Posted on January 28th, 2016 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
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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Posted on January 26th, 2016 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
“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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Posted on December 30th, 2015 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
“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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Posted on December 18th, 2015 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
“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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Posted on December 4th, 2015 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
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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Posted on November 6th, 2015 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
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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Posted on September 24th, 2015 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
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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Posted on April 26th, 2015 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
“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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Posted on April 11th, 2015 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
“Breathtaking Frozen Bubbles Look like Glass Ornaments” Search on that phrase to find some remarkable bubbles. The creator mixes dish soap with Karo syrup. The bubbles look like etched glass.
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Posted on February 18th, 2015 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
“Famous Paintings” is a free Android app with paintings by Matisse, Homer, Uccello, Velasquez and dozens of others. Tap to zoom in once, then spread your fingers to zoom more. The details are remarkable. (Bob once visited a home in Morocco with $25 million worth of paintings in the entrance hall: A row of Fragonards on one wall and Watteaus on the other. Raphael was in the study. Now Joy has seen some of them too.)
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