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Short. Sweet. Macabre.

An artist friend makes charming decorative lettered signs with uplifting, inspiring words on them. 'Growth.' 'Love.' 'Inspire.' 'Dream.' I asked her if she had 'Vengeance' - regrettably, it was not in stock. [more inside]
posted by Lou Stuells on Nov 30, 2013 - 58 answers

What are the oldest art collections depicting life in Poland?

I'm looking specifically for paintings/art that depict what daily life was like for non-royal people in Poland. It's easy to find lot's of art depicting royalty but I'm looking for the oldest paintings that captured what the houses and villages and people looked like outside of the castles and royal families. [more inside]
posted by xarnop on Nov 29, 2013 - 5 answers

Help me find the NM secret sandstone caves

I'm in northern New Mexico for a few days and would like to visit the caves discussed here. [more inside]
posted by doctord on Nov 27, 2013 - 7 answers

Best paint to use for a portrait on a toaster oven?

A coworker of mine often complains that we do not have a toaster in the office. I have an unused one, and would like to paint her portrait on it as a humorous secret-santa gift for our office xmas party. I like to work with acrylics and india ink, but am afraid that they will peel off when they get hot. What paint/technique do you think will work best?
posted by DaveZ on Nov 27, 2013 - 8 answers

Looking for new-to-me abstract artists, especially painters

I love abstract art and recently did a very thorough self-led course through its history. (I decided I am most a fan of lyric abstraction, if that helps at all.) Now I'm trying to get schooled in more current abstract artists (particularly painters), but it's hard to know where to go for info, especially for artists who are under the radar. I've been reading the major websites and I also looked into all the artists mentioned in this wonderful article: The Golden Age of Abstraction: Right Now and liked a lot of what I saw. I don't live in a big city and don't travel to cities often, so those aren't viable options for me. If you have any names for me to investigate or websites, etc. that feature exciting new abstract artists, please share. (I say new,but they don't have to be brand new--just don't try to introduce me to Damien Hirst or Jackson Pollock.)
posted by mermaidcafe on Nov 25, 2013 - 16 answers

Oh the fun you'll have!

Magical video of festive people speaking lines in rhyme about life and fun? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Nov 25, 2013 - 2 answers

To sign or not to sign

I'm doing a series of digitally printed images on canvas for a show. I've only done this screen printed before, so this time with the digital prints, I'm not sure what to do about signing and numbering them. Is this something I should do? Not? [more inside]
posted by monkey!knife!fight! on Nov 22, 2013 - 5 answers

Best way to get a weird and wooden object framed?

How best can I frame a wooden star that has survived since the 1960s? [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Nov 21, 2013 - 4 answers

Retro Comic Artist

I'm looking for current amateur/underground artists who have a style similar to late 70s/80s X-Men artists Dave Cockrum and Marc Silvestri. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Nov 19, 2013 - 0 answers

Articles / books comparing writing to other artistic mediums

Can anyone point me to articles or books which investigate the artistic advantages and disadvantages of writing vis-a-vis other mediums like film (e.g. what effects can written documents have that movies cannot, and vice-versa)?
posted by shivohum on Nov 18, 2013 - 1 answer

Making something pretty from old slides

I need ideas for an art project using old 35mm slides. I have looked at the lampshades and curtains. The problem is most of my slides are a black background with very fine colored lines forming the image (they're protein structures, this picture here is a good example of what's on my slides). I worry any lampshade I formed with these wouldn't highlight the images on the slides the way I see in photos because so much of the slide itself is opaque. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Nov 13, 2013 - 4 answers

Searching for a searchable directory of line art

I'm in love with these wedding place cards, but I'm having trouble finding online sources of line art I can use. Specifically, I would like to find an online directory of line art - the kind of black and white image that would accompany a dictionary definition. Ideally, it would be open source/taken from old books but I'd be willing to pay if I could find the right images. I've tried searching Google images with the line art function, but it's pretty limited in the results and often too cartoon-y for what I"m looking for. Additionally, if you could think of any additional search terms for that style of art it could be very helpful. [more inside]
posted by fermezporte on Nov 13, 2013 - 7 answers

It rubs the lotion on its skin...

