Hoang Tien Quyet

Posted in craft, paper with tags , on May 28, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

We’ve all seen traditional crisp, pointy origami figures defined by their straight lines and sharp edges. Hoang Tien Quyet uses wet folding to bring some soft curvature to his creations.

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This technique seems to bring these creatures extra dimension, life…personality.
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Has anyone ever tried wet fold origami?

Hoang Tien Quyet

Edward Pustovoitov

Posted in art, surreal with tags , on May 27, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Though many people conceptualize “paradise” as some variety of tropical oasis, my vision is always more akin to glowing wooded areas. They feel so rich with life, and so inviting…

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Russian surrealist painter Edward Pustovoitov clearly has a gift for nature scenes, but he also paints impossible vignettes that trick the mind’s eye…
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…and images that grab the viewer emotionally. There is some ineffable quality in this woman’s expression that really captivates me.
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A traveler in strange lands…
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Edward Pustovoitov

Camille Rose Garcia: Mirror, Black Mirror

Posted in art, Books, candy coated nightmares, wish list with tags , , , on May 26, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Camille Rose Garcia has come out with a new book. All of her books are phenomenal, and Mirror, Black Mirror is another example of her inimitable creation.

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From the publisher:
Mirror, Black Mirror is the long-awaited monograph from artist Camille Rose Garcia. The paintings in this book represent a dynamic period in the artist’s life when Garcia fled the confines of LA and relocated to a cabin in the woods. The creative transformation that came as a result of this change is clearly reflected in an awakening of color and a new approach to pattern while still retaining Garcia’s beloved signature style.
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Garcia blends pop culture references with a satirical slant on modern society. Her layered, broken narrative paintings of wasteland fairy tales are influenced by William Burroughs’ cut-up writings and surrealist film, as well as vintage Disney and Fleischer cartoons, acting as critical commentaries on the failures of capitalist utopias.
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Mirror, Black Mirror

Return of the Hatbox Ghost!

Posted in death, decay, skulls and skeletons with tags , , , on May 25, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Long Forgotten, a one stop shop for the Internet’s most interesting and thorough Haunted Mansion history, recently announced the return of the beloved Hatbox Ghost.

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His glowing head moves from it’s rightful spot into the hatbox he carries.
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It would have been amazing if they used actual props to create the face, as opposed to computer graphics…but they did stay pretty faithful to the original character (isn’t this one of the best ghosts ever?).
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I’ve previously posted about Hatbox Ghost here and here.

See more info and bonus facts on Long Forgotten.

MIROIR Magazine: H2O

Posted in art, photography, surreal with tags , , on May 23, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

MIROIR Magazine is my all time favorite art publication. That’s a bold statement for a tireless visual arts junkie, but there it is. The magazine features a masterfully curated sampling of the finest contemporary artists and photographers (at least, for the dreamers, the delightful weirdos, the creative, and for all who love to be dazzled and intrigued).

The new issue, H2O, is a glorious collection of photographs and paintings that deeply appeal to my Piscean heart.
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Preview the issue and order HERE (be aware that some images are NSFW).

Kim Alsbrooks

Posted in art with tags on May 22, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

In watching the brief video artist statement by Kim Alsbrooks (pasted below), it rapidly becomes clear that she is about as down to earth and unpretentious as an artist can be.

She is known for her portraits (of actual subjects garnered from antique photographs), painted on crushed cans.
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She says:
The trash is found flat, on the street. One cannot flatten the trash. It just doesn’t work. It must be found so that there are no wrinkles in the middle and the graphic should be well centered. Then the portraits are found that are complimentary to the particular trash.

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Generally I depict miniature portraits from the watercolor on ivory era (17th-18th century more or less). The trash is gessoed in the oval shape, image drawn in graphite, painted in oils and varnished.
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Such a beautiful collision of contradictory worlds!

Kim Alsbrooks

5 Metres 80

Posted in animation, creatures, film with tags , , on May 21, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I received a link to this short film from a loved one last night with the introduction: I know you’re not a huge fan of CGI, but seeing this I think you’ll agree that it’s been put to some pretty good use.

Oh, INDEED IT HAS! I’m generally opposed to elaborate CGI that is used as a crutch to compensate for lackluster storytelling and character development.

High-diving giraffes, however, are clearly what this medium was truly invented for.

Can we just pretend this is exactly what happens in public swimming pools, after hours?

Thank you, GD!

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