Friday, August 28, 2015

Eye Candy for Today: Monet’s Still Life with Flowers and Fruit [feedly]



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Eye Candy for Today: Monet's Still Life with Flowers and Fruit
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Still Life with Flowers and Fruit, Claude Monet
Still Life with Flowers and Fruit, Claude Monet

In the Getty Museum, also on Google Art Project and Wikimedia Commons (also here).

The Getty page offers a downloadble version that is very high resolution (60mb).

The Getty version seems unnecessarily dark to me (I haven't found museums to be particularly reliable when it comes to the color balance of the online presentation of works from their collections); the Google Art Project version seems unnaturally bright. I haven't seen the original, but based on other Monets I've seen, I suspect the balance is somewhere inbetween, and I've taken the liberty of adjusting my copy of the image correspondingly.

Monet's still life paintings can be just as much a wonder of color and texture as his landscapes, and often reveal more about his handling of darker values. I particularly love the contrast in this piece between immediately juxtaposed areas of shadow and bright, direct light.

It's interesting to compare this and other Monet still life paintings with those of Henri Fantin-Latour.


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Phil Sandusky (update 2015) [feedly]



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Phil Sandusky (update 2015)
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Phil Sandusky, New Orlenas cityscape
Phil Sandusky is a plein air painter, landscape, cityscape and figurative artist based in New Orleans. I've written about Sandusky previously, most recently in 2014. Since then, he has unveiled a new website that showcases his work to better advantage.

Sandusky paints the streets, parks and neighborhoods of New Orleans, and several other cities that he frequently visits, with verve, confidence and a keen sense of direct observation. To my eye, there is always a touch of wildness in his work, a sense that the painter has just barely contained the energy and light of the scene.

Ten years ago, Sandusky confronted another kind of wildness, when his response to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina was that of both a new Orleans resident and a painter, and he painted a series of remarkable views of the aftermath of the storm, that were eventually collected into a book, Painting Katrina. These were painted with simultaneous compassion and equanimity, party with the eye of a painter and partly with the clear observation of a reporter.

Sandusky will be giving a slide presentation about his experiences painting those works on this Friday, August 28, 2015, one day before the 10 year anniversary of the storm, at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Art.


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Monday, August 24, 2015

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Tweet by Maria Popova on Twitter

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100 diagrams that changed the world, from the Rosetta Stone to the Moses Harris color wheel buff.ly/1EdNG6I pic.twitter.com/jR92A9wHHC

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Can You Guess The Disney Movie By Looking At Every Frame At Once?



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Can You Guess The Disney Movie By Looking At Every Frame At Once?

A "movie barcode" is every frame of a movie smooshed together. We didn't say this quiz would be easy.


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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

~ 13 Wild Horror Posters For Your Enjoyment ~ [feedly]



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~ 13 Wild Horror Posters For Your Enjoyment ~
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It's time for a change up pitch from Tabonga! Today is just pure eye candy with 13 eye-catching posters that will make your eyeballs pop with pleasure, so, here ya' go...

You can't beat some of these Hammer double bill posters, this one here for example!

Look at this strange Euro poster for THE MONSTER THAT CHALLENGED THE WORLD, pretty weird... I mean, like, it's a freakin' water monster for cripes sake!!

Wow, that red background really makes this one pop for REVENGE OF THE CREATURE.

And, how about this rare British poster for THE FLY, I wonder if it's for a re-release showing.

It's not every day you see such a kitschy poster for GODZILLA, King of the Monsters!

The artwork for this TEENAGE MONSTER poster reminds me of the fifties Beacon paperback sex novel covers!

Love this great looking Euro poster for I, DOCTOR JEKYLL.

Definitely one of the best poster from the movie, ISLAND OF TERROR!

One Hell of a poster, translation is NIGHT OF THE UNDEAD.

This one cracks me up, it's for THE GIANT SPIDER INVASION. Makes me wonder what the kids in Japan must have thought when they saw this turkey for the first time! Like, you know, compared to MATANGO!

I think this poster is from Turkey, and, I'm pretty sure it has something to do with an octopus.

A really nice Asian poster from DAY OF THE DEAD...

We'll end with this great poster I think from the YOKAI MONSTERS series, have fun kids!

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martinlkennedy: Peter Jones - Omnivore (1976) from his... [feedly]



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martinlkennedy: Peter Jones - Omnivore (1976) from his...
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Peter Jones - Omnivore (1976) from his restrospective art book 'Solar Wind' (1980)


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translucentmind: The Pawns of Null A, 1960 // Ed Emshwiller [feedly]



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translucentmind: The Pawns of Null A, 1960 // Ed Emshwiller
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translucentmind:

The Pawns of Null A, 1960 // Ed Emshwiller


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Hsin-Yao Tseng [feedly]



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Hsin-Yao Tseng
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Hsin-Yao Tseng
Originally from Taipei, Taiwan, Hsin-Yao Tseng studied painting in the U.S. at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Tseng varies his approach, from refined and finished to loosely gestural, often with areas of the canvas left unpainted. At times he combines the two approaches to superb effect, with a refined subject appearing to emerge out of areas of the composition that are brief suggestions of the continuation of a figure or landscape.

