Archive for 2008

Patrick Fatica

Posted in art with tags on November 14, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

I have a penchant for ocular excess in art. Bright, shiny, deep, expressive, inhumanly large eyes. Patrick Fatica is quite adept at depicting massive eyes in rich, compelling color schemes.

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I’ve always found eyes to be the most beautiful and interesting feature of human beings, so I suppose it makes sense that I’m intrigued by their artistic exaggeration.

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Turn around, Bright Eyes…

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Gear Heart

Posted in Uncategorized on November 13, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

I rarely like to post things that have already made extensive rounds in the blog circuit, but this is an exceptional piece of work. Watching it in action is mesmerizing.

Mihai Criste

Posted in art, surreal with tags , on November 12, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

I can find very little information on Romanian surrealist painter Mihai Criste.

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Many modern surrealists produce very complex work with multiple areas of focus in a each painting. Although I love pieces that give my eyes and mind a workout, it’s actually rather refreshing to see surrealism concentrate on a central subject.

Clean, crisp, lovely.

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His blog seems to contain the best collection of images.

The Giver of Disease

Posted in toys with tags on November 12, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

Ah, Dead Zebra Inc.’s has brought us a plague personified! The Giver of Disease is a wonderful little toy.

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He comes bearing the Soup Dumpling of Doom!
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And the back view makes me laugh…
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There is also a Giver of War.

Quintana

Posted in art with tags on November 11, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

I’m at a loss when it comes to describing Quintana’s work and why I love it so much. It is the warm color scheme? The combination of retro, pulp, pop, skulls, graffiti, creatures and classy femme fatales? Something like that, I’m sure.

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I couldn’t find a web site for him, but he does have a myspace page.

Grant Wallace

Posted in astronomy, oddities, vintage with tags , , on November 11, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

History is peppered with a number of eccentric geniuses and it’s always a pleasure to peek into their worlds.

Grant Wallace (1867-1954) was an artist, journalist, screenwriter and occultist. After his death, hundreds of meticulous charts, graphs and illustrations were found in his abandoned rural California cabin.

Cross Section of the Earth and Celestial Spheres:
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Wallace used his cabin as a laboratory for experimenting with telepathy. His countless drawings, charts, diagrams, and writings attempt to reveal the patterns of life (including reincarnation, communication with intelligent life on other planets, and with dead spirits).

Ruiz Radiant System:
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Man as Ego- His Six Bodies:
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I would love to spend a moment in this man’s mind. I’m sure I would leave thrilled, and slightly dizzy.

Now for my favorite…

TAH-NEHZ of Mars:
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Many thanks to Matt P. for drawing my attention to this!

Eric Beltz

Posted in art with tags on November 10, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

Eric Beltz creates the most wonderfully strange amalgams of history, botanical imagery, symbolism and obscenities in ornate Gothic lettering.

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They are “high definition” pencil drawings, resting comfortably between satire and distant idealism.

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So much better than my own pencil sketches!