Gorgeous Palette Knife Paintings of Flowers by Carmelo Blandino

Most of the time, fine artist Carmelo Blandino uses oil on canvas to create beautifully detailed paintings of flowers. His Single Flower Series explored the delicate beauty of individual flowers while his more recent flower series takes on a more messy approach. How and why did he completely switch styles? In this stunning series, he instead uses acrylic, a palette knife and his less dominant hand.

“This series began as a way to let go of the ten years prior,” he states. “I revisited and revised old work by repainting them again and again, slowly extracting my old story. Each painting represents a step towards freedom from the known and the cultivation of a new persona. I began painting with my left hand and transitioned from oil to acrylic, obliterating every connection with the past. With each brushstroke the past dissolved and revealed the present.

“At first it was rather difficult, but as I continued to paint through the awkwardness I realized that this was turning into a valiant effort,” he continues. “Stroke after stroke I wiped away my memories related to my past, and began to build upon my present. A new artist appeared, with a new style, direction and drive.”

Carmelo Blandino’s website

January 15, 2017

Timeless Photos Capture the Dreamy Villages of Cinque Terre

The Cinque Terre, a string of rustic coastal villages along Italy’s Ligurian Coast has long been an inspiration for travel photographers. With plunging cliffs and dramatic vistas, the small towns are ripe for postcard perfect photography. But when Slovenian photographer Jaka Bulc traveled to the Cinque Terre, he immersed himself in a different side of the towns. The result is a set of timeless images that peel back the layers of the well-loved vacation spot.

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January 14, 2017

Portraits of Legendary Musicians Painted on Vinyl Records

For years, Arizona-based artist Daniel Edlen has created show-stopping works of vinyl art. Inventively using records as his canvas, Edlen has redefined “album art” with his painted portraits of iconic singers and beloved bands. To create each masterpiece, Edlen applies acrylic paint directly onto the record’s vinyl. Stark, black-and-white tones enable each singer’s portrait to dramatically pop from its black background, and delicate, dappled brushstrokes reminiscent of pointillism emphasize the surface’s unique contours.

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