Cropping Art Really Can Make a Difference

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At times, it is tough to crop a drawing or painting if the vision was to have an image as a whole. After all, the initial scene is what prompted the piece for the artist, at least in many cases.

Sometimes, though, when a final piece just does not look “right,” it really can help to crop it. That was the case with a recent palette knife painting. The painting was done in acrylics with mainly a palette knife — a great look for something more impressionistic.

This acrylic painting was done from a photo taken at the seashore and depicts a lady and either her daughter or granddaughter standing at the edge of the sea, gazing out at its waves.

Copying the scene as closely as possible to its original became a bit of a challenge because the water stretched all the way from the sand to the top of the photo — there was no horizon or sky shown in the original photograph. So when translated into a painting, it’s a bit unclear when analyzing it whether the top area is the sky with clouds or sea foam on more waves.

"Art the Seashore" (acrylic on canvas) | Featured in the Blog "Cropping Art Really Can Make a Difference" by Brenna Pierson | artisticallywriting.com | authorbrennapierson.wordpress.com(The image before it was cropped)

That, of course, was a bit of a bummer — especially because we expect to see some skyline above the ocean. Luckily, cropping the image lessens the awkward effect.

"Art the Seashore" (acrylic on canvas) | Featured in the Blog "Cropping Art Really Can Make a Difference" by Brenna Pierson | artisticallywriting.com | authorbrennapierson.wordpress.com(“At the Seashore,” acrylic on canvas: final version)

So though this one didn’t turn out perfectly, cropping did make a difference so that it wasn’t a complete loss. It does look more abstract than intended — but there’s always a lesson to learn, isn’t there?

 

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Literary Desserts (in Theory)

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Everybody loves dessert — including favorite literary characters! What would these characters crave when it comes to satiating their sweet tooth? Here are some tempting possibilities.

Count Dracula: Cherry Pie

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Just as with his donut choice, Count Dracula’s favorite dessert would include a nice, oozing red filling.

Orpheus: Baklava

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Being a character of Greek myths, Orpheus would of course prefer a traditional Greek dessert.

Scrooge: Pound Cake

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Spending money on fancy dessert simply is a waste to Ebeneezer Scrooge — that’s why he would opt for a regular pound cake, sans toppings.

Frodo: Scalloped Apples

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Apples picked fresh off the tree and made into scalloped apples would likely be a choice of Mr. Frodo Baggins of the Shire.

Winnie the Pooh: Honey Cupcakes

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Such bright and beautiful desserts as cupcakes are perfect for Winnie the Pooh–and of course, his favorite flavor is honey.

King Arthur: Custard Tart

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A popular medieval dessert, the custard tart is a hearty dessert fit for the King of Camelot.

Dorian Gray: Tira Misu

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Why, only something as decadent as the most perfectly made portion of tira misu would do for Dorian Gray!

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And for one of my characters, Archaeologist Anna Purgitt: Egyptian Rice Pudding

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Drawing off her expertise in the ancient world and having tried all kinds of olden dessert re-creations, Anna prefers the simple-yet-sweet Egyptian rice pudding for dessert.

Anna Purgitt is featured in the short story, “Revvel’s Tomb.”

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Retro Trends aren’t Just Nostalgia: Here’s Why (Part Two)

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In the last post, we talked a bit about retro being a need and how past decades were more creative, starting with the 80’s look.

Yet with all the creativity in the 80’s and past decades in general, how could this topic be just one post? It isn’t! So let’s keep taking a look at why retro still rocks, picking it up with 80’s accessories.

80’s Accessories

Though we previously talked about the 80’s look, accessories still deserve a shout-out. Here are just a couple of reasons.

Huge, Colorful Hoop Earrings and Swatch Watches

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There were a lot of accessories that had their hey-day in the 80’s, like huge hoop earrings.

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Swatch watches were the watch it seemed everyone had — and no, the watch shown may not be a Swatch, but it’s similar. Swatch did become popular in the 80’s, as did Bongo, Guess and a lot of other great brands.

 

80’s Culture

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80’s culture in general was just fun. Think about it: This was the era of carting around boomboxes with synthesizer music. It was the era when exercising was fun, thanks to the aerobics craze. And if anything should be dreadful, it would be exercise, right? Still, the 80’s found a way to make exercise fun.

Okay, there are some fun types of exercise out there right now, but do they compare to aerobics?

Back to the 70’s

The 70’s had just as much style as the 80’s — and a lot of it can be found in 70’s culture, which was anything but mundane.

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The 70’s brought us the lava lamp, a style that is still loved today. You see a lava lamp, and how could you not think of the 70’s? It’s simply not possible to separate the two.

 

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Not to mention that the 70’s brought us disco. See again how the word “boring” could never be used to describe past decades? And this is true of just about every decade before the 70’s — it doesn’t stop there.

The Verdict: The Present Day is Missing Something

While the new millennium has given us a ton of technology, the present day is lacking in some way. And we’re looking to the past, in a sense, to make us feel better. Sure, we have apps for everything, can find out what’s going on anywhere, and have all the information we need at our fingertips — so why are we still seemingly discontent with the present? Because there was a lot of creativity that used to be embedded in our daily routines without us even realizing it.

In a way, we’ve lost it — and at least for now, the best place to find it is in the past.

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