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Archive for the ‘Photo of the day’ Category


Finding inspiration for an Arcimboldo laying on the street

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

I was walking the dogs the other day, and passed by a neighbor’s house, where they had put some trimmed bush branches and other dead plants out on the curbside for garbage pickup. I walked by, seeing it for what it was, and then paused, thinking that I had seen an art historical reference laying there instead. You can see the actual dead bush that I saw, below top left, and then see the Guiseppe Arcimboldo painting titled “Winter” (from 1573, below top right), which features some similar roots and branches.

In my search for the Arcimboldo painting, I happened upon one of Arcimboldo’s sketches for “Winter,” which is shown below, bottom left. I decided to have some fun and incorporate my photograph into a collage for my own sketch of “Winter,” below bottom right.

Guiseppe Arcimboldo, and his painting Winter from the Four Seasons


An Edward Hopper style birdhouse

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

If Edward Hopper had a birdhouse, do you think it would look like the one below left, seen yesterday in Sandbridge, VA? While certainly not a direct match, it brought to mind Hopper’s 1925 painting “House by the Railroad,” seen below right.

A bird house that reminds me of the Edward Hopper painting House by the Railroad


Perhaps taking advice too seriously

Monday, July 28th, 2014

We’re on our usual summer trip to Sandbridge, VA, for a week of relaxing on the beach. This morning, as I went out for an early morning jog, I noticed the “relax” message on the wood post, below left, which perfectly sums up the mindset here. However, about a hundred feet away, I saw two traffic cones laying down on the job … it seems they’re taking the “relax” orders a bit too seriously, as they won’t be stopping many cars from entering that driveway.

p.s. If you recall, Sandbridge is the location of one of our Arts Adventures … check it out here.

views of Sandbridge, VA


Proclaiming a love of art via graffiti

Friday, July 25th, 2014

I saw this graffiti on the sidewalk in the Chelsea neighborhood of NYC … I like the eyeball with the Basquiat/Biggie Smalls-style crown on top.

graffiti on the sidewalk in the Chelsea neighborhood of NYC


Getting advice from Rodin’s Thinker

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

The angle of this view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art makes it look like Rodin’s Thinker is sitting on the shoulders of another Rodin sculpture, whispering advice into the big guy’s ear. What do you think he’s telling him?

View of two sculptures by Auguste Rodin at the Metropolitan Museum of Art


Nicolas Ferrando “covers” Diane Arbus’ Twins

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Below left we have Diane Arbus’ iconic image titled Identical Twins, Roselle, New Jersey, from 1967. And below right, we’ve got Nicolas Ferrando re-creating the image, but with a twist – the twins’ faces are covered with paper bags. Ferrando explains: “The effect of the paper bag is, not to protect the models’ identity but to signify to the audience that this is a stage as opposed to real life. The paper bags are more important than the individuals. They are the characters, a construction.”

Diane Arbus Twins compared to Nicolas Ferrando Twins with paper bags


Street art showdown: Fumero family vs. the Huge Skull

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

It’s every family’s worst nightmare, right? Sit down for a nice dinner when all of a sudden a huge skull shows up and devours the entire family. Street art family by Fumero, and skull by (unknown artist), seen in NYC.

street art by Fumero


Traffic signs for gelato in Little Italy

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

I was walking around on Mott Street in Little Italy last weekend, and noticed this funny homemade “traffic sign” hanging from a tree in front of a gelato joint. I didn’t notice the name of the place – a Google search seems like “Ciao Bella” would be the place, but I’m seeing other indications that it closed, so maybe this is a new venture in the old Ciao Bella space? At any rate, as I turned to look around some more, I noticed this “ice cream guy” painted on their other door … I know it’s not a perfect match, but this one does kind of remind me of street artist “Buff Monster’s” ice cream guys in Bushwick, Brooklyn. I was actually in search of pizza at the time I was walking down this stretch of Mott Street, so I’m sorry to say I didn’t stop to get some chocolate gelato (which would have been my choice!).

slow down, kids eating gelato in NYC - funny sign in Little Italy


Hip Hop meets the Art World

Monday, July 14th, 2014

In some alternative universe, “Run-D.P.V.” is a rap trio consisting of Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, and Vincent Van Gogh, and their hit song is “Tougher Than Canvas.”

If Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, and Vincent Van Gogh had been into rap


An unofficial graffiti welcome to New York

Monday, July 14th, 2014

I saw this street art piece pasted on a door on the Lower East Side last weekend and thought it was pretty funny. The “Welcome to New York” posse includes a pair of cockroaches, a rat, and a pigeon. Maybe it wouldn’t be a bad idea to incorporate some of this imagery into the official signs (see below), so that people entering the state know that there’s more to New York than just the Statue of Liberty and Niagara Falls.

cockroaches, rats and pigeons welcome to New York sign

Niagara Falls and the Statue of Liberty as official symbols of New York state


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