First they're carved, then they are dipped, and finally they are painted.
In the late 1930s, the Dalahäst (Dalecarlian horse, or Dala horse to Americans) made the transition
from traditional home-made Swedish toy to Swedish symbol when they became the centerpiece of the Swedish Pavilions
at the 1939 World's Fair. Although many (Scandinavian-)Americans associate the brightly painted wooden horses painted in the kurbits style
with yuletide decor, the toys have no seasonal assignation for Swedes.
Journal of Art in Society tells the story of the most unusual pigment: The life and death of Mummy Brown
. [more inside]
Tim Jenison had a theory that Joseph Vermeer had made used of particular lens technology to make his paintings almost photo-realistic. To test this, he recreated the setting of The Music Lesson from scratch
, harpsichord and all, and even recreated the theorised lenses using 17th century tools. For someone who doesn't know how to paint, he sure did a good job.
For everyone out there who is calmed by organization and minimalist things, I present to you: Tiny PMS Match
"In over 700 pages of handwritten Dutch, the author, who identifies himself as A. Boogert, describes how to make watercolour paints. He explains how to mix the colours and how to change their tone by adding “one, two or three portions of water”. To illustrate his point he fills each facing page with various shades of the colour in question. To top it he made an index of all the colours he described, which in itself is a feast to look at. In the 17th century, an age known as the Golden Age of Dutch Painting, this manual would have hit the right spot. It makes sense, then, that the author explains in the introduction that he wrote the book for educational purposes. Remarkably, because the manual is written by hand and therefore literally one of a kind, it did not get the “reach” among painters - or attention among modern art historians - it deserves." Erik Kwakkel, a medieval book historian in the Netherlands, spotted scans of the book in a French scholarly database and posted it to his blog a few days ago. [more inside]
"You could turn your home into a battery," said researcher Neelam Singh.
Researchers at Rice University have created paints that act as rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. They can be painted onto virtually any surface, and can be charged with a solar cell. Full paper
- pictures of porn made "SFW". Probably mostly NSFW anyway.
an artist best known for his work in the medium of "temporary sculptures
, is now trying to illustrate what music looks like
. [more inside]
is happy his photographs have an “analog” look about them. After all, he did hand-make the models himself. Before the German photographer even snaps a single shot, he is in his studio, creating 3D model subjects — usually industrial grey constructs in still, almost poetic, settings — out of deco boards, plasticine, and paint. It could take weeks, even months, before Frank is fully satisfied. The result? Models that could could pass for the real thing, and photographs that portray complete worlds of their own.
For the last few decades, discoveries at Blombos Cave
near Capetown have been pushing back our timeframe
for the earliest known periods of complex human thought
. Henshilwood et al
have now discovered
a 100,000 year old ocher
paint factory at the same site.
Flash Fun Friuesday! In The Painter
, you have to shoot paint around an empty world in order to find your exit.
Note: there is a slight loading problem. If it doesn't load the first time, refresh the page and it should be just fine.
Facepaint in Motion
(dozens of flickr videos of facepaint artist James Kuhn.)
In a redoubled effort to capture consumers’ attention in this sputtering economic recovery, some paint companies are hoping to distinguish their brands with names that tell a story, summon a memory or evoke an emotion — even a dark one — as long as they result in a sale. What the names do not do is reveal the color
Psychedelic painting done just a bit differently: Tall Painting
| Time Lapses
| Paint Montage
. All available in 1080p HD by Holton Rower
"Paint from a bucket" in slow motion, by Johann Cohrs
& Siggi Kuckstein. Youtube version
Why preserve Van Gogh's palette?
- an exploration of color from the actual layout of various artists' color palettes - Degas, Delacroix, Gaugin, Moreau, Renoir, Seurat, Van Gogh. (via Neatorama) [more inside]
is a really nice web-based experimental painting programme from Slovak animator and designer Peter Blaskovic
is an impressive little flash applet that mimics Photoshop in your browser, complete with layers and filters. See it in action.
