Patiently Arranged Dandelion Works by Botanical Artist Duy Anh Nhan Duc All images via Duy Anh Nhan Duc Self-taught botanical artist Duy Anh Nhan Duc uses a steady hand to arrange dandelion blossoms in artful imitations of their flight through the air. His monochrome works are each reminiscent of a universal childhood urge to scatter a dandelion’s seedlings with a single blow, eager to watch the feathery pieces take flight in the wind. With this in mind he carefully dissects a dandelion’s fluff, placing the individual seeds in concentric patterns. In many works gold leaf is used to single out some of the miniature components, adding another layer of precision to his patiently executed fields of flora. His solo exhibition, The Imaginary Herbarium, is currently on view at Galerie Bettina in Paris through February 15, 2017.
gold leaf | Greg Dunn Design Ink on watercolor paper 18″ X 24″ 2015 Framed in custom selected moulding with antireflective and UV protective art glass. The retina converts light hitting the eye into neural signals that can be interpreted by higher order brain structures in the cortex. Retina in Ink is a neonaturalist work combining scientific visualization with techniques in abstract expressionism to yield chaotic and evocative neural networks in ink. Details: 22K gold, horse and synthetic human hair, ink, and dye on stainless steel Framed in custom selected molding The brain’s characteristic circuitry involves both long range, myelinated axon bundles (depicted with horsehair) that connect disparate regions of the brain and peripheral nervous system, as well as a great deal of locally connected circuits (inked neurons). This painting has a dynamic reflective element in the different lusters of 22K gold leaf overlaid onto etched and dyed stainless steel. Detail photos: 12K gold, dye, and mica on cut acrylic panel
Understanding Camera Lenses Understanding camera lenses can help add more creative control to digital photography. Choosing the right lens for the task can become a complex trade-off between cost, size, weight, lens speed and image quality. This tutorial aims to improve understanding by providing an introductory overview of concepts relating to image quality, focal length, perspective, prime vs. zoom lenses and aperture or f-number. All but the simplest cameras contain lenses which are actually comprised of several "lens elements." Each of these elements directs the path of light rays to recreate the image as accurately as possible on the digital sensor. The goal is to minimize aberrations, while still utilizing the fewest and least expensive elements. Optical aberrations occur when points in the image do not translate back onto single points after passing through the lens — causing image blurring, reduced contrast or misalignment of colors (chromatic aberration). Original Image ZOOM LENSES vs.
Current Work — Nic Bladen Menu Current Work Click For Larger View Euphorbia caput-medusae (II) Oedera capensis Leucospermum cordifolium Aloe africana Aloe africana Leucospermum cordifolium X linear Maurocenia frangula Aloe somaliensis Crassula ovata 'gollum variegata' leucospermum cordifolium Euphorbia caput-medusae (I) Euphorbia caput-medusae (III) Leucospermum erubescens Cussonia spicata Acacia erioloba Agapanthus africanus Aloe falcata Aloe pluridens X Protea nitida dwarf Aloe gemini Aloe pluridens X Euryops pectinatus (Wolharpuisbos) Aloe succotrina X Aloe tenuior Aloe succutrina X Tulbaghia violacea Aloe andongensis I Aloe castanea Aloe melanacantha Crassula rubricaulis Haworthia attenuata Orbea variegata I
5 DAY CREATIVE TEXTILE COURSE: FLAX PROCESSING, SPINNING, WEAVING AND NATURAL DYING « Selvedge Join textile artist Susie Gillespie and learn how to process, spin, weave and naturally dye linen. Susie will pick your flax from her orchard in August (2016) so it has time to dry. But don’t worry, she’ll talk you through the process of planting the seeds, rippling and retting the stems so they are ready to be spun. You’ll start by making preparations to the flax stems to prepare them for spinning, this will include revealing the flax fibres, removing the pith, combing them and finally winding them so you can tease off the fibre to produce the yarn. Once you have a hank of your own linen you can experiment with a range of natural dyes or keep the linen in its natural state. You can take the course at your own pace and we hope you’ll find time to enjoy the tradition of sitting together spinning and weaving linen. You’ll come away with your own linen cushion cover, or piece of artwork made from start to finish completely by you. 10-4, Sun-Thurs, 7-11 May 2017, 10-4, £775 per person
