Awesome People Hanging Out Together

I absolutely love this blog. Awesome People Hanging Out Together posts photographs of exactly that. My favorites are the unlikely groupings of celebrities and historic icons, making them seem so much more human and real. Better yet, most of the photos feel natural and fun; it’s a neat way to view these people we recognize and love.

Salvador Dali and Walt Disney

Andy Warhol and John Lennon

Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Liam Neeson

Chevy Chase and John Belushi

Sonny Bono, Cher, and Twiggy

Mike Wirtz

While studying fine art at ASU, I was repeatedly in awe of many of the graduate students. Their talent was so impressive and the dedication to their craft was an excellent example for us budding artists. One painter I admired was Mike Wirtz, who won me over with his large scale portraiture. He hasn’t added much work to his portfolio recently, but I check back every now and then to appreciate his pieces.

Wes Anderson Tribute

Lately I’ve been obsessed with finding fun and different art for our house. I’ve had my eye on these prints by Tim Doyle, made for a Wes Anderson tribute show. I am enamored with Anderson’s films and love Doyle’s illustrated scenes. I’m just about to make the leap and order these and I can’t wait to hang them on my walls.

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Ratatouille Concept Art

After my trip to Disneyland this past weekend, I’ve been looking for some inspirational and beautiful concept artwork for our house. I stumbled upon some shots from Pixar’s book The Art of Ratatouille and they are amazing. Until I can find some prints, I’m putting this book on my immediate wish list. Ratatouille is one of my very favorite films, combining my loves for Paris, food, and Pixar’s magic.

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Chuck Close

“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.”

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