The Reluctant Entrepreneur: Turning Dreams into Profits

The Reluctant Entrepreneur: Turning Dreams into Profits
The Reluctant Entrepreneur: Turning Dreams into Profits by Michael Masterson
2012 | EPUB + MOBI | 2.5MB/526.68KB

Intelligent strategies for starting and growing a small business with minimal personal financial risk.

A comprehensive guide for entrepreneurs from one of the most successful business creators in recent years, The Reluctant Entrepreneur: Turning Dreams into Profits addresses the fears and misconceptions that many people have about starting their own businesses, walking prospective owners through the necessary decisions they need to make before even putting a business plan in place.

Presenting solid, reliable strategies based on author Michael Masterson's own successful practices, and debunking some common illusions entrepreneurs have about their businesses, the book is a vital resource for anyone looking to avoid the pitfalls that threaten fledgling companies.

  • Packed with insights from an entrepreneur who has launched and sold dozens of business, presented in a lively and conversational style
  • Some 600,000 new businesses are launched each year and with an uncertain economy, more and more people are looking for a stream of income separate from their 9 to 5 job
  • Filled with highly applicable advice that budding and professional entrepreneurs can start using immediately

Essential reading for small business owners and both first time and established entrepreneurs, The Reluctant Entrepreneur presents the smart strategies on starting and growing a small business that can make launching your own company a cinch.

The Economist Audio Edition [September 28, 2013]

The Economist Audio Edition [September 28, 2013]
The Economist Audio Edition [September 28, 2013]
English | MP3@48 kbps + EPUB + MOBI | 184.8MB

The audio edition contains word-for-word recordings of all articles published in The Economist, read by professional broadcasters and actors. It is ideal for anyone who wants to listen to articles while travelling, exercising or just relaxing.

The Economist is an English-language weekly news and international affairs publication owned by "The Economist Newspaper Ltd" and edited in London. It has been in continuous publication since James Wilson established it in September 1843. As of summer 2007, its average circulation topped 1.2 million copies a week, about half of which are sold in North America. Consequently it is often seen as a transatlantic (as opposed to solely British) news source.

The aim of The Economist is "to take part in a severe contest between intelligence, which presses forward, and an unworthy, timid ignorance obstructing our progress."Subjects covered include international news, economics, politics, business, finance, science, technology, and the arts. The publication is targeted at the high-end "prestige" segment of the market and counts among its audience influential business and government decision-makers.

It takes a strongly argued editorial stance on many issues, especially its support for free trade and fiscal conservatism; it can thus be considered as a magazine which practises advocacy journalism.

Although The Economist calls itself a newspaper and refers to its staff as correspondents, it is printed in magazine form on glossy paper, like a newsmagazine.

The Evelyn Wood Seven-Day Speed Reading and Learning Program

The Evelyn Wood Seven-Day Speed Reading and Learning Program
The Evelyn Wood Seven-Day Speed Reading and Learning Program by Stanley D Frank
1994 | EPUB | 17.34MB

A system that works; a book that keeps selling. Since 1959, the Evelyn Wood Program of Dynamic Learning has been successfully employed by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide, helping them break free of the self-imposed shackles that hinder learning. By teaching us to tap the natural power of the mind, the Evelyn Wood method helps us to dramatically increase reading speed, retain more of what we hear and read, improve comprehension and develop our powers of concentration. In just minutes, you'll notice a real difference in your reading speed, and in succeeding chapters of this seven-day program you'll get the secrets of effective note-taking, find tips for instantly improving your writing, and much more.

Homesteading: A Back to Basics Guide

Homesteading: A Back to Basics Guide
Homesteading: A Back to Basics Guide to Growing Your Own Food, Canning, Keeping Chickens, Generating Your Own Energy, Crafting, Herbal Medicine, and More edited by Abigail R Gehring
2009 | EPUB | 66.99MB

Who doesn’t want to shrink their carbon footprint, save money, and eat homegrown food whenever possible? Even readers who are very much on the grid will embrace this large, fully-illustrated guide on the basics of living the good, clean life. It’s written with country lovers in mind—even those who currently live in the city.

Whether you live in the city, the suburbs, or even the wilderness, there is plenty you can do to improve your life from a green perspective. Got sunlight? Start container gardening. With a few plants, fresh tomatoes, which then become canned tomato sauce, are a real option. Reduce electricity use by eating dinner by candlelight (using homemade candles, of course). Learn to use rainwater to augment water supplies. Make your own soap and hand lotion. Consider keeping chickens for the eggs. From what to eat to supporting sustainable restaurants to avoiding dry cleaning, this book offers information on anything a homesteader needs—and more. 1000 color illustrations

The Everything Guide to Living Off the Grid

The Everything Guide to Living Off the Grid
The Everything Guide to Living Off the Grid: A back-to-basics manual for independent living by Terri Reid
2011 | EPUB + MOBI | 2.19MB/894.77KB
>Do you want to have electricity and hot water at any time, no matter what's going on outside your property? Do you want to have more control over the things you eat and how they are processed? Do you want your family safe from the worries of a bad economy and crime?

