Plein Air and Other Cool Art Stuff
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Plein Air and Other Cool Art Stuff
What's going on in the plein air world? Plus, interesting art links.
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In praise of drawing

In praise of drawing | Plein Air and Other Cool Art Stuff | Scoop.it
Did you know that between 1820 and 1860 there were more than 145,000 “How to Draw” books published in the USA? In those pre-camera days, gentlemen and ladies kept memories alive by drawing them. A book by J. Liberty Tadd instructed young women to sketch pigs while standing in a pigsty — “in order to more accurately reflect nature.” Many of these books are now on the trash heaps of history, but they nevertheless remind us of other times and other values. This is being made clear in a current exhibition in New York’s Grolier Club. “Teaching America to Draw” is worth taking a look at if you happen to be in the area.
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How busy hands can alter our brain chemistry - CBS News

How busy hands can alter our brain chemistry - CBS News | Plein Air and Other Cool Art Stuff | Scoop.it
Occupying our hands - through work, chores or art - can engage our brains and alleviate anxiety
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Federal Judge Says Embedding a Tweet Can Be Copyright Infringement

Federal Judge Says Embedding a Tweet Can Be Copyright Infringement | Plein Air and Other Cool Art Stuff | Scoop.it

Rejecting years of settled precedent, a federal court in New York has ruled [PDF] that you could infringe copyright simply by embedding a tweet in a web page. Even worse, the logic of the ruling applies to all in-line linking, not just embedding tweets. If adopted by other courts, this legally and technically misguided decision would threaten millions of ordinary Internet users with infringement liability.

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Loving Vincent - Official Trailer

LOVING VINCENT is the world’s first fully oil painted feature film. Written & directed by Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman. Coming to Australian cinemas
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Kodak announces its own cryptocurrency ...

Kodak announces its own cryptocurrency ... | Plein Air and Other Cool Art Stuff | Scoop.it

"KodakCoins will work as tokens inside the new blockchain-powered KodakOne rights management platform."

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Here's what grabbed my attention: "The platform will supposedly create a digital ledger of rights ownership that photographers can use to register and license new and old work. Both the platform and cryptocurrency are supposed to “empower photographers and agencies to take greater control in image rights management,” according to the press release. The digital currency is meant to create a new economy for photographers to receive payment and sell work on a secure platform."
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Image Translation

Image Translation | Plein Air and Other Cool Art Stuff | Scoop.it

"A new machine-learning algorithm can take a photo of a street scene and translate the image to another time of day or another weather condition."

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"We can no longer say photos don't lie."
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Michelangelo Appeals to People’s Stories - Tip #151

Michelangelo Appeals to People’s Stories - Tip #151 | Plein Air and Other Cool Art Stuff | Scoop.it

"Compare the two masterpieces by the great Italian artist Michelangelo above. On the left is David, completed in the earlier part of his career, in 1504; on the right is Atlas, created toward the latter part."

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Michelangelo Appeals to People’s Stories - "Michelangelo aspired for perfection with David to display his expertise and show the world then that he was the best. The perfect work says ‘look at me’ ..."
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Rubbing the Internet Archive | Internet Archive Blogs

Rubbing the Internet Archive | Internet Archive Blogs | Plein Air and Other Cool Art Stuff | Scoop.it
In July 2017, Los Angeles-based artist Katie Herzog visited our headquarters in San Francisco and created Rubbing the Internet Archive — a 10-foot high by 84-foot wide rubbing of the exterior of the building, made using rubbing wax on non-fusible interfacing. The imposing 1923 building—formerly a Christian Science church and now a library—features an intricate facade that translated well into two dimensions.
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30-in-30 Painting 3 of 30 Sep 2017

30-in-30 Painting 3 of 30 Sep 2017 | Plein Air and Other Cool Art Stuff | Scoop.it
After working on some sketches I decided to make a painting using them as my reference. This is another watercolor - a little bigger tha
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30-in-30 Challenge September 2017

30-in-30 Challenge September 2017 | Plein Air and Other Cool Art Stuff | Scoop.it
I have joined the challenge! And here is my first entry. Number 1 of 30. Normally I work from real life or reference photos. However
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Just a little watercolor to kick off the event.
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Competition Draws 8,000 Students Worldwide to Present STEAM Projects -- THE Journal

Competition Draws 8,000 Students Worldwide to Present STEAM Projects -- THE Journal | Plein Air and Other Cool Art Stuff | Scoop.it
Students from around the world will participate in Destination Imagination's 17th annual Global Finals competition in Knoxville, TN, May 24-27, showcasing their innovative solutions in a tournament format.
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Should Beginner Painters Avoid Watercolour?

