noise reduction software in the post editing process such as Noise Ninja or increase the LAB mode in the post editing process. Don’t be afraid to try a few shots at 400, 800 and even as high as 1600.

Burst mode:
In most sports digital photography this will be one of the settings you will turn to. Burst mode is also known as ‘continuous shooting’. This ‘continuous’ shooting mode allows you to get a sequence of shoots in succession. You can increase your chances of getting that ideal “split second perfect shot” that you might not be able to get by pre-emption or in normal shooting. This also works so beautifully if your digital camera has a painfully long lag time. I’ve used this so many times to get around the high lag my Sony Cyber shot has got. Some cameras have 3 frames per second and some go up to 12 frames per second. You simply select this mode and hold your finger on the shutter button and it will fire off as many shots in 1 second as it can.

Okay so I’ve been talking about your digital camera and the setting’s used for ideal sports digital photography, so what about any external equipment? If you have been thinking about this you’re spot on. You can take as much time with your settings but there’s not much point if you can’t get close to the action. There’s no point having a picture with perfect lighting and perfect action if the players are like dots on a sheet of paper. You need a good telephoto lens if you can’t get close up. A telephoto lens brings you closer because of its long distance capability. It will get you closer to the action but will need a faster shutter speed.

Many fantastic sports digital photos are taken with an emphasis on a very fast shutter speed, an f stop of around the 2.8 mark to blur the background and focus in on the subject. You may find that if your sportsperson is visually separated from the background and you take the digital photograph with a telephoto lens you’ll have a more shallow depth of field which can give you a more powerful feeling in your digital photo. You can get away with a good optical zoom lens, but you’ll get far better digital sports shots with a proper telephoto.

So what about the artistic side of sports photography with your digital camera? Plenty!

Pre-emption and Emotion is the key to good art.
When taking sports photography you probably won’t find a more public display of human emotion. The emotions of a sports person range from intense anticipation to extreme disappointment or extreme exhilaration. Pre-empting when these emotions take place is they key to getting artistic and impressive sports photos. This comes with practicing your digital photography.

SO much pressure is placed on our athletes, expecting them to perform so we can enjoy the show and the investors can enjoy their returns. This is another reason why I say to get a telephoto lens so you can capture the emotions on their faces and their body language. It makes for superb photography. For ideas on ice hockey, have a look at some ice hockey images that are great study tools.

Don’t just look at these digital photos, you must study them. Take on the attitude that studying sports photography will improve your digital sports photos ten fold. You will have a style to emulate and copy to start with then eventually, when you become confident, you’ll start to adopt your own style.

Happy shooting,
Amy Renfrey

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Celtic Tattoos And Celtic Tattoo Designs

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The history of the Celts goes back for thousands of years. The Celtic people were recognized far and wide for their first-class skills in jewelry, artwork, arms and even metalworking. Regarded as ferocious battlers by the Romans, they were warriors from top to bottom. Throughout Ireland and the coastline of England you can see top-notch examples of Celtic artwork and Celtic crosses.

Full Celtic CrossOver time, modern Celtics developed and established symbols for themselves along the way. Celtic people in Northern America are known to display Celtic symbols to allow others to know that they have Celtic descent. Celtic symbols and knowledge have been passed down through the ages as their is little recognized written history retained today. Tattooing however, keeps Celtic traditions alive with the notorious Celtic cross and other common Celtic designs.

The bulk of Celtic tattoo designs and artwork come from Ireland where the history of the Celts is still very strong to this day. In Trinity College Dublin, Ireland you can see lots of documentation in manuscripts on Celtic symbols and heritage. Celtic tattooing reached its peak at about the same time that metalwork and stone work became highly desired.

Celtic knot tattoos are amongst some of the most favorite and most common designs, sporting loops with no end that symbolise a ne’er ending cycle of death and rebirth. There are also Celtic animal tattoo designs as well, which are similar in design to the knot tattoos, although the cords in the design commonly terminate in feet, tails or heads. Unless the person having the tattoo requests an end to the Celtic design to make a spiral then the Celtic knot tattoo design is usually ne’er ending.

The proper meaning of the intricate knots found in Celtic tattoos resists all type of literal translation and its significance is found at a far deeper level. The complexity of the knots shows the persistent crossing of both physical and spiritual elements. The strands and their ne’er ending path are a favorite design for Celtic tattoos, symbolizing life, faith, and love. Used for heritage as well as emotional purposes the Celtic people have used these tattoos for many years.

People who come from a Celtic lineage, Scots, Irish or Welsh, commonly find a Celtic tattoo to be a good way to express their heritage pride. As well as giving tribute to their roots these tattoos help to re-establish pride in their long history. The tattoos arent simple to do, most taking several hours. Unlike other tattoo designs, Celtic tattoos are amongst the toughest designs in the world.

