The Ultimate Safety Guide for Using a Crossbow

If you deal with crossbows (crossbow reviews) on a regular basis or are thinking of taking crossbows more seriously, then this safety guide is a must-read for you. Make sure you consider all of these precautions whenever you use your crossbow from now on.

Safety for Cocking and Arrow Seating


When cocking a crossbow, it would be vital to keep your foot firmly placed in the stirrup to avoid it from slipping out from under your foot and hitting your face. To improve the accuracy of your shots, hold the string equally on the left and the right. Also, do not hang the rope cocking aid on your neck as it could get stuck onto the string by accident and cause serious damage in the end. Instead, put the rope on the floor or wherever it won’t get into contact with your crossbow.

Before you seat an arrow, make sure you carefully inspect the nock for any breakage or wear. If it isn’t in tip-top condition, get rid of it right away. If you do not have a built-in anti-dry fire mechanism in your crossbow, make sure you always turn on your safety once you cock your weapon and before you take your foot out of the stirrup.

Aside from all of the aforementioned tips, it would also be highly advisable for you to read all of the safety recommendations that come with your crossbow, including proper cocking, de-cocking, grip safety and loading.

Safety for Target Shooting


Even if you haven’t seated an arrow yet, never point your crossbow at anything or anyone that you don’t intend to fire at. On that note, never hold the trigger of a crossbow, either, to avoid firing an arrow by accident.

If you have cocked your crossbow, do not place it on the ground, most of all if you have already seated an arrow. You might engage the trigger by accident this way. If you absolutely have to rest the crossbow, remove the arrow first and then manually de-cock the weapon.

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The Joys of Using an Airfryer

If you are wondering if an airfryer (air fryer review) is worth your money and if it really works, here are various reasons why you should buy one now.


Indulgement in Guilt-Free Fried Treats

One of the best things about airfryers is that they cook without any oil, yet still produce crispy food that is tender on the inside. They do this by releasing hot air from the top and circulating it quickly and evenly in the device. All you have to make sure is that you choose the right temperature while cooking. Aside from removing the need for excessive oil for fried food, airfryers also remove all of the guilt associated with them, too.

Easy Cooking Jobs

If you host meals for your friends fairly often, this kitchen tool can help you cook meals fast. While you will need to cook your food in batches, you can make meals like Cajun fried chicken and shrimp toast much faster with an airfryer than with an oven and stove. Aside from producing healthy food, an airfryer can therefore also increase the amount of dishes that you serve to your guests, as well.

Roast It and Grill It

Aside from airfrying, you can use an airfryer to roast and grill. You simply need to learn the right temperatures and timing to use with your choice of glazed, batter and marinated food. Fortunately, there are a lot of tutorials online for different airfryer recipes that can help you start your culinary adventures. Once you get used to it, you can then start creating your own recipes and cook the meals that you want with ease.

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Which Pool Cleaner is the Best One for You?


Owning a pool can definitely be fun, especially during the hot summer when you can swim and entertain people to your heart’s desire. If you do not hire a professional cleaning service to maintain your swimming pool, though, you need to make sure that you have a good pool vacuum cleaner to save your pool from becoming a breeding ground for pests and a hub for complaints.

How can you figure out which pool cleaning system is the best one for your pool, though? Let us help you out.


Manual Tools with Telescoping Poles

There are some simple manual cleaners out there, like handheld scrub brushes, vacuums and skimmers that can be attached to telescoping poles to help you reach the deepest parts of your pool and sweep away all of that yellowish green algae. While this method can take up a lot of time, it is very cheap. Plus, it serves as a great workout for the upper body.

Handheld Vacuums

Similar to how floor vacuums are used, handheld pool vacuums can be used across the surface of your pool. The only difference is that they do not have any mechanical parts. Plus, they are very cheap, too.

Take note that bigger pools will take longer to clean, though. Backwashing the filter will also prolong the process. However, handheld vacuums are great for people who need or want to save some money in the long run.

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How to Stretch While Hunting to Avoid Back Pain


A lot of hunters experience back pain when they hunt and in some cases, this can hinder the hunt, if not put a stop to it altogether.

If you want to prevent any discomfort, it would help to have a preventative mindset from the beginning. This includes exercising on a daily basis. Ideally, you should think of hunting as a regular sport and see yourself as an athlete. A lot of people think that hunting is a sedentary activity that doesn’t require any physical preparation, but that isn’t the case.

Aside from hiking to a hunting spot, you have to climb onto your stand, pull your bow and hold your position until you have acquired your target. If you do not have a solid base, you could end up experiencing musculoskeletal injuries.

A hunter’s exercise regimen should involve cardio, stretching and strengthening and should last all year round, most of all during the months before the actual hunting season starts. When the season starts, hunters should add a few extra stretches before they climb onto a blind or tree stand, during the actual hunt, and after the hunt. These few extra stretches will definitely be worth your while.

