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Oi, Picassohead!

Ever looked at a Picasso and thought, huh, I could do waaaay better than that? Ok, me neither, but I kinda like the idea of painting Mr-Potato-Head-style, popping an eye over there, an ear up top, a cheesy smile next to eyebrows and finishing with a flourish of colours and abstract lines. But I’m not really an artist. Or, at least, I wasn’t an artist…until I discovered the excellent Picassohead site, where everyone can have a go at unleashing their inner Pablo. You can even add your new portrait to the online gallery.

The site is actually quite a fun time-waster. And now, without further ado, I present Blue by EverydaySparks. (Oh, and two other pics that were in the screen shot that I took – unfortunately, I couldn’t save my masterpiece to file.) I know you will find it hard to believe, but this is my first Picassohead work and it took me approximately two minutes. Totes professional, hey?

You can check out the work of far more talented peeps on the Picassohead website, where you can also create your own magic and add it to the virtual gallery. Enjoy, Picassohead.

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Pet Confessions

Do you sometimes wonder what your little dog and cat friends are thinking? Well, Christopher Rozzi can tell you. Mr Rozzi is an artist, a writer, and comedian living in NYC. And his tiny confessions range combines comedy with art. He asks dogs, cats and even monsters and robots the big questions and paints their answers…

Confession of a French Bulldog
[Christopher Rozzi]
Confession of a Cat
[Christopher Rozzi]
Confession of a Wolfman
[Christopher Rozzi]
Confession of a German Shepherd
[Christopher Rozzi]
Confession of a Labrador
[Christopher Rozzi]
And even…

Confession of Darth Vader
[Christopher Rozzi]
These are just a sample of the very funny tiny confessions range, which you can check out on etsy.

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Body of work

Wow. Wow. Wow. Gesine Marwedel is a German artist who specialises in using the human body as a canvas for her paintings. (I don’t know if that’s her in the gold frame in this photo – her website seems to suggest that it is, but it also suggests that a woman is a flamingo and a man is a tiger, so I can’t be sure.)

When I first saw these on the Laughing Squid site, I couldn’t quite believe it. I had a look at Gesine’s website, and it does seem that she also paints some more conventional pieces that would be easier to hang on a wall. But it’s her incredible bodypaintings that I wanted to show you.

Whether it’s a swan or a flamingo or a tiger or a city, I think these are just amazing. Not being even remotely artistic myself, I can only imagine how difficult it must be to paint on a canvas – nevermind on the lumps and bumps of the human body as you try to recreate a clear image like these.

And props to these poor models, who have been covered in paint and contorted into awkward shapes for the sake of art.

You can check out Gesine’s website here. And good luck if you decide to get out some paints and give it a go this weekend. Just remember that the Avatar blue of that cityscape mightn’t wash off by Monday morning…(Although if your hand was painted like a flamingo or swan head? That would be very cool.)