Our newest collection is “OKEANIDES”, which translates to “Daughters of Oceanus”, and it was the idea of Kristen’s son, Connor. He just completed his first year of homeschooling, and decided he wanted to work on a collection with his Mom during his summer break- this is the result! Even more exciting is that he already has plans for a Fall collection! Connor just turned twelve, and Aromaleigh has been part of his life since his birth. He grew up in and around Aromaleigh, although he doesn’t remember all the time he spent in a baby sling while he slept as his Mom worked. He has contributed his creative ideas to several past collections, such as Les Papillons, Spells, Mythos, Wonderstruck, Ancient Magick and Ever in Your Favor.
Greek Mythology is one of Connor’s special interests, and he feels that the female deities don’t get another attention. He felt that Summer was the perfect time to do a collection of water/ocean inspired colors, because everyone likes to have fun in the water in the summer. Hence a mini collection of ten shades, all based on Greek female oceanic deities and sea monsters. This ocean-themed collection is also special to him, because he recently lost his first dog, Neptune, to cancer on April 20th.
He has done mostly all of the research for his ideas, and then he and Mom worked together to create all ten shades, which are based on classical paintings that they researched together. The paintings are shown below, next to the eyeshadow swatches, along with some brief information for each.
Order samples and full sizes HERE: http://www.aromaleigh.com/newokdofocey.html
I am OBSESSED with these.
Xu Bing’s Phoenix at St. John the Divine
For the duration of 2014, the artist Xu Bing’s Phoenix—a pair of majestic, glittering sculptures made of refuse and debris—can be viewed at The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City. “My Phoenix uses the lowliest materials of labor to adorn itself with beauty and self-respect,” Xu says.
Before coming to St. John the Divine, the work has been displayed in venues such as the Today Art Museum in Beijing and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (@massmoca). Soaring amongst the carved wood and stained glass of the cathedral, the sculptures take on a sacred quality. “It creates a unique visual and spiritual landscape for the public,” Xu says, “a landscape that I believe is capable of transporting us to an entirely new place. The splendor that underlies the phoenixes and the splendor that underlies the cathedral shine off of one another, creating a space of massive tension that moves every one of us.”
OMG must see this when I get back home!
I kept seeing that palette meme going around, but wasn’t particularly fond of all the super-high-saturation or low-value ranges. For anyone that wants to try something a little different, here you go.
Have fun, everyone!
ok yeah why not do the thing. ask box/submit is open, leave character & palette in it, and I will get to them as I please and when I can
Asks plz? I’ve been enjoying drawing more.
I know I’m not an artist but I will attempt what bloomingbannana and thesirentrick are doing. Though you’ll have to give me a little while, I have to actually find my tablet!
Can be a character from any fandom I follow, and if I don’t then I’ll do my best based on descriptions!
This sounds rad. I’m not a very good artist but send me a character and a number and I’ll give it my best shot. I’m going to be home all day tomorrow so run with it.
Reblogging for the morning crowd. Fandom, RPG verse, you can ask for multiple characters if you want… Seriously, dudes, I just got out of the hospital and I can barely move. I’M BORED.
By copyrighting his property as an artwork, he has prevented oil companies from drilling on it.
Peter Von Tiesenhausen has developed artworks all over his property in northern Alberta. There’s a boat woven from sticks that is gradually being reclaimed by the land; there is a fence that he adds to each year of his life, and there are many “watching” trees, with eyes scored into their bark.
Oil interests pester him continually about drilling on his land. His repeated rebuffing of their advances lead them to move toward arbitration. They made it very clear that he only owned the top 6 inches of soil, and they had rights to anything underneath. He then, off the top of his head, threatened them that he would sue damages if they disturbed his 6 inches, for the entire property is an artwork. Any disturbance would compromise the work, and he would sue.
Immediately after that meeting, he called a lawyer (who is also an art collector) and asked if his intuitive threat would actually hold legally. The lawyer visited, saw the scope of the work on the property, and wrote a document protecting the artwork.
The oil companies have kept their distance ever since.
This is but one example of Peter’s ability to negotiate quickly on his feet, and to find solutions that defy expectations.
I feel like this is really important.
Art as resistance
Here is a link to learn more about Peter von Tiesenhausen’s work in general.
Here is a link about his disputes with oil companies and Canadian oil/land laws.
So excited that @bj_unoxx and his gorgeous wife love their custom creation I hand painted for their 20th wedding anniversary. Congrats you crazy kids. Thanks Anna! #GreenDay #handpainted #sewzinski
(I have to give the-megs the reblog credit on this one because I link surfed over from an earlier pic she posted to see if there were more and THERE WERE.) But:
TWENTY YEARS. I was EIGHT when these guys got married. There are probably significant numbers of Green Day fans who were not yet ALIVE.
That’s amazing to me. And, the plate is beautiful.
One of the best examples of artistic integrity on a corporate scale.
I can’t be the only one who finds it interesting that “product of its time” is being used directly alongside “still wrong back then”. Most (privileged, white) people use “product of its time” to avoid admitting that something was wrong regardless of its era and to excuse their repeating it.
In 2006 Ms. Lockwood, an English teacher at Xavier High School, asked her students to write a letter to a famous author. She wanted them discuss the author’s work and ask for advice. Kurt Vonnegut (1922 – 2007) was the only one to write back and his advice is worth reading.
Dear Xavier High School, and Ms. Lockwood, and Messrs Perin, McFeely, Batten, Maurer and Congiusta:
I thank you for your friendly letters. You sure know how to cheer up a really old geezer (84) in his sunset years. I don’t make public appearances any more because I now resemble nothing so much as an iguana.
What I had to say to you, moreover, would not take long, to wit: Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow.
Seriously! I mean starting right now, do art and do it for the rest of your lives. Draw a funny or nice picture of Ms. Lockwood, and give it to her. Dance home after school, and sing in the shower and on and on. Make a face in your mashed potatoes. Pretend you’re Count Dracula.
Here’s an assignment for tonight, and I hope Ms. Lockwood will flunk you if you don’t do it: Write a six line poem, about anything, but rhymed. No fair tennis without a net. Make it as good as you possibly can. But don’t tell anybody what you’re doing. Don’t show it or recite it to anybody, not even your girlfriend or parents or whatever, or Ms. Lockwood. OK?
Tear it up into teeny-weeny pieces, and discard them into widely separated trash recepticals. You will find that you have already been gloriously rewarded for your poem. You have experienced becoming, learned a lot more about what’s inside you, and you have made your soul grow.
God bless you all!
These prints are available at the link. From the History of Rock n Roll Exhibit.
Painted for the History of Rock n Roll exhibit in Los Angeles
Feb 22 - Mar 9 Info here: