It’s not just about the color; the type of paint you choose is vital. “With exterior paints, durability is key,” says Rick Watson, director of product information and technical services at Sherwin-Williams. “The best exterior paints hold color longer and resist peeling and blistering. Look for paints formulated to resist chalking, mildew, and dirt, which will save you money and time in maintenance,” he says. The company’s new Emerald Rain Refresh, has a self-cleaning technology that washes dirt away upon contact with rain or water, requiring minimal maintenance, Watson says.
But painting your home isn’t a one-and-done kind of thing. It requires upkeep, which can depend on where you live. “It’s all about the weather,” says New York City architect Kevin Lichten. “If you live on the coast of Maine or North Carolina where your house is pelted with salt spray, sand, and wind in the winter, you may need to touch up every spring and repaint every three or four years. In more mild climates, you may only need to repaint every 10 years,” he says. “And remember that the sun can be brutal.”....read article here.
Works in 3-D motion design are literally taking the art world in a new direction, capturing the attention of collectors around the world, and animating a whole new generation of techy artists.
The special-effects images, displayed in public spaces, on big-city advertising billboards, or on social-media platforms, are meant to engage viewers.
Paying homage to the “I Heart New York” motto, Shane Fu, a New York City artist who has been creating digital 3-D motion design work for almost three years, once filled the streets of Manhattan with 3-D floating hearts. In St. Petersburg, Russia, Vadim Solovyov sent a school of enormous stingrays flying through the city’s skies and depicted a giant raccoon washing its paws in the city’s main river.
“My work often features abstract movements in a confined space,” says Fu, whose works have reached cities such as Shanghai and Sao Paulo, Brazil.
His Back Alley Recycling and Limerence, for instance, are digital creations superimposed on top of video footage that is disguised as public exhibits.
Los Angeles-based artist Laura Porat creates cartoonlike works that possess what she calls a “vinyl toy quality.”
“A big trend in 3-D motion graphics is to create moody, photoreal, and atmospheric environments, while my art goes against the grain in that it’s incredibly stylized and fun and takes a lot from pop culture,” she says. “My primary influence is all the movies and TV shows that I watch, but I’m also inspired by everyday life; a lot of the characters I create are based on real people I’ve met.”
Artists are embracing 3-D motion design in large part because it is so accessible. “You no longer need a high-end computer to do 3-D,” Porat says.
They say history is written by the victors. So it’s no surprise that today, women are the winners writing the story—or herstory— of the real estate industry. At a time when workplaces and workforces worldwide are still struggling to achieve equal representation and opportunity, real estate provides a powerful example of how an industry can thrive when both men and women get a seat at the table. But that hasn’t always been the case, nor have all the gender gaps closed.
Despite a rapid rise for more than a century, there are still ceilings that need to be broken. Men are overrepresented in leadership roles throughout real estate, and the numbers aren’t moving. As reported in Forbes, 30% of executive-level managers and 43% of mid-level managers were female in 2007. Those numbers were 30% and 45% in 2017.