Artistic Licence – The Bars That Are Doubling As Galleries In London

There was a time when the closest you’d get to art in a bar was the graffiti in the men’s bogs, but today there’s much more to the art of drinking. A concept artist imagines and designs things that do not yet exist.

It’s 4 o’clock on a Saturday afternoon. The tanned leather sofa has almost swallowed me whole. I grab a magazine from the rack and with an ice cold bottle of beer straight from the fridge, finally now I can truly relax. The walls are covered with garish, but intriguing artworks and I still haven’t decided which I prefer, but they are quite engaging and in a way they comfort me as much as the sofa. There’s a definite movement in the world of bars to create environments that are as comfortable as your own front room. Bar names such as Living Room, Front Room, Bedroom and Home are all proof positive that bars are trying to offer their customers that real convivial feel. The concept of putting art on the walls, though, is often far more significant than just aesthetics.

Camberwell’s Sun & Doves was one of the very first bars to use its walls to exhibit artworks and it has become know as much for its exhibitions as for its drinks. “Quite a few people look around and don’t buy a drink.” Insists Mark Dodds, Sun & Doves’ Managing Director. “But then, we probably sell 4 or 5 pieces per show.” Mark puts on a new show every two months and has seen works go for as much as £2000. The art displays have been a key focus in the marketing of the Sun & Doves and until recently it was quite a unique angle for them. The bar is now listed on most art gallery websites and has a mailing list of 800 locals who come down specifically for their exhibitions. Around the corner, and indeed the bar in which I am sitting, notepad in hand, bottle of Becks on the table, Snug has been supporting local amateur talent from Camberwell Art College since it opened two years ago. It was also the chosen bar for Camberwell Arts Week to link hands with and Steven Knowles, the curator involved, oversaw the project. “We sold 5 or 6 pieces directly through Snug. There was a private viewing as you would expect with a gallery, combined with the bar’s usual events and nights. We got great feedback and the concept of in-bar exhibitions works well as long as the art is not too conceptual and not all of one styling.”

Steven is now Co-Director of the Century and Mafuji art galleries in Shoreditch, but believes bars are a good place for artists to launch themselves. “Two of the artists I work with had a very successful series of evenings last year at the Foundry, using VJs to mix images and music together. One of the guys went to America and has now been given his own show on cable – so a success story! Bars are always a good start as your audience is that much wider than you would find in a gallery.”

“People are often so stuck up in galleries,” adds Siraz Izhar who runs Public Life, a unique fusion of bar, gallery and art workshop located in the peculiar space of a former public toilet on Commercial Road. “In a gallery people are too concerned about whether an artwork is ‘right’ or ‘wrong’. A bar is a far more exciting space to display art as it is already a meeting point for like-minded people.” The Strike Foundation is a charitable organisation set up by Siraz, an artist himself, to support and encourage creativity. Most of the works on display in the bar are digital media and very contemporary concepts. The crowd that frequents the bar is about as cool as you get and considering it’s slap bang in the middle of Shoreditch, that’s pretty damned cool. Soho’s latest style bar, Waikiki is taking a different angle on art. Every fortnight, Waikiki offers its customers a chance to experience art ‘live’. The events are called First Course and are as varied as the world of art is in itself. You may on one Saturday evening happen across a graffiti artist befuming the air with primary colours or an urban sculptor being creative with a fruit crate, or perhaps a graduate fashion show – all combined with an eclectic mix of jazz-influenced electronic music. In a bar that holds just a hundred people, that has quite some impact.

“Drinking and art go hand in hand,” comments Siraz. “In our culture, people enjoying themselves is all about relaxing, socialising and your circle of friends. Art is there for our enjoyment.” Mark agrees: “Galleries are very sterile places. In a bar people can relate to art as it would be in their own front room.”

Of course it’s not just the bars and the customers that benefit from this new creative movement. In the world of art, it’s as difficult to get a space for your artworks as it is for a musician to get airplay for a new record. If you’re unknown then you have no following yet and no-one wants to know you. It’s at this critical stage that artists really need the exposure and the support. There are a number of organisations and sponsorships that get behind young talent such as the Strike Foundation and Beck’s Futures, which is the UK’s largest arts prize touring ten up-and-coming artists nationally. But bars offer a readily accessible space to amateur artists, making sure that artworks are where they should be – in the public eye – and not stored away in some dark and dusty attic.

Jeremy Mascarenhas has been editorial director of the seminal London Bar Guide magazine [] for 10 years. He is also global editor of The World Bar Guide, an online guide to the best bars in the world, publisher of The Big Directory (a bar industry bible) and a freelance drinks marketing consultant. He has worked with most of the leading drinks groups including Red Bull, Moët Hennessy, Diageo, Brown Foreman, Budweiser, Asahi, Tiger Beer and Grand Marnier. Through his publishing company Scene It, as well as the London Bar Guide, he has published guides to Sherry, UK nightlife, cocktails, Japanese restaurants, the much lauded London Restaurant Guide and much more besides. Click here for more details about freelance artist work.

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The Digital Signage Industry and International Growth

Over the past several months we’ve been speaking about the growth in the digital signage industry on the NAMC Newswire and how this growth will continue to move forward in 2007 and beyond, not only in the United States but also globally. We’ve spoken about the companies that are actually offering digital signage solutions to advertisers and if you just take a stroll in Times Square in New York City you can see digital signage at its best. If you’re looking for quality stickers Sydney, the expert team at can help you find a solution that’s right for you

But there are companies that play a vital role in the digital signage business that allow content to be delivered and changed at will, they allow for advertisers to reach their target market with the press of a button. They give retail stores, banks, shopping malls, convenience stores and other outlets the opportunity to either deliver their messages to their customers or generate additional revenue through the sale of advertising space on their digital systems.

