Newell Convers Wyeth

Newell Convers Wyeth

N. C. Wyeth, self-portrait, 1940

Newell Convers Wyeth (October 22, 1882 – October 19, 1945), known as N.C. Wyeth, was an American artist and illustrator. He was the pupil of artist Howard Pyle and became one of America’s greatest illustrators. During his lifetime, Wyeth created over 3,000 paintings and illustrated 112 books, 25 of them for Scribner’s, the Scribner Classics, which is the work for which he is best known. The first of these, Treasure Island, was one of his masterpieces and the proceeds paid for his studio. Wyeth was a realist painter just as the camera and photography began to compete with his craft. Sometimes seen as melodramatic, his illustrations were designed to be understood quickly. Wyeth, who was both a painter and an illustrator, understood the difference, and said in 1908, “Painting and illustration cannot be mixed – one cannot merge from one into the other.”

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Al Johnson – Room of Wonders

Al Johnson, 2014, Cousin Mary

“Cousin Mary” by Al Johnson Art 2014
20″ x 7.5″ mixed media on Masonite
private collection, inspired by John Coltrane

Expressionism corresponds to a basic need: to express themselves and communicate in their own language and chromaticity, in its own universe of emotions, thoughts and perceptions. Expressionism is an outward effort to explain the world and to understand himself in it. Expressionism is as Jazz a sense of the zeitgeist. For this reason, Expressionism will never be out of fashion, but sometimes more, sometimes less popular.

The New York artist Al Johnson describes himself as an Expressionist, rightly. And he has a visual language that speaks of joy of life, colorful visions and vestigial roots.

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Soy cubano!

two gentlemen from Havanna

Cuba is worth seeing and has a lovely experience value. One can explore Cuba in the footsteps of Alexander von Humboldt or Che Guevara, as well as the interesting cities of eastern cuba enjoy the famous tobacco region in western Cuba. Everywhere a colorful, open and spirited life will reveal.

In our ADL Group on Facebook we asked the members about “Places to be loved” and our friend Ernesto Ramon Garcia Marrero suggested Havana – Villa San Cristóbal de La Habana. Now, this has caused us to take a closer look…

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Peter Lippmann

Peter Lippmann portrait

Peter Lippmann is an American-born photographer who has worked in Paris for the past twenty-five years. Lippmann specializes in still life, advertising, magazine work, food, and trompe l’oeil. His clients include Marie Claire, Cartier Art Magazine, NY Times Magazine, The Sunday Times, Le Figaro, Cartier, Audemars Piguet, Fürterer, SFR, SNCF, Christian Louboutin and many more. For several years he worked for Christian Louboutin’s annual look book, and it is wonderful to look at. Satire, delicately humor, ingenuity and great implementing force are characteristic of his work.

A very interesting variant of photography opens in the balance between art and advertising. And Peter Lippmann is one of the masters of this manifestation.

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lux – u – ry  (luhg-zhuh-ree)  noun  [from Latin, luxus and its derivative luxuria, excess, indulgence]
1. The habitual enjoyment of or indulgence in the best and most costly things.
2. An inessential and desirable item that is expensive of difficult to obtain.

In contemporary marketing usage, Prof. Bernard Dubois defines “luxury” as a specific (i.e. higher-priced) tier of offering in almost any product or service category. However, despite the substantial body of knowledge accumulated during the past few decades, researchers still have not arrived on a common definition.

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Happy Chinese New Year !


Chinese New Year is an important traditional Chinese holiday celebrated on the first day of the year of the Chinese calendar. In China, it is also known as the Spring Festival, the literal translation of the modern Chinese name. Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally run from Chinese New Year’s Eve, the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month, making the festival the longest in the Chinese calendar. Because the Chinese calendar is lunisolar, the Chinese New Year is often referred to as the “Lunar New Year”. The Chinese New Year in 2014 is celebrated on Friday, Jan. 31, marking the beginning of the Year of the Horse in the Chinese zodiac.

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Phil Collins collaborates with Adele



All eyes were on Adele as she walked down the red carpet at the 2013 Oscars Sunday night at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and Highlands in Los Angeles. Former Genesis boss hadn’t heard of the ‘Skyfall’ singer, but he’s impressed. Now
Adele and Phil Collins are working on new music together.  Some media reports have suggested te result could be released in mid 2014.