Once the hunt has begun, make sure you change your positions every hour or so. While you will not want to leave the view of your prey, you should take full advantage of every situation to move when you can. If possible, stand up. If you have enough space, do some squats. If you can, put your gun or bow down and pull your arms up over your head to stretch. Lean from side to side and do several leg extensions to stretch your legs, too.

While hunting, it would also be vital to pay attention to your posture.  If you cross your legs and keep them in that position for a few hours, they might get sore, so try to keep both of your feet planted on the ground instead.

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We are in that moment of time.

Something has fallen into place and

suddenly a world of possibility is now ours.


Not a tall order. We can make this happen!


People live to create, share, celebrate, love, and experience. That is what gets us out of bed every day. It is why we do what we do – to amplify the experiences people seek through art — art that becomes part of one’s daily life.


We draw no line between form and function. When we work, beauty and purpose are one. We believe in the power of detail, in the appeal of a system, in the magic of texture, and in the stories we can tell. Our work and the work we represent will always stand proud on a shelf, a wall in a life or in a museum.



We look at the world not as it is, but as it could be. We ask the questions no else asks so we can fulfill the potential and dreams for all of those involved with us. We look for and find works of art and treasures that one might not find on their own. This is how we stand apart. Great things happen when we’re ahead of the pack and when we see things through a different perspective one of belief in what could be and one that transcends beyond the expected or the norm.








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Ron Brasso – Designer for Boston Brownstone, Dominique Samyn Painting

Kristin Johnson Fine Art works with a her internal team of art consultants to create unique and aesthetically pleasing installations for private, public and corporate collections.​

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Ron Brasso – Designer for Boston Brownstone, Frank Ettenberg Painting – Treadmill #1

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Kristin Johnaon – Art Consultant and Branding Team Designer for Pajarito Corporation Santa Fe, NM Sandra Duran Wilson

Based in Santa Fe, New Mexico – Kristin Johnson Fine Art has an international portfolio that includes work in Santa Fe, Washington, D.C, New York, Dallas, Boston, London and Antigua where the regional and international distinction of each client is utilized to develop successful and inspiring installations. ​

Johnson and her team have facilitated fine art acquisitions for high profile clients and corporations such as the Heinz Family and the Forbes Fine Art Collection at Sotheby’s and Christies. ​

Currently – Kristin Johnson Fine Art is working with Santa Fe based Pajarito Scientific Corporation to create a collection that features regional artists for public display and educational purposes.​

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(IF YOU GOOGLE: KRISTIN JOHNSON FINE ART – You will find press coverage of the gallery in USATODAY, ART NEWS, ART LTD., ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE, THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART MAGAZINE and so much more. Nearly 1,000,000 news outlets covered the gallery and the artists in our first year!

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The Exhibit opens on Friday, AUGUST 22nd through September 22nd, 2014

CJ is truly addicted to what she does – she lives and breathes art and it is the core of her being.  She states; “I love to paint. I live to paint. I am totally impassioned by being in my studio and picking warriors out of the air — like musicians pick notes out of the air – rich, haunting and beautiful.

 CJ produces exquisite works of art, both abstract paintings as well as portraiture. All of her paintings are quite serious and breathtaking, yet her sense of humor is ever present in her imagery and titles. Two of the paintings in this exhibit titled – ‘Ape Shit’ and another – ‘Kiss My Butt” disguised in French are just a hint at her witty-ness. She does not take herself too seriously, however, her art is very serious business and she does not approach her craft lightly.

This year, CJ Wells celebrates her 40th anniversary as an admitted and convicted ‘Artopheliac’ – a word she has created to define herself, her drive, her dedication and her career. She provided us with the ‘Wells Dictionary’ definition of this moniker:


noun: the unnatural, obsessive and illegal attraction to art.

Her brutal honesty and humor led us to investigate the stories and quotes of other famous artists. We discovered that this disorder – Artophelia – coined and defined by CJ Wells, was an inherent characteristic found in many of the most famous and successful artists in history. Their quotes reveal a similar passion for creativity as well as their addiction to the arts.

 Pablo Picasso said it himself: “Only put off until tomorrow, what you are willing to die left undone.”

Vincent Van Gogh stated, “I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart” and “When I have a terrible need of – shall I say the word – religion. Then I go out and paint the stars.”

Auguste Rodin said: “The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.”

Eugene Delacroix noted: “What moves men of genius, or rather what inspires their work, is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough.”

And Chagall simply stated: “Art must be an expression of love or it is nothing.”

