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Ideas For Cottage House Plans

Posted on January 31, 2017 in Uncategorized

Small cottage house plans are ideal in the present economic and climatic situation since they are inexpensive to build, heat, and maintain. In an era in which frugality and wise use of resources is replacing boastful strutting and ostentatious display, the cottage lifestyle is coming more and more into its own. Here are some ideas which you can incorporate into your own cottage house plan, or improve your existing cottage home.

The essence of cottage interiors is the blending of the familiar with the fresh – with matching your grandmother’s heritage silverware with your contemporary style plate or an antique chiffonier with up-to-date casements. Mixing the old with the new adds patina and personality to a cottage home and makes a unique statement about the owner. It says “home” instead of “look how rich I am!” In the same way, bold wallpaper and paint styles can be used to create a feeling of open space in smallish rooms, especially when the walls reflect decorative patterns repeated on rugs and furnishings. Again, the idea is not to create a mishmash but rather a blending of disparate elements. Bookshelves, knick-knacks, small decorative elements – even children’s artwork – can be brought together to make cottage living feel as comfortable and familiar as wearing an old favorite jacket or hat. Old style pictures in old style frames, collectible plates, even quilts can be hung on walls. Dried flower arrangements in vases or folk art sculptures can be used to decorate table tops.

The small spaces inherent in cottage house plans can be offset in part by using light, bright colors on walls to give the illusion of extra space. Using light, gauzy materials to cover window areas which allow maximum light to flood the room, and which flutter in the breeze, also help to create a sense of airiness and space. A feeling of increased height can be obtained by tasteful choice of beaded board wall coverings, vertical design wallpaper, and tall bookshelves and furnishings. The sense of the cottage lifestyle is laid-back, inviting you to slouch on the sofa, put up your feet, and rest a spell. Furnishings are unpretentious, casual, and cozy rather than stiff. You can choose a sofa for its relaxed, overstuffed attitude. The coffee table should invite people to put their feet up on it. You can just cut down a kitchen table to size, or add a glass top to a chicken coop. Wicker settees, like those used on porches, also give a feeling of relaxation and naturalness. Easy chairs should generally follow the style of the sofa, but not be exactly matching. Keep the style relaxed, eclectic, and inexpensive-looking rather than formal and intended to impress. Use casual table lamps with fabric shades in floral prints or gingham. Lamp bases can be terra-cotta, wicker, or ceramic and nothing need match anything else, as long as there is a sense of blending. The essence of cottage home plans is ease, relaxation, and feeling good about who and where you are.

Western Painting – Demoscene – The Cultural Art Sculpture

Posted on January 29, 2017 in Uncategorized

Demoscene – The Concept
Demoscene is a computer art program that helps produce demos. Demos are real time non-interactive audio-visual presentations executed on a computer. The purpose of creating them is to display programming, artistic, and musical skills.

The History
The idea of Demoscene Art appeared in 1980, from the early ‘cracking scene.’ It started gaining popularity at the time of Commodore 64 and the first Amiga computers. Then, it was mainly used for software cracking. During that period, software development was at peak and with the copy protection, such as demo version limit, CD check, serial numbers, hardware key, and embedded advertisements it became even more protected. The purpose of designing the ‘software cracking’ was to remove those protection techniques.

With the emergence of Internet, the cracking became easy and soon gained popularity worldwide. The cracking groups wanted some recognition for their work and therefore they started adding small artwork known as ‘crackto,’ to each of their works.

The Competition
The Demoscene artists faced large competition among group and against other artists, in artistic and technical superiority. Earlier, the competition was in the form of setting records, such as the number of blitter objects (‘bobs’) on the screen per frame, or the number of different Y Character position (DYCP) scrollers on a C64. Now, these competitions are more organized or ‘compos,’ mostly held in demo parties. However, there are some online competitions too. In demo parities, a ranking list of the best coders, musicians, demos, graphic artists, and other related specialists are selected on voting based charts. In 1990s, the voting based charts also diminished.