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Critics’ Choice Movie Awards 2014 – WINNERS

Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2014

Actress Sandra Bullock attends the 19th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards at Barker Hangar on January 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty Images). Often as an indication for the Oscars, the Critics’ Choice winners were voted on by Broadcast Film Critics Association.

Here’s the complete list of winners from the 2014 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, together with some Oscar Nomination news:

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Seneb Kay and Sobekhotep


Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities says that American and Egyptian archaeologists have discovered the tombs of a previously unknown pharaonic kings. The archaeologists from the University of Pennsylvania made ​​the excavation in Abidos in the south of the country, as the Egyptian antiquity Department said. The researchers deciphered inscriptions on the sarcophagus and on the walls, after which it is the resting place of the pharaoh Seneb Kay (also written Senebkey or Senebkai), who has reigned about 3700 years ago. The archaeologists salvaged his skeleton, which suggests a size of 1.85 meters.

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The little Venice in America

The Venetian, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

The nation, which has invented Hollywood and Disneyland can also get all the other attractions home. For example Venice with its beautiful canals and gondoliers, its palaces of marble and gold leaf as well as its unique romantic atmosphere. So why should you travel to Europe when you can find quite the same impressions in a gambler’s paradise. And this along with great hotel service in “The Venetian resort” in Las Vegas.

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Amazing sweets

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There are many moments in life, which can be even more perfect by a pretty confectionery. But how about too much sugar?

Grains, beans, vegetables and fruit all contain sugars, and when we eat these the sugar enters our bloodstream slowly. Refined sugars do not work in the same way, and that’s why they are so problematic.

Some are sick of the “grab an apple when you want chocolate!” advice about sugar cravings. This obviously doesn’t work – if they want a cupcake, a freaking handful of raisins just simply is not going to cut it.

It’s like with any problems that call for order and self-control: allow it to yourself, but be moderate. A level of voluntary modesty is healthy, and doing well in the world. Indulge it deliberately from time to time, but also establish a balancing!

And if we use it, it should be the most beautiful, with tasteful design and fine decoration!

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Happy birthday Catherine!

The Duchess of Cambridge

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, celebrates her 32nd birthday today. Kate Middleton is really something special! Today, 5 million people have birthday and we have only thought of her! All the best and love – we are happy with you!

She’ll probable spend some quiet time with her husband, Prince William, and new baby, Prince George. “As a mother of a five-month-old baby it is unlikely the Duchess will be celebrating into the small hours,” England’s Mirror noted, adding that “a Kensington Palace spokesman said that Kate would be spending her birthday ‘privately.’”  Sky News speculates that “after a busy period for the family Cambridge — Prince George’s first Christmas with the Queen in Sandringham, and New Year at the Middleton home in Bucklebury — Kate’s birthday is likely to be London based.”

Let’s have a look back on some exciting photos of her since she always looks great in any situation.

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Tejal Patni

Tejal Patni Photographer

Let’s talk about the Indian fashion & advertising photographer Tejal Patni. As a master photographer, this artist creates drama, theater and beauty with every click – as clearly showcased with his award-winning Splash calendars that was hailed as among the best in the world.

His pictures are staged worlds full of humor and fancy imagination, stylized, colorful, other worldly, based on comics and science fiction, styled professional, fascinating and young. And they are connected with fashion and marketing, and so this photographer can make a living where other artists stay probable poor since their art is not feeding them.

Tejal Patni is a fortune for our insatiable, image-hungry eyes.

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Janet Yellen – first woman to head US central bank

 Janet Yellen - first woman to head US central bank

US Senate confirms Janet Yellen as next chair of the Federal Reserve, as first woman to head US central bank

The US Senate on Monday confirmed Janet Yellen as the next chair of the Federal Reserve, making her the first woman to head the US central bank. The Democrat-controlled Senate passed Yellen’s nomination on Monday evening by a vote of 56 to 26. Six Republican senators voted for Yellen, and inclement weather prevented some senators from reaching the Capitol to vote.
Yellen, currently vice-chair, will take over after the incumbent, Ben Bernanke, steps down at the end of January. She will become the first Democrat to run the Fed since Jimmy Carter appointed Paul Volcker in 1979.

Yellen has been one of Bernanke’s staunchest allies on the Fed board and has signaled that she intends to follow her predecessor’s policy of economic stimulus and low interest rates as the US economy continues to recover. Last November, Yellen was approved by 14 votes to eight by the Senate banking panel, on which Democrats occupy 12 of the 22 seats. As the Senate is controlled by Democrats, her appointment on Monday afternoon was extremely unlikely to fail, in particular because new rules mean it requires only a simple majority.

