Art Kaleidoscope

Between art and craft

Landscape Painter Joe Francis Dowden

Bosham - December 2007. Landscape Painter Joe Francis Dowden

Bosham – December 2007. Landscape Painter Joe Francis Dowden

English Landscape Painter Joe Francis Dowden paints hyper-realistic watercolors. And he believes that it is the power of everyone. The secret of skill of the artist is simple: he has thrown out textbooks on watercolor for long, and began to walk in the forest, noticing and watching every detail of the future landscape. Joe Francis Dowden has exhibited his Landscape and Seascape watercolors mostly in Great Britain – the Sunday Times Exhibition, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolor, Laing Art Exhibition, Chichester Open, Barings ING – Platform 100, World of Drawings and Watercolors, British Modern Masters, Royal Society of Marine Artists.
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Painting cats Maria Emelyanova

Painting cats Maria Emelyanova

Realistic portrait of brown and gray pet cat. Painting cats Maria Emelyanova, Moscow based artist

Painting cats Maria Emelyanova
Born in April 1977 Russian artist Maria Emelyanova lives and works in Moscow. She started drawing at the age of 6, when her parents brought her to the local art school. After graduating from the art school, which she has visited over 9 years, she took up painting professionally. Painting in the genre os realism, her preferred subject of painting is Animals – fish, birds, cats, dogs, lizards, and horses. In 2008, the artist participated in the group exhibition in Manege (Moscow), in the framework of the II Moscow International Art Festival “Traditions and Modernity”. Also in 2008, she had a solo exhibition in the Central House of Entrepreneurs (Moscow). From 2009 to the present her art works decorate various galleries of Moscow.
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Realistic wooden sculptures by Tom Eckert

Realistic wooden sculptures by Tom Eckert

Looking as a white bedsheet. Realistic wooden sculptures by Tom Eckert

Incredibly realistic wooden sculptures by Tom Eckert resemble paintings of Renaissance masters. Have you ever seen a floating book, or floating cards, or even a floating rock, or just a magic made of wood? Genius of sculpture, Art professor Tom Eckert from Arizona State University carves hyper-realistic sculptures – fabrics that look silky smooth to the touch, and fruit that look ripe for eating. And all these sculptures he made entirely out of wood. The professor carves, turns, bends and laminates wood to look like fabrics, glass, stone and fruit. Then, he applies waterborne lacquer paint with spray guns and brushes. According to the master, the woods he prefers working with are basswood, linden and lime-wood, because they are good and stable for carving and painting. In addition, the professor explained that coming from a painting and drawing background, he is still interested in applying some of those techniques to his sculptures.
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Private Moon installation by Leonid Tishkov

Private Moon installation by Leonid Tishkov

New Zealand, at Rangitoto Island volcano, 2010. Private Moon installation by Leonid Tishkov

Private Moon installation by Leonid Tishkov
In our childhood many of us dreamed to reach out and touch the moon. And many of us watched movies in which the hero gives or promises to give a star to his beloved. Besides, many of us believe in magic and make a wish at a falling star. What would be your reaction if you were given the opportunity to get the real moon from the sky and touch it? Meanwhile, Russian artist Leonid Tishkov can make your dream come true. His project “Private Moon” is an installation inspired by the most romantic thoughts and fantasies. Thus, Private Moon tells the story of a man who met the Moon and stayed with it for the rest of his life. In a series of intimate photographs, the Moon helps the artist to overcome loneliness in the universe. Interestingly, Tishkov and his illuminated moon have traveled the world for more than ten years, from Austria to Arctic. However, no one knows where it will be the next time, on the roof of Parisian house, or with you under a blanket.
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Food art by Nathan Wyburn

Food art by Nathan Wyburn

Judy Garland Rainbow Drops. Inspired by her iconic role in the classic movie The Wizard of Oz and the song ‘Somewhere over the rainbow’. Food art by Nathan Wyburn

Food art by Nathan Wyburn
First of all, you won’t find watercolors, pastels or oils in portraits created by 25-year-old Nathan Wyburn. Whether Twiggy crafted out of Twiglets, Michael McIntyre with Marmite, or Rowan Atkinson from baked beans, his celebrity portraits combine the pop-art sensibilities of Andy Warhol with non-traditional materials, creating art which is refreshing and unique. Nathan Wyburn is a Welsh Fine Art graduate who specializes mostly in creating iconic celebrity portraits and ‘Pop culture’ imagery with non-traditional mediums. In particular, food, such as Marmite on Toast, Sauces, Sugar, Chocolate, Beans, Pizza, Sweets, and etc. Besides, he uses other everyday items, such as Newspaper cut outs, Soil, Candles, Toothpaste, Fake tan, Motor Oil, etc.
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Marc Chagall Stained Glass windows

Marc Chagall Stained glass windows

Marc Chagall Stained Glass windows

Marc Chagall Stained Glass windows
Noteworthy, Chagall lived for nearly one hundred years, and 80 of which he had spent creating a fantastic world full of biblical legends, people and things around him. It is a story interspersed with reality, past and present. Chagall charmed all with his beautiful poetic works, soft and fabulous images. Meanwhile, since the late 1950s, Chagall has made a lot of stained-glass windows for Catholic churches, Lutheran churches, synagogues and other public buildings in France, Italy, USA, Israel, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
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Realistic flowers knitted by Tatyana Yanishevsky

Tiger Lily, 2011. Realistic flowers knitted by Tatyana Yanishevsky

Tiger Lily, 2011. Realistic flowers knitted by Tatyana Yanishevsky

Realistic flowers knitted by Tatyana Yanishevsky
First of all, such realism is the result of the deep knowledge of the subject. According to Tatyana Yanishevsky, she taught herself how to knit, dissected flowers and studied their anatomy in textbooks and greenhouses. She explains it like that: “It was a knitting challenge to create those forms, to have them be three-dimensional and puffed out where they needed to be”. Born in the Soviet Union, talented self-taught American artist Tatyana Yanishevsky is the Biologist by education (Brown University). Of course, this helps her reproduce anatomically correct botanical forms in yarn, in her studio in Providence, RI. And her featured artwork “The Knit Garden” includes hand-knitted flowers and plants, created in a variety of fibers, colors, and stitches. Meanwhile, the incredible reality of knitted plants is seen in various organs and every detail of the plant. Besides, the knitting process, stitch by stitch, conceptually mimics plant growth. Her sculptures vary in scale and range in form and style from realistic to abstraction.
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