portraits and my portrait art creations...

Portraits and My Portrait Art Creations…

In this Blog, Portraits, I examine what is the Portrait, and if it had any Benefits for Society in the past , and if today Portraits are still Valued, or if Portraits, are a lost Art Form, for Society. Besides, the Artist, Portrait Painting, are there other Media, that are used, with the Universal use of the Newer IT–Technology? Let us try to envision, what the Future has installed for the Portrait?

Portrait painting–is a genre in Art, in which the purpose is to show a Human Individual, and their personality. Portrait, Artists paintings, can describe their actual Portrait painting. People who Paint portraits can create their work, for Commissions, for the General Public or for the Private individual. The main purpose of a Portrait painting is for State recognition and Importance. Portrait paintings, are also the paintings made of family members,  as a record for their family, remembrance history.

Historically–Portrait paintings have been important for the Rich and the Powerful in Society.  As the time has moved forwards, the Middle classes, have Commissioned Portraits, of Family and their colleagues.

At the Present Time–Portraits are still Commissioned by Governments, corporations, groups, clubs and the Individual.

Portraits and Media–Portraits can be made in other Media, such as in Prints and in (Etchings and Lithography), photography, video and digital media. Throughout history, for all the Artists, in the different traditions, it has been necessary for the Artist, to learn newer and particular skills, for painting realistically the Portraited.

Technique and Practice–A well Painted portratit, needs to show the Inner essence of a person, or needs to be an excellent representation or show the likeness, of an individual. Artists usually aim for a Photographic realist looking painting, or an Impressionist, painting, or a similarity of their sitter. In a Caricature, in which an attempt is made to Exaggerate a characters, Physical features.

Artists–Edward Burke-Jones, said that the only True expression in a Portrait is the Likeness of a character and their Moral quality. Nothing that is Temporary, changing or accidental in the Portrait.

The Artist Gordan C. Aymar, said that the Eyes, are the place that we look at to give, the most, Reliable and complete information, of an individual in the Portrait paintings. The Eyebrows, show the Wonder, pity, fright, pain, cynicism, concentration, displeasure, surprise and Expectation. All these Emotions are expressed, in a Variety of variation, and also in Combinations of expression.

Portrait paintings–can show the subject, in Full length, (Whole Body), Half length, (from Head to waist or Hips), Head shoulders,–(Bust), or just the Head. Some of the other Variations, the person can be Clothed, or nude, indoors or outside, standing, seated, reclining, and even Horse–mounted.

Portraits–can be of Individuals, couples, parents, children, families, or Groups of people.

Portrait Creations–can be made in different media, which can include, Oil paints, watercolours, pen and ink, pencil, charcoal, pastel, and Mixed media. Artists have a wide-range of palette colours, to use to create the Portrait painting.

Websites: Portrait Painting

  1.  How to paint Portraits from photographs, a step by step guide. https://empty
  2. Portrait Painting and Drawing: painting

Videos of Portrait Paintings



Overall Size of Portrait–the Artist does take into account, where the Final portrait will be hung. The Colour and style of the décor, the painting will be Shown in, are considered greatly by the Artist.

The Portrait Painting, Indian Summer, is made in Creations Watercolours, on A3, Acid free, Creatives Watercolour paper, and the Painting is completed in Sharpie Fine Black marker.


Indian Summer.  Mixed Media.   By: Marie. Crimi.   2019.


The drawing below is, the above completed Portrait painting. It is my Unique Art style and Version of a Free Photo Stock, Photo, that I used for the Initial Reference. I used a 2B, Eco Lead, Light Pencil, to make the drawing. I made a Wash to paint over the drawing using, Mont Marte–Silver Series Acrylic colours, Titanium white and a smallish amount of the Rose madder. When this wash was dry, I proceeded to paint the drawing in Creatives, Watercolours. And finished of the Portrait, in Sharpie Fine Marker.


Hue and Portraits–Creating a Portrait takes a lot of time, needing at least Four sittings. In the 18th century it would take at least a full year, to complete a portrait. After calming the sitter, and encouraging a natural pose, the Artist then studies the person in detail. Looking in particular for a Facial expression, that satisfies the Artists concept, of the Individual’s personality. The Posture is examined, to show the Emotional and physical state of the sitter, the Clothes of the sitter, are considered as the Overall impression. To keep the Sitter at ease, the artist will Maintain a pleasant, steady appearance, and Make light conversation, with the sitter.

Human Anatomy and Portraiture–in the Creation of a Successful portrait, the Overall, knowledge of The Human Anatomy is very important.

Portraits Outcome–Occasionally, the Client or the client’s family is unhappy with the Portrait. The Artist is then, required to re-touch the painting or in some case Redo the painting, or to Withdraw the Commission without being paid, the Artist suffering, the Humiliation of failure.

An example of a Portrait Failure–The famous and particular Gilbert Stuart, once replied to a client’s dissatisfaction with his wife’s portrait, by replying. ‘You bought me a Potato, and you expect as Peach!

The Portrait painting below, is my first attempt at Portrait drawing . I decided to use Acid free, A3, Creatives, Watercolour paper, it is my preferred paper to use. It has a fine texture and I thought I would use Soft coloured pastels, I like working in soft pastels, although I have not used them for awhile. I thought it would be fun to see if I could work on the Portrait. I have put it under the paragraph as A Failed Portrait, because it is my First Portrait attempt, and I think I did not, do the Painting the Justice, the painting deserved.

Spring Arrived.   Mixed Media.   By: Marie. Crimi.   2019.


The drawing below is the above initial drawing for the above completed Pastel Portrait. I used a 2B, Eco Lead, light pencil, to draw the Portrait. Then I used Acrylics, Mont Marte-Silver Series, Colours, Cadmium yellow, Yellow orange and a littlest Raw umber, to make the Wash, that I applied over the initial drawing. When dry, I used Mungo Soft Pastels for the Colouring, and to finish the complete Portrait painting, I outlined the picture with Watercolour Black Pencil. To give the definition the Portrait needed, to finish it Off…


A Successful Portrait–can gain the Lifelong gratitude of a client. The Count Bulthanzar, was so pleased with the Portrait, ‘Raphael’ had created of his wife, that he told Raphael the Artist, “Your image…alone can lighten my cares, that image is my delight, I direct my smiles to it, it is my joy”.  (Above information, in Wikipedia Free Encyclopedia).

In concluding this Portraits examination of definite details, we can see that Portraits are a necessary part of society. Through History, Governments and Corporations, and the Rich Valued the Portraits. At this time, All Classes of Society have some form of Portrait Recording, for their Knowledge and for Remembrance. It is easy to believe, that the Portrait recording, whether the Portrait is Painted by an Artist, or made in other Media, that it will always be part of our Culture, always has been and will be, so it is… This is a Good Service available to us as a Society, it keeps us informed of how far we as Earthlings have Matured, in time, and What we have left Behind in the World’s, past.

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Different Approaches to Drawing, and My Art Creations To., Uncategorized

Different Approaches to Drawing, and my Art Creations To.

In introducing this Blog Topic, on Different Approaches to Drawing. I research into what is Drawing, and investigate how to Draw, and find out if there is an easier way to draw and create Unique Art. And see, if there are any other ways to draw. I also wonder when Art Started and Why, why is Art, So great or Not so great, let us see?…

Different approaches to drawing–What is drawing? Drawing is a form of Visual art, in which the person uses different drawing Media, to mark the paper, or another Two-dimensional medium. A drawing media, releases a small amount of material onto the surface, leaving a visible mark.  The most common support for drawing on, is paper. Other materials can be used, cardboard, wood, plastic, leather, canvas, and board. A wide availability of drawing media, make drawing one of the most common Artistic activities.

Drawing is used in Commercial illustration, animation, architecture, engineering and technical drawing.

Drawing as Artistic Expression–Drawing is generally used to express a person’s creativity, which has been prominent in the Art world, throughout History. Drawing, has been regarded as the foundation for an artistic practice. In the 14th Century the wider availability of paper, made Art popular. Drawings were used as a great tool, in thought processes, and in investigation. Drawings acted as a Study medium, while Artist’s were preparing, their final Presentation, of work.

The Renaissance, Drawing techniques, enabled Artists, to represent things, realistically, and Drawings also revealed, the Artist’s interests in Geometry and Philosophy.   (The above information, in Wikipedia free, encyclopedia).

Artist’s Network, says that drawing should be enjoyable and that sketching, should be a vehicle of speed, and immediate action. Most people think drawing, uses One Method, the Linear method, that is drawing, from the top of the page, to end of the page. This method of drawing, is a difficult approach to use. In reality, there are many ways to draw, the differences in drawing, give the individual Artist, their Signature Style and Technique creation. If you practice the Different drawing techniques, you eventually find what is comfortable, for you. Which is what then gives to your art work, a Unique expression of an Art Style and Technique.

The Maquette, or Shape- based Drawing technique, is the easiest way to learn to draw, most things. By reducing Complex forms, to simple shapes. This form of drawing, is referred to by other names, such as Construction, Anime’ or Manga. This is the Exact Technique used by most Animators. The first step with Maquette drawing, is to reduce the Proportions and Shapes to a series, of Rectangular and Circles.

The following Art Creations of Tinkerbell, are made in the Maquette drawing Style. I have used circles, rectangles and smaller shapes, to Fashion these drawings. This Style of drawing, is my Unique Style of Drawing. Very easy to Learn and to Teach yourself, and draw with. I initially used, a 2B, Eco Black Pencil, and then outlined the drawings, in a Sharpie, Fine Black Marker.  I used textured, Creatives, Acid free, Watercolour Paper, because I find it is, best Suited and a pleasure, to work in my Style of Art Creating.

To colour the Maquette Style, drawings in, I have used the Colourful Crayola, Crayons, which were Smooth, speedy, and easy to use. I have placed these paintings, of Tinker Bell, in my Etsy Shop.

The ideas for my paintings, I find in Free Photo Stock on the Internet. Of course I draw them all, in my Art Style and Technique. I use Mixed media, colourful mediums, to colour my Art Creations. I use either Creatives, Textured Watercolour paper, or The Creatives, Canvas Paper, which also has an amazing, Texture to work on… I enjoy doing Art and I like to Share, what I Art Create.

Tinker Bell.  Mixed Media.  By  Marie. Crimi.  2019.

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Art: Drawing Approaches and training–(in  Concept–The ‘Concept art’, was used in the 1930’s by Walt Disney, Animation. A Concept Artist is an individual who creates Visual design for an item, character, or for an area, which does not exist. This is not limited to, film, animation, and recently added to video game production. Being a Concept Artist takes a Big commitment, vision and a clear understanding of this important position. Concept art has taken the Digital technology, and  popular programs for the Concept artist, are Photoshop and Corel painter. Others include, Manga Studio, Procreate and Art rage, programs. Concept art ranges through Stylized to photorealistic, Art spectrum. Concept Artists need to adapt to the Style of the Studio, they are employed by. The abilities of the Artist, to produce Multiple styles, is valued highly by the Artist’s Employer.

Tinker Bell.  Mixed Media.  By  Marie. Crimi.  2019.

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Developing different Approaches to Drawing Art–Gesture and Beginning Approaches, (in ) –The mark that records the movement of the Artist’s media, is a Two dimensional movement in space, which is the most basic feature of drawing. In addition to this is spatial notation, in which drawing arouses a time response – which is the time required, to make the movement, that creates the Mark. Time is also involved in Seeing and in Scanning objects in space. So Movement and time are two of the most essential features in making and looking at a drawing.  Handmade quality is highly valued, one-of-a-kind, drawings are called, A Facture. It is the term used for the time and effort, that you put into making a Creative product. It includes the media, and all the creative tools that made the original marks. For example, the Cross hatched line, the scribble, the faint trailling line, the boldly stated, ripping mark-all are signs of A Facture.

Gesture Drawing–There is a physicality of motion in drawing that is not always visually evident in other Art forms, the result of this process, Communicates an Emotional and intellectual reality to the Art Creation. Gestural drawing is an exercise in the seeing the form. The hand duplicates the motion of the eyes, making the movement, that instantly defines, the general characteristics of A subject: in the Placement, of shape, proportion, and relationship between the parts, and the definition of its, Area, volumes, as well as their arrangement in Space and time.

Perspective Drawing–Learn to draw by putting things in Perspective. In the Art world Perspective, is about your point of view, and the Relationship of Objects to one another.

Linear Perspective Terms–Visual depth is expressed through Linear, and atmospheric perspective, as well as through the use of colour. With Linear perspective, depth is achieved through lines, and the Size and the placement of Objects. The Horizon-height will affect the placement of the Vanishing points, as well as the scene, at eye level. The Vanishing point, is the place where Parallel lines appear, to meet together, in the distance. A scene can have a limitless number of Vanishing points.

The Ground Plane–Is the Horizontal surface, below the horizon. The Orthogonal lines, are lines which are Directed to a vanishing point. The Vantage point-not to be confused with the Vanishing point. The Vantage point, is affected by the Placement of the horizon and the Vanishing points.

Pencil Drawing Techniques: Pro-tips to Sharpen your skills–For many Artists, Pencil drawing is the skill that introduced them into the Art world. Understanding how to draw with a pencil, can help you Improve your skill in other areas, of your life. The first step, is to master how to hold a pencil correctly.

The next Drawing Technique is– Line weight, which Outlines different objects. Lines also emphasise, the shadows of an object. Thicker lines can fade and disappear, which can give the 3D form in a painting. As an Artist you need to find the Style, that is right for You. Find the Right paper texture, it makes a big difference, in the effect, it gives to your work. A Rough tooth in paper, is most visible and the ridges will grip the colour, from your pencils. A Smooth toothed paper, provides an easier surface for, Blending colour pencils. Remember use the Right eraser, it makes a big difference to your work. Protect your paper as you work on the Art piece, by putting a Piece of paper under your hand, to avoid smudging the lines you are drawing, when working on your Art creations. Lastly but not least, Break Out of Your Comfort Zone. The Pencil drawing techniques, help you understand the essentials of the medium, but you need to explore by Breaking the rules, and find out what works for You, as an Artist. Remember that Individuality gives YOU, your Signature style and Techniques. This Leads you to make, Genius Art Creations, and Hopefully earns you Good Money for Your Efforts.

In Conclusion, I would like to say that, I think that we can all be Art Creative, especially using the Maquette, Shape-based drawing style, we have no excuse, to not attempt Art creating. We know there is value in doing Art, because we have seen how it can help us navigate, our way in all other, Life situations. Art Creating is a Help and a Blessing to the very young, and to all other ages.

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Mother's Day and My Art Creations To..., Uncategorized

Mother’s Day and My Art Creations To…

In this Blog, Mother’s Day, we think deeply and wonder what the Word, Mother actually Means to us all, as People and as Human Beings, in the whole of the world? Mother’s Day makes us wonder as young children, and as we get older and travel through time and life, how we are affected by our Mothers?… When our Mothers are no longer present, how do we feel on Mother’s Day?  Wow, if you think, Mother, how amazing, is that one word? In my  Art Creations for Mother’s Day, I have made a Card for My Mother–in Remembrance, and the next Card, is one of the first cards, which was originally Handmade, by a Son, to his Mother on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day–is the celebration that Honours the Mother of The Family, it also Celebrates Motherhood and the Maternal Bonds, and also the great influence Mothers have in Society. In the world Mother’s day is Celebrated, most in the months of March or May.

The Modern Mother’s Day began in the United States, with the initiative of Ann Reeves Javis in the early 20th Century. Throughout History many Traditional Celebrations of Mother’s Day and Motherhood have existed in the world.  For thousands of years, in the Greek Culture–to Cybele, the Roman Festival of Hilaria, And in the Christian Faith–THE, Mothering Sunday, that Commemorates the Mother of the Church, Our Most Holy Pure, BLESSED LADY, the High Protectoress of the Christian Faith…

Note:–that the U.S.A, The Modern Version of Mother’s Day, is criticised GREATLY, for being to Commercialised…

Mother’s Day Founder–Javis, regretted the Commercialism, Javis communicated, that this was never her intention.

The Modern Holiday of Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Javis held a Memorial for her Mother, at St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. The church has the International Mother’s Day Shrine. Javis’s campaign to have Mother’s  Day recognised began in 1905, the Year her Mother Died. Her Mother Ann Javis, had been a Peace activist, who Cared for Wounded Soldiers, on both sides of the American Civil War, Ann Javis, also addressed public Health Issues. Anna Javis, the daughter, wanted to honour all Mothers, because she believed that a Mother, is the person who has done more for You, than anyone else in the world.

In 1911, all states observed the  Mother’s Day Holiday as a local holiday. In 1914, Woodrow Wilson, signed the proclamation designating Mother’s Day, to be  held on the Second Sunday in May, as A National Holiday to Honour Mothers…

The Commercialisation of Mother’s Day– by the 1920s, Javis believed that Companies like Hallmark Cards, had misinterpreted and exploited the idea of Mother’s Day. Which should have been, only expressed as a Sentiment, not for a Profit Celebration.

MOTHER’S DAY, In Remembrance.   Mixed Media.   By Marie Crimi.   2019.

