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Chuck Close

Charles Thomas "Chuck" Close is an American painter and photographer. He makes massive-scale photorealist portraits. Close paints abstract portraits of himself and others, which hang in collections internationally. Close creates photo portraits using a large format camera. Though a catastrophic spinal artery collapse in 1988 left him paralyzed, he has continued to paint. Chuck Close was born in Washington, his father, Leslie Durward Close, died. His mother's name was Mildred Wagner Close; as a child, Close suffered from a neuromuscular condition that made it difficult to lift his feet and a bout with nephritis that kept him out of school for most of sixth grade. When in school, he did poorly due to his dyslexia, which wasn't diagnosed at the time. Most of his early works are large portraits based on photographs, using Photorealism or Hyperrealism, of family and friends other artists, he suffers from prosopagnosia, has suggested that this condition is what first inspired him to do portraits. In an interview with Phong Bui in The Brooklyn Rail, Close describes an early encounter with a Jackson Pollock painting at the Seattle Art Museum: "I went to the Seattle Art Museum with my mother for the first time when I was 14.

I saw this Jackson Pollock drip painting with aluminum paint, tar and all that stuff. I was outraged, disturbed, it was so far removed from. However, within 2 or 3 days, I was dripping paint all over my old paintings. In a way I've been chasing that experience since."Close attended Everett Community College in 1958–60. Local notable eccentric, author and journalist John Patric was an early anti-establishment intellectual influence on him, a role model for the iconoclastic and theatric artist's persona Close learned to project in subsequent years. In 1962, Close received his B. A. from the University of Washington in Seattle. In 1961, he won a coveted scholarship to the Yale Summer School of Music and Art, the following year entered the graduate degree program at Yale University, where he received his MFA in 1964. Among Close's classmates at Yale were Brice Marden, Vija Celmins, Janet Fish, Richard Serra, Nancy Graves, Jennifer Bartlett, Robert Mangold, Sylvia Plimack Mangold. After Yale, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna on a Fulbright grant.

When he returned to the US, he worked as an art teacher at the University of Massachusetts. Close established himself in SoHo. Throughout his career, Chuck Close has expanded his contribution to portraiture through the mastery of such varied drawing and painting techniques as ink, pastel, conté crayon, finger painting, stamp-pad ink on paper, his early airbrush techniques inspired the development of the ink jet printer. Close had been known for his skillful brushwork as a graduate student at Yale University. There, he emulated Willem de Kooning and seemed "destined to become a third-generation abstract expressionist, although with a dash of Pop iconoclasm". After a period in which he experimented with figurative constructions, Close began a series of paintings derived from black-and-white photographs of a female nude, which he copied onto canvas and painted in color; as he explained in a 2009 interview with Cleveland, Ohio's The Plain Dealer newspaper, he made a choice in 1967 to make art hard for himself and force a personal artistic breakthrough by abandoning the paintbrush.

"I threw away my tools", Close said. "I chose to do things. The choice not to do something is in a funny way more positive than the choice to do something. If you impose a limit to not do something you've done before, it will push you to where you've never gone before." One photo of Philip Glass was included in his resulting black-and-white series in 1969, redone with watercolors in 1977, again redone with stamp pad and fingerprints in 1978, done as gray handmade paper in 1982. Working from a gridded photograph, he builds his images by applying one careful stroke after another in multi-colors or grayscale, he works methodically, starting his regular grid from the left hand corner of the canvas. His works are larger than life and focused. "One demonstration of the way photography became assimilated into the art world is the success of photorealist painting in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It is called super-realism or hyper-realism and painters like Richard Estes, Denis Peterson, Audrey Flack, Chuck Close worked from photographic stills to create paintings that appeared to be photographs.

The everyday nature of the subject matter of the paintings worked to secure the painting as a realist object."Close suffers from prosopagnosia known as face blindness, in which he is unable to recognize faces. By painting portraits, he is better able to remember faces. On the subject, Close has said, "I was not conscious of making a decision to paint portraits because I have difficulty recognizing faces; that occurred to me twenty years after the fact when I looked at why I was still painting portraits, why that still had urgency for me. I began to realize that it has sustained me for so long because I have difficulty in recognizing faces."Although his paintings differ in method from his earlier canvases, the preliminary process remains the same. To create his grid work copies of photos, Close puts a grid on the photo and on the canvas and copies cell by cell; each square within the grid is filled with roughly

