Artist Helps Dementia Patients

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Popular painter Sarah-Jane Szikora has announced that she is using her artistic abilities to help dementia patients.

The northern artist announced on her personal blog that she is currently involved in the initial stages of designing and refurbishing three dementia wards in Bradford teaching hospitals.

Sarah-Jane said she hopes that her personal experience of dementia through her mother’s illness will help other people who are affected by the condition.

She wrote in her blog: “Through art, I can also use the experience and hopefully turn it into something positive for others. We must always strive to see the brighter side of life amidst the darkness of living. Laughter, after all, is the best medicine.”

The artist is spending less time on producing Sarah-Jane Szikora prints so that she can fully concentrate her efforts on the design and refurbishment project.

Sarah-Jane has called for further investment from potential donors as the scheme is mainly funded by charity and only receives a small amount from the NHS.

She added on her blog: “So what we lack in funds, we must try and make up for in creativity!”

Sarah-Jane recently told the arts and culture journal Fally rag that she hopes that her light-hearted and humorous prints of giant gingerbread man and confectionary characters provide people with happiness.

She told the publication: “The world doesn’t owe you happiness; you must earn it. Get on that journey of self-discovery and change something. Art helped me to be happy, so hopefully by offering my results, I can pass a little bit of that on.”

Sarah-Jane said that she wanted to inspire human warmth and connection through her irreverent artwork as she does not want to add to the despair that some people already experience.

“The world has seen enough misery without Tracy Emin’s dirty knickers thrown in,” she told Fally rag.

Life drawing classes at the Cleveland College of Art inspired Szikora’s passion for illustrating the human body, which she has now evolved to create extreme comedy figures.

People interested in viewing Sarah-Jane Szikora prints will be pleased to know that the artist said that she will soon be revealing the dates of some gallery events taking place in July.

The artist also said on her blog that she had the pleasure of going to an exhibition in Newcastle which displayed Fabian Perez prints.

Sarah-Jane Szikora prints have been displayed in Harrods, Selfridges and several important exhibitions across the United Kingdom.

Angelina Jolie And Other Celebrities’ Secret Kickboxing Workouts

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Angelina Jolie’s secret to gaining lean muscle mass is her high speed, high endurance Kickboxing training. Taking on blockbuster action-film roles in movies like “Tomb Raider” and ‘Wanted”. Sporting a model’s amazing tall, lean physique, She is known for her gorgeous, sculpted figure.

To get a figure like Jolie’s, Brunswick Ohio Adventure Karate’s Rapid Results Kickboxing is key. Kickboxing is a high intense activity that can burn anywhere from 600 to 800 calories per session. Step aerobics, pilates or weight training doesn’t even come close. The reason that kickboxing is such a great fat-burning exercise is that the high speed and high hitting- kicking involved gives your body the extra jolt it needs to burn off stubborn fat. While burning this fat you are also simultaneously toning up the muscles in the body and gaining muscle strength.

Kickboxing takes a lot of breathing and muscle endurance. Great for the heart and cardiovascular, it keeps your heart rate in the target zone so you lose weight fast. Starting a routine is very exciting one, as one will discover after the initial empowering “warm-ups”.

You’re channeling your frustration, stress, adrenaline into a source of power and confidence. A great antidote to the toxic buildup of frustration in your life.

The punches and kicks that you do will help you relax. It is through this program that you will loosen up and let your inhibitions go as you unload anger, stress, frustration and bottled up emotions.

Don’t give up if the pace of the class is too much to handle at first. Kickboxing training is an intense activity that may be intimidating to beginners. So stick with it, commit yourself to it and exert a lot of will power to keep up, because the results are far more worth the effort.

Joints are strengthened and range of movement is increased by the routines required in Brunswick Ohio Adventure Karate’s Rapid Results Kickboxing Program. A wonderful benefit you will experience is a sharper mind in your work, at home, doing tasks or with the kids. It helps you to develop balance and coordination that allows for increased stability and form.

A lot of celebrities put kickboxing atop their weekly workouts. Kickboxing is great strength, cardio, and core training all in one. Celebs like; Angelina Jolie, Daisy Fuentes, Gwen Stefani, Samantha Harris, Kelly Clarkson and Marisa Miller. Male celebrities like; Matthew McConaughey, and Nick Carter use kickboxing as part of their exercise program to stay trim on and off the movie set.

