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Can't concentrate at work at all.

I've been going from day job to day job for the past few years. There's always a point where I start to lose focus and my work suffers. Is this a sign that I should leave? Or is something wrong with me? [more inside]
posted by morning_television on Jun 29, 2015 - 4 answers

Poster / wall art suggestions?

Looking for something for my wall that fits all these criteria: 1. Abstract 2. Nonrepresentational 3. Light colors 4. White space 5. Around 70 inches wide by 40 inches tall. [more inside]
posted by TheOptimizer on Jun 28, 2015 - 7 answers

How much to charge for a design project that isn't being used?

I worked long and hard on a design project that ended up not being used after all. I'm being asked for an invoice for my work and I need a little help figuring it out... [more inside]
posted by sucre on Jun 27, 2015 - 8 answers

longform/investigative [music/art] journalism examples & best practices?

I'm embarking on an overambitious personal writing project to profile the career of a pair of multidisciplinary artists who've been kicking around underground for 20+ years with next to no fanfare outside of their scene. Can you link me to some SUPER in-depth profiles of other working artists to give me an idea of what to aim for and what to avoid as I work on this? (Really long, career-spanning pieces would be best, but shorter stuff is OK. Bonus points if it's about someone you don't care for/about but the writing was so compelling that you loved reading it anyway, like this incredible profile of Carrot Top in Esquire.) What are some investigative profile best/worst practices when it comes to building something huge from scratch? What do readers love/hate to see in projects like this? [more inside]
posted by divined by radio on Jun 24, 2015 - 12 answers

Picture ideas for my living room wall?

I'm redecorating my living room and am in search of an arty, affordable framed print that will complement the existing decor. Ideas please? Specs inside. [more inside]
posted by hoist with his own pet aardvark on Jun 21, 2015 - 9 answers

Making art prints from a vintage book online

I found a gorgeous art book online with images I'd like to make into art prints. How can I do this given that all I have is a sort of cruddy resolution jpg? [more inside]
posted by Fuego on Jun 19, 2015 - 7 answers

I don't want to be a one-hit wonder

I got lucky on my very first time using a camera, and I'm afraid to try again, 'cause I don't think I can come close to getting anything nearly as good. [more inside]
posted by marsha56 on Jun 17, 2015 - 21 answers

Bought Some Art, Got Some Art, It's Not What I Was Expecting.

Please help me artists of Meta Filter. I don't know what to do. I bought a print that I special ordered from one of my favorite artists, when the print arrived it was not what I expected. I'm not sure if I want it but don't know how to proceed. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by WalkerWestridge on Jun 17, 2015 - 7 answers

Where art thou

After a few years, I’ve started to get back into drawing, and I miss having artist friends to collaborate with! Where can I find them? [more inside]
posted by glass origami robot on Jun 16, 2015 - 1 answer

How to turn a playing card into a print?

I want to put framed print versions of various playing cards on my walls - a few from the 1960's era Mille Bornes game, some from a deck of WWII aircraft identification cards. How best to achieve this? I obviously don't want to lose much detail in the creation process. Are there particular scanners, printers, and paper best suited to the task? Perhaps something a professional photographer would use?
posted by schoolgirl report on Jun 12, 2015 - 7 answers

MFA programs (visual art) ~ What should I expect?

I'm having trouble getting anyone to give me an overview of what an MFA program will be looking for in a student, how applications will work, or the types of programs and what those distinctions mean. [more inside]
posted by defymynd on Jun 11, 2015 - 4 answers

Exploring the intersection between cuteness and horror

I'm interested in exploring a particular aesthetic that I associate with the art of Yoshitomo Nara. [more inside]
posted by pretentious illiterate on Jun 11, 2015 - 14 answers

Seeking Woody in the Buzz Lightyear suit!

About four years ago, I visited one of the Disney Interactive offices in North Hollywood (the one on Lankershim) and they had one of the coolest things I had seen (and haven't seen since) - a poster? print? painting? of Woody from "Toy Story", wearing Buzz Lightyear's suit, around a campfire with the Aliens. Does this exist in the real/outside world, or was it a one-off? I want it!
posted by gangsterscience on Jun 4, 2015 - 4 answers

Art filter: looks like a mediaeval engraving, probably not though.

So, saw this and I'm sure I recognise it, but can't remember what it is. It's a black and white engraving style print, of a person in an elaborate bird mask which covers their shoulders (similar to a plague doctor mask but more elaborate). They have a person over their knee almost as if spanking them and they are reaching back to drive a dagger through their foot. Any ideas?
posted by Dext on May 30, 2015 - 4 answers

Inspiration for the struggling artist

I'm interested in reading inspiring stories/biographies about struggling artists who overcome obstacles to create their art. What do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by MeaninglessMisfortune on May 29, 2015 - 8 answers

Royalty-free space art / photography?

Where can I find royalty free photography and art for science fiction and space? Things like black holes, worm holes, spaceships, and futuristic technology? I'm looking for something with a Weyland Industries vibe to it.
posted by cyrusw8 on May 28, 2015 - 4 answers

is my Keane print offensive/racist?

