Elspeth McLean Creates Mandalas By Painting Ocean Stones

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Artist Creates Mandalas By Painting Ocean Stones With Thousands Of Tiny Dots

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Elspeth McLean puts her talents to good use transforming smooth ocean stones into symbolic works of arts. Originally from Australia, the Canadian-based artist creates colorful mandalas by carefully painting thousands of tiny dots onto perfectly round ocean stones.

Her colorful mandala creations are hypnotic to look at, filling your eyes with color, inspiration and delight. She aligns each pop of color into perfect circles, creating an impossibly symmetrical appearance that is truly one of a kind.

McLean’s work has become incredibly popular due to the richly unique beauty of every hand-painted ocean stone.

Her stones sell out quicker than she can make them, at the time of writing this there are none available for sale. She writes on her Etsy Shop Announcement, “I am still painting stones and try to add a few to my shop every other day at random. This way it leaves it up to chance.”

McLean, an award winning artist, runs a one-woman-art-business based around her infatuation with color and detail. She creates many different vibrant works of art using a unique style of painting she refers to as “Dotillism.”

Mandala is a ritual and spiritual symbol in Buddhism and Hinduism that stands in representation of the Universe. Mandala is incorporated in different spiritual traditions in a number of ways, such as to help focus attention, seek spiritual guidance, establish a sacred space, and find peace in meditation.

In modern society, mandala is most commonly used as a term to describe any geometric pattern, chart or design that symbolically or metaphysically represents the cosmos.

True to the theme of her mandala stones, McLean is highly in tune with and inspired by the cosmos, seasons, mythology and ancient as well as traditional art. Her artwork allows her to “express and celebrate the colors of her soul.”

McLean finds the actual process of painting dots to be “a meditative and grounding experience.” She enjoys painting with dots so much she has made her life passion into a successful career.

Source: elspethmclean.com

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Max Zorn Creates Incredible Pictures Using Only Packing Tape

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Max Zorn Creates Incredible Pictures Using Only Packing Tape

Amsterdam street artist Max Zorn has a unique talent for making incredible art using mainly brown packaging tape.

The very idea of using tape instead of paint came from Max Zorn’s friend who was working in a car design. “These guys often use slim tapes to outline their ideas on large boards. I was surprise to see how fast they could create stunning sketches with it”, says Max Zorn. And ever since then, he started showing his talents making this packaging tape art by decorating old street lamps which you can find almost everywhere in Amsterdam. “It’s the perfect medium to experiment, because of its golden glow“, he adds.

Max Zorn’s rise began after publishing the two-minute self-made video on YouTube “Street Art by Max Zorn Making of Tape Art” back in 2011, showing how he hangs his translucent tape art on street lamps as a form of street art at night in Amsterdam. It was picked up by national and international media, and by April 2012 Max Zorn created over 150 works of tape art. In a speech about creating street art seen in the dark at TEDx Talent Search, Max Zorn stated “I didn’t want to work on walls or on the floor I wanted to use street lamps as an urban gallery and I wanted to use the darkness as the setting around my artwork”.

I’m generally interested in the dynamics between people. I want to freeze a moment that initiates a story without telling too much… like a screenshot from a movie that sparks imagination but leaves room to decide where the story goes, the artist adds.

His settings and themes are heavily influenced by film noir while brown shades and different layers of tape create a sepia tone. Max Zorn says he also finds inspiration from characters in novels produced by writers from The Lost Generation specifically Hemingway, Steinbeck, and Salinger. His work also is influenced by American realism artists such as Edward Hopper.

And do note this: Max Zorn is the founder and creator of Stick Together, an online project that spreads street art around the world for free. Offline Stick Together creates an annual live painting event held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, open free to the public.

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Yuri Shwedoff Composes Dramatic Digital Landscapes With Dystopian Univers

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Yuri Shwedoff Composes Dramatic Digital Landscapes With Dystopian Univers

 

Moscow-based Russian artist Yuri Shwedoff creates starkly beautiful digital landscapes with dark and mysteries themes, which leaving the viewer with an infinite number of questions and no explanations. His surreal artworks display illustrations of science-fiction, fantasy world that combines technology and biology.

Many of his works often leave only a single figure in a vast landscape, left to contemplate their surroundings.

In 2008 Yuri graduated from the painting department of the Moscow Academic Art Lyceum of the Russian Academy of Arts. In 2008, he was nominated for the Medal of the Russian Academy of Fine Arts for a series of works.

Yuri’s post-apocalyptic illustrations bring us through desert landscapes, lost people and the ruins of the modern civilization.

