Down by the Sea

While vacationing in the OBX what better way to celebrate life than posting about a recent discovery about Google’s Ocean Project and in the process finding this Men at Work song that I hadn’t heard before — jazzy and reflective of the beach’s beauty and beyond.

Down by the sea
I found your hidden treasure
Just you and me,
We overdosed on pleasure…

Imagine searching for directions to somewhere on Google Maps and looking at the street view so you’ll know what your destination will look like in real-time as you drive to it. Google’s Ocean Project gives you this street view in the ocean — under the water. They are mapping the world’s oceans and I can’t think of anything more other-worldly, right here on earth and without having to travel far to find. Truly fascinating!

When you go to the site, click on any map marker in the bottom left and it will take you to a 3-D panoramic view of that underwater spot. You can click on any thumbnail picture view and go there as well.

Google Ocean project_2 on Art Is Everywhere

Google Ocean project_1 on Art Is Everywhere

Have fun searching and discovering a whole other word that most of us will rarely see in person. Here’s a magical spot in the Florida Keys, where I hope to visit someday in person.

Florida Keys_Google Project_Art Is EverywhereIn the meantime, I’m enjoying this Australian sea-side video set to Down By the Sea and the ocean at Ocracokein real-time. Just hope not to see any sharks this trip.

…Down by the sea
I found your hidden treasure
Just you and me
We over-dosed on pleasure

Listen to your heart
Screamin’ at the sky
Can’t you feel it tremble?
Don’t you wonder why?

Global Weather Art

What’s one of the first things the news broadcasts on a continual basis? And what do you want to know — besides traffic? What info can help you for what to wear, what to pack, and what to prepare? Weather!

NOAA, the National Ocean Atmospheric Administration, has created a new global weather view map that is interactive. It’s not only fun and informative but beautiful and art in motion. Look at these views and check out the real-time animation for yourself.

NOAA_interactive global weather map via NOAA Environmental Visualization on Art Is Everywhere

NOAA_interactive global weather map via NOAA Environmental Visualization

Don’t forget to move the earth with your cursor to see other countries.

Who knew pressure could be so pretty!

NOAA_global weather winds on Art Is Everywhere

NOAA_global weather winds

NOAA_gloabal weather precipitation on Art Is Everywhere

NOAA_gloabal weather precipitation

NOAA_global weather moisture on Art Is Everywhere

NOAA_global weather moisture

NOAA_global weather Temperature on Art Is Everywhere

NOAA_global weather Temperature

 I’m hoping the weather this week during vacation in Ocracoke, NC will make some memorable artwork on this global view map or at least be.

A Penumbra Performance

I often overlook trending videos in email promos from YouTube but for some reason this one caught my attention. It’s a pretty spectacular performance from a 13 member, all-Filipino troupe called, El Gamma Penumbra. They perform shadow dances with a message. This one happens to be about the dual character of Mother Nature — both beautiful and powerful.

They were vying to win Asia’s Got Talent, and they did!

Here are more visuals of previous performances leading up to the winning one.

Click here for previous posts on Shadow Performances.

Hack & Nearly Whacked!

I almost got whacked by a tree!

There was no good reason why a I should hear a crackling crescendo from a large branch shearing from our backyard tree when I looked up on that clear, beautiful, 70 degree, slight-breeze, sunny-spring day. It was cool air more than a breeze, a picture perfect day. I decided to finally plant the plants that I had bought 3 days before. I was finally filling the pot by our tree with a fairly large caladium so it would show where a clematis used to be in that shady spot. I heard the cracking and thought, “what’s going on at the neighbors?” Then, when I looked up, the cracking was a large tree branch breaking. I saw it in slow motion fall and the sheared edge came directly toward my face. I couldn’t move. I was pinned between the table, tree and pot at the corner of the garage. I had to move forward to get out and that would be moving in the direction of the falling limb. I put my hands up and got ready to crouch. The tree limb landed on our garage roof. The branches bounced when hitting 3 neighbors’ power, telephone and cable wires (including ours) that formed a net underneath. Amazingly, nothing snapped. The wires are still holding up the tree. When I looked up the sheared base of the limb was 2 feet away from my head. Our outside lights averted a break again. The base is resting directly on them.