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The extent of the celebration’s, varies greatly. In some countries, it is Offensive to a person’s Mother, Not to observe The Mother’s Day Celebration. In other Countries, it is a small known Festival celebrated, by Immigrants, and Reported by the Media, as a Custom USED In Foreign Cultures…

Religion– In the Roman Catholic Church, the holiday is strongly associated with remembering, and commerating the Blessed Virgin Mary. Some Catholic homes, have a special Shrine devoted, to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

In many– Eastern Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches, a special Pray Service, is held to Honour the Theotokos Virgin Mary.

In Islam– there is no concept of Mother’s Day. The Quran, teaches children to give priority, to their Mother over their, Father.

In Hindu– Mother’s Day is called, Mata Tirtha Aunshi, or Mother Pilgrimage Fortnight, celebrated in countries with a Hindu population, especially in Nepal. The day is observed on the New Moon day of the Month of Baisakh, April / May.  Pre-dates the USA– Mother’s Day, inspired Celebration, by at least a Few centuries. ( From Wikipedia Free Encyclopedia).

This Year, Mother’s Day in Australia falls on, Sunday, 12 May 2019-– In Australia, Mother’s Day happened through the efforts of a generous Australian Lady, who lived near Sydney, Janet Hayden. Janet took a Big interest in the Needs and financial difficulties of the Women who lived, in her neighborhood. In 1924, she gave Women small gifts, this idea made her extend all this generosity, to Mother’s every where in Australia. It was the National Press who took this Novel Idea, Mother’s DAY, which is now celebrated on the Second Sunday in May, as Mother’s Day, in Australia.

This Special Day, Mother’s Day, like in all the other Countries, gives Children the chance to give their Mother’s Presents, Dedicate Poems, and Songs to their Mother’s…

MOTHER’S DAY, 1906, North Pacific Railway Postcard.   By A Son.  

Made, By Marie Crimi.   2019.

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It is an excellent excuse for families to get together and have a Barbecue, this is a great custom in Australia. To Eat Pavlova, a Meringue–based desert covered in Whipped cream and Fresh fruits. Or to eat Lamingtons, squares of Sponge cake, coated in Chocolate sauce and Desiccated coconut.

In conclusion to this enlightenment, on the True Meaning of Mother’s Day, it is true to say, that Mother’s Day Celebration is a Very Special and Important Day to Observe in our Lives, and in All the Cultures of the World. Our Mother’s have all Given to us the Amazing Gift of Life and Hope, that as we grow stronger and older, we also have the power and the wish to give Life and Love to our, Own Beloved Children.

I think that if we do not observe the Christian or other Faiths, or Customs in observing the Great Matrix of Life, The Holy Virgin Mary, that we can still observe, and be Highly Grateful, to what is all around us, Mother Earth, which gives and gives Abundantly, and Who will, never abandon, us, as Human Beings.

Thank you for visiting this Blog, On Mother’s Day.  If you have any questions or would like me to research an Issue or a Topic, please be in touch. Have an Amazing Mother’s Day, Celebrating, on Sunday the 12 May 2019… Have an excellent week…  I am, and Artpaperdesignsmarie



Easter Festivity, 2019... and My Art Creations, Uncategorized

Easter Festivity, 2019… and My Art Creations

Easter is also called Pascha (Greek, Latin), or Resurrection Sunday. Easter is a festival and holiday to remember the Resurrection of Jesus from the Dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the Third day after his Burial, following his Crucifixion, by the Romans at Calvary c.30AD. It is the whole happenings of the Passion of Jesus, which is observed after Lent (or Great Lent), a 40 day period of Fasting, Prayer, and Penance. Most Christians refer to this week, before Easter as ‘Holy Week’, which is made  up of the days of the Easter Triduum, which included Holy Thursday, and The Last Supper.

As well as Good Friday,  which remembers the Crucifixion and the Death of Jesus.  In Our Western Christianity, Eastertide, or the Easter Season, begins on Easter Sunday, and lasts for Seven Weeks, ending with the coming of the 50th Day, which is Pentecost Sunday.

In the Eastern Christianity, the season Pascha begins on Pascha, and ends with the coming of the 40th day, the Feast of the Ascension.

The Easter Date?

Easter and the holidays that are related to it are Moveable Feasts, they do not fall on a fixed date in the Gregorian or Julian Calendars, (both of which follow the cycle of the sun and the seasons).  (in the Wikipedia, Free Encyclopedia)

The date for Easter is determined on a luni-solar calendar, similar, to the Hebrew Calendar.

In the Western Christianity, using the Gregorian calendar, Easter falls on a Sunday, between 22 March and 25 April, inclusive, within about seven days after the astronomical full moon. The Easter Monday, is a Legal Holiday in many countries, with Christian Traditions.

Eastern Christianity bases their dates on the Julian Calendar. There is a thirteen day difference between the calendars between 1900 and 2099, 21 March, corresponds, during the 21st Century, and the 3 April, in the Gregorian Calendar.

The Julian Calendar, is No Longer Used as the Civil Calendar of the Countries, where Eastern Christian traditions, predominate.  https//www.ancient-origins of…

In the Oriental Orthodox, some churches have changed, from the Julian to the Gregorian Calendar, and the dates for Easter and for other Fixed and Moveable Feasts is the same as in the Western Church.

What is Easter?

Easter is the Primary Act that Fulfills the purpose of Christ’s Ministry on Earth To Defeat Death by Dying and to Purify and Exalt Humanity by Voluntarily Assuming, and Overcoming Human Frailty. (In the Wikipedia Free Encyclopedia)

Easter Festivity 

Holy Week begins Sunday April 14 and Ends Saturday April 20.

Easter 2019 Date-— April 21 (Western),     April 28 (Eastern)

  • Observances— Prayer,  all Night Vigil,  Sunrise Services
  • Celebrations— Church Services, Festive Family Meals, Easter Egg Decoration, and Gift Giving.

Easter Gifts for You. I made these Easter Cards for Easter. I made them using the Itisi Bitsi, Gel Pens, which come in a packet of 24 Gel Pens. I got the idea for the cards, from free photo stock, on the internet search, for Easter. I used a Sharpie Fine Liner, Black Marker to complete the outlines of the Pictures. I hope you like them and print them on cards, to give to your family… Have a Safe, Healthy and Great Easter– 2019…




The Best Chocolate treats to buy for this Easter.

Easter Videos

  1. The True Story of Easter (You Tube)
  2. The True Easter Story with Roy Vander Laan (You Tube)
  3. The Story of the Easter Bunny by Katherine Tegan / Easter Book Read. (You Tube)
  4. The True Story of Easter, Respawn Inbox (You Tube)
  5. The True Easter Story– true-Easter-story

Easter is the time to remember Jesus’s Death and Jesus’s Resurrection. Easter is the Celebrating by All People in the World, of our Human Fragility. Jesus, at his Resurrection, promises to give us A New Life, after Our Death. After mourning, Jesus Death for 40 days by Fasting, Praying, and doing Penance, we celebrate the Risen Jesus. We celebrate by believing that a new life, in Jesus awaits us All, after our Death. So we rechoice and attend sunrise Easter Service’s, share Family meals, give gifts, and Easter Eggs, on Easter Day.

Our Love and Belief in Jesus is Alive, every Easter, because we live this Mystery Of Easter Every Year, and actually know that Jesus does show up, at the End Of Our Lives. Jesus made this Promise to Us… Do have an Excellent and Happy Easter, and Eat all the Chocolate you Want, at Easter you CAN… See you all in my next BLOG… I am   and Artpaperdesignsmarie




The Best Art Courses in the World and What They Offer, and My Art Creations too..., Uncategorized

The Best Art Courses in the World and What They Offer, and My Art Creations too…

In the following Blog, on The Best Art Courses in the World and What They Offer? I search for What is Important in the Choosing One Art Course of Study, Over Another Way, of Studying Art. I see if you actually need to spend Big Money on courses to be Successful, or if there are other options to look into, to set you up on your Art Journey.  In the Conclusion, I will try and acknowledge if my initial ideas about, How, where and How much would be needed to Study Art, and see if any person is actually disadvantaged, in not being able to set out on their Art Journey.  I will be adding as usual to my Blogs, Two paintings, that I have attempted in the Traditional Style, which is drawing and painting Manually…

There are many Top Art Courses in the World.  An Art Student can study Art, at a College, at a University, on an Art Website, and on an, Online Art Course.  Some Art Courses are Expensive, some cost a  Small amount of money, and others are Free. Depending on what the Art Student is specifically looking for in an Art Course. Art Courses, will launch the Student in their future, Art Career. Most importantly, an Excellent experience in an Art course, makes the Art course more interesting and worthwhile, for the Prospective Art Student.

The Best Art Courses and What they Offer the Art Student?

  1. The Best Art courses makes the students experience in an art course more knowledgeable and enjoyable. Look to the structure of the class, and see if feedback on your work, is included in the course outline.
  2. London, New York, and Los Angeles, offer Art courses, in Art institutes, Art schools, Art-universities and Art colleges for post graduate students. The Student, get the opportunity to study an Art Business course, including an Art History course, and the Legal and financial aspects, which are important in the, Current Art market.
  3. The Top 5 Websites with the Best Online Art classes, offer and ensure that you can learn,  make, and continue with the new skills you learn. The courses, offer Videos from Industry Art professionals, who choose, the students new made art creations, to sell.
  4. The Top Online- Art Courses that are worth Paying For, are Excellent at teaching Digital Art design and Software courses, rather than just, The Art courses. If your goal is to improve as an Artist these courses, greatly improve your Artistic skills, and are a step in the right direction, on your Art Journey.

The best Art Courses in the World and What they Offer, the Art Student? and My Art Creations too…

The Worlds Top Art Schools?

  1. New Ranking of the Worlds Top Art Schools-and Top Universities., (dedicated fields, Business, Art Schools, Management, Development studies, Dentistry, Veterinary studies, Science)
  2. Art Colleges and Art Schools around the World–Saatchi Gallery.   https://www.saatchi colleges.   (Fashion and Design Institutions from all over the world).
  3. Best Art Schools in the World–PrepScholar.    ( Ranked by Reputation and Quality).
  4. Art  and Design/ Top Universities–QS–World University Rankings?…/2018/art-design.

On line Art Courses

  1. The Top 5 Art Courses That are Worth Paying For?     gttps://www.concept art empire/com/top-premium-art-courses.  ( Teach, Fundamentals, Traditional-drawing, and Art, Modern–Digital painting–concept art and entertainment art.
  2. 10 Incredible Online Art Schools–Search and check these out?   and Gumroad—is a de facto place to go For Art Tutorials and so deserves A Great Mention?…     Creative Artists share and sell their Work. Recently has been adopted by The Professional Concept Artists, Illustrators, and 3D modellers, as a Space to Sell Their Own Tutorials. Mostly the Content Share–is for Free–and Prices and Quality Varies, Typically Costs, from $3–$20.  Note: Think of Gumroad as a way to Supplement, More of A Complete Course.

The following paintings are made Traditionally, I have drawn the pictures onto A3 Acid free, Creatives Water Colour Paper. initially I have used a Dark 2B Pencil, and then proceeded to colour in the pictures with the Anko–Watercolour Paints, which are a Medium Range-Chinese, priced, Watercolours in a Packet,  of 12.  These Watercolours are Easy to use, and are a Pleasure to own.  The end stage of the paintings, I completed both paintings, in Sharpie–Finest Liner–Black –Marker, which gave the Paintings the end definition, Genius End Finish.

Reminiscing about Lost Time.   Mixed Media.   By Marie. Crimi.   2019…

Artichoke and Fruits Calore.   Mixed Media.  By Marie. Crimi.   2019…

The following Traditional Drawings are made using an 2B Darker Black Pencil. The drawings are taken from free photo stock, on the Internet Search, I executed.  This is my Initial attempt at hand drawn to scale, Unique Art Creations, by Me. I used A3 Acid Free, Creatives Watercolour paper. Then I proceeded to paint in the pictures to the best of my ability, using Watercolour Paints, and Fine Liner-Marker…to complete the paintings.


The Top 5 Websites with the Best Online Art Classes.

  1. modern   (Shaw Academy is the largest online educator. Which offers, creative and non-creative courses, to help you gain practical skills.
  2. Best Universities for Art and Design Degrees/Kaplan Blog.    https://www.kaplan path…best-universities-for-art-design.    ( A degree from a respected university, in the Art World is an Excellent advantage, in The Competitive Art World )…

In conclusion to this Blog, on The Best Art Courses, and What they Offer to The Prospective Art Student, I have noticed something amazing, Yes, that is, that there are so many Amazing Art Courses, in the Whole Wide World to Choose From, and Excellent and Appealing Countries to Study Art, Abroad.  You could also research and Study Art–For Free if you Choose To?.  The Internet not only makes it possible to Study Art, in which ever way you choose, it is also possible to Educate Yourselves, in Many other Areas of Specialisation.  In Reference to this Blog, which is The ART SPHERE.

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Art Illustration and My Art Creations too...

Art Illustration and My Art Creations too…

In this Blog I research what is Art Illustration, and if Illustration Art actually, exists. If, Illustration Art exists, does it have any worth in Our World Societies. If Yes, what are the other Specializations and names?, that exist in reference to Art Illustration, and are these names Common or Knowledgeable for this area of Art Creating?. This then leads to, how are these types of Art made, and for What and why? To end this discussion, I try to give my version of this Art Illustration, understanding, at the Conclusion of this Blog.

I have included in this Blog, my attempts at my version of Art Illustrations, which is my expression as to the first meaning, I have of Art Illustration. Which is that it is an interpretation of what I see visually, that could easily be used in a book or magazine, to Educate or explain a Concept or a process, to the viewing public, through this particular media, which is the paintings I have Art Created.

Illustration Meaning–An illustration is a decoration, interpretation, or visual explanation of a text concept or process, designed for integration in the published media, such as in posters, flyers, magazines, books, teaching materials, animations video games, and in films. (in Wikipedia–free encyclopedia)

Does illustration mean Art?–Contemporary illustration, uses a wide range of styles and techniques, including drawing, painting, print-making, collage, montage, digital design, multi-media, 3D modelling. Most illustrators work on a freelance basis. Historically, the art of illustration, is linked to the industrial processes, of printing and publishing.  In the Art world, illustration is considered, less important then Graphic design and Fine art.

The following paintings, are the completed version of my Illustration–Art Creations attempt.  In the butterfly painting, I have used, Brush Markers,  Faber Castells and used Fine Liner Black Sharpie–Marker to outline the painting.   For the Tulips painting I used, Faber Castell Water colour pencils, and outlined to complete the painting, in Fine Liner Black Sharpie–Marker.   The Stages for all of the completed paintings, follow under the main paintings, with explanations of the Mediums used.  My style is Impressionist–Realist, and my favourite technique is,  Mixed Media Collage.

Spring has Arrived.  Mixed Media Collage.   By Marie. Crimi.   2019.

Tulips, Tulips, Calore.   Mixed Media Collage.   By Marie. Crimi.   2019.

The following stage is the pre-completion stage. I have painted over the collage, a wash of Acrylics, in the Tulip Painting, colours, Rose madder mixed with Titanium white–in Matte colours. In this photo, the true colour used, does not show up, in the true hue colour. In the next painting, of the Butterfly, the colours used for the wash, also in Acrylics, are the Cadmium yellow and a littlest of the Raw umber–in Matte colours.

In the initial paintings below, I tried a different method for preparing the initial collage. Firstly I drew, the pictures, and then I cut out shapes in, coloured Creative Card Stock, Acid free, and then glued, the coloured shape cut outs, around the drawing, randomly.


The below painting are another attempt at, Illustration-Creative Art by me. The title to the paintings,  follow below. The stages in the paintings, are exactly the same as has been described in the above, explanations. Only the mediums I used to colour in the paintings are, for the Pumpkins, I used Coloured Pencils, Classic 24, by Faber Castell. I outlined the painting with a Fine Liner Black–Sharpie Marker to complete the painting. For the My Favourite, I used Gel Pens–120, and Glitter pens–120, by Tanmit. I used Fine Liner Black–Sharpie Marker, to outline the painting.

Autumn and Pumpkins, Yes.   Mixed Media Collage.   Marie. Crimi.   2019.

My Favourites, Pineapple, Apricot, Banana.  Mixed Media Collage.  Marie. Crimi.   2019.



  1. Paint Markers., Brush-tip-Markers?
  2. Arteza Real Brush Pens.
  3. Watercolour Pencils.,water-colour-pencils?
  4. Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer WC pencils, set of five.
  5. Colour Pencils.,colour pencils?
  6. Faber Castell Premium Colour Pencils, 60 colours.
  7. Gel Pens.


  1. Illustration styles–Depending on the purpose—illustration maybe, expressive, stylised, realistic, or Highly technical,  and  a Scientific Illustration.
  2. Illustration Images–Technical and Scientific Illustration, communicates information of a technical or scientific nature, which is all designed to describe or explain subjects to the non technical audience. Providing an overall impression, of what an object, is or does.  This all enhances, the viewers interest and understanding.
  3. Illustration of Fine art–In the art world has been considered, of less importance, than in the area of Graphic design-Specialisation.  In today’s Social society, the growth, of the Graphic novel and Videogame industries, alongside with the growth of the illustrating in magazines and other publications. Illustration is now a valued art form, capable of contributing in the whole of the Global, market sphere. Recently,  Original Illustrations, have attracted High prices at Auction.
  4. Illustration software–In contemporary illustration practice, 2D, 3D Software is often used to create an accurate representation, that can be easily updated, and reused in a variety of contexts.

