Giant Dabs of Thick Oil Paint Captured as Hyperrealist Colored Pencil Drawings

Australian artist Cj Hendry (previously) tricks the eye with her hyper-realistic drawings, works that recreate the appearance of thick swabs of brightly colored paint. To achieve the dimensionality and sheen of fresh oil paint she layers dry pigment atop colored pencil, accurately portraying the liquid medium’s viscosity.

The series, Complimentary Colors, is far different than the artist’s previous style, which for several years had been exclusively black and white. You can view pieces from her past and present, as well as a series of billboard-sized works, on the artist’s Instagram. (via My Modern Met)

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Lindsay Ell’s ‘The Project’ Is a No. 1 Album

Lindsay Ell‘s much-anticipated debut album, The Project, had a big first week: The record debuted at No. 1 on the Neilsen Soundscan Current Country Albums chart.

Ell is only the second solo female artist to debut at No. 1 on the Current Country Albums chart in 2017. The Project also ranked in the Top 10 on the all-genre Top Current Albums chart, landing at No. 7 there.

“The Project is the record I’ve wanted to release since I was a little girl, but as an artist, sometimes it takes time to figure out what you want to say and how you want to say it,” Ell says in a press release. “I’m so grateful to my entire team for standing by my side throughout the whole process. Every single fan that has come to my shows, stood in meet-and-greet lines and sang songs that they’ve learned through YouTube videos is what keeps me working so hard.

“Having a No. 1-selling album is incredible, and I’m overwhelmed by the support,” she adds. “I’ve finally made a record that’s me, and I’m just happy fans are loving it as much as I do.”

The Project was produced by Kristian Bush; Ell’s latest single from the record is “Waiting on You.” Ell celebrated her No. 1 debut on social media as well, tweeting a thank you to her fans.

“This. Is. Crazy. I don’t even know what to say,” Ell writes. “I’m beyond humbled & grateful for every one of you. Thank you. We’re No. 1!!” Ell is currently out on tour with Brad Paisley.

The stunning transformation of Chelsea Clinton

Hillary Clinton becoming President of the United States would have given daughter Chelsea Clinton the unique honor of being the First Child for a second time. Alas, that opportunity never came to fruition, but if it did, she’d have been following in the serious style footsteps of Malia and Sasha Obama (unsurprising, considering they have Michelle as their fashion role model). Over the years, Clinton No. 3 slowly but surely came into her own fashion sense, blossoming from an early loungewear enthusiast, into a woman who makes pretty solid sartorial selections. Here’s the style transformation of Chelsea Clinton, from childhood until today.

Early on, it was all about keeping it casual
When her father, Bill Clinton, was first running for his eventual seat as the 42nd POTUS, the then-12-year-old Chelsea Clinton was regularly seen sporting her go-to garbs: a simple T-shirt and denim jeans. Here, when she joined her political parents on a trip to Arkansas to await the results of his inaugural election cycle in their home state that night, she stepped off the plane wearing a loose-fitted tee with boyfriend jeans, and her no-fuss, no-muss approach to curl management was on full display. The littlest Clinton did slip in a touch of her own ethical leanings in that moment, however, because the shirt she wore displayed her enthusiasm for endangered species protection, a cause for which she’s actively worked as an adult.

When official business was afoot, she did glam it up
After Bill Clinton was announced as winner of the nation’s biggest night, Chelsea ditched her low-key digs for something a little more stately as she joined her father in accepting his new role as Commander-in-Chief, and her own as First Daughter. Not only did she tame her mane into tighter tendrils, but she also donned a classic plaid coat and gloves to match the timelessness of her parents’ own ensembles.

Growing up and into her own
As time progressed, Clinton began to adopt her own style sense. Here, when she was still just 15, she attended Easter services with her parents at Washington’s Foundry Methodist Church and looked positively ready to enroll in law school, just like her folks once did, in her smart black dress suit with complimenting collar lines on the shirt beneath.

Even her low-key travel gear got an upgrade
Here, in 1996, Clinton joined her father on the runway to board Air Force One (with Buddy the dog!) for a family getaway at Martha’s Vineyard. Not only had she found an excellent stylist to give her locks a little color punch, but she also decked herself out in casual business style with a classic grey cashmere sweater and some snappy dress pants that made her look all grown up already.

Pretty soon, she started playing with pantsuits, too
On Twitter, Hillary Clinton’s bio declares her to be a “pantsuit aficionado,” among her many other distinctions, but the former FLOTUS-turned-presidential candidate isn’t the only member of the family who’s big on trotting around in trouser combos. Here, during a trip to New Zealand for the 1999 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference, Chelsea stepped out in a blazer suit that was so akin to what her mother had been known to wear, it could’ve easily been borrowed from her closet.

She had a thing for embroidered cardigans
When Chelsea and Hillary Clinton headed to Jordan in 1999 for a meeting with its princess and to launch their lengthy European tour, Chelsea maintained her typically professional aesthetic, but her button-up sweater had just enough sewn-in ornamentation to make it just as appropriate for taking tea as it was for a meeting with royalty. Versatility is key when you’re on the move, right?

Eventually, she started to work a little more flare into her wear
In this shot from a tennis match at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, Clinton was repping a lot more sass with her look than usual, including an arm-baring blouse and knee-length pencil skirt. The real kicker of the ensemble, though, was the rad pair of sunglasses she wore that made the then-student of Stanford University look like the cool college kid that she was at the time.

An Electromechanical Sound Machine That Makes Music With Rocks

A rolling stone gathers no moss as they say, but this collection of stones manipulated by electromechanical devices are capable of performing George Harrison’s “Here Comes the Sun” thanks to artist Neil Mendoza. Titled Rock Band, this kinetic sound art installation is actually four different instruments including a xylophone, a buzzing base, two spinners, and a pair of slappers. Mendoza describes how each device works:

Xylophone: Inside each of the tubes is a small pebble. When the Teensy receives a note for this instrument, it triggers a solenoid (electromagnet), to launch the pebble up a tube and strike a key. For the design of this piece, I wrote a piece of software that calculated the size each key needed to be to produce the appropriate frequency and then cut them out using a water jet cutter.

Bass: This is the small marble circle in the front. When the Teensy receives a note for this one, it causes the plunger of a solenoid (electromagnet) to vibrate at the frequency of the appropriate musical note against the rock.

Spinners: These are the two large objects on either side and are percussive. Inside each of these, there are two magnets attached to each end of a shaft. On the outside, there are two magnetic rocks, Hematite, that are attracted to the magnets on the inside. When a note is received, the shaft spins and one of the rocks is guided away from its magnet and launched through the air. It lands on a piece of marble that has been cut to size to fit in the machine.

Slapper: These slap the rocks with pieces of fake leather and provide some light percussion.

All of the machines were built at Autodesk’s Pier 9 workshop in San Francisco as part of their artist in residence program.