Designer David McCandless of Information is Beautiful has created a fascinating world map called International Number Ones. “Because every country is the best at something,” McCandless also offers the caveat that this accolade is “according to data,” which makes perfect sense once you study the map. Being the number one at something isn’t necessarily a compliment. Many countries are the “best” when it comes to issues that are morally reprehensible.
Oregon-based artist Dean Crouser produces some of the most fantastic watercolor paintings of animals. His lively renditions feature a multitude of vibrant colors that fit so perfectly, they make you rethink about the real colors typically found in these wild creatures. Crouser exhibits a truly artistic eye, mixing shades of green with reds, blues, and browns in the mane of a bear as well as an equally diverse collection of hues in his other subjects. His splashes of color invigorate his stylized wildlife portraits, adding a sense of life and personality to each painting.
There is something so inexplicably refreshing and energizing about the artist’s series of colorful works. There is a effortlessness to it and yet, simultaneously, an apparently astute attention to detail. Every brushstroke and splatter of color serves a purpose against the white backdrop. Crouser says, “I am always striving to say the most with the least and like to keep my work fast and spontaneous. My goal is to capture the beauty and simplicity of a scene that anyone can relate to.”
A large selection of Crouser’s work can be purchased directly through the artist’s site or his Etsy shop.