An Artist’s Fire

As an artist, I often find myself looking for inspiration. While I end up finding my muse with a little difficulty, I often lack the motivation required to get the job done.  My fire lights up from different sources on different days. All you need to do is to what lights your fire.

ShelleyWhat lights a fire?

Of course a spark! The spark lights a fire and the fire makes us move. When Shelley wrote the following lines he wanted to motivate and inspire people to reform and revolt. He knew they would not stir out of inactivity unless they were motivated. From the days of sailors with beat-up compasses to the present day of taking trips out to the wilderness in search of inspiration through quietly sitting and viewing wildlife, either by the naked eye or sitting in viewing huts with binoculars, artists have always found motivation in various ways.

Scatter, as from an unextinguished hearth
Ashes and sparks, my words among mankind!
Be through my lips to unawakened Earth….”

You would remember the saying “Money makes the mare go”. The message is quite clear. We are not ready to take any pains if we don’t foresee gain in better proportion to pain. The gain, which propels us into action, could be tangible or intangible. It could be a house for a housewife, promotion for an officer, grades for a student, recognition, appreciation or award for a performer.

Ambition cannot be forced. It cannot be an external factor. Since the desire to achieve your goal comes from within, the motivation should also be internal, for any external influence would be more of an inspiration and less of motivation. What my goals are and how I am going to achieve them all depends on what my motive is. A motive rises in our mind – our most precious asset. So we have to continuously hammer our minds to look forward to attaining the desired goal. Any action towards the fulfillment of that goal, the attainment of which is also the driving force, comes from self-belief.

To keep our self-belief soaring we have to exalt our self-esteem. We need to watch out for the following symptoms proclaiming our low self-esteem and in turn suffused motivation. Greed, selfishness, fierce competitive drive, jealousy symbolize insecurity, to be given to excessive eating, drinking, smoking, anger; procrastination, fear, haughtiness, lack of friends whom you can trust are all the signs of low self-worth.

Our self worth or self-image is the result of certain traits that had influenced us in our childhood. They are our family lineage, family background, status in society; our education, degree; grades in school and in post-school education; habits, behavior; looks, appearance; achievements; financial status; values and beliefs; membership of local or international prestigious organizations, and other’s opinions about us. We need to go into deep analyses of the above factors in connection with our childhood and try to repair any damage that has occurred to our self-esteem. As a next step, we will need to repair the damage that has been caused to the deepest spiritual layer to our unconscious. This motivation to raise our self-image is the first step towards motivating ourselves to a larger goal.

It would call for separate detailed analyses to repair our self-worth. Yet here are a few suggestions to start with:

  • Create a self-awareness.
  • Join some course for further development.
  • Learn to respect yourself. Reckon your strengths but forget your weaknesses. Everyone has weaknesses. So don’t feel guilty if you are found one at some point in your life.
  • Associate with positive people only. Make friends with people who would point out your mistakes without making you feel inferior. Have a confidante.
  • Be a good listener. Take other’s suggestions in good stride but only after analyzing them in your own context.
  • Make your work interesting.
  • Entertain and relax periodically to rejuvenate yourself.
  • Fix your priorities.
  • Don’t fear changes.

The above-cited steps are very easy to follow and do not require any formal training.

We must remember that new methods of motivation will not work until the demotivating factors are removed. Motivation comes from excitement and excitement comes from full commitment. So commit yourself to a goal. Remove the stumbling blocks. Widen the bottleneck and find a new motivated you.

The Life of a Travelling Artist

This life has come as a pleasure to me. As an artist I travel places, meet people from various walks of life, engage in adventure of the highest order and do everything that anyone would like to call a dream life. The purpose of doing all this is to find my muse and make the most of my inspiration. However, I have often heard people talk about their view of an artist’s life – most believe that artists spent their childhood in gardens all by themselves instead of playing with their balance bikes with other kids. That we spend out days dreaming, staring, drinking and getting high. This is one big misconception.

