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This Algorithm Writes Fake Artist Statements That Sound Real

You walk into a gallery and see a video installation on the wall. It’s called <i>Movement</i>, but you have no idea why. You look to the small plaque on the wall for an explanation, and read the following: “That ontology can in turn only be interpreted adequately under the guidance of the meaning of …

Martin Heidegger

How Music Helps Us Be More Creative

In today’s world, creative thinking is needed more than ever. Not only do many businesses seek creative minds to fill their ranks, but the kinds of …

Creativity

How to Colorize a Photo Using Curves in Photoshop

Adding color to a black and white photo is one of the most fun things you can do in Photoshop. Not only that but it is surprisingly straightforward, …

Photography

The 5 Simple Habits of Highly Creative People

Many people think creative is a mystery- the simple reality is it is more about consistent habits.<p>I teach and write about creativity, and often when doing training on creativity, I hear this statement. "I am just not creative." If someone continually says (out loud and to themselves) that they are …

Creativity

Artist Embroiders Portraits and Each Strand of Thread Looks Like a Brushstroke of Paint

Inspired by the works of the old masters, Russia-based artist Maria Vasilyeva creates accessories and panels that evoke the style and fine workmanship of the Renaissance. Vasilyeva’s purses, pendants, and brooches feature embroidered portraits, with each stitch appearing to resemble a paint stroke, …

Artists

The Easiest & Cheapest DIY Art Project (Using Your Phone)

When it comes to making your own art, there is no shortage of project ideas. If you have artistic tendencies, you can likely take any idea or …

Crafting

Unravelling Ropes Into Fractal-Like Patterns

In an ongoing series of artworks entitled ‘<i>Ciclotramas</i>‘, Brazilian artist Janaina Mello Landini unravels ropes into incredible fractal patterns that …

Brazil

New Paper & Textiles Wildlife Sculptures by Kate Kato | Colossal

<p>Botanical paper artist Kate Kato (previously) continues to use found and recycled paper to build intricate natural dioramas. A buzzing hive of bees …

Artists

You Gotta See the Before Pic to Really Appreciate This Mural

Artwork by CitéCréation At 40 Boulevard des Canuts in Lyon, France you will find this incredible trompe-l’œil mural by the French artist collective, …

Google Street View

A 6-Step Demo: Painting a Background for a Portrait or Still Life

Whether it's a still life or a portrait of a person or pet, having a relatively simple or uncluttered background allows the focus to fall entirely on …

Portrait Photography

How To Be Disciplined About Your Creative Projects

When I was in a creative writing MFA program, every time a visiting author came to campus to speak to us one student inevitably asked during the Q&A, …

Creativity

NASA’s 24 Most Stunning Photos Of The Solar System

The Planets contains the best and most significant NASA photos of our solar system neighbors.<p>I love the Solar System, the little neighborhood of our tiny pale blue dot. I dream about how human exploration might shape it–from floating colonies on Venus to magnificent cities under the surface of Mars …

NASA

Exhibition brings Van Gogh to life

There are paintings by Vincent Van Gogh, but this is no ordinary exhibition. Visitors to Van Gogh Alive in Athens are surrounded by a symphony of light, colour and sound. And his masterpieces come to life as they experience the sensation of walking directly into the paintings.<p>The Van Gogh Alive …

Vincent Van Gogh

Restoration Of A Centuries-Old Oil Painting Will Blow Your Mind

In a matter of minutes, the piece is radically transformed.<p>Centuries-old varnish disappears from an oil painting in a matter of minutes in two videos of a restoration that are going viral.<p>British art dealer and historian Philip Mould shared astonishing footage of the partial transformation of a …

Viral

Breaking Further With Its Secluded Past, the Barnes Foundation Makes Half Its Art Collection Available Online

Art World<p>A museum that didn't reproduce its collection in color until the 1990s enters the digital age.<p>,<p>The art collection at Philadelphia’s Barnes …

Art

How to find inspiration and get those creative juices flowing

Photographer Ed Verosky admits in the opening line of this video that he’s not a creative genius. But then, very few of us are. Just coming up with …

Creativity

500 Years of Drawing at the Met Reveals Roots of Modernism

Giorgio Vasari (1511–1574) was literally a Renaissance Man. Born in Arezzo, Italy, he was a successful painter and architect who bequeathed to …

Art

Qiu Yang uses scientific photography to reveal mechanical stress

At first glance, <i>Internal Stress</i> by Beijing-born, Amsterdam-based Qiu Yang appears to be the work of some clever digital manipulation, however, the …

Engineering

Is Your Phone An Enemy To Creativity?

<b>Unplugging is a hot trend among creatives. A US rapper Kanye West famously tweeted that he got rid of his smartphone to have "air to create". British</b> …

Creativity

PET-Art, Wonderful Sculptures Created Out of Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate Drink Bottles

Czech artist Veronika Richterová creates absolutely wonderful sculptures that are crafted out of recycled PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) drinking …

Sculpture

These dreamy crystal-inspired puzzles are perfect for unplugging with friends

Hygge season is finally in full swing, folks! Now that you’re replacing all your alfresco activities with ones you can accomplish indoors (and …

Miranda Kerr

Where Damaged Art Goes When It’s Deemed a ‘Total Loss’

A second life for wrecked artworks that once languished in insurance warehouses.<p>After someone accidentally dropped Jeff Koons’s <i>Red Balloon Dog</i> in …

Art

25 Million Images From 14 Art Institutions to Be Digitized & Put Online In One Huge Scholarly Archive

Digital art archives, says Thomas Gaehtgens, director of the Getty Research Institute, are “Sleeping Beauties, and they are waiting to be discovered …

Museums

Colorful Embroidery Breathes New Life into Portraits of Cultural Icons

Mexico-based textile artist Victoria Villasana applies colorful embroidery designs to vintage black and white photographs of cultural icons. Inspired by world culture and the human spirit, Villasana explores “how people relate to each other in a fragmented, post-digital world.”<p>From feminist heroins …

Art

What pencils do the world’s greatest creatives use, and why? The Secret Life of the Pencil finds out

From Quentin Blake’s black watercolour pencil to the primitive red pencil David Bailey relies upon, the stories behind great creatives’ tools are an …

Illustration

Believe Me When I Tell You These Little-Known Facts About Color Are Fascinating

Who knew the Dutch were responsible for the prevalence of orange carrots?

Art History

How Artists Barter to Pay the Bills

It’s famously hard for artists to pay the bills with income from their work. But some have found a way to do it without having to sell a single piece.<p>These artists are finding that they can make ends meet by trading their creations for services or items they need, from medical treatments to rent. …

Money

Creative side hustles can put some extra cash in your pocket

Couldn’t we all use a bit more money?<p>Chris Guillebeau, host of the popular Side Hustle School podcast (from iTunes), is passionate about helping …

New York Times

The Radical Paintings of Laura Owens

Since childhood, she has grounded her life in being an artist. Along the way, she’s forged new directions for her medium.<p>Serious but friendly, a woman who rarely jokes but readily laughs, the Los Angeles artist Laura Owens, forty-seven years old, was pleasantly dishevelled in mom attire: shirt, …

Art