Monthly Archives: January 2019

5 Ways to Keep Your Violin in Healthy Condition

If you don’t take good care of your violin, chances are it will produce poor sound quality over time. It’s not enough that you keep it in a case, you should perform some caring and maintenance tips in order to ensure it’s healthy condition. After all, a violin is considered as an expensive investment among other musical instruments.

Here are five ways to keep your beloved violin in perfect condition all year round:

  1. Wipe off dirt and other residues. Every time you finish practicing or playing your violin, make sure to clean it with a soft cloth. This is particularly important to prevent rosin residue from caking on your instrument. Make this a habit before putting your violin in its case.
  1. Loosen up the bow hairs. When you’re done using your instrument, don’t forget to loosen up the bow hairs. This is effective in preserving your violin’s lifespan. Do not touch the bow hairs or even polish them as it may damage the hairs.
  1. Tune your violin pegs. It’s not easy to tune pegs, but you need to perform this from time to time. Pegs that are too tight can be a danger as they may pop the string or nick your instrument. Therefore, tuning pegs is another skill to master if you own a violin.
  1. Store the violin properly. The best place to store your violin in is somewhere cool and dry. This will help lengthen the lifespan of your stringed instrument. In addition, direct heat can warp or
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Five Essential Skills Every Artist Must Have

We live in an age where people are quick to laugh or mock the budding artist, and there’s a general belief that earning a degree in an art-related subject is a good way of not finding any real work in the job market.

The truth, however, is that becoming an artist requires hard work, dedication, patience, and often not being able to afford work. Creating something new and unique can be a difficult and long road, but there are few other careers that allow the creative among us to express themselves.

But for those that want to break into the art industry, there are some skills that are considered absolutely necessary to master in order to be taken seriously be both peers and potential bosses alike. These are skills that an artist will need to refine with time and practice, and they are well worth learning.

1. Realistic Drawing

Realism is a movement that took place during the late 1800’s, and it’s one that has remained strong to this day.

It’s also an extremely basic skill that an artist will need to be perfect before trying new forms of art. Being able to enter a scene and then duplicate that scene onto canvas is the first step that many new artists take before entering the art world in a more professional manner.

2. Knowledge of Art Materials

The average laymen would be able to tell the difference between a paint brush and a jar of paint, but the artist will … Read More

The Five Art Movements That Changed Everything

Whether we realise it or not, art has had an enormous impact on modern cultures around the world. From the ancient cave paintings found in Africa to the masterpieces pained by such artists as Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo, we wouldn’t we be who are today without the art that came before us.

Like all things in life, art has undergone a series of changes throughout the years, much of it happening before the start of the 21st century. These movements have changed the nature of art on a fundamental level and have led to entire revolutions that altered the way we perceive the world around us.

Even in our technologically advanced society of smartphones, self-driving cars, and online betting, we can still feel the influence of the incredible art movements that came before us.

The Renaissance

The first and perhaps the most notable is the art movement that took place between the 14th and 17th century, known as the Renaissance.

The Renaissance was the time when such artists as Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael, and Michelangelo, along with a handful of others changed the world forever. Drawing their inspiration from ancient Greece and Rome, these artists strived to create something new in a world that was otherwise still recovering from the Dark Ages.


Next we have Realism, which started in France not long after the French Revolution took place in 1848. In a rejection of Romanticism, artists of the time decided to instead aim … Read More

Following in the Footsteps of John Crome

Although less well-known than Constable with whom he is often compared, John Crome (1768-1821) was an influential landscape painter in his own right.  In 1805, he co-founded the Norfolk School (along with other painters such as Charles Hodgson and Robert Dixon) which was the first art movement set up outside of London.  Crome contributed 22 works to their first exhibition which was held in the same year as the movement’s foundation and went on to produce over 300 pieces of artwork (in both oils and watercolours) as well as a large body of etchings.

Like Constable, Cromewas interested in depicting the natural world and both painters were the first to paint recognisable species of trees native to the UK.  A theme of nature as a background for leisure activities also runs through Crome’s works.  A typical example is his ‘Boys Bathing on the River Wensum, Norwich’ which was painted in 1817.

Another element of Crome’s style is his ability to capture the wide open skies of his native Norfolk.  This relatively unspoilt area of the UK, with its beaches, harbours and picturesque villages, makes it a popular destination for people who would like to start painting or improve their artistic skills.  Despite its relative isolation, it has all the council services of more populated areas of the UK.

Prices can be quite reasonable for residential courses with world-class studio facilities, starting as low as £225 for a few days to nearly £600 for an all-inclusive package with accommodation.  If it’s … Read More