A talk about Art

Hello, the purpose of this blog is to help bring to life a love of all art that is out there. Here you will find the masters to the most current artists out there. You will have a chance to learn a little about them and share your thoughts on their work. And along the way we will have some fun and questions and trivia about anything ART.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Escher Illusions

The Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher was known for his mathematically inspired art. I know what your thinking, math and art don't go together, but actually they go together all the time.  Escher did not have any mathematical training, but most of his math was done visually and by instinct.  I guess he had some great instincts.  

His work created some of the first optical illusions.  He loved to draw stairs that went nowhere and water that flowed up.  If he always tried to find a way to make you think about art.

Which one is your favorite?  What is some of the unique and unusual things that you can find in these drawings?

Day and Night in the same work

Have you ever wanted to create a work of art that has both day and night in it?  Well photographer Stephen Wilkes has done just that.  He positions his camera in a specific spot and turns it on for as long as 15 hours to catch both a night and day image in the same shot.

day night combined The Flatiron NYC1 New York City, Day and Night Combined By Stephen Wilkes (Photo Gallery)
New York City
It is fun to find the line where the image switches from day to night. In the one above it is right around those bushes.  This one was also done around a Sept. 11th memorial, you can see the lights in the background.
day night combined Central Park NYC1 New York City, Day and Night Combined By Stephen Wilkes (Photo Gallery)
I love this one in winter, but I don't think I could have stood up in his crane all day and froze in the name of art, could you sit still with him all day?
day night combined Washington Square Park NYC2 New York City, Day and Night Combined By Stephen Wilkes (Photo Gallery)
Perhaps you like the angle of this one better.  From the picture can you tell where the sun was compared to him?
day night combined Coney Island1 New York City, Day and Night Combined By Stephen Wilkes (Photo Gallery)
This is a fun one of Coney Island.  You can see all of the beachgowers enjoying the hot summer day and all of the carnival riders having fun at night.  Could you have sat in the hot sun and got the shot? 

Monday, December 3, 2012

Forcing the perspective

Depending on your perspective of any situation you might see something different than someone else.  Well what if a photo forced you to change your perspective on a situation?  Can you force your brain to make it change the image to the right way?

Do you see the world different?  Do you have a creative idea you would like to try?


We are all scared to fail.  It means we did something wrong or that we are perhaps unable to do the task at all.  It never feels good to fail, but sometimes you have to fail in order to succeed. 

 One of my favorite quotes is from Thomas Edison.  It took Edison almost 2000 tries to get a working lightbulb but when asked about all of these failures all he would say is that he found 2000 ways how not to make a lightbulb. 

Here are some other famous failures.

There are even more examples of people who were considered failures but became huge successes.  So please keep in mind that if you never try anything you will never fail, but you will also never find success.
Is there anything that you have ever tried and failed at?  Did you just give up or did you try again?