3 Things To Know About Tempera Painting

1. What is it?

Tempera is a type of painting medium that consists of a coloured pigment mixed in with a binder, usually an emulsion of water and egg yolk. This type of painting medium is very fast to dry and is very long-lasting. Tempera painting simply refers to paintings done using this sort of medium. The artist will first grind the pigment into a powdered form and will then place a small amount of this on to a palette. Next the artist will add a few drops of distilled water to the pigment. Then the egg yolk binder is added in small amounts until the solution is as transparent as the artist wants it to be. The amount of binder that’s required depends on the pigment being used. While painting, the consistency of the paint needs to be preserved and this can be done simply by adding more water to the paint.

2. When was it used?

Tempera paintings appear to have originated in classical times. There are references to this sort of painting throughout Latin, Gr

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7 Reasons Why Indie Theatre Rocks

If you’re anything like me, you don’t like spending your hard-earned (or fairly stolen) money on the same old thing you can get everywhere. And I’m not sure about you, but I can’t afford $150 for 2 hours of theatre. Even if I could, I’d likely use that same money for a weekend binge of DVD rentals, takeout Chinese and cheap booze.

But I still need my live theatre fix. So indie theatre is my hustler of choice. Of course, it helps that it’s awesome. If you think about it, there are tons of reasons why indie theatre (also known as off-off Broadway, indie, experimental, Equity showcase, small theatre, black box theatre or whatever term someone can cook up that means “anything but Broadway”) is just about the coolest form of entertainment around.

1. It’s cheap.

A lot of indie theatre shows cost about as much as a movie ticket. Of course, you also have tickets in the $20-$30 range. But you’ll

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The Most Important Questions to Guide a Real Wellness Philosophy and Lifestyle

INTRODUCTION

Philosophers, poets, and many others, whether erudite and celebrated or ordinary in the sense of blending in with the general population, long have pondered life’s persistent questions. This is how humans guide their way through life. Doing so is, of course, something of a luxury, a privilege primarily for those fortunate enough to have secured basic needs, such as ample food, shelter, education, safety and a good measure of leisure. Even under favorable circumstances, however, sorting out the mysteries and possibilities, and reaching satisfactory and effective decisions about existential questions, is among the hardest of challenges humans struggle to master.

In our time, an awareness of and commitment to REAL wellness lifestyles is likely to bring such matters to the forefront of priorities. In the course of thinking and acting upon ways to boost mental and physical wellbeing, it’s only natural to contemplate destiny-shaping

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Poetry and the Power of Words

Literature is art. Poetry is the art of the word. There are many forms of art: verbal, sound, plastic, gestural, and so on. Poetry and literary prose, such as narrative, for example, are verbal arts.

The varied styles and musical rhythms make up the sound art. In turn, drawing, painting, photography, printing and sculpture are visual or plastic arts. The various types of dance are sign arts. According to an old definition, plastic arts are “silent poetry”. Sure enough, the various art forms give expression to human imagination and technical skill. It is important to note that art without poetry does not exist. Mário Quintana, a Brazilian poet, used to say, “all arts are different manifestations of poetry”.

Thus, poetry is a creative form of expression that can manifest itself in many ways, not only through the verse. Poetry is one of the oldest literary expressions of humanity. In the ancient world, poetry was sung with instrumental accompanime

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How To Market Music: An Effective No-Fail 3 Step Music Marketing Formula That Works

How To Market Your Music More Effectively

Knowing how to market your music is without a doubt THE most important thing you can do for your music business and your music career as a whole. You know it’s something that must be handled and if you’re not making efforts to learn how to market your music more effectively then you should know that, at the very least, nothing serious will ever happen in your music business career.

The first thing to ask yourself is whether or not you’re currently managing the most basic elements of an effective music marketing campaign.

What do I mean by this?

