Enormous Palette Knife Portraits and Figures by Salman Khoshroo 

Working with a large palette knife and thick globs of oil paint, Tehran-based artist Salman Khoshroo creates large-scale figures and portraits that practically drip from the canvas. The scale on a computer or mobile screen can be quite deceiving, as most of these pieces are several feet tall, composed of enormously precise strokes that veer toward abstraction while eventually leading to a cohesive figure. Most of the paintings seen here were created for a 2015 show at Azad Gallery and an exhibition earlier this year at Shirin Gallery. You can follow Khoshroo’s work on Facebook and Instagram.

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Lotus Blossoms by Faith47 Sprout on the Streets of Goa, India 

South African street artist Faith47 is attracted to the lotus flower because of its strength. It is a plant that must fight through mud and water before it can blossom on top of its high stalk. This ability to find clarity through the murkiness of its surroundings was the inspiration behind her latest series of murals titled Le Petit Mort which she recently finished in Goa, India. You can see footage from the making of the works in this video, as well as further work by Faith47 on her website and Facebook. (via Colossal Submissions)

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Close-Up Portraits of Birds Shot in a Photographer’s Backyard 

After noticing the birds in Michigan were far different than those in her native Germany, Lisa M. Ca., an amateur photographer, began photographing them with her DSLR. In an attempt to find more creative ways to capture the variety of species that flew through her backyard, Lisa purchased the Bird Photo Booth 2.0. The device uses a motion detector to snap its shutter, capturing birds with a macro lens at ten images per second. After selecting her favorite images of the mourning doves, blue jays, and cardinals that feed from the Photo Booth’s attached seed bowl, Lisa touches up the images in Photoshop. You can follow more of her backyard photography on her Tumblr. (via Bored Panda)

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DIY Paper Beetle Sculpture Kits by Assembli 

Designer Joop Bource of Netherlands-based Assembli just released this colorful trio of DIY beetle models. The flat-pack model kits are available in three different beetle species including stag, hercules, and atlas, each in a number of different metallic colors. The kits are currently available on Etsy. (via Lustik)

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Rainy Australian Cityscapes by Mike Barr 

Australian painter Mike Barr focuses his work almost exclusively on rainy cityscapes, the moments of hazy gray that become illuminated by a city’s cars and traffic lights. There is a unity found in these dreary urban landscapes, a similarity of imagery which it makes it difficult to pinpoint which city is being captured. The city featured here however is Melbourne, a city Barr often focuses on in his umbrella spotted pieces. You can see more of Barr’s paintings on his Facebook and website.

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New #ComboPhoto Mashups from Stephen McMennamy 

Atlanta-based photographer and art director Stephen McMennamy (previously) continues his humorous split-image photo juxtapositions that he refers to as #combophotos. It would be easy enough to sort through countless images on the web to find unusual ways to overlap images, however McMennamy dramatically elevates the quality of his work by utilizing his original photography. In this way, he’s able to perfectly execute the ideas in his head, creating objects, scenes, and hilarious creatures that matchup almost seamlessly. One exception: for a recent elephant/tree mashup McMennamy relied on a photo by Zimbabwe-based photographer Jez Bennett.

You can follow more of McMennamy’s recent work on Instagram and some of his best #combophotos are available as prints.

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