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I am totally slayed by these salvaged wood installations by Henrique Oliveira. I can’t think what to say about them except wow.
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Isabela -Apr 23, 2009, 9:47AM
Uhu! Brazilians with talent! I went to a gallery in San Paolo where one of his works could be found. It's even more beautiful when it's in front of you!! Congratulations for your blog. I never post a comment, but I'm always here, reading you by feed :)
-Apr 22, 2009, 11:55PM
amazing!

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wood block dioramas

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Though these dioramas are a bit less into realism than the ones by Thomas Doyle that we looked at last week, they are definitely just as cool! I love the creative use of random odds and ends in each little diorama. Aren’t they cute? See more at creator Ethan Hayes-Chute’s website.
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vanity and anatomy

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These paintings are from an interesting set by Fernando Vincente called Vanitas, which focuses basically on “the fading of beauty and the inevitability of death.” While there is definitely a touch of the morbid to these pieces, I think they are strangely beautiful too. What do you guys think?
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katiehov -Apr 22, 2009, 1:33PM
they are lovely...definitely makes me think "why didn't i paint that?"

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casey jex smith

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Aren’t these drawings and paintings awesome?! I saw them over on Booooooom, and when I went and checked out more of Casey’s work on his/her site I was not disappointed! I could hardly pick just a few to share with you on here! Definitely check out the site if you liked anything shown above. Totally worth it!

Untitled Cocktail Party – Illustration by Eric. (1944)

The Bumble Bee Girl – Illustration by Karen Santry, oil on rosewood, mounted on rice paper. (2007)
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J’Adore Coco. Illustration by Steven Broadway, gouache and pencil. (2009)
I saw these on an interesting little slideshow by NY Magazine’s blog The Cut, and I had to be sure and share because I found all of the illustrations so inspirational! See the whole slideshow here.

Cat -Dec 21, 2009, 2:25PM
Karen Santry is not only an amazing artist but amazing woman! I had her as a teacher in an illustration class and she's such an inspiration.

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sand up close

Maui, Hawaii

Plum Island, Massachusetts
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Okinawa, Japan
Gary Greenburg has gone all around the world and, using an Edge 3D microscope, photographed sand at 100x magnification, sometimes more. The pictures are amazing – sand generally looks basically monotone, and it’s really cool to see how colorful and intricate it truly is! It makes me think about how far all the little grains have traveled and what they’ve been through over time… You can see the whole slideshow on Discover Magazine.

Shelley -Apr 20, 2009, 11:46AM
wow! those are amazing! I would love to frame a few of those

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color pad

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I’ve been really enjoying these pieces from Klas Ernflo‘s set Color Pad. I love the texture! I realize it’s probably paint, but for whatever reason these make me want to go and play with nail polish…
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FxScalpermen -May 03, 2009, 1:03AM
Very Nice Post. I love it. Have a Great day.

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water + ink

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In order to get these photos, Shinichi Maruyama has to use extremely fast strobe light photography, which can capture things that happened within a 7,500th of a second! I don’t think I can really wrap my mind around that one. If you look, you can see that he catches the water and ink at the moment before they mix into each other – you can see a little bit of just water and a little bit of just ink… Incredible!
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erin -Aug 01, 2009, 11:12AM
thanks for including the pic of the actual creation of the work - it is truly amazing. i love people that have patience. ah. maybe another lifetime...
Jen -Apr 22, 2009, 8:29AM
oo! i saw this work in the chelsea galleries it was so amazing. he shared a space with another artist and everybody was flocking to his work. the prints were really large and compelling

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kamrooz aram

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These beautiful paintings are by artist Kamrooz Aram, and I can’t get enough! They just have a great feel! I was lucky enough to spot them on Beautiful/Decay, and I’ve been on Kamrooz’s site ever since! Lovely!

liz tran

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I think what I enjoy most about Liz Tran‘s work is her color palette. Those vibrant colors paired with the dreamy feel are enough to get me hooked! See her portfolio on her site.

bird dogs

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I can’t decide if these are kind of cute or rather creepy. I’m torn – maybe somewhere in between… Either way, they’re really interesting, and original! They’re made by Emily Valentine, and you can see them all on her site. It’s worth looking at, there are quite a few and they’re all different – I had trouble picking some to show you!
I will say that it would be fun to have a dog with pretty wings! He he!
I saw these on NotCot!

Grace J. -Apr 20, 2009, 9:52PM
I think they're really cute! The art itself is interesting, but if I had this hanging up in my house-it would be creepy.
lorraine -Apr 20, 2009, 8:38PM
Kinda sad looking if you ask me. Where did the feathers come from. I just see pain.

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wolf & pig

I love this little stop-motion video! I don’t want to bombard you all with videos, but it’s really darn cute and it’s really clever – it’s put together using developed photos! Watch for yourself to see what I mean!

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Shelley -Apr 17, 2009, 11:46AM
too much fun!

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