4siders-AMAZING ART

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This one will have you rotating your computer screen in circles . . . or just standing on your head. Known for his surreal and fantastical paintings, Polish artist Jacek Yerka has created a series of images that depict four different scenes. Turn the painting 90 degrees, readjust your eyes and have your mind boggled!

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PHOTOREALISITIC PORTRAITS CREATED BY A BALLPOINT

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Ghana-based artistEnamBosokah captures incredible likenesses using only a blue ballpoint pen. Thestunningly-realistic portrait drawings depict world leaders, writers, as well as children and couples.Bosokah’s work showcases emotional scenes in elaborate detail, and it’s as if we’re looking at cyan-toned photographsrather than hand-crafted creations.The artist’s drawings offer a glimpse into his process, and the exquisite images are produced with many layers of pen marks. Bosokah will start with wide,criss-crossing lines and refine the drawing with this repetitive motion. It allows him to add as much shading as necessary to make his subjectsappearthree dimensional. And, looking at every highlight, subtle shadow, and texture, it’s awe-inspiring what you can do with an everyday office tool.E

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Gorgeous Murals by L7m Blur the Line Between Realism and Abstraction

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Gorgeous Murals by L7m Blur the Line Between Realism and Abstraction

For years, we’ve admired how Brazilian street artist L7m paints gorgeous portraits of birds. His murals are always full of color and have a palpable energy, and he’s recently brought that same intensity to the streets of Paris and Vitry in France. L7m’s newest pieces blur the line between realism and…

Amazing Penthouse Located at the Top of a Historic Ski Jump in Norway

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Amazing Penthouse Located at the Top of a Historic Ski Jump in Norway

This historic ski jump will soon be helping overnight guests reach new heights with an amazing, renovated penthouse apartment that is suspended 200 feet in the air. The lofty living space at the top of the Holmenkollen competitive arena in Norway was formerly a waiting room for competitors of the 1952 Winter Olympics. Now that it’s an apartment — set to open at the end of March — adventure lovers and ski enthusiasts can enjoy the spectacular vantage point overlooking snowcapped mountains with all the comforts of home. From the rooftop terrace, guests can even catch glimpses of the Northern Lights on a clear night.

Lodging company AirBnB commissioned the project as part of a promotional contest, in which the company will give away the first night’s stay to the winner of an essay competition. The increasingly popular website that coordinates “places to stay…

Warm sunshine from one of my sketchbooks….

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The following images are from one of the many sketchbooks I have filled over the years.   They show moments in my life when I was sitting in warm summer sunshine…doing what I enjoy most …which is to commune with nature and paint.

Waterlilies painted at Monet’s Garden, Giverny.   

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A special July 4th spent with fellow artists Mariethe Salort and Bonnie Halsey Dutton at Couriers sur Sein, France.     Watercolour/gouache. 

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Looking down onto the rooftops of Geberoy, France and across the beautiful countryside of Picardie.  watercolour/gouache. 

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Houses in Geberoy, Picardie.   Watercolour/gouache. 

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Monet’s garden at Giverny, France.  A very special moment when I was sitting alone in the garden on a beautiful early summer’s evening.   watercolour/gouache. 

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From a boat in the harbour at Kinsale, Ireland.   watercolour/gouache

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From Conca dei Marini on the magnificent Amalfi Coast, Italy.   watercolour/goache.

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150 Trees Protect This Apartment Complex from Noise and Pollution

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While living in an urban environment has many benefits, you’re often subject to noise, pollution, and lack of green space. This five-storey apartment building by Luciano Pia minimizes these disadvantages by cloaking the structure in a beautiful potted forest. Located in Turin, Italy, the facade also features silhouetted metal trees that foster the look and feel of a magnificent tree house.There are 150 trees scattered along the outside of the residential building, and they absorb nearly 200,000 liters of carbon dioxide an hour. So, the lush greenery is not only aesthetically pleasing, but its natural absorption helps to eliminate harmful pollutants (such as car exhaust) as well as disruptive outside noise. Its presence also benefits the inside of the building, too. The plants’ full leaves in the spring and summer months mean that they help to block out the harsh sun.…

Enchanting Wedding Chapel Adorned with 100 Hand-Carved Wood Panels

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Enchanting Wedding Chapel Adorned with 100 Hand-Carved Wood Panels