If you answered "yes" to these questions, then living off the grid may be for you. Although living off the grid takes some hard work, the benefits make it all worthwhile. This practical guide gives you all the information you'll need to move off the grid, including how to:

  • Grow your own produce
  • Raise, hunt, and process your meat
  • Eliminate existing debt to cut off financial ties
  • Build a sustainable home from scratch
  • Harvest and reuse water
  • Create your own sources of energy

Whether you want to live an eco-friendly life or just want to incorporate a few key aspects into your existing day-to-day, this guide is your comprehensive introduction to homestead sustainability.

Breaking Bad and Philosophy: Badder Living through Chemistry

Breaking Bad and Philosophy: Badder Living through Chemistry
Breaking Bad and Philosophy: Badder Living through Chemistry edited by David R. Koepsell, Robert Arp
2012 | EPUB + MOBI | 2.72/1.02MB
>Breaking Bad, hailed by Stephen King, Chuck Klosterman, and many others as the best of all TV dramas, tells the story of a man whose life changes because of the medical death sentence of an advanced cancer diagnosis. The show depicts his metamorphosis from inoffensive chemistry teacher to feared drug lord and remorseless killer. Driven at first by the desire to save his family from destitution, he risks losing his family altogether because of his new life of crime.

In defiance of the tradition that viewers demand a TV character who never changes, Breaking Bad is all about the process of change, with each scene carrying forward the morphing of Walter White into the terrible Heisenberg.

Can a person be transformed as the result of a few key life choices? Does everyone have the potential to be a ruthless criminal? How will we respond to the knowledge that we will be dead in six months? Is human life subject to laws as remorseless as chemical equations? When does injustice validate brutal retaliation? Why are drug addicts unsuitable for operating the illegal drug business? How can TV viewers remain loyal to a series where the hero becomes the villain? Does Heisenberg’s Principle of Uncertainty rule our destinies?

In Breaking Bad and Philosophy, a hand-picked squad of professional thinkers investigate the crimes of Walter White, showing how this story relates to the major themes of philosophy and the major life decisions facing all of us.

The Assertiveness Workbook

The Assertiveness Workbook
The Assertiveness Workbook: How to Express Your Ideas and Stand Up for Yourself at Work and in Relationships by Randy J Paterson
2000 | EPUB | 574.32KB

Effective communication is a critical skill that influences your professional success, the stability of your family life, and your personal happiness. Your ability to communicate effectively is seriously hampered if you can't assert yourself constructively. If you've ever felt paralyzed by an imposing individual or strongly argued opposing point of view, you know that a lack of assertiveness can leave you feeling marginalized and powerless.

The Assertiveness Workbook contains effective, cognitive behavioral techniques to help you become more assertive. Learn how to set and maintain personal boundaries without becoming inaccessible. Become more genuine and open in relationships without fearing attack. Defend yourself when you are criticized or asked to submit to unreasonable requests.

Nothing: A Very Short Introduction

Nothing: A Very Short Introduction
Nothing: A Very Short Introduction by Frank Close
2009 | PDF | 1.25MB

This short, smart book tells you everything you need to know about "nothing." What remains when you take all the matter away? Can empty space--"nothing"--exist? To answer these questions, eminent scientist Frank Close takes us on a lively and accessible journey that ranges from ancient ideas and cultural superstitions to the frontiers of current research, illuminating the story of how scientists have explored the void and the rich discoveries they have made there.

Readers will find an enlightening history of the vacuum: how the efforts to make a better vacuum led to the discovery of the electron; the ideas of Newton, Mach, and Einstein on the nature of space and time; the mysterious aether and how Einstein did away with it; and the latest ideas that the vacuum is filled with the Higgs field. The story ranges from the absolute zero of temperature and the seething vacuum of virtual particles and anti-particles that fills space, to the extreme heat and energy of the early universe.

The Monty Hall Problem

The Monty Hall Problem
The Monty Hall Problem: The Remarkable Story of Math's Most Contentious Brain Teaser by Jason Rosenhouse
2009 | PDF | 16.24MB

Mathematicians call it the Monty Hall Problem, and it is one of the most interesting mathematical brain teasers of recent times. Imagine that you face three doors, behind one of which is a prize. You choose one but do not open it. The host--call him Monty Hall--opens a different door, always choosing one he knows to be empty. Left with two doors, will you do better by sticking with your first choice, or by switching to the other remaining door?

