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Offbeat Images922You are cordially invited to enter ONE, ORIGINAL“offbeat” image in our second @110612893892240360557 "Blue Ribbon" Gallery contest. [Our event cover image is courtesy of @108347134468694009774]  At @110612893892240360557, we define “Offbeat”, as "Off the Beaten Path", unconventional, or uncommon - NOT TO BE CONFUSED with silly, mocking, outrageous, vulgar or in bad taste. THE LIST BELOW HELPS TO CLARIFY WHAT WE'RE ABOUT.  Many of you will find that you are already doing this!  This is a home for highly skilled photographers / digital artists to showcase their art gallery quality images. Here are some examples of offbeat images that we are looking for: 1.    Everyday subjects turned into art - such as peeling paint, doors, windows, broken glass, colorful bottles, etc. - let your imagination soar 2.    Striking shadows, lines and reflections found in buildings, stairwells, sidewalks, windows, water, nature, lakes, rivers, etc. 3.    Unique antiques, architecture, bridges, alleyways, etc. 4.    Decayed, rusty, or worn objects, buildings, etc. 5.    Interesting urban / street images 6.    Interesting night images 7.    Abstract images 8.    Engaging portraits 9.    Landscapes, flowers, plant life, nature, etc. that have been uniquely captured and post-processed  - colors pushed, HDR, blur techniques, textures, painting, layering, etc. (We ARE NOT looking for traditional flowers and landscapes) 10.   Engaging post-processing techniques (NO RAW PHOTOS, PLEASE - some people will use lesser post-processing in their images - while others will make a point of producing complex digital art with advanced techniques) 11.   Monochrome / Black and White images that possess the applicable attributes above Remember: these are just examples. Unleash your creativity!  Help us make "Offbeat Images" a destination for unique, high-quality works created by skilled photographers / digital artists! ***************************************************  Here’s how to participate: 1) Circle our Offbeat Images "Blue Ribbon" Gallery theme page and each of our owners and curators. 2) Accept this contest event invitation and submit ONE original (i.e., created and owned by you) image that you have either previously shared publicly on Google+ or one that you have created recently and would like to share--first, with us in our contest. (Be sure to share only a single image--not an album, and enable comments on your post.) 3) Visit the contest event page and plus and comment on the work of the other contestants. (There will be an honor and special post on the theme page for the image with the most "+1s" at the end of each contest.)  4) Invite other digital photographers/artists, who have an affinity for "offbeat" images, to participate in the contest event. 5) Look for winner announcements and future contest event invitations in your stream.  _________________________ CONTEST RULES:  -- You may submit ONE ORIGINAL "offbeat" piece of digital photography or aOffbeat Images "Blue Ribbon" Gallery Contest - ENDED ON 8/222014-08-16 00:30:0083  
Offbeat Images922THIS CONTEST ENDED ON 8/15/14 Introducing the Offbeat Images "Blue Ribbon" Gallery Contest – the bi-weekly, Google+ digital photography and art competition dedicated to honoring images (and the digital artists) that celebrate the magic and wonder found in ordinary places, spaces and things.   You are cordially invited to show off YOUR best “offbeat” image (and digital art skills)  in our inaugural contest. [You can ONLY SUBMIT ONE IMAGE.]  What is considered an "offbeat" image?  It's not a traditional landscape, portrait, or macro digital photography image. (In other words, you probably won't find one on a travel poster, art gallery wall or flower theme page.)  An "offbeat" image is an original, unconventional, high-quality (i.e., not raw, but very well composed and thoughtfully processed) piece of digital photography or art that captures the glory of often overlooked items and areas in our world. For example:  Peeling old paint, Candid or unconventional portraits, Striking or abstract shadows and/or reflections in buildings or things, Interesting or unique antiques, Narrow alleyways, Far off Main Street urban scenes, Fallow farms or old tractors, Stormy skyscapes or unusual clouds, Dried river beds, Broken windows, Abandoned factories, Beaches in winter, Overgrown paths or trails, Fields of wildflowers, Seldom used roadways, Weedy gardens, Decayed, worn or rusty objects ... The examples above are merely a guide to what some might consider ordinary things and spaces. The everyday world has lots of ordinary things and spaces that--with an artist's touch, could be captured and crafted to look or feel extraordinary. That said, PLEASE DON'T SUBMIT the following: -  Unprocessed or raw photos (no "Instagram" or snapshots) -  Images lacking thoughtful composition, lighting, focal point, color or tone balance, perspective, or cropping. ("Offbeat" by our standard doesn't mean silly, shocking, or mocking in nature. This is a serious contest for serious artists looking to express their artistic vision.) -  Landscapes/skyscapes/seascapes  (Unless you have used additional processing, such as HDR, selective focus, textures, etc.) -  Macro shots of flowers or bugs (Unless you have used additional processing, such as HDR, selective focus, textures, etc.) So ... set your artistic self free: Create your "offbeat" images with THINGS AND SPACES FOUND IN YOUR EVERYDAY WORLD that capture your eye, meet our definition and deserve our attention.  Thanks again for your participation. _______________________ Here’s how to participate: 1) Circle our Offbeat Images "Blue Ribbon" Gallery theme page and each of our owners and curators. 2) Accept this contest event invitation and submit ONE original (i.e., created and owned by you) image that you have either previously shared publicly on Google+ or one that you have created recently and would like to share--first, with us in our contest. (Be sure to share only a single image--not an album, and enable commeOffbeat Images "Blue Ribbon" Gallery Contest - ENDED ON 8/152014-08-01 21:00:00221  
HACK THIS PHOTO4,471*PLEASE READ - NEW FUN TO BE HAD!!!!* *Hack This Photo* _Our Photo.  Your Spin._ *(Open for the entire week)* Welcome to a special edition of @116361882895448900841!  The photo editing game where you take our photo and twist it, turn it, crop it, chop it, texturize it, pixelize it, make it your own.  Then post it for all of G+ to see! Everyone is welcome to play – no formal training, expensive software or previous experience is required to join us.  Use an app on your phone, the G+ photo editor, GIMP, Lightroom, CS6 – it’s up to you. Tonight we're joining forces with the fantastic @104600718104833273883 folks to explore the land down under, *Queensland* and the *Great Barrier Reef*!!! So what is @104600718104833273883, you ask? We'll let this snippet from their About page do the talking... _This project started long, long ago in a faraway land when photographer Ken Rathke felt that his creativity needed a boost one rainy day. It began as a a fun experiment with creatively processed images of California and blossomed into a weekly foray to exciting destinations - all virtually of course on the Artistic Google Magic Bus!_ _So where can we find travel pictures for screen capture and creative processing? Google Maps - Street View is perfect. It's Frugal National Geographic for those of us that like to dream. The challenge is to find the right angle, subject matter, cropping, composition and presentation._ _We wanted the images to have a certain raw quality that was already there, but hidden until brought out by the creative mind of the Artistic Googler._ To Play: Tonight we're giving you two options of playing. You can either simply HACK the photo we're supplying by clicking on the link below: https://plus.google.com/photos/116361882895448900841/albums/5796967343539305697/5796967346267396802 Note that the image supplied is based on the Google Street View and is copyright Google. Attribution can be seen in original GSV at https://maps.google.com/maps?cbll=-23.442896,151.906584&z=3&layer=c&panoid=CWskcsTEZBNXaD8gG-zATA&cbp=13,332.33,null,0,11.68 *OR*...you can play the @104600718104833273883 way, and select your own photo from Google Street View by following the instructions below: _Then there are the many kilometers of coastline… which lead us to the Great Barrier Reef. But how do we actually get to the Street View images of the reef?... For now, the only portals to Street View of the reef appear to be here, but once you're in, you can use the GSV navigation controls and arrows._ http://maps.google.com/help/maps/streetview/gallery.html#!/ocean _On this page, be sure that you select a site in the Great Barrier Reef to explore because there are other reefs in other parts of the world shown here also and the cognoscenti know that Hawaii isn't part of Oz..._  Remember that this is a speed hack, so open the shot in the editor of your choice, start your favorite song, and have at it!  When the song is done, so are you! After you'reHACK THIS PHOTO - 10-08-2012 - The ARTISTIC GOOGLE Speed Hack!!2012-10-08 08:00:0039  
HACK THIS PHOTO4,471*Hack This Photo* _Our Photo.  Your Spin._ Welcome to the Friday Night @116361882895448900841!  The photo editing game where you take our photo and twist it, turn it, crop it, chop it, texturize it, pixelize it, make it your own.  Then post it for all of G+ to see! Everyone is welcome to play – no formal training, expensive software or previous experience is required to join us.  Use an app on your phone, the G+ photo editor, GIMP, Lightroom, CS6 – it’s up to you. For tonight's hack we're featuring a submission by the fabulously talented @106956977736353271405, who's graciously loaned us her pet snail for our hacking pleasure! To Play: Click on the link below to open our photograph.  Save it.  Open it the editor of your choice, and have at it! When you're done, save your work. Open this Event.  Click on the magic red button at the top of the window to add your photo to our Event album.  After your photo has been added, please open the caption and insert the #hackthisphoto   hashtag.    Then click on the slideshow button at the top of the page to review the other entries and leave love notes and +’s behind.   You have a full week to play with this shot and submit as many entries as you like.   We are so grateful to everyone who joins us – whether you play, plus, comment or share.   This is such a source of joy for all of us.   Please drop us a line if you have any questions.  We are always open to feedback and suggestions. Our Friday Night Hack photo this week:  https://plus.google.com/photos/116361882895448900841/albums/posts/5788208094173868754 Many Thanks - @116029916334296947844  @107403358784201231436 @112081605135199235791 @111112809838472063992 @111055414016650329707 @100774988033964936284HACK THIS PHOTO - 09-14-2012 - Friday Night Hack featuring Shawna Mac!!2012-09-15 03:00:0041  

