Prosearium: “Digital garden of experiences” aims to increase presence of African women in game development — Life & Soul Magazine

Prosearium is an initiative to increase the participation of African women in game development by documenting 1,000 women of all backgrounds and their experiences creating and contributing to games. The Prosearium website aims to be a “digital garden of experiences” documenting African women’s experience in game development. Founded by South Africa-based game developer and community […]

Prosearium: “Digital garden of experiences” aims to increase presence of African women in game development — Life & Soul Magazine

Earth Day 2022: Earth Soul Dragon- Nisha Designs

The Celtic symbol of the dragon is magical, one of transformation and eternal wisdom. The druids respected dragons as forces of nature, the guardians of mother earth and all things sacred, the protectors of nature and all living things. The dragon holds the powerful Celtic symbol of protection and power. These magical beings represented all that the universe has to offer.

Dragon soul energy was worshiped and used for the greater good. At special celebrations of the turning seasons of the year, to harvest the right crops, as a true guardian for all they held sacred.

The earth soul dragon has a symbolism of nature and all things connected to our Mother Earth. The earth soul dragon asks us to connect with nature in all of its beauty. The true wealth is not money but the beauty of our land and its magick, it’s sources and resources.

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Japandi: A Blend of Minimalism & Hygge- Wyndesong’s Place

What is Japandi? Japandi (Japanese minimalism + Scandinavian hygge) is everywhere you look these days. Get the look yourself with perfectly imperfect décor and accents, functional pieces, and layers of natural materials. […] Japandi: A Blend of Minimalism & Hygge — Wyndesong’s Place

Japandi: A Blend of Minimalism & Hygge — Wyndesong’s Place — Ravenhawks’ Magazine Magick for Mind Body and Soul

Fiber Artists- Sheila Hicks- Nisha Designs

Hicks, who has made fiber the foundation of her practice for 60 years, is one of the world’s most celebrated artists.

Sheila Hicks, Abacus Lino Rising, 2019.
Sheila Hicks, Seven Magic Rain Dances (detail), 2019.
Sheila Hicks, Sentinel of Saffron, 2018.
Sheila Hicks, Chaine et trame interchangeable, 1983-2016.

Installation view, Sheila Hicks at the Nasher Sculpture Center.

Sheila Hicks (all), Sober Streak Green, 2019; Sober Streak Violet, 2019; Sober Streak Blue, 2019.
Sheila Hicks, Multi-colored Minime, ca 1962.
Sheila Hicks, Zapallar, 1958 (left);, Cluny II, 2008.
Sheila Hicks, Prayer Rug, 1965.
Sheila Hicks, North South East West, 2017-18.
Sheila Hicks, Sunset Pavilion Inhabited, 2015.
Sheila Hicks, Sunset Pavilion Inhabited, 2015.
Sheila Hicks, May I have This Dance, 2011 (as installed at the ICA Philadelphia).

Source: https://www.sheilahicks.com/

From Ancient Egypt to Teotihuacán, Centuries-Old Palettes Illuminate the Role of the Painter- Hyperallergic- Nisha Designs

“Paint Box” (1302–1070 BCE), Egyptian, ceramic and pigment cakes, 2 5/16 x 8 11/16 x 2 3/16 inches, RISD Museum (courtesy RISD Museum)

Despite all of the ancient painted objects in our museums, it’s rare to see an actual paint set.

For all the paint fragments found throughout the ancient world, on murals, pottery, sculpture, and scrolls, surprisingly few ancient paint palettes have been uncovered. Ancient palettes in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the British Museum in London, and the Louvre in Paris — among other institutions — number in the single digits. This is even more surprising now that scholars know ancient Greek and Roman statues were vibrantly painted. 

The palettes we do have, many of which still contain traces of original pigment, show us how people painted, but they also tell us about the role of the painter in ancient civilizations.


“Scribe’s Palette” (ca. 2030-1550 BCE), Egyptian, wood and pigment, 13 5/8 x 1 11/16 x 11/16  inches, Metropolitan Museum of Art (courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Most of the existing paint boxes and palettes are Ancient Egyptian: They belonged to scribes, tomb painters, and recreational painters of the upper classes. Some include the original brushes — for scribes, pen-like lengths of rush grass, and for professional and recreational illustrators, thicker bundles of grass to compose larger images.


