“The critics will rage.” That’s what former President George W. Bush wrote to his successor (then-President-elect) Barack Obama shortly before he took the Oval Office in 2009. Included as a line in a longer note, Bush’s presidential letter is part of a long tradition of presidents writing to those who are replacing them. The parting words transcend party lines and offer advice, camaraderie, and comfort to what will be an inexplicably challenging four (or eight)
Doesn’t that first image look like an oil painting? Artists are becoming more and more inventive with their choice of canvas. Lorenzo Duran’s picks the perfect leaf and then washes, dries, molds and gently cuts away at it until he makes beautiful art. It’s an interesting technique based on paper-cutting in China, Japan, Germany and Switzerland.