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Becoming a parent is a blessing that forever changes lives. Filled with Thomas Kinkade artwork and quotes from notable writers, this Little Book commemorates the miracle that comes with having a child.
Although one in every six women in the world lives in India, most of the Western world knows little about them. Daughters of India is a collection of the stories of twenty Indian women, each of whom uses creative expression as a means of empowerment. With 250 full-color illustrations, author Stephen Huyler introduces the reader to these individual Indian women and their artGÇöand draws us into their colorful lives and inspiring achievements.Huyler seeks to dispel Western myths about the repression of Indian women, instead revealing their incredible strength and determination to improve their lives and those of their children. The varied and inspiring womenGÇÖs stories are simultaneously unique and unifying. From a woman preparing for her sonGÇÖs wedding to a leading female IT entrepreneur, and from Hindu to Christian to Muslim, the many female faces of India come alive to HuylerGÇÖs audience.A portion of the proceeds from this book will benefit the Global Fund for Women, the Self-Employed WomenGÇÖs Association, and Folk Arts Rajasthan, as well as other organizations that work to empower women, a full list of which appears in the back of this book.To learn more about these remarkable women, please visit the bookGÇÖs website at daughtersofindia.com.
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These colour and black and white portraits of Audrey Hepburn, showcase one of the world's most famous actresses and style icons of the twentieth century. This poster pack includes the iconic shot from Breakfast at Tiffany's and many more memorable photographs. These full-colour and black and white photographs are ready to frame and hang in your home.45 cm x 32 cm package of 8 prints.
Warriors and Heroes is a stunning display of incredible, contemporary fantasy artwork, a complement to its bestselling predecessor, Dragon Art. The first section covers ''Masters & Origins'' and introduces some of the writers, characters and artists who helped to shape the fantasy world as we know it today - including James Allen St John, Roy G. Krenkel, the Hildebrandt Brothers and of course Frank Frazetta. A fascinating discussion of warriors and fantasy art follows on, running throughout the book, with a large selection of the best of the current crop of fantasy artists. Warriors & Heroes is interspersed with features on artists'' works-in-progress, providing invaluable insight on technique and tools. Warriors & Heroes is a feast of visual imagination and a must for all fans of fantasy art.
SKETCH THIS
A new story unfolds with every turn of a flap in this playful jigsaw puzzle of a book. Every page is divided into four turnable mini-pages that mix and match to create 10,000 different story combinations, each with its own quirky watercolor illustration. Some stories make sense, some come out downright surreal, and each one is as irreverently imaginative as the next. When will Michael find true love? What was it that pushed Elmo over the edge? Ten Thousand Stories lets the reader piece together each hilarious, gripping, or tragic tale. Part Exquisite Corpse and part Choose Your Own Disaster, this offbeat treasure is an addictive pleasure to play alone or to share.
The Feasts of Jesus
A valentine to lovers everywhere, this dazzling depiction of love through the ages is culled from the collection of one of the world’s most famous museums, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. More than 100 years of unschooled artistic genius is gathered in this wide-ranging survey that will elight and inform Outsider Art’s rapidly growing audience. Filled with beautiful artworks from every era, Couples in Art is inspired by the myriad images of lovers, spouses, and amorous couples found throughout The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s encyclopedic collection. Five millennia and a dazzling array of artistic cultures are represented, from the ancient Egyptian and tribal to those of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and Asian, Islamic, Hindu, Modern, and contemporary art. Readers will experience love in all its splendored forms: romantic, religious, warmly devoted, and erotic. This book features famous works by renowned masters, from Fra Filippo Lippi and Hans Memling to Édouard Manet, John Singer Sargent, and Marc Chagall, along with anonymous and rarely seen images and objects. An engrossing and unusual journey through art of all ages, this brilliant volume also makes a heartfelt gift.
This stunning collection of photographs from Bernhard Edmaier showcases the world?s most dramatic and beautiful volcanic landscapes. Divided into five chapters by tectonic plate region, this book includes geothermal regions in Europe, the Americas, Africa, New Zealand, the Indian Ocean and the Caribbean; famous volcanoes such as Mount St. Helens in the USA, Etna in Italy, Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and Krakatoa in Indonesia are just a few of the sites highlighted.Earth on Firefeatures images of a wide variety of phenomena ? from hot flowing lava and towering columns of smoke and ash to lakes, islands and mountain ranges ? that are the result of volcanic activity, accompanied by clear, accessible texts explaining key details and events.