I'm looking to find / make / adapt a costume for a fine art photoshoot that I'm currently planning. The character in the picture is one from myth, who is said to have a skirt made from flayed human skin. Short of sending Ramsay Snow's a raven or becoming Buffalo Bill, how can I put together a costume that will look as creepy-beautiful as I need? [more inside]
posted by gmb on Nov 12, 2013 - 10 answers

Apps created by artists or as part of an artistic project

I'm a journalist looking to write a series of profiles on artists who are using apps, not to create their work, but as part of their output. If you know of any, or where I should look, could you let me know? Cheers.
posted by quarsan on Nov 11, 2013 - 14 answers

Plastic liquid that dries clear?

My aunt is dying of cancer, and I'd like to help her relive a happy memory. Sometime in the late 80s, we made wire flowers and dipped them in a strong smelling plastic (?) that hardened into clear colored panes. Neither of us can remember what it was called or very many specifics beyond that. It came in a can and we dipped the wire loops directly into it. It hardened relatively hard, and took maybe overnight to cure. What was it? Where can I get some? [more inside]
posted by stoneweaver on Nov 11, 2013 - 9 answers

How to Visit an Art Gallery

I've only been going to art museums, but lately, I've been wanting to explore and go to art galleries. Problem is, it's a bit of uncharted territory, and so I have no idea where to start. [more inside]
posted by Puck Soppet on Nov 11, 2013 - 9 answers

Can you identify this artist?

I just bought this nice painting and would like to know who painted it. Here's a close-up. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Nov 9, 2013 - 7 answers

There's got to be a better deal - help me find it!

Posting for a friend: Help me find the most affordable plastic snow globe kit! I need to purchase at least 200 for use in an art show next spring. I am searching for a plastic snow globe kit just like the one in these photos. [more inside]
posted by kelegraph on Nov 7, 2013 - 9 answers

I can't paint, but I want to make some paintings.

I want to make some paintings that basically look like this--basically some flat fields of hopefully compatible colors on canvas. I don't care if what I make is real art, I mainly just want to add some color to the room. I went to the craft store and was kind of confused by all the different options for paint. Let's just assume I pick a set of colors I like -- what do I need to buy to make the painting, other than a canvas? What kind of paints, which colors, what kind of brush, what else do I need? How do I mix the colors? I'm not under any illusions that I'm going to make anything good, I just want to get some colors down on canvas in a hopefully appealing way. If I picked a palate from a site like colourlovers, is there a way to order the paints premixed in those colors or what that be a bad idea?
posted by empath on Nov 4, 2013 - 18 answers

Bizarre 60s/70s art film ID

Probably a long shot, but here goes. In '88 or '89, I attended a scholarship-paid class at the Art Institute of Chicago. All the students were high schoolers. The class was referred to as "Time Arts" and was about multi media art. During the workshop portion of classes, our instructor would have various films playing at one end of the studio, just as background imagery and conversation starters. Pretty sure he pulled them from the school's library. I would like to identify one of these films. My description of what I remember inside, so if you know 60s-70s avant-garde (probably short) art films, please help. [more inside]
posted by jeff-o-matic on Nov 4, 2013 - 6 answers

What does a typical five year old's drawing look like?

Please help me find examples of drawings made by children at ages three through seven. I have found many unlabeled images, and many lengthy written descriptions of what drawings "may" or "should" include at certain ages. Why do the writers not post some examples? I have found lots of vanity posts, "look what my precocious little darling drew!" This is not what I am looking for. I want drawings typical for the age group, labeled with the age and gender (secondary importance) of the child. I am not looking for art class products, but just drawings that kids draw on their own.
posted by woman on Oct 28, 2013 - 10 answers

Kids! How do they work?

Help! My new job involves making sure that little kids are entertained. [more inside]
posted by The River Ivel on Oct 28, 2013 - 10 answers

Who is in this painting?

Who is in this painting?
posted by czytm on Oct 28, 2013 - 3 answers

Giclée printer in the uk

I need to get 4 roughly A3 sized giclée prints produced from my own digital artwork for an art show and I'm looking for a printing company in the UK. I really need them by the end of the coming week. I live in a rural area so I need somewhere that does mail order. There is a general print shop in my nearest town but I don't think they'll be able to do the quality I'll need from an ordinary print (although I could be wrong I've done this before) I've tried a couple of companies with other things but I was not happy with the quality of one and the other has still not delivered a week after their quoted turn around time. Does anyone have any recommendations?
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Oct 26, 2013 - 3 answers

Recommendations for fine art facsimiles and artist books?

