Posts by Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. She wrote and illustrated an instructional art book about how to draw cartoons titled 'Cartooning Made Easy: Circle, Triangle, Square' that was published by Walter Foster in 2022.
October 6, 2022

Stunning Winners of the 2022 Ocean Photographers of the Year Competition

From the Pacific to the Atlantic, our planet's magnificent oceans are as stunning as they are essential. To help highlight their importance, the Ocean Photographer of the Year invites photographers from around the world to enter images centered around Earth's waters. The winners of the 2022 edition of this competition travel far and wide to capture exciting, emotional, and overall beautiful scenes from the ocean.

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October 4, 2022

Japan’s 14th Annual Wara Art Festival Unveils Massive Rice Straw Sculptures

This year marks the 14th annual Wara Art Festival in Japan. Hosted at the Uwasekigata Park in the Niigita prefecture, this creative event features massive sculptures made from rice straw, called “wara” in Japanese. The theme of 2022 was “things that bring happiness,” so all of the artworks are unified by this idea. The Wara Art Festival partners with the Musashino Art University to dispose of unused straw from the rice harvest.

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September 30, 2022

Study Finds That Dogs Can Detect When We’re Stressed Out

Humans and dogs can form incredible bonds. Some people even believe that their canine companions can understand their emotions. Well, a new study suggests that this could be true. Scientists at Queen's University Belfast in Ireland conducted an experiment with four dogs and 36 humans, and they found that dogs were able to distinguish between people's baseline scent from their stressed odor.

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September 25, 2022

Exploring How Monet’s Famous ‘Haystacks’ Paintings Explored the Beauty of the Changing Seasons

Few painters are as widely known as Claude Monet. Although radical for the time, his expressive depictions of leisurely scenes and picturesque gardens have since charmed the world with their effortless beauty. While some of his artworks, such as the Water Lilies series, are universally known, he created many artworks over the course of his creative career. Among them is the Haystacks series.

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