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  1. This week's ArtByte Artist Showcase Winner is Tina M. Ernspiker, Photographer! She is the winner of 5,000 ArtByte and will be featured all week on our 150,000+ social media! See more of her work on the ArtByte Forum here.
  2. ART lowers Stress

    Stress-related hormone cortisol lowers significantly after just 45 minutes of art creation Whether you’re Van Gogh or a stick-figure sketcher, a new Drexel University study found that making art can significantly reduce stress-related hormones in your body. Although the researchers from Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health Professions believed that past experience in creating art might amplify the activity’s stress-reducing effects, their study found that everyone seems to benefit equally. “It was surprising and it also wasn’t,” said Girija Kaimal, EdD, assistant professor of creative arts therapies. “It wasn’t surprising because that’s the core idea in art therapy: Everyone is creative and can be expressive in the visual arts when working in a supportive setting. That said, I did expect that perhaps the effects would be stronger for those with prior experience.” The results of the study were published in Art Therapy under the title “Reduction of Cortisol Levels and Participants’ Responses Following Art Making.” Kendra Ray, a doctoral student under Kaimal, and Juan Muniz, PhD, an assistant teaching professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, served as co-authors. “Biomarkers” are biological indicators (like hormones) that can be used to measure conditions in the body, such as stress. Cortisol was one such the hormone measured in the study through saliva samples. The higher a person’s cortisol level, the more stressed a person is likely to be. F or Kaimal’s study, 39 adults, ranging from 18 to 59 years old, were invited to participate in 45 minutes of art-making. Cortisol levels were taken before and after the art-making period. Materials available to the participants included markers and paper, modeling clay and collage materials. There were no directions given and every participant could use any of the materials they chose to create any work of art they desired. An art therapist was present during the activity to help if the participant requested any. Of those who took part in the study, just under half reported that they had limited experience in making art. The researchers found that 75 percent of the participants’ cortisol levels lowered during their 45 minutes of making art. And while there was some variation in how much cortisol levels lowered, there was no correlation between past art experiences and lower levels. Written testimonies of their experiences afterward revealed how the participants felt about the creating art. “It was very relaxing,” one wrote. “After about five minutes, I felt less anxious. I was able to obsess less about things that I had not done or need [ed]to get done. Doing art allowed me to put things into perspective.” However, roughly 25 percent of the participants actually registered higher levels of cortisol — though that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. “Some amount of cortisol is essential for functioning,” Kaimal explained. “For example, our cortisol levels vary throughout the day — levels are highest in the morning because that gives us an energy boost to us going at the start of the day. It could’ve been that the art-making resulted in a state of arousal and/or engagement in the study’s participants.” Kaimal and her team believed, going into the study, that the type of art materials used by participants might affect cortisol levels. They thought that the less-structured mediums — using clay or drawing with markers — would result in lower cortisol levels than the structured — collaging. That, however, wasn’t supported by the results, as no significant correlation was found. The study did find a weak correlation between age and lower cortisol levels. Younger participants exhibited consistently lower cortisol levels after they’d created art. Those results made Kaimal wonder about how young college students and high school students deal with the stress that comes from academia — and how creative arts can help. “I think one reason might be that younger people are developmentally still figuring out ways to deal with stress and challenges, while older individuals — just from having lived life and being older — might have more strategies to problem-solve and manage stress more effectively,” Kaimal said. In light of that, Kaimal plans to extend the study to explore whether “creative self- expression in a therapeutic environment can help reduce stress.” In that study, other biomarkers like alpha amylase and oxytocin will also be measured to give a more comprehensive picture. Additionally, Kaimal also plans to study how visual arts-based expression affects end-of-life patients and their caregivers. “We want to ultimately examine how creative pursuits could help with psychological well-being and, therefore, physiological health, as well,” she said.
  3. Digital Art Discussion

    This is just a random discussion for digital art.
  4. Loui Jover | Abstract /Surrealist painter