Through the use of compelling content with advertising embedded within the content, such companies have the ability to seamlessly integrate an advertisers message with content that would attract the attention of consumers.

One other important element in digital signage are the actual units, the LCD or LED screens that you see at various retail locations that provide dynamic digital content. The problem has been that the expense of such systems becomes a blockade in more retailers implementing such systems.

New Age Media Concepts has found a solution that may intrigue more retailers, banks, shopping malls, airports, convenience stores and building owners to implement digital signage within their locations. New Age Media Concepts has long been a voice in the digital signage arena and they have formed NAMC Digital along with D2Ads to provide high quality digital signage solutions at affordable rates.

Through NAMC Digital venues will be able to not only offer advertisers the opportunity to advertise to their customer base but also integrate that with viable content making it less intrusive. Venues such as commercial banks or retail stores actually have the opportunity to feature the latest sales offers, events, new product launches and more at rates that are surprisingly affordable.

The beauty of the system is that all that is required is power, no cables are needed to be run through the locations, no computer or boxes are needed to be placed in a small room, this seamless integration within a venue provides ease of use and the ability to change or rotate content with ease.

As we move deeper into the mobile lifestyle, as I’ve written many times about, consumers are becoming more difficult to connect with. This is pushing more advertisers to seek alternative forms of advertising, from connecting with consumers via cell phones to dynamic digital displays, and they are doing it more now than ever. Commercial environments such as banks, retail stores and sports venues are beginning to see the value in digital signage and are implementing them within their venues, this is just the beginning of the growth and NAMC Digital along with D2Ads looks forward to playing a vital role in this growth.

Although major players in the digital signage industry include the likes of PRN Corporation; which creates in-store media networks for major retailers in the United States such as Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT), Costco (NASDAQ: COST), Best Buy (NYSE: BBY), Circuit City (NYSE: CC) and Albertsons (NYSE: ABS). They are one of the driving forces in the digital signage industry but as technology advances so should they and currently they have a need to upgrade their technology, which is something that NAMC Digital and D2Ads would be able to do for them.

On the International front you have Focus Media Holding Ltd (NASDAQ: FMCN) they are heavily involved in the digital signage business in Shanghai China and recently acquired one of their competitors by the name of Dotad that operates the largest Wireless Access Protocol in Beijing China. With the growth in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, Focus Media is in a position to grow but their one problem is technology due to restrictions in the region. Even in this case NAMC Digital/D2Ads would be an asset to Focus Media Holdings in furnishing them not only with the technology but assist them in receiving approval in the region.

So in short NAMC Digital along with D2Ads has all the tools necessary to furnish any venue or retail store with the equipment, technology and content to suit their needs.

Charles Yoo, Preesident of the privately held D2Ads, has strategically positioned his company to make an impact in the billion-dollar digital signage industry. This is what he had to say in a brief statement “We are excited about our partnership with New Age Media Concepts’ NAMC Digital division, we feel that this strategic alliance will afford us the opportunity to take advantage of the growth opportunities in the industry currently.”

Keep in mind that companies such as Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), which is coming out with their new Zune shortly and Apple Computer (NASDAQ: AAPL) which is on top of the heap in the digital entertainment arena with the popular iPod, are opening the doors wide open in the digital arena by connecting with users on the go. This is another avenue that is being tapped by advertisers, digital mobile marketing.

We can only predict what may happen in the future within the digital signage arena but to date the progress has not let us down one bit, advertisers and their agencies are beginning to see the value and the retail stores as well as the sports venues and shopping malls are all slowly but surely coming around.

So the combination of NAMC Digital and D2Ads makes them well positioned to capture new business and additional market share from existing digital signage customers not only in the United States but globally.

The group is also positioned to form strategic alliances globally to not only expand their reach but to tie in various other digital marketing vehicles around the world.

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How to Make Your Vehicle a Moving Billboard

My Vehicle Can Advertise and So Can Yours!

Vans, trucks, cars-all have something in common. They’re a key advertising tool. If you have a company vehicle that delivers products or transports people from your office to your customer’s site, why not advertise along the way? Lettered vehicles provide enormous advertising power and legitimacy to your business. First, they’re great big graphics, visible from a distance, even turning heads as you drive down the road. In your lettered step-up van, you look just like the “big guys” who maintain a fleet of vehicles. And while you may only have a single pickup truck, you advance your company into true “business class” when you add graphics to the doors and panels. Consider this: your lettered van is a very large sign. Park it as close and perpendicular to the road as possible so oncoming traffic can read it from both directions. This is particularly effective in towns and cities that have strict sign ordinances. If your identity sign (your permanent exterior signage) is small, or if you’re disallowed from using sidewalk A-frames and other temporary signs, a parked vehicle will provide additional advertising legally and effectively. Studies show that vehicle signage Sydney can generate impressions at a cost-per-thousand that’s far less than other forms of promoting your company.

