The most brilliant artists and writers are capable of creating new worlds that their onlookers can’t turn away from.  It is extremely impressive when an illustration does this, because the task of enthralling its onlooker must be done in only a single image–among billions of other single images.  I have heard that great writers sometimes sit and actually retype the books of the best authors to understand the author’s rhythm and grammatical technique.  The same is done of artists, breaking down a piece of work to understand better what the artist did to create the thrilling effect.  Lesley Barnes is an amazing artist.  And, so, I did a brief simple GIF of her work below, and in doing so I discovered so much about her technique that my common eye had otherwise missed.  For instance, it is obvious that she uses geometrical shapes in her work:

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Work of Award Winning Illustrator, Lesley Barnes

But, why are these so absolutely thrilling, so eye catching and unique?  One observation I made is that she uses not just geometric figures but repeatedly uses the same figures; So that what may seem busy and exciting is also organized, symmetrical and thus pleasing to the eye.  The extraordinary thing is that when looking at her work, it is not immediately apparent that you are really looking at a beautiful pattern perhaps above all else.  She has an uncanny ability to turn animals (particularly horses) and people into beautiful inconspicuous geometric patterns.

This is a small view of one of my favorite works of Barnes:

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By constructing this GIF, I was able to see how often the small shapes of her pieces repeat in one image, like the hands, for instance.

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GIF Using Work of Lesley Barnes

It appears that Lesley Barnes often does illustrations for books– a very fitting task for Barnes; While most patterns are found on boring places like wallpaper, the patterns of Barnes are laced with underlying meaning, perfect to make the onlooker curious about the attached story.  In close, I would love to see a very famous brand like Gucci contract Barnes to design a pattern for a handbag or clothing line, because patterns like hers have the potential to turn any subject matter into the object of high trend.

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The teacher told the class to turn in their papers.  All of the students dutifully stood up forming a sloppy single file line before her desk.  Each handed in the 8.5 by 11 inch sheets of paper, with typed words that would determine their final grade in the class.  Yet, Fideli turned in quite a different form of paper.  When it came her turn to hand in the assignment, with both hands cupping it, Fideli delicately set a fully formed, realistically colored, green paper artichoke on the teacher’s pile of papers.  The teacher looked up and shrugged at Fideli, already dreading the failed grade she would be forced to give her.

Later that evening the teacher sat at her dinning room table in dim lighting, with a red pen.  She started grading the papers of her students, wishing the event to be over as soon as possible.  The assignment was to turn in a creative writing piece that would talk about some significant issue in the world.   Next to the stack of 30 or so papers was the artichoke, just sitting there, imploring attention from the teacher.  The truth was, the teacher always liked Fideli who was polite and attentive to the smallest details.  The teacher gave in to curiosity and resorted to picking up the artichoke in her hands when all at once, a piece of the artichoke fell off like a petal from a rose.  Inside the peeled piece, the teacher saw that there was in fact hand writing.  “Excellent, some actual writing that I can grade, perhaps positevly enough to avoid the F,” the teacher thought.  The teacher soon realized that the inside of each petal of the beautifully formed artichoke had a sentence or two.  They said things like this:

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The Ingenious artichoke paper art of Fideli Sundqvist

“Paper can be quite important, as it documents birth, marriage and death.”  The teacher read the first peel and considered the importance of paper and how depends so much on it’s substance.  She read on and found numerous insights:  Paper is where the United States Constitution exists and where history itself is preserved.  Paper memorializes in this way, people themselves, and our very own lives in albums and in books.  The internet is just a digital way of expressing lots and lots of paper.  Millions of people hold paper every day, but what is the most creative thing in the world that is ever done with the flimsy stuff?  When I see paper, I see windows, and the endless possibility of forming shadows, and playing with light.  I see movie props, and advertisements for the finest of perfumes.

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Work of Fideli Sundqvist

“Paper is a way to preserve memories, but when it finds the rights folds, when it falls into the right hands, paper can express important news in unforgettable ways. Take for instance, global warming.  We’ve all seen the saddest picture in the world; the polar bear stranded on ice.  Soon, we may not be able to take that picture.  Instead, we will only have the memory of it.  Making a paper expression of this fact, is a reminder that the global issue is delicate.  It is a reminder that paper is all we will have unless we take action”:

For the rest of her teaching years, the students had to write papers inside of artichokes.  As for Fideli, the grade whether it was an A or an F would not change her amazing future yet to come.