Communication Design–Is the Area in which the Media intermission, such as in human  interaction,  print, and digital pieces of work communicate with people. Their main concern, is also the creation of new media channels, to ensure that the message, reaches their target audience. The Software and Applications create the opportunities for,  and can also place, constraints on the communication processes.

A Graphic designer–Is a professional within the Graphic design and Graphic arts industry, who assembles the images, typography, or motion graphics, to create a piece of graphic design.  Graphic designers also create the graphics, for published, printed or electronic media, such as brochures and in advertising. Mostly, Graphic designers, are responsible for the Typesetting, illustration, user interfaces, and the Web design. The main responsibility of the Graphic designer, is to present the information, in a way that is Accessible and Memorable, in our Societies.

  1. Illustration Education and Job description–A Bachelor’s Degree or Certificate from an Accredited Trade school, is essential for a Graphic design position. After a career history has been established, the Graphic designer’s experience, and the number of years in the business, are the primary qualifications. A Port folio demonstrates those qualifications, which is shown at job interviews, which after, is then further developed, in the Graphic designers, Future– Art Career.

Graphic Design, Job Requirements–Current Graphic Design jobs demand proficiency in one or more Graphic design Software programs. A common software package used, is the Abode Creative Cloud. This software package contains the Three main programs used by Graphic designers, which are Photoshop,  Illustrator, and  InDesign. These are the industry standard applications, for many Graphic designer positions. Another software package is CorelDraw, or the QuarkXPress…

Specifically, the Graphic designer will, type or Import the text into the layout program, also importing the Graphics and Images, they created in Photoshop or Illustrator.

The Reason Why? the Graphic designer builds a layout in this Way?.

For Your Education and Personal Knowledge?

Files which go to press, are printed at 300 dots per inch. As a result the file size can be very large, by using a Layout program and linking these Graphics and Images, and by not saving all the information in One file, the working file is only a Fraction, of the File size.   Note: When the designer is ready to go to press he/she will either, create a press-ready PDF, or use the Package function, in The  InDesign, or the Collect For Out put–function in the QuarkXPress or CorelDraw, which gathers the Lay out document. With all the Fonts, Images used within, and Saves them in one folder, which can then be provided to a Commercial Printing Company, for the Final output.

  1. InDesign, CorelDraw, or QuarkXPress, make it all possible to work, with large multiple page layouts, such as Catalogs and Booklets.
  2. Since InDesign, CorelDraw, and QuarkXPress, the original file, links to the Graphics and Images.  The Graphic designer, can change the original file, and it will update all instances through out, the document to Save time.

Outside the Graphic Design Industry–Many people use Microsoft Word or Microsoft Publisher, to Create a layout or design.

  1. The Word processor, features Templates, Image formats, WordArt, Macros, Bullets and Numbering, Auto Summarize, Password protection. The Reception, in 1984, concluded that the system had more Limitations, than Benefits. In 2019, Word 2019, 16.0 Version, included in Office 2019, Is the Current Stable Version.
  2. The Microsoft Publisher is an entry level Desk top publishing application, from Microsoft, its emphasis is placed on Page layout and Design, rather then Text composition and proofing. Easy to use, and a less expensive alternative, where firms do not have a dedicated Design professional, to make The  Marketing, materials and other documents. Microsoft Publisher 2019, (Version 16.0)  was,  Released on September 24, 2018,  The Editions, of The Microsoft Office are included,  in The Professional and Professional Plus, Standard  (volume licensing), In all of, The Office–365 Editions.

Web Searches for Illustration, Graphic Design and Communication Design

  2. https://www.Association of
  3. https://www.Society of
  4. https://www.Communication
  5. https://www.Graphic

Texts on Illustration, Graphic Design and Communication Design

  1. Design for Communication.
  2. Communication Design: Graphic Design: Illustration Design.
  3. Graphic Design as
  5. Message Communication Arts Research: Mapping. This has it all.>Books>Art&Photography>Graphic-Design

In conclusion to this research on Art Illustration, I think we can safely say that whether you refer to Art Illustration, Communication Art or Graphic Design, as Specialisations, which all have one common denominator, in that it is all A Creative Endeavour, to produce Pictures, Words,  to convey information or explanations, for society, to use for Educational or Commerce reasons.  The point of difference is, that there are many, Software Packages, that are Specialised, in there own particular way. The Art Illustrator, uses a number of Software and Packages, and The Graphic Designer uses, Complicated, high professional, and volume delivering Software, so that they can Accomplish more in less time. It also seems to me, that whatever situation the Art Creator is in, the Software and Packages All deliver, Professional and high volumes of Output for the Graphic Designer and Art Illustrator. Most Highly all this amazing Art Production, can reach All Society’s Members, in little time and in many different ways.

Thank you for visiting my Blog, and for Liking My Blog, on Art Illustration and My Art Creations too… If you have any questions or anything to say, please, please…get in touch with me. If you have anything you would like me to research, please be in touch.

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Art Design, and My Art Creations Too…

In the following Blog, on Art Design, and My Art Creations Too… I start questioning what is Art Design and then follow naturally into  Researching this topic, and I am lead into Colour Design and Art, Learning and Brainstorming, into Illustration and What is, and the importance of Illustration. I think in Breaking out of a Rut, is very important to Art Design, because it gives the ideas, we need to navigate our way through our Art Professions. I have included articles, videos related to this blog, for your Personal Art Education. I have, created My Illustration Collage Paintings, that show my Art style and Unique Art technique.

In the Drawing Foundation: Fundamentals:–In the pencil drawing techniques:– 7 tips to improve your skills–says that, the First skill that helped you learn to draw was, the how to Master Pencil drawing, using a Pencil? The article continues to say, that if you have the Basic Drawing Fundamentals, you have the potential to become an excellent Artist. So Pencil drawing, is the fundamental requirement, for making Art.

The seven Tips to Improve Your Drawing Skills

  1. Master pencil grip–how to hold a pencil correctly.
  2. Mix up shading techniques–the first is to shade all lines that go in the same direction which makes the shading look cohesive The second is–to work in patches, which defines, the shape.
  3. Control line weight–is a great way to separate objects, from one another and it helps to emphasise the shadows.
  4. Build up your sketch-plan — explore, using loose lines, avoid committing to early with dark, lines. As you progress, and change lines, rechecking your work is vital as your work progresses.
  5. Check and recheck– check your drawing, and then check as you progress. Avoid guessing the details, make sure it looks symmetrical, before adding stronger, harder lines. Lastly, ask yourself, does this look and feel right?
  6. Prevent pencil smudges–always put a piece of paper under your hand, to prevent smudging the drawing.
  7. Know when to finish–remember a drawing can be overdone. The more you look at a drawing, the more you should make a conscious decision to stop, and to start a New Painting.

What is the Definition of Colour in Art?–( in the- )–colour is the element of art that is produced when light, striking an object, is reflected back to the eye. There are three properties to colour. The First–is hue, which means, the colour given to (red, yellow, blue, etc). The Second property–is the intensity, which is the strength, and brightness of the colour. The Third is property--is the colours value, meaning its lightness or darkness. The terms used are shade and tint which are the actual value change in the colours.

Examples: “Artists can colour the sky red, because they know it is Blue. Those who are not Artists, should colour objects the way they are realistically, or people might say and think we are stupid”.?...( Jules Feiffer).


Learning, and Brainstorming–make your creative brainstorming sessions more effective and productive with these tips, from:  Then Creativity Coach, Stefan Mumaw.  Brainstorming, was invented in 1948, it is the dominant technique in the  Idea Generation. It combines Creativity, Problem solving, and Group discussion. Alex Osborn says, most brainstorming fails, because the organiser does not have a Clear picture of the Purpose, the Process, or the Intended Outcome.

The Brainstorming Techniques

The Three Factors of Idea Generation

  1. It requires time to Develop
  2. The Goal is to offer Possibilities, not Solutions
  3. Group Dynamics,  play a Big role in the Effectiveness of the Session

Actions, and Group Dynamics of Brainstorming

  1. Basic–First Point of View
  2. Change Perspective — which opens a World of Possibilities
  3. Learn a New Habit
  4. Problem solving — in the Areas of,  Relevance, Novelty and Obstacles

Illustration and Art Design–An illustration is a decoration, interpretation or visual explanation of a Text, Concept or Process, designed for Integration in published media,–posters, flyers, magazines, books, teaching materials, animations, and videos.

Another explanation about, what is Illustration Design?–Illustration Designers are expected to Create, lively, character — driven, illustrations with, Personality and often with a Measure of humor.


The Job Outlook for Illustrators– ( 2004 — 2024 ) 2% growth ( for All Artists ).  Median Pay ( 2014 ),  $43,890 ( for all Fine Artists ).

Illustration-Inspiration Grid/Design Inspiration, is a daily updated blog celebrating creative talent in the world. Get your daily fix of design, art, illustration, photography, and fashion, with a lot more…


In the below steps for the Art Creation–Illustration part of this BLOG, I prepared A3 Acid Free, Watercolour papers by Creatives. For the Collages, I have cut out Heart shapes and Hat shapes from A4 Acid Free, Creatives Coloured Card Stock, in preparation for the next few steps, in the Art Creations part…

In this next step, I have used the Mont Marte– Acrylic paints in Light green and Titanium white–Semi matte, mixed with water, and painted lightly over the prepared collage papers, in continuation from the above, step. Note– the Hat collage paper is painted, slightly Darker green…

In this stage below, in the collages, I have drawn the pictures, in a Dark B2 Pencil.

The following  Paintings are the Illustration– Completed Version, of the above steps from beginning to the end, from the initial collages. The paints I have used are in a similar, combination of the Mont Marte–Acrylic Paints,  Scarlet, Rose madder, Cadmium yellow, Phthalo blue and Titanium white, in the Semi–Matte colours. I have named the paintings, individually…

The Queen of Hearts.   Mixed Media Collage.   By Marie. Crimi.  2019. 

All Hats Next Summer.   Mixed Media Collage.  By Marie. Crimi.   2019.

Breaking out of  A Rut–lately you have felt utterly uninspired. Lately your days have been blunt, dull, boring. It is as though you are, a Robot stuck in the same setting and program?… ( in the )

Six small steps to breakout of a Big Rut–( in ), says to jumpstart your life out of a Rut right Now.

  1. Think Big–and Small– you need Motivation to change. Think of new circumstances you want in your life. Make a plan, create action steps, that will lead to your goal…
  2. Be 100% Responsible–for your actions, you are the only person who has the power to change your situation. Your constant negativity, will not change your situation.
  3. Express, Don’t Repress–your emotions, experience them fully and then Move On.
  4. Take Inventory–schedule time each day, to review your past successes. From this you start building your confidence and inner strength. So you can make yourself successful again, if you work towards your goal.
  5. Expand your Focus–its easy to want, you need to shift your thinking from wanting to having. Your subconscious will work immediately, to get the item in a number of ways or circumstances.
  6. Do Something–do not reply, I will try–This statement contains the seeds of defeat. In doing something consistently, you will revitalise your life, making you attuned to new opportunities and circumstances. Step out of the place you no longer want to be in, this is the only way you will progress and increase your self-confidence.   So Do Be Responsible for your Life.

Videos and Information-on how to move out of a RUT…

  1. 5 Powerful Strategies to Get you Out of A Rut/Psychology.
  2. 9 Tips for Breaking Out of A Rut–

Short Videos and Informative Articles, on Drawing Foundations, Colour for Design and Art, Learning and Brainstorming, Illustration and Breaking out of A Rut…

  1. A short Lesson on colour theory. By: Dom Carter. December 18, 2018.
  2. 5 Mindfulness apps to save you from Creative Burnout. By: Jessica Cook. October 10, 2018.
  3. 18 Phenomenally realistic pencil drawings. By: Creative Bloq Staff. October 05, 2018.
  4. Funny comic reveals the dilemma of a freelance life. By: Dom Carter. October 05, 2018.
  5. 5 Timeless illustration styles ( and what to use them for ). By: Nick Carson, September 05, 2018.
  6. 5 Easy ways to uncover your creative Genius. By: Dom Carter. August 10, 2018.
  7. A Must See…   Creative Inspirations.   Marian Bantjes.  Graphic Artist. By: Marian Bantjes. 2019…

In concluding the above Art Design Blog, it is true to say, what has been included in this blog starts, out basically as information, as to what is Art Design. Then exploring further, through researching has led deep, into all the important aspects of How to be and Navigate our way through the Art Design, Illustration Fine Art Creation, Professions. Further on, we read on how to stay Sane, and Completely and Precisely– Focused on our vision and intentions in the Creating of Great Art Creations…

Thank you for visiting my BLOG, I hope it was informative and interesting. Please Follow and Like My–BLOGS. If you have any comments, or suggestions for Art Researching, or other topics you would like me to Research, please let me know.

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Christmas, What Is?, and Creative Christmas Gifts for YOU, Especially–With All My Love for You, this Christmas 2018…

It is nearly time, the 25 December to celebrate Christmas, the Time Honoured Traditional Celebration, for Christians in the world, or in some cases to celebrate the Holidays, a valued and Honoured break from the years Work and struggles. It is a time to decorate the Christmas Tree or the Home, in preparation for this particular time, in place and time of the year. It is a time to buy gifts, cook traditional foods, and share all this with family and friends too. For children it is especially an amazing time, they await the gifts Santa Claus, puts under the Christmas Tree, on Christmas Eve, 24 December, each year… while the children are fast asleep.  In the following Blog on Christmas, I answer the important questions, What is, and Why? Christmas?… I am including some free pintables of my Christmas Gifts to you, at this Christmas, time  2018…

The history of the Christmas Celebration–  Christmas is one of the most popular Festivals celebrated by Christians across the World.  Christmas is on the 25 December, every year, in honour, to Remember and Celebrate the Birth Anniversary of Jesus Christ. Who is the central Figure, of Christianity.  The Christmas spirit Festivities’ begin on 24 December, (Christmas Eve), right up until 1 January, (New Years Day), making this holiday season very long.

This delightful Celebration and Tradition, includes, Celebrations, Decorations, Christmas Tree, Gifts, and the Great Christmas Dinner.

Christmas is a modern English word, which evolved from an old English word, ‘Christes Masse’, meaning the Mass of Christ.  The main history of Christmas dates back 4,000 years, in which different Customs and Traditions, associated with the festival of Christmas were all observed, long before the Birth of Jesus. Historians say that Christmas Celebrations began as early as in 336 AD, in Rome.  The Bishop of Rome, Julius 1, chose the 25 December as Christmas.  From this declaration, around the world, Christianity observed this date.   Many of the worlds Traditions, and Customs, can trace their history by the ancient festivals, celebrated by Early Civilisations. It was these customs, that paved the way, for our Modern Christmas.

  1. Mesopotamian: New Year– Mesopotamians believed in many gods, mainly in Marduk, in which 12 days were celebrated in a festival called Zagmuk. Historians indicate that the 12–day celebration, of Christmas started from This…
  2. Europeans: Winter Solstice– In the pagan times, Early Europeans,  believed in the evil spirits, witches, ghosts and trolls. During this time, the people performed special rituals, celebrations, in the hope that the sun was coming back, very soon.
  3. Scandinavia: Yuletide– The sun disappeared for many days. After 35 days of long sunless days, when the first ray of sun was sighted, a great festival was held, called Yuletide. This special celebration, was included, together with their Christmas Celebrations.
  4. Roman: Saturnalia– Began to be celebrated in the middle of December, and concluded on 1 January. This celebration, included, Masquerades on streets, Big Celebration meals,  Visiting friends, and Exchange of Good luck gifts. The Church succeeded, in taking this merriment of lights and gifts–from the ‘Saturnalia’ festival, and merged them with the celebration of Christmas.


  1. Christmas Pictures- Free Images… digital photos. net/images/Christmas-g54.html
  2. Christmas–Cards, Website.     https://www.Photos-Christmas Cards.
  3. Christmas cards, and gifts.        https://www.Christmas, gifts

The following card is A Free Printable For You, from Marie at Christmas, 2018.

A Christmas Card, for A Male.  Mixed Media.  By Marie Crimi.  2018.   


A Free Printable, For You, from Marie at Christmas, 2018.

A Christmas Card, For a Woman.  Mixed Media.  By Marie Crimi.  2018.


