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If Your Airline's Painting Planes, Watch Out - 13 Jul 2015 20:34

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[[html]]You may have heard a lot lately about "livery," and if you're not exactly sure what the heck that is, join the club.<br><br><img src="http://www.deshow.net/d/file/cartoon/2009-05/surrealism-painting-568-38.jpg" width="299" /><br><br>The somewhat archaic definition dates back to the 13th century, and when airlines talk livery, they refer to airplanes' uniforms: the colors, logos and other easily identifiable branding that let you know you're flying Airline A instead of Brand X.<br><br>And sprucing up livery is the order of the day: Southwest last week unveiled its bold new look that I think is great, even though one observer compared it to the primary color scheme of Wonder Bread. Frontier, meanwhile, is adding its website address to aircraft (but keeping those tail critters) and Spirit's vivid new paint job sort of makes its planes look like psychedelic bananas, but that yellow is distinctive! And that's the point.<br><br>Who cares? You should. All this paint could affect what you pay to fly.<br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/d6egUsZvWu4&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/d6egUsZvWu4&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>For more travel news and insights view Rick's blog at farecompare.com<br><br>I've said it before, I'll say it again: When airlines have money for paint jobs - and the estimates I've seen are all over the map, ranging from $30, 000 per plane to $150,000 and more - airlines have money to burn. And when airlines have money, there's not a whole lot of incentive to lower airfares.<br><br>Note: According to the Star-Telegram, Southwest says its new look is "cost-neutral" because the planes will be painted only as previously scheduled for a new coat. But was the price of the new design cost-neutral?<br><br><img src="http://images5.fanpop.com/image/photos/31600000/painting-yorkshire_rose-31648347-1024-768.jpg" width="357" /><br><br>Anyway, we've been lucky so far. Yes, airlines are financially healthy again - a quick perusal of any news business section tells you that - but they're moving slowly on the ticket price front.<br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/2phCqQxNRkA&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/2phCqQxNRkA&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>While this year's fall fares are higher than last year's, they are only up by 2 to 3 percent. But thanks to all the recent mergers (American/US Airways, Southwest/AirTran, United/Continental) plus these newly streamlined carriers' determination to divest themselves of unprofitable routes, the table is set for higher fares.<br><br><img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/dd/Mary_Barnes_painting_%28detail%29.jpg" width="293" /><br><br>So what about the passengers? There are still a few silver linings.<br><br>Shiny new planes: Who likes to fly in ancient and not-all-that-clean aircraft? Airline profits mean more plane purchases along with the aforementioned paint jobs.<br><br>Better business class: The airlines make their money off business travelers and the competition for these fliers is fierce. If your boss is willing to pay for an elite seat, you'll enjoy increased perks like lie-flat seats and near-unlimited, free entertainment on many carriers. Even discounters like JetBlue are getting into the act with its all-new, all-business-class Mint service.<br><br>Healthy airlines: Carriers that go bust can't get you anywhere and back in 2008, busts were big news. During a single week in April of that year, ATA, Aloha and SkyBus all went belly up.<br><br>International airlines fell victim to the rotten economy as well, and there were numerous stories about passengers being stranded.<br><br>That's not something we have to worry about today. On the other hand, higher ticket prices may well be a concern. Here's what you can do.<br><br>Shop one day earlier than you planned: Don't take this too literally; it's really a reminder not to wait until the last minute to buy your airline tickets because if you do, I guarantee you'll pay way too much. You can start shopping three months ahead and try to finish up 30 days in advance of your trip (or two weeks in advance at the latest for the major airlines).<br><br>Compare prices: No single airline always has the best price. None. Shop an airfare comparison site to be sure you're getting the best deal possible.<br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/qWmF-bJj5Xs&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/qWmF-bJj5Xs&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>Now get out there and let me know what you think of that new paint job.<br><br>(Editor's Note: Rick Seaney is the CEO of Farecompare.com. His opinions do not reflect those of ABC News.)<br><br><a href='http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/airlines-painting-planes-watch/story?id=25618930'>http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/airlines-painting-planes-watch/story?id=25618930</a><br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Picasso painting sells for $179.4 million, smashing art auction record | Reuters - 13 Jul 2015 19:13

