Artist Creates Beautiful Paintings With Coffee

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There is little that coffee cannot do. It makes mornings tolerable, gives people an excuse to pretend to be busy at Starbucks, and it occasionally acts as a perfectly acceptable art medium.

Artist Maria A. Aristidou knows how to use coffee to its full potential, creating beautiful works of art with nothing more than brewed coffee and a brush set.

The result is spot-on pop culture characters, with their shadows and highlights determined by the amount of coffee used. Check out more of Aristidou’s work over at Instagram.

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[link, via Geeks Are Sexy]

Fast Food and Junk Food Photographed As Renaissance Paintings

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It takes quite a bit to make fast food aesthetically-pleasing. Luckily, there was a little something called the Renaissance, which could help make anything from creepy man-babies to sub-par cheeseburgers look good.

Photographer Rebecca Rütten has taken advantage of the art movement, and has prettied-up some fast food with Contemporary Pieces. The photography series, inspired by the look of Renaissance paintings, poses a few still-lifes and cloaked subjects holding fast food.

Thankfully, there’s no man-babies eating McNuggets.

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[link, via Junk Culture]

How Famous Artists Would Plate A Thanksgiving Meal

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In a few weeks, most Americans will sit down for a Thanksgiving Day dinner. And, segmenting the standard turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and green beans — not just throwing it all in one big pile — will be as creative as we get with our plating.

Luckily, artist Hannah Rothstein has taken the creativity a bit further, by imagining what a Thanksgiving meal might look like if it were plated by a famous artist. The standard fare is arranged as if Vincent van Gogh himself was your host — as well as entries from Rothko, Pollock, Mondrian and others.

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Piet Mondrian

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René Magritte

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Andy Warhol

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Georges Seurat

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Jackson Pollock

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Pablo Picasso

[link, via designtaxi]

Famous People and Pop Culture Characters Made From Peanuts

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Steve Casino is a ‘painter of nuts.’ And, rather than squandering his talent on walnut landscapes or abstract cashews, Casino puts it to use creating celebrity peanuts.

Casino hand-paints anyone from Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Lee, and Hulk… recreating the subject’s likeness to perfection, while adding equally disproportionate limbs. So much better then tacky walnuts.

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[link, via The Awesomer]

Tiny Landscape Paintings of Istanbul on Food

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Artist Hasan Kale, who we’ve covered previously, paints tiny landscapes of his native Istanbul on small objects. Although beautiful and worthy of any tiny museum, the works are not long for this world, as most of Hasan’s canvases have a short shelf life.

Suggestion… Istanbul on Twinkies. Those’ll last.

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[link, via Colossal]