About Fideli Sundqvist, the Paper Artist

I saw her art, and felt more creative because of it, so I wanted to write the Children’s book above on my Blog, dedicated to Fideli Sundqvist  the artist from Stockholm, Sweden.  What strikes me about all of her pieces is her profound understanding of color.  She chooses diverse colors that go together gorgeously.  Her pieces are surprising, and memorable, and fantastically beautiful.

“I think you have to give yourself a varied life, expose yourself to different types of impressions. Mostly, I think it is the work itself that gives birth to new ideas. Desire drives the work forward, as I heard someone say on the radio, and that is so true.” –Fideli Sundqvist

All images of this Blog Post are owned and copyrighted by Fideli Sundqvist.  Fideli, thank you for giving us permission to write a post about you!

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In April of 2013, I was laying in a hospital bed, in labor with my first baby, when it popped into my head that I wanted to create an audience blog–a feedback blog for creative writers and artists.  I know–weird timing.    A few weeks into motherhood, I was able to begin my research into what creative comparable websites there were, that helped bring special publicity to creative minds. I found Alice Yoo’s  My Modern Met.  You can tell a few things right off the bat about this website.  First, it delivers.  It delivers consistent high quality and creative posts about amazing minds across the world.  Second, it’s goal is noble.  Alice has little about herself on the famous site that she leads, but with a bit of navigating, you can read a short statement from her:

I wanted to create one big city where we could celebrate creative ideas… We’re most proud of the fact that, we’re not just exposing new people to incredible artwork, but that we’re helping artists’ careers along the way.”

To go along with the theme that Alice Yoo wanted to create a “big city” her MyModernMet Page shows her title labeled playfully as “Founder & Mayor.”  Of course, at first, when I was doing my website research, I hadn’t noticed who built this website, I only noticed the content that was oozing with quality that is truly rare on the web.  Upon finding the site, I immediately became a regular to “My Modern Met,” and believe it to be one of the most creative and substantive sites on Earth.

Today, we are hunting for the world’s most creative minds, and we believe that Alice Yoo is one of them.   While Alice has never been truly featured on her own Website, we want her to be featured on ours.  Here is a person that had a mere vision a few short years ago, and has created a community of millions around content that we truly need more of.  We need content like Alice’s Blog, that offers brief moments of absolute gold.  Each post is a piece of evidence that there are great things being built in our midst. The featured city of today’s blog post is an illustration of her vision to have a giant creative metropolis.   Cheers to the high quality Blog of  Alice Yoo and to My Modern Metropolis.

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“If I were to look at one of my gems through a spectrometer, it would look like one of your paintings,” a diamond seller once explained to John Robert Jurisich, as he purchased the work for high-end retail decor.  The story went something like that, but as the painter told the story you could tell he was not bragging–was merely happy that someone saw the prismatic effect he had been painting for so many years.  Despite, the casual passing of the story amidst the instruction video, my jaw dropped.  What an outstanding idea for diamond stores.  There is an enormous sentiment attached to the gems given as gifts for engagement and celebration.  A Gem Painting!

What if the gem came with a painting to memorialize the occasion, too.  It wouldn’t be a painting of him dropping to his knee and proposing, because you can take a picture of that.  Instead, it would be a painting portraying the gem itself, and illuminating endless energy–a hanging, cheerful reminder to the couple of this happy occasion.

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The masterful (yet humble) self-taught artist openly teaches his ground breaking painting technique freely online.   Born in 1929, John Robert Jurisich has generously posted youtube videos showing how he creates his pieces, step-by-step.  After spending 43 years at a task, many an artist would keep the technique a secret.  So as you watch his youtube channel, and listen to his astounding stories that sweep by almost as his side thoughts, you slowly see that you are witnessing something renowned.  Jurisich is delighted to show you his gallery, and his delight makes him a young man, though common measures of time would label him about 83 years old.  Only people fulfilling their destiny in life can have moods so contagious.  Almost 7,000 people on Google plus have him in their circles, and will gladly enjoy his posts.

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When I first saw a small thumbnail painting of his work, at first glance, I assumed it was digital because of the way the colors interacted.  But, digital art does not have this type of texture, or bonafide palpable feeling.  At one point during his videos, a painting is seen close up.  Look at this beauty:

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 This is what my lay eyes and ears could gather of the oil painting technique shown by the instructional videos:  John Jurisich shows that he covers an entire canvas with a shade of bright white.  Then he blotches on gray patches.  Then he puts a layer of yellow blotches on too, being careful not to mix the colors.  Then he layers the canvas with squares of bright color.  He then covers the canvas entirely with a dark color.  Finally the canvas is prepared.  He then slowly scrapes the paint away. The technique is one of preparation and careful paint removal.  Many a new artist has had great results following his videos. The effect is….well just look:

