Art Deco Pink Flamingos – The Comeback Kid Of Collectibles

Posted on February 25, 2017 in Uncategorized

The incredible collectible pink flamingo is one of those type things that are either totally loved or completely ignored. Depends on human taste and objectivity. As many consider it art as others consider it junk.

The evolution of this as a decorative object dates back to the 1940’s a company called Union Products in a small Ma. Town called Leminster. They produced bit plastic animals for the front yard, but had not yet thought of the pink flamingo. Even those animals were, indeed, so tacky, they were huge sellers. A good analogy was like having the ugliest dog, so ugly it’s cute. People had to have them. They were all two dimensional like a cut-out board reindeer Christmas decoration is.

About a decade later, a serious art student who worked at Union named Don Featherstone was Although Don was a serious sculptor and classical art student, his first project was to redesign their popular duck and this time make it 3-dimensional The company figured it would be a bigger seller. The company was wrong and the 3d duck ended up in the local park. He had used a live duck as a model but still no real success.

He then figured people wanted color and something exotic. They came to mind but he could not find a live one for a model so he turned to National Geographic. Smart move. They had plenty of photos. Using clay, he built his prototype. then used to make a plaster cast. The plaster cast, in turn, was used to form the molds for the plastic. The original design called for detailed wooden legs, but they proved to be too costly and were replaced by the metal ones still seen today. While the exact date was never recorded, the first pink flamingo was created several years before 1960.

The late 1950’s just happened to be perfect timing for the flamingo. The American population was moving out of the city and behind white picket fence lawns, a perfect resting place for the big pink bird.

The late 1950’s fashion trends were bright, bold colors. Grays and blacks had been here forever and people were ready for a change. The plastic industry was thriving and now allowed for hot colors like bright green, vivid ruby, and, of course, hot flamingo pink. Pink refrigerators, washing machines, and of course who didn’t want a pink Caddie?

The love of the pink flamingo was short-lived due to timing. The 1960’s was a time of rebellion, especially against anything man-made, and the plastic flamingo was certainly not heaven-sent (though many serious collectors still consider it so). All the major department stores, (Sears being the biggest back then as this was way pre-Walmart) removed the items from lack of sales. Collectors went underground to flea markets and niche gift shops as they still do.

Many collectors are still very serious about them and go so far as to travel with them.
We all know that what is art to one person is garbage to the next. Bans have been placed on pink flamingos all over the country. As a result, Union Plastics was forced to introduce a blue flamingo to work inside the laws of city ordinances. But for every action to a reaction there is another action, eh? These towns then changed the laws to ban all plastic flamingos. Many refused to obey the ordinances and the laws have rarely been enforced in most of the communities.

Until this day, pink flamingo items are still some of the most sought after in the country, and the Internet is where the majority of the shopping is done, saving collectors large amounts of money from having to travel to find their beloved bird. Now they are available on everything from coffee mugs to boxer shorts to beer steins to clocks, all valuable and desirable collectibles (for those who love them that is).

Top 6 Tips on How to Help Select Kids Hobbies For Your Children

Posted on February 24, 2017 in Uncategorized

As Children grow up and their interests expand, many kids will fill their time with hobbies, usually settling on a couple different hobbies to provide after school enjoyment.

When trying to help your children find hobbies to enjoy, you may be in for an interesting time as most kids can make a hobby out of nearly every and anything. Many children have multiple curiosities so that helping reduce that number to something more manageable may seem impossible. We have compiled below a few pointers and a set of questions you can ask yourself and your children to make sure they find the perfect hobbies.

* Start Simple

The best thing you can do when trying to find your child’s hobbies is to make a list of all of their interests. You can usually glean a lot of insight from this by seeing if there is a common element to the things they like.

* Is Your Child Active or Inactive?

Some children can be highly active with energy to burn. Others lead a more sedentary life. If your child is on the active side, perhaps they’d be best suited for a sport. If they are not highly active individuals, a better choice may involve something a little more low-key such as learning an instrument.

* Are they Artistically Inclined?

Certain kids seem to have been born with a pencil, felt- pen, paintbrush, or crayon in their grip. These kids could easily sit and make art for hours. Others however, can barely stand the idea of arts and crafts. This question can help you cut down the number of potential hobbies to choose from….or add to the list, depending on where your child comes out on the topic of art.

* Does your Child have a Passion for Music?

If so, there are a number of music related hobbies to try out; from learning a musical instrument to joining a school or church choir. On the other hand though, your child may not be able to sing a note, pluck a string or hit a chord.

*Relate Your Past Experience

Take some time and reflect back on your past. Ask yourself what you did for enjoyment as a child. Mention some of the hobbies you did as a child to your kids and explain what it actually entailed. Your kids may like the sound of something they hadn’t thought about once they hear more details. You also may still have gear or supplies from your pastimes that you can pass on to them.

*Is your Child Multi-talented?

If your child enjoys taking on a few things at once, perhaps they would enjoy some more long-term hobbies such as building models or scrap-booking. These types of hobbies require a variety of skills, lots of patience, and a dedication to seeing a project through.

So with that, be sure to encourage your child to contemplate a number of different activities, try a few, and select their favourites to continue on with. If your child is passionate about an interest they develop in childhood, it may become a lifelong pursuit and something they can make a career out of it. Often with children’s hobbies, it is about the journey to find their fun. Make sure you present them with a variety of different hobbies and activities. After that, it’s up to you to take a step back and let your child choose the hobby that’s a perfect fit for them.


Oil Painting- Transform Your Hobby Into a Profession

Posted on February 23, 2017 in Uncategorized

In ancient days, art was one of the features to describe a civilization. Various civilizations had different arts and artists to embellish their castles, house and so on. Ancient artists used different painting methods for different arts, and one of the most popular forms was Oil Painting.  There are a number of work pieces that can be found existing even today. However, the traditional way of oil painting has changed today and in its place a modified and modern art of oil painting has evolved.                    

Today, Oil Painting is one of the finest arts to work out with and can be one of the best activities to get engaged with but remember one thing, this can cost you a relevant amount of money. However, you just have to look for perfect items required for the painting. If you are intensely fascinated toward Oil Painting, make sure that you have all the necessary tools to start with your hobby. Today you would find numerous of people who started oil painting just as a hobby but now have transformed their hobby into a full time work. To top it all, most of them have become great artists and earn quite a lot of money with their preferred hobby.                                                                                                                      

If you have a fascination for oil painting or have pursued this as a hobby for a long time, and now you want to come out to a more professional level than you need to understand some of the basic things. There are many things to know about Oil Painting, such as the auctions taking place around you in different art galleries, where you can learn about the ideal prices for different paintings. Thus, you can understand about the auction, and can sell your own art to different interesting people, and can make money out of your own hobby.                                                                                                         

There are various techniques that are used in Oil Painting. High quality colors and different types of brushes are necessary for quality painting. Moreover, Oil Painting is done on a special type of quality fabric known as Canvas; after the painting is done, the canvas appears to be bright and glittering. One of the main advantages of Oil Painting is that, you can preserve it for a long time.                                     

Though oil painting at first might look like a tough job, but on the contrary it is very easy, and you just need to be creative and give colors to your imagination. However, to become an expert you need to take help from an expert. In oil painting, brush strokes and color combination also matters quite a lot, so you also need to concentrate on that and no one other than skilled oil painter would be able to make you learn so. Online help is also very effective in this case.                                                                        

Moreover, you should find genuine dealers for your paintings. Today Oil Paintings have a great price in the market. You can earn thousands of dollars with your painting. Just you have to find a right dealer and the best art galleries where you can find the actual price for your master work.