If you come from a Celtic ancestry and have decided to get a Celtic tattoo, the first thing to do is find an artist capable of doing the tattoo. These designs are very challenging and not all tattoo artists can carry them out. Its a good idea to find a tattoo artist who has a history in Celtic designs, as this will ensure the tattoo is made right. The artist who makes the tattoo needs to have an eye for detail and perfect line placement which is a skill that not all tattoo artists possess.

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Portrait Photography – What Should You Know

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Author: Adriana Bella

Portrait photography deals with pictures that capture a person or a group of people where the facial expressions, the mood of the moment and the special features of the personality of the subjects are highlighted. A portrait is a well composed image of a person or a group in a still position. Portraits generally are done to remember a date or a special occasion such as a wedding, a graduation, an anniversary or a reunion.

When it comes to portrait photography it can be done on the traditional lines or it can be done in a more innovative style which will express the mood of the moment with more eloquence. Striking portraits are remembered forever and treasured by many. Traditionally, the subjects in the portrait stare straight ahead at the camera which is positioned at eye level. However if you change the angle of the camera it will add a completely different aspect to the portrait. Shooting from up, down or up close can give an interesting perspective to the whole exercise.

The most important feature in a portrait is the subject’s eyes. Looking straight down the lens is the most common and traditional way which is great for establishing a connection with the person looking at it. You can also have the subject looking off camera with the focus on something outside the frame. It is intriguing to the onlooker and created interest in the portrait. This has to be handled with care so as to keep the focus on the picture and not take it totally to the edge of it. The subject can be looking at something within the frame and this second point of interest can create its own story within the portrait.

The placement of the subject is also important to a portrait. Dead center or placing them with the use of the Rule of Thirds should be done as befits each picture that you are composing. There are no hard and fast rules about this and being imaginative will ensure a great portrait.

Another aspect of portrait photography is the lighting and how the different effects are used to highlight facial features, the body or the background. The possibilities are endless and need only be limited by your imagination. Side-lighting, backlighting and silhouetting the subject can work out perfectly for portraits. Partially obscured features at times can be very powerful in a portrait.

The traditional portrait shots have nothing to show in the way of originality. If the subject is good, the portrait is good. On the other hand if the portrait can made to look more than interesting it will really stand out. So, get the subject to do something that will involve activity and the photographs that you shoot at this time will show the subject in a more upbeat light. Less posing and more candid photographs will definitely be better. This works amazingly with children.

Focusing on a prop or a body part is another way of taking portraits. Composing the photograph can be a lot of fun when you are working with a prop or focusing on one body part. Obscuring a part of the subject in the portrait can be very powerful as this creates all sorts of emotion. One other method that can be used specially when working with children is to take a series of pictures that captures a certain movement and can be presented together as a series.

With all these tips for portrait taking you can refine your techniques even further with practice. So, experiment and learn the beat way that will suit you and make it your signature style.

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Fairy Tattoos: The Meaning and Beauty

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Author: Danny Kevant

fairyFairy tattoos are quite a popular choice for women, although they are chosen by men as well. This creature from mythology, literature, and television can be found on arms, the lower back, the shoulder, and other areas of the body. Many people choose a fairy tattoo simply because they enjoy the look of it, but these tattoos can also have a symbolic meaning that means something to the person that chooses it. No matter why you choose a fairy tattoo, you will find that they come in many different styles, colors, and designs to allow you to find the right one for your personal preferences.

The word “fairy” comes from the Latin word “fata,” which means fate. This brings to mind the underlying symbolization of destiny. This symbolism of a fairy tattoo can bring to mind passing through different stages of life or it can be a reminder of your youth. Fairies that are found in literature symbolize youthful exuberance and imagination and can mean that you want to keep the child-like qualities of imagination and wonder in your life. Whether you choose a fairy tattoo simply because of its underlying meaning or for its beauty, you will find that the most difficult process will be choosing the fairy that you like best.

Fairies like those that are seen in cartoons can be chosen or you may choose more lifelike fairies like those that are ready about in literature or mythology. You will be delighted with the many different styles of fairies that you can choose from. From flying fairies with their wings outstretched to sitting fairies and more, you can find the right fairy tattoo for your intended look on your body.

A fairy tattoo is often very detailed, which will mean that it will cost a little more than other designs and it will take somewhat longer. With the many different colors and lines that are part of making the fairy come to life on your skin, you will find that this tattoo will become a central focal point of your body to add life and beauty.

Making the decision to have a fairy tattoo applied to your body means that you are ready to take the time needed to make a significant impact upon your body and your life. The fun and whimsy of the fairy, along with the symbolism of youth and having a free spirit can come together to give you a tattoo that will express your own individuality and personality. The colors and style that are available in the selection of fairy tattoos will give your body just the right look.

Whether you choose a fairy tattoo as a reminder of innocence and child-like values or you choose it just for the beauty, you will find that a fairy tattoo can give your body great flair. From a small, intricate fairy tattoo to a larger, more detailed fairy tattoo, you will find that they can make an excellent addition to any part of your body to add a bit of personality and fun to your body.

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