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Happy Mother’s Day!

Posted: May 12th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Letters to T | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Sometimes Mom has to be tough. It’s her job and we love her for it! Moms everywhere, have a great day!

Art by legendary illustrator Garth Williams

 

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Plastidon mastodan

Posted: March 23rd, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

The world’s most famous ice age fossil excavation site is located in the heart of Los Angeles, California at the La Brea Tar Pits. Fans of ice age animals can view a heartbreaking scene: a daddy mammoth and a baby mammoth bidding a sad farewell to a mother mammoth trapped in the deadly ooze and sinking fast.

Of course, these aren’t real mammoths. They are made of durable fiberglass, created by sculptor Howard Ball and installed at the bubbling site in 1967.

How did they get to the tar pits? Towed behind Mr. Ball’s 1958 Volkswagen, of course!

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The Dream Garden

Posted: February 13th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , | No Comments »

American painter Maxfield Parrish specialized in colorful, fantastical settings. In 1914 Parrish collaborated with the glassmakers at Tiffany Studios to create The Dream Garden, an epic glass mosaic. This amazing art is located in the historic Curtis Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Learn more about The Dream Garden at freemansauction.

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Living stone

Posted: January 26th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Japanese artist Akie Nakata brings found stones to remarkable life with a little paint and a lot of imagination. She chooses stones that speak to her with the voice of a particular character.

“I feel the breath of a life inside each stone,” she says, and sometimes speaks to a stone as she holds it in her hand.

The animals she brings to life look like they could talk back!

To see more of Akie’s amazing art, check our her Instagram.

And listen to her story on boredpanda.

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Christmas Gorey

Posted: December 19th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

American author and illustrator Edward Gorey’s pen-and-ink stylings perfectly capture the odd angles of all his subjects, including the Yuletide. I raise a glass of foamy nog to him!

Celebrate more of E. G.’s inimitable art here.

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Helpful advice

Posted: December 2nd, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Timeless words of wisdom from Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake.

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Yuri’s bears

Posted: November 4th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

The wonderful illustrator Yuri Vasnetsov was born in Russia in 1900. He studied modern art but found his greatest inspiration in traditional Russian folk art and his love of wildlife. Animals of all kinds spring to life in his drawings and paintings with much humor and sometimes a touch of dread. Bears were a favorite subject. Here are some terrific examples.

Mr. Vasnetsov was able to give all his animal creations a strong and distinct personality. Despite having lost a leg and trekking in deep snow, this bear seems to be looking on the bright side of life. It’s good to be home!

⌃Here are the famous Three Bears in a happy daytime woodland scene.

⌃And a different trio in a nighttime setting.

⌃This bear has found a  reluctant sailing companion, who also serves as a boat!

 

⌃And this painting shows Yuri’s love of bears is shared by all.

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Pictures of boo!

Posted: October 4th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Toronto artist David Irvine adds unexpected elements to thrift-store paintings to create a whole new way of looking at the subject matter. Among his offbeat additions are scary movie stars.

Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th drops in for a visit at this charming woodsy cottage.

Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre helps a local gardener collect some flowers for her indoor display.

Michael Meyers from Halloween takes a moment out of his frenetic day to enjoy the seasonal foliage.

Slimer from Ghostbusters goes haunted-house hunting.

And Jack O’Lantern shares a fun, frightful tale with a lucky pair of picnicking siblings.

To see more of David Irvine’s imaginatively innovative works, check out his Etsy.

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Wolfing around

Posted: September 1st, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , | No Comments »

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Paper great

Posted: March 25th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , | No Comments »

Danish artist HuskMitNavn (RememberMyName) lives and works in Copenhagen. His simple drawings bring a whole lot of life and fun to simple sheets of paper.

HuskMitNavn proves you don’t need a lot of stuff when you’ve got a lot of imagination. Check out more of his drawings on Instagram. And see his paintings and installations here.

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