The History Of:– 

  1. The Christmas Card– This custom of sending the Christmas Card, was started in the UK in 1843, By Sir Henry Cole. He was a Senior Civil Servant. Who set up the  ‘Public Record Office’  (Called the Post–office), he wondered how it could be used by the general public?… Sir Henry had the idea for Christmas Cards, with his friend John Horsley, who was an artist. The first postal service that was used by the general public was opened in 1840.  As the printer— printing mode greatly improved, Christmas Cards became more and more popular and started to be produced in larger numbers… By the 1900’s, this custom had spread over all Europe, and was most highly popular in Germany. The Christmas cards, came to the USA, in the late 1840’s. In the 1900’s and 1920’s, the Home made version of Christmas cards was very popular.
  2. The Christmas Carols– The word Carol is a medieval word of French and Anglo Norman origin, believed to mean a dance song or a circle dance accompanied by singing. Carols express religious joy, and are associated with the Christmas season. The first carol was written around the 1350–1550, which was the golden age for the English carols, which followed the verse–refrain pattern. By the 16th Century, the popularity of carols, slowed, and almost disappeared. The Carols, revival took off in the middle of the 18th Century. Most of the Carols we know today, were written during the middle, of the 18th Century.
  3. The Christmas Tree– Is a part of our Christmas Celebrations, around the world. Pagan Origins–its clear that non–Christian Cultures bought evergreen plants indoors at the time of the Winter Solstice.  Christian Beginnings–date back to the 1500’s. Some say, it all originated in Germany in the mid–1500’s, others say in Latavia in the early 1500’s. Some believe the legend of St. Boniface, created the Christmas Tree, in the 7th Century.
  4. Today’s Christmas Trees– Come in many forms… Natural and Artificial, undecorated, decorated with candles, lights, ornaments and treats, coloured, fiber optic, and even upside down,  Christmas Trees!  Controversy– The Christmas Tree is not without controversy, condemned as a pagan symbol, and renamed a ‘ Holiday Tree’ , and removed from public spaces, due to political correctness, and also blasted by the Environmentalists!
  5. Christmas Decorations– The tradition of ornamenting the Christmas Tree and Homes during Christmas arose from the Roman and Christian Cultures. Early Christians believed that flowers of certain trees Bloomed irrationally on Christmas Eve as a Spiritual Homage to Jesus’ Birth.  The types of decorations have changed over the years. Today evergreens are used to adorn (Trees), where as previously, Handcrafted and Edible items were used to decorate the Christmas Trees. Today Ornaments bought from the major stores, are used to decorate, the trees in our modern society. The chain and electric lights are used to decorate the branches and trees.  Although the main reason for The Christmas Festival, is still the Congregation of Family Members, at one time and  place.  The Exchanging of gifts, and Love are still the Centre of Ideas for A Majestic Christmas Time and Honoured Traditions.

Christmas In Australia– Many aspects of the Christmas Celebrations originated from the Winter Celebrations in Europe. However, in Australia we are influenced by the Australian Climate and Wild life.  Christmas is a Public Holiday. People usually spend it with Family Members and Friends. Many people celebrate this event away from home, in holiday parks, on camp sites or at relatives’ homes. In the lead up to Christmas, people, decorate their homes with Christmas Decorations. These are usually Glass baubles or Wooden ornaments with images of Australian, Wild life and Wild flowers.

On Christmas day the children hope to receive gifts or a stocking filled with goodies under the Christmas Tree, from the mythical Figure Santa Claus. In the weeks before Christmas, the children write letters, to Santa Claus, so he knows what they want to receive as gifts, on Christmas Day.

Many people eat a special meal on Christmas Day. Traditionally, the main meal, was similar to the Christmas meals served in Europe.  In modern Australia, people, hold a barbecue at the beach or a picnic in a park. Or prepare a meal of cold meats, and seafood, followed by Pavlova, — a soft meringue cake topped with whipped cream and fresh fruit.

A Free Printable For You, from Marie at Christmas, 2018.

My Favourite Sweets.   From Free Photos.   By Marie. Crimi.   2018.


Public Life— Usually the  Public Services close down, or is limited,  you need to check with the Public Transport Provider, in each State.

Different Cultures and Denominations celebrate Christmas in a variety of Traditions and Services around Australia.

Christmas Trivia for Australia– In Australia, there are a number of Native Plants, that include The–Christmas in their Names, because they all, Flower at Christmas Time…

A Free Printable For You, from Marie at Christmas 2018.

A Beautiful Flower Arrangement of Roses, Grapes and Greens.   Mixed Media.   By Marie. Crimi.   2018.


A Free Printable For You,  from Marie at Christmas, 2018.

A Wall, Flower Arrangement of Flowers.   Mixed Media.   By Marie. Crimi.   2018.


Websites for Christmas–

  1. The history of Christmas Carols–   https://www.why
  2. History of Christmas–History
  3. Watch the video–The Medieval History of the Christ Cookie.
  4. The war on Christmas. 2/9/2018.
  5. Christmas Traditions World Wide. 29/3/2014.
  6. Santa Claus–Christmas. 7/12/2013.

Christmas has always been a Time Honoured Traditional Celebration, for all Christians.  Which is the Celebration, of The Birth of Jesus Christ. Family members congregate each year on the 25 December, to spend time together around the Christmas Tree, and exchange Gifts, Good Food, Conversation and Fun, with and about each other. Especially for the children, it is a time to dream and to be grateful for the beautiful gifts Santa Claus, puts for them under the Christmas Tree, each and every Year. Christmas is a time, to participate in outdoor activities, depending where Christmas is celebrated in the world. Christmas time starts officially on the 24 December, (Christmas Eve) and the celebrations end on the 1 January, on the start of the New Year. I think that whether we are participating Christians, or NOT,  we do all Enjoy The Holidays…

I wish you all a Safe and Healthy Christmas Celebrations and Holidays. I hope this Blog on Christmas, has been enlightening for you. I hope you appreciate my Free Printable, Christmas Gifts for 2018, which I give to you from my Heart. I look forward to 2019, and if you have any questions, anything to say, you are always welcome to let me know.

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Flowers, Why, How, History and My Flower Art Creations.

Flowers, Why, How, History and My Art Creations…

In this Blog, Flowers, Why, How, History and My Art Creations… I aim to introduce you to the Why, Flowers– Flower Design and Flower Arrangements, is important in todays world and How, Flowers also, contributed to society Historically. The Flowers importance in our World’s, are through the flowers Natural Beauty, which in return supports our Healing through, our Joys, Love, Abundance, and Despairs. In our personal and unique, Observance through Flower–Design and  Flower– Fragrance’s, we can actually Heal our Lives, there is actually Scientific Proof.   Read all this amazing information in this BLOG.  Lastly, in my Flower Art Creations,   I have attempted to draw and then paint, two totally different, Flower Arrangements, in Acrylic Paints.

The flower expert, says in the article on Flowers and History–that the evidence for flowers dates back to the prehistoric times, and that the flowers, have been discovered in Flower Fossils. There are traces and association of flowers, with humans during the Paleolithic age.  Archaeologists have uncovered skeletons, of a male and two-women and a child buried in soil, containing the pollen of flowers, in a cave in Iraq.

This association of flowers and caved dwelling Neanderthals of the Pleistocene epoch is indictive of the role of flowers in burial rituals. Examination of flower pollen of the time, has enabled scientists to identify many flowers present at that time, which all had therapeutic properties. The use of flowers at that time, acknowledge the abundant floral varieties, available at that time in our History.

  1. Flowers and History–The Flower Expert.  https://www.theflower…/miscellaneous/flowers-and-history
  2. Flowers and Religion–the flower Expert-Flowers Encyclopedia.  https://www.the
  3. Flower Expert–on Pinterest.

People have used flowers to express their feelings, enhance their surroundings, and to remember important rituals and observances. All forms of Art, show the use of flowers, through music, books, paintings, sculptures, ceramics, tapestries, etc.

The painting below, is the completed version of my Flower Arrangement, Art Creation. The painting, is made using the Acrylic Paints–Silver Series–Mont Marte–Colours–Scarlet, Rose madder, Titanium white, Light green, Cadmium yellow, Yellow orange, Phthalo blue, and Raw umber. And Outlined in Sharpie, Black-Fine-Art-Liner.

Feelings, Surroundings, Ritual, Observances.  Mixed Media.   Marie. Crimi.   2018.





The lower two paintings, are a Flower Arrangement, Art Creation in progress. The first drawing is made using a 2B Lead Pencil, and the second painting is the start of the above painting, in which I test the colours I feel I should use, to work with to further complete the painting, that is completed in the above titled…



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Some of the opulent examples of source materials are flower pictures, produced by artists during, the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries, which have all accurately depicted flowers in their incredible beauty. Scientists have proof that there are over 270,000 species of flowers, that have been documented, and also that are still in existence in the 21st Century. The evolutionary history of flowers, is about 125 years old.  During this time, an assortment of more than 125,000 flower species, have recently developed.

During the English, Victorian Era, the language of flowers was as important to people, as was being very well dressed…

Fossils of the woody Mangolia–like plants, dating back 93 million years, are the first evidence of plant life. Recently, tiny herb like flower fossils, that date back 120 million years, have been found by Paleobotanists.

Flowering plants, angiosperms, were believed to have been found 146 billion years ago, and were found in most locations, in the middle of the Cretaceous Period.

A large number of images of preserved flowers and flower parts have been found in fossils, from Sweden, Portugal, England, and along the Eastern and Gulf Coasts, of the United States.

The Following are a few flowers, that have a Long History.

  1. Alstroemeria, Aster, Calendula, Carnations, Chrysanthemums, Daisy, Dahlia, Delphinium, Gladiolus, Holly, Lily, Rose, Poinsetta, Queen Anne As Lace, Snap Dragons, Sun Flower, Tulip, Violets…

Flowers and Religions— Culture and Religion work together, in the world. Every Religion has Ceremonies, Traditions and Practices, and Flowers are very  important for  the Major Religions.  From Islam to Buddhism, to Christians, flowers are a necessary factor.  From the Lotus flower to the Rose, and many other flowers.  One can spend a lifetime exploring the deep significance, of how Flowers, which are a Natural and Beautiful Creation, are used greatly, in all off the World’s Religions.

The Healing Power Of Flowers— Human’s show an affinity towards flowers, be it their fragrances, or their stunning beauty, flowers have bought people together under their spell, since Time Immemorial… Flowers have benefits, in terms of affecting our Health and Beauty. Flowers have been used for generations, in making Potions and jams, this knowledge has been passed down through the ages, for their healing capabilities. The flowers abilities are No Fiction, Scientific Studies have proved all the Flowers Truths…

Healing Flowers and Their Essential Oils— Angelica- Herb, Bergonia Flowers, Black Cohosh, Calendula, Jasmine Flowers, Nasturtium Flowers, Sun Flowers and other Flowers. Most of these Flowers are popular ingredients in many Beauty and Healthcare Products, around the World. By choosing the Right products, for yourself, you too can experience many, Health Benefits, that plants have to Offer.

Edible Flowers— The Flower Power, edible flowers, The Daisy, Chamomile, Dahlia, Dianthus, Lavender, Marigold, Nasturtium, Pansies, Snap Dragon, Stock, Viola. From Snap dragon to Stock, a sprinkling of edible flower, will transform your next meal from every day, to Gourmet.

Picking and Storing Edible Flowers— Pick the edible flowers in the afternoon or early evenings, or in the early morning. Store flowers in a sealed plastic container, lined with paper towels, in your fridge’s crisper section.

Growing Tips– Edible Flowers do not need special care, they need lots of Sunshine and well-draining soil. Avoid non-organic sprays.  A word of Caution– Use only edible flowers that are specifically grown for consumption.

  1. Edible Flowers–Flower Power.
  2. Growing Flowers–The Flower Expert–Flowers Encyclopedia.
  3. Flowers from the Garden–Dahlia and Zinnia Flower.
  4. What do you know about Snowdrop–Flower meaning?…  htttps://…

Floral Design and Floral Arrangements— Is the art of using plant materials and flowers to create, a Pleasing and Balanced composition. Evidence of refined floristry can be traced back to the Ancient Egyptian Culture. Professionally designed floral designs, and arrangements include Floral design, of line, space, texture, and colour, and the Principles of balance, portion, rhythm, contrast, harmony, and unity. Note: that there are many styles,  of Floral Design…

The Eastern, Western, European— Styles have all influenced the Commercial Floral Industry, as it is Today…

The following Painting and the following processes, are exactly the same colours, used in a different combination, in the Acrylics, used in the above, Flower Arrangement, Art Creation…

Floral Design and the Principles of Balance.   Mixed Media.   Marie. Crimi.   2018.




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Ikebana— Is a Japanese or Eastern Style of floral design and incorporates three main line placements, fo Heaven, Man , Earth.

The European Style— Emphasizes colour and variety of botanical materials, in a mass gathering of multiple flowers.

Western Design— Historically is characterized by Symmetrical, Asymmetrical, Horizontal, and Vertical Style of Arrangements.

Note: In addition to Flower arrangements, Floral design– includes— making wreaths, nosegays, garlands, festoons, boutunieres, corsages, and bows.  (From, Wikipedia, the free Encyclopedia)

  1. Floristry–Wikipedia.
  2. Floral Design Arrangements–Garden Design.
  3. 26 Filler Flowers and Types of Greenery–Fifty Flowers.

In the Conclusion, in this Blog on Flowers, Why, How, History and My Flower Creations, we can honestly agree that without Flowers in Our Cultures, Religions , Health–beauty-Foods and in,  Daily Remembrance and Observances, in all of our Lives, that the World as we know, it today, and in our history, would not be the same. That, with out all the Natural Beauty and Fragrances of the numerous and special, Flowers and Flower–Design and Flower Arrangements, in the Whole Of The World Today… Flowers– we can all say, make our lives, special and worth Living…We can and should also be highly grateful to Our Maker, or the Abundant Universe for providing, this special power in our Lives, that help us to remember and too forget also…We are all blessed, indeed.

Thank you for visiting my Blog, Have an Excellent week, See you all Next Blog.

If you have any questions, comments or would like me to research a specific topic, please let me know, via my email.  I am,

Perfume, Perfumes, Fragrances?, and Art Creations too...

Perfume, Perfumes, Fragrances?, and Art Creations Too…

In this Blog Perfume. Perfumes, Fragrances?, I will be researching exactly what I am questioning, what is, how, why, when, popular, and the costs, of the Perfume’s Manufacture and Distribution processes. I will also be contributing  my Art Creations on this,  Perfume Topic,  also the most important information in this Blog,  the Web Links, to All That Is Perfumes and Fragrances.

In Notes to Self–Sibella Court writes that scent is the key to capturing the spirit of a special time or place… In the article, Sibella continues to say, that each country smells so very unique and that each season, smells different. Regardless of those layers and varieties of scents, the combination remains within you, transporting you back instantly on smelling it all again. Sibella ends the paragraph, saying that scent is like a magic carpet, kind of travel, that transcends space and time, triggered by the power of our scent memory.

Perfume, Perfumes, Fragrances, we have so many questions in regard to this phenomena, in which the whole world is in support or accustomed too…, in place and in time.

What exactly is Perfume?–Perfume is a mixture of fragrant essential oils or aroma compounds, fixatives and solvents, used to give the human body, animals, food, objects, and living-spaces an agreeable scent. It is usually dispensed in a liquid form.

The History of Perfume, Perfume is a French Word– In Ancient texts and archaeological excavations, it shows the use of perfumes, in some of the earliest civilizations. Modern perfumery began in the late, 19th Century, using the commercial synthetise of aroma compounds, vanilla or coumarin, which allowed the composition of perfumes to fill with fragrances, that were previously unattainable, from Natural aromatics.

The word perfume is taken from the Latin, perfumare, meaning “to smoke through”. This art started in the Ancient Mesopotamia and in Egypt, and was refined by the Romans and the Arabs.

  1. Perfume–
  2. French Perfume–

The worlds first recorded chemist, is a Woman named Tapputi, mentioned on a Cuneiform tablet, in the 2nd millennium BC in Mesopotamia. She distilled flowers, oil, and calamus, with other aromatics, then filtered and put them back in the distiller, several times.

In India, perfume, perfumery, existed in the Indus civilization (3300 BC – 1300 BC). One of the earliest distillations of Ittar, was mentioned in the Hindu Ayurvedic text, Charaka Samhita and Sushruta Samhita.

In 2003, archaeologists uncovered the world’s oldest surviving Perfumes, in Pyrgos, Cyprus. The perfumes date back to more than 4,000 years. In ancient times people used herbs, spices, such as almond, coriander, myrtle, conifer resin and bergamot, as well as flowers… to make perfumes.

  1. How Perfume is made-material, manufacture, making,
  2. Perfumes on Trial: The truth about our scent industry.…
  3. Information page on Perfumes and Fragrances–

The following chart is on the main Flowers used in Perfume, manufacture. I have used, the Anko–Paint Markers to embellish the Chart in colours, and used a Fine Sharpie-Black Marker to complete the Picture…

The Chart, Perfumes.  In Paint Markers.  By Marie. Crimi.  2018.


The following sketch is a drawing I did initially, in 2B Lead Pencil . I found this idea, after web searching for History Flowers used, in the manufacture of Perfume.


In the 9th Century, the Arab chemist, Al Kindi, wrote the book of chemistry of Perfume, which contained, of more than a hundred recipes for, fragrant oils, salves, aromatic waters, and substitutes or the imitations of costly drugs.

The art of perfumery was known in the, Western Europe from 1221. Between the 16th, 17th Centuries, perfumes were used primarily by the wealthy  to mask body odors, resulting from infrequent bathing.

By the 18th Century the Grasse region of France, Sicily, and Calabria (in Italy) were growing aromatic plants, to provide the growing perfume industry with the raw materials. Today, Italy and France are the centre of European, Perfume Design and Trade.