To begin it’s important to assess where you’re at right now and determine whether or not you know and understand exactly what the basic components of an effective music marketing campaign are? Let’s face it, if you plan on making a name for yourself in the music industry it’s important to realize you’ll be inv

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Reasons To Hire A Professional When You Need Painting Done

Painting is time-consuming and it is hard work. It can be risky too depending on the location of the surface to paint. The right techniques for prepping and applying make a world of difference with the outcome. Instead of doing it on your own, hire a professional painter. You will be happy you did when you see the results and the cost isn’t unreasonable either.

Time Involved

It can take hours to do the prep work and real painting for a given project. Do you realistically have that free time available? You don’t want all of your free time to be spent doing a bit of it here and there. Instead, go with a professional painter who can get it done for you. The project may be done in a matter of days when they do it versus months if you try to squeeze it in.

Hard Work

A professional painter is ready for the hard work involved. They realize it takes plenty of bending and reaching. They are on their feet for hours at a time. They can make a plan of act

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The Best Way to "Learn All Those Lines"

In my classes, I ask that my students learn their lines by “rote.” This means without emphasis or inflection. It is a mechanical way to learn your lines, where you don’t attach any emotions or objectives to the words. This process was introduced to me by William Esper when I was getting my MFA at Rutgers, Mason Gross School of the Arts and has its roots in the Meisner Technique.

I find that when students learn their lines in this way they don’t fall into a set way of saying their lines. They are then more available to be open to their acting partner’s behavior. Too often young actors fall into the trap of performing a scene based upon their preconceived ideas of how that scene should go. This memorization technique short-circuits that tendency and facilitates an exchange of energy between the two actors.

Memorizing by rote allows the student to be in the present moment. This is where we want to live when we’re acting! When ful

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What is Your EFL / ESL English Teaching Philosophy?

The Interview

The interview seemed to be going along okay. Then the Director asked, “So what is your philosophy of teaching English?”

“My philosophy of teaching?” The TEFL interviewee twisted in her seat, tugging at the collar of a blouse that was suddenly too tight. She felt water running down her back. A certain dampness coated her palms.

“Yes. Do you have a philosophy of teaching?” the director repeated. The interview had taken a distinctive downturn. Top positions paying top dollars require top professionals.

“Well, I’m not really sure what you mean.” the teacher responded. “I can tell you what I do in my classes, what materials I use and how I interact with the students. Is that what you mean?”

No, that’s NOT what the Language Institute Director meant. The interview ended. So did the teacher’s prospects at that high-level institution.

Philosophy of Education

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On Writing and Poetry: Harry Calhoun in Conversation

“This is just brilliant. The whole interview is incredible… I’m… REALLY appreciative of some seriously good advice from a fellow writer.” Mark Howell, Senior Writer, Solares Hill

Harry Calhoun’s picture could appear beside the dictionary definition for “journeyman.” Living proof that not all writers have to be famous or stick to one type of writing to be successful, Calhoun has found frequent editorial favor as a poet since 1980 and was a widely published freelance article and literary essay writer in the 80s and 90s. In addition, he has edited a poetry magazine and a trade magazine for the housing industry and placed poetry and fiction pieces in magazines such as Thunder Sandwich and The Islander. He has been an award-winning marketing writer for multinational companies such as GE and IBM for the past twenty years.

Trina Allen is a freelance writer and editor who has read and enjoyed much of Calhoun’s work.

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Radio Industry In the Age of Hyper-Niche Music

The radio business is more competitive than ever and the audience is more diverse than ever. Why has this happened? Well, I guess we can blame it on the Internet and YouTube which allows small niche artists to get a following, then there are the copycats, and sub-niches, and then sub-niches of the sub-niche. Folks can download the music they want, anytime they want, so why would they bother listening to the radio – well, that’s just it, most of the new generation doesn’t listen to radio much anymore.

Even Yuppies in their BMWs, SUVs, and Mini-Vans who have satellite radio have over 100 channels, so what are the chances of them tuning into any given local radio station, which if you live in even a medium sized city is probably more than 10-20 stations that service that market. The New York Times had a decent article posted on February 11, 2013 titled; “The Blush of Youth at the Grammy’s – A music awards season tilting towards the new and fre

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