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The Power Of Artistic Gifts

Art can link an emotion to an intended message. The power of artistic gifts is how they create a certain response that enhances the communication. For example, those who embrace spirituality in their lives might find dolphin art to have soothing and uplifting quality.

Artistic Gifts Leverage Communication

The power of artistic gifts is how they can leverage communication. Here’s an example. The most meaningful gifts I’ve received from my children are the handmade cards they made. Their handiwork touched me in a far deeper way than a store-bought gift.

SHOP Thomas Deir Hawaii Art onlineNot everyone has the time or has cultivated their own talent to create artwork as gifts. Today we have the luxury of jumping online to purchase unique artistic gifts. The important thing is to choose the artwork that best delivers the emotional aspect of your message.

Artistic Gifts Say, “You Value Them!”

The power of artwork as gifts is in the way it says you value the recipient. It shows that you made the effort to find a unique gift and meaningful. It communicates how you feel about them. Giving artwork, even if you are not the artist, is a way to bestow original gifts to co-workers, friends and loved ones

Art includes a variety of things such as tapestry, metal working, poetry, drawings, music, carvings, sculptures, paintings, jewelry and many more other forms. The amazing characteristic of artwork is the unique quality. There are vast art forms and they are incredibly unique.

A Final Thought…

This post touched on leveraging artistic gifts to enhance communication, a critical aspect of society. It shows one more way how art changes the world.

Bison cave paintingWhat is the first thing that comes to mind when we say the word “caveman”? Usually one of the first mental images that pops up are cave drawings. Early man communicated in ways that we wouldn’t understand today, however most everyone through the ages understand imagery. The drawings could have been made as a way to communicate a situation to others, however in a historic sense, early man’s drawings have become powerful artistic gifts to us because the drawings give us insight to the life of cave dwellers.

Art has countless expressions in man’s cultures and societies.

What is your experience with giving or receiving artwork as gifts?
Please feel free to leave your comments.

Aloha,

Thomas
www.thomasdeir.com

Happiness and Gratitude

During this time of year, we often give one another the greeting, “Happy Thanksgiving!” For me, that greeting helps me reflect on happiness and gratitude.

Thoughts I have had over the years about happiness and gratitude.

From November 22, 2016
“I am grateful that I had the opportunity to participate a fundraising event for the Hawaii HOME Project helping homeless people get medical attention. Grateful to Dona and David Miller and Sandy and David Siemann for introducing me to this meaningful fundraiser that’s been going for 10 years. Pictured are Tracey and Tabitha, whom I met and are now off the street and back into a stable home! Now they have some art to enjoy as they move forward! This makes me happy!”

From November 21, 2016
“I was talking with a contractor in Florida the other day. We share similar views on happiness – it’s based on how we handle difficulties in life. He said, ‘Pain is inevitable, misery is a choice’.”

From July 4, 2016
“Happy Independence Day! Freedom isn’t free, if it weren’t for our brave soldiers I couldn’t be an artist and you couldn’t buy art. Happy Gratitude Day!”

From June 2015 (Regarding the unveiling of a tile mural)
“Wow, I’m all choked up with gratitude! And thank you everyone who could be there to share in this special moment.”

From July 4, 2012
“Independence is freedom of choice. As we look around the world, and the world looks at US, we all see the value of freedom. Freedom is respect for the individual; hence ‘Independence Day’. Happiness is gratitude for freedom. Be happy. Be free.”

From May 2012
“There was a time when I had conflict with a person. Through the power of love (empathy, gratitude, humility, forgiveness) I managed to turn that conflict around. Today, I am grateful to have the opportunity to help make the rest of her life the best it can be. She deserves it. Love heals.”

Gratitude Makes Me Happy

From 2009
“Happiness is a state of mind that is fortified through gratitude and sincerity. Surround yourself with grateful, honest, and meaningful people and you will be happy – I did, and look at me, I’M HAPPY!”

