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Vertigo – Cayman Islands Abstract Art
Originally uploaded by Arteccentrix.

Time for a little shameless self publicity once again but this is
another of my abstract pieces that I wish to sell prior to leaving the UK. “Vertigo” is on offer for $250 plus shipping and is an acrylic on canvas stretched on a wooden frame.

Please contact me directly if you are interested in buying the painting. Shipping will be by reputable carrier with online tracking facilities and we can accept payment either via Paypal or money transfer. If you are not in the U.S and would like a price quotation in your own currency please let me know.

Nickola
The Arteccentrix Gallery

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I’m not sure how I came across this mystifying URL, but Linkiewinkie is described as an interesting social experiment that loves to be talked about.

What is the harm I ask myself? Let’s see what Linkiewinkie can do shall we? When I know more, I’ll let you know too.

The most I could find was this entry at This Biochemical Life

If you do get here via Linkiewinkie, please leave a comment.

Nickola
The Arteccentrix Gallery

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Today I just wanted to post something to give my new found CSS tips and tricks an audience. Instructions on how to use some of these cool formatting tools can be found at the excellent website of Mandarin Design Clever looking formatting has never been easier and is as simple as cut and paste. So, if you are looking to add a little more Bling to your blog, this might be a great place to start learning some new tricks.

…original painting “Walks On Water is still available. Make the artist an offer. This painting must be sold soon own it and enjoy it forever…

Yes, I am still seeking a buyer for Walks On Water. If it doesn’t find a new home within the next few weeks I have decided that it will be placed in my next public show here in the UK, along with the other remaining pieces from the series.

Enough. Playtime is over for now, but I would like to recommend my readers to a couple of websites I found during the past few days of wandering the web and the blogosphere. The first is Sucky To Savvy by Jeffrey M. Glover This is a fun and informative site about some of the do’s and dont’s of web page or blog page design. As this post has more to do with such things than my normal fare, this site deserves a mention just because it highlights some of the truly awful dogs dinners some people make in their attempts to create an all singing and all dancing blog. I know that I come across far too many who use some or even all of the “sucky” attributes that annoy the heck out of me. Less is sometimes more folks.

How do I come across all these wonderful and varied websites I hear you asking. I have already mentioned some of the social bookmarking sites but these are the three that I use on a regular basis:-
1) Furl
2) Spurl
3) Blinklist
My last mention has to go to Blinklist as one of my favourites. If you want a place to keep all your favourites I would recommend Blinklist for the simple reason that some of the features they offer are first class for anyone who blogs. You will notice that I have now added a “Blink It” button to all of my blog posts.

If you take a look at the Arteccentrix Links Page, you can see how my Blinklist bookmarks are integrated into the website and it is all achieved with a simple cut and paste. This is another great way to share your favourite sites with your blog readers and remember, if I Blinklist your website or blog, it means an automatic link to your site from mine. It follows of course that anybody using the same set up will be doing the same. Sign up and start discovering and sharing all your favourite places on the web while promoting your own site in the process.

Nickola
The Arteccentrix Gallery

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Outsider Art

Earlier this month I posted an article about art and questioning the validity of art critics so I was interested to come across this article at Rawvision which claims to be the world’s only international magazine of outsider art, art brut and contemporary folk art.

If these terms are new to you, have a look at Rawvision’s Website to learn more about Outsider Art, and the host of new artwork it will introduce you to.

For a rather less controversial but equally interesting site, I have been browsing around The Web Gallery Of Art this afternoon. It’s a wonderful place which they describe as:-

“…a virtual museum and searchable database of European painting and sculpture from 12th to mid-19th centuries”.

If art from these periods interests you at all, then I recommend a visit to this site which is full of wonderful images. You can send postcards from the site, order prints, and take virtual tours of wonderful places such as the Sistine Chapel. A very enjoyable browse indeed.

Today’s Blog mention goes to The Convoluted Muse, an eclectic mix of art news and observations together with some educational facts about two illnesses, one known as Stickler Syndrome, the other as Obstructive Sleep Apnea, both of which affect the blog’s publisher. (One of the neat touches on Conrad’s blog is the addition of a truckload of icons linking to the various social bookmarking sites – I certainly discovered some new ones). The site has just had a major redesign and looks really good too.

