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Is this 3D poster based on a painting?

A friend bought a '3D poster' that now proudly hangs in his office. It has become quite a conversation piece and he would like to know if it is based on a well-known Biblical painting or based on Greek or Roman mythology. He would like to know the story of what's depicted. Does anybody recognise it? Thank you in advance.
posted by kryptos on May 19, 2016 - 21 answers

NYC Happenings Memorial Day Weekend

Anything unusual and rare happening Memorial Day weekend in NYC that I wouldn't want to miss? [more inside]
posted by dis_integration on May 18, 2016 - 3 answers

Fantasy(??) illustrator

I'm looking for a new of an illustrator who is reminiscent of landscape shots on this page (under "Want a quick...", particularly shots 3 and 5). I do strongly remember the artist producing a landscape that involved heavy silhouetting, rolling hills (or a bridge?), and bright, purple-blue-green colours. Who might this classic (pre-Internet) illustrator be? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on May 17, 2016 - 6 answers

Best stories / essays / movies about (social or physical) invisibility?

Please help me find writing and art about feeling or being invisible to the world. [more inside]
posted by Edna Million on May 16, 2016 - 20 answers

Canvas on a picture rail?

How do I create an ever-evolving wall space to stick art & postcards on if I'm not allowed to use Blu-Tack but do have a picture rail with hooks? [more inside]
posted by divabat on May 14, 2016 - 20 answers

Examples of Controversial Art?

I am looking for some examples of controversial artworks created in, say, the last 50 years or so. Ideally I would like to avoid simplistic one-liners like Andres Serrano's 'Piss Christ' and focus on art that is provocative in more complex ways. And I would like to completely avoid anything controversial for religious reasons.
posted by nanook on May 13, 2016 - 34 answers

Does making melancholy art make you sadder?

I put away my pencils, paints, and Wacom tablet a couple years ago due to intense depression. The work wasn't going well and I had nothing to say. I'm still intensely depressed and I still have nothing to say, but I decided to waste a few hours with some portrait sketches yesterday. But everything I make wants to be sad, and I'm not sure that sadness art is good for me. [more inside]
posted by xyzzy on May 10, 2016 - 26 answers

Artisits Of MeFi What Is Your Deviant Art Experience?

You are an artist, you have or have had a profile/galleries on Deviant Art. Was/is it a good thing? [more inside]
posted by WalkerWestridge on May 8, 2016 - 2 answers

Rothko's Harvard Murals

I'm having trouble finding color photos of the Rothko Harvard murals in their original settings (shot to show placement/context within the rooms and amid their furnishings, rather than showing details in the paintings themselves). If not on the web, is there a book containing such photos?
posted by Quisp Lover on May 5, 2016 - 4 answers

All art must be easy?

I remember reading a philosopher say something to the effect of "all art should appear easy" or "all art should be easy to make." Anyone have any ideas who this might have been? I think maybe it's somewhere in Nietzsche or Schlegel.
posted by matkline on May 3, 2016 - 6 answers

I love to make stuff. Why should I bother making stuff?

Help me make sense of why I continue to make stuff. [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio on Apr 30, 2016 - 27 answers

Plan a Booth for a Craft/Art Marketplace

As seen previously, I've been working on expanding my artistic endeavors to actually selling stuff. My application to a local outdoor craft/art/vintage marketplace has been accepted so I now have under a month to get a booth together. I am at a loss. Help! [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding on Apr 27, 2016 - 8 answers

How do I find pictures of the earth from above in flyover America?

I have an art project that won’t go away which involves using pictures of the earth from above. I’m having some trouble figuring out how to find pictures that will work. (Google Earth isn't quite right) [more inside]
posted by mulkey on Apr 23, 2016 - 8 answers

Is this a real book?

There's a book used as a prop on the tv show Elementary and I'm wondering if it's real or not. [more inside]
posted by the webmistress on Apr 21, 2016 - 3 answers

What Kind Of Japanese Art Do I Have?

While digging around in one of my trunks, I came across a piece of art that I'd forgotten I had. I had bought it years ago, at an estate sale and I'm wondering if it is of any particular value. Description below the fold. [more inside]
posted by alltomorrowsparties on Apr 16, 2016 - 14 answers

Where to get tons of ID card with lanyards (in Reykjavik)

I need between 50 and 100 ID card lanyards, and ID cards, preferably all of them looking different. It's for one person looking like a scarecrow of IDs, he's helplessly overloaded by lanyards and cards. So they all have to be a bit different. [more inside]
posted by gmm on Apr 15, 2016 - 5 answers

Photographic Art Gallery Needs Resources for Diversity Education

Looking for articles and resources about diversity to educate members of a photographic art gallery . [more inside]
posted by captainsohler on Apr 14, 2016 - 2 answers

Help me pimp and promote my Etsy shop

I have a new etsy shop focused on abstract art and hand-painted glassware. The link is in my profile. I'm just getting started and don't know yet how to get more views. I was careful with photographs and tags, and I've been using social media. I know I need more merch and am working on listing what I have. How do I get more traffic, and how do I turn that traffic into customers? Please be specific (i.e. which teams to join, etc.)
posted by mermaidcafe on Apr 14, 2016 - 9 answers

Beautiful, elegant Tarot decks as an art piece

I'm interested in maybe buying a tarot deck as an art object. I want suggestions for beautiful, unusual, or elegant Tarot decks, like Wild Unknown. Any recommendations? An unusual deck of regular playing cards would also work. [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Apr 5, 2016 - 37 answers

Show me beautiful and radical art that I can buy!