Online Artist Universe Community

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Are you an artist looking for a welcoming, innovative, and cool online community to meet, share ideas, and just hang out? Artists Universe has all of the functionality you are looking for as well as a community full of creative people just like you. Artists Universe has taken the best features from other social networking sites such as live chat, blogs, forums, and more, and tailored them to the needs of artists everywhere. From music to dancing, painting and everything in between, no other website is looking out for the best interest of artists everywhere than Artists Universe!

How much would you pay to surround yourself with some of the best up and coming artists in your field? At Artists Universe, registration and use of the site is absolutely free. The only part of the site that requires a fee is the section to post a classified ad and to post an upcoming event; other than that, the whole site is free to use. The founders of Artists Universe understand how difficult it can be for some artists to make a living doing what they love. You shouldnt have to pay extra to have an online refuge where you can share ideas, improve your skill,s and meet other happening artists who feel the same way you do. This amazing new social networking site is here to help you refine your skills and meet great new people.

Artists Universe is also a site where video of you doing what you do best comes alive. When you create your own unique profile on Artists Universe, you can also upload your own homemade videos or videos of other virtuosos that you idolize. This is your chance to show the world what you can do. Best of all, Artists Universe is an inclusive and welcoming space, so you dont have to worry about being flamed because you stepped up and put yourself out there. Artists know how scary it can be to show the world your true self, which is why this whole interactive site was created in the first place. Artists need a place where they can feel welcomed and where they feel they can let their creativity flow without fear of angry responses. In the very near future, Artists Universe sees itself as the premiere online home of artists of every medium, from amateur to expert. Come be a part of the artist revolution at the number one site for creative people on the Internet, Artists Universe.

Celebrities Who Have Had Cosmetic Surgery

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There are plenty of celebrities who have had cosmetic surgery. Maybe some of your favorite personalities may have gone under the knife too. If they wont admit it through the words that come out of their mouth, the difference in their appearance tells everything. Some of the most famous people in the world of politics, movies or even sports have their own stories and reasons why they decided to have a cosmetic surgery. Here are some of the lists of the celebrities who considered having a cosmetic surgery:

Madonna the queen of pop who was very popular in 1980s for her music, concerts, and movies had several reports of undergoing a cosmetic surgery. A face lift, nose job, chin fix, jaw reduction, and filling injections are few surgical procedures she has had. Her nose also trimmed down a few notches compared before. Her figure remains as natural looking as it always has. Her side initially tried to deny the procedures but the results were hard to cover up.

Marilyn Monroe is an oldie and she has been gone for quite sometime, but she had rhinoplasty surgery sometime between being a brunette and becoming a blonde. She was considered one of the most beautiful women who ever walked the earth. Whats relieving is she may not have achieved the title without some nose and chin work.

Michael Jackson the King of Pop, had a few cheek implants, some jaw redesigning, a lot of nose jobs and some permanent skin lightening techniques. He began investing in nose job during his teen years. He shocked the world when he underwent skin lightening cosmetic surgery for his whole body.

Pamela Anderson is quite obvious with the breast implants and it has been rumored that she has had some work done on her face as well.

Hillary Clinton the wife of former President Bill Clinton has allegedly undergone several cosmetic surgeries. The politician has had eyelid surgery, laser skin resurfacing, filling injections, and neck lifts based on unconfirmed results. Repots also say that Clinton spent a huge sum of money investing in cosmetic procedures to enhance her appearance.

Nicole Kidman nose changed completely. Her surgery is more on the rumor side of things, but she has changed in the past fifteen years or so. She has gotten older, but she is still beautiful.

Victoria Beckham the wife of English soccer icon is still gorgeous although she has had some work done. She reportedly underwent breast implants and lip augmentation. It is quite obvious that she is different from what she used to be.

There are more celebrities who underwent plastic surgeries. The most beautiful faces in the world during the past and present may not be as natural as you think. It seems that more celebrities take the risk just to look better than the rest.

