Deprivation and Meditation: Sudden Flight Series at the Picasso Abstract Painter Chiqui Rodriguez

Filipino abstract painter, Chiqui Rodriguez announces her major new series entitled SUDDEN FLIGHT, her solo show to be held in Zurich by late summer will have its preview opening in a two-man show at the Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences, hosted by Altromondo Gallery on 29 May 2014 and continuing through 18 July 2014.

The 15 selected paintings from over 100 works that comprise the SUDDEN FLIGHT series, awash in vibrant color, are sure to dazzle visitors to the Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences. Chiqui’s unique approach to blending acrylic pigments on canvas creates gem-like surfaces. Peering through the surface to what is depicted below, the viewer realizes that all is not as glowing as it first appears. Chiqui is noted for her deep abstraction of complex realism.

Chiqui also explores a complex subject; her work calls attention to our culture’s thought of hardwork. Much of Chiqui’s artwork is influenced by her experience in the corporate world. Through this new body of work, she connects hardwork to social class as a form of meditation.

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Says Chiqui of her SUDDEN FLIGHT series, “I was inspired by my short trip to Brussels after a show held in Berlin in 2013. I arrived with the intent of finding an artist who would be willing to collaborate with me in my upcoming projects, so I started to look around. Instead of finding an artist, I found some Filipinos who work around the city. My interaction with them in a different environment led to varied conversations about how challenging life is to be away from their love ones but nevertheless find solace knowing that their families benefit from their sacrifice. I started on my e-sketchpad and started to express my thoughts after this encounter. The title ‘Sudden Flight’ refers to several layers of meaning: sudden burst of happiness, excitement as reaching out lives of far-flung Filipinos extending compassion, a moment of bliss.”

The show plans to bring forward awareness on the inner thoughts of Overseas Filipino Workers.

About the Artist:

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Chiqui Rodriguez enjoys telling people how she started as an artist. It kicked-off one morning discussing the paintings she had been working on back in 2003 while having coffee with her long-time confidante.

Fearful that she did not finish a BFA degree, she was nevertheless encouraged to share her work publicly because painting has been her hobby since she was six. Through her renewed confidence and the opportunity entrusted in her, she learned that she can do anything to cultivate her art. With this experience, she believed that she can also inspire others that everything is possible if you put your heart into it. Chiqui went on to develop her signature painting style since then. The politically motivated environment of the Philippines and her adventures while traveling between Asia Pacific and Europe molded her ideals of optimism, hope and internal happiness. The first of five series from her upcoming exhibition “Sudden Flight” is now viewable through chiquirodriguez.com and Saatchi Art. While the Manila preview of the fourth series is on 29 May 2014 at the Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences hosted by Altromondo Gallery (www.altromondo.ph/artist-profiles/chiqui-rodriguez/).

Chiqui continues to research on cultural entrepreneurship in developing countries like the Philippines and remains active in various social causes.

For more information and high-resolution images contact:

Chiqui Rodriguez
chiqui@chiquirodriguez.com
http://chiquirodriguez.com

 

The Mechanics of Winning an Online Singing Challenge

Establishing a career as a professional singer is a long-time dream for many aspiring vocalists. Some have made it by entering amateur singing contests or televised reality shows while others have the luck of being discovered on YouTube. Another effective vehicle to a singing career is by joining online singing challenge and winning it can be the most valid passport to enter the world of fame, riches, and glamour.

Becoming a professional singer does not only require innate talent, but also a lot of hard work and perseverance. It takes so much patience in training to become one before the desired status as a successful singer is attained. It also involves competing with other aspiring singers who explore all possible ways, including joining a singing challenge online, in order to become the next singing sensation. However, before registering, make sure to have the right amount of preparation to have an advantage over other participants.

How to Bag the Championship in Online Singing Challenge

• Select songs that are within your vocal range. If you have a high-pitched voice, do not pick a song that is lower than your key. Regardless of how popular the song is, if it is not suitable for your voice pitch, you may be in a lot of trouble. Listen to your song choices well and try singing them. Choose the piece, which you are most comfortable to sing as your song choice.

• Learn from a singing mentor or coach who can teach you the right use of your voice and some singing techniques. With so many people wanting to join singing contests like an online singing challenge, there can never be a shortage of teachers who know how to handle and groom potential singers.

• Put your personality in your song and provide the right emotion or facial expression into it. Breathe life into your song and let the listeners feel its message. Know how to radiate with charisma as a combination with the singing technique you have learned.

