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Beautiful Baby Bump Paintings Pamper Mom While Welcoming Baby

Sunday 07.13.2014 , Posted by
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Children love having their faces painted, but why should they have all the fun? There would be no children if it weren’t for their mothers, so UK based artist Carrie Preston has found a way to celebrate the miracle of life that happens inside of a mother’s belly. She explains, “I paint bumps! It may seem completely mad to some people, in fact some even go as far to describe it as vulgar. I personally see it as beautiful. Painting a pregnant bump allows you to freely express yourself, it’s fun and relaxing.” Based in the UK, Preston has painted over 130 baby bumps and counting. From Disney movie scenes to kangaroo pouches, the cosmos, and special holiday themes she spends around 2 hours on each bump. [Read more...]

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Where Superheroes Go to Center Themselves & Unwind

Sunday 07.13.2014 , Posted by
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We all need time to get grounded and ponder the meaning of life once in awhile. Superheroes are no different. French photographer Benoit Lapray imagines what these places of solitude might look like for all of your favorite Marvel and DC comic book heroes. The imaginative series, which he calls “The Quest for the Absolute” features the superheroes deep in thought in beautiful natural settings. Wonder Woman wades in a tranquil lake while Superman prefers flying over crystal glacial waters. [Read more...]

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Book Art Meets Rock & Roll With These Awesome Prints

Friday 07.11.2014 , Posted by
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Full time parents and part-time artists, Dustin & Stephanie combine their passion for music and art with this unique series of prints. The duo lives just outside of Nashville with their 6 children. Using pages from an 1855 edition of “Plutarch’s Lives” (Parallel Lives), they print famous images of famous musicians and bands. The pages will vary, but each print is 5.5″ x 9″ and comes inside a clear plastic sleeve until you’ve found the perfect frame to put it on display. [Read more...]

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Mirror Selfies You Will Actually Enjoy Looking At

Thursday 07.10.2014 , Posted by
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There are times when procrastination can be a good thing. To avoid writing her bachelor’s thesis, Norwegian born, Washington D.C.-based Helene Meldahl began doodling, but not on paper like most people. She put her doodles on mirrors and inserted herself into them via selfies to make her world more fun. Meldahl used chalk, posca, and acrylic and began doing a selfie artwork every day. The 26 year old goes by the name @mirrorsme on Instagram and has garnered quite a following this week after self-posting her work to BoredPanda. [Read more...]

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Artist Transforms Foraged Materials From Nature Hikes Into 3D Mosaic Mandalas

Tuesday 07.08.2014 , Posted by
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In June of this year, Matt W. Moore participated in an artist residency with SUMMIT in Eden, Utah. He was inspired to take “full advantage of the sunshine and wilderness and develop a series that would allow [him] to explore the beauty of Utah, create work with [his] hands, and celebrate the native color palette of the landscape.” On his daily hikes through the mountains and valley, Moore foraged for native elements and allowed his findings to inspire his project. From shale, river pebbles and stones, to dead branches, bark, and dried grasses among other elements of nature, he created geometric mandala grids. Carefully aligning the materials, he described the process as “kinda like painting with mother nature’s paintbrush.” [Read more...]

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Everyday Objects Re-imagined by Christoph Niemann

Sunday 07.06.2014 , Posted by
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Sometimes things are more than they seem, especially in the hands of Berlin-based illustrator designer, and author. Christoph Niemann. See the creative inner workings of his mind as an avocado becomes a baseball glove, paper clips turn into beach chairs, and keys are transformed into a new bird species. His minimalist illustrations with every day objects are thoughtful and witty. [Read more...]

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You Can Have Your Own Thundercloud In Your Living Room and Watch it Light Up to the Beat of Your Music

Friday 07.04.2014 , Posted by
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Thunderstorms are fun to watch, but not necessarily the safest thing to do. Designer Richard Clarkson takes all of the awesomeness of storm watching without the danger with his latest creation: an interactive cloud for the home. You can get the nightlight version which only lights up or splurge for the interactive RC version that uses motion sensors to simulate the thunderstorm’s light and sound. Within each RC cloud is a lamp and bluetooth compatible speaker system. When paired with music, the cloud “lightnings” to the beat of each song. [Read more...]

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Party Beneath the Space Shuttle Endeavour

Wednesday 07.02.2014 , Posted by
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For some of us non-astronauts, the closest we will get to outer space is to be in the presence of something that has been in space. That’s why attending or hosting an event at the California Science Center Los Angeles is pretty flipping awesome. In the Samuel Oschin Pavillion, the space shuttle Endeavour, which spent 296 days in space, floats overhead as people beneath celebrate Earthly accomplishments like weddings and corporate parties. Check out the videos below to see how awesome the lighting looks in this space ship’s retirement home. [Read more...]

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The Most Incredible Ukulele Player You’ve Ever Seen Has Been Causing Jaws to Drop Since Age 5

Monday 06.30.2014 , Posted by
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A natural performer since she could walk, Taimane Gardner grew up in the majestic islands of Hawaii. Her father gave her a ukulele when she was just 5 years old and she played it in the mirror like a rock star for so long and hard that she broke a string the first day! Her father could see how musically gifted she was and she began lessons soon after. She preferred playing with her eyes closed so that she could learn muscle memory and sees each song in her mind before she plays. Quickly growing into the virtuoso she is now, Don Ho discovered Taimane, at age 13, busking on the streets of Waikiki and asked her to join his show. She is now 25 and has played private shows for celebrities like John Travolta, Steven Seagal, and George Clooney and has opened for Earth, Wind and Fire, Chicago, Jimmy Buffet, and many more musicians. You will understand why when you watch any of the videos below. [Read more...]

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Incredibly Realistic Interiors Carved into Marble & Stone

Monday 06.30.2014 , Posted by
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With a degree in Art History, specializing in art and architecture, Matthew Simmonds is in a small group of people who actually used their college degree for their job. His studies led him to train as an architectural stone carver and worked with teams in the restoration of famous historic buildings like the Westminster Abbey and Ely Cathedral in England. In 1996, after he moved to Italy, Simmonds began carving classical fine arts sculptures in marble and just 3 years later won first prize at the Verona International Sculpture Symposium. Simmonds’ miniature architectural carvings are as beautiful as their full sized counterparts. The meticulous details on such a small scale are even more impressive. The rough edges of the original stone slabs contrast with his clean carvings in a beautiful way. [Read more...]

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