Cuisine Art

Cuisine Art, Culinary Creations, and a Combo to go!

 Are you hungry for art? Pizza, pasta, hot dogs, fresh fruit, is it lunch time yet? We’re not sure about you, but we absolutely love food. To the Foodies of the world, we raise our glasses and praise you! Mmmmm Food!

 The great thing about food is it’s easy to celebrate in artwork, and even easier in real life. You can see it across the globe, in different countries. Everyone’s gotta eat! Cuisine art is very popular in kitchens, cafes, and bars. Think about it, what’s more inspiring than your favorite dishes proudly displayed in the very place where they’re created? Cuisine or Culinary Art is a celebration of food, drink, and the culture surrounding the two. Everyone eats, and a common question is “What’s for Dinner?”

 Mealtimes aren’t just to enjoy delicious food, they’re also seen as time well spent with friends and family. It’s a common tradition to either go out and eat for a celebration, or to have a meal with close family. Take time to think about the holiday season, most holidays  take Cuisine into consideration. Cuisine Art is just as important, as it emphasizes and reminds us of those times, and those special meals. Have you ever had a big bowl of soup on a dreary miserable day? Or possibly on a day you were sick? This is when that soup not only becomes a wonderful meal, but it’s a symbol as well. Or have you had a fresh summer fruit on a hot day? They become links in our minds to our favorite memories. I’m sure if you think about it hard enough you can even smell your favorite food being made. Is your mouth watering yet?

 

 Admit it, you know you’ve stood in front of your fridge, door open, wondering what delicious goodness to ingest. Everyone’s done it, there’s nothing to be ashamed of. So, when you take time to decorate, seriously consider some Cuisine Art on your walls. Some of the most stylish designs can even incorporate Cuisine Art into uncommon spaces. It’s a daring and bold move, but it’s definitely one that we can all appreciate.

 

Here are a few pieces we think are absolutely delectable!

 

 

 

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Color Curation: Rendezvous with Ravenous Reds

Red! Some will describe this as the color of romance, others of rage! But, today we’re going to delve into some of our best Reds in our collection.

Red has different meanings if you look at it from a global view point. Red in many Asian countries means good luck, as well as happiness. While it is said that Red in many Middle Eastern countries means danger or evil. The way we are socialized in our cultures, will often determine the way we perceive colors and their connotations. The use of the color Red dates back to prehistoric times, and was one of the first colors used in art and decoration. It’s no wonder it’s a favorite by many, it’s been around since the beginning of time!

Featured below are a few of our favorite images that speak for themselves.

Images Seen Above: 1. Maple Leaves of Autumn-Charles Kogod 2. Monday Morning-Jeff Condon 3. Rajah-Privat Livemont 4.Red Dahlila-Gertjan van’t Spijker

This color has been around for so long we’ve even integrated the color into colloquialisms such as “seeing red”. I’m sure you’ve heard the expression before such as, “That jerk was so rude to me, I completely lost it, I was seeing red!” which is usually a bad thing. Or even expressions such as, “I caught the thief red handed!” As I’m sure you know, red is not only a color but also a part of our language. It’s integrated into our society, and will even determine actions such as the quote below suggests about traffic lights.

A Quote about the color red:

“On a traffic light green means go and yellow means yield, but on a banana it’s just the opposite. Green means hold on, yellow means go ahead, and red means where the hell did you get that banana at…”

Mitch Hedberg (American Comedian, 1968-2005)

 

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NASA: The Pillars of Creation Hi-Def Hubble Imagery

Alright all you star gazers and space explorers, boy do we have a treat for you! NASA has recently released new high definition images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. NASA is celebrating it’s 25th Anniversary of The Hubble. On the forefront of this wonderful anniversary is one of the most popular images seen below, The Pillars of Creation.

Here’s some background info to help jog your memory. The Pillars of Creation were first photographed back in 1995, so for reference it was during the time of watching Friends, Seinfeld, and 60 Minutes on CBS. This was mid 90’s and 1995 was a great year. The initial image captured was a victory for NASA, as this astronomical beauty is estimated to be farther than 6,500 light-years away. It’s hard to fathom that something of this magnitude is such a drastic distance from the Earth. To give this a little perspective, one light-year is not a reference to time it’s actually distance. One light-year is about 6 trillion miles. Six. Trillion. Miles. Has that sunk in yet? The Pillars of Creation are farther than 6,500 light-years. Has that blown your mind yet? Now, take a look at a comparison of The Pillars of Creation one dating to the original photo taken in 1995, next to the most recent photo taken in 2014.

It’s pretty astounding to think that we now have the technology to capture such a beautifully detailed image using a high definition telescope. This anniversary is not only a celebration of time passed, but a celebration of Science, Astronomy, and Technology! We’ve come so far in 25 years, and technology is an ever evolving phenomenon. We can only look forward to more beautifully captured images in the future.

The Pillars of Creation have been at the forefront, and are the most popular images seen while celebrating the Hubble’s 25th Anniversary. But, they aren’t the only images that have been captured in hi-def. Take a look at some other clusters and formations below.

