JOE e Gi

Beauty will save the world (cit.) but before that, lack of Beauty wakes it up.

Second Chance (Helmet version)

In Italy only 19% of those convicted in external criminal execution commit new offences, once the sentence has expired, compared to 70% of those convicted. Speaking Lucia Castellano, General Manager of the External Criminal Execution of the Ministry of Justice.

The same (stale) world is possible

If everything remains the same nothing, nothing will remain as before.

This is the time to change, to be closer, more generous...

Feel free to express yourself

"Young adults born after 1995 are experiencing more mental health issues. Researchers point to lack of sleep and the rise of social media." NBC news

New best friend (Vichy version)

Recently it was downgraded to hearsay that Queen Victoria gave her grandnephew, Kaiser Wilhelm II Mount Kilimanjaro, in 1886. Historians now claim that it would have been a Prussian official with a deception to get Africa's highest mountain from Kenya to Tanzania.... he must have been a cunning official!

Ruling the city

"The 'ndrangheta (an Italian mobster) no longer exists! .... Once upon a time, in Limbadi, Nicotera, Rosarno there was the 'ndrangheta! Now the 'ndrangheta is part of Freemasonry, let's say it is under Freemasonry. But it has the same rules!... The 'ndrangheta is no more, Freemasonry and those four crooked people who still believe in the 'ndrangheta!..." - Pantaleone Mancuso during an interception

Fighting for food

From the Slow Food Movement USA’s manifesto. “We are enslaved by speed and have all succumbed to the same insidious virus: Fast Life, which disrupts our habits, pervades the privacy of our homes and forces us to eat Fast Foods”

New best friend (CHN version)

To say it with words of theProfessor and Chair of the Department of Economics at LIU Post in New York Panos Mourdoukoutas:

"What wants China from Africa? Everything"

Tip on how to reproduce a specific colour.


Getting to reproduce a specific colour when you are painting live or copying an image is very important. The exact colour in the exact spot will give the brain exactly the information it expects, conversely the brain will register that there is something strange, inconsistent in the image.

Just recently I have been putting together a series of lessons and insights into reproducing a given (oil) colour when you are painting.

1) Each colour appears to us in a certain way in relation to the colours around it (e.g. a 50% grey appears to us as a light when close to black, as a shadow when close to white). So, as Alex Tzavaras would say, if you put a colour down (I would start with the brightest), is the colour next to it warmer or colder, brighter or duller? Darker or lighter?
2) Another big difficulty I find is guessing the exact hue (the chroma i.e. yellow, orange, red, purple, blue, green) Two things count the colour of the object and the colour of the light. What I have found is that in sunlight (more or less yellow light at its maximum intensity) you can proceed as follows: what colour is the object? For example a light blue vase, then prepare the maximum glow as blue white and yellow lightening with white and yellow until the point where the colour continues to look bright and not an off-white. The next tone will be blue plus orange and a little less white. The next tone will be blue and a little red. Then light blue, very little ivory black and a little blue. Then blue black and purple.
And if the light is of another colour: the same, we always proceed along the rainbow, but from red (the colour of light) to its complementary green.
3) How do you keep the saturation value high when mixing colours (they tend to desaturate when mixed))? In order to keep the saturation level you have to mix colours close in brightness level: e.g. I want a dark orange and I don’t have it as a tube I will mix ochre (dark yellow) and sienna red (dark red) rather than cadmium yellow (light), cadmium red (medium) and black. Then mix light with light, dark with dark and medium with medium. If the resulting colour is too saturated, lower the saturation with grey (white plus black). You can also lower the saturation with the complementary and the colour will be more interesting but I find it more difficult to manage.

Orienting between colours is like swimming, you need to know how to move along all three axes (x,y,z = Hue, Saturation, Brightness) to reach a specific point.

I would like to thank Alex Tzavaras, Andrew Price (Blender Guru) and Joel Santana for their lessons on Youtube and Domestika that allowed me to understand these mechanisms.