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Hawaii Artist Launches New Website and e-Catalog

The new website allows visitors to view the scope of Hawaii artist Thomas Deir’s artwork in a broad or detailed view. The website is designed with improved navigation and functionality for a user-friendly experience.

Christ of the Deep, original painting by Hawaii artist Thomas Deir
Christ of the Deep, original painting by Hawaii artist Thomas Deir

Hawaii artist Thomas Deir invites online guests to visit new website and e-Catalog

HONOLULU, HAWAII, NOVEMBER 2016

Hawaii artist Thomas Deir proudly announces the launch of the new website for Thomas Deir Studios. The website includes extensive images and information to help customers understand the artist’s full range of artistic and design solutions. Photos, videos and text bring together a sweeping picture of Thomas Deir Studios’ creativity and craftsmanship across a wide range of applications, including original paintings and wall art for home or office, interior and outdoor mosaics, tile murals for bath and shower, and kitchen backsplash tile murals.

“The website is lightweight and fast! It was created with the user experience in mind. It’s designed using with latest software and is compatible with desktop browsers and mobile devices. We want users to benefit from richer online content that’s easy to navigate and easy to share with others. The new website allows users to share artwork and website pages with friends and family on social sites including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+,” said Deir

Visitors Can Explore Hawaii Artist Custom Portfolio and Ready-Made Artwork

The Purple Effect, Hawaii abstract painting by artist Thomas Deir
“The Purple Effect”, Hawaii abstract painting by Thomas Deir

The new website allows visitors to explore custom portfolio of artwork such as original Hawaii art paintings or custom designed wall art such as Giclee triptychs. Deir’s custom portfolio also features hand painted tile murals and floor mosaics for interior and exterior applications. Design solutions for kitchens, bathrooms, living room walls, entryways, businesses, restaurants, and even swimming pools are showcased on the new site.

The e-Catalog allows customers to browse Thomas Deir Studios ready-made collections such as Hawaii abstract paintings, canvas originals, Giclee canvas prints, matted art prints, and tile mural reproductions. From the e-Catalog, customers can shop for unique artwork with a significantly lower price than the custom artwork. Visitors can purchase their art directly from the e-Catalog website.

About Thomas Deir Studios

Hanauma Bay Tile Mural Entrance
Hanauma Bay Tile Mural Entrance

Thomas Deir Studios, founded nearly 25 years ago, provides high quality Hawaii artwork to customers in and around Honolulu, HI, and other U.S. states and other countries. Deir’s Hawaii art includes original paintings on canvas, Giclee prints, custom tile murals and mosaics.  Many of Hawaii artist Thomas Deir’s original tile murals grace locations on Oahu, including the entrance of Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve and 15 public schools across Oahu. The murals range in size and they are less than 140 square feet. Two of Deir’s larger tile murals adorn walls at the Hale Koa Hotel in Waikiki and Hilton Hawaiian Waikiki Resort. For more information, visit http://www.thomasdeir.com/ and https://www.thomasdeirstudios.com.

A PDF file of this material is also available: Hawaii Artist Launches New Website

Veterans Day Reflection

Veterans Day Hawaii Artist blog postToday, Veterans Day, we honor the men and women who have served our nation. We take a moment to reflect on the sacrifice they and their families have made for us, the people who enjoy the freedoms of the United States of America. All of us, regardless of our status as citizens, pay our respects to the more than 21 million military veterans, great men and women who proudly serve or have served in the armed forces.

Brief History of Veterans Day

Did you know there are about 21 million military veterans in the United States?
Every year on November 11th, Americans celebrate Veterans Day to honor the millions of men and women who have served in our country’s military. Did you know that this day did not always have the name Veterans Day?

We don’t know them all but we owe them all. — Anonymous

This day was originally called Armistice Day to commemorate the truce signed between the allies and Germany ending World War 1 (WW1) at the 11th hour, on the 11th day, of the 11th month of the year 1918.