Seeking recommendations for other artists whose work is similar to Justseeds' posters! [more inside]
posted by ITheCosmos on Apr 3, 2016 - 10 answers

More Happy Than Not-Happy

What are some great art & photography resources? With absurdity, originality, variety, and quality? [more inside]
posted by j_curiouser on Mar 26, 2016 - 3 answers

Examples of interactive art experiences utilizing smartphones?

I'm helping out with an arts group that is thinking of doing a kind of experience that will mainly involve a user interacting with a smartphone. The experience will blend both what is provided via the phone as well as the environment the participants are in. They are still in a very early stage of conceptualization and would be keen to read more about similar things. Does anybody have pointers to such work? [more inside]
posted by destrius on Mar 25, 2016 - 8 answers

How can I make these Easter eggs scary?

I'm looking for any suggestions from the crafters, artists, and haunters, on how I can make these large plastic eggs I purchased from Michaels into something scary or creepy for decorative purposed. I have a dozen, in three different sizes. Photo link attached... [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist on Mar 19, 2016 - 9 answers

Art depicting or alluding positively to sex work?

I am looking to decorate a private space with (inexpensive) artwork alluding to sex workers in a positive light. Over the past few months, I have been doing (full service) sex work, and I would like a small decoration in my personal space reflecting this side of me. I'm thinking more along the lines of empowered courtesans or oblique references; I really don't want images of semi-nude women lounging around. Suggestions?
posted by anonymous on Mar 19, 2016 - 18 answers

Can you identify the signature on this crystal vase?

It looks like "onefoil" to me, but that's a pretty weird name. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Mar 17, 2016 - 4 answers

What can I do to make my community more interesting for $5,000?

I'm putting aside $5,000 to spend on something community focused. I'd like to find a way to do some good or, at least, do something amusing, for my neighborhood. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 17, 2016 - 26 answers

Where can I find art school briefs or assignments?

Years ago, I did an introduction to art and design as a precursor to design school (which I later did). It included assignments such as, draw what the inside of your mouth feels like, or create a sculpture using only found objects. I found it really helpful in inspiring me. Where can I get similar briefs as prompts for creating art today? Ideally they will be actual assignments from art institutes and point me in different directions for making interesting things. I've had little luck so far finding similar things for college students online.
posted by Jubey on Mar 6, 2016 - 6 answers

How do I get good photos of a largish afghan?

I'm writing a chapter in a book about some of my crochet. Yay! But I need good photos of afghans lying flat, and I'm pretty sure I don't have the equipment. [more inside]
posted by jackbishop on Mar 2, 2016 - 12 answers

Cheapest way to present A3 watercolours for exhibition

I need to be able to hang about 20 watercolour paintings that are mostly A3 size (297 x 420mm, or 11.7 x 16.5 in, with a couple of A2) very cheaply, but attractively. [more inside]
posted by b33j on Feb 29, 2016 - 8 answers

Can anyone decipher this signature on an oil painting?

My mother has a painting we have never been able to find the artist for. The signature is here -> http://m.imgur.com/F4oEHnc. The date below is 1887 and it is an oil painting, likely from the UK. There is a little damage above the third character (after the W).
posted by inflatablekiwi on Feb 20, 2016 - 2 answers

Contemporary/ Modern art in Cairo, Egypt

I'm off to Cairo in a couple of weeks and would appreciate any tips for looking at the art scene there, from museums and galleries to events and people of interest. I'm no expert but have found post 40's art to be a growing interest of mine.
posted by quarsan on Feb 17, 2016 - 4 answers

Art + Tech in NYC

How does a software engineer interested in contemporary art find people to make tech-y art projects with? [more inside]
posted by airmail on Feb 15, 2016 - 12 answers

Your Best Watercolor Tips

I've been trying my hand at watercolor for a couple years, but I feel already like I'm just repeating myself. I'm not looking so much for exercises (work big! work small! do a monochrome!) as I am tips you've come across that made your watercolors better. I generally work abstract. If it matters, I use Holbein paints, various brushes, and cold press paper.
posted by mermaidcafe on Feb 14, 2016 - 11 answers

How do I achieve this photo effect? Is there a photo editing app?

How do I achieve this photo effect? Is there a photo editing app? [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce on Feb 13, 2016 - 3 answers

Feminist and/or lesbian and/or butch-femme artwork!