Identify Yourself

Today, business names don’t necessarily identify the type of enterprise you’re in. They may contain a second meaning-a play on words, for instance-or set a tone without revealing the actual nature of your business. But a business name, logo, and motto or tagline remain integral parts of your professional identity. Take Nike. The swoosh all by itself is immediately recognizable. The tagline, Just Do it, extends way beyond Nike’s plea to buy their product. It’s a universal message that means “Seize the day. Push beyond your own expectations.” The swoosh and Just Do it are seen on sneakers,magazine ads, and Nike’s own shoe boxes. If you read “Just Do It” in an ad, don’t you know whose product is advertised? So you don’t produce world class footwear, but your logo and motto are equally important to your business. They’re part of your identity. Your customers associate your business with your name, often just by seeing the logo or reading your motto. You promote this recognition by including your logo and motto on business cards, letterhead and advertising. Your advertising should include vehicle graphics as well.

Image is Everything!

We see our customer Mike’s truck quite often-more than once a week-cruising down the road showing off its distinctive graphic message. It’s proof that Mike is busy serving his customers and it gives the impression that Mike has more than one truck on the road. The truck says to us, besides the obvious message, that he has a successful business. And in fact, he does. While you’re identifying your business with vehicle graphics, you’re also establishing this type of positive image. Easy-to-read and graphically appealing logos are head-turners. Neat, colorfully applied vehicle graphics further your business reputation. People want to associate with a business that looks successful. A clean truck with quality vinyl graphics looks professional and conveys a feeling of good will to your customers.

How are the Graphics Made?

Vehicle graphics are created with a computer, plotter, thermal transfer system and rolls of adhesive-backed vinyl. Or, they are printed onto vinyl in full-color using a wide-format digital printer. These processes include computer layout, scanning camera-ready artwork or importing computer artwork from disc or email transmission. With all materials in hand, the lettering and logos are arranged and sized by a computer graphics specialist into a pleasing design custom crafted to fit your vehicle. Simple vehicle graphics are typically one or two colors of text and a line drawing logo in one or two colors. The text and art are laid out using a software program that in turn drives a vinyl cutter. The adhesive-backed vinyl is then cut and trimmed to shape by the plotter and then applied directly to the vehicle surface. When graphics become complex-including lots of colors, fades or even photographs-the mechanism to produce them changes. That’s when digital printing is used. With these methods, the complex image is ink-jet printed onto vinyl and then cut with a plotter as needed. Whichever method is used to create them, the graphics are durable for a minimum of five years of outdoor use.

Permanent Vehicle Graphics

The printed or cut vinyl graphics adhere directly to the sides of your vehicle. Their pliability and strong adhesive backing allow them to wrap around curves and moulding. For vehicles whose windows will be covered- such as fully wrapped buses and jet airplanes-a micro-perforated,high performance vinyl is used. This provides full graphic coverage while allowing passengers inside the vehicle to see out. Again, multicolored logos, shadows, and outlines can best be created with solvent-based inkjet-printing on vinyl.

Signs that Come On and Off

In some cases, you may prefer to have signs that come on and off. These are called magnetics. You’ve seen them; they’re smaller rectangles, ovals and circles and are displayed on the doors of pickups and sides of vans. Magnetic signs-so called because they are held on the vehicle via a magnetic backing-can be cut to shape, made with any color background, and come in a limited variety of sizes. The material is manufactured in standard 24″ high rolls that are several yards long, so graphics can measure up to 24″ in one dimension and extend as long as desired in the other. Perhaps best of all, magnetics are removable when your company vehicle returns to its alter identity, the family car.

Consider this: If you change your business name or phone number, it’s often easier to re-letter a magnetic sign than to redo a permanent vehicle graphic. To create the magnetic signs, your plotter-cut or printed vinyl is sized and applied to the magnetic material as usual. Magnetics are a popular and cost-effective way to letter your vehicle, but their impermanence and relatively small size may make them impractical for some business vehicles. A 12″ x 24″ magnet looks small on the side of a large van, but works great on a car or small pickup.

Final Thoughts…

Why leave your vehicle blank? OK, you don’t need to cover it bumper to bumper (although that’s called a vehicle wrap and is covered in a future article), but even your company logo and business name make heads turn and advance the visibility of your company. The more times and ways people see your business name, the longer it holds in their memory. When they need the products and services your business provides, who do you think they call?

Paula and her husband have served as outdoor graphics advertising specialists for more than a dozen years. Their focus on providing cutting edge signage coupled with their expertise in marketing and communications has helped them serve their customers well while growing a thriving sign business.

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All American Paint Protection

Car paint protection is important in restoring your car paint to its previous magnificence. It also shields it so you automobile has wonderful look for several years ahead. Many auto hygiene products already existing out there today and all of them assert to offer defense to your vehicle paint. The truth is that not all of these products are the very same, the same means not all cars are similar. While every car can essentially obtain you from point X to Y, there is still a significant difference in between auto models. The exact same puts on car wax, paint protection and polishes. All these products provide particular quantity of sparkle, yet that is as comparable as they could acquire. A breakthrough paint protection has an element to protect your car in UV rays and even scratches.

In this page, we enlighten you, whether you are a new auto owner or a not-so-new one, on the crucial realities about paint protection items that are available in the marketplace. Through this, our company believe you can make the appropriate selection when selecting the best defense for your beloved automobile.

Are all car paint protection products the very same?

Of course they are not. There are many kinds of paint protection products and they have differing quality and price. When acquiring car paint protection Melbourne folks should not make the blunder of basing their choice totally on the rate of that security product. As an alternative, your choice on the sort of security you choose must be educated by what it is that you intend to achieve. A product that provides protection versus UV rays, bird going down roadway salt, acid rain and bug residue all rolled into one is definitely more costly than an item that just provides short-term luster.