Of further interest, the progression
of some of his paintings, and some amazing prints
. Be aware, some of his paintings are nudes. [more inside]
Like shiny things? Bill Owen has a step by step tutorial
on getting a mirror paint finish on objects with paint and wax.
is a freeware "natural media" paint program, of the same type as Corel Painter. Natural media means it uses tools that are intended to simulate actual art tools, like oils, pastels, pencils and so forth. It's not as feature-rich as Painter, but it's getting better. [more inside]
- Seven minutes of wall-painted animated joy by blu
DIY business card holders from paint chips
from industrial designer Aaron Tang at designverb, step by step.
Decorate a bus
with paint, stencils, and other graffiti. (Click the big red button, and then the paint bucket to get started. You'll figure out the drawing controls. Click the "All-around view" icon in the upper right to return from drawing and OK! to save it, if you like - give it a name, and you'll get a linkable URL.) Here's a gallery
$50 Paint Job I figured since the Corvair is not in line to be professionally painted, I'd give it a try.
People have drawn river landscapes (1, 2)
in MS Paint, but how about the Mona Lisa
Let's Paint and Exercise TV
! Four videos of a public access TV show where a guy paints pictures of a fat naked dude and runs on a treadmill at the same time. Features four letter words and a fat naked guy, so may not be work - or mind - safe. Presented by artist John Kilduff
and featuring musician Frozen Plastic
and model Michael Q Schmidt
, star of 'Huge Naked Guy
A splash of urban colour!
A dilapidated tower block in Glasgow was the setting for a riotous splash of colour this week as Sony followed up their previous Bravia tv campaign of the bouncing balls down the streets of San Francisco with a new advert using a disused towerblock in Glasgow. Some beautiful urban explosion pics here
I/O Brush is a new drawing tool to explore colors, textures, and movements found in everyday materials by "picking up" and drawing with them.
Randy vs. Shark
The ongoing saga of Randy and his archnemesis Shark. The creation of demented humor, MSN messenger, and two bored co-workers.
with Eddie Van Halen (in what appears to be his living room). More
of his painted and unpainted guitars. Extra guitar geekiness: watch the evolution of Frankenstein
Johannes Matthaeus Koelz: A Life Divided.
An artist who escaped to England from Nazi Germany. From the exhibition
'Koelz, a painter, was living in a small cottage in the Bavarian forest estate of Hohenbrunn. One morning he travelled to nearby Munich on a routine visit to police headquarters to renew his exit visa for a planned trip to Italy.'
'At some point during the following night Koelz instructed a young man from the local woodmill to take his major work - a triptych which had occupied him since the early 1930s and cut it into pieces. He left Hohenbrunn at dawn, arranging for his family to follow ... It was the first stop on a journey that would take them to England. '
'Meanwhile the state police had raided their home and interrogated family members left behind. They were searching for the painter and his triptych, a massive anti-war painting which not only questioned the horrors of war but also the rising power of the Nationalist Socialist Party and by implication, its leader, Adolf Hitler.''Thou Shalt Not Kill'
, Koelz's tryptych.Timeline
... online utility to help room designers (and maybe even web designers) choose the right color for their project.
Man charged in Blaine paint attack
"A 28-year-old man has been charged with criminal damage for allegedly throwing pink paint at the box illusionist David Blaine has made his temporary home." It's not the first time he has been attacked
. Here are the stunt details
, a progress report
and the box's location
"There is making of silver sex
Taking bodypainting/messy obsessions to the very edge
, Manon Production from Japan sells a wide selection
of fetish videos
(sample mpeg 1.69MB).
All feature illustrative pictures and detailed, eerie Engrish descriptions ("we feel admirable and poor at her black smile"
; "Midori's body is changing colourfull"
; "a little golden powder enters into her eyes"
). Results can also evoke a sculpture
, the theater
or abstract art
. Considering the evident misogyny of the whole effort, is it all the more unsettling because the images are sometimes beautiful
)? Is it an attempt to somehow bring Sorayama's creatures
to life? Could the models be actually enjoying
NOT SAFE FOR WORK.
Thinking Around the Corners
, a new but very different creative magazine, launched this morning. The purpose of TAtC to to inspire designers, painters, etc. from the examples of other creatives like writers and poets -- following Duchamp's
thought, "I felt that as a painter I was much better off to be influenced by a writer than by another painter."
This issue features an interview with Jeffrey Zeldman on what inspires him and how he gets through the creative process.