Elsa Mora | Elsa Mora's official website Bruder Klaus Field Chapel - Architecture of the World - WikiArquitectura Introduction A small concrete chapel built by local farmers on the edge of a field. Concrete is cast around a group of 120 tree trunks, cut at a local forest, and then slowly burned. The meticulous arrangement of the trees teardrop or leaf created the oculus that provides the only direct light to the small dark space. The field chapel is dedicated to Swiss Saint Nicholas von der Flue (1417-1487), known as Brother Klaus. Location The small chapel of concrete was built on the edge of a field in Mechernich on the way Rissdorfer Weg, in a low slope of the Eifel (Naturpark Nordeife) Natural Park, 55 km from Cologne in the west of Germany. Concept In order to design buildings with a sensuous connection to life , one must think in a way that goes far beyond form and construction. Floor On a sunny day, the oculus resembles the eruption of a star, a fact that can be attributed and refer to a vision of Brother Klaus in utero. Design Spaces Structure Constructive method Light • Oculus • Perforations walls
Installation Aerial par Monika Grzymala Aerial est une installation de l’artiste berlinoise Monika Grzymala, entièrement réalisée à l’aide d’un gros scotch noir, elle habille une colonne et deux murs blancs avec une dextérité hallucinante. On vous a déjà présenté de nombreuses installations faites à base de ruban adhésif (pour retrouver certains articles, cliquez ici et là) mais je trouve qu’Aerial apporte une nouvelle dimension à cette matière. Comme une toile d’araignée projetée contre les murs ou une explosion de peinture figée, l’installation est immobile et pourtant semble vivante et animée… Pour info, il lui aura fallu plus de 5km de ruban adhésif pour venir à bout de son travail. Pour en savoir plus sur Monika Grzymala, cliquez ici. source
Pioneering Painter Alma Thomas Is Making a Comeback 30 Years after Her Last Major Retrospective In 1972, at age 80, Alma Thomas was the first African-American woman to receive a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum. Interviewed that same year by The New York Times, the artist, who grew up in Columbus, Georgia, before settling in Washington, D.C., said: “One of the things we couldn’t do was go into museums, let alone think of hanging our pictures there. My, times have changed. Just look at me now.” Thomas, who achieved widespread recognition late in her lifetime for her colorful, exuberant abstract paintings, is once again in the spotlight after slipping from the mainstream art-historical canon following her death in 1978. The first graduate of Howard University’s fledgling art department in 1924, Thomas taught art for 35 years in a segregated junior high school in Washington, D.C., while always making her own work.
Weston Williamson chosen to design Cairo Science City London studio Weston Williamson has won a competition to design a major new science complex for the Egyptian capital (+ slideshow). Weston Williamson was selected ahead of Zaha Hadid Architects and Malaysian firm Ngiom Partnership to plan the 125,000-square-metre Science City complex on the western edge of Cairo. It will be "the first 21st-century science museum, learning and research facility in Egypt" according to the architects. The designs include a museum, a planetarium, an observation tower and a conference centre, as well as exhibition galleries, research facilities and extensive landscaping. Weston Williamson's visualisations show a circular complex made up of mushroom-shaped structures, creating a network of indoor and outdoor spaces divided up into stripes. "Needless to say that Egypt has a unique cultural heritage, but we were also attracted by the ambition of the project," said studio co-founder Chris Williamson.
Kazuhito Takadoi — ABOVE: 'Oeda' (Bough)BELOW: 'Shikaku' (Square) Having studied horticulture in Japan and the US before relocating to the UK, Takadoi enrolled on an Art and Garden Design degree at Leeds Metropolitan University. ‘I remember visiting National Trust gardens on a trip to England when I was 17,’ he recalls. ‘I was fascinated by plants and always wanted to study here. Citing his influences as a cross between the formality of Japanese floral art and landscape artists such as the UK's Andy Goldsworthy, Takadoi turned his creative skills to paper. In 2003, Takadoi set up his studio.
Pochoir street art - trouvez la créativité en 65 images Le pochoir street art est quelque chose qui étonne avec son originalité et avec sa possibilité de provoquer. C’est une discipline, une des plus importantes de l’art urbain qui commence son histoire à Paris les années `80 du XXI-e siècle. On le nomme « graffiti au pochoir », « pochoir urbain » ou « pochoir de rue », historiquement associé à la figuration libre. Un des plus célèbres artistes qui utilisent la technique d’impression pochoir c’est Blek le Rat. Il crée ses œuvres principalement sur les rues de Paris. D’autres auteurs remarquables sont Jef Aérosol, Mix Mix, Miss.Tic, Marie Rouffet, Jean Bombeur, Jérôme Mesnager, Epsylon Point. Mais les œuvres pochoir ne sont toujours tellement sérieux. Un autre fait intéressant c’est qu’on peut voir de plus en plus souvent l’art urbaine dans les galeries d’art moderne. Pochoir street art amusant Jolie image d’animal en utilisant la technique pochoir En interaction avec le milieu urbain – pochoir street art chat La musique sur la rue