In this light-hearted yet ultimately serious book, Jason Rosenhouse explores the history of this fascinating puzzle. Using a minimum of mathematics (and none at all for much of the book), he shows how the problem has fascinated philosophers, psychologists, and many others, and examines the many variations that have appeared over the years. As Rosenhouse demonstrates, the Monty Hall Problem illuminates fundamental mathematical issues and has abiding philosophical implications. Perhaps most important, he writes, the problem opens a window on our cognitive difficulties in reasoning about uncertainty.

God and the Atom

God and the Atom
God and the Atom by Victor J Stenger
2013 | EPUB | 2.77MB

This history of atomism, from Democritus to the recent discovery of the Higgs boson, chronicles one of the most successful scientific hypotheses ever devised, making the case that in the final analysis, atoms and the void are all that exists. Originating separately in both ancient Greece and India, the concept of the atom persisted for centuries, despite often running afoul of conventional thinking. Until the twentieth century, no direct evidence for atoms existed. Today it is possible to actually observe atoms using a scanning tunneling microscope.

The book begins with the story of the earliest atomists - the ancient Greek philosophers Leucippus, Democritus, and Epicurus, and the Latin poet Lucretius. As the author notes, the idea of elementary particles as the foundation of reality had many opponents throughout history - from Aristotle to Christian theologians and even some nineteenth-century chemists and philosophers. While theists today accept that the evidence for the atomic theory of matter is overwhelming, they reject the atheistic implications of that theory.

An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist

An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist
An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist [Audiobook] by Richard Dawkins, read by Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward
2013 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 56 mins | 217.77MBMB

Born to parents who were enthusiastic naturalists, and linked through his wider family to a clutch of accomplished scientists, Richard Dawkins was bound to have biology in his genes. But what were the influences that shaped his life and intellectual development? And who inspired him to become the pioneering scientist and public thinker now famous (and infamous to some) around the world?

In An Appetite for Wonder, Richard Dawkins shares a rare view into his early life, his intellectual awakening at Oxford, and his path to writing The Selfish Gene. He paints a vivid picture of his idyllic childhood in colonial Africa, peppered with sketches of his colorful ancestors, charming parents, and the peculiarities of colonial life right after World War II. At boarding school, despite a near-religious encounter with an Elvis record, he began his career as a skeptic by refusing to kneel for prayer in chapel. Despite some inspired teaching throughout primary and secondary school, it was only when he got to Oxford that his intellectual curiosity took full flight.

Arriving at Oxford in 1959, when undergraduates "left Elvis behind" for Bach or the Modern Jazz Quartet, Dawkins began to study zoology and was introduced to some of the university's legendary mentors as well as its tutorial system. It's to this unique educational system that Dawkins credits his awakening, as it invited young people to become scholars by encouraging them to pose rigorous questions and scour the library for the latest research rather than textbook "teaching to" any kind of test. His career as a fellow and lecturer at Oxford took an unexpected turn when, in 1973, a serious strike in Britain caused prolonged electricity cuts, and he was forced to pause his computer-based research. Provoked by the then widespread misunderstanding of natural selection known as "group selection" and inspired by the work of William Hamilton, Robert Trivers, and John Maynard Smith, he began to write a book he called, jokingly, "my bestseller." It was, of course, The Selfish Gene.

Here, for the first time, is an intimate memoir of the childhood and intellectual development of the evolutionary biologist and world-famous atheist, and the story of how he came to write what is widely held to be one of the most important books of the twentieth century.

The Unforgettable Photograph

The Unforgettable Photograph
The Unforgettable Photograph: 228 Ideas, Tips, and Secrets for Taking the Best Pictures of Your Life by George Lange, Scott Mowbray
2013 | EPUB | 24.83MB

Renowned photographer George Lange’s work is guided by one simple truth: An unforgettable photograph is not about what the subject looks like, but what it feels like. In this entirely new kind of photography guide, written by Mr. Lange and Scott Mowbray, magazine editor and longtime amateur photographer, the rest of us will learn how to take photographs that don’t just document life but celebrate it.

No fancy equipment required. Just hundreds of simple, inspiring ideas and lessons—each one illustrated with a photograph—organized around the six essential principles of seeing like a photographer. (Here’s one: Shoot the Moment, Not the Subject.)

Here’s why to shoot in natural light—always. The fun of putting babies in surprising places. How to get intimate with food. Using a dramatic sky as your backdrop. The benefit of learning to know the light in every room of your house. Shooting hands or feet instead of faces. How to move past the “I was here” postcard effect. How to catch the in-between moments. Because in the end, it’s about living the moment, shooting the moment—and being in the moment forever.