    Loui Jover, 1967 | Abstract /Surrealist painter Loui Jover is an Australian based painter with a unique style of art. He basically uses ink on pages from vintage books to create eye-catching and emotionally charged images of women’s faces. His images also incorporate couples in intensely emotional states. His works have been hailed as truly creative and emotional. As an avid artist who draws every single day creating books of cartoons and drawings, Loui has travelled extensively all over Europe and Asia. "Dipingo, disegno, e lo faccio tutti i giorni". Loui Jover, pittore europeo emigrato in Australia, dipinge su fragili pagine di libri d'epoca per creare immagini emotivamente cariche di volti di donne accattivanti. L’artista ritrae scene melanconiche che risaltano notevolmente sulle pagine ingiallite. Lui stesso dice che "c’è un senso di fragilità in queste immagini che trovo interessante (come se il vento potesse soffiarle via in qualsiasi momento) e la mano che disegna rigide linee nere contro l’intricata selva di parole stampate nelle pagine del libro offre una strana fusione e profondità" e che "il significato di ciascuna illustrazione può essere interpretabile dall'osservatore e dalla propria immaginazione". FOR MORE SUCH ARTWORKS AND ARTISTS' FOLLOW SUJITH PUTHRAN
  5. Art Therapy | Healing

    VISUAL ART AND ARTS THERAPY FOR HEALING Abstract Studies have revealed positive evidence of the use of art therapy programs and visual artworks to facilitate the healing process of patients and staff in healthcare facilities. These researchers have highlighted a strong link between the content of the images and their impact on the reactions of patients to pain, stress, and anxiety. In this regard, hospitals are choosing artworks based on the positive evidence recorded. As a result of the contribution art has, in the provision of a better healing environment for patients, staffs and service users, this article is a literature review that highlights the results of various researches on cancer patients and a pilot study, which explores the effective use of visual arts and art therapy programs in healthcare facilities. The objective is to create a foundation for further investigations into the subject of healing with visual art and other art therapy programs in health care. Furthermore, a pilot study was conducted at the Near East hospital to evaluate the visual arts used within the hospital interior. INTRODUCTION Research has shown that there has been a rapid awareness and global increase in the issue of healing environment in recent years (Anantha, 2008). Generally, the whole idea of the healing is centered on the fact that the quality of the hospital environment can make a great difference in the recovery of patients (Altimier, 2004). Ulrich advocated that a patient in a hospital ward with a view of trees and landscape will have a quick recovery compared to one facing a view of a plain wall (Ulrich, 1984). Similarly, artists and professionals in the healthcare sector have the perception that art may have positive benefits in the healing process and healthcare in general. There has been evidence of the increasing display of artworks, with themes of natural images, which have positive effects on health outcomes. These effects ranges from decreased anxiety in patients, increased tolerance to pain and reduced periods of stay in hospitals (Staricoff & Loppert, 2003). Likewise, Florence Nightingale in 1859, affirmed the relevance of art in hospitals, which raised issues that are highly useful today. Moreover, she believes that beautiful objects of various forms and colours that are not often appreciated, sometimes have as much physical effect, as regular forms and colours have on us (Nightingale, 1859). Studies conducted in recent years, supported the notion that paintings and other forms of visual art can facilitates patients healing process. Furthermore, the result of these researches reveals that there is an association between images in a piece of art work and the positive impacts they have on patient’s response to traumatic pain, anxiety and stress (Landro, 2014; Nanda et al. 2012; Ulrich, 1999). As such, the use of artworks in hospitals has now been highly prioritized so as not to be seen as ordinary decorations for boring corridors and rooms. The use of art interventions as a positive distraction is significantly recognized for the rehabilitation of hospital occupants. On the other hand, positive distraction has been defined as an environmental factor that promotes positive energy or feelings of individuals without exposing them to any form of stress, as such, taking the person's mind off his or her worries (Ulrich et al., 1991). To further buttress this fact, a study has shown that patients with breast cancer, testified adverse reduction in anxiety during chemotherapy sessions when exposed to a view of a virtual realistic display of underwater sights (Hickman et al., 1992). History of Art in Healthcare Visual art as a western tradition started in ancient Greece, where architecturally-pleasing halls known as Asklepiea encouraged a sense of calmness and health for patients. The spaces were designed in a way that permits patients to participate in the treatment programs often drawn in their dreams by the god Asklepios. This treatment with dreams later