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The Portrait of Edgar Allan Poe's Beautiful Annabel Lee

The Portrait of Annabel Lee I don't know exactly how it happened, but I wanted to do a portrait in an entirely sketched style done with only black white and gray.  The background now of course would be bright and colorful.  I felt that this would give a striking image.   Alas, who would be the woman?  For such a striking pose, I needed someone special.   Enter Edgar Allan Poe Edgar a genius who created a sort of macabre horror, created poems that where very memorable and quietly disturbing.  One of the poems I have in my head once in a while is Annabel Lee.  I then decided to paint a portrait of the the beautiful Annabel Lee.  Who else would...

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Relativity

Let's Talk Time Time is a standard unit, like a pound or millimeter, it can be measured.  Pounds by weight, millimeters by distance and time is measured in seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years.  The point is that time has standard units.  The thing is we feel time.  Our brains might know it is a standard unit, but time feels slow or time can feel fleeting.  The think is our brain tricks us.  It make fun go by fast and the boring times go by slow. Visual Aid Art can be seen as the ultimate magic trick.  Artist take things like paper and canvas and make them tell a story.  They give us reasons to believe, reasons to...

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Painting the Cherokee Warrior

The Cherokee Warrior The Cherokee had brave warriors. The Cherokee didn’t have armies, but bands of warriors who would strike fast then leave. One way the Cherokee would attack would be to fool their enemy. The Cherokee would trick their enemy by having their captives dress up as Cherokee. Their enemies would see this then start to surround the captives, who they thought were enemies. All the while it was actually the Cherokee warriors who where surrounding their enemies. While visiting Cherokee in North Carolina, I got to see some of the rich culture and traditions. If you ever get a chance check out Cherokee, NC and visit the live village, museum and the play, “Unto These Hills”. After being...

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Beginners Guide to Longboard Skateboarding

 Starting Off Longboard Skateboarding Longboard skateboarding has become increasingly popular with skateboarders and surfers alike.  Longboarding came about in the 1950’s and the boards were made for downhill racing or just general skateboarding.  The art of longboarding is often called surfing on concrete.  This is because the boards have large wheels and a thin board which lets riders do quick turns and carves. First You Need a Longboard     The first thing you need when starting out is a longboard.  The majority of longboards are between 90 centimeters and 150 centimeters.  They also come in a wide variety of different shapes.  If you will be using your board for downhill racing, you will want to choose a shorter board. ...

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