Nikken Space Design created an enchanting wedding chapel in Hiroshima, Japan, whose beauty lies in its meticulous dedication to craft. The most breathtaking feature of the airy, expansive space is its 100 wood panels that use a large tree as their motif. It’s called Power of Flower and was done in collaboration with a kimono designer. In fact, the visual style of the flowers and plants were inspired by traditional patterns found in kimonos.Each panel is made of Japanese cypress that’s six feet by three feet and half an inch thick. The attention to detail is incredible – every piece is hand-carved and displays an intricate cutwork pattern. These gorgeous shapes filter light and cast their shadows on the aisle of the chapel, mimicking sunlight through trees. And with the nature-inspired aesthetic, it creates the feeling that the couple is getting married in a…

Magnificent Bookstore in Romania Showcases Stunning 19th-Century Architecture

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Magnificent Bookstore in Romania Showcases Stunning 19th-Century Architecture

This magnificent new bookstore is a treasure trove for literature lovers and architecture enthusiasts alike. Recently opened in Bucharest, Romania, the six-story Carousel of Light houses 10,000 books for sale. The building’s 19th Century façade and interior was restored topreserve its breathtaking details. With a first-floor modern art gallery and top-floor bistro included in the facility, the Carousel of Light truly incorporates a sampling of the best of fine arts and culture.This beautiful book gallery calls to mind other stunning architectural landmarks — both real and fictional. The magnificent whitewashed columns with ornate carvings are reminiscent of a pristine Parthenon at the height of its glory. The multi-storied walkways and stately staircases evoke a presidential, Library of Congress feel. And the open floor plan and towering rows of books hearken back…

After Having Tattoo Studio For 14 Years, I Decided To Become A Painter And Create Hyper-Realistic Art (13/13)

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After Having Tattoo Studio For 14 Years, I Decided To Become A Painter And Create Hyper-Realistic Art (13/13)

PICTURE OF THE DAY

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Ice on Fire (Bangor, PA) One cold evening, this is Bangor PA shot from across the Delaware River, Belvidere NJ from the boat basin.

Stunning Pyramid-Themed Skyscraper Planned for Cairo’s Skyline

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Stunning Pyramid-Themed Skyscraper Planned for Cairo’s Skyline

Egypt’s government has revealed plans to pay tribute to the country’s most famous symbol with a stunning addition to Cairo’s skyline: a skyscraper shaped like a pyramid. Renderings released last week depict a glittering, obelisk-shaped building crowned with an impressive glowing capstone. A second, much shorter pyramid attaches at the obelisk’s base and includes a built-in walkway and cascading fountains.If all goes according to plan, the tower will be much taller than the Great Pyramid itself, and it will measure as the country’s tallest building. Further details about the proposed development will be spare until Minister of Housing Moustafa Madbouly officially announces the project. In his first public discussion about the building, however, he said its purpose is to boost the city’s job market, economy and landscape. “It is an administrative, commercial and…

The Beautiful Hand-Painted Stones of Elspeth McLean

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Elspeth McLean is a talented painter from Australia’s western suburbia. She is perhaps the most vibrant painter I have even seen, hence her degree and passion in Art Therapy. She has a strong belief that art has the power to bring immense joy into people lives and her vibrant creations accurately reflect that. Here’s was Elspeth has to say about her work :

“Painting is my way to find my “happy place” and colour is a way to express and celebrate the colours of my soul. By using bright and vivid colours and intricate dot work style, the artwork I create becomes a direct expression of my experience of life. I tend to focus on the more uplifting and beautiful aspects of this world because I think there is already enough darkness.”

I hope Elspeth’s beautiful intentions have carried onto your through these hand-painted stones. You can check out the rest of here work via her website!

PICTURE OF THE DAY

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Two New Species of Peacock Spiders Discovered with Amazingly Striking Patterns

Most people wouldn’t think of spiders as beautiful or cute, but there’s no other way to describe these cuddly specimens. Nicknamed “Sparklemuffin” and “Skeletorus” for their gorgeous markings, these striking arachnids are are two new species of peacock spiders discovered in southeast Queensland, Australia. The credit goes to UC Berkeley graduate student Madeline Girard, who studies peacock spiders, and a friend who went with her into the field.Girard affectionally named the blue-and-red spider “Sparklemuffin,” although its scientific name is officially Maratus jactatus. The other species is known as Maratus sceletus, but the nickname “Skeletorus” suits the creature’s black-and-white markings perfectly. While the docile, brightly colored Sparklemuffin looks similar to previously discovered species of peacock spiders, Skeletorus…

Driftwood Life-Size Horses by James Doran-Webb

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Driftwood Life-Size Horses by James Doran-Webb

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British sculptor James Doran-Webb started to design driftwood furniture in 2005 and it was while playing with the various natural forms that he decided to try his hand at making animal sculptures. His large supply of the wood has made it possible for him to find the pieces of branch which most lend themselves to the natural form and shape needed to give his animals the movement and reality he strives to obtain in every piece he creates.