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[[html]]NEW YORK A Picasso oil painting from 1955 smashed the record for the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction when it soared to $179.4 million at Christie's on Monday.<br><br>The auction house had estimated "Les femmes d'Alger (Version 'O')" would sell for about $140 million, but several bidders competing via telephone drove the winning bid to $160 million, for a final price of $179,365,000 including Christie's commission of just over 12 percent.<br><br>The buyer of the vibrant cubist work was not identified.<br><br>The most expensive work of art previously sold at auction had been Francis Bacon's triptych "Three Studies of Lucian Freud," which sold for $142.4 million at Christie's in November 2013.<br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/pw5ETGiiBRg&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/pw5ETGiiBRg&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>"It will be fascinating to see how long it holds," Jussi Pylkkanen, Christie's global president who also served as auctioneer, said of the record price.<br><br>Giacometti's 1947 sculpture, "L'homme au doigt" (Pointing man), set a world record for a sculpture, selling for $141.3 million, in line with the pre-sale estimate of about $130 million. The previous record of $104.3 million had been held by Giacometti's "L'Homme qui marche I" since 2010.<br><br><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Mp_HsoFcVxI/UEXXYmRfcwI/AAAAAAAAACc/5bjSgLR37SI/s1600/paintings_of_fairy.jpg" width="350" /><br><br>Ten artists' records were set at Christie's special "Looking Forward to the Past" sale, which spanned collecting categories to include artists from Monet to Warhol and took in a total of $705.9 million, far above the pre-sale estimate of $578 million to $668 million. Only one of the 35 works failed to sell.<br><br>"The results really speak for themselves," Pylkkanen said.<br><br>The record-setting Picasso was last auctioned in 1997, selling for $31.9 million or nearly three times its pre-sale estimate. Bidding started this time at $100 million, with deep-pocketed collectors driving the price upward in $1 million increments.<br><br>"We saw tremendous competition, with five major collectors bidding at the $120 million level," said Pylkkanen. "The market has certainly changed dramatically."<br><br>Christie's said active bidders came from 35 countries, with European and Asian collectors in particular competing with Americans for the top-tier works.<br><br>Among other highlights, another Picasso, "Buste de femme (Femme a la resille)", fetched $67.4 million, beating the high estimate of $55 million.<br><br><img src="http://www.mattawamum.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/painting2.jpg" width="396" /><br><br>Mark Rothko's "No. 36 (Black Stripe)" and Monet's "Le Parlement" each sold for $40.5 million. Artist records were set for Chaim Soutine, Peter Doig and Jean Dubuffet, whose "Paris Polka" fetched $24.8 million, more than tripling the old mark.<br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/iPZK8ljTyFE&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/iPZK8ljTyFE&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>The auctions continue on Tuesday, when Sotheby's holds its sale of post-war and contemporary art.<br><br>(Reporting by Chris Michaud in New York; Editing by Lisa Shumaker, Ken Wills and Paul Tait)<br><br><a href='http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/05/12/us-art-auction-idUSKBN0NW2BB20150512'>http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/05/12/us-art-auction-idUSKBN0NW2BB20150512</a><br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Home Improvement :: How to Perform Pine Staining Without Blotches - 13 Jul 2015 18:32

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[[html]]When it comes to pine staining, many amateurs quickly realize that unfinished pine can be a very difficult wood to stain, often ending it blotches or streaks of dark and light areas. Whether the project involves bookshelf, furniture or cabinets staining, the method to avoid blotching and streaking remains the same. The following article will provide you with some tips and tricks involved in pine staining unfinished wood.<br><br>The first step to achieving a good stain is by lightly sanding the surface of the wood in order to remove some of the uneven surface hardness inherent in most manufactured products. By sanding, you remove much of the uneven surface texture that results in the cutting process during the manufacture of furniture or other wood products.<br><br>The next step in pine staining is to treat the surface of the wood so that it evenly absorbs the pine stain. This is especially critical when you're performing cabinets staining because the face of most cabinets face the kitchen and need to look even and professionally done. The best method of treading pine wood is by applying wood conditioner, which creates a perfect wood surface where pine staining will result in a perfectly even absorption of the stain.