Posts Tagged 'painting'

Postcards For Ants

A couple of years ago I undertook my Flickr 366 project – one photo a day for a whole year.  It was more challenging than it sounds, and encouraged me to break away from photography being something I forced myself to do and instead become more observant in my everyday surroundings, noticing angles, frames and content in other ways.

Anyone that undertakes a daily, year-long project (whatever it is) I have respect and appreciation for.  Lorraine Loots has taken this notion of a daily challenge or task and really stepped it up, not just taking a photo, but creating a miniature painting every single day for a year.

The project started on 1st January 2013, but has continued well into 2014 albeit with a slightly different approach.

But then I just started thinking, what if I don’t stop…

It has transitioned from people booking sentimental dates and making suggestions for that date’s painting, to a year of Cape Town themed images that celebrate Lorraine’s home town designation as World Design Capital 2014.

Each one is intricately detailed and rather beautiful, a few of my favourites are below.

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There’s so many to choose from, and the likes of Team Up, Where’s WallyYashica-D, and Malachite Kingfisher all being worthy of a mention too.  Oh, ok, here’s the Kingfisher anyway.

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Many hundreds more can be viewed on her Tumblr, and if you’re quick you might still be able to buy one of the originals.

 

 

 

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Lego Masterpieces

As Christmas approaches it is no surprise that one of my favourites, Lego, is top of most people’s lists.  I recently read that throughout the year a staggering eight Lego sets are sold each second, with that figure increasing to a mind boggling 28 sets each second as we near Christmas!  That’s almost 300 sets sold since you started reading this blog post!

We’ve seen before how a minimal approach with Lego bricks can create something so recognisable with the Imagine Lego series, but taking it a step further Marco Sodano has pixelated the paintings of three classic masterpieces.

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Did you get them all?  If not, just scroll down and I’ll leave the answers in the comments below.

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Van Gogh Tilt Shift

There are some fantastic examples of tilt shift photography all over the internet, making everyday scenes from the world look like tiny replica models or toy sets.  It is a fairly simple technique, though hard to judge and execute perfectly even using Photoshop (you can even achieve similar effects with built in focus sliders that Instagram has within the app itself).

The idea is to tweak an image’s colour and depth of focus (see tutorial here for more of an explanation) to achieve the desired effect.  When the same technique was applied to works of art, that’s paintings and not photographs, it really caught my eye.

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The tilt shift technique has been applied to some classic works of art by Vincent van Gogh, transforming even the most recognisable of his masterpieces into something new.  By adjusting the focus of the painting (presumably much to the annoyance of van Gogh!) it draws out key features and brings to life aspects of the image you may not have noticed before.

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Some elements that were deliberately painted as background features by van Gogh are now brought out so that we see them as the main feature.

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Wonderful stuff.

These are just some of my favourites from the set that has been manipulated, but there is a whole tilt shift collection to see over on Art Cyclopedia.


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