Gorgeous Skulls Carved From Geodes and Stone

I cannot even begin to imagine the skill it takes to fashion these skulls.  They are hauntingly beautiful and have such exquisite detail. I first ran across a few pictures of these a year or so ago and when I finally found the website that sold them, I was surprised at the cost.  I figured anything as gorgeous and of the type of materials these are carved from, they wouldn’t be cheap, and they aren’t, but they are very reasonably priced in my opinion. They have several different sizes and I would imagine that those are determined by the size of the original stones etc.  I want to say right now that this isn’t a paid post or advertisement.  I just really, really love their artistry.

If I was a wealthy person, I’d have these everywhere.  As it stands though I only have two small amethyst skulls and I’m inordinately pleased to own those, particularly as amethyst is known to have healing properties.   I wouldn’t have those though if my husband hadn’t bought them for me for Valentine’s Day.  That may seem like a strange gift to some but I was very surprised and pleased.  Take a look at these skulls I have pictured here, and while Skullis is not the only site that sells these made from different types of stone and crystals; from my frequent viewing of such skulls, I consider them to be the best. Take a look at these and I think at the very least you’ll agree they’re awesome.

Amethyst and Agate

Chinese Amazonite

Blue Aragonite

Dinosaur Egg Agate 

 

Druse crystals are a common occurrence in many plants and are usually granular or star-like in shape.

Quartz Rock Crystal Druse

Fluorite Druse

Quartz Druse

They even have dragon skulls, which I must say, delights me to no end.

Ocean Jasper

And I know Jo is going to love this- RAVEN SKULLS

Black Obsidian

The few images I’ve shown you here are but a very small part of their large inventory and there are so many more options and types of stone. If you have a few hours you don’t particularly know how to spend, take a trip over there and I guarantee you’ll enjoy every minute and probably be amazed at all of the examples. I’m saving for a life-size.

The Shapes of Clouds

I remember fondly the idle days of youth when laying on my back in the grass and gazing at the clouds overhead, I would try to make something easily recognizable out of their shapes.  We’ve all done it and while I no longer have the time to just lie around and stare at the sky, when I see an unusual cloud formation, I’ll try to place it with something tangible and familiar.

 

 

 

 

 

Take this one for instance, which is of the cloud type Flammagenitus, the name of clouds originated as a consequence of localized natural heat sources, such as forest fires, wildfires or volcanic activity and which, at least in part, consist of water drops.

I can see the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in this, or maybe that old alien Alf if he had his head cocked just so.  Check out the following pictures of clouds and see if you think they look like what most people see them as.

This one doesn’t look like anything in particular to me but when it was downloaded from a group of pictures of clouds that were supposed to resemble dogs.  I don’t see that at all.  Mighty Mouse maybe.  Can you?

This one I think is quite obvious, but what is obvious to me might not be the same to you.  Surely though, you see an angel, right?

I don’t hesitate a second here.  This is clearly a Fairy Godmother, complete with wand.

This also came to mind immediately as a lion cub. Or does it look more like a bear cub?

If you don’t see a fish in this image I would imagine you are one of the few who doesn’t.  Probably a red snapper.  ;

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And this?  A poodle praying of course!

I’m going to go with duck here.

This one is clearly a no-brainer.  It looks like a kidney.  Right?

Now when I first looked at this I say a rabbit, but now on second glance, it could be a rubber duck in some child’s bathtub.

According to the same cloud group of “dogs” as mentioned before this is also supposed to be a poodle.

I guess I don’t have to name this one Flipper for you to guess what I think this looks like, or would you say Jaws would fit it better, or something else entirely?

Dumbo without a doubt.  Maybe not the giant ears so much, but definitely the trunk.

I see a galloping horse and rider here without a doubt but on closer scrutiny, I can also see in the middle area what appears to be a woman placing a hat, or maybe it’s a halo on the rider’s head.


What is your opinion of these shapes and do you agree with the same images I saw?  Please let us know in comments if you see something wildly imaginative or even if you agree with what seem to be the most common images seen.  One thing I think we can all agree on though is that Mother Nature is a highly gifted artist.

3D Sidewalk Art Is So Realistic

The 3D art is two-dimensional art and is often drawn on sidewalks or the sides of buildings, and creates amazingly lifelike images that will make you hesitant to step on for more reasons than not wanting to mar such marvelous artwork.

There are often festivals where these amazing artists to showcase their talents and talk shop with one another.

All of the street painters I’ve chosen here are not only sidewalk artists but paint and draw in other mediums as well.  The images below include work by the following artists:

Kurt Wenner Leon KeerJulian BeeverEdgar MüllerManfred StaderJoe HillNikolaj Arndt

Now for the art!

Nail Art Is All The Rage But Is It Art?

According to Job Hero, the following is the description of a Nail Technician’s job:

Nail Technicians shape and style people’s nails, providing manicures, pedicures, and other nail treatments. Also called Manicurists/Pedicurists, Nail Technicians usually work in salons and spas, though some are self-employed and work from home or travel to their customers.

I couldn’t find anything that described being a nail artist and while most nail artists are nail technicians there surely must be a line drawn between the two because it truly takes artistry to turn out some of the nail sets I’ve seen.

I realize that a lot of the art is simply a decal, but having the patience and eye to group all of the elements involved together shows the soul of an artist at the very least.

Take a look at these following examples I’ve chosen from a wee bit on the dark side and let us know in comments what you think!