The first Armistice Day celebrated in the United States was the following year on November 11, 1919. On that day, all business and activities were suspended for two minutes at 11:00 am. After the two minutes of silence, parades and public gatherings were held. In following years, a tradition began that continues today, America honored the Unknown Soldier on Armistice Day. At 11:00 am on November 11 of every year since, a color guard ceremony representing every branch of the military occurs at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington Cemetery.

The name was changed to Veterans Day in 1954 to honor all veterans, including those who served in WW1. Oddly, for seven years, the day was celebrated in October. Congress moved the day to October 4 in 1968 – so that Americans could enjoy a long weekend. Fortunately, in 1975, President Gerald Ford declared the day to move back to the original, historically significant day of November 11.

More facts about Veterans Day:

  • 16.1 million living veterans served during at least one war.
  • 5.2 million veterans served in peacetime.
  • 2 million veterans are women.
  • 7 million veterans served during the Vietnam War era (1964-1975).
  • 5.5 million veterans served during the Gulf War (representing service from Aug. 2, 1990, to present).
  • Of the 16 million Americans who served during World War II (1941-1945), about 620,000 are still alive.
  • 2 million veterans served during the Korean War (1950-1953).
  • 6 million veterans served in peacetime.
  • As of 2014, 2.9 million veterans received compensation for service-connected disabilities.
  • As of 2014, 3 states have more than 1 million veterans in among their population: California (1.8 million), Florida (1.6 million), Texas (1.7 million).
  • The VA health care system had 54 hospitals in 1930, since then it has expanded to include 171 medical centers; more than 350 outpatient, community, and outreach clinics; 126 nursing home care units; and 35 live-in care facilities for injured or disabled vets.

Source: http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/veterans-day-facts

Hawaii Artist Donates to Homeless Fundraiser

Hawaii Artist Thomas Deir Donates Art For 10th Annual JABSOM Homeless Project Fundraiser

Ocean Reflection, Hawaii Abstract Painting
Ocean Reflection, Hawaii Abstract Painting

HONOLULU, HAWAII – Hawaii artist Thomas Deir, resident of Kailua, Hawaii, has donated signed artwork to the 10th annual fundraising event of the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine’s Hawaii H.O.M.E. (Homeless Outreach and Medical Education) Project. H.O.M.E. is a non-profit organization that provides free healthcare to Hawaii’s homeless population. This year, the annual fundraiser, Ho’ola Me Ke Kahiau, “Healing with compassion through selfless giving,” will be held on Saturday, November 19th, 2016 at the Waikiki Aquarium. Proceeds from this event will benefit six medical student-run free medical clinics at homeless shelters and to the unsheltered homeless in Hawaii.

WHAT: Silent Auction and Food and Wine Tasting fundraiser to benefit the Hawaii H.O.M.E. Project
WHERE: Waikiki Aquarium, 2777 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu
WHEN: Saturday, November 19, 2016 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to give back to the community through the Hawaii H.O.M.E.  Project. This non-profit is all about collaboration and working with the community. The organizers and volunteers are creatively helping our community in many ways. H.O.M.E saves unnecessarily expensive trips to already busy and overworked hospitals in Hawaii. HOME is a long-term solution that can help the homeless population find much-needed care during a crisis event – and provide care to prevent a crisis event. My hope is the artwork I have donated will resonate with the supporters who will be attending the event,” said Deir.

Hawaii artist donations include Gift prints, Giclee canvas prints, Hawaii abstract paintings

Aerial Surf Hawaii Abstract Painting
Aerial Surf Hawaii Abstract Painting

“This fundraiser will occur during the Holiday Season, and I thought it would be helpful to offer Matted Gift Prints in addition to canvas Giclee prints and Hawaii abstract paintings.  I hope my donation will contribute to the continuation of the good work by the Hawaii H.O.M.E. Project.  They work they do is very important for our community,” said Deir.

For more information about the Hawaii H.O.M.E.  Project, visit www.hawaiihomeproject.org.

Hawaii artist Thomas Deir has nearly 25 years of experience in providing high quality artwork, original paintings on canvas, Giclee prints, custom tile murals and mosaics to customers in and around Honolulu, Hawaii, and other U.S. states and other countries.

