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The Art of John Brady – An Irish Artist Producing Abstract and Landscape Art

The first 25 years of John Brady’s contribution to the art world was in the capacity of a Graphic Designer. In the early days of computers, as an Apple/Mac technology enthusiast, John, designed anything creative that came his way: marketing pieces for local businesses, corporate identity branding, logo designs– he was even commissioned to design the emblem for Bill Gates’ commemoration of Microsoft’s 10-year anniversary in Ireland. A remarkable achievement in itself, however his crowning glory and his more ever-lasting legacy takes place in the next 25 years of his life. As an artist! And not only that, but an educator of art, as his website reveals.

For anyone lacking the imagination to know what kind of art to buy, or where to hang it once you’ve bought it, Dublin-born artist John Brady has created a website that might be entitled, ‘ How to Become an Art Connoisseur.’ The site shows photographs of his art displayed in every room in his villa. Using every available inch of wall space, paintings are hung in every niche, every hallway, every nook and cranny. His entire residence has become a showcase for his art. As if that weren’t enough, John includes on his website, a step-by-step video showing how he paints one of his favorite subjects, a field of poppies. Starting with a white canvas, and using nothing but palette knives, John applies paint directly from the tubes. Wielding his knives like a slight of hand magician, with a few deft strokes a sky emerges, a few more dabs of color and a field of poppy plants appear. Then, the coup de grace as John twirls in the barest essentials of crimson red poppy leaves petal by petal. Never one to overwork his canvasses, what details John omits from his poppy fields landscape, the viewer’s imagination fills in. John Brady’s works are so predominant and energizing that instead of people buying them as paintings to match their decor – the paintings are the decor! And rooms are decorated and centered around the artwork. In fact, some paintings are dynamic enough to set the theme for an entire residence. Many of his works appear to divide the canvas diagonally one section in contrasting opposition to the other. Ethereally, his paintings have the essence of the yin and the yang, the spiritual versus the material. Symbolically, one section plays against the other as if they were the tectonic plates of the earth’s crust advancing towards each other, volatile with the potential of massive amounts of energy. It is this maneuver of spatial energies that give his art the power.

Vibrant landscapes, vivid florals, brilliant abstract studies of nature– all with such dynamic movement, they’re about to explode off the canvas. ” When I finish a piece,” says John, ” I know that it will brighten the most mundane wall.” He is a deeply spiritual being and seeks to enlighten people with his art. As he explains, ” I feel dramatic colour can lift your senses and energize your mind, and stimulating the senses is what I try to achieve.”

In the true spirit of the disciplined Italian masters Caravaggio, Raphael, Michelangelo and daVinci; and the freedom of expression of the Impressionists Monet, Constable and Van Gogh– who were all “teachers” of this fine student– very few artists have the ability to excite the senses to this extent with just the power of the paint and brush. John Brady is one of them.

You can visit Johns website at http://www.johnbradyart.com

Framed Posters And Art Prints Ideas For Decorating And Interior Design

Framed posters and art prints are a great way to make a room or living area pop when you are interior decorating. When you search online you can find posters, art prints on any topic or theme you could possibly think of. If your design or room make over requires a music, wildlife, folk art, landscape, dragons, fantasy, dogs, cats or any other theme you can think of, you will not be disappointed on the tens of thousands of prints available online.

If you are looking to dress up a bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, living room or den then once you have chosen the paint color and have all your other design in order then it is proper to finish it off with wall hangings are framed art prints or posters. On some occasions you have a favorite art prints and want to use the colors to theme a room or chose a paint color for that space. Framed posters are great for small areas such as bathrooms and hallways or even wet bars.

When you choose a poster or art print always consider a custom framing and matting service. You can often go down to a local craft store to buy your own frame and mats and do it yourself but a custom framing service does a very professional job. Make sure you have photographs or color swatches with you to help pick the color of the mat or frame. If you chose to buy a framed art prints or posters online you often have these custom framing service available with dozens of colors to choose from on frames.

Winter Services for Property and Landscape Maintenance

Landscape maintenance presents several unique challenges during the winter months. When the temperature drops and the precipitation starts falling, someone needs to clear the snow and ice accumulation from sidewalks and parking lots and handle other cold-weather aspects of maintaining your property. Although you may think of a landscape contractor as a summer service, hiring experienced professionals makes sense in the wintertime as well.

Whether you need to maintain your home, office, retail store or corporate establishment, professional landscapers can provide complete winter care for your property.

Snow and Ice Management

Snow removal is serious business, as heavy snowfall can make walking and driving on your property difficult and dangerous. When the driveways, roadways, sidewalks and parking lots are blocked by snow, it must be cleared so that people can get where they need to go.

Many commercial landscape companies who have little else to do during the winter months often have the equipment necessary to get the job done quickly and efficiently. In fact, many are available around the clock, ensuring that your property is kept clear whenever snow starts to pile up.

Keeping your pathways and driveways free of snow is important, but it is just as necessary to take care of the ice that can accumulate during winter storms. Anyone can slip and fall on hazardous patches of ice on your property. By contracting with a professional company, you can ensure that visitors and employees alike enjoy clean, safe surfaces for walking.

Professionals may use salting, sanding and other ice-management techniques to ensure that your walkways, steps, and driving and parking areas are safe and well-protected.

Decorating for the Holidays

Are you planning on giving your home or business a festive look for the holidays, with outdoor lights, greenery and other ornaments? Hanging strings of lights and decorations is a great way to put people in the holiday spirit, but climbing on ladders and icy roofs also puts thousands of people in the hospital every year.

Stay safe and warm indoors by having professional landscapers handle your holiday decorating. Everything from designing a creative display to putting up the decorations and even taking them all down at the end of the season can be done for you, giving you a beautiful, merry look without any of the effort.

Protecting Your Landscaping in the Winter

As the frigid temperatures set it, some of your landscape elements probably need some extra protection to survive the weather. Winter services from a professional landscaping company include measures to keep your trees and plants healthy through the cold months.

Burlap protective wrapping is used at many homes and businesses to shelter shrubs, bushes, trees and other plants from the hazards of snow, ice, wind and below-freezing temperatures.

Dormant pruning is another technique used to benefit your trees and shrubs. When the leaves have fallen, professionals are easily able to inspect branches for signs of fungus, disease, and pest infestation, pruning as necessary to keep the landscaping healthy and growing attractively.

Watching the snow fall can be peaceful and calming, but taking care of your property during the harsh winter weather is anything but relaxing. Save yourself the hard work and keep your home or business safe by contracting with a professional company for your winter landscape maintenance services.