New Paintings of Birds Set Against Colorful Glitches by Frank Gonzales 

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“Cactus Wren and Nopalito” (2016), acrylic on panel, 12″ x 12″, all images via Frank Gonzales

Set behind abstract drips and multi-colored streaks are the realistic works of Frank Gonzales (previously), bright acrylic paintings that capture birds in moments of rest on top of tree branches, flowers, or prickly cacti. The additional marks bring colors that are often not found in nature, pairing them with birds that have subdued feathers shades like owls or larks.

Gonzales sources his visual information from reference books and images he finds on the internet, pulling them together to create compositions that might never occur in nature. “One image will spark another and the process takes shape from there,” says Gonzales on his website. “I find this way of working to be both exciting and uncertain. My various marks and color glitches mimic this uncertainty resulting in visual stillness and movement.”

You can see more of Gonzales’ mixed flora and fauna paintings, as well as take a look into work in progress, on his Instagram.

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“Azure-Winged Magpie & Totem” (2016), acrylic on panel, 16″ x 20″

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“Speciman” (2015), acrylic on panel, 20″ x 24″

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“Double Horned Larks” (2016), acrylic on panel, 12″ x 12″

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“Sacred Source” (2015), acrylic on panel, 8″ x 8″

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“Magpies and Mother in Law’s” (2015), acrylic on panel, 16″ x 20″

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“Buff Bellied Hummingbird and Hellebore” (2015), acrylic on panel, 12″ x 12″

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“Mirando al Futuro” (2015), acrylic on panel, 36″ x 36″

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A Century-Old Buenos Aires Theater Converted Into a 21,000-Square-Foot Bookstore 

Built in Buenos Aires as a performing arts theater in 1919, El Ateneo Grand Splendid's content has undergone several revisions, with its current purpose being a 21,000 square foot bookstore. Despite the switching of functions, the architecture has remained true to the early 20th century vision of Peró and Torres Armengol, the building still boasting ornate frescoed ceilings and detailed trimmings that line the ceiling, handrails, and walls.

The stage and balcony seating is also intact, the spaces now used as reading areas where guests can peruse the store’s many books in front of thick velvet curtains. These attributes were almost destroyed in 2000 when the building was slated for demolition, however before the historic theater could be taken away it was leased to Grupo Ilhsa who built out the bookstore. Now over 1,000,000 people walk through Al Ateneo Grand Splendid’s doors annually keeping the tiered theater very much alive. If you liked this, also check out the Waanders in de Broeren bookstore built inside a cathedral. (via Twisted Sifter)

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Image by Liam Quinn

Image by Liam Quinn

Image by Liam Quinn

Image by Liam Quinn

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Rippled Portals of Color Created with Spray Paint by HOXXOH 

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Artist Douglas Hoekzema (aka Hoxxoh) creates murals of brightly colored mandala-like patterns using little more than strategically placed bursts of spray paint. By layering consecutive rings he turns flat walls into tunnels of color, several of which he completed recently at POW! WOW! D.C. You can see many more of his murals here. (via Tu Recepcja)

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Pen & Ink Depictions of Trees Sprouting into Animals by Alfred Basha 

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In his latest series of illustrations, Alfred Basha depicts a series of images where animals merge with the natural world: trees sprout into the silhouettes of foxes or squirrels, and a forest landscape rests atop a lumbering bear. Basha shares most of his sketches and completed drawings on Facebook. (via Fubiz)

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Unusual Paper Flower Concepts by Kate Alarcón 

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Seattle-based paper artist Kate Alarcón has an uncanny ability to turn paper materials into lifelike flowers and plants. Alarcón works primarily with European crepe paper in various weights to create delicately rippled petals, stems, and has even perfected techniques to craft convincing succulents. She shares all of her creations on Instagram and occasionally offers workshops if you’re in the Seattle area. (via Lustik)

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