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Andre Amador's Playa Paintings are Sandy Works of Art

Andre Amador's Playa Paintings are Sandy Works of Art
If you live in San Francisco, California, then you may be lucky enough to come across the art of Andres Amador. He doesn't paint or sculpt. He prefers a medium that is temporary but absolutely beautiful: a sandy beach at low tide. For Andres, his art is "more about the process and less about the result." He knows that it will all be temporary. While making his beach mural explorations, he uses a rope as a guide so that he can make the geometric patterns. When asked WHY he does it, Andre gives the best answer... "The unanswerable question! Consider yourself lucky if you happen to stumble across one of his playa paintings, because it won't be there long. By raking up the wet sand at low tide, he is able to make contrasting sand colors. He even offers his services, helping people propose. Or even teaching others to create these beachscapes as part of a team building exercise. According to Andres, it only takes a couple of hours once the tide is low enough to create the designs.

Artist's Physical Gestures Produce Beautiful Charcoal Drawings Using just her body and a piece of charcoal, New Orleans-based performance artist Heather Hansen bends and twists in fluid motions across the surface of paper to create beautifully rough symmetrical shapes and patterns. Her captivating performances involve dance-like movements that are just as much the main focus as the final, large-scale drawings. Watching her process is a mesmerizing experience where lines emerge from her many natural, physical gestures. Hansen quotes Joseph Campbell as part of her inspiration behind her work: "The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe. Photo Credits: Spencer Hansen; David SeeligHeather Hansen's website

Korean Artist Transforms Her Small Studio Into Dreamlike Worlds Without Photoshop EmailEmail Korean artist Jee Young Lee’s beautiful dreamscapes are living proof that you don’t need Photoshop or even a large studio space to create amazing surreal images. She creates all of these scenes by hand in a room that is only 3.6 x 4.1 x 2.4 meters and then inserts herself into the pictures. Some of these self portraits represent her own experiences, dreams and memories, while others represent traditional Korean folk tales and legends. Source:

This Tumblr User Shows Her Horrific Anonymous Messages In A Powerful Art Project Abandoned Russian tunnels where mind-bending patterns naturally cover every surface By Sara Malm Published: 15:56 GMT, 5 February 2014 | Updated: 18:18 GMT, 5 February 2014 Hundreds of feet below a Russian city is an abandoned salt mine which might as well be the inside of a rave. The walls are covered with psychedelic patterns, caused by the natural layers of mineral carnallite creating swirls throughout the coloured rock. Carnallite is used in the process of plant fertilisation, and is most often yellow to white or reddish, but can sometimes be blue or even completely colourless. Jaw dropping acid: The psychadelic walls inside the abandoned salt mine in Yekaterinburg, Russia more than 650ft under the surface Beauty below: Although the patterns appear man-made, they are all formed by layers upon layers of minerals which were mined for their use in fertilizers Scratching the surface: The mineral carnallite, a hydrated potassium magnesium chloride, decorates the empty tunnels under Yekaterinburg ‘We take our safety very seriously but of course there are always dangers.

The Gorgeous Art of Norah Borges, Jorge Luis Borges’s Younger Sister by Maria Popova Soulful drawings by a little-known pioneer of modern art. Few people know that literary titan Jorge Luis Borges had a sister, and even fewer that Leonor Fanny Borges Acevedo (1901–1998), better-known under the pseudonym Norah Borges, was an acclaimed artist in her own right, who emerged in the 1920s as one of the female pioneers of modern art. Norah (age 7) and Jorge Luis (age 9) at the Buenos Aires zoo, 1908 Her soulful paintings and drawings, the earliest of which is collected in the out-of-print Spanish-language volume Norah Borges: Obra Gráfica [Norah Borges: Graphic Work] (public library; AbeBooks), spans more than seven decades and is nothing short of breathtaking: Complement these with MoMA’s Modern Women, a celebration of pioneering women in modern art. Donating = Loving Bringing you (ad-free) Brain Pickings takes hundreds of hours each month. You can also become a one-time patron with a single donation in any amount: Brain Pickings has a free weekly newsletter.

Blog | Buy Art and Sell Art Online with our iPad App We’ve had an exciting 2 months since launching the ARTtwo50 iPad app and we think we’ve soaked in all the summer season had to offer just in time for fall. Now, onward and upward! We’ve got our sight sets high for autumn, and are excited to share some of the works of art that are inspiring us right now. We took on the daunting task of sifting through our artists’ amazing work and limited ourselves to just 6 fall-inspired pieces that we want to see hanging on our wall year round! 1. In All My Colors by Mary Ann Stafford 2. 3.Starved Rock Park by Prashant Shah 4.Orange Ranunculi Sicilian Vase Sienna Background by Carol Steinberg 5. 6. These works got us right into that Autumnal state of mind and replaced stuffy summer heat with some crisp autumn air. To find out more about each work, click on the images above.