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Offbeat Images1,033You 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 00:30:0079  
Offbeat Images1,033THIS 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 21:00:00218  
HACK THIS PHOTO4,693*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 PHOTO4,693*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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2015-09-06 17:15:09 (5 comments; 7 reshares; 33 +1s)Open 

"Hors Saison, Sacré-Cœur" for +Artistic Google's "Orient Express" theme, curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

With the coming of autumn, Paris and Sacré-Cœur take on a haunting beauty. The air is crisp, the streets of Montmartre are quieter and the little carousel is still.

Original GSV at https://goo.gl/maps/NHxV6

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

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2015-09-06 17:15:09 (5 comments; 7 reshares; 33 +1s)Open 

"Hors Saison, Sacré-Cœur" for +Artistic Google's "Orient Express" theme, curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

With the coming of autumn, Paris and Sacré-Cœur take on a haunting beauty. The air is crisp, the streets of Montmartre are quieter and the little carousel is still.

Original GSV at https://goo.gl/maps/NHxV6

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2016-02-11 01:52:20 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

My Dreamtime digital photo manipulations are on exhibit at Orchard Bar, one of the local venues for Toronto School of Art. 

“The Hour of the Wolf is the hour between night and dawn. It is the hour when most people die, when sleep is deepest, when nightmares are most real. It is the hour when the sleepless are haunted by their deepest fear, when ghosts and demons are most powerful. The Hour of the Wolf is also the hour when most children are born.” (from the eponymous Bergman film)

“Night Carousel” is an digitally-enhanced photographic exploration into this dreamworld, seen through a fog of restless sleep and with more than a hint of Fuseli’s hallucinatory incubi. Those acquainted with the night will know that the hauntings sometimes bear the fruit of creative revelations.

You can see the Night Carousel images at http://www.janmccartney.ca

My Dreamtime digital photo manipulations are on exhibit at Orchard Bar, one of the local venues for Toronto School of Art. 

“The Hour of the Wolf is the hour between night and dawn. It is the hour when most people die, when sleep is deepest, when nightmares are most real. It is the hour when the sleepless are haunted by their deepest fear, when ghosts and demons are most powerful. The Hour of the Wolf is also the hour when most children are born.” (from the eponymous Bergman film)

“Night Carousel” is an digitally-enhanced photographic exploration into this dreamworld, seen through a fog of restless sleep and with more than a hint of Fuseli’s hallucinatory incubi. Those acquainted with the night will know that the hauntings sometimes bear the fruit of creative revelations.

You can see the Night Carousel images at http://www.janmccartney.ca___

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2016-02-11 01:50:00 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

"Song of the Sea" tells the story of Ben and his little sister Saoirse -- the last Seal-child -- who embark on a fantastic journey across a fading world of ancient legend and magic in an attempt to return to their home by the sea. The film takes inspiration from the mythological Selkies of Irish and Scottish folklore, who live as seals in the sea but become humans on land.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0Ejpl3QFuU

"Song of the Sea" tells the story of Ben and his little sister Saoirse -- the last Seal-child -- who embark on a fantastic journey across a fading world of ancient legend and magic in an attempt to return to their home by the sea. The film takes inspiration from the mythological Selkies of Irish and Scottish folklore, who live as seals in the sea but become humans on land.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0Ejpl3QFuU___

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2016-02-11 01:49:33 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

This. Award winning animation from Taha Neyestani, Sheridan College student. Celebrating Ed, the artists' model.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qsxm4mUjf4w

This. Award winning animation from Taha Neyestani, Sheridan College student. Celebrating Ed, the artists' model.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qsxm4mUjf4w___

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2016-02-07 05:01:23 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

"Redwoods" and "Redwoods 2" for +Artistic Google curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran +Hazel Caplen and me.

+Artistic Google first started touring with Street View screen captures, tarted up digitally, in January 2012. Our first tour was California and we have been visiting there every year since.

These redwoods were captured in Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park.

Original GSV at https://goo.gl/maps/X2KbKZHBMRG2

"Redwoods" and "Redwoods 2" for +Artistic Google curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran +Hazel Caplen and me.

+Artistic Google first started touring with Street View screen captures, tarted up digitally, in January 2012. Our first tour was California and we have been visiting there every year since.

These redwoods were captured in Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park.

Original GSV at https://goo.gl/maps/X2KbKZHBMRG2___

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2016-02-06 18:50:44 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Inspired by Loren Eiseley's words on stones, here is a little pagan necklace that I made some moons ago entitled "The Slow Lives of Stones".