An additional point is that various products supply differing degrees of shine. If you would like to get a product that gives you a longer shine however calls for less maintenance, be prepared to pay a few additional dollars for it. Bulk of protectants that are readily available in the marketplace presently supply only limited quantity of defense versus the components discussed above. Many of them do not provide lasting sparkle and need reapplication. It is really important that you be careful of exactly what you pick for your vehicle.

Can car paint protection assistance maintain your automobile s value along with resale worth?

The paint job and look of a car will certainly aid in maintaining not just its worth but likewise resale value. A vehicle that is well preserved with a mirror surface paint, has a boosted resale worth. It additionally saves you cash and time now. With a good paint protection, a bunch of time is minimized washing it considering that grime and filth are easily removed. It gained t require waxing to preserve its look.

Just what are several of the things you can expect from a good car paint protection?

Among the primary benefits of car paint protection is that it includes authentic value to the motor vehicle. A correct paint protection application could provide your auto incredible glass sparkle in addition to preserve its worth. For these factors, individuals are usually ready to part with $1000 just to obtain great paint protection. When done properly, there will certainly be less waxing and the cleansing will certainly be a lot easier in situation your vehicle acquire filthy and has to be washed. This translates to much more financial savings in future.

Can your auto s paintwork be harmed by merely bird falling?

The solution is indeed. Possibilities that your automobile is acquiring harmed daily without you probably observing are really real. Many people only assume that the best risk to their automobile s paintwork is UV rays. While this holds true, the damage comes after several years. Bird droppings are nonetheless much more prompt danger. They induce damage in merely a concern of days.

Bird droppings, as you recognize, are the item of a bird s digestion device. Without going too much into biology, droppings can have higher degrees of acids which could ruin the paintwork.

Most people are surprised by the amount of damage that could result from a bird going down. While it can go unnoticed to an inexperienced eye, an expert who recognizes just what he wants in auto will effortlessly see it.

Is automobile polishing the best solution?

Although vehicle waxing is understood to provide immediate shine, it is not the most effective remedy. The factor it is called wax is due to the fact that it is constructed from wax. And as you recognize, wax will certainly melt when exposed to heat. When polished paint is utilized on your auto, it comes to be soft when subjected to heat. This releases shine as well as makes your car more vulnerable to entrapping contaminants. It is fantastic for program vehicles considering that these do not sit in the sun for a whole day everyday.

Additionally, by its extremely nature, wax hardly ever sticks to the auto area. As a matter of fact, wax can not attach well to any kind of area. Simply try sticking wax to any type of surface and you will view this. In the same way, wax at some point washes off of your car, which will certainly leave your auto with less or no defense in any way.

Exactly what are the various other things that you need to find out about car paint protection?

The need to appropriately look after your auto, that is, detailing and cleaning, can not be overemphasised. Deciding on trustworthy car clean electrical outlets and detailers is not only important yet likewise shields your car from damage. In short, deal with the paintwork of your car the same way you would certainly look after your skin. Anything that gained t damage your skin gained t harm your vehicle s paintwork.

One more vital point is an excellent quality auto hair shampoo. This minimises area damaging that results from friction when the automobile is being cleaned. You likewise need a soft stack wash mitt or sponge and it have to be of excellent quality. If you want a streak-free drying, you have no alternative however to insist on a terry towel or a natural leather chamois to dry your vehicle.


Similar to anything else, you only acquire what you have actually spent for with car paint protection. Consequently, it is essential to decide on the ideal location to clean or information your automobile. This should be assisted by the span of time it takes to clean your car securely and appropriately. If ever you are looking for a paint protection I will refer you here.

How to Make Your Own Car Wash Soap

Making your own car wash soap can be cheaper than buying commercially manufactured car shampoo. You can easily make homemade car wash soap meant only for washing the body of the car, as the procedure isn’t as complicated as soap manufacturers would have you believe. Some of the car wash soap ingredients required are a bucket, water, liquid dishwashing detergent, borax and powdered laundry detergent. Many people are of the opinion that it is best to not wash your car with dish soap, but the clear coat of the paint that protects the color coat of the car paint isn’t harmed by liquid dishwashing detergent. Hence, a car wash with dish soap is quite safe for preserving your car’s paint and shine. Always set aside a reserve of best car polish products for your car needs.

How to Make your Own Car Wash Soap:

  • Squeeze some liquid dish detergent into a bucket of warm water to make basic car wash soap. This will remove the dirt and won’t affect the car paint or gloss. This is a cheap and easy way of making soap that cleans your car and the process is not time consuming either. Since the clear coat of the car’s paint is quite tough, it’s not harmed by mild soaps such as dishwater detergent.
  • If you want to make a soap that can remove grime along with the dirt on your car, you can make a car wash soap that is as effective as commercially manufactured car soap. All you need to do is fill a bucket with warm water, and add a cup of liquid dishwashing detergent and 12 tablespoons of powdered laundry detergent. If your car is very dirty, you might have to make more than 1 bucket of this mixture. You must also remember to rinse the car well and ensure that all the soap is removed to avoid soap streaks.
    Another way to avoid streaks is to add borax to the mixture of liquid dishwashing detergent, powdered laundry detergent and water. Borax ensures that soap residue isn’t left on the car’s surface.
  • When choosing detergents, make sure to buy quality products that produce plenty of suds. You can also think of using biodegradable detergent, as the soapy water will be seeping into your yard and can adversely affect the environment.
  • Alkali free soaps should be used, as alkali can take the paint and the dirt off your car. However, if the soap does have alkali, it’s best to wax the car after it’s washed.
  • Soaps that have no phosphate or chlorine are a good choice as they are environment friendly. Phosphate can damage the finish of the car’s clear coat apart from damaging the environment. Such soaps are usually vegetable–based oil soaps and should be simply mixed with the warm water in the bucket.
  • Alternatively, you can add a cup of liquid dishwashing detergent to a bucket containing warm water and add petroleum based powdered laundry detergent to it to get homemade car wash soap. The advantage of using petroleum based laundry detergent is that it’s free of phosphate and chlorine.

