Crayons

The first box of Crayolas rolled off the production line 101 years ago, and today the companys Easton, Pennsylvania, factory turns out 12 million crayons a day. We maintain the process as though we were making food, says Dave Farkas, manager of manufacturing quality assurance at the plant. Makes sense, given how likely its consumers are to put the product in their mouths. Heres how Crayola makes the iconic (but inedible) color sticks.

Wired: Inside the Rainbow Factory Where Crayola Crayons Are Made

 

Process Crayola from WIRED on Vimeo.

Chihuly

Chihuly at Denver Botanic Gardens

More Photos from Chihuly at Denver Botanic Gardens

Tiny Post Office

The Tiny Tilden Post Office has been quietly going about its business in the hills above Berkeley since we installed it back in December. The little establishment is tucked into a knothole in an old tree on the Curran Trail in Tilden Park. For the past six months, countless hikers and dog walkers have enjoyed this unexpected world of postal tiny-ness.

A Tiny Treehouse Treasure in the Woods

Lost Whale Found

Imagine this: You've just spent three weeks painstakingly replicating a Picasso painting from scratch - you've scrutinized documentation about the artists creative process; you've practiced his brushstrokes, so your work will look convincing; you've even painted in noted preliminary images, then covered them up, because thats what he did. You've toiled over this, all for mere seconds of screen time in a film. And then you have to destroy it.

How Movies Forge Great Art, Legally

Neon in Hong Kong

Serpent d’océan

Completed in 2012, Serpent d’océan is a giant aluminum sea serpent skeleton by artist Huang Yong Ping situated off the shore of the Loire River where it empties into the Bay of Biscay just outside of Nantes, France. Measuring nearly 425 feet in length the curving skeleton mirrors the curves of the nearby Saint-Nazaire bridge and was created as a permanent work for the final Estuaire contemporary art exhibition in 2012.

A Giant Twisting Serpent Skeleton Emerges from the Loire River in France. Great pictures in the article and on Flickr.

 

Tom Kaufmann is a musician, sculptor and instrument maker. He makes primarily percussion instruments, especially glockenspiels. In Mr. Kaufman’s hands, anything can become an instrument, including car brake drums, oxygen tanks and crescent wrenches. This glockenspiel is made of petroskey stone—a form of fossilized coral. Mr. Kaufman selected and arranged pieces of it into a completely functional instrument. Watch him perform the theme song to The Flintstones.

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.
--Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

Happy Birthday Jim.

We Still Miss You.

Sunset at Montmajour

The Van Gogh Museum here announced today that it has identified a major new painting by Vincent Van Gogh. The work, entitled “Sunset at Montmajour,” was painted in Arles in 1888, a period that is considered to be the height of the painter’s career.

Museum Identifies New Van Gogh Painting in Amsterdam

Last weekend I [Grant Snider] attended a free day at the Denver Art Museum. On most of my museum visits, I sketch the artwork. This time, I decided to focus on the people.

People of the Art Museum, An Illustrated Journal; Denver Art Museum

Books with borax crystals growing on them

These sculptures reflect the artist’s opinion that books are becoming more obsolete, and will eventually become nothing more but beautiful objects that adorn rooms. While that may be debatable, Arnold’s art objects tell us that we have to treasure the kind of knowledge that can be found in books.

Books That Have Almost Been Transformed Into Crystals

It's the birthday of French Impressionist Edgar Degas, born in Paris (1834), best known for his paintings and pastels of ballet dancers and his bronze sculptures of ballerinas and racehorses. After he became completely blind in one eye, and nearly so in the other, he began to work in sculpture, which he called "a blind man's art." Degas remained a bachelor his entire life, saying, "There is love and there is work, and we only have one heart."

Sand in the City

Old Car three-quarters view

Art for only a day

Snowshoers make Wyoming landscape their canvas.

I like everything but the eyes...

"Mustang", the red-eyed, rearing blue horse statue, may soon be removed from DIA, where it greets arriving passengers with its demonic gaze.

Getting inked

Last year, for the first time, the percentage of US women with tattoos--23 %--surpassed that of men, at 19 %.
--The New Yorker

Balancing Rocks

Michael Grab, is a balancer of rocks. In an interview on Compliment Vices, he describes what happens when he builds these sculptures in front of live audiences, which, apparently, he's done a few times — in Costa Rica, in Italy. Once, at the Boulder Creek Path Festival in Boulder, Colo., a guy came up to him and said, "My brother absolutely does not believe these are balanced like this. He thinks there's bars or glue."

