12.30.2012

NYE GLITZ

When I think of New Year's Eve, I think of glitz, and when I think of glitz, I think of Marilyn Minter and Confetti System.  Marilyn Minter's paintings (yes, paintings) embody that "I've been out all night dancing in my best party clothes and I probably need a shower but I'm still rockin' it" vibe, and Confetti System - well, look at it - nothing says party better.



Marilyn Minter paintings all enamel on metal (I've only seen one of these in person - I can't remember if it was in New Orleans or Denver, but regardless it was awesome).

12.28.2012

WILSON A. BENTLEY'S SNOWFLAKE PHOTOGRAPHS




I'm not going to be seeing much (or, more accurately, any) snow this winter, so I am appreciating the cold wet stuff vicariously through the internet.  

The above photographs of snowflakes were taken by Wilson A. Bentley in 1890 by means of a microscope attached to his camera.  Bentley, a Vermont native, was a pioneer in photomicrography and captured the very first photographic images of snowflakes.  

When asked about his work, Bentley responded, "Snowflakes were miracles of beauty, and it seemed a shame that this beauty should not be seen and appreciated by others.  Every crystal was a masterpiece of design; and no one design was ever repeated.  When a snowflake melted, that design was forever lost.  Just that much beauty was gone, without leaving any record behind.  I became possessed with a great desire to show people something of this wonderful loveliness, an ambition to become, in some measure, its preserver."

images via the Smithsonian Institution 

12.26.2012

GRAY DAWN

I love these images from Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison's Gray Dawn series.  Just the right amount of eerie. 

Robert and Shana say of their work:
We create works in response to the ever-bleakening relationship linking humans, technology, and nature. These works feature an ambiguous narrative that offers insight into the dilemma posed by science and technology's failed promise to fix our problems, provide explanations, and furnish certainty pertaining to the human condition.  Strange scenes of hybridizing forces, swarming elements, and bleeding overabundance portray Nature unleashed by technology and the human hand. 

via Lost at E Minor

12.25.2012

12.24.2012

CABIN PORN

Have you seen the site Cabin Porn?  It's pretty amazing.  I would gladly spend Christmas Eve sipping hot chocolate (or rum cider) in one of these beauties.


12.22.2012

LAST MINUTE CHRISTMAS CARDS


Some simple Christmas cards I made for my family.  They weren't exactly last minute; I sent them all out a week ago, but it doesn't appear that any of them have arrived at their destination quite yet.  Stupid holiday mail. 

12.19.2012

COOL WALLPAPER?

Just the mention of wallpaper used to make my mind wander to rooms like this, but not with any of these beauties.  I've been seeing wallpaper all over lately, which makes me wonder, when did wallpaper become cool again?  Never matter, though, I'd be happy to live with any of these following designs without being the least bit reminded of my favorite early 90s sitcoms.

Nama Rococo

Emily Isabella

Eskayel (if I had to choose favorites, these would probably be it)

MissPrint

Lisa Congdon

Fine Little Day

Anthropologie

Erica Wakerly


12.17.2012

GEORGIA O'KEEFFE'S STUDIO

Georgia O'Keeffe is one of those artists I loved during high school because she painted beautiful flowers, turned away from in college because I would never like anything as uncool as those stupid flowers, then rediscovered in grad school when I realized she was one hell of an inspirational woman (she continued to produce work well into her 90s).  O'Keeffe truly loved living and working in New Mexico, and no wonder - just look at that view from her large studio window.  Open, minimal, and stunning, just like her studio/home.  

Image 1, 2, 3, 4, 56

12.14.2012

ADMIRING TREY SPEEGLE'S PAINT BY NUMBERS

Paintings by Trey Speegle.  And only slightly off topic, whenever I hear the phrase, little did he/she/they know, for the rest of my life I will think of Stranger than Fiction.

12.12.2012

FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN NAUGHTY (IN A GOOD WAY)

Today I gave my last final for the semester, and several of my students brought me presents (super sweet).  Most were chocolate (yes, please), and among one of my chocolate bundles I discovered the cutest chocolate lumps of coal (can lumps of coal be cute?  can I use this many parentheses in one paragraph?)  Now if chocolate lumps of coal appeal to my sweet tooth, the above ceramic lumps of coal appeal to my art tooth.  These need to be on my mantel.   They are available for purchase here.  

These are my chocolate coal.  Notice that I have already eaten one.

Ceramic Christmas Coal found via Design Sponge.