Fabric Painting As A Career

Fabric painting is not the most conventional of careers to choose from; in fact most would relegate it to the hobbies listing, an obscure craft. Some would ask, “Who would want to spend their career with fabric paint?” But think about it; if the career were not a significant one, we would all be sitting on bland, colorless and design free furniture, we would probably all be dressed up in flour sacks and staring at blank walls. Of course that’s a slight exaggeration, but you get the point, I’m sure.

As a career fabric painter, you have the opportunity to add creative and sometimes colorful value to the world we live in. Although fabric painting can be a laborious pursuit it has become thousands of times easier to reproduce fabric painting on numerous mediums. With the advent of digital art, reproduction artwork can be placed on cups, plates, textiles, shoes, wood and more.

The prospects are actually quite exciting when you think about it. Rather

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Euripides’ Medea

This article is the first in a series of commentaries on the play Medea by the Athenian dramatist, Euripides (circa 480 – 404 BCE).


In Euripides’ day the modern-day nation state of Greece did not exist. The Greek world of the 5th century BCE consisted of hundreds of independent city states spread across the Mediterranean region, especially in what are now known as Greece and the Greek islands, Bulgaria, western Turkey, southern Italy, Sicily and southern France. What bound these cities together was a shared culture (religion, language, origins, stories) but with distinct dialects, political forms and other local differences. Some cities were democracies, some oligarchies and others military dictatorships. Some cities, mainly those outside modern-day Greece, were founded as colonies of other cities, and over time these colonies developed their own distinct cultures. Athens and Sparta were the most powerful cities in Euripides’ day. They had

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Psychology and Philosophy – Uneasy Siblings

Most of us who work in some aspect of philosophy have had the experience of trying to explain to someone that philosophy is not psychology. To those members of the philosophical set, the distinction may seem obvious, but any attempt to spell it out requires some careful thought and reflection, which is what I attempt to do in this exercise.

Is Psychology a sibling of Philosophy? Surely in the past they were close siblings, members of the same family, philosophy. Today the relationship between the two is more problematic. Does work in philosophy have any relation to the student’s psychological state? The answer also is not a clear-cut one. Philosophy can help a person psychologically, but this is not central to the function of philosophy.

Some History:

Historically in Western Philosophy, Psychology was part of philosophy until the 19th century when it became a separate science. In the 17th and 18th centuries, many Western philosophers did pioneering work in

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New Poetry Collection Finds Meaning in Life’s Ordinary Moments

In “Ordinary Inspiration,” Brian Wayne Maki offers a collection of poems that asks readers to pay attention to all the small gifts that exist in their everyday lives; as many of Brian’s more nostalgic poems reveal, the ordinary moments are usually the ones that become the fondest and most meaningful memories.

In a straightforward, honest introduction, Brian, who is a computer instructor as well as poet, expresses his dismay and concerns over how technology is separating people, filling their lives with largely meaningless communication as we allow days and nights spent in front of a computer screen to replace our opportunities to learn from Nature and from each other through personal interaction. For example, in “Tiny Cell Phone,” Brian remarks, “The cell phone has made us a lazy contributor/We are really pondering, driving and meeting less.”

However, Brian does not harp on technology but rather focuses on the positive moments

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Online Branding for Musicians How to – Why Branding Your Band Is Essential

Before I begin writing this article, I’d like to say that most artists and musicians are sometimes intimidated with the word BRAND. A lot, or even most, have no idea what it means or what it is, and most importantly how crucial it can be to setting themself apart from all of the thousands of other acts out there; and being the band that ultimately achieves success.