NPR - Krulwich Wonders: A Very, Very Delicate Balance
 

"I see what you mean."

Denver's Big Blue Bear gets a fix-up.

Big Wooden Balls

Practice Makes Perfect

Sky on a String

The Englewood Museum of Outdoor Arts will feature kites as part of its exhibits this year.
The Art of Tidying Up from Robert Krulwich.

Little PIctures, Big Lives

The Smithsonian Archives of American Art has a new show featuring old black and white snapshots of artists.

The curator says "Snapshots are a form of biography, pieces of visual culture with a unique kind of authenticity."

Each translucent sheet is first printed with either the images of fragments of an animal's skeleton, or, on some pages, human-made discarded objects that are often ingested by the animals in the wild. Using the ancient tradition of folded paper, Hori assembles the pages into a three-dimensional model. Once the paper is folded, the printed components are united as a whole, telling the visual story of the animal's plight to survive in an increasingly polluted and hazardous ecosystem.

Takayuki Hori: Origami Animal Skeletons

Art Sanctuary
by Nikki Giovanni

I would always choose to be the person running
rather than the mob chasing
I would prefer to be the person laughed at
rather than the teenagers laughing
I always admired the men and women who sat down for their rights
And held in disdain the men and women who spat on them
Everyone deserves Sanctuary a place to go where you are safe
Art offers Sanctuary to everyone willing
to open their hearts as well as their eyes

"Art is a lie that makes us realize truth."
That's Pablo Picasso, born on this day in Malaga, Spain (1881).

A fence "blooms" in Denver with the help of rogue crocheters.

Tilt-Shift Van Gogh

The visually stunning field of tilt-shift photography became a fairly big thing in the Web a couple of years ago. It uses a special lens that gives a real-world scene the illusion of being a miniature model ... the effect can be simulated in Photoshop, by adjusting a photograph's contrast, colour saturation and depth of focus. It works quite well with regular photographs ... and it turns out that the works of Vincent van Gogh ... make excellent subjects for this kind of treatment.

Artcyclopedia: Tilt-Shift Van Gogh

Making way for train expansion

"Mountain Mirages" fountain at DIA will be dismantled this summer.

You made that from Legos???

The art of the brick.

Illustrations from "The Red Book" by C. G. Jung

trompe l'oeil

At first glance, it looks as if some natural disaster has shaken away the walls of these buildings to reveal architecture hidden for thousands of years.

And at second and third glance, it looks like that too.

But these spectacular images are not the unexpected result of an earthquake.

Paintings created by John Pugh, who specialises in trompe l'oeil - or 'trick of the eye' - art.

Save those Corks

Looking for something to do with all those wine corks you have laying around? How about making the World's Biggest Cork Mosaic! (Also check out pictures of the work in progress from the artist's site).

This sculpture is a machine that advances two full sized automobiles slowly into one another over a period of 6 days, simulating a head on automobile collision. Each car moves about three feet into the other. The movement is so slow as to be invisible.
SLOW INEVITABLE DEATH OF AMERICAN MUSCLE
SLOW MOTION CAR CRASH

What, me worry?

A self-professed computer geek has created Alfred E. Neuman's head from junk mail cd's.

American Soil

Dirt from Every State

Cupcake Art
Be sure to click on the Photo Gallery link to see the steps in constructing the installation.

Artist leaves tiny blessings in her wake.
Ceramic doves scattered in D.C. as symbols of hope.

An American Original

Andrew Wyeth dies at age 91.

New Artist Site

We've finally gotten Cameo's art website built and on line. Check it out at www.cameo-art.com

Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.
— Michelangelo

Today, September 21st, is the International Day of Peace.

Nine Eleven

It brought us together.

Remember that, among everything else that happened. Its worth remembering, especially this year.

Reposted from whatever

Hint: It isn't a bird

What is a geoduck (pronounced "gooey-duck")?

Missing any socks?

A recent article in a magazine sent by my Vet relates the problem of pets consuming items NOT designed for eating. While cats have this problem a little, it is major for dogs, especially big dogs. Here is a list of the most common objects that are swallowed by pets and that require surgery to remove:

balls (one dog had 5 tennis balls removed!)
bones
chew toys
corn cobs
hair ties or ribbons
panty hose
rocks
socks
sticks
underwear

The Mustang is here

A 32 foot tall statue of a rearing Mustang horse has been installed on the main road outside Denver International Airport. It is twelve years overdue, but appears to be worth the wait.