<br><br><img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6b/%27Buffalo_Hunt_on_the_Southwestern_Prairies%27%2C_oil_on_canvas_painting_by_John_Mix_Stanley%2C_1845%2C_Smithsonian_American_Art_Museum_%28Washington_D._C.%29.jpg" width="322" /><br><br><img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6a/Birds_painting.jpg" width="281" /><br><br>Finally, applying stain to pine wood is almost an art in itself. Even with wood conditioning, it is very easy to apply too much stain, or to unevenly apply the stain which will still result in uneven discoloration of the wood. The best approach is to avoid pine staining too heavily by using a damp cloth or sponge brush that allows you to carefully apply the stain evenly along the surface of the wood. Always avoid treating the process of pine staining like painting - painting involves a great deal of uneven application, but multiple brush strokes repair that. With staining, you can not use multiple brush strokes, but instead must evenly apply the stain the first time, and this is where a sponge brush can help.<br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/u1p7pRSUdxM&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/u1p7pRSUdxM&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>An alternative to pine staining that many professionals take is to avoid staining the wood altogether. Many people instead use different oils, shellac, or very diluted stain. For example, boiled linseed oil or walnut oil stain often applies much better than standard pine staining. Certain shellac products, such as amber shellac, looks especially nice on pine and is very easy to apply. Amber shellac applies a nice honey color to pine wood.<br><br>Regardless of the approach you take, it's important to look at pine wood as a stain "sponge," so careful pine staining should always be practiced to avoid uneven or excessive stain application throughout the entire project. Doing so will result in a very beautiful finished project that you can be proud of.<br><br>&#13;<br><br><a href='http://www.articlebiz.com/article/343168-1-how-to-perform-pine-staining-without-blotches/'>http://www.articlebiz.com/article/343168-1-how-to-perform-pine-staining-without-blotches/</a><br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/u1p7pRSUdxM&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/u1p7pRSUdxM&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Thomson Reuters Foundation | News, Information and Connections for Action - 13 Jul 2015 17:26

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[[html]]Women in sport: scoring for equality<br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/EjxwNxGa7Is&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/EjxwNxGa7Is&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>By Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka<br><br><img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6b/%27Buffalo_Hunt_on_the_Southwestern_Prairies%27%2C_oil_on_canvas_painting_by_John_Mix_Stanley%2C_1845%2C_Smithsonian_American_Art_Museum_%28Washington_D._C.%29.jpg" width="322" /><br><br>Women are far more visible in sports today than at any previous point in history. Let's capitalise on that.<br><br>Make Addis Ababa stand for openness in development finance<br><br>By Gavin Hayman and Charles Kenny<br><br><img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-apcpzi2pqcQ/TcmML3UAl3I/AAAAAAAAAnY/nYW0PfxK4GQ/s1600/IMG_3722.jpg" width="270" /><br><br>Publicly accessible data on government contracts for infrastructure and services could be a game-changer for development<br><br>From second jobs to new stinginess, women see warming differently<br><br>By Laurie Goering<br><br>Getting their input is crucial to getting climate adaptation right, researchers say<br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/o1dW_tkYBcM&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/o1dW_tkYBcM&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>It's not just about the money<br><br>By Kanayo Nwanze, president of IFAD<br><br>African governments must get their houses in order if we are to end hunger; to change the world we must change ourselves<br><br>Is building resilience to climate change so desirable?<br><br><img src="http://www.deshow.net/d/file/cartoon/2009-05/art-gallery-josephine-wall-paintings-565-18.jpg" width="343" /><br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/qWmF-bJj5Xs&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/qWmF-bJj5Xs&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>By Laurie Goering<br><br>Instead we should be trying harder to resist it, scientists argue<br><br><a href='http://www.foundation.reuters.com/'>http://www.foundation.reuters.com/</a><br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Haycation Enthusiasts Take Vacation Farm Stays - 13 Jul 2015 16:08