Lumen Picturae: A Classical Drawing Manual

Lumen Picturae: A Classical Drawing Manual
Lumen Picturae: A Classical Drawing Manual by Frederick de Wit
2012 | EPUB | 214.06MB

Thanks to its exquisite pictorial material, this book familiarizes the reader with the logic and golden rules of art. It enables an understanding, on the one hand, of the keys to appreciating the works of the great masters, and on the other, of how to apply these rules to the practice of one's own creative activities.

The work begins with a number of basic explanations on how to represent and interrelate the different parts of the human body. The introduction is followed by chapters on the various possibilities for representing male and female nudes, and mythological and biblical figures, dressed and contextualized. Finally it looks at quadruped animals and birds.

Frederick de Wit published his work Lumen Picturae in Amsterdam between 1660 and 1675. It is a book of great historic value that falls within the tradition of the treatises on illustration, which were an essential element in any artist's education up to the impressionist revolution. The complete version of this work, as we present it here, is an excellent introduction to the aesthetic developed in the seventeenth century. It enables us to take up the trail of the education and evolution of a painter in the Dutch Golden Age, characterized by hitherto unknown cultural prosperity and a blossoming of the arts.

This work brought de Wit renown and always featured in the publishing house's catalogue. Even today it is fascinating for the great artistic quality of the tables that contributed to the lasting fame of its author, an undisputed master in the arts of printing, engraving, illustration, and painting.

Acrylic Painting For Dummies

Acrylic Painting For Dummies
Acrylic Painting For Dummies by Colette Pitcher
2009 | EPUB | 83.65MB

Create gorgeous paintings with this fun and easy guide to acrylics!

Always wanted to paint with acrylics? This easy-to-follow, full color guide gives you expert instruction and simple exercises in acrylic painting techniques and styles. The step-by-step projects let you practice your skill and stir your imagination — and give you the foundation to create similar projects with your own subjects and surfaces!

  • Get your feet (and brushes) wet — assemble your materials, prepare your surfaces, and sort out additives and enhancers
  • Try out basic acrylic techniques — work with brush strokes, control and thin your paint, experiment with textures, and use stencils
  • Practice design and composition principles — mix and use color, balance elements, make changes, and pull your painting together
  • Imitate several kinds of styles — use acrylic paint to mimic the effects of watercolor and oil paints
  • Build your repertoire — explore texture and dimension, work with glass, rocks, bricks, metalwork, and more

Open the book and find:

  • Clear step-by-step instructions with illustrations
  • A variety of projects and styles to suit all tastes
  • Quick tricks and techniques to get started painting right away
  • Lots of colorful paintings to inspire creativity
  • Helpful hints for improving your drawing skills
  • Full-scale projects at the end of most chapters
  • Exercises to jump-start your artistic passion

Brian Eno: Visual Music

Brian Eno: Visual Music
Brian Eno: Visual Music
2013 | EPUB | 36.65MB

This comprehensive monograph celebrates the visual art of renowned musician Brian Eno. Spanning more than 40 years, Brian Eno: Visual Music weaves a dialogue between Eno's museum and gallery installations and his musical endeavors—all illustrated with never-before-published archival materials such as sketchbook pages, installation views, screenshots, and more. Steve Dietz, Brian Dillon, Roy Ascott, and William R. Wright contextualize Eno's contribution to new media art, while Eno himself shares insights into his process.

Watercolor: Paintings by Contemporary Artists

Watercolor: Paintings by Contemporary Artists
Watercolor: Paintings by Contemporary Artists by Sujean Rim, Leslie Dutcher
2013 | EPUB | 98.73MB

Watercolor is taking the art, fashion, and home décor worlds by storm. The result is an explosion of amazing new work by contemporary artists. This volume surveys the current revival of this loveliest of mediums, in portfolios from more than 20 of today's top watercolor artists from around the globe. From the evocative visual journals of Danny Gregory and Fabrice Moireau, through the fashion-inspired portraits of Samantha Hahn and Virginia Johnson, to the indie art stylings of Jane Mount and Becca Stadtlander, Watercolor stunningly showcases painterly brilliance. With artist profiles, an informative history of the medium, and an inspiring preface by DailyCandy's Sujean Rim, this is the guide to a beautiful revolution.

Sketchbook Confidential

Sketchbook Confidential
Sketchbook Confidential: Secrets from the private sketches of over 40 master artists edited by Pamela Wissman, Stefanie Laufersweiler
2010 | EPUB | 29.42MB

Pulsing with ideas, energy and inspiration, Sketchbook Confidential offers a rare peek inside the personal sketchbooks of 40+ master artists. From colorful painted sketches to spontaneous napkin doodles, from the intensely personal to the purely whimsical, most of the work here was produced quickly and never intended for public view. It is honest and immediate, fresh and fearless.

