Art Kaleidoscope

Between art and craft

Nikolai Svyatitsky Photomosaic portraits

Maya Plisetskaya. Nikolai Svyatitsky Photomosaic portrait

Brilliant dancer Maya Plisetskaya. Nikolai Svyatitsky Photomosaic portraits

Maya Plisetskaya – a brilliant dancer, the whole epoch of the Soviet ballet. Photo mosaic Portrait assembled from 312 photos (1800 items) of the ballerina, her husband – composer Rodion Shchedrin, her partners – Nikolai Fadeyechev and Maris Liepa, her family and fans.
Moscow based artist Nikolai Svyatitsky – works in the technique of Photomosaic. He creates mosaic portraits of famous people, as well as ordinary people, working on commission. Nikolai doesn’t use Photoshop, and his art is not a computer-created type of montage (it would be too simple and uninteresting). He builds a mosaic of elements as a puzzle, that has been divided into tiled sections, each of which is replaced with another photograph that matches the target photo.
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Fine Embroidery art by Maria Vasilyeva

Fine Embroidery art by Maria Vasilyeva

Beatrice d’Este. Fine Embroidery art by Maria Vasilyeva

Handbag made of Italian velvet, color of cranberry juice. Decorated with a portrait of Beatrice d’Este, the lawful wife of Ludovico Sforza, work of Renaissance painter Giovanni Ambrogio de Predis (c. 1455 – c. 1508), about 1490. Fine Embroidery art by Maria Vasilyeva. Maria Vasilyeva is an artist by training, but once completed courses in embroidery and work with textiles in all its forms fascinates her the most. Marina is engaged in various kinds of arts and crafts using natural knowledge and skills in the field of art. The artist works in the technique of batik, beading, felting, embroidery, knitting, tapestry, design, painting, weaving, graphics. Maria is a talented master, whose fine workmanship and artistic taste is comparable with the old masters. Maria’s creations have a soul, which she puts into each of her creation, whether it is a purse, a brooch, or a panel. Maria lives and works in the northern capital of Russia – St. Petersburg.
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Agnes Herczeg macrame painting

Agnes Herczeg macrame painting

Stunning textile work. Agnes Herczeg macrame painting

Agnes Herczeg macrame painting
Hungarian textile artist Agnes Herczeg was born in the town of Kecskemét. She graduated from the Hungarian University of Fine Arts in 1997. While studying, she has learned many traditional handicraft techniques, from embroidery and lace-making to macramé, and weaving. Creating her works, Agnes uses only with natural materials – tree branches, roots, fruits, seeds, yarns, threads, textiles, which supplement in a single composition. They seem imbued with rays of light, their stories are unusual, the embodiment of elegance and harmony. Combining innovative techniques with traditional handicraft, Agnes has created one-of-a-kind art gallery consisting of lace and ceramic, lace and wood, lace and coconut shell masterpieces. Lace-making is an extremely time consuming occupation; and it takes Agnes several days just to complete a small piece.
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Snow painting by Semyon Bukharin

Snow painting by Semyon Bukharin

Snow painting by Semyon Bukharin, Izhevsk, Russia

Early in the morning, when school children are still sleeping, school janitor Semyon Bukharin takes a shovel and a broom and starts cleaning the school yard from the new-fallen snow. The result is impressive. The school yard of Izhevsk lyceum # 27 looks like an art gallery with a new art installation. A true artist, who has lived in Semyon since childhood, and his creative nature have made the process of snow cleaning an art. His thankful fans – students of the lyceum have created an account on Instagram where they share his creativity with the whole world. Snow painting by Semyon Bukharin has made him an Instagram star. It’s a pity these beautiful paintings created on a fresh snow disappear in some hours. Semyon states that the drawings look best in the moonlight, when you can see the penumbra. From snow and ice Semyon also makes sculptures
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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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