From a pair of dolphins and a school of fish to a spiny clawed lobster and a penguin family, each of these 31 dreamlike illustrations is printed with a black background that creates dramatic effects. Pages are perforated and printed on one side only for easy removal and display. Specially designed for experienced colourists, Sea Life Wonders and other Creative Haven® adult colouring books offer an escape to a world of inspiration and artistic fulfillment. Each title is also an effective and fun-filled way to relax and reduce stress.
The subject of this book is the so-called London Qazv?n?, an early 14th-century illustrated Arabic copy of al-Qazv?n?'s The Wonders of Creation and the Oddities of Existing Things, which was acquired by the British Library in 1983 (Or. 14140). As is commonly the case for copies of this text, the London Qazv?n? is lavishly illustrated, with 368 extant paintings out of the estimated original ca. 520.
Its large format, ambitious illustrative cycle and the fine quality of many of the illustrations suggest that the atelier where it was produced must have been well-established and able to attract craftsmen from different parts of the Ilkhanid area. It also suggests that its patron was wealthy and curious about scientific, encyclopedic and caj?'ib literature, and keen to experiment with the illustration of new texts like this work, which had been composed by the author only two or three decades earlier. The only centre that was capable of gathering such artistic influences ranging from Anatolia to Mesopotamia appears to have been Mosul.
The London Qazv?n? is an important newly surfaced document for the study of early illustrated Arabic copies of this text, representing the second earliest known surviving manuscript, as well as for the study of Ilkhanid painting. In a single and unique manuscript are gathered earlier Mesopotamian painting traditions, North Jaziran-Seljuq elements, Anatolian inspirations, the latest changes brought about after the advent of the Mongols, and a number of illustrations of extraordinary subjects which escape a proper classification.
Welcome to Medallions: Mandala Coloring Book! This book contains 25 fun and beautiful mandala patterns ready to transport your mind to the relaxing world of coloring magic. The mandalas contained in this book welcome colorists of all skill levels. Whether you just want to play with color palettes or embellish with swirls and shading, these mandalas provide a range from plain and simple to difficult and challenging.
What do a clothesline, a locally grown tomato, and a microchip have in common? They're all ordinary things that can have an extraordinary impact in the fight against global warming. Carbon dioxide from vehicles, appliances, heating and cooling systems, and other common devices is thickening the Earth's atmosphere and causing dangerous climate changes around the globe. But some everyday things -- like the seven wonders described in this book -- can vastly reduce these impacts. The wonders are profiled in short, lively chapters that also explore the key issues behind global warming: transportation ("The Bicycle"), population ("The Condom"), fossil fuel efficiency ("The Ceiling Fan"), renewable energy ("The Clothesline"), food production and distribution ("The Real Tomato"), resource conservation and reuse ("The Library Book"), and the information economy ("The Microchip"). With its inspiring vision and simple but sound explanations of complex processes, this hopeful little book offers a powerful template for personal action.
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