Deir, founder of Thomas Deir Studios has an attitude of gratefulness and deep appreciation for the beauty of Hawaii. This is the center of the values at Thomas Deir Studios.

To learn more about Hawaii artist Thomas Deir, visit www.thomasdeir.com/about/. See the artist’s catalog of Hawaii artwork at https://www.thomasdeirstudios.com

CONTACT: Thomas Deir
PHONE: 808-783-1885
EMAIL: thomasdeir@hawaii.rr.com

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Tropical Flowers And Floral Art Can Transform A Room

Living and working in Hawaii provides me with unlimited resources for kitchen backsplash designs ideas. Many of these ideas come from the abundance of tropical flowers in Hawaii. As a tile mural artist I have a unique opportunity to transform a room with tile murals with paintings of hawaiian flowers.

Hawaiian flowers landscape kitchen backsplash tile mural

If you have a passion for allowing nature to feed your imagination with ideas, I think you will enjoy this article about floral art.

The Magic Of Tropical Flowers And Floral Art

Imagine that you can control the mood in your home. The emotions that flowers impart are expressed within a painting. Select a painting and bring the mood you desire to any area in your house or office.

The positive expression of tropical flowers and floral art will transform a room. The color of flowers has the power to effortlessly change a mood. A red rose immediately connotes the feeling of love, a yellow daisy brings a joy, a lilac or lavender offers serenity and healing. Tropical flowers can add an exotic quality that is almost magical. Tropical flower art has the added benefit of transmitting the magical qualities of flowers without the time it takes to care and arrange cut flowers.

Paintings of tropical flowers can be realistic, or painted with an impressionistic style like that of Claude Monet. We’ve noticed that in many of our paintings of Hawaiian flowers, the size of the flower can have an abstract or even surreal quality.

tropical plants abstract paintingIn the office, a company may want to convey a “can-do” feeling coupled with prosperity. In that scenario, an abstract painting with green plant-like colors would be a consideration.

Floral art can appear in many variations of color, size, and groupings. You can decide what type of tropical flower art best serves your purpose.

Perhaps you want a conversation starter in a meeting room or entertaining area, or to be surrounded by the grace and elegance of pink bougainvillea petals as you prepare family meals in your kitchen.

Tropical Flowers Tile Mural Kitchen Remodel Honolulu

Beautiful Tropical Flowers Offer Kitchen Backsplash Designs Ideas

As a tile mural artist I am very grateful to have this unique opportunity to live among the beautiful tropical flowers of Hawaii. They offer many wonderful kitchen backsplash designs ideas as well as ideas for bathroom remodeling design.

What do paintings of Hawaiian flowers offer you? Do you paint? Do you write? Please feel free to leave your comments.

Aloha,

Thomas
www.thomasdeir.com

What Are Giclee Art Prints? 

Giclee art print reproduction of the original painting on canvas
Paradise by Thomas Deir

At Thomas Deir Studios we value Giclee art prints utilize the process of high quality reproductions on canvas to reproduce original paintings on canvas.

We found an excellent article to explain what are Giclee art prints and invited the author, Bob Carter, to post it here on our blog. His article is below.

What Exactly Are Giclee Art Prints And Just How Will They Vary From Regular Art Prints And Posters?

Giclee art prints are top-quality reproductions. They are typically printed from a high resolution image with high-finish ink jet pigment printing on either an archival photo paper or direct to canvas. This process creates museum-quality reproductions that can last for a century under glass. Modern technology allows individual Giclee reproductions to print – eliminating the necessity to print large quantities at a certain size. This is a great benefit for the artists and buyers.

The combined effect of high resolution image and high-finish pigment produces a more eye-appealing and permanent reproduction than regular four-color process art prints or posters. Regular prints and posters fade and suffer color loss.

The word “Giclee” [pronounced zhee-clay] develops from a French word meaning “to squirt”, which is what an inkjet printer does if this produces a picture onto paper. High definition images on photo taking paper produced by an inkjet printer are known as an electronic pigment print.

