Floral Anatomy Embroideries by InherentlyRandom [updated] 

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Adelaide-based InherentlyRandom merges skulls and bones with bursts of embroidered flowers embedded inside rib cages and eye sockets. The embroideries were inspired in part by artist Trisha Thompson Adams who has created paintings with similar designs and motifs.

Update: This post was updated 10/19/2016 to clarify the embroidery design was inspired by Trisha Thompson Adams.

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Artists Turn Their Palettes into Paintings for the Exhibition “Point of Origin” 

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After completing a series of miniature paintings two years ago, Dina Brodsky (previously) turned to her palette, experimenting with the tool of the series’ creation until it became a work of its own. During a studio visit with a friend she noticed he too had created a work on an old palette, however the work was far different than her own. This discovery led Brodsky to investigate other artists’ palettes and how they might manipulate them into works, inviting both friends and strangers to experiment with their palettes.

“Everyone I asked made a phenomenal painting, and because they were sharing the images on social media, a few other artists asked if they could participate,” said Brodsky to Colossal. “It grew from there, almost like a conversation that was happening via palette paintings and social media amongst artists all over the globe.”

The rapid expansion of palettes has even led to an antique 19th century palette from Spain, which Brodsky believes to be a sketch from Luis Pidal Menendez, a 19th century painter from Barcelona. This historic painting, as well as 51 other works from Brodsky’s friends and larger artist community, will be on display at The Lodge Gallery in New York City in an exhibition titled Point of Origin from October 13 to November 13, 2016. The exhibition is curated by Brodsky and curator Trek Lexington.

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James Adelman

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Alonsa Guevara

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Dina Brodsky in progress

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Christian Fagerlund

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Joshua Henderson

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Amber Lia-Kloppel

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Tim Lowly

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The Extraordinary Details of Tiny Creatures Captured with a Laser-Scanning Microscope by Igor Siwanowicz 

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If you’ve ever wondered how a diving beetle swims through the water or manages to rest just on the surface, the answer is in part because its foot is infinitely more complicated than your own. As seen above, this microscopic image of a male Acilius sulcatus (diving beetle) by photographer Igor Siwanowicz reveals the extraordinary complexity of this aquatic insect’s tiny appendage. This is just one of many examples of Siwanowicz’s work as a neurobiologist at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Farm Research Campus. His brilliantly colored images show the tree-like structures of moth antennas, the wild details of barnacle legs, and the otherworldly shapes of plant spores. The photos are made with a confocal laser-scanning microscope capable of “seeing” vast amounts of detail beyond what you might capture with a traditional lens-based microscope. You can see much more of his nature photography here. (via Synaptic Stimuli, Wired)

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A Towering Iceberg and Its Shadow Split the World into Quadrants 

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Captured by Canadian photographer David Burdeny in 2007, this amazing photo of a tabular iceberg rising straight out of the Weddel Sea appears to organize the world into four neat quadrants. Titled “Mercators Projection,” the photo is from his series “North/South” taken while on tour of Antarctica and Greenland. You can follow Burdeny’s most recent work on Instagram. (via PetaPixel)

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A Virtual Reality Sky Projected Above a Parisian Church by Artist Miguel Chevalier 

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Projected onto the ceiling of Saint-Eustache Church in Paris, Voûtes Célestes is a work by Miguel Chevalier that turned the ancient chapel into the backdrop for a constantly morphing sky chart produced in real time. Cycling through 35 different colored networks, the ceiling glowed with each successive pattern, highlighting the grand architecture that laid below the swirling universes above.

The work, accompanied by musical improvisations played by Baptiste-Florian Marle-Ouvrard on the organ, was produced for Nuit Blanche 2016 on the first of October. Visitors to the virtual reality artwork were invited to wander or lie down beneath the false sky above, aesthetically immersed in a wash of sonic and visual splendor.

Chevalier was born in Mexico City in 1959 and has lived in Paris since 1985. His work has focused almost exclusively on the digital since the late 1970s, often combining themes such as nature and artifice. You can see a more of his work on his website, and a video of his Paris installation below. (via designboom)

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Winsor & Newton #InspiredByProMarker Drawing Challenge (Sponsor) 

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Wanna win a stockpile of high-quality markers? Winsor & Newton are inviting graphic marker lovers all over the world to participate in their global #InspiredByProMarker drawing challenge. For this new contest, artists are asked to create an artwork based on a template of lines derived from the Winsor & Newton logo using predominantly ProMarkers and/or BrushMarkers.

The challenge winner will receive the full range of ProMarkers and BrushMarkers—that’s 220 high quality markers. Two additional runners-up will be awarded with a marker prize, as will a favorite selected by the public.

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The rules for the competition are simple:

    1. Create an original artwork using the lines of the template.

    2. Use mainly Promarkers and/or BrushMarkers for the artwork and upload your completed piece to Instagram using the hashtags #InspiredByPromarker and #WinsorNewtonChallenge.

    3. The challenge runs until midnight (GMT) on October 31st and the winners will be announced on November 30th. So far, over 650 entries have been posted and Winsor & Newton is super excited to see all the new entries still to come.

For full terms and conditions, please visit the contest page. Get drawing, and good luck!

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