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Highlighting an invisible conversation between hip hop and art before the 16th century.

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Highlighting an invisible conversation between hip hop and art before the 16th century. by @ceciliaazcarate

Left: The Adoration of the Magi.Hugo van der Goes. Netherlandish. Late 15th century. Right: Wiz Khalifa

Left: The Adoration of the Magi.Hugo van der Goes. Netherlandish. Late 15th century. Right: Wiz Khalifa

Left: Jan van Eyck. Ghent Altarpiece detail. c. 1432 / Right: The ATL Twins.

Left: Jan van Eyck. Ghent Altarpiece detail. c. 1432 / Right: The ATL Twins.

Left: Henry VIII by the studio of Hans Holbein the Younger, 1540-1550 / Right: Rick Ross

Left: Henry VIII by the studio of Hans Holbein the Younger, 1540-1550 / Right: Rick Ross

Left: Portrait of Henry the Pious, Duke of Saxony by Lucas Cranach  - 1514 / Right: Takeoff from Migos (thanks nightjuiceshop)

Left: Portrait of Henry the Pious, Duke of Saxony by Lucas Cranach  – 1514 / Right: Takeoff from Migos (thanks nightjuiceshop)

Left: Reliquary arm of St. Valentine 14th century Swiss Right: 2 Chainz

Left: Reliquary arm of St. Valentine 14th century Swiss Right: 2 Chainz

Left: Pre Colombian - Moche portrait head of ‘Cut Lip’ 400 AD - Right: ASAP Rocky

Left: Pre Colombian – Moche portrait head of ‘Cut Lip’ 400 AD – Right: ASAP Rocky

Slinkachu’s New Miniature Scenes Show Our Longing for Nature

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Slinkachu’s New Miniature Scenes Show Our Longing for Nature

On March 13, at Andipa Gallery, UK-based street artist will present new miniature scenes that draws on the urbanite’s desire to seek out nature. Called Miniaturesque, the new works feature small figurines, who on the surface look like they’re having a swell time, jumping over rocks in a “creek” or swinging from the branches of a “leaf.” In actuality, these settings were created using leftover trash or weeds growing out of a concrete staircase.

As the gallery states, “Using tropes from art and popular culture, Slinkachu’s new works employ irony, humour and a healthy dose of reality; despite their fantastical situations, the miniature figures we observe are not so dissimilar to ourselves, living in the shadows between the real and artificial.”

Andipa Gallery has sent us all five images they are releasing, giving us an up-close photo of the artworks…

On March 13, at Andipa Gallery, UK-based street artist will present new miniature scenes that draws on the urbanite’s desire to seek out nature. Called Miniaturesque, the new works feature small figurines, who on the surface look like they’re having a swell time, jumping over rocks in a “creek” or swinging from the branches of a “leaf.” In actuality, these settings were created using leftover trash or weeds growing out of a concrete staircase.

As the gallery states, “Using tropes from art and popular culture, Slinkachu’s new works employ irony, humour and a healthy dose of reality; despite their fantastical situations, the miniature figures we observe are not so dissimilar to ourselves, living in the shadows between the real and artificial.”

Andipa Gallery has sent us all five images they are releasing, giving us an up-close photo of the artworks…

New Blurred Cityscapes by Valerio D’Ospinaby

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New Blurred Cityscapes by Valerio D’Ospina

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Cattedrale di Milano (2014). Oil on canvas, 40 x 40in.

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Manhattan (2013). Oil on panel, 35 x 48in.

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Driving on Madison Avenue (2013). Oil on panel, 48 x 24in.

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Broadway and West 25th (2013). Oil on panel, 24 x 16.5in.

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Duomo di Milano (2012) Oil on linen, 39 x 56in. / Facade (2012). Oil on panel, 24 x 30in.

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Bivio (2011). Oil on panel, 40 x 24in.

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La Strada (2014). Oil on panel, 48 x 40in.

It’s hard not to get lost in these dramatically blurred architectural renderings and cityscapes of New York and Italy by Italian painter Valerio D’Ospina (previously). The artist transforms the street The Pennsylvania-based artist most recently had a show last year at Mason Murer, and you can now follow him on Facebook and Instagram. (This Isn’t Happiness)

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