Now, you’ll notice that the image directly above was captured with Near Infrared Technology. To give a more simple explanation, it cuts through the gaseous surroundings and gives a clearer image of what’s going on inside the pillars. The image taken shows stars being created within the pillars (Hence the name “Pillars of Creation”). Within each pillar is the atmosphere needed to create stars, while on the outer borders Astronomers have found that nearby younger stars, and stellar winds are actually stripping away the tops of the Pillars. Some refer to these pillars as both Pillars of Creation, and Destruction.

These astronomical formations are so beautifully detailed, and do you want to know one of the best things about them? Of course you do! You can now have these images displayed in your home. These are perfect for the novice astronomer, a gift for your favorite Science teacher, or even a close loved one. These images make you feel gypped when you hear the phrase, “I love you to the moon and back”. We now know that in comparison, the moon is much closer than we’d previously thought.

Take star gazing to a new level, and bring these beautiful formations into your home. You don’t have to have an expensive telescope, and the right equipment to appreciate the beauty of these pieces.

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Abstract Art: The Appeal of Audacity

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Abstract art, is definitely one of the most visually interesting styles in the art world. The style itself doesn’t seem to have any restraint, if anything it’s a colorful mess of fun. Usually abstract art can (and cannot) be characterized by shapes, forms, and colors that create more of a visual language than a clear cut image. You usually won’t see detailed figures, or any one thing that defines the picture as a whole. What you see is usually a visual that is left to the viewers imagination. The beauty of the abstract style is really that the viewer is in control of what message they receive.

You’ve probably seen or heard references of people standing in a museum looking at an image, and one person goes, “This piece really moves me, I can see the passion through the linear strokes the artist created. It’s a tragically romantic, with an essence of sexuality.” while a second person may say, “I see a rowboat, and a man lost at sea.” The beauty of abstract art is its against-the-grain-attitude. People will interpret Abstract pieces differently, and instead of an image of a fruit basket, or a bouquet of flowers these pieces challenge the viewer to dig deeper into themselves for meaning.

It’s an introspective challenge to find meaning, or maybe it’s not meant to have any meaning at all. That’s how it’s beautiful and audacious. In a way, lots of artists won’t challenge their audience, they’ll present a beautiful image and the viewer knows exactly what it is. But this style, it pushes you to think deeper, to experience more, to find meaning in it, or to choose to not find meaning at all.

Not only are these pieces visually intriguing, they look stunning in living spaces. If you’re having help visualizing some of these piece we’ll give you a few examples. Here’s a few images from our Pinterest community of how beautiful pieces of Abstract art can complement spaces to create a stunning atmosphere.

 

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Traditional Portraiture Collection

Traditional Portraiture & Contemporary Selfies

Almost everyone has had their picture taken. Whether you’re in grade school and cheesin’ it up for the camera, goofin’ around with your friends on a night out, or having a professional photo shoot. It’s most likely that you’ve already been on camera, even if you don’t want to be.

Well, whether you’re camera shy or a camera hog today we’re talking about Traditional Portraiture. Here’s the scoop, a Traditional Portrait is most classified as a vertical shot or image of a person. This could be just the waist up, a full standing frame, or a close up. Traditional Portraits date back to before there were even cameras to capture those beautiful pearly white smiles. Let’s face it, we’re fascinated with each other and it’s a flattering gesture to show those you care about that you would like to capture their image eternally. That sentence came out creepier than I’d hoped! But, you get my point right?

Honestly, Traditional Portraits can come across as boring, or even frightening. Think about it, there’s a looming figure from some historical time period that you aren’t even sure of, who’s just staring at you. Try not to be frightened by Traditional Portraits, they’re historical and you have to remember that back then they didn’t have great dental hygiene. I’m joking! (But, in all seriousness they really didn’t) The reason people wouldn’t smile for Traditional Portraits is mainly because we’re all people of our time. In the past, the consensus at the time was that smiling was considered lower class. Smiling was left to the fools, the artists, the drunks, and the proles! If you were privileged enough to have a portrait of you created, you wouldn’t want to look inferior or low class. So, the tradition carried on through the years.

Now, it’s hard to find a picture of someone who isn’t smiling.

Traditional Portraits don’t have to be high class now, for example check out this dog!

The great thing we’ve noticed about Traditional and Contemporary Portraits is that they aren’t limited to just images of people. You can see throughout history that humans were just as obsessed with each other as they were about animals. Especially their pets! Not a lot has changed if you think about it. Ever notice the cute pictures of your friends pets on Facebook, and Instagram? It’s pretty typical. We see something that we adore, that intrigues us, that makes an impression and it’s our goal to capture the image of that thing we love in time.

Here are some famous animal portraits:


 

 

Google’s definition of the Contemporary Selfie:

Selfie:

a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media. “occasional selfies are acceptable, but posting a new picture of yourself everyday isn’t necessary”

Selfies are now apart of our culture, they haven’t been that prevalent historically (Unless you think of a Selfie as a self portrait) but they’re now highly mainstream. They’re fast, easy, and you’re completely in control. Selfie wasn’t even a word until around 2002, and now selfies are known worldwide and they aren’t going anywhere!

So, whether you’re taking a Traditional Portrait or a Contemporary Selfie make sure you make it worth while!

       

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