via del.ico.us, gorgeous photography by Justine Cooper at Kayashya Hildegrand Gallery: Saved by Science, large-format photographs of selections from the vast scientific collections stored in the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Wow.
(Also, a note: We have two new OverAll pages, here and here. I especially like the last set, and especially the last tile of the last set. I have a beige/brown tint on these because I like the way it works with underlying color, but you can always desaturate to get rid of it.)
With over 200 pages, the geography here can become quite a maze, delightful to ramble through, but easy to become lost in. For a quick and dirty thumbnail gallery of its nearly 1,000 images, though, you can use google's image search of the site, to keep track of all the gems.Also note that many of the images are actually larger than they appear on the pages; if you are using Firefox or Mozilla, right-click on a picture and "view image" to see the larger size.
Rugged Art. Art rugs. Yum.
So sorry I've been missing, but I'm pretty busy these days. I did decide to take the opportunity of today's Blogliner, though, to link you up a bit. The challenge is to link to 10 sites, with the last letter in the title of the first site appearing as the first letter of the title in the next site (and so on). Here's my daisy chain:
I became fascinated with stripes recently, and made like, um... 30 different patterns? I picked out the ones I liked best to start off a possible "stripes series". I made these mostly in shades of brown and beige, but they colorize very, very easily (the text on the post page points out one that I quickly colored up with #669999 green). So, I was playing around with various techniques for creating the stripe patterns, and one of the things that I did that was kind of fun was to use an image output from a barcode generator as a starting point, just using the fill tool to color in the individual bars with hues from a given palette. The very best generator for doing this comes from Barcodes, Inc.. You can control the size and the resolution, and get your image in PNG or JPG. Perfect!
Also, go have a look at my latest page of Bloggrounds: 16 nice, small patterns in a color array I think of as "muted acid tones"; there's probably a real word describing this sort of palette, but I have no idea what it is.
And finally, here's one from the bookmarks (I haven't posted this already, have I?): "Wordworks" is an exhibition that includes "paintings, drawings, sculpture, and prints by 27 artists for whom words or text is a significant element in their work". An interesting idea with lots of possibilities.
Here's a pretty little Sunday package for you: a new background group I've called Saving Grace. You may be able to tell that I like this set by the fact that it appears I've made way too many of them. Yes, it's true. What I love about these patterns is that they have a very comforting "English countryside subdued-chintz wallpaper-and-upholstery" sort of feeling, but when you begin combining them, they can become wonderfully "kimono-combo". Here's an example square that sort of shows this idea, I think.
I'm so far behind on posting any of my bookmarks, but let me just grab a couple that I've visited recently: The Medieval Bestiary and a timeline of Flemish manuscript painting, then, exiting our time machine for a bit, the wonderful Picture Mechanics, a site featuring some of the best known contemporary illustrators. What's great here is that you get links to everybody's personal sites, so if you find someone you are crazy about, you can go see more. Calef Brown is one of my favorites, and so is Cathie Bleck.
All right, now I'm just being silly. Inspired by artist Hanoch Piven (mentioned yesterday), I decided to give myself the challenge of creating a scene using every object in the Ontological Museum Department of Objects, except for the three drawings at the end of the list. My self-imposed rules were that I could rotate the objects, but not reduce or enlarge them in relation to each other, and I had to use the whole object - and not just cut out a piece to use for an arm or a head, for example. I did pretty well with with this; I only cheated with the sun (from the nautical chart), and I used everything except the recipe booklet cover. Yet, that didn't go to waste, either, for I have named my masterpiece "60 Ways to Serve Ham".
Portrait artist Hanoch Piven is known for his whimsical style of drawing with objects (check out the wonderful caricatures on his site), and also for his interest in sharing his ideas about creativity with children. Have a look at the kids' gallery on his site, where he invites readers to submit children's pictures drawn with objects. Looks like a great rainy-day project to share with the kid in your life.
And, yes, we do have some new patterns today (actually, I have a pile, but today I managed to upload some...): winter wheat, which I like because they are nice for mixing and stacking. See some stacks here and here.
Happy Sunday, bunnies. I have three new pattern sets for you - 11 designs altogether, here, here and here, and I've thrown one of each of them into a brand new example box that I think looks pretty sweet (and yes, it's all CSS!).
I also wanted to point you at a rather amazing site that I stumbled across: The Art Millennium has "more than 15,000 pictures and overviews of about 1000 artists" put together in various interesting ways, along with other information, like a dictionary, glossary and history of art. Looking at the site map will give you some idea of all the nooks and crannies here, and it is sort of labyrinthine. Don't go in expecting a superefficient whip-it-out database, this is really better approached as surprise invitation to an exploration of a hidden-away, private museum where you can wander the halls at will, peeking into any of the rooms that interest you. I was just waiting for someone to offer me a cup of tea at the end.
Go have a look at the fabulous block print illustrations of Walter Anderson (1903 - 1965), an artist who was born in New Orleans and lived in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. When I lived in New Orleans I travelled to Ocean Springs to visit the Walter Anderson Museum and Shearwater Pottery, the outlet for the work of the three Anderson brothers, where I bought several wondrous items - only two of which have survived the years and helterskelter moves that have passed since then. The whole Walter Anderson site (with even more artwork) starts here.
And on our menu today, the blue plate special is Cloudsign, a group of three nice patterns that actually share exactly the same design, but with different, interesting shading variations. I think these are fun to stack together, and I've made an example square that doesn't do anything but show how the tiles sort of "nest" together. And guess what - instead of just making a big ole .gif to show the example, I finally took the two minutes to set it up in CSS. From now on, I'm going to try to present most of the example squares this way. So, if you count this, in addition to the fact that all my dishes are washed and all my clothes laundered at the moment, it proves I'm not a total slug, right? ...Right?