I had posted before about Jane Kim and her InkDwell team painting a wall of birds for Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Now you have the best, most interactive way to view them up close and personal. There are more than 700 images and the detail is incredible.
The Paul Smith store in LA has received the most notoriety for its vivid, perfect pink exterior color. It certainly attracts attention but has increasingly attracted attention of photographers with a constant flow of selfie uploads daily. So much so, that the attention the wall brings, creates its own security guard.
“The Paul Smith wall makes the list of almost every available “most photographed locations in Los Angeles” list…Everyone looks freaking great standing in front of it…The fact that the wall is a simple swath of color, unbroken and very, very tall, makes it curiously like a professional backdrop itself…creates a huge amount of contrast between the subject …makes it a particularly eye-catching image, especially on a small screen.“
The size of the wall, negative space and shadows all play into the perfect pink effect. Also of interest is the fact that the color pink has been trending the last couple of years. Pantone ranked it [Rose Quartz] and Serenity Blue as its top 2 colors for 2016. You can read other posts about Pantone’s Color Forecasting here.
Atlas describes it well, “That big pink wall is something else: arty, but not exactly art; unbranded but instantly recognizable; off-the-beaten-path but hugely popular.“
With the Summer Olympics coming and the warning alert to women traveling to the area due to the Zika virus, it is worth praising some women in Brazil who are already there.
I recently discovered these murals in my list of saves and coincidentally they happen to be by Fin DAC, the artist featured in my previous post, and Christina Angelina, who also paints beautiful street portraits of women.
These female portraits were painted in San Paolo, Brazil — only about 5 hours away from Rio de Janeiro.
FIN DAC is a talented, stand-alone, self-taught, street artist. In the process of creating his artwork, he ends the traditional use of the stencil. Stencils are used as his essential template to start and then he builds upon them with layers. He also uses stencils as masks to diffuse and soften his spray paint additions while creating these beautiful and exotic images.
With all the tragic news about Harambe, the silverback gorilla that was shot to save a child at the Cincinnati Zoo, it’s nice to see other positive zoo news.
Washed Ashore is a multi-venue sculpture exhibit that is currently being hosted at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo through September 5, 2016. The large sea-life sculptures are made with plastic and other such trash items that have washed ashore.
What a great and colorful use of everyday, tossed-and-forgotten objects that really validates the statement, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” In this case, artwork that is truly everywhere.
Here’s a little more info about Washed Ashore.org, their other exhibits and educational programs and what you can do with trash that you may find washed ashore on your beach this summer.
This is just a quick post and announcement to say this blog will be operating on a loose schedule through May so time and attention can be given to completing a website update + new designs and my son’s graduation from college, with family coming in town.
My original intent was to post my Slipcovers for your walls, casartblog post here this week but then I received these incredible pictures of animal sculptures made with cut paper. I’ll do a little of both. Plus, you’ll see an appropriate mention at the bottom in light of Mother’s Day this Sunday.
Firstly, here’s a snippet of the Animal Inspiration post:
I recently learned of a new video about one of my favorite artists, Jane Kim, of Ink Dwell Studios. The video not only depicts her creative process but explains how she paints with Nature always in mind, through animal inspiration.
Jane’s artistic talent is tremendous as is some of her projects.
Jane has also completed an ocean collage mural at Baltimore’s National Aquarium, which I’m dying to go see, using a combination of paint and cut paper techniques, and that perfectly leading into part two of this post.
Another amazingly talented artist using Nature and animals as their inspiration is Calvin Nichols. He creates incredibly intricate paper sculptures. He’s such a keen observer of his subjects. It’s almost as if he’s created a 3D format for scientific illustration. I love how the pieces break their framed boundaries, which is very indicative of trompe l’oeil artwork, but this is not because you know it is not real, however, the intricacy and detail is just as jaw- dropping in wonderment.
(Most of the wording below is taken from the email that I received — so I cannot take credit for it.)
