Alchemical Palmistry Hands

Posted in alchemy, products, sculpture with tags , , on April 24, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I had stashed away this Alchemical palmistry hand on a private wish list for a year or two (then I received it over the holidays from a loved one with an uncanny knack for independently finding my coveted items, sans clues).
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The one above is my favorite. This one is a close second:
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There are also other versions of this item available.

Like this one…
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And these…
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Many artistic representations exist as well.

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I confess, I’ve never looked into palmistry. Someone told me as a child that all the tiny X’s on my hand meant a life of extreme tragedy (which, sadly, was pretty spot on in some ways). Never really wanted to see what the rest of my palm said after hearing that lovely assessment.
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Do you read palms, or have you had yours read? What’s your take on the subject?

Henry Schreiber

Posted in art with tags on April 23, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Henry Schreiber has a marmot obsession. These fuzzy inhabitants of mountainous terrain take on many different roles in Shreiber’s work.

Terminator marmot! (Two words I never thought I’d say together)
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I rather love the fact that he sticks with one beloved creature in a variety of forms, ranging from deadly to regal. Marmots have been drastically underrepresented in the art world.
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What marmot would YOU want to see if you made a request?
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Meredith Dittmar

Posted in art, craft, sculpture with tags , , on April 22, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Meredith Dittmar creates amazing 3-dimensional sculptures, showing oddly mechanized creatures and interwoven nature themes.

A couple of them, like this one below, remind me of ancient alchemical art.
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Click images to enlarge.

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From the artist bio:
Dittmar’s human-animal-plant-energy amalgams contain threads of common elements and colors to express deep levels of union across themes of biology, technology, and consciousness . Her characters are frequently involved in quiet expressive moments, or lounge facing their audience so they can share their inner space. Dittmar believes it is this space we recognize in ourselves, and through convening in that space, the interconnectedness of all things is revealed.

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Born near Boston Mass, she grew up in a world of pet pigs, horses, hay-forts and spy games . Follow this with an education in computer science, a career in interactive design, a compulsive need to create, and a drive to Seek and you get the major elements of her person and work.

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I wish these pieces contained a listing of size and materials used. I want to get a sense of what they would look like in person.

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Adrienne Slane

Posted in art with tags on April 21, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

My friend Liesje introduced me to the lovely collage work of Adrienne Slane.

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From the artist statement:
I combine images of plants, insects, animals, human anatomy, and religious figures into detailed, colorful collages where individual elements fit together like pieces in a puzzle. Inspired by the history of the curiosity cabinet, the Victorian concept of momento mori, and Christian iconography and ritual, my work celebrates the beauty and interconnectivity of nature while also acknowledging the cyclical aspect of life, death, and decay. My work blends elements of science, myth, and religion into images that pay homage to the past within a contemporary context.

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Needless to say, her entire range of subject matter appeals to me.

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Easter Cake Wrecks

Posted in absurd, easter, food, humor with tags , , , on April 20, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

This holiday, along with Christmas, lends itself to some spectacular cake disasters.

Speaking of…at first I thought this was a colorblind attempt at a Christmas tree. Nope. It’s an egg. “Oval” is such a hard shape to make though.
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While as yet an uncommon treatment for psychiatric disturbances in domesticated fowl, here we see electroconvulsive therapy being administered to a newborn chick. This procedure requires extensive clinical supervision. Talk to your healthcare provider.
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Hey now, this is a family blog, miss! Can I interest you in a t-shirt or modest shawl?
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I thought this animal’s eyes were firmly implanted in the middle of its own ears, until I noticed the green arcs on the side which are…the actual ears?
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This is a difficult cake to behold, existentially. The poor creature’s life is clearly flashing before its stunned eyes, a split second before an untimely demise.
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If you’re going to get emotional on holidays, try waterproof eye makeup.
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I got nothin’.
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“Young lady, I TOLD you if you kept feeding glow sticks to the rabbit, something bad would happen!”
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With the advent of modern meat production, some slight anatomical anomalies began to emerge.
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And now my favorite: crucified carrots against a backdrop of a toddler’s finger painting. Now THAT, my friends…is how Easter is done.
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Potionsmith: Sugar Skull Bunnies

Posted in craft, easter with tags , on April 20, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Happy Easter, to those who celebrate! Here we have the kind of coloring project I would’ve LOVED as a child: Sugar Skull Bunnies!

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Oh, who am I kidding with this “as a child” business? I want to sit in a sea of crayons with young nieces or nephews and color these NOW!

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See a few more here.

Colette Calascione

Posted in art, surreal with tags , on April 18, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Colette Calascione creates beautifully odd surreal fine art. Many of her subjects are, quite literally, two faced.

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I think this is what’s inside my chest cavity too.
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I adore this brightly colored reworking of the original Max Ernst illustration.
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Colette Calascione

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