In their own words, the artists share the intentions and inspirations behind their sketching. For some, it is a cherished, everyday habit—a way of wandering through the ideas in their mind, playing around with new subjects, or just having some anything-goes kind of fun. For others, sketching is a deliberate tool for problem-solving—working through a composition, capturing a moment's light or test-driving a color scheme.

As you turn the pages you'll be immersed in the creative processes of these individuals, arriving on the other side with a feeling of kinship and a renewed desire to boldly capture life in your own sketchbooks!

Malevich: Journey to Infinity

Malevich: Journey to Infinity
Malevich: Journey to Infinity by Gerry Souter
2008 | PDF | 49.81MB

Kazimir Malevich (1878 - 1935) was a painter and a great art theorist but first and foremost he was the founder of Suprematism (pure abstraction), a style based on geometrical forms. "Suprematism," he wrote, "has led me to discover something that had not been understood until then: there is in human consciousness an imperious desire of space and the will to escape from Earth."

This new publication presents the brilliant works of Malevich, the original painter, who until the age of twenty seven had no professional background as a painter, and who learned to draw out of curiosity and out of his will to learn. Gerry Souter once more offers us the works of a brilliant artist as well as a new perspective on the artist's personality.

Russian Avant-Garde

Russian Avant-Garde
Russian Avant-Garde by Evgueny Kovtun
2007 | PDF | 43.93MB

The Russian Avant-Garde was born at the turn of the 20th century in pre-revolutionary Russia. Intellectual and cultural turmoil had then reached a peak and provided fertile soil for the formation of the movement. For many artists influenced by European art, the movement represented a way of liberating themselves from the social and aesthetic constraints of the past. It was these Avant-Garde artists who, through their immense creativity, gave birth to abstract art, thereby elevating Russian culture to a modern level. Such painters as Kandinsky, Malevitch, Gontcharova, Larionov, and Tatline, to name but a few, had a definitive impact on 20th-century art.

Surrealism: Genesis of Revolution

Surrealism: Genesis of Revolution
Surrealism: Genesis of Revolution by Nathalia Brodskaia
2009 | PDF | 68.21MB

The Dada movement and then the Surrealists appeared in the First World War aftermath with a bang: revolution of thought, creativity, and the wish to break away from the past and all that was left in ruins. This refusal to integrate into the Bourgeois society lead Georg Grosz to remark of Dada, "it's the end of-isms." Breton asserted that Dada does not produce perspective, "a machine which functions full steam, but where it remains to be seen how it can feed itself." Surrealism emerged amidst such feeling. These artists often changed from one movement to another. They were united by their superior intellectualism and the common goal to break from the norm.

Describing Dada with its dynamic free-thinkers, and the Surrealists with their aversive resistance to the system, the author brings a new approach which strives to be relative and truthful. Provocation and cultural revolution: Dada and the Surrealists, aren't they above all just a direct product of creative individualism in this unsettled period?

The Life and Masterworks of Salvador Dali

The Life and Masterworks of Salvador Dali
The Life and Masterworks of Salvador Dali by Eric Shanes
2011 | PDF | 49.84MB

As a one of the foremost painters of the 20th century, Dalí, like Picasso and Warhol, can boast of having overturned the art of the previous century and directed contemporary art toward its present incarnation. As irrational as he was surrealist, this genius diverted objects from their original meanings, plunging them into the acid of his constantly churning imagination. A megalomaniac and an artist who above all understood the force of marketing and publicity, Dalí disorients the viewer in order to draw him into the artist’s world. On his canvases, images and colours crash together to express and mock certain ideas, creating a subversive eroticism that taps into the subconscious of the avid voyeurs that we are.

The author, Eric Shanes, explores the twists and turns of Dalí’s mad genius, commenting on the masterpieces of the painter so as to show the diversity and scope of his talent, leaving the reader blown away and bewitched by this Prince of Metamorphosis. This work opens up the sweet, mad universe of this megalomaniac genius and invites us to let ourselves be overcome … Dalí is, first and foremost, an absolute.

Picasso: Creator and Destroyer [Audiobook]

Picasso: Creator and Destroyer [Audiobook]
Picasso: Creator and Destroyer [Audiobook] by Arianna Stassinopoulos Huffington, read by Wanda McCaddon
2012 | MP3@64 kbps | 19 hrs 29 mins | 536.03MB

This landmark biography penetrates the barriers of legend to bring to full and intimate life a man whose burning passions--for painting, for women, for ideas--were matched by a compulsion to invent reality in his life no less than in his art. Here is the tragic story of a man who, from his teenage passion for a gypsy boy to the chilling bitterness and betrayals of his old age, was unable to love and was driven to dominate and humiliate the women--and the many men--who fell under his hypnotic spell.

