Sunday, March 30, 2014

Toni Grote, Contemporary Folk Artist, Painter

Toni Grote is a folk artist that lives in Iowa. She paints nature scenes, and I really like her work. She has studied graphic art, but considers herself a folk artist. She paints with acrylic on tin, masonite, or wood.

You can see her work at Pinterest, or at Toni Grote Folk Artist .

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel Superhero Team, 2014

From clipartsfree.net
Guardians of the Galaxy is going to stand on the foundations of the comics of 2008. In this storyline, aliens join forces against combatants like Thanos and Ronan the Accuser who is an affiliate of Accuser Corps. The Corps are military administrators of government and jurists.

Thanos tries continually to court Mistress Death, which is born out in the comics. His big play was grabbing the Infinity Gems. These jewels have immense power.

Nebula the space pirate is in the movie. She had formerly captured the huge spaceship, Sanctuary II, that Thanos had commanded.

The movie is sure to be an action, adventure, edge of your seat ride. The cheeky Peter Quill steals a secretive orb that Ronan lusts after, and a bounty hunt ensues. Quill joins in a letup of differences with four oddballs to dodge Ronan's fierce manhunt: Groot, a human kind of tree, Gamora, Thano's adopted daughter, Rocket, a gun packing raccoon, and Drax the Destroyer.

Quill learns of the authentic power of the stone, and the threat Ronan that would wield with it in his possession. He decides to assemble his oddball opponents against a huge menace to the universe.

It hits the theaters 08/01/14.


Credits

  • Director, James Gunn
  • Writer of screenplay, James Gunn
  • Story Writer, Nicole Perlman and Gunn

Stars

  • Vin Diesel
  • Bradley Cooper (Rocket's voice)
  • Chris Pratt
  • Dave Bautista
  • Zoe Saldana
  • Karen Gillian
  • Lee Pace
  • Djimon Hounsou

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

G.K. Chesterton Art quote

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"Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.” ~G.K. Chesterton

Chesterton always makes you think. Even a one liner from him is full of meaning. In creating art, the artist must draw the line, daub the brush, mold the clay, or write the words, and if the work has a deeper meaning the lines of thought it brings forth will point to something definite.

Like morality it will make a definite statement and not be wishy-washy.



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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Mad Scientists, Alchemists in Literature (1)

Alchemy was the route of the mad scientist prior to the modern concept of the character type.
By Izzy at clker.com
Prometheus is the exception because he stole fire from the gods. That is a mythical technological advancement; it puts him in the category according to some writers.

Dictionary.com defines alchemy as a kind of chemistry and speculative philosophy. It explains that it was popular during the Medieval Period, and it was primarily involved with trying to change baser metals into gold.

Christopher Marlowe's Dr. Faustus is obsessed with alchemy, and treads the evil path to damnation. It sounds mad but not scientific. The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus was published in 1604.

By OCAL at clker.com
The mad scientist theme of modern times came from Mary Shelly's book Frankenstein (1818). But the doctor was influenced by an alchemist Cornelius Agrippa. According to Merriam-Webster, one definition of alchemy is " a power or process that changes or transforms something in a mysterious or impressive way." The doctor transforms body parts into a living creature using electricity.

Dr. Victor Frankenstein did horrible things with corpses trying to invent life apart from God. He thought his creature was appalling and was afraid of him.

When the creature had to make it on his own, his attempts to get along with people were bumbling. He started as gentle and naive, but the monster got hurt and stuck for revenge against his creator. Eventually, the monster in the movies was known as Frankenstein.

But are the stories that involve alchemy and not modern science really about mad scientists, or mad alchemists? But perhaps that is splitting hairs. Dr. Frankenstein did use electricity, so his experimentation is a little different, but alchemists used chemicals. Ah. Where to draw the line is the question.

Consider the Strange Case of Dr. Henry Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, wherein Gabriel John Utterson probes into the odd matters encompassing Dr. Jekyll, as Mr. Hyde takes over his personality, thus a battle of ultimate good and evil ensues. The doctor makes a tincture of a specific salt, but doesn't reveal the other ingredients. Alchemy perhaps?

He experiments on himself and discovers a despicable inner self. His objective was to control and rattle, or set in motion the fortress of identity. Apparently, he reached his goal, but it wasn't what he thought it would be.

The Island of Dr. Moreau  is a novel by H.G. Wells published in 1896. Moreau conducts animal experimentation trying to concoct them into humans. The doctor thinks this is alright, though trying to make people into animals would be coarse.

Edward Prendick is shipwrecked on the South Sea island where Dr. Moreau resides. Pendrick finds out about the experiments by encountering some of the creatures the doctor put together.  He is concerned that he may be a victim of the scientist madness, and he isn't a welcomed visitor. The doctor is killed by one of his creations. Prendick lives on the island and leaves when a drifting boat appears, and he is rescued.

Back in London, people think he is crazy when he tells his story. He fakes amnesia and moves to the country to get away from people because he thinks they might go back to an animal like existence.

Doctor Moreau definitely takes the mad scientist from alchemy to actual science using vivisection. All of these stories are concerned with philosophical and moral issues, and are well written stories, which is why they have endured the test of time.




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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Paul Cezanne Art Quote, Constructive Brushstrokes, Post Impressionist

“A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.” -- Paul Cezanne
Paul Cezanne, 1861, Public Domain

That is a statement that touches the artist in me. Of course, some art is more technical than other art, such as commercial art. But art that gets to me and inspires and gives me joy expresses emotion.