I am interested in buying some beautiful facsimiles of illuminated manuscripts and artist's books. Do you have any recommendations, particularly for affordable ones? I can pay up to about $100 / book, but not the thousands of dollars that some facsimiles cost. Any leads would be most appreciated.
posted by mortaddams on Oct 20, 2013 - 6 answers

Who is the subject of this painting?

My great aunt recently passed away, and I was given this painting that she made. I know this is probably a wild goose chase, but I would love to figure out who is the subject. [more inside]
posted by jpdoane on Oct 20, 2013 - 5 answers

How do I care for this wooden art mask?

I have a nice hand carved wooden Boruca mask from Costa Rica that I got in 2011. Unfortunately, I've noticed that the wood seems to be drying out, and in some places, even cracking. I know it is authentic (e.g. not tourist crap from China) as it was bought at an indigenous reserve/cooperative and I saw them being made, but was not able to learn what kind of wood it was carved from (though likely balsa or cedar?) or get any instructions on care. It is unpainted, just solid wood. Any idea how to care for this piece of art? Does it need oiling? How would I do that?
posted by juniperesque on Oct 19, 2013 - 4 answers

How Do I Take in Better Stuff?

How do I practice better taste - in my art, music, and other kinds of cultural consumption - without being a prude or curmudgeon or elitist? [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something on Oct 8, 2013 - 19 answers

Is it possible to separate the art from the artist?

Please recommend me good writing (preferably academic but well written blog posts or whatever are good too) that explores the controversy around problematic creators and whether or not one should support their work. PLEASE DON'T try to answer the question itself, that would be chatfilter. (Though I welcome anyone's thoughts on this via memail.) [more inside]
posted by Wretch729 on Oct 7, 2013 - 10 answers

Photography activities for high schoolers.

I am teaching photography to a bunch of 16 and 17 year olds. Most of them are novices. What kind of activities can I do with them during the months between now and March when it's pouring rain in Vancouver? [more inside]
posted by figaro on Oct 6, 2013 - 15 answers

Seeking information on illuminated manuscripts online

I am interested in learning more about illuminated manuscripts--from ancient times to today, both sacred and secular. I also want to look at some of them in their entirety. What are the coolest illuminated manuscripts that have been digitized and made available online? What makes them so great? Also, are there any great videos about illuminated manuscripts? Any leads would be most appreciated.
posted by mortaddams on Oct 6, 2013 - 19 answers

Looking for Disastrous or Cursed Performances

I know that Macbeth is a cursed play. I know there were riots at the first performance of the Rite of Spring. I know that when you read the script for the King in Yellow you go insane. Are there any more examples of performance art that has a disastrous, cursed, or otherwise spooky reputation? Theater, dance, opera, paintings, etc all okay.
posted by hishtafel on Oct 1, 2013 - 32 answers

How to price and market art work?

I've decided to try selling some of my art work, however I have no idea how to go about valuing my art work. I'm also not sure of the best place to sell it or how to market it. [more inside]
posted by Ranting Prophet of DOOM! on Sep 30, 2013 - 10 answers

ART

What are some easy, fun art projects or DIY decorations I can do for zero dollars? [more inside]
posted by goosechasing on Sep 29, 2013 - 23 answers

"We kissed on the corner then danced through the night"

I'm going through a hand-lettering obsession lately, and becoming more interested in using text in artwork. I'm pretty comfortable with the parameters of fair use in terms of visual reference - using a photo to inform a painting, for example. But what's fair use if I want to paint a phrase or lyric or quote on a sign? The title of the question is my example: it is a line from Fairytale of New York. Is it a large or significant enough fragment that I would need to secure a license of the work if I wanted to create a painting and offer it for sale? The subject would be the text - more or less like this, versus a painting that included other elements with the text. I know there is often a range of ideal practice versus ordinary practice. Is this more formal like quoting a lyric in a book and giving copyright credit, or is it more informal like "I don't think Nick Cage signed off on the You Don't Say meme."?
posted by Lou Stuells on Sep 28, 2013 - 3 answers

Who was that guy?

I know Walter Benjamin treasured a drawing by Paul Klee, Angelus Novus (angel of history).. So much so that he wrote about it in his essay "Theses on the Philosophy of History". [more inside]
posted by Mister Bijou on Sep 27, 2013 - 2 answers

Why do I have strong emotional reactions to smell and music but not art?