Chris Watt

Chris Watt is a former American football offensive guard who played three seasons in the National Football League. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the third round, 89th overall, of the 2014 NFL Draft, he played college football at Notre Dame. Watt was born on August 1990, in Glen Ellyn, Illinois to parents Rich and Mary Pat. Watt attended Glenbard West High School in Illinois. Watt played three different offensive line positions on the football team, he was selected to the 2009 U. S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, he was named to USA Today All-American team and placed on the Parade All-America team following his senior year. He was named the top high school recruit in the midwest by the Detroit Free Press, he was named to Tom Lemming's 26 man All-America team. He was selected first-team All-American by MaxPreps in 2008. Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, he was rated the second best offensive guard prospect in his class. He was named the 2008-09 Illinois Gatorade Player of the Year.

The Sporting News named him fifth-best offensive 35th best overall. He was ranked the top overall offensive guard by Scout.com and rated as 68th best overall prospect in the SI.com/Takkle Top 200. Watt redshirted as a freshman in 2009. Watt began to see some action in 2010 as a Sophomore, he provided backup for Chris Stewart at right guard. He was the Fighting Irish's starting left guard in 2011, 2012, 2013. During his senior year at Notre Dame, he alongside his offensive line compatriots only allowed eight sacks; this is tied for the second-fewest in the U. S, he started all 13 games for the Irish in 2011. He played 47 straight games and started in 34 consecutive games before missing the Navy game due to an injured knee, he returned to start the final three games of the 2013 season, before being held out of the Pinstripe Bowl vs. Rutgers due to his injured knee. At the end of his senior year, he was the recipient of the Pietrosante Award, given to the best student-athlete who demonstrated courage, teamwork and pride that resembled the late Irish fullback.

Watt was selected by the San Diego Chargers in the 3rd round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Watt has played in 17 games in his professional career, has started a total of 8. Watt started the 2016 season on PUP with a knee injury, he was waived by the Chargers on November 2016 after failing his physical. On June 19, 2017, Watt was signed by the New Orleans Saints. On July 26, 2017, Watt retired from the NFL. Watt's great-great-uncle, Dan Hurley, his grandfather, played football at Harvard University, his father, played football at Hillsdale College, an uncle, played football at Brown University. Watt's brother, played football at Northwestern and his sister, played soccer at Toledo. Chris Watt on Twitter Notre Dame Fighting Irish bio San Diego Chargers bio

Clan MacDonald of Dunnyveg

Clan MacDonald of Dunnyveg known as Clan Donald South, Clan Iain Mor, Clan MacDonald of Islay and Kintyre, MacDonalds of the Glens and sometimes referred to as MacDonnells, is a Scottish clan and a branch of Clan Donald. The founder of the MacDonalds of Dunnyveg is Eòin Mòr Tànaiste Mac Dhòmhnaill, a son of Iain Mic Dhòmhnaill and Margaret Stewart; the founder of Clan Donald of Dunnyveg and the Glens was Eòin Mòr Tànaiste Mac Dhòmhnaill, the second son of John MacDonald known as Good John of Islay, Lord of the Isles, 6th chief of Clan Donald and 1st Lord of the Isles through his marriage to Margaret Stewart. Eòin Mòr Tànaiste Mac Dhòmhnaill married Margaret Bissett of the Glens of Antrim. From his marriage he claimed, but did not possess, this territory in Ireland, along with those he possessed in Islay and Kintyre in Scotland, he and his descendants became known as Lords of Dunnyvaig and the Glens, although they did not possess the latter until the 16th century. Their seat in Dunnyvaig was on the Island of Islay and in the Glens they were seated in Antrim.

Eòin Mòr Tànaiste was assassinated by James Campbell in 1427. His son Donald Balloch MacDonald the 2nd chief led the clan when they fought and won at the first Battle of Inverlochy; this was in support of their cousin Alexander of Islay, Earl of Ross and chief of Clan Donald, 3rd Lord of the Isles. The third Chief, Sir John Mor with his heir John Cathanach and three grandsons were apprehended through the treachery of MacIain of Ardnamurchan and were executed in Edinburgh for treason. However, MacIain of Ardnamurchan, who had betrayed Alexander MacDonald of Lochalsh, was himself killed in 1518 by those whom he had betrayed. On the death of James MacDonald, 6th of Dunnyveg and Antrim, the Antrim Glens were seized by one of his younger brothers called Somerled or Sorley Boy MacDonnell known as Sorley Buy. In 1565 under Sorley Boy MacDonnell the Clan Donald of Antrim and Dunnyveg fought the Battle of Glentasie against Shane O'Neill in Ireland. Sorley Buy swore allegiance to James IV of Scotland and his fourth son Ranald was made Randal MacDonnell, 1st Earl of Antrim by Queen Elizabeth.

