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No deep thoughts today, or even particularly serious artwork. Just some fun images of bicycles. Over the weekend it was almost warm enough, by Boston standards (and by that I mean it was over 40 degrees and sunny), to think about getting my bike down from its hanging place and going for a ride on the Esplanade. I settled for a walk It’s wet and muddy, with dirty, frozen mounds of snow still scattered, but I’m hopeful. For now (unless I become a different person and hit the new Soul Cycle), I’ll just enjoy these 15 bicycle artworks.
Kelly Nicolaisen • Show Off
Ed Pullela • Bicycle
Elizabeth Graeber • Bicycle
Cecilia Vassolo • Ride In Bicycle
Gabriel Winter • Bicycle Pose
Matt Furie • Bikes
Run4It • Fashionable Hipster Deer
Vassi Slavova • Bike Chick
Allison Glancey & Craig Seder • Going to See My Baby Blue
Chris Whittaker • The Bicycle and the Bee
Ashley Percival • Cat and Owl on Bike
Erin Wallace • Cycling
Jessica Abbott • Red Bicycle
Walter Bibikow • Bicycle Display at Swiss Transport Museum
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Italian photographer Massimo Vitali is one of the the most known contemporary chroniclers of the crowded beach; his work is au courant for sure. Before Vitali, there was Weegee, a photographer and photojournalist, known for his gritty black and white images, including those of crowded Coney Island. (Incidentally, Coney Island was the beach of my toddlerhood. I was born in Brooklyn, a trend-setter from a very early age.)
The other day I picked up three pieces of art at Delray Art & Framing (have a look at my no longer bare beach condo wall), where Joe Davis’ aerial paintings of beaches dotted with sunbathers always hang. Yes, lucky me, I’m in Florida. It’s sunny, a tad breezy, not too hot. The ocean is 100 shades of blue. The beach is, well, a little bit crowded. But really, I’m not complaining, because a crowded beach is better than no beach at all. Especially given that my husband is home in Boston, where it just keeps snowing. (Sorry sweetheart.)
Here are 16 scenes of crowded beaches and waters, some more than others. And almost all are for sale (many as inexpensive prints), so if you’re tempted, click through. You should at least be able to gaze at the beach if you can’t be there, even if it’s a crowded beach.
Brazil • Massimo Vitali • New York Times Magazine
Beach Goers • Bryan Solarski • UGallery
Beach Pattern • Alejandra Click • Society 6
Beaches XV • Oliver Kornblum • Saatchi Art
Beach • Tim Kleyn • Society 6
Beach • Do Da • Society 6
Beach • Pau Salazar • Society 6
Crowded Beach • Camilla Warburton • Society 6
Beach Crowd • Seven Eleven Studios • Etsy
Beach of Cadiz • Margartia Kazanovick • Saatchi Art
Joe Davis • Delray Art
Coney Island Beach • Mina Teslaru • Society 6
Bondi Swimmers Close-Up • Gray Malin • Maison Gray
Beach • Jennifer McMahon • Society 6
Sunbathers • The 333 Alliance • Etsy
Praia Piquinia • Christian Chaize • Jen Bekman
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Although I don’t really recognize Valentine’s Day (just seems silly to me), I am going to take advantage of the “holiday” to post artwork and recipes for sweets, heart-shaped home furnishings, and pink rooms. To start the week, let’s look at the artwork of New Zealand-born artist and graphic designer Joël Penkman, who now lives and works in the U.K. They evoke the work American painter Wayne Thiebaud, don’t you think?
Joel Penkman paints simple still-life studies. He sets them on a clean backgrounds in order to facilitate a connection between the individual and the subject, since food, like music and fragrance, “triggers memories and emotion.” Penkman works in egg tempera, which he concocts himself.
Here are ten paintings of his that I think are the sweetest.
Krispy Kreme Dozen
Teepees, wigwams, play tents (whatever you want to call them) have been trending for a rather long time. However last week, the Wall Street Journal proclaimed them a trend: Teepees: The New Urban Hideaway. I’m not sure why a newspaper would be so slow to catch onto this (it’s not like there’s a three-month lead time). No matter, they’re still going strong. We had a refrigerator box playhouse for a while; admittedly not nearly as chic. But that was a dozen years ago.
The teepee is great because it looks good not only in a kids room, but in adult spaces too. As you can see from these 30 rooms with teepees, they work well in white Scandinavian interiors, minimalist black and white living rooms, nurseries with traditional childrens bedroom furniture, and of course colorful playrooms. You can even erect one outdoors.
I was obsessed with building forts as a kid, always enclosing my bunk beds with blankets, and wishing I had a way to hang a sheet from the ceiling. My kids, too, used to love taking all the blankets they could gather and draping them over chairs and ottomans to create fun enclosures. There’s definitely something satisfying, and practical too, about a kid constructing a hideaway on his own. That said, it’s also nice to have a ready-made private quiet space. Wonder if my boys are too big for one now?
Photo by Lönngren Widell
Apartment Therapy’s My Bedroom Retreat Contest
Photo by Krista Keltnanen
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I think it’s been awhile since I’ve done a roundup of women. If you follow this column, you know I am enamored of artwork picturing the female form, both clothed and undressed. I am particularly drawn to images exuding a sense of melancholy. These 25 artworks picture women sitting, many hugging their knees, seemingly lost in thought. Some are well-known oil paintings by artistic masters, others fashion photographs, some illustrations, and others simply pieces by contemporary artists found around the web, including Saatchi Online, Etsy, and the artist’s own websites. Which woman moves you?
Jamie Beck of Ann Street Studio
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Since I can’t stop looking at the gorgeous trees around here—yellow, red, orange—they’re so autumn perfect, I thought I’d share the little creatures who hang out in them. I had a bird as a pet growing up. He was a beautiful gray cockatiel with a yellow head and perfect persimmon circles on his cheeks. He imitated the call of a whippoorwill and also whistled that, “Hey you’re sexy, babe” whistle, which was pretty humorous.
Bird, 2008, Christopher St. John
Bird, Zenitt, Society 6
Gold Turquoise Bird, Doudou Studio
Bird Friend, Lizzy Stewart
Northern Flicker, MaiAutumn, Etsy
On a Journey, Jacqueline Schmidt, Uncommon Goods
Birds in the Tree, Camilla Engman
Boat-Billed Flycatcher (Megarynchus pitangua), 2012
Bradley the Blue Jay, LEGO Bird Project
Parro, Silke Bonde
Brown Pelican, Amy Sullivan, Etsy
Peacock and Friends, Judy Kaufmann, Little Paper Planes
Sanctuary, Jessica Swift
Lovebird #5, Luke Stephenson Photography, 20×200
Penguin, Yuseke Yonezu
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