What Music Biz Has to Offer to Independent Artist and Other Music Enthusiasts

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Independent artists and other players in the music industry must have somewhere to go to, not just to gain information about the world that they belong but also to be heard. Belonging to an organization that would cater to their interests will help them keep track on the field where they belong.

Fortunately, there is Music Biz, a community site that concerns itself with the music industry in general. It is distinct from other music sites because it is not necessarily all news, gossips, reviews and promotions although it also has that composition. Rather it is mainly a community site where independent artists can learn from0 insiders opinions and analysis about certain issues and situation going on in the music business. Independent artists learn from them through their written articles presented in the editorials which are the main component of Music Biz. In the same way, independent artists can also contribute articles with the same theme. Article contribution should follow certain standards set by Music Biz so that all articles are reliable and impose certain credibility.

Aside from editorials, Music Biz does have news and feature articles. The news is basically taken as a link to the original site where the news came from. Independent artists can get the news by clicking the title and new window will open from where the news originated. The news in Music Biz is up to date and comes from different sources. Feature articles, on the other hand, are articles contributed to the members of the Music Biz. Feature articles are another interesting piece that independent artists can get from Music Biz.

Articles in Music Biz readily are seen and can be read immediately. But whats more interesting is that independent artists and other music enthusiasts can interact within the site. The interaction can be in a form of forum or reviews. Once a member, they can participate in a forum that are categorized into five topics namely Welcome Mat or forums for beginners; The Block, forums for general discussions; Producer Central, area where producers do their interaction and exchange of ideas; Musicians Corner, where all independent artists and other musicians had their forums; and Legal Briefs, where topics on contracts, business and law are discussed in particular. Visitors can manage which forums will capture their interest best because of the categories for the subjects. Aside from forums, independent artists, or visitors for that matter, can read reviews on certain subjects like albums, artists, movies and other related topics.

Music Biz is also an affiliate of Amazon.com by selling CDs and DVDs. Music Biz offers these items with the specified price so that visitors can readily shop on these items while in Music Biz.

Independent artists, music enthusiast and mere internet surfers can get information about the music industry in Music Biz. Music Biz is not a mere social community site but is rather informative, creative, and innovative for the independent artists and musicians who want to make it right and well in the music industry.

The Role of Celebrities in the Increasing Number of Cosmetic Dentistry Patients

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It seems that today’s world starts and stops with the movements of Hollywood celebrities. Everywhere you turn, there’s some juicy piece of news about this movie star or that teen pop sensation. All their actions are publicized for the entire world to see. One recent Hollywood trend that has everyone talking is the cosmetic dentistry procedures quite a number of these celebrities have undergone.

When you’re a public figure, people always expect to see you at your best. Every inch of you must be picture perfect, from the tips of your hair to the ends of your toes. It goes without saying that your teeth, which are often seen because of the number of photographers always begging for your smile, have to be in mint condition as well. This is the primary reason why most celebrities receive cosmetic dental treatments nowadays.

These celebrities have a lot of influence with their fans. Indeed, celebrity followers show their support for their favorite idols not only by consuming the fruits of their idol’s labor, but also by copying their sense of fashion, mannerisms, and even life decisions. This is why it’s no surprise that a lot of people are opting to go the cosmetic dentistry route. Seeing its effects on their favorite Hollywood stars has convinced a lot of people.

It’s also interesting to note that many young people nowadays go to their cosmetic dentist in LA to have corrective and enhancement procedures done. Research material about the subject has linked this trend with celebrity cosmetic dentistry. Because the younger generation is much more exposed to the media, they tend to imitate the celebrities they see there more often as well.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, since there are several positive outcomes when a person goes to his or her cosmetic dentist in LA. Dental conditions are discovered and treated early while their confidence is boosted because their insecurities over their teeth’s appearance are solved. Cosmetic dentistry procedures are helpful in improving one’s emotional and social health.

Some of the most common procedures that people ask their cosmetic dentist in LA about are teeth whitening, the use of veneers, and the straightening of crooked teeth. Correcting these condition all help improve one’s smile, and in turn, one’s self-esteem.

Becoming a Tattoo Artist

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If you really enjoy the art behind tattoos, then perhaps you will want to consider becoming a tattoo artist and making a living out of it. A great tattoo artist can make a pretty comfortable living out of their trade, but not everyone is cut out to do this job. There is a huge investment in time and money required to become a successful tattoo artist.

