Pieter Bruegel Paints Farts

painter of farts

Is the Flemish Renaissance artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder the only one to paint farts? I would have thought yes, but no, there’s more than a few childish artists out there that have painted farts. Bruegel’s art may not have been as strange as the bizarre worlds created by Hieronymus Bosch but some of his paintings do come close. They don’t get much stranger than his 1562 work The Fall of the Rebel Angels which depicts a scene from that equally nutty piece of literature, the Book of Revelation. Among the farting beasts and fallen angels are all kinds of weird and horrible creatures.Continue Reading

Cartoonist Michael Leunig on Palestine

cartoon on genocide of israel

Most of my social media friends are artists. Many are politically active and the smallest human rights violation anywhere in the world will see my social media news feeds quickly fill up with their pleas and protests. But when the insane Israeli regime dramatically increases the speed of their ethnic cleansing in Palestine, where children are savagely slaughtered day after day, my protesting friends go silent! The very few that I have seen speak up are quickly bombarded with all kinds of ludicrous accusations, so they learn not to say anything about the matter again. Thankfully, there are still a few great people left on this mad planet that continue to speak for the truth, that continue to hold onto their humanity and shine a light on the inhumane monsters who walk among us. Michael Leunig is one such artist who is not afraid to lock horns with the beast that is Israel.Continue Reading

The Amazing Nature Photography of Guido Mocafico

Guido Mocafico photographs of snakes

I seem to be mentioning animals quite a bit lately. When things get tough I usually retreat to nature, so it would make sense that if I’m blogging through a challenging period there will be more nature posts. Enough whining from me though, check out the patterns and colors on these beautiful snakes photographed by Guido Mocafico! I have a snake phobia as most of the deadliest snakes in the world seem to like living in Australia, but I can still appreciate their beauty. Guido is Italian, born in Switzerland, currently living in Switzerland and working in France, so lets just say he’s a European photographer ;-)  Continue Reading

Weird and Wonderful Nature Photography

nature photography

I sometimes wonder why artists bother when I look at nature. We have nothing on her awesomeness! All we do is splash about in the bath while nature roars with all the might of the ocean (hat tip to Salvador!). The taxonomist Arthur Anker does a great job of capturing some of the smaller, more beautiful and interesting parts of nature with his photographs of bugs, frogs, crabs, and other creepy crawlies. Continue Reading

Rolf Harris Jailed for 5 Years

rolf harris sentenced

Entertainer Rolf Harris has been jailed for five years and nine months. He was found guilty earlier this week for 12 counts of indecent assault against 4 girls between the ages of 7 and 19. I predicted he would walk free and serve no prison time, so if you want your fortune told, let me know. The judge said he won’t have to pay compensation to the victims but will have to pay for all the legal costs of the prosecution. The so called elite of society has a lot to answer for!Continue Reading

Rolf Harris Found Guilty of Indecently Assaulting Young Girls

artist rolf harris guilty

Rolf Harris, AO, CBE, found guilty on 12 counts of indecent assault against four girls between 1968 and 1986. Honestly, I thought all the silly letters after his name and his connections would have saved old Rolfy. Obviously Rolf wasn’t as well connected as some thought as his elite psychopathic buddies have thrown him to the wolves. Rolf Harris, AO, CBE, will now be shortened to Rolf Harris, Pedo. 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

International Space Station Live Earth View

international space station photo

I know there’s not much art in space but sitting up there in the International Space Station and watching the world roll by is really quite meditative, which is somewhat art related, kind of. It’s too late now anyway, I have already started writing this post so I can’t back out. From above the planet looks so peaceful. If you were an alien you’d never guess that earth is infested with such horrible, war loving creatures. Sure, there’s a few loving and peaceful creatures among us but none with any power or influence over how our systems operate. We just flew over Australia and are doing a flyby of New Zealand as we speak, all in darkness, which is even more meditative. I’m now waiting for the sunrise over near South America :-) Continue Reading

Car Tire Sculptures by Yong Ho Ji

car tyre sculptures

Remember those old car tire swans that used to litter the yards of people everywhere? Well these car tire sculptures by South Korean artist Yong Ho Ji are nothing like them, these car tire sculptures are pretty cool. I can’t imagine it would be an easy medium to work with as tires would be difficult to cut and difficult to mold into shape but the artist makes them look effortless. Nice way to recycle too! Continue Reading

Street Art Around the World

street art worldwide

I dislike “do no evil” google as much as any other global behemoth with a monopoly position in their industry but they do put out some good free stuff. Their Street Art Project is a global look at what’s happening on outdoor walls around the world. It’s an ongoing project that will improve over time but there’s already a good range of street art and graffiti to browse. I chose to share some of the street art from areas outside of the major art hubs of the world as that’s just the way I am ;-) Continue Reading