art review

I don’t think Ted Hughes is being a luddite here and obviously there are many advantages to writing using a word processor, especially a computer.  There’s this strange thing that happens with memory and editing and history when you’re composing sentences on a screen — my gf and I talked about this recently, this idea of writing and the page being a malleable form that almost disposes of the notion of drafts.  It’s why I used to type things up on a typewriter, so I could track the changes.  It’s very much a physical thing, really.

But there’s something to what Hughes is saying about writing by hand and I’ll just go ahead say that this particular act of writing is, in essence, a kind of drawing in the way that it depends on the body to make real the ideas (words) that exist in abstract space (the writer’s head).

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Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon

Incredibly inspiring and motivational, Austin Kleon has designed a quick guide on the concept of developing your inner artist. Straightforward and fearless, Kleon utters the silent truth about art: Nothing is original. Extremely clever and modern, Kleon’s guide on unleashing your creativity is fun and wildly interesting. He guides you on the fundamentals of creating and aids you by reassuring you that everybody obtains artistic license to repurpose, steal and study. Below are ten things, Kleon wishes someone had told him on the concept of making art:

1. Steal like an artist.

2. Don’t wait until you know who you are to get started.

3. Write the book you want to read.

4. Use your hands.

5. Side projects and hobbies are important.

6. The secret: do good work and share it with people.

7. Geography is no longer our master.

8. Be nice. (The world is a small town.)

9. Be boring. (It’s the only way to get work done.)

10. Creativity is subtraction.

Remember the most prolific artists such as Pablo Picasso, T.S. Eliot and Steve Jobs were thieves. Art is imitation and Kleon constantly reminds us of this.

Overall Steal Like an Artist is simply brilliant. Kleon has called everybody’s bluff, and he has simultaneously made you happy by reminding you that your veins are filled with creativity, as long as you feed your soul, you are kind to others and do justice to your ideas. 

Get the book here!

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(images via 1, 2, 3)

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my half of a LIZARD MONSTER TRADE with roachpatrol - these little things can tuck their heads partly into the shell on their backs for protection, and when THAT doesnt work, the hairlike particles on their tail and antennae can generate electricity, also illuminating patterns on the shell in hopes of scaring whatever it is off

EXCEPT theyre easily excited, and the sparks are essentially harmless ?? i bet theyd make a cool pet

Art Everywhere UK: The second edition of Art Everywhere UK, a British art campaign that displays artworks on billboards, bus stops, and public venues throughout the United Kingdom, is well underway. Through the end of June, the public can vote for their favorite pieces from a list of 70 artworks dating from the 1500s to the present.

Vote for David Hockney's My Parents (1977), which is pictured above, from the Tate Collection in London. Hockney’s We Two Boys Together Clinging (1961) from the Arts Council Collection of London has also been nominated. Cast your vote here.

Read more about Art Everywhere UK from Art Review here.

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It’s easy for me to get caught up in life’s day-to-day stresses that I end up missing all of the good stuff that happens, and so it seemed worth reflecting on what 2013 meant to me.  A little late to the party, but what the hell!

I’m still trying to figure out what I want and need 2014 to be, but some big takeaways:  more sleep, more art for me and not for the churning masses, more time spent in isolated cabins in the woods.  Less stress.

In the meantime, THANK YOU GUYS.  Thanks for sticking around.  Happy New Year. :)

-C

Artist/Store Review: LOLL3~

Hey everyone, Fox here! (First official blog post, eeeee)

Today I’m so happy to review (*show off*) the wonderful art and items I purchased from loll3​’s Etsy. (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

I have loved and admired this wonderful artist for a long time, I even already own two A3 art prints from her! So as soon as I created this blog, I knew I wanted to post about her! This is just a review of her etsy store, but in the future I hope to do an “artist spotlight” for her! 

So I ordered quite a lot! I bought 1 A3 art print, 2 hand crafted badges and 2 sticker sets.

 So let’s start the review!~

Price and shipping costs: ★★★★★/★★★★★
Everything is so cheap for such good quality and shipping was fair!

Packaging and delivery: ★★★★★/★★★★★

It was shipped only a day or two after I placed my order and arrived in under five days! I’m impressed! (This is from Italy to the UK) 
The entire order came in one large envelope with bubblewrap padding! Everything came in it’s own sealed plastic covers but I was too excited when I got this to leave them in their wrappers for pictures, I just had to open them there and then. She drew on the envelope and packaged it all in such a cute way, I squealed opening it. All of the items were perfect except the art print, which did have some dents and bends in it despite the cardboard she packaged it with for support, though honestly I blame the UK mailing companies for this, they are so disrespectful and rough with packages. ლ(。-﹏-。 ლ)

Quality:  ★★★★★/★★★★★

Everything is gorgeous! The stickers (Shown above: Witchy sticker set) are high quality printed and stick very well (though they are a bit hard to use, but she explains that!)

The art print is perfect, I ordered two from her Society6 store before and they look terrible quality compared to those printed herself through her etsy! If you want a good quality print from her, ditch society6 and use etsy instead, they all come signed too! (And she gets better pay for it!)

I’ve already put some stickers on my kindle from the girl gang set! As you can see, the mushroom pin is exactly as the pictures, which is amazing as everything is handmade, I have no idea how she gets them so exact! The Scully Kitten pin is actually not shown here because I left it on my jumper in the other house (oops) but it is wonderful also!

All in all, this was well worth the money and I am extremely satisfied with my purchase. She included a thank you card and her business cards, which I count as free art as I love them so much! You should 100% check out this artist and purchase from her etsy if you love unique, cute art.

Items reviewed: 
☆ Girl gang sticker set
☆ Witchy sticker set
☆ Scully Kitten Pin
☆ Mushroom Pin
☆ A3 Art Print

HER LINKS:
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“At its best, literature is pure encounter: it resists consumption because it cannot be used up and it cannot expire. The bonds that are formed between readers and writers, between readers and characters, and between readers and ideas, are meaningful in a way that the bonds formed between consumers and products can never be. Literature demands curiosity, empathy, wonder, imagination, trust, the suspension of cynicism, and the eradication of prejudice; in return, it affords the reader curiosity, empathy, wonder, imagination, trust, the suspension of cynicism, and the eradication of prejudice.”

Eleanor Catton on literature and elitism, prompted by a commenter’s objection to our use of “crepuscular.”

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Hey everyone! (ノ´ヮ´)ノ*:・゚✧ Fox here!

I have another review for you today! I pre-ordered “Memento Bento" from Mais2’s store! (Purchase here) I was really excited about getting this as I adore her art style and I love reading people travelling trips. 

Memento Bento is basically a drawn diary made into a book by Mais2. She gets really creative, using stickers, scanning in photos and tickets along with drawing and writing about her time there. Let’s start the review! 

Shipping and price: ★★★★★/★★★★★

It arrived so quickly! I didn’t expect it for a long time, but it came so fast, under 5 days for sure, maybe even 2 or 3! I personally think it’s a decent price. It’s fairly small so some might not be happy paying £15 for it, but I agree on the price. It took a long time to make, is filled with great art and is printed and made at a very high quality! It arrived in a brown cardboard backed envelope with her cute ink-stamped (I think) logo! She also included a free post card!

Quality and product: ★★★★★/★★★★★

I honestly love it! It’s so gorgeous and well made. The quality is amazing. The art is so cute and her style is unique. Her commentary is funny and enjoyable, I can reread it without getting bored many times. If you have an interest in travelling, or in japan, then this will be great for you. At one point she talks about some misfortunes like places she wanted to see being closed and her experience of (very incorrectly) wearing a yukata but she keeps it light hearted and makes sure to exclaim that how she wore it is not something you should do. This might annoy some. The rest of her book is filled with lovely little doodles of clothes, people, food (which looked soooo good) and much more. She even documented some interesting and cute mascots she saw around, which I liked. 

Overall rating: ★★★★★/★★★★★

I haven’t taken it out of my bag except to read it since I got it! It’s inspiring and witty, funny and really aesthetically pleasing. It’s actually helpful to, she even teaches you (A beginners guide) how to pray at a shrine and gives info about foods you will see around, if you was to travel there yourself! My only complaint is that I wish it was longer, because I can’t get enough of her art. (ノ´ヮ´)ノ*:・゚✧

Her links:
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Disclaimer; This is a review of this art book and not the artist or a spotlight on the artist, those will be separate features I hope to do in the future. I also asked permission to do this review!

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"A strong case for the rigor and, often, the beauty of Koons’s art." The New Yorker reviews Jeff Koons: A Retrospective.

Jeff Koons (b. 1955), Rabbit, 1986. Stainless steel; 41 × 19 × 12 in. (104.1 × 48.3 × 30.5 cm). Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; partial gift of Stefan T. Edlis and H. Gael Neeson, 2000.21. © Jeff Koons