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Garden by Mamamaitri (BLW Contributor)


Botanical Garden…Toyama, Japan 2007

The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses. ~ Hanna Rion



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The Onion Model of a Layered Image by Mataro Photographs (BLW Contributor)


Onions make me cry, that is why they are inspiring. While preparing for breakfast, the thought of a scene crossed my mind and I felt it needs to be drawn, before the scent slips out of my mind.
“Layering” by convention is an image with a dominant foreground and informational background. That definition alone is somewhat confusing to most of us. This Onion Model, lets us peel what is inside of a layered image, what is inside of it, how it could be made and how it is seen.

The secret to a more consumable onion of layers is the core. It must have a SUBJECT MATTER, the very essence of your shot. It should describe in one single sentence what you had just taken and made. If you cannot do it in a single comprehensive sentence, then your onion is stale. People may and will not digest what you are trying to cook. You might get fried by critics who are always in a perfect shooting condition.

A layered image, which has complexes and geometries is somewhat confusing and may pronounce unwanted elements. It should have a POINT-of- ENTRY , a primary subject that would introduce the viewer to the idea of the image. I should be concise, bright and clear. Spicy and immediately stings.

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Artsy Fartsy – Banksy does Gaza (The Power of Art)



Banksy revealed the locations of the pieces in Gaza in Palestine. Inspired by a sculpture of Niobe, a Greek mythological figure, the first piece is entitled “Bomb Damage” and obviously with Banksy, the placement is just on point. Niobe’s children were killed out of spite and then in her mourning she turned into a stone that was constantly weeping.


Two quotes were enclosed with the images of the new stenciled pieces:

Gaza is often described as ‘the world’s largest open air prison’ because no-one is allowed to enter or leave. But that seems a bit unfair to prisons – they don’t have their electricity and drinking water cut off randomly almost everyday.  – Banksy


A local man came up and said ‘Please – what does this mean?’ I explained I wanted to highlight the destruction in Gaza by posting photos on my website – but on the internet people only look at pictures of kittens. — Banksy


Forget Me Not – Andy Warhol (August 6, 1928 – February 22, 1987)



Andy Warhol was an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture and advertisement that flourished by the 1960s. After a successful career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol became a renowned and sometimes controversial artist.

Warhol’s art used many types of media, including hand drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, silk screening, sculpture, film, and music. He was also a pioneer in computer-generated art using Amiga computers that were introduced in 1984, two years before his death.


His studio, The Factory, was a famous gathering place that brought together distinguished intellectuals, drag queens, playwrights, Bohemian street people, Hollywood celebrities, and wealthy patrons.

Warhol has been the subject of numerous retrospective exhibitions, books, and feature and documentary films. He coined the widely used expression “15 minutes of fame“. Many of his creations are very collectible and highly valuable. The highest price ever paid for a Warhol painting is US$105 million for a 1963 canvas titled “Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster) A 2009 article in The Economist described Warhol as the “bellwether of the art market”. Warhol’s works include some of the most expensive paintings ever sold.

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