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[[html]]<img alt="Work with Farmers on Summer Vacation" data-caption="Work with Farmers on Summer Vacation" data-credit="kittenpuff1" data-credit-link="http://www.morguefile.com/archive/display/20189" data-height="960" data-type="" data-width="720" src="https://static.suite.io/article_images/orig/5f97ab24-263c-4628-85a0-50b550e03348.jpg"/>Looking for something a little different to do this summer? A lot of travelers are looking for new and authentic ways to vacation close to home. Many are fed up with the hassles of planning, packing, and spending a fortune. Why not take a haycation - traditionally called a farm stay - and see what living on a farm is all about?<br><br>What Is A Haycation?<br><br>Haycations are rural vacations where visitors spend a few days (or more) learning all about farm life. The popular practice in Europe is called agritourism, and it's catching on in the United States, especially for the vacation traveler on a budget.<br><br>The benefits of a haycation work for both the farmer and the tourists. Despite stringent insurance requirements and staying abreast of health codes, the option to allow visitors to work on the farm and learn about agriculture provides the farmer with an extra means of income. But learning how to grow crops and tending livestock isn't the only 'entertainment' farmers have to offer. Children and adults learn to milk cows, gather eggs, pick vegetables, and clean barns, too.<br><br><img src="http://images5.fanpop.com/image/photos/31600000/painting-yorkshire_rose-31648347-1024-768.jpg" width="357" /><br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/4gyl4KfDAYM&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/4gyl4KfDAYM&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>If the idea of doing chores does not appeal to the city-bred tourist, then farm haycations have alternative benefits to offer. Visitors may only want some time to sit back and relax, and soak in the country atmosphere. Still other guests might have a more purposeful agenda: For the artist and photographer a farm provides a bounty of inspiration, and writers most certainly enjoy the peaceful tranquility.<br><br>Benefits of A Haycation Vacation<br><br>Learn about agriculture, organic gardening, and how a farm is run.Show financial support as well as appreciation for US farmers.Children learn where food comes from before it's processed and packaged for the grocery store.Farm work provides excellent health benefits, especially exercise.Rural atmosphere provides a peaceful escape from city stress.Guests can see livestock animals up close.Some farms have petting pens where small children can pet animals.Visitors learn all about farm machinery.Guests learn about wildlife, natural resources, and the preservation of the EarthGuests stay in the farmhouse, a bunkhouse, or perhaps even a guest house on the farm property. Depending on the type of farm and how much the person wants to 'get involved' in the work, guests should inquire about what to wear on a farm haycation. Jeans, sturdy shirts, and boots are generally acceptable when tending animals and working in the fields. If one doesn't want to invest in boots, then a good pair of sturdy walking shoes and heavy socks will do, especially if horseback riding is part of the plan. Leave jewelry and cell phones in the house.<br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/pw5ETGiiBRg&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/pw5ETGiiBRg&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>Consider the Downside of a Haycation Vacation<br><br>If one does not have the proper clothing, especially for helping out on a livestock farm, then a shopping trip for the proper attire will cause added expense.Allergies to animal dander, hay, wildflowers, dust, and/or weeds may be reason enough to find another type of vacation.Fear of large animals may keep one off a ranch or livestock farm, but it's still possible to enjoy the view of cattle grazing from a distance. Visiting a produce farm or berry farm is a great alternative.Very small children have to be watched constantly around animals, tools, and machinery. Guest quarters may not be childproof.Types of Haycation Farms and Estimated CostLivestock Farms. Cattle, horses, goats, pigs, chickens, sheep, just to name a few choices.Produce or Field Farms. Vegetables of a specific kind or a variety, depending on the area.Nut Farms and Other Crops. Pecans, peanuts, cotton, and more.Berry Farms. Every kind of berry, especially strawberries and blueberries.Tree Farms. Apples, peaches, citrus, and many other fruits.The cost of a haycation depends on the type of farm, guest accommodations, and services offered. Some farms offer cooking classes, and farm workshops. Other farms might offer basic horseback riding or roping demonstrations. Guests might have complete kitchens for cooking meals while other farms provide meals based on what's available from the garden. Costs vary considerably, but figure at least 75.00 per person per night. Some places may charge 600.00 or more per week to stay in a guest house.<br><br><img src="http://www.deshow.net/d/file/cartoon/2009-05/art-gallery-josephine-wall-paintings-565-18.jpg" width="343" /><br><br>Haycationing provides visitors with the opportunity to get involved in farm life. Depending on the type of farm visited, guests can help with everything from grooming horses and feeding cattle, to picking berries, corn, or peaches. Consider the environment before taking a haycation and any additional costs. Farmers enjoy teaching others about agriculture and rural living. Visitors can expect to learn a lot while enjoying the fresh air and having a great time.<br><br><a href='https://suite.io/mary-king/1nc925t'>https://suite.io/mary-king/1nc925t</a><br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Introduction to Decorative Painting by Joanna Harris - 13 Jul 2015 15:24