Modern Perfumes– Since 1945, due to the great advances in technology of perfume creation, (compound design and synthesis) as well as the natural development of styles and tastes, new categories have emerged, to describe the modern scents.

  1. Bright Floral— combining traditional, Single floral and Floral Bouquet categories. ( The Estee Lauder’s, Beautiful )
  2. Green– a lighter, modern interpretation – cut grass, crushed green leaf and cucumber – like scents. Estee Lauder’s Aliage.
  3. Aquatic, Oceanic, or Ozonic, — the newest category in perfume history. First appearing in 1988, Davidoff – Coolwater (1988), Christian Dior’s – Dune (1991) and many others…
  4. Citrus— an old fragrance family, consisting mainly of “freshening” Eau de colognes, due to the low tenacity of citrus scents. A good example, Faberge Brut.
  5. Fruity— featuring the aromas of fruits and other than citrus, such as peach, cassis ( Black currant ), mango, passion fruit and others, too.  An example would be, Ginestet Botrytis.
  6. Gourmand– scents with “edible” or “desert” like qualities. Contain notes – like vanilla, tonka bean and coumarin, as well as synthetic components to resemble food flavours. An example – Thiery Mugler’s – Angel.

Cost Price of the Perfume, Perfumes, Fragrances?– It all depends on the extraction method. More expensive, but not always. Prices are determined by labour and difficulty, of properly extracting each unit, of the natural materials, as well as the quality of the basic materials used, in the manufacture process. Usually the relationship between, longevity of a perfume, and the costing is, in the concentration of the essential oils in the end product.  This is the major, determining factor of the Fragrance’s, High Sale Prices…

  1. Perfume Price wars: are the cheap deals too good to be true?…
  2. Perfume Sales-…/perfume
  3. Chanel No 5- Review of  Chanel No.5 Perfume-Live About.
  4. Fashion History Lesson: The Truth behind Chanel No.5.…
  5. Top 10 Most Expensive Perfumes in the World: https:/www.finances on in the world…

This Painting, shows some of the Historical Jars and Bottles used to store the Perfumes. The painting is made using the Anko–Watercolours, and then outlined in Black Fine Line Marker to outline the painting.

Perfume, Jars and Bottles.  Watercolours.  By Marie. Crimi.  2018.


The following sketch is done in 2B Lead Pencil, I found the pictures in photos in a web search on Historical Perfume, Jars and Bottles.


Copyright– it is doubtful whether perfumes, qualify as a Copyright Subject Issue? under the US Copyright Act.  A perfume’s scent is not eligible for trade-mark protection, because the scent serves, as the functional purpose of the product.

In Conclusion it is easy to see that Perfumes and Fragrances, not only had a place, and time in the World’s History. In the Modern World, Perfumes and Fragrances have a great appeal for people in our Modern society. There are Perfumes and Fragrances for all types of occasions and needs for each individual, and that the Perfume’s and Fragrance’s, are also in the affordable ranges, for all the consumers in the Modern world, cultures and society generally.

Thank you for visiting this Blog, I hope it has given you the true perspective on this topic of Perfumes, Fragrances, that you have always been curious about. If you have any questions or ideas, on anything, or you would like me to research some specific topic, please let me know…

Have an amazing and successful week, see you all soon…

I am,


In Focus--Outdoor Rooms and Creative Art...

In Focus–Outdoor Rooms and Creative Art…

In this Blog, In Focus on Outdoor Rooms, I will be researching what an Outdoor Living Room is, and see if we can reach a conclusion, as to whether this extra space in our homes is worth owing?  I will also check out the Costing, for this major extension, and then conclude, why or why not?, this area is important to our life styles. I am contributing by including My Art Creation Visions, on my Idea of two, different Outdoor Living Designs and Personal Likes.

In Focus Outdoor Rooms–The Interior Designer Ann King, says that in todays world, the distinction between indoors and outdoors can be a little blurry. This is a good thing, because it means we are giving our outdoor living areas the attention to detail they deserve. If you design the room well, you will gain an extra living space, that can be comfortable, highly inviting and flexible. To achieve this result, approach the outdoors as if they are the indoors, consider the light and temperature, in the room. Think about the area’s size, and the materials you could use in the construction, and how these will relate, to the overall interior of this room? Most importantly, think about how you want to use this room, as an inclusive part of your Home?…

A good outdoor area, responds to it’s surroundings.  The outdoor area, should also offer a variety of experiences, and other ways to use this area. In concluding, we can say that A Good Outdoor Space, meets the right balance between function, good looks and character… (The above information is from the House and Garden, Australian Magazine).

The following Art works, give my input to the Creative part. The paintings, are made using a Soft, 2B Lead Pencil, to draw a Moroccan, Outdoor Living Area. To complete the Painting I have used the Anko–Watercolour Paints, which have 12 Colours–in tubes of 12ml. These colors are easy to work with, giving brilliant colour and results to the painting. These paints are budget Creative Art Paints, made in China.

Moroccan Moment--For an Outdoor Zone that Oozes Mystique, look for seating, in a Rich Palette and Jewel–like Accessories–That make the Outdoor Room and Space, Stand Out…

The Moroccan Moment.   Watercolours.   By Marie. Crimi.   2018.


The following is an initial start to the above, painting, of The Moroccan Moment, Outdoor Room.



The following is another painting that I have made of an Outdoor Seating Area, it is made like the above painting, using a Soft 2B Lead Pencil to draw, and I then I use the Anko–Watercolours, and Fine Sharpie–Marker to complete the Painting.

A Good Outdoor Area responds to it’s surroundings, here the outdoor area, embraces the rock wall , that this Home is built into.

The Outdoor Area.   Watercolours.   By  Marie Crimi.   2018.


The Following Art work is the initial, start of the above painting.


The following are the Searches For–Information on Outdoor Rooms…

  1. Outdoor Rooms–The Spruce.  https://www.the
  2. In the Outside Studio Pre-fabs and Outdoor Rooms.
  3. Outdoor Rooms- Gardening tips, Garden design ideas.
  4. Best 25+ Outdoor Spaces, ideas on Pinterest-patio.
  5. 17 Outstanding Outdoor Rooms – Houzz Australia.…list/17-outstanding-outdoor-rooms.
  6. 499 Best Outdoor Room ideas, images on Pinterest-Home and…

The following are searches for Life Rooms, and Outdoor Living–VIDEOS.

  1.  Life room.  (1.17mts)
  2. The outdoor Living Room. (6.23)
  3. Outdoor living room ideas. (2.56mts)
  4. Images of Life rooms, and Outdoor living.
  5. How to Breathe New Life Into Your Outdoor Living?.…/elevating-your-outdoor-living room-pictures.


2018,   Patio Enclosure Cost / Average Prices to Build…  ( By Category — Outdoor Living )…   The  Cost to build — depends on your vision. You will spend, anywhere from $8,385 and $24,306, with the average price of $16,189… .

In the Conclusion of this Blog on Outdoor Living Rooms, we can see that an outside living area, is an excellent choice and extension of our living spaces. It has appeal in all climates, to allow us to exit, and exist outside, to participate in the natural air, and a landscaped green environment. It can be an area that is not to precious like our In door living spaces, it gives to us more freedom, to act in other ways, like using the pool, and walking barefoot, and dressing how we want, and with interacting with people, pets and on special occasions. Basically, this is totally Freedom, in all weather and climates.

Thank you for visiting my Blog this week, I hope this blog has been informative for you. I look forward to seeing you, next week. Have an amazing Week…

I am,





Fashion Design and Fashion Art, Creations…

In this Blog–Fashion Design and Fashion Art, Creations, I answer some important questions you may be thinking about Fashion Design in General. I also give you some valuable web addresses, for you to check out this amazing topic.

I have created two Fashion Design-Art Creations, and I have used the Mont Marte–Acrylic Paints, to colour my sketches in. I hope that you at least look through this information, and see if anything interests you.

Lastly I would like to tell you, I have been absent from Posting for nearly a month, because my Laptop and Ideapad, that I do all my research and Blog on, Froze and Shut down completely and was all Blacked Out. I have been on line, Since Yesterday.

Fashion design–is the art of applying design, aesthetics and natural beauty to clothing and its accessories. It is influenced by Cultural and Social attitudes, and has changed over Time and in Place. Fashion Designers work in a number of Different ways, in Designing clothes and accessories. Designers, anticipate changes in Consumer tastes. Designers conduct research on fashion Trends and interpret them for their Audiences. There is a variation in the market, that is determined by the buying and merchandising approach, the Product and the Quality… Budget retailers use Inexpensive fabrics to interpret trends, the High-end retailers, use the Best of the Available fabrics.

Fashion Designers–attempt to design clothes which are Functional as well as aesthetically Nice to look at… Most clothing worn for every Day use, are produced in Conventional styles, and in the unusual garments, sought for Special occasions, like Evening wear or party dresses. Some clothes are made specifically for an individual, in the Haute Couture or Bespoke Tailoring.

Today–most clothing is designed for the Mass Market, especially for, Casual and every day, ready to wear.

Fashion Designers–may work full – time for one fashion house, as in House designers, which own the designs, or they work Alone, or as part of a Team. Freelance designers work for themselves, selling their designs to fashion houses, directly to shops or to The Clothing manufacturers.

Fashion Designers–work in different ways, some Sketch ideas on paper, others Drape fabrics on a dress form. After this stage,  the designer will contact a Professional pattern maker, who makes the finished, working version of the pattern, out of Card or on a Model to make sure it is an Operational outfit…

This is a basic Fashion design sketch, done in B2 Lead Pencil, and then partly painted in Rose madder, Scarlet, Purple — mixed with the–Titanium white.


This painting is the completed Fashion Design Creation, I have attempted,  in the Mont Marte Acrylic Colours Above, and Finished Off in Black Marker by Sharpie–Fine Point. The pencil outline you see, is to continue the completion Art Creation process further for another project, I need to share, in an Art exhibition.

Spring Time.  Mixed Media.  By Marie. Crimi.  2018.


History-Fashion Design–is considered to have started in the 19th Century, by Charles Frederick Worth, who was the First Designer to have his label sewn into the Garments, that he created. He was the first to tell his Customers what they should wear. Clothing from this period are considered, Costume design. Clothing created after 1858, is considered to be, Fashion Design.

During this period, many Design houses began to Hire Artists to Sketch, Paint and make designs for garments. This Tradition–of Designers, sketching out garment designs, began as The Fashion Design, Economy…

The Types of Fashion–

  1. Haute Couture–until the 1950’s, fashion was designed and manufactured on a made to measure, (Haute Couture basis) French for High Sewing. With each garment being created for a Specific Client. The Look and fit took High priority over the cost of materials and the time it takes to make. Haute Couture makes little direct profit for the Fashion houses, but is very important for prestige and publicity.
  2. Ready to Wear– –  ( Pret-a-porter )clothes which are a cross between Haute Couture and Mass Market. They are made for individual customers, and great care is taken, and made in the choice and cut of the fabric. Clothes are made in Small quantities to guarantee Exclusivity and so are very Expensive. This fashion, is presented by The Fashion Houses, each Season, in The Fashion Week. This occurs twice a year, and is City Wide Based.
  3. Mass Market–currently the Fashion Industry relies on Mass Market. This caters to a wide range of customers, producing Ready to- wear- garments using Trends, set by the Famous names, in fashion. They wait a Season to make sure a Style will catch on, and then produce their own versions. To save time and money, they use Cheaper fabrics, simpler techniques which can all be done by the Sewing machine. The end product is Sold cheaply.
  4. There is a type of design– called– “Kutch” Design, not aesthetically pleasing. Also referred as to wearing, something, that is no longer in Fashion.  (All the above information is, From, the–Wikipedia Free Encyclopedia).

Average Salary Industry: Fashion Design–In Australia, Fashion Designer, Median Salary is from, $44,000 to a Maximum of $112,000…

For–Assistant Fashion Designer–$36,000 to Maximum of $53,000.

The following is a Fashion Design Sketch, attempt I made in B2 Lead pencil and partly coloured in using Mont Marte Colours–Rose madder, Purple, Yellow orange and Titanium white.



The following Fashion Design Painting is the completed version of the previous painting. It has been completed using the above colours, and in the Black Marker by Sharpie-Fine Liner.

Celebrating Spring.  Mixed Media.  By Marie Crimi.  2018.


There are also many divisions in the Fashion Industry, under Fashion, that Employ and Pay excellent Salaries. (Search, Australian Designer Careers and Salary?) , You will be Amazed...

For Fashion Design Study–Check out–

  1. Fashion Design School / The Art Institutes, https://www.artinstitutes. ./academics/fashion/fashion design.
  2. And the,
  3. Fashion Design/ArtEZ–Europe,

See THESE, TOP, Fashion Design Websites

  1. Art and Design on Fashion Net..–the Number One  HUB for FASHION.
  2. Images of Fashion Design and Fashion Art, design.  ( )

In concluding this Blog, Fashion Design and Fashion Art, Creations…I can say that I think there are very Big Opportunities in the Fashion Design Industry. Also if the Employment areas, and Salary, Statistics for this field of work, are true, and wide. If you think you have a little potential and interested in this Art Creation Field, I would make it your Business to investigate Career Opportunities for You. Look into the web links above, seriously check this all out. Remember we all have occasions to dress for. Dress is a big personal NEED.

Thank you for visiting my BLOG, this week, if you have any questions, or something any thing you need to say to me, or any subject– or topic, you want me to BLOG, about, please Let Me Know.      Sincerely, see you all next Blog.


Interior Decorating Art and Creative Art...

Interior Decorating, Art, and Creative Art…

In this Blog on the,  Interior Decorating, Art, and Creative Art,  I research what exactly is Art and how do we separate, the similar areas of Art.  Most highly, How can the Creative Artist, Contribute in this specific specialisation, and is this particular Art form, and forms valuable to this whole Type of Art Style, and if this Type of sociological need, is paramount, for our Culture and for the specific, specified,  needs of all people…Or just in our Western Society?… I will be contributing my idea and type of Art work, for two specific rooms, the entrance to a home, and a painting for a bedroom. For these paintings, I have decided to use, The Watercolour Pencils, Faber–Castells, with a water wash, to give the effect to, the Unique, Interior Decorating Art, that hopefully contributes to this genre.

According to the Wikipedia, Encyclopedia, it says, that the History of Art–Focuses on objects made by humans in a Visual form, for aesthetic purposes. Visual art can be classified in diverse ways such as separating Fine arts from Applied arts, inclusively focusing on human creativity, and also on the graphic arts.  In the different media’s, such as Architecture, sculpture, painting, film, photography, and graphic arts. In recent years, Technological advances have lead to video art, computer art, animation, television and video games.

In the Interior design article, it says that  Art and Science, is a form of enhancing the Interior of a building, to achieve a Healthier and more aesthetically pleasing environment, for the People using the space.

The Following Watercolour Painting is my contribution to this Interior art design, this painting is to be put in a White frame, and to be placed above an Entrance table, at the front door in the house at the entrance, of a Contemporary, home.

This is the first stage of the painting, it is the drawing in 2b Lead pencil, and some colouring in Watercolour Pencils–The Faber Castell. These pencils are easy to use, they glide on, and its a pleasure to work in these colours.



The next painting is the above, completed painting, done in the Faber Castell, Watercolour Pencils and a Wash of water over the Colours. I have then used a Fine Liner, Sharpie–Marker to outline the whole painting.

At the Entrance.  Mixed Media.  By Marie. Crimi.   2018…


An Interior Designer–is someone, who Plans, researches, coordinates, and manages such projects.  Interior designing is a multi-faceted profession that includes, Conceptual development space planning, site inspections, programming research, communication with the Stakeholders of a project, construction management, and the Full execution of the design.

Notable Interior Decorator’s–early decorators, Sibyl Colefax, Dorothy Draper, Pierne Francois Leonard Fontaine, Syrie Maugham, Margery, Hoffman Smith, and others… Many of the most Famous designers and decorators during the 20th Century, had No Formal Training.

Notable Interior Designers–in the world Today, include, Scott Salvator, Troy Adams, Jonathan Adler, Michael S. Smith and Eleven others…

Interior Design Styles–

  1. Art Deco–style began in Europe in the early 20th Century. The Art Deco Style influenced all areas of design, in particular Interior Design, because it spotlighted  all the New technologies and materials.  Art Deco, Style, is mainly based on Geometric shapes, streamline, and clear lines.
  2. Modern Art–grew out of the Decorative arts, mostly from Art Deco, in the early 20th Century. The first to introduce this, was Frank Lloyd Wright.  Modern Art reached its peak in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Modern Art is not the same as Contemporary Design, in which the term is used, to apply to the Changing culture, and movements, which are in recent times, due to Changes in Style preferences, and in the Newer trends, availability.
  3. Arab Materials–Nagash painting is the Decoration of the front parlour of the Traditional Arabic homes in the Asir province  of the Saudi Arabia and parts of Yemen. These paintings are a form of Mural or Fresco, which show Geometric designs in bright colours, called ‘Nagash’, in Arabic, the wall paintings are a Mark of Pride, for a Woman in her Home. In the Arab culture, you realise how serious Interior Decorating Art is, to the home owner, family and in this Culture context.

