Art Gallery: The Consciousness of Art

How did the human brain evolve so that the consciousness of art could develop? Read more of this post

A Tribute to 5 Pointz: The Graffiti Street Art Mecca of NYC

New York City is on the verge of losing one of it’s most recognizable landmarks. 5 Pointz, also known as the “Phun Phactory” is set to be demolished and replaced with high-rise apartment building complexes. While most residents of New York City could care less, artists from not only the city, but around the world are up in arms about the decision to remove the graffiti mecca that has blessed our city for over 30 years. Read more of this post

Abundance vs. Scarcity

If you are unfamiliar with the term “abundance”, it is safe to say you are not living your life to the fullest potential. In terms of polarity, there are two extremes of “vibrations” that the entire universe you exist in is run on. The lowest vibration can be termed “scarcity”, while the opposite highest extreme can be labeled abundance. Read more of this post

Fueling The Fire of Inspiration

We’re a species that mass produces individual variety.

One of the most unbelievably beautiful things is that each and every single human on this organic spaceship is different in extraordinary ways. Each and every day, I think about how I am standing on a rock that is spinning at ridiculous speeds barreling through space and the vastness of the infinite universe. Read more of this post

Foodscapes: Artist Makes Landscapes Out of Food

I’m a big fan of unique and bizarre artwork. Originality is the most important thing to me when observing art, and I’m sure this is the case for many other fans of unique art. When I first discovered Carl Warners art I was in shock. The landscapes that he makes out of food are simply amazing – so amazing that I first doubted it. There was no way that these landscapes were made out of real food. They looked like paintings, drawings or even digitally made pictures on Photoshop. But I was wrong.

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Realism Challenge: A Playing Card

Mark Crilley is an American comic book creator and children’s book author/illustrator. Crilley distributes drawing advice to artists via YoutTube videos and his DeviantArt account. In August 2010, he starred in some how to draw videos for Funimation on demand.

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Art Gallery: “A Portrait of Harvey Milk”

“Milk”, approx. 18″x12″, paintmarker and acrylic on cheap prefab stretched canvas

In honor of KASEY’s excellent recent series on art and queer culture, I decided to share another painting of mine loosely related to a similar subject.  This portrait of Harvey Milk was done from a photograph taken of him while he was campaigning for election in San Francisco.  It was done as another surprise birthday gift  in dimensions allowable to be stored in carry-on luggage when I flew home recently.  It seems like most of my art ends up given as gifts, does that mean I’m a cheapskate when it comes to gift-giving?  Read more of this post

3D Sketchbook Artwork

Japanese artist Nagai Hideyuki creates amazing sketchbook drawings that when viewed from the right angle, appear to create a realistic 3D illusion. The 21-year-old uses a technique called “anamorphosis” in which the talented artist is able to create these mind-boggling masterpieces that seem to come to life right out of his sketchbook. Nagai was a big fan of street art, but quickly discovered that drawing on the streets of Japan was illegal, so he turned to sketchbooks to exercise his talents. Read more of this post

Inflatable Street Art

Joshua Allen Harris is a modern day street artist who has come up with a new and exciting art form and technique that has people talking.

He calls it “Inflatable art”, and it involves transforming a garbage bag into what becomes some sort of animated creature when the right amount of wind contacts it.

Joshua tends to set them up over subway vents, but says that there are a variety of wind sources that will work.

Here is a video showing some of his popular pieces of art, as well as an interview with New York Magazine. Read more of this post

Art Gallery: “Looking Past The Dark”

 

“In drawing this and coming up with the idea, I did it slowly and step by step. What influenced me to do something like this was the clothing line Fatal. They have a lot of things like this but I came up with the rays and spider webs myself. This is kind of like one of their pieces but I created the long hair because I thought it would give it a different look. I am really happy by the way it came out and will have something new up soon.”

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An Overlooked Art: The Art Of Tattoos

Have you ever thought about getting a tattoo?

I believe the outlook on tattoos are so warped and misunderstood by society today. Tattoos are not just designs; they are expressions of art that separate us from one another and can represent multiple things about ourselves.

