I missed the day yesterday, even though I had plenty of time to post. Oh well.

First off, thanks again to everyone who came to the Arts Fellowship on Tuesday night! It was a great discussion about identifying as an artist, and I believe we only scratched the surface on that one. If I ever get to artist interviews (someday) I will ask this question over and over – “Do you call yourself an artist, why or why not?”

I also want to encourage everyone to take some time in the next month to do some “breathing exercises.” That means get away from all that distracts you, get to a place that inspires and refills you, and don’t forget to saturate yourself in the type of art you want to make.

Lastly, to add yet another really cool set of art pieces made from paper, here is a video about artist and professor Eric Standley (from Virginia Tech). Thanks once again to the Colossal art blog for highlighting this to me. And I have to admit, I now want a laser paper cutter.






I know, you are asking yourself a number of questions. I have heard of this thing called Google Glass, but now Google is taking on another material? Are these the cheaper version for the masses? And what does this have to do with art?

When I learned about this project I wondered many of the same things. And then I became intrigued. And then I wanted to know the potential use for us, the artists of this latest digital age. So here is a brief synopsis – Google engineers wanted to put Virtual Reality (VR) into the hands of more people. Most people are either 1) not interested or 2) not interested in spending a lot of money. The concept is to create VR goggles (if you will) that can be made for, say, around $10. How? By using cardboard…and a couple of other items, most important of which is a smart phone.

The intriguing part of this approach is that they have created an open-source type phone application specifically made for people to play around with. Obviously this would be great fun for anyone into video games desiring to step into them. But what if….we visual artists took control.

Paintings could become experiences.

Movies could be completely interactive.

Music could add a visual journey.

Poets could read their poetry to their readers as close to in person as possible.

Now you are asking if I have gone mad? Perhaps. But it does make you wonder about the future of the art world and where it can go. All photos above are directly from Google’s website. Here is the link…

On another note, has anyone seen this Kickstarter campaign? I suppose having a bunch of these digital art displays would make changing the gallery around much easier.

First off – thank you to everyone who came to the Art’s Fellowship meeting last night. It was a rich and convicting time. Thanks to everyone for being open and honest, and for asking tough questions. I hope we can keep the dialog going.

And now for …. lobster? I know that this is unusual, but when you realize this is handmade out of wood, well, you have to be amazed. The artists name is Ryosuke Otake and he designed this for a Japanese Department store exhibition. Making sculptures of animals out of wood that can realistically move is a Japanese tradition, though Otake had never attempted the realistic movement before this creation. Thanks to the Colossal blog for highlighting this to me this morning!


And a fun little picture from his Facebook page….


Have you ever seen a work of art that left you stupefied, silenced, and in wonder? Sometimes creativity has the power to do that, to go beyond what our own minds could even begin to imagine. That, my friends, is the reason I want to start a new blog tradition – Wonder Wednesdays. I will attempt to post every Wednesday something that has grabbed my attention and will (hopefully) grab yours.

Here are some videos of the work of Davy and Kristin McGuire, who combine intricate paper cutting and dioramas with projections, making miniature and large scale worlds come to life on a series of 2D surfaces. Their work is simple, yet beautiful. You can visit their website here. I hope that you all enjoy it…and don’t forget to leave comments!

The Icebook

The Paper Architect

Howl’s Moving Castle