Artist Paints Ocean Stones With Thousands Of Tiny Dots To Create Colorful Mandalas

Etsy | elspethmclean | Facebook

Elspeth McLean, an Australian artist based in Canada, creates hypnotizing paintings of mandalas on smooth and perfectly round ocean stones that will soothe your soul and fill your wold with color. She paints her beautiful explosions of color with tiny dots, which makes her works even more symmetrical and soothing.

Her rocks are insanely popular, and sell out of her Etsy shop very quickly! But she also has tons of other artwork, so be sure to take a look!



Quick fifteen minute character portrait, nothing too fancy!  Just wanted to show my basic process for blocking in B&W values- throwing down loose strokes to define the planes of the face, and constantly eyedropping mid-tones to blend. Coooooonstantly.

…Also worth noting that I always have a bunch of reference photos open on my other monitor while I’m painting, just for general lighting inspiration. :)

Software: Adobe Photoshop CC
Hardware: Cintiq 24 UX, Mac
Tools/Brushes: Hard round brush (w/ pressure sensitivity) and eyedropper, two layers. Super basic.
Music: =Cyborg= by the inimitable Phenomenauts

Here’s the final piece in all its rough and tumblr glory:

This is an acrylic painting made by University of Utah astrophysicist Ben Bromley. He envisions the view of a double sunset from an uninhabited Earthlike planet orbiting a pair of binary stars (a star system consisting of two stars orbiting around their common center of mass).

Earth-like worlds with two suns in their skies, like planet of Tatooine in Star Wars, may be widespread throughout the Milky Way galaxy. Although a number of gaseous exoplanets have already been spotted in two-star systems, many astronomers had thought that rocky, potentially habitable worlds could not take shape in an environment with such complex and chaotic orbital dynamics. But mathematical simulations suggest otherwise, a new study reports.

"It is just as easy to make an Earth-like planet around a binary star as it is [to do so] around a single star like our sun," study lead author Ben Bromley, of the University of Utah, said in a statement. "So we think that Tatooines may be common in the universe."

etsyfindoftheday 3 | 3.31.15

moon and stars original painting by natashanewtonart

natasha newton is the talented artist behind this shop’s paintings — you can get an original piece, like this half moon on an inky sky, or you can get one of her works in a print form. the grey watercolor lunar face has an incredible depth against the celestial semicircle.

Based in Mexico City, Curiot (featured in HF Vol. 29) creates phantasmagoric paintings where deity-like monsters traverse the clouds. The silhouettes of tiny people floating in their wake reveal that human beings look like mere playthings in comparison. Last weekend, Curiot debuted his latest solo show, “Down the Rabbit Hole with Neon Lights,” at San Francisco’s FFDG, as well as a downtown mural curated by Fifty24SF, another local gallery. According to FFDG, the new paintings in Curiot’s exhibition allude to the rapid pace of technology and the consequential environmental pollution. His creatures travel through a mysterious continuum to attempt to reach the “vortex of souls,” only to get sucked into the past where they must confront their previous wrongdoing.

See more on Hi-Fructose.

Shaina Craft paints her subjects’ faces after they have been altered, layered, and printed digitally. She wields her palette as another means of pushing limits, experimenting with extreme and unfamiliar hues for the human form, creating something recognizable and yet entirely alien, like landscapes comprised of bodies or fluorescent faces fading in and out of existence.