A soap that’s manufactured for cleaning cars is preferred by most people, but a homemade detergent that is free of alkalis and is mild is a convenient and cheap option quite safe for the car’s paint.

The Artist’s Way & Choosing Thoughts That Un-block Creativity – Are You Ready?

Whether you are exploring your creativity together with others in an artist’s way workshop or working solo, your creativity and the flow depends upon your thoughts. Did you know that researchers now know that the average person thinks up to 70,000 thoughts per day? That works out to a thought about every 1.1 seconds. Would you believe that there are that many thoughts going on inside your head? If you’ve ever felt blocked or stuck with your creative process, you’ve experienced negative thoughts. What if you were in charge of guiding those thoughts in the direction of your goals, dreams and creative process? With this much thinking taking place, it behooves us to focus that energy on meaningful goals or outcomes. Whether you are an individual or business manager wanting to improve your own productivity, having a dream, outcome or goal is what contributes order and purpose into thought processes. Your thoughts lead to a sense of discouragement or a sense of well-being. Your thoughts lead to action. Your actions create habits. Your habits determine your life. Some concept board artist work freelance for movie studios that need quick boards to guide directors for live action movies.

Even though I’m old enough to be a grandmother, I’ve only recently learned the significance between my thinking and my outcomes. The concept of thoughts becoming things is new to me and so so helpful! I now feel so thrilled to be able to support others to see that we get whatever we focus upon most. Phew!

Coaches love to ask questions, so whether I’m supporting students in the artist’s way workshops or on the phone, I submit questions to ponder. See if you find these helpful:

1. What is it that you most think about?
2. Are you liking the results of your thoughts?
3. Are you living the life you really want to be living?

I am a person who did not like setting goals. I didn’t understand why it mattered and I felt frustrated about how to do it. Now I recommend that you give it a try. If you consider your goal as a blank sheet of paper on which you want to write something special, or a blank canvass on which something beautiful will be created, you can reduce the scope of goal setting to something very manageable.

If all those thoughts you are thinking are going to be thought anyway, you may as well provide some guidance for the thinking, no? Doesn’t it make sense to experiment with putting your focus on the thoughts that would bring you what you want-or some improvement in what you now are doing?

Even if you don’t agree that your life is not going the way you want because of the way you are thinking, are you willing to experiment with your creativity and start thinking different thoughts? This may take some resolve and courage and why not strengthen those resolve and courage muscles especially if you’re not leading the life you want right now? For un-blocking or getting un-stuck, consider this:

1. Make a list of the awesome things you’ve done.
2. Find 3 people to appreciate and acknowledge and do it.
3. Make a commitment to put focus and thoughts on one thing that is positive or “right”.

If it’s true that our lives are products of our thoughts, we can begin making small thought changes any time we choose. Consider it a creative experiment to un-block creative flow.

Think of a time you made a difference for someone else. Think of a small gesture you can do right now to improve the room you’re in or the counter top or the desk. Think a thought of ‘how to make this right’ then do it.

Below is a short list of some of the feedback I get from students when I make these suggestions:

  • I can’t control what I think.
  • These thoughts just pop into my head.
  • I’m ot in charge of my thinking
  • It’s just the way I am.
  • I can’t help how I think.
  • They’re just thoughts; they don’t matter.

The exciting truth is that we can control what we think and I’ve recently learned that. We can put the focus on what we want, not on what is wrong. Whether you’re an artist wanting to un-block, or feel less stuck, or a person who would not call yourself an artist, but you’re feeling stuck, you can play with this thought process concept and create change. It’s actually a skill worth cultivating. You’ll find out that it can make a significant difference in the quality of your day. Every decision you make comes from the viewpoint of what you think you are and the value you place upon yourself. If you’re willing to play with this creative experiment, you can change your belief of what is possible and recognize that the limitations you have encountered in the past are all part of a belief system you can change. Yes you can!

You’ll find immediate access to your free Special Report (12 Tested Tips on taking action to expand your creativity NOW) at [] This special report and the series of articles, Zapping Blocks to Creativity are offered by Leslie Gebhart, M.A., Professional Certified Coach who supports you to connect with your creativity no matter what your work or leisure schedule. In addition to coaching in support of creativity, she adds facilitating the book study of Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way as a highlight of her work week. [] Feel free to paste this article into your own material so long as you also maintain the author contact information as is herein. Hope you found it useful! Make it a terrific day. 🙂

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Beach Water Sports – Surfing Oceans, Lakes, and Rivers – What Surfboard Type Do I Need Today?

Have you ever gone to the beach and realized that the surf was “up” and you didn’t have the proper surfboard to surf. Not only did you waste time and gasoline getting there, but you probably ruined your day for surfing. You did not take the time to plan ahead, which you should have been doing the night before and that morning before you load up your car, truck or van to head to your chosen surf spot. Currently during surfing competition they use a surfcomp app for updating the scoreboards online.

