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A Look Back at the Origin and Boom of Landscape Paintings



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Nature is one aspect of life that always reminds us of the immense beauty that lies in the depth of vast oceans, the limitless perspectives that are present in the boundless sky and the ever-appealing essence of trees, mountains, and rivers.

No one in this world has ever criticised the dazzling charm of the natural beauty that resides everywhere we go. May be this is why artists identified the humungous opportunity that lies in nature and decided to brush it up.

Landscape paintings are the mannerism in which artisans use colour, imagination and aesthetic designs to showcase the hidden message that lies in the alluring appearance of scenic beauty.

If you have ever tried to buy art that signifies the grace of nature, you must have dreamt of getting hands on the impeccable countryside of Monet (French), Pissarro, and Cezanne.

But, the practice of sketching or painting landscape goes back to the ages when artists used to adorn the tinted walls of GreekEmpire in ancient times.

The wallswere beautified with scintillating patterns of gardens and mesmerising imitation of hills. With time, these artworks become the pillar for the religious epics of Greece.

The landscape art was eventually reborn in the 16th century when the Italian Renaissance came into action.

Through this blog, we are going to see how Landscape paintings were revived and how these were accepted by the major cultures of the world. Let’s begin:

Landscape and Leonardo

It was the prominence of Leonardo Da Vinci that made him one of the prominent artists of all time.

When Italian renaissance (16th century) was at its maximum impact, it was the likes of Leonardothat pushed Landscape form of art in the market.

While the subject painting was famed in those times, Leonardo used to cleverly incorporate landscape such as mountains, rivers, trees or plain lands in the background.

Renaissance is known to give life to conventionalideas and hence more & more artists started converging their focus on naturalistic details such as landscape and scenic beauty.

Dutch influence on Landscape Paintings

The Landscape is a term that is sourced from the Dutch word ‘Landschap’, which means natural scenery.

Not much people know but it was the Netherlands that has witnessed the uprising of Landscape art form. It was artists of theNetherlands that took leverage on the increasing number of Protestantsthat wanted a transformation from the conventional religious themes.

Thus came art heroes such as Aelbert Cuyp. Cuyp was one of the most creative artists who used to get inspiration from the surroundings (natural scenic beauty) and pour it into colours to crave some magnificent piece of imagination on canvas.

By the time 17th century came, stupendous Landscape paintingswere improvised to near perfectionreflecting the harmony and calmness that lies in nature.

The simplicity of these paintings was complemented by the breath-takingappearance. During this time period, the popularity of Landscape art form was attaining fame, but it was still not the best-rated type identified by theroyal institutionsof art.

It was not until the dawn of 18th century that Landscape was incorporated as the mainstream form of art education course by the royal art academy. Now, an art graduate has to emphasise the significance of nature and how to document it.

This marks the beginning of American’s era of Landscape art form.

American art and Landscape paintings

American artuntil the advent of Landscape form was more focused on the historical events and happenings.

But, when Hudson River School initiated the practice of Landscape on the canvases that were humungous (almost similar to large walls), a sense of greatness was seen.

America during the 18th century was still evolving as a civilisation, hence, artists started reflecting the illustration of lands as a kind of history paintings only.

This marks the beginning of the era where Landscape form of artaccomplished a special place as they depict America as a land of immense beauty.

Famous Landscape painters of American art wereThomas Cole and Edwin Church.

Vincent Van Gogh and Claude Monet

The renowned name such as Van Gogh and Monet were amongst the artists who brushed down some of the best Landscapeartworksduring the late 19th century.

New tactics such as en plein air and outdoor paintings came into practice.

Since it was the time when already blended paint boxes were available, the approach to the Landscape art changes.

Now, the artists can go to any outdoor location and set himself/herself up to craft a splendid piece of art. This impacts the conventional social perception of weekends.

Now, making landscape paintings on weekend seems like a holiday plan. This embarks a new enhanced version of landscape art. Some of the known artists of this time were Holland Berkley and Igor Medvedev.

Marina Thomas is a marketing and communication expert. She also serves as content developer with many years of experience. She helps clients in long term wealth plans. She has previously covered an extensive range of topics in her posts, including business debt consolidation and start-ups.



