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Category Archive: Nature

Italian artist Floriano Buccigrossi

Painting by Italian artist Floriano Buccigrossi

Jaguar. Painting by Italian artist Floriano Buccigrossi

Italian artist Floriano Buccigrossi was born in Palo del Colle on 14 December 1970. He is a self-taught naturalist painter. From an early age he was a true nature lover. He was especially fascinated by animals. When he was 8, his parents gave him “book of animals and plants in their natural environment”. It was his first book. He recalls that he loved watching nature documentaries, in particular “the world of Quark”, and David Attenborough’s “the living planet”. When he had a chance he tried not to miss any TV documentary about nature, plants and animals and collected photographs from any magazine or newspaper that he could get.
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Still life with Poppies by Natalie Panga

Still life with Poppies by Natalie Panga

Beautiful Still life with Poppies by Natalie Panga

Still life with Poppies by Natalie Panga
The great events of life often leave one unmoved; they pass out of consciousness, and, when one thinks of them, become unreal. Even the scarlet flowers of passion seem to grow in the same meadow as the poppies of oblivion. Oscar Wilde
Natalie Panga is a talented self-taught photographer from the city of Rivna, Ukraine. Doctor therapist by education and profession, she appreciates and understands the value of life, capturing its beautiful moments. The wonderful artist as if transmits her beautiful inner world into photography. The main subject of her inspirational work – classic still life. Among variety of photo albums I offer to look at the series ‘Still life with Poppies’.
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Chinese straw art

Chinese straw art. Straw portrait of Colonel Gaddafi, Libyan revolutionary and politician

Colonel Gaddafi, Libyan revolutionary and politician. Chinese straw art

Traditionally, the straw art has been popular in East Asia, where the inhabitants cultivated a variety of cereals. And the attitude to rice grain was similar to European’s to wheat. In fact, the attitude was due to the belief in the divine power of grains and, in particular, straw. According to supported in China, Korea and Japan belief, straw symbolizes purity, glory, the sun’s energy, knowledge, abundance, happiness and fertility. Besides, in the myths rice is a gift of the gods.
Also, in China, the rice grains have been a symbol of protection from evil spirits. Noteworthy, in Bali there is the cult of the Mother of Rice – a figure of which were long (masculine) and short (feminine) sheaves of rice straw. It is an expression of faith of the peoples of Southeast Asia that stalks of rice, like humans, contain vital energy.
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Ice photo fantasy by Nikolai Fonarev

Ice photo fantasy by Nikolai Fonarev

Improvisation. Ice photo fantasy by Nikolai Fonarev

Ice photo fantasy by Nikolai Fonarev
Macro images of Moscow based photographer Nikolai Fonarev (known as NIK-3332008) reveal the beauty of Winter. Talented photographer sees in Winter Fantasy – the art of sculpture, jewelry designs, abstract paintings. The name of the great artist in all his pictures – Nature. Nikolai takes pictures of ice, snowflakes, icicles, patterns on frosty windows. The photographer titled his series of macro photographs “Vernisage of Snow Queen”. Traveling photographer Nikolai Fonarev is inspired by the beauty of nature in winter. The images are not processed in Photoshop, they are all natural photographed outside, in natural light at sunset. In some of them was used a specular reflection.
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Inventor of quartz painting Alexander Nartov

Inventor of quartz painting Alexander Nartov

Beautiful seascape. Inventor of quartz painting Alexander Nartov

Inventor of quartz painting Alexander Nartov
Many connoisseurs of unique things know and love Alexander Nartov’s quartz sand art. Who would have thought that an ordinary sand can be so interesting artistic material giving a space for imagination! Since for the creation of works the basic material has become quartz sand, then a new technology was called Quartz painting. In 2003, Russian artist Alexander Nartov received a patent for the technology. Since that time, he has created a large number of paintings from quartz sand in various genres: still life, landscape, abstraction and even portrait. Everything is possible!
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Fragile Herbarium Art

Fragile Herbarium Art. Herbarium collection of the Darwin Museum, Moscow

Beautiful red flowers, botanical drawing from the Herbarium collection of the Darwin Museum, Moscow. Fragile Herbarium Art

Fragile Herbarium Art
In fact, hand-made and modern technologies allow to permanently preserve the unique beauty of the plants, making them imperishable. They are able to fill the iving space of the house with positive energy. And one of the traditional styles of work with pressed flowers is the Herbarium Art. However, it differs from other floral collages by simple, natural location of the plant material. Besides, it allows to emphasize the beauty and uniqueness of certain plant species. Laconic and decorative, Herbaria can be widely used in interior design. The Herbarium Art, in fact, is a link between the botanical science and artistic pattern.
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Miniature Felted birds by Natalia Linkova

Titmouse. Miniature Felted birds by Natalia Linkova

Titmouse. Miniature Felted birds by Natalia Linkova (Asunta)

Miniature Felted birds by Natalia Linkova

Russian artist of applied art Natalia Linkova (Asunta) shows both – her artistic skills and good knowledge of ornithology. Natalia Linkova lives in the southern city of Feodosia, in Crimea. According to her, she has been creative since childhood. As the artist writes on her website “I have always remembered myself with materials for creative work in my hands – scraps, beads, paint, canvas, thread, and so on. And I am happy that now there are even more possibilities, materials and knowledge, and there is no limit for perfection! There is something to strive for, there is so much to learn! I love what I do! And I only do what I love!”.
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