My “final” Sculpture
The carving process of a transformative project.
The art of sculpting a snowman.
A Main Winter: December 2012
“It is as beautiful as it is rare. A frost flower is created on autumn or early winter mornings when ice in extremely thin layers is pushed out from the stems of plants or occasionally wood. This extrusion creates wonderful patterns which curl and fold into gorgeous frozen petioles
One Pot, Two Lives
Another great pot idea based on a simple love affair. The fishy eats and ‘wastes out’ its lunch, the plant feeds on its nutrients. The plant eats some water and filters it down so it is clean for the fishy. Happy families. Check out more on the Yanko Design website.
Claude Monet’s Ultraviolet Eye
Cézanne said that Monet was “only an eye - yet what an eye.”
The two paintings you are looking at are from Claude Monet’s 1922-1924 series The House Seen From the Rose Garden. If the French impressionist icon was known for one thing, it was his focus on color over form in the creation of textured, emotional landscapes.
Later in life, he developed horrible cataracts that made the colors that had inspired him for decades nearly impossible to perceive. The clouded lenses prevented him from seeing anything but reds and yellows.
In 1923, he underwent cataract surgery and had the lens removed from his right eye, resulting in a condition called aphakia. Through this lens-less eye Monet could now see deep into the blues, and perhaps into the ultraviolet range (usually obscured by our lens), barely able to focus using special eyeglasses.
The paintings above are of the same scene. The red and yellow version is painted as seen through his left eye, limited to the wavelengths allowed by his cataract. The painting on the right is deep blue and violet, as seen through an eye with no lens. Who can imagine how those colors appeared to his eye while being mixed on his palette?
In one sense, the surgery handicapped Monet from full creative perception. But at the same time it provided him with a perspective that perhaps no other artist had. More, and links to a book about color perception, at Download The Universe.
Bonus: Photography through the UV lens. See the world like a bee!
(ht to Carl Zimmer on the story of Monet’s lens)
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A video I made of my rabbit and my friend’s cat.
Some photographs from my 2009 (?) “Asians in Fall” series…Hahahah, good times.
I found some old photographs I took in my first photography class…Nothing like strolling down memory lane, and it’s nice to see I’ve improved in the meantime.
By: ~Er-ca on deviant art
This cake is beautiful, and not just because it’s Jack Skellington!
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Van Gogh - Skull, 1887