This necklace incorporates a focal lampwork bead by Dwyn Tomlinson, agate swirls and Kambaba jasper rondelles from BeadFX, chain from AD Adornments, and Atlantis polymer beads and earrings by Christine Damm at http://www.storiestheytell.com

Inspired by Loren Eiseley's words on stones, here is a little pagan necklace that I made some moons ago entitled "The Slow Lives of Stones".

This necklace incorporates a focal lampwork bead by Dwyn Tomlinson, agate swirls and Kambaba jasper rondelles from BeadFX, chain from AD Adornments, and Atlantis polymer beads and earrings by Christine Damm at http://www.storiestheytell.com___

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2016-02-06 18:50:04 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

The Slow Lives of Stones

I suppose that nothing living had moved among those great stones for centuries.
They lay toppled against each other like fallen dolmens.
The huge stones were beasts, I used to think, of a kind that man ordinarily lived too fast to understand.
They seemed inanimate because the tempo of the life in them was slow.
They lived ages in one place and moved only when man was not looking.
Sometimes at night I would hear a low rumble as one drew itself into a new position and subsided again.
Sometimes I found their tracks ground deeply into the hillsides.

Words: Loren Eiseley; Image: Andy Goldsworthy - "Stone River"

The Slow Lives of Stones

I suppose that nothing living had moved among those great stones for centuries.
They lay toppled against each other like fallen dolmens.
The huge stones were beasts, I used to think, of a kind that man ordinarily lived too fast to understand.
They seemed inanimate because the tempo of the life in them was slow.
They lived ages in one place and moved only when man was not looking.
Sometimes at night I would hear a low rumble as one drew itself into a new position and subsided again.
Sometimes I found their tracks ground deeply into the hillsides.

Words: Loren Eiseley; Image: Andy Goldsworthy - "Stone River"___

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2016-02-06 17:12:48 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

"They can count, learn and remember; nurse sick neighbors; warn each other of danger by sending electrical signals across a fungal network known as the 'Wood Wide Web' – and, for reasons unknown, keep the ancient stumps of long-felled companions alive for centuries by feeding them a sugar solution through their roots."

And this poem by Roo Borson:

Their lives are longer, slower than ours.
They drink more deeply, slowly,
are warmed, do not shiver at dusk.
The heart unwinding makes a small noise.
Who would hear it?
Yet the trees attend,
perhaps to us, perhaps to nothing.
Fragrance maybe, not of
flowering, but leaves and bark.
Trees. Dusk. Hand-coloured photographs
of the world before we were born.
Not sweet, but as water is,
sweet to a mouth long closed on itself.
Befriend them.
"TheT... more »

"They can count, learn and remember; nurse sick neighbors; warn each other of danger by sending electrical signals across a fungal network known as the 'Wood Wide Web' – and, for reasons unknown, keep the ancient stumps of long-felled companions alive for centuries by feeding them a sugar solution through their roots."

And this poem by Roo Borson:

Their lives are longer, slower than ours.
They drink more deeply, slowly,
are warmed, do not shiver at dusk.
The heart unwinding makes a small noise.
Who would hear it?
Yet the trees attend,
perhaps to us, perhaps to nothing.
Fragrance maybe, not of
flowering, but leaves and bark.
Trees. Dusk. Hand-coloured photographs
of the world before we were born.
Not sweet, but as water is,
sweet to a mouth long closed on itself.
Befriend them.
"The Trees" by Roo Borson
http://canpoetry.library.utoronto.ca/borson/

http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/trees-forest-are-social-beings.html___

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2016-02-05 13:41:14 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

Illustrator Tomio Nitto was in charge of the Aird Gallery today when I visited the "Museum of the Street: 50 Years of Toronto Illustration" exhibition yesterday. He kindly allowed me to capture the exhibition pieces on my iPhone, all the more interesting because of his own drawings of cameras. Here are some of his works that were in the Aird exhibition, and an intriguing article from CanadianArt called "The Camera Reframed".

"The “shop” features a variety of Nitto’s tributes to camera technology, many of them handmade. Here, drawings, framed prints, one-inch buttons and miniature sculptures replicate technological classics by Voigtlaender, Hasselblad, Leica, Alpa, Holga, Minox, Nikon and many other makers."

"For the better part of a year, the Japan-born Nitto—who’s already had an acclaimed 30-year career as a freelance illustrator—has beencreating th... more »

Illustrator Tomio Nitto was in charge of the Aird Gallery today when I visited the "Museum of the Street: 50 Years of Toronto Illustration" exhibition yesterday. He kindly allowed me to capture the exhibition pieces on my iPhone, all the more interesting because of his own drawings of cameras. Here are some of his works that were in the Aird exhibition, and an intriguing article from CanadianArt called "The Camera Reframed".

