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.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Stuck on art

What would you do if you walked into a completley white room and someone handed you a colorful sticker and said you could put it anywhere?  Would you feel intimidated to leave it on the nice white surface or would you be thrilled to be the first to place a sticker somewhere?

This is exactly what an art museum in Japan did.  Over a two week period they gave every young person who walked in a sticker and told them to apply it to the room.  Below you can see what happened.
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So my question is where would you have put a sticker if you were the first one to put one on the wall?  By the end where would you have thought of putting your sticker?

Monday, January 28, 2013

Tree of life art

I am always a fan of art that surprises me.  So when I came across this picture on pinterest I loved how I thought it was a print of tree rings, but then when it shows a close up it is something completely different.

I love how the animals interact but never touch.  What else can you see about this work of art?  What surprises you?

You won't believe your eye

Ok, I want you to a quick look at the picture below.  Just make it a quick glance.  And tell me what you see.

Now look at the same picture a little longer.  What do you see this time?

Can you see the sink drain?  This is what happens when a photographer is in the right place at the right time.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Food art

I know I have shown you some art like this before, but it always amazes me.  This time someone took famous works of art and used food to recreate the work of art.  I think I am amazed more by the patience it would take to recreate a work of art in this style.

Mona Lisa in Pasta

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Van gogh in flowers

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Van gogh in vegetables

Maybe I am the only one amazed.  Do they amaze you?  Can you think of another medium that would create an amazing work of art?

Monday, January 14, 2013

Poe Art

On this day in hisotry Edgar Allan poe was born.  Poe was an artist with words, and even though some of his works could be considered controversial and often confusing, he made us think.  And any artist that makes you think is a great artist in my book.

Can you name the poem that the following work of art was based on?

Can you name this other famous story by Poe?

Poe inspired dark works of art.  Can you name the two works?

Friday, January 11, 2013

What do you see?

I want you to just look at this picture for a couple of minutes and then tell me what you see.

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What are some of your observations of this work of art?  Can you find the two main techniques of this work of art?

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Banana Art?

You heard right, artwork on the side of a banana!  Canadian artist Riss has started drawing on the sides of bananas. 





So I guess my main question would be, is it worth it to put all of your time and effort into drawing on a banana peel that will go bad in a few days and have to be thrown out?  Did you also look at this article and think what will they come up with next?  Can you think of a unique artform that maybe someone should do? 

Nailed it

So today's topic might be just for the girls, but it is still an interesting topic.  As most of you know I am on pinterest quite frequently, but the one area I have never understood is fingernail art.  Don't get me wrong, I think some of the designs are really cool.  And I am really impressed by the way that someone can create such artwork on basically ten tiny canvas's. 

However, as often as my hands are in paint, clay and glue there is no way i could ever pull off some of these designs.  I would have them destroyed within the first 15 minutes of leaving a salon.

I am way to practical to ever pull these off.  I would have those first ones broken instantly.

These are also pretty, but how do you wash your hands?
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So what are your thoughts?  Is this the direction art is going?  Does this reflect their personalities?  Could you tell a lot about a person from the artwork on their hands?  Have you ever had a salon do your nails in a fancy way?  Have you seen a style that you want to try?

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

A picture that makes you read

Have you ever looked at the picture on the outside of the book and decided right there and then if you were going to read the book or not?  Did you ever stop to think about the fact that someone got paid to design that cover?  Do you think you could do better?


   I'll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan book cover  Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater book cover  Winter Town by Stephen Emond

Do any of these covers make you want to pick up these books and find out what they are about?  Do any of them give you clues to what they might be about?

Hottie   The Boys Next Door (Simon Romantic Comedies)

Would either of these books catch your attention?  Can you think of a different way to create a cover for these books?

Friday, January 4, 2013

Glass gone wild

As I have tried to show you there are all sorts of mediums you can use to create art and one of the most beautiful and most versitile is glass.  One of the best glass artists in the world is Dale Chihuly.  He is originally from Tacoma, Washington, but has studied glass work in both Wisconsin and Venice, Italy.  He currently has a work of art in all parts of the world and some of his best work is just down the road from us at the Joslyn Museum in Omaha, Nebraska.

Chihuly uses a glass blowing technique and then melts the glass together to create his wild sculptures and chandaliers.  Oh yes, some of his sculptures have lights and are actually functional works of art.





These above pictures are from the Joslyn Museum in Omaha.



All of these projects have been made from blown glass.  Do you have a favorite picture from the above pieces?   What skills do you think you need to create work like this? 

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Metal men

Korean artist Yeong-Deok Seo creates imposing figurative sculptures using tightly knit configurations of welded bicycle chains and industrial steel chains.


So what are your thoughts on these sculptures?  Can you think of any other types of materials or objects that you think he should try or that maybe you would even like to try?

Skoglund art

Sandy Skoglund is a photographer and an installation artist.  I would hope you all know what a photographer is, but maybe you don't know what an installation artist is.  An installation artist is someone who basically creates large art projects that encompass a room or the room itself can be considered art.  These projects are usually very large and take several months to create and sometimes it takes that long just to set them up.

Sandy has combined both of her art forms to create installation pieces that she then photographs into artwork that can be sold.  She occasionally adds real people to her created people for her photo shoots.  She also loves to use bright colors with dark colors and edible items in some of her work.

This one is called Radioactive Cats.  The man and the woman are real people, but the cats have all been sculpted and painted that bright green color.

Fox Games

The Cocktail party
Body Limits

Breathin Glass
Raining popcorn
A Breeze at work

So which work is your favorite?  What do you like about her work and what do you find different or unique?  If you could do a project like this, what exactly would you do?


So you are probably wonder what Zevs is or actually who Zevs is?  Zevs is not a technique it is a french street artist who's identity is not known, but his artwork is very unique.  Zevs takes common logos and makes them look like they are smearing down the sides of buildings.  He calls them "liquidated logos."

So I am wondering, is this art or is this vandalism?  And why do you think that?