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[[html]]Painting and decorating goes hand in hand like coffee and cream. One compliments the other and vice versa. As such, decorative painting goes back in history almost as far as people do. From ceremonial paintings on cave walls done by prehistoric men to the Italian frescos (wall paintings typically found in cathedrals), these artistic expressions have been part of aesthetic embellishment. Fortunately, our means of painting have greatly improved from the days of the cavemen.<br><br><img src="http://th03.deviantart.net/fs70/PRE/i/2013/080/7/1/ballerina_original_oil_on_canvas_painting_by_leonidafremov-d5yrt68.jpg" width="297" /><br><br>Where early painters had to practice ingenuity to produce colours and use water or animal fat to bind paint to surfaces, modern men have already figured out how to shortcut the process, and the concept of paint products (and other painting tools) was eventually conceived. Paint materials went into mass production over five hundred years ago. Nowadays, paint of almost every conceivable shade, texture and colour is readily available to everyone. Thus, artists or users are given more time to search for inspiration and be creative. &#13;<br><br>In practical home design, decorative painting, either as primary ornamentation or just a finish, is a simple and inexpensive way to add elegance and beauty to walls, furniture, cabinets and several other furniture items. The colours you choose, glazing and layering contribute largely to achieve an impressionable effect in the surfaces. &#13;<br><br><img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-i0NCqtzcElk/UNcq0pNGG5I/AAAAAAAACCk/Lr3NporlwNY/s1600/Painting+Experiment+1.jpg" width="360" /><br><br>Almost anything in your home can get a decorative accent with paint. Some of the items you can put decorative paint with are: glassware and ceramics, windows, plastic, wood and even clothing materials. Decorative painting can be a quick and easy way to dress up a holiday centerpiece or old piece of furniture. Furthermore, you can also create personalized gifts with it. &#13;<br><br><img src="http://www.deshow.net/d/file/cartoon/2009-05/surrealism-painting-568-2.jpg" width="333" /><br><br>Here are some tips in doing home decorative painting:&#13;<br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/d6egUsZvWu4&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/d6egUsZvWu4&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>1. It is very important to prepare surfaces correctly before applying any paint. Paint will not bond correctly and surface flaws will be highlighted if the surface is inadequately prepared. In glazing, surfaces should be non-porous. As such, priming is an essential step.&#13;<br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/4gyl4KfDAYM&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/4gyl4KfDAYM&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>2. Proper base coating is necessary to achieve the best results. Overall effect depends on the base coat colour so you must apply it to the surface evenly and without brush or roller marks. Allowing sufficient drying time between all layers is important as well and will prevent paint bleeding.&#13;<br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/d6egUsZvWu4&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/d6egUsZvWu4&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>3. Try to work in pairs when doing large area painting such as big walls or ceilings. Doing as such allows successive work and prevents the paint from drying out too much before applying the second coating. &#13;<br><br>There are several ways to achieve an elegant look by applying decorative painting. Whether you use faux painting techniques or just use a great colour to really bring out a wall, fresh paint can always make a difference to your home. Decorative painting can make one feel more relaxed and provide a homey feel to your space instead of just having dull living quarters.&#13;<br><br><a href='http://www.articlecity.com/articles/home_improvement/article_4207.shtml'>http://www.articlecity.com/articles/home_improvement/article_4207.shtml</a><br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

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Exterior Painting | Buzzle.com - 13 Jul 2015 14:34

