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Daily Painting: Paint Small and Often to Become a More Creative, Productive, and Successful Artist
Daily Painting: Paint Small and Often to Become a More Creative, Productive, and Successful Artist
by Carol Marine
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.88

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Daily painting improves your skills, 7 Mar. 2015
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This is not a how-to-paint book for beginners, but is very inspirational for artists who are seeking new ways to overcome personal confidence problems with their work. Carol uses her own experiences to show how she also struggled at various times to push her work forward. Getting involved with the daily painting mindset made a big difference and she now paints pretty much every day. Carol and her husband David are behind the DailyPaintWorks website, a hugely popular online gallery where artwork can be sold "straight" or by auction. The book itself gives insights as to how Carol approaches her pictures, many of which are just six inches square. There are many useful tips for getting into the daily painting routine; choosing subjects; arranging still life; choosing colour for impact, and more. Other artists also contribute their stories with many examples of their creativity. I have painted for years and also am a member on this gallery; having adopted several of Carol's approaches to planning and painting, I can say that I have found the book very enlightening.


Gessobord 5X7 3/Pack
Gessobord 5X7 3/Pack
Offered by Hyatt's All Things Creative .
Price: £18.47

1.0 out of 5 stars Poor description, 7 Mar. 2015
Bad description. It doesn't say what the thickness of the boards are, or whether they are "cradled" (i.e have wooden support structure behind them).
A search through other art suppliers will show that these boards come in various thicknesses and styles, from plain thin boards of around 3mm (uncradled) to thicker chunky style cradled. A single 5x7" ordinary board can be purchased for under £3, so one has to assume that the ones on offer here are thicker and probably cradled. But unless you already know the product, you wouldnt guess what was being sold here. One star rating only, which is a shame since I know the boards to be a good product.


Acrylic Illuminations: Reflective and Luminous Acrylic Painting Techniques
Acrylic Illuminations: Reflective and Luminous Acrylic Painting Techniques
by Nancy Reyner
Edition: Spiral-bound
Price: £16.58

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Endless techniques, 7 May 2014
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This book contains dozens of combinations of paint, gel mediums, surfaces and the like, all creating sparkling and highly-coloured acrylic images. There is a particular emphasis on the use of metal leaf, especially gold and multi-coloured metallics.
It is worth reading through all the techniques, to see how the effects are obtained; and then trying one's own variations; which is actually the whole point of the book. Nancy has obviously built up her own large "acrylo-pedia" of methods and it's up to the reader to use those as a jumping-off point for further experimentation. Excellent illustrations, photos of completed work and good instruction.


Painting Towns and Cities: In Watercolour and Other Media
Painting Towns and Cities: In Watercolour and Other Media
by Michael B. Edwards
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Well illustrated and described, 7 May 2014
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This isn't a totally how to do it book and that's a relief because, as a more experienced painter, I don't appreciate all books starting with chapters on which brushes to use, what paper to buy and all the rest of it. This book has loads of different viewpoints, angles, themes, suggestions for further work and finished examples in several media. This was a second-hand book in very good condition and I would recommend it if you're tempted to paint town scenes but can't build up the courage to try your hand. Such scenes don't have to be complex, with thousands of windows, cars and shop fronts; side alleys and back streets have intriguing angles and more secluded atmospheres. Michael also included ideas on how to simplify what you see, including some of the most awkward subjects....people!
Many of the scenes are around my home locality so it is a particularly interesting book as far as I'm concerned. But he also covered themes abroad such as Canada, France and Italy, so quite a variety. Once you look at what he has painted, you can then start to see similar viewpoints and subjects yourself.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky but delivers the goods, 7 May 2014
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Item arrived well packaged and intact. The first thing I noted was that this feeder needs 2 batteries and, in fact, they are AAA types and NOT AA as stated in the description. In order to fit the batteries you need to remove the clamp gear because the battery compartment-flap is right underneath it. Be careful, my clamp was a bit stiff to remove.

The programming sequence is described well in the little manual. The digits and arrows representing the 4 cycles and number of drum revolutions are very tiny (as you might expect), so some people might need a magnifying glass to check these.
The feed-drum needs to be pulled smartly away from the main body and I'd suggest this is done without the batteries in operation because the unit graunches when you pull the drum off.....simply because you're pulling against a slowly- rotating mechanism. Once off, the compartment is opened by twisting the black lid (which also has the spindle-shaft moulded into it).