A number of Republican senators voted against Yellen, including Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Rand Paul of Kentucky. Paul pushed unsuccessfully for Yellen’s confirmation to be delayed while he called for an audit of the Fed. Yellen, 67, was the top candidate in a Reuters poll of economists in the summer but appears to have been President Barack Obama’s second choice for the job. Former Treasury secretary Larry Summers was widely seen as the president’s favourite but he withdrew after it became clear many Democrats would not support his nomination.

Obama nominated Yellen in October, calling her “one of the nation’s foremost economists and policymakers”. He said he was “absolutely confident that she will be an exceptional chair of the Federal Reserve”. Yellen, a widely respected academic and expert in the labour markets, has worked for the Fed in various capacities for more than two decades. At her confirmation hearing last November, she pledged to continue the Fed’s $85bn-a-month quantitative easing (QE) stimulus programme, arguing the recovery was still too weak for the Fed to cut support.

“The ripple effects go through the economy and bring benefits to, I would say, all Americans,” she told a Senate hearing.

Since that hearing the US job market has made some clearer signs of a stronger recovery; in December Bernanke trimmed QE to $75bn a month and signalled an unwinding of his signature economic policy.
Despite widespread support among economists and in Washington, Yellen remains a divisive figure for some. The Democratic senator Elizabeth Warren has been critical of the Fed’s, and Yellen’s, regulatory role in the lead-up to the financial crisis. And in the business community there are some who fear her support of Bernanke’s easy money policies will have negative long-term consequences.

Sean Fieler, president of Equinox Partners hedge fund and chairman of Washington-based policy group American Principles Project, said the Fed’s policies had widened the gap between rich and poor. He said rising income inequality was ultimately bad for the US economy. “The very affluent asset holders have benefited while the less well off have been squeezed,” he said. “The Fed’s policy has been a redistribution of wealth to the government and the wealthy from savers and debtors.”

Uma Karuna Thurman

Uma Karuna Thurman

Uma is pictured for Campari wearing a breathtakingly beautiful red dress which features the world map

Uma Karuna Thurman (born April 29, 1970) is an American actress and model. She has performed in leading roles in a variety of films, ranging from romantic comedies and dramas to science fiction and action movies. Following early roles in films such as Dangerous Liaisons (1988), she rose to international prominence in 1994 following her role in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction for which she was nominated for an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award and a Golden Globe Award. She starred in several more films throughout the 1990s such as The Truth About Cats & Dogs, Batman & Robin, Gattaca and Les Misérables. She won a Golden Globe Award for the miniseries Hysterical Blindness (2002). Her career was revitalized when she reunited with director Quentin Tarantino to play the central role in two Kill Bill films (2003/2004) which brought her an additional two Golden Globe Award nominations and a BAFTA Award nomination.

Uma Thurman was looking gorgeous as she posed in a red dress for her latest photo shoot. The 43-year-old beauty has been named the star of the Campari Calendar for 2014, and we can see why. The 15th edition no less, is entitled ‘Worldwide Celebrations!’.

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Prada Spring/Summer 2014 campaign

PRADA is the big one; the show that will define the season for months to come. There are “good Pradas” and “better Pradas” and this one was a hit. And now the much awaited campaign for Prada’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection is here.

The Italian luxury brand showcases an array of chic and colorful ensembles and accessories, shot by acclaimed fashion photographer Steven Meisel.

For the first time, the campaign includes, not one, but two black models (Cindy Bruna and the returning Malaika Firth). By Prada standards, and despite the lack of a single Asian model, this is one of the most diverse casts yet.

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Harbin Ice and Snow Festival

Harbin International Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival

Fireworks light up the sky during the opening ceremony of the International Ice and Snow festival held in Harbin, north-east China. Each of the buildings you can see in the distance is made of ice.

While the U.S. shivers while in the grip of a ‘polar vortex’ which has seen temperatures plummet to -26C, in China they are celebrating the winter temperatures with a spectacular ice sculpture festival.
The 30th Harbin Ice and Snow Festival has now opened its doors to tourists to come and gaze at the colourful creations made entirely from blocks of ice.
The annual festival, in north-eastern China, displays the incredibly detailed structures, which took some 10,000 workers, and about 330,000 cubic metres of snow and ice to build. This year’s festivities feature the theme ‘Global Ice and Snow Dream, World Cartoon Tour’.

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