Are You Loving Vincent Too?

Posts, like the one below, were previously published 2 years ago, when the Loving Vincent film was just starting to be produced. Since this time and after a successful Kickstarter campaign, the film is now finished and finally available to see in the States. I was lucky to see it recently at the historic Avalon Theater, with this picturesque mural above.

Avalon Theatre Mural-AIE

There hasn’t been another film like this that marries live action with actual painted images (over 65,000 frames and 60,000 paintings) that were painted by 125 classically trained artists in the style of Vincent Van Gogh. Rotoscopy technology, layering imagery over live action, was used in the black and white sequences; whereas, the artists imagined what the live action was to be able to paint the color sequences in Vincent’s characteristic, sweeping-brushstroke style. The film’s plot follows a murder mystery about how Vincent died. We imagine Hugh Welchman will win another academy award, if anything for the sheer effort involved!

Click here to find when the film is coming to your town and go to the Theatre List (top tab).

If the film has already aired in your town, you may still be able to watch it on this GoWatch site.

It is visual mastery to see Vincent’s portraits and paintings come to life.

Loving Vincent poster_casartblog

Here’s the trailer:

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

We think it’s fitting to mention because they will be the backdrop for 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 crowd-sourcing campaign is seeking a £40,000 goal (about $66,619.76) 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 229 backers, and is 51% backed with 22 days to go.

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

And a nice way to end this post. Remember this song? It makes more sense when sung with his paintings.

The Sculptural Culinary Tools of Sweet Gum

The sculptural culinary tools of Sweet Gum can bring a whole other sensory experience to the enjoyment of preparing and eating food, especially if you appreciate the workmanship and beauty of the tool you are using.

I recently discovered Sweet Gum, handmade, sculptural spoons and culinary tools for your kitchen by Joseph Huebscher, a talented woodworker in Tennessee. His artistic pieces marry form and function beautifully.

Sweet gum sculptural spoons on Art Is everywhere

Photos via Sweet Gum

Sweet gum 2 on Art Is Everywhere

Sweet gum spoons on Art Is Everywhere

Sweet gum 3 on AIE

Sweet gum scoop on Art Is Everywhere

Sweet Gum has been featured in Food & Wine, Harvest & Honey, Spoonful among others. Here’s a wonderful Vimeo video, explaining his creative process, emphasizing how the different grains of the wood become the unique artistic marker of each piece.

Joseph Huebscher from Make Beautiful on Vimeo.

Be sure to review Joseph’s Instagram for more inspirational spoons and handcrafted culinary tools by Sweet Gum.

Sweet Gum brings back memories of stepping on those spikey balls that covered my yard while growing up in New Orleans. I cursed them then but I appreciate what can be done with them now through science and woodworking. Who knew it had medicinal properties and it contributes to Tamiflu along with the star anise?! “The only edible part of the tree is the dried sap which makes a fragrant, bitter chewing gum. Despite its name the gum is not sweet,” as explained on Eat the Weeds. But, its wood can be used too.

Sweet Gum balls via Eat the Weeds on AIE

Sweet Gum balls via Eat the Weeds

Here’s another interesting video about unusual culinary tools. Although this apple peeler is purely practical in nature and lacks the stylistic refinement of the previous pieces, it can make the endeavor of peeling an apple truly magical and very “appealing” indeed.

This is a short post and the only one, as it turns out, for the month of June, as I’ll pick up with more cultural and culinary delights when I come back online in July.

Happy Summer!