Home Artist Studios – How to Create an Artist Work Space

Working from home has become the trend nowadays. Even artists who are beginner’s need a place to paint regularly till their career starts. Not every artist can afford to buy an studio and though many have the dream of owning an studio facing the beach many have to make do with a corner in their house. Having the studio in home requires that it be artist friendly and promotes good quality of work.

Putting up a studio in house requires many important points to be kept in mind. If the family consists of young toddlers and pets it is very important to avoid them messing up in paints. If you do not wish your kids and pets ending up in yuk paint keep some boundary furniture to avoid them entering your work area. Divide this area with a partition, tall plants or even make shift sofa or seating arrangement. Keep all materials and equipment required to paint carefully and neatly arranged to avoid searching for them. Always keep working clothes separate so that you can comfortably paint without thinking of spoiling your dress. All paints need to be neatly stacked in a drawer or container. Brushes can be kept in o pen stand or holder to maintain them. Keeping brushes clean helps to get good quality art work and also saves on precious resources. Avoid keeping things too far from your work place so that you need not travel to the end of the home for searching just for a piece of rag to clean up.

Putting creative display and colorful pieces of art gives ideas to the artist and helps maintain the creativity level. One must take care to avoid clutter as also not keeping it so clean that no work can be done. Making the studio artist friendly helps the artist to develop their own identity as well as make good pieces of art.

Harry Potter Products At Universal Studios

Except for the Hogwarts castle ride, you will notice most of the lines in the Harry Potter World at Universal Studios are simply to get into the shops.

I’m not really sure why everyone wants to stand in line for the shops; maybe it’s for the atmosphere or ambiance inside the store… or maybe they just don’t know the secret to get around waiting in line.

When we were there in March 2011, my daughter and I went into the Honeydukes candy shop and Zonkos magic tricks shop (the two stores are joined together with a single line to get in). The line moved really quick; it took only about 5 minutes with around 20 people ahead of us. Honeydukes was like most typical stores inside, except it had lots of candies and tricks on the shelves. The only truly unique thing about this particular store was they had “ear” phones hanging from the ceiling (like the ear on a string used in one of the Harry Potter movies).

By the way, when you see people coming out of a door where there is no line, it’s because that’s an “Exit Only” door.

However, the cool thing we discovered is you can get most of the really popular Harry Potter products without waiting in line. If you want to spend hours waiting in line to get into all the little stores in the Wizarding World portion of Universal Studios, go ahead… enjoy the ambiance once you get inside.

However, if you would rather enjoy the town and the rides… without having to wear or carry around stuff you buy in the on-site shops… and wait until you are about to leave the park, you can stop at the gift store just inside the entrance to Universal Islands of Adventure. This gift store has almost the full selection of wizarding world products at the same prices… but without the wait!

Here’s a list of genuine Harry Potter products you can get at this gift store:

• Harry Potter Wands
• Cloaks from each of the 4 houses
• A variety of Harry Potter T-Shirts and sweatshirts
• Chocolate Frogs
• Other candies from Honeydukes (e.g., Peppermint Frogs, Imps {cinnamon hard candy}, Every Flavor Beans, etc.)
• Keychains
• Remembrals
• Brooms
• Journals from each of the four houses (Griffindor, Ravenclaw, Slytherin, & Hufflepuff)
• Scarves from each of the four houses
• Ties from the four houses
• Marauder’s Maps
• Caps
• Quill Pens (like the one that scratches blood in Harry’s hand)
• Rita Skeeter’s Pad & Quill
• Quidditch items such as the quaffle balls, bludgers, and the snitch
• Hedweg puppets (that’s Harry’s owl)
• Pygmy puffs (cute, pink fluffballs with eyes, nose, and mouth)
• Stuffed rats (Ron’s pet “Scabbers”)
• Stuffed Persian cats (Hermione’s pet “Crookshanks”)
• Dragons (both figurines and stuffed)
• Time Turners
• And lots more!!! 

By the way, if you get one of the hotel packages associated with Universal Studios, you will also receive a 15% discount card for food, drinks, and merchandise, but it is not accepted for Harry Potter products.

You also can’t use the 15% discount card for food and drinks at any of the carts. A “cart” is any place that is not inside a real building sells this stuff. Fortunately, there are other completely legitimate ways Universal Studios will give you discount prices on all this stuff.

So, why wait in line to get all your Harry Potter souvenirs and paraphernalia. Just shop at the gift stores near the entrance on the way out, and then you won’t have to carry stuff around all day.

4 Quick Tips For Starting a Pet Photography Business

O.K…You love animals and you love photography and people are always commenting on how wonderful your photos are. Could you possibly Start A Pet Photography Business, just because you have a passion? Of course, you can!

Most successful photographers have started their own businesses with very little experience and learned almost everything through trial and error. All you need is a little bit of talent, a desire to learn some of the technical stuff and a huge amount of passion and enthusiasm.

Tip #1 Start By Building A Portfolio

Take photos of animals every chance you get. If you don’t have your own pet models, then ask someone you know if you can photograph their pet. Tell them you are building your portfolio and that you will give them the photos in exchange for showing their pet in your portfolio. Most likely they will be flattered and you will be one step closer to getting paid clients.

Tip #2 Getting The Shot

Some of the best photographs of animals are the ones that are natural and spontaneous. The more time you spend practicing with animals, you will start developing a connection that will show in your photographs. Animals know if a person is genuine and they will become more at ease and trusting if they know they are liked.

Tip #3 You Don’t Need A Studio

Now, you may be wondering if you need a photography studio or if you can be an on-location photographer. Many pet photographers do not have a portrait studio and still get great results. If you want a studio, a small set up area in your home is all you would need. Animals are usually most comfortable in their own surroundings, therefore producing the most natural photographs. So, be prepared to do some traveling.

Tip #4 Get The Word Out

Remember to find a wide variety of animals to photograph. Start showing your portfolio around town, leave business cards at pet groomers, veterinarians, and other pet related businesses. As your business develops, your name will travel quickly by word of mouth.

Final Thoughts:

Starting A Pet Photography Business can be a profitable, enjoyable and exciting career. As a pet photographer, you can choose your own work hours and clients and enjoy the freedoms that come from owning your own business. Pursue your passion, get started on your pet photography business and enjoy the rewards of being your own boss!