“Paint Box of Vizier Amenemope” (ca. 1427-1401 BCE), boxwood with inscription inlaid in Egyptian blue, 7/8 x 8 1/4 x 1 7/16 inches, The Cleveland Museum of Art (courtesy Cleveland Museum of Art)

Scribes’ palettes mostly held only red and black pigments and many bear inscriptions of the king’s name, suggesting the importance of the scribe in the eyes of the ruler. Inscriptions with the king’s name — as in a palette at the British Museum featuring hieroglyphs in high relief that read “the perfect god, lord of the Two Lands, Nebpehtire, s[on of Ra, Ahmose]” — may have noted that the owner was the king’s official scribe and suggest that perhaps the king himself gave the palette to the scribe.

An Ancient Egyptian painting palette owned by a professional painter and housed at the Met also bears the king’s name, but one at the Cleveland Museum of Art includes the name of the owner himself, signifying it was likely used for leisurely painting. Unlike scribes’ bicolor palettes, recreational and tomb painters used a wider range of colors, all naturally occurring besides so-called “Egyptian blue.” 

Replacing the expensive lapis lazuli, Egyptian blue was a synthetic compound made by heating malachite, sand, and other materials to a temperature of 1,500-2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The method was adopted by the Ancient Romans, but by the Middle Ages, the process was lost, and painters relied once again on the prohibitively expensive lapis lazuli.


“Painter’s Palette Inscribed with the Name of Amenhotep III” (ca. 1390–1352 BCE), ivory and pigment, 6 7/8 x 1 3/4 inches x 3/8 inches, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

In Ancient Egypt, blue was used to paint the gods (red, yellow, black, and green all came from the ground, making them unfit to depict deities). This concept is seen again in Christian art centuries later, with Mary and Jesus repeatedly depicted in blue. 

Across the world and made centuries after the Egyptian palettes, another ancient paint setlinks the painter to the divine. 

Source: https://hyperallergic.com/719033/centuries-old-palettes-illuminate-the-role-of-the-painter/

Spring Equinox/Ostara Celebrations Now — Ravenhawks’ Magazine Magick for Mind Body and Soul

Spring Equinox/Ostara How to Celebrate Now The Spring Equinox is a time of new beginnings, of action, of planting seeds for future grains, and of tending gardens. Spring is a time of the Earth’s renewal, a rousing of nature after the cold sleep of winter. Eggs and Egg Baskets, coloring eggs, bird watching, egg hunts, […]

Spring Equinox/Ostara Celebrations Now — Ravenhawks’ Magazine Magick for Mind Body and Soul

Goofy Topiary and Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Celebration Cake- Disney Park News- Nisha Designs

With the 2022 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival comes plenty of topiaries inspired by Disney characters.

Sorcerer Mickey Mouse, Brooms, Ostriches, Hippo and Gator – Entrance to World Showcase

The stars on Mickey’s hat light up.

Woody, Bo Peep and Her Sheep – near The Land Pavilion

Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Huey, Dewey and Louie – Bridge to World Showcase

Pluto and Chip ‘n’ Dale – The American Adventure Pavilion

Buzz Lightyear – near Mission: SPACE

Figment – near Imagination!

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The Three Caballeros (José, Donald, and Panchito) – Mexico Pavilion

Anna and Elsa – Norway Pavilion

Troll – Norway Pavilion

Dragon – Japan Pavilion near Torii Gate

Pandas – China Pavilion

Simba and Friends (Rafiki, Simba, Mufasa and Sarabi) – Between Imagination! and The Land Pavilion

Pumbaa and Timon – Between Imagination! and The Land Pavilion

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Germany Pavilion

Dopey’s lantern actually lights up.

Lady and the Tramp – Italy Pavilion

Beauty and the Beast – France Pavilion

Lumiere and Cogsworth – France Pavilion

Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy – Germany Pavilion

Peter Pan, Captain Hook, and Tick Tock Croc  – Between the United Kingdom and Canada Pavilions

Winnie the Pooh and Friends (Rabbit, Eeyore, Piglet and Tigger) – United Kingdom Pavilion

Tinker Bell’s Fairy House Garden – United Kingdom Pavilion

Bambi and Friends – near Imagination!

Source: https://wdwnt.com/2022/03/all-topiaries-at-the-2022-epcot-international-flower-garden-festival/

The Limited Color Palettes Artists Can Use to Excel at Painting-Artsy- Nisha Designs

Painters today have more pigments to choose from than any other artists in history. They can buy traditional, historical varieties that Rembrandt would recognize, such as siennas and ochres, or 20th-century innovations like phthalocyanines and quinacridones—pigments with an intensity that would have startled even the color-loving Impressionists. Despite this abundance, many artists and art educators endorse the use of a restricted “limited” palette as a way to develop coherent, harmonious, and personal paintings.