"The “shop” features a variety of Nitto’s tributes to camera technology, many of them handmade. Here, drawings, framed prints, one-inch buttons and miniature sculptures replicate technological classics by Voigtlaender, Hasselblad, Leica, Alpa, Holga, Minox, Nikon and many other makers."

"For the better part of a year, the Japan-born Nitto—who’s already had an acclaimed 30-year career as a freelance illustrator—has been creating these “camera portraits,” and through them he’s documented and preserved the very instrument we so often use to document and preserve fleeting realities. One cannot look at these without feeling the fleetingness of the analog form of this tool, too."

Beautiful machines and beautiful drawings.

http://canadianart.ca/must-sees/tomio_nitto/
Camera drawings at http://tomionittocamerashop.com___

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2016-02-05 13:37:56 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

Yesterday, I attended an exhibition of illustration art at the Aird Gallery, entitled "The Museum of the Street: An Exhibition of 50 Years of Toronto Illustration". Curated by Gail Geltner, the Illustrators' Archive Project celebrates the "bastard child in the hierarchy of the visual arts". The 38 artists represented hailed mostly, if not entirely, from the Ontario College of Art back in the day.

These artists really did know how to draw and paint in the days before Photoshop, using pencils, Pelikan and India inks, pens, white-out, markers, watercolours, oil paints, polymer and casein-based paints, scissors, glue, scratch board and airbrush. Humbling to see these original pieces up close.

I was fortunate to study editorial illustration with Will Davies, and, yes, we used Pelikan ink, underpainting, and gouache on illustration board. (Uphill both ways, in my... more »

Yesterday, I attended an exhibition of illustration art at the Aird Gallery, entitled "The Museum of the Street: An Exhibition of 50 Years of Toronto Illustration". Curated by Gail Geltner, the Illustrators' Archive Project celebrates the "bastard child in the hierarchy of the visual arts". The 38 artists represented hailed mostly, if not entirely, from the Ontario College of Art back in the day.

These artists really did know how to draw and paint in the days before Photoshop, using pencils, Pelikan and India inks, pens, white-out, markers, watercolours, oil paints, polymer and casein-based paints, scissors, glue, scratch board and airbrush. Humbling to see these original pieces up close.

I was fortunate to study editorial illustration with Will Davies, and, yes, we used Pelikan ink, underpainting, and gouache on illustration board. (Uphill both ways, in my pyjamas in a blizzard...)

The attached images are: (1) the guys, (2) James Hill, (3) Roger Hill, (4) Barbara Klunder, (5) Will Davies, (6 and 7) Julius Ciss, (8) Joe Morse, (9) Gerry Sevier and (10) puppet-makers.___

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2016-01-01 18:10:27 (2 comments; 4 reshares; 19 +1s)Open 

Poyekhali! (Let's go!)
Words: Yuri Gagarin
My image: Atlantic Road, Norway

A reprise of a Street View tartography for +Artistic Google curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran +Hazel Caplen and me, to celebrate 2016 and AG's "Busman's Holiday" road trip theme.

Poyekhali! (Let's go!)
Words: Yuri Gagarin
My image: Atlantic Road, Norway

A reprise of a Street View tartography for +Artistic Google curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran +Hazel Caplen and me, to celebrate 2016 and AG's "Busman's Holiday" road trip theme.___

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2016-01-01 18:01:17 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Did you too see it, drifting, all night, on the black river?
Did you see it in the morning, rising into the silvery air -
An armful of white blossoms,
A perfect commotion of silk and linen as it leaned
into the bondage of its wings; a snowbank, a bank of lilies,
Biting the air with its black beak?
Did you hear it, fluting and whistling
A shrill dark music – like the rain pelting the trees – like a waterfall
Knifing down the black ledges?
And did you see it, finally, just under the clouds -
A white cross Streaming across the sky, its feet
Like black leaves, its wings Like the stretching light of the river?
And did you feel it, in your heart, how it pertained to everything?
And have you too finally figured out what beauty is for?
And have you changed your life?

Words: Mary Oliver, The Swan
Image: Mikhail Vrubel, SwanPri... more »

Did you too see it, drifting, all night, on the black river?
Did you see it in the morning, rising into the silvery air -
An armful of white blossoms,
A perfect commotion of silk and linen as it leaned
into the bondage of its wings; a snowbank, a bank of lilies,
Biting the air with its black beak?
Did you hear it, fluting and whistling
A shrill dark music – like the rain pelting the trees – like a waterfall
Knifing down the black ledges?
And did you see it, finally, just under the clouds -
A white cross Streaming across the sky, its feet
Like black leaves, its wings Like the stretching light of the river?
And did you feel it, in your heart, how it pertained to everything?
And have you too finally figured out what beauty is for?
And have you changed your life?

