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The art of henna (called mehndi in Hindi & Urdu) has been practiced for over 5000 years in Pakistan, India, Africa and the Middle East. There is some documentation that it is over 9000 years old. Because henna has natural cooling properties, people of the desert, for centuries, have been using henna to cool down their bodies. They make a paste of henna and soak their palms and soles of the feet in it to get an air conditioning affect. They feel its cooling sensation throughout the body for as long as the henna stain remains on their skin. Initially, as the stain faded away, it left patterns on the skin surface which led to ideas to make designs for decorative purposes. In the ancient Egyptian times mummies wore henna designs and it is documented that Cleopatra herself used henna for decorative purposes.
Henna was not only a popular adornment for the rich but the poor, who could not afford jewelry, used it to decorate their bodies as well.
HENNA IN THE WEST
Today people all over the world have adopted the ancient traditions of adorning their bodies with the beautiful natural artwork created from the henna plant. People throughout the west have adopted the eastern tradition in their lives by having their hands and feet painted for weddings, bellies painted while in pregnancy, heads adorned with henna while going through chemotherapy, scars camouflaged to make them unnoticeable, etc.
Last updated 15 days ago
A visit to the Salvatore Dali Museum in Figueres and to Dali's home in Port Lligat on the Costa Brava, Spain, was inspiration in 2006 for Peter to enroll in the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Art for art classes and the beginning of a delightful endeavor that has lead Peter Brothman to this window exhibit of some of his artwork. He paints in oils and considers himself a colorist at this point in his painting career. Many of the canvases have philosophic thought and spirituality as the underpinning and represent abstractions on these themes. Peter is continuing his art classes at the Main Line Art Center under the guidance of Kassem Amoudi.
When not painting, Peter practices Endodontics in Bala Cynwyd, teaches at the graduate level at Albert Einstein Medical Center and adores family life with his eight grandchildren.
Peter's work will be on display and for sale at Merion Art & Repro during the month of October.
Last updated 16 days ago
Strathmore Paper is looking for fresh spring and summer themed greeting card art.
Submit your artwork for a chance to WIN!
Artwork may be featured on promotional materials or on social media sites.
We will be selecting 3 featured artists from our spring/summer card artwork submissions to receive the below:
1st place - Awarded $500, plus $200 retail value of Strathmore® card products (chosen by Strathmore Artist Papers).
2nd place - Awarded $250, plus $100 retail value of Strathmore® card products (chosen by Strathmore Artist Papers).
3rd place - Awarded $100, plus $50 retail value of Strathmore® card products (chosen by Strathmore Artist Papers).
Artist(s) selected will be credited by name wherever artwork is featured (social media sites or Strathmore promotional materials).
Anyone is welcome and encouraged to submit artwork. Style and mediums used on cards are up to the artist.
- The theme or subject matter should focus on spring and summer seasons.
- Cards must be created on Strathmore® card product!
There is no fee to participate. Art will be selected based on aesthetic qualities and technical skill.
Final Submission due: Friday, December 5, 2014
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Merion Art thanks you for participating in Bryn Mawr Day!
Present your bookmark or this printout for 15% off kids kits & toys!
Last updated 2 months ago
Monet™ Professional 12 oz. Cotton Canvas is the industry standard for heavy duty Stretched Canvas. The canvas itself is a rugged canvas perfect for most painting techniques. It is a heavy weight and rough weave material. It is primed with our high quality archival quality priming.
Stretched with the Masterwrap™ Stretching Technique, this product features our Sausalito™ brand canvas, which is a 12 ounce cotton duck mounted on keyed Heavy Duty Stretcher Bars. Monet is restretchable on the same size frame.. Monet™ Professional is made for serious artists who require the extra strength of this heavy duty canvas. The corners are hand fitted to the frame and the edges are staple free allowing for a frame-less display of your art. The canvas selvage is left on the back of the piece for easy restretching.
Stretched on Keyed Stretcher Bars, you can easily retension the canvas using standard wedges.
Canvas Material: Cotton Canvas #12 duck, 11.5 ounces per square yard before priming is applied
Priming: Acid Free, Archival Quality Acrylic Gesso, Double Primed
Masterpiece® Canvas Style: Sausalito™, Heavy weight canvas, rough hand, uniform heavy texture
Perfect for Oil and Acrylic paints
Stretcher Bars: B1 Stretcher Bar, 1 3/8'' Deep by 1 5/8'' Wide
Stretching Style: Masterwrap™, stapled on the back, and stretched using our unique machines that tensions and wraps the canvas around the frame achieving up to a 50% tighter tension than if stretched by any other method.
Restretchable on the same size frame
Hand tailored corners
Staple Free Edges
Paint right on the edge for a frameless display of your art
Made in America
This is a professional quality product.