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Ageless art

Posted: June 15th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Australian Aboriginal artist Loongkoonan was born in a time and place where births of native people were not recorded, but estimates she was born somewhere around the year 1910, which makes her 105 years old or so. She took up painting in her 90s as a way to keep busy!

Her art is inspired by her Aboriginal upbringing and the many years she spent exploring her country on foot. Traditional Aboriginal art uses dots of paint to record memories and knowledge.

Loongkoonan has created around 380 works, using acrylic paints on canvas and linen, during her career and shows no signs of slowing down. Bringing beauty and joy into the world is an ageless pursuit!

To learn more about Loongkoonan and her Aboriginal heritage, visit mashable.com, where these pics are from!

 

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Sandwiches ahoy!

Posted: April 23rd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

The weather is getting warmer,  grassy green parks are starting to call, and stomachs are beginning to rumble…

This can only mean one thing. It will soon be picnic time!

Artist Michael Beitz invites you to imagine inviting everyone you know to lunch with you al fresco at his tree-length picnic table.

Tree Picnic, 2014, ©Michael Beitz

Of course, you’ll need to pack a picnic basket big enough to hold all the goodies you’ll need at such a jumbo table. For inspiration, take a look at the seven-story corporate headquarters of the Longaberger Basket Company in Newark, Ohio.

It’s never too early to start preparing for summer!

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Game making

Posted: March 6th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Ten years or so ago, when he and his brother were kids, reddit user one23abc didn’t have the means to afford expensive card games like Yu-Gi-Oh! or Pokémon. What do do? Invent their own card deck for strategic game play, of course! All it took was paper, markers, creativity, and a whole lot of time. The result? Creature Cards!

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There are three types of cards—Creature, Evolution, and Item. Each player starts the game with three Creatures, one Evolution, and one Item.

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Special powers and various strengths are involved with each original character, and the game provides hours of free entertainment. Oh, and Creature Cards came with something extra—all the fun of thinking it up and making it happen. Nothing is out of reach with an imagination!

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Painter’s puppets

Posted: February 24th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , | No Comments »

Swiss-German master painter Paul Klee depicted dreamlike images in his celebrated works. Here is Landscape With Yellow Birds (1923).

Art by Paul Klee

Lesser known are his handmade puppets and love of puppetry. Ompomhappy has posted a wonderful collection of the master’s magical creations.

Puppets by Paul Klee

Puppet by Paul Klee

Puppet by Paul Klee

Puppet by Paul Klee

Puppets by Paul Klee

Funny, Paul Klee’s puppets painted just like Paul Klee! The joy Paul Klee found in puppetry is wonderful to behold. Does it inspire you to create a puppet of your own?

Paul Klee and puppets

Visit ompomhappy to see more of Paul Klee’s puppet love.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Posted: February 14th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Funny card by MAD Magazine’s incredible Jack Davis

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A new war on Christmas

Posted: December 7th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Letters to T | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

George from Portland, OR writes:

Dear T,

I have a new holiday story to tell. It’s Rude-olph, the Rudest Reindeer. Forget about Rudolph. Rude-olph could chew him up for breakfast and spit him out at lunch. He’ll tell you you’re really smart…on Opposites Day. P.S. It’s only ten dollars. How many can I put you down for?

T replies:

Hey, George! The holidays are not a time for disrespect and bad manners. And charging ten dollars for this story is nine dollars too many. All I can say is that I hope Rude-olph learns to overcome his rudeness and is able to join in the festivities in a considerate and neighborly manner.

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More know your animals

Posted: November 22nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Demilked.com has posted some wonderful new hybrid creatures born of the wonders of Photoshop. There may never be an opportunity to sight these animals in the Wild, but it’s best to know their names, just in case.

Behold the Butterphant!

And the Koaowl!

And the Orangupanda!

For further education on a few more important (and imaginary) species, refer to Demilked.

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Happy Halloween!

Posted: October 31st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Get your spirits soaring and have a MADly good time!

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Coloring magic

Posted: August 30th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Photo found at The Daily Mail

Scottish illustrator Johanna Basford creates coloring books that take a little more time and effort to keep the color inside the lines. Complicated and beautiful, her coloring-book drawings include a special ingredient.

Magic.

Just look at these images from The Enchanted Forest, and you’ll have to agree!

 

Now get a copy of The Enchanted Forest for yourself, and break out the color pencils!

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Points to ponder

Posted: March 6th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , | No Comments »

How many times have you used a crummy pencil sharpener, only to have the lead of your pencil break off again and again? Russian artist Salavat Fidai sharpens his pencils by hand and sculpts the lead while he’s at it.

Behold, his Number Two Dark Knight!

And his graphite Lord Vader.

Salavat has an Etsy store, if you’d like to keep a piece of his art in your pencil cup. Also, keep a magnifying glass handy.

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