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An Ocean of Books

All photos by Ossip van Duivenbode I’m a lover of books. My house contains shelf after shelf of books, some I’ve read, some I may read soon, and some I’ll probably never read but their title reminds me of something … Continue reading

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Fool The Eyes: Artists Who Use Their Skills To Challenge Our Perception (Part 4)

In this series of blog posts we have been exploring artwork designed to cause viewers to look again (and even again) at what they think they are seeing. So far we have discussed examples of imaginary space and hidden symbolism, … Continue reading

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Barack and Michelle Obama, Two Portraits

In the spring of 2015 we presented two posts about the art of portraiture, Portraits in the Age of Selfies and I’m Not Whom I Seem: Fictitious Portraits. I was thinking about these posts when I read that the Smithsonian’s … Continue reading

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The Dog Ate My Blog Post

In my years of university teaching I heard many excuses for late work, and yes, “The dog ate my assignment,” was one of them. So here I am today, joining the ranks of those derelict students and proclaiming “The dog … Continue reading

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Fool The Eyes: Artists Who Use Their Skills To Challenge Our Perception (Part 3)

In two earlier posts we described the work of artists who create artwork that challenges the viewer’s perception – work that goes beyond simple representation and fools the eye as well as tricking the mind. The first post looked at … Continue reading

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Unknown Spaces: The Photographs of Willa Nasatir

Today I’ve chosen to write about the photographer Willa Nasatir and to use her work as a way to begin a discussion about artistic process. Many of you reading this blog are students or beginning artists just learning how to … Continue reading

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A Simple Line (2)

During this last week I’ve spent time reviewing the content we’ve covered in this blog. Today I want to repost an article from early 2015. I think you’ll find it useful. We all recognize a line. We read lines of … Continue reading

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Fool The Eyes: Artists Who Use Their Skills To Challenge Our Perception (Part 2)

In an earlier post we started a discussion about artists who have used their illusion-making skills to manipulate the viewer’s perception in mysterious or super convincing ways – to fool the eye and trick the mind. You can read that … Continue reading

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Art and Design

In December it will be three years since we published our book Design: A Beginner’s Handbook. In structuring that textbook we decided to use simple real-world examples of the design elements and principles. We opted to demonstrate the application of … Continue reading

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Fool The Eyes: Artists Who Use Their Skills To Challenge Our Perception

Artists in Western countries have a long tradition of using design elements in careful ways to create illusions. By subtly manipulating these elements they have been able to transform a mundane flat surface into what appears to be a window … Continue reading

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