Dante and Virgil in Hell, by Bourgereau

December 19, 2011


Click for a big version. Thanks to Mark for the tip.

Side note: One of the figures in this painting bears a striking resemblance to someone I used to go out with. No hints.


How to Steal Like an Artist

April 4, 2011

Great advice on creation from Austin Kleon, creator of Blackout Poems:

“Do good work and put it where people can see it.” It’s a two step process.
Step one, “do good work,” is incredibly hard. There are no shortcuts. Make stuff every day. Fail. Get better. Step two, “put it where people can see it,” was really hard up until about 10 years ago. Now, it’s very simple: “put your stuff on the internet.”

The whole, excellent manifesto is here.

Finding Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks

June 18, 2010

Blogger Jeremiah Moss investigates the histories of various Manhattan street corners, trying to find the exact location of the diner in Edward Hopper’s 1942 painting Nighthawks. It’s a neat series in four parts, and I’ve always liked this painting; it was up over my couch all through university.

Here’s another nice piece of Hopperama: every year, the Washington Post runs a Peep (ie. Easter candy) diorama contest. The 2009 winner was Melissa Harvey, whose diorama was a bunny Peep version of Nighthawks. She describes the piece in this audio slideshow.

edward hopper peeps rabbits bunnies diner diorama nighthawks melissa harvey

Via MeFi and Kelly M.

Hold Your Horses – 70 Million

March 2, 2010

Hit that little button with the four diagonal arrows to expand.
Thanks to Fab and Tony for Facebooking this.

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Just so you know

December 27, 2009

David Shrigley. Thanks to Jess for the tip.

Christoph Neimann: Leaf it to him

November 22, 2009

Christoph Neimann is a genius art-essayist for the NYTimes. He’s done awesome pictorials about sleeping and his young sons’ adorable obsession with the NY subway system (go check those out, they’re great- so elegant and clever). He even tiled his his bathroom like a pixellated subway map because his kids are so ape for it.

Here he is again with a perfect little fall spread featuring leaves.

Heart heart heart.
Via Kottke.

Paint Chip Art

October 7, 2009

Found this paint chip Marilyn Monroe:

paint chip art

paint chip art marilyn


Awesome! From Apartment Therapy.

There are more great ideas on the interweb:

paint chip art manet

And this one, which I luuuurve so much it was my computer wallpaper for a while:

paint chip art mod wall

Those last two are from Greenwala.

A reader named Griffen sent a link to a Flickr set of a beautiful pixel mural in a Brooklyn pilates studio, made of 14,000 Post-It Notes cut into 1″ squares. This is awesome- thanks, Griffen!


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