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Whatever could it be / that has brought me to this loss?

In a year full of grief, I’m searching for music, writing, and art to get me through. Please share what was meaningful for you in working through your own grief. [more inside]
posted by Synesthesia on Dec 3, 2016 - 7 answers

Is there a "Couch to 5k" for creativity?

I'm in my early thirties and I don't think I've ever been creative. I just don't think I have much imagination for those kinds of things. But it's something I think I'd like in my life, and I'm a little bewildered where to start. Is creativity or imagination something I can learn (or be taught), or is it more innate?
posted by A Robot Ninja on Nov 30, 2016 - 15 answers

Artists… tell me all about your website !

If you are a professional artist and have a web site, I’d like your insight. [more inside]
posted by jabo on Nov 29, 2016 - 6 answers

Printing/framing a poster over the web for someone in Seattle

I want to get an A1 poster printed and framed and delivered to someone in Seattle. I'm in another country. Does anyone have any recommendations for who to go with? I have a 275 meg Tiff and can also get a print ready pdf of appropriate resolution.
posted by Sebmojo on Nov 28, 2016 - 4 answers

What can you tell me about my little ceramic whale and mustachioed cat?

I have two little mid-century ceramic figures that my mom gave me and I'd love to know more about them (especially the cat.) [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Nov 24, 2016 - 3 answers

An work of art a day keeps the doctor away, so help me find them.

Is there a Twitter feed that posts a variety of works of art regularly? I'm trying to inspire myself to be more artistic, and a part of these efforts is to expose myself to art that I might not see otherwise. I'm on Twitter on and off throughout the day, so I thought that a Twitter feed that posts images of works of art would be helpful. I'm particularly interested in modern art, collages and mixed media. Any thoughts? Thanks!
posted by Fister Roboto on Nov 18, 2016 - 15 answers

Art recommendations for a gift to a math student?

My boyfriend's birthday is approaching and I want to get him a piece/a series of art to hang in his almost entirely blank room - he does appreciate art, just doesn't go out of his way to collect adornments of any kind. He's deeply interested in computer science and pure math and I have very little background in either. I'd like to select a work that resonates with him, that he can admire compositionally and that in some way reflects the concepts that he studies. < [more inside]
posted by reedfields on Nov 13, 2016 - 24 answers

which book has this print?

I would like to buy a collection of Duane Michals' photos that contains this work (one example, another example). I don't remember which book I saw it in years ago and my googling has failed me. Please help?
posted by aaanastasia on Nov 10, 2016 - 3 answers

That Flea Market Art Frame

I don't know how else to describe it: you know that style of frame that you see on velvet paintings of unicorns, bad Bob-Ross-style art, and big-eyed-kid-ripoffs? I want to find that material. [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown on Nov 7, 2016 - 3 answers

art babby tryna become art teenagger

How do I go from “people like my one-off weird art pieces On-Line” to “I have a legible artistic Practice with several long-term projects going with collaborators”? Complication: I want art to be a side hustle, since I’m a PhD student in computer science who’s aiming to become a professor. [more inside]
posted by glass origami robot on Nov 4, 2016 - 6 answers

How to take my drawing skills up a notch or three?

I've been drawing for most of my life. I'm competent, but not good. How do I get good? [more inside]
posted by signal on Nov 2, 2016 - 12 answers

Portfolios, how do they work?

In search of a radical career change, I need an online portfolio to pursue creative technology. My stuff is all over the place. How to get it more coherent? [more inside]
posted by scruss on Nov 1, 2016 - 3 answers

Art hurts

Artists of Metafilter: what do you do to avoid hand pain and/or eye strain? [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Oct 29, 2016 - 8 answers

Flying solo in Montréal

Looking for offbeat, interesting things to do, places to meet people in my age range, traditional or alternative art galleries to visit, craft breweries, live music venues? and anything else that's a must see! Also looking for help on how to handle selling artwork internationally. [more inside]
posted by LonelyOnes on Oct 27, 2016 - 8 answers

How best to photograph black and white painting

I have been asked to digitise a painting that the artist would like to use on a website I am creating for her. The painting is black and white acrylic, on canvas, unframed, and not stretched. So it's going to have to be lying on a table or something. I have a DSLR. What are some tips for getting the best quality image? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Oct 24, 2016 - 11 answers

Culture Day in Tokyo

Help me figure out what we should be doing on or around the week of Culture Day in Tokyo. [more inside]
posted by FarOutFreak on Oct 24, 2016 - 2 answers

Question for screen printers

Please give me the words with which to speak with a screen printer in order to get what I'm looking for. [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on Oct 19, 2016 - 9 answers

Practical gift ideas to positively improve a friend’s life and hobbies

I am trying to brainstorm some ideas of small gifts for a friend’s birthday. I like to give gifts that are practical and can in some small way be useful for people’s lives; not just sit in a box or closet. As an example I have given other friends who really like live music Etymotic Ear Plugs or other friends who like to bake the Cook’s Illustrated Baking Book. Ideas for services are also cool. [more inside]
posted by cycleback on Oct 13, 2016 - 13 answers

Danish Design and Culture - Highlights for a 4 day trip to Copenhagen?

