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Listening To: BBC In Our Time: Albrecht Dürer [Podcast]

November 20th, 2020 No comments

What I'm Listening To: In Our Time: Albrecht Dürer [Podcast]

Albrecht Düre – BBC In Our Time

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the great German artist Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) who achieved fame throughout Europe for the power of his images. These range from his woodcut of a rhinoceros, to his watercolour of a young hare, to his drawing of praying hands and his stunning self-portraits such as that above (albeit here in a later monochrome reproduction) with his distinctive A D monogram. He was expected to follow his father and become a goldsmith, but found his own way to be a great artist, taking public commissions that built his reputation but did not pay, while creating a market for his prints, and he captured the timeless and the new in a world of great change.

With

Susan Foister
Deputy Director and Curator of German Paintings at the National Gallery

Giulia Bartrum
Freelance art historian and Former Curator of German Prints and Drawings at the British Museum

Ulinka Rublack
Professor of Early Modern European History and Fellow of St John’s College, University of Cambridge

Listen to this podcast

Links and Further Reading on the BBC Web Site

Learn Something New: Nature journaling and conservation via MetaFilter

August 30th, 2020 Comments off
Nature journaling and conservation via MetaFilter
 
Nature journaling and conservation via MetaFilter
 

The John Muir Laws blog features lots of educational resources about nature journaling and sketching in a variety of mediums, intermixed with conservation information. Also offers resources for educators.

Some of the good stuff (a sample, there’s too much to link, the whole blog archive is a treasure trove)

5 minute landscape in watercolor pencil

How to draw: birds mammals plants

Step by step: watercolor iris in colored pencilnorthern parula with watercolor

Read Nature journaling and conservation via MetaFilter


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A Time for Making via Kanopy [Video]

August 22nd, 2020 Comments off

How a recording-studio mishap shaped ’80s music via Vox on YouTube

June 20th, 2020 Comments off
How a recording-studio mishap shaped '80s music via Vox on YouTube

Warning: This is an unapologetic ode to gated reverb drums

Here’s a Spotify playlist of some of the best gated reverb songs,

Over the past few years a general nostalgia for the 1980s has infiltrated music, film, and television. I deeply love those gated reverb drums of the ’80s – you know that punchy percussive sound popularized by Phil Collins and Prince? So for my second episode of Vox Pop’s Earworm I spoke with two Berklee College of Music professors, Susan Rogers and Prince Charles Alexander, to figure out just how that sound came to be, what makes it so damn punchy, and why it’s back. 

Why You Need a Mindful Journaling Practice via Dumb Little Man – Tips for Life

April 25th, 2020 Comments off

Each person should find time to have a break and think about what is bothering them. Mindful journaling will help to figure out what is in your heart.

Our hectic lifestyles lead to stress, depression, and other similar problems. Nearly all people have this feeling when everything seems to be fine, but something is wrong. You can be successful, you can have a great life and no complaints, but some event or even conversation might leave a trace in life. Mindful journaling is a practice that is targeted at finding out what is wrong.

When you can’t get over something bad or negative, mindful journaling is supposed to help in soothing your mind. You need to find time for yourself, to focus on what is bothering you, and to figure out why you are experiencing certain feelings. Such a practice will help to categorize your feelings, to understand yourself better.

Home School: A Photographer’s Guide To ‘Slow Seeing’ The Beauty In Everyday Nature via NPR.org

April 18th, 2020 Comments off
Home School: A Photographer's Guide To 'Slow Seeing' The Beauty In Everyday Nature via NPR.org

At first glance, you might see a jumble of weeds, a thicket of twigs, a heap of dying leaves. You might be inclined to stop looking at this point.

Janelle Lynch invites you to look closer, and slower. She’d want you to see each image as a world in itself — not an accidental grouping of plant matter, but a well-ordered composition created by nature and fixed in time and space by her 8-by-10-inch large-format camera.

Read A Photographer’s Guide To ‘Slow Seeing’ The Beauty In Everyday Nature via NPR.org




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Home School: How KLAUS Was Rendered via Tom Preston on YouTube

April 13th, 2020 Comments off

This is a quick summary of how the film Klaus was lit and colored based on research and a few clips demonstrating the technology used.

Please keep in mind this is based on a handful of interviews and demonstration clips I’ve found online and may not be 100% exactly how the process was done, but I’ve tried my best to summarize the process as clearly as I can. The whole process is still being kept rather secretive and the information is limited.

I freely admit I might be wrong about some of the finer details.

Watch How KLAUS Was Rendered


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Home School: New Year’s Resolutions for Creative Photographers via Digital Photography School

April 13th, 2020 Comments off

Take some time to review the photos that you’ve taken during the past year. Pick out the ones that you like the most and try to think about why they make you feel that way. Are they perhaps full of happy memories? Or did they mark a moment when you understood a new technique?

Consider turning your favorite photos from the year into a photo book to permanently make a record of what you achieved. Think of it as being like a journal of your hobby that you can look back on in the future to see how much your approach to taking photographs has changed.

Read New Year’s Resolutions for Creative Photographers via Digital Photography School





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Home School: Primitive Technology: Pot Made of Wood Ash – New Clay Alternative via Primitive Technology on YouTube

April 10th, 2020 Comments off

After COVID-19 – 3 in a series – The Great Reset 2020 and You!

April 5th, 2020 Comments off

 

After COVID-19 - 3 in a series - The Great Reset 2020

Aleksandar Cvetanovic

As with all global or national calamities, COVID-019 is going to cause a huge “reset” in its wake. Like 9/11, the 1918 Pandemic, Hurricanes, Tornados and more, people take stock in their lives and, in some cases, discover there is something more important than what they were doing before the crisis. It is only natural when faced with your mortality to reevaluate your life. What would people say about you had you died at that moment? How would your obituary read?

Alfred Nobel had a similar, personal, epiphany when he awoke one morning to find his obituary in place of his brother’s, who had died the day before. The newspapers obituary was scathing. It called him the “mercchant of death” and said “Dr. Alfred Nobel, who became rich by finding ways to kill more people faster than ever before, died yesterday.” Alfred created the Nobel Prize as a way of recovering his reputation, and perhaps, purging himself of a small bit of his guilt over all the harm his creations had caused.

While I don’t believe that any of us carry the guilt the Nobel did, we can still take a good example from his horrible experience.

  • Are you accomplishing what you want in life?
  • Are you affecting the world, both your small, local, world and the world at large?
  • What small concrete actions can you take to have that effect?
  • What long postponed change do you need to make NOW?
  • What is stopping you?
  • Why?

The world is being turned upside down in the wake of COVID-19 and instead of worrying about it, perhaps we can imagine how we can use this Great Reset to craft a new day, a new life and a new world for everyone!