As a surfer, You have decisions to make everyday before you go to the beach, whether it be at the ocean, the lake or on a river. You have to choose where you are going to surf and which surfboard type you are going to surf. Of course, the surfboard you choose will depend on the conditions and also what type surfboard(s) you own.

If you go to the ocean to surf your local break or another break away from home, it is important that you check out the surf report to find out what conditions you can expect. The conditions will dictate the surfboard type that you ride that day.

The surfboard you choose for the day will also be determined by what surfboard types you have in your quiver. I know surfers that have as many as 25 surfboards of varying types, but that is not normal for the majority of you. Many surfers, especially beginners have only one or two. So, if the surfboard types you have do not suit the conditions for the surf spot you have chosen, you better rethink where or what you are going to do.

It would be a good idea for every surfer to have at least two surfboards and these days as many as three. You should have a longboard, shortboard and a SUP. The longboard is for the more gentle waves. the shortboard for the more radical waves that require a higher level of performance, and a SUP aka Standup Paddleboard for conditions where there are no waves or very small waves that are really not suitable to surf.

Whether you go to the ocean, lake or river, you can use all three types of surfboards. However, on a lake or river you need to have a boat to use your longboard or shortboard because you will need be towed behind the boat like a water skier. Surfing behind a boat is called Wakeboarding. There are exceptions to this on the larger lakes where there is sometimes enough wind to cause waves called a wind swell waves. Lake Michigan is an example of a lake that the locals surf.

You can ride your SUP on all bodies of water if there is a large enough space to paddle. Standup paddleboarding has probably become the most popular surfing sport. The learning curve is short and just about everyone can do it. I have seen a family of four out together on their four SUPs. Surfers of all ages are enjoying paddling their SUPs. You can see them on any given day on most bodies of water, especially if the sun is out. Some surfers even surf waves riding their SUP.

Skimboarding is another popular water sport, but normally for the young and vigorous surfers who are in good shape. This is a method of surfing with a very small board, normally around 4 to 4 1/2 feet in length, which you carry while you run down the beach at maximum speed, drop the board in the very shallow water or wet area, jump on the board and ride it out into a wave or skim it on the shore as far as you can go until you run out of momentum. You can do this on any beach that has enough sand or flat area for you to do what I described. You can also ride this little board behind a boat while being towed or on a wet grassy hill normally found on a golf course.

With the advent of wetsuits, hoods, booties and rash guards, it is possible for a surfer to enjoy just about every day at the beach and in the water the year around. These very important items will also protect you from the hot sun. There is nothing worse than going into the water and getting too cold. This will ruin your surfing experience. Getting a sunburn will also ruin your day and maybe days to come when you are too burned to get back out in the sun. You should always be prepared for these situations.

Did you remember to bring your towel and sunblock? Besides using the towel to dry off and wipe the water off of your surfboard before you put it back in your car, you can also use it as a changing room to put on your wet suit or take off your wet board shorts after a surf. Then, my friends, don’t forget the surfboard wax and the leash. In the old days, there were no leashes and our surfboards were continually washing up into the rocks when we fell off the board. Rocks cause dings and take your surfboard out of the water while you wait for repairs. Leashes are important. Wax keeps you from slipping off your surfboard. Unless you put a traction pad on your board, like they do on the SUPs, you will be unable to surf because your surfboard will have no traction on the deck and you will slip off the board. Good surfers plan ahead and are always prepared for the occasion. When you are hunting for bear, you don’t take a bee bee gun.

The bottom line is to make sure you have the proper equipment. Being prepared will ensure that you have a good day at the beach and in the surf. Get yourself the proper surfboard type for the conditions of the day.

Have fun, and remember surfing the waves and waters of the world will teach you to Surf Life!

The bottom line is that having the proper equipment will ensure that you have a good day at the beach and in the surf. Be prepared. Get yourself the proper surfboard type for the conditions of the day.

Have fun, and remember always to Surf Life!

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Fantastic Tips To Help You Get Better At Search Engine Optimization

The number of visitors determine a very large part of the website’s success. Sites that sell product need lots of visitors on visitor traffic. Sites that rank highly in the search engine rankings have more visitors. SEO can lead you boost these kinds of rankings. Read the following article to learn just how to get more traffic on your site.

Coding is an important aspect to consider when you want to bring people to your website. For example, if most of your site relies on JavaScript and is poorly coded, spiders can’t index your site.

Why we need an SEO services Sydney?

In order to rank your keywords higher and see what your competitors doing is the reason you need an SEO expert.

Additional ads on your pages do not necessarily mean a higher search engine rankings.

To improve your search engine rankings, include a myriad of keywords, including misspellings of keywords, in your meta tags. Search engines will “read” the metatags and improve your sites search engine rankings. For example, if the website is about rabbits, include in your metatag both “glasses” and “glases, rabit, rabbits and rabbitt.

This means repeating keywords as much as possible without breaking your article flow. Since search engines evaluate the density of keywords, this will help boost your rankings.

Learn what kind of experience they have.You need the best information and knowledge of any risks to make an educated hiring decision.

Spiders are going through your content on a constant basis and are always pulling up your site based on keywords and other particulars; however, so it is important that they can understand your site. A well-organized site map is a tool the hierarchy of each page on your website.

The way to do this is to create a robots text file and place it in your site’s root directory. txt file and inserting it in your root directory. This will not let the search engines from getting to certain things that are on your website.

Using a product feeds can really help to reach new customers. Feeds like this detail your services and products with images, descriptions and pictures. Submit them to sites which compare prices and all of the major search engines.