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2015-04-07 22:09:29 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Belgian/German alt-rock/grunge band Pandora's Bliss just released their third album, "Amarchord", on CD and vinyl. Now they're off to tour Europe.

Cover art by me :o)

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2015-05-02 14:41:15 (2 comments, 15 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

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2015-01-22 17:59:59 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

Notre Dame

A chilly December day, rendered in Topaz Impression and Nik Color Efex. Digital sketch for a graphite wash painting.

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2015-08-31 21:46:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Opening reception on September 12, 1 - 4 pm at the beautiful and historic Carpenter-Gothic Heliconian Club gallery in Yorkville - women in the Arts and Letters supporting art, music, dance, theatre and literature since 1909.

http://heliconianclub.org

Opening reception on September 12, 1 - 4 pm at the beautiful and historic Carpenter-Gothic Heliconian Club gallery in Yorkville - women in the Arts and Letters supporting art, music, dance, theatre and literature since 1909.

http://heliconianclub.org___

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2015-08-28 02:28:45 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

"Blackbird's Cry"

Another piece for the September show at The Toronto Heliconian Club.

Earlier this summer, Toronto School of Art ran a course on fluid acrylics on Yupo and Terraskin. A wonderful medium on beautiful non-paper. "Blackbird's Cry" is on Terraskin which is tree-free paper made mostly of calcium carbonate. The surface is as smooth as butter. Our focus was mandalas - a meditative form of painting.

The image is part of my "Architecture of Chaos" theme, created from a stencil that I made after my very first linocut many many years ago. I suppose it could be a bikers' patch. It speaks to me of the marvellous engineering that goes into the structure and minds of birds who can navigate the air and for long distances, following the stars and who knows what other checkpoints. Of course, blackbirds are known for their "murder... more »

"Blackbird's Cry"

Another piece for the September show at The Toronto Heliconian Club.

Earlier this summer, Toronto School of Art ran a course on fluid acrylics on Yupo and Terraskin. A wonderful medium on beautiful non-paper. "Blackbird's Cry" is on Terraskin which is tree-free paper made mostly of calcium carbonate. The surface is as smooth as butter. Our focus was mandalas - a meditative form of painting.

The image is part of my "Architecture of Chaos" theme, created from a stencil that I made after my very first linocut many many years ago. I suppose it could be a bikers' patch. It speaks to me of the marvellous engineering that goes into the structure and minds of birds who can navigate the air and for long distances, following the stars and who knows what other checkpoints. Of course, blackbirds are known for their "murder of crows" which speaks to the unpredictability of the animal mind (from our human perspective) although we share with our non-human companions-in-creation more than we might like to admit.___

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2015-08-28 01:19:21 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

"A Beautiful Mind"

The best made plans of mice and men gang aft agley (Robbie Burns)

This is one of the pieces I will be exhibiting at the Heliconian Club in September. The show's theme is "The Medium is the Muse". For me, it refers to the twists and turns we make artistically that take us from some pre-conceived plan to what the medium eventually tells us to do.

This is an acrylic painting in the style of a watercolour. Once the nautilus was set, I added the background in wet-in-wet style. There were a few areas that puddled and needed definition. It was 2 in the morning when I hit on the idea of adding stencilled numbers as a disguise. I think it made the image more texturally interesting as well.

"A Beautiful Mind" refers, of course, to the brilliant Nobel Prize winning mathematician John Nash who was treated for paranoid... more »

"A Beautiful Mind"

The best made plans of mice and men gang aft agley (Robbie Burns)

This is one of the pieces I will be exhibiting at the Heliconian Club in September. The show's theme is "The Medium is the Muse". For me, it refers to the twists and turns we make artistically that take us from some pre-conceived plan to what the medium eventually tells us to do.

This is an acrylic painting in the style of a watercolour. Once the nautilus was set, I added the background in wet-in-wet style. There were a few areas that puddled and needed definition. It was 2 in the morning when I hit on the idea of adding stencilled numbers as a disguise. I think it made the image more texturally interesting as well.

"A Beautiful Mind" refers, of course, to the brilliant Nobel Prize winning mathematician John Nash who was treated for paranoid schizophrenia. The numbers are the first 20 entries in the Fibonacci series, a model of growth in the nautilus, sunflower and galaxies.

This is part of my theme, "The Architecture of Chaos", which reflects on Nature's grand self-regulating mechanism and revisits Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" where humanity's attempts to re-engineer Nature have been tragic. ___

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2015-08-16 20:37:04 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" for our +Artistic Google Maritime Vacation theme, curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

Following +Jamal Masood down a Rhode Island backroad...this quintessential New England Golden Retriever appears out of nowhere at night...

Original GSV at https://goo.gl/maps/zzxpI

"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" for our +Artistic Google Maritime Vacation theme, curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

Following +Jamal Masood down a Rhode Island backroad...this quintessential New England Golden Retriever appears out of nowhere at night...

Original GSV at https://goo.gl/maps/zzxpI___

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2015-08-14 23:05:56 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

"Rhode Island" for +Artistic Google's Maritime Vacation tour. Curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

The Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge between Jamestown and Newport. Tarted with Topaz Adjust and Nik HDR Efex. In the style of a Japanese woodcut print.

