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Examples of pre-20th century surrealist art?

Can you suggest some examples of surreal or magical realist artworks – dreamlike scenes, fantastical animals, enchantments – but from before the 20th century (ie, before Surrealism, and fantasy/magic realist fiction)? For example: Gustave Doré; Bosch; some of the medieval religious art collected on the "Discarding Images" blog.
posted by dontjumplarry on Oct 4, 2015 - 15 answers

Digital Drawing: Do it better edition

I have a drawing tablet and I enjoy my hobby of designing prints, however I want to get better at it and am looking for the best resources. Specifically techniques I'm interested in and programs to help. [more inside]
posted by Crystalinne on Oct 1, 2015 - 14 answers

How do I affordably start a music/art/educational LLC and non-profit?

I am a known financially developmentally delayed idiot. No really. I hate money. And I want to start a music and art festival on a slim budget and start building a framework to be able to raise funds for it and keep it all clean and kosher and separate while keeping my day job and tax bracket. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by loquacious on Sep 28, 2015 - 14 answers

Art history podcast suggestions, please.

Another podcast question! Something that will teach me the history of art? [more inside]
posted by moons in june on Sep 28, 2015 - 5 answers

Wow, Thank YOU for that thing...that is there...looking at me...

What do you do with terrible art that has been gifted to you? [more inside]
posted by Toddles on Sep 26, 2015 - 20 answers

Cool/Interactive/Fun/Artsy Activities for a Professionally-Thrown Party

Have you ever been to an event that had something really fun and cool, that got you to whip out your phone and take a photo, that made you go "wait, this is free?" An example from a party I've been to recently is having screen printers make t-shirts and tote bags for attendees from designs they chose right there in front of them. More examples inside. [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Sep 25, 2015 - 24 answers

How to focus on the things you want to do when your SO is around

I have a couple of good habits I'm working on instilling in myself (exercising and working on my art), but I never seem to have the time or energy when my SO is in town. What strategies do you use to carve out time for yourself? [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Sep 20, 2015 - 10 answers

Wouldn't it be nice to learn more about Brian Wilson?

I'd like to learn more about Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys. What biographies should I read? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Sep 17, 2015 - 8 answers

Lighting techniques of top cinematographers

Directors of photography like Roger Deakins, Robert Elswit, and Robert Richardson have distinct styles but are nevertheless first class examples of cinematography done right. I am looking for resources that delve into the type of lights they use, lighting plans (specific setups from certain scenes), and examples of intensities of the used lights (in LM). Any of these would be helpful really.
posted by omar.a on Sep 16, 2015 - 2 answers

Teach me to robot.

I have an Arduino, and I want to make it do things. I gather that what I really want is a Raspberry Pi in addition to my Arduino. The trouble is, I don't know Python and my C and circuitry skills are severely rusty. So do you know of any online courses or physical books that will teach me all of this as a general subject of "making devices" rather than individual Python, C, and electrical engineering courses of study? [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Sep 16, 2015 - 5 answers

Jewelry made by melting stuff?

My Girl Scout troop has voted to do the "Science Wizardry" and "Jeweler" badges. I'm looking for a way to combine two of the requirements: "melt something into something else," and any of the steps where they make jewelry. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Sep 16, 2015 - 24 answers

Obscure question about Arches paper watermark

When did Arches start using the watermark "MBM"? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Sep 14, 2015 - 2 answers

I want to see the connections

Is there anywhere to see legible versions, in their entirety, of Mark Lombardi's work? I can find clear details or blurry whole images, but never full resolution full versions. Ideally online or PDF, but I'll get a book if one of them actually publishes them.
posted by history is a weapon on Sep 8, 2015 - 2 answers

Renaissance Paintings with Loads of Symbolism

I need some examples of paintings from the Renaissance with a lot (or some) symbolism. I already have Jan Van Eyck's, The Arnolfini Portrait, can you help me find a couple more?
posted by nanook on Sep 7, 2015 - 11 answers

Help me plan a trip to the Whitney!

In less than three weeks I'll be in New York City. I am ridiculously excited. Of the less than stellar times I have free, when is best to visit the Whitney? [more inside]
posted by missmary6 on Sep 7, 2015 - 8 answers

What type of art do I want to make?

What type of art do I need to study or get lessons in or look up tutorial of in order to draw in a style similar to Bradon Boyd (of Incubus - I can't link where I am but a quick Google should bring it up) and other - I don't know - "graffiti" style(?) Art? I want to be able to put what's in my brain to paper. Please help!
posted by jitterbug perfume on Sep 7, 2015 - 6 answers

What can you tell me about this old painting?

This is a picture that I just acquired. I'm wondering what you can tell me about it. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Sep 5, 2015 - 8 answers

RSS feed of Art Masterpieces?

