Saturday, July 18, 2009

Famous Ladies

I find these portraits from American artist Christa Palazzolo interesting. On her website she describes her portraits "as a vehicle of mockery, isolation, discomfort, and objectification".

Some of the other portrait paintings in her online portfolio are incredibly realistic. For example, this image below is an oil painting called Bubbled. Pretty impressive.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Evian Roller Babies

This is worth sharing...

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Josh Keyes

Rise Above by Josh Keyes.

Love the antlers.

Esra Roise

These are by Esra Roise, a Norwegian freelance illustrator. Pretty.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The Crafty Hedgehog

So I’m not joking when I say this but I’m terrified of frogs. I’m talking full-blown panic attack, ranidaphobia fear of frogs. Real frogs, pictures of frogs, statues of frogs - they all freak me out. The only frog that doesn’t scare the poop out of me is Kermit.

I blame my mother for my frog phobia. It’s kind of a long story but basically it involves her repeatedly buying tiny frogs for my childhood aquarium even though I cried and begged her not too. These things were like tiny little Houdinis, escaping from the tank and crawling all over me at night while I tried to sleep peacefully in bed.

Ok that last part about the bed never happened but you get the idea.

Although, one did try to sneak attack me and my childhood dog, Rags, one day while I was home alone. Poor Rags, she just stared at me while I stood on top of the couch screaming. I don’t even think she saw the thing hopping across the living room floor.

I think I actually dissected a frog in high school. I wonder now how I managed to get through that without having a nervous breakdown. I think it was the gloves and the fact that it was clearly dead.

This has a Kermit type effect on me. It’s such a cleaver idea and the knitting really takes the edge off.
It’s by The crafty hedgehog on Esty. She also has rats:
And this:
It’s basically a little knitted Halo. Props for having a tortie instead of a boring, normal colored cat. If I added a little tan knitted scarf and a ribbon coming out the butt it would be perfect.

In a Dream

Just read an interesting article in the August issue of Print describing the movie In A Dream, which will premiere in August on HBO. The movie documents the life of Isaiah Zagar, an artist who creates “obsessively detailed mosaics of mirrored glass, ceramic, and paint” in his South Philadelphia neighborhood. Isaiah is said to suffer from “manic creativity” (which is the part that I really find intriguing). The film was made by Zager’s son, Jeremiah to “document his father’s psychological battles and tug-of-war with the rest of the family”. Looks brilliant.

Don't Forget...

Youngstown State University’s Annual Summer Festival of the Arts is next weekend, July 11-12. Hours: Sunday: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM. Saturday: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The Summer Festival of the Arts is a collaboration between Youngstown State University and the local and regional arts community. Designed to promote the diversity of art in the Mahoning Valley, the event equally welcomes regional and national fine and performing artists. Participation by area ethnic and cultural institutions makes available opportunities for positive interaction between patrons and the community.

It’s pretty much the same thing every year but usually I do find a couple things to buy, which is more than I can say about the Three Rivers Art Festival. Also, it’s free and there are perogies, haluski, and kettle corn... yum.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Wind Powered Knitting

With the power of the wind, a knitting machine knits from the outside towards the inside of the building. The knitted material is harvested from time to time and rounded-off in individually packaged scarves. Each scarf has its own label which tells you in how much time it has been knitted and on which date.

This video is awesome!!
Click on the link above to see it.