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Artists have their daily routines just as sorted as others. Only the way we look at things is different. We too spend time with family and kids and help them with their work. Our life at work revolves around pretty much the same things as that of any professional –

  1. Replying to emails and sending project updates
  2. Sourcing and ordering supplies
  3. Self promotion on online portals like Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin
  4. Saving up money to travel and managing finances
  5. Taking care of kids and help them with their studies
  6. Maintaining and cleaning the studio on a regular basis

I believe I speak for all artists around the globe when I say that our aim is not to make a lot of money but to create something so wonderful that it quietly merges with the nature prompting souls to be awed by it. Artists perhaps have a more monotonous life than anyone else and perhaps a very stressful and complicated life as well. However, our work is such that it helps us cut off from everything and de-stress ourselves or perhaps visit a different world altogether for a few hours on a daily basis. Our work is therapeutic and we simply love this therapy.

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To bring a sense of joy into others’ life is our reward and it gives us immense pleasure to do so. We live for art and not for the praises and we love to do so, even if it comes at the cost of not finding gold that we otherwise could. We save up for travel only to find our muse because we do not know where we would find it. If you can do that with little money and still not complain and be happy striving to find your inspiration, there is nothing stopping you from being a true artist. And yes, as kids we did practice on our Schwinn and Kazam balance bikes, probably more than anyone else because we found it extremely creative and innovative to be awed by a simple thing as ‘balancing’.

An Artist’s Art-Inspired Home

An artist should be inspired wherever he goes, even when he is is his or her own home. Artist’s see everything and try to experience everything so that they can get inspiration from it for their paintings and sculptures. They also need to be motivated at all times for this inspiration to flow freely and for them to find their muse. Everything starts at home, which is why an artist’s home must be art inspired. A good place to start is with the floors.

Installing Bamboo Floors

Many people are looking for tips to follow when installing bamboo flooring. Some are even asking if they can do it themselves. With the popularity of bamboo flooring, there exists very little information about how to install these exotic hardwood floors. There are also very few instructions but one thing is for sure, installing bamboo flooring follows the same principle as those ordinary hardwood floors; however, there are some quirks that you may encounter along the way.

Steps To Follow

With the installation of any type of bamboo flooring, critical steps should be performed before actually installing them. These steps include:

  • acclimation
  • testing the moisture
  • proper preparation

003_1The lack of preparation is generally one of the main reasons why some people fail in installing bamboo flooring properly, and if the installation fails, the beautiful hardwood floor finishes of bamboo flooring become useless. In a nutshell, all types of subfloors must be flat while still allowing a 3/16″ tolerance over an 8-10 feet span.

Stapled Or Nailed

For stapled or nailed bamboo floors, it’s a good thing to use the direct fastening method as your preference. If you would search for a video about bamboo flooring installation, you will see that a lot of professional installers prefer using staples over common cleats. This is because they provide better capability of holding without any squeaks or sounds.

Floating Bamboo Floors

For floating bamboo floors, definitely, you have to use the floating floor method but not all bamboos can be installed with this method. Cross ply or wider engineered products should only be installed using the floating floor method.

Does It Need Glue?

To click or to glue – this is the usual question asked when bamboo flooring installation is being talked about. The advantage of bamboo floorings over tile and over concrete is that bamboo flooring are considered a snap or click lock floors, which means that lesser task is required. However, it must be remembered that click type of floorings should be avoided in areas with potential moisture or you will be looking at hardwood floor repair before you are done installing. There are also bamboo floaters that require the application of adhesive but this is only required in the boards groove.

Floating Floors

Bamboo floors that use the floating method need an expansion area that is similar to other types of bamboo. However, salespeople often confuse hardwood or bamboo with laminate flooring expansion. Keep this in mind – laminate manufacturing companies use the 5/16″ guide but with bamboos, you’ve got to allow as much expansion as possible because even though square rooms or small layouts need only 3/8″ expansion, you may need more expansion area if the installation flows into other areas that exceed 40 feet or even more. You should also not install or butt any floating bamboo floors against any fixed object like columns, fireplace hearths, and the like, because if you do, your floors will more likely be tented or buckled.

Installing bamboo flooring is not really that hard. However, it requires you to follow the installation steps carefully as well as some suggestions and tips you may see to make sure that your bamboo flooring would look really good.

Steps To Restoring Hardwood Floors

You may think that when your hardwood floor finish become scratched, worn, and dull, your only option is to call in an expert in restoring hardwood floors. What you don’t know is that there is a simpler and cheaper approach, well within the capabilities and skills of a do-it-yourselfer like you.