Original GSV at https://goo.gl/maps/h5yqq

"Rhode Island" for +Artistic Google's Maritime Vacation tour. Curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

The Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge between Jamestown and Newport. Tarted with Topaz Adjust and Nik HDR Efex. In the style of a Japanese woodcut print.

Original GSV at https://goo.gl/maps/h5yqq___

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2015-07-12 20:17:10 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

"Villalobos Rescue Center" for +Artistic Google curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

From New Orleans Ninth Ward, Villalobos Rescue Center is a rescue, rehabilitation and placement facility for abused and abandoned Pit Bulls. Relocated from L.A. to LA, Villalobos does not say no to abandoned dogs - dogs tied to their front gates, turned loose on their street, dogs chained up and abandoned in empty lots where houses once stood prior to Katrina…Truly the City of Second Chances.

http://www.vrcpitbull.net/dog/

Original GSV at https://goo.gl/maps/XHfj3

"Villalobos Rescue Center" for +Artistic Google curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

From New Orleans Ninth Ward, Villalobos Rescue Center is a rescue, rehabilitation and placement facility for abused and abandoned Pit Bulls. Relocated from L.A. to LA, Villalobos does not say no to abandoned dogs - dogs tied to their front gates, turned loose on their street, dogs chained up and abandoned in empty lots where houses once stood prior to Katrina…Truly the City of Second Chances.

http://www.vrcpitbull.net/dog/

Original GSV at https://goo.gl/maps/XHfj3___

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2015-07-05 17:00:10 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

"A Tree Grows In It" for +Artistic Google's tour of The Golden Triangle (Los Angeles, New Orleans, Mexico City), curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

On Calle Madrid, Federal District, Mexico City with some colours from Topaz Adjust and ever-faithful Photoshop Content-Aware Fill.

Original GSV at https://goo.gl/maps/VDjQ2

"A Tree Grows In It" for +Artistic Google's tour of The Golden Triangle (Los Angeles, New Orleans, Mexico City), curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

On Calle Madrid, Federal District, Mexico City with some colours from Topaz Adjust and ever-faithful Photoshop Content-Aware Fill.

Original GSV at https://goo.gl/maps/VDjQ2___

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2015-07-03 20:46:00 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Blackbird's Cry

This past spring, Toronto School of Art ran a course in fluid acrylics on Yupo and Terraskin. We started out with mandalas and went from there. This mandala, possibly more like a bikers' patch for Hell's Blackbirds, is stencilled based on a wing image from my very first linocut many years ago. 

Fluid acrylics on terraskin. 18 x 18" mounted on wood panel.

This piece goes into an exhibition at the Heliconian Club this September with a personal theme of "The Architecture of Chaos", documenting Nature as Lilith might have known it - the underside of the fallen tree, the cry of blackbirds in flight - far from the tyranny of the manicured lawn.

Inspired by the heavenly voice of k.d. lang singing "The Valley" (after Jane Siberry): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjETPJyB724

Blackbird's Cry

This past spring, Toronto School of Art ran a course in fluid acrylics on Yupo and Terraskin. We started out with mandalas and went from there. This mandala, possibly more like a bikers' patch for Hell's Blackbirds, is stencilled based on a wing image from my very first linocut many years ago. 

Fluid acrylics on terraskin. 18 x 18" mounted on wood panel.

This piece goes into an exhibition at the Heliconian Club this September with a personal theme of "The Architecture of Chaos", documenting Nature as Lilith might have known it - the underside of the fallen tree, the cry of blackbirds in flight - far from the tyranny of the manicured lawn.

Inspired by the heavenly voice of k.d. lang singing "The Valley" (after Jane Siberry): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjETPJyB724___

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2015-06-06 20:29:46 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Will Davies.

Master illustrator of the Mad Men era. I was fortunate to take his course in editorial illustration at Ontario College of Art and Design. Now there's a Kickstarter project to publish a book, "The Art of Will Davies". HC in DJ! Due out in October if the project goes ahead and you can sign up for one here:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1502319432/the-art-of-will-davies

He's featured on the Today's Inspiration blog at http://todaysinspiration.blogspot.ca/search/label/Will%20Davies and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/todaysinspiration/

+Leif Peng 

Will Davies.

Master illustrator of the Mad Men era. I was fortunate to take his course in editorial illustration at Ontario College of Art and Design. Now there's a Kickstarter project to publish a book, "The Art of Will Davies". HC in DJ! Due out in October if the project goes ahead and you can sign up for one here:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1502319432/the-art-of-will-davies

He's featured on the Today's Inspiration blog at http://todaysinspiration.blogspot.ca/search/label/Will%20Davies and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/todaysinspiration/

+Leif Peng ___

2015-06-05 18:08:24 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Sharing my Collection of Google Street View Art.

As a member of the team at +Artistic Google, I've been digitally tarting up Street View captures since 2012 and have well over 500 images at time of writing this. It's travel on the cheap.

The Collections cover is from Yukon Territory, reminding me of my own road trip up the west coast of British Columbia to Alaska many years ago. And it's a remembrance of a past self that took that trip.

The musical inspiration for this image is "Miss You" by Anders Trentemøller: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DUCKGyojpE

Sharing my Collection of Google Street View Art.

As a member of the team at +Artistic Google, I've been digitally tarting up Street View captures since 2012 and have well over 500 images at time of writing this. It's travel on the cheap.

The Collections cover is from Yukon Territory, reminding me of my own road trip up the west coast of British Columbia to Alaska many years ago. And it's a remembrance of a past self that took that trip.

The musical inspiration for this image is "Miss You" by Anders Trentemøller: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DUCKGyojpE___

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2015-06-01 22:41:20 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

"All the pretty little horses" for +Artistic Google's tour "Exploring Africa", curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

From the beach at Morondava, Madagascar. Run through NIK Color Efex.

Original GSV at https://goo.gl/maps/mroAP

"All the pretty little horses" for +Artistic Google's tour "Exploring Africa", curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

From the beach at Morondava, Madagascar. Run through NIK Color Efex.

Original GSV at https://goo.gl/maps/mroAP___

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2015-05-31 22:26:44 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

The +Artistic Google team just finished a tour of Russia. We have been back there a few times as Google Street View improves coverage. Lots of eye candy on this tour.

Now we're embarking on a tour of Africa !

Find out more on the +Artistic Google page. If you've never participated and would like to, check out the "About" page to find out how. Travel on the cheap!

And that's a wrap for our Artistic Google tour of Russia !

Golden Google Award time! So much artistic eye candy in this album.

The coveted Album Cover Award goes to "Siberian Church" by +Harley McAdams 
"village at the station of new life" by +Chryssa Kotsanidou 
"Worker and Kolkhoz Woman" by +Jan McCartney 
"Far East in Kamchatka Krai" by +Chryssa Kotsanidou 
"Cathedral, St. Petersburg" by +Rob Robinson 
"Skies over Russia" by +Heinrich Damm 
"To Dance" by +Tessie L'Amour 
"Temple of Alexander Nevsky" by +Dana Payton 

Trifecta Awards go to:
+Patrick Sheeran for "Saint Petersburg Picnic", "Russian Sunset" and "Machines of Murmansk"
+Himitsu Animo for "Savior", "Hermitage" and "Piano at the Bolshoi"
+Jamal Masood for "Sunset", "Flooded Bell Tower of Nikolsky Cathedral" and "Snowfall"
+Hazel Caplen for "Going nowhere", "View from a bridge" and "Shine a Light"

Are you ready for our next tour? 