To simplify this technical jargon and distinguish these top end reproductions from regular prints and posters, the word “Giclee” was created to explain them. Since giclee prints are located in lots of museums of art, the terms “giclee art prints” and “museum art prints” are often used interchangeably.

What’s The Distinction Between Giclee Art Prints and Regular Prints and Posters?

Giclee prints are produced on the top quality archival or photo taking paper utilizing a high-finish premium inkjet printer. They’re created individually creating a wealthy, refined picture of museum quality that can last for a century under glass.

Regular prints and posters that you just see on the web and in a few stores use less costly paper and so are produced in mass amounts. They are “placed out”, usually in levels of 10,000 or maybe more pieces per run. Several of these prints are available in China and go on for about 5 years, and then associated with feelings. Turn yellow in addition to their colors disappear.

As you grow into bigger size of 16″ x 20″ or greater, you’ll be able to really start to see the improvement in quality between giclee and regular prints and posters. Far, our eyes atone for this; however, if you move closer and do a comparison along, you’ll be able to instantly start to see the magnificent brilliance from the giclee. Really, if you look carefully inside a regular print or poster, you will notice that the appearance is blurred and detail sheds. Whereas a giclee print unveils a beautiful amount of detail, similar to what hi-def photograph.

So Why Giclee Prints Do Are More Expensive Than Regular Prints and Posters?

Giclee prints are more expensive than regular prints and posters due to how they are created. Giclee prints are created individually manually, while using finest inkjet ink jet printers and quality high-definition photo taking paper. Regular art prints and posters are mass created using machines that cut image after image on cheap paper that starts to deteriorate in five years or less.

Who’re Giclee Prints For?

Giclee prints are for those who have a discerning eye who value art work and museum quality craftsmanship. They provide vibrancy and enchantment for life, whether put into your beautiful home or professional office. Individuals who own giclee art prints enjoy their exquisite beauty and wealthy detail.

The article written by Bob Carter, originally appeared here: http://publishingempire.com/online-publishing/what-exactly-are-giclee-art-prints-and-just-how-will-they-vary-from-regular-art-prints-and-posters

Art Changing The World

As a Hawaii artist, I see art changing the world. I’ve learned that art is like an attitude. Positive or negative message, art can have an effect on people.

Being an artist, working in the field of art, has taught me to appreciate beauty and the positive things in life. I realize that every day we have a choice to be positive or negative. How we react, especially to undesirable conditions, is a choice.

Art Changing the World Is Like an Attitude

Art Changing the World - image of earth from Apollo 17
The Earth seen from Apollo 17

Art, like attitude, can be negative or positive. For example, there are songs common in punk rock and rap music that choose to be negative. They are hateful, degrading, insensitive and disrespectful. Negative art affects the human condition in a very powerful way resulting in violence, despair, destruction and pain. In this regard, art changing the world may not be a benefit.

Attitude is a choice we make every day. I’ve noticed that unhappy, negative people are generally insensitive, selfish, and disrespectful. I’ve also noticed that the happy positive people are sensitive, grateful, and respectful.

The world is full of good and bad, positive and negative, love and hate. We’ve all seen people, know people, even been people who have been negative. When you think about it, it’s easy to be negative. It’s easy to be selfish, insensitive, and disrespectful. It’s easy to think of yourself. It is much harder to be positive. Positive art can be the vehicle for art changing the world and providing beneficial outcomes for individuals.

Art Changing The World Has Taught Me Gratitude

As I developed as an artist, it seemed that I attracted people who were sensitive. I started to see that my clients and fans, many who became friends, were basically happy people. And I felt a strong sense of gratitude for having these kinds of people around me. When a client is sensitive they seem to appreciate the artwork more and on a deeper level they “feel” the art. Compassion, respect, forgiveness, kindness and humility all require sensitivity.

