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Albert Besnard: Images of Death

Posted in art, death, skulls and skeletons, vintage with tags , , , on February 3, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

French painter Albert Besnard has a series of figurative Death pieces, in which the ominous bony figure shows up boldly or furtively…blending into the crowd and shadows, startling those he encounters as an unexpected guest, or simply looking dapper.

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While he is also known for his success in watercolor, pastel, oil and etching in portraiture, landscape and decoration, I particularly like this little collection I’ve assembled here.

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Martino Prendini: Inner Topography

Posted in anatomy, art with tags , on January 31, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Inner Topography is an illustrated series by Martino Prendini that brings visual representation to various psychological states. I love seeing what emerges when one attempts to give physical expressions to inner landscapes. I’m including the titles of each, as they serve to cast a tiny spotlight.

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The artist states:
It’s the attempt to draw a kind of figural map of the inner world made of weaknesses, fears, desires, addictions, rituals, memories, hopes. Small prisons and small liberations, sometimes poetic sometimes grotesque, in contradiction with each other as they are in any inwardness.

Secret Gardens
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Please, Smile Both!
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We Are Simple Hearts
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Words Battle
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I enjoyed examining each aspect of these pieces. I couldn’t help but conjure stories about how the symbolically illustrated parts interconnected.

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Jeremy Miranda

Posted in art, surreal with tags , on January 29, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Jeremy Miranda paints fine art, with a slight surrealist nature. One often cannot tell where water, reflection and open space begin and end.

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He creates paths in the most unlikely places, like something out of a dream.
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I want to go here:
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I stared at this one for quite sometime, drawn to the warm glow of the Christmas tree while perplexed about the surroundings. I wish I saw this before Christmas so I could’ve posted about it or sent it out. What an intriguing image.
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Jeremy Miranda

A Fish With an Accordion

Posted in absurd, art, oddities, vintage with tags , , , , on January 27, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Today…a fish with an accordion. And a lotus flower. Very little information surrounds this mysterious vintage gem…but it deserves its own post.

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So there you have it.

Desktop Goodies 1/22

Posted in absurd, advertising, antiques, art, comics, creatures, photography, satire, sci-fi, skulls and skeletons, vintage, you can't handle the cute with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 22, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Yep, these are real birds…
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…not Tribbles with eyes.
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I wanted so much to believe this is an actual album, but sadly I don’t see it on Amazon or YouTube.
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Now THIS is music! I can almost hear their sweet, fruity harmonizing.
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1926 skull clock created by the German Oswald clockmaking workshop. They eyes rotate to tell the time.
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For maximum safety, place your child in a crib that appears to be a cross between a glass coffin and what magicians use to saw people in half.
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A unique abduction? Eye don’t know.
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MONSTER SOUP OF THE THAMES!
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Never neglect your bowels.
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I wish this were part of a large “Things to Do With a Giant Head” photo collection. There are two fine suggestions here:
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The Shadow is a force, indeed.
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The challenges we rarely think of…
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Gabriel Picolo: 365 Days of Doodles

Posted in art with tags on January 17, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

What Gabriel Picolo calls “doodles” are pretty great little pieces of art (I wish my doodles looked like this! I may be a multimedia craftaholic, but if I just take a pen and draw in a notebook it looks like a kid did it).

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I feel like these belong in a graphic novel.
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I’m partial to this one due to its symbolic implications; the personas and facades we adopt that hang over us, to be called upon as occasion dictates.
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…and I miss having cats. Though I do not miss the unfortunate watery lessons they learned the hard way by falling into a full bathtub when mommy wasn’t looking.
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Desktop Goodies 1/14

Posted in absurd, advertising, anthropomorphic, art, Books, craft, creatures, food, humor, nature, photography, sea, skulls and skeletons, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 14, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

How NOT to decorate your lobster. I call this Stairway to Hell.
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Gorgeous carving work.
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Enchanting…
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Intriguing…
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If only humans could leave behind the tangible structure of their own transformations to look back on.
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I love how one happy consumer claims that a tablet of soap whittled her waist from 62 to 48 inches.
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But some old ads EMBRACED a little junk in the trunk (how anyone thought the name “CHUBETTES” was a winner for a clothing line, I do not know).
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Tick tock…
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Adorable little skelly and her pet!
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This is amazing in so many ways. Was this mushroom an official mascot of some sort, or just a damn fine costume?
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This looks like something a child would paint in art class.
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Everybody dance now!
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Best search query of the week: “Why is Nicholas Cage on the cover of a Serbian Biology textbook?”
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