Every year, my sister, Carol, puts on a big party at her house to celebrate both her husband, Burt’s, birthday and to celebrate Halloween. It’s a huge event, my sister goes all out with the decorations and everyone is expected to come in creative costumes. Carol and Burt always put out a feast, this year’s theme is Dia de Los Muertos so the food is all going to be Mexican.
I volunteered to bring a few appetizers. It was difficult to find food decorated in the Dia de los Muertos theme so I opted for just Halloween inspired. Here are three that I found.
If you love watercolor and you can’t get enough of whales, you’ll want to check out these fine art prints by Rachel Byler. The Pennsylvania-based artists creates lovely paintings of whales playing just under the surface of the water.
Byler states why she loves to work with watercolor on her website, “Although I love all types of art, I am particularly drawn to watercolor because of the versatility that it allows as far as being able to pick up and paint wherever. I love having to work with the flow of the water. The most beautiful washes and blooms come about when you give more control to the movement of the water.”
For the Nuit Blanche Toronto festival, held on October 1, Spanish designers Luzinterruptus brought back one of their most popular installations, Literature vs. Traffic. Previously carried out in Madrid, New York and in Melbourne, this installation consisted of 10,000 books donated by the Salvation Army. 50 volunteers worked for 12 days to create a huge river flowing through the downtown streets of Toronto.
The message? “We want literature to take over the streets and conquer public spaces, freely offering those passersby a traffic-free place which, for some hours, will succumb to the humble power of the written word. Thus, a city area which is typically reserved for speed, pollution and noise, will become, for one night, a place for quietness, calm and coexistance illuminated by the vague, soft light coming out of the lighted pages. The books will be there for those who want to take them so the installation will recycle itself and will last as long as users want it there. Cars will eventually fill their space but for many of those who walked by this place that night, the memory of those books that took that same space will improve their relationship with these surroundings”.
During that night, visitors could literally feel immersed in a flow of words as they dove down and found their treasures, enjoying brief reading moments which eventually would lead them to taking small pieces of the installation home.
If you’re interesting in upping your Halloween game this year but don’t know just how you’ll do it, check out these cool wallpapers by Murals Wallpaper. From spine-tingling cobwebs to adorable little ghost friends, you’re sure to find something you’ll love. If you don’t want to commit to real wallpaper, you can select self-adhesive paper which means your festive wallpaper is both commitment free and leaves no evidence behind. I love the little ghosts!
Using a tablet and Adobe Photoshop, Istanbul, Turkey-based artist Aykut Aydogdu creates beautifully surreal digital paintings. He combines humans with everything from planets to flowers, making the ordinary extraordinarily dreamy. Make sure to check out his Behance page to see more.
I love a good Halloween costume and it’s even better when a dog is involved. Here are some recent pictures of dogs dressed up for Halloween events. The Donald Trump one kills me! And the nun and Pope one is so creative.
Above: Ruby, an Australian Shepherd-mix proudly struts her alter ego as Donald Trump at the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade. Jason DeCrow/Invision for Purina Beggin’/AP Images
Michelle Guillen and her shih tzu Jojo wear a Pope and a nun costume as they participate in the annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade. AP Photo/Mary Altaffer
Tango, dressed as “Little Frankenstein” in suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez
Hello! What are you up to this weekend? If you don’t have any plans, support local artisans, crafters and makers by checking out Artisnal LA. I’m headed to a Fall Festival my husband, Sam, will be a part of. There’s going to be carnival games, face painting and bouncers. Basically, a kid’s paradise.
Now, here are this week’s fun links of the week.
How did I miss this? One of my favorite photographers, Max Wanger, sat down with the Jealous Curator for a podcast. The man is self-taught! (Gives me hope.)
The contest is accepting entries in one or all of four categories: Landscape, Environmental Issues, Action and Animal Portraits. The grand-prize winner will receive a 10-day trip for two to the Galápagos with National Geographic Expeditions and two 15-minute image portfolio reviews with National Geographic photo editors.
Enter before it’s too late! Here are some of my favorite shots.
Above: Killer Swimmer of the Sea We tracked along the side of this orca swimming out of the Norwegian sea as it dove into and out of the water like a dolphin. The curvature of the water spray around its body truly gives testament to the aerodynamic build of these magnificent creatures.
Photo and Caption by Raj Gupta/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year
Color show in the sky of Tuyajto Lagoon. Located in the Atacama Desert, Chile, this place is a spectacle of nature. The pond floor is formed by salt. The small formations are due to action of microorganisms that for thousands of years feed on the nutrients present there.
Photo and Caption by Victor Lima/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year
Size matters, Meerkats, Makgadikgadi Pans, Kalahari Botswana
Photo and Caption by M. Engelmann/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year
The Greatest Scenery
Elephants in female leaders led slowly migrate, this is a scene of quiet and peaceful picture. This elephant is faced with the threat of poachers, if not to protect them, this may be the last of the greatest spectacular.
