Reflections in New York.

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Paintings of buildings reflected on standing water in the streets of New York.
Through his meticulous rendering of detail and dramatic use of perspective and colour.
Combes explores the relationship between architecture and the human form, transforming everyday objects and situations into extraordinary images that are absorbing and often haunting.
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via Faith is Torment | Art and Design Blog: Reflections: Paintings by Richard Combes.

The Rainbow House created from an 1840s Home.

kat-o-sullivan-house-beforeThe artist Kat O’ Sullivan has been creating upcycled sweaters and clothing for over 20 years. “It seems like anything within my grasp ends up painted a million colors,” she says.
And this statement certainly held true when the artist decided to purchase a home in upstate New York that had been built in 1840. “I just thought it was cute,” explains Sullivan, but “it was the kind of house you would drive by and never notice.”
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But once in the hands of the artist and her “creative mayhem” the home quickly began to change.
After a trip to the local paint shop – “give me one of everything!” – Sullivan spent countless hours painting and renovating until the home looked like a psychedelic rainbow complete with oddly shaped windows, eyes and a big mouth.
But “Calico,” as Sullivan calls her home, is an eternal work in progress. “It will only get weirder.”
You can keep up with Sullivan and her psychedelic home on Facebook or on Etsy, where she sells sweaters and tutorials on how to make her sweaters. (via Designboom)
via Artist Kat O’Sullivan Transforms a Dull Shack Into a Psychedelic Rainbow House | Colossal.

Escaping the Flames near Malibu.

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Gabi and Jonah Frank walk on Pacific Coast highway as the Woolsey Fire threatens their home in Malibu.
At least nine people died after a northern California wildfire incinerated most of a town of about 30,000 people, authorities said.
Only a day after the fast-moving fire began, the blaze near the town of Paradise had grown to nearly 140 sq miles and had destroyed about 6,500 structures.
Three bodies were found outside their homes, one inside a home and several in cars, said the Butte county sheriff, Kory Honea.
Image Credit: Photograph by Eric Thayer/Reuters
Source: The 20 photographs of the week | Art and design | The Guardian

Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee Dies At 95.

American comic book writer, editor, publisher and former President of Marvel Comics Stan Lee died Monday at the age of 95.
Lee gave us over six decades of work like The Incredible Hulk and The Amazing Spider-Man — superheroes we could identify with, characters that allowed us to suspend our disbelief because they reacted to bizarre situations like you or I might.

In a 1998 interview, Lee said, “Before Marvel started, any superhero might be walking down the street and see a 12-foot-tall monster coming toward him with purple skin and eight arms breathing fire, and the character would have said something like, ‘Oh! There’s a monster from another world; I better catch him before he destroys the city.’

Robert Scott, owner of Comickaze, a San Diego comic-book store, says Lee put the human in superhuman.”He would talk about prejudice, racism,” Scott says. “I mean the X-Men, here was a group of people who were only trying to do good things and only trying to help and they were constantly ostracized by being mutants”. “For Lee, having compelling, thought-provoking subject matter was crucial to his business.”
Lee Dies At 95 : NPR

‘Great Old Ones’ our Tree Elders 1947.

imagePhotograph from the 1917 “The National Parks Portfolio” (via Internet Archive Book Images)
Trees are fascinating — if left undisturbed by humans and our axes, they can grow to incredible sizes, and live for thousands of years.
Around the world, there are trees that have been growing for a much longer period of time than famed arbors like Methuselah or General Sherman.
Some of these beautiful ancients may not look like much — some appear to be mere saplings, compared to the gigantic redwoods.
via The Great Old Ones: In Celebration of Our Tree Elders | Atlas Obscura.

‘It’s in the Stars’.

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If you don’t hail from one of the big cities, it can be challenging for an artist to graduate from hometown hero status and be widely recognized in the broader world.
Somewhere like Portland, Oregon, for example, can be difficult to decipher creatively when you’re not a resident. While visiting a few years back, I felt curious about what spawned in PDX, so I texted a friend and asked for suggestions about local artists.
She was silent for a minute or two and then replied, “Check out Olivia Bee.
At the time, Bee had already graduated from hometown hero, but not from the local high school. Through early internet exposure, Bee had amassed a huge following, earning a campaign shoot for Converse at age 16 and publishing work on the cover of the New York Times the following year.

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She exhibited in multiple European cities and even spoke at a TEDx conference in Amsterdam, all before turning 18. No need for a career counselor!
Her insanely successful trajectory working with both editorial and commercial clients on countless campaigns for some of the most recognizable name brands runs parallel to a veteran photographer.

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Her work is distinctly personal. Saturated in cinematic color, it captures the nostalgia of romance, intimacy and the emotion of burgeoning adulthood.
Now 22 and living in Brooklyn, Bee recently published her first monograph through Aperture.
See more images via  Juxtapoz Magazine – Olivia Bee: It’s in the Stars