Feeling the Arctic Freeze

Here’s a quick post about feeling the recent arctic freeze.

It’s freezing cold outside! If you are on the East Coast, you know, with double-digit negative numbers that we’ve experienced!!

Fortunately, in the DC area, we’re not digging out of snow, although, I wish we were!

Instead, I’ll post the first frozen image of our fountain. This was from a month ago when it was only 32 degrees. I thought the swirling formations were really unusual and I wasn’t sure what would have caused them particularly since the fountain wasn’t running.

Look closely, is it just organic swirls, or God’s way of saying, “Hey, humans, you can’t control this weather. My finger is on the trigger!” Do you see a thumb and possible hand? Hmmm…Was this a warning of the arctic freeze to come…?

Frozen fountain or miraculous thumb print on Art Is Everywhere

Frozen fountain or miraculous thumb print?

Fall and winter are some of my favorite months but I have adverse physical reactions to both. Raynauds kicks in when just walking by the frozen food section in the grocery store, so you can imagine what happens when it is negative 10 degrees and feels like negative 20 outside. In fact, I’m postponing an onsite project until it warms a bit because I may not be able to feel the brushes.

Managing the cold could be fun as long as I could stay internally warm.

If I were living in a very cold place, like Iceland, I’d want to enjoy it here, in a Bubble Igloo Hut. It gets a 5-star rating, btw.

I’ll have to finally write about my 2017 Scandinavian heritage trip this year because I’ve already been to Gullfoss waterfall and the Blue Lagoon. The views were exceptional.

Gullfoss Waterfall Iceland via Buubble on Art Is Everywhere

Gullfoss Waterfall (with a filter no doubt, but rainbow is actually there) via Buubble

When I return, I think I’ll take this Golden Circle Tour and test the Bubble for viewing the Northern Lights. It’s on my bucket list, which I’m thinking more about accomplishing lately.

An Aurora Borealis Lagoon in Iceland via Buubble on Art Is Everywhere

An Aurora Borealis Lagoon in Iceland via Buubble

It’s either the Bubble Igloo or other top places to stay and watch the Northern Lights.

Like in Finland, where the glass igloo Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort is located, described on Thrillist.

Kakslauttanen Arctic hotel on Art Is Everywhere

Kakslauttanen Arctic hotel

Either way, I’ll be happy and no longer feeling the arctic freeze.

In the meantime, if you are traveling outside, please take care to prevent freezing.

This Podcast from Outside Magazine is “chilling” and will make you remember how easily it can happen. (Scroll to the bottom to listen to Episode 1, #55 on the list)

Outside Magazine on Art Is Everywhere

Outside Magazine Podcast – Episode 1 the Science of Survival

Also, don’t run in the cold either. Just watch the movie Wind River, and you’ll see what can happen in severe cold. Stay warm. Stay safe.

Click here to see previous wintery posts with visual inspiration.

Your Chance to Snag Leonardo’s Last Painting

I’m getting this one out asap because you can now have your chance to snag Leonardo da Vinci’s last painting, Salvator Mundi, depicting a very Mona-Lisa-like-looking Jesus Christ as the savior of the world. It is an oil painted on panel that dates around 1500. Its estimated value is (in the starting) range of $100 million. Not many of us can afford this but it will most likely be the last chance to put it in private hands for anyone who can purchase. If anything the auction will be fun to watch. You can say you heard it hear before the news announces the lucky winner for probably millions of dollars.

Leonardo's Last Painting Mundi_framed_Christies auction_AIE

Here are Christie’s bullet points about this artwork in their press release:

  • Greatest Artistic Rediscovery of the 21st Century
  • One of Fewer Than 20 Paintings by the Great Master Known to Exist
  • To Be Offered in Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale
  • Originally in the Royal Collection of King Charles I
  • Public Exhibitions Planned for Hong Kong, San Francisco, London, New York

The auction is scheduled for November 15, 2017 in Rockefeller Plaza, NYC.

It’s not often that I receive several notifications that appear to be related but it’s timely when it happens. Along with the auction notice above, it is interesting to know that the number one type of art that sells online is paintings.

This refers to mostly canvas, hand-painted but also digital and photography come in at top ranking among the 3 different types of art: fine, decorative and commercial (digital / graphics). According to this Stocks Review article online art sales have increased by 24% over the last year. Could it have something to do with more people having expendable income because the economy is picking up? Hope so.

Both oil and watercolor paintings, along with prints, were purchased by 72% of all online art buyers last year. Whether those were the paintings by some legendary artist such as Picasso or Da Vinci, or the painting by some self-thought artists from the small town in Spain, you can be sure that this item will be purchased by some buyer in less than a month.

You may (or may not) be surprised by the world’s largest online retailers. Perhaps they cater to the mass art market? Some but not all sell art but these may be platforms to try, if you want to sell artwork With this in mind, I’m encouraged to sell some of my Aunt Katherine’s original, vintage paintings online, besides what I currently sell her collection as custom printed, non-mass produced, reusable wallcovering artwork.

Casart Coverings Vintage AK Impasto Tree Artwork self-adhesive Mural_AIE

Finally, since paintings take the cake for online art sales, you don’t have to purchase them large-scale. Here’s a piece about the miniature paintings offered by Hermés on the faces of their luxury watches = 2 for the price of one functional art piece.

Hermes painted watches_AIE

via World Tempus news

Have fun perusing these art-buying-ideas but don’t forget, time’s a tickin’ for that auction… 😉