Selecting Art for Your Home

Art can make any house feel like a home, but sometimes it can be a challenge to find art pieces that speak to you and reflect your design style. With many different art forms, there are some pieces that could fit well with your existing decor and others that may not. If this sounds like a problem you are facing, you’re in luck. Redfin reached out to art experts from Encinitas, CA to Windsor, ON, including Instapainting, for our best suggestions on unique art pieces to consider for every room in your home. Check out The Art of Selecting Art: Experts Share Unique Art Pieces for Every Room of the House to see what we had to say.

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GeoVim: Terminal Vim With GUI Hot Keys (Cmd/Ctrl), VS Code Feature Parity, and Collaborative Editing

Run a 100 FPS GPU-rendered Vim With macOS Hot Keys, Shared Copy & Paste, Remote Collaboration, Session Save/Resume, Crash Recovery, and More

What a fully loaded, hot-key enabled, but still lightning fast Vim setup looks like

By following the hot keys setup in this article, we can make terminal Vim/Neovim feel just like any native app, or working in an editor like VS Code. You’ll be able to use Vim in iTerm2, Kitty, or Alacritty—or your terminal of choice—while still keeping your standard hot keys for copy, paste, switching tabs (this guide will focus on binding command key, but you can substitute with control key.) By running your Vim in a terminal, you get features like collaborative editing for free (through Teleconsole).

Pair it with my recommended Vim config for a fully loaded yet blazing fast IDE experience:

  • Lightning-fast 100 FPS GPU-rendered Vim (via Kitty) that’s still easy on your processor and battery
  • Full mouse support: switch tabs by clicking, click on menu items, select text, etc.
  • Full standard OS hot keys: CMD+C/V to copy and paste, CMD+T for new tab, CMD+W to close tab, CMD+{ or } to switch tabs, etc. (whoever told you that you can’t map the command (⌘ CMD) key in regular VIM was wrong!)
  • Code hints, auto complete, syntax and code linting, type and method signatures—all as you type
  • Super fast project-wide file search and even text/symbol search
  • Save and resume sessions, even on crashes
  • Live synced editor for remote collaboration (via Teleconsole)
  • And much more!

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Use DataLoader to Batch And Cache Arbitrary MongoDB Queries in GraphQL Resolvers

We implement arbitrary query caching and batching using DataLoader to allow greedy data fetching with automatic DB query optimization.

You may see some minimal Typescript syntax to provide some context in the example code. Do not be alarmed.

GraphQL promises a lot of cool features like the ability to batch and cache queries, save on data transmission, query for data anywhere and only request exactly what you need from the server, and all sorts of optimizations. But it merely enables these features through its use of strong typing of the API schema—they do not come for free. It’s up to us to implement the optimizations by utilizing the metadata.

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Give The Same Gift Every US President Receives When Leaving Office

Did you know that every US president has gotten a presidential portrait painting done for them upon leaving office? These paintings can take 1-2 years to complete and cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. The Obamas’ portraits reportedly cost $500,000.

Don’t worry though, historically US presidents have stopped using tax-payer money to fund these paintings.

A satirical version of Barack Obama's presidential oil portrait.
A satirical version of Barack Obama’s presidential oil portrait.

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Get a Robert Ryman Blank White Painting Replica for $20

We’re offering the deal of a lifetime! Get a replica of Robert Ryman’s all-white-paint-on-canvas painting “Untitled” (1961) for just $20 for a 48″x48″ oil-on-canvas replica (after a gift card rebate). That’s a $19,999,980 savings from the latest auction price. You’ll be able to show off your wealth and art savvy without breaking the bank.

You can hang an original size oil-on-canvas replica of this on your wall and intrigue (or baffle) your guests!

How to get this deal:

  1. Place an order for 48″x48″ Mixed-Media (printed+painted) replica or a 48″x48″ 100% Oil Painting replica
  2. Contact us at after your order is shipped to receive a gift card for $154 if a Mixed Media replica, or $288 if a 100% Oil Painting replica. This will bring the total cost to $20 and $40 respectively. Rebate amount will be reduced accordingly (to bring down purchase price to $20 or $40) if ordered size is smaller than 48″x48″.

Limit one per customer. Order must be placed by end of day (US Pacific time) April 1, 2018.

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Dafen Oil Painting Village: The Secret Lives of China’s Art Factory Workers

A child plays outside near the factory

Hidden on the outskirts of the southern Chinese boomtown of Shenzhen lies a warren of narrow buildings that once produced two thirds of the world’s oil paintings. The suburb of Dafen – now officially named Dafen Oil Painting Village – grew in the late 1980s after Huang Jiang, an enterprising master art copier from Hong Kong, relocated his team of artists to the impoverished fishing village to take advantage of cheap rents and it’s proximity to international clients in Hong Kong. Over the years, demand for his knock-offs skyrocketed and many struggling artists chose to take up blue-collar jobs as commercial artists while art students flocked to Dafen to train to specialise in copying specific styles such as the Impressionists, Renaissance or Picasso.

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Robo Painter 4-Axis Robotic Arm Test

We invited artist jeandrawstrings back to try out a new and improved robo painter powered by a 4 axis robotic arm. This video demonstrates the arm’s built in record and play functionality using its native firmware (a fork of Grbl) and the stock record and play functionality. Compared to our first robot (which ran on our spartan homemade firmware), it’s much quieter, sports analog feedback technology, and cosmetic enhancements.

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How Do You Paint 10,000 Paintings a Month?

When Pope Julius II commissioned Michelangelo to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo toiled for four years on his master work. Renoir spent six months painting Luncheon of the Boating Party—the painting featured in the film Amélie. Even Guernica, which Pablo Picasso painted quickly to publicize the bombing of the Spanish city of Guernica, took over a month to complete. Continue reading “How Do You Paint 10,000 Paintings a Month?”

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