Drawing on a wealth of startling revelations, including the vivid memories of Picasso's daughter Maya and the heretofore untold recollections of Francoise Gilot, who shared his life for ten years and bore two of his children, the author has stripped bare the romantic myths to reveal, in all its volatile complexity, Picasso's lifelong struggle between his power to create and his compulsion to destroy.

William Blake

William Blake
William Blake by Osbert Burdett
2009 | PDF | 97.23MB

A major figure of the Romantic Movement, the British artist William Blake (1757-1827) was at once a painter, designer, engraver and poet. He devoted himself to the illustration of his literary works, and his texts developed following the lines of his engravings and fantastic drawings, becoming veritable illuminated manuscripts. Inspired by biblical and prophetical themes (Proverbs of Hell, The Everlasting Gospel and The Gates of Paradise), Blake's art subtly combines the modernity of his time and of the Romantic Revolution with the classicism of the themes that he explored. Gifted with unequalled imagination and originality, the artist played with the diversity of his media in order to better externalise the demons that haunted him, as well as to plunge the viewer or reader into a profound melancholy. In this monograph, Osbert Burdett sheds light on the art and life of this extraordinary artist.

The Daily Book of Art

The Daily Book of Art
The Daily Book of Art: 365 readings that teach, inspire & entertain edited by Gabriel Guzman, Colin Gilbert, Dylan Gilbert, Elizabeth T. Gilbert, Sharon Robinson, Amy Runyen, David Schmidt, Rebecca J. Razo
2009 | EPUB | 116.33MB

In today's fast-paced world, creative people are as eager as ever to pursue their artistic passions, but many of them simply don't have enough time. Catering to this modern dilemma, we've concocted the perfect remedy for over-burdened artists. The Daily Book of Art includes a year's worth of brief daily readings and lessons about the visual arts that entertain as they inform. Ten exciting categories of discussion rotate throughout the course of a year, giving readers a well-rounded experience in the art world. From color psychology and aesthetic philosophy to the proverbial argument over whether elephants really can paint, art-starved readers will encounter a broad range of inspiring subjects. The book also features a ribbon bookmark so readers can keep their place throughout the year.

The ten categories of discussion include Art 101, Philosophy of Art, Art Through the Ages, Profiles in Art, A Picture’s Worth 200 Words, Art from the Inside Out, Art Around the World, Artistic Oddities, Unexpected Art Forms, and Step-by-Step Exercises.

Italian Renaissance Art: Understanding its Meaning

Italian Renaissance Art: Understanding its Meaning
Italian Renaissance Art: Understanding its Meaning by Christiane L Joost-Gaugier
2013 | EPUB | 41.37MB

Richly illustrated, and featuring detailed descriptions of works by pivotal figures in the Italian Renaissance, this enlightening volume traces the development of art and architecture throughout the Italian peninsula in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

  • A smart, elegant, and jargon-free analysis of the Italian Renaissance – what it was, what it means, and why we should study it
  • Provides a sustained discussion of many great works of Renaissance art that will significantly enhance readers’ understanding of the period
  • Focuses on Renaissance art and architecture as it developed throughout the Italian peninsula, from Venice to Sicily
  • Situates the Italian Renaissance in the wider context of the history of art
  • Includes detailed interpretation of works by a host of pivotal Renaissance artists, both well and lesser known

Greek Sculpture: Its Spirit and Its Principles

Greek Sculpture: Its Spirit and Its Principles
Greek Sculpture: Its Spirit and Its Principles by Edmund Von Mach
2006 | PDF | 94.28MB

“The spirit of Greek sculpture is synonymous with the spirit of sculpture. It is simple, and therefore defies definitions. We may feel it, but we can not express it. (…) “Open your eyes, study the statues, look, think and look again” is the precept to all who learn to know Greek sculpture.”

Utamaro

Utamaro
Utamaro by Edmond De Goncourt
2008 | PDF | 70.8MB

If sensuality had a name, it would be without a doubt Utamaro. Delicately underlining the Garden of Pleasures that once constituted Edo, Utamaro, by the richness of his fabrics, the long necks of swans, the mysterious looks, evoke in a few lines the sensual pleasure of the Orient.

Hokusai

Hokusai
Hokusai by Edmond De Goncourt
2009 | PDF | 81.79MB

Katsushika Hokusai is without a doubt the most famous Japanese artist known in the Western world since the middle of the nineteenth century. Reflecting the artistic expression of an isolated civilisation, the works of Hokusai, one of the first Japanese artists to emerge in Europe, greatly influenced Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painters, such as Vincent van Gogh. Considered a Ukiyo-e master even during his lifetime, Hokusai fascinates us with the variety and the significance of his work which spanned almost ninety years and is presented here in all its breadth and diversity.

