Dangerous Lee : Art and Positive Activism

I am very inspired by Dangerous Lee. She has an awesome sense of humor, which you can see by checking out her site. But, more than that, she is a woman of courage, and she is there to educate others and counsel them. I truly believe that it is this character (which is much more than can be described in a couple sentences!) that her art breathes life.

I saw a couple of other art pieces and I wanted to just fill this post with her art as it was hard to limit it to just two! In looking at her art, I noticed how expressive the eyes were and how much it drew me in to want to know the subject more, and hence, the artist more. Dangerous has a way of interpretation that allows you to feel the art with her and come back for more.

Come, get to know Dangerous Lee and her art, and be sure to visit her links to view more of her amazing talents!

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Edie Schmoll : Poetry In Motion

I was very moved by what Ms. Edie Schmoll had to say, in her interview, below. Here is a woman who has experienced pain, great pain, and yet has processed that pain in a way that builds character and displays its artistry in her painting, her writing, and her music.

As years have progressed, I have realized that we don't get any younger and that we need to seize the moment, whatever that moment presents to us, good, bad, or otherwise. Ms. Edie Schmoll has inspired me and now, when I look at her art, not only do I see beauty, but I see a deeper meaning, something that speaks to my heart and soul.

When did you first decide that you wanted to be an artist?

I started painting about four years ago. Following the loss of my husband, I returned to school to brush up on my musical skills (classical piano solos on www.trinityhemet.org/ : Edie's Page). Following the resumption of a career in performing, teaching and composing, I took a semester of Watercolor and Oil Painting at a community college. I had a painting nominated for National Artwork Award in 2011 by American Mensa. The painting, "Glow" is seen here. I won their National Poetry Award in 2008 for "And Now."

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David Calfo : Salvage Artist

I have always been fascinated, truly fascinated, by the art that can be created out of other objects. I didn't know the term for it, necessarily, but I knew when I saw it. Hailing to us from the wonderful industrial city of Pittsburgh, comes Mr. David Calfo, giving us his own brand of salvage art and teaching this musician what the meaning of "salvage art" is and a bit of the process of the art.

I am so thrilled to be able to feature David Calfo and his salvage art, a mixture of art, history, and memorization of the past, in Mr. Calfo's creation in the present, for the future to enjoy and remember with us. Read and learn with me.

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Holly Marie Tourdot : Sleeping Dogs

Ms. Tourdot's paintings are peaceful and yet emotion-evoking. I could gaze at them for hours, taking in the artistic way that she creates a movement in her paintings. And, yet a serenity, at times.

I enjoyed learning about Ms. Tourdot's routine, as well, not unlike the way I approach my art (writing and music), and appreciate what she says about her painting be an intimate moment, even though the next moment she can be a socialable as a social butterfly.

Come, meet Ms. Tourdot and her beautiful expressions of art.

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Matthew Emeny : Military Aviation Art

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Paul Jules Butler, Child Extraordinaire

Paul Jules Butler, Child Extraordinair This interview may be viewed on the web at ScatnStyle.com

The title, "Child Extraordinair" does not due justice when describing Paul Jules Butler. This young man is amazing! He is amazing in his own right, regardless of age, but taking the age factor into consideration is simply awe-inspiring. This is one young man that you will want to keep an eye on, as time moves forward! Welcome, Master Butler! Glad to have you on ScatnStyle.com

When did you first decide that you wanted to be an artist?

Paul Jules Butler, my son, started painting at the age of 4, in 2014. He had his first solo exhibition last year, in December, and donated all proceeds to helping the poor kids from Angola. The second exhibition, held this year in June and July was success too, and the money raised were donated to the local Franciscan nuns.

What was your first art creation?

The first creation was an abstract painting, acrylic on canvas, in March 2014. Paul Jules discovered how colors blend, how complimentary shades create a beautiful motif, and how much fun was to control the brush, to make it do what you want. From there on, he never stopped painting. His creations got better and better in time, and he won his first international prize this year, with a painting of a tree, he made for his teacher: http://picassoartcontest.weebly.com/6-12-age-group-2015-season-1.html

What was your first memorable art piece for you, that really made an impact?