I am still pleading for voters on the poll about Art Scams…sad I know, but I thought it was a subject on which my readership might have some strong views. So, if you haven’t clicked yet, please let me have your experiences.

That’s all for today, but I hope to be reviewing some more excellent art on these pages over the next week from some of the people I have met on Flickr in recent months. Until then, enjoy today’s links.

Nickola

The Arteccentrix Gallery

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Mr Picasso Head

A very strange title for a post maybe, but I came across this delightful little site this evening while playing around with my new Stumbleupon Toolbar.

If you’ve never heard of Stumbleupon.com before, join the club. I found it through another blog, the useful Blog Traffic Central The concept is basically a social bookmarking one, with content tailored to the things you are interested in, with a handy little toolbar add-on which takes a few seconds to download and install and works with both Firefox and IE. I’ve already found some really interesting places by clicking merrily away on my Stumble button. Definitely highly recommended and a great way to find things you may never otherwise have seen/searched for.

Mrpicassohead may be a silly timewaster but go and have a little fun for yourself. If you want something a little more simple how about throwing some paint around here at Artpad

If you have kids – they will love it too and it will teach them a little about how much fun art can be!

Nickola
The Arteccentrix Gallery

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Some of you may notice that I have updated my rss & atom feeds using the excellent services of Feedburner so, if you would like to be notified of my updates, please enter your email address in the Feedburner submission form on the right of the page. Each time I post news, you will be notified by email – simple. Rest assured your address will never be used for any other purpose, and, should you ever grow tired of my charm and wit, unsubscribing is simplicity itself.

The art scam voting has been slow so far so please, please, let us have your feedback using the poll at the foot of the sidebar. A couple of clicks is all it takes.

Ok, on to the main purpose of this post. I have already mentioned my upcoming marriage and planned move back to Cayman. This is providing us with plenty of headaches, not least of which is the disposal of a large number of our worldly goods. My paintings are a dilemma – we could ship all of them back, but the costs are prohibitive on top of all the other expenses.


Walks On Water
Originally uploaded by Arteccentrix.

In view of this, most of my current works need to be sold off. As an experiment, I have chosen one of my most popular current pieces (judging by feedback and page views in various places online) to start things off. “Walks On Water” is an acrylic on canvas painting from the 2005 Wild Wild West series and currently hangs on our wall at home. Dimensions are 15 X 15 inches unframed. It has been for sale online with a guide price of $650.00. However, much as my partner loves the painting, I have decided it has to go. I am inviting offers for the piece, a kind of pseudo auction, and am asking any interested buyers to make me an offer via email. Don’t be shy -ignore the guide price mentioned above – tell me what you want to pay for the painting and I will consider all reasonable offers – best offer gets the work. I can accept payment via Paypal or electronic funds transfer and I will ship worldwide using a reputable courier with parcel tracking facilities. (Payment of shipping costs will depend upon the final agreed price).

Email An Offer For Walks On Water

Nickola
The Arteccentrix Gallery

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Bambou
Originally uploaded by Francois Vaillancourt.

The internet allows us all great opportunities as artists, not least of which is the chance to meet and discuss our work and our views, both with other artists and individuals connected with the arts world as a whole. I decided that I would occasionally like to feature the work of other painters and artists on my blog. With his kind permission, am starting with the paintings of French Canadian artist, Francois Vaillancourt.

Francois is a 39 year old painter from Montreal in Canada, and I first saw his work on Flickr. After a little correspondence it transpired that Francois was about to embark on that most nerve wracking of roads – his first solo exhibition.

I find his work simple yet wonderfully intriguing and brilliantly executed – it is also, to my eyes, rather original. I think a lot of people will find these paintings very interesting.

Francois’s exhibition will be at the Galerie Gora in Montreal from 22nd August until 9th September 2006. We wish him every success – and lots of sales!!

Nickola
The Arteccentrix Gallery

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