“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun.” – Pablo Picasso
The gorgeous, glitchy, frenetic paintings of Dario Moschetta are a recent find of mine—in fact, I couldn’t tell you exactly where I first saw his work. I am fascinated by the way he mixes various media and materials—chalk, acrylic, photography, collage—and allows the imperfections and happy accidents to help define a unique style and aesthetic.
Moleskine and Blue Note Records
I love notebooks and have as far back as I can remember. When I was little, I was always drawing and my mom made sure that I always had a pad of paper handy—and pencils. Lots of pencils. My passion for paper, pens and pencils has only increased over the years, as has my collection of notebooks, pads, journals and the like. Moleskine recently announced a new series of notebooks, inspired by the artists and design sensibilities of Blue Note Records. The first of which is based on Go, an iconic record by legendary tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon. I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these.
The Shed Project
It takes a bit to fully wrap your head around the scope of The Shed Project by illustrator and art teacher Lee John Phillips. He’s creating a tribute to his late grandfather by illustrating every object in the tool shed where his grandfather worked, down to the last nut, screw, nail and ball bearing. As he shared in a recent talk at Creative Mornings, cataloging the more than 100,000 objects is a massive undertaking that Phillips says will take five years to complete.
A Gorgeous Fan-Made Tribute to Hayao Miyazaki
Hayao Miyazaki has directed some of the most lush and magical animated features ever created, including Howl’s Moving Castle, Spirited Away, Porco Rosso and my personal favorite, My Neighbor Totoro. A wonderfully talented animator named Dono, along with composer Joe Hisaishi, has created a gorgeous tribute to Miyazaki and the films of Studio Ghibli, blending 3D set pieces with 2D character elements from his various films. If you aren’t familiar with Miyazaki’s work, the short is a wonderful introduction. If you’re already a fan, it will remind you why you love these films.
Photographers Tour An Iconic Frank Lloyd Wright Building
Recently, a group of Instagram photographers were invited to tour one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most iconic structures: The SC Johnson campus in Racine, Wisconsin. The administration building and research tower are marvels of design and engineering. For example, Wright used more than 7,000 Pyrex glass tubes as windows in the tower, a feature which both diffuses and transmits light throughout the structure. It’s fascinating to see how each of these young photographers approached the buildings—some chose to show more of the totality of the structures, while others focused on the smallest of details. See more work from the included photographers in their respective IG feeds: @molmiller, @ryanpostel, @dannymota, @swopes and @trashhand.