Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #78

Start your Monday off right:

  1. The artist, Ryan McGuire, compiled the precise color palettes famous artists used to create their best known work. Do you want to know the colors of Starry Night or the Mona Lisa? Now you can with Color Lisa. I might use this as a resource when I paint my house again. 
  2. My 12 year version would lose his mind if Infinite Arcade was available back then. You can create own arcade games with personalized characters on a simple Ipad app. The possibilities are endless. 
  3. R. Luke Dubois uses data rather paint or clay to create powerful portraits. He is an artist comment on society using society itself as the medium. His TED talk is highly recommended. 
  4. Rob Hudson created the incredible conceptual landscape series, Mametz Wood, after reading the David Jones poems about the brutal battle which he took part of during WW1. 
  5. The great art blog Booooooom compiled an extensive list of the best art and photo pages on Tumblr. If you need a little extra visual inspiration, I am sure you can find it in this list
  6. “I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.”
    — Dr. Seuss
  7. Jason Chen takes multiple portraits and then weaves them together creating slightly abstract images. 

  8. My view of Van Gogh continues to rise as I read more of his letters to his brothers. On Oct 2, 1884, He wrote how many people paralyzed by the blank but the truth is that the blank canvas is "afraid of the truly passionate painter who dares".  This ties into the idea of Ideacide, the act of killing off ideas before it as a chance of success. We self-censor ourselves constantly resulting in a  "voluntary shutdown of the imagination".