• Create your own image. Even if you are not singing an original song, the way you sing is one criteria which the judges can base their evaluation. Copying or mimicking another singer can only make you a second-rate impersonator. Impress the judges with your own way of interpreting the song. Sing from the heart and let the emotions flow. Without emotions, the judges cannot be moved to vote favorably on your side. Convey the message of the song through your heartfelt singing approach.

• Use the right tool. Rather than use the built-in microphone of your computer or laptop, use the nady encore 2 wireless instead. Just make sure you have everything you need to connect it to your computer properly.

How does an Online Singing Challenge Pick a Winner?

Just like in any online competition, a participant gets to win by the number of votes accumulated. The in-house judges cast in their votes together with the votes from the people.
While some may be questioning this method, it is considered as an effective mean of getting a broader spectrum of the people’s choice. The number of votes indicates which performance is most favored by the people. Being a singer is not only about being able to sing. It is also being able to connect with the people and wowing the crowd. Even popular singers do not only simply sing. They have a special connection with the audience. This is exactly what online votes want to achieve.

It may be a long ride before an aspiring singer can reach the peak of stardom. The entertainment industry is packed with talented singers, but there is always a space for new stars with something different to offer. If you are one of those who dream of making it big, an online singing challenge may just be your stepping-stone to launch a singing career. An online singing competition is also the most fertile ground where stars are born.

 

Videography Tricks for Lasting Wedding Day Memories

There are three essential factors to organize into a wedding videography: subjects, location, and equipment. You may have a prosumer-level camera and other equipment for shooting the event, but it does not guarantee the production of a good quality video that can become a lasting trove of memories for the once-in-a-lifetime event. The success depends on your preparedness, expertise, gears, as well as some videography tricks to spice up the video into becoming a family treasure.

It is important to remember that the wedding film will be a pleasant reminder of a rare moment when family and friends gather to celebrate the union of two people in love. Nevertheless, it is equally important to consider the fact that none of these is happening at once on the wedding day alone. There had been preparations made beforehand inasmuch as there is the need to see if everything had been in accordance to plans. Thus, a videographer who lacks this foresight and appearing only on the wedding day itself is aiming for failure.

Filming a wedding is not entirely a videographer’s call. There is the need to discuss the approach with the people involved. In all probabilities, the couple will be more interested to see who were there and how things went while they were too engrossed with themselves during the ceremony. The film becomes their best source of recollection as they watch and listen to the important people who gave those wonderful speeches and touching messages of good wishes. It is wise to generate what the couple wants to incorporate in the wedding film. Whether they want an Oscar-winning production or Broadway-type video, it is a matter of using appropriate videography tricks to satisfy the clients. In addition, it involves using trustworthy name brands like denon from guitar center to ensure audio quality is not subpar.

Video Editing Software for Boosting Wedding Footages

• Videoramas: This application enables several moving images to be stitched together to form a video panorama. By putting a series of similar video clips together, a full-motion video panorama emerges capturing many shots in a single frame. With videorama, it becomes possible to watch all the people who came to the wedding together in one whole scene.

• Podsafe Audio.com: Nothing can provide a more touching appeal to a video than a background music or a theme music being played during the wedding’s highlighted moments. Podsafe Audio.com is a good website to find the most appropriate music for each momentous part of the journey that culminates on the wedding ceremony to the reception hall. Licensed under Creative Commons, it is where to browse and find the perfect musical score for a marriage approved by many.

• Zamzar.com: This free online file converter allows any files to be compatible with the editing software you use in your computer. However, the web-based tool cannot go beyond 100 megs.

• Findsounds.com: This is the only search engine assigned to locating sound effects and samples of musical instruments. Your wedding film comes to life with bells and chimes pealing or champagne glasses tinkling, all at the right sound resolution.

• Jumpcut: An online video editing and remixing website, Jumpcut is a good way to edit videos, produce slideshows, and easily post them on your preferred website. It also enables transitions, special effects and audio dubbing that can provide a new dreamy appeal to your wedding video.

A wedding is a romantic time not only for the couple but for family and friends also. Every wedding is unique, and every single second is a moment not to be missed by the hovering lens of the camera. Every moment provides only a single chance to be captured in still photographs or video. The need to seize this once in a lifetime event is felt even more as it doubles up with the pressure to bag in much memories happening simultaneously in all different angles. What the camera misses, videography tricks complete the gap.