Adding the food is easy enough. If you use flake food I'd suggest you use the Maximum opening size for dropping the food out, because I found that flake food sticks to the plastic drum due to static and doesn't always fall out when the drum goes round. Alternatively you could just crush up the flakes a bit. Also, do a trial run before clamping it to your fishtank, so you know how much food is actually delivered.

When fitting the black drum lid back on, make sure that it is absolutely clamped firmly. There are two little interlocking pieces which must fit tightly....otherwise, when the drum starts rotating, you will find the whole lot falling off into the tank. The black lid fits on the mechanism's spindle and therefore carries the whole weight of the drum.

Each of the 4 time-modes can do up to two rotations each time, so if you don't get enough food dropping out the first time, the drum can go round again for another drop. The little door flap hangs down to let the food out, and this must not be obstructed.
In general it seems fairly robust as far as the main body is concerned but take more care in handling the drum; like all plastic things, once bits break off, you start getting problems.

I would say this feeder is fine for casual use and maybe if you are away for a day or so, with maybe a "holiday fishfood block" tossed in to help out. But take more care if using flake-food because of the static issue. I wouldn't rely on it for a whole week if you've got several very hungry goldfish.


Painting the Landscape in Pastel
Painting the Landscape in Pastel
by Albert Handell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.40

5.0 out of 5 stars Stimulates fresh ideas; but not a beginner's book, 18 April 2013
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As a very long-term user of the pastel medium, I found this book stimulated fresh ideas for subjects and methods of application. The American artist in general is well tuned to producing natural landscapes, capturing light and weather effects, etc. It is not a beginner's book. These types of books usually capture the artist's thought-patterns and mode of thinking as they work, which is valuable information for those trying to progress their work to another level. Publications by decent pastel artists are not overly numerous, therefore I recommend it for inclusion in a personal library.


Panasonic CR2032 Battery (2 pack) - Panasonic, Lithium Coin Cell, 3V
Panasonic CR2032 Battery (2 pack) - Panasonic, Lithium Coin Cell, 3V
Offered by Prime Furnishing
Price: £1.30

5.0 out of 5 stars Works fine, 18 April 2013
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Bit difficult to get excited over a small battery, but an emergency requirement had us running around the Internet for a replacement when the CMOS clock on a computer failed. This battery replaced a Newsun equivalent. So far so good, fitted in perfectly and is running.


British Copper Tokens, 1811-1820: Including Those of Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands
British Copper Tokens, 1811-1820: Including Those of Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands
by Paul Withers
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Essential, 18 April 2013
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This is a specialist book, expensive but essential for numismatists studying and collecting tokens. More sellers are referencing their items to this book now, so it's a must-have. Beautifully produced and quality hardcover.


Greek Imperial Coins and Their Values: Local Coinages of the Roman Empire
Greek Imperial Coins and Their Values: Local Coinages of the Roman Empire
by David R. Sear
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reference for numismatists, 17 Mar. 2011
Although this book is probably classed as quite expensive, there are precious few extensively detailed reference works for Roman coin collectors. In fact, the books themselves are becoming much sought after, especially after they go out of print.
This book is over 600 pages in length and includes a pile of very useful maps, lists of all the Greek mints in alphabetical order, details of the various eras and also information on deciphering inscriptions. All that, plus page after page of coin descriptions and types, many of them illustrated, complete with the legends and other markings needed to identify one's collection.
For students of the Roman Empire and its coinage, this book is pretty much a must-have, if you don't already possess any reference material on the provincial money. It doesn't contain every coin ever minted but there is more than enough information to keep you going for years.


The Complete Yes Minister - Collector's Boxset [1980] [DVD]
The Complete Yes Minister - Collector's Boxset [1980] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Paul Eddington
Price: £9.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Politics never changes..., 27 Sept. 2010
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Having seen all the original TV series, there wan't anything that I needed to know in advance of purchase. The only problem we did encounter was that one of the disks would not play in our dvd-player (a Philips); however it ran perfectly ok in the dvd player in our computer. Ideally I should have returned the set, but serious family illness took priority at the time and it was never dealt with. This is British comedy at its finest....and how fascinating to note that the story-lines then are still relevant in 2010!


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