I recently received this print and my husband (who bought it for me off a wishlist) isn't sure we should hang it in the main room because we have a service provider who visits every couple weeks who is black. [more inside]
posted by vanishing girl on May 20, 2015 - 36 answers

Impressionism, gardening, biography, art

Looking for biographical material about Claude Monet. Want to know something about his inner life, not so much his place in art history. I want to know about his ideas about gardening, life, love and family. Not much out there I can find.
posted by NorthCoastCafe on May 19, 2015 - 4 answers

Whats this grotesque figure in old painting in Berlin?

I came across this painting (the right hand of the three) in St Marienkirche, in the middle of Berlin. The bottom right hand corner has a negroid grotesque figure that beggars belief. Does anyone know who painted this, and when?
posted by stonepharisee on May 18, 2015 - 10 answers

How much should I ask for caricatures?

I'm trying my hand at caricatures for parties. I've done an event (for free) and gotten really good feedback, but I have no idea what sort of rate I should be asking for. I want to do kids' parties. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by biddeford on May 12, 2015 - 7 answers

A mob of people decorate a car - genius or scary?

We're hosting a Maker Fair later this summer. This is my first crack at organizing such an event, so everything is new, exciting, and freaking me out. Our theme is "City of Makers", and we'd like to include a collaborative installation that builds into a big piece of art over the course of the day. In this way, people will see that it's not hard to be part of making something awesome. Key to this is that the end result is awesome, and not a giant pile of crap (unless that too is awesome). [more inside]
posted by Popular Ethics on May 6, 2015 - 14 answers

Chinese translation needed for special painting

My father passed a few months ago and left behind a painting that he picked up while residing in China many decades ago. We don't know much about the story behind the painting but would at least like to know what the artist's name was. Can anyone tell us what the Chinese on the painting says? Picture links inside. [more inside]
posted by Papagayo on May 6, 2015 - 2 answers

Magnificent Wooden Stick Art Thing

I found this superb woodcraft art thing at the thrift shop and was compelled to buy it. It's a picture made up of thousands of slices of twig, branch, logs. Various woods, maybe some bamboo. It has a 1970s feel to it (Owls!) I want to know what this sort of artwork is called, and perhaps identify its origin via an artist stamp and some numbers written on the back. [more inside]
posted by slightlybewildered on May 1, 2015 - 2 answers

Help me name my new creative venture!

After running a successful food/lifestyle blog for a year with a friend, I'm branching out to do my own thing. I'm having trouble pinning down a name and after thinking of nothing but names for the past week, my brain is mush. [more inside]
posted by Gonestarfishing on Apr 30, 2015 - 17 answers

Day job blues.

How do I cope? [more inside]
posted by MeaninglessMisfortune on Apr 28, 2015 - 6 answers

Help me come up with a meaningful - yet dull - alternative assignment.

I am a first-year high school art teacher. I need something for a couple students to do for the next three weeks that is relevant but not as interesting as what other students are working on. I want ideas that aren't just "write an essay on x topic", unless that really is the best option. [more inside]
posted by Donuts on Apr 28, 2015 - 23 answers

You better be weave it!

I'm interested in weaving and would like your best resources for absolute beginners. Supplies, books, blogs and websites, etc. [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen on Apr 28, 2015 - 5 answers

What are the best activity books and coloring books for grown-ups?

Looking for anything fun, funny, beautiful, or creative. [more inside]
posted by pretentious illiterate on Apr 27, 2015 - 15 answers

How do I find and buy affordable original artwork?

I'd really like to have more art in my house, and I love the idea of having original pieces. But I know almost nothing about art, so I don't know the best ways to go about finding and buying it. [more inside]
posted by primethyme on Apr 22, 2015 - 26 answers

Favorite Print and Poster Artists On Etsy

I want to buy some large art from Etsy to frame and hang in my living room. But I am overwhelmed by options! Please recommend your favorite Etsy shops for large prints and posters. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Apr 17, 2015 - 13 answers

How to record sounds inside the body?

What professional medical equipment, techniques and possibilities exist to record sounds inside the body? [more inside]
posted by gmm on Apr 14, 2015 - 9 answers

Who was this surrealist?

ArtFilter: I'm trying to figure out who created a number of surrealist images. I remember inversion/fusion of right-side-up and up-side-down things as the main theme, with a lot of castle-islands, boats sailing through the sky, etc. Along the lines of this image. [more inside]
posted by switcheroo on Apr 14, 2015 - 16 answers

Cost-effective way to print large photos and frame them for hanging?

The empty walls in my office are driving me batty. I'd like to take a few high quality photos that I've taken over the years, have them blown up, matted, and framed. What's the cost-effective way to do that these days? [more inside]
posted by starkraven on Apr 9, 2015 - 7 answers

Help me identify this painting/print

I'm trying to identify this painting/print that I have seen on several design blogs. This example is at the Marlton Hotel in Greenwich Village.
posted by Frank Grimes on Mar 31, 2015 - 4 answers

Need help finding Stop Motion Animation Shorts for kids

I am teaching an animation course for children and I am looking for stop motion animation shorts to show as examples in class. I am trying (without luck!) to find good shorts that are made using things like paper and paint rather than 3D claymation and puppetry. [more inside]
posted by catrae on Mar 26, 2015 - 23 answers

Which is the best art price reference website?