 

86th Academy Awards

So the Oscars is happening, and I’ve spent a good few minutes channel surfing trying to look for it. I can’t seem to find a channel that’s airing it, and I’m starting to feel bad about it. I was anticipating the celebrities who would grace the red carpet, and I’ve got The Insider to blame for that. For the past couple of days, the show featured celebrities who have always emerged as the best dressed during red carpet events. The show is waiting to see who will make the hit or miss list this year, and I want firsthand info, too. That is, if I can find where the Oscars is airing now…

 

Music Festival

Almost everyone (at least, everyone who was present) is still on a high following the 7107 International Music Festival that concluded last week. There was a slew of local acts, but the highlights of the event happened on the final evening when Kendrick Lamar and no less than the Red Hot Chili Peppers performed onstage.

Social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram were abuzz with status messages and photos that gave blow-by-blow accounting of the goings-on at the festival.

Everyone was particularly gushing over the RHCP, and I really can’t blame them. With their signature energy level during performance and their awesome guitar solos (which probably were made better by way-huge-electronics effects at musicians friend), I’m quite sure everyone in attendance had the time of their lives.

 

Secure Methods on How to Do Online Shopping

Online retailing or online shopping is a type of electronic business that allows consumers to purchase goods or services from dealers via the Internet.


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Based on some studies, there are an increasing number of incidences where individuals become victims of scams and con artists through online buying. Despite the risk that online shopping brings, it is still flourishing. Of course, merchants seek to alleviate consumers’ fears by improving security and creating a safe and secured way of buying online.

However, even after the security of online shopping stores has improved, it is still important to be aware of the dangers when purchasing online. Here are some guidelines on how to do online shopping securely.

How to Do Online Shopping the Safe Way

  1. Before buying, make sure you are aware of the nature of the business, location, and contact details of the online shopping stores. There are many online businesses that are well-known to the public, which means they are certified and trusted by many. If you are not sure about a certain online store, try to conduct a background check prior to your transaction. You can do a background check by reading reviews, comments about the site or asking your family, friends, colleagues for feedbacks whether they heard about the online store or not.
  2. Consider the online store’s billing method. There are online stores that have hidden charges. Sometimes, online buyers will be shocked once their credit card bill has arrived, due to the hidden costs from the online shop. To prevent all these, there are online businesses that require payment first before the item is delivered while there are online stores with the option to have the items delivered first before payment. Try to consider the second option; this will always be beneficial to the customer.
  3. A good and reputable online store manages to set guidelines and policies to help and inform consumers on how they gather private information and conduct transactions. Do not forget to read privacy policies and carefully examine whether transaction information is kept confidential.
  4. Be careful when typing vital information. To secure your order, type and review the correct details of your order such as the product code, phone numbers, and correct address before sending your order. Most unsecured purchases are caused by human error. Prevent this by typing the correct information needed by online store; pay attention to details and double-check your information.
  5. Never give your full identification. There is a handful of information required, but if the questions go beyond those that are usually required in online shopping, this can be a sign that the site is unsecured. Be wary, lest you want to fall victim to phishing scams.

Online shopping is a popular shopping method favored by many shoppers nowadays. This is why there is a higher chance of shoppers being more comfortable with immediate purchases. This can be the perfect opportunity for scam sites to gain information resulting in unsecured purchases and transactions. So how do you do online shopping securely? Follow the guidelines mentioned above for secure, easy, and doubt-free shopping.

 

The History of Prom Dresses

On several of my blogs, I’ve posted different articles about prom dresses and special occasion dresses, which is really odd considering I never attended my prom.

There’s something about prom dresses that has always fascinated me. I don’t know what, and I don’t know why. All I know is that I will keep on posting about prom dresses, simply because they enthrall me.

Just like this infographic…who would’ve thought there’s a history behind prom dresses? More importantly, this one’s a good read probably because of the visuals and the way it was rendered overall. It’s very easy to understand, definitely not boring, and very interesting.

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Become a Savvy Purchaser when Buying a Guitar Online

In the past, buying a guitar that we have not seen nor touched was completely unacceptable. Today, the Internet has changed this practice because buying a guitar online is already possible by just visiting any shopping website.

The proliferation of online guitar auction sites suggests that many guitar lovers prefer the option of buying a guitar online. With the number of this musical instruments being sold each day proves that online guitar trading can also be a successful business venture. However, before you even consider dealing with online merchants, you need to make sure that you have the right information about the item you intend to buy.

Oftentimes, online sellers are not selling their personal items. They may be selling something that other people commissioned them to do the marketing, or the item may be something handed down whose history is quite vague to the sellers. That’s ok, really, because you can buy allen & heath zed 10fx used at guitar center. So handed-down items sold online shouldn’t come as a surprise. It is extremely important to ask the right questions to be sure that you are getting a good quality guitar out of a fair deal.