Exploring Africa 

ArtyGooglers visited South Africa (https://goo.gl/zZvl3e) back in 2012. Now we are heading back to Africa but this time, our tour is not limited to a single country but encompasses the whole African continent.

Besides South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland and Lesotho, the Google Street Camera crew have travelled far and wide and have captured some famous/historical regions. Have a look at the Citadel of Qaitbay in Alexandria,  Abu Mena Monastery town, The Citadel and Coptic Museum in Cairo, the mighty Pyramids and the mysterious Sphinx at Giza Necropolis and the Pyramid of Djoser. Moving further south the camera crew have captured a multitude of views at Mt. Kilimanjaro. It's famed locations like Uhuru, Arrow Glacier, Lava Tower, Moir Hut, Shira Camp and Lemosho Glades are covered by orange dots (inside views - https://goo.gl/xFBKCC). Moving towards the Atlantic coast the Gombe National Park in Tanzania is now in GSV - the park is most famous as the location where Jane Goodall pioneered her behavioural research conducted on the Chimpanzees.

The GSV team has also visited the Island nation of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. It's Avenue of the Baobabs is one of the natural wonders of Africa.

And here is a bonus ! Although the beautiful Canary Islands have been traditionally, culturally and politically associated with Spain, geographically these are very much part of African Continent and are included in this tour.

So join us in exploring the unexplored African Continent. This is a four-week tour running from June 1 - 28. (Jan and Jamal)___The +Artistic Google team just finished a tour of Russia. We have been back there a few times as Google Street View improves coverage. Lots of eye candy on this tour.

Now we're embarking on a tour of Africa !

Find out more on the +Artistic Google page. If you've never participated and would like to, check out the "About" page to find out how. Travel on the cheap!

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2015-05-30 14:31:49 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

For my book lover friends, if you haven't picked up Shaun Tan's incredibly creative illustrated books, check them out.

Here is his latest:

In 2012, shortly after the release of Philip Pullman’s retelling of the Grimm classics, which was published unillustrated in the UK and the US, a publisher approached Tan about creating a cover and possibly some internal artwork for a German edition of Pullman’s fifty tales.

Going beyond illustration, Tan revisits his long-lost love for clay, papier mache, and soapstone was reawakened and magically fused with his longtime interest in Inuit and Aztec folk art.

http://www.brainpickings.org/2015/05/25/shaun-tan-philip-pullman-brothers-grimm/

For my book lover friends, if you haven't picked up Shaun Tan's incredibly creative illustrated books, check them out.

Here is his latest:

In 2012, shortly after the release of Philip Pullman’s retelling of the Grimm classics, which was published unillustrated in the UK and the US, a publisher approached Tan about creating a cover and possibly some internal artwork for a German edition of Pullman’s fifty tales.

Going beyond illustration, Tan revisits his long-lost love for clay, papier mache, and soapstone was reawakened and magically fused with his longtime interest in Inuit and Aztec folk art.

http://www.brainpickings.org/2015/05/25/shaun-tan-philip-pullman-brothers-grimm/___

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2015-05-29 14:09:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

+Artistic Google where we find neat Google Street View scenes and tart them up creatively. This was our second tour, way back in 2012. Texas!

Throwback Thursday (TBT)

A blast from the past with a share of Artistic Google's second album from January, 2012 - we visited Texas!

The ArtyGoogle team has created thousands of digitally tarted images based on Google Street View and this is only one of our many albums. To see more, check out our Photos page.

If you've never participated and would like to, have a look at our "About" page to find out how. (Jan)___+Artistic Google where we find neat Google Street View scenes and tart them up creatively. This was our second tour, way back in 2012. Texas!

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2015-05-07 20:29:18 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

"Worker and Kolkhoz Woman" for +Artistic Google's tour of Russia, curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

"The ideal and symbol of the Soviet epoch", this dynamic sculpture group of two figures with a sickle and a hammer raised over their heads was made from stainless steel by Vera Mukhina for the 1937 World's Fair in Paris and subsequently moved to Moscow. The sculpture is an example of the socialist realistic style, as well as Art Deco style.

Original GSV at https://goo.gl/IlxAo4

"Worker and Kolkhoz Woman" for +Artistic Google's tour of Russia, curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

"The ideal and symbol of the Soviet epoch", this dynamic sculpture group of two figures with a sickle and a hammer raised over their heads was made from stainless steel by Vera Mukhina for the 1937 World's Fair in Paris and subsequently moved to Moscow. The sculpture is an example of the socialist realistic style, as well as Art Deco style.

Original GSV at https://goo.gl/IlxAo4___

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2015-05-07 03:16:07 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

"In the catacombs" for +Artistic Google's tour of Russia, curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

Guy in a hoodie texting near Troitskaya Tower, Moscow.

Original GSV at https://goo.gl/W2yQyZ

"In the catacombs" for +Artistic Google's tour of Russia, curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

Guy in a hoodie texting near Troitskaya Tower, Moscow.

Original GSV at https://goo.gl/W2yQyZ___

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2015-05-03 20:23:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Waiting to Exhale

Cherry blossom season is expected to peak in High Park next weekend. And in my back yard.

A time of change, transience and rebirth.

Waiting to Exhale

Cherry blossom season is expected to peak in High Park next weekend. And in my back yard.

A time of change, transience and rebirth.___

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2015-05-02 14:41:15 (2 comments, 15 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Automated Context-Aware Fill...

Automated Context-Aware Fill...___

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2015-05-02 14:40:12 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

The earliest photographers were like magicians, who caught images of the material world on blank surfaces without pencil or paint.

Now, anyone can snap pictures with a cellphone, and add them instantly to a stockpile of online imagery more likely to exhaust than astonish. Even Photoshop’s tricks have ceased to amaze.

Some artists have responded by bringing materiality and wonder back into photography. They have returned to messy and sometimes erratic forms of photo-chemistry, reviving old methods or inventing new ones. Their works often don’t look like photography as we know it, and don’t intend to. Like old-time illusionists, these artists challenge us to figure out how the magic was done.

The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival runs at dozens of venues in and around Toronto from May 1 to May 31.

http://goo.gl/PhpCDN

The earliest photographers were like magicians, who caught images of the material world on blank surfaces without pencil or paint.

Now, anyone can snap pictures with a cellphone, and add them instantly to a stockpile of online imagery more likely to exhaust than astonish. Even Photoshop’s tricks have ceased to amaze.

Some artists have responded by bringing materiality and wonder back into photography. They have returned to messy and sometimes erratic forms of photo-chemistry, reviving old methods or inventing new ones. Their works often don’t look like photography as we know it, and don’t intend to. Like old-time illusionists, these artists challenge us to figure out how the magic was done.

The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival runs at dozens of venues in and around Toronto from May 1 to May 31.

http://goo.gl/PhpCDN___

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2015-04-17 20:53:42 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

"Altes Museum, Berlin" for +Artistic Google curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

Following +Heinrich Damm into the Altes Museum in Berlin, here is a splendid doorway to the Roman/Etruscan exhibit. This is part of +Artistic Google's tour of New York City/Berlin inspired by Leonard Cohen.

Original GSV at http://goo.gl/maps/s7ihj

"Altes Museum, Berlin" for +Artistic Google curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

Following +Heinrich Damm into the Altes Museum in Berlin, here is a splendid doorway to the Roman/Etruscan exhibit. This is part of +Artistic Google's tour of New York City/Berlin inspired by Leonard Cohen.

