Adult Coloring Book by Ryan Hunter

colouring book for grown ups

I know this has recently gone viral as half of the people on my facebook friends list have probably shared it over the past few days, but for the 3 of you out there who haven’t seen the Coloring Book for Grown Ups, here it is. It’s an adult activity book with a variety of challenges and tasks to complete which could either make you laugh or cry, depending how your life has turned out. It is currently the best selling comedy book on Amazon.Continue Reading

Free Digital Art Books Online

cezanne in the studio ebook

I like free stuff, especially if I don’t have to jump through hoops to get it. The J. Paul Getty Museum has a whole bunch free art books to view online. Hundreds of them! You can read them online or download the pdf files to keep on your computer. Obviously it would be nice to have big shiny hardcover copies of them all delivered to your door for free, but hey, I’m not complaining. At least go and browse the book on Cezanne’s watercolors, that man is a genius. Continue Reading

Leonardo da Vinci Notebook Online

leonardo notebook online

Did you know that you can browse through a notebook by Leonardo da Vinci called the The Codex Arundel online, for free? I have no idea what he has written in it as firstly it’s in Italian and secondly it’s written in his left-handed mirror-writing, but that doesn’t make it any less fascinating to flick through. It’s filled with diagrams, sketches, and instructions for all manner of things. There’s a total of 570 images, all generously shared by the British Library online. It’s not just the Leonardo notebook online, there’s so much more on their Digitised Manuscripts page.Continue Reading

10 Crowdfunding Sites for Artists

crowdfunding or crowd sourcing websites

Did you know that the video game called Star Citizen raised more than $40 million from crowdfunding? One part of the money was raised using Kickstarter and the other independently on their own website. Quite a few crowdfunded projects have raised more than a million dollars but there must be thousands of small projects being funded as I’m forever seeing campaigns pop up on my facebook feed and in my email inbox. Artists are in on the action too. We’re funding books, exhibitions, travel, and all kinds of other wacky things. Here’s a list of 10 crowdfunding websites (there now seems to be hundreds of them out there!).Continue Reading

Beautiful Death – The Catacomb Saints

skeletons with jewels

How much cooler are these dead saints covered in bling than Damien Hirst’s diamond skull? The 400 year old skeletons were dressed up and decorated by churches and distributed to other churches and monasteries throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland. They’re each dressed as a particular saint but the skeletons didn’t necessarily belong to anyone of any great religious importance. The jewels, costumes, armor and other bling were meant to represent the heavenly treasures that awaited the faithful in death. I would much prefer my gold in this life ;-) Continue Reading

Art Books and Art Blog

Just so you know, I’m not dead, lost, imprisoned, or in a mental institute. I just needed a break and lots of ME time. Those that know me think I already have too much ME time, but I don’t think you can ever have enough of it ;-)

A blog is a greedy beast that is never satisfied and I just decided to stop feeding her for a few days, which turned into a few weeks. I guess I was angry at Art News Blog for making me feel responsible to her, but we have made up and resolved our issues.Continue Reading

Artist Books – Blurb.com

A friend just sent me a link to a book publishing company called Blurb.com. They allow you to create your own book or exhibition catalog at a very reasonable price, and you don’t have to order hundreds of copies to make it worthwhile. You can just buy one copy if you want.Continue Reading

Sydney Photos and Heavy Art Books

Here’s a few holiday pics from my recent Sydney trip where I went to see PJ Harvey at the Sydney Opera House. I also saw a few exhibitions, but nothing that really dropped my jaw. My most exciting art moment was buying three art books (two Anselm Kiefer books and one Brett Whiteley book). The books were so big and heavy that I almost lost my arms while dragging them back to the hotel, but they were worth the struggle.. even if they did almost kill me.Continue Reading

Orhan Pamuk Assassination Plot Foiled

Most of the posts on Art News Blog that mention the country of Turkey seem to be about artists suffering for their art. Like the Turkish author Elif Shafak insulting Turkish identity or the British born artist Michael Dickinson fighting for his freedom.

So, keeping with that theme, the Guardian has reported that a plot to kill the Nobel Prize winning Turkish author Orhan Pamuk has recently been interrupted. Thirteen people have been arrested in Turkey and accused of plotting to assassinate the author.Continue Reading

OJ Simpson Book Burning

The media mogul Rupert Murdoch has had a moment of clarity and decided not to go ahead with publishing the OJ “If I Did it” book nor airing a television interview with OJ Simpson. The famous (infamous?) former football player and actor was set to profit from the murder of his wife and her friend, with the publication of the book “If I Did it”.Continue Reading