With 32-pages of full-color inserts, and black-and-white illustrations throughout.Alex Danchev gives us the first comprehensive assessment of the revolutionary work and restless life of Paul Cézanne to be published in decades. One of the most influential painters of his time and beyond, Cézanne was the exemplary artist-creator of the modern age who changed the way we see the world. With brisk intellect, rich documentation, and eighty-eight color and fifty-two black-and-white illustrations, Danchev tells the story of an artist who was originally considered a madman, a barbarian, and a sociopath. Beginning with the unsettled teenager in Aix, Danchev takes us through the trials of a painter who believed that art must be an expression of temperament but was tormented by self-doubt, who was rejected by the Salon for forty years, who sold nothing outside his immediate circle until his thirties, who had a family that he kept secret from his father until his forties, who had his first exhibition at the age of fifty-six—but who fiercely maintained his revolutionary beliefs. Danchev shows us how the beliefs Cézanne held and the life he led became the obsession and inspiration of artists, writers, poets, and philosophers from Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso to Samuel Beckett and Allen Ginsberg. A special feature of the book is a remarkable series of Cézanne’s self-portraits, reproduced in full color. Cézanne is not only the fascinating life of a visionary artist and extraordinary human being but also a searching assessment of his ongoing influence in the artistic imagination of our time. A stunning portrait of a monumentally important artist, this is a biography not to be missed.
Pilgrimage took Annie Leibovitz to places that she could explore with no agenda. She wasn’t on assignment. She chose the subjects simply because they meant something to her. The first place was Emily Dickinson’s house in Amherst, Massachusetts, which Leibovitz visited with a small digital camera. A few months later, she went with her three young children to Niagara Falls. “That’s when I started making lists,” she says. She added the houses of Virginia Woolf and Charles Darwin in the English countryside and Sigmund Freud’s final home, in London, but most of the places on the lists were American. The work became more ambitious as Leibovitz discovered that she wanted to photograph objects as well as rooms and landscapes. She began to use more sophisticated cameras and a tripod and to travel with an assistant, but the project remained personal. Leibovitz went to Concord to photograph the site of Thoreau’s cabin at Walden Pond. Once she got there, she was drawn into the wider world of the Concord writers. Ralph Waldo Emerson’s home and Orchard House, where Louisa May Alcott and her family lived and worked, became subjects. The Massachusetts studio of the Beaux Arts sculptor Daniel Chester French, who made the seated statue in the Lincoln Memorial, became the touchstone for trips to Gettysburg and to the archives where the glass negatives of Lincoln’s portraits have been saved. Lincoln’s portraitists—principally Alexander Gardner and the photographers in Mathew Brady’s studio—were also the men whose work at the Gettysburg battlefield established the foundation for war photography. At almost exactly the same time, in a remote, primitive studio on the Isle of Wight, Julia Margaret Cameron was developing her own ultimately influential style of portraiture. Leibovitz made two trips to the Isle of Wight and, in an homage to the other photographer on her list, Ansel Adams, she explored the trails above the Yosemite Valley, where Adams worked for fifty years. The final list of subjects is perhaps a bit eccentric. Georgia O’Keeffe and Eleanor Roosevelt but also Elvis Presley and Annie Oakley, among others. Figurative imagery gives way to the abstractions of Old Faithful and Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty. Pilgrimage was a restorative project for Leibovitz, and the arc of the narrative is her own. “From the beginning, when I was watching my children stand mesmerized over Niagara Falls, it was an exercise in renewal,” she says. “It taught me to see again.”
ABCing: Seeing the Alphabet Differently is a primer to seeing and understanding the visual world. From abstract to zeitgeist, the book uses the Latin alphabet to introduce ways of visualizing, thinking and talking about art and design. Each illustration is created using only the negative shapes of a given letter. It is not the actual letterforms from which these new perspectives take shape, but the spaces around them. The shapes are rotated and resized; they are not duplicated, mirrored or otherwise altered. Therefore the illustrations maintain their visual connection to the original letterform. The shapes are then composed as a visual translation of a given word''s meaning, creating visual and conceptual connections between the letter, the word and the surrounding space. The result is a mixture of philosophy, poetry and art. The inspiration behind the book is to spur new and alternative approaches to how viewers look at an image, shifting the focus from the subject – the letter – to the surrounding space. While the words used to illustrate these visual translations have been chosen with designers in mind, ABCing not only provides seasoned designers with new ideas but it also serves as an excellent point of entry for students of all ages to learn how new perspectives can provide new meanings. 
