Art Kaleidoscope

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Landscape painter Ford Smith

Drops of Nature

Drops of Nature. Landscape painter Ford Smith

American landscape painter Ford Smith was born and raised in Japan. His father was an Air Force serviceman based in Japanese village. He started painting at an early age under the guidance of an elderly Japanese painter. Some years later the future artist’s family moved back to the United States. Ford Smith studied painting at the University of Mississippi. After graduation he became interested in photography. In the late 70’s and 80’s Atlanta he was a well-known fashion photographer. Smith realized his natural talent for painting in the 90’s. His sense of nature – startling color combinations and mesmerizing horizons, featuring the optimistic philosophy of life and Asian aesthetic developed in his childhood. Despite his photography background, Ford Smith never paints from a photograph.
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Metal junk sculptures by Andrey K

Birthday feast. Metal junk sculptures by Andrey K

Birthday feast. Metal junk sculptures by Andrey K

Metal junk sculpture by Andrey K is only a part of a large art collection created by him. Amazingly talented and creative artist Andrey K (b. 1972) lives in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, the far East of Russia. He works as an electrician of communications. However, the soul of an artist finds a way out after work in his spare time. Meanwhile, Andrew K. is talented in everything he does – photography, sculpture, mosaic, and decorative work. Endowed by god artist sees inspiration in everything. And what happiness it is, when a person has a non-standard view of the world. Undoubtedly, the gallery of his work is worthy of an art exhibition of high level, but Andrew does not even have a website to show his work to the world.
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Hologram painting by Uttaporn Nimmalaikaew

Hologram painting by Uttaporn Nimmalaikaew, innovative artist from Thailand

An angel. Hologram painting by Uttaporn Nimmalaikaew, innovative artist from Thailand

Hologram painting by Uttaporn Nimmalaikaew
Thailand based young mixed media artist Uttaporn Nimmalaikaew has come up with a completely new technology to create three-dimensional images. In particular, the paintings look like a hologram but in fact, it is a painting on 5 layers of netting. Noteworthy, used for artistic purposes, this technology can encourage scientists to new inventions in the future.
Meanwhile, in order to create a portrait, alongside with oils the artist uses several layers of transparent fabric, strings, woods, mesh and thread. Due to the fact that the image is on several layers of fabric, depending on the angle of view, it looks as if alive.
Uttaporn Nimmalaikaew has won numerous awards from international art sphere and has just received the title “Artist of Distinction” from the National Exhibition of Art.
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Johan Laurentz Jensen Flower painting

Johan Laurentz Jensen Flower painting

Beautiful still life with flowers and a bird. Johan Laurentz Jensen Flower painting

Johan Laurentz Jensen Flower painting
Talented Danish artist Johan Laurentz Jensen (8 March 1800 – 26 March 1856) specialized in painting flowers. His floral arrangements have decorative and symbolic value. Flowers bouquets by Jensen are usually located in a vase standing on a tray. Dark neutral background helped to emphasize the colorful tones. Roses were often the main subject, sometimes depicted with other exotic flowers and fruits, sometimes even birds. Jensen mastered the art of transmitting the beauty of nature. His paintings are characterized by richness in color and variety. Some of them depict flowers lying on a table or in a basket, perhaps strung together in a wreath.
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Russian landscape painter Ivan Shishkin

Russian landscape painter Ivan Shishkin. In the northern wilderness, 1891. On the poem by Mikhail Lermontov 'Pine'. Kiev Museum of Russian Art

“In the northern wilderness”, 1891. Russian landscape painter Ivan Shishkin. Kiev Museum of Russian Art

Russian landscape painter Ivan Shishkin
Inspired by the poem of Mikhail Lermontov ‘Pine’ (1841), Russian artist Ivan Shishkin created his painting “In the northern wilderness” in 1891. Here is my translation of the poem:

In the northern wilderness stands alone
On the bare top of a mountain – a pine,
Asleep, it’s swaying, and loosing snow
In which it dressed like in mantle.

And it dreams of that far away desert,
In the region where the sun rises,
One and sad on the hot cliff
Beautiful palm tree grows.

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Black and white watercolors by Elicia Edijanto

One Day In The Elephant Village. Black and white watercolors by Elicia Edijanto

One Day In The Elephant Village. Relationship between children and animals. Black and white watercolors by Elicia Edijanto

Black and white watercolors by Elicia Edijanto
Indonesian artist Edijanto has created a collection of deeply nostalgic watercolors. Her paintings depict touching stories between children and animals. A special relationship of the child and the animal in black and white colors. Calm, expressive works make you think about the more important things in our lives. Young and talented artist Edijanto studied at Mahatma Gandhi School. Then she graduated from Tarumanagara University. She is currently living in her native Jakarta.
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Felted animals by Elena Fedoryak

Felted animals by Elena Fedoryak

Adorable kittens. Felted animals by Elena Fedoryak

Felted animals by Elena Fedoryak
Kharkov based artist Elena Fedoryak – the master reviving wool. She creates toys that can win the hearts of viewers. Realistic felted animals by Elena Fedoryak surprise with the naturalness and high skill of execution. According to Elena, for some reason, she can not perceive them as mere toys. She even believes that they are born, and she only helped them a little. Meanwhile, about felting Elena learned five years ago, quite accidentally, as she says, stumbled on the Internet. Seeing the images of felted toys, she realized that she was “hooked”.
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