I love my sketchbook homework.
Yeah, we are always awkwardly reunited by unexpected circumstances.
I saw this and couldn’t help but photograph it.
We’ve got to get used to seeing ourselves.
Moving Through Color
These breathtaking tree tunnels are famous in their perspective countries, standing as a testament to time and beauty:
- Wisteria Tunnel, Tochigi, Japan - Ashikaga Flower Park in Tochigi is one of the best places to admire different varieties of wisteria.
- Dark Hedges, County Antrim, Northern Ireland - This beautiful avenue of beech trees was planted by the Stuart family in the 18th century, and is one of the most photographed natural phenomena in the country.
- Tunnel of Love, Kleven, Ukraine - This luscious green tunnel provides passage for a private train that provides wood to a local factory. The tunnel is also used by lovers to make a wish – it is said that if they are sincere in their love, their wishes will come true.
- Ginkgo Tree Tunnel, Tokyo, Japan - Around 65,000 ginkgo trees line the streets of Tokyo; they are known as “the bearer of hope”, since some of them survived the bombing of Hiroshima. This tree tunnel is located in the outer garden of Meiji Shrine.
- Jacarandas Walk, Johannesburg, South Africa - The Jacaranda trees explode into full blossom every October, turning the walk into a purple paradise.
- Point Reyes, California, United States - Bishop pine, douglas fir and coast redwood are all to be found in this atmospheric part of the Pacific Coast.
- Ashdown Forest, West Sussex, England - Much of the tree cover in the South Downs area was razed thousands of years ago, but some thickly-wooded areas remain.
- Sena De Luna, Spain - A small Spanish village in the province of Castile and León, Sena De Luna is home to around 450 people.
Inspires me to create rabbit art. I love you Edgar.
Edgar and her slinky.
I made this bracelet out of broken snaps I collected in a factory that makes products for police uniforms.
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)