Monochromatic palettes

Limited palettes are great learning tools. Students are often taught to paint in monochrome, using only a dark brown or black pigment, plus white. This allows them to focus on accurate shapes, degrees of light and dark—called “values” or “tones”—and paint application, without the additional complexity of color. By mastering these austere palettes, students build a strong foundation for the later introduction of color.

Courtesy of Ingrid Christensen.
All photos Courtesy of Ingrid Christensen.

A more contemporary monochromatic approach involves using black and white, plus another color. In this example, phthalocyanine blue is introduced to produce a work of tonal accuracy that transcends the academic flavor of a strict black-and-white exercise.

Courtesy of Ingrid Christensen.

Palettes with one warm and one cool pigment

To add more versatility to their palettes, painters may choose to select one warm and one cool pigment, plus white. In this example, burnt sienna and ultramarine blue are mixed to create a full tonal range, as well as temperature variations from cool to warm. Color temperature is a useful tool for creating the illusion of depth on the two-dimensional canvas.

Courtesy of Ingrid Christensen.

Warm colors appear to come forward in a painting, while cool colors are recessive. This effect is visible at the inner and outer parts of the bowl. Both areas are greyed because they contain all three colors of the palette, and they are exactly the same value. Yet mixing a larger amount of burnt sienna into the front of the bowl results in a warm color, while mixing more ultramarine into the inner bowl makes it cool.

Courtesy of Ingrid Christensen.

Notice how the warmer mixture appears closer to the front of the picture plane, while the cooler color recedes into the middle ground. This effect, added to the use of value changes, can create works that convey both form and space.

The Zorn palette

Limited palettes aren’t just for beginner painters. Many professional artists limit the number of pigments that they work with. Perhaps the artist who is most well-known for doing this is Anders Zorn, a Swedish painter active during the late 19th and early 20th centuries who developed a color palette that bears his name. This self-portrait from 1896 was created with the four-color “Zorn palette,” which you can also see him holding in the painting.

Anders Zorn, Self-portrait with Model, 1896. Courtesy of Nationalmuseum.

Anders Zorn, Self-portrait with Model, 1896. Courtesy of Nationalmuseum.

Detail of Anders Zorn, Self-portrait with Model , 1896. Courtesy of Nationalmuseum.
Detail of Anders Zorn, Self-portrait with Model , 1896. Courtesy of Nationalmuseum.

Though scholars have debated the exact colors the artist used, the Zorn palette is often considered to be comprised of yellow ochre, vermilion, ivory black, and white. Some believe he used a cadmium red rather than vermilion; regardless, cadmium red light is a modern substitute for vermillion, which is toxic.

These four pigments are capable of making a full range of color, despite the fact that the palette contains no blue. Ivory black’s bluish undertone allows it to act as blue; it can be mixed with vermillion to create muted purples, and with yellow ochre to suggest green. The Zorn palette is also effective for creating rich dark colors and beautiful greys.

Courtesy of Ingrid Christensen.

The Zorn palette results in subtle, tonal paintings, but it may not satisfy artists with a passion for color. Even Zorn himself didn’t use it exclusively.

Other limited palettes

Painters who want the potential for both bright color and greyed color can choose from many other limited palettes, each with its own strengths and weaknesses.

For a broad range of color, a simple palette made of saturated red, blue, and yellow pigments, plus white, is key. Whenever pigments are combined, they lose some chroma, so starting with high-chroma colors ensures that your mixtures will be intense.

This color palette combines cadmium red light, ultramarine blue, and cadmium yellow light, plus white. As with the Zorn palette, it can make a version of every hue, but the saturation level is much higher.

Courtesy of Ingrid Christensen.

Cadmium yellow light mixed with cadmium red light produces clean, high-chroma oranges; mixed with ultramarine, it results in saturated, slightly warm greens. The weakness of this palette is in the purples. It’s excellent for depicting something like these weathered pavers, but incapable of painting the high-chroma purple flowers.

Courtesy of Ingrid Christensen.
Courtesy of Ingrid Christensen.

Substituting cool alizarin permanent for the warm cadmium red light results in high-chroma purples that could do justice to the blooms.

Courtesy of Ingrid Christensen.

However, alizarin would alter the orange scale. Mixing this cool red with cadmium yellow light creates cool terra-cottas and siennas, rather than true orange.

Courtesy of Ingrid Christensen.

Every three-color primary palette will have some weaknesses in color rendering, and artists who want to be able to achieve pure purples, oranges, and greens will have to add colors to it. One way to address this weakness is by adding a single missing pigment, such as green or orange, or by choosing to use a six-color split primary palette instead.

The six-color palette contains warm and cool versions of each of the primaries—red, blue, and yellow. A sample palette may contain cadmium yellow and cadmium yellow light; ultramarine blue and phthalocyanine blue; and cadmium red light and alizarin permanent.