Original GSV at http://goo.gl/maps/s7ihj___

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2015-04-07 22:09:29 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Belgian/German alt-rock/grunge band Pandora's Bliss just released their third album, "Amarchord", on CD and vinyl. Now they're off to tour Europe.

Cover art by me :o)

Belgian/German alt-rock/grunge band Pandora's Bliss just released their third album, "Amarchord", on CD and vinyl. Now they're off to tour Europe.

Cover art by me :o)___

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2015-04-07 16:29:17 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Vija Celmins. Always on the surface with her ocean drawings.

http://www.smith.edu/artmuseum/Collections/Cunningham-Center/Blog-paper-people/Vija-Celmins-Always-on-the-Surface

Vija Celmins. Always on the surface with her ocean drawings.

http://www.smith.edu/artmuseum/Collections/Cunningham-Center/Blog-paper-people/Vija-Celmins-Always-on-the-Surface___

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2015-04-05 17:41:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

For my pomoculture friends, the Easter Beurre pear.

Botanical watercolours at http://www.ars-grin.gov/…/PacWest/C…/ncgr/pwc/pyrus-art.html

For my pomoculture friends, the Easter Beurre pear.

Botanical watercolours at http://www.ars-grin.gov/…/PacWest/C…/ncgr/pwc/pyrus-art.html___

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2015-04-05 16:41:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Sublime, breathtaking, thoughtful photography and essays from +Guy Tal 

"It is not art in the professionalized sense about which I care, but that which is created sacredly, as a result of a deep inner experience, with all of oneself, and that becomes 'art' in time." –Alfred Stieglitz___Sublime, breathtaking, thoughtful photography and essays from +Guy Tal 

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2015-04-05 16:39:15 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Just for fun.

Create a galaxy of easter eggs. Here's the tutorial:

http://www.dreamalittlebigger.com/p…/galaxy-easter-eggs.html

Just for fun.

Create a galaxy of easter eggs. Here's the tutorial:

http://www.dreamalittlebigger.com/p…/galaxy-easter-eggs.html___

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2015-04-03 14:37:08 (2 comments, 5 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

"Darwin Tree Too" for +Artistic Google curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me, for our tour of WA/NT - Western Australia and Northern Territory.

Seascape with tree with a touch of PixelBender. After Lawren Harris...;o)

Original GSV at http://goo.gl/maps/D0V5C

"Darwin Tree Too" for +Artistic Google curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me, for our tour of WA/NT - Western Australia and Northern Territory.

Seascape with tree with a touch of PixelBender. After Lawren Harris...;o)

Original GSV at http://goo.gl/maps/D0V5C___

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2015-04-03 14:35:47 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

"Darwin Tree" for +Artistic Google curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me for our tour of WA/NT - Western Australia and Northern Territory.

A traditional view of the seascape on the north coast with just a touch of photo pop from the original GSV which is at http://goo.gl/maps/D0V5C

"Darwin Tree" for +Artistic Google curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me for our tour of WA/NT - Western Australia and Northern Territory.

A traditional view of the seascape on the north coast with just a touch of photo pop from the original GSV which is at http://goo.gl/maps/D0V5C___

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2015-03-28 02:08:53 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

"Darwin" for +Artistic Google's "Western Australia/Northern Territories" tour, curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

Road trip. Darwin, Northern Territory. Pretty much as far north as we can go.

Original GSV at http://goo.gl/maps/IqGlq

"Darwin" for +Artistic Google's "Western Australia/Northern Territories" tour, curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

Road trip. Darwin, Northern Territory. Pretty much as far north as we can go.

Original GSV at http://goo.gl/maps/IqGlq___

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2015-03-10 02:33:41 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

"Petermann Island" for +Artistic Google's March Break theme, curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

Inspired by +Chryssa Kotsanidou who is checking out Svalbard, I headed the other way to Petermann Island, Antarctica. After the coldest February on record and meters of snow all up the East Coast, I am sure there are, nevertheless, photographers who want to pack up their gear and shoot (in the nicest way) penguins. With a wink at those photographers, I inserted a little HDR processing in this at the outset, but then I went painterly, thinking of those scratchboards we played with as kids. This rough treatment, thanks to Topaz Impression, reminds me just a bit of Anselm Kiefer's paintings. You may have to look at the original to make out the photographer with his big lens and the wee penguins.

http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/kiefer/<... more »

"Petermann Island" for +Artistic Google's March Break theme, curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

Inspired by +Chryssa Kotsanidou who is checking out Svalbard, I headed the other way to Petermann Island, Antarctica. After the coldest February on record and meters of snow all up the East Coast, I am sure there are, nevertheless, photographers who want to pack up their gear and shoot (in the nicest way) penguins. With a wink at those photographers, I inserted a little HDR processing in this at the outset, but then I went painterly, thinking of those scratchboards we played with as kids. This rough treatment, thanks to Topaz Impression, reminds me just a bit of Anselm Kiefer's paintings. You may have to look at the original to make out the photographer with his big lens and the wee penguins.

http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/kiefer/

Original GSV at http://goo.gl/maps/TxBK8 because we ArtyGooglers don't actually GO there or PAY MONEY to do that.___

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2015-03-08 22:09:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Sharing +Artistic Google's most recent tour, via Google Street View - a Roman Holiday!

Now we're off on a March break for two weeks to our happy places all over the world, capturing GSV venues and tarting them up creatively. If you'd like to join in the fun, check out +Artistic Google's "About" page to find out how.

And that's a wrap for our Artistic Google Roman Holiday ! On this tour, we extend a welcome to +Assi Kolorilo.

Here are the Golden Google Awards:

The well-deserved Album Cover Award goes to "Centurion" by +Kam Chee 
"The Last Temptation of Sister Carmelina" by +Tessie L'Amour 
"Via Paolo VI, Rome, Lazio"  by +Iva Pas 
"Head and Hand" by +Himitsu Animo 
"Fountain on the Piazza Navona" by +Harley McAdams 
"towards the light" by +Magdalena MadZ 
"What's the frequency Kenneth?" by +Patrick Sheeran 
"National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II" by +Jamal Masood 
"Quando questo gallo canterà allora credenza si farà" by +Rita Pinto 
"Early Start Tourists" by +Elaine Hutchings 
"Mystery and Melancholy" and "antiquity steampunked" by +Chryssa Kotsanidou 
"Mimi e Coco" by +Ben Langhinrichs 
"Piazza di Ponte Umberto, Rome" by +Assi Kolorilo 
"At the Capitoline Museum" by +Jan McCartney 
"Pieces of the Past" by +Rob Robinson 

Are you ready for our next tour? After months of snow and polar vortex in the Northern Hemisphere, our cabin fever is getting cabin fever, and we're more than ready for a

March Break ! (March 9 - 22, 2015)

It doesn't cost anything to travel on the Artistic Google Magic Bus and stay in imaginary places around the world. So choose your dream vacation and we're off! Beaches, seashore, Disneyland, sights and nightlife in the big city? We know at least one G+ photographer whose idea of time off is shooting the aurora in Iceland. It's up to you to find your happy place.

If you have never participated in Artistic Google and would like to, find out how on our "About" page.

All aboard! (Jan)___Sharing +Artistic Google's most recent tour, via Google Street View - a Roman Holiday!

Now we're off on a March break for two weeks to our happy places all over the world, capturing GSV venues and tarting them up creatively. If you'd like to join in the fun, check out +Artistic Google's "About" page to find out how.