Manufacturer or Make of Guitar

Knowing the name of the guitar manufacturer can provide you with enough assurance that you are buying an item made by established names. If you are yourself a certified guitar connoisseur, you can readily judge the quality of the guitar if the online seller tells it is Yamaha-made. You can be sure that the musical instrument is solid, with a decent tone and reasonably priced. If the supplier quotes a Fender guitar, you can very well understand why it is more expensive. Once you know the name of the manufacturer, you can obtain an idea about the amount you need in order to purchase a guitar online.

Age

Antique and rare items acquire more value as they age. The same principle applies with musical instruments such as piano, violin, and guitar. Especially with guitars, the tone matures as the wood ages thus knowing how old they are can help you decide whether to invest in an old or new guitar available online.

You can get all your money’s worth when buying a guitar online if you get something that is old and made by one prominent guitar maker. Your prized collection is far superior compared to all the new guitars of low quality.

State or Condition

In most cases, guitars that are being sold online are second-hand. However, there are also music stores that offer brand new guitars. Nevertheless, if you happen to stumble upon online dealers of second-hand guitars, you need to be very sure about their condition even without seeing them personally. The pictures may be deceiving, so there is the need to ask about maintenance and care of the guitar you have in mind.

Inquire about obvious defects such as dents and scratches. Although a new coat of gloss can hide scratches, dents can affect the quality of sound. There is no such thing as a picture-perfect second-hand guitar because there is always a hidden flaw somewhere. Unless it is very rare, you can bargain for a much lower price than the original tag.

Just like any online purchase, many risks are involved when buying a guitar online. First, you are dealing with a supplier who is totally unknown to you and, secondly, it means buying from him a guitar you have not seen nor tested. Once you have made a connection with any online supplier, remember to ask the right questions. Getting the information you want can help you finalize your decision to acquire a musical instrument, which you only get the chance to see for the first time once it is shipped to your doorsteps.

 

How You Can Tune Acoustic Guitar in Easy Steps

While it’s fun and enjoyable to learn how to play the acoustic guitar, it is not without its frustrating moments. Hearing the guitar play sounds out of tune is definitely one cause of frustration. Actually, when you first pick up a guitar, it’s nearly impossible to play anything on it that sounds good. Most new guitars are not properly tuned. Hence, even if you know the basic techniques to play a decent song, it would never come out right. Obviously, it’s important to tune acoustic guitar first before you’re able to play acceptable music. When a fine-tuned guitar and your guitar-playing skills combine, there’s no doubt that everyone would listen in awe.

Of course, if you’re new with your acoustic guitar lessons, it would be impossible to understand how tuning works and how it’s done. The first thing you need to realize is you need to tune your guitar each time you use it. Guitars have the habit of going out of tune on its own very quickly. Perhaps too much strumming on the strings can affect the tuning. Therefore, if you practice your lessons quite often, your guitar is bound to become out of tune. That’s why it’s important to tune your guitar regularly and as soon as you notice a difference in the sound coming out from it. You need not worry that tuning your guitar would take too much time, leaving you with little to devote to your lessons. It only takes a couple of minutes and if you were already adept with tuning, you’d be able to do it in a matter of seconds.

What else do you need to know about how to tune acoustic guitar? Well, if you were tuning the guitar for the first time, it would be a good idea to use another source for your reference pitch. You will use this source to set the initial pitch and work your way into tuning the rest of your guitar using that one note. In order to set the initial pitch, you could use a pitch pipe, tuning fork, a piano, another guitar, or any other options. The important thing is the source should be able to give you the perfect pitch, as this would set the tone of your guitar. You could also try the fret method, which is the time-tested way to tune your guitar.

The fact is there are sites that teach how to tune acoustic guitar online. However, for your benefit, here are the basic steps:

  1. Take your index finger and push down the sixth or E string found on the fifth fret. On the fifth fret, you would see a dot (marker). Make sure to play in the space between the two metal bars. It’s important to push down hard to produce a clear note. Afterward, compare the pitch of that note you played (this is usually the A note) with the fifth or A string played with open fingers this time (this means you would release your hold on the string). Obviously, when both actions produce different sounds, you need to adjust the fifth or A string.
  2. For the next step, you need to push your index finger down on the fifth or A string at the fifth fret (the D note) and change the fourth or D string to produce the same sound.
  3. Repeat the same procedure, playing the fourth string this time, which is still on the fifth fret (note G). You also need to tune the third string with open fingers until they sound the same.
  4. For the third string, you would hold your index finger down on the fourth fret (note B) and repeat the same techniques as in numbers one through three.
  5. Finally, play the second string on the fifth fret (we go back to note E), and do the same things as above while making sure the result produces the same sound.

