Art is inspired by many things. Nature, love and even sports can inspire artistic expression. It is no wonder that sports are often an inspiration for art. There are some pretty famous pieces of art that are based on sports or sports figures. Some are pretty obviously sports inspired while others are a bit more obscure or even abstract. LeRoy Neiman made a career out of his sport inspired artwork.
Gabriel Orozco is an artist from Mexico. He is famous for working with photographs and sculptures but also works in different mediums. One of his works, entitled Pelota Ponchada or (Pinched Ball) is a photograph of a deflated futbol or soccer ball filled with a tiny puddle of water. It was recently auctioned off for close to 40, 000 dollars.
The MoMa has a lot of inspired art. One piece by Jeff Koons uses basketballs suspended in a fish tank. It may sound simplistic but there is a deeper meaning. Koons uses the basketballs as a representative of the human experience. Inflated they representative life deflated they would represent death. Artists sometimes express complex concepts with simple objects. Other artists are more straightforward in their approach.
Artist Opie Otterstad was recently commissioned to do a series of paintings to commemorate the 75th anniversary of College basketball’s NCAA tournament. As part of the series he will be depicting each of the game winning coaches over the 75 year history of the tournament. March madness is a special event and the paintings will certainly be a big part of the celebration. As you enjoy this year’s tournament you can bet on NCAA tournament games to have their share of drama and maybe you will be inspired to create a piece of art that reflects the beauty of the sport. If you are lucky enough to attend the game you may even spot one of Otterstad’s paintings.
Halloween is a very fun time of year because everyone gets to be dressed up, and also go to parties that can be really fun. If you are thinking of hosting a haunted house at your home then a Halloween party following, then you need to get yourself properly prepared. You have a lot of work to do before you are able to have your event.
Planning Your Party
Since you're going to have a haunted house you need to get yourself properly prepared for that. You may need to have a few friends help you get your house properly decorated. Then for your Halloween party you will need to be sure that you have plenty of party games for Halloween. If it any time you are having a hard time figuring out what type of games to play, you should always make sure you take some time and research on the Internet which games are popular for Halloween.
Putting It All Together
This might seem slightly stressful, but you should never worry because getting ready for Halloween parties is going to be a fun time and you should have a blast doing everything. It also gives you time to bond with your friends and families so that everyone can have a good time. It is a good idea that you have a checklist so that you are able to go over everything. You never want to forget something when you are getting ready for Halloween, because you do not want to disappoint your guests.
Your Halloween party is going to be wonderful, and everyone is going to love your haunted house. You should be very proud of yourself for all of the hard work you put into having a wonderful event.
The yuletide is almost upon us and it’s time to start thinking about those special gifts for all your loved ones and friends. Some people start shopping for gifts at the beginning of the year just to avoid the Christmas rush. Of course there are those who wait until the eleventh hour to do their shopping; but it’s never too early to start thinking about presents for all those special people in your life.
Presents under the Tree
When Christmas rolls around we all start thinking about Christmas gift ideas. Often times we also start thinking about how far in debt we may go to make all those Christmas wishes come true! When you begin planning your Christmas list, why not think about something a little different and creative this year, like a homemade gift instead of something store-bought? There are so many things one can do to create a truly memorable gift that will be remembered for years to come; but how to get started?
Simple is Often Best
I’m sure we have all had a Christmas fruitcake made by our aunt Ginny that sometimes spends the entire year in the tin it came in and never gets eaten. But there are so many other things one can make besides food items that will be a big hit come Christmas day. You can start simple by maybe making your own Christmas cards. There are so many software programs out there which make creating cards super easy. If you’re handy at sewing, you can put some things together which won’t cost an arm and a leg and bring big smiles. A visit to the local arts and crafts store will give you some great ideas to start your Christmas gift factory!
Who were some of the greatest running backs of all time? The patterns they run, the fluidity with which they move; they way they spin and dodge—it all combines for some of not only the most entertaining moments of the game but for a true study of art as it relates to form and the body in motion.
