Friday, 30 November 2012

Lamp dog

For crying out loud.. WTF? And still the designer was sufficiently happy with the creation to attach her name to it. Fiona Jean Thomson, why? First seen here.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Star Destroyer Umbrella

The umbrella itself, with its shape based on that of an imperial cruiser from Star Wars, is well worth posting. What makes it even more interesting is the photograph, where this nerd umbrella is shown off by a beautiful model and in a setting that is very romantic - a stunning contrast. First seen here.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Will it go round in circles?

Getting very close to Art for Art's sake terrain... Belgian artist Ben Heine created a new technique he calls Digital Circlism, by which he creates portraits of celebrities from thousands of colored circles. Like pointillism, I think this technique has the potential to become popular with more artists. First seen here.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Zooming in

One of the most stunning microscopy pictures I have seen so far. This is actually a 3D close-up of finger prints. First seen here.

Monday, 26 November 2012


The first reaction: seriously, as funny as it is, this can't be true. And indeed, it turns out that this is not a real VW commercial, but a spoof created in the BBC Top Gear show. First seen here.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Close your eyes...

Ooooooh... that feels good.... Japanese Macaque monkeys relax in the hot spring at Japan's Jigokudani (Hell's Valley) Monkey Park. First seen here.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

I do

Perhaps the most original wedding rings I have ever come across. The engraving represents the wave forms of the couple saying "I do". First seen here.

Friday, 23 November 2012

Cross section of Leica Lens

Art? Vandalism? Actually neither, but a graduation project by Leica students. Fascinating how complex such a lens is on the inside. First seen here.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

The face of Salvador Dali

The combination of book covers and faces has been done before, but rarely with such a great result. Can't give credit to the creator, as I saw this on 9gag which typically does not link to the original posts. First seen here.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Insect art

Just shy of the artistic quality I look for in my Art blog, but wonderful material for Potpourri. Mike Libby creates these miniature sculptures from dead insects and antique watch parts. First seen here.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Popping out of the sketchbook

Beautiful optical illusion, this 2D sketch that your eyes keep on seeing as a 3D construction. Once you figure it out, it is relatively simple, but kudos to Darren Frisina for creating this. First seen here.

Monday, 19 November 2012

Splish splash

What a wonderful funny dog shot, with the feet of the little bath tub being the icing on the cake. First seen here.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Thriller headphones

Granted, I am not a Michael Jackson fan, but even if I were I would not want to be seen dead with these Thriller-inspired ridiculous headphones. First seen here.

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Word art of Juan Osborne

If only he would show a bit more consistency in his output... in that case Juan Osborne would have ended up in Art for Art's Sake, because his best word art creations, like this portrait of Picasso, are highly artistic and original. First seen here.

Friday, 16 November 2012

A train ride across Canada

This is typically a subject for Potpourri rather than Art for Art's Sake: the idea behind the project is original but not sufficiently artistic, and the photography is accomplished but not outstanding. I love the set-up and execution of this project though: photographer Jeff Friesen completed a photography project called "The Canadian: Ghost Train Crossing Canada", a train's journey across Canada with a twist. The train is actually a two inch tall toy train with matching tracks. The result is a fascinating mix of photographs that suggest a real train going through the beautiful Canadian landscapes, and shots where the size differences are emphasized to create an intriguing miniature world. Highly recommended to see more of his work on the linked My Modern Met blog. First seen here.

Thursday, 15 November 2012


Whether it is photoshopped, created on purpose, or just a lucky coincidence - this image is funny and unique. First seen here.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Provocative chair

Put this in your living room, and you sure will have a conversation piece, but that's all the positive things that can be said of this lunatic chair designed by Dutchman Mario Philippona. First seen here.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012


Born in Paris, based in Lisbon, artist Joana Vasconcelos specializes in over-sized sculptures of high-heeled shoes. Each of these sculptures is constructed out of a large number of stainless steel pots, pans, and lids of varying sizes. First seen here.

Monday, 12 November 2012


At first glance, this looks like a piece of modern art. Actually, it is an ingenious minesweeper, designed by Danish design student Massoud Hassani, who escaped war-torn Afghanistan when he was 14. Machines like this, about 2 m in circumference, could be used to tackle the millions of land mines left in Afghanistan from past conflicts. First seen here.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

All aboard!

I have taken a lot of swan shots myself but I never ever saw something as adorable as this mute swan and her fluffy cargo (photography by Richard Meston). First seen here.

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Fresh start

I think it is time for a fresh start of this blog - hoping that this will give me as much inspiration as when I did this with my main blog, Art for Art's Sake. Art's Potpourri started December 1st 2009, to give me a place for things I'd like to share which are too far removed from art for my main blog. In recent months I have become less satisfied with the format of 40-50 different topics, and have struggled to find interesting subjects as well. So, I got rid of all posts, and will focus on a condensed number of topics, shamelessly recycling old posts when I feel like it. If this does not help, I will probably terminate the blog altogether. Image sourced from here.