I'm trying to get back into the swing of creating art regularly. I'd love to get a regular stream of the great paintings of Western art. Wide-ranging and updated at least daily. Anyone know of such a thing?
posted by mkuhnell on Sep 3, 2015 - 6 answers

Artist Identification Help

I am looking for the artist behind this [nsfw] sculpture. Do you know who it is?
posted by nadawi on Sep 2, 2015 - 4 answers

Where to purchase a travel painting box?

Where can I purchase a travel painting box like the one seen here [more inside]
posted by luckyme793 on Sep 1, 2015 - 4 answers

Watercolors for Beginners - Recommendations Wanted!

Calling artists of MeFi: in search of suggestions for watercolors (and associated materials). Details within. [more inside]
posted by xenization on Aug 31, 2015 - 13 answers

"Geniuses" without stellar IQ scores other than Feynman

I'm looking for examples of people who were considered geniuses in science, art, invention and other disciplines, but whose IQ scores were merely respectable, between 100 and 140. Richard Feynman, whose IQ was in the 120s, is a good example. But have there been others?
posted by Beethoven's Sith on Aug 27, 2015 - 8 answers

What is this odd art object?

I bought this thing from an antique dealer's yard sale in Philadelphia about 20 years ago. Around 10 years ago I incorporated it into an art installation, and I dug it out of storage today for a new exhibition, but I still have no idea what it is. Here's a bunch of photos (ignore the electronics and wooden framing I added to the back). [more inside]
posted by moonmilk on Aug 25, 2015 - 19 answers

Affordable way to print and frame my photography?

What's the easiest way to affordably turn some of my photos into framed art for my walls? I'm considering getting six of these 12x12 inch frames from Social Print Studio, each with a single 8x8 print. I like the idea of square frames, and 12x12 seems like a perfect size for building a collection over time... but I'm wondering... is $60 each overpriced? Is there's a better way? [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 on Aug 23, 2015 - 12 answers

Art framing in NYC

I have a 27 1/2" x 19 1/2" silkscreen print I would like to have framed. Where should I go in NYC, and how much should I expect to spend? [more inside]
posted by cosmic osmo on Aug 20, 2015 - 5 answers

Books and websites to tackle the "is it art?" question

My dad and I were recently talking about aesthetics of new and popular music. He was telling me his reasons that he believes 4'33" isn't music. I disagree with him wholeheartedly, but it led to an interesting discussion. I think he'd enjoy reading about it more so I'm looking for some book and/or websites that we could both read and then talk about. [more inside]
posted by rossination on Aug 18, 2015 - 11 answers

Where can I find or build light box art?

I am wondering the best way to obtain light box art for my bedroom? [more inside]
posted by miles1972 on Aug 16, 2015 - 1 answer

Should I charge separately for a beer promotion?

I've designed a logo for a client, but our agreement doesn't cover beer. [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Aug 10, 2015 - 8 answers

Examples of authors/musicians who began their work in their 40s?

I'm looking for examples of authors and musicians who lived artistically unremarkable lives for their first four decades, only beginning to express themselves creatively in their 40s, and who subsequently received critical or popular acclaim for the work they produced during that fifth decade. [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Aug 9, 2015 - 17 answers

Cool examples of generative art

I'm teaching an Intro to Programming course to first year design students. I'd like to show them examples of cool art and design projects with a strong programmy feel: interactive, algorithmic, data driven, mapping, etc., to get them excited about learning to program. [more inside]
posted by signal on Aug 7, 2015 - 14 answers

Is it realistic for me to learn how to paint as an adult?

I'm interested in learning how to paint like this. Is this something I can actually expect to learn as an adult? If so, what resources and classes should I be looking for? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Aug 7, 2015 - 30 answers

Cheapest way to send household stuff and artwork from UK to USA

Moving back to the States from the UK and looking for the cheapest way to ship stuff that we won't immediately need to have on our arrival. Since the move is from London to Miami sea freight seems like the best option. We also have some fragile and oddly-shaped art that we'd like to have handled separately (and carefully). I've looked around for quotes from sea cargo specialists, but would appreciate any suggestions for ideas I may have overlooked. [more inside]
posted by theory on Aug 7, 2015 - 2 answers

Who originated the ubiquitous laser/neon grid design of the '80s?

Here are some examples of what I'm looking for. [more inside]
posted by coolxcool=rad on Aug 6, 2015 - 11 answers

Live video art installation (concept?) showing remote locations?

I remember a live video art installation (or a concept?) about setting up large video screens in public spaces, with cameras, linked to video screens w/cameras in other cities (even international) where the general public would wander by and see the equivalent general public wandering by in the other location. A kind of public park "skype" that's always on & linked to another location. I'm looking for info about such projects, and my google-fu is failing me.
posted by jpeacock on Aug 6, 2015 - 5 answers

There are no bad pictures; that's just how your face looks sometimes.

