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Street Art Photography Book Showcases The Emerald City

As the majority of us would concur, there are many forms of art. Some are traditional and others are not. Some are looked at with respect, others with a bit of disdaine. And on occasion, some have both fans and critics on both side. That is surely the case with street art.

Personally, I like it and think that fans as well as those who dismiss right away do might benefit from giving it a shot. That’s where publications like A. Tarantino’s “Seattle Street Art” (volumes 1 though 3) come in.

The photography and stories behind these books, available in both paperback and e-book, is really something to admire.

You can find out more at the official seattlesreetart.com.

 

 

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Excellent Tools for Artists to Pose Models

People can spend years learning their craft of photography, painting, drawing…but tend to confront an unexpected struggle when they first begin to work with portraits and models. It’s not the lighting, location, or other material they have that is the problem but rather figuring out how to pose subjects.

In fact, I know people with years of experience who still have a hard time working through poses. So, I had someone tell me about this series of books and figured it could benefit many creative individuals.

The “Poses for Artists” collection by author/artist Justin Matrin has four different volumes that cover everything from couples to fighting positions.

As the writer puts it – “I’m passionate about putting out unique references so artists can get inspired about figure drawing and their art. So, I put out free poses here and sell books at a discount to keep my work going and provide a pose library for others.”

The books come book print and electronic copies as paperbacks, Kindle and PDF Ebooks.

Conflict – The Key to Any Story

Basically any story ever written has some essential parts. Among such parts is conflict. Basically, there always has to be a problem of some sort and a resolution, either positive or negative, to that problem.

There are seven main formats that a writer can typically use to fit the need. These are:

Person vs. Fate/God

Example – Slaughterhouse Five

Person vs. Self

Example – A Separate Peace

Person vs. Person

Example – Les Misérables

Person vs. Society

Example – To Kill a Mockingbird

Person vs. Nature

Example – Moby Dick

Person vs. Supernatural

Example – The Odyssey 

Person vs. Technology

Example – The Terminator

 

Daydreaming in Kyoto By Dan Brook

To say Dan Brook enjoys art would be understating things to an extreme degree. While he works primarily as a political science professor in California, he also has engaged in a series of projects doing everything from photography to writing literature.

One of his really unique writings is a publication entitled “Daydreaming in Kyoto”  which is mentioned on his Smashwords page as showing “this magical city through evocative and provocative haiku and photographs.”

Check it out when you have a chance.

Daydreaming in Kyoto

 

 

Adult Coloring Books From Professional Photographs

During the last few years, the shelves in stores of all types have seen a major growth in the atsy and entertianing adult coloring book selection. Not only do these books offer an artistic option for people of all ages but it is also a good way to manage stress.

This is one of the reason’s why I’ve decided to begin selling copies of my photography pieces as pages for adult coloring. The shots below show examples from two of the categories (Landscapes and Models) in which you can find pics to order as such pages.

Price is $1.00 each per download.

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Twitter Book Summary Fun

Our society is so used to quick and easy communication these days that I recall once hearing about a little joke that people where doing writing ultra-short summaries of classic novels in the form of one tweet on their account.

While this might be a bit of an indication of the not necessary so positive but surely instantaneous desires of our time, it also gave me an idea. Not only can it be a fun game to blow off steam but it can even work as a method in practicing brevity.

For example, in journalistic writing we are encouraged to keep it short – to the point.

This is my dare to see if you can pull it off with these titles from my bookshelves:

Pride and Prejudice

The Cather In The Rye

Long Day’s Journey Into Night

A Streetcar Named Desire

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Find Books Locally

It may be hard to fathom, but with all the bookstores and web-based retail outlets like Amazon, there are times that we might find it hard to get our hands on a certain special book we want or need for some reason.

This is where a new site I came up with comes into the picture. It’s called simply Books Near Me.

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The concept is simple, as stated on the site’s home page:

Have you ever found yourself looking for a specific book but either can’t locate it, don’t want to wait for shipping or pay the fees for it, or need it right away? This site is here to assist.

The concept behind it is to make it easier to get print books when the big box stores and Internet retailers just won’t cut it. 
For example, Amazon and Barnes and Noble might not have the book you need because it is no longer in print. Or if they do, it might take a number of days to get it or cost a bunch to have it sent by mail. 
This site is designed to help you find what you need locally.

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