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What is your favorite piece of art and what does it mean to you?

12. September 2013 15:26 by Danielle in clickinks, contest  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

You may have seen the question "What is your favorite piece of art and what does it mean to you?" posed recently for the Clickinks Scholarship Contest. For a small scholarship, we received many outstanding responses, and the decision to choose one winner was difficult. 

The submission from Marissa Brown really stood out. Her response was artistic, yet intelligent. I was touched reading her essay. You can read the essay in its entirety below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tear Me Apart by Linnea Strid. 2005. Oil on plywood. 28 x 30 cm.

Have you ever looked at a piece of art so detailed and lifelike that you at first brush it off as a beautiful photograph? Then, all of the sudden, it hits you that that is in fact a painting, not a photograph, and you almost feel sick with the amount of talent that person must have? That is how I feel when I look at each piece of art created by Linnea Strid. In particular, her painting Tear Me Apart shows immense attention to detail, a powerful emotion, and is overall simply a beautiful piece.

While in the International Baccalaureate program at high school, I took a higher-level visual arts class. Every week we had to write five pages in our Investigative Workbooks (IWBs) about anything and everything art related. Writing in these IWBs every week for three years meant that I researched and reported on many amazing artists that I would have never known about if I had not taken the time. Throughout all of those hundreds and hundreds of pages, Linnea Strid is one artist that stood out to me the most.

Linnea Strid is originally from Sweden, but spent a good portion of her life in Spain. This atmosphere is where her career in art began to flourish. She sold her first painting at the age of 16 (Chefas), showing that her artistic talent started early. She now lives in California and paints photorealistic oil pieces that are sure to blow your mind! (Another one of my favorites is Embraced by the Silence).

In her As It Falls Over You exhibition, Linnea is inspired by human emotions and the way water plays against the human form. The main emotions she focused on were “Mortality, fear of dying, fear of living. Loneliness. Anxiety in general” (Strid). I believe that because of these strong emotions, her artwork makes that much more of a statement.

When looking at this oil painting, the first thing that catches my eye is the obvious attention to detail. Being an oil painter myself, I know how much time goes into creating even a mediocre piece, so looking at something as intricate as this painting reflects much time and effort.
I love the realistic quality of the water running down her face – you can see the color of skin peeking through as well as all of the shades that a single stream of water has. Never again will you think that water is a simple shade of blue!
Looking closer you see the eyelashes matted together, heavy with water; the hair gripping to her skin… And these are just the physical features.

As striking and complex as Strid’s artwork is, it would be nothing without the emotion that pours through the canvas. You can see that this painting conveys a sense of frustration or sadness when looking at the slightly furrowed brow and the deep crease of the eyelid. The water streaming over her face takes place of the tears.
The composition of this piece is also what makes this a favorite of mine. It is not the typical view of a face; not all of it is shown and it takes up the entire canvas. This way there is no ignoring the emotion protruding from her features.

The color palette is also extremely unique and is one of the biggest reasons in why I enjoy this piece so much. The hair color in particular is what strikes me the most. It is not your typical blonde or brunette or even red color, it’s gray – almost white. And yet there is not sense of old age in the woman’s face. It is almost like the water is slowly draining her out.

This painting connects with me on a personal level as I feel that Linnea has pinpointed a physical setting of great emotion. Being in the shower or bath, feeling the water stream over you – it can be a place of great emotional release, of vulnerability and cleansing. I often seek the warmth and comfort of purifying waters during times of emotional strife. It seems that you enter weighed down and exit lighter and more composed. It is a place to sort thoughts, or simply forget for a few minutes.

Another reason that I find this artwork (and the rest of Linnea’s art, for the record) so stunning is, again, the photorealistic quality. I have attended art shows, art museums, and even art conventions such as Art Basel in Miami, and the question “What is art?” often arises. I believe that there is no one answer to this question, and that in the end art is in the eye of the beholder, so to speak. Therefore, I do have my own personal answer to this question: I believe that art is something that takes time and true attention to detail, composition, and color. I have a hard time looking at a scribble on a scrap of paper and understanding why not every other person in the world couldn’t do that. This is why Linnea is a favorite of mine – she is a true artist, in my book at least. I myself am an artistic person, but no matter how many hours of my time I spent, I could never obtain a fraction of her talent. It is something that I exceedingly appreciate.

Overall, this painting holds a place in my heart because of it’s striking beauty, evident emotion, personal connection, and attention to detail. Whenever I gaze upon this piece I cannot help but appreciate the talent that Linnea Strid holds and it encourages me to work harder at my own work – artwork or otherwise. Linnea has shown me that it is important to embrace your God-given gifts. I may not ever be as spectacular an artist as her paintings so portray, but I will work hard and develop what talent I do have; and that is an exciting topic of it’s own.


Works Cited
Chefas, Stephanie. "Art Chat with Linnea Strid." Platinum Cheese. Platinum Cheese, 9 Dec. 2011. Web. 26 Mar. 2013. <http://platinumcheese.com/2011/12/09/art-chat-with-linnea-strid/>.

How great to see Marissa so excited!

Decorate your cubicle photo contest

8. April 2013 15:51 by Danielle in clickinks, contest, facebook, free ink, giveaway  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

Is ink getting expensive? Would you like to win $150 worth of the printer supplies you need from Clickinks.com! That's over a year’s worth of ink cartridges for the average consumer!

Are you stuck in a boring cubicle with no way out? Looking for a good excuse to exercise your creative side?