The one thing that every aspiring tattoo artist needs is artistic talent. If you cannot draw then the life of a tattoo artist is not one for you. Those who are talented enough, or think they can be will need to hone their talent by taking some fine art classes, and spend a lot of time practicing.

When you think that you have progressed far enough as an artist you will then want to build yourself a portfolio of work. You will use this portfolio to try to secure an apprenticeship with an experienced tattoo artist. Apprenticeships can be free, or can cost a few thousand dollars; it all depends on the person who is training you. Make sure that you work out a contract that suits both of you and clearly states what the mentor will provide, and for how long.

The person who chooses to apprentice you should take an active interest in your journey to become a fully qualified tattoo artist. It can take quite a while to find the right apprentice, but you shouldnt rush your decision as it will affect the rest of your life. The right mentor can make the difference between you becoming a good tattoo artist, or a great one. If the tattoo artist you are considering has mentored other apprentices, see if you can talk to them about their experience.

Of course, you will not be paid during your apprenticeship, so you will also need a regular job to support yourself, unless you are lucky enough to have some other source of funds. Meanwhile your teacher will show you how to clean equipment, operate a tattoo machine, and how to apply a tattoo. Over a period of several months or even years you will become an expert tattoo artist.

When the time is right your teacher will decide that you have learned all that you can, and that you are ready to become a true tattoo artist. Depending on the contract you signed with your mentor, you may be required to continue working there for a period of time, or you may be able to go off on your own. You may be interested in opening your own tattoo shop, or you can find another parlour that will take you on.

Being a tattoo artist requires devotion and a willingness to continually learn new techniques. It can take from 1-5 years to train to become a tattoo artist, so you will want to make sure that you are ready to undertake this commitment before you begin.Mat Fay

Six Celebrities Who Owe Their Fortune To Their Divorce Attorney

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The best (or best-behaved at least) divorcing couples approach the process agreeing: “You keep your stuff; I’ll keep mine.” Then there are those couples that take a different approach. Instead of an amicable handshake and a pleasant, conscious uncoupling, some soon-to-be divorcees put their divorce attorney on speed dial and don’t quit until they have way more than their fair share. But with figures this high at stake, who could blame them? Here are a few celebrities who owe their divorce attorney a nice big hug.

1. Linda Hogan Hulk Hogan’s wife received 70%of their liquid assets, in addition to other property, in their 2009 settlement. Public records show that Linda got a total of $7.44 million, while Hulk Hogan, in some sort of a legal headlock, received only $2.97 million. Linda spent 26 years married to Hulk Hogan – which breaks her settlement into a little over $286,000 a year. Not a bad salary!

2. Dayanara Torres The former Miss Universe and former Mrs. Marc Anthony reportedly receives $16,500 per month in alimony and child support, but is currently seeking to raise that number to a whopping $113,000 per month.

3. Jason Hoppy Only fans of the Bravo channel may be familiar with Mr. Hoppy, who is currently divorcing his former reality TV co-star, businesswoman, sometimes-chef, and developer of the Skinny Girl brand of low-calorie cocktails, Bethenny Frankel. The two have not yet reached a settlement, but she reportedly shelled out $100,000 to pay Hoppy’s divorce attorney after a court ordered her to pay his legal fees in order to continue the case.

4. Juanita Jordan In what may be the biggest celebrity divorce pay-out to date, Michael Jordan’s ex-wife received $168 million. Somewhere her lawyer is hopefully sipping champagne on a beach after working that hard.

5. Guy Ritchie Who can forget Guy Ritchie and Madonna? Another showing for the gentlemen! Guy won more than $75 million in his split from Madonna. While he later told media that the marriage was “a soap opera,” his lawyer didn’t quit until the material girl coughed up quite a bit of cash.

6. Heather Mills In her 2008 separation from Paul McCartney, former model Heather Mills won $48 million. Thereafter, she changed her look and let the spending begin!

If you are currently battling your former spouse in a divorce and are unable to agree on numbers, let these celebrities be an inspiration to hold strong to get at least your fair piece of the pie. Stay strong and may your divorce attorney be with you.

