Category: Art

Art“Vanitas” by Collage Artist Ashkan Hornarvar



Vanitas by Ashkan Hornavar.

ArtDot-to-Dots for Grown-Ups? Yes, Please

 
Anybody recognize this famous lady?
 
Watch this video…
 
 
How about now?
 
 
Allow me to introduce Thomas Pavitte, a New Zealand-born, Melbourne-based graphic designer who makes the world’s most complex dot-to-dot drawings. His first project, the Mona Lisa (above), is composed of 6,239 dots, and took Pavitte 9 hours and 15 minutes to connect. To keep track of all the tiny, numbered circles, he color-coded them to change every 400 dots. Pretty cool. Plus, the smaller and blurrier it gets, the more it really looks like da Vinci’s muse.
 
Since Mona Lisa, Pavitte has moved on to create several more dot-to-dot creations, this time with a transformation twist. The first 335 dots in his Michael Jackson portrait reveal a young Michael, then (Pavitte recommends changing colors) the remainder of the dots morph into the late King of Pop at the time of his passing. Watch:
 
 
 
Also loving his “Yes You Can”/Obama portrait:
 
 
 
What’s so cool is that anybody can do it! You can actually purchase a print online and experience the dot-connecting magic for yourself!
 
Dear Santa….
 
 

ArtRemarkable Remakes from the Booooooom Photo Project

 
 
Some artists have a gift for bringing their subjects to life on canvas. Now, some people over at Booooooom have given us the gift of the “Remake” project, which challenged art lovers all over the world to actually bring works of art to life. LOVE this.
 
The challenge: take a classic work of art, (Booooooom master Jeff says: “I’m not looking for remakes of contemporary artwork, album covers, or fashion photography”), and “remake” it in a photograph (Jeff also stresses: “This is a PHOTO project! I’m looking for photos only. This means no paintings, drawings, collages. The idea is to put all your creative energy into re-creating and re-staging the image. All the work here happens before you take the photo, rather than afterward. Please refrain from adding special effects and other things to your image on your computer.”).
 
And, voila! My faith in humanity is restored.
 

 
Inspired by a contest in the UK hosted by Adobe, Jeff created a challenge of his own, open to submissions from all over this wonderfully creative planet. Users uploaded their submissions to Booooooom’s Facebook page, and then Jeff posted the majority of them on the site. One lucky winner will walk away with the entire Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Master Collection ($899). I’m just glad I don’t have to pick the winner. I was, however, more than happy to select a whole bunch of my personal favorites.
 

 
Some contestants chose to recreate some pretty darn close copies of the original artwork (above), while others took the subject and reimagined it in modern, original, or even silly ways (below). Not to be biased, but my favorites definitely have a creative twist to them.
 

 
I love the way that Wanda Martin reinterpreted Vermeer’s “Girl reading a letter by an open window” as a woman holding a telephone by an open window (below). Love the simple, modern touch.
 

 
Similarly, the way Or Eitan recreated Edward Hopper’s “Automata” in a McDonald’s (above) makes a powerful, yet subtle statement.
 
However, if I had to choose, I think these two might be my favorites:
 
Georges Braque’s “Woman with a guitar” recreated by Niklas Enhag:
 

 
And Emily Kiel’s remake of “Ohhh…Alright…” by Roy Lichtenstein:
 

 
So much cooler than planking….
 
If you want to see more, and there is a lot more to see, go ahead and check out the rest of the submissions (new ones are popping up all the time), and watch for the winner! Just be ready to spend A LOT of time scrolling through…

(Images courtesy of Booooooom!)

 

ArtToothpick-ture Perfect Artwork

 
How much do you love your city?
 
 
 
Scott Weaver has 100,000 toothpicks and 34 years worth of love for San Francisco. This 9′ X 7′ X 30″ kinetic sculpture includes touching personal tributes, like a heart in the center of the Palace of Fine Arts made from toothpicks thrown at his wedding, and strategically placed birthdates of loved ones on clocks all over the “city”.
 
Oh, and did I mention “kinetic”? As in, “movement”. Watch the video below to see the touring ping pong balls “Rolling Through the Bay” on various routes. As if it wasn’t cool enough already!
 
 

 
So this amazing feat of craftmsmanship got me thinking… I wonder what else people have made out of toothpicks…
 

 
Steven J Backman‘s collection includes a working remote control boat, and a large variety of toothpick portraits.
Or, how about a ship? Maybe the Sydney Opera House, the Taj Mahal, Masjid al-Haram, or St. Peter’s Square… Stan Munro‘s tackled them all!
 

 
Including a mammoth “Toothpick City” of his own, including over fifty(!) landmark sculptures from all over the world:
 

 
Munro is currently working on “Toothpick City II“, and the photos are amazing!!
So I guess this what happens when you pick your brain instead of your teeth…

 
(Images courtesy of Colossal, EPICr, & Landmarks of SF)

FashionArt Inspired Fashion by Jen of Jenloveskev: Rachel Ruysch

 
Hi Everyone, it’s Jen again! I am back for this month’s Art Inspired Fashion post. I hope you are all enjoying this beautiful fall season. This month I wanted to pick something that gave off a great fall vibe. I was particularly looking for a painting that had rich colors in it.  I fell in love with this floral painting by Rachel Ruysch.
 
 
It has so much depth and life in it. I especially love the pop of coral, peach and mustard colors in the flowers. Rachel Ruysch was a Dutch artist who specialized in still-life paintings of flowers in the 1700′s. 
 
 
When I saw this Coral Dress I knew it was the perfect match.
 
 
I paired it with this Olive Hurley jacket because I think it creates the perfect balance just like in the painting. Can you imagine painting with such detail? This painting is so beautiful!
 
Paintings can be such great inspiration to pull from when picking colors for an outfit. I am totally inspired! 
 
See you next month for the next Art Inspired Fashion post! Happy Halloween. 

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