Words: Mary Oliver, The Swan
Image: Mikhail Vrubel, Swan Princess___

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2015-12-31 17:25:54 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

Happy new year to all my Google+ friends!

My image: Venice Doors

Happy new year to all my Google+ friends!

My image: Venice Doors___

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2015-12-23 16:43:55 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

The Christmas Market in the Distillery District is an annual event. Packed with tourists this year because of the pleasant weather, it was difficult to get photos. This album is from 2014 when I was fortunate to be there for Blue Hour. If you go, make sure you try a sake flight at the little Izumi distillery.

The Christmas Market in the Distillery District is an annual event. Packed with tourists this year because of the pleasant weather, it was difficult to get photos. This album is from 2014 when I was fortunate to be there for Blue Hour. If you go, make sure you try a sake flight at the little Izumi distillery.___

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2015-12-14 04:37:50 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Solstice reminded me of Raven stealing the sun.

Here is a brilliant 8 minute movie, "Wuji", created with sand on glass by Philippe Vaucher, that is a riff on the Raven myth. The visual effects are like Kirlian photography.

"A man and a raven journey through a mythical landscape. Craving the light of the land, the man absorbs it relentlessly until the raven must decide whether or not to intervene."

http://www.philvaucher.com/films-2/wuji-2008.html

Solstice reminded me of Raven stealing the sun.

Here is a brilliant 8 minute movie, "Wuji", created with sand on glass by Philippe Vaucher, that is a riff on the Raven myth. The visual effects are like Kirlian photography.

"A man and a raven journey through a mythical landscape. Craving the light of the land, the man absorbs it relentlessly until the raven must decide whether or not to intervene."

http://www.philvaucher.com/films-2/wuji-2008.html___

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2015-12-14 04:36:54 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Leading up to the solstice. On the sacred night when the sun is reborn, look for Mother Christmas waiting silently as a deer in the temple of nature, carrying a bird in her horns.

http://gathervictoria.com/2014/12/04/doe-a-deer-a-female-deer-the-spirit-of-mother-christmas/

Leading up to the solstice. On the sacred night when the sun is reborn, look for Mother Christmas waiting silently as a deer in the temple of nature, carrying a bird in her horns.

http://gathervictoria.com/2014/12/04/doe-a-deer-a-female-deer-the-spirit-of-mother-christmas/___

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2015-12-14 04:35:54 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

A little Solstice celebration with Annie Lennox and mummers. Be still, my pagan heart!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlsJD8RlhbI

A little Solstice celebration with Annie Lennox and mummers. Be still, my pagan heart!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlsJD8RlhbI___

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2015-10-10 17:47:43 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Although fall colours are starting to peak farther north in Ontario, they are about two weeks behind schedule which hopefully augurs well for a mild winter. 

Here in the Big Smoke, the trees are beginning to turn in the ravines so it will be a little while longer before my annual pilgrimage over to High Park to capture the gold that you see in my banner.

In the meantime, though, here are a few earlier shots.

Although fall colours are starting to peak farther north in Ontario, they are about two weeks behind schedule which hopefully augurs well for a mild winter. 

Here in the Big Smoke, the trees are beginning to turn in the ravines so it will be a little while longer before my annual pilgrimage over to High Park to capture the gold that you see in my banner.

In the meantime, though, here are a few earlier shots.___

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2015-09-06 17:15:09 (5 comments; 7 reshares; 33 +1s)Open 

"Hors Saison, Sacré-Cœur" for +Artistic Google's "Orient Express" theme, curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

With the coming of autumn, Paris and Sacré-Cœur take on a haunting beauty. The air is crisp, the streets of Montmartre are quieter and the little carousel is still.

Original GSV at https://goo.gl/maps/NHxV6

"Hors Saison, Sacré-Cœur" for +Artistic Google's "Orient Express" theme, curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

With the coming of autumn, Paris and Sacré-Cœur take on a haunting beauty. The air is crisp, the streets of Montmartre are quieter and the little carousel is still.

Original GSV at https://goo.gl/maps/NHxV6___

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2015-08-31 21:46:02 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +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 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +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; 11 +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 (3 comments; 4 reshares; 21 +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; 7 reshares; 27 +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; 2 reshares; 11 +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; 19 +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; 4 +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 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 16 +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; 17 +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; 9 +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; 11 +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; 6 +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; 4 reshares; 8 +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 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +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; 10 +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; 6 +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; 5 +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 (4 comments; 5 reshares; 21 +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 (1 comments; 6 reshares; 10 +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; 4 reshares; 20 +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 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 15 +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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