Specialities in Interior Design–Residential, is the design of the Interior of Private residences. The Interior designer may work on the project from the Initial planning stage, or may work on the modelling of an existing structure. It is often a very involved Process, that takes months to fine–tune and create a Space with the Clients’ vision.

The painting below is drawn in 2b Lead pencil,  and coloured in Watercolour Pencils by Faber Castell. I then  Water washed lightly over the colours, let the colours dry, and then outlined the painting with a Fine Liner–Sharpie Marker, to complete the painting. This painting should be placed in a beautiful White frame, and put up in a Main Bedroom of a Contemporary Built Home.

The Camerra Da Letto.  Mixed Media.  By Marie. Crimi.  2018…


Commercial– design encompasses a wide–range of Sub–specialties. Retail, Visual and Spatial branding, Corporate, Healthcare, Hospitality, Exhibition and Recreation, Institutional, Industrial, Traffic buildings, Sports, Teaching, Self Employment, Employment in Private sector firms. Other areas, include, Amusement and Theme park design and A Host of other specialities.

Professional–Education– to become a Professional Interior designer involve some form of Training. An informal method of training, is Working with a successful Professional designer.  Training through an Institution, College, Art or design school, University are all Formal ways into the Professional practice. In the UK and US, the University design courses available, include Interior Architecture, taking three to four years to complete.

Working Conditions– there are a wide range of working Conditions and employment opportunities within Interior design. Large, and Tiny Corporations, Hire interior designers as employed, In regular working hours.  Some Interior designers work on contract or per–job basis.  The Self employed, make up 26% of Interior designers, working the most hours.  Designers work under stress to meet Deadlines to stay on budget, and to meet the Clients’ needs.  In most cases, Professionals review the work and sign it before Submitting the design for approval by Clients, or Construction pre–Commissioning.  With the technology developments recently, the process of Contacting clients and Communicating alternatives has become easier, and requires less travel.   htttps://

How to Sell Art to The Interior Designers– this is the most important part, in this whole discussion, as the,  Artists’ as producers of Unique Art Creations, need to have this knowledge, which is information that Artists can use in order to Sell, and Profit financially on an ongoing basis, from the requirements of the Interior Decorating Professionals’.

The following are some interesting and informative Websites to look into.

  1. Art Deco/ Homes to Love.  https://homes to
  2. How to Sell Art to Interior Designers.
  3. Autumn interior decorating trends for 2018-Here’s to Love.
  4. Royal Art Creations and Interior Design-Home/Facebook.


The following List is of a few,  U–TUBE,  Channels on Interior Design, that are great to get an idea about Interior Design.

  1. Best Interior Design–You Tube Channels.
  2. Interior Design/You Tube Channel–Room part 1.
  3. Interior Design Follow me to my New Channel.

The following List is other Related Searches…For Interior Decorating…

  1. Art Decorating Ideas
  2. Art and Interiors
  3. Art and Interior Design
  4. Interior Design and Wall Art
  5. Arts and Crafts Style Interiors
  6. Decorating art Deco Style
  7. Art Gallery Interiors

The next List is the Top Amazon Texts for Interior Design.

  1. Interior Design Illustrated/9781119377207…
  2. Interior Design ( 4th Edition )/9780132408905…
  3. Best Sellers in Design and Decorative Arts–…

In concluding this BLOG, I can say that, Interior Decorating, both externally in the Initial building process, and in the Interior completion stage of a Building, is very important to the Post Live ability and enjoyment of a building. Overall the Form and Style is a very important feature, the ARTIST can help Complete the last phase, by Supplying UNIQUE, Art Creations to the Interior Designers, to complete the interiors of Homes…

Thank you for visiting my Blog, have an Excellent Week, see you next Blog.

Portraits and The Materials, that Inspire, Drive, The Artists, Art Creations?..., Uncategorized

Portraits’ and the Materials, that Inspire, Drive, The Artists, Art Creations?…

In this Blog, Portraits’ and Materials, that Inspire, Drive, The Artists, Art Creations?… I will give important, information on portrait painting.  History, General, and some interesting and funny trivia. I will also be showing you the stages to my Portrait Creating, attempts, and am providing you with web links, to check out, in regards to Media I used, and information on Techniques and other Brand information.

Portrait painting, is a genre in painting, where  there is an interest in drawing a person or persons.

Historically,  Portrait paintings have portrayed the rich and the powerful in Society. Through the ages, and some time later, the Middle class, also commissioned portraits of Family, Members and Colleagues.

Today portrait paintings are commissioned by Governments, Corporations, Groups, Clubs, and Individuals.

As well as paintings, portraits can also be made in other media, such as etching, lithography, photography, video and digital media.

A well drawn portrait, should show the Inner essence of the subject, from the Artist’s point of view, it should be a Flattering representation, and not just a literal likeness.

Aristotle stated,  that the Aim of Art, is to present not the outward appearance, but a persons Inner significance.  To accomplish this, it is not the external look or details, that give the portrait, the true appeal, only what is inside a person, that Gives life to an Excellent portrait.

In portrait paintings the subject can be depicted, Full length, Half length, Head and shoulders, or just the Head.

The other possible Variables, are the subject can be Clothed, or nude, indoors or outdoors, standing, seated, reclining, or horse-mounted.  Portrait paintings can be of Individuals, couples, parents, children, families, or collegial groups.

Portraits can be created in Various Media, in Oils, Watercolour, Pen and Ink, Pencil, Charcoal, Pastel, and Mixed media. The Artists can use a wide–ranging palette of colours.

In this portrait, I have drawn from a free photo, which is of a Model, who lives in Europe. I have used Paint Markers, and Watercolour Pencils, By Faber Castell, to complete the Portrait painting. I use this Brand because, the product is affordable, gives great results,  and is easy to find. I am listing some web sites, to inform you, about these Media, and how to use.  and the, Watercolour pencils,

The following pictures, are the preliminary, Drawing and then, the green acrylic wash, in the Mont Marte–Silver series–Light green, and Semi-matte–Titanium white.

SDC10625         SDC10627

This completed Portrait, is coloured in Paint Markers, and Watercolour Pencils,  both Media, by Faber Castell.

Making Waves.  Mixed Media.  By Marie. Crimi.  2018.


22 Artists on the Materials that Inspire and Drive Their Work.– The introduction is good to read.  If you go down towards the end,   to the Artists,   Lyn Hershman Leeson,  Shara Hughes and  Curtis Talwst Santiago.  These artists, are the most interesting, and I think we can relate, to their work, if only in the materials they use.  These Artists could contribute, to our Art work styles, and our Art, thought processes.

The Size of the Portrait is an important consideration.  Usually the Artist, takes into account, where the final portrait will be hung, and takes in, the colours and style, of the surrounding décor.  To Create a Portrait takes, a considerable time, usually several sittings, the average is about four.  In the 18th century, it would take about a year, to deliver a completed portrait, to a client.

Pre- to Portrait painting--Central to the successful execution of the portrait, you need to Master the Human Anatomy.  Human faces are asymmetrical, and the Skillful portrait artist, reproduce this with a subtle left-right, difference.  Artists need to be knowledgeable about the underlying bone tissue structure, to make a convincing portrait.   For complex compositions, the artist may first do a complete pencil, ink, charcoal, or oil sketch, which is useful, if the Sitter’s available time is limited.

Occasionally, the Client or the client’s family is unhappy with the resulting portrait, and the artist is obligated to re-touch it or do it over, or withdraw from the commission, without being paid. Suffering the humiliation of failure.

Jacques-Lois David celebrated portrait of Madame Recamier, wildly Popular in exhibitions’ was Rejected by the sitter. John Singer Sargents, notorious Portrait of Madame X, was Rejected.  John Trumbull’s full-length, portrait, of General George Washington, was Rejected by the committee, that commissioned it. The List of rejected Portraits goes on and on…

Note:–The Famous, prickly Gilbert Stuart, once replied to a clients dissatisfaction with his wife’s portrait by retorting,   “You brought me a potato, and you expect a peach!”

In this portrait, I have again taken a different free photo, of The same Model as in the above Portrait painting. You will see, how using different media, give a completely different result, to the completed painting. I have placed the painting in this section, because, I do not like the Result.    I have used Fine Markers and Metallic Colour Pencils, both Media are, by Faber Castell, my preferred Brand. I am giving the web sites for you to check out the Media, information. coloured

The following drawings are the initial sketch, and then the picture is a wash of acrylic Mont Marte–Silver series–Rose madder, and Semi-matte–Titanium white.

SDC10626      SDC10628

In this completed Portrait Painting, of the Model, I have used Fine Markers and Metallic Coloured Pencils, both Media, By  Faber Castell, my preferred Brand.   I do not like the way this painting worked out, so I have to say, Rejected…

Chiarasc,  Mixed Media, By Marie. Crimi.  2018.


For Interesting and Important History on Portrait Painting– Through the Ages, go to, ( The Wikipedia, Free Encyclopedia ) and read through the information that attracts you, under History.

The Top 10 – Self Portraits in Art– From an anxious Lucian Freud to an enigmatic Rembrandt and a norish Cindy Sherman, these self-portraits take the selfie, to a new artist level.  This Article is interesting to read a little in, and to have a small look at the Self- Portraits, it gives you an idea of the Quality of  the Portraits, through the Ages and a look in, Through the Eyes of the Artists, who made them.

Portrait Artists Career Information ( ) , Not required, although  Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs in Fine arts, can help Portrait Artist’s, Refine their skills, and Improve their prospects in the job market.

Career Definition for a Portrait Artist– The activities of a Portrait Artist, may include, taking Photographs for publications, Creating privately commissioned pieces for Museums or individuals and Restoring older works of Art. They could, Critique the work of other artist’s, Teach and Participate in exhibitions.  Generally, Portrait Artists, must rely on their Portfolio and Professional connections to find work, through Galleries and through Private–commissions.

Job Skills– Meaningful Expression, Imaginative approaches, Customer service and Interpersonal skills.

Median Salary– (2015)  $46,460 for the Fine Artists.

Job Growth– ( 2014 – 2024 ) 3% for the Fine Artists. ( Source, U.S.A Bureau of Labor Statistics ).

In conclusion I hope this Blog has being Informative about everything Portrait, that is according to my research. I hope it has given you focus and ideas, on many points of interest to your specific needs, on Media and Portrait questions?. I hope you enjoyed, my attempts, at Portrait Creating. Thank you for participating in what I had to share. Have an amazing week, See You All, Next Week…


Portrait Painting. Making Waves. Mixed Media. By Marie Crimi. 2018.

Portrait Painting , Original Painting, A3 size paper, on Acid Free Watercolour Paper, Mixed media, Paint Markers and Watercolour pencils, by Faber Castell. $80, plus add extra $15 for postage and handling. For A4, Colour–photo quality, copy, $15 includes, postage and handling… Paintings, will be signed by Marie.Crimi. 2018…



Portrait Painting. Chiarasc. Mixed Media. By Marie. Crimi. 2018.

Portrait Painting, Original A3 Size Paper, on Acid free Watercolour Paper, made in, Fine Markers and Metallic Coloured Pencils by Faber Castell. $80 plus, add extra $15, for postage and handling. For an A4 Coloured photo quality–copy, $15, includes postage and handling. Both orders, signed by Marie Crimi. 2018.



Pastels in Landscapes and Pastels in Portraites, And WHY?

Pastels in Landscapes, and Pastels in Portrait’s, and WHY?

In the following Blog, Pastels in Landscapes, and Pastels in Portrait’s and WHY?, I will  be giving a complete account, into the research I made, into the many types of Pastel Medium. I will be sharing a few Article names and Pastel sites, in which you, will need to search in, to inform yourselves, about the Pastel medium and all other interesting trivia on art. I will be creating, two paintings to share with you, in which I will be using, Oil Pastels and Soft and Hard Pastels. To show the way in which I use the pastels, these are my preference Pastel which are my favourite, and I use this form of pastels, all of the time.

Pastels are an art medium in the form of  a stick, made up of pure pigment and a binder. The pigments used in pastels, are all used to produce all coloured art media, this binder is of a neutral colour and has a low saturation point. The colour effect of pastels, is the closest to a natural dry pigment, that you can get, over other coloured media.

Pastels have been used since the Renaissance, and gained in popularity in the 18th Century, when a number of Notable Artists made pastel, their primary medium. An artwork made using pastels is called, a pastel, or pastel drawing, or a pastel painting.

Pastels as a verb, means to produce an Artwork with pastels and as an adjective, it means Pale in colour. The pastels composition depends on the type of pastel and the type and the amount of binder used.

Dry Pastel Media, can be subdivided as follows-

  1. Soft Pastels–Most widely used pastels.  The Sticks have a higher portion of pigment and less binder. The result is bright colours. The drawing can be easily smudged and blended.
  2. Hard Pastels--Have a higher portion of binder and less pigment. Hard pastels are traditionally used to create, the preliminary sketch.
  3. Pastel Pencils–Have a pastel lead. They are good for adding detail.
  4. Pan Pastels–Are formulated with a minimum of binder, in flat compacts. Pan pastels are applied with a micro- sponge tool. Pan Pastels can be used for painting the entire painting, or used in combination with soft and hard pastels.

In addition, pastels using a different approach, have been developed and manufactured.

  1. Oil Pastels–Have a soft,  buttery consistency and intense colours. They are dense and fill the grain of the paper, and are a little difficult to blend, than soft pastels, but they do not require a fixative. They can also be spread across the work surface by thinning with Turpentine.
  2. Water Soluble Pastels–Are similar to soft pastels, containing a water soluble component. This allows the colours to be thinned out to, a thin, semi transparent consistency using water wash. The advantages are, they are easy to blend and for mixing of colours, and finally allow, a range of colour tint effects, depending on the amount of water used on the working surface.

Some interesting Facts, about Pastels?…

There has been some debate in art societies, as to what counts as pastels? The UK Pastel Society is the oldest Pastel society, and it states, the acceptable Media for its exhibitions. All Pastels–including Oil Pastels, Charcoal, Pencil pastel, Conte, Sanguine, or any Dry media. The emphasis, appears to be on, “dry media”, and the debate continues… ( The above information from the, Wikipedia, the free Encyclopedia. )

What is the Artists choice, of genre, in order to choose and use the pastel media and, colours?…to suit the painting–In the, Artists in Pastel–you can view, what pastel Artists paint, and which media they prefer to use and why? It also has links, to blogs on all that is pastel. This site, is seriously, very interesting and informative, and I have to tell you, Motivational Too.

The Oil Pastel Painting I have placed in this section is, in the Religious Genre, I have chosen to complete this painting, in this medium, because I thought it was appropriate, to work in Oil Pastel Colours, for this specific painting. It is signed G. Angel, by me, because I did it for a forgotten Monument, for Friends, (for Their Grandparents), it signifies, G A, was here… the monument is a disgrace, and unkept.

Our Holy Lady, Oil Pastels, By Marie Crimi, 2018.


In the, ( Top Ten Subjects for Art, That Sells )–Seriously, have a read in this Article, very interesting.  This article also gives the Artist, many insights in how to approach, your Art Career.

Famous Pastel Artists Through the Ages?–Historically, Pastels origins can be traced back to the sixteenth century, when Guido Remi, Jacopo Bassano and Federigo Barocci were notable practitioners. Rosalba Carriera, 1675–1750, a Venetian female Artist, was the first, to use pastels consistently. 1699–1779, Jean Baptise, Simeon Chardin, did portraits, with the hatching mode. Maurice Quentin de la Tour, 1704–1788, preferred the blended, velvety finish. Later, a galaxy of Artists including, Mengs, Nattier, Copley, Delacroix, Millet, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, are the most familiar names, all used pastel as finished work, than for only preliminary sketches.

Degas–Was the most prolific user and champion of pastels, raising the pastel use, to the excellent and full brilliance, of oil paints. His protégée, Mary Cassat, introduced the Impressionists and pastels, to her wealthy friends, in Philadelphia, Washington and to the wider United States.. Our Most renowned living Pastel Artists, distinguish themselves in Pastels, and Enrich the world in this glorious medium. ( In the ‘Pastel Society of America’ ).

The Modern Day Pastel Artist, and Their, Pastel, Art For Sale–Seriously, checkout Artmine--by Angora Gallery, Chelsea, NY—to see the Art, Blogs, and Pastel Artists, on this site, it is truly worth visiting, it gives you ideas and how to Cost, pastel art. It is very delightful and enlightening too…

A List of the most Expensive Paintings Sold…–This is a list of the highest known prices paid for paintings. ( From Wikipedia, the free Encyclopedia ). Do check this list out, and look closely at the paintings sold. The earliest sale listed ( Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers by Vincent van Cogh ), is from 1987, and more than tripled the previous record price, set only for two years, previously. The current record price, is approximately $450 million paid for, the Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, in November 2017.

Note also–the site—The Artnet news index: The World’s Top 100 Art Collectors for 2016, Part One…

Who’s shaping the Art World?, and where are the majority of the World’s Pastel Artists?–Go to the Facebook page—World Pastel Artists Net, to join this Artist Pastel Group. Also you get to see, some of the most amazing Pastel Art being made…

This is the beginning stage, through to the final Portrait, Pastel Painting that I have created using, the Soft and Hard Pastels, and the Brand I prefer to use are The MungYo, Pastels. These Pastels are affordable and excellent to use, in all pastel painting creations.

