I have heard of people visiting places to check out beautiful local or global artwork. But, imagine flocking to a place to check out some botched, failed, and bad art! Surprisingly, it is bad art that brought tourist income to this place in Spain. We humans sometimes like to see others fail.
She and her work came much before Carl Linnaeus, a Swedish Naturalist responsible for the modern system of naming and classifying organisms, and even before Charles Darwin. And, even though she is less famous than these great scientists, Maria Sibylla Merian – a painter – contributed to Science primarily with her paintings on caterpillars in their natural environments depicting the relationships between the insects and their environment. Linnaeus used her paintings for his classification. Moreover, this seventeenth century woman was far ahead of her time: in her quest to find tiny organisms in their environment, this courageous woman – now well in her fifties – travelled to South America and funded her journey by selling her paintings. The fruit of her endeavor was perhaps her magnum opus.
It is difficult to get paid for art unless one is an acclaimed artist – and that is rare. Of many great artists, very few become famous. Even fame does not guarantee money. While the prevailing attitudes of people in society discourage paid work, artists often struggle to make ends meet. It is not surprising that parents do not want their children to become artists for it is a life made of poverty. Online or offline, artists are expected to churn out free work or work for a pittance. Many artists, consequently, quit their creative endeavours for stable employment. The author in this write-up writes about better solutions.
The shades and hues of Blue colour are omnipresent – it is the colour of the sky and the reflected sky in water; it could be the colour of someone’s eyes; and it is the colour of a part of the flame. In the times of famous painters as Michelangelo, Rafael, and Vermeer, the shade of blue called ultramarine was a prized colour. It was so expensive that Michelangelo could not afford it and Vermeer went into debt using the colour generously in his paintings. The synthetic variety of ultramarine is available now but it is no replacement for the multi-hued original ultramarine.
The article discusses if sculptures made of lego bricks can be classified as art. More than that the author ponders over some of the lego-work that stops him in his tracks and makes him think about more profound things.
I met a friend yesterday who got a stunning haircut. Good hairstylists are like artists – creating art with scissors and combs. A piece of art is not necessarily just a Picasso, it can be beautifully designed car, a well decorated room, an aesthetically appealing building, or a beautifully stitched dress. Art is important but why it is important is difficult to articulate. This interesting video attempts to showcase some of the reasons:
Of Stains on Stained glass
As children we loved playing in our grandfather’s big house. It was fun to play hide and seek – the house had some nice nooks in which we could hide. On the first floor was a massive bed (haven’t seen a bed as big as that ever after) on which hazy light from the pretty stained glass windows would fall. Geometric in design, the colourful stained glass windows were beautiful. Such windows are often found in medieval churches.
Have you seen block prints on cloth? Imperfections often creep in during the printing process but it is these handmade imperfections that add to the uniqueness of design. A similar concept applies to stained glass – imperfections are a part of the original technique of stained glass design and this author loves the imperfections; he doesn’t like the perfectness that comes with modern ways to create stained glass. But, there’s more that this expert brings about stain glass in this article – he brings his opinions about popular creators of stain glass and their creations. Along with the article, do check out the exquisite accompanying pictures.
One can make art out of anything; one can make art mean anything. Architecture’s Nobel is called the Pritzger prize. This year the prize goes to Shigeru Ban who created houses for people in crises; he created houses for Japan’s earthquake victims or a temporary studio out of improbable material as beer cans, cardboard and paper!
Here’s how a dying artist creates a new way to art full of optimism and life: