Monday, February 11, 2008

AMY WINEHOUSE - A 5* Winner of the US Grammy Awards

February 10, 2008 is Amy Winehouse's Day!
Amy swept the board last night at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles (2008). She picked up a stunning 5 awards in the six categories in which she was nominated.
The music has NO BORDERS! Art has NO BORDERS! Even though Amy didn't receive a damned USA VISA [I had a similar bitter experience too] - her music travels and brings a lot of pleasure to people and music fans all over the world!

On the pictures on the left I present you the sources of inspiration for the portrait I have done. Antonio Gaudi's masique sculptures and arhitecture, and the byzantine mosaiques. Byzantine Mosaic and its traditions taken from the Great Roman Empire Art are still a great source of inspiration for me as an artist. I am putting some good examples of Byzantine Portraits of Saints and Queens with Kings. So here I will show all the main stages of creating the portrait of Amy Winehouse, the Star of the Month!

I Iwant to share and show my work that I recently did, a Pseudo Mosaic Portrait of Amy Winehouse. Her music, her style, incredible voice and original appeal inspired me so much that I wanted to create a series of her portraits, but I will share today only with the FIRST one:

Also, as I am passioned of architecture and as I love the original style of Antonio Gaudi (25 June 185210 June 1926) - his GENIAL architecture and interior designn. Especially his mosic works left a deep trace in my creativity and imagination, which have also inspired me to do a portrait in mosaique technique.

"Amy Winehouse" (2008) PseudoMosaique by Damyan TwoNine
Dimensions: A3 size : 297 x 420 mm
Support/Medium/Technique: Colored Pencils, Black Ink on Grainy Art Paper, Mixed Medium, Rapidograph.
Availability: Original Available for Sale, LTD Signed Reproductions of any size Avalable.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Looking for an Affordable Unique Gift for all Ages and All Occasions?

Many people waste time, money and stress searching for the ideal gift for a loved one or close friend only to find that after all their efforts it is received politely with a feeling that they wish you had not bothered! Others make the mistake of thinking that they need to spend a small fortune to impress the recipient. Look how many gifts were sold on ebay after Xmas! Can you imagine how you would feel if you saw one of the gifts you gave a loved one sold on ebay?!

So read this and STOP making the same mistakes, change your mindset and not only save time and money but also ensure that the recipient of your gift will be happy to receive a unique, personal and lasting present. Think back and ask yourself what really touched you when you received a gift? Was it not often the unexpected gift or the one that showed a lot of thought went into it – the gift that was given with love.

Let me give you an example if I may. I organized and led tours all over the world for international students for many years. I knew as a guide that I would be lucky to get any tips or even presents at the end as schools and students were not expected to do that…….many colleagues working in the adult tours market made much more. I liked the fun and challenge of working with youngsters and the fact that each tour was different and it allowed me to see the world and learn a lot.

You may say to me how can I find that unique meaningful gift as maybe you have or know one of the following:
- a wealthy man who has it all
- a fussy wife who has special tastes
- a teenager who changes his wants list according to the latest fad and fashion
- a well known person or celebrity who you have no idea what to give that will be liked

how about an amazing and beautiful portrait gift according to your specifications (or you can allow the artist to use his creativity and imagination as my portrait artist friend Damyan did when painting many celebrities!). When looking at this portrait artist’s site and seeing that he also does COMMISSIONS and how different and talented he is, I offered to write a page about UNIQUE GIFTS for his website as so many people do not think of ART when looking for unusual and lasting gifts that will mean something to the receiver! Of course the artist has to be talented and also offer something different with a wow factor or you risk the recipient disliking the end result.

Author David Fowler