Using nuggets of wisdom from famous figures like Rumi, Oscar Wilde, and Albert Einstein, Toronto-based web and graphic designer Ryan McArthur turns inspirational quotes into beautiful, minimalist designs that illustrate the quotation’s meaning. The striking, mostly monochromatic designs are elegant in their simplicity, but still manage to effectively convey deep messages and philosophies in creative ways.
Early New York Times photographs of snowstorms really capture the havoc, misery and peril a blizzard could visit on the city in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The Blizzard of 1888, for example, dumped 21 inches of snow on the city and killed an estimated 200 New Yorkers. But even a garden-variety snowstorm in those days would menace New York’s main form of transit — horses — and impose human suffering of all kinds, while posing the immense logistical challenge of clearing an entire metropolis of snow.
My friend (and karaoke partner) Leah asked if I would draw a hummingbird for her to have tattoo’d on her wrist. I’ve always loved the vibrancy and energy of watercolor tattoos and wanted to give it a try myself.
The hummingbird was sketched from reference photos found online, then painted in watercolor, and retouched in Photoshop.
Artist Julien de Casabianca (previously) is known for wheatpasting subjects from famous paintings onto public infrastructure as part of his ongoing Outings Project. Last month the French artist was invited to present a monumental installation at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art in Tennessee alongside an exhibition and workshop. De Casabianca’s seven-story mural features a melancholic girl pulled from William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s 1886 neoclassical painting “Au pied de la falaise,” which is included in the museum’s collection.
Many walls in NYC are designated for advertisements. The walls have been plastered with wheat-paste and posters are rolled on top, only to be shredded off, re-plastered, re-rolled, and re-shredded, again and again. The resulting collage of color in this accidental artwork is often quite compelling.
For the greater part of two decades, whenever I encountered one I really enjoyed, I snapped a photo. Mostly, I just put these on my Flickr “Textures” gallery, or temporarily use it as the wallpaper on my phone. But recently, I’ve been thinking of printing/framing some of them and hanging them in my apartment or giving them to friends as gifts. What do you think? Leave a comment below or drop me a line if you’re interested.
People sit in a bar. A woman’s face eerily lit green, stares at viewer. At the Moulin Rouge, 1892/95 Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Fashionable people stroll along rainy Paris street holding umbrellas Paris Street; Rainy Day, 1877 Gustave Caillebotte
Impressionist painting of steam engine in glass roof station, blue, green hues Arrival of the Normandy Train, Gare Saint-Lazare, 1877 Claude Monet
Jesus hung on a brown cross, with his feet on a small ledge. He has white fabric around his waist. The background is black which highlights him. The Crucifixion, 1627 Francisco de Zurbarán
A crashing wave looms over two small ships, Mount Fuji in the background. Under the Wave off Kanagawa (Kanagawa oki nami ura), also known as the Great Wave, from the series “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjurokkei)”, c. 1830/33 Katsushika Hokusai
Painting of the Virgin Mary ascending to heaven amongst multitude of angels. The Assumption of the Virgin, 1577–79 Domenico Theotokópoulos, called El Greco
Colorful pastel painting of two wheat stacks casting long shadows across field. Stacks of Wheat (End of Summer), 1890/91 Claude Monet
Impressionist painting of green water lilies, purple and blue reflection Water Lilies, 1906 Claude Monet
Still life painting of fruit, wine bottle, and bread on disheveled tablecloth. The Basket of Apples, c. 1893 Paul Cézanne
The Art Institute of Chicago has announced a redesign of its website, which entails the opening of its digital archive to the masses. Now, anyone will be able to download, print, or use its new public domain collection of 52,438 artworks and counting. Read more