sign painters

cool paintings for the signs (based on the painters’ actual sign)

ARIES: Marcel Duchamp, Yvonne And Magdeleine Torn In Tatters (1911)

TAURUS: Willem de Kooning, Abstraction (1950)

GEMINI: Rachel Ruysch, Still-Life With Flowers (1716)

CANCER: James McNeill Whistler, Nocturne In Black And Gold – The Falling Rocket (1875)

LEO: Alphonse Mucha, Prophetess (1896)

VIRGO: Evelyn De Morgan, Port After Stormy Seas (1905)

LIBRA: Marguerite Zorach, Two Cats

SCORPIO: Francis Bacon, Lying Figure (1969)

SAGITTARIUS: Diego Rivera, Landscape With Cacti (1931)

CAPRICORN: Berthe Morisot, The Harbor At Lorient (1869)

AQUARIUS: Grant Wood, The Midnight Ride Of Paul Revere (1931)

PISCES: Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Landscape With Snow (1875)

my other art post

Now on view: Zoe Leonard: Analogue, a photo project a decade in the making. Analogue documents, in 412 color and black-and-white photographs, the texture of 20th-century urban life as seen in little bodegas, mom-and-pop stores with decaying facades and quirky handwritten signs, and shop windows displaying a mixed assortment of products. 

[Zoe Leonard. Chapter 17 from Analogue. 1998–2009. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2015 Zoe Leonard]

Object ID: 2013.11.6.1

Object Name: W.Stanciell_1

Mr. Walter Stanciell, a Yates High School alum, was trained in the Yates Vocational program as a commercial artist, working under the tutelage of instructor Julius C. Putney. Since the 1970’s to the present day, Mr. Stanciell’s paintings have helped to promote the businesses of the Third Ward, as well as add to the area’s visual appeal. There are not many like him left. So, in the coming months Unity Foto Bank will try to highlight some of the works of Third Ward TX’s talented group of sign painters!


NOWNESS Presents - Shorts on Sundays: Sign Painters

Famous writers and painters for every zodiac sign
  • Aries: Pablo Picasso and Gabriel García Márquez.
  • Taurus: Vincent van Gogh and Miguel de Cervantes.
  • Gemini: Ernest Hemingway and Rembrandt.
  • Cancer: Leonardo da Vinci and Jorge Luis Borges.
  • Leo: Miguel Ángel Buonarroti and William Shakespeare.
  • Virgo: Frida Kahlo and Charles Dickens.
  • Libra: Francisco de Goya and Edgar Allan Poe.
  • Scorpio: Joan Miró and Oscar Wilde.
  • Sagittarius: Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Victor Hugo.
  • Capricorn: Salvador Dalí and J. R. R. Tolkien.
  • Aquarius: Caravaggio and Truman Capote.
  • Pisces: Paul Cézanne and Franz Kafka.
The signs as painters

Aries: Leonardo da Vinci

Taurus: Jean-Léon Gérôme

Gemini: Gustave Courbet

Cancer: Artemisia Gentileschi

Leo: Peder Severin Krøyer

Virgo: Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

Libra: Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio

Scorpio: Claude Monet

Sagittarius: Marie-Guillemine Benoist

Capricorn: John Singer Sargent

Aquarius: Anna Boch

Pisces: Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni


I love year 8 fics, where they’re figuring out the people they’re going to be after the war, but still stuck in hogwarts making up for the disrupted (or skipped) year 7. 

And if those fics have hurt/comfort dealing with the aftermath of, well, of everything, then I am 10000% there for that. 

reading the signs

had this sitting around in my drafts for a while so! here!! thanks to @ushiiwakas​ for proofreading it so long ago.

Castiel Novak, 29. Sign Painter, Stanford University Facilities Management and Planning.

As one of the few tradesman employed by Stanford University, Castiel spends most of his time in his studio, deep below the feet of passing students. He has two assistants – another tradesman like himself and a student intern – but most of his time is spent on his own. When he gets a request from either the custodial staff or a faculty member for a new plate, he does a proof on his design software, emails it, and once he gets the go ahead he fabricates and prints it full scale with a laser printer. On any given day Castiel can be applying a detail, frosting windows, or installing actual signage. He wears the usual black quarter zip with red seal maintenance uniform that’s typical of people working the grounds at Stanford; he doesn’t delude himself into thinking anyone knows he’s responsible for making anything.

While not high art, Castiel’s work is indispensable. He’s painted all the signs around campus announcing the names of buildings, room numbers, where to find wheelchair ramps or a bathroom: pieces of himself. Everything he makes is practical, says exactly what needs to be said in only a glance. Signs like that really only need to be there when you want to see them; they fade into the background just as Castiel himself does. Silently, he takes great pride in his work, in making a few lives easier.

Ironically, the sign that decorates Castiel’s door is just a piece of laminated paper curling at the edges. In neat typeface it announces, “Stanford University Sign Shop.”

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Zeus, in the form of a white bull, abducts Europa.  Detail from a red-figure calyx-krater signed by the painter Asteas (fl. ca. 350-320 BCE), from Paestum (Poseidonia) in south Italy.  Now in the National Archaeological Museum, Paestum.  Photo credit: Dave and Margie Hill.

so @muminbarn tagged me in this forever ago and i just remembered
Thanks for the tag! Sorry it took so long!

rules | answer the 20 questions and tag 20 amazing followers you’d like to get to know better!
name: Kelsey
nicknames: Kels-kels, Kelsey Bear (sometimes just “bear” when my parents wanna save time), Pastor Painter
zodiac sign: Leo
height: 5′4″
nationality: American 
favorite fruit: I love watermelon
favorite season: Winter! I love snow and Christmas is the greatest time of the year. I actually run a autumn/winter/holiday blog @thisisholidays
favorite book: the Harry Potter books will always have my heart. I have also loved all the HBO War related books I’ve read so far. My favorite book outside of those things is Battle Royal by Koshun Takami
favorite flower: Cherry blossoms!
favorite scent: Fire, cinnamon, pine, pumpkin to name a few. The smell of the holidays!
favorite color: Yellow!
favorite animal: DOGGOS
coffee, tea, or hot cocoa: Tea! Although I do love coffee too
average sleep hours: Between 5 and 8 
cat or dog person: Dogs by far
favorite fictional character: This…this is too much I have so many but I guess I’ll go with Remus Lupin from Harry Potter, Frank Suzuki from Allegiance, John Cage from Ally McBeal, Sokka from Avatar: the Last Airbender, Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Maes Hughes from Fullmetal Alchemist, Eponine from Les Miserables, Faramir from Lord of the Rings, Neal Sampat from The Newsroom and there’s more but this list is getting way too long (I don’t list HBO War peeps on these because obviously they’re real people not fictional characters)
number of blankets you sleep with: sheet and comforter
dream trip: Band of Brothers tour of Europe 
first blog created:  My main blog @penguinated
number of followers (you don’t have to put this if you don’t want to): 1,351 and I love and appreciate every single one <3<3<3

Okay, I can’t think of 20 people to tag so if you see this and want to, consider yourself tagged, homes!