Though New York based artist Casey Baugh’s oil paintings are generally described as realistic, there is a wonderous quality about them as well that does not exist in real life. First featured on our blog here, Baugh once compared his unique sense of reality in his paintings to one his first passions, photography, an art form that portrays a parallel universe or a version of reality that is “slightly off.” As seen in his instructional videos at his website, he works like a photographer does in a dark room when it comes to painting, building from values and highly saturated colors until his subjects start to take form. The result is a vivid reality that takes realism to a higher, almost unsettling level with a narrative that taps into our complexities and insecurities. 

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Need a next-level Valentine’s Day gift? Get tickets for an after-hours tour of MoMA this weekend. 

[MoMA members at The Modern Party on January 21, 2016. Shown: Vincent van Gogh. Portrait of Joseph Roulin. Arles, early 1889. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photograph: © Carly Gaebe / Steadfast Studio] 

Another late night shot. Had to run errands today to get paper + stamps + sign orders, yesterday had to hire help to print, cut and package prints. Tomorrow I can ship them. It’ll have taken 3 days for this weeks shipment, to get it ready and sent off. 80+ more orders. I put aside some time to paint every day as well. I work extra days to put more personal touches on my orders, to sign each one, this is important to me. I am always being asked when I am going to make more YouTube videos and my answer will always be “when I have time”. To be able to create I need balance, I work 6+ days a week and a lot of them are doing business related stuffs. I’d love to make more vids but until I can find a way to save time but still put out good products my art will come first and YouTube will be a thing that I can set aside 1-2 days a month for. I love the YouTubes and one day I will have more room for it but right now I am juggling it with other things that take priority. It makes me anxious among other things that I have people demand I make videos, I didn’t really know that’d be a “thing” when I started making them. I want to make them but I’d like to kindly ask that people please stop requesting me to make them. I will when I have time and energy. 👍🏻✨ #art #arte #artsy #artist #artwork #instaart #instaartist #myart #painting #gouache #audraauclair #drawing #wolf