Much quarrelling took place between Angus MacDonald, 8th of Dunnyveg and his eldest son, Sir James MacDonald, 9th of Dunnyveg this was due to the intrigues of the Clan Campbell. Sir James MacDonald led the clan who fought and won at the Battle of Gruinart Strand on the Isle of Islay in 1598 against an invasion force of the Clan MacLean who were led by Sir Lachlan Mor Maclean of Duart Castle, killed. Further intrigue by the Clan Campbell brought the downfall of the Clan Donald of Dunnyveg and by 1620 Sir James MacDonald had lost control of Islay and Kintyre. However, during the Civil War the lands were back in the hands of the MacDonalds when they were supporters of James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose. A notable member of the Clan MacDonald of Dunnyveg is Alasdair Mac Colla, famed for his victories with the Royalist James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose during Scottish Civil War of the 1640s; the last chief, Sir James MacDonald, 9th of the Clan MacDonald of Dunnyveg or Clan Donald South died in London in 1626.

A petition was lodged on 18 May 2012 with The Court of Lord Lyon by John Gerald McDonnell seeking confirmation of the Arms of the Clan Donald South, Clan Ian Mor and a grant of Supporters and Standard befitting the rank of degree of Chief of Ian Mor. The petition was dismissed on 10 November 2014 by Dr. Joseph J. Morrow. Eòin Mòr Tànaiste Mac Dhòmhnaill killed 1427 Dòmhnall Ballach Mac Dhòmhnaill died 1476 Seán Mór Mac Dhòmhnaill, 3rd of Dunnyveg executed 1499 Seán Cathanach Mac Dhòmhnaill, 4th of Dunnyveg executed 1499 Alexander Carragh Mac Dhòmhnaill, 5th of Dunnyveg died 1538 Séamus Mac Dhòmhnaill, 6th of Dunnyveg died 5 July 1565 Archibald Mac Dòmhnuill, 7th of Dunnyveg died circa 1569 Aonghus mac Séamus Mac Dòmhnuill, 8th of Dunnyveg died 21 October 1614 Sir Séamus Mac Dòmhnuill, 9th of Dunnyveg died 1626 Dunyvaig Castle, three miles east of Port Ellen on the south of the Isle of Islay was the seat of the chief of the Clan MacDonald of Dunnyveg. There are now only ruins of. There was a small tower or keep, surrounded by an inner and outer courtyard.

The last MacDonald of Dunnvaig defeated the Clan MacLean at the Battle of Traigh Ghruinneart, but MacDonald was however ordered to surrender the castle and was forfeited in 1608. The castle was put under the stewardship of the Bishop of the Isles for the king, but Alasdair Colkitto MacDonald retook it in 1612. In 1615 the castle passed to the Clan Campbell of Cawdor and while Alasdair Colkitto MacDonald escaped, many of his men were killed, it was re-taken by Alasdair Colkitto MacDonald in 1647, but after a siege by David Leslie, 1st Lord Newark, the castle was forced to surrender when the water supply failed and Alasdair Colkitto MacDonald was hanged from the walls. The castle was held by the Campbells of Cawdor until 1677 and the island remained with branches of the Clan Campbell; the castle has crumbled away but the ruins have been consolidated and can be visited. Irish nobility Scottish clan List of Septs of Clan Donald http://www.clandonald-heritage.com/branches https://web.archive.org/web/20060626004201/http://www.clandonaldmich.com/badges.htm http://www.electricscotland.com/webclans/m/macdonald/addinfojpw.htm

Shortcrust pastry

Shortcrust pastry is a type of pastry used for the base of a tart, quiche or pie. Shortcrust pastry can be used to make both sweet and savory pies such as apple pie, lemon meringue or chicken pie. Shortcrust pastry recipes call for twice as much flour as fat by weight. Fat is rubbed into plain flour to create a loose mixture, bound using a small amount of ice water, rolled out shaped and placed to create the top or bottom of a flan or meat pie. Equal amounts of butter and lard are used to make the pastry, ensuring that the ratio of the two fat products is half that of the flour; the butter is employed to give the pastry a rich flavor. Pâte à foncer is French shortcrust pastry. Egg and butter are worked together with a small quantity of sugar and salt before the flour is drawn into the mixture and cold water added to bind it. Pâte brisée are similar to pâte à foncer, but is lighter and more delicate due to an increased quantity of butter — up to three-fifths the quantity of flour. Is made with no sugar, as a savoury crust for pies.