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2015-03-06 02:38:20 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Doing some research for a textured acrylic painting, I came across the Toronto Stencil Archive - Martin Reis' fun album on Flickr. He has been documenting wall art since 1999.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/martinreis/sets/72157594416120413/

Doing some research for a textured acrylic painting, I came across the Toronto Stencil Archive - Martin Reis' fun album on Flickr. He has been documenting wall art since 1999.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/martinreis/sets/72157594416120413/___

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2015-03-03 04:37:48 (2 comments, 5 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

"At the Capitoline Museum" for +Artistic Google curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

Tarted in Topaz Impression DaVinci, Nik Color Efex and Viveza.

Original GSV at http://goo.gl/maps/1xMVo

"At the Capitoline Museum" for +Artistic Google curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

Tarted in Topaz Impression DaVinci, Nik Color Efex and Viveza.

Original GSV at http://goo.gl/maps/1xMVo___

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2015-02-22 23:07:46 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

A share of the fabulous +Artistic Google tour of rivers of the world. That's where our team of ArtyGooglers find great scenes in Google Street View and tart them up creatively.

We're off on a Roman Holiday now for the next two weeks!

And that's a wrap for our fabulous Artistic Google tour of Rivers of the world.

We were joined on this tour by our newest ArtyGoogler, +Harley McAdams. Welcome!

Here are the Golden Google Awards!

The coveted Album Cover Award goes to "Northern Lights in the Southern Wild" by +Ben Langhinrichs who was first off the hovercraft.
"River of Tears" by +Jan McCartney 
"Karnaphuli River" by +Elaine Hutchings 
"Bathers at Deer Creek" by +Tessie L'Amour 
"Nankoweap Granaries" by +Harley McAdams 
"bronze island" by +Chryssa Kotsanidou 
"somewhere in Italy" by +Magdalena MadZ 
"Sopheakmit Waterfall" by +Kam Chee 
"Shoshone Falls" by +Rob Robinson 
"Iguazu" by +Hazel Caplen 
"O'er Shannon to Clare" by +Ben Langhinrichs 
"Fall Colours at Lago Jeinemeni" by +Jamal Masood 
"Hudson and East Rivers" by +Patrick Sheeran 
"Poland" by +Iva Pas 
"Home on the River" by +Dorothy Pugh 

Are you ready for our next tour? We are going on a 

ROMAN HOLIDAY (February 23 - March 8, 2015)

We are visiting the Eternal City that everyone falls in love with at first sight. Cradle of one the world’s greatest civilizations, Rome has a rich historical heritage with architectural marvels; old churches, beautiful fountains, bustling piazzas and winding alleys. 

In 2012, Artistic Google visited Italy twice (http://goo.gl/jfyFs5 and http://goo.gl/DeX2C9) . This time we are spending full two weeks in Rome and Rome alone. The city offers so much even two weeks tour may not be enough, so make most of it. You may explore the Rome on your own or follow in the footsteps of Princess Ann - the charming heroine of the romantic Hollywood movie "Roman Holiday" - or be more adventurous and follow Robert Langdon, the hero of Dan Brown's best selling mystery-thriller "Angels & Demons".

If you've never participated in Artistic Google and would like to, check out our "About" page to find out how.

Andiamo! (Jamal and Jan)___A share of the fabulous +Artistic Google tour of rivers of the world. That's where our team of ArtyGooglers find great scenes in Google Street View and tart them up creatively.

We're off on a Roman Holiday now for the next two weeks!

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2015-02-08 21:14:47 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

"Take me to the river"  for +Artistic Google's tour of rivers of the world, curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

Went looking for Varanasi on Google Street View, but came across this. Bangladesh is starting to get good GSV coverage. This is the River Milik in Dhaka. Looks like a destination for these rickshaws...

Musical accompaniment by Talking Heads: "Take me to the river" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anjT71N4PGM

Original GSV at http://goo.gl/maps/n5goP

"Take me to the river"  for +Artistic Google's tour of rivers of the world, curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

Went looking for Varanasi on Google Street View, but came across this. Bangladesh is starting to get good GSV coverage. This is the River Milik in Dhaka. Looks like a destination for these rickshaws...

Musical accompaniment by Talking Heads: "Take me to the river" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anjT71N4PGM

Original GSV at http://goo.gl/maps/n5goP___

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2015-02-07 02:53:14 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

"Miss You" for +Artistic Google's tour of rivers, curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

Listening to Anders Trentemøller's "Miss You" reminded me of a road trip up the Canadian west coast and onto the Alaska highway.  Here we are in Teslin, Yukon Territory, just south of the Nisutlin River Delta National Wildlife Area. Highlights are the Nisutlin Trading Post and the Yukon Motel & Restaurant.

A lot of time spent on bridges on this tour. They take you from one place to another. And you can never step in the same river twice.

Trentemøller: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DUCKGyojpE

Original GSV at http://goo.gl/maps/tLpAK

"Miss You" for +Artistic Google's tour of rivers, curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

Listening to Anders Trentemøller's "Miss You" reminded me of a road trip up the Canadian west coast and onto the Alaska highway.  Here we are in Teslin, Yukon Territory, just south of the Nisutlin River Delta National Wildlife Area. Highlights are the Nisutlin Trading Post and the Yukon Motel & Restaurant.

A lot of time spent on bridges on this tour. They take you from one place to another. And you can never step in the same river twice.

Trentemøller: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DUCKGyojpE

Original GSV at http://goo.gl/maps/tLpAK___

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2015-02-06 05:24:55 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

"Storm Over Menai Strait" for +Artistic Google's tour of rivers, curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran 

The Menai Strait is a narrow stretch of shallow tidal water which separates the island of Anglesey from the mainland of Wales. The differential tides at the two ends of the strait cause very strong currents to flow in both directions through the strait at different times, creating dangerous conditions. One of the most dangerous areas of the strait is known as the Swellies between the two bridges. Here rocks near the surface cause over-falls and local whirlpools, which can be of considerable danger in themselves and cause small boats to founder on the rocks. Entering the strait at the Caernarfon end is also hazardous because of the frequently shifting sand banks that make up Caernarfon bar.

After AlexCol... more »

"Storm Over Menai Strait" for +Artistic Google's tour of rivers, curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran 

The Menai Strait is a narrow stretch of shallow tidal water which separates the island of Anglesey from the mainland of Wales. The differential tides at the two ends of the strait cause very strong currents to flow in both directions through the strait at different times, creating dangerous conditions. One of the most dangerous areas of the strait is known as the Swellies between the two bridges. Here rocks near the surface cause over-falls and local whirlpools, which can be of considerable danger in themselves and cause small boats to founder on the rocks. Entering the strait at the Caernarfon end is also hazardous because of the frequently shifting sand banks that make up Caernarfon bar.

After Alex Colville: http://www.alexcolville.ca/gallery/alex_colville_1954_horse_and_train/

Musical accompaniment: Simon and Garfunkel "Bridge Over Troubled Water": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-PNun-Pfb4

Original GSV at http://goo.gl/maps/u6SLx___

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2015-02-06 03:43:15 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

"River of Tears" for +Artistic Google's tour of rivers of the world, curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

New Orleans Ninth Ward

Musical accompaniment: 9 heartfelt minutes of slowhand Eric Clapton "River of Tears" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZgyx_lSakA

Original GSV at http://goo.gl/maps/kh1qk

"River of Tears" for +Artistic Google's tour of rivers of the world, curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

New Orleans Ninth Ward

Musical accompaniment: 9 heartfelt minutes of slowhand Eric Clapton "River of Tears" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZgyx_lSakA

Original GSV at http://goo.gl/maps/kh1qk___

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2015-02-02 03:51:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

The +Artistic Google team just finished a tour of Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, finding interesting Google Street View captures and tarting them up artistically.

