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Brooding Cityscapes Painted with Oils by Jeremy Mann. San Francisco-based artist Jeremy Mann executes these sublime, moody cityscapes using oil paints.

Brooding Cityscapes Painted with Oils by Jeremy Mann

To create each work he relies on a wide range of techniques including surface staining, the use of solvents to wipe away paint, and the application of broad, gritty marks with an ink brayer. The resulting paintings are dark and atmospheric, urban streets seemingly drenched in rain and mystery. Mann’s work is in no way limited to cityscapes, he also paints the human figure, still lifes, and landscapes. He currently has work at John Pence Gallery and you can see many more of his cityscapes here. (via my darkened eyes) FV_18. Pour a Glass of Wine and Sink Into One of These Unusual, Luxurious Bathtubs. Carved Book Landscapes by Guy Laramee.

(click images for detail) For the better part of three decades multidisciplinary artist Guy Laramee has worked as a stage writer, director, composer, a fabricator of musical instruments, a singer, sculptor, painter and writer.

Carved Book Landscapes by Guy Laramee

Among his sculptural works are two incredible series of carved book landscapes and structures entitled Biblios and The Great Wall, where the dense pages of old books are excavated to reveal serene mountains, plateaus, and ancient structures. Of these works he says: So I carve landscapes out of books and I paint Romantic landscapes. Mountains of disused knowledge return to what they really are: mountains.

Laramee’s next show will be in April of 2012 at the Galerie d’Art d’Outremont in Montreal. The Incredible Digital Art of Michael Oswald. Dream big. Art & Design For his artwork Dream Big Peter Fecteau used 4.242 Rubik's Cubes to make a portrait of Martin Luther King Jr.

Dream big

Watch a Girl Use Just a Basketball to Paint a Portrait of Yao Ming. © gillesvidal - photographe. The Top 50 'Pictures of the Day' for 2011. Every day at 5pm the Sifter posts the Picture of the Day.

The Top 50 'Pictures of the Day' for 2011

Below you will find a collection of the Sifter’s Top 50 from 2011. It’s hard to imagine the year is almost over, time seems to fly faster each successive year so it’s fun to take a moment and look back at the year that was. Click any of the pictures below to be taken to the individual post to learn more about the photographer and picture taken. Enjoy and stay sifty my friends! 28485008.jpg (Image JPEG, 1536x1152 pixels) - Redimensionnée (54%) These 50 Photos Will Blow you Away. 20 awesome examples of street art. Cheselden_t36.jpg (Image JPEG, 1200x1615 pixels) - Redimensionnée (38%)

National Geographic Photo Contest 2011 - Alan Taylor - In Focus. National Geographic is currently holding its annual photo contest, with the deadline for submissions coming up on November 30.

National Geographic Photo Contest 2011 - Alan Taylor - In Focus

For the past nine weeks, the society has been gathering and presenting galleries of submissions, encouraging readers to vote for them as well. National Geographic was kind enough to let me choose among its entries from 2011 for display here on In Focus. Gathered below are 45 images from the three categories of People, Places, and Nature, with captions written by the individual photographers. [45 photos] Use j/k keys or ←/→ to navigate Choose: Many people pilgrimage to Uluru, but what is seen there often depends on where you've come from. Eruption of the Cordon del Caulle.

Beluga whales in the arctic having fun. This is a streetcar in New Orleans traveling back towards The Quarter on St. This image captures almost 6 hours of climbing parties on Rainier going for the summit under starry skies. Russia, polar region of West Siberia, Tazovsky Peninsula. Skateboard Sculptures.