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Painting Technique Creates LUSTER-IRIDESCENCE and LUMINESCENCE

When the Father of Prismatics, John Robert Jurisich talks about this technique in the videos, it is almost comical how effortlessly poetic his explanation is:

“Use a light touch and wait for color to pop through.  Wipe the pallet clean after every stroke. if you get a color you like, leave it because there may be something entirely different underneath.  Go very gently just skimming over the top.  Always wipe that knife so you do not contaminate the colors.  You don’t need to know whats going to happen, that is the great part of it. Once you’ve done it, I know you will never want to go back to anything else because the door has been opened.” [quoted as accurately as my ears would allow after transcribing video]

We made a Father of Prismatics GIF to celebrate this creative web content and this luminous Painting Technique

The works of the Father of Prismatics change depending on the lighting they are displayed in.  In this way, the art naturally animates.

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Celebrating the luminous painting technique of John R. Jurisich.

AudienceWatch.me is a site that seeks to understand and appreciate really renowned creativity on the web in the form of art, writing and videos.  Some content compels an audience to watch it, and these paintings, many of which are available to look at on Google +, are simply worth watching!

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I’m just one little bitty Google user, with one tiny mini website that about 756 other Google users have ever seen.  My critique or criticism of Google can’t matter much.  But here goes.

Dear Google:

You’ve memorized millions of books.  You’ve traveled to every country, traversing almost every last street by car and bike.  You own billions of homemade videos, and personal diaries. You have an astounding art collection consisting of all the pieces from thousands of art museums.  Before I critique you, let me respectfully concede that I depend entirely on you.

In blogging on creativity, naturally I wanted to write a blog post about the creative works that comment on your pervasive existence, as again my mission is to collect the most creative, important works of the world wide web.  In order to find the right materials on this topic, naturally, I Googled.  I found that Google was confused, even befuddled.  When I Googled “art on Google,” all I got was art that exists on Google.  Alas, I saw the issue.  I played with many keyword variations and could not convince Google that I really wanted art that was about Google itself, and not just the cute variations of “Google” signs displayed on special days, but the superpower search engine Company, “Google.”  Google did not seem to be able to apply its algorithm very effectively to itself due to this said inherent, even understandable misunderstanding.  So I resolved to Google “criticism of Google” and was certain that Google would understand the prompt.  Yet, Google understood it very little.  Only about 25% of the first two pages of Google results were real critique.  The rest was news from 2010, or things that made Google look great like its dropping of internet balloons on third world countries. The results were interesting and even distracting, but were largely off point. Google has to–it really must know the meaning of criticism.  Even Google on occasion must “selfie” Google search and know that its criticism search result page seems skewed to any careful eye.  Just displaying the word “criticism” in a title, does not make it so.

In conclusion, I am curious, are there very few people thinking critically of the world’s most powerful corporation (you), or are you exempt from your algorithm by chance such that you are not displaying the best content critiquing you?  Google tells us that it praises unique content.  If I may, this letter is something of a unique comment on Google.  Thus, it should rank very well in your index.  That said, since this letter is bound to reach you, I hope you’ll reply.

Art that Could Be a Criticism of Google

I ventured on to find creative content which would comment on or even directly criticize Google in a fancy free speech sort of exercise.  I hoped to blog on this.  Despite their buried locales, I did dig up some very outstanding art, which does a fine job of commenting on the superpower search engine.  Some have said Google really should be thought of more like a government.  It is unavoidable, necessary and everywhere.

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Lesley Barnes “1984” on Tumblr

 That said the first creative piece we found to feature is Lesley Barnes “1984.”  Please immediately note that the artist does not at all ever so much as elude to her work being a depiction of Google.  Yet, for the reasons stated above, among others, Google has been compared to the Book.  There is no question about it.  Barnes has a gift.  She is actually able to illustrate the entire feeling of a book in a single drawing.  If you are not familiar with “1984,” the work vividly describes a world where there is no privacy, where the fundamental freedoms described by the United States Constitution do not exist in the slightest.  Sometimes, when I’m Googling, I find myself clicking the x button on ads that are all too targeted to my recent searches.  I find myself quickly agreeing to “terms of service contracts,” just to use the Google tool,  and of course without reading what rights or privacy I just gave up.  And, while 1984 paints a world that I do not live in,  I increasingly feel the way the small guy under the umbrella feels in this illustration, when I’m on Google.  Anyway, this piece is extraordinary.   Well done, Lesley Barnes.