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Brilliant & Colossal Sand Drawings By Sam Dougados

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Brilliant & Colossal Sand Drawings By Sam Dougados

More info: Sam Dougados, Instagram, Facebook

French artist Sam Dougados makes ephemeral installations around the world : France, Ireland, Morocco, Spain, England or Portugal. In the sand, he draws monumental frescos playing with patterns or 3D perspective’s effect. These drawings end up erased by a wave, and reflect the beautiful fragility of life.

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Mark Wagner’s ‘Recycled’ Dollar Bill Collages Poke Fun at Money

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Mark Wagner’s ‘Recycled’ Dollar Bill Collages Poke Fun at Money

At a time when most Americans are counting their pennies and saving their dollars, artist Mark Wagner is cutting up cash and using it as art supplies. Wagner’s latest series of works focus on the iconic one dollar bill – he uses its bevy of symbols and illustrations to create sprawling currency collages. Wagner transforms pieces of dollars into portraits, animals and plants that comment on money and liberty.

Fascinated by the durable linen stock and deep ink printing of paper currency, Wagner transforms powerful symbol into mosaics, decorative patterns, and tableaux.  By using the old-fashioned practice of collage (the craft of reusing printed elements), Wagner creates pieces that appear to be vintage artworks at first glance.

The dollar bill is rife with symbolism – the Masonic eye, pyramids, fire, and flowers. Wagner plays up these symbols, by casting them against the star of the dollar bill – founding father George Washington. Many pieces poke fun at money – a triptych shows a “money tree,” first rich with dollar leaves, then slowly barren and fruitless. Hundreds of tiny leaf details are arranged together to spell out “Petty Cash” in decorative cursive, while seals from the Department of the Treasury bloom like flowers on a vine. He even transforms the rounded details and Washington heads into a graceful peacock set against a brick pattern made up of the rectangular dollar remnants.

But his most playful pieces are the ones in which he casts president George Washington in an array of madcap situations. George sails on a sea of bills with two clones and tames a lion with his head in its mouth. The most impressive piece is a massive and meticulously detailed collage of the Statue of Liberty with ghosts and Georges running amok, causing chaos and havoc.

Wagner’s work strikes a chord in our troubled economy, which has forced us to consider our own relationship with money and the concepts of freedom and liberty.

Wagner’s website describes the project as such:

The one dollar bill is the most ubiquitous piece of paper in America. Collage asks the question: what might be done to make it something else? It is a ripe material: intaglio printed on sturdy linen stock, covered in decorative filigree, and steeped in symbolism and concept. Blade and glue transform it-reproducing the effects of tapestries, paints, engravings, mosaics, and computers—striving for something bizarre, beautiful, or unbelievable… l’étranger dans le familier.

Wagner’s upcoming art exhibition, Money, Power, Sex & Mark Wagner, will premiere at the Pavel Zoubok Gallery in New York City next month. The showcase is scheduled to run from Sept. 6 to Oct. 5.

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Surreal Universe Illustration Of Daehyun Kim’s life

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Surreal Universe Illustration Of  Daehyun Kim’s life

Artist Daehyun Kim started to create his evocative, mystical Moonassi world out of ink while studying oriental painting in Seoul, South Korea, and has continued to grow it ever since. “The series is my life-time project,” the artist explains on his website. “

There is no specific background story or a theory about the drawing. Each drawing is created based on my daily thoughts and feelings. I draw to meditate on myself and others, and to be able to see the whole story of the series in the end.”

Daehyun operates out of a world in which the oceans are both shallow and bottomless, light is dark and dark is light, the moon acts as a torch, an eye and a character’s inner being are one and there’s nothing to do but reflect on your own existence all day, and it’s completely spell-binding.

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Silly Illustrations Of Animals And Their Little Adventures By Shanghai Tango

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Silly Illustrations Of Animals And Their Little Adventures By Shanghai Tango

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Gao Youjun, aka Tango, is a popular Shanghai cartoonist on the Chinese social network Weibo. The artist draws brilliantly witty cartoons that are made all the more clever because of their incredible simplicity. By looking at the world in a different way, Tango’s work also encourages us, the audience, to look at things with a fresh perspective.

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Edgy fashion editorial collages by Stephanie Lopes Simoes

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Edgy fashion editorial collages by Stephanie Lopes Simoes

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Stephanie Lopes Simoes is a graphic designer from South Africa, now living and working in Antwerp, Belgium. Stephanie’s main focus lies on creating collage illustrations from fashion editorial photography. Her work keeps the editorial feel from the original photograph, yet by adding layers of paint, ink and texture Stephanie gives the photos a new life and an edge. The models in her pieces turn from a pretty face into a mysterious, edgy beings: pieces of modern art.

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