Unique Gift Ideas For House Warming Occasion




Is there an impending housewarming invitation you are eagerly waiting for? Housewarming parties are really a wholesome affair where dear friends and close relatives get to meet and spend some quality time with each other amidst food and celebrations. Most homeowners keep the housewarming party a simple one. Where there might be some who like partying hard, the choice is totally of the person what they want in the party.

Now, when it comes to choosing the gift, I feel it is the toughest job. One has to keep in mind several things while making the choice such as the likes and dislikes of the person, the budget, etc. if you are feeling confused what would be the ideal option to choose, here we are with some ideas to help you choose your gift for the housewarming occasion.

Books Can Be a Good Choice

Books are a man’s best friend. Gifting a book by their favorite author or something they would enjoy reading is a great idea.  Another idea would be to present them with coffee table books that can help them decorate their new home. Well, I chose coffee table books because they add a class to the coffee tables and lets one enjoy the lines while they sip in the coffee before or after a busy day. It is quite relaxing for book lovers.

You Can Take a Flower Bouquet

Flowers are never out of fashion. In fact, it is the most beautiful way to express your good wishes for the person. Order flowers and pack them into a huge bouquet along with a card containing your good wishes. I am sure the person, whoever it may be, the lady of the house, the man, or their children would love your gift. If you cannot visit them personally you can also send flowers to them through an online florist with your apology. The concept of sending flowers is an innovative way to make the person understand that how you really care and is sorry not being able to be present at the party.

Home Decors Are Also Not a Bad Choice

When it comes to home décors I feel very excited. I am sure all ladies will feel the same, if not their husbands. Ladies like to decorate their homes. So, what else can be a good idea to choose rather than a home décor? Moreover, the best part of choosing a home décor is that there is a wide range of options to choose from and each and every unit is a beauty in itself. There are wall hangings, flower vases, photo frames (also customized), statues, metal arts, etc.  The prices can differ from one another but can be sure to find one that suits your choice and is friendly to your pocket.

A Rare Music Collection

If the person has an interest in music, then I have yet another idea. For a music lover, there can be no gift greater than music. Know which type of music the person takes interest in. Accordingly, find the most exotic range that the person had been thinking of purchasing for long. If the person has a taste for different genres, languages, and temperaments you may choose to combine more than one type from famous musicians all over the world in a music gift basket to gift them. I am sure they will love your gifting sense. You can also think for comfortable and stylish clothes.

I hope the above ideas will help you choose a gift for your housewarming invitation. So, choose your gift carefully. No matter what you choose if you gift flowers along with that, it makes the matter classier. The essence and charm of the flowers attract a person’s attention towards your effort in choosing the gift.

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20 Reasons Why You should be A Photographer



Although some say that the best thing to capture memories is the human eyes, people will still somehow crave for something that is tangible that will make those memories last. May it be from a simple birthday celebration at home, weekend trips with friends or finally learning to travel solo for the first time. This is why photography has easily carved its way into everyone’s list of hobbies. And since everyone sees things differently, photography does allow unique perspectives to be shown to the world.

There are a handful of reasons why photography is fun, and we’ve listed 20 of them below:

1. Lets you capture and record memories for everyday use

Who would want that beautiful and amazing overseas trip be easily forgotten? Photography is the best companion one could ever travel with. It captures the memories you would want to see every day and make it last a lifetime.

2. Taking photos is an enjoyable activity

Most of the time, photography is used to express emotions. People turn to be a photographer even if it’s a bad day they’re having with. The action itself to capture sceneries or even random people’s emotions could turn a bad day into a good one and release your happy hormones, leaving you with a more positive outlook in life ready to make the most of the next day.

3. Share the same passion with your loved ones

Photography is one of the activities that can be done by the whole family, group of friends or even colleagues at work. One doesn’t have to have a professional camera nor some mad skills to do it. It only takes a pinch of passion to get a person to start doing it. The captured shots, either printed or digital, can be passed on from one generation to another, too.

4. Let’s you capture a different side of your family

Living in a fast-paced life these days makes it hard for both parents working to document their children’s milestones. However, photography tells otherwise. New moms would capture the growth of their belly for 9 months until the D-day. Newborns have already collected more than a dozen of photos even before they celebrate their first year. You may see your family every day, but looking through a camera lens lets you perceive a different side of them as time goes by.

5. You get to be a storyteller

One doesn’t have to be a word wizard to tell a story. A single photo could already do it for you.

