July 28, 2014 § Leave a comment


Small worlds have a certain fascination with most people. Take for example the absurd level of detail the miniature railroad enthusiasts take their hobbies. Artist Kendal Murray brings the same level of detail and enthusiasm to his work, creating wonderfully ambiguous situations using miniature people and things.


Live Panel Discussion

July 28, 2014 § Leave a comment


Blend is hosting live panel discussion: “Producing Successful Stock Shoots” moderated by John Lund on Aug 7, 2014 9:00 AM PDT.

Top Blend shooters Mike Kemp, Erik Isakson and John Fedele will share their experiences with stock photo pre-production in this hour long webinar. Learn different strategies for setting up stock shoots and discuss important topics such as idea generation, talent issues, finding locations, shot lists, organizational challenges and more.

Blend Photographers can log into your exclusive blendartists account for more details and registration. If you are interested in joining the conversation and becoming a Blend Photographer, contact us at There is power in knowledge and this is a chance to hone your stock production skills by dipping into the large knowledge base of experienced shooters.

Don’t miss this opportunity to share and learn about this important topic!


Photo: BLD128879 / John Fedele



Ah Xian

July 28, 2014 § Leave a comment

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“Chinese artist Ah Xian lives and works in Sydney where for nearly two decades he has explored aspects of the human form using ancient Chinese craft methods including porcelain, lacquer, jase, bronze, and even concrete. The artist often uses busts of his own family members including his wife, brother, and father onto which he imprints traditional designs with a vivid cobalt blue glaze. Via Asia Society:Ah”






Singing Automata

July 28, 2014 § Leave a comment

There was a time when everything was mechanical, meaning that they were about gears and moving parts. Nowdays if you give a kid a rotary phone they have no idea what to do with because there are really no buttons, nor anyway to swipe and click. Automata are devices such as mechanical horses and people that move, talk and sing. In this case we show some examples of singing bird boxes, supposedly by Swiss watchmaker Pierre Jaquet-Droz who also helped to create The Writer, a automaton of a boy with the real ability to write that recently inspired the movie Hugo.

Other 18th and 19th century watchmakers including Jacob Frisard, Frères Rochat, and Charles Bruguier, were inspired by Jaquet-Droz’s to create their own singing bird boxes. Here are a few amazing examples.

Masterful Ceramics

July 27, 2014 § Leave a comment


Here’s a short video that shows excerpts from studio visits with some of South Korea’s master ceramicists. If you’ve ever taken a class in pottery you know that what these artists are doing looks deceptively simple, whereas the reality is that it takes enormous talent and skill acquired over years of practice.

Tomoko Kashiki

July 27, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Japanese artist Tomoko Kashiki has a PhD in Painting from the Graduate School of Kyoto City University of Arts(didn’t know such a thing) and has exhibited widely.

“A woman is my main motif. I carefully select all of the elements of a painting based on my private philosophy of beauty. This philosophy is about gesture, facial expression, pose, specific objects, background, location, situation, spacial composition, surface texture, line thickness, nexus of layers, degree of blurring. This means I select outward things with my personal subjective judgment.” -Tomoko Kashiki


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Travis Bedel

July 27, 2014 § Leave a comment


Travis Bedel is the artist behind these amazing collages that combine Gray’s Anatomy anatomical illustration with the sorts of things you might see posted in the rooms of your doctor..  He then adds elements of naturally occurring flora and fauna to create these unforgettable works.




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