Do Your Preperation

For fast and easier process, make sure that you prepare all the things you need. These are:

  • Plastic Drop Cloths
  • Angled Sash Brush
  • 100-grit Abrasive Screens
  • Soft Cloths
  • Box Fan
  • Soft-bristle Push Broom
  • Finish for regular or exotic hardwood floors
  • Vacuum with Floor-brush and Wand Attachments
  • Varnish Brush
  • Floor Polisher
  • Abrasive Pad
  • Abrasive Discs for Sander
  • Fine Sandpaper
  • Dust Mask Or Respirator
  • Rubber Sanding Block
  • Random-orbit Electric Sander

Prepare the room and move all wall decorations and furniture to another room. You should also install a box fan within the window of the room and open the window for exhaust. The negative pressure from the exhaust keeps the dust from being blown outside the room. Don’t forget to screen any floor with carpet.


Using The Floor Polisher

00-refinishing-xAffix an abrasive pad on the floor polisher’s rubberized wheel and check if you are already comfortable with controlling the machine. You should also install a 100-grit abrasive screen on your floor polisher and proceed to sanding the floor. Do it in around repeatedly or in overlapping passes. Make sure that both ends of the room have been sanded.

Inspecting; Rinse And Repeat

Inspect the floor, vacuum it, sweep it, and inspect it again. Make sure all finish is dull. No wear patterns should be noticeable and all stains and scratches should be gone. Repeat the sanding process if needed. With your random-orbit electric sander, proceed to sanding the areas at the areas or portions where the polisher failed to touch. For areas that could not be reached, you can use a rubber sanding block with sanding sponge of fine sand paper when sanding hardwood floors. Remove all the dust, sweep, vacuum, and inspect it again. Make sure all dust is eliminated.

Use a soft cloth dampened with mineral spirits to the floor when wiping it down. Make sure to turn and shake out the cloth often. Turn off the box fan and vacuum for the last time, but this time using floor brush on larger areas and pointed wand in cracks.

Applying The Finish

Now, it’s time to apply the finish. Using a good angled sash brush and varnish brush, start applying the finishing coat. Work across the room following the flooring planks direction.

Restoring hardwood floors is not hard and tough even for a do-it-yourselfer like you. However, it’s better to just prevent your wood floor from being damaged to prevent the need for restoring hardwood floors. Even if it’s only restoration, you still need to spend some dollars, and it’s a better and more practical idea if your hardwood flooring will maintain its beauty and shine for a long time. The Internet offers a lot of tips about how you can care for your wood floor. Check them out

Exotic Locations Are A Great Choice For An Artist

As an artist, you want to travel the world, experience all it’s beauty and put in on canvas. Going on an exotic vacation can be the perfect way to accomplish this as you can learn about different cultures, and see the world from another perspective.

Different Locations

Locations such as Thailand, Africa, Bali or Dubai are unique in their richness of culture and history making it the perfect place for putting up your easel and start painting. There are also many beautiful resorts and hotels in these destinations that can offer relaxation and give you some inspiration for your creative side. These exotic locations can allow the best of culture while still offering you a chance of putting your thoughts to your canvas.


When you go on vacation, you want to get the most out of it by experiencing it all at once. You want to see different places, see different people, eat exotic foods and be mesmerized by different surroundings. You want to take all that and paint a picture, telling the story of your exciting vacation. This can have a unique, enjoyable and memorable experience no one can take away from you.

Learning About Culture

Depending on where you want to go, a lot of destinations offer affordable vacations you cannot miss out on. Some of the best vacations are in those locations that are not a first choice for the public, but are the best choice for an artist. Artists look at destinations that are known for historical, structural or cultural tourist attractions, where they can learn more about art and culture itself. They find their muse in what they see, what they smell and what the experience overall. What better way to learn about other cultures, meeting new people and taking in the beauty, than visiting another country.


Speak To Your Travel Agent

Travel agents can help you choose the best vacation destinations and may know about many locations that can give great deals and packages. Traveling to exotic locations and countries can be an exciting and enthralling experience for artists. Do some research and decide which destination will give you what you need most. You should choose a destination that is new and fun to explore, while still relaxing and inspirational. Exotic locations are more open to those artists who think outside the box and want a unique experience.

Luxury Holiday Villas In Algarve, Turkey, Spain And Italy

Algarve luxury villa holidays are a great place to stay and relax. The villas are breathtaking and provide you with everything you need for your vacation. There are also luxury villas offered in other countries like Turkey, Spain and Italy. This gives you a wider variety and choices of which destination you would like to visit, making it a popular vacation choice for many people.

