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Watching This Artist Paint on Water Is Like a Relaxing Massage for My Brain

Popular in Turkey and parts of Asia, ebru is a unique form of painting that swaps a canvas for a liquid-filled pan that’s sprinkled and splattered with vibrant coloured pigments. Using specialised tools, unique patterns can be created by carefully mixing the floating pigments through a process that might be even more satisfying than the resulting artwork. Read More >>

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This Japanese Artist Paints With Microsoft Excel Instead of a Brush

Starting a new hobby usually requires a hefty investment in both time and equipment, but when 77-year-old Tatsuo Horiuchi retired and wanted to take up painting, he passed on the pricey brushes, paint, and canvases, and decided to use an app already installed on his Windows PC: Microsoft Excel. Read More >>

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Someone Spent £340 Million on a Possibly Inauthentic da Vinci Painting 

On Wednesday, auction records were shattered when an anonymous buyer spent $450.3 million (£339.8 million) to be the proud owner of a “long lost” painting “by” Leonardo da Vinci. The thing is, it may not have even been painted by Leonardo, it’s in terrible shape, it’s not especially good, and in the financial world of art, none of that matters. Read More >>

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This Fluid Artist’s Messy Painting Style is So Wonderfully Soothing to Watch

Like Jackson Pollock, Piet Mondrian, and other abstract artists before her, Crystal Ma creates colourful masterpieces that are as much about the creative process as they are about the finished product. As you watch Ma pour rainbow after flowing rainbow onto a canvas, it becomes hard to care what the final result even looks like. Read More >>

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X-Ray of Degas Painting Reveals a Mysterious Secret Portrait

For almost a hundred years, viewers have speculated over a shadowy figure that appears to be slowly emerging from behind a famous Degas portrait. Now, researchers have used a new imaging technique to look behind the painting—and they’ve discovered a secret portrait. Read More >>

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Watch Disney Artist Glen Keane Draw the Little Mermaid in Virtual Reality

Former Disney animator Glen Keane doesn’t need much of an introduction. He’s the man who drew The Little Mermaid’s Ariel. And Aladdin. And Pocahontas. And Beast. Now, he’s embracing the latest tool for digital artistry. Read More >>

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Creepy Body Painting Makes it Look Like you Can See the Flesh and Bones in a Hand

It starts off a little cartoonish but then it quickly turns creepy and almost squeamish as the hand starts to legitimately look like it’s been sliced to expose the blood, flesh, and bones. Luckily, for us and for Natalie Nakles, the artist who did this, it’s only the work of markers, pens, and clever camera angles. Your brain knows that it’s fake but your eyeballs do a helluva job trying to convince yourself that it’s real. Read More >>

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This Picasso is Now the Most Expensive Painting Auctioned Ever

What's the most expensive purchase you've ever made? A flat screen TV? A holiday abroad? A house (dear God, did you sell a kidney)? All of those seem pretty necessary buys, but art - as Oscar Wilde once put it - is useless. So how much would you be prepared to spend on art? Read More >>

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The Photo is Actually an Oil Painting Made by a 23-Year-Old Dude

When I first saw the work of Michael Sydney Moore I thought he was a photographer. After some research I realised I was wrong. The realism of his oil paintings is impressive but the fact that he already masters the technique at the age of 23 is completely mind-blowing. Read More >>

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Photographs Recreate Renaissance Paintings With Junk Food

These pictures by photographer Rebecca Rütten made me laugh so much because she re-created Renaissance-era poses and still life paintings with people today and a whole lot of junk food. It's a wonderful commentary on our culture and is pretty much what the Renaissance would look like, if it happened in 2015. Read More >>

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Pop Art Legend Honoured by Retrospective Baby Buggy Roof Collection

The maker of the high-end Bugaboo child trolley for the well-heeled urban parent is about to end its collaboration with the Warhol Foundation, but not before it's stuck out one more batch of buggy sun roofs and matching tote bags covered with some of Warhol's most iconic works. Read More >>

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Dirty White Vans Make Clean Sheet for Artist

Artist Ben Long has an extremely dirty index finger, as he's been using it to draw works of art of the back of grimy white vans for over a decade. Read More >>

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The Strange Beauty of Landscape Painting in the Industrial Age

What kind of work would the legendary landscape painters of the 19th century be making if they were alive today? Look no further than the painter Philip Govedare, who depicts 21st century landscapes transformed by mining, dredging, and human civilisation in general. Read More >>

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Spray-Painting Graffiti Drone Not Nearly as Effective as You’d Think

Robots may be taking our jobs throughout agriculture and industry, but the the duty of defacing architecture is likely to remain in the hands of humans for the immediate future if this semi-autonomous spray-paint drone is any evidence. Read More >>