became archaic with the development of modern medicine and the establishment of monolithic faiths in Europe. (Cork, 2012). However, the aesthetically pleasing traditional Athenian hospitals in the fifth century, which was forgotten for a long period was revived in the fourteenth century in Siena (Baron, 1996). Founded in the cathedral in Siena, the Spadale DI Santa Maria Della Scala was a space used to accommodate traveling pilgrims to the various shrines in the city. By 1100, it had expanded from its original use and had started serving the population of Siena as a hospital for the treatment of illnesses. A frescoes, painted by Simone Martini in the fourteenth century, which depicted a Marriage of the Virgin and the Return of the Virgin to the house of her parents, were commissioned by city officials to be displayed in the hospital.
  6. Congratulations to Strawberry Singh, this week's ArtByte Artist Showcase Winner! She has been a resident of the virtual world Second Life™ since May 9th, 2007. She is an award winning blogger and vlogger, covering fashion, lifestyle and culture via her Second Life blog. She is the winner of 5,000 ArtByte and will be featured all week on our 150,000+ social media community! See more of her work on the ArtByte Forum here:
  7. Hiroshi Yoshida | Landscape painter / printmaker Hiroshi Yoshida / 吉田 博 (September 19, 1876 - April 5, 1950) was a 20th-century Japanese painter and woodblock printmaker. He is regarded as one of the greatest artists of the shin-hanga style, and is noted especially for his excellent landscape prints. Yoshida travelled widely, and was particularly known for his images of non-Japanese subjects done in traditional Japanese woodblock style, including the Taj Mahal, the Swiss Alps, the Grand Canyon, and other National Parks in the United States. Biography Hiroshi Yoshida (born Hiroshi Ueda) was born in the city of Kurume, Fukuoka, in Kyushu, on September 19, 1876. He showed an early aptitude for art fostered by his adoptive father, a teacher of painting in the public schools. At age 19 he was sent to Kyoto to study under Tamura Shoryu, a well known teacher of western style painting. He then studied under Koyama Shotaro, in Tokyo, for another three years. In 1899, Yoshida had his first American exhibition at Detroit Museum of Art (now Detroit Institute of Art). He then traveled to Boston, Washington, D.C., Providence and Europe. In 1920, Yoshida presented his first woodcut at the Watanabe Print Workshop, organized by Watanabe Shōzaburō (1885-1962), publisher and advocate of the shin-hanga movement. However, Yoshida's collaboration with Watanabe was short partly due to Watanabe's shop burning down because of the Great Kanto earthquake on September 1, 1923. In 1925, he hired a group of professional carvers and printers, and established his own studio. Prints were made under his close supervision. Yoshida combined the ukiyo-e collaborative system with the sōsaku-hanga principle of "artist's prints", and formed a third school, separating himself from the shin-hanga and sōsaku-hanga movement. The Yoshida family legacy The artistic lineage of the Yoshida family of eight artists: Kasaburo Yoshida (1861-1894), whose wife Rui Yoshida was an artist; their daughter Fujio Yoshida (1887-1987); Hiroshi Yoshida (1876-1950), their adopted son, who married Fujio; Tōshi Yoshida (1911-1995), Hiroshi's son, whose wife Kiso Yoshida (1919-2005) was an artist; Hodaka Yoshida (1926-1995), another of Hiroshi's sons, whose wife Chizuko Yoshida (b. 1924) and daughter Ayomi Yoshida (b. 1958) are artists. This group, four men and four women spanning four generations, provides an interesting perspective in looking at Japanese history and art development in the turbulent 20th Century. Although they inherit the same tradition, the Yoshida family artists work in different styles with different sensibilities. Toshi Yoshida and the Yoshida family have used the original Hiroshi Yoshida woodblocks to create later versions, including posthumous, of Hiroshi Yoshida prints. Prints created under Hiroshi Yoshida's management with special care have a jizuri seal kanji stamp. The Hiroshi Yoshida signatures vary depending on the agents and time of creation. Hiroshi Yoshida prints sold originally in the Japanese market will not have a pencil signature or title in English. Hiroshi Yoshida / 吉田 博 (Kurume, 19 settembre 1876 - Tokyo, 5 aprile 1950) è stato un incisore e pittore Giapponese. Noto per le stampe raffiguranti suggestivi panorami e soggetti non giapponesi, tra cui il Taj Mahal, le alpi svizzere e il Grand Canyon, è considerato tra i migliori rappresentanti del movimento Shin-hanga. Biografia Hiroshi Yoshida, nato Hiroshi Ueda, nasce il 19 settembre 1876 nella città di Kurume, nella prefettura di Fukuoka dell'isola di Kyūshū. Mostra presto un'attitudine al disegno, stimolata dal suo padre adottivo, un insegnante di pittura alla scuola pubblica. All'età di 19 anni viene inviato a Kyoto per studiare sotto la guida di Tamura Shoryu, un noto insegnante di pittura occidentale; successivamente trascorre altri tre anni a Tokyo sotto gli insegnamenti di Koyama Shotaro. Yoshida organizzò la sua prima mostra al Detroit Museum of Art (ora Detroit Institute of Arts) nel 1899. FOR MORE SUCH ARTISTS AND ARTWORKS FOLLOW SUJITH PUTHRAN
  8. Saint Ignatius Church