Some of his pieces are rendered in brusque textural chunks of paint, thickly applied and adding motion with directional strokes. In addition to the images on Tseng's website, and the galleries listed below, there are some high-resolution images of his work on Art Renewal, in which you can better see his paint application and textural surface.

Throughout, Tseng adeptly utilizes nuanced control of values and variation in edges to direct the eye and make the compositional elements cohere in a way that makes the relationship of the finished and unfinished areas blend with a natural grace.

Hsin-Yao Tseng's work will be featured in a solo exhibition at the Waterhouse Gallery in Santa Barbara, CA that opens on October 10, 2015.


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It's Nice That | A visit to Christoph Niemann's studio, where he's "making imperfections fun" [feedly]



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It's Nice That | A visit to Christoph Niemann's studio, where he's "making imperfections fun"
http://www.itsnicethat.com/features/christoph-niemann-berlin-studio-interview
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Welder Scott Raabe Places Interlocking Patterns of Molten Metal Between Pipes [feedly]



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Welder Scott Raabe Places Interlocking Patterns of Molten Metal Between Pipes
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For Scott Raabe, his craft lies is in the very fine details—the intersection between pipes and other cuts of metal one might typically glance over without a second thought. It's in these fine crevices that Raabe welds layered patterns, using his seven years of expertise to create interlocking designs that seem to glow a metallic rainbow sheen after being welded. For the layperson, typical welding this is not.

Raabe started out as a small parts and custom welder for a production company after graduating from Texas State Technical College. In addition to creating unique patterns during his day job as a pipe fitter and welder, he also creates more elaborate commissions including large roses and butterflies on his site Clean Cut Metal Works. You can see more of Raabe's work on his Instagram. (via Twisted Sifter)

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Portraits by Maurice de la Tour [feedly]



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Portraits by Maurice de la Tour
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Maurice Quentin de la Tour (1704-1788) was a French portrait painter. His self portraits often showed himself confident and smiling, radiating charm and equanimity.

Overcoming his parents objections, he left home as a teenager to go to Paris to pursue his craft. His pastel portraits of noble and royal subjects were the delight of the Salon, because he portrayed his sitters as poised and intelligent.



His compositions were remarkably simple, with soft frontal lighting, serene colors, and well crafted surfaces. No one had painted such lifelike portraits in pastel before.



He was known for working quickly, never tiring his models, and charging reasonable prices. In 1750 he was appointed as the royal painter to King Louis XV.



More and more he painted the most exclusive society set in Paris. His prices went up and he became capricious and whimsical, refusing to paint anyone who didn't please him.


He became more and more eccentric in dealing with his models, insisting on never being interrupted—not even by the king himself, and requiring his models to be precisely punctual. He demanded absolute control over lighting, costume, and pose. If the sitter disobeyed, he would punish them by leaving the portrait unfinished.


By 1766 he began the regrettable practice of retouching and sometimes ruining his earlier works, and in his later years he suffered a nervous breakdown and mental illness.  But his loyal brother stuck with him and took care of him until the end. 
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Super special new work from illustrator Baptiste Virot [feedly]



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Super special new work from illustrator Baptiste Virot
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There's something very pleasing about illustrator Baptiste Virot's ability to flip from one style to its polar opposite – like he's still working out what his work might grow to look like, and he's more than happy to let us watch the process as he plays.

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http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/A-simple-test-tells-you-if-that-old-paint-is-1218114.php

Friday, August 7, 2015

Sidewalk Paintings of Gargantuan Gummy Bears Wobble to Life When Viewed From Above [feedly]



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Sidewalk Paintings of Gargantuan Gummy Bears Wobble to Life When Viewed From Above
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Alongside the Malta Street Art Festival, artist Leon Keer decorated a boardwalk with bright, elongated gummy bears that appear skewed when up close, but tower in height when viewed from above. This band of nine realistic candy bears seem to interact with the passersby, their slanted shapes appearing to be the same height as those who stop to take a closer look.

The anamorphic bears don't seem to be celebrating their position on the Valetta waterfront however, as their composition looks as if they're mourning a fallen green friend, which Keer confirms is indeed deceased.

Keer began painting while working on large advertisement murals for multinational corporations. His commissions have stretched from Europe to Asia and included work for Coca-Cola. Keer exhibits his own paintings in various Dutch and UK galleries and also presents work through live-action painting performances on the street. (via My Modern Met)

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Practicing perfection, Edwin Ushiro [feedly]



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