Avoid using Flash if you want to optimize for search engines. Flash can not be read by the spiders and won’t be read. You will need to have content both crawlable and visible at all times.

Visitors will not waste time perusing a site if they cannot find what they want, which means getting relevant content that will drive traffic.

A site map is an important part of your website if you want search engine to index of your site pages. Even if your website is just a hole in the wall compared to giants like Amazon, in how a search engine will rank it.

Try including transcripts for any visual or audio content on your site.

Research information about keywords before you begin. Learn which particular keywords should be utilized as you build your website. Keyword research can let you know what people use to navigate in your categories.

Many people are under the impression that keywords in their comment tags will create a website more visible site.

It is common assumption that this just happens on its own. Check to see if your site is still there each month.

Invest in online using services such as Adbrite or Adwords. DIY SEO does not be enough for some major ranking increases. Advertisers like Adwords can help you bring in targeted visitors.Using advertising products from the big search engine such as Google can make a huge difference in site traffic.

You will help your SEO a boost by using off-site linking to reputable websites. This is a very important part of your overall linking strategy. Search engines will rank off-site links higher than internal ones than just connect the various content of your site. Look for options that offer linking opportunities to go back to your page, as this too will elevate your rank and bring you more qualified traffic.

Using keywords that go with your products will help the search engines find your articles. This makes it more likely for people to find your website. Your primary keyword should be included in your article title, summary and also in the body approximately 5 times, too.

Make sure that your search engine optimization.While you definitely need to keep keywords in the text in order to please search engines, these machines have never made a purchase.You need to make your site to be readable at all times. You will fail if it is not.

A good way to give your search engine ranking is to get a second hand domain name. Search engines place a higher rankings automatically to domain names that have been around for more than two years old.

On-page SEO is crucial when it comes to marketing your site; therefore, so you need to learn more. Ranking high with the search engines and making the first page is how your site gets seen instead of overlooked, you need to stay informed about the latest practices concerning search engine optimization.

If you feature a good number of videos on your site, realize that crawlers will have trouble finding these, no matter how high it is in quality. To practice better SEO for videos, use a site map page that lists the videos.

The amount of visitors that you have on your site will determine how well you do. Sites that feature merchandise need visitors to thrive. The better the search engine ranking of a site, the more traffic it will receive. Search engine optimization techniques can raise rankings considerably. Using the advice shared here can help.

Peak Recommendation For Party Event catering

Everyone likes a social event, yet if you are the one tossing it, you could have your work eliminated with the wedding catering. Below are our top suggestions for intending party catering. There’s no need to labour over stale cheese sandwiches this summer: many restaurants and shops are now offering pick-up-and-go picnic hampers Sydney.

You need to make specific that you have an ample supply of plates, cutlery, glasses and also pots as well as pots. If you are just serving a cool buffet you can use throwaway plastic cutlery and also paper plates, however you can t really serve, claim, a chili disadvantage carne on paper plates.

If you are doing warm recipes, remember that you most likely only have 4 hobs on your oven and also one stove, so you can t overdo with the number of hot dishes.
If you are cooking warm food, make use of a couple of one-pot meals together with something like rice or potatoes that could opt for both.

If you are visiting cook spicy foods, Indian or Thai, as an example, remember that not everybody suches as hot spices, so make certain that one dish is mild. Be sure to permit for something that allures to vegetarians if you do not know the meals tastes of all of your guests. The benefit of a one-pot recipe is that it could be cooked beforehand, and delegated simmer on the hob, or kept warm in the oven.

One excellent tip to keep in mind is that at a party most food will certainly be eaten with a fork or spoon, as well as utilizing one hand. Avoid having factors that should be reduced with a blade, unless you have adequate tables and chairs for all your guests to sit down and also eat.

For a cool buffet you need to consider that individuals commonly take a bit of everything, so it is most effectively to avoid tastes that clash. You really desire a centrepiece, such as a gammon, or salmon, that you can serve on your own, or that visitors can cut to the size of their selection.

Make different kinds of mixed greens, such as a tomato tossed salad, potato salad, or a pasta tossed salad. Attempt to prevent things such as a plate of crisps or nuts; definitely, it s simple to open up a packet, but it doesn t appearance appetising.

For desserts, offer things like a bowl of blackberries, raspberries or various other soft fruits. Melon chunks and blueberry are constantly a great choice. Offer with dual, or clotted cream.

If you are providing a hot dessert, such as an apple pie, or something comparable that you can take out of the oven, once more serve with dual cream, given that you put on t wish to be in the cooking area making custard.

Try to enhance your offering table with something original. You could possibly make use of sprigs of natural herbs, such as rosemary, thyme, or chives if you increase them. You might also have a luxuriant floral screen at the back of the table. It is most effectively to have the table up versus a wall surface, unless you have a big room.

For beverages, keep in mind that not everyone beverages liquor, so you need some sodas available. You could likewise find that or more visitors favor a favorite or coffee. Make certain that draft beers, white wines, sparkling wine and so on are cooled completely. Absolutely nothing is much worse compared to area temperature level champagne. You also need an adequate supply of ice for individuals to place in points like gin and tonic, whisky, vodka, etc.

Broaching champagne, this is among the least expensive ways to giving alcoholic beverages. Rather than giving spirits, if you just supply champagne it could impress your guests. You will discover that many people can not drink even more than 2 glasses, so it could function out much less pricey compared to supplying spirits.