What are your best, specific recommendations for great food, design, and local culture highlights in Copenhagen for 3-4 adults and 2 18-month olds? [more inside]
posted by foodmapper on Oct 11, 2016 - 7 answers

I'm looking for a song, but I only know two lines. Please help.

"It may seem strange to sleep away the day at the firing range / but times they may change, they'll get you up and make you walk / sitting in my room and the walls are turning into water falls." Song has a bit of a lilting, alt-country feel. Wilco / late Beck.
posted by es_de_bah on Sep 27, 2016 - 1 answer

Should I give in on spending money on an expensive luxury?

My wife wants to buy an expensive artwork for the house. While I also find it beautiful, I don't think it's a good idea, financially. We're at loggerheads. Help me think this through. [more inside]
posted by snarfois on Sep 23, 2016 - 91 answers

Looking for fun & forgiving art supplies

I’d like to get some art supplies to help me decompress after work. What are some fun, forgiving tools for someone with only a modicum of talent and technique? [more inside]
posted by cathycartoon on Sep 22, 2016 - 14 answers

Help me Identify this Painting... Orson Welles as an old Sailor?

I bought this painting around 6 years ago at an antique market in Kingston, ON. Can you help me identify it, and maybe offer suggestions for art conservation? [more inside]
posted by Dressed to Kill on Sep 13, 2016 - 5 answers

I just want to solder silver jumprings

I've searched, and the information is overwhelming. I just want to know: can I solder silver jumprings closed with a soldering iron? If so, what kind of solder do I need? And if not, what is the cheapest possible way to do this? The jewelry store will charge me like $10 per, and this is unacceptable for my purposes. This is for small silver charms. Doesn't have to look perfect, but I also don't want to poison myself. [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Sep 8, 2016 - 9 answers

Which Bay Area festivals are worth attending if you're not into dancing?

I recently got back from Burning Man. Even though I'm not into live music or partying, it was super fun! I notice there are a lot of festivals and parties in the Bay Area that have similar aesthetics or involve the same people (Symbiosis, Lightning in a Bottle, Further Future, SF Decompression, Ghost Ship, etc.) but I'm wondering which ones are really "music festivals with some art" and which ones have plenty of stuff for the art-and-science lovers. [more inside]
posted by phoenixy on Sep 6, 2016 - 6 answers

Political cartoons. How do they work?

I would like to submit some for publication, with or without compensation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 3, 2016 - 2 answers

Unique alternatives to the 'portfolio' website design

I want to build a new website, mainly to showcase my work as an artist, writer and academic. I'm looking for inspiration, and perhaps even some Wordpress templates. I want to do something a bit unique, responsive and forward thinking. Can you help me think beyond the current portfolio model? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Sep 3, 2016 - 4 answers

How to encourage a budding artist

My 7-year-old loves to draw, and I am, of course, slightly biased, but I think she is pretty good at it. What's the best way to encourage her? If you're an artist, how did your parents help you or encourage you? [more inside]
posted by sutel on Aug 31, 2016 - 22 answers

Help me identify this painting.

There's this painting of a tree that I know was mass produced because it was at both my grandmother's and my aunt's house and I've seen it at thrift stores. You can see an image here (ignore the closet, it's on the far left). What's the painting/who is it by? And is there a way to find it other than searching through thrift stores?
posted by overglow on Aug 31, 2016 - 1 answer

What are my best options for hanging posters nicely?

I mistakenly got the last poster I hung custom framed, which cost way more than the poster did. So what are my best options for hanging a poster nicely? [more inside]
posted by garlic on Aug 29, 2016 - 16 answers

Help requested identifying culture and mudra of Buddhist statue

I have a small wood Buddhist wood statue, and I am trying to determine what culture it is from, who the sculpture depicts, what mudra is being shown, and how it would have originally been displayed. [more inside]
posted by mortaddams on Aug 28, 2016 - 2 answers

Help me find published portraits of everyday folk in SF in the early 2000s

Between 2001 and 2004, I lived in the SF Bay Area and looked forward to a weekly column in a local paper (don't remember which - probably not SF Chronicle, but maybe a smaller publication?) which featured a profile of an interesting local "everyday folk" along with a pen-and-ink portrait. I especially loved the charming portraits. In particular, I remember one of a guy selling boiled crab at the Pier. Does anyone remember this? What was the name of the column, and who was the artist?
posted by rivtintin on Aug 27, 2016 - 5 answers

Where or How to Print Fan Cards for our Artists

I am a production artist at Passion Works Fine Art Studio in Athens, Ohio. We feature the collaborative work of our adult artists with and without disabilities. I've been wanting to include information about the artist who produced the piece with each sale in a Fan/ Baseball Card format. [more inside]
posted by mickeefynn on Aug 25, 2016 - 6 answers

Not good enough for my artistic peers

Why can't I get over my artwork being ignored? [more inside]
posted by morning_television on Aug 21, 2016 - 22 answers

What are the best works of art that have been made for the internet?

