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The World Bodypainting Festival is Quickly Approaching

Sunday 05.18.2014 , Posted by
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This summer in Pörtschach, Austria, the top body painters from 45 countries around the world will come together to compete in an awe-inspiring contest: The World Bodypainting Festival. From June 29 through July 6th, artists and audience members will create and witness a dream-like world as models, covered head to toe with intricate body paint, props, and costumes, walk the stage. Using the human body as their canvas, these talented artists use high level creativity and serious skill to transform models into works of art. [Read more...]

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Back to Light: Artist Turns Fruit Into Electrochemical Cells for this Fantastic Photo Series

Sunday 05.18.2014 , Posted by
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Remember back to middle school science class when you got to create your own circuit with copper wire, a galvanized nail, and a potato? Well photographer Caleb Charland has put an artistic twist on that old trick by transforming fruit into electrochemical cells. Aside from the awesome illumination, he creatively arranges everything and the wires to create beautiful long exposure photographs. With this series, which Charland calls Back to Light, he hopes to illustrate and initiate conversations about the endless possibilities of alternative and sustainable energy production. [Read more...]

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Pregnant Bellies Become the Canvas for Beautiful Paintings

Friday 05.16.2014 , Posted by
1 Pregnant Belly Painting by Lisa Flora

Unlike Trix, face painting is not just for kids. And a group called Pacific Face Painters has been putting their art work on the big, beautiful canvas of pregnant bellies! It’s a beautiful way to honor and bless the growing baby before s/he comes into the world. Moms-to-be get to enjoy the relaxing tickle of paint brushes on their bellies and capture a magical time in a lovely way with a photo shoot to follow! The group is based out of Santa Cruz, California and they bring their team of amazing artists to birthday parties, gatherings, and any event they are invited to! [Read more...]

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Under the Mircroscope: The Topography of Tears

Thursday 05.15.2014 , Posted by
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A variety of emotions and circumstances can bring humans to tears. A bride walking down the aisle to meet her husband cries tears of joy. A chef cutting an onion cries basal tears. The memory of a lost loved one can cause tears of grief. About five years ago, “during a period of copious tear, amid lots of change and loss,” photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher caught one of her tears, dried it on a glass slide and examined it under the microscope. She began to wonder if all of the types of tears are the same on a microscopic level and through a project she calls the Topography of Tears, where she collected, dried, and photographed over 100 samples of tears, she shows that they are not. [Read more...]

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Roaming Sounds: A Mobile, Solar Powered Recording Studio

Monday 05.12.2014 , Posted by
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It’s important to follow your passions and Roaming Sounds has created a mobile studio so they can do just that for their love of music. The team, based in Joshua Tree, California, transformed a beat up, old trailer into a seriously cool recording studio that is powered by the sun! They debuted their creative labor of love at Joshua Tree Music Festival in 2013 and have been traveling all over the country to find live music. In the studio they gather world class musicians and record amazing collaborations, film it and share it with their fans. On their Facebook, they express, “We love what we do and are grateful we are able to be!” [Read more...]

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Scenes From Movies & TV Shows Fit Perfectly Into the Everyday World on an iPhone

Sunday 05.11.2014 , Posted by
1 Movie and TV scenes on an iphone by Francois Dourlen

Sometimes on your routine stops at the grocery store, you might fantasize about what it would be like to see the Dude chugging milk in the dairy aisle. [Read more...]

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A Man With a Very Big Heart Repurposes Trash to Make Tiny Homes for the Homeless

Friday 05.09.2014 , Posted by
1 Gregory Eloehn Turns Trash Into Homes For The Homeless

In Oakland, one compassionate artist named Gregory Kloehn, with the help of many others in the community, is turning trash into treasure for the homeless. He gathers various materials from dumpsters, curbs, and commercial waste to create tiny mobile shelters. Like snowflakes, no two homes are exactly alike- they are even uniquely painted, but they all have a roof to shelter from the rain and wheels to take them wherever they need to go. Many of the homeless people in Oakland have had all of their belongings swept up by police abiding by Oakland’s public safety laws and Kloehn is hoping his mobile home designs will circumvent this issue. [Read more...]

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Pesky Potholes Transformed Into Exciting Surprises

Thursday 05.08.2014 , Posted by
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Right up there with parking enforcement officers, potholes are one thing people love to hate. They normally go unnoticed until you bust your tire on one and for many people this can really turn a good day bad, so in Scranton, PA, an art company decided to create a new association for potholes- something much more cheery and fun. The Pop Up Studio began letting their creative juices flow right into the potholes to make them something to smile about. They started filling them with ice and beer and the community got quite a kick out of it. So they invited everyone in Scranton to participate, and the ones who best “positively fill negative space” can win 4 new tires or car washes for a year! [Read more...]

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Even More Colorful, Awe-Inspiring 3D Sketchbook Illustrations by Hideyuki Nagai

Wednesday 05.07.2014 , Posted by
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The artist who mastered the art of bringing 2D sketchbooks to life with his pencil has grown tired of black and white, adding much more color to his latest collection. Nagai Hideyuki is a talented, young Japanese artist who has serious anamorphic abilities. Now 23 years old, he continues to build an impressive profile and even shares some of his techniques on YouTube videos like the one below. He also uploads videos of his drawings from different angles to prove that they aren’t actually 3 dimensional. It’s hard to believe sometimes! [Read more...]

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3D Animal Drawings Pop Right Off the Wall

Monday 05.05.2014 , Posted by
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Looking at these pictures, you might find it hard to believe that each one of these pieces by Fiona Tang is completely flat. Based in Vancouver, the artist uses a variety of materials such as chalk pastel, acrylic paint, and charcoal to achieve such wall popping depth. Tang is a student at Emily Carr University of Art and Design and only switched from ceramics to drawing 3 years ago when she realized she was allergic to the glazes and clay. She definitely has a natural knack for art and we can’t wait to see what kind of things she will be producing 3 more years from now. [Read more...]

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