C.J. Wells can be found nearly 24 hours a day in her studio. She states: “My studio must be fragrant with turpentine and linseed oil” – that she refers to as – “My favorite smells.” One will also smell the hint of fresh casa blanca lilies, which are always by her side. Once a professional singer, music is just as important to CJ as she finds motivation in the classic works of Vivaldi, Beethoven, and Mozart.

The famous American Psychologist, Abraham Maslow confirms this idea of ‘Artophelia’ by stating: “A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if the artist is to be ultimately at peace with themselves. Artist’s seek these profound moments during which one feels completely alive and more aware of harmony and achievement, a Self-actualization of their human potential. The key question isn’t what fosters  creativity, but is, ‘Why in God’s name isn’t everyone creative’?”

Like CJ Wells, Maslow believes that artists have been given this gift in the same way we were given blue eyes or brown. “Making art is not an option for them, it is a necessity.”

 The Exhibit – Artophelia – Works by CJ Wells, will be on view at Kristin Johnson Fine Art from August 22nd through Septmeber 22nd, 2014. A broad range of CJ’s work will include her favorite abstract works along with her highly recognized Native American Warrior portraits.

Each painting is a site to behold and if you speak French – you will not only be visually enticed by her work, you will also find yourself chuckling or truly getting the meaning or meanings behind each painting.

CJ Wells’ paintings hang in major corporate and private collections including: The Institute of American Indian Art Museum in New Mexico, The Scottsdale Symphony in Arizona, The Robert Redford Collections in California and New Mexico, The Sylvester Stallone Collection of California as well as many other recognized individuals and organizations.

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New Art Gallery Makes its Debut With an Exciting Selection of Contemporary Artists
New Years Opening Reception: Friday, January 18th 2013, 5 – 7pm

Gallery Vision: Kristin Johnson Fine Art currently features eight distinctly diverse artists, each expressing a different perspective on their personal journey in life and in art. 

While formally and visually distinct, the artists share a nuanced exploration of visual perception and the subjective excesses it enables. The art exhibited is wide-ranging from ethereal landscapes to Americana, abstract expressionism, encaustics, southwestern photography and realism. In their own meticulous ways, each artist gives the viewer multiple perspectives within a single work that gradually lends itself to a perceptual moment in time.

The artist roster is as follows:
Wade Hoefer: From California, the infinitely tranquil landscapes by Hoefer are ethereal representations of landscapes surrounding his Northern California home. His paintings extend beyond the boundaries of his environment and delve into the realm of his imagination. Widely exposed, Hoefer’s paintings can be found in major museums and prominent collections in the United States and around the world.

Tom Abbott: From Winston Salem North Carolina, a self taught water colorist, Abbott captures Americana with his precise and nearly photographic realistic style – a method of painting that is rarely pursued by artists due to the difficulty and immediacy of the medium.

Klaus Priebe: A Santa Fean, Priebe captures incredible photographs of the southwest. “Please enjoy my visions of the world around us. I have taken photographs at many locations and put them together for everyone to enjoy. The thoughts and perceptions of my mind, eyes and soul along with the gifts of Mother Nature have become one in my images.”

Karen Jacobs: From Birmingham, Alabama, Jacobs has an ongoing interest in the linear juxtaposition of remnants and patterns that has led much of her work to be classified as geometric abstraction. Her layers tend to stack and interlock, remaining totally abstract or ventures into the suggestion of landscapes.

Dominique Samyn: A Santa Fean, Samyn was born in Flanders, Belgium. She states, “I’m always looking for the unexpected, the surprise which makes you wonder. This big adventure brings me joy and hope for the future.  I want my paintings to be bold and Inspiring.”


The Grand Opening of Kristin Johnson Fine Art in Santa Fe

Debuts A Collection of World-renowned Artists and Local Talents &

Hosts a Benefit for The Santa Fe Symphony

With Garden Music performed by members of The Symphony

Reception:  Friday, May 10th – 2013, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Throughout history one can find a strong connection between the visual and performing arts – thus, it is only fitting that Kristin Johnson Fine Art is hosting a Benefit for the Santa Fe Symphony during her inaugural gallery exhibition – AN AFFAIR WITH THE MUSE.In studying the history of the visual and performing arts, one will find parallels between the specific genres of music and art – both past and present. One can discover cross-inspirational emotional influences both historical and environmental as well as physical influences such as tools, mediums and technology.

In art: the virtual score becomes the subject and in the performing arts, the virtual subject becomes the score – each drawing from the other canon.Kristin Johnson Fine Art has respectfully and diligently selected to represent several visibly diverse artists, each expressing a different perspective on their personal journey in life and in art. The art exhibited is wide-ranging; from monumental public sculpture, to ethereal landscapes, abstract expressionism, humor infused bronze figures, encaustics, to Americana, Southwestern photography and realism. While formally and visually distinct, the artists share a nuanced exploration of their musical inspirations, styles and mediums and the subjective excesses their muses enable.

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