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May 20, 2017

David's DIY Kitchen Upgrade: How He Did It (Step by Step)

David's kitchen remodel process
They say the kitchen is the heart and the soul of any house, and mine didn't really have much of either. Made from builder-grade materials and outfitted with the most basic appliances, it was time to upgrade my kitchen and add a lot more personality to it. Follow along as I walk you through the transformation.

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Jan 17, 2017

DIY Idea: Large Scale Outdoor-Inspired Wall Art

Sometimes, you need a little inspiration. Something to remind you to get off your phone, get outside, and soak up all that nature has to offer. 

And sometimes, you simply need something to fill up that blank wall you've been ignoring.    

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Jul 15, 2015

Restoring a 400-Year-Old Painting: The 5-Minute Video to Change Your Art Appreciation

Most art forms involve some level of collaboration, sometimes with people who work long after you've done your part. Or in this case, after you've been dead for 300 years.   

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May 04, 2015

David's DIY Kitchen Upgrade: Inspiration and Planning

created at: 04/29/2015
Like most people, my family spends a lot of time in the kitchen. It’s where we start our day (coffee, papers, kids), and where we inevitably land every evening for dinner. Despite its small size and builder-grade cabinetry and appliances, it’s a space that works for us. But my wife and I have long been looking for simple kitchen upgrades to bring more personality into the space, and allow us to really expand on our passion for cooking.

We’ve grown tired of cooking on our wonky electric range, and we’re constantly exasperated by our tiny, hard-to-keep-organized refrigerator. After enjoying a meal with friends in their very functional kitchen, we decided that the time was nigh - we were ready to do a mini overhaul. 

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Jul 03, 2013

Incredibly Realistic Acrylic Motorcycle Paintings by Kenji Shibata

Acrylic paintings by Kenji Shibata [http://www005.upp.so-net.ne.jp/seevert/paintings/index.html]

We are not kidding - these are paintings! Incredibly detailed acrylic paintings on cotton cloth. Damn good art for all of you motorbike lovers!

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Aug 15, 2012

Jack Daniel's Meets the Signpainter

Tennessee-whiskey juggernaut Jack Daniels (their Old No. 7 is the best selling whiskey in the world) is creating a new annual tradition where they team up with independent artists and craftsmen to create poster artwork and an ad campaign around the theme of "independence." 

They collaborated with Derek McDonald,

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May 29, 2012

Famous Artists Dissected in Their Own Painting Style

For a recent ad campaign for Brazil's Museu de Arte de São Paulo art school, ad agency DDB Brazil "dissected" famous artists, mimicking the painters own style and techniques. So, Van Gogh's insides are colorful and impressionistic, Picasso's bold but not-quite-cubist, and Dali's are a straight psychadelic organ-melting fest.   

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May 09, 2012

How To Spice Up a Dull Landscape Painting: Put a Monster On It

created at: 05/09/2012

Slate reports of an emerging, curious inspiration phenomenon shared among diverse artists. Upon spying dated landscapes gathering dust in stacks in thrift stores and antique shops, likely never being sold but for their frames. A collection of artists have all independently come to the same conclusion about what’s missing: monsters.   

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Feb 15, 2012

Famous Nude Paintings Get Photoshopped to Reflect Contemporary Beauty Standards

In her Venus project, Italian artist Anna Utopia Giordano asks, "What would have happened if the aesthetic standard of our society had belonged to the collective unconscious of the great artists of the past?"

What I love about 

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Jan 18, 2012

Oil Paintings by Matthew Davis

created at: 01/17/2012

I'm really impressed by these incredible oil paintings by German artist Matthew Davis. They remind me of a cross between Monet's impressionist works and some of Chuck Close's pointillism-like portraits.  

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Jan 13, 2012

"Aqua Teen Hunger Force" Inspired Oil Painting & the Adult Swim Art Show

created at: 01/12/2012

This oil painting by Audrey Pongracz, inspired by the TV show Aqua Teen Hunger Force, is awesome. What made me even more excited, was finding out that this piece is part of an entire Adult Swim themed art show.  

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Dec 06, 2011

The Chromatic Typewriter Prints Colors with Its Keys

Artist Tyree Callahan hacked into a Underwood Standard typewriter from 1937 to create this absolutely amazing piece, dubbed the Chromatic Typewriter. The "typebars" are replaced with ink pads, and the keys given a corresponding color. From the duo of tones on each key, it looks like the artist even preserved the "shift" option.

As a scultpture, it's plenty striking, but the piece actually works to create original "paintings" by typing on the keys:  

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Nov 29, 2011

Jaw-Dropping 3D Street Paintings

I don't even understand perspective enough to make a 2D drawing look like it's disappearing into the horizon, so I'd have no idea where to even start to conceptualize these amazing, mind-bending 3D street paintings.

But, thankfully, the very talented team 3D Joe and Max have mastered the technique. 

Recently, the artists teamed up with Reebok to break two Guinness World Records for the longest and largest 3D painting. Here are the results:    

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Aug 25, 2011

Artist Paints Himself to Hide in Plain Sight

Look closely. Can you see Chinese artist Liu Bolin inside his photographs? It's not Photoshopping or clever masking...it's actual paint. At least ten hours of it.

   

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Aug 23, 2011

Alternate Histories Tell Real Story of Famous Events with Zombies, Aliens, Monsters, and Robots

Pittsburgh, PA-based Alternate Histories have decided to make famous events a bit more interesting by coming clean...about the fact that there were monsters and all sorts of crazy creatures present at the time. That's why they're famous events.

Portraying such events as The Defeat of General Frankenstein at Bunker Hill and The 1932 Zombie Killing Games in Los Angeles, Alernate Histories is a

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Aug 08, 2011

"Selected" Replaces Figures in Famous Paintings with Marching Ants

Michael Guppy, a recent design school graduate, has created "Selected," a series of reinterpretations of famous paintings.

 

   

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Jul 25, 2011

Map Paintings by Ingrid Dabinger

Canadian artist Ingrid Dabinger finds playful figures, faces, and scenes inside the natural geography and landscape of maps, and brings them to life as the backdrop for her acrylic paintings.

     

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Jul 07, 2011

Famous Works of Art as Face Paintings

20-year-old photographer Andy Alcala pays homage to notable artists such as Rene Magritte, Jasper Johns, and Banksy by reimagining some of their most famous works...on his own face.

   

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Jul 06, 2011

Light Painting with a Roomba

Long exposure light painting photography will never cease to be amazing. From Picasso's early experiments with a flashlight to current artists making hand drawn animations with LEDs, combining actual spaces with impossible images is simply captivating.

And it doesn't just have to be hand drawn, either. There's an entire Flickr group dedicated to creating light paintings with Roomba vacuum cleaners.  

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