Photo and Caption by Yang Ming/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year
Stare Into My Eyes
This picture was taken in Bandung while this animal showed its beautiful, symmetrical feather. I’m taking a picture of it using my Leica. It seems that he wants to mate, but hmm, than he danced, shook its feathers. I love its natural, hypnotizing color. The green peacock is one endangered bird from Indonesia. Usually, their feathers are taken for house decorations. With photography, everyone can enjoy its beauty without endangering it. Just print it or save it on your desktop computer.
Photo and Caption by Octoyura Bamahry/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year
Walking in Silence
A typical african evening. Nothing special in Nxai Pan, Kalahari, Botswana
Photo and Caption by M. Engelmann/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year
There is beautiful waterfalls in Akita Japan. I think it’s like Japanese culture as slender and strong.
Photo and Caption by Akinori Koseki/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year
As I was photographing this young grey seal, we both got caught up in a sandstorm.
Photo and Caption by Eugene Kitsios/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year
Dancing in the Rain
Fox caught in action under the rain
Photo and Caption by Vladislav Kamenski/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year
An other world on the top of this hill in Lapland. Snow ghosts are everywhere, we are only visitors. March 2016, Finland
Photo and Caption by Pierre Destribats/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year
Adelie Penguin Jumping Between Ice Floes
I saw these Adelie penguins jumping into the water at Brown Bluff on the Antarctic Peninsula. By the time I sat down on the beach to take a picture, they’d starting jumping to the next ice floe. Paul Goldstein says the Holy Trinity of wildlife photography is ‘dust, air and spume’, and this shot captures the ‘air’ bit!
Photo and Caption by Nick Dale/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year
Captured this image in early morning in the Yellow Mountain China . Behind this image is a story , climbing at 3 am to reach the point of shooting , when I arrived I could see in the complete dark the effect of the white and slow motion of this cloud waterfall . My hope was when the sunrise come out this effect of the nature will still stand front of me . Lucky at 6.30 am the effect was still there the time I took the shot before it disappeared completely few minutes later.
Photo and Caption by Thierry Bornier/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year
Do you remember the series Super Shadows? It’s the fun posters where artist Jason Ratliff showed us the superheroes within every child. He’s back with the second installment in the series and this time he shows us that children of all races, genders and abilities can be a superhero. Jason wanted to bring children hope, empowerment, and the idea that the impossible is possible through this very special series. (I just love that!)
As he states, “First, the release of my second installment of Super Shadows. The response from my first set was overwhelming. The letters I received not only showed me how much people connected with my work, but also showed me how the series could improve. People identify with these characters on a very personal level and I wanted to expand the series in a way that would make it more inclusive. Hopefully, with this new set, I was able to do a little of that.”
For the first 48 hours of the series release, 50% of all sale proceeds will benefit Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas. “I was extremely touched when they wanted to decorate their urgent care office with my first Super Shadow series,” he said, “so I’m very happy to partner with Curioos.com to offer a little support in return.”
Which one is your favorite? I like Iron Man. You can pick up your print at Curioos.
Have you heard of the book Love Warrior? It starts off a little slow but picks up towards the end. It’s Oprah’s latest book club selection. (The book came out on September 6.) Based on real life events by author Glennon Doyle Melton, it’s the raw story of how a woman who is faced with an unfaithful husband comes to deal with it. Melton is a gifted writer who lays it all out for the reader, you really feel her pain.
Here’s what Oprah had to say about it, “Let me tell you how Love Warrior made me feel. I read it as a testament to the power of vulnerability. Through it, Glennon shows us the clearest meaning of ‘To thine own self be true.’ It’s as if she reached into her heart, captured the raw emotions there, and translated them into words that anyone who’s ever known pain or shame—in other words, every human on the planet—can relate to. She’s bravely put everything on the table for the whole world to see. That’s why I had to share her book with you.”
So what is the book about? As it states on Melton’s blog, Momastery: “Love Warrior is the offering I’ve been working on in the dark every day for the past three and a half years. Love Warrior is about infidelity — to ourselves and to each other. It’s about betrayal and redemption. It’s about how everything the world teaches us about femininity and masculinity can make it impossible for a woman and a man to actually know and love each other. It’s about how to survive rock bottom—how to use crisis as a springboard to a truer identity and a better life. It’s about parenting our kids through pain. It’s about friendship that hurts and friendship that heals. It’s about faith that shackles women and faith that liberates women. It’s about shameless sex and God and food and drugs and porn and tenderness—and how the dirt and the divine are so often inseparable. Love Warrior is about how to finally find peace in your own damn skin and your own damn life.”
Melton believes that “sharing the truth of our lives is a key to unlocking a true spiritual connection with those around us.” I could never be so bold, sharing details of my personal life with others, but I applaud those who can. The fact that it’s a memoir, makes it all the more interesting and profound.
Hi, I’m Alice Yoo, founder of art blog My Modern Met, where I curated and wrote about art, design and photography for the last seven years. I live in southern California along with my husband and two boys, Parker and Logan. I’m also the co-author of a book called For Love: 25 Heartwarming Celebrations of Humanity, which is out now.
This blog chronicles the adventures of my family as well as my new foray into photography. My goal is to become a professional photographer. See what I learn along the way.