Northbound and Notable – Page 3 – Northbound Notebooks

Writing Challenges/Competitions

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Prose Challenge
Deadline: Weekly
Prose is a site in which they give a weekly prompt with a chance to win some cash. Most are just for fun, however, some are curated by agents and authors looking for new talent (be aware to avoid the sponsored or community ones). Prizes are within the $100-$200 with a low word count, even without submitting it’s a good exercise to flex the brain and get the juices flowing. To learn more check them out here.

Autumn House Press – Poetry, Fiction, non-fiction
Deadline: Varies on category
Submission fee: Varies on category (typically around $30)
Autumn House Press is a group that believe in promoting authors ‘first book’ and getting the names of the lesser known out into the literature world. They want to promote the new voices that will grace the generation with their words and poetry. They accept unsolicited manuscripts through their contests and
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Master of The Month - Gustav Klimt

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Portrait of Gustav Klimt

Gustav Klimt July 1862 - February 1918

Klimt is an Austrian born symbolism painter best known for his figurative works with gold leaf. Not only did Klimt create paintings he also produced sketches, murals and other forms of objects d'art as portraits, landscape and allegories. His main influences were the female form and the methodical process applied to art in Japan. Though Klimt didn't travel far his regular trips to Venice and Ravenna are believed to have inspired him to use mosaic and byzantine imagery within his work. Before breaking success with his 'Golden Phase' Klimt received a lot of negativity due to the belief that his work were too pornographic. This came when he was commissioned to paint the ceiling in the Great Hall of the University of Vienna in 1894, the themes were too radical and risqué for the public that the paintings were never featured in the hall.

Nuda Veritas (1889)

After this incident he refused to take on any more public commissions. He decided to paint only for exhibitions and himself, he teamed up with other 'rebellious' artists and co-founded the Wiener Sezession, encouraging and inviting artists from neighbouring countries to exhibit their own unconventional artistry. Klimt continued to push the boundaries on natural female form and made his stand with the Nuda Veritas (1899), a nude red haired woman holding the mirror of truth with a quote above her head translating to "If you cannot please everyone with your deeds and your art, please only a few. To please many is bad" this attracted much attention and artists with a flair for the avant-garde. Later Klimt had his financial breakthrough with his 'Golden Phase', popular paintings associated with this include the Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I (1907) and The Kiss (1907-1908). Adorned with pattern and gold leaf these paintings are amongst his most popular and can still be seen today in the Belvedere Museum in Vienna, Austria.

The Kiss (1908)

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Artist of the week – Saoirse Lou

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Saoirse is an illustrator currently living in the UK. Her main influences are the forest and woodlands, being inspired by the magic and nature that they possess.

Illustrations by Saoirse Lou

As seen in her illustrations, she creates narratives around characters that she imagines, each depicting natural elements whether it’s the colour of their green skin or the little fairies making mischief in the mushroom groves! She has recently challenged herself to create monochrome pieces (with pinks cheeks of course!), and hopefully in the future to create a book. Original artwork, prints and handy bookmarks are available at her Etsy store here.

Instagram: @saoirsescribbles

Content belongs to Saoirse Lou

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Upcoming event - Doug Wheeler: PSAD Synthetic Desert III

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Image belongs to the Guggenhiem Museum, NY. Taken by David Hearld

Doug Wheeler, an important figure during the ‘Light and Space’ movement during the 60s and 70s is now exhibiting his new creation PSAD Synthetic Desert III, at the Guggenheim Museum, New York.

The installation – or rather environment, is intended to deliver an enclosed realm of infinite space. He is determined to share the sensations of the Arizona deserts he felt back in the 70s, the vastness of the space makes you conscious of your own state. You become aware of sounds and sensations you wouldn’t usually encounter on a day to day basis due to the busyness of our lives. Wheeler in the past has relied on objects creating the desired environment, however, is now solely relying on the volumes, lights and sounds to create an echo-free atmosphere for all to experience. For more information visit the Guggenheim website here.

Time: March 23 – August 2, 2017
Location: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

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Artist of the Week - Ink in Motion

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Ink in Motion – Macro Room

The Macro Room have been very generous and given the internet a beautiful treat; Ink in Motion. Ink in Motion is created by the genius’ at Macro Room, by pouring coloured ink into water they have created a hypnotizing and dazzling experience of swirling colours interacting with different elements, such as 3D models of cities and natural different flowers.

Still from 'Ink in Motion'

Filmed in 4K allows the artists to slow down the footage and completely indulge in the ever-changing painting – if you haven’t seen it already or want to see more satisfying slow motion masterpieces check out there YouTube channel here.

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