He has worked 25 years to perfect his method. First he draws his subject, then he cuts paper shapes to create the foundation or form upon which more intricate cut paper is adhereed on top. It must take pain-staking patience. (Something I lose more and more as I get older.)
This particular series is appropriately titled, “Paper Zoo.”But he doesn’t just draw on it. He shapes it to create intricate works of staggering detail and beauty.To make the art, he starts by observing real-life animals and their movements. He takes numerous sketches that he will later use as reference for his paper art. He then cuts up thousands of tiny pieces of paper and pastes them together to form each animal.The texture he is able to achieve with this technique is astounding.Given that he’s only working with white paper, the details must be exactly right in order to create the appropriate depth and shadowing.Each small piece can take many weeks to complete.It’s incredibly delicate work.Each small piece can take many weeks to complete.While the bigger ones can take months, or even years.
The texture he’s been able to achieve gives the illusion that it must be soft. Make you want to touch it to find out.
His work has been featured in National Geographic, as well as numerous galleries and art shows all over the world.
The porcupine is probably my favorite with all those wispy paper pieces.He uses X-ACTO knives, scalpels, and scissors in the construction of his critters.This intricacy of this money and his face captures our emotion when viewing.The commitment these amazing pieces of art require is just mind-blowing. Can you imagine how frustrating it would be if you messed up a little detail on those pieces? Talent like this just doesn’t come around that often.
I’m not sure how he was able to achieve the realism of these zebras with different colored paper but his work is for sale and he does demonstrations, so worth looking into.If you’d like to learn more, for there is not much info about this artist on his website except that he is from Canada, go to his Facebook page to see his most recent news.
In keeping with our animal inspiration theme and with Mother’s Day this weekend, here’s a beautiful mural that could use some motherly care in the Mothers Building, which was originally designed to be a resting place for nursing mothers at the San Francisco Zoo. The building, with its Greco-Roman style and WPA project murals, was built in 1925 but has been closed to the public since 2002. The murals visually depict the story of Noah’s Ark in the largest existing, egg tempera work in the Western US. They could soon be lost and are in need of repair. Click here to read more of the story.
Most people will say as they get older, or as their children get older, or as their wedding anniversaries fly by, “where did the time go?!” Well it’s true. It’s hard to believe so much time has passed. My husband and I celebrated our wedding 28th anniversary recently and have discovered what has become a somewhat traditional way for us to celebrate.
We had dinner at one of our favorite local restaurants. We’re lucky we can just walk down the street to Vermilion. This is particularly beneficial after a full Tasting Menu with wine pairings for each course. The dinner was delicious, as it never disappoints! I wish I had taken more pictures, especially of the black gnocchi which was divine, but after cocktails, champagne and the first wine, I wasn’t thinking any longer of taking pictures — just immersed in the moment of pure dining pleasure — as it should be.
Artistic plating with a swish! These are our appetizers.
The service was exceptional, especially since I mentioned it being our wedding anniversary. Word spread from the bartender, where we had Vieux Carré cocktails in the lounge to start, to our waiter, who greeted us with a glass of sparkling champagne. It was an exceptional evening! And even though I may not remember the meal exactly as time meanders on, I have our menu to remind us of what a good meal it was.
Since this was our second wedding anniversary to celebrate this year, we also went to a relatively new restaurant, called Lapis. It’s located where the old Napoleon restaurant was in Adams Morgan. Peter and I had a fabulous tasting meal there too. We contemplated going to dance it off at the Black Cat because it was 80’s music but after walking the 18 blocks there, we felt like we got our exercise and would save our dancing for next month.
This is a quick post announcement from several alerts I just received indicating that at least two well known murals are changing. As one will be vanishing soon, so see it while you can, another gets a fresh redesign and new placement.
The beloved Luzianne mural by Robert Dafford in downtown New Orleans will be partially covered when a new residential unit gets built. So sad, this is a lovely mural that I enjoy seeing each time I go back home. However, the Reily family, the owners of the mural and property, plan on making part of the mural visible to the interior of the building. They also will digitally scan the Luzianne-cart section in hopes to reproduce and place on another wall.
