This is an incredible, ultra-realistic painting by Jason de Graaf called “A Wave of Refreshment.” (Acrylic on canvas) It is very much like a photograph, but that is not what the artist is after. Read more about his goals and see other paintings on his web site.
The work of Vlad Gerasimov is whimsical and beautiful, and he is generous with his talent. His web site at Vladstudio.com is full of gorgeous and clever wallpapers for computers and mobile devices, free to download. His high-quality digital downloads are available for a very reasonable subscription, and he’s now published his first children’s book.
If you are interested in a quick, easy way to have a social media web site that you can personalize to your heart’s content, try Flavors. The free version is great but limited, or for (a whopping) twenty bucks a year you can do you own thing all the way. Check out the directory for some ideas and look at some of the diverse designs.
Psalm 73, A Psalm of Asaph, here speaking of the wicked:
4 For there are no pangs in their death, But their strength is firm. 5 They are not in trouble as other men, Nor are they plagued like other men. 6 Therefore pride serves as their necklace; Violence covers them like a garment. 7 Their eyes bulge[a] with abundance; They have more than heart could wish. 8 They scoff and speak wickedly concerning oppression; They speak loftily. 9 They set their mouth against the heavens, And their tongue walks through the earth.
Red Apple and Leaves by Richard Aaron, a Texas artist whose realist still life paintings blow me away. Thank you to the NanEtte Richardson Fine Art gallery in San Antonio for introducing me to his work and for this lovely picture.
There is a wonderful group on Flickr for photos of Old Books, and their most interesting shots are available as a gallery on Flickriver. It’s a great help to imagine you are walking down the aisles of a used book store or an old library. The smell… you know.