Art of Islam

Art of Islam
Art of Islam by Gaston Migeon, Henri Saladin
2009 | PDF | 93.92MB

Islamic art is not the art of a nation nor of a people, but that of a religion: Islam. Spreading from the Arabian Peninsula, the proselyte believers conquered, in a few centuries, a territory spreading from the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean. Multicultural and multi-ethnical, this polymorphic and highly spiritual art, in which all representation of Man and God was prohibited, developed canons and various motives of great decorative value. Thorough and inventive, these artists expressed their beliefs by creating monumental masterpieces such as the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, the Taj Mahal in Agra or the Alhambra in Granada, architectural works in which one recognises the stylisation of motives of the Muslim ceramics. Lively and coloured, Islamic art mirrors the richness of people whose common denominator was the belief in one singular truth: the absolute necessity of creating works whose beauty equaled their respect for God.

Art of India

Art of India
Art of India by Vincent Arthur Smith
2012 | PDF | 88.17MB

India, with its extensive and colourful history, has produced an artistic tradition in many forms: architecture, painting, sculpture, calligraphy, mosaics, and artisan products all display the country’s cultural, religious and philosophical richness. From Hinduism, with its pantheon of imagery of gods, goddesses, animals and many other figures, to Islam, with its astounding architecture and intricate calligraphy, the many facets of India have given rise to a fascinating and beautiful collection of artworks.

Featuring incredible images and a text written by a renowned scholar on the subject, this work offers an in-depth look at the masterpieces of India, showcasing this fascinating country and her artists and covering a wide range of styles and techniques.

The Arts of China

The Arts of China
The Arts of China by Hugo Munsterberg
1989 | PDF | 24.69MB

The arts of China are products of the world's oldest continuous artistic tradition as well as one of its most brilliant. In this stimulating work, noted Oriental art authority Dr. Hugo Munsterberg traces the history of Chinese art dynasty by dynasty, elucidating the origins and development of major movements in painting, ceramics, bronzes, sculpture, and architecture. He clearly describes and defines the important trends and influences that culminated in the brilliant sculpture of the T'ang, the enchanting landscape paintings of the Sung, and the exquisite ceramics of the Ming. Outstanding examples of each genre are presented in over one hundred superb color and black-and-white photographs.

Winter Gardening in the Maritime Northwest

Winter Gardening in the Maritime Northwest
Winter Gardening in the Maritime Northwest: Cool Season Crops for the Year-Round Gardener by Binda Colebrook
2012 | PDF | 4.03MB

Many gardeners can supply a significant amount of their own food during the plentiful summer harvest. But the key to substantial savings on your food bill is putting fresh, homegrown produce on your table every month of the year. And in the mild, forgiving climate of the maritime Pacific Northwest, it can be easier than you think.

In Winter Gardening in the Maritime Northwest, Binda Colebrook provides a complete guide to cool season crops and how to raise them. Gardeners from southeastern Alaska to southern Oregon will benefit from her clear, practical advice on:

  • Selecting and preparing the ideal winter gardening site
  • Maximizing production and minimizing pests with cloches, cold frames, mulches, and companion planting
  • Choosing the best strains and hardiest varieties for a year-round growing season

An excellent companion volume to The Winter Harvest Cookbook, this revised and updated edition of the classic text will have you serving up fabulous alternatives to bland, expensive, and tasteless imported supermarket vegetables in no time. Whether your favorite meals include hearty roots or succulent greens, Winter Gardening in the Maritime Northwest will help you maximize your food production year-round.

Cover Crop Gardening [Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-05]

Cover Crop Gardening [Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-05]
Cover Crop Gardening: Soil Enrichment with Green Manures [Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-05]
1983 | EPUB | 3.45MB

Since 1973, Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins have offered practical, hands-on instructions designed to help readers master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily. There are now more than 170 titles in this series, and their remarkable popularity reflects the common desire of country and city dwellers alike to cultivate personal independence in everyday life.

Gardening in Sandy Soil [Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-169]

Gardening in Sandy Soil [Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-169]
Gardening in Sandy Soil [Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-169] by C L Fornari
1997 | EPUB | 3.12MB

Since 1973, Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins have offered practical, hands-on instructions designed to help readers master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily. There are now more than 170 titles in this series, and their remarkable popularity reflects the common desire of country and city dwellers alike to cultivate personal independence in everyday life.

Growing & Using Chives [Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-225]

Growing & Using Chives [Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-225]
Growing & Using Chives [Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-225] by Juliette Rogers
1999 | EPUB | 16.61MB

Since 1973, Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins have offered practical, hands-on instructions designed to help readers master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily. There are now more than 170 titles in this series, and their remarkable popularity reflects the common desire of country and city dwellers alike to cultivate personal independence in everyday life.

