A Christmas Yarn for the Tightarses.

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The Yarn Begins:
An old man in Scotland calls his son in London the day before Christmas Eve and says, “I hate to ruin your day son but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing; forty-five years of misery is enough.”
“Dad, what are you talking about?” the son screams.
“We can’t stand the sight of each other any longer” the father says. “We’re sick of each other and I’m sick of talking about this, so you call your sister in Leeds and tell her.”
Frantically, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone. “Like hell they’re getting divorced!” she shouts, “I’ll take care of this!”
She calls Scotland immediately, and screams at her father “You are NOT getting divorced. Don’t do a single thing until I get there. I’m calling my brother back, and we will both be up there tomorrow.
“Until then, don’t do a thing, DO YOU HEAR ME?” and hangs up.

The old man hangs up his phone and turns to his wife. “That’s Sorted! They’re coming up for Christmas tomorrow and they’re paying their own way.”

Rob Powell

The Streets of Cincinnati.

1390224_744576962257964_796589654_nNewcomers to the city should also keep a lookout for some of the impressive mural work that graces its walls.
Not that they’ll have to look all that hard:
Thanks to public arts organization ArtWorks, the streets of Cincinnati are covered in all kinds of painterly designs.
Below is one of the most eye-catching examples.
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via Go to Cincinnati for FotoFocus, Stay for the Street Art | In the Air: Art News & Gossip | ARTINFO.com.

Steampunk Animal and Insect Sculptures by Igor Verniy.

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From heaps of scrap metal, old bike chains, and silverware, sculptor Igor Verniy creates birds, butterflies, and other unusual creations.
Many of his steampunk and cyberpunk sculptures are made to be fully articulated, with dozens of moving or adjustable parts enabling each piece to be posed in several lifelike positions.
These are some of my favourite pieces but you can see more over on his VK and Facebook pages.
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See more wonderful sculptures via Steampunk Animal and Insect Sculptures by Igor Verniy | Colossal.

‘Dollhouse’ by Amandine Urruty.

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Between her colorful street art creations and her graphite on paper illustrations, the talented French artist Amandine Urruty reveals an incredible dreamlike universe, populated by fantastical creatures, hidden meanings, symbols and references to pop culture or mythology.
Some beautiful and very detailed artworks that will tickle your imagination as much as your analytical skills!
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See more wonderful Images via Dollhouse – The Street Art creations and illustrations of Amandine Urruty | Ufunk.net.

‘Bleak and Beautiful Up North’ by Barker.

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Whilst stumbling through a dark and cold Manchester last night, talking with friends about how fed up we all are with February,
I suddenly came to a halt outside Castle Galleries where some beautiful paintings on display in the window were conveying exactly the same sentiment.
Mainly of grey and dreary landscapes of wintry northern towns, the artwork by Yorkshire painter Bob Barker definitely shows how the weather hugely affects life ‘up north’.
But with beautiful splashes of colour, each masterpiece displays a real love for life in and around the region.
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Of course, Bob has been painting since he received a set of oil paints at the age of 12 as a Christmas gift.
Back then, he was immediately captivated by what could be achieved with a brush, paint and a few small squares of hardboard.
As a Yorkshire man born and bred, nostalgia spurs him to paint by looking back to childhood memories with adult eyes.
Memories of the mill his mother worked at as a weaver form a big influence in the images he paints now, as does the industrial footprint left in the Yorkshire mill towns.
Bob has always maintained that where most people see soot-blackened stone and polluted skies, he sees colour – like wet Sienna cobbles and Prussian blue shadows with burnt umber and cadmium skies.
Bob views Yorkshire in the subtle blended hues of his paint box, and through his art, he invites the viewer to do the same.
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All images by Bob Barker © Washington Green Fine Art
Read on and see more Images via It’s Grim Up North but there’s wonderful colour and life found everywhere | Creative Boom.