    From the album Digital works

    Digital work 4961 x 7087 px, 300 ppi 2018

    © J. Van de Perre

  9. Wassily Kandinsky | Abstract /Expressionist painter Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc, 1911 By this time, according to his reminiscences, he had lost much of his early enthusiasm for the social sciences. He felt, however, that art was "a luxury forbidden to a Russian". Eventually, after a period of teaching at the university, he accepted a post as the director of the photographic section of a Moscow printing establishment. In 1896, when he was approaching his 30th birthday, he was forced to choose among his possible futures, for he was offered a professorship in jurisprudence at the University of Dorpat (later called Tartu), in Estonia, which was then undergoing Russification. In what he called a "now or never" mood, he turned down the offer and took the train for Germany with the intention of becoming a painter. In 1921 he founded the Russian Academy of Artistic Sciences. But by then the Soviet government was veering from avant-garde art to Social Realism, and so, at the end of the year, he and his wife left Moscow for Berlin. Wassily Kandinsky a Venezia, anni 30 FOR MORE SUCH ARTWORKS & ARTISTS' FOLLOW SUJITH PUTHRAN
  10. Nguyen Tuan, 1963 | Figurative sculptor

    Nguyen Tuan, 1963 | Figurative sculptor Born in Vietnam, Nguyen Tuan experienced the fall of Saigon in 1975, survived a failed escape attempt from his native land in 1988, witnessed the death of his close friend in the same escape attempt, and was then cast into a concentration camp. Almost miraculously, he escaped the camp and fled to the United States where he became captivated with sculpting. In 1995, Tuan Nguyen received his fine art degree from the Art Institute of Southern California in Laguna Beach, CA. > The Vietnamese master sculptor Nguyen Tuan is internationally known for his seemingly "weightless" figurative sculpture merging Western techniques with traditional Eastern values. He has coined the term "existential balance" to bring emphasis to the importance of balance to human existence. Tuan Nguyen has received the Gloria Medal* from the National Sculpture Society (New York), a medal designed by C. Paul Jennewein and bestowed upon a young artist in Jennewein's memory for a meritorious body of work as determined by the luminary board of the Society. In 2006, Tuan received the Gold Medal* for Sculpture from the California Art Club for his work “Rendezvous”. Among his most notable public installations are the Vietnam War Memorial in Westminster, California, the heroic sculpture of Saint Therese in Mobile, Alabama, and the extensive public collection of his works at the Plaza in Orlando, Florida. Tuan’s latest project is the creation of a Vietnamese Refugee Memorial. Tuan’s works can be found in the permanent collections of the Pasadena Museum of Art and the White House. FOR MORE SUCH ARTWORKS AND ARTISTS' FOLLOW SUJITH PUTHRAN
  11. Abstract christmas tree impression!

    Hallo,my name is Stefan from All day impressions. I am an all day artist, i am focusing on all day impressions. This includes things that can happen in all day life and can be seen in all day life around the world!Usually i am doing this art for my own, presenting it to a few people, but sadly the most people in the world aren't focussing on the lovely details in life! Enjoy one of my Christmas impressions here..My motto: IMPRESS My ArtByte Wallet: AQ6KqU3WqKLqN6zvrFCFrZbHvntS11ex1f
  12. Restaurante con ojos de gato ediciones

    Hello this my art book work. http://rogeditorial.blogspot.com.co/?m=1 Enjoy. Ab1w31pKATTWnwMFBzq2qZ7pwFrFnAQmke
  13. Portrait of a young woman

