Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Salsa Designs entry for photo comp - "Southbank Beach" category: family

Ah yes the Festive Season has approached us faster than Santa falling down your chimney. Festive means many things to many people. We have broken it down into Four integral elements. Aka the Four Festive F’s!

Family: Family comes first. Capture the essence of Family, an integral part of the Festive season.

Friendship: Where would we be without our Friends in Festive season? Communicate the power of Friendship through your lens.

Food: Food glorious Food. It’s just not Festive without food……or drink!

Fun: Your interpretation of Festive Fun Fun Fun.

The Photo Art Gallery Festive Competition invites all photographers to enter their best five images per Festive F. That means 20 entries in total. Want to know what you’re playin’ for?

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Summer Works

Southbank Beach - Photo competition

Summer Pixels - Abstract

Underwater Boy - Pop Art

Autumn Lights - Abstract

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Boutique Markets - November pop-up store

A successful wrap up for this months Salsa Design presence at Boutique Markets at Portside, Hamilton.
With a theme of wild flora and fauna, Salsa design's "Novemred" was a magical explosion of live and inanimate RED plus unique canvas wall art of animals and flora from around the globe.
Ra-ra, the baby elephant was featured on massive square meter gallery style stretched canvas, Also the Australian Coral Tree on its restful landscape designed canvas wall art.
Plenty of Marilyn Monroes pop art frames were up for grabs...
As usual, Salsa Designs resident conceptual artist Alejandro hits the ground running with his "Pretty Red Mess", live animal acrobatics courtesy of "Rafter" the pop art dog and his ball on a rope.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Flame Tree - Next time you see a bright red tree good enough to eat, it may be nutritious for you

The Illawarra Flame Tree (Brachychiton acerifolius), is a large tree native to subtropical regions on the east coast of Australia. It is famous for the bright red bell-shaped flowers that often cover the whole tree when it is leafless. Along with other members of the Brachychiton genus, it is commonly referred to as a Kurrajong.
This tree is tolerant of temperate climates and is now cultivated world-over for its beauty. However, the maximum height of 40 m is reached only in the original, warmer, habitat. It usually grows to be about 20 m. Similarly to its Kurrajong relatives the leaves are variable, with up to 7 deep lobes. It is deciduous - shedding its leaves after the dry season. The spectacular flowering occurs in late spring and new foliage is ready for the summer rains. In areas where the winter is not particularly dry, this natural rhythm may become somewhat erratic and the tree may flower only partially.
Flowers are scarlet bells with 5 partially fused petals. The pod-like fruits (technically known as follicles) are dark brown, wide, boat-shaped and about 10 cm long. They contain masses of thin bristles that stick in the skin, as well as yellow seeds. These are nutritious and were eaten by Aborigines after toasting.

Courtesy Wikipedia

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Abstract Art

Abstract art uses a visual language of form, color and line to create a composition which exists independently of what may appear to others as visual realities. Western had been underpinned by the logic of perspective and an attempt to reproduce an illusion of visible reality. It allowed the progressive thinking artists to show a different side to the world around them. By the end of the 19th century many artists felt a need to create a 'new kind of art' which would encompass the fundamental changes taking place in technology, science and philosophy.

Abstract artists created art that was diverse and reflected the social and intellectual turmoil in all areas of Western culture. People that chose abstract art as their preferred artform tend to be visionsaries. They see things in the world around them and in people that others may miss because they look beyond what is visual only with the eye. They rely on their inner thoughts and feelings in dealing with the world around them instead of on what they are told they should think and feel. They feel freed from the tendancy to be bound by traditional thought and experiences. They look more toward their own ideas and experiences than what they are told by their religious upbringing or from scientific evidence. They tend to like to prove theories themselves instead of relying on the insight or ideas of others. They are not bound by common and mundane, but like to travel and have new experiences. They value intelligence, but they also enjoy a challenge. They can be rather argumentative when they are being forced or feel as if they are being forced to conform.