Plant_AIE

The caladium I was planting and getting ready to remove the bird’s nest when….

Tree limb_AIE

…this cracked and fell right above me

Full tree limb_AIEThis is the second time a limb has broken after we’ve already had the tree cabled and pruned. That was  a few weeks before my son’s wedding just after we had hung the patio lights. Only 2 bulbs broke but the wire never did.,

Although I was sitting in the back room when that larger tree branch fell on the roof (which we ended up having to replace) @ 2am, this recent break was much more scary. There was a flash where I thought this could be it. I can only say it must have been by the grace of God that it didn’t hit me.

This brush with fate made me think of a more beautiful rendition of a tree with Emma Hack’s brushwork. The female is camouflaged by the artwork. The tree envelops her.

Emma Hack_Nude-Model-Background-7 on Art is EverywhereI thought I’d turn this frightening experience into an enlightening Zen moment — to be in the moment, peaceful surrounded by Nature’s beauty and profoundness.

Emma Hack’ artwork has all of these attributes. Click link for previous post.

Emma Hack Nude-Model-Background-6 on Art is Everywhere

Being in awe of the beauty

Emma Hack_Nude-Model-Background-3 on Art is Everywhere

Being brushed with Nature

Emma hack_Nude-Model-Background-1 on Art Is Everywhere

Being Zen – One with Nature

And being thankful that I wasn’t actually whacked by a tree!

Art in Fashionable Flowers

Unfortunately, this scheduled post never published when it was supposed to on March 19th. Good thing because it seems appropriate with Easter to post it now. I’ve changed some wording to put it in current context.

Spring is here! Already I hear birds chirping and see flowers popping up everywhere, in fashion that is.

Look at these gorgeous floral dresses and you can see a celebration of spring as well as beautiful artistic, flowery design.

Floral Dress_AIE blog

I love how this dress flows. It  reminds me of a Chagall

With the wild winter weather we’ve had, I wouldn’t be surprised if there might even be one more snowstorm [back in March]. However, this picture below shows the dichotomy in the window dressing, announcing spring with snow falling.

Window Dressing Dichotomy via Washinton Post on AIE blogI bet you’ll see more fashionable flowers in these flowery dresses more than ever in the market for this spring season.

Floral Dresses_AIE blog

I like the 2 tropical ones on the far right

And why not? Spring is the perfect time to celebrate the flower’s power of simple yet pretty petals, especially when they can form such kaleidoscope of color, as seen from above in this Dutch landscape of Keukenhof Gardens.

We actually visited these gardens in Holland. It just happened to be right before most of the flowers were blooming.Tulips_AIE blogBright, vibrant colors are not only prevalent in flowers but also in DC’s newest Marion Barry Mural. I think it’s a pretty good likeness and I like how it is portable, being painted on removable tiles that can be transported and installed in different locations.Marion Barry Mural on AIEGetting back to celebrating spring with flowers, there is a new DCGardens.com website that shows what are the latest blooming varieties in the DC area and where to find them.

It already highlights one of my favorite plant places, the National Arboretum.

It’s interesting for me to go back and read these previously written, related posts after so much time:

First Day of Spring

National Arboretum Posts

And this time, I know now how to post a video (and even center it).

Happy Spring & Happy Easter!

Wintry Mix

This is a wintry mix post that is pretty —

(not filled with all the snow & slush of recent snow storms).

Every year China puts on an elaborate and spectacular ice-sculpture festival at the Ice and Snow World in the Harbin Hellongjiang province. Here’s a recent preview and from what I’ve posted previously.

China_ice sculptures_AIEView many more pics here.

Ice Sculpture via CNN_AIEAnother out of the ordinary wintry scene is Greg Dunn’s photo that looks like winter trees with their icy roots exposed. However, it’s his painting of “Cortical Columns” using neuroscience to create such imagery.

Greg Dunn Cortical Columns painting on Art Is EverywhereMy father would be pleased to see neuroscience and art combined in such a beautiful depiction.

Change is in the Air

Summer has flown and fall is officially here. Change is in the air.

