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To Bee or Not to Bee

We wouldn't be here if it weren't for the bees. Human history has been inextricably linked with bees, especially honey bees, which are the main pollinators of crops around the world.  In the Cevennes region of France, beekeepers keep honey bees in hollowed tree logs where they are content and produce some of the most delicious, all-natural honey in the world. This old art of bee-keeping has been in use for centuries and is a viable way of respecting the bees' natural habitat while they thrive. In parts around the world, including the Ural mountains in Russia, there is a sense of allowing the bees to live undisturbed among us, providing optimal living quarters where they can do the important...

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The Birth of Venus

500 Years Later and Still Strong The Birth of Venus is a painting by the Italian artist Botticelli.  It is one of the most famous paintings in the world.  It is estimated that the Birth of Venus was completed in 1480-1484, that means the painting is over 500 years hold, heck it is almost at 550 years old. About the Birth of Venus The painting is an icon for several reasons.  The painting was done on canvas, at the time most paintings, especially fancier paintings were painted on wood.  It is also one of the largest canvas paintings around for that time.  It measures about 9ft x 6ft.  The painting is sensual, during a time of Christian art having a...

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Creating the Perfect Art Inspired Merchandise

New Merchandise on the Way. Many of my paintings have a very strong presence that make you look at them from even across a room.  Because of this I get people always asking me for more merchandise.  As a fine artist I try to focus on creating the paintings and artwork.  That takes so much time that I'm often out of time when it comes to making cool merchandise.  I'm also a very involved artist, so I won't just slap an image onto a shirt and say that looks good.  The artwork has to fit the design and make sense.  I'm here to make the world a more interesting and creative place, not to make a bunch of junk. Check...

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A Portrait of Delilah from the Bible

Samson and Delilah You cannot mention the name Delilah without mentioning the bible champion Samson.  Samson accomplished great feats with his strength.  His only weakness, like many men was a woman.  A woman who took advantage of his heart and destroyed him.  It says in many ways how much Samson loved Delilah, but the bible never states that Delilah actually loved Samson.  Samson had almost supernatural strength, he helped Israel when it was during one of their darkest times.  Samson was able to put Israel back out of these dark ages. Delilah Delilah was a beautiful, most likely a Philistine woman, who was approached by the Philistines to find out what Samson's weakness was.  Samson had so weakend the mighty...

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The Octopus of the Deep Pendant

Getting Creative While I was painting an octopus, I thought to myself, it would be really cool to make up an octopus pendant.  The thing was I didn't want it to be the usual cartoon pendant.  The weird combination of looking like it belonged in a Saturday morning cartoon along with grass like looking legs.  No, I was going to create an octopus pendant that looked like a real octopus. The Octopus Pendant The coolest thing about an octopus is all the tentacles.  The tentacles really give life to the sea creature.  I wanted to have the tentacles all over the place.  This would really create great movement and life.  I decided to even have the tentacles hold up the...

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