Top Dogs

The American Kennel Club list of most popular dog breeds for 2007:

1. Labrador Retriever (for the 17th consecutive year)
2. Yorkshire Terrier
3. German Shepherd
4. Golden Retriever
5. Beagle (has been on the top 10 list since 1915)
6. Boxer
7. Dachshund
8. Poodle
9. Shih Tzu
10. Bulldog (bumped the Miniature Schnauzer off this year)

Are we proud of this???

The Denver Art Museum has gained an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records for---The World's Largest Paint-by-Number.

Tree Drawings.

100 Words Every High School Graduate Should Know

Grace under pressure

Eight Tibetan monks were painstakingly creating a mandala from colored sand in Kansas City's Union Station. They had stopped work for the day and a protective rope was put around the design, which was being created on the floor. Posted by Kerry to Art 

ROY G BIV

11 great color legends.

Time

The Solar Mount: Mont Saint-Michel as a sundial.

Mont Saint-Michel is a small rocky tidal island in Normandy, roughly one kilometre from the north coast of France. Ris

22/7

Happy PI day!

It's 3/14 - be sure to celebrate at 1:59 for maximum effect!

The art and beauty of high speed photography: Milk Meets Coffee

Arvada Art Guild Show

Cameo has a picture in the 2007 Arvada Art Guild art show, now at the Arvada Center. While she didn't get a ribbon, her picture is in a prominent spot and looks great. Click the thumbnail below for a larger shot of the artist and her work.

Carved Crayons

Carved Crayons - making art from ordinary things.

Art from Literature

Reciently, the City of Broomfield ran One Book One Broomfield, where residents were encouraged to read the same book (The Meadow by James Galvin). As part of the program, artists cou

50 for 40 (or fight?)

A friend at work told me about a dollar-a-pumpking patch up North, so yesterday I drove to Eaton, Colorado to pick up some. I needed a bunch for a cub scout pack meeting activity, plus some for us at home.

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Banned Book Week

These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves.
Gilbert Highet, writer
(1906-1978)

Cafe Show

This evening was the reception and dinner for Cameo's show at the Highland's Garden Cafe in the HIghland neighborhood of North Denver. Cameo has 5 paintings on display, along with art from th

Card Catalog Art. Be sure to check the gallery and click into the artists's pages as there are several works of art for each part

Lego Lego Night

Van Gogh's Starry Night done in Lego.

Moo

Denver joins the stampede as the Cow Parade comes to town. The Denver Post has details on the show as well. Among my favorites: Posted by Jason to Art 

Rake Art

Rake Art: pattern made in the sand and photographed using a kite

Japanese paper folding

Orihon is a technique for making expanding books using accordion-type folds. The word is made from combining Japanese ori (fold) with hon (book). Here is a picture of one.

What a GOOD idea!

A 17-year old high school senior came up with a practical, creative, and easy idea to help Katrina victims "get on with life". She is soliciting donations of prom dresses to be

We may have rain or snow tonight, but Phoenix has gone for 142 days without rain.

The sun shines and warms and lights us and we have no curiosity to know why this is so; but we ask the reason of all evil, of pain, and hunger.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Have a seat

Design Within Reach's 2006 Champagne Chair Contest Winners. The challenge: make a model of a chair out of parts left over from a champagne bottle (the cork, wire, etc). Some of these are pretty cool

Paper Works by Peter Callesen, including Paper Ladders and Paper Cuts
Thought maybe Cameo would appreciate this one--

Interpretation is the revenge of the intellect upon art.

Susan Sontag, author and critic
(1933-2004)

The Cow Parade is coming to Denver in 2006. Remember when Chicago had all those life-size fiberglass cows painted in outrageous patterns? Well local artists and charities will be teaming up to put similar c
Looks like Shauna has a new site up - Citrus Avenue showcases some of her digital artwork.
August is American Artists Appreciation Month
The Adventures of Art Lad - his name is Thomas and he likes to draw a lot... Interesting blog of a 6 year old artist and the art he creates.
Long-Lost Da Vinci Masterpiece Found Behind Palazzo Walls
Whether making art is your career
or your hobby
or your dream,
it is not too late
or too egotistical
or too selfish
or too silly
to work on your creativity.

~ Julia Cameron, author and artist

I went to see the Amish Quilt exhibit at the Denver Art Museum yesterday. It is subtitled "A Kaleidoscope of Color" and it definitey was. Some of the quilts actually seem to oscilliate as you look at them be