Photorealistic Paintings of Beautiful Women Lying in Nature

Tel Aviv-born, New York-based painter Yigal Ozeri produces unbelievably realistic paintings of women in beautiful landscapes that make it hard to believe that they aren’t photographs. The photorealistic pieces, which often depict women lying in nature, capture every detail of the scene, from the wispy, flyaway hairs on the subject’s head and the ruffles in her blouse to the reflective ripples of water around her.

Ozeri is able to capture a cohesive and visually deceptive blend of shape, shadow, light, and color to heighten the realism of his work. His paintings mimic the tone and texture of real-life elements, be they organic or otherwise. Each piece is the result of multiple stages of the artist’s process, which begins with a photo session to capture his beautiful subjects. From there, Ozeri edits his work with digital software to produce a more cinematic image for him to replicate by hand with a brush.

Yigal Ozeri on Galerie Dukan
Yigal Ozeri on Galerie Brandt
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January 24, 2017

Encouraging Letters Written by Outgoing U.S. Presidents to Incoming Successors

“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)

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