World Cup Murals

This past weekend was the final round of World Cup games and to learn who wins the championship.

Like so many others, I’ve enjoyed watching all the games.

I’m disappointed that USA lost but they’ve all been so good to watch — except the last Brazilian defeat — heartbreaking.

The murals found in Brazil focus on what futbal means to this country.

They express mixed emotions for how much money has been poured into Brazil hosting the games when their people are so impoverished

and the burden it has been on the players to represent and please their nation.

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All photos courtesy Washington Post

Despite any political controversy and corruption in Brazil, soccer lifts the people’s spirits and does make the world seem more universally connected.

You can read more in this article, At the World Cup, Street Art Reveals Conflicted Feelings.

 

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Red, White & Blue for a Happy July 4th

Celebrating July 4th with red, white and blue.

Jersey City Mural on Art Is Everywhere

“A blue-hued image of a Native American woman on the side of an apartment building at Summit Avenue and Grand Street, courtesy of artists Shawn “Pawn” Edwards and Emilio Florentine”

will help Jersey City on its path to becoming a mural city.

Maybe it’s just me, but this image reminds me of Liv Tyler.

Hope you have a happy July 4th!

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Some Beautiful Scenes of Summer

With Father’s Day approaching this Sunday, it’s time to be grateful for family and all they mean to us.

I remember family trips, picking summer fruit and playing games as being a big part of my memories of my own father and family.

its a Journey_painting by Susan Harrell_AIE

I’m not sure how I came upon Susan Harrell’s work but I love her self-taught, realistic style.

http://www.ashley-spencer.com/ArtIsEverywhere/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Behind-Eight-Ball_painting-by-Susan-Harrell_AIE.jpg

If you are getting ready to embark on your own family trip, (we’re getting ready to take our youngest son back to college for summer school and it’s bittersweet) or just thinking about scenes of summer, here are just some of the many beautiful scenes that Susan Harrell has painted.

Cherries_Painting by Susan Harrell_AIE

Fruit_painting by Susan Harrell_AIEGrapes_The Color Red_painting by Susan Harrell

And as this next painting suggests, it goes by so very quickly, so enjoy.

Growing up chick_painting by Susan Harrell

If you’d like to see her work in progress, click her video, but…

…go to her website to see more

and Happy Father’s Day!

 

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Another Flag Mural for Freedom

Scott LoBaido, the flag mural artist, is up to it again — in a good way.

This time, his art covers a building that had been marred with graffiti.

Great timing for Memorial Day. Here’s to all our vets and those who enlist to protect our country!

graffiti-wall now with flag mural on Art is Everywhere

Wall with graffiti and after with flag mural

Scott LoBaido with flag mural on Art is Everywhere

Scott LoBaido in front of his flag mural

Scott LoBaido flag mural on Art is Everywhere

I like the way this one realistically unfurls and maintains the shimmer of satin.

Go to SiLive to read more.

Click here for previous posts regarding Scott LoBaido, flag murals and Memorial Day.

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The Human Rosebud

What a perfect topic for April showers bringing May flowers on this 1st of May.

I never knew the details about St. Mark’s Day. It’s a tradition in Venice for celebrants to form a human rosebud in St. Mark’s Square.

Over a thousand people participated to celebrate the Festa del Bocolo, translated as the Feast of the Rosebud.

There’s a romantic history behind this celebration.

St Mark Rosebud_AIE

The tradition calls for Venetian men to give a red rose to their beloved on this April 25th  holiday to honor St. Mark, Venice’s patron saint, on the day he died.

Here’s an interesting site, Venezia Rivelata where I found colored photos of the above + a time lapse video.

In typical Italian style, it takes a little longer to create the flower and in fact, the video never shows the completion.

This made me smile, because that carefree lifestyle just made me long to be back in Venice.

St Mark Rosebud_AIE

St Mark Rosebud_AIE

St Mark Rosebud_AIE

Other events like the famous Regata di Traghetti boat race takes place during this Venetian holiday.

Regata di Traghetti on Art Is Everywhere

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Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Mural

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was painted in this mural at the onset of the tragedy.

Onlookers pay their respect.