While art is sometimes made for one purpose, it can become just as useful to express another purpose.  We found this outstanding digital collage of Joseba Elorza on illusion.scene360.com.  It illustrates the mission of Google.  Google Earth, and even the search engine is not just exploring the world, it is dissecting it, and displaying it.  We get loads of information from this experiment, but there is a price.  In the collage, you can see that the world is scarred; Yet the information is no doubt useful to its audience.  Joseba Elorza did not express any intention on depicting the Google Earth project.  This is simply the interpretation we have applied to the renowned piece.

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Collage of Joseba-Elorza

The below piece of artwork by master Wassily Kandinsky is an outstanding portrayal of Google because it is the world simply tinted in Google themed color.  Indeed the entire world has been affected by the vast Company.  In some ways, we are simply better off.  We can be smarter because of this massive index.  Yet, how exactly things have changed in light of this company is still a blur, dimly coming into focus.

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Art of Wassily Kandinsky

Google’s tool “Top Charts” offers stunningly useful information on humanity.  It is a collection of what humanity is most Googling, and in some way then is a collection of what humanity is most thinking about.  As of today, it appears we are predominately thinking about Miley Cyrus, dogs, Shakespeare, The Bible, Sports, rich people, Lego, Einstein and television.  Unlike all of the other Artists featured in this post, Artist  Frank Plant  did intend on commenting on Google with his iron figures representing Microsoft, Apple, Google and Facebook, holding these signs that collectively say “We know what you’re thinking.”  We were refreshed to find the critically thinking and brave artist.

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Work of Frank Plant (Click to be Connected to His Other Work)

While these top charts searches reveal useful information, it is not truly a reflection of what we are thinking though.  There are certain things we have learned we can Google, and certain things we know not to Google.  These top charts are a reflection of what people most use Google for, and that’s it.  For instance, we do not Google if we meditate or pray, but that could take up the majority of our thinking day.  We do not Google if someone smiles at us randomly and kindly because what would be the point?  Yet that smile could consume much of our thinking energy for a bit. Google knows what we’re Googling, and can circumstantially conclude a lot of what we are thinking.  It is nice to know there are intangibles left, “un-indexables”– things like creativity.   The landscape of the Google internet increasingly looks like the landscape of the city where the major players are around every corner, and they are boring and they keep flashing me with their logos.  If I could write the formula, the algorithm–it would be: (unique perspective + good writing + excellent visual aid + helpful resource – ugly adsense) = Page 1.

Explanation of Gif Background:  Originally, I had planned on publishing a video we made, where we had Googled “criticism of Apple” and compared that search result to “criticism of Google.”  The question was, does Google understand the search query better for other companies than it does for itself?  My opinion was that about 50% of the Apple query returned real criticism, whereas just over 25% of the Google query returned substantive criticism while the rest of the results were positive news about Google or outdated news, etc.  Anyway,  I did not yet publish this Youtube video, and may decide against it.

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Dear Audience:

This is me, and maybe it is you too.

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From the Google Plus Profile of Lee YoungGook)

I had always found regular business settings to be really stuffy, but such is life, I supposed.  I got married.

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(From The Public Domain Review)

And, then we found out we were expecting a baby…

With a baby, I just wanted to be home more to watch him grow. Stuffy work became harder to live with.

After observing that happy little baby, I decided instead of letting life play me, I would play it.
  It was time to set a real example.  Maybe I would do something noble and environmental, I envisioned.

Contemplating my strengths, I realized if I became an entrepreneur, I should do something creative.

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(Great Gif of Van Gogh’s Starry Night from Bence Nagy’s Google Plus)

All creative people need an audience’s feedback in order to succeed.   I decided my site will provide a (free) audience and creative review to those who ask.

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From The Uncylomedia Commons

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Dear Audience:

Allow me to tell you this creative short story that interprets amazing art, about a mother that yearns to be an entrepreneur.

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Anyone Can See, She is a Mother (Short Story Part 1)

It is understandable that someone, even a spouse would think of her as a mom, and that is where the skill set kind of ends. Well after all, K.J. would not hesitate to tell you that her most important job was being a mom. She has extensive CIA like intel on this baby of hers. She knows that it makes a difference to him to have someone that looks up and smiles when he tries to garble out a sound, and someone around that knows a certain grunt means he’s ready for the milk, and all the hundreds of other tiny, infinitely important signals. To anyone it could easily appear that this woman is merely holding onto, and mindlessly dotting over, the clingy little thing for a living.

creative short story: entrepreneur woman loves babyART INTERPRETATION

Now, drawing this universal, absolutely timeless phenomenon of mother caring for baby is an extremely difficult interaction to portray.  Pablo Picasso ventured to explore those moments often in his work, creating unsurpassed pieces on the subject matter.  In particular, I love the practiced hand drawings of the enclosed piece.  It’s like you are seeing the artist think on paper.

creative painting of mother

On the other side of the spectrum, we present the beautiful work of French artiste Peintre Cecile Veilhan. The art is beautiful because of the consistent immaculate attention to texture details. The baby’s outfit looks so soft, while the mother’s jacket looks like a flowing blouse. The attention to material pattern is what makes the paintings so aesthetically appealing, while the body language between her subjects is what makes the art so interesting.

