Candy Christmas : Sweet Oil Paintings by Will Cotton

Modern Times, 2015, oil on linen, 60 x 96 inches

Born in Massachusetts and now working out of New York, artist Will Cotton is known for his dreamy and delectable paintings whose landscapes consist of cotton candy clouds, gingerbread houses, candy forests, chocolate rivers and melting ice cream. Some of these landscapes are inhabited by nude or nearly nude pinup-style models as well as celebrities such as Katy Perry and Elle Fanning. But for today’s post, it’s all about his candy canes and gingerbread. 24 paintings of them! Read more

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Mini Sculptures of 16 Great Film Directors: King Cuts

I wish I could afford even one of these Mike Leavitt sculptures. His King Cuts are 18″ tall sculptures made from wood and polymer clay and impressively carved into the likenesses of his 16 favorite film directors of all time (an excellent selection). Humorously and accurately outfitted with props from their films, he has created 16, several of which are still available for purchase. Read more

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Mark Ryden’s Sweet Costumes and Sets for ABT’s “Whipped Cream”

The American Ballet Theater presented the world premiere of its newest ballet, Whipped Cream, about a boy who consumes too many sweets and hallucinates about sugary treats, just last night. Choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky, scored for ballet by Richard Strauss (who also concocted the original libretto), the show features sets and costumes by Pop-surrealist artist Mark Ryden. Read more

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These 20 Contemporary Art Jigsaw Puzzles Will Rock Your World.

I have a new obsession: Artifact wooden jigsaw puzzles. I wasn’t a “puzzle person” until I saw these. Gorgeously crafted artisanal laser cut wooden jigsaw puzzles that feature the work of some of today’s hippest contemporary artists. Are you ready to see the coolest puzzles ever? Read more

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UNDERBELLY is Back, Better and Showing At Fathom Gallery

What do you get when you put two talented long-time friends with a slightly perverse sense of humor together? You get Underbelly – a collection of witty, insightful and aesthetically compelling single panel comics that reveal the darker side of culture and society. Now turned into paintings, they will be exhibited at Fathom Gallery in Los Angeles. Read more

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Mary Ryden’s Microportfolio 7 – 24 Oversized Postcard Prints

While you may not be able to afford an original piece of art by Mark Ryden, his microportfolios are the next best thing. Printed on heavy card stock and perfect for framing (I speak from experience), Porterhouse Fine Art editions has just released the first printing of his 7th microportfolio featuring 24 images from his exhibition, The Gay 90s. Read more

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56 New Ones! The Coolest Coloring Books For Grown-Ups Part V

The Coolest Coloring Books For Grown-Ups Part V

Since I began sharing the coolest and most creative coloring books for adults with you annually beginning  back in 2009 – one of the first blogs to do so – the genre has exploded. Read more

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Robin Williams Tribute and Pop Culture Nesting Dolls by Andy Stattmiller.

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After spotting artist Andy Stattmiller’s Russian Nesting Doll Tribute to Robin Williams as a user submission on Bored Panda, I wanted to see if he’d made any others. Looking led me to his wonderfully hand-painted wooden Matryoshka inspired by pop culture cult faves Batman, The Big Lebowski and Breaking Bad. Read more

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The 37 Street Artist Designed Bottles and 5 Wall Murals for WAH-TAAH! and Drink Up.

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WAT-AAH! Taking Back the Streets art campaign enlisted 37 various street artists to promote healthy hydration to kids and teens. As part of the Partnership for a Healthier America’s Drink Up initiative, the artists created  works inspired by WAT-AAH! brand bottled water and Drink UP which are being exhibited in various cities,  multiple WAT-AAH! wall murals and are selling a limited Collector’s Box of six of the bottles. Read more

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