Hyper-realistic Painting by Omar Ortiz

A beautiful hyper-realistic painting by artist Omar Ortiz (nsfw). Such an incredible use of paint to create depth of focus and the reflection of light on skin. (via cosas cool)

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New Crochet Portraits and a Stop-Motion Video by Jo Hamilton

Portland artist Jo Hamilton (previously) has a number of new crocheted portraits up on her website including a recently shot stop-motion video detailing the progress of a piece that’s one party freaky and two parts amazing. Hamilton was interviewed earlier this month in Vogue.

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London in Puddles

For the past few weeks photographer Gavin Hammond has been capturing the beauty of London’s architecture and people as reflected in puddles. You can see much more over on My Modern Met and Flickr.

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Reggie Watts Disorients You in the Most Entertaining Way

Mental health break. This recent TED talk by comedian and musician Reggie Watts is completely out of left field. Watts mixes music, language, comedy, satire and at times plain gibberish to create a 10 minute performance unlike anything I’ve seen before. I don’t know what it is, but I like it.

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High Speed Liquid Flowers Photographed by Jack Long

At a quick glance these colorful photographs by Milwaukee-based photographed Jack Long might pass as some kind of strange exotic flowers, but a squint of the eyes later reveals they are actually high speed photographs of colored water, captured in a way to mimic the shape of blooms, leaves, and even pots.

Each photograph from Long’s Vessels and Blooms series is captured in a stunningly precise take that took months of trial and error to perfect. Like a mad scientist he creates cocktails of dyes, thickeners, and pigments for each component of the shot and then blasts them through a customized mechanism before snapping a perfectly timed capture. “This series was a culmination of months of planning and testing. Hundreds of captures are made in testing and then many more during the actual final capture stage. A very few stand out as being the best,” he says. You can see much more of his work on Flickr and 500px. (via oddity central)

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Ballerina by Banksy

Banksy recently updated his website with a number of new works that have been making the rounds the last day or so. My favorite new artwork is this simple piece depicting a spray-painted ballerina delicately traversing the string on the back of a picture frame like a tight rope. What fun and thoughtful execution.

Also, a number of people emailed and tweeted me a few weeks ago suggesting that the origami bird I posted was not actually done by Banksy because it wasn’t his “style”. Well, case: rested. (via the fox is black)

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Rainbow Origami Street Art by Mademoiselle Maurice

Some fresh new street art out of Paris today by french artist Mademoiselle Maurice who creates stunning geometric figures on urban surfaces using rainbows of folded origami figures. If you like this, don’t miss these paper geodes by Paige Smith.

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