If you plan on giving cocktails, these can be composed beforehand in jugs, rather than combining them as you go.

Try to guarantee that as much as feasible is readied beforehand. Rather than spending your time in the kitchen area, this will enable you to mingle with your visitors and also enjoy oneself. Simply because you are hosting the celebration, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have fun. More info about the catering package we offered.

Should you Protect your Car’s Paint with Ceramic Coating

New car paint protection for cars is the most effective feasible kind of surface for your vehicle s surface since not just does it keep the shine of your paintwork gleaming as though it has merely left the display room, yet it is additionally self-cleaning.

The process behind it is remarkable and is based on something from nature. It is called the lotus result due to the fact that it was found that the lotus flower has self-cleaning properties on its fallen leaves. This likewise applies to a few other plants such as walking cane, nasturtium and irritable pear. Additionally, some pests such as particular butterflies and dragonflies have the very same capability.

When Was The Lotus Result Discovered?
Researchers initially started to examine this phenomenon in 1964, and the job was additional developed by Barthlott and Ehler in 1977; it was they that initially created the term the lotus impact. The leaves of the lotus flower have an incredibly high water repellent home which is called super-hydrophobicity. When it rains, water droplets roll across the leaves and get dust, eliminating it from the area, therefore making it possible for the plant to remain tidy and the leaves to execute their feature of photosynthesis to allow the plant to expand.

The higher surface area stress of a water droplet means that it tends to lessen its area in an undertaking to achieve a form which is as near to a ball as feasible. On making contact with an area, forces of adhesion reason the area to come to be wet. The area might end up being partially wet or completely damp and this will certainly rely on the fluid stress of the water droplet and the sticky attributes of the area.

The much less of the water droplet that is in contact with the surface area, the higher that surface s hydrophobicity is claimed to be. This hydrophobicity could be assessed by the contact angle of the water droplet on the area. The lower the contact angle, the reduced the hydrophobicity and vice versa. If a contact angle on a certain surface is much less than 90 levels the surface area is referred to as hydrophilic. More than 90 levels it is hydrophobic.

Some plants have a contact angle of as high as 160 degrees therefores that just around 2 % of the water droplet is in contact with the surface. When it come to lotus leaves, the contact angle is as high as 170 levels. These areas are stated to be super-hydrophobic. The area of a water droplet in contact with a lotus leaf may be as litlle as 0.6 %.

Exactly how Does Gunk Obtain Cleaned Off The Surface area?
When filth gets on to such an area the amount of attachment in between the dirt fragment and the surface is far much less compared to on many others surfaces. When a water droplet rolls across the surface area the amount of adhesion in between the surface and the gunk particle is less than that between the dust bit and the droplet, so the dust fragment is picked up by the droplet and lugged away resulting in automatic cleansing of the surface area. However, this only jobs as a result of the higher level of area stress of a water droplet and does not work in the same way with natural solvents.

Fundamentally, that is exactly how it helps the lotus fallen leave. Precisely the exact same principle is made use of in nano paint technology for car paint protection Melbourne.

Exactly how Does Nano Paint Protection Work For Autos?
Nano innovation has progressed to the point wherein a hard safety ceramic finish could be applied to the lacquered completed surface of the car s paintwork when it leaves the factory. The lacquered surface is not resistant to bird droppings, UV, or chemical etching and could be effortlessly harmed or scraped. When this happens the only option is to polish off the scrape marks or swirl marks therefore minimizing the density of the factory paint layer. Over time this indicates that inevitably a respray will be called for.

Lots of people will certainly utilize a wax gloss or a polymer paint sealant on the paintwork, but this still leaves the paint surface at risk to harm from square one, bird droppings etc, as these can permeate the polish or sealer.

What Is the Solution?

The response is to apply a challenging nano paint modern technology coating to the area of the paintwork. The coating is much less susceptible to damage compared to other area coatings, however even if swirl marks or various other harm ought to take place the finish itself can be polished off and re-applied. This implies that the manufacturing facility paintwork will certainly not be harmed and will preserve its thickness and luster.

In effect nano technology copies the results located in attributes in a basic means and super-hydrophobic finishes have been utilized on man made surfaces for a substantial variety of years. One such application is self-cleaning glass utilized for home windows, yet they have been used in numerous other applications. As an example, super-hydrophobic finishes incorporating Teflon particles have actually been made use of on medical diagnostic slides.

The same technology has been utilized for things as diverse as roof covering ceramic tiles and leather furniture. It could be used on satellite tv recipes, as an example, in order to minimize the opportunity of rain discolor and to deal with any sort of build up of ice and snow on the antenna.

It has even been utilized for tree planting. The Groasis Waterboxx is a gadget created for growing small plants in locations of extreme drought which makes it possible for the young sapling to have adequate water reach its origins up until the root systems go down much enough into the ground to reach water. The Waterboxx could then be taken out and utilized once more somewhere else. Nano innovation makes it possible for the Waterboxx to gather condensation and condensation and channel it down to the root systems of the sapling even in areas of desert.

In order to secure the paintwork of your auto and preserve that fresh out of the display room look with none of the effort, nano paint protection is the response for the critical driver. You will certainly never ever have to worry about scratch marks or bird droppings, and your automobile will only need a quick rinse to get rid of any gunk. It doesn’t matter whether your auto is new, or many years of ages; we could keep it the method it is, or recover it to the means it was.

You will likewise be able to make fun of your neighbors cleaning and polishing every Sunday early morning! Learn more about fixing your paint scratches.