The Radiant Vista, a photography community: daily critiques, Photoshop workbenches, video tutorials. I do like The Daily Critique video’s a lot. From the page: “The overall tone and goal of The Daily Critique will be to provide a supportive space in which photographers can share their work, have it reviewed, and hopefully take away valuable, tangible ideas about how to create better photographs. We will describe what we like about the image first and then offer ‘perfect world’ suggestions for improvement.”
Pictures of what people wrote/draw on walls. I loved these ones:
Irma H. (Vienna), photographs.
New info concerning evolution: Chimps actually using spears to hunt. Side includes a video. “No fewer than 22 times, researchers documented wild chimpanzees on an African savanna fashioning sticks into ‘spears’ to hunt small primates called lesser bush babies. In each case a chimpanzee modified a branch by breaking off one or two ends and, frequently, using its teeth to sharpen the stick. The ape then jabbed the spear into hollows in tree trunks where bush babies sleep.”
The Naica fabulous crystals: a cave filled with giant cystals. From the page: “When I first stepped into the cavern it was like walking into the Land of the Giants. … This is a geode full of spectacular crystals as tall as pine trees, and in some cases greater in circumference. They have formed beautiful crystals that are a translucent gold and silver in color, and come in many incredible forms and shapes.” See also http://www.cesmat.asso.fr/English/naica.htm
From the page: “Most impressive about Hallman’s work, however, is the unusual and laborious technique she employs to achieve all these results. The artist begins by using dry pigments (in a powder form) and applies the pure and rich tones to paper. When she is satisfied with the layout of colors, she sprays a clear acrylic which sets the pigments in place. She then applies multiple layers of pigment, masking off different areas with tape, applying pressure with her hands; no brushes are used. Then, she scrapes away selected areas revealing previous layers and all tape is removed. At this juncture, Hallman assesses the work. In some instances she applies acrylic mediums, using the masking off and tearing away technique. She continues this procedure until the desired effect is achieved. The next step, if the artist chooses, is to apply thin color washes and/or combinations of oil mixed with dry pigment on the top surfaces.”