Category Archives: art & illustration

Happiness series: It’s a helluva start

recognize what makes you happy lucille ball quote

Happiness series: Jinxy Jenkins, Lucky Lou Animated Short – Falling in Love in San Francisco


This animated short from the Ringling School of Art and Design in Florida is a wonder of pure delight with its bright visuals and playful, unique storyline.

Mermaid

mermaid undersea coffeeandironyCubozoa by Ekaterina Belinkskaya

artspace Uses artroulette to Raise Funds

There are very few initiatives that have raised awareness for local artists as much as artspace has. Established in 1988, the institution has a long history of bringing first quality visual art in various media to the residents of the greater Richmond, Virginia area. Through the years, they have continued to promote contemporary art, but have found themselves relocating quite often, and being a non-profit organization, it relies on the donations of artists and patrons of the art to continue its operations.

Last year, in an effort to raise funds for their gallery, artspace launched artroulette, a program that would see the work of 100 different local artists raffled off to some of the foundation’s supporters. Roulette was chosen because of its familiarity to nearly everyone, with Intercasino explaining that it isn’t just one of the most iconic casino games of all time, but “Regardless if you have been to a casino before or not, one can easily recognize the game of roulette, given its unmistakable wheel and its table layout.” It’s also popular because it’s easy to play, and artspace played on the fact that it’s known for its simplicity too.

artroulette from Gwenyth Gaba on Vimeo.

100 predetermined artists were randomly divided into 25 teams of 4, who then collaborated on one piece of art to be raffled off to lucky participants. The program resulted in 25 different pieces of art that could never be recreated otherwise, all unique from each other, as each team was free to work on their materials and processes independently. Some of the artists chose to work on their projects within artspace itself, drawing interested crowds to witness the process behind creating their collaborative art, and allowing them to see the art come to life. The event began with the team selections in September 26, 2014, and ended with the finished pieces being placed on view by November 28 – the same day the raffle was drawn.

Projects to randomly give away art have also begun. The similarly-named independent project Art Roulette encourages other would-be artists to share their art with strangers online, assigning a match to you as soon as you sign up for the service. You must then send a piece of artwork to your match within 30 days, to qualify for receiving your own piece of art from someone else. With less than a hundred participants, however, the project is yet to kick off, but there’s no denying that it’s a great way to introduce art to different people.

Make Art

inspiration quote illustration

Happiness

the oatmeal free happiness sky blue illustration

via Oatmeal

Make Art: Tea and Color

Tea cups photography via coffee and irony

rt Boris Kopka

He made warmth in a world of cold. She made color in a world of grey

Paint splashes make art inspiration

rt Indigo Soul

Caffeinated Links: Non-White Disney Princesses, Sci Fi YA Books, and Poldark Trailer

disney princesses art

Disney POC princesses rt dmolech

Oh the Books did a wonderful periodic table of Sci-Fi YA reads.

Trailer for BBC’s new epic 8-part miniseries Poldark starring Aidan Turner and based on the novels by Winston Grahm. Ross Poldark returns from the War to his beloved Cornwall to find his world in ruins.

Dreamy Snapshots of Japan: Urban Photography

Japanese bookstore

Yoshitaka Kashima does some of the most gorgeous casual urban photography I’ve seen: mesmerizing, magical snapshots of Japan’s alleys, bookstores, subways.

girl thinking japan

 Who travels for love finds a thousand miles not longer than one. – Japanese proverb

tokyo alley photography

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