Almost all the images I create are free to copy and use with accreditation. They are displayed at my Flickr Photostream, linked here.
Art is effective in communicating ideas because the message hits you as a complete composition in an instant and creates a strong impression, that is, if the message itself is a powerful one. If you are not using intriguing images in your blog or website, you are missing a big and powerful dimension. If you need someone to create images specific to your blog or website regularly, consider contacting me at the email address below.
One of my articles has about 35,000 hits (at Xanga) and the main reason I believe it has drawn so much interest is because a related image, Professor Chaos, is being duplicated on the Internet, for example, here. Art can make an impact on many levels and is not limited by language.
The late Francis Schaeffer noted how rich images permeated the holiest places of worship. Images help to underscore truths. Images and art were ordained by God and found in the Jewish Tabernacle. Later they were incorporated into the temple in Jerusalem. The only foreseeable problem is if we end up worshiping images as idols, as noted by Jeremiah: "Every man is become a fool from knowledge; every founder is put to shame by his graven image; for his molten image is a lie, and there is no breath in them." (Jeremiah 10:14; 51:17).
I've found that art has helped in tandem with my writing. When I write an article, I often try to think of complementary images and small phrases that can be used to make the message even more powerful. These two formats, images and words, can continue to play off of each other and inform each other until each aspect is complete in and of itself as a composition. Then, once the image and the art are complete, they also help to bring traffic to the article and to the art. They are mutually supportive. Word art is a good exercise for making creative images. Recently, I've made some new versions of a theme, Homage to Teachers, as displayed at my Flickr Photostream.
Parody and satire
Parody is also effective when someone such as Bill Gates is involved in dystopian global destruction and there does not seem to be any possibility that a fair and just accounting of his abuses will be seen on this earth. As a support to the poor and disenfranchised people that tend to suffer, parody at least helps to expose hypocrisy and abuse by the politically connected and powerful who tend to play God. Parody not only helps to make a powerful and fun message, but it also greatly reduces the risk of any possible copyright problems, even when work is done for profit. This is because parody art work is generally given more leeway and protection under fair use laws.
Poetry in art
Another popular trend is the use of poetry and images together. When writing a blog post, sometimes a particular phrase will stand out,something that would be appropriate in art form.
These types of word-art pieces can include encouraging and uplifting lines that you would want to have around as a reminder. They may be printed in large format and signed and framed for use in your home or office. It's inspiring to look through the Flickr groups and see what others have created. This also helps to inspire and motivate towards the creation of something new.
When doing research a web clip can be helpful to document what is written on a web page at any given time. This can be important because people will often deny later that they had written something. Or people may deny that certain facts were published online. Web clips offer valuable evidence of what has been written. So, it's a good idea to copy web page if some type of information seems especially important.
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Contact address: rickwarden *at* writeme.com