First, let me point out that building your digital brand is not as complicated as you might think. As a matter of fact, it’s probably one of the easiest and least expensive forms of marketing your music, and your band. As I indicated, I am going to lay this out – step-by-step so that it is very easy to follow and implement. So, let’s get into it a little:


This is probably the simplest form of your brand. Every act should have a logo that in some way or another represents who you are. It should be simple and e

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Commercial and Industrial Painting Tips

Commercial and industrial buildings, like their residential counterparts, require constant upkeep which includes the occasional paint job. Yet, painting projects for commercial and industrial ventures are often very different in scope and execution than, say, a single-family home. There are, however, some simple tips that landlords and property owners can follow that will expedite the process and make sure the painting job is completed to satisfaction:

Planning your Painting

Planning is always a necessary component to any successful painting project and it becomes increasingly important with larger commercial or industrial buildings. Before you even begin a consultation, have a general vision in mind of what you would like to have completed. Additionally, keep in mind any time restraints which may arise and periods of high commercial traffic which may be inconvenienced by any significant painting upgrades.

Think Through the Feel and Brand of your Commercial

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Basic Elements of a Stage Show

Think of stage shows and you immediately think of popular operas and musicals that have involved theatre and drama not only from recent times, but over the past few centuries. Many of Shakespeare’s popular plays have been composed into stage shows and theatre shows as well as musicals that have been hugely popular around the world.

In October 2014, The Lion King celebrated 15 years of stage presence at Lyceum Theatre in London, where it opened first in 1999, with large crowds still drawn to it. That is an outstanding achievement and the facts prove it – by then it had grossed over £4 billion globally, beating Phantom of the Opera which was the previous record-holder. To understand it in better perspective, The Lion King’s global revenues topped even the combined worldwide revenues of the top six grossing Harry Potter films!

However, critics were skeptical if stage shows still hold sway over the public in terms of visual majesty or they are mere vesti

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Ayn Rand’s "Atlas Shrugged"… A Philosophy That Almost Made It


Ayn Rand not only advocated the concept of Objectivism in her book, “Atlas Shrugged,” she lived that philosophy with rare passion and audacity.

There are many things to admire about Ayn Rand’s accomplishments. She arrived alone in New York in 1925 as an impoverished immigrant. In time she became an admired author, rose to remarkable celebrity status, and went on to build a profitable intellectual empire. Her influence remains extraordinary to this day, and her books are still in print. One of her novels, “The Fountainhead,” became a popular movie. (Rand wrote the screenplay, at her insistence.) Her magnum opus, “Atlas Shrugged,” was released as a modern movie (Part 1), nearly thirty years after her death.

But it is her philosophy, Objectivism, which was (and remains) Rand’s most powerful influence upon society. Once again, there are things to admire about Objectivism. A partial but dedicated understanding of no

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Take the Time to Write Your Own Poem or Rhyme – Poetry Is Soothing to the Soul, Write a Poem Today

******Writing has always been a way of self- expression. The artist, who is scribing by choice, gained knowledge and introspection the way that the written word is meant to be multidimensional and have multi- purpose abilities. The purpose for written words is not always distinct or seen on the surface. The Hebrew language is written in what appears to be pictures forming words and language. How creative is that?

Words are a world all their own. They offer powerful emotive energy waiting to be released into the open by an eager writer desirous of reaching a captive audience.* Poetry more than just reaches the attention of the masses, it also categorizes or classes the soulful tone of the poet’s willingness to be open, colorfully expressive and emotionally exposed.

Writers are actually revealing small droplets of water from an ocean full of verbiage that they download from their own mind, for themselves first, and then for the rest of the

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The 6 Rules Of Commercial Music Success

Over the years I have had many conversations with music artists about commercial music, which usually leads to them disclosing their disdain and hatred of it. Some refer to Pop music (“Pop,” as in what’s popular now) as commercial music.

Others think of anything that is receiving heavy rotation on radio as commercial music. Whatever their definition, one thing is often overlooked: commercial music is the heart of the music industry which pumps the blood that keeps it alive.

So why then are so many music artists resistant to making commercial music? The answer that I’m often given is because they don’t want to “sell-out” their creative integrity by conforming to some industry version of what’s popular (i.e. what’s selling at the moment). It becomes very obvious to me that the problem is not commercial music, but rather the perception and definition of it.

The misconception is that the music industry created th

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