Good news! Coloring is a dang good de-stressing tool for adults. Time to get some colored pencils and get to work!
Psychologist Gloria Martínez Ayala says that the benefits of coloring lie between focusing our attention on fine motor movements and on the logic of color-matching. So while it’s a great distraction from stressors, it’s also a novel and challenging physical and mental activity — like meditation, but brighter. Jüng was using coloring as a therapeutic activity a hundred years ago. Keep reading »
I don’t know about you people, but I can’t wait for tonight’s season premiere of “American Horror Story: Freak Show.” Fresh off the heels of “AHS: Coven,” the folks at FX are bringing back one of the creepiest shows on TV, this time taking place under the big top at one very eerie, sure-to-be-scary freak show.
To celebrate the premiere, tons of artists from the DeviantArt community have created alternate official show posters. Some beautifully haunting and others dark and mysterious, check out some of our favorite fan art pieces to get you pumped for “Freak Show,” airing tonight on FX from 10-11:30 p.m. ET. Will you be watching?
Photographer Gray Malin heard a story growing up of a Scottish shepherd who dyed his sheep’s whole so that he could see them better at night and protect them from being stolen. It never quite left his mind, and it became the inspiration for his “Dream Series,” a photography project in which he used non-toxic dye to transform a flock of sheep into a rainbow. The dye rinses off with water, making the sheep’s temporary transformation that much more magical and fleeting. In Malin’s artist statement, he explained:
“Sheep, quite literally from the word, are sheepish — they do not command attention but rather seek to blend in with the crowd. Like humans, they have trouble leaving their flock and prefer to stay where they are safe and comfortable…Bringing this body of work to life has been a dream-come-true for me; but the most important aspect of each image is to incite others to wander from the flock and pursue their own aspirations. To all of those who dream, believe in the impossible because I am proof, it is possible.”
In hopes of making others’ dreams come true like his, Malin will donate 20% of proceeds from the project’s sales to the Make-a-Wish Foundation. After the jump, see more of the surreal photos!
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Yeah, I know, I know, I am a very bad minimalist. I collect things when I shouldn’t, just because they’re strange and they make me smile.
I was introduced to Chicago’s Rotofugi gallery and toy store shortly before I moved into the city and it quickly became an obsession. It’s like they just took all of my favorite things in the world, packaged them, and put them on shelves for sale. From figurines of Japanese kaiju monsters to Doctor Who mini-figures to art prints from local and national artists to handmade toys to street art magazines to art books to handmade jewelry (the last, unfortunately, only available in store), Rotofugi is a weird art kid’s dream.
Hey, some people want to fill their lives with Precious Moments figurines, some people want to fill them with cycloptic cats. SUE ME. Just don’t buy the Gipper bust, I’ll have to fight you for it.
When I went to the MoMA, I went not knowing what exactly they had in their collection. I do that with museums — why spoil the fun of discovery? I went to the National Gallery of Art in 2012 and was preoccupied with a Sol LeWitt and a Lawrence Weiner before I rounded the corner and happened upon Tony Smith’s Die, a seminal minimalist artwork that I never dreamed of encountering in person, the kind of artwork that absolutely requires your physical presence in order to actually understand the artwork, and I was floored and overwhelmed by how lucky I felt to be in the same room as this object. Keep reading »