10 Easy-Care Perennials [Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-235]

10 Easy-Care Perennials [Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-235]
10 Easy-Care Perennials [Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-235] by Marcella Schaffer
2001 | EPUB | 3.35MB

If you love to garden but don't have much time to spend weeding, watering, and fussing over your plants, perennials are the perfect flowers for you. Most perennials self-propagate and multiply on their own, increasing in beauty and size each year. They are also less expensive and time-consuming than annuals over the long term, because you don't have to buy new plants each year. But choosing the best plants from today's selection of literally thousands of perennials is enough to stump any flower enthusiast, let alone a beginning gardener.

This booklet will introduce you to 10 beautiful perennials that are undemanding, wonderfully versatile, and adaptable to a variety of growing conditions. They're not particularly fussy about soil conditions, and they can tolerate both drought and overwatering, as long as they have adequate drainage. These wonders of the perennial world grow quickly, require little maintenance, and reward you with a kaleidoscope of color and gorgeous foliage year after year.

10 Essential Herbs for Lifelong Health [Country Wisdom Bulletin A-218]

10 Essential Herbs for Lifelong Health [Country Wisdom Bulletin A-218]
10 Essential Herbs for Lifelong Health [Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-218] by Barbara L Heller
1999 | EPUB | 3.33MB

Since 1973, Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins have offered practical, hands-on instructions designed to help readers master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily. There are now more than 170 titles in this series, and their remarkable popularity reflects the common desire of country and city dwellers alike to cultivate personal independence in everyday life.

25 Aromatherapy Blends for De-Stressing Country Wisdom Bulletin A-244

25 Aromatherapy Blends for De-Stressing Country Wisdom Bulletin A-244
25 Aromatherapy Blends for De-Stressing [Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-244] by Victoria H Edwards
2000 | EPUB | 3.05MB

Since 1973, Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins have offered practical, hands-on instructions designed to help readers master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily. There are now more than 170 titles in this series, and their remarkable popularity reflects the common desire of country and city dwellers alike to cultivate personal independence in everyday life.

Herbal Treatments for Healthy Hair [Country Wisdom Bulletin A-221]

Herbal Treatments for Healthy Hair [Country Wisdom Bulletin A-221]
Herbal Treatments for Healthy Hair [Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-221] by Greta Breedlove
1999 | EPUB | 2.76MB

Since 1973, Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins have offered practical, hands-on instructions designed to help readers master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily. There are now more than 170 titles in this series, and their remarkable popularity reflects the common desire of country and city dwellers alike to cultivate personal independence in everyday life.

Sensational Soy [Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-249]

Sensational Soy [Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-249]
Sensational Soy: Recipes for a Healthy Diet [Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-249] by Miriam Jacobs
2000 | EPUB | 17.08MB

Sensational Recipes for Nature's Perfect Food.

Did you know that soy has been proven to reduce the risk of heart disease? It's true! In fact, soy not only benefits the heart but also:

  • Reduces the risk of stroke and breast, colon, and prostate cancer
  • Decreases the symptoms of menopause and osteoporosis
  • Slows the progression of arteriosclerosis
  • Protects your kidneys
  • Is a complete protein, offering all eight of the amino acids essential to human health

In Sensational Soy, Miriam Jacobs offers taste-tantalizing recipes using soy in all its myriad forms, including tofu, tempeh, miso, soy milk, and soy beans. Whether you're a vegetarian looking for alternatives to meat and dairy products or a health-conscious consumer seeking ways to strengthen your body, you'll find what you need in these sensational recipes for soy-based snacks, salads, soups, main dishes, and desserts. Enjoy!

Braiding Rugs [Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-03]

Braiding Rugs [Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-03]
Braiding Rugs [Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-03] by Nancy Bubel
1979 | EPUB | 3.27MB

Braided rugs are like family quilts – each strip of cloth comes from a cast-off garment and tells a story all its own. Piecing the rug together is an act of weaving family memories into a useful heirloom you'll treasure forever. Nancy Bubel covers every step of the simple process, from planning the perfect size, shape, and color scheme to cutting your cloth strips, braiding them together, and finishing off your rug.

Grooming Your Dog [Country Wisdom Bulletin A-240]

Grooming Your Dog [Country Wisdom Bulletin A-240]
Grooming Your Dog: A Natural and Herbal Approach [Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-240] by Paula Kephart
2000 | EPUB | 2.56MB

Since 1973, Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins have offered practical, hands-on instructions designed to help readers master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily. There are now more than 170 titles in this series, and their remarkable popularity reflects the common desire of country and city dwellers alike to cultivate personal independence in everyday life.