If you find the above steps a tad complicated, you can always tune acoustic guitar tuner style. What does that mean? Well, there are electronic tuners sold in most music stores. Such a gadget can help you tune your guitar without difficulty. Nevertheless, if you feel strongly about tuning your guitar through hard work, then you can just use a tuner to fine-tune your guitar. With a fine-tuned guitar, you would be able to play the sweetest music.

 

High Heels, High Hopes, and the Role of Fashion Design Schools

The fashion world has long been filled with glitz and glamour. The ramp for models is always long, dramatic, and well lighted. The walk is certainly a walk for fame, fortunately for aspirants but sometimes leading to a walk for shame. Who is behind all these promises and/or even breakdowns? No less than the fashion designers.

What, exactly, does a fashion designer do?

With streaks of talent, creativity, and sensitivity, fashion designers, as if influenced by Rumpelstiltskin, craft accessory and clothing sketches. They usually concentrate in one nature of accessory or garment such as women’s or men’s apparels, swimwear, lingerie, children’s garments, handbags, and even shoes. They, sometimes, lead the groundwork of the creation and promotion of their creations.

Famous fashion designers prefer to be self-employed and they cater for the request of their clients. Some cater to high-fashion department stores or to specialty stores. They establish fashion statements by setting the colors, silhouette, and type of materials that are worn each season.

There are also some designers who are employed by manufacturers of clothes. These designers just adapt fashion statements set by other designers for the market. However, there are small manufacturers who just purchase or copy designs.

Both designers sketch unique garments and follow certain trends in fashion. Likewise, both need assistants who should get used to the fast-paced schedule of the fashion business.

In detail, these designers execute the following tasks:

  • Draw their unique designs.
  • Create patterns for sample garments.
  • Choose textile and add-ons (accessories).
  • Apply tailoring and basic dressmaking principles along with draping techniques and flat pattern works.
  • Fit and alter the completed product, if necessary.
  • Set-up a fashion show.
  • Compare the performance of the merchandise against the competitors.
  • Keep self up-to-date of latest fashion trends thru magazines and other fashion shows.
  • Have frequent trips to fabric showrooms to keep self updated of latest type of fabrics.

Actually, fashion designers can be categorized as follows:

  1. Lead or Head Designers – They take care of the executive and creative tasks.
  2. Assistant or Apprentice Designers – They usually make patterns and sample garments. They may also teach sample makers how to make patterns and designer garments.
  3. Specialty Designers – They coordinate with other designers about special lines of garments.
  4. Costume or Theatrical Designers – They usually create costumes used in theater and movie productions on a contractual basis.

The foundations for their creations are their knowledge, skills, and abilities honed in fashion schools and trainings in the end.

  • Basic Design – This refers to technical knowledge included in the creation and use of technical blueprints, drawings, plans, and models.
  • Idea Production – This is the ability of designers to approach problems creatively and resourcefully.
  • Dynamic Learning – This is being able to analyze implications of new information and materials at hand.
  • Operations Scrutiny – This is considering requirements of products to execute a design.
  • Uniqueness – This pertains to unusual cleverness vis-à-vis trying situations.
  • Harmonization – This is being able to having good coordination with others.
  • Visioning – This is being able to see how an organization works under real conditions.

The talents and skills of these artists are important in the fashion industry. Just as how a musician invests in equipment like the boomerang phrase looper at guitar center to be the best in his craft, the work of a fashion designer requires an eye for a striking creation and business management. Thus, aside from the portfolio of their usually creations, formal education help these designers acquire the secrets of the trade in this business. In fact, graduation from a college or school that provides training on fashion and design is highly recommended in the industry, to keep incoming designers updated on the advent of new techniques and technologies.

However, some leaders of this industry view vocational training schools and community college as more capable of producing competent artists because these institutions work along with clothing industries.

Vocational schools provide trainings in sketching, draping and grading, pattern making, garment construction, textiles and trimmings, costume history, principles of design and color; and how to plan and market seasonal fashion lines.

High school students inclined in fashion and design should finish basic courses in arts, sewing, mathematics, speech, English, and business.

Usually, vocational institutions provide a two-leveled program with certificate that is consonant to the degree in Associate of Arts. For those who want to enter the fashion field immediately, a first level certificate of proficiency is provided. The next level of proficiency, the second level requires a greater time of completion. Nevertheless, upon graduation, artists are considered competent enough to aim for positions as Assistant Designers. After all the necessary formal trainings and specializations, those who have the guts and high hopes spin gold fabrics!

 
 

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