Neil Gaiman: Best Commencement Speech for the Arts, Ever

Big Fish — The Best Movie Ever

Big Fish

No argument will convince me that there is a movie anywhere that is better than Big Fish, (except maybe Alice in Wonderland).  It’s a Tim Burton film (surprise, surprise) from 2003.  It is also a novel written by Daniel Wallace in 1998.  By far, this film addresses everything you need to know about life.  There is loss.  The impending loss of a relationship you are still unsure of.  There is regret.  The unspoken kind.  There is love.  Pure, sweet love.  There are choices.  The kind that change the path your life is on or, alternatively, the life your path is on.

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Fairy Winter

Mo:

A beautiful winterscape from Italy.

Originally posted on rubicorno:

This is a view of Valtournenche, a nice ski resort in Val d’Aosta, Italy. This has been shot with my iPhone 4s. The app used to shot the image was HDR Pro, cropping and adjustments were done using Snapseed, further editing was done using ShockMyPic, Dynamic Light, Pic Grunger and PhotoToaster.

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Vibrant Wood Pattern

Mo:

These are some really wonderful nature pics. What gorgeous images and colors! Only nature can provide beauty like this (a good photographer doesn’t hurt).

Great work, Jeffrey!

Originally posted on Photo Nature Blog:

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

One of the logs from a log cabin at the Connor Bayou Park in Ottawa County, Michigan displayed an interesting and colorful pattern today.

(Click on any of my photos to see an enlarged version)

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Guitar Pedals, An Interactive Art Installation of 96 Guitar Effects Pedals by David Byrne

Interactive Art Installations

Interactive art installations, aren’t they awesome?  Of course they are!  Like this one: Guitar Pedals, An Interactive Art Installation of 96 Guitar Effects Pedals by David Byrne.

Even though I know nothing about guitar pedals (well, I know a little more now…), this is a great idea.  Anything that gets people interactive with art is (usually) a good thing.

Some more on music tomorrow…

After humans

This is a wonderful image in the After humans post on Lubaluft’s blog.  There are more posts than just this one.  Check them all out.  Eerily haunting images.  Beautiful abandoned spaces.  It makes you think: What went on in these places?  Who lived there?  What incidents transpired?  I love abandoned or haunted areas like these.  So much left to the imagination…

Awesome work.

Bible of the Devil Concert Poster

Bible of the Devil

I created this for a design project.  It’s a concert poster for Bible of the Devil.  This isn’t the actual poster they used for their tour or anything, unfortunately.  You can check out the real one here.  They also used that design for their album, Freedom Metal.  I did create this poster based on their 2010 tour title, Parched in the Western World.

Bible of the Devil Concert Poster - Parched in the Western World

I created this in the Art Nouveau style.  If you don’t know, Bible of the Devil is a true rock n’ roll band from Chicago.  In their own words, their inspiration is Chicago and beer (I’m sure there’s some other helpful influences their not openly mentioning too).  Nice.  I incorporated this with the city silhouette and the woman holding a can of beer.  I used their idea of an Old Style can replaced with Ol’ Girl for the name.  It’s one of my favorite songs of theirs.  Check it out.  If you haven’t heard it, you’ll love it.  I also thought the beer can related to the parched title.  I designed the band name to flow from the hair.  I figured it should pay homage to the Art Nouveau style.  I also gave the lady horns.  Sweet, right?  She’s kind of new and edgy.  You know, I really tried to use some old ideas mixed with the new.  It’s kind of like the band itself.  You don’t really know what to expect.  You can hear a lot of old rock influences, but they really bring their own new style to it.  To sum it up, see (or hear) them play and they’ll for sure kick your butt.  Rock on guys.

Abstract Digital Paintings

The Dreaded Abstract Art Project

Well, I had a project to complete two digital paintings.  Oh yeah, they had to be abstractions!  Oh no!  Yeah, I’ve never had a warm fuzzy feeling about all that abstract art.  It’s something I’ve never understood and never really been into.

I’m glad to say I have a better understanding of it now.  It actually makes sense to me.  I’ll explain what I did here, in hopes that maybe some of you will be able to understand it.  It doesn’t mean you have to love it.  In fact, I still don’t have that strong of feelings for it.  Yet, it’s a little more welcoming to me now.  I hope you might be able to grasp some sort of understanding of  it.  It’s really beneficial to know what specific periods of art are about, the feelings behind and the motivation the artists had when creating them.

For the first project, I had to create a spontaneous digital painting while listening to music.  There were 5 songs, I had to listen to each one and just start painting.  I was required to let the music guide me and not think about the outcome.

I thought, are you kidding me?  Not think about the outcome?  Isn’t that what artists do throughout their working process?  Sure, a work is an ever-changing product.  But hey, there’s always an idea that sparks the start of your work.  So, this “just start painting” was just completely unheard of and semi-insane to me.

After putting it off until the unbearable last minute, I thought, “Okay, let’s just get started.  I’ll do what it says and just let it go.”  All the while thinking: this is going to look like something a 7 year old did and be completely pointless.

Well, as I started with the first song, I was really surprised at what I created.  Then, it just seemed to keep getting better.  I just played the selected song, looped it and let it go.  Paint, paint, paint.

Would you believe I came out with 5 distinct paintings for 5 distinct songs?

I chose the painting I believed to be my best.  It was done to Miles Davis, Venus de Milo and here it is:

If you want to check out the song yourself, it would help if you play it and view my abstraction, go to Grooveshark to check it out.  You can play the song for free there.

If you listen to it while viewing, you might see how this became the product.  It’s just lively and colorful like the song.  It’s a little all over and different parts represent different instruments.  It’s just fun.  That’s just the song.

I’m not saying this is some great abstraction or anything.  It’s really not.  The thing is, it really gave me a feeling about what abstract art is.

On to the second project.  This seemed even more unreasonable.  Anyone know of Van Doesburg’s Composition (The Cow)?  Yeah if you’re like me, I never understood how his final work really was the geometric breakdown of a cow.  This “universal harmony” didn’t make universal sense to me.  That’s for sure.

I guess I just didn’t understand the method.  Apparently, you take a picture and trace the basic geometric shapes over it in Photoshop or the application of your choice.  Then, you actually move those objects around until you create something that feels like universal harmony.  Oh.  Really?  Is that how it actually works?  That’s helpful because I just thought those artists threw some shapes on the canvas and chose what they wanted it to represent.  In reality, the artist actually had some sensible method in mind.  At least, that’s what they say.

For this work, I chose a farm tractor.  This is my abstract representation of the tractor:

I used pastoral colors that would create a country feeling, since there wasn’t a tractor there to do it for me.  I balanced it the best I could, as well.

As you can see, it doesn’t look anything like a tractor.  Yeah, I did the project as instructed.  You know what?  I’m not too disappointed.  It’s probably one of my least favorite works, but I know how to go about this style now.

There you have it.  That’s your 5 minute abstract art helper!  If you’re facing an abstract art project and you don’t know where to start, maybe this will help or inspire you or maybe you’re just reading this for fun!  Whatever your reason for coming here, hope you enjoy the art.

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