Should Beginner Painters Avoid Watercolour? | Plein Air and Other Cool Art Stuff | Scoop.it
If you've long thought that watercolour painting isn't for you, ArtWeb might have some good reasons for you to change your mind.
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Metropolitan Museum of Art Open Sources Artworks -- THE Journal

Metropolitan Museum of Art Open Sources Artworks -- THE Journal | Plein Air and Other Cool Art Stuff | Scoop.it
The MET has made 375,000 images of public domain freely available under a Creative Commons Zero license.
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4 Skills Students Have Lost and How to Get Them Back

4 Skills Students Have Lost and How to Get Them Back | Plein Air and Other Cool Art Stuff | Scoop.it
I am about to enter my fifteenth year of teaching elementary art. That means I’ve logged almost a decade and a half of meaningful art interactions with hundreds of K-6 students. And, at the risk of sounding like an old fuddy-duddy in the teacher’s lounge, I’m going to assert that kids are different than they …
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Folding paper, cutting, measuring, tying.
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Children struggle to hold pencils due to too much tech, doctors say | Society | The Guardian

Children struggle to hold pencils due to too much tech, doctors say | Society | The Guardian | Plein Air and Other Cool Art Stuff | Scoop.it
Children need opportunities to develop hand strength and dexterity needed to hold pencils
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Karen Bowden's curator insight, February 28, 12:45 PM
Many things in Arts programs help children (and adults) build fine muscle dexterity. Build with Legos! Draw, draw, draw all the time. Paint with fingers, brushes and palette knives. Cut with scissors. Make things with your hands instead of an app.
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Microsoft’s new drawing bot is an AI artist

Microsoft’s new drawing bot is an AI artist | Plein Air and Other Cool Art Stuff | Scoop.it
Microsoft today is unveiling new artificial intelligence technology that's something of an artist - a "drawing bot." The bot is capable of creating images..
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Competition is fierce in the digital images world.
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J.C. Ryan, The Handless Penman

J.C. Ryan, The Handless Penman | Plein Air and Other Cool Art Stuff | Scoop.it

"At age 22, J.C. Ryan lost both of his hands in a Dakota blizzard, leaving him with stumps for arms. He earned his living signing postcards, and was able to make as much as $30 per day. In 1917 he said, "I am doing the biggest business in my life."

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Good inspiration for those of us who have hands but don't train them.
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15+ People Who Brilliantly Turned Art History into Modern-Day Memes

15+ People Who Brilliantly Turned Art History into Modern-Day Memes | Plein Air and Other Cool Art Stuff | Scoop.it
People have made a habit of making funny museum Snapchats that essentially turn priceless art and objects into light-hearted memes. It’s a whole new way to look at the historic works in these institutions—and they’re guaranteed to make you laugh. You'll want to try this unique scavenger hunt next time you're there!
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Sam Savitt Drawing Horses Lecture - YouTube

Sam Savitt Drawing Horses Lecture - YouTube | Plein Air and Other Cool Art Stuff | Scoop.it
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This is one of two rare (and possibly only) available online videos of Sam Savitt. He was the official illustrator of the United States Equestrian Team, and a founding member of the American Academy of Equine Artists. I recently digitized and edited these from my personal VHS tape recordings from a workshop I attended in 1998 at the Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala, Florida. From my recordings I also created a separate playlist of him painting.
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Hear the Pieces Mozart Composed When He Was Only Five Years Old

Hear the Pieces Mozart Composed When He Was Only Five Years Old | Plein Air and Other Cool Art Stuff | Scoop.it

A preternaturally talented, precocious child, barely out of toddlerhood, in powdered wig and knee-breeches, capering around the great houses of 18th century Europe between virtuoso performances on the harpsichord. A young boy who can play any piece anyone puts in front of him, and compose symphonies extemporaneously with ease.

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30-in-30 Numbers 20 and 21

30-in-30 Numbers 20 and 21 | Plein Air and Other Cool Art Stuff | Scoop.it
I'm back at the challenge! The interruption was due to a hurricane. I'll be continuing the September challenge. But a few friends of min
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30-in-30 Painting 2 of 30 Sep 2017

30-in-30 Painting 2 of 30 Sep 2017 | Plein Air and Other Cool Art Stuff | Scoop.it
Another little watercolor done only from my imagination. The goal of the challenge is to do a painting each day. I'm posting thi
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Uncovering art under MIT

Uncovering art under MIT | Plein Air and Other Cool Art Stuff | Scoop.it

The Borderline mural is a new collaborative student art project that has sprung up in the MIT tunnels, beneath Ames Street.


The Borderline mural was unveiled in May, but the idea for it came just months before, prompted by the first meeting of 21M.601 (Drawing for Designers). “Our professor asked everyone why they took the course,” Rue explains. “And I was surprised by how many people said they used to do a lot of art in high school but stopped when they got to MIT.”

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That's Not Art: It happened again!

A few months ago I posted a similar disheartening (yet funny) tweet where someone left a pair of glasses on the floor of a museum. People thought that was modern art, too. http://sco.lt/6DrnrF
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Modern art is now a pair of glasses on the floor or a pineapple left on a table. That's not art.

And in case anyone is wondering how I "find" the things I choose to share on this site:

From @theskimm I get a daily email where the very first article was about this tweet via an article in Mashable by Heather Dockray @Wear_a_helmet And here's a link to the article for your convenience so you can read the story. (http://mashable.com/2017/05/08/pineapple-art-exhibit-modern-prank/?utm_cid=hp-h-1#b.B9ofpD_qqO)
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Imaginarium: Fluid My Art Catalog

Imaginarium: Fluid My Art Catalog | Plein Air and Other Cool Art Stuff | Scoop.it

For those who would like to see some of my watercolors I have five paintings in the show. The online catalog I created has a little story...

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