Tattoos can be what ever we want them to be. It is our creativity that gives them meaning to us. Tattoos can be sexy, powerful, funny, meaningful, and insightful as to how we represent ourselves.

 

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The Sand Stories of Kseniya Simonova

Submitted by Contributor: Adam Poltrack

Kseniya Simonova

Kseniya Simonova

Certain esoteric art forms stay that way because there’s a gimmick involved that makes the art feel forced and inorganic, but it’s difficult to feel this way about the sand art performances of Kseniya Simonova.

Her “gimmick” is her medium and it’s as organic as it gets.

Simonova’s art, which is part performance and part painting, is created entirely by an obscure volcanic sand, sand which she splashes, spills and swipes in a fluid process of creation and elimination.  In the above link, Simonova performs a profound and moving live action story, detailing the anguish of young lovers separated and devastated by WWII.  The musical accompaniment and lighting effects, add to one of the most affecting art forms I’ve ever seen.

-Adam Poltrack

I

The buddha meditating

anatta

I

Try

to find

“I”

until

I

realize

“I”

is an ILLUSION.

Who realized?

 

Creating Your Ideal Reality

The main problem that arises for many people in the area of self-development is that they feel at effect to their current condition rather than working courageously to AFFECT their current reality.

Many of us feel effected by outside external circumstances instead of deciding to AFFECT them. When you choose to affect your current state of reality, you can reap the rewards effectively.

The universe will deliver whatever you want, you just have to set out your intentions and work towards creating them. You set your intention, and the universe will respond to your thoughts by guiding you along the way as you consciously create.

Subconsciously, without you knowing the exact way, the universe will do its work if you allow it to.

Create Your Own Reality.

Nothing is going to fall in your lap.

If your intention is to earn $1,000,000 dollars, it is not going to fall from the sky.

If you stick to your intention everyday and work at it as hard as you can, the universe will open up channels of opportunities to make your thoughts a physical reality. If for one second you don’t trust in the universe, it will respond to that distrust, and close up the channels.

You will face setbacks along the way, but treat those as learning experiences rather than failures. If you get upset over failing, the universe will tune into that frequency you are vibrating in, and attract more and more failure and discontent.

You have to know that it will not be easy to change your current state of reality.

If it was easy, you would already have what you want.

But most of us don’t, right?

It wouldn’t require any effort on your part, and everyone would have what they want.

It doesn’t work that way, but if you understand the Law of Attraction, you can use it to your advantage on your creative journey of life.

You are the master creator of your reality.

You are the manifester.

You are the alchemist of your own life.

Everything you create has stemmed from yourself.

Everyone else is simply an avatar in your reality, they don’t have to exist in it if you don’t want them to.

You can turn away from people who negatively effect you, and turn towards the positive people who can help you and embrace the entire experience with you.

You have the conscious choice.

There is no one telling you a certain way to act unless you are WEAK and give into the desires of others for their advantage.

Be STRONG and overcome the influence of others if it is guiding you in a wrong direction. You subconsciously know what is right and what is wrong, but too many times you might fall into the trap of doing the wrong thing.

The “right” thing is spreading positive energy and positive ideas to every single person or “avatar” you meet in your reality.

If you try to impose positive energy into other people’s lives, they will respond equally with positive energy.

If they are stuck in a rut of negativity and don’t respond well to positive energy, you can just let them suffer by themselves and consciously find other people to help you on your trip.

If you treat everyone you meet as you would like to be treated yourself, you will be amazed at the results.

Most people will return the energy you project on to them and help you as you help them.

It works hand in hand.

Two minds are better than one and two people working towards achieving a goal is a lot easier than one.

If you have big dreams and goals, don’t feel alone.

A lot of us have deep desires that we wish we could achieve, but we limit ourselves in our beliefs. There are many people out in this world who would love to help you and join team as you both work towards building a great future.

Don’t feel isolated because you don’t think anyone else will help.

If you can inspire people to think the same way you do, they will join your team and the goals will be easier to achieve.

If I thought no one would appreciate this website and what we have done, I would not have even bothered to create it.

It has become what it has become due to a TEAM effort of conscious individuals looking to grow and prosper and share those ideals with everyone who is interested in growing themselves.