For more than twenty years, Lawrence Stoller has been creating art that is, quite literally, like nothing else on earth. Working in the medium of rock crystals and gemstones - from those that fit in the palm of one''s hand to massive installations weighing a ton or more - he is at the forefront of pioneering an astonishing new medium. This book collects a stunning spectrum of Stoller''s work, as well as fascinating stories about the pieces'' origins, including history and science of mineralogy, and mind-bending musings on the metaphysical and healing properties of these mystical stones.FEATURES:Nearly 200 images of Stoller''s incredible works, in high quality four-color reproductionProse, poetry, and behind-the-scenes stories of how these works were created, making this more than just a glorious art book
Take extraordinary photos of ordinary life!Every picture may be worth a thousand words - but what if your photos could be worth even more? Learning to take compelling portraits of your loved ones is a sure way to improve your memory art projects before they even begin. Designed and written especially for those of us who use photos in our crafts, on our walls, and in albums, scrapbooks and gifts, Expressions will teach you tried-and-true techniques used by professional photographers to capture the raw emotions and inner beauty of your family members and friends.Learn the basics of lighting and composition to elevate both your posed and your candid shots to the next level.View the Expressions gallery of striking photos paired with subject-specific ideas for photographing brides, expectant moms, infants, kids, teens, couples, families and more.Get insider tips for snapping timeless images of your own touching moments and special occasions.So grab your camera and start capturing those memories in the making. With Expressions as your guide, the world is your studio!
The tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York City is a sobering one, marking a fundamental shift in how Americans viewed the world and how the world viewed America. But, in the wake of devastation and loss, the true spirit of New York City dusted off the debris to mourn, heal and recover, oftentimes with very public displays on sidewalks, streetlamps, stoops and homes. Martha Cooper''s photographs of street memorials erected in the days following the September 11 attacks comprise a touching and poignant look at how a city of many millions responded in so many ways, ranging from angry accusations to loving remembrances and prayers for peace. With messages in multiple languages rooted in many different cultures, these photographs reflect New York City''s resilient and diverse citizens whom together make up the greatest city in the world.
With its emphasis on social reform and simplicity in design---bold lines, honest use of materials, and redeeming qualities of handmade goods---the Arts and Crafts movement offered an antidote to the perceived ills of a rapidly changing world and the ornate and artificial Victorian aesthetic of the late 19th century. In the first years of the 20th century, the movement was popularized in the United States through the efforts of Gustav Stickley (1858 – 1942), a businessman who promoted a progressive American style and the ideal of the simple life through the efforts of his furniture factory and publication, The Craftsman.Gustav Stickley and the American Arts & Crafts Movement accompanies the first nationally touring exhibition of Stickley’s work and explores his dual roles as a visionary business leader and enthusiastic proselytizer of design reform. The full range of Stickley’s workshops is illuminated, including more than 100 objects of furniture, metalwork, and textiles, as well as architectural drawings and related designs, many of which are previously unpublished. Essays by distinguished contributors provide diverse viewpoints on the Arts and Crafts movement and Stickley''s evolving role as tastemaker, and the often contradictory messages conveyed through the construction and promotion of his designers’ works.This handsome volume provides fascinating new insight into the dramatic transformation of a factory owner into one of the leading figures of the American Arts and Crafts movement.
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The Elgin Marbles, brought to England from Athens in 1806, are the subject of three of Hazlitt’s most famous and enduring essays: On the Elgin Marbles, On the Elgin Marbles: The Illisus, and Prose Style and the Elgin Marbles. They are presented here alongside four other essays on the visual arts, which brilliantly connect the vitality of painting with that of sculpture and writing prose.
Easy answers for your most common exposure questions   Bryan Peterson’s Understanding Exposure has demystified the elements of exposure for nearly half a million readers, making it one of the most popular photography books in the world. Now, Bryan returns with his first-ever follow-up, Bryan Peterson’s Exposure Solutions, this time tackling 28 of the most common exposure stumbling blocks for amateur shooters.             These are the exposure situations that prove frustrating time and time again, from exposing high-contrast scenes to freezing action in low light, photographing a full moon, exposing subjects against a sunset sky, balancing subjects in shade with brightly lit backgrounds, and so on. For each, Bryan points out common pitfalls and then offers a simple solution, showing you how to approach the exposure differently and transform your shot.             A complement to Understanding Exposure, Bryan Peterson’s Exposure Solutions digs deeper to help you break bad habits, take control of your exposure, and approach even tricky situations with confidence.
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