I need to subscribe to one of these websites that have zillions of auction and sale results for art and antiques. None of them give it away for free. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Mar 25, 2015 - 4 answers

How Do You Find Art by Obscure Artists?

Recently we purchased a watercolor by an artist, who we discovered was originally from Wisconsin. During the 1930s he spent time in California working as an artist before returning to Madison, Wisconsin, where he spent his final years (1940s-1970s). We really like the artist's life story and artwork and would like to find more of his paintings. But, he's very obscure, help? [more inside]
posted by Atreides on Mar 25, 2015 - 8 answers

Free app/program/software for positioning light onto basic shapes?

Free app/program/software for positioning light onto basic renderings of geometric shapes? [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce on Mar 24, 2015 - 4 answers

Childhood arts and crafts I ca enjoy as an adult?

I am looking for things like colouring books, craft kits etc. which are marketed for children but might be more fun now, as a more competent adult. [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Mar 19, 2015 - 29 answers

How much would a professional charge for something like this?

I know that my very question speaks to the fact that I am not quite a seasoned professional as of yet, but how much do professional type artists and letterers charge a client for a poster? [more inside]
posted by cyrusw8 on Mar 17, 2015 - 8 answers

International Fine Art Shipping ex Manhattan

I need to arrange for a very large (73.7 x 81.4) fine art painting to be shipped from New York to Ireland. The painting is acrylic on cotton duck, stretched canvas. Can anyone point me to a fine art shipping service in Manhattan that will collect from a secure art storage facility in Brooklyn, crate and ship? [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri on Mar 15, 2015 - 5 answers

What does this image look like?

This image, used in promotional material for the "Southern Women's Show" looks like something to me. Is it an 80s album cover or band logo? Or is it actually some famous piece of artwork? Or am I just completely mad?
posted by pjenks on Mar 13, 2015 - 8 answers

How do I hang this piece of artwork?

I recently bought my first piece of art (yay!), which looks like this, but I don't know how to hang it up. It's about 41" x 41", with a wood frame, and it's fairly heavy. On the back are two heavy-duty rails about 5.5" long each, one in each corner at the top (closeup here and here) that are to be used for hanging. [more inside]
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Mar 10, 2015 - 9 answers

Find me some neat tactile toys for adults

I'm looking for more 'toy' items for my home- pleasingly tactile, not messy, not obviously kidlike (no fluorescent plastic). Something that can be picked up, fiddled with, and is aesthetically attractive enough to display on my coffee table. [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Mar 9, 2015 - 28 answers

Help me understand why I'm afraid of creative pursuits

In my heart, I love literature, I love art, I love music...but I think my emotions are sabotaging me from enjoying them? [more inside]
posted by Cybria on Mar 9, 2015 - 8 answers

Is anyone familiar with the artist Judy Manthorpe?

Is anyone familiar with the artist Judy Manthorpe, who does oil paintings of cheerful winter scenes like these: "Georgetown Canal" and "winter landscape with children sledding"? [more inside]
posted by Oliva Porphyria on Mar 7, 2015 - 1 answer

Italian Futurism quote about murderous art gangs?

A strange and learned young comedian once told me about a famous Futurist artist who professed that the best way to die was to be be killed by rival artists in the streets of a hyper-competitive future, or some such. He was most certainly paraphrasing. Anyone have a clue who he was talking about and what was actually said? [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah on Mar 6, 2015 - 4 answers

Looking for great, intense scenes of hopefully slo-motion car crashes.

Doing a visual project for work. I'm looking for movies (or ads) that have great, highly visual car crashes. Slow motion glass shattering etc. Hopefully less action movie and more real life cars and actors. Fast and the Furious vehicles might be a bit over the top for what I am trying to do. But I'll take any and all suggestions. Anyone who has any favourite car crash scenes they want to mention, I'd love any and all advice which movies or commercials to look for.
posted by cascando on Mar 6, 2015 - 12 answers

Can I buy a Beuys coyote photo?

I'd like to obtain a print of one of (any of) the photos taken during Joseph Beuys' 1974 performance "I like America and America likes me." Is this even remotely possible without engaging an art dealer and spending 10s (100s?) of thousands of dollars? Is it even possible with that?
posted by mr_roboto on Mar 4, 2015 - 3 answers

Watercolor Artists Whose Work is Not Representational

I love to look at and create watercolor paintings. However, most of the watercolor art I find isn’t to my taste because it’s so representational. Boats, still lifes, nature, and portraits do nothing for me. I do like the watercolors I’ve seen by Gerhard Richter and Zao Wou-Ki. Who are some other artists who are doing or have done interesting things with nonrepresentational / abstract watercolor?
posted by mermaidcafe on Mar 4, 2015 - 7 answers

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