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[[html]]How to Paint a Brick House Exterior<br><br><img class="og-img" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==" data-src="http://www.buzzle.com/img/articleImages/609627-3623-35med.jpg" alt="Tips to paint a brick house exterior" height="158" width="137"/><br><br>Like us, our houses need a makeover too. Over time, colors fade and a house starts looking old and dull. The external walls are exposed to sunlight and weather changes, which is why they get a faded look and need repainting. This…<br><br>Exterior House Color Schemes for House Paint<br><br><img class="og-img" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==" data-src="http://www.buzzle.com/img/articleImages/286377-161119-31med.jpg" alt="Exterior house color schemes" height="142" width="137"/><br><br>Studies show that enhancing aesthetics is the most popular reason for painting house exteriors. It comes as no surprise then, that the color schemes for exterior house paint, are such an important decision. Carefully chosen color…<br><br>Exterior House Colors<br><br><img class="og-img" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==" data-src="http://www.buzzle.com/img/articleImages/358906-20523-33med.jpg" alt="Home exterior color options with house" height="117" width="137"/><br><br>Are you confused by the sheer variety of exterior house paint colors that are available in the market? Through this article we will discuss how to choose exterior paint colors for your home.<br><br>Exterior Paint Reviews<br><br><img class="og-img" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==" data-src="http://www.buzzle.com/img/articleImages/440965-24020-48med.jpg" alt="" height="137" width="137"/><br><br>Choosing an exterior paint for your house is certainly not an easy task. Choosing the perfect color is already a time-consuming task, on top of that, you need to choose the right brand of color as well.<br><br>Exterior Paint Combinations<br><br><img class="og-img" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==" data-src="http://www.buzzle.com/img/articleImages/306900-13617-30med.jpg" alt="" height="91" width="137"/><br><br>Just like a good paint can give the interior of a house the perfect look, it's important to choose the right combination to beautify the exterior too. In this Buzzle article, we have explained a few exterior paint ideas with…<br><br>Best Exterior House Color Combinations<br><br><img class="og-img" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==" data-src="http://www.buzzle.com/img/articleImages/541288-51820-0med.jpg" alt="" height="137" width="137"/><br><br>Choosing an exterior house paint is a lot more challenging than choosing an interior paint color. 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Therefore, you just cannot afford to take a wrong decision in this regard. Here, you will get a brief overview on the color combinations. Read on…<br><br>Exterior Paint Color Combinations<br><br><img class="og-img" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==" data-src="http://www.buzzle.com/img/articleImages/301580-24822-16med.jpg" alt="" height="91" width="137"/><br><br>Exterior paint is a very important and integral part of the house, and adds to its beauty. However, to beautify the house externally, one has to select the appropriate exterior paint color combinations.<br><br>Exterior House Color Schemes<br><br><img class="og-img" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==" data-src="http://www.buzzle.com/img/articleImages/444322-372312-40med.jpg" alt="" height="91" width="137"/><br><br>With introduction of numerous color schemes, it can be really confusing to decide which color to opt for the exteriors. Moreover, you just cannot select anything randomly as painting the exteriors involves considerable expenses….<br><br>An Overview of Aluminum Paint<br><br><img class="og-img" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==" data-src="http://www.buzzle.com/img/articleImages/499205-44813-6med.jpg" alt="" height="87" width="137"/><br><br>Aluminum paint is a very tough, durable, and resistant paint. Let us look at the pros and cons of this paint and how to use it.<br><br>Acrylic Latex Paint<br><br><img class="og-img" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==" data-src="http://www.buzzle.com/img/articleImages/493993-28927-12med.jpg" alt="" height="91" width="137"/><br><br>Make room for acrylic latex paint, because it's going to solve all your paint problems in a jiffy. Let's take a look at why this kind of paint is gaining worldwide popularity.<br><br>How to Choose the Right Paint for Your House<br><br><img class="og-img" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==" data-src="http://www.buzzle.com/img/articleImages/455354-55827-21med.jpg" alt="" height="141" width="137"/><br><br>If you are planning to color your house then read this article. It provides you with reviews so that it will be easier for you to choose the right paint, be it interior or exterior.<br><br>Exterior House Color Trends<br><br><img class="og-img" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==" data-src="http://www.buzzle.com/img/articleImages/450534-9924-51med.jpg" alt="" height="91" width="137"/><br><br><img src="http://www.deshow.net/d/file/cartoon/2009-05/art-gallery-josephine-wall-paintings-565-18.jpg" width="343" /><br><br>If you are planning to get the exterior of your house painted and want to know about some cool house color trends, then read the article below.<br><br>Shutter Colors<br><br><img class="og-img" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==" data-src="http://www.buzzle.com/img/articleImages/419379-29711-10med.jpg" alt="" height="91" width="137"/><br><br>If you are looking for shutter colors to match the exterior of your house, then the tips and ideas given in this article on the different shades available would be helpful to you.