This is a drawing I have done in 2B Black Lead Pencil, on Acid free— Water colour paper by Creative Art, Mediums. This paper is great to use, it withstands, abuse by the Artist. This is a photo of me, on my birthday, a few years ago…


In this coloured stage below, I have painted a wash of Acrylic paints, Mont Marte–Silver Series–in colours-Lemon yellow, mixed with a little of the Yellow orange colour, to create the Background and the mood, colour for the portrait’s, preparation.


In this next picture, is the stage in which, I have painted all the picture in the MungYo, Soft, and Hard Pastels.


In this picture, I have completed the Pastel Portrait, using the Watercolour Pencils—Faber Castel, these colours, are easy to apply and give a professional finish, to my Pastel Creations.

Marie–Barbie, In Pastels, By Marie Crimi, 2018.


How to preserve and protect, Pastel Paintings?–Go to the Site: Pastel Society of America, and Read About Pastels, look down in the article and you see, how to: Fixing, Framing, and Unframed Work, Environmental factors, Humidity and Biodegradation, and Travel…

Is there Employment for the Pastel Artist?–Go to the Article—3 Keys to Making it As An Artist ( Without Starving ). I think the most important point, made in this article–is For the Artist to Have the Right Mind Set…

I think that I can conclude that Pastels are a diverse and amazing medium to use in creating and completing Pastel Art Paintings. I think if  we take care in how we Display the completed Pastel Art Works, and Protect the pastel Paintings from Environmental factors, we will be able to enjoy, The Pastel Art for a long time. If you produce art in this medium, you could also make a good living, according to the articles, and sites, I have provided, for you to look into.

Thank you for visiting my Blog this week, See You ALL, next time… Have an Amazing Week. Bye. I am,     art creations by Mariec.Art.









Religious Art, and Monument Art Creations...

Religious Art, and Monument Art Creations…

In this Religious Art Blog, we endeavour to find answers in the Religious Art History, and see if Religious Art is appreciated as a culture, and a necessary need in our modern society. Religious Artists are referred to as Fine Artists, it is interesting to see, if their work is respected, appreciated, valued and commissioned by cultures and the world’s society members?. I think as Artists, we are most interested to see, if this Fine Art Career, can earn us Big Payments, for our Future Religious Art Creations. I include a Christian Modern Art-link you can look into, which is very interesting, to find out where the Religious artists, get their ideas and inspiration, from, and the medium they prefer to work in. I will also be showing you via photos, the Religious Art Works, , which is I create for Monument Work, which people pay me well to make for them. Which are for special occasions, for their departed Family Members. Which they display, at the Family Monuments, usually for a month.

The definition of Religious Art is, according to the -(The Free Encyclopedia).  Religious art or sacred art, is the artist’s imagery,  using Religious, inspirations and pictures. These are intended to improve the Mind in the spiritual. The Sacred,  involves the Ritual of culture practices, which are the practical, and operative aspects of the Spiritual, enlightenment, within the Artist’s Religious Tradition.

The Major Religions and Art-

  1. Christian Art–Early Christian Art, survives from dates, near to the origins of Christianity. The oldest surviving art, is dated the year 70, and the oldest Christian Sculptures, are dated, the beginning of the 2nd Century. Christian art  derived its Style, and iconographs from popular Roman Art. The Grand, Christian buildings built under Imperial patronage, bought a need for the Christian vision, of the Roman life and the Official art, of which is the Mosaics in the churches of Rome, which are, the prominent surviving examples. Christian art in the Byzantine Empire, was all about an Abstract version, which replaced the Natural Art–, The Natural Art, conveyed religious Meaning, rather than Objects or People.
  2. The Renaissance–Increased its Monumental secular works, increasing the quantities, provided to the Church, the clergy and its Religious people.  Secular, Non-sectarian, universal art arose, in the 19th-Century, in Western Europe, in which, the Christian themes were made popular. Many popular Artists, such as,  Eric Gill,  Marc Chargell,  Henri Matisse,  Jacob Epstein etc,  have produced well-known works of Art for churches. Through a Social interpretation of Christianity, Frit von Uhde, revived the interest in Sacred art, through his depiction of Jesus, in very, Ordinary life situations.  Since the beginning of printing, the sales of reproductions of major Christian artworks have been the, major element for popularising, The Christian Culture. Further the introduction, of the Colour lithography, led to the Great circulation of The Christian Holy Cards.
  3. In Our Modern Era–Companies specialising in Christian Artists, like,  Thomas Blackshear and  Thomas Kinkade, have been very successful. In the last part of the 20th Century, and first part of the 21st Century, have focused on, the re-establishment in Faith, with art themes that revolve around, Faith, Christ, God, The Church, The Bible and the Classic themes, which are worthy of respect, by the Christian Art World.
  4. The Artist–Makoto Fujimura, has had an influence on the Sacred and Secular Arts. Other notable artists, include, Larry D. Alexander,  Gary P. Bergel,  Carlos Cazaves, Bruce Herman,  Deborah Sokolove and  John August Swanson.

This is the first stage of My Religious Art Creation.  I used A3, acid free Watercolour Paper, and cut out shapes of coloured card paper and glued this down first, on the watercolour paper.

Then I had some print outs, from some other work I used to draw art in another painting. Actually it is part of the painting further down in this blog.

Then I glued these prints onto the card cut outs.


Next stage, I put a wash down of Lemon yellow, mixed with a little Yellow orange, both  colours are the Mont Marte-Acrylics-Silver-Series. ( Mont Marte/Acrylics/Silver Series/Colours. )


In the following picture, I drew the Drawing with a HB Dark Pencil on to, the previous prepared paper. The sketch is from a Free stock Religious Photo, which I drew myself.


The following painting is the complete Religious Art Creation, I created. I used Fine Artist Markers, Mostly Blues, Red, Browns and some Black Marker.

For the Facial Features, I used, Watercolour pencils, I find that watercolour pencils, give a more natural finish and look to Facial Features, in all the paintings I create.


The Markers I used are the, ( tip, Art markers/s.

The Watercolour Pencils I used are the, (, Watercolour Pencils.)

Buddhist Art–Originated on the Indian sub continent following the historical life of Siddhavtha Gautama, in the  6th to 5th Century BC, and later this art practice, evolved through contact, with other cultures. As it spread throughout Asia and the world. In India, Buddhist Art flourished, and even influenced the development of Hindu Art. Until Buddhism nearly disappeared, in India, around the 10th Century,  due mainly to the expansion of the Islam Religion, alongside the Hinduism Religion.

Tibetan Buddhist Art–Often includes depictions of the Bodhisattvas. The Creation of Buddhist Art, is done as a Meditation, also as creating an Object as an aid to meditation.

In the Indian Buddhist Art- Two places suggest the vitality of the Buddhist Art, in Cave paintings, from about the 5th Century AD. One is Ajanta, a site forgotten until 1817, and the other is the Dunhuang, one of the great oasis staging, The posts on The Silk Road.

Islamic Art–A prohibition against the depicting of representational images in religious art, as well as the naturally decorative nature of Arabic script, led to the Calligraphic decorations, which usually involved repeating geometrical patterns, that expressed Ideals of order or nature. It was used on religious Architecture, carpets, and handwritten documents. Islamic Art has reflected, this balanced, harmonious world-view. Islamic art focuses on the Spiritual essence, rather than the Physical form.

Christian Modern Art (The best Directory of Christian Modern Art and Christian Art Links, on the Web).

Who are some of the Religious Artists Of Today? and,  Where do Religious Artists get Their Ideas and Inspiration from?…

I have chosen Five Religious Artists’ for their religious, Inspirations and ideas, for their creative Religious Art Work.

  1. Makoto Fujimura- A great modern abstract Christian painter, who combines Abstract expressionism, with traditional Japanese art of Nihonga.
  2. Howard Finster– Enjoy the Christian Folk Art Paintings and Mixed media work, of this former, Baptist Preacher turned artist.
  3. Thomas Kinkade– The art and paintings of one of the nations most Collected living artists. Mr Kinkade credits, the Lord for the Inspiration and the ability, to create his paintings.
  4. Jaison Cianelli– A self taught American, Christian Artist, born near Boston. Through his Religious art work, he expresses, his Joy of life, with others. He produces, Abstract art, abstract landscapes, using Acrylics, mixed media and digital art.
  5. Akiane Kramarik– USA, born Child Prodigy, her art is inspired by her visions of heaven, and her personal connection with GOD. Akiane’s art depicts, Life, people and landscapes

Some Religious Art Text, I think are Good to Look at.

  1. Icons as Religious Art, Loyola Press.
  2. 25 Most Impressive Works of Religious Art, Online School for Religious Art.
  3. Christian Movies, T.V.
  4. Religious Wall Art, Canvas Print Art.
  5. A time to  Appreciate Religious Texts.

Which Media do, Religious Artists use to create their Work?–Fine Artists, may create images that exist only in their own imaginations. Painters may choose to work in Oils, acrylics, or watercolours, while the Sculptors may choose to work in, Clay, stone, metal, wood or plaster, to complete their Unique Religious Works.

This is a Monument, Religious Art creation I created for a Deceased, friends Mother, for her Remembrance Birthday. I create Unique Religious paintings, for Monuments a few times a month, without fail. This Art work is made using Acrylics, Mont Marte-Silver Series, Colours and outlined in Fine black marker.

Religious Painting, of Our Holy Lady.  By Marie Crimi.  2018.

I have just realised that, after completing this piece of art, I did not take the finished version, I probably finished it and, gave it to my Friend. I do have a lot happening in my life all of the time, sometimes, I just do automatically and carry on. Sorry.


Who do The Religious Artists Supply Their Art To?Some Artists are commissioned to produce specific pieces of art for Pay, while others sell their works in galleries, online, or in other Venues.

Are The Religious Artist Paid Well?–The Bureau of Labor Statistics – groups Painter’s, illustrators, sculptors, in the category of Fine artists. The Bureau, BLS, says, that a median annual income of $44,600, is the earning power for Fine artists. The highest paid 10% earned $90,000 per year, and a lot more. The lowest paid 10% earned $19,150 or less per year. The BLS reported, that there is a projection of 8% job growth rate, for the Fine Artists, Illustrators, Sculptors, and Painters, beyond 2020’s…

In Conclusion to this Religious Art Blog, we can say that The Fine Artist’s work is in High Demand by our Cultures and in our Modern Society. Fine Artists earn Good Money, for their work in Creating Religious Art Works. We can also say, that there is a need for the Fine Artist to keep producing a High Standard of Religious work, because the statistics say, that the demand will be increasing greatly, in the near Future and Beyond. I hope that this BLOG has given you, a new perspective on another Genre of Art Creating?… That you realise that if you are serious in making Great Religious or Fine Art, the options as Artists is unlimited, for your Art and Earning Power.

Thank you for visiting my Religious Art Blog, and for liking the BLOG. I hope I have given you another Genre to explore, and hopefully excel in. I hope you liked the Religious Art, I created to show to you, which, I Create Religiously. Have an Amazing Week, see you all next BLOG…



Finally Finally, Hello, I am finally organised to start my Art Creations Blog.

My name is Marie Crimi, and I am West Australian. I have lived in West Australia all my life. I have travelled a lot over the years, usually on my work holidays, the longest holidays I went on were, to Europe in 1995, for six weeks. I went on a Tour of Western and Eastern Europe, and I had the best experience. I had great travel companions who I met on the tour, a Trafalgar Tour for under 35 year olds. I also met some lovely People on my journey, and mostly great Hotel Reception Staff. The other longest holiday I had was when I went to Hong Kong for one month, I had friends who lived in Hong Kong and I had the time and experience of my life, I also took tours into China. I will always remember Honk Kong as long as I live, it was the most amazing experience, and the shopping experience was to die for, so good, quality merchandise and cheap to.

My Art Journey started in 2008, because I had been a creative type mostly shopping and looking for beautifully styled, coloured and unusual fabrics. The reason I was so attracted to fabrics, is that I had always as a teenager, had an interest in making my clothes. The reason for this was that, I had time on my hands to do creative work, and I enjoyed the challenge of teaching myself to fashion design, from texts that I bought, and others through my public library. The most important reasons were that, I loved colours, also I had a lot of social functions to go to and the reason is also, the interest rates were high, and I was making good money, so when the big fabric stores had their sales, at the end of each season, I made the effort to go into the city, and buy fabrics at 60 – 80% discount. Talk about a bargain, you have no idea, how blessed this situation made me. My friends were buying Big Designer labels, and using up all the money they earned.  To this day, I have all the excellent clothes I made, then. Yes still very fashionable  and highly appealing. But yes, all good things come to  an end.

For most of my life I made and wore, unique fashion, but enough is enough. I thought and thought, and I decided it would be cool to be interested in Art Creating, and an art studio would be a lot more manageable. Art mediums are colourful, affordable easy to store, and easy to move out and on. So art chose me, Art Creating it IS…

The mediums I like to use are, Acrylics, Pastels–Hard and Soft, Textures, Crayons, Watercolour Pencils , Oil Pastels and coloured papers for mixed media, collage…

I have been doing art for ten years, and I have never had an Art Creation Block, when I need to do the art I get busy, and the art happens. I am self taught once again from art magazines and library texts. This eight years I have for most of the time occasionally, been part of an art group at the gallery that exhibits our work. I belong, to two art society, in my local area, I have been lucky so far. Both societies, have three or four times a year, an art gallery that exhibits our art creations. Last year in September  I was Resident Artist at this, Art Gallery. My work does sell, occasionally.

My drawing skills are excellent, in thirty minutes I produce a picture. When it comes to the painting part, I need time to plan well and then I paint in many sittings to complete a reasonable piece of Art work. I have my unique art style, I think because I am self taught it has excelled, the art style process in my situation. I prefer to work in my art studio at home, because in a group situation, people seem to interrupt my work process and I lose the Flow of  doing. In art classes, people are shows and take over the class, so no work or learning. When I am in my space, I feel happy and empowered, and I accomplish great art creations.

The art work I create is usually for Art Exhibitions or for Golden Palette, which are always on a particular topic chosen by different members of the art societies, I belong too. When I am resident artist, I produce the art of my choosing. I also draw and paint gift cards, for Christmas and special occasions each year, I will be planning to sell these on Etsy Sell. I do Monument Art, it is usually of a religious nature, and the art has a high exposure and appeal to people…

The size of my art work is A3, in size. I present my art work for exhibitions, in store bought frames, the reason is, the frames are affordable and I can sell my art work for less, than if I had frames made and fitted by a professional art supplier.

I enjoy the process of working on researching about art, reading, drawing, painting and then exhibiting my work. Art Appeals to me greatly, I like to share what I do and hopefully make a profit also. Most of all I like to see what other people produce, with their art creations… I think that most of all, I love working with colours, in the different art mediums… Different paper and canvas choices are excellent also, for art works. It is great to go shopping for art materials and mediums too…

The art I make is Realist–Impressionist, I have a particular style. The style is loose and free, and very colourful. I usually prepare collage paper cut up into shapes, that are glued on top of watercolour paper. Then I draw a picture in heavy HB lead pencil or in black pen. I then proceed to use acrylic paints and other art medium, depends on the effect, the painting need, to be completed. After completion of the art work, I put the painting aside for two weeks, when I come back I have a fresh perspective, and I know exactly what the painting need to be completed, and then it is ready for framing and labelling.

Usually the painting only needs highlights and outlining in thin or thick texture. I think that most of all I like to frame my art work, and make up the label and put a sale price on the finished framed painting. This gives me great pleasure, because I feel, I have accomplished a genius, unique piece of work, and the work I have done is work that I feel is work worth doing, exactly what I adore doing…

Art work to me represents, a deep and unique, genius creation regardless of whatever the public thinks, artwork is very special to the artist who produces the work, it is an expression of the persons inner world, and that is great and greater in itself. No one has the right, to judge art as inferior or unsuitable for public display… or appeal…

All Art contributes to all of society, and as a cultural acquisition, that should be treasured and loved completely…Making no difference, who the artist is.

I would like to complete my first blog, and say that I look forward in my future blogs each week, to make art contact with you All, by showing you all, what steps are needed, and mediums are used to create my art work. I will use photos and materials, and hopefully give you a new perspective and art outlet, to learn and continue to improve on. I hope you will keep in touch and make helpful comments, and continue to participate in my blogs. I will be giving tips from art research each week, that I accumulate from reading art texts and art magazines, and checking out other Artists  Blogs, and U Tube… Also I will keep you updated on my daily work and life  . Thanking you, and I hope we can be TRUE ARTIST FRIENDS, on our journey in art and life…Bye See You All Next Week…I am,






On Native Australian Flowers, and My Art Creation.

Today I am aiming to bring to you all the important information on the Western Australian Wild Flower, The Red and Green Kangaroo Paw. These natives are unique and beautiful to Western Australia. I have chosen this wild flower because it appeals to me, especially, and then I will be proceeding in the  Art Creation, of the native flower I have chosen,  the Red and Green Kangaroo Paw.  Hopefully this Art creation, is a beautiful representation of one of the Iconic native flowers, of Western Australia. I am planning to use, Acrylic Paints, fine liner texture, and to finish the painting, in hard and soft pastels.