I am interested in looking at art made for the web. Can you provide great examples? [more inside]
posted by mortaddams on Aug 21, 2016 - 13 answers

Seeking magical/whimsical art experiences. Will travel for art.

Just got back from Meow Wolf's House of Eternal Return, and I am smitten. I would love to know if there is anything else that captures that kind of otherworldly magic. I love an excuse to travel, so location is not a factor.
posted by sugarbomb on Aug 17, 2016 - 23 answers

Help Identify An Iconic Photo - from Life Magazine?

I remember looking through books in my parents' basement as a kid, and I think they had a few 60's or 70's era Life yearbooks. There was a fashion shoot that has very much made an impression on me, but I can't find it, or any details about it. [more inside]
posted by 41swans on Aug 16, 2016 - 5 answers

Resources on diversity & the digital divide in art

I’m writing a piece on the digital divide in the field of digital art, approaching the question of how museums and galleries can promote inclusion and diversity in the work they showcase when access to digital technologies is far from universal. I’m looking for research material related to these questions. [more inside]
posted by rabbitbookworm on Aug 8, 2016 - 2 answers

Artsy beautiful interesting facebook pages to "like" and follow

My collective facebook friends seem to have stopped posting anything interesting and my timeline has devolved into a 24/7 shouting match on politics/privilege/the election. I need new stuff. What are some beautiful, unique, artsy, stylish, etc pages I can follow. Interested in: art, beauty, style, fashion, weird stuff, horror, psychedelic, etc. NOT interested in: cheesy motivational stuff, cult of positive thinking, politics, war, guns, sports, cars etc. Give me your best! Bonus question: is there a easy way to filter out the angry posts but still see when a friend posts cute family pictures or life updates?
posted by long haired child on Jul 27, 2016 - 23 answers

Roses in Art (For a Friend)

[Question from a non-MeFi friend:]
I am looking for the name or term used to refer to a specific style/design of rose frequently depicted in Japanese and Chinese art.
[more inside] posted by KChasm on Jul 21, 2016 - 4 answers

You were once terrible at drawing & now you aren't. How did you do it?

I am terrible at drawing. I don't even doodle. I rely on words to communicate concepts and ideas. For various personal and professional reasons, I would like to learn to draw. But where do I begin? [more inside]
posted by nerdfish on Jul 18, 2016 - 30 answers

DIY Photography Lighting for Paintings and Glassware

I need to photograph a new batch of paintings and painted glassware for Etsy. In the past, I've hired photographers to do this, but right now I can't find one. I like the idea of doing it myself anyway. I don't want to invest in full-on photo lighting. I know I could rent some online, but I have a feeling that with ingenuity and Home Depot, I could hack something together. More inside. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Jul 14, 2016 - 9 answers

Please help me find a dead pop culture art site

I am looking for an old website (at least 10 years old) that did weekly art challenges for members only. [more inside]
posted by dogmom on Jul 12, 2016 - 1 answer

19th century colonial art

It's the late 19th century or early 20th century, I'm in a London shop that sells art. I ask to see paintings and prints that depict India and other colonial areas. What artists will I likely be shown? Were there any bestselling works or collections? Is there anywhere on the internet that has a good collection of pieces in this category?
posted by clorox on Jul 12, 2016 - 6 answers

How to sell art prints?

I would like to start getting my collage art professionally scanned and sell prints of it online. Where in NYC can I get the pieces scanned, and what site would be best for selling the prints? Possibly relevant deets inside. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Jul 8, 2016 - 9 answers

Can you identify this Hallmark artist from the 1980s?

I received this poster a long time ago, sometime in the 1980s or 1990s. I remember seeing a lot of this artist’s work during that time, but it’s been a long time since I’ve seen anything new from him or her. Thanks!
posted by Borborygmus on Jul 3, 2016 - 3 answers

Best way to frame enormous antique map?

I bought a very large (62"x24") map last week, but now I'm at a little bit of a loss for how to actually display it. Help me think of ways to put it on my wall without spending 50x as much on the frame as I did on the map. [more inside]
posted by The Elusive Architeuthis on Jul 1, 2016 - 7 answers

Help me find out more about this artist

How can I find more information on the artist Henry E. Traumer? Did he really just paint one warship and then vanish? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Jun 30, 2016 - 1 answer

Can you decipher this signature? Because I can't.

I've been trying to figure out this signature for several days. Here is a picture of the artwork that it's on. Thanks!
posted by crazylegs on Jun 28, 2016 - 4 answers

Tag! You're it! Can I get to know my local Taggers?

I've always enjoyed seeing graffiti tags... I know they're considered "bad" but I feel like I know some of my local taggers: dead fish, stelr, lady ace, etc. They're like familiar friends. But how do I get to KNOW this network? [more inside]
posted by Dressed to Kill on Jun 22, 2016 - 10 answers

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