We are off on a tour of Rivers now! Literal rivers and conceptual rivers. An opportunity to go wild.

+Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran 

And that's a wrap for our Artistic Google BENELUX tour of Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg! Many thanks go to our special guide on this tour: +Hazel Caplen 

Here are the Golden Google Awards!

The Album Cover Prize goes to "Canalside, Ettelbruck" by +Ben Langhinrichs 
"Mir wölle bleiwe wat mir sin" by +Hazel Caplen 
"actus tragicus" by +Chryssa Kotsanidou 
"Doorway to a Dream" by +Jan McCartney 
"Charleroi, Belgium" by +Iva Pas 
"Windmills at Kinderdijk, the Netherlands" by +Elaine Hutchings 
"Patria" by +Tessie L'Amour 
"A pig that doesn't fly is just a pig" by +Himitsu Animo 
"Vuurtoren Ameland" by +Patrick Sheeran 
"Red Room" by +Dana Payton 
"Ypres Cloth Hall" by +Jamal Masood 
"Let's go buy some chocolates" by +Magdalena MadZ 
"A scene from Luxembourg City" by +Dorothy Pugh 
"Vineyard, Luxembourg" by +Rob Robinson 

Are you ready for our next tour? 

Rivers (February 2 - 15, 2015)

The Magic Bus becomes a hovercraft as we cruise the rivers of the world. 

Back in 2012, when we toured Brazil, we enjoyed a glimpse of the Amazon thanks to the Street View crew. You can check out that album here: http://goo.gl/Hn8h7k

Street View has special tours of the Amazon, the Colorado and Yampa Rivers, River Thames, Canals and Rivers of England and Wales. Find them here: https://www.google.com/maps/views/streetview?gl=us

You'll find rivers everywhere - the mighty St. Lawrence, the Seine and the Vitava with wonderful bridge views, the Mississippi delta at New Orleans. Feel free to wander along meandering streams and small creeks. Search out rivers with historical stories, arroyos (dry creek beds) and aqueducts for inspiration. Go wild with your digital interpretations.

If you've never participated in Artistic Google and would like to, have a look at our "About" page to find out how. (Jan)___The +Artistic Google team just finished a tour of Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, finding interesting Google Street View captures and tarting them up artistically.

We are off on a tour of Rivers now! Literal rivers and conceptual rivers. An opportunity to go wild.

+Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran 

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2015-02-01 21:15:43 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

"Bruges" for +Artistic Google's tour of BENELUX, curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and myself, with our special tour guide +Hazel Caplen.

Musical accompaniment: Korngold "Die Tote Stadt" - "Glück, das mir verblieb" - sung by René Kollo and Carol Neblett: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSzkJaNxBNQ

Original GSV at http://goo.gl/maps/a4xRZ

"Bruges" for +Artistic Google's tour of BENELUX, curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and myself, with our special tour guide +Hazel Caplen.

Musical accompaniment: Korngold "Die Tote Stadt" - "Glück, das mir verblieb" - sung by René Kollo and Carol Neblett: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSzkJaNxBNQ

Original GSV at http://goo.gl/maps/a4xRZ___

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2015-01-22 17:59:59 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

Notre Dame

A chilly December day, rendered in Topaz Impression and Nik Color Efex. Digital sketch for a graphite wash painting.

Notre Dame

A chilly December day, rendered in Topaz Impression and Nik Color Efex. Digital sketch for a graphite wash painting.___

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2015-01-21 02:52:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Check this out!

We celebrated +Artistic Google's Third Anniversary in California, where it all started back in 2012 - with ArtyGooglers finding neat images on Google Street View and tarting them up creatively.

Now we're of to BENELUX (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg)! Tour the world on the cheap with Street View!

If you'd like to participate (or just view some awesomeness), check out +Artistic Google 

+Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran 

And that's a wrap for our third anniversary Artistic Google tour of California! A warm welcome goes out to +Jo Ann Acevedo who joined the troupe.

Now for some Golden Google Awards:
The coveted Album Cover Award goes to "Rancho Cucamonga" by +Dorothy Pugh 
"Upward Reach" by +Ben Langhinrichs 
"Skid Row Area" by +Jo Ann Acevedo 
"Bike Rider" by +Jamal Masood 
"Toward Coit Tower" by +Rob Robinson 
"Santa Cruz Beach" by +Jan McCartney 
"Lembert Dome 3" by +Dana Payton 
"Giant Sequoia National Monument" by +Patrick Sheeran 
"Beach at Carmel" by +Elaine Hutchings 

Are you ready for our next destination? Hop on the Magic Bus because we are off to...

BENELUX (January 19 - February 1, 2015)

We're delighted that +Hazel Caplen is joining us at the front of the bus to point out the sights. Hazel says:

"The magic bus has visited Belgium and the Netherlands before, but with the recent addition of Luxembourg to the street view map this is a great time to tour the Benelux countries.

I used to live in Luxembourg before moving to Belgium, so I'm excited to visit of some of the things I remember, and to see your interpretations.  As well as the old city of Luxembourg, there's some fabulous countryside, the region of "Little Switzerland" (http://goo.gl/cVw8Rq), vineyards along the Moselle, some more industrial areas to the south.  Oh and banks of course.  Lots of banks ;)

Moving north into Belgium, you may get some ideas from my previous introduction (http://goo.gl/G9RN4u).  Have a peek at our 2012 Belgium album too: http://goo.gl/TTu89f

In the Netherlands there is no shortage of subjects amongst the old buildings, canals, windmills.  Maybe you'll find some colourful bulb fields. You can check out our Netherlands album from 2012 at http://goo.gl/pM3PtC

This should be a fun trip!"

If you've never participated in Artistic Google but would like to, check out our "About" page to find out how.

Please don't forget to tag +Artistic Google and  the curators +Jan McCartney +Rob Robinson +Patrick Sheeran +Jamal Masood . In addition, for this tour, please also tag our expert guide +Hazel Caplen. 
 (Hazel, Jamal, Jan)___Check this out!

We celebrated +Artistic Google's Third Anniversary in California, where it all started back in 2012 - with ArtyGooglers finding neat images on Google Street View and tarting them up creatively.

Now we're of to BENELUX (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg)! Tour the world on the cheap with Street View!

If you'd like to participate (or just view some awesomeness), check out +Artistic Google 

+Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran 

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2015-01-19 23:58:27 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

"Doorway to a Dream" for +Artistic Google curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me, with our special guest curator for the BENELUX tour, +Hazel Caplen 

Inspired by +Chryssa Kotsanidou, I also visited the Musee d'Art Moderne in Luxembourg and found a door that ostensibly led to a workshop but if you take the blue pill, you end up somewhere in a dream.

Musical accompaniment: My favourite Mendelssohn - Venetian Boat Song op. 30 no. 6 in F sharp minor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Re-eu9q_yUU

Original GSV at http://goo.gl/maps/wKO1N

"Doorway to a Dream" for +Artistic Google curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me, with our special guest curator for the BENELUX tour, +Hazel Caplen 

Inspired by +Chryssa Kotsanidou, I also visited the Musee d'Art Moderne in Luxembourg and found a door that ostensibly led to a workshop but if you take the blue pill, you end up somewhere in a dream.