6. Gives you total control over your own time

Just as long as you have a camera at-hand, photography lets you do what you have been wanting to do wherever inspiration arises, and most of all at any given time you please.

7. Opens your doors to photography conferences

Surely, photography conferences are a lot more interesting compared to the corporate ones you dread of going to. This is also one way of broadening your horizon should you really wish to take your photography hobby to the next level. These conferences will open your doors to new people enjoying the same field you’re in and may even get free tips from the professionals too. Sometimes, if you’re really lucky, photography conferences usually invite well-known individuals in the photography field, giving you an opportunity to exchange ideas and get expert advice.

8. Learning never stops in Photography

Enrolling yourself in some photography course online or workshops on how to improve your photography skills are readily available. Whatever medium that is, learning never stops once you start including photography in your hobby list. Not to mention the never-ending development of photography gears in the market too, which surely you would want to know more about.

9. Every day is different

Photography lets you perceive each day differently. No two events are the same, no two days are alike either. So always capture things as you go and as you please, and you’ll see how a different emotion could be expressed on your shots.

10. Photography is accessible

One of the best features of having photography as a new hobby is its accessibility. Companies who manufacture smartphones are continuously improving their camera lenses these days, bringing the art of photography closer to the people. Don’t miss on this opportunity to take beautiful photos without even needing a professional camera.

11. Photography opens doors to different opportunities

Whether you take photography as a hobby or a new business to venture on, it actually opens your doors to a lot more opportunities ahead. For example, in this social media age, a simple Instagram account can already act as a portfolio. And with only a single click, you can be followed by one of the most renowned photographers in the country. Which could lead you from one opportunity to another.

12. Serves as your artistic outlet

People always have an artistic side. However, being artistic does not only mean one can draw or paint. Being artistic can be shown in your photographs too. How you find the right angle to get the perfect shot or how you make the colors pop off a simple mountain range is also another outlet for being artistic.

13. Serves as a good conversation starter

Having a hard time interacting with people whom you just met? Well, photography makes a good conversation starter, indeed. Maybe you could start with comparing your cameras? Asking for suggestions and talking about photography-related stuff. This newly found hobby of yours will surely help you break out of your shell and let you mingle with people whom you just met.

14. Photography constantly challenges you

For someone who is having a hard time taking risks, photography could be a great hobby to start with as it continuously challenges you. It starts on the first time you get to own a camera. Learning the ropes could be time-consuming for sure, but soon as you get the hang of it and start using it in manual mode instead of automatic, the feeling is rewarding. That is one of the reasons why photography is fun, you spend the effort to get it. And once learned, you’ll feel fulfilled and ecstatic.

15. It’s widely in demand

Fashion bloggers who are in constant search for photographers to take their outfit shots, social media accounts that need unending contents and the like, are only some of the reasons why photography should be your new hobby to work on. The consistent demand for a photographer allows you to do something in one way or another.

16. Allows you to try other fields

As learning never stops in photography, it then gives you the chance to branch out and try other fields. Let’s say after years of improving your skill on photography, you are now equipped with the right amount of experiences to share with the newly aspiring photographers. You then start to put up a blog about it, or better yet, write a whole book about the time when you were only starting until a time you are able to establish a name for yourself.

17. Something to Teach the Kids

Introducing photography is yet another great activity to teach the young blood. It allows them to see the world in a different perspective, which is through a camera lens.

18. Helps You Take a Better Look at the World

Photography allows you to take a closer look at the world. Even the smallest detail you get to notice through a camera lens. Or another thing is to see the bigger picture. Whichever way you want to see it, one thing is for sure, photography gives you the chance to look at the world in a more positive manner.

19. A Way of Helping Others by Giving Back what has been lost

Another best thing about photography is that it could be a way of helping others by reviving what has been lost. A wedding, for example, is one of the best memories to be captured. However, due to the intense happiness during the ceremony, guests sometimes forget about taking photos and give out their 100% focus on the couple. You, being the photographer, becomes their hero. Although time has been lost for them, you still help them reminisce about the moments again and again just by merely scanning through your raw shots.

20. Let’s you earn while having fun

There’s no better way to earn some money while having fun.

Do not let the word “photography” scare you. Learn it the natural way by taking it as a hobby first, and then work on improving yourself as time goes by. Who knows, maybe one day the amateur shots you’re taking right now could be included in a photography exhibit in the future.


