Monday, August 9, 2010

Inspiration can strike anytime

Wow! Summer is nearly over...well, not in terms of the heat but more in terms of back to school. Although, for me it feels like I never left with the two classes at SPC this summer. Kept me very busy - well, you can see how busy since I haven't posted since June. So, hopefully this makes up for my web silence.

A couple of interesting art finds today:

First, while checking out one of my favorite new blogs, Epbot , the amazing Jen had posted about some old color photographs taken by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information during 1939-1943.
To me, these are simply amazing! Not only to see more of that era, but in color of all things. I don't know if its the color or the composition of these photos, but somehow these really touched me. There was no separation with these people, the black and white photo creating more of a barrier I suppose - making it feel more like another time. These color photos made every moment more real, like I could see these people being friends and neighbors just dressed in some vintage fashion. Here are a few of my favorites, but really all of them are!

This was just one of the images of people that really hit me.

Amazing 1942 photo of a P-51 Mustang in flight over California.

How is it even grocery stores had a beauty ours of today somehow lack? Feels like this could become a painting...and the next one too.

Gorgeous photo of Connecticut.

The window is of a newspaper office, and all the posters are the handwritten headlines. Can you imagine reviewing the day's news in that kind of social format, standing side by side with your neighbors and discussing the day's events. Yes, while we do socialize more online, there is something that is fundamentally better after a good in-person conversation.

Stunning capture of a train leaving Chicago, December 1942.

And, my 3 very favorites for last:

The working woman, Tennessee 1943. She is working on a bomber section.

Shepherd on his horse with his dog, watching his flock. Montana, 1942.

Doesn't this photo look like an oil painting? I just adore it. The working wiper women of the railroad having lunch. Chicago, April 1943

I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. Here is the more of this amazing photography collection.


The second amazing art info I heard about is about a 7 year-old boy who paints like a master.

I heard this on The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson of all places! Thank you Craig for throwing in a little enlightenment with your humor. You can also follow Craig on Twitter.

Here is one the works of this young master- he is talented indeed!

The boy is Kieron Williamson, he lives in England with his mom and dad. Want to read more? Here is the story from The Guardian.

I hope you enjoyed this extra long post. May you find inspiration in your day to day as well!