Choosing Your Villa And Being Comfortable

Private holiday villa owners are also usually more than willing to do whatever is necessary for the guests to feel comfortable in the villas, especially if they know you are an artist looking for inspiration to put on your canvas. They see it as potentially great advertising for their resort, if you decide to put it on canvas. You can ask the owners about your surroundings and learn a little about the history firsthand. They can also recommend great places for you to see, helping you find your muse. Since luxury villas are offered in a number of foreign countries, you should first decide which country you want to visit before renting a villa. Some luxury villas are grouped together for more of a village feel, making you see nature and people in a whole other perspective, while others are completely private giving you a chance to be with your thoughts.

Algarve Villa’s Benefits

Algarve luxury villa holidays also offer a number of benefits with each villa. You should review each offering before deciding which villa you would like to rent for an ideal vacation. Some of the private villas in Turkey can offer benefits such as a car for hire or yacht charters, making it easy for you to find your way and explore in your own time. Yacht charters is a perfect way for you to take in the fresh smell of the ocean while looking out at the horizon, creating your beautiful canvas painting on deck. Most villas are equipped with private tennis courts, beauty spas and private swimming pools if you are looking to just relax or get some exercise and let the inspiration flow freely.


Decide what you would like to do while in Turkey, Portugal, Spain or Italy, and search for a villa matching your criteria. Many villas may offer their guests suggestions on daily excursions in the country that they might enjoy. Some villa managers or owners may also include these excursions in the price of the holiday villa so that the guests don’t have to worry about paying extra for any activities.

Different artists find their muse in different ways. It all depends on what you want to experience. Find out what gives you inspiration and chase after it with both arms. The best masterpieces comes from experiencing and seeing things from a different perspective, changing how you think and thinking outside the box.

Heat Up Your Studio With Floor Heating

A floor heating system is great for an art studio as you might spend most of your hours there daily. In the cold seasons, it can become very unpleasant being in your art studio as you might not even feel your fingers to hold the paint brush. But, all that can be fixed when you bring in the heat. I for one, rely on my floor heating as it makes my studio the cosiest part of the house.

About Radiant Floor Heating

Thanks to radiant floor heat, the days of stepping onto cold tiles are over. The mat is plastic and it is made of a heat-resistant polyethylene that contains resistance wire that are looped. The wires carry an electric charge and it transfers heat to anything that comes into contact with it. The cost of the installation depends on your quote and also the region you live. If you live in a cold region you might find it more expensive than those living in warmer regions. Once the heating system is activated, the floor starts to heat up and soon the whole room will be nice and warm. This is what a radiant floor heating system is all about.


Floor Heating Vs Electric Blanket

There are many that will be able to compare this type of floor heating to an electric blanket, and since it is not safe to sleep under the electric blanket while it is on, does the same apply to radiant floor heating? Electric blankets emit EMF (electromagnetic fields). Anything that runs on electricity emits EMF, clock radio, microwave oven, floor lamp, hair dryers and yes, so does a radiant floor heating system. Let’s find out a bit more about EMF before we conclude if you can get cancer from floor heating.

Alternating current creates electric and magnetic fields. This is known as EMF. Electricity moves through wires, because an electric field is directly proportional to-the voltage and a magnetic field is directly proportional to-the current. An EMF is emitted from the wires moving the current to a device and also from the device.

Is Floor Heating Safe?

There are things that you should look at before purchasing anything. There is a third party that does the testing of these floor heaters and the test is called REET or (Radiant-Electric-Emissions-Test). Beware that there are companies that run there own tests, but they do not use the REET procedure. There are many companies that test the EMF of their floor heating a few feet above the floor level. This is not where the feet make contact with the mat. The REET procedure is used to test 20 different points to make sure that it is “EMF-free” or “Zero EMF”. Keep in mind that there are companies that do not run the test, but claim it is free of electromagnetic fields. So, is floor heating safe? Yes and no. No if you do not see anything about the heating system being tested by the REET procedure, and yes if it was tested by REET.

As long as you do your homework and know what you are going for and what to look for before purchasing anything, you can be safe and not worry about emitted EMF. This is the most important thing to know before purchasing a radiant floor heating system. After you have your heating system installed, you can benefit from working in your art studio at a nice and cosy temperature.