Thursday, August 28, 2014

Meet Lola Kerecki, Artist

Lola Kerecki is a Canadian contemporary artist living in Toronto. Her subject matter and style varies from realism to impressionist to abstract. Moving from portraits to pets to reproductions and now expanding into different areas is exciting and re-invigorating her. Whatever image strikes or inspires her is her obsession of the moment.

For her next series, she is currently exploring the beauty of the Canadian landscapes and indigenous wildlife but capturing it as impressionist/abstract work. Art is the freedom to express yourself, and her new work which will showcase her latest obsession will be available for sale at the Schomberg Street Gallery on September 14th, 2014 in King City Ontario, more details on her website justlola.ca or http://schombergstreetgallery.ca/. And be sure to follow Lola on Twitter!

1. How did you first become interested in creating art?

I don't think I had a choice, lol. I can't remember when I wasn't drawing or painting as a child. It was completely natural for me. From the moment I picked up a pencil, I found it very comforting and completely normal.

2. How has your style changed/evolved over time?

I think that's the true beauty as an artist. A good artist develops and experiments over time. Doing the same thing over and over is the definition of insanity so it's important to evolve. I'm currently in my experimental stage right now. I'm excited. My style before was realism, but now I enjoy more of an interpretation, the little imperfections and the "messy bits." I'm also exploring more landscapes and wild animals but with my spin on it. A little abstract, cross realism and maybe throw in a splash of graffiti. It's liberating not to label a style. I'm not a fan of labels of any sort.

3. Would you tell us a little more about the work that will be featured in your upcoming show at the Schomberg Street Gallery?

I'd be happy to! I'm painting pretty much as we speak, so hopefully everything will be ready by then, fingers crossed! In addition to some of the oversized abstract portraits I have experimented with as of late, I have some very colorful landscapes: one is fall-based with stunning golds and yellows, and the other is a red smoky forest which is surreal and hopefully my pseudo Graffiti Canada Goose will be finished! All will be posted on my website prior to the September Schomberg Street Gallery, so I hope you check it out.

4. As a Canadian artist, do you feel that where you live and your national/cultural identity influences your work?

To some extent but with technology today we are so connected and exposed to many more things from other countries and cultures that can influence an artist like me. I lived in New York for eight years and that experience definitely influenced me. However, I've always been a very visual person, so any image can trigger a concept for a new series whether I see it in Canada or on my travels or even online through social media.

5. How has Twitter been important for you as an artist, and what is your advice to up and coming artists who want to build their presence online?

Social media is crucial to get your work out there and to be seen. It can bring in many opportunities if used correctly. Aside from having a website, it's simply how people choose to connect nowadays. Everything is public! You can network with other artists. Artists can now communicate directly with their potential clients. You can promote an upcoming show. It gives us a platform for news or announcements in real time.

To use Twitter to its full potential, use hashtags to stand out, like #artisttowatch for example. You can also reach out to more galleries through Twitter. It just makes it so much easier to connect with your target audience. I even landed a dream client through Twitter. I reached out to none other than W. Brett Wilson from the TV show, Dragon's Den, and he commissioned me to do a painting of his dog, Maja. So that worked out quite well. Score!

Thanks, Lola!

Meet Kareem Maize, Blogger, Musician, and IT Professional

Kareem Maize is a 26-year-old musician and information technology professional with a passion for learning new aspects of life every day. On his journey to express himself, Kareem began blogging to share his ideas with others. Now he intends to create interesting and engaging content for his viewers to help them grow spiritually, physically, and mentally.

Visit Kareem's blog here, and also find him on Facebook (also here) and on Twitter.

1. If you had to summarize the goal of your blog, what would you say?

My blog is an environment to help people with personal development by exposing them to different ideas and belief systems.

2. Why do you think that many people feel a lack of abundance in their lives?

They created a limiting belief about their current circumstances regarding the assets in their life they did or do not possess.

3. In your own life, what has helped you gain insight and to experience personal growth?

I had several good mentors, but ultimately I always had a feeling that that a single person can accomplish great things. As a child I had the crazy belief that anything is possible and funny enough I still do.

4. When it comes to being more solution-focused rather than problem-focused, what are some things we can do to start seeing more solutions, rather than problems, in our lives?

The best way I have found to conquer a problem is to realize that it is only temporary, and you are greater than any problem you currently face. Once you realize it's only temporary, you can shift your focus to a solution instead of being consumed by it.

5. How do you see your blog growing over the next year or so?

I want to have a good following in the personal development community and thousands of subscribers.

Thanks, Kareem!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Introducing Singapore Property Review

If you ever feel curious about the variety of real estate properties available in Singapore, check out Singapore Property Review. The front page of the site contains links to detailed postings about new condo/apartment developments. The posts about each development are thorough in their descriptions and contain a nice selection of images to give you an idea about the design and location of each specific property.

The site could be a useful tool for someone looking for residential property in Singapore. But there's other information on the site as well which could be of interest for businesspeople as well as real estate investors. There's a menu across the top of the page which allows you to access a variety of other real estate related information, such as listings for commercial and industrial properties.

The property news page gives an overview of relevant news stories related to new developments, potential investments, and more. And if you are curious about when new construction will be underway, the new projects page contains a timeline with links to information about upcoming building work.

This is an interesting resource to browse if you're curious about real estate and Singapore. You'll find information on a range of projects and lots of links to keep you busy reading and learning more.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Introducing RaiseYourPaddlez, a New Auction Site

RaiseYourPaddlez is a new website for live auctions. The video below gives a good explanation of how the site works.

If you have items you wish to sell at auction, you would register as a user of the site, and then upload information about your product. The site has a variety of categories to choose from so that people browsing the listings will find your item, and the interface is easy with fill in the blanks forms to use.

The creators of the site emphasize that their intent is to offer a safe buying and selling experience, without the high selling fees of some other sites. They also pride themselves on offering excellent customer service.

RaiseYourPaddlez was launched just two months ago, so keep an eye on it to see how it grows as an auction-format marketplace for buyers and sellers all over the world.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Some Sites with Info on Printable Tax Forms

Did you know that printable tax forms are readily available to use? If you have yet to file your taxes for 2014, you can find free printable tax forms through many links online, including the IRS website.

Even if you do your taxes online, it's good to have a hard copy backup, so printable forms are a plus. The IRS recommends that everyone keep copies of their own tax records. I know that personally I try to maintain both digital and print records just in case.

Another resource about printable tax forms for the current year is this Facebook page called, you guessed it, Printable IRS 2014 Federal Tax Forms. The page has links to various forms as well as different articles with tax-related information.

I always say that the IRS website is the best resource for tax-related forms and information, but it can also be enlightening to gather the perspectives of other people when looking at your options for filing, record-keeping, and more. There are countless issues to think about when it comes to taxes!