Musical accompaniment: My favourite Mendelssohn - Venetian Boat Song op. 30 no. 6 in F sharp minor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Re-eu9q_yUU

Original GSV at http://goo.gl/maps/wKO1N___

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2015-01-16 16:11:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

The McMichael Gallery in Kleinburg is exhibiting "Vanishing Ice" from January 31 - April 26. The exhibition features photographs and paintings from alpine and polar landscapes from 1775 - 2012. Other installations and events at the gallery accompany the exhibit.

The image below is by David Buckland. It is an inkjet print of a projection on the wall of a glacier. 

Have a look at some of the intriguing images in the show:
http://www.mcmichael.com/vanishingice/images.html

The McMichael Gallery in Kleinburg is exhibiting "Vanishing Ice" from January 31 - April 26. The exhibition features photographs and paintings from alpine and polar landscapes from 1775 - 2012. Other installations and events at the gallery accompany the exhibit.

The image below is by David Buckland. It is an inkjet print of a projection on the wall of a glacier. 

Have a look at some of the intriguing images in the show:
http://www.mcmichael.com/vanishingice/images.html___

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2015-01-11 17:51:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

+Artistic Google capped off 2014 with a "Where in the World" tour. That's where our team picks interesting Google Street View captures and tarts them up digitally. 

We're spending the next week on a virtual tour of California - an annual pilgrimage first thing in January since Artistic Google started three years ago!

And that's a wrap for our Artistic Google "Where in the World" tour! We are happy to welcome +Andrzej Golonka to the troupe!

Golden Google Award time!

The coveted Album Cover Award goes to "Looking Out" by +Ben Langhinrichs 
"An Illusion of Painters" by our playful +Jamal Masood 
A special creative shout-out for "landscape in squares" by +Chryssa Kotsanidou 
"Star Sower" by +Ben Langhinrichs 
"Ile Vache Marine" by +Himitsu Animo 
"Point of no return" by +Francis Rouberty 
"Imagine" by +Jan McCartney 
"Cassis, Provence, France" by +Elaine Hutchings 
"Swedish Dreams" by +Tessie L'Amour 
"Chattanooga standing stones" by +Hazel Caplen 
Trifecta Award for "Crimson Permanent Assurance" by +Ben Langhinrichs 
"Christ of the Abyss" by +Patrick Sheeran 
"In Katowice" by +Andrzej Golonka 
"Freemont Ridge" by +Rob Robinson 
"Perpignan, France"  by +Iva Pas 

Are you ready for our next destination?  The Magic Bus is off to the state where it all began back in January, 2012. Artistic Google celebrates its third birthday with an annual pilgrimage and some California Dreamin' !

CALIFORNIA (January 5 - 18, 2015)

What do we need to say about things to seek out and do in Lotus Land? Check out our California albums:

2012: http://goo.gl/k84Np2

2013: http://goo.gl/q5sf5R

2014: http://goo.gl/exVj5O

It's up to you whether you revisit old favourites or check out the California that you've never visited. We don't doubt that the Street View crew has added and updated quite a few venues. 

A new year - maybe it's also a chance for you to try some new digital manipulation techniques. Use the albums to see what others have done and recharge yourself.

If you've never participated, but would like to, check out our About page to find out how. (Jan)___+Artistic Google capped off 2014 with a "Where in the World" tour. That's where our team picks interesting Google Street View captures and tarts them up digitally. 

We're spending the next week on a virtual tour of California - an annual pilgrimage first thing in January since Artistic Google started three years ago!

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2015-01-11 17:42:41 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

+Michael Albrecht is one talented photographer here and on FB. He's facing the fight of his life with esophageal cancer. That sucks. With radiation and chemo, there's hope that he can beat this. Please visit his page and enjoy his work, then stand behind him in his fight.

Thank you so much to everyone that was able to help and for your thoughts and prayers and with that said I'm going to ask all 16,704 of you that follow me to reshare this post once for me .... I don't like or want to ask for help but you are my people you are my voice... every little bit helps .... and at the moment I need any and all of the help I can get ...
   #fckcancer      http://www.gofundme.com/FightOfMyLife___+Michael Albrecht is one talented photographer here and on FB. He's facing the fight of his life with esophageal cancer. That sucks. With radiation and chemo, there's hope that he can beat this. Please visit his page and enjoy his work, then stand behind him in his fight.

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2015-01-09 19:38:07 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

"Santa Cruz Beach" for +Artistic Google curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

The Giant Dipper at Cali's oldest surviving amusement park. 

Original GSV at http://goo.gl/maps/47jsI

"Santa Cruz Beach" for +Artistic Google curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

The Giant Dipper at Cali's oldest surviving amusement park. 

Original GSV at http://goo.gl/maps/47jsI___

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2015-01-09 02:34:30 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

"Joshua Tree National Park" for +Artistic Google curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

For our third anniversary tour of California where Artistic Google got started! Tarted in Topaz Impression Chiaroscuro.

Original GSV at http://goo.gl/maps/3hqN1

"Joshua Tree National Park" for +Artistic Google curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

For our third anniversary tour of California where Artistic Google got started! Tarted in Topaz Impression Chiaroscuro.

Original GSV at http://goo.gl/maps/3hqN1___

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2014-12-31 21:11:10 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

What better image to celebrate the new year than this photo by Icelander Dagur Jonsson who hangs out on Facebook. Dagur started photographing his beautiful country in February. 2014 has been good to him! If you visit The Dark Side, check out his work!

A most creative 2015 for my friends on G+ !

What better image to celebrate the new year than this photo by Icelander Dagur Jonsson who hangs out on Facebook. Dagur started photographing his beautiful country in February. 2014 has been good to him! If you visit The Dark Side, check out his work!

A most creative 2015 for my friends on G+ !___

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2014-12-31 00:58:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

14 for 2014

A selection of my images reflecting the roller coaster ride that was 2014. One door closes, another opens. One that had always stood open, just waiting.

14 for 2014

A selection of my images reflecting the roller coaster ride that was 2014. One door closes, another opens. One that had always stood open, just waiting.___

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2014-12-31 00:15:08 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

"Northern Ferry" for +Artistic Google curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

The ferry leaves the Norwegian island of Tustna for parts north. 

Departing this old year with the clean wind in our faces in the promising but uncertain new day.

With a nod to Alex Colville whose exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario ends this weekend, and there will be a last visit tomorrow to contemplate his Precisionist painting style and subliminal drama.

With a snatch of poetry from Anne Michaels in my favourite work: "There is no city that does not dream":

The storm
that lit the city with the voltage
of spring, when we were eighteen
on the clean earth. The ferry ride in the rain,
wind wet with wedding music and everything that
sings in the carbon of stone and bone
like a page of love,wind... more »

"Northern Ferry" for +Artistic Google curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

The ferry leaves the Norwegian island of Tustna for parts north. 

Departing this old year with the clean wind in our faces in the promising but uncertain new day.

With a nod to Alex Colville whose exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario ends this weekend, and there will be a last visit tomorrow to contemplate his Precisionist painting style and subliminal drama.

With a snatch of poetry from Anne Michaels in my favourite work: "There is no city that does not dream":

The storm
that lit the city with the voltage
of spring, when we were eighteen
on the clean earth. The ferry ride in the rain,
wind wet with wedding music and everything that
sings in the carbon of stone and bone
like a page of love, wind-lost from a hand, unread.

Colville: http://www.alexcolville.ca

Original GSV at http://goo.gl/maps/oLxkv___

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