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10 Lucrative Leasing and Renting Small Business Ideas



In the constant search for a new way to earn money but doesn’t have a big amount of capital to start a business with? Why not try to start up a leasing and rental business?

Venturing on leasing and rental business had been popular even before because it makes luxury living accessible to people who couldn’t afford to buy the real thing, yet. Example, a person who got relocated to work on a different place for 6 months would somehow feel the need to have a car in order to be more mobile. However, purchasing one only in a span of 6 months is not practical at all and much expensive too and so he settles on renting one instead, while he stays there and finishes off the contract. Another one is, yacht parties are being popular now, yet your bank account is negating you from purchasing it. So you rent one, on an hourly basis instead.

Since purchasing a yacht to have it rented out is too expensive to do, below are 10 other profitable ideas you can venture on if you wish to start up a leasing and renting business:

Apartment rental

This might be a no-brainer since having a place to live in is a basic necessity for everyone. Regardless if you have an extra apartment in the city or in the suburbs, you will always have tenants. You can have it for long-term rentals or offer it for short-term rentals too. Try enlisting yours at Airbnb or the like.

Car Rental

Another item that is included as a basic necessity is having a car, but not everyone has the ability – financial ability that is, to buy one. And so when the time comes that one is needed, people turn to car rental companies. You’ll be surprised, that even special vehicles are also being offered in the market for rentals, such as ambulances, towing vans, and cranes.

Investing in truck rentals and renting out vans is also a great small business idea. If you have a substantial capital, you can easily acquire a truck that you can rent out. These vehicles are useful when hauling large amounts of items, making them common for moving out.

Bicycle Rental

This idea might sound easy, but do not forget the fact that finding the right place to start a bicycle rental is vital for this new venture. You can’t just easily start one in a place where private transportation is popular and the roads are always packed with it. So a proper feasibility study should take place before starting one.

Electronic Gadgets Rental

One of the popular past-time of people of all ages these days is the use of different gadgets. And unfortunately, sometimes it is hard to keep up with the continuous improvements of such. On the brighter side, people now have an option to try gadget rentals. It allows the user to experience the new gadget first-hand even before spending loads of bucks on it. Being said that, electronic gadgets rental is considered to be one of the best budding business for this year.

Trekking Items Rental

Are you an experienced mountain climber who loves to collect trekking items as you go? And are you thinking of what to do with your valuable possessions while they are not being of much use? Well, you’ve got the right investment. Why not rent them out? Surely, it is a lot better idea rather than let your high-end trekking gears sit on the corner of your closet and collect dust, isn’t it?

Computer Rental

Although technology is currently taking over the world, there are some who still not have the full awareness of it, hence would rather turn to renting out a computer that can fulfill the requirement needed. A potential client for this business are students, particularly those who are into web developing or computer programming as they might need a computer that has an up-to-date operating system or such.

Party Rentals

People love parties but sometimes doesn’t want to be bothered of going out from one shop to another to get the party needs they require. And so a one-stop-shop party rental place could be really a great help in times like that. Another good thing about this profitable idea is that you could also expand the business and not just offer party rental services, but at the same time be the party organizer as well.

Audio Equipment Rental

A party wouldn’t be complete without audio equipment. People, most of the time, rather rent out instead of purchasing one. Come to think of it, people would not want to keep a bulky equipment around the house after using it for a night. This kind of business is perfect all year-round because people love to spend time with parties, simple or grand, for sure you’ve got them all covered.

Wedding Accessories Rental

A wedding preparation can be fun, and stressful at the same time. Especially if budget is to be discussed. If you’re one of the practical couples, then renting out wedding accessories will not be an issue. Renting items such as tux or even the entourage gowns can save you from stacking things in the storage room after the event. You can easily pack and return them after using, could it not be any simpler than that?

Book Rental

Books are sometimes only read or used once and the best thing to do with them after is to have them rented out. You did not only declutter your study room, you also earned extra money with it. You could even expand your business too by starting up a small coffee shop which offers different types books to read. This could also help you with the problem of the growing school textbooks that kept on piling up in the stock room.

Leasing and rental business, just like any other businesses, can be vague at first. However, it is perseverance and dedication that lets any budding businessmen succeed. At the same time, being resourceful can also be of help. So go on and check your available options, even if it may not be available for now, if you put your mind to it you can make it possible and even make it bigger.

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