If I for one second was fearful of what people thought of us, I wouldn’t have even bothered to create this.

I would have let the fear take over and I would be too scared to even try it.

Good thing that didn’t happen.

If I can leave you with one thought, it would be to stop thinking about what you want and START ACTING ON IT.

Stop dwelling on what you DON’T want and start moving towards what you DO WANT.

TAKE ACTION!

Stop being lazy, and stop expecting things to happen overnight.

They won’t.

Take baby steps and set baby goals at the beginning of your journey.

It will be easy to achieve these goals, and you will build confidence in yourself once you achieve some little steps.

After that, you will trust in yourself that you can achieve ANYTHING you set your mind to.

This is where its gets to be A LOT OF FUN.

Share the experience with everyone you think deserves it, and you will attract some more positive opportunities and people along the way.

We did, and we continue to each day.

So what are you waiting for?

GET MOVING! 🙂

How to Manage a Poker Bankroll

Your Poker Bankroll: Manage it, or Lose it.

In poker, you have one lifeline, your bankroll.

Without it, you can’t buy into any tournaments or cash games.

For this reason, the most important thing as a poker player is to protect your life. Protect your money by learning how to manage it correctly.

The basic rule of thumb in bankroll management is to not put more than 5% of your entire bankroll into a cash game or single table sit n go. For multi-table tournaments, you should not be putting more than 1-2% of your roll on the line for a buy-in.

Under these rules, if you have a bankroll of $10,000, you should not be buying in to any cash game for over $500 and no tournament over $100.

At times, there will be opportunities to stretch these limits slightly but only if the games are VERY JUICY and you know you have an advantage.

Even having an advantage in a game doesn’t GUARANTEE that you will win. Luck is always a factor in poker and if you get unlucky, it can take a huge chunk out of your roll that you will slowly have to rebuild.

I will take shots in multi-table tournaments for up to 5% of my roll if I see that the player list is very weak. I want to invest in games I know I have the opportunity to make a lot of return on my investment.

The downfall of a lot of successful players is not managing their roll correctly. They hit a big score in a tournament and then dump it off in the cash games. Keep in mind, as the stakes get higher, the competition gets better.

I use a program called PokerTracker 3 to track all of my winnings and statistics of each of my individual opponents at the tables.

With PokerTracker, I can see how much I have won/lost at a certain stakes so I can determine my long term average win rate. If you are not beating a certain stakes after 10,000 hands, you will probably never beat it until you improve your game.

Find the stake that nets you the best return, and stick to it to build your roll.

You will lose money and win money on any given day depending on a variety of factors. ALWAYS manage your roll and make sure you are playing your A+ game or don’t bother sitting down. If you are not in the right mental state, YOU WILL LOSE MONEY, and losing money causes a lot of people to LOSE EVEN MORE MONEY. They like to chase their losses hoping to win their money back and in the process, rip their entire roll to shreds.

INCORRECTLY Manages a Bankroll

Just ask Viktor “Isilidur1” Blom about bankroll management. This gentlemen might be one of the top 5 No Limit Hold’em players in the world, but he simply cannot manage a bankroll.

I am sure he is being staked and he makes some money from his Pokerstars sponsorship, but he is the complete opposite of an example of how to manage a bankroll!

Blom has won $5,000,000 in a week, then lost it all the next.

He is a complete sicko, but that is what separates him from the others at the high stakes.

His problem like many others is TILT.

He goes on big winning streaks, but can’t cut off his losing streaks.

He is only 21 years old, so I don’t blame him.

It must be tough being a millionaire at his age!

If you are serious about developing your game, I suggest checking out some of my other articles I have written:

The Poker Trance: The Ultimate Poker Mindset

Top 10 Reasons You Should Play Poker

Top 5 Reasons You Lose at Poker

My Multi-Table Tournament Strategy

Booking The Win at Final Tables

The $3,000 Guarantee Final Table Takedown

Top 5 Heads-Up No-Limit Cash-Game Strategies

How to Develop Into a LAG (Loose-Aggressive) Player

My Most Profitable Session of Online Poker

Using a Rubberband To Squash Negative Thinking Patterns

Good luck at the tables! :)