Valerie Shirley Folkard

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Ray Bradbury on Storytelling, Friendship, and Why He Never Learned to Drive: A Lost Vintage Interview, Found and Animated

“You write to please yourself. You write for the joy of writing. And then your public reads you and it begins to gather around.”<p>In the fall of 2012, Lisa Potts discovered a cassette tape behind her dresser. On it was a long-lost interview she had conducted with <b>Ray Bradbury</b> (August 22, 1920–June 5, …

Nick Lane’s masterful study of the fundamentals of life is both cutting-edge and accessible<p>It’s fun to rib physicists by pointing out that while they’ve been hunting a Grand Theory of Everything for millennia, in biology, we did it three times, all in the space of a hundred years. Often overlooked, …

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Artist's Notebook: Karen Farmer - ANIMAL

<i>ANIMAL’s feature Artist’s Notebook asks artists to show us their original “idea sketch” next to a finished artwork or project. This week, Australian</i> …

Oil Painting and 3 Common Misconceptions

It’s an exciting time to be part of the ArtistsNetwork community, and here are three reasons why:<br>1. You can win amazing prizes in our Holiday …

Asilomar – Monterey seascape plein air oil painting – California impressionist art

<b>Asilomar Waves (Near Pacific Grove, Monterey Peninsula, California)<br>8 x 10 inches, plein air oil painting</b>In the past few weeks, I had the opportunity …

Sidewalk Flowers: An Illustrated Ode to Presence and the Everyday Art of Noticing in a Culture of Productivity and Distraction

A gentle wordless celebration of the true material of aliveness.<p><i>“How we spend our days, of course, is how we spend our lives,”</i> Annie Dillard wrote in her magnificent defense of living with presence. But in our age of productivity, we spend our days running away from boredom, never mind its creative …

Small, Pale and Watery? I Don’t Think So

Have you ever tasted a new and delicious dessert, and later found out that it was actually relatively healthy? Food can surprise us, and art is no …

More than Words: The Illustrated Love Letters, Thank-You Notes, and Travelogues of Great Artists, from Kahlo to Calder to Saint-Exupéry

“Letter writing is probably the most beautiful manifestation in human relations, in fact, it is its finest residue.”<p>Virginia Woolf aptly called letter writing “the humane art.” But what amplifies the humanity and immediacy of words is the addition of art itself — how instantly alive Van Gogh’s …

Waterlogue: App for turning photos into watercolors

I've recently become obsessed with Waterlogue, an Iphone-only app that takes photos and transforms them into watercolor-style images.<p>It doesn't allow …

Jennifer Jacquet: ‘The power of shame is that it can be used by the weak against the strong’

<b>You study large-scale social dilemmas like overfishing and climate change – what inspired you to write a book about shame?</b><p>Profound guilt over what humans are doing to this planet. It led me to think about how I am being asked to engage with that guilt, which is primarily as a consumer – buy …

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Fields Medal winner Cédric Villani: 'the human brain is not designed for maths'

The flamboyant mathematician, whose semi-autobiographical book is published this week, reveals his pet dinosaur, teaching methods and mysterious love of spiders<p>Professor Cédric Villani, 41, is a French mathematician who focuses chiefly on the theory of partial differential equations and …

Never-Before-Seen Works By Surrealist Master Salvador Dali, On View Now

In the painted world of Salvador Dali, timepieces ooze like cracked eggs, elephants stand on impossibly spindly legs, and tigers leap forth from fish like the most unlikely of nesting dolls. His works reveal a universe populated by both dreams and nightmares, a type of imagery that came to define …

Can Abstract Art Still Be Radical?

Exhibitions<p>The Whitechapel Gallery stages a major historical survey to find out.<p>,<p>Is abstract art, especially the geometric kind, radical anymore? …

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It’s the lack of this type of freedom that has led skeptics to question if today's schools could ever inspire true creativity. While there are …

Hieronymus Bosch, the Trendiest Apocalyptic Medieval Painter of 2014

The Garden of Earthly Delights is now on leggings, in children's books, and getting name-checked by cool bands. Why?<p>The paintings of fanatical late medieval artist Hieronymus Bosch were popular for their little nightmare details: a man playing a flute made out of his own nose, or a bird-monster …

12 Famous Drawings Reveal How Artists Interpret The Naked Human Body

For as long as human beings have set pen to paper -- or, drawing utensil to wall -- the body has served as a special kind of muse. More specifically, the naked body.<p><i>Stewart Helm, The line and the lust, 2011, Ink on paper, 50 x 70cm, Courtesy the artist, Photo Peter White</i><p>From the Renaissance to …

Watching Time Stand Still

It's hard to believe that self-taught digital artist Norvz Austria, aka xetobyte, first started mixing digital works because he couldn't find any wallpaper he liked. Taking matters into his own hands, the Philippines-based creative began his artistic career in the surreal digital world. Though his …

Gauguin oil painting sells for £200m to become world's most expensive work of art

Painting of two Tahitian women smashes world record for an artwork, selling at $300m<p>A painting of two Tahitian women by French artist Paul Gauguin …

Create Your Own Abstract Art With This Interactive Kandinsky Painting

Wassily Kandinsky’s 1932 painting <i>Decisive Pink</i>, like much of the early abstract painter’s work, is fun to look at. The titular pink rectangle on the left contrasts with a bright yellow background, and is covered in mysterious squiggly lines, some resembling stick figures, envelopes or sailboats. …

This Extraordinary Artwork Was Made In The World’s Second Largest Refugee Camp. You Couldn’t See It Until Now.

Mahmoud al Hariri’s art has changed dramatically in the last few years. But so has his life. He doesn’t see the world in the same way he did before …

Artist fights drawings

A quirky cartoonist challenged his own creation to a fight — but he could only draw. Artist Alex Solis, 31, from Chicago, drew his …

Collage Artist Darrel Rees Shares His Top Tips

<i>Alexander Huls is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Esquire and other publications. This post was originally published on the Shutterstock blog and has been reprinted with permission.</i><p>There’s no better word for Darrel Rees‘ collages than “entrancing.” …

Best Free Apps of the Day on Feb 20. Calcbot, ZooKazam, Build and Play 3D Planes Special Edition, & More

Calcbot, the popular, beautiful calculator from Tapbots gets update, goes free. Build and Play 3D – Planes Special Edition gives your kids the chance …

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Insider Articles<p>Subscribe to our newsletter:<p>Wi-Fi is everywhere nowadays<p>Even on the walls...<p>by Anna B., 15 Sep 2015<p>They should consider one more …

Self-Refinement Through the Wisdom of the Ages: New Year’s Resolutions from Some of Humanity’s Greatest Minds

At the outset of each new year, humanity sets out to better itself as we resolve to eradicate our unhealthy habits and cultivate healthy ones. But while the most typical New Year’s resolutions tend to be about bodily health, the most meaningful ones aim at a deeper kind of health through the …

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