Art that expresses feelings in color, or brush strokes hits home. This is the kind of painting that I like the most. This can also be done in a drawing.

Cezanne's Brushstrokes 

The conventional brushstroke technique was to paint bigger strokes in the foreground and smaller brushstrokes moving to the background that continue to diminish in size. This method showed the distance of objects.

L'Estaque, Cezanne, 1883-1885
In contrast, Cezanne regularized his painting strokes. He created a technique called "constructive brushstrokes." Foregoing  perspective and foreshortening, he balanced warm and cool colors using them to move up, or move back the painting's objects.

Maybe being a French artist made Cezanne more emotional, or perhaps it was just part of his nature. He was a Post Impressionist meaning that he wanted to convey emotion in his work, rather than going for the optical concerns of the Impressionists.


Pyramid of Skulls, Cezanne, 1901
When he was older, he painted a few still life's that utilized a pile of skulls. Now that is emotional and a sad depiction of his resignation to death some say.

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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Why People Read Science Fiction

By OCAL at clker.com
The science fiction reader is a thinker that likes extrapolation. The genre is full of projections into what the unknown future might be like scientifically in a fanciful context. The theoretical elements can be speculated from real science, or hypothesized physical laws.

This reader also likes adventure, action, and speculations about philosophical and political issues. This genre deals with those topics. Though many fans lean more towards hard, or soft sci-fi stories.

There are a lot of sub-genres in sifi. This factor appeals to various reading tastes. The basic division is between hard and soft sci-fi. Hard sci-fi is accurate in its scientific details in chemistry, physics, and astrophysics. It meticulously describes places that forward technology could achieve. It deals with the plausible.That is a working definition that some people would disagree with in some way. This appeals to some readers and puts off others depending on how in depth it is, or if the story ignores the human element.

Soft science fiction relies on economics, psychology, anthropology, and sociology. It explores how people interact in an illusory world. The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction defines it as "science fiction that deals primarily with advancements in, or extrapolations based on, the soft sciences."

In Age of Wonders № 15 D. Hartwell says there are two kinds:  one in which the character is more important than the SF idea; the other focusing on any science other than physics or chemistry (1984).

By OCAL at clker.com
P. Anderson Ideas for SF Writer (Sept.) № 24/2 explains: Two streams run through science fiction. The second derives from H.G. Wells. His own ideas were brilliant, but he didn't care how implausible they might be, an invisible man or a time machine or whatever. He concentrated on the characters, their emotions and interactions. Today, we usually speak of these two streams as "hard" and "soft" science fiction (1998).

Whatever the reader's preference in type of sci-fi, it is an escapist habit like reading fiction in general, but more so because the reader escapes into another world as in the concept of world building. The writer has to create a world the reader will accept.

So, people read science fiction because they like exploring imaginary worlds, experiencing adventure and action vicariously, thinking about philosophical ideas in an entertaining way, and speculating about scientific possibilities.




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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Muppets Most Wanted, 2014, Kermit

The Muppets are touring Europe in Muppets Most Wanted and a jewel pilferage lead by a Kermit doppelganger causes the gang a heap of trouble and brings on the adventure in Europe.

Constantine, the ultimate criminal is the Kermit look alike, and he mastermind's the plan for the heist with the aid of his associate Dominic, played by Ricky Grevais. Tina Fey is a security guard and Ty Burrell is an Interpol agent.

This is a Walt Disney musical comedy film. It's the sequel of The Muppets of  2011.  The filming began in 2013 in London. It's coming to theaters
By Midnight 7 at clker.com
on March 21, 2014.

Muppet and caper fans get ready for a fun ride at the movies.

  • Director: James Bobin
  • Producers: David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman
  • Writers: Bobin and Nicholas  Stoller
  • Songwriter: Bret McKenzie


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Friday, February 21, 2014

Superheros: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

By OCAL at clker.com

This movie promises to be a great superhero, action-adventure sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger.

Two years have passed after the battle of New York. Our hero continues to travail in an effort to adjust to the contemporary world. But a S.H.I.E.L.D. cohort is bashed, and Steve Rogers (Captain America) gets caught up in an enigma that might jeopardize the world.

He and Natahsa Romanoff (Black Widow) team up to reveal the dastardly plot to demolish the world and recreate it. Someone inside S.H.I.E.L.D. is behind this conspiracy; at first, Nick Fury sides with this rogue. Captain America, Black Widow, and Falcon unexpectedly skirmish with James (Bucky) Barnes (The Winter Soldier) and once the sidekick of Cap.

If it is as good as its predecessor, this film will deliver a fun and exciting film experience.

Stars

  • Chris Evans
  • Scarlett Johansson
  • Samuel L. Jackson
  • Sebastian Stan
  • Anthony Mackie
Anthony and Joe Russo directed the film.  Kevin Feige produced the movie and Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus wrote the screenplay..



Monday, February 17, 2014

Art Attack Series, Episodes

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Have you heard of Art Attack? This phrase applies to a British TV show, art shows in different cities, and a game. It's a discovery for me. Apparently, the Art Attack show was very popular. Seems that the name inspired people to use it for other art related things or the show used an already popular idea.

It was a children's program that aired from 1990 to 2007 with the first host Neil Buchanan, Jassa Ahluwalia hosted Series 21 in 2011, and Lloyd Warbey hosted Series 22 in 2012. The program centered on art. It was a Disney Junior show.

It strikes me as a fun show idea.

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