    Hi, I leave here a short video to show you some stages of the digital painting process for a portrait of a young woman. Hope you enjoy it. Thanks so much for watching!! ArtByte wallet: AKgD6DN9N2YVPQ59Faa4sy5e1dMG9Z8Tm4
  14. Imagined Insects Camouflaged as Star Wars Characters by Illustrator Richard Wilkinson UK-based illustrator Richard Wilkinson created a series of fantastical insects based on the most famous Star Wars characters. It’s easy to imagine these incredibly life-like renderings truly existing as creatures crawling on a planet far away, and each is given a cheeky scientific name with Latin roots that relate to its sci-fi counterparts like Roboduobus Deoduobus for R2D2 or Chaetebarbatus Bonamicii for Chewbacca. Wilkinson has previous experience creating scientifically-minded illustrations for publications like New Scientist and Intelligent Life Magazine. These first 10 illustrations titled Insects From A Far Away Galaxy are just the first set in a much larger body of work for a planned book, Arthropoda Iconicus Volume I, that will make references to other pop culture characters like Pokemon, Marvel Comics, and Disney. The pieces seen here are now available as limited edition prints, and you can follow more of Wilkinson’s work on Instagram. For more such Artists' & ArtWorks follow SUJITH PUTHRAN
  15. This week's ArtByte Artist Showcase Winner is AESPA (Alberto Esparz, a Chilean freelance artist! He is the winner of 5,000 ArtByte and will be featured all week on ArtByte's 150,000+ social media! See more of his work on the ArtByte Forum here
  16. New Three-Dimensional Murals by Peeta

    Italian artist Manuel de Rita a.k.a. Peeta (previously) transforms static structures by painting colorful cubes and abstracted cylindrical shapes to appear as if they are floating above the surface of the wall. This technique was derived from the traditional 3D lettering he grew up painting and continues to evolve as he experiments with realistic objects, like the window that protrudes from the turquoise and purple work below. “Initially, my works only realized the sculptural quality of individual letters, namely the ones that spelled out my own moniker Peeta,” he says in an artist statement. “Progressively, the fusion between traditional lettering and three-dimensional style has given life to a unique kind of visual rhythm. Today, through my anamorphic works I redesign the volumes of any kind of surface involved, thus causing with my paintings a temporary interruption of normality by altering the perception of familiar contexts, and so raising a different understanding of spaces and, consequently, of reality as a whole.” These large-scale explorations of multiple dimensions and eye-boggling optics have been painted globally, including Guangzhou, China; Barcelona, Spain; Mirano, Italy, and more. Recently the artist wrapped up an artist residency at Jardin Orange in Shenzhen, China. You can see more of Peeta’s work, including his paintings on canvas and sculptural objects, on his website and Instagram. for more such Artists' & Artworks follow SUJITH PUTHRAN
  17. jamie lynn - .jpg

    From the album Portraits

    As the delivery man knocked, she listened. An open window next the front door was unavoidable temptation. As he stuck his head through the opening, she watched. He began to enter. Half-way, caught his trousers on a nail, awry in the sill. Wiggling to free himself, she thought of a fly; web-stuck, easy prey. Two kitchen carving knives, spider's fangs - she bit...and bit and bit and bit and bit. One was probably enough, but, you know how it is - young, American, impulsive. Like a totally cool Bowie song - just badly written.
  18. This week's Artist Showcase winner is ovko, a contemporary visual artist from the USA! He is the winner of 5,000 ArtByte and will be featured all week on ArtByte's 150,000+ social media! You can see more of his work here on the ArtByte Forum.
  19. Mr. Whiskers

    From the album My Various Works

    A Certified Master Chef, Mr. Whiskers is ready to whip up any meal whenever and if-ever he ever feels like it. https://www.redbubble.com/people/monkopotamus/works/31668356-mr-whiskers?asc=u
  20. Serfijn Sein art

    From the album My art (Serfijn Sein)

    This painting was made for one of my dutch stories.
  21. The Spiderweb

    From the album Oil paintings

    oil painting, 50 x 65cm - 2018
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  23. parkerquinkdraws.jpeg

    From the album parkerquink draws

    parkerquink draws
  24. This week's ArtByte Artist Showcase Winners is Skip Staheli, a photographer working in virtual worlds. His work is currently showing in the Paris Metro Gallery in Second Life. He is the winner of 5,000 ArtByte and will be featured all week in ArtByte's 150,000+ social media! The Paris Metro Art Gallery is hosting a series of various images of the artist, and in particular, those placed on the ground floor, are relevant to the winter season. See more of his work on the ArtByte Forum here.
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