Robert Dafford is the same artist who painted the wonderful Clarinet Mural. The Reily family not only started Luzianne tea but also Blue Plate Mayonnaise — two iconic Nola brand-name products. The highly accomplished Rozas Ward Architecture firm with Myles Martin as the lead architect are chosen to manage the project.
The Brennan family and Reily family share a common wall / section of the mural and there is a written agreement not to change or destroy the mural for 50 years from 1991. This could be problematic if agreeable measures to preserve the mural are not found.
One thought comes to mind, Casart coverings can digitally print the mural onto wallcoverings that can be removed without damage when and if needed.
Luzianne Mural by Robert Dafford. Photos via Times Picayune
Yes, that’s a “real” tree but certainly hard to tell with Dafford’s painterly skill.
Existing Reily Builidng by Rozas Ward Architecture
Proposed Reily Residential via Rozas Ward Architecture
Proposed Reily Residential via Rozas Ward Architecture
Jumping to the West, the locally known LA Lady Freeway mural by Kent Twitchell, which had retired due to being tagged and covered from view, is now being resurrected with an updated look and new Afghan Shawl. It will be rehung at the LA Valley College. Hopefully this will be a better placement for this lively lady mural to stay and for all to enjoy.
Personally, I think the added shawl extending onto the adjacent wall works wonders with the new location. Sometimes changing murals are a positive improvement.One interesting side note, I’ve recently discovered Great Big Story, “a video network dedicated to the untold, the overlooked and the flat-out amazing.”
They’ve featured a lot of art oriented stories like the Mumbai Taxicab fabric and others that I’ve also posted. I’ve added them to my Blogroll.
3. If you have nothing better to do on April 26th, here’s an interesting Christie’s auction to look forward to snagging some historically prestigious trompe l’oeil panels.
The panels are painted by Martin Battersby for Lady Diana Cooper, who sounds like she was a rebel rouser.
martin-battersby-1914-1982-pleasures-of-life via Christie’s
4. I am very excited to learn there will be a sequel to the movie Finding Nemo, called Finding Dory, coming out this June.
I have 2 Clown Fish in my tank due to the first movie and because they are very hearty fish. No telling what I’ll get next. 😉
I’ll take this opportunity to mention that in the midst of my Month of Celebrations, sadly, I lost the very first fish in our salt-water tank, my Cardinalfish (Banggai). He was 5 years old. They normally last only 4 years in a tank and maybe 2 years in the wild. His demise is still somewhat of a mystery in that he had symptoms that none of the other fish had with a what looked like a white bulbous tumor under but partly visible from his right gill. He had progressive fin and tail rot that I hadn’t noticed until it appeared too late. This is normally a sign of bad water conditions but I change the tank regularly, check the chems and this did not seem to be the case. I did a little research (WebMD for fish) and found that many owners of this type of fish had similar symptoms. It could have been related to food and a virus that was affecting those in captivity. I can’t say for certain but since the frozen brine shrimp I was using is from China (as is most things these days) and even though, it says free of bacteria and diseases, do we really know for sure or if this is even regulated there? Perhaps it transported the virus that infects only this type of fish. Evidently they are now hard to come by because they have been over-fished for aquariums and the disease has affected so many.
It was very sad to see him wither away because he got to the point where he could not swim and the other fish were picking on him. At one point he appeared to be getting better with the antibiotics I was treating him and the tank with to also proactively protect the other fish; although it only seemed that the Cardinalfish was prone to this disease. When the medicine was finished and it was time to do my weekly water change he rapidly declined. He’s buried in the Memory Garden with very healthy plants due to the other fish buried nearby.
He was a very pretty and fast swimming fish with striking markings. He often outwitted the other fish getting prime food morsels before they could. He’d often break dried shrimp pellets apart spit them out for others to eat along with him.
Going back to The Soul of an Octopus, even fish have a personality and he had a good one. I’ll miss him but he brought a lot of joy.