Posts Tagged ‘art’


What am I drawing?

September 21, 2017

Edward Hopper, age 9

Pablo Picasso, age 8

Georgia O’Keefe, age 14

Albrecht Durer, age 13 (self-portrait)

Michelangelo, age 12 or 13

Some artists are late bloomers, but with others talent is obvious from an early age.  An article by Abigail Cain on Artsy looks at the early works of famous artists and shares her discoveries here.

My favorite is that Hopper sketch of a little boy, drawn on the back of his third grade report card.


Where am I playing?

September 18, 2017

For the last several years, Danish design firm MONSTRUM has constructed wildly imaginative playscape features for playgrounds around the world with an intense focus on both artistic and architectural quality. The playgrounds are designed and built locally in their large studio just outside Copenhagen and then shipped in components to sites around Denmark, Sweden, Russia, and even Dubai. The design studio has a strong background in theatrical set design which lends itself to their thematic playscapes, one of our recent favorites being the “Justin Beiver” playround in Partille, Sweden. Collected here is a sampling of designs from the last few years, but you can see more on their website.

From Colossal


What am I watching?

September 6, 2017

“The film is a trial to explore the idea that everything around us and inside us is made from simple elements or blocks which can be arranged in complex relationships and become compound structures,” says Zhestkov. “We could project this idea into emotions, behaviors, thought processes, relationships, life, planets and the universe.”

More at Colossal


Why am I grabbing my Prismacolors?

August 2, 2017

Today is Coloring Book Day

Grab your crayons, pens, markers, inks or colored pencils and have a good time.


Why am I all a-twitter?

July 6, 2017

“Warsaw-based embroidery artist Paulina Bartnik stitches colorfully lifelike brooches of birds and other tiny creatures in a dense style called needle painting. Each object begins as a piece of wool which she prods with a special needle in a process called dry felting which results in a surface ideal for embroidery. She then paints with a needle directly on the felt and embroiders the finer details. You can see more of her creations in her Etsy shop.”


from colossal


What do I think is kind of fishy?

July 5, 2017

“The goldfish holds a very special place in the heart of any child who’s ever been to a matsuri (street festival) in Japan. Kingyo-sukui is the game of “goldfish scooping” and is a staple of any summer street festival, along with the masks, water balloon yo-yos, fireworks and yummy food.

But for artist Riusuke Fukahori, the goldfish was not just a relic of long-lost childhood. As he painfully lay in his room one night, struggling and suffering, about to give up on his art, he looked over and saw a goldfish. His neglected fish of 7 years sputtered about in a cesspool of mold and feces – a common fate endured by most festival souvenirs.

Fukahori felt a shiver run down his spine. What he suddenly saw was a beautiful animal, glowing in bright red, living and surviving. The artist pulled out his paint and set to work, immediately triggering some sort of chemical reaction in his brain. Fukahori had looked far and wide – in Europe, the U.S. and Japan – for his muse. But in an instantaneous form of enlightenment he knew that all along it was right there in his room, inside that dirty fish tank. The goldfish, writes Fukahori, was my salvation.

And did you know, with a little help from the grammar gods, Kingyo-sukui (金魚すくい), the festivities of goldfish scooping, can also be read 金魚救い- goldfish salvation.”

Ref: Spoon and Tamago


Why do I have wings on my feet?

June 5, 2017

Japanese artist, Keiko Otsuhata, designed these high heels to look like pigeons.  She then wore them to the park to see if she could attract the genuine article with her artifice.  I don’t think she was particularly successful, but I give her credit for an amusing and original idea.

Read the whole story here on Spoon and Tomago.