<br><br>Exterior Paint Color Schemes<br><br><img class="og-img" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==" data-src="http://www.buzzle.com/images/defaultmed.jpg" alt="" height="137" width="137"/><br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/o1dW_tkYBcM&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/o1dW_tkYBcM&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>Selecting a perfect color combination would give a soothing effect to your house. The article helps with some exterior paint color schemes which are popular nowadays.<br><br>Textured Paint<br><br><img class="og-img" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==" data-src="http://www.buzzle.com/img/articleImages/372371-051-6med.jpg" alt="" height="101" width="137"/><br><br>Apart from hiding the imperfections of the wall, a textured paint adds an artistic touch to your interiors. This article provides some information about the same.&#13;<br><br>Home Exterior Painting<br><br><img class="og-img" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==" data-src="http://www.buzzle.com/img/articleImages/305991-6225-29med.jpg" alt="" height="91" width="137"/><br><br>Painting the exterior of your home can be done on your own, provided you have proper knowledge of the paints used and a good amount of preparation beforehand. Given in this Buzzle article are the steps involved in beautifying the…<br><br>Exterior Paint Color Ideas<br><br><img class="og-img" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==" data-src="http://www.buzzle.com/img/articleImages/299069-49018-56med.jpg" alt="" height="92" width="137"/><br><br>Choosing the best exterior color for your dwelling is a tough task if you are not an expert on paint color ideas. Here is some help.<br><br>Choosing Exterior House Paint<br><br><img class="og-img" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==" data-src="http://www.buzzle.com/img/articleImages/186404-3488-0med.jpg" alt="" height="103" width="137"/><br><br>It is very important to choose the right exterior paint scheme for your home. It should look new as ever, and not peel and turn flaky over a period of time. 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Picasso painting sells for a record $179 million - 13 Jul 2015 12:19

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[[html]]A painting by the iconic abstract artist sold for a record $179,365,000 at an auction Monday in New York, a Christie's spokesperson said. <br><br>The 1955 canvas, "Les femmes d'Alger (Version "O")," sets a new bar for the contemporary art market. Previously, the most expensive art work sold at auction was Francis Bacon's "Three Studies of Lucian Freud," which went for $142 million in 2013. <br><br>Christie's, the auction house that handled the sale, had expected the Picasso to fetch $140 million. <br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/d6egUsZvWu4&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/d6egUsZvWu4&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>The seller, who bought the painting privately for an undisclosed amount, remains anonymous. The painting was last sold at auction for $31.9 million in 1997. <br><br><img src="http://www.deshow.net/d/file/cartoon/2009-05/chinese-painting-531-2.jpg" width="351" /><br><br>Related: The art market is 'shady,' says Dr. Doom <br><br>Picasso's most famous works are in high demand and few remain in private hands. In 2013, billionaire hedge fund manager Steven Cohen bought Picasso's "Le Reve" from hotel magnate Steve Wynn for $155 million in a private sale. <br><br><img src="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/money/dam/assets/150325114132-picasso-780x439.jpg" width="780" height="439" alt="picasso" border="0" /><br><br>The Picasso is the centerpiece of a blockbuster sale of contemporary art on Monday and Wednesday. All told, up to $2.5 billion worth of art is expected to be sold, according to Philip Hoffman, chief executive of the Fine Art Fund Group, a global art investment house. <br><br>Related: Wealthy investors flock to art market funds <br><br>"Les Femmes d'Alger," which translates to "The Women of Algiers," is considered a masterpiece of contemporary art. It features nude courtesans, a common theme for Picasso, and is painted in his signature cubist style. <br><br>Picasso, who died in 1973, painted it as an homage to his friend and rival, Henri Matisse, the famous French impressionist. <br><br>Related: Investors spend millions at London art fair <br><br>Related: Is there a bubble in the art market? <br><br>Related: Gallery to showcase art from UK's most violent prisoner <br><br><img src="http://www.deshow.net/d/file/cartoon/2009-04/thomas-kinkade-oil-painting-526-2.jpg" width="306" /><br><br>CNNMoney (New York) May 11, 2015: 11:04 PM ET <br><br><a href='http://money.cnn.com/2015/05/11/luxury/picasso-auction-results/'>http://money.cnn.com/2015/05/11/luxury/picasso-auction-results/</a><br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/2phCqQxNRkA&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/2phCqQxNRkA&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

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