Why is it that people have super-strong reactions to different types of sensory stimulants? Do you have any tales of experiencing strong reactions to visual art as opposed to sounds and smells? [more inside]
posted by fishingforthewhale on Sep 26, 2013 - 33 answers

I Need a New Job

I need a new job, and I have no idea what job I might be good at and enjoy. Please give me ideas for some jobs that I haven't thought of. I'm in my late 20s and working as a research analyst for a large firm, and I can't take the feeling that I'm not doing anything worthwhile (or even enjoyable) with my life. I'm not sure what to do. Do you know of any unconventional careers that might be a good fit? Please give me an idea of where to get started. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 25, 2013 - 13 answers

Guerrilla art ethics.

When (if ever) is it appropriate to take a piece of guerrilla art down and keep it? [more inside]
posted by kaseijin on Sep 19, 2013 - 19 answers

Help Make this Space happen: Suggest your favorite tools and resources

I am tasked with stocking up a Maker Space gallery that will be part of a museum. I'm very much a crafter and maker myself, but am looking for the Makers of MetaFilter to tell me your favorite tools, especially ones for small hands (we will be catering to kids and families, as young as 3 years old). We will be doing simple woodworking projects (already looking at Japanese Pull Saws), sewing, circuitry, paper art, lots of tinkering (including activities with recycled materials and new materials). We are focusing on "real" tools (no plastic Fisher Price kids stuff, please), and I expect to buy a couple different versions of some items (hammers for smaller people, hammers for bigger jobs). The tools will get lots of use, so I'm happy to spend a bit more if it means I don't have to constantly replace broken items. I am especially looking for specific recommendations for specific tools, reviews, or resources ("these sewing scissors are amazing for the price" or "don't buy this brand of clamp" or "this site sells very good quality paper punches"). Thanks in advance!
posted by leastlikelycowgirl on Sep 19, 2013 - 12 answers

Unavailable movies, worth screening, that can be legally shown?

What movies aren't readily available via Amazon, Netflix, or similar, but are worth watching and can be booked for a legal public event in the US? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Sep 16, 2013 - 10 answers

Help me learn to art

I would like to start learning how to draw, after 16 years of stick figures. I am keeping a sketchbook to practice in frequently, but I was wondering if anyone had some good resources for jump-starting my artistic development (there are overwhelmingly many such resources on the Internet). I am also interested in general modern art, metal art, sculpting, lithography, and photography. Thanks in advance! ^_^
posted by myitkyina on Sep 13, 2013 - 9 answers

What is the name for the irregular objects that break up a surface?

I've heard a term that describes the irregular objects such as boxes and antenna that are used to break up a surface (such as on a model spaceship). Apparently this can make it more pleasing to the eye then a smooth surface. An example would be the surface of a Star Destroyer in Star Wars, where it is basically a triangular prism with some big features, then a lot of small, indistinct things that makes it looks unnaturally perfect. Does anyone know what this term is? [more inside]
posted by Canageek on Sep 13, 2013 - 6 answers

Pictures of the moon?

I'm looking for paintings, sketches, and other visual art that features the moon. Show me your favorite moon-related imagery!
posted by aaanastasia on Sep 13, 2013 - 23 answers

Help me find a desktop PC on a budget

My 4-year-old laptop is dying and I want to replace it with a desktop. What is the least computer I could buy now that would still be upgradeable enough that I could keep it and upgrade it for several years? [more inside]
posted by matcha action on Sep 13, 2013 - 19 answers

Creepy Art Catalog

I've been playing Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs over the last day or two. Has anyone put together a list of all the artists and titles for the paintings in the game? [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon on Sep 11, 2013 - 1 answer

Serving Espresso to a Crowd--multiple variables

Help me figure out how to make about 100 long espresso shots at a public event. [more inside]
posted by Mngo on Sep 9, 2013 - 29 answers

I bought a beautiful problem

An art newbie wonders: just how does one properly store an oil painting? [more inside]
posted by charlemangy on Aug 26, 2013 - 3 answers

Basically, if Disney did webcomics.

I am really overwhelmed by the world of webcomics. I have no idea where to start, although I have stumbled across a few that I really like. Can you help me find some that I would like, based on my current preferences? - which are below the fold. Thanks guys! [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Aug 25, 2013 - 25 answers

What do I need to know for my first art walk showing?

I'm going to have my photography featured in an Art Walk, and this is my first time doing anything like this. I'm excited but don't know what the heck I'm doing. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by Autumn on Aug 25, 2013 - 8 answers

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