Here’s a quick collection of visuals that I’ve saved that seem appropriate to post to reflect this changing time.

The trees will be changing soon.

This image of a painted forest canopy under the overpass caught my attention as a positive approach to urban freeway sprawl, suggested by artists in Sacramento, CA.

Forest Mural Concept on Art is Everywhere

You can read more information about the proposed Anderson Mural – $150,000, public art project via these links:

Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Daily

When I think of fall, this next image of a real forest and majestic owl overlooking just captures the mood.

I also like the clever angle.

Owls on Art is Everywhere

source via Twitter

Seawalls Artists – Art for the Shark

This is a followup to my last post, Art for the Shark.

What good timing. I just saw this video below that profiles the artists involved in the Seawalls – Murals for Oceans project.

I’m getting ready to go on a much-needed, sanity-break vacation next week, after my oldest son’s wedding this past Saturday, which was beautiful but I’m still processing.  I’m also trying to get all the back-log of work done before taking my youngest son back to college. Visiting with family, friends and meeting guests and new extended family over the last 5 day weekend was both fun and exhausting. There will be a later post regarding, when I can reflect.

Just viewing this video gives me a sense of calm in the chaos. Seeing how much fun they had reminds me of my upcoming vacation, where I will be doing much of the same — except maybe not swimming with sharks (I hope). I just wish I also had time to draw, paint and absorb myself fully with art in the process. I will have to bring some work with me but I will, as I always, be thinking about art and will try to meet a goal of doing a sketch a day.

PangeaSeed Presents – Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans – Mexico Expedition: Isla Mujeres 2014 from PangeaSeed on Vimeo.

Source: Huffington Post article.

Art for the Shark

Although this is an appropriate post during the Discovery Channel’s famous Shark Week, my thoughts are with family as my son gets married in 2 days, but that will be a future post.

After seeing this video and reviewing some of the art, I have a new appreciation for sharks; even though, I’m one of those still affected by the movie Jaws and cannot easily swim in the ocean or any body of water that is not visibly clear.

PangeaSeed has done a good job to promote the positive PR for sharks. They create awareness through art of their plight in being overly fished just for their fins to make a popular, luxury soup in main Asian cities.

PangeaSeed Presents: The Art of Saving Sharks from PangeaSeed on Vimeo.

Some of the artwork has more of a political perspective than I would prefer but below are some of the many colorfully patterned pieces that first grabbed my attention from PangeaSeed’s Sea Walls Murals for Oceans event in Mexico and which lead me to their effort.

1_PangeaSeed Sea walls murals via Highsnobiety on AIE

Photos source: Highsnobiety

2_PangeaSeed Sea walls murals via Highsnobiety on AIE

This one and the next are truly beautiful

3_PangeaSeed Sea walls murals via Highsnobiety on AIE

4_PangeaSeed Sea walls murals via Highsnobiety on AIE

When you click this Highsnobiety link to the article source, hovering over the feature image will lead you to view many more murals.

I am mesmerized by the ocean’s sea and wildlife. It’s a whole other world that I hope to explore one day, possibly through learning how to dive. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. In the meantime, having fish are some of my favorite pets just so I can watch how they swim.

I’m both fearful and in awe of great white sharks and the majesty they intrinsically hold. Here’s my rendition in a mural I painted some time ago for a client on her son’s bedroom wall. It’s part of a two panel piece framing the window with more sea life represented.

10Shark detailc_CAS by Ashley Spencer on AIE

I’m rushing to get my new website updated and completed before this current one expires. Check back, it will have a new look soon.

 

 

Rivers Really Do Run Through It

Here’s an opportunity to take your summer travel photos to the next level, like these below.

The National Geographic Society is having a summer Traveler photo contest. Hurry, it ends on June 30. You can also vote for your favorite Viewer’s Choice.

Because there is an ongoing epidemic killing our bees (of which I’d like to help with  bee-keeps on my roof top garden one day) and because this photo of rivers in the California Baja desert are so beautiful, they get my vote for Nature’s Art seen through man’s lens.

National Geographic Photos on Art Is Everywhere

So many of these photos are inspirational.

 

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