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Iris symbolism and painting

Iris symbolism and painting

Iris symbolism and painting. Iris Staten Island, Sable Night, Floral drawing by Australian painter Paul Jones (1921-1997)

Iris symbolism and painting. Iris got its name from the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, and was named in honor of the Greek goddess Iris, the patron saint of the rainbow, which descended from Olympus to the people in the seven-colored robe. Iris was known to the people for a very long time. The unusual structure of the flower makes it very attractive for artists. Iris inspired artists since the most ancient times: on the island of Crete the mural, located on the wall of the palace of Knossos, shows a priest, surrounded by blooming irises. The 4,000 year-old fresco of iris was found on Crete among the paintings of Knossos palace, built at the end of the III millennium BC. Iris adorned the arms of the city of Florence. The Romans named the town, surrounded by plantations of white iris, Florence, meaning “blossoming.”
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Hsiao Lin Lee watercolor painting

Hsiao Lin Lee watercolor

Bunch of grapes. Hsiao Lin Lee watercolor painting

Hsiao Lin Lee watercolor painting
“A very valuable gift of life God has given me, I will cherish his gift and make an effort to develop it,” – says of her talent artist from China Hsiao-Lin Lee. Since childhood, she has been involved in music, and then began to depict it in watercolors. The author states that in each of her drawing is encrypted musical rhythm, and an attentive viewer can open and hear it. Chinese artist Hsiao Lin Lee has a degree in Fine Arts and Music the class of piano, and also graduated from Teachers College. A brilliant educator, and mother for two daughters, she teaches classes for children and adults, trying to teach them classic painting, revealing the abilities that are inherent in every human being by nature.
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Owl illustrations by Patricia Ferrer

Owl illustrations by Patricia Ferrer

Left – Asian brown wood-owl (Strix leptogrammica); right – Pearl-spotted owlet (Glaucidium perlatum). Owl illustrations by Patricia Ferrer

Owl illustrations by Patricia Ferrer can be a good teaching material for studying biology and ornithology in particular. Scientific illustrator Patricia Ferrer Beals has been working on medical, science and botanical illustration for more than two decades. While creating her scientific bird illustrations, she uses such media as pen and ink, gouache, watercolor, acrylic and oil. Her detailed scientifically correct original drawings of birds adorn world famous animal life encyclopedias, publications, advertising, museums, and private collections. Patricia Ferrer Beals currently teaches Art & Design and gives lectures at the University of Michigan. Patricia is a Professional Member of the Association of Medical Illustrators. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her husband and 3 children.
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Pencil drawing by Ekaterina Putyatina

Pencil portrait, drawn on a photo. It took the artist 3 days to draw it

Portrait on a photo. Pencil drawing by Ekaterina Putyatina

Pencil drawing by Ekaterina Putyatina
The talented young artist from the Ukrainian city of Berdyansk (Zaporozhie region) Ekaterina Putyatina (born 5 February, 1991) draws beautiful realistic portraits, and still lifes with ordinary colored pencils. Ekaterina – a freelance artist and works on commission, that is, she gets orders in her group on social site vkontakte. Besides, she enjoys a lot of enthusiastic comments from her admirers, which she receives every time they see a new art work. Indeed, there is hardly anyone who would not like her realistic pencil portraits beautifully drawn by Ekaterina. According to the artist, some of her drawings take several hours, but some drawings can take several days.
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Haunted paintings by Stephen Mackey

Haunted paintings by Stephen Mackey

A bride with a skeleton. Haunted paintings by Stephen Mackey

Haunted paintings by Stephen Mackey
British fine artist Stephen Mackey lives and works in Manchester, England. His exquisite paintings and drawings, filled with symbolic magic, mist, whimsical look extra creepy. The kids living in the world of haunted objects, ghosts, cats, and bats, seem to be something extra creepy, reminding us about haunted paintings. The bohemian self-taught artist is incredibly talented, able to tell the whole story with just one painting. Stephen is an internationally recognized artist, working with Lip International since 1989 and collaborating with such companies as Ikea and Habitat. He was published by Paperchase in the UK and for the Terrance Higgins Trust. His work was sold to Harrods, Selfridges and other exclusive stores, including American companies Barnes & Noble, Pier 1, Urban Outfitters, Borders and the Nature Company. Stephen’s cards calendars, notebooks, prints, were sold in 50 countries worldwide.
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Snow Windows by Tom Baker

Snow Windows by Tom Baker

Christmas joy in spray painting on windows. Snow Windows by Tom Baker, English artist

Snow Windows by Tom Baker
English artist Tom Baker creates detailed snowy scenes on window panes using just snow spray and a dry paintbrush. Inspired by winter and Christmas spirit 36-year-old Tom Baker from Berkshire has set up a business called Snow Windows. He has got a lot of requests from locals asking him to decorate the windows of shops and houses with winter scenes. His unusual technique started with the idea when he sprayed an entire window and grabbed a brush to draw a wintry scene in the white spray. Tom creates different layers with the spray and then removes parts to form silhouettes. Most of his images include vintage scenery – village landscapes with cottages, old cars, horses and carts and street lights glowing in the snowy night.
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Pierrot and Harlequin eternal conflict

Pierrot and Harlequin eternal conflict

Mardi Gras. Pierrot and Harlequin eternal conflict. 1888-1890 Painting by Paul Cezanne

Pierrot and Harlequin eternal conflict

Pierrot et Arlequin, or “Mardi Gras” – the picture painted in 1888-1890 by French artist Paul Cezanne (1839-1906). It belongs to the State Museum of Fine Arts Pushkin in Moscow, located in the gallery of art of Europe and America, XIX-XX centuries. The constant conflict between two temperaments – Piero (Italian version – Pedrolino) and Harlequin, traditional characters of Italian commedia dell’arte. As for models, for Cezanne posed his son Paul and his friend Louis Guillaume. Cezanne paints arrogance and cynicism of a quirky and cheerful Harlequin and insincerity of shy and secretive Piero. It seems that dreamy Pierrot is thinking about something else, but if you look closely, you can see how he secretly wants to push Harlequin.
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