Posts by Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

March 22, 2023

Striking Humpback Whale Photos Celebrate the “Ballerinas of the Sea”

It’s rare, for most of us, to see marine life in its natural habitat. That’s why wildlife photographers are important; they remind us of the beauty of these creatures and the importance of protecting them. For over 30 years, photographer Chris Fallows has been taking pictures of animals in the ocean and on land. Some of his most arresting images are of humpback whales—a population that has previously been ravaged by the whaling industry.

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March 21, 2023

Amazing ‘Super Mario’ Snow Sculpture Filled With Details From the Beloved Game

Some people can make amazing sculptures with just about anything. And if Redditor PoopNDash is any indication, there is seemingly no limit to the amount of detail that can be achieved with snow. The creatives behind the handle recently shared a spectacular snow sculpture they built with their  team, the Frozen Kiwis, that won them first place at the Alaska Snow Sculpture Championships.

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March 19, 2023

Who Was Josef Albers? Learn About the Artist Whose ‘Interaction of Color’ Still Endures Today

Working with color is a challenge. It goes beyond selecting eye-pleasing hues; color is relative and changes depending on what it's placed next to. Having an understanding of its power—and how to achieve the color relationships you want—is vital for any practicing artist. For many creatives, the work of Josef Albers was essential to their understanding of color in a new and fascinating way.

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