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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. This is the photo that got me busy writing this ideabook.

Pour a Glass of Wine and Sink Into One of These Unusual, Luxurious Bathtubs

I had never before seen a glass-sided bathtub, and this one completely appeals to my minimalist tendencies. The architect, David Stern, says the client wanted this custom made tub for the kids bathroom and wanted it to feel fresh and fun. Well, he succeeded. But here is what I want to know: Why should the kids have all the fun? I have a rubber ducky. 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. Julia Kuzmenko McKim is a beauty, fashion and portrait photographer, digital artist, retoucher, a...

The Incredible Digital Art of Michael Oswald

Julia Kuzmenko McKim is a beauty, fashion and portrait photographer, digital artist, retoucher, and educator, currently residing in Los Angeles. Recently, I had a chance to talk with McKim, who has become really well known for her work in photography and retouching. During the interview, we talked a bit about her workflow, her preferred file formats, the gear that she uses on the road, how to build stronger relationships with clients, as well as how to break down the "knowledge protection wall," that prevents many artists from sharing their favorite tips and techniques with others.

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. 28485008.jpg (Image JPEG, 1536x1152 pixels) - Redimensionnée (54%) These 50 Photos Will Blow you Away. Great news today: we will start a series of showcases that are meant to make the jaws drop! Here’s the first one of the series: none of the 50 photos are photoshopped, to emphasize the natural beauty and the professionalism of the photographers. 50 scenes that cannot be seen in the daily life, 50 jewels of the photographic art!

If you want to see more, also checkout: 50 More Photos That Will Blow Your Mind Landslide Hall Clouds on Fire Marpissa Muscosa Talking to a Lady Celebration Underwater Dance. The Game Plunge Diver Denise Family Lemon Shark at Sunset Anemone Schrimp Cloudy Day Siberia. -37°C When the Ocean Turns into Blue Fire Flip of a Humpback Whale Envole Moi Hide and Seek The Wall Impossible Time PoiPoi La Magie d’Ayguebonne Red in October Snowy Owl in Flight. 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. Skateboard Sculptures.