But She is Also an Entrepreneur on Fire, Creative Short Story Part 2

K.J.  is Picasso’s sweet nurturing mother, and Veilhan’s lazy afternoon nurser.  K.J. is in a world, with family, friends, neighbors and even a spouse whom have seen her in these (enormously respectable but not very respected) rolls. Thus, It is somewhat difficult for her to approach the world and tell it that she is indeed all of those things they know her to be, and in the very same instant, she is an entrepreneur on fire.

K.J. looks at the web’s ocean of waiting opportunity as her way to paint her own life. She thinks she can build a successful empire of sorts, all her own.  After all, unbeknownst to most others, she is independent, business savvy and extremely unique.

ART INTERPRETATION 2

If you search pinterest for a piece of art to portray this other aspect of K.J., you won’t find it right away, but we searched long enough to discover Japanese artist Matayosi.  While I doubt she thinks of herself as entrepreneur artist, Matayosi captures a feeling that many experience.  She captures the “I own the world, it’s mine, I’m me, I’m dancing through my own life.” 

Japanese Artist MatayosiK.J. enjoys the Matayosi feeling of confidence, but only for a short while before she realizes she has to take action on wanting to own a business.

Story Part 3

Now, again, we have established that K.J. is a mother.  She also yearns to be an entrepreneur.  Yet, she is dealing with a world that feels like a grouchy, impatient looking, traditionally successful man, reading the old style newspaper.  He will absolutely never change newspapers. He (the world) knows K.J., and will not understand if she tells him she is an entrepreneur.

It seemed to K.J that the challenge was telling the world about this additional identity.  She spent a lot of time thinking about how she would present the idea of herself in this new light to others, including her husband.  She thought of using some sort of visual aid.  “It helps to have visual aids,” she pondered.  Maybe she would have a speech.  “Husband, you see me as something beautiful, but commonplace, like a big ocean scene….

creative woman illustrationBut, I look at myself and I see the ability to create a whole new perspective in the world…

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We found this out of the box art on Pinterest. It orginates from 24.media.tumblr. We could not track down the artist or the photographer of the piece. We would love to hear from you, if you know who thought of this. We had to find a piece of art that would somehow dramatize the difference between the way K.J. is at heart, as opposed to the way she is generally perceived.Because sewing in general is just perceived as a very tedious, wholesome activity, it is particularly exciting to find this very special take on it.

“In fact, perhaps the most interesting thing about me, husband/world, is my entrepreneur side, ” she planned on saying.  Anyway, she thought of probably 15 different ways to say it, and finally she just did say it to him.  But, before she did she imagined how life would change after this momentous event of self exposure and development.  When the big moment came, her husband sat on the couch, looking over his computer.  She inhaled deeply and let it all out in what seemed like one long breath of fast talking.  She declared not only that she was an entrepreneur at heart but explained the idea that she had  for her very own online business.  After the end of the big moment, little occurred.  No skies parted, no big trumpets blared.  Her husband felt that the idea lacked logic, and was yet another pie in the sky idea.

It is true that a mother loves to nurture, but this is an understatement.  Having a baby, at least for K.J. did ignite a love stronger than any romantic force, stronger than any other protective instinct.  But it also created a strength, unknown prior to the newborn. This new found strength, is actually a common phenomenon, John Lee Dumas calls the “baby effect.” It would be simpleton to quarrel with the husband or the world over whether the idea was good.  In her mind, in that moment was this ever so clear point; This baby would either see a mother that followed her life’s purpose and lived meaningfully, or would learn that life is dull and that babies prevent dreams.   K.J. heard the world react to her big announcement with its chirping crickets and mean dismissals.  And, she…

#TWEETME @audienceWatchme a piece of art to end this post!  Or, feel free to email a link to the right artwork to comment on last at audienewatchme@gmail.com.  We originally envisioned that we would end the post with a piece of art that showed this successful business person.  Then, I imagined it would be better to post something abstract that leaves it up to the reader to decide what happened in the end.  I would absolutely love to get a linked suggestion.  Use hashtag “theend.”

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