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May 14, 2017
 1. Pantone Colour Swatches Found In Natural Landscapes And Cities

Italian graphic designer Andrea Antoni searches the world for Pantone colours, reminding us to embrace the colourful nature of our surroundings. In each of his landscape studies, Antoni digitally inserts his hand with a swatch, containing complimentary Pantone shades that are represented in the background. From an orange tone, popping up in a melancholic sky, to playful collection of greens, flourishing in the freshly cut grass – these colour decks illustrate how Andrea sees the world. Through these pictures, Andrea also tries to preserve the nostalgic emotion, associated with a particular place. “The images reflect the way I see the world, or the memory I have of some places. Some show the sensations that these places evoke in me,” the artist said.

2. Using FaceApp to put smiles on museum paintings

Let an illustrator loose in a museum with a popular mobile app and all hell breaks loose. Olly Gibbs, a freelance illustrator from London recently visited the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam armed with his trusty mobile phone and FaceApp, a popular application with technology similar to what you’d find in the lenses on Facebook or Snapchat. Unlike a quick selfie, classical portrait paintings weren’t that common back in the day and sometimes took months or even years to complete. So when people got their portraits made, they took it seriously. And nowhere is this more evident than in classical art galleries, where you’d be hard-pressed to see anybody smiling. But thanks to the technology of today, one guy was able to put the smiles on even the most serious faces.

3. Why Owning A Dog Is Good For Your Health

Having a dog offers companionship, gives you an excuse to exercise, brings you happiness and provides entertainment. Pups can be cute to look at, but they can also serve as a contributing factor in turning your day (or life) around. Did you know that owning a dog can also have potential health benefits, both mentally and physically, for you and your family? There is scientific evidence that touts some of the health perks of owning a pup. Take a look at how these six ways having a dog could be good for your health.

4. Banksy Unveils Brexit-Inspired Mural Showing Dismantling Of EU Flag

Elusive British street artist Banksy has unveiled his latest artwork, one that depicts the dismantling of the European Union’s flag. The massive blue and yellow mural appeared overnight in Dover, England on Sunday 7th. The site is near a major ferry terminal that connects the U.K. with mainland Europe. In this huge artwork a workman on a ladder chipping away one of the 12 yellow stars on the EU flag. The painting comes nearly a year after the United Kingdom voted to leave the EU, in a vote commonly known as “Brexit.” It also appeared the same day that France held its presidential elections. So Banksy’s works continue to give messages and for the first time in history, there is a Banksy exhibition in a museum, at Moco Museum of Amsterdam.

5. Powerful Photos Of Women Doing The So-Called “Men’s Work”

How many times have you heard the old expression, “this is a man’s job”? We’re pretty tired of it, and fortunately, so is California photographer Chris Crisman. With his latest portfolio, Women’s Work, he’s documenting the women who do those ‘men’s jobs’ with pride, and he’s breaking down gender stereotypes in the process. The story of Women’s Work starts in early 2016, when Crisman heard from an art producer that a friend of hers had become a butcher, and realized that he had never actually met a female butcher. After meeting and photographing the woman, Heather Marold Thomason, Crisman was inspired to find other women taking on traditionally male-dominated professions. From farmers to firefighters, to lobster fishers, he was able to locate and capture dozens of inspiring women from across the nation.

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