1/4 life lived, stranded(not for long(hopefully)), teach me.


Remember the 50’s, the good old days?  Neighborhoods were safe to walk at night, men were men and women were women, the long summer days never seemed to end and you could walk hand in hand with your best gal into the local space-time anomaly and never be seen again.


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In the late 1960’s, photographer Arthur Tress began a series of photographs that were inspired by the dreams of children. Tress had each child he approached tell him about a prominent dream of theirs which Tress would then artistically re-create and photograph with the child as the main subject. 


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How To Recognise Famous Painters According To The Internet

Art history has never been so easy! Reddit user DontTacoBoutIt  posted a series of famous paintings and gave short but hilariously accurate explanations on how to recognize their authors. According to him, Da Vinci’s works can be recognized by the bluish mist and locations reminiscent of Lord of The Rings movies, while Rubens’paintings can be identified by the figures’ large behinds.

Though some may fault them for being gross over-generalizations, these descriptions take the recognizable essence of each painter’s work and put it in very easy words that anyone can understand and, more importantly, remember.

But even more exciting is that commenters on Reddit and Imgur started sharing their own ideas for artist identification. It seems like they won’t stop until every artist in the world is explained. 

  1. If it’s something you saw on your acid trip last night, it’s Dali
  2. If you see a ballerina, it’s Degas.
  3. If every painting is the face of a uni-browed woman, it’s Frida.
  4. Dappled light but no figures, it’s Monet.
  5. If everybody has some sort of body malfunction, then it’s Picasso.
  6. Dappled light and happy party-time people, it’s Renoir.
  7. If everyone is beautiful, naked, and stacked, it’s Michelangelo.
  8. If everyone in the paintings has enormous asses, then it’s Rubens.
  9. it’s If the painting could easily have a few chubby Cupids or sheep added (or already has them), it’s Boucher.
  10. If everything is highly-contrasted and sharp, sort of bluish, and everyone has gaunt bearded faces, it’s El Greco.

Source: imgur and boredpanda

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Erica Elan Ciganek

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Erica Elan Ciganek is a graduate of North Park University where she majored in both Art and Conflict Transformation (Class of ’13). She took her first painting class senior year of high school, and has, with great interest, participated as this passion grew. She works mainly in the medium of oil paint, but is simultaneously interested in film photography, music, and drawing.

  1. Just One , Oil paint on wood panel approximately 8in X 8in
  2. Chantal Acrylic on Board 8X8
  3. Laura Charcoal on Paper
  4. Untitled Oil Painting on wood board. Approximately 6X11
  5. Leslie II Oil Paint on MDF 2’X3’
  6. Befitting,Oil painting on Baltic Birch Plywood, 40”X30”
  7. Grow, Oil paint on MDF 2’X3
  8. Laura, Oil paint on woodblock about 4X5.5

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"Without people, you’re nothing"

Happy 62nd birthday Joe Strummer, the man who made me the person that I am today. I can honestly say that I don’t know where I would be without him.

August 21st 1952 - December 22nd 2002

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