Monthly Archives: October 2012

The Elegant Gourd

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These are just some images I found of some really beautiful gourd art. Unfortunately, I don’t know the name of the artists, but that won’t stop us from admiring their work!

Calla

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Faking It: A Visual History of 150 Years of Image Manipulation Before Photoshop | Brain Pickings

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Before photoshop- darkroom technicians had to get creative with the chemistry and the enlarger. Here is a great article on this creative process.  Also a great book- I am thinking about getting it myself.

Faking It: A Visual History of 150 Years of Image Manipulation Before Photoshop | Brain Pickings.

Incredible Halloween Costumes Inspired by Famous Works of Art

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Incredible Halloween Costumes Inspired by Famous Works of Art

As Woody Allen said, “Life doesn’t imitate art, it imitates bad television.” And it seems there’s no day of the year when that’s more true than Halloween. But culture-hounds take heart: Halloween doesn’t have to be all Honey Boo Boos and internet memes. Here are seven timeless costume ideas inspired by great works of art.

Self-Portrait, Vincent van Gogh:

Van Gogh Halloween Costume, Self Portrait

Image courtesy of James Birkbeck

Self-Portrait, 1889; Vincent van Gogh; Musee d’Orsay, Paris. Image courtesy of Wikipedia

Whistler’s Mother, James McNeill Whistler:

Whistler's Mother, Halloween Costume

Image courtesy of Tony Brannon

Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1

Whistler’s Mother (Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1), 1871, James McNeill Whistler. Image courtesy of Wikipedia

Girl with a Pearl Earring, Johannes Vermeer:

Girl with a Pearl Earring, Johannes Vermeer, Halloween Costume

Image courtesy of Logan Brumm

Girl with a Pearl Earring, Johannes Vermeer

Girl with a Pearl Earring, 1665, Johannes Vermeer. Image courtesy of Wikipedia

Roy Lichtenstein:

I… I’ll think about it” meets “M-Maybe.”

Roy Lichtenstein Pop Art Costume

Image courtesy of Tony Aceves.

Son of Man, Rene Magritte:

Son of Man, Rene Magritte, Halloween Costume

Image courtesy of Nate Vandermeulen

Flower Chucker, Banksy:

Banksy Flower Thrower Costume

Image courtesy of Jason McDowell

Banksy's Flower Thrower

Image courtesy of Flickr user Jonas K.

Ecce Homo, Elias Garcia Martinez:

Post-botched restoration attempt.

Costume by Reddit user Spinjump; Image courtesy of Reddit user OhioUPilot12. H/T Huffington Post.

from Smithsonian.com:

The Art of Rolled Paper

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In Modern Art, the exploration of nontraditional art materials and the bringing of craft into art is a recurring theme. Paper quilling, the Victorian hobby of rolling and coiling paper strips and them arranging and gluing the coils to form a design or picture, is a great example of this. Traditionally confined to the world of home craft, quilling is typically associated with schmaltzy scrapbooks, overly simple step-by-step designs, and the craft sections of home magazines. However, the following images reveal that some artists have taken quilling far beyond its typical uses to create Fine Art. – Calla Bilhorn

First, some quilling by Yulia Brodskaya  http://hiconsumption.com/2012/01/paper-quilling-by-yulia-brodskaya/ :

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Here are some other pieces, but I don’t know the artist’s names for these ones:

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And since we just finished studying Van Gogh:

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