Featured Blog Posts – January 2012 Archive (236)

Top 6 Apps to Improve Your Overall Health



It's a new year, which means a new start, right? Today, for our "tips" post, we've collected six awesome apps that were designed for fresh starts. With just a little bit of motivation, you can learn more about what you're eating before you take that first bite or get in shape by tracking all of your daily activity. Not only can these apps help you lose weight or firm…

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Added by alice on January 3, 2012 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

The Masterpiece on NYC's Highline

As I walked across New York City's famous High Line for the first time a couple years ago, I was stopped in my tracks by an extraordinary artwork that immediately caught my eye. After admiring it for a few minutes, I never really thought I'd come across it again.

As I was…

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Added by Eugene on January 2, 2012 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Capturing the Heart of China



From the other side of the world, it's rather difficult to define China and its people accurately. It's easy to make assumptions based on the political standings of a nation, but it would also be a lazy and faulty presumption. Shanghai-born photographer Shen Wei decided to embark on his own personal project entitled Chinese Sentiment, as he says, "to reconnect with the authentic…

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Added by Pinar on January 2, 2012 at 3:23pm — 1 Comment

Simple yet Wildly Effective Illusions



How does one create an illusion without fancy editing tools? Photographer Lukasz Wierzbowski manages to produce engaging illusionary images without the use of post editing programs like Photoshop. His photos are the kind that make you do a double-take. At first, they look like cool, manufactured optical tricks. However, upon second glance, the images are clearly just clever images…

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Added by Pinar on January 2, 2012 at 3:19pm — 2 Comments

Iconic Photo Recreated with 5,500 Plastic Toy Soldiers



Made by artist Joe Black, Made in China is an impressive piece rendered out of 5,500 plastic toy soldiers. It depicts the portrait of a young Chinese solider taken for the cover of LIFE magazine in 1938 on the story of the Sino Japanese War. To create a pointillism effect, each tiny replica is placed with a great attention to detail then spray painted their…

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Added by Jacob Paul Wiegmann on January 2, 2012 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Celebrating 2012 Around the World

As the new year steadily approached, many of us counted down with those closest to us. People from all over the world reminisced about the past year, while also having high hopes about the upcoming one. From Beijing to Moscow, Beirut to Paris, and London to New York, parties, fireworks and festivals welcomed 2012, the Year of the Dragon in the Chinese Lunar Calendar. In Focus… Continue

Added by Eugene on January 2, 2012 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Three-Dimensional Boxed Constructions



England-based artist Alexander Korzer-Robinson creates fantastic and imaginative scenes all using paper. Much like his series of cut books, the Boxed Constructions pieces are very similar in style but allow for more creativity with the arrangement of…

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Added by Jacob Paul Wiegmann on January 2, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

Cape Town's Heavenly Spa Home



Designed by Cape Town-based Metropolis Design, the Spa House is a breathtaking home that features a unique and clean design. Built on the side of a mountain, it offers incredible views of the surrounding landscape. An underwater spa can be found inside the building and features large windows that look out into the pool.

The guest room hovers over the pool and has a large glass window…

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Added by Jacob Paul Wiegmann on January 2, 2012 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Delicious Lego Donut



Artist Bruce Lowell recently created a very scrumptious looking piece of Lego art! It's a Lego donut, made using four 90° curves. Doesn't it look good enough to eat? Love the little sprinkles.

"This is the third of a few MOCs expanding upon the idea of the Lowell Sphere," he says. "See also:…

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Added by alice on January 2, 2012 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Pic of the Day: A Fresh Start



It's just the beginning. Louis Lander-Deacon has just started a joint 365 project with fellow photographer Charlotte Rutherford. This colored smoke filled shot is his first of 183 photos this year (he's doing 1/2 of 365 or…

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Added by alice on January 2, 2012 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Richard Shilling's Lovely Land Art



4 Colour Sun Wheel

Using only natural materials gathered near where his sculptures are made, artist Richard Shilling creates some of the loveliest land art we've ever seen. Due to the uncontrollable weather, Shilling sometimes only has a few minutes to capture his creations before they're swept away by the wind. It's within this short period of time…

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Added by alice on January 2, 2012 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

How Do You Stay Creative?

While in 2010 we asked our artists and photographer what general advice they'd give to others, in 2011 we decided to focus on in a more specific question. Inspired by a list we came across…

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Added by alice on January 1, 2012 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

Art of the Day: Ringing in 2012



Here's to hoping that you rang in 2012 like this guy. Boy does he look happy and content.

Art by Ronald Searle.

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Added by alice on January 1, 2012 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Realistic Paintings of Innocence Inspired by WWII

After both of his grandfathers passed away in 2010, mere months apart, artist Michael Peck decided to look into their little-known history as men who served in World War II. The Melbourne-based painter uses his signature monochromatic palette to create realistic oil paintings on linen of children playing with WWII equipment. The series entitled The Landing explores Peck's…

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Added by Pinar on January 1, 2012 at 9:18am — No Comments

Picturesque Dream House in Canada

Built in Quebec, Canada, the The Malbaie V residence is a beautiful wood covered home that is more than a picturesque abode. Great care and planning were taken to make this structure functional, as well. The building is made up of two rectangular structures connected together. The roof has a garden built on top of it filled with native plants that helps to…

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Added by Jacob Paul Wiegmann on January 1, 2012 at 9:16am — No Comments

Energetic Ink Paintings

Let's ring in the new year with a splash! Amsterdam-based artist Nik Christensen uses paint brushes and his hands to create these monochromatic ink paintings filled with energy. Finding inspiration from all forms of art, from film to literature, Christensen seeks to represent a scene that is both rich with backstory and promises of future happenings. His creations are merely a…

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Added by Pinar on January 1, 2012 at 9:09am — No Comments

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