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Cleo Announces Their Make Me A Makeup Artist Winner

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CLEO Magazine announced the recent winner of their Make Me a Makeup Artist competition, sponsored by Priceline. The winner is Jaclyn Hnitko!

CLEO Magazine recently held a makeup artist competition in search of the most talented make-up artist. Of the thousands of applications that they received, the judges had to cut them down to just four competitors. Each make-up artist competed for $10,000, courtesy of Priceline, a LOral Paris Studio Secrets Professional Makeup Kit worth $2,500, and the opportunity to be a guest make-up artist on a six-page shoot in CLEO magazine.

In order to enter make-up artists, both amateurs and professionals, had to create a makeup look with various beauty products and send in a photo. They also had to answer a range of questions and send in a photo of themselves.

The make-up artists that made it to the competition were Amelia Axton, Ava Belle, Phoebe Goulding and Jaclyn Hnitko. During the competition, which was broadcasted via webisode series, each make-up artist had to compete in several different tasks in order to prove their ability using beauty products. The competitions consisted of The Natural Bronze Challenge, The Smoky Eye Challenge, The Bold Statement Lip, and the final challenge, which was free style. They preformed these challenges before a panel of judges.

These panel of judges consisted of professionals from the beauty field. They were Anna Hull, Head Beauty Buyer for Priceline; Rae Morris, L’Oreal Paris Make-up Artist; and Rachael Mannell, Beauty Editor for CLEO Magazine.

Hnitko emerged victorious because of her “impeccable technical skills, brilliant grasp of colour and artistic flair,” according to www.priceline.com.au.

Hnitko is from Wentworthville, New South Wales. When asked why she decided to be a make-up artist, she said, So I can work in the industry most girls dream of! Id love my creativity, skills and knowledge to be seen in various forms of work, from beauty to advertising. Hnitko said that when she found out that she had been chosen to compete in the Make Me A Makeup Artist competition, she thought somebody was playing a bad joke on her. When asked whose makeup she would most want to do, Hnitko said Lady Gaga. She explained, “she is very open-minded and a trendsetter. Plus, her high profile will be able to propel my work into the mainstream and give me either positive or negative feedback.

Priceline issued the following statement through their website regarding the makeup artist competition: “Priceline is immensely proud to have been the major sponsor of this competition and wishes all the finalists the best of luck for a bright future in the makeup industry.”

Ahmad Khawaja, the Rock Star Artist

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Ahmad Khawaja, the lead singer of the band, The Outcasts, started singing at an early age. He came from a family of singers and ever since, he was always in a certain band singing the lead. Also, he is quite talented with an electric guitar and drums which always got him grounded for disturbing his neighbors back in New Orleans.

Ahmad Khawaja was the youngest of 3 children, enough reason for him to be doted upon by his mother. By the time he was in middle school, he expressed his wishes to join in a rock band. This, of course, was frowned upon by his father who was a highly conservative and religious person. Although also a musician, his father’s genre of music was into the classical and religious scenes. When he was in junior high, he and his high school band, The Boarders, started playing on their school gigs. They later started playing on the local shows in town during special events.

The Boarders, however, soon disbanded for different reasons. Two members of the band, Ahmad and his best friend Michael Pensworth decided to pursue their career as rock star artists. After meeting the other members of the group in a local bar, The Outcasts was formed.

At the start of the band formation, everything was not really smooth with them that the group almost disbanded. It was Ahmad who made the group promise that they were not to disband without even trying for one last gig. It was at this gig that they started to be noticed and soon afterwards, the rest was just history. Producers soon came knocking on their doorsteps with various offers of supporting them as well as endorsements. The Outcasts write their own songs and compose their own music with messages regarding love and nationalism. The Outcasts are actually the youth’s idol when it comes to the rock star band of the 21st century without the drugs and the booze.

Ahmad Khawaja and The Outcasts have come a long way since. Ahmad claims his inspirations when writing songs and singing his rock songs and ballads would always come from his high school girlfriend turned wife Julie Tyler. His fans are also another source of his inspiration as they never fail to amaze him with their love for him and his music. He says he will continue to write and sing for them as long as they want him to.

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