“Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.”
Squirrel Bonanza today, plus a couple of birdies AND some foxes. What more could you ask for?
Finnish photographer Konsta Punnka calls himself the ‘squirrel whisperer’ and it’s not hard to see why. This young creative is able to take close-up pictures of squirrels, birds and even foxes, all feeding from his hand. The 21-year-old is usually able to capture the animals close to his home, but travels further for the photos of foxes.
In my scrolling about the inter webs I found this article over on Empty Easel that is certainly with reading They have three reasons for maintaining a studio away from home and I so agree- after 30 years of working at home, and now 5 in my studio I have noticed such a difference. I'll feature a new point for three days starting now. Read on:
One of the things that many people do not understand about art,especially in terms of turning it into a living wage—is that just because it can be done anywhere doesn’t mean it should be done anywhere.It is actually incredibly important (and not just for tax purposes) to have a separate space that is just for your art. Here’s why:
1. You’ll have a better work-life balance
Even when we love creating art, it is important to create specific and distinct boundaries that separate our work from our lives. Without those boundaries, it is way to easy to convince ourselves to just “get a little bit of work done” while we are supposed to be doing other things like spending time with our families or sleeping.
Bringing the tablet to bed to do a little sketching or taking the laptop out in the yard to work on your invoices while the kids play is a slippery slope that leads straight into working all the time and, eventually, burning out. And, one of the best ways to reinforce the boundaries in your work-life balance is to literally separate the two.
This is particularly helpful for your kids and your friends. When you have a separate art space, they are more likely to respect the seriousness of your work and your art than they would if you regularly worked from the couch. You are interruptible when you work at the kitchen table, but not when you are in your studio.
In Portugal’s capital city, a local artist is using garbage to make people think. Arturo “Bordalo II” uses discarded auto parts, scrap metal, and garbage to create colorful, larger-than-life 3D murals of animals. The animals represent the habitats humans have destroyed in their accumulation and discarding of stuff. He wants to raise the awareness of the way humans are destroying the environment and polluting the Earth. Bordalo II creates animals that have suffered a loss due to destruction by humans.
Minneapolis-based street artist Hot Tea, recently completed work on a new project at the Manhattan Park Pool on New York's Roosevelt Island. Inspired by his color field installations that take up both private and public spaces, the artist used 120 gallons of paint to create vibrantly luminous gradients in the area around the pool. The private commission called "Asylum," was commissioned by design firm K&CO and Plisken Architecture and will be open all summer for pool visitors. "I entitled this piece 'Asylum' because the act of creating it pushed my mental and physical endurance so far that I wasn’t sure I could complete the task,” he says of the project.
The check is in the mail...