PAINTERS USING COREL PAINTER

 PainterArtist.com/masters has links to a marvelous group of artists who use the “Corel Painter” program to create their art. Some of them have tutorials.

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BACK TO THE PAST

Every new Windows computer is supposed to be better than the last. But the old ones do something the new ones can’t: they run old programs. There’s an estimated 250 million Windows XP computers out there. They are powerful computers, better than anything NASA had when they landed men on the moon, and they’re cheap. Joy bought a refurbished Dell for $70. That’s less than we paid for an electric toothbrush. And furthermore, it works great. So what’s the problem? Well, Microsoft has abandoned Windows XP — no more support, no more updates. But that doesn’t matter if you don’t go on the Internet. In short, this has to be a stand-alone machine, isolated. They — the mysterious and malevolent […]

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FREE ART FROM THE NEW YORK LIBRARY

Publicdomain.nypl.org/pd-visualization takes you to thousands of items you can download for free from the New York Public Library. These were all online before but are newly downloadable. You can group the collection by century (going as far back as the 11th century) or by color or genre. In the 20th century section, we saw a lot of commercial posters, and we like those, but there’s a little bit of everything.

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FUN WITH PHOTOS

“Fotojet” is a free online program for turning photos into magazine covers, greeting cards, and exotic prints or digital art without the bother of a learning curve (like the long one in figuring out Photoshop).

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TURN YOUR PHOTOS INTO PAINTINGS

“Pikazo,” a $3 iPhone app, turns ordinary photos into works of art automatically, in seconds.  One might look like an Old Master, another a modern abstract.

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AWESOME 100-YEAR OLD CRAFTS FOR KIDS

“10 Awesome 100-Year old Crafts for Kids has some remarkably fun and easy projects. We liked the has umbrella tent and the cornstarch jewelry.

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A VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE BRITISH MUSEUM

Take a walk through the British Museum, save on air fare. Go to Google.com/cultural institute. Search on the words “British Museum” for a virtual tour. Pack a lunch, this is a very large museum.

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457 FREE ART BOOKS

Here are 457  free art books from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  We looked at “The Art of Illumination,” full of lovely illuminated manuscripts.

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40 THOUSAND ARTISTS ON ARTSY

Artsy.net has a lot of art: 300,000 images by 40,000 artists. There are over 230,000 works for sale, ranging in price from $100 to a few hundred thousand. We liked their Vincent Van Gogh page, with his bio, over 70 works, articles and exhibit listings. (An aside: Bob went to the Vincent van Gogh Museum in Holland one time, and there was a sign in the parking lot that said: watch out for wild boars when you get out of your car. You don’t see that in your average museum parking lot.)

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APP HAPPY WITH CHUCK AND ADA

“Lovelace & Babbage” is a free iPad app for a comic book about the lives of Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage. Ada, born in 1815, was the daughter of the “mad, bad and dangerous to know” poet, Lord Byron. After being steered toward math to tame her wild blood, she invented the first computer language for the first computer. (The computer was never finished but was fully conceived by Babbage.) A print version just came out, for $21, re-titled “The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage.”

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