I will be giving the, information, on the Western Australian Native Flowers. Some questions I try and answer, are why the Native plants and Wild Flowers appeal to people, in Australia and in other countries, and who have, and are the Australian Artists who paint these unique and beautiful flowers? Most importantly are these native flowers sold, and to whom and why?.

Australia has the Largest Floral Show On Earth. The wild flower collection in Western Australia, has more than 12,000 species, over 60%  are not found anywhere else in the world. These wild flowers colour the landscapes in Australia, from the Coast to the Forests and the Cities, to the Australian Outback. The six month flowering season begins in the North of Western Australia, in June and July on the wide plains of the Pilbara, Goldfield and the Coral Coast, where the vibrant blooms contrast with the sandy, earth, rugged Canyons and the Turquoise sea. By September, the flowering season has moved south and reached Perth’s Botanical gardens, Nature reserves and National parks, finishing with a profusion in October and November, that  dazzle the spectator with, colour, abundance and sheer diversity in shape and size. Through the Forests and Coastal regions, of the Southwest of Western Australia.  David  Attenborough, wrote that in the Southwest Region of Western Australia there are 400 species of the Native Orchids, which make up 10%  of the 25,000 Orchid species that are out in the world. ( Information all, in the Wildflowers of Western Australia ).

Anne Hayes ( FL. 2010 – ) Paints Australian Wild Flowers since 2010, and paints the wild flowers in watercolours. Her Native plants and Wild Flower Water colours, are in collections in Australia and Overseas.

Patricia Weeks, (2018 – – of Alice Springs, Central Australia, Australia),  is a Wild Flower and Australian Native Plant and Australian Outback , Landscape Artist. Weeks Oil paintings are in Collections in Australia and Overseas.

Alison Marjorie Ashby – (1901 – 1987), was an Australian Botanical Artist and Plant Collector.

It may seem that Australian Native and Wildflowers are difficult to buy. No it is easy to buy Australian, Natives and Wildflowers from on line leading florists. The best place to shop online for Native Plants, is ( ) who specializes in Australian Natives. The Top Florists export and deliver Native Australian Plants, both in Australia and Overseas. people buy the Australian Natives because they have a long shelf life, unique, unusual and beautiful. The flowers are a conversation opener, and this also makes the flowers a great selling point.

The following photo shows, the watercolour paper collage, I have prepared to start of the process in my Native Flower creation. I have used the Mont Marte–Silver Series, Light green to paint over the card coloured cut outs, which I glued onto the watercolour paper.



In this next step, I plan to draw firstly in HB Dark Lead pencil, from a free photo search on the Internet, of a West Australian native flowers. I will then trace over this line, with a fine line texture, so that it will be easier to see the picture, and to work on the, painting, through to the completion stage.



I have chosen the West Australian Kangaroo Paw. The Red and Green Kangaroo Paws, are a West Australian Icon. It is only found in the South West of West Australia.  Kangaroo Paws are an unscented flower, they are not insect pollinated. They usually grow between ten or more hairy flowers, that open one at a time and these can be seen unfolding from August to October (winter to spring). This plant should not be treated as a perennial , it does not attract bees or birds, but it grows well in sandy soils, growing to a height to two metres. The Kangaroo Paw was proclaimed the Floral Emblem of West Australia in 1960. It is classed and protected and is seen on uniforms and vehicles of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. (This, Information was found, in the Wildflowers of West

The following photo shows the drawing, I have done, and, then outlined in Black fine liner texture, which makes the picture easy to see, and work on, in the next stage of the painting.


In the following article by Aine Divine, her ideas and creative processes are exactly the steps which I use, to create my unique mixed media, collage, and art creations. I thought I would give you a view into her creative process and art work. In my case, I use Wild Flowers  of Western Australia, and Aine Divine paints flowers.

Aine Divine (in the Artist Palette), says that she finds inspiration in the what is out there daily, to create bold and beautiful artworks. Aine says that flowers are a subject, that are perfectly suited to mixed media. In which shapes and colours are expressed, through mixed media,  the flowers, are then filled, with life and energy. The joy of mixed media, collage is when you initially make a start, and are willing to experiment, with colours and papers, you are then bound to create a painting, that is unique, original each time, you attempt to make a painting.

The top tip Aine gives, is to apply a shady colour, underpainting, with a large brush, in all directions, and to not be to precious with getting a perfect result. Then instantly you should see, a great result. Then you can draw and continue to complete a painting, that will be full of atmosphere, colour and be a creative art, master painting. I can relate to Aine Divine’s ideas because I work in exactly the same style, and use similar art technique. Before coming across this article that Aine Divine wrote, I had not seen an explanation, that referred to exactly in the way I worked, in this particular, art creation style. The power of the written word?

The following photo is the start of the Acrylic painting.  I have used the colours Burnt umber for the trees and for the colour of the soil, that is around the Kangaroo paws. The colours of the Kangaroo Paw I have used are, Scarlet, light green, black and for the whites on the tree trucks, I have used Titanium white. The next stage is to continue in the hard and soft pastels, to complete, the mixed media, collage painting.



This is the completed mixed media, collage, I have Art Created of the Western Australian, Red and Green Kangaroo Paw, which is the Icon, for the State of Western Australia.

The Red and Green Kangaroo Paw of Western Australia, By Marie C, 2018.



I am adding a mixed media, collage painting on Native Plants, that I put in an exhibition earlier, this year 2018.

Bansksias, Bottlebrush, Grevilleas, Native Plants, Of Australia, By Marie C, 2018.


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September 10, 2019

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We should try to live a life which is more purposeful and inspiring
A life wherein we believe more in giving than taking
A life which is more liberating if we’re endowed with skills for listening, forgiving
and forgetting.

life which is bereft of any vanity
A life full of empathy
A life which gives us opportunity to improve and is not a tragic past replay
A life which gives us protection from the treachery of our sworn enemies
A life which prompts us to forget and forgive our adversaries
A life in which we seize every good opportunity
A life the key of which remains solidly with us only
A life in which we can restore our lost credibility
A life bereft of any hype and publicity.

life in which we stick to our principles

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Father’s Day?, and My Art Creations too…

In this Blog, Father’s Day, I look for information on Father’s Day and find out Why Father’s Day, is Celebrated and Why. When did the Father’s Day Celebration initially start, and in which country and by Whom?… Think about the Significance of this, Father’s Day, Celebration. How do we, celebrate Father’s Day?. I introduce my version of a Gift card,  for Father’s Day.

Father’s Day?–Father’s day is a Celebration to honour Fathers and Forefathers. This Celebration is celebrated in many Countries in the world, to Express our gratitude for Our fathers. You give Gift cards, bouquets, artificial flowers, quotations, show pieces and many other Thoughtful gifts to your Fathers. In todays Celebration of Father’s day, Gratitude is given also to Step fathers, grandfathers, father in-laws, uncles, and Fathers. Father’s day is celebrated also by, giving Special dinners, to Fathers and Towards Family Orientated activities. The idea of Father’s day celebration was Celebrated in 1909, by Mrs Sonora Louise Smart Dodd, from Spokare in the United States of America. Sonora was very close to her Father, Mr William Jackson Smart, a Civil War Veteran.

Sonora , thought if we Celebrated a day in Honour of our Mother, then we should Celebrate, Our Fathers. 

The following Painting, is my version of a Father’s Day, Handmade Art Creation, card made in my Unique, Style and technique. The Card was drawn on Acid free, Creatives Watercolour, Textured Paper, which is my preferred paper, to use. Then I Coloured, the Card in Watercolour, Creative Colours. The completed card, was finished, in Sharpie Black–Fine-liner, marker.

Father’s Day.   Mixed Media.   By: Marie. Crimi.   2019.

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Finally in, 1972, President Richard Nixon, made Father’s Day a National Day of Observance. In the world, the Date is different for Celebrating Father’s day, and the way in which, People celebrate Father’s day, is different in every situation. ( Free–Information, taken from the Initial, Father’s Day, History. USA.)

Father’s Day in Australia–Many Australians observe Father’s day on the First Sunday of September. This is the day for People to show and Express, their Appreciation for their, Fathers and Father figures.

Father figures, can include Step fathers, father-in-laws, guardians, ( Foster Parents ), and family friends.

Is Father’s Day A Public Holiday?–Father’s Day in Australia is Celebrated on the 1 September 2019, this year, and is not a Public holiday, most Businesses follow the regular Sunday opening hours, in Australia, on Father’s Day.

What do People do, on Father’s Day in Australia?–The Acts of Appreciation, to Fathers are made in different ways.

  • A Day in the Park, movies, at the zoo, or another place of interest.
  •  Handmade or purchased, cards are gifted.
  •  Presents- food baskets, chocolates, clothing, equipment for hobbies, or gift vouchers are given to Fathers.
  •  Breakfasts, brunches, lunches, dinners at home, in a Restaurant, or in a cafe’.
  •  Father’s day, Charity activities, fun runs, special gifts, raising money for services–visually impaired.
  •  Some families may prefer, to visit places of Worship, Churches, Synagogues or Mosques.

Father Day Stories–Focus on the Challenges that some Fathers faced, and achievements, that they made to provide, the Best for their children, in Australia.

History–There are suggestions that this idea, for Father’s Day, maybe Originated in Pagan Sun Worship. Where Paganism saw the Sun, as the Father of the Universe. In some Countries, the Father’s Day Celebration, is Celebrated on the Third Sunday of June, which is closer to the June– Solstice.

The Symbols for Father’s Day–The Images of Fathers, or Father figures, and the words   ‘Happy Father’s Day ‘ are put on Marketing material, such as Posters, Postcards, and Advertisements, to Promote Father’s day. ( Information, How Australia, Celebrates Father’s Day ).

In Concluding this BLOG, on Father’s Day, we can all agree that Father’s Day is a Very Important, DAY, to Celebrate each Year. Our Father’s are Important and Interesting Individuals, who have many stories, and experiences to tell us about. Remember we OWE our Fathers, Respect, Recognition and Love, all the Days of Their Lives. When our Fathers Pass On, we must Remember them Always, because they are the reason we are, HERE, Living and Breathing, Each and Every Day.

Thanking you for visiting my BLOG, I Hope it has made you think on the Importance and Significance, this Holy Day Has?

Have an Excellent, Amazing , Safe Week. SEE You All, next Blog.  Remember if you have any ideas on what you would like me to research, please let me know. If you have any suggestions or comments, please be in touch.

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Anime’ or Manga? and My Art Creations To…

SDC10964 (2)In this Blog Anime’ or Manga, I research what exactly is Anime’ and Manga and where or who found or made this Art Form?  Thinking about how to create or make this art form, and why in particular this art form is highly important to a particular Culture in the world, and Why? Wondering if this art form, affects other Cultures or Not, and why and how? I think you can agree, this is a very interesting topic to read about.  I will also, show you my first attempt, at this art form of Anime’ and Manga.

The begging’s of Anime’ or Manga?–The term Manga was created by the Artist Hokusai, a prolific artist who lived from 1760-1849, who left over 30,000 works. His new term for his artwork was made up of the words  ‘Man’  meaning  ‘in spite of oneself’,  lax or whimsical, and  ‘ga’ , meaning  ‘picture’ . The first examples of Manga, were picture scrolls created in the 6 – 7th Century created by the Buddhist Monks. In the 17th Century, Woodblock prints were popular, these depicted the Age Pleasures, such as outfits and popular places to visit. In the late 18th Century, Kibyoushi, or  ‘yellow covers’  were popular. These were stories of Adults, with Dialogue and text, placed around illustrations. When Japan opened to the outside world, the European artists, introduced Shading, perspective and anatomy, to the Comics. At the end of the 19th Century, Comic strips appeared,  in the Japanese newspapers, and comics, became very popular. During the late 1920s and early 1930s, the Japanese governments, intimidated Artists and publishers. Many Magazines, closed down, or started  censoring themselves.

After World War II, the Cartoons flourished. The first weekly magazine devoted to comics was Shounen Magazine, which was the start of the comics, in 1959. By the Mid–1960s the Manga industry started setting up, Comics, in its present form. Magazines were made for  all the Social classes of people, in Society. In 1956, Toei Animation was founded, its president Hiroshi Okawa, thought about creating its version of the Japanese film Studio, similar to Walt Disney…  It was, Tezuka Osamu, who founded his Animation company, which focused on creating Movies and Series for the T.V.  His Tetsuwan Atomu, became the first Animated Series, for Japanese television.  In the Article, ( by Liana Sharer ).

What is Anime’?– Anime’ is a term used for Japanese Animation. Anime’ covers the serious topics, for the Cartoon. In America, cartoons are Entertainment for children. In Japan people of all Ages, watch Anime’. Most Movies and shows are made for, Children, adolescents, or the young adult. There are also Anime’, made for Older people, and for Business Men. There are many Genres in Anime‘, the Basic categories, are in, Comedy, romance, action, drama, and pornography. Their is also content, for Boys and for girls.

The Art of Anime’– The art work is the deciding factor in Anime’. Huge Eyes, Brightly coloured Hair, Well-endowed female characters. Exaggerated Emotional expressions and gestures, are all typical of the Anime’ Style. The Early Anime’ Artists were influenced by early Disney characters, the Seven Dwarves, Micky mouse, and the Non Disney, Betty Boop.

The Following two Paintings, are my First Attempt drawing, An Anime’  and  Manga Girls. I would like to tell You that I use the Creatives Acid free, Watercolour paper, because I find the paper is compatible with my Art Creations. I find this particular paper, easy to use to draw and to colour, in all Mixed Media, that I like to use, and then, to finish a painting.

Anime’ Girl.  Mixed Media.  Marie. Crimi.  2019.

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This is the above Painting. It is coloured in Creative, Oil Pastels, made on Creatives Acid free Watercolour paper. This painting is the before, the end painting, before I finished the painting in Sharpie Marker.

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The below drawing is the drawing I initially drew, of the Anime’ Girl. The picture was an idea from a Free photo stock, photo, of an Anime’, Animation. This drawing is made in my Unique art style and technique…

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Culture in Anime’–Understanding the Culture of origin is important, whether it is in Japanese, Anime’ or Manga, or in the American sitcoms ( comedies ). You have noticed? That, Characters and situations, are Totally different in each culture. Anime’ as an Art form, Expresses many things about Japanese Culture, and its people. These are in the Behaviours, of Characters, and in the Influence of religion.  These are the Two main Cultural discussions, which are Investigated, and debated, in Anime’.

The Formats of Anime’–Anime’ have original stories. Whereas other stories, and characters are taken and used from the Japanese comic books,– ( Manga ). There are many Anime’ Societies on the world wide web, if you are interested, in Anime’ or Manga, you could find a society, near your living location.    From the Anime–project,  ( ).

What is the difference between Manga and Anime’?–Anime’ is related to animation, whereas–Manga is related to comics.

Manga Futuristic Girl.  Mixed Media.   Marie. Crimi.   2019.

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The following Painting is the pre-finished stage. The painting is Coloured in Mont Marte Silver Series, Matt Acrylic, Colours. Next stage, will be to outline the painting in Sharpie Marker.

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This drawing is the initial drawing. It is made on Creatives, Acid free, Watercolour paper. The idea for the drawing came from Free Photo stock, from the internet. This drawing is made in my Unique art style and technique. I used a Staedtler 2B Black Eco Pencil, in both the drawings…

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Anime’–is a better Art Quality, than in Manga. In Anime’–thirty frames are run per second, this gives a Superior Quality to the Anime’. In Magna–panels are used to draw the images, in which, there is more space available, to place the words.

Anime’ and Magna–Manga and Anime, site lists–Wattpad.

Has Review, rants, quotes, pictures, drawings, good websites dedicated to Anime’ and Manga, and other texts, with reviews, on wattpad, or in other sites.

  1. Anime’ and Manga News–        ( Read, Discuss up to date Anime’ and Manga news, on the largest data base in the world. Join the Community–create, explore forums, follow the news, and lots more ).

What is the Drawing Technique used, to learn to draw Anime’ and Manga–The Maquette, or Shape-Based Drawing, is the easiest way to learn to draw most things. By reducing complex forms, to simple shapes. This form of drawing, is referred to by other names, such as Construction, Anime’ or Manga. This is the Exact Technique, used By Most Animators. The first step with Maquette drawing, is to reduce the Proportions and Shapes, to a series of Rectangles, and Circles.


  1. 3 Easy Ways to Draw Manga–
  2. How to Draw Anime’: 50+ Free Step-by-Step Tutorials on the…

In concluding this Blog, we can see that Anime’ and Manga are very important to the Japanese Culture, both for the Young people and for the Older people. Anime’ and Manga, are the Japanese form of Entertainment. Originally, this form of Entertainment, was taken from, the American Walt Disney, Animations.  The Japanese, Genres cover all the situations of Japanese Society, and the Anime’ Movies and Stories, Manga- Comics are an important, part of the Japanese Culture. The situations which are debated, in this culture, are the Japanese behaviours and the Japanese religion. Whereas In America, Animation and Cartoons are popular for Young people. Sitcoms, ( the Comics ), are great Adult Entertainment, in America.

Thank you for visiting my Blog, Have an Amazing safe Week, See you all Next BLOG. If you have any Questions or Areas you would like me to research, please be in touch and let me know.  I am