Political Cartoons on Climate Change

The environment is in serious trouble. Human beings have taken the world’s natural resources for granted. We have stripped, exploited, brutalized, and ravaged the world for generations. Now it’s time to pay the consequences and take action in order to minimize the damage and heal the world. The following political cartoons draw attention to some of the worlds major environmental issues.

Andrei Popov (Russia)

Felipe Galindo (USA)

Shahram Rezaei (Iran)

Markus Grolik (Germany)

Pawel Kuczynski (Poland)

Alexandru Bartfeld (Israel)

Jesper Sørensen (Denmark)

Bruce Mackinnon (Canada)

Bob Eckstein (USA)

Sophie Blackall

Recently discovered Etsy artist, Sophie Blackall. Not my usual style of art. Blackall is bubbly, fun and colorful with childlike charm. The following is her About Me write up on Etsy.

Born in 1970, Sophie Blackall grew up in Australia where she learned to draw on the beach with sticks, which has not altogether helped her sense of perspective. She completed a Bachelor of Design in Sydney in 1992 with honors, which furnished her with useful Letraset, bromide and enlarger machine skills. The following few years were spent painting robotic characters for theme parks, providing the hands for a DIY television show and writing a household hints column. 

Over the next several years Blackall had many exhibitions of paintings in galleries in Sydney and Melbourne.

In 2000, Blackall was seduced by New York. She has lived and worked in Brooklyn for the past ten years. Her editorial illustrations have appeared in many publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Architectural Digest, Town and Country, Vogue and Gourmet, and she has animated nine tv commercials for the UK.

In 2002 she illustrated the children’s book, Ruby’s Wish by Shirin Yim Bridges (Chronicle Books), which won the Ezra Jack Keats award in 2003.

Since then, she has illustrated seventeen other books for children including Meet Wild Boars by Meg Rosoff (Henry Holt & Co) which won the Society of Illustrators Founders Award, and the Ivy and Bean series by Annie Barrows (Chronicle Books).
Blackall also works in three dimensions and her mixed media sculptures made from Victorian doll parts, glove fingers and vintage taxidermy are currently on show in Paris at Galerie Epoca.

Over the past year she has collaborated with the pop star Mika on a number of visual pieces, including an anthology of paintings to accompany songs (alongside Paul Smith and Peter Blake among others), and an ambitious series of images for his latest album, The Boy Who Knew Too Much, and world wide tour.

Her recent and ongoing project, Missed Connections, is gathering media attention around the world, and will be published as a book in 2012. 

In the rare moments that Blackall is away from her desk, she can be found in the kitchen making preposterous birthday cakes for her children or wandering the Brooklyn flea markets in a daze.

Some of my favorites:

Girl With The Golden Swan Bike

We Passed Each Other When the Sky was Pink

Rowing Girl

Black Horse

Mike Worrall

I recently discovered this talent through a blog I follow, The Illustrated Adventures.

The talent I refer to is Mike Worrall, an artist from Australia.

The enigmatic, dreamlike paintings of Mike Worrall are often inspired by historical themes.  Informed by his work in film, Worrall deals with the sublime in his hyperreal depictions of the mysterious.  As in a dream, the quiet façade and the beauty of the large scale oil paintings masks the intriguing content and enormous energy underpinning the works. 

As mere words to not describe adequately, the following paintings are some of my favorites.

Sculling the Forest, oil on panel, 92x122cm, 1991

Equus, oil on canvas, 60x76cm, 2001

Le Grandfinale La Mer, oil on panel, 60x76cm, 2000

Le Grand Tour La Mer, oil on linen, 122x182cm, 2001

Incident on Platform 6, oil on canvas, 155x182cm, 2003

The Pink Shirt, oil on linen, 115x77cm, 2003

Seduction in the Garden, oil on canvas, 122x182cm, 2004

The Bouquet, oil on linen, 152x182cm, 2006

Forest Terminal, oil on canvas, 82x122cm, 2007

Bridge of Folly, oil on linen, 122x182cm, 2007

Forever Lost, oil on linen, 122x182cm, 2007

Seekers of the Truth, oil on canvas, 122x183cm, 2009

A Period Drama, oil on canvas, 123x183cm, 2010

Enjoy!

Oh, The Places You’ll Go

Creative spin on Dr. Seuss’ Oh, The Places You’ll Go put together by the imaginative minds of Burning Man.

What is Burning Man?

Once a year, tens of thousands of participants gather in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City, dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. They depart one week later, having left no trace whatsoever.Burning Man is also an ever-expanding year-round culture based on the Ten Principles.