Hey, I'm looking for artwork to hang around my house. It can be public domain (something I can download and print) or something I can order online. I want drawings, paintings, photos, etc. of women - all women, plus women with women, plus butch women with femme women, plus queer wo/men. [more inside]
posted by alona on Feb 11, 2016 - 9 answers

Other Fire + Water events in US??

MeFi, you've saved me in the past, asking you to come through again! I'm trying to find events very similar to WaterFire Providence, can be but does not have to be "art" project, but am looking for festivals that feature pylons in rivers, ponds, lakes, bayou on fire. Trying to set one up down here in Louisiana but not finding too much in the way of how to get started or if these events exist outside of Providence, RI and Sharon, PA (the only two places I found that host WaterFire events). Thank you!
posted by LemonGardot on Feb 11, 2016 - 3 answers

Happy Monkey Year

Who is the artist behind this picture?
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper on Feb 10, 2016 - 9 answers

Sculpting tiny robotic insects - or insectoid robots

On the mid-life crisis project list for this year, I have something that includes making tiny models of robotic insects - things that look like insects, but on close inspection turn out to be mechanical. This is emphatically not steampunk - no cogs or lacquered brass - but rather things that appear as if they really do come from the far future where biomechanics and electronics have merged to form self-replicating, autonomous critters that clearly fill evolutionary niches. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by Devonian on Feb 9, 2016 - 10 answers

A cat shelter. But for art.

I paint. It's therapeutic. Now I have a large number of paintings (well, and collage and mixed-media etc) and nothing in particular to do with them. I don't dislike them; I've hung some on the walls. But there's a lot of them, and it's kind of hard for me to outright destroy any. I'm considering selling some just to get them out of the house, but I have no idea how to do so. [more inside]
posted by Acheman on Feb 8, 2016 - 25 answers

Can Anyone identify this font or something close to it?

Can anyone identify the font used to spell out 'Beach Party'? Bonus points if it is available for free somewhere! Gratzi
posted by TwilightKid on Feb 5, 2016 - 7 answers

Where should I start with adult coloring?

I've got a notion to get into coloring (because I don't have enough hobbies that I already neglect) and I have just become completely overwhelmed by choice on where to begin. [more inside]
posted by like_neon on Jan 27, 2016 - 24 answers

How best to invite people to events but put a limit on # of attendees?

I'm interested in scheduling regular, artsy-fartsy outings with a select group of sweet people, but I (maybe) want to limit the number of attendees, because we're mostly introverts and I'd like the events to be kind of intimate. Like dates for 3-4 people who might not know each other, but I imagine could be fast friends. What are some online tools that can facilitate this? [more inside]
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas on Jan 23, 2016 - 5 answers

How can I make a sliding door into sliding art?

We have a barn-type door which covers a small closet in our kitchen. I'd like to make it into a fun visual focal point and would love some ideas on how to do it. [more inside]
posted by MelissaSimon on Jan 23, 2016 - 3 answers

String art pattern from the 70's

How can I get my hands on this string art pattern from the 70's? I'm trying to finish my fella's present and I have it 95% completed (from photos alone) but I can not figure out how to the last few parts (top wing layer and the bird head and body). If anyone knows where to find this pattern it would be much appreciated.
posted by orme on Jan 23, 2016 - 3 answers

What is a gender neutral craft I can make from book pages?

I need to make an "I'm sorry" present. What are some gender neutral (or minimally feminine) crafts I can make from pages of a book? [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on Jan 22, 2016 - 18 answers

Best ink for dip pens/calligraphy?

Artists/Calligraphers, help me find the perfect ink for art and writing with a traditional dip pen. Tell me your favorites! [more inside]
posted by InkDrinker on Jan 20, 2016 - 11 answers

Help me 'Antique Roadshow' this french sculpture.

I've stumbled across a little french sculpture from 1984, and I'd like to know more about it - but I can't figure out who made it... [more inside]
posted by evadery on Jan 13, 2016 - 7 answers

What different types of visual and written 'instructions' are there?

I am working on a project that relies on different ways to present instructions. I want to collect as many ways as possible. These can be visual, written, or otherwise, but each 'type' of instruction must have a design aesthetic or formulaic quality that is particular to it. So, for instance, recipes are usually laid out in a certain way; architectural blueprints have a design that we all recognise, as do maps, exploded diagrams, algorithms, technical schematics, toolkits... Can you help me think of more?
posted by 0bvious on Jan 10, 2016 - 36 answers

Looking for art about time.

I'm fascinated by the subject of time and would like to explore literature, poetry, music and film that uses it as a central theme, but not necessarily in any overt way. As a point of reference, the Bukowski piece "Nirvana", which I find very moving. Help me find more time-related art.
posted by davebush on Jan 8, 2016 - 31 answers

Tattoo stars sought

Tattoofilter: I have a bunch of moles. I'm considering turning them into a constellation. That's great, you say, just draw some lines between them. That's cute, I say, but I don't want to do that. I want to decorate individual moles gradually over time, so the constellation changes. Help me brainstorm small delicate designs that meet some or all of the following criteria: [more inside]
posted by doift on Jan 7, 2016 - 3 answers

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