Courtesy of Ingrid Christensen.

Charting the greens alone shows the broad range of hues—from warm olive to cool lime—that can be achieved with two yellows and two blues. No single green you purchase can achieve such variety.

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A painter’s palette is, ultimately, an expression of how they see the world and the colors that they love. By exploring a variety of limited palettes from earthy to intense, painters can discover the combination of colors that best helps them convey their world view.

Source: https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-4-colors-excel-painting?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=editorial

KAHA:WI THE CYCLE OF LIFE- THE FILM- The RITUAL DRAMA DANCE- NISHA DESIGNS

ABOUT THE FILM

Celebrated performer, choreographer and artist Santee Smith interprets traditional Iroquois legends through contemporary dance in a cinematic restaging of her 2004 award-winning debut production KAHA:WI : THE CYCLE OF LIFE. In this touching documentary, a gorgeous and transformative performance is translated effortlessly to the screen, telling us of sacred portals between the Sky World, the Earth World and the Under World. KAHA:WI is a performance film that perpetuates Iroquoian cultural knowledge, traditional esthetics and expression in a contemporary form. KAHA:WI opens with an awakening of the spirit, or unseen life force, that manifests into human form. This establishes the spiritual presence that permeates throughout KAHA:WI. A thanksgiving prayer is given to all the living beings in the natural world. Iroquois people call themselves Onkwehon:we… Real People, meaning real physically. That is a distinction from spirit people. There is a concept of duality between this dimension and that dimension. We live in a world where things are real, but the universe has other dimensions. The unseen is beyond our comprehension, yet we need to communicate with the unseen, some people call that spirit. The human spirit possesses an umbilical connection to the spirit world.

KAHA:WI is a performance film that perpetuates Iroquoian cultural knowledge, traditional esthetics and expression in a contemporary form.

Source: https://www.cinemapolitica.org/film/kahawi-the-cycle-of-life/

Film Website: http://www.kahawi.tv/

I AM BLACK- Nishante Divinelove- Nisha Designs

Black is a movement.

Movement of the soul, the magick, the spiritual order.

The movement of balance.

The movement of male and female as one with there own soul.

The movement of love.

The movement of Democracy.

The movement of nurturing and caring.

The movement of the divine planet the Mother, Gaea.

The movement of artists, innovators, creators, healers, teachers, warriors, witches, warlord prince.

The movement of the wizard and the sorcerer.

The movement of justice from all chaotic and evil creations and beings.

The movement of divine oneness as a whole.

The movement of order and chaos that is part of order the balance.

The movement of divine intervention.

The movement of new story the creation the divine feminine.

Black is the movement

The movement of the divine.

We are the movement of the divine.

Welcome to her Majesty’s Magickal Kingdom- Unicorn Mandala- Rosalind Medea-Nisha Designs

This project was for Rosalind Medea – thank you for this beautiful opportunity Rosalind.

Welcome to her Majesty’s Magickal Kingdom- Unicorn Mandala Art: Gold and black beauty she is. A warrior, grace, honor and style. They are fierce and poise. Powerful and Majestic. Unicorns symbolize magic, mystery, romance, positivity and much more.

Our client wanted a depiction of a unicorn for use to accompany creative projects such as  storytelling. The client was interested in bringing elements of Mayan design and colors. 

When I was about to bring this unicorn to life, to color her, she made herself clear to me that she does not have rainbow tails and hair and stomped her feet as I was listening. She explained that her color is black and gold. Just as we like to be represented by an artist exactly as we are, so do they. Our Animals, Mythical beings must be respected as they are always.

Rosalind Medea: https://rosalindmedea.com

Welcome to her Majesty’s Magickal Kingdom- Unicorn Mandala- Rosalind Medea-Nisha Designs

This project was for Rosalind Medea – thank you for this beautiful opportunity Rosalind.

Welcome to her Majesty’s Magickal Kingdom- Unicorn Mandala Art: Gold and black beauty she is. A warrior, grace, honor and style. They are fierce and poise. Powerful and Majestic. Unicorns symbolize magic, mystery, romance, positivity and much more.

Our client wanted a depiction of a unicorn for use to accompany creative projects such as  storytelling. The client was interested in bringing elements of Mayan design and colors. 

When I was about to bring this unicorn to life, to color her, she made herself clear to me that she does not have rainbow tails and hair and stomped her feet as I was listening. She explained that her color is black and gold. Just as we like to be represented by an artist exactly as we are, so do they. Our Animals, Mythical beings must be respected as they are always.

Rosalind Medea: https://rosalindmedea.com