Monday, October 25, 2010

12 Cool Colored-Pencil Sculptures

Piled high on the floor of Michigan-based artist Jennifer Maestre's loft is a giant mound of Loew-Cornell colored pencils, the artist's building supply of choice. She produces beautiful, albeit dangerous-looking, sculptures by meticulously poking each through a screen. Prompted by a contest in art school, Maestre began creating sculptures of sea creatures using nails. "But I couldn’t get a lot of variations of form, or the kind of shapes I wanted," she says. She needed a new medium—something pointy and cheap—which is when she started using colored pencils.
She sold her first sculpture in 1999 through Mobilia Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, after they saw her work at a local art festival. "They contacted me and said, ‘Oh, we want to represent you. Will you bring your work down?’ I thought it was a joke," Maestre says. Today, the gallery handles her art exclusively and the artist gets e-mails from people all over the world who want to commission her work. Below, we've rounded up 12 examples of her creature- and nature-inspired works of art.

Maestre named this 13" x 10" x 10" work, which she made and sold in 2008, after an ancient Egyptian sculpture. "I've been waiting to make a sculpture worthy of the name, and here she is," she says. "I think the Ibentina is my favorite pencil sculpture."

Friday, October 22, 2010

“I want to go to there”

Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany by Luiz Pires
There are so many places I want to see, I’ve been browsing and bookmarking and basically putting together travel porn (oh dear, that phrase isn’t going to be good for my blog search results is it). I’m going to Nice in may and maybe Davos in the summer, so that should satisfy me for the year. If I had unlimited funds I’d do a leisurely Trans Siberian Railway route through Russia and then travel around China and Japan. Where would you go?

St. George Orthodox Monastery in Wadi Qelt, Palestinian territories by Adam Fink.

Hanoi, Vietnam by Larpoon.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Ferrari world abu dhabi opens october 2010

ferrari theme park

the world's first ferrari theme park - ferrari world abu dhabi is set to open in october 2010.
announced as 'an intense multi-sensory experience and a must-visit for enthusiasts, fans and families'.
the park pays tribute to the passion, excellence, performance, technical innovation that ferrari
has established over the years and represents today. its iconic sleek red roof is directly influenced
by the classic double curve side profile of the ferrari gt body, spanning 200,000 m2 and carrying
the largest ferrari logo ever created.

ferrari world abu dhabi will host a number of attractions, including rides for children of all ages,
providing the complete ferrari experience: over 20 state-of-the-art attractions, each designed to
bring to life a different part of the ferrari story, including the world’s fastest rollercoaster, travelling
at speeds exceeding 200 km/h and emulating the thrilling sensation of being in a ferrari f1 car, or
the g-force experience taking passengers on an adrenaline-pumping ride up over 62 m, through
the roof and back down again.

the park is located on yas island - set to become a global tourist destination with a wide range
of accommodation and entertainment facilities - on the north east side of abu dhabi’s mainland.
abu dhabi, at the crossroads between europe, asia and africa, was chosen as the ideal location
to build the ferrari theme park, motor sports being extremely popular in the united arab emirates.
ferrari world abu dhabi will offer a unique and intensely fun way, together with a wide variety
of italian delicacies, and of course unique shopping experiences.

construction of ferrari world abu dhabi

aerial view of the park

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

19 Amazing Paintings, Not Photos

Sorry for no updates for a long time, I found this pretty cool website.  All these are paintings not photographs!  Amazing!  Let me know if you like it, and I might do more paintings blogs.