This is hard to answer, because Paul Jules has many favorites. I guess The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh is what influenced and inspired him the most. A book about the art of Vincent van Gogh was also the first art book he wanted to buy, and he is reading it very often. He also enjoys watching art tutorials, especially by Bob Ross, because he finds them fascinating, and easy to follow. He currently does not have an art teacher.

Please describe "A Day in the Life of Paul Jules Butler, Artist Extraordinaire."

Paul Jules needs to integrate his passion with his school schedule, so he often waits for the weekend to paint, but he does sketch every day. He doesn't yet have a routine, nor a preferred place to paint. He can start anywhere and we don't mind the drops of paint everywhere around the house. But he is happy when he paints, and he often plays Caribbean music on his CD player to set the mood.

What do you do with your art?

Paul Jules donates about 50% of his sales to charities like Unbound. Facebook is his main place to exhibit his creations, but he had two solo exhibitions in Germany already, so we can say he is known locally. People who are interested in buying one of his paintings often send us a direct message on his Facebook page, and we respond as soon as we can. Many of his artworks are not for sale, because he loves them too much, and he doesn't enjoy partying with his "friends," as he calls them.

We are just starting this journey, but it is very likely that Paul Jules will continue painting, and will also continue donating much of his art to help less fortunate children.

What are your plans in the future?

We are just starting this journey, but it is very likely that Paul Jules will continue painting, and will also continue donating much of his art to help less fortunate children. He is now working for his third solo exhibition, which is, as usual, inspired by flowers, trees, and the magic of life.

This interview may be viewed on the web at ScatnStyle.com

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It’s Never Too Late To Learn The Piano – Isn’t It Time You Tried?

Many people wish that they could play a musical instrument, but assume that they have left it too late. Of course, if you are lucky enough to have learnt as a child then you shouldn’t have any trouble picking it up again, but if you have never played a note in your life then you may just think that it’s not for you. This is completely wrong – anybody can learn any instrument they like at whatever time of life they like and probably the most accessible instrument is a piano. Here are some of the many reasons why you CAN learn the piano, no matter what your age!

Adults Put the Effort in

Children have the advantage when it comes to learning, but only if they are keen. Most parents have to pressure their kids into regular practicing and this can become a chore for both parties. Of course, there is a small minority of children who are passionate about music from the beginning, but for the most part learning an instrument is something that kids want to do on a whim and before you know it, they’ve lost interest. The great thing about learning as an adult is that you and only you are making yourself learn. You will put more effort into your practices and you won’t miss your lessons (because you’ll be paying for them!)

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Recording A Music Video Can Be Glamorous – Here’s How To Do It

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Are you in a band? If so you’ll know how crucial videos are to your success. If you get a quality video together that captures the imagination, you’ll find your friends want to share it across social media - meaning it could even go viral! A professional video is great for people that have just discovered you for the first time – it will show that you are serious and you mean business. It’ll help push all those rubbish video clips that people have uploaded with their smartphones down the list too – they might mean well but poor sound and visual quality videos can do a band more harm than good.

A video needs to show you and your music in the best possible light. Here are some things to think about.

A Theme

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Don’t just opt for a static video of you and your band mates playing your songs. Make it interesting! Recruit someone who understands camera angles to film it for you. Choose a theme and make a storyboard – everybody loves a story! Keep it simple though – you don’t want it to be so confusing that people miss the point entirely. Go for a colour scheme too – think about what the band will be wearing.

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Interviewing Xenia Sky


Listening to Xenia Sky is an experience. There is a raw edge, reminding me of some of the music that I love to listen to, from the 1930s and 1940s, when music was raw. Then, with "Adam and the Fire" in mind, a rock edge emerges and that toe tapping turns into a desire to move, and yet, at the same time, to contemplate the lyrics that Xernia Sky has creatively woven within the tapestry of her music.

Come, meet Xenia Sky.

When did you first decide that you wanted to be a musician?

I started singing and writing songs when I was 14. I never made the conscious decision to be a singer/songwriter, it just evolved out of one day picking up my father's stratocaster and putting words to a very sad melody. I can say that every time I tour or write it is a way of saying to myself "I'm going to keep doing this." I cant imagine doing anything else.

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