Are you tired of looking at that ugly printer on your desk that always flashes low ink?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, Clickinks has an answer for you!

Decorate your printer or cubicle, post a photo to Clickinks facebook page, and you could win $150 worth of the printer supplies from Clickinks.com! Bedazzle your printer, prank a co-workers desk for their birthday, or beautify your cubicle for the 4th of July! We want to see your creativity!

The Clickinks cubicle dwellers will be judge and jury, so aim to impress and you could win $150 worth of the printing supplies from Clickinks.com!

Interested cubicle dwellers and printer owners can submit a photo of their decorated printer and/or office cubicle by posting a photo to Facebook.com/clickinks now through July 5th, 2013.

 

 

And a little inspiration...

Halloween Cubicle:

Diaper Desk prank for a new Dad:

 

 

New Beginnings Poetry Competition Winner!

13. February 2013 03:49 by Neeru in contest, poetry, winners  //  Tags: , , ,   //   Comments (0)

We are pleased to announce the winner of our poetry competition on New Beginnings is Forrest Brunet! Congratulations!

Thank you to everyone who took part. The standard of entries was extremely high and it was a pleasure to read them. 

Here is Forrest's poem:

Strings

I don’t remember who we used to be, all the memories are fading away

So here i am, begging for the right to listen. Will you just play me our song, 

Then maybe i can move on with all our strings intact?

 

Standing in meadows, wind brushing away the past

Laughter poured down like rain, swept the scars down through the gates

Our hands no longer holding because now isn’t the time for foolery

 

Cracked lips make broken smiles, delicate curves no longer fitting perfectly

pictures burn in the open fire, we became ashes when letting go was our only option

did we not know that there was another way to forget the pain we caused?

 

I don’t remember who we used to be, all the memories are fading away

So here i am, begging for the right to listen. will you just play me our song, 

Then i might move on with all our separate strings intact

 

There’s a line from a song we used to sing, i don’t believe we can start over again

Tears were whipped away and cries were left behind, does that mean war is ended now?

Everything fell into place then out again, but there must be something beyond these walls

 

Now here i play, our remix, a story of life. with these cords and every note

A melody we used to share, these lyrics mean nothing without each other

But that doesn’t matter to you, so just pay attention, you can’t miss what i need to say…

 

I don’t remember who we used to be, all the memories faded away

So here i am, begging for you to listen. i’ll play you our song, 

Then finally move on with all my strings intact

Clickinks Poetry Competition!

10. January 2013 05:07 by Neeru in contest, poetry  //  Tags: , , ,   //   Comments (0)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the start of the New Year we all become focused on making resolutions and turning over a new leaf.  This is why we would like you to write a poem on ‘new beginnings’. 

The competition is open to applicants of all ages, whether you are a budding or experienced writer, we want your poems!

It can be written in any style, as long as it’s no more than 45 lines and must be your own work.

The winner will receive $100 worth of Amazon vouchers, to spend on whatever you wish! 

To enter, email feedback@clickinks.com by midnight EST on February 11, 2013. 

Guidelines: 

•    Poetry theme: New Beginnings 

•    Open to everyone worldwide

•    No entry fee

•    Must be the original work of the entrant

•    No more than 45 lines

•    Poems must be in English

•    Deadline: 12:00 am on Monday, February 11, 2013 

Black Friday Deals are coming this way

We are so excited to announce the upcoming Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals coming your way!  At Clickinks.com we have found some great discounts and prizes for you this year. 

I can tell you now that these will be big!  I will give you as many details as I can now, feel free to comment below, and be sure to subscribe as I will be able to reveal more as Black Friday grows closer.

* Monday, November 22nd PRE-BLACK FRIDAY SALE
  1. Take 15% Off all our inks and toners!
  2. Every order enters you in a daily drawing for a Customized Photo book!
Expires midnight Thursday, November 25th

* Friday, November 26th BLACK FRIDAY SALE
  1. Take 20% Off all our inks and toners!
  2. Every order enters you in a daily drawing for for a Customized Canvas print!Expires midnight Friday, November 26th
* Saturday, November 27th BLACK FRIDAY WEEKEND SALE
  1. Take 15% Off all our inks and toners!
  2. Every order enters you in a daily drawing for a Customized Photo book!
Expires midnight Thursday, November 28th







* Monday, November 29th CYBER MONDAY SALE

  1. Take 20% Off all our inks and toners!
  2. Every order enters you in a daily drawing for a Customized Canvas print!
  3. FREE Shipping on every order!
    Expires midnight Monday, November 29th

Contest Announcement: Clickinks.com Tuesday Trivia

6. August 2010 10:53 by Danielle Bernhard in clickinks, contest, facebook, giveaway, twitter, winners, free ink  //  Tags:   //   Comments (1)






Throughout August, Clickinks.com will be giving fans, friends and followers a chance to win free ink and toner.  Test your knowledge each Tuesday, with Clickinks Tuesday Trivia.

Follow Clickinks.com on Facebook and Clickinks Twitter (@Click_inks), and be prepared to win.  Trivia questions will be posted at a randomly selected time each Tuesday and the first Facebook comment plus first Twitter @ reply will each win 1,000 Clickinks Loyalty Reward Points.

Open to residents of US and Canada. 1 Facebook winner and 1 Twitter winner will win each week.  For every 1000 loyalty points accumulated you can redeem $10 off your next purchase at Clickinks.com.  Contest runs through August 31, 2010.