The #1 Running Running Back
Small wonder that when you talk about the greatest RB’s of all NFL history the distinction of being #1 probably had everything to do with how many Detroit Lions Tickets used to sell in past seasons. Barry Sanders was beauty in motion. The Hall of Famer retired too early for fans but none too early for the player himself who complained of burnout. But while he played he was a sight to behold. His body movements and lines were in and of themselves an art form. Of course Mr. Sanders isn’t the only one on the list of the greatest.
Let’s Look at the Other Top 9
The (in his heyday) Houston Oiler Earl Campbell brings up the rear of the list but with only 10 to choose from—that’s not half bad. The rest are as follows listed with the team with which they had their biggest years: # 9—Buffalo Bills O.J. Simpson; #8—L.A. Raiders Bo Jackson; #7—St. Louis Rams Marshall Faulk; #6—Minnesota Vikings Adrian Peterson; #5—L.A. Rams Eric Dickerson; #4—San Diego Chargers LaDainian Tomlinson; #3—Cleveland Browns Jim Brown; and at the #2 best running back in NFL history we have none other than the Chicago Bears’ Walter Payton.
Each and every one of these individual’s performances did, in their own right, combine through the years to define the position of NFL running back as we know it today. And as rough and tumble as professional football can be these men have taken a simple game of ‘catch me if you can’ and transformed it into a flowing work of art.
It’s not easy to make it as an artist in today’s unique world. In fact, most of the artists today are struggling and out of work. If you are an artist, be realistic about your earning probability. Here are some guidelines to give you perspective on success that you can obtain.
Paying the Bills
Although every artist would like to be rich, this is rarely the case for most artists. Instead, successful artists are usually the ones who have managed to pay the bills. They are not worried about taking out payday loans online. Instead, they have developed a decent cash flow that allows them to pay for their rent, food, car, and other necessities. You may not be rich. However, if you can pay your expenses, you are doing well as an artist.
Next, work to develop a following as an artist. Some artists think that it’s good not to be respected in their own time. And while this may be true for some of today’s famous artists, they would have probably enjoyed a little respect when they were alive. Part of success comes from the “slap on the back” or that little compliment here and there. It’s nice to be told that you are good at what you do. If you are an artist, you don’t want to wait until you die for this acclaim to grow.
Finally, all successful artists are unique. If you have managed to create something unique for the world to see, you can call yourself a successful artist. Many artists spend too much time copying others. This is not art. Anyone can copy something good. However, few can create something different. This should be your goal as an artist. With a little effort you will succeed.
Good luck on your trek to success as an artist.
Are you an aspiring artist? If so, you have unique talents to offer to the world. Many people rely on artists daily. However, finding these people can take work. They might not show up on your doorstep. And you probably don’t have the money to hire advertising agencies Washington dc either. Fortunately, there are several ways you can advertise your own art and self-promote.
Websites and Blogs
Many graphic artists advertise their art on websites or blogs. This is a great way to get recognition. What blogs or websites do you know that are popular? Chances are you have a friend or two with a popular one. Volunteer to update their design. Ask for an advertisement on their homepage to recognize you. A small button with your name and logo is sufficient. It will help individuals identify who designed the site. Plus, it is a great resource for them if they need web design. This is great exposure for you – especially if the site gets a lot of traffic.
Another advertising option is clothing. You can do a lot of unique things with clothing. Design a hat, t-shirt, or even shoes. Let your friends wear these items. When they wear them, they will be promoting you directly. They will become your brand ambassador. When people ask about their clothes, they can tell their friends about this great artist they know. This is a simple and effective way to advertise. Just make sure you put your best work into this project.
Finally, consider displaying your art at a local art show. Many cities and art galleries often display art from local artists. Ask around and find out who would be willing to display your work. This way you do not have to pay a high gallery fee to get exposure. And, you never know, you might even sell a few pieces at the same time.
Be creative when it comes to advertising your art. Remember, you have a great service to offer. The trick is to find the people in need of your work. They are out there. With effective advertising you can find them.