Pâte sucrée is made with more sugar, which sweetens the mix and impedes the gluten strands, creating a pastry that breaks up in the mouth. An alternative is gluten-free pastry. Pâte Sablée same ingredients as pâte sucrée, but the butter is creamed with the sugar and the eggs before the flour is folded in; this mixes the butter more evenly, which makes the dough puff much less, creating a more "snappy" and dry pastry, instead of the crumbly texture of the previous doughs. Sablée works better for sweet tarts, tea biscuits, piped shapes than other short doughs, as they hold their shape much more efficiently, are the basis for gingerbread and sandwich biscuits. No water is needed, neither is the dough temperature-sensitive. In preparing a shortcrust, the fat and flour are "cut" into each other, rather than blended, the ingredients are kept cold; this ensures that the fat remains distinct in the crust, when it heats during baking, steam is released, resulting in the pockets that make a flaky crust.

Water is only added once the fat and flour are combined. This ensures that the flour granules are adequately coated with fat and are less to develop gluten; this may be achieved with the use of a food processor, a specialized kitchen utensil called a pastry blender, or through various alternatives, like a pair of table knives held in one hand. Overworking the dough is a hazard. Overworking elongates the gluten strands, creating a product, tough, rather than light and crumbly or flaky. List of pastries Food portal

Chaganti Vari Palem

Chaganti Vari Palem is a village having a population of around 5,000 people and is situated around 40 km away from the Capital city of Guntur District, of southern state Andhra Pradesh of India. Chaganti Vari palem is situated at the midway of Narasaraopet and Sattenapalli at a distance of 10 km away from both of them. Though Narasaraopet has a railway station, Sattenapalli is the preferable railway station as there are several trains through Sattenapalli to reach most of South India and few places like Bhubaneswar, Surat etc. Gannavaram airport near Vijayawada Muppalla, Thurakapalem, Gollapadu, L. Kurapadu, Narnepadu, Kunduru Vari Palem, Palu Devarla Padu 1. Lingamayya Swamy Temple 2. Sai baba Temple 3. Brahmam gari Matham 4. Sri Jagannadha Swamy Devasthanam Brahmanandam Pragathi Welfare Society ACO

Woman (Jon Stevens album)

Woman is the ninth studio album by Australian singer-songwriter, Jon Stevens. The album was released on 18 September 2015 and peaked at number 86; the first single "Woman" was available as a free download for two weeks from Stevens' Facebook page. In February 2015, Stevens was arrested after calling police to intervene in a domestic dispute between himself and clothing designer and girlfriend Jodhi Meares, he was released on bail after pledging not to “assault, harass or interfere with Jodhi Meares.” The charges were dropped in May 2015. Stevens said he endured some of the darkest days of his life in the three months before the assault charges were dropped, knowing he was innocent, saying, “I do not condone violence of any kind. Who in their right mind does?”. In April, he was thrown out of band The Dead Daisies, which he'd co-formed in 2012. Following this, Stevens said he dealt with depression and spent a lot of time in the studio “I always turn to music. A lot of people go through what I went through, maybe not to the degree I did with all the media crap, just wrong wrong.

It damaged me, I suppose. I haven’t gotten over it. If it wasn’t for music … who knows?” The title track pays tribute to the love he shared with Meares while others offer a cathartic release for the darkness and confusion which clouded his life. He includes songs about his time with The Dead Daisies, while "Flesh'N' Bone" was inspired by the 2014 Lindt Cafe siege. Rod Yates of Rolling Stone Australia gave the album 3 out of 4 saying, it works, to a point because of Stevens' formidable vocals, but pub rock moments like "Peaches N Pie" are too throwaway. The string-laden "In Your House", complete with hip-hop interlude courtesy of Stevens' son Levi, is a stand-out that suggests he's at his best when taking risks." CD/download"Woman" - 3:50 "Catch You Falling" - 4:03 "Passing By" - 3:26 "Outer Space" - 4:08 "In Your House" - 3:53 "Flesh'n' Bone" - 3:25 "The Chronic Symphonic" - 4:07 "Peaches'n' Pie" - 3:34 "Supabad" - 3:37 "Save What Is Left of Me" - 4:06 Woman debuted and peaked at number 86 on the ARIA chart, becoming Stevens' second solo album to chart in the top 100 after Are U Satisfied in 1993