Looking for showcases of great photography on the web! Specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by missmary6 on Aug 1, 2015 - 8 answers

Where can I find a list of monthly internet challenges?

Nanowrimo, Inktober, One Book July...where can I find a list of such challenges so that I don't miss them next time? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Jul 29, 2015 - 2 answers

Help me with this Art Terminology

I've recently started noticing the phrase "lens-based artist" popping up everywhere. I would like to understand what exactly this means and why it has supplanted other terms that refer to an artist who primarily works in photography. [more inside]
posted by blixapuff on Jul 29, 2015 - 6 answers

What is the picture on the cover of “Dumb Flesh” by Blanck Mass?

It looks kind of like a human body, but wrong. Any description of what it is and/or how it was made would be welcome. Thanks!
posted by Going To Maine on Jul 27, 2015 - 2 answers

Iconic album covers...

Doing a design project for a record store and am looking for iconic album covers that only feature text? For instance, Live at Leeds, Masters of Reality, or Ornette! would all be good examples. Looking for ones where if someone were to substitute other words, what was being referenced would be obvious. Thanks!
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Jul 26, 2015 - 31 answers

Help me find a certain amazing photographer artist!

I stumbled upon a photographer's website a few years ago who did amazing work. I don't remember who he is anymore. Help me find him. [more inside]
posted by wym on Jul 25, 2015 - 3 answers

Best drafting table for an amateur artist?

I recently received birthday cash, and I would like a sturdy drafting table. I have researched drafting tables, and companies like Studio Designs, Alvin, and Mayline pop up. Despite the many options present on sites like Amazon, I haven't found information reliable enough to whittle down to the best table for the space. Would anyone be willing to recommend a table that fits the specifications below, based on experience? Are there any tables too good to not recommend, regardless of space or cost? [more inside]
posted by TemporaryTurtle on Jul 25, 2015 - 3 answers

Where should I submit my illustration portfolio?

I'm a freelance illustrator. I'm trying to find lists of print publications, web sites, blogs, magazines, and any other outlets that pay (and accept unsolicited submissions). More specifically, I want to find appropriate/welcoming/well-fitting places to submit my portfolio, given the style of stuff I tend to do. Samples below the fold… [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Jul 20, 2015 - 1 answer

How does a museum work?

A series of questions about what happens behind the scenes of a museum. How does an idea turn into an exhibit, and who ultimately approves its content? [more inside]
posted by fromspiderhead on Jul 20, 2015 - 5 answers

I want to build a digital catalog of my art collection.

Software suggestions for the Mac? I have simple needs. I want a catalog number, date of origin, artist name, and a photograph of each piece. Sorting, filtering and searchability required. [more inside]
posted by Devils Rancher on Jul 18, 2015 - 7 answers

Help understanding Plains beadwork design

Hi all. Long shot, but - I saw this design in the Garst Museum in Ohio, where the Annie Oakley collection is kept. The design is worked onto a pair of leather gauntlets. The label said that the gloves had been a gift from Sitting Bull; it's possible, but also might be apocryphal. I'm interested in quoting the design in an art project, but before I do, would like to know whether anyone recognizes the motif or knows its associations. [more inside]
posted by Miko on Jul 16, 2015 - 6 answers

How can I make my own derivative work?

I want to make my own version of these very similar logos but I also want to get that authentic handmade look. How do I do it? [more inside]
posted by kendrak on Jul 15, 2015 - 11 answers

Ettiquette in tiny art galleries / open studios

Artists with open studios or small gallery owners: how do you want me to behave? I'm completely ignorant about visual art and often unmoved by it, but interested in visiting the various tiny galleries and open studio events around my city. From experience, I'll often be the only person -- or one of very few people -- there at the time, aside from the artist. Should I duck wordlessly in and out, ask you to talk about the work, something else? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs on Jul 15, 2015 - 10 answers

Best way to get my own Mondrian-esque art?

A dear friend is buying a house soon. His favorite artist is Mondrian, and he is partial to the earlier, simpler abstract works (the ones where the fields of color are large) rather than the later, more complex ones like Broadway Boogie-Woogie. I want to give him a nice Mondrian reproduction to hang in his new house. What's the best way to do this - buy one or make it? And if I make it, how? If I buy it, where? [more inside]
posted by oblique red on Jul 7, 2015 - 13 answers

High quality Bosch

Looking for high quality photography of Hieronymus Bosch's artworks that can be downloaded online [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Jul 6, 2015 - 7 answers

help me get an awesome mantis crawling up my body, permanently

I have decided on a tattoo that I would like and I need planning help. I'm in Albuquerque, New Mexico. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed on Jul 5, 2015 - 8 answers

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