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Mini Monet: A Little 5 Year Old Girl With Autism Is A Painting Prodigy

Monday 10.13.2014 , Posted by
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While autism impairs an individual’s ability to interact and communicate with others, it doesn’t always stop one from expressing him/herself. In the UK, there is a 5 year old autistic girl named Iris Grace, who is behind her peers in talking, but beyond many adults when it comes to painting. Many people have compared her style to that of Monet and she has already sold some of her work to art collectors all over the world for thousands of dollars! [Read more…]

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Painting With The Earth: A Large-Scale Mural Made of Mud

Thursday 10.09.2014 , Posted by
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After 2 weeks of labor, Japanese artist and painter Yusuke Asai has completed a stunning mural that looks as though it was created with a large palette of brown paints, but in actuality he used 27 different types of soil. Since he was commissioned to do this work in Houston, Texas, Asai used dirt that was local to the area. He was expecting to have 10 different shades, but was pleasantly surprised with the 17 bonus soils, collected by students and volunteers, which included shades of red, green, and yellow. Although Asai has been doing this work since 2008, he has never worked with so many shades. He calls this piece “yamatane”, which is Japanese for “mountain seed”. Surprisingly, the only art training that Asai has had was a ceramics class in high school. When he realized he could not afford art school at a university, he studied folk and tribal art on his own at zoos and museums, and perfected his own techniques. [Read more…]

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J.R.R. Tolkien’s Art Is Right Up There With His Storytelling

Wednesday 10.08.2014 , Posted by
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“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” – J.R.R. Tolkien An album of Tolkien’s lesser known art was released on Reddit by user ethan_kahn. Featuring pencil sketches and colored illustrations, some of the images were actually the covers on vintage editions of Tolkien’s books. [Read more…]

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Painting With The Sun: Solar Pyrography Drawings By Jordan Mang-osan

Tuesday 10.07.2014 , Posted by
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Inspired by the rich cultural traditions of his native region in the Mountain Province in the Philippines, Jordan Mang-osan has been practicing art since the age of 19. He is an Igorot from the Cordilleras and holds true to his roots by working with raw indigenous materials. His patience and skill are evident in this series of solar drawings. Mang-osan steadily holds a magnifying glass to create pyrographic etchings in wood. [Read more…]

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Houston’s Garbage Trucks Get An Artistic Makeover To Promote Recycling

Monday 10.06.2014 , Posted by
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In Houston, there has been an amazing collaboration between the Houston Arts Alliance and the city’s Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD) to encourage the citizens to recycle. All of the recycling trucks of Houston have been converted into beautiful murals, bringing more art out into the public eye. Six designs by local artists were chosen as wraps for the recycling trucks. SWMD is on a mission to bring recycling to every curbside in Houston and these trucks might be just the thing they need to raise awareness. [Read more…]

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Swept Away By Love: Photographer Couple Has Started A New Photo Trend #BrinsonBanksing

Friday 10.03.2014 , Posted by
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Forget #planking, #tebowing, #owling, and #vadering, there is a new photo trend in town and it’s a lot more romantic! Photog couple Kendrick Brinson and David Walter Banks, who met in a photojournalism class in college, have an adorable signature move that is becoming quite popular in the hashtag world. #BrinsonBanksing is an endearing way to capture a moment with the one you love- beautiful background scenery is an added bonus. This move began in 2010 when Brinson and Banks were at the Valley of Fire State Park with some friends. They were just dating at the time and Brinson jumped into Banks’ arms to steal a kiss and a loving embrace. Another photographer friend captured the moment and they have been recreating it ever since. In 2012, the couple got married. [Read more…]

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Judging America: Photographer Shows The Stark Contrast Between Prejudice And Reality

Thursday 10.02.2014 , Posted by
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Sometimes we think we know things about people we’ve never even met. By the way they are dressed or their ethnicity or a tabloid article, we think we can leap to some conclusions about who they are as people. Judgment is a natural part of being human, but this series will make you think twice before you mistake your prejudices for knowledge. A former U.S. Marine with a passion for photography, Joel Parés shows that looks can be deceiving in this diptic photo series. He took successful people of all races and showed them first as the way people might falsely judge them, followed by a representation of who they are as people, demonstrating how they serve the world. [Read more…]

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Egyptian Teenager Designs The Cover For Pink Floyd’s New Album ‘The Endless River’

Wednesday 10.01.2014 , Posted by
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As a tribute to their keyboardist Rick Wright, who lost his battle with cancer in 2008, Pink Floyd is releasing a new album called “The Endless River.” Before his death, Wright was working on a solo album, which he was never able to finish. On the new album, which will be released November 10th, 2014, David Gilmour and Nick Mason include unreleased recordings from 20 years ago. The album cover design was created by Egyptian teen Ahmed Emad Eldin, who was discovered through Behance by the band’s creative agency. The cover features a man standing alone in a small boat, rowing through the clouds. Eldin says he was “thinking about life and nature” when he created the image. The last time Pink Floyd released an album was “The Division Bell” 2 decades ago in 1994, which is before Eldin was even born. [Read more…]

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Stop Capturing Moments And Start Living Them: 2 Powerful Videos That Will Make You Want To Deactivate Your “Anti”-Social Networks

Tuesday 09.30.2014 , Posted by
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The internet has certainly connected people more than ever before, but our social networks are also making some of us more anti-social to the people in the physical realm of our lives. In this first video, called ASPIRATIONAL, by Matthew Frost, Kirsten Dunst stars as herself in a realistic short with 2 starstruck millenials. Driving past the celebrity, 2 Generation Y girls stop their car to hop out and take some selfies, but it is evident they are more concerned with the Instagram likes they will receive than the fact that they just met a famous actress. They have nothing to say to her and although they are sharing the same space in the universe, they only look at her through the phone screen in selfie mode while they are interacting. This scene is a regular occurrence and people are starting to get fed up with the narcissistic society created by social networks, including Prince Ea, who does an impressive spoken word poem on the subject in the second video. [Read more…]

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Old Skateboards Stacked, Shaven, & Polished Into Colorful Wooden Mosaic Sculptures

Sunday 09.28.2014 , Posted by
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An avid skater with an infatuation for all things skateboarding and art, Haroshi found a way to combine his passions and re-purpose old, broken skateboards at the same time. The sculptor collects broken skate decks and turns them into beautiful, 3D wooden mosaic art works. In this series called HARVEST, he re-purposed skate decks into colorful creatures, including pop culture icons like Mario. Some of his designs are 2D wall mosaics, others look like smooth colored statues. A fun fact about Haroshi’s 3D sculptures is that they also have a metal part from broken boards hidden inside their layers of wood, which he believes give soul to the statue. The idea for this came from 12th Century Japanese Buddha sculptor Unkei who would place a crystal ball inside the sculpture where the Buddha’s heart would be. [Read more…]

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