THE word “en plein air” refers to a manner of painting that’s done on site, as opposed to that done in the studio. Believed to have begun in the mid-19th century in France, plein air paintings, unlike sketching, are finished works in their own right. Spontaneous strokes capture the artist’s response to the subject before him and the resulting painting is usually full of character, which makes it so fresh unlike studio works which are often planned and have a more controlled result.
WASHINGTON: The FBI warned on Friday that Russian computer hackers had compromised hundreds of thousands of home and office routers and could collect user information or shut down network traffic.
PARIS: A doctor warned Friday that bitter-tasting pumpkins and squashes can contain potent toxins, after two women were poisoned by their dinners and lost most of their hair.
TODAY marks the 10th day of Ramadan. All over the world, Muslims would have been observing a strict routine from dawn till dusk. This is the month when they limit their food intake, control their emotions and attempt to restrict their thoughts to only that which is good. Certainly, these are challenging tasks even for the pious.