Malaysia1 on Art Is Everywhere

Mural painted by Filipino artists from the Guhit Visual Arts Group in the Philipines

The mural after the announcement that the plane most likely crashed and all aboard were lost at sea.

Notice the people are gone but the children are still enjoying the mural and have incorporated it into their play time.

Malaysia2 on Art Is Everywhere

The mural serves an important purpose to commemorate those lives lost

and the hope springs eternal to be able to move past this terrible tragedy.

PS: Sorry, this was supposed to run last week but for reasons I still cannot explain, it missed it’s scheduled time.

There must be a glitch in WordPress….

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Update on Loving Vincent

The Loving Vincent film project that I previously blogged about has now been successfully funded and the donors are receiving updates. I thought you might want to know about some of these and will periodically give updates on the progress for this animated film using reproductions of Vincent Van Gogh’s painting.

Prepairing for painters' training on Art Is Everywhere

The founder of the project, Hugh Welchman, has been keeping all the patrons posted through their Kickstarter campaign with videos. In this particular one, he informs us that March 17th is not only St. Patrick’s Day but is also a very important day in 1901 in which Vincent Van Gogh became the famous painter he is known as today.

It took 11 years, many years after he and his brother, Theo’s death. for an exhibition of Vincent’s paintings to be assembled in Paris. When it opened, Vincent became an overnight sensation.

Hugh also lets us know that the training for 30 – 50 painters for this project is now underway.

Hugh Welchman_Loving Vincent project 2 on Art Is Everywhere

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Diaphanous Gesture Gradient to Celebrate Spring

Happy first official day of spring!

I imagine so many people are looking forward to this unusually cold winter to be over.

Personally, I wish we had gotten more snow where I’m located just to shut everything down and cover everything in a pristine white blanket. I unexpectedly got my wish this past weekend.

However, when I saw this Kickstarter campaign for Janet Echleman, an artist who creates such diaphanous sculptures as soft-gesture gradients that float in the air like giant beautiful jellyfish and counterpoint to hard-edged city surroundings, I couldn’t resist posting for the first day of spring.

Wouldn’t you like to look over head and see this?

It just opens up your world.

Click the image/ video link to learn more about this project: how her sculptures first started from adaptation, what they celebrate and where you can see it soon, as it has been funded.

Now I have another reason to go to Vancouver.

 

Her project was funded and I’ll share updates as a contributor.

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Living Tree People

Mardi Gras has past and I had other posts that kept this one from being posted at that time but had I been in New Orleans, I wouldn’t have been able to think of a better costume than these!

I saw these wonderful photographs by Clark Vandergrift featured  in my local the Washington Post Magazine. He takes the scenic photos and combines them in Photoshop with models painted as trees that become “Living Tree People.” The models are painted by Jen Seidel, a professional body painter. The first model is Vandergrift’s son.

Tree People by Clark Vandergrift on Slipcovers for your Walls, casartblog

Tree People by Clark Vndergrift on Slipcovers for your Walls, casartblog

Tree People by Clark Vndergrift on Slipcovers for your Walls, casartblog

Tree People by Clark Vndergrift on Slipcovers for your Walls, casartblog

Tree People by Clark Vndergrift on Slipcovers for your Walls, casartblog

Tree People by Clark Vndergrift on Slipcovers for your Walls, casartblog

To view more inspirational photographs, go to Clark Vandergrift’s website.

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Loving Vincent

Do you love Vincent Van Gogh? If you do, you’ll love Loving Vincent.

The Loving Vincent Van Gogh project on Kickstarter is worth your attention — if you love Van Gogh’s paintings.

It is the first feature-length animated documentary on Vincent Van Gogh’s life — fully visualized and told by his paintings by Break Thru Films.

The project is by Hugh Welchman, the Oscar Award winner for his animated movie, Peter and the Wolf. The crowdsourcing campaign is seeking a £40,000 goal (about $66,620) to

“…allow us to train 40 painters who will then be able to work on the film, bringing the paintings and life of Vincent Van Gogh to swirling life on the big screen!”

At this writing, the project has been funded with £42,940 (about $71,800) by 600 backers, and I’m one!

With 8 more days to go, they are now reaching for £65,000 (about $108,673).

Get on board if you Love Art and Vincent Van Gogh!

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