The artists or the group had to be present in these party oriented competitions and a public polling among the people present in the party would choose the winner. There were no rules for the voters. They generally voted for the entries, which made the biggest impression on them. Earlier, the artists were selected on their programming techniques, record- breaking performances, and new effects. However, now the emphasis changed from technical excellence to artistic values, like audiovisual impact, overall design, and mood.

In the recent times, an alternative way was found to award the demo artists or group by the name of Scene.org Awards. The concept was introduced to avoid the biased mass voting at the parties and to choose a renowned jury to select the artists or group for the year’s best production on various aspects like Best 64k Intro or Best Graphics.

The Demoscene is still used on many platforms, with the C64, PC, ZX, MSX, Amstrad, CPC, Amiga, Atari, Game Boy Advance, and Dreamcast. 3D benchmark programs also provide a demo, which originate its roots from the old 16-bit platforms.

Intro to Art Sculpture

Posted on January 27, 2017 in Uncategorized

Ernesto Neto

Most art is too valuable, precious, or protected by glass or chains. The saying “You can look but can’t touch” fits artwork perfectly. I was really amazed that an artist would make something that the public can step into and experience from the inside out. Neto’s Navedenga art work was a new experience for me and made me think of how I would want my artwork to be observed by the viewers. The stocking structure was made of polyamide stretch fabric, sand, Styrofoam, cloves, cord, and ribbon. When I walked in and looked up, the Styrofoam above me looked like rain. I felt like a baby inside the structure that was soft, stable and fragile at the same time. Even though the audience could not touch the sculpture, it was a great occurrence to be a part, swallowed inside an art work.

William Kentridge

When I stepped into William Kentridge’s exhibit, I was overwhelmed with different sound and music that was intertwining. After watching all the shows I saw a repetition of images like the cat, man, telephone, and rhinoceros. I wondered if these had any special meanings to the artist; does he have a cat? Does the cat represent something negative? Is the rhino an indication of Africa or money? Another thing that struck me was the use of black and white mostly with charcoal. Charcoal alone is a dark and heavy substance and Kentridge probably used it because it was easy to manipulate and gives age to work. The artist also used one additional color in some of the videos such as blue for river/water and red for blood.

Most of the Kentridge videos had some sort of narrative-personal and historic. In one room there were a few videos playing at the same time, showing how the artist created his work. The first videos at the beginning of the Kentridge exhibit were more historic and showed the history of slavery, prejudice and lynching. The artist used real videos footages in Uba tells Truth with his own images to show the struggle and nature of his work. In the ‘theater room’ there were two stage sets that had collage, images, video, music and technology working together that trap and pull you to the stage. I was amazed at the technique and technology that was used, like the ‘man running’ a moving tube, playing music in the Preparing the Flute. The music was louder and faster tone when the robotic figure was running and dramatic when the other woman-like figure was walking and bending. Majority of Kentridge videos had a rhythm, sound, voice, African music in them that made them distinct from one another and have a connection as well. I really enjoyed Kentridge’s show and it inspired me to think outside the box, made me want to make things move.

Yin Xiuzhen

As I stepped into Xiuzhen’s room there was only one thing to see, a huge minivan covered in clothing. Project 92 was something very odd to see but makes a lot of sense because of the time we are in. The van could transport a lot of people and since China has a huge population it could be economical and efficient to use. The mini wan was placed in its own small room away from all the other galleries and noise. Inside the van there was music playing, which you would usually never hear in a museum if you are looking at artworks. I loved the idea that you could walk into something, sit and even relax and enjoy a new relaxed atmosphere. I also loved that the artist used garments that people have already worn and she said that the fabric gives “traces of human experience”. There is history and a story in every shirt that makes the viewer wonder with questions like who wore it, when, was there an occasion for it and so forth. I love to reuse things and even make my own frames from the leftover of my laminate floor. Today we have to salvage up scraps and make everything last because it can be used in many forms and ways and become a useful and artistic piece.