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5 Best Museums to Visit in Amsterdam

5 Best Museums to Visit in Amsterdam

One of the most attractive parts of Amsterdam is its many museums and galleries. The Dutch have quite a long history when it comes to arts and painting. Whether you’re in photography, graphic design, painting, film, contemporary art, state-of-the-art spaces, you’ll have a place to go and see it executed brilliantly. These museums are the places to go if you want to get your fill of history and arts. Also, if you plan to visit all these museums, invest in the iAmsterdam card.

1.      Rijksmuseum

You can’t talk about museums in Amsterdam and fail to mention the renowned Rijksmuseum. This museum moved to Amsterdam from The Hague in the 1800s. Without question, it’s the best place to visit in Netherlands if you’re an arts enthusiast. Start out by checking their floor plan so as to know where you want to focus because the museum is quite large. Their main focus is the culture and history of the Netherlands displayed in their Dutch masters collection. However, they have also catered to those who aren’t fans of Dutch masters. You’ll find Asian art, modern art, antique ships, miniature doll houses, and Delftware.

2.      Moco Museum

Moco Museum is a new kid on the block that has tones of modern and contemporary art. This makes it unique because the surrounding museums including Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh are pretty old-school. This private museum was opened in 2016 by local gallerists so it’s not on the main tourist trail. You’ll get to see the works of the rock star graffiti artist, Banksy and other eye-catching pop art. You can get the Moco Museum korting (Dutch for discount!) to enjoy rare contemporary art swagger.

3.      Foam

This canal house is packed with punchy photography all round. It’s so much more than a museum. You’ll get a collection of photographs, an in-house magazine, and a graduate lab responsible for Foam’s marvelous exhibitions. Feel free to call it an incubator remit.

4.      Van Gogh

Any impressionist lover would find Van Gogh their safe haven. Even when the museum has a lot of people, their spacious layouts don’t make you feel crowded. They don’t have all of Van Gogh’s work but you’ll get to learn the nitty gritty of his life. To avoid huge crowds, visit the museum on Friday or Saturday night as they’re open until 9:00 pm.

5.      Anne Frank House

You can’t miss visiting Anne Frank’s house when you’re in Amsterdam. Whether you have read her diary or not, you’ll be moved by her story. Photos aren’t allowed when you’re inside the museum and you need to get your tickets two months prior. But if you lack out, they allow people without tickets in the afternoons and evenings.… Read More...

Best Art-making Software, Apps, and Programs for a Beginner

Best Art-making Software, Apps, and Programs for a Beginner

There are many programs, apps, and software for art-making and drawing illustrations in ReviewsBird.com. Even if you’re a beginner, it’s easier than ever to get to a professional level using these programs on your smartphone, tablet, or personal computer. This post contains some of the best art-making software and program reviews.

There are two main factors you must consider when looking for the best art-making program, these include:

  • The type of software you’re using
  • The purpose of your art-making

Program by device

Different programs, apps, and software are available depending on the type of device you’re using. Although the same program may be available on different systems, the features may vary. Therefore, you must ensure that you check your device to ensure it supports the current version of the app before use.

For Desktop (Windows/macOS)

The following is a list of some of the best desktop art making programs, software, and apps

  • GIMP2 (Windows/macOS)
  • Krita (Windows/macOS)
  • Corel Painter 2020 (Windows/macOS)
  • MediBang Paint Pro (Windows/macOS)
  • Paintstorm Studio (Windows/macOS)
  • Paint Tool SAI (Windows)
  • Clip Studio Paint (Windows/macOS)
  • Photoshop CC (Windows/macOS)

For Tablets

The following is a list of some of the best art-making programs available on Android tablets, iPad, or both. The iPad supports pen pressure when you draw using a BambooSketch of an Apple Pencil.

  • Paintstorm Studio (iPad)
  • MediBang Paint (iPad/Android)
  • Procreate (iPad)
  • Adobe Fresco (iPad/Windows)
  • Clip Studio Paint (iPad/Android)
  • ibisPaint (iPad)

For Smartphones following is a list of art-making applications for Android smartphones and iPhones

  • MediBang Paint (iPhone/Android)
  • Clip Studio Paint (iPhone/Android)
  • ibisPaint (iPhone)

Programs by purpose

First, you need to think about your art-making goals, what you want to draw, and whether your art will stay digital or for print. This will position you to make the best choice as to the program, software, or app to use, especially if you want to draw comics.

Drawing Professional Illustration, Comics, and Design

Professional artists use programs that support advanced drawing. If you wish to draw comics, you should choose a designated program that comes with features for creating manga and comics.

  • Adobe Fresco (iPad/Windows)
  • Corel Painter 2020 (Windows/macOS)
  • Procreate (iPad)
  • Paint Tool SAI (Windows)
  • Clip Studio Paint (Windows/macOS/iPad/iPhone/Android)
  • Photoshop CC (Windows/macOS)

Creating Illustrations and Comics for Fun

Select a drawing program that allows you to post your drawings directly on social media. Posting on social media helps make your drawings more fun while you get used to drawing digitally. Most programs and apps for drawing simple illustrations are cheap and free. Here are some of the programs you can use

  • MediBangPaint Pro (Windows/macOS/iPad/iPhone/Android)
  • Krita (Windows/macOS)
  • GIMP2 (Windows/macOS)
  • Paintstorm Studio (Windows/macOS/iPad)
  • Clip Studio Paint (Windows/macOS/iPad/iPhone/Android)
  • ibisPaint (iPad/iPhone/Android)

Drawing Software and Applications

Here is a list of some of the best art-making programs. The best part is that they are cheap and free:

  • GIMP2 (Windows/macOS)
  • Paintstorm Studio (Windows/macOS/iPad)
  • Krita (Windows/macOS)
  • Corel Painter 2020 (Windows/macOS)
  • MediBang Paint Pro (Windows/macOS/iPad/iPhone/Android)
  • Adobe Fresco (iPad/Windows)
  • Procreate (iPad)
  • ibisPaint (iPad/iPhone/Android)
  • Paint Tool SAI (Windows)
  • Clip Studio Paint (Windows/macOS/iPad/iPhone/Android)
  • Photoshop CC (Windows/macOS)
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Preserving a Loved One’s Memory

Preserving a Loved One’s Memory

Losing a loved one can be a difficult experience, even though it is a natural part of life. While grieving and letting go are important steps in the process, it’s also important to preserve the memories of those who are special to you and helped shape your life. Here are some simple ideas to honor and remember those who have passed on.

Posthumous Portrait Paintings

Commissioning family portrait paintings is an excellent way to remember your loved one while creating a work of art at the same time. While you could choose to have a favorite photo recreated on canvas, many artists can also create original images for something that’s truly unique and special. These can also serve as special family keepsakes for generations to come.

Memory Blankets

Sorting through the clothes and belongings of deceased loved ones can be overwhelming, especially when you find it hard to part with their favorite items. Rather than tossing them or sticking them in the back of a closet, consider having them made into a memory blanket instead. Having a professional make a patchwork quilt is a wonderful and unique way to feel close to a good friend or family member after they have passed.

Choose a Day to Celebrate Their Favorite Things

A beautiful way to heal and remember is to set aside a day to celebrate your loved on each year. Choose a special occasion, such as their birthday, and spend the day doing things they loved. Watch their favorite movie, visit their favorite park and end the day with their favorite meal. Spend time with others who miss them and reminisce about good times shared with this special loved one.

As you process the death of a close friend or family member, it’s healthy and even important to find ways to honor and remember them. By choosing one of these special ideas, you can help preserve their memory for years to come.… Read More...