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Planetary: Rockin’

Carly Waito does these amazing small-ish oil paintings of mineral specimens. They’re all about 5″ x 7″, done with oil on masonite. From her website,

“Her meticulously detailed renderings of mineral specimens draw the viewer in, encouraging close inspection of the material qualities of the subjects. They explore the common impulse to possess pieces of the natural world which we find beautiful or curious and to assign complex layers of value to these objects based on a range of factors, such as rarity, historical context, personal memories, scientific significance, and subjective notions of beauty. They are an extension of her interest in natural history, collecting, curiosity, wonder, and the appeal of small things.”

 

Her paintings are so beautiful! If you want me to, I could use my mineral-and-rock-identification knowledge and tell you about their luster, etc.
So for the credit – I originally came across these images while browsing through the blog a desert fete (new favorite blog to browse; really enjoying desert day-dreams right now). Carly’s paintings also appeared on the artsy ‘but does it float?’

♥eth

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Planetary: Jim Denevan

What’s more ‘planetary’ than a guy that makes Earthworks art?

Jim Denevan makes temporary drawings on sand
earth and ice that are eventually erased by
waves and weather.


Amazing photography! You can scroll through his galleries and click on the ‘explanation’ links at the top for more in-depth information about his individual works. All photos from this post are his, btw.

♥eth

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Art Education: Greeks, Etruscans, and Romans – Oh my!

We’re trekking through time at a quick pace! Last week we covered (MORE) Greek, Etruscan, and Republican Roman art. It’s a toss up between black-figure Greek painted vases and Republican Roman wall paintings as to which I like more.
For example, the Greek black-figure painted vases were really intricate and stunning, like this one of Achilles and Ajax by Exekias:

But the Republican Roman wall paintings were really cool, too. Romans were cool in general, though. They had indoor plumbing and roads and gladiators. And also, four different styles of wall painting. At the Villa of the Mysteries (cool name, too) ‘architectural’ wall painting was used to make the rooms look they connected to other rooms – making the wall an ~illusion~ – see:

♥eth

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Oh, Captain – My Captain

admirable admiral - yet to be OFFICIALLY named

This is the world's best $20 purchase! Got this bad boy at a thrift store in Roswell on Saturday. He's really cool, but sort of judgy-looking. I cleaned him with bread as per this tutorial. More on that later (and by "more on that" I just mean "lots of silly pictures of bread crumbs on his face")

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Colorful Wall Art

It's funny to me that since we took sooo much time to paint all the walls in our (new) house fabulous colors, that I'm not as much of a fan of crazy, out-there, awesome wall art like this anymore. I think it's something about the painfully white walls of a pristine, rented apartment that beg and scream for this sort of treatment. Oh well! Perhaps in the next place.

(picture via Color Me Katie)

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