Thinking of others and helping others requires more thought and time. The beautiful thing about the choice is the reward, or the result. When making a decision, always think about the result. A negative decision will inevitably result with feelings of guilt, anger, anxiety, regret and low self-esteem. Choosing to be positive, although harder to do, always results in gratitude. Gratitude is the key to happiness. Having the discipline to be positive is the key to personal success.

The Art of Changing the World

In an earlier discussion I was said art affects the heart and can move out towards behavior. Art can change the world, it can move from the inward man to the outward. That is why we titled this blog “artheartheart” (art-the-earth-heart).

Let’s consider our time here on earth as a canvas to be painted. It may seem overwhelming at first. If we start with small brushstrokes we develop control and soon the canvas becomes art. We can change the world simply by being thankful.

What are your thoughts about art changing the world? Please feel free to leave your comments and share this with your friends.

I am off to create artwork. Art change the world!

Aloha,

Thomas Deir
Thomas Deir Studios
www.thomasdeir.com

Hawaii Artist Blog – How Can Art Change The World?

Hawaii Artist Thomas Deir
Hawaii Artist Thomas Deir

As an artist, I appreciate art in any form, like movies, poetry, music, and painting. As a Hawaii artist, I am grateful to live in Hawaii. The islands are a continual expression of natural beauty. As a human being I understand the value of expression. This Hawaii artist blog examines how can art change the world?

Expression can be negative or positive. It can teach, inspire, even justify us to construct or destruct, love or hate. Art affects the human condition in a very powerful way because it influences from the inside out.

I am blessed to live in the islands and it may seem obvious that I have the opportunity to create island art. Perhaps to some it may seem that the subject matter isn’t profound. However, as I create artwork, I make note of how the process affects me and how an emotion or feeling can move from the inward man to the outward. I see how my attitude and behavior can become more positive as I immerse myself in the creative process. Art can change the world from the inside out. That is why I call this blog artheartheart (art-the-earth-heart).

Hawaii Artist Blog Asks What Is Art?

Statue image of philosopher for Hawaii artist blog
Statue from Musei Vaticani, photo by JustinMN

For ages scholars and philosophers have argued what the goals of art should be.  There is a branch of philosophy, known as Aesthetics that is devoted to the critical reflection on art, culture and nature. Yet over the centuries many books and journal articles have been published arguing over the basics of what we mean by the term “art”. Is it possible that man can’t define art because it is too similar to humanity? If you consider how we perceive each other by the senses, emotions, intellectual opinions, will, desires, culture, preferences, values, subconscious behavior, conscious decision, training, instinct, society, or any combination of these forces, it is unlikely that mankind can easily be defined.

Can art change the world? What is the value of art?

If art is similar to mankind then it might be why we can be moved by it. Art as Experience is pragmatist John Dewey’s major writing on aesthetics. There he presented a theory that the importance of the art process is not so much the material work, rather it is the development of an experience. An experience is something that personally affects your life.

How can art change the world? Who benefits?

If art is an experience, then you could say that art is an activity.  Then the activity, the whole process of experiencing artwork at any level is the value of art. Perhaps this answers the question, what is art?

If you take that approach then you ask, who will benefit from the value of art? Will the artist? Will the audience? Will society at large? Will it reach beyond the immediate audience?

I want you for the U.S. Army by James Montgomery Flagg
I want you for the U.S. Army by James Montgomery Flagg

We have been affected by art probably more often than we realize. We may feel happy when we listen to a song or cry at a movie.  We experience the power of art to inspire, to heal, to transform, to rehabilitate, to bear witness, and to make us believe that there are better days ahead. Art has the value of allowing catharsis. This Hawaii artist says, “Yes! Art can change the world!”

If we consider that we are all the audience and experience art in at least one media, it seems reasonable to state that the very existence of art is how art can change the world.

Hawaii artist examining what is art?

As a Hawaii artist I hope to continue examining what is art, what is the purpose of art, and is art changing the world? The discussion will continue here in artheartheart. Please feel free to participate with your comments.

Have a positive day!

Thomas Deir
Thomas Deir Studios
http://www.thomasdeir.com