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Hyperrealistic Oil Paintings of Feminine Beauty by Anna Halldin Maule

September 15, 2014 in Art, artist, Painting, Realism

Initially, these images appear to be crisp, elegant photographs. However, in reality, each hyperrealistic image is an oil painting created by artist Anna Halldin Maule. With unbelievable attention to detail, the Hawaii-based artist produces amazingly detailed, beautifully feminine portraits. The artist’s process is a collaboration with photographer husband Tom Maule. The couple develops a photo [...]

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Adorable Underwater Photos of Puppies Diving Into Water

September 13, 2014 in Animals, Art, artist, Photography

Seth Casteel, whose series of underwater photos of dogs fetching their ball first went viral in 2012 has continued to delight as the series extends with Casteel’s latest book, Underwater Puppies, set to release on 16 September 2014. In a recent interview with NPR, Casteel explains: Dogs was just such a random project, and it became successful out of nowhere. [...]

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Artist Hand-Cuts Insanely Intricate Paper Art

September 12, 2014 in Art, artist, Carving, Craft

Japanese artist Akira Nagaya creates insanely intricate paper cuttings called kirie that look like delicate pencil drawings or wire sculptures. Nagaya discovered his talent in his early 20s when he was learning sasabaran – a technique for cutting food decorations from bamboo leaves at sushi shops. When he practiced on his own using paper and [...]

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Mother of 10 Takes Magical Portraits of Her Kids Outdoors

September 8, 2014 in Art, artist, Kids, Photography

When Lisa Holloway is not busy tending to her super-sized family of 12, she creates magical, fine art portraits of children, including 10 of her own. Using the golden light and majestic landscapes of rural Northwestern Arizona as her backdrop, she paints soul-seeking, ethereal images with her camera. Lisa first became interested in photography as [...]

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Swirly Psychedelic Self-Portraits by Nikos Gyftakis

September 6, 2014 in Art, artist, Painting, People

Greek artist Nikos Gyftakis created this wonderful series of swirling self-portraits between 2004-2005. The works are made with oil pastels on canvas and are actually quite large, with a few of the pieces taller than 5 feet(1.5m). You can see many more from this series and more of his recent work in his work gallery.  And don’t forget, if [...]

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The Tiniest Paintings You Will Ever See

September 5, 2014 in Art, artist, Painting

Microartist Hasan Kale creates impossibly small paintings you have to see to believe, using everyday objects as his canvas. The artist has been painting since childhood, starting his career drawing miniatures in Istanbul, Turkey. Kale considers these micro­works a turning point for his career. On his website he explains, “things we usually see can turn into something [...]

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Hyper Realistic Bath Time PAINTINGS That Will Blow Your Mind

September 4, 2014 in Art, artist, Painting, People, Realism

Alyssa Monks is a New Jersey-based artist who’s most famous for her stunning hyper realistic paintings. Although they seem like photographs, these are actually very detailed portraits of bathing people. “Using filters such as glass, vinyl, water, and steam, I distort the body in shallow painted spaces,“ Monks said of her techniques. “When I began [...]

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Artist Uses Surgical Tools To Make Incredible Book Sculptures

September 3, 2014 in Art, artist, Craft

Brian Dettmer, a New York-based artist known as the Book Surgeon, uses tweezers, knives, scalpels and other surgical tools to dissect and carve old books into intricate and beautiful sculptures. Dettmer’s work has a sort of vintage touch to it because he uses old books – maps, encyclopedias, textbooks, manuals, and any other sort of [...]

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An Edible CAKE Library That Will Stop You in Your Tracks!

September 2, 2014 in Art, artist, Carving, Craft, Food Art

Kathy Knaus has recently been discovered for her creative capabilities with cakes. She designs everything from sugary sushi rolls to a scaled-down fashion studio, but her most exceptional work is her multi-tiered library cake. In this fabulous creation, Knaus has hand-designed the interior section of a public library. The miniature display features a tiny table, [...]

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Almost Human Hyperrealistic Wood Sculptures (sort of NSFW)

September 1, 2014 in Art, artist, Carving, Sculpture

Artist Bruno Walpoth can practically turn wood into flesh. The Italian artist has a knack for creating haunting, incredibly lifelike sculptures hewn out of wood. His works somehow manage to capture the expressiveness in a person’s eyes and the body’s fleshy curves. According to Walpoth, wood basically runs in his veins. “In our valley there is a 400-year-old [...]

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