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About Amrita

Nothing in this world seems to make sense to me. And anything that does is perhaps stacked dust-covered in the last shelves of a damp inaccessible room of some fathomless library.

Can we paint to music? The answer is perhaps..ummm… no.

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15 ‘interesting’ album covers of recent times. Because who are we to say good, bad or ugly.
(No Death Metal band album covers were included as I want to keep it a PG-13 blog.)

15.Bill Callahan- Sometimes I wish we were an eagle.
Sometimes I wish we were an eagle.- self-help music for horses??

14.Herb Alpert- Whipped Cream and Other Delights.
I could never decide to put it in the best or the worst lot. A piece of art it is nonetheless.

13.Jarvis Cocker- Jarvis
That is what Jarvis looks like. Yes it is. The one in red shirt……. Did we tell you what Jarvis looks like?

12.Radiohead- Rainbows.
In kindergarten we all thought rainbows were cool. In high school we were thinking the same about Radiohead. But even the obvious needs some abstraction.

11.Explosions in the sky- Earth is not a cold dead place.
Thanks for rubbing the fact in. #inspired-environmentalists-clan

10.Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavillion
Don’t stare at the cover too long, and don’t listen to the music for too long. I love animal collectives; I just don’t trust the way it moves.

9.Epeche Mode- Sounds of the Universe.
Because sounds of the universe are colorful and assymetric.

8.Alexander Gradski- La Vie Immediate.
This one is just wrong! From all perspectives.

7.Nirvana- Nevermind.
Plain disturbing but Nevermind.

6.Androids of Mu- Bored Housewives.
Really?

5.Simian- Chemistry is what we are.
Dog+sheep+chemistry=Simian??

4.Andrew W.K- I Get Wet.
See the record at a music library-run in fright-let your nose bleed for lack of oxygen-eat a duck.Repeat.

3.The Script- The Script.
For who ever wanted to hug a guy with a ‘head’. Rainbows are so much better.

2.Spoons- Stick Figure Neighborhood.
Talking of guys with heads… or the lack of it.

1.The XX- The XX.
This can ruin you. Completely. You have been marked. #minimalistic-nightmares

Can we paint to music? 10 most intriguing album covers.

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Music is so much more than music!

10.Foo Fighters – Echoes, Silence Patience and Grace.
Beautiful veins and bloodshot eyes. The cover art by ‘Invisible Man’ is as intriguing as the lyrics and the name. All hail the Foo Fighters!
Foo Fighters- Echoes, silence, patience and grace.

9.AM – Soul Variations (AFAIK. Designed by Jonathan Ady. please correct me if I am wrong.)
My soul, my melody, my colors. Classic!

8.Amiina- Kurr
Designed by- Egill Kalevi Karlsson. I don’t know what you are saying. But my heart thinks it’s beautiful.
Music recommended- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLWJV4Dx7i8&feature=related

7.Yo La Tengo – Popular Songs.
Cover Art- Dario Robleto. I sculpt my music note by note to bury them in the record spectre.

6.Eminem- Recovery.
Cover art released on Eminem.com. Art Direction- Julian Alexander.
‘Keep your head up… It does get better’. It surely does.

5.Telefon Tel Aviv- Immolate Yourself.
Artwork By [Design] – Eustis, Wolfel
Artwork By [Letters] – James Hughes
Photography [Cover] – Eustis
You stood there since I was yet a mere thought..
And I see you smirk as the cracks broaden
Now penetrating deep within the city walls…

4.Coldplay- Viva La Vida.
Art by Tappin Gofton. (from Eugene Delacroix’s painting: Liberty Leading the World.)

3.Pink Floyd- The Division Bell.
Cover art by Storm Thorgerson. Pink Floyd always steals the show when it comes to album covers…or music. 🙂

2.Pink Floyd- Dark Side of the Moon.
It’s pink and it’s Floyd and it’s George Hardie!
I disperse in a thousand shades to merge on the dark side of the moon!

1.Pink Floyd- Eye to eye.
Cover Art- Storm Thorgerson. I just love Pink Floyd. Don’t I?

Sunday Feature: Most disturbing album covers of recent times.

Till then let’s paint to the voices of the wind, each note to a color.

Books that teach us to not go by the cover.

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Let’s judge a book by its cover

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Lorenzo Homar. Ballerinas and Mr Morales !

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I decided to move back a little in the art of graphic design and screen printing and while wafting in the world of art this fine day we move to Puerto Rico and its greatest designer ever Sir Lorenzo Homar (1913-2004). After a diverse career in gymnastics and jewellery making at Cartier Lorenzo Homar finally found his heart underneath sheets of silkscreen.

He designed several posters used for the Pan-American Games, 1979

He made several other posters for Ballets and Festivals merging Iconography with Spanish themes to produce the picturesque connection between Puerto Rico and Spain. My three personal favorites amongst his posters are.

Ballets de San Juan, Teatro Tapia, 6to Festival de Teatro Puertorriqueña (1963)

Ferrer Esculturas (Sculptor Ferrer)

Homenaje a un aniversario, taller de histriones (for the anniversay of Workshop Histriones)

But Lorenzo Homar was a man of design he saw the world in shapes and typography, intricate and entangled. But when it came to mortals he saw the simplest in them. It is the caricature art by Sir Lorenzo that keeps us in awe and yet under surmises.

Arthur Buckley, Boston
When fishes flew, and, flowers walked
and figs grew upon thorn
some moment when the moon
was blood, then surely I was born

Cpl. Ernest Hughes, Los Angeles
Tiger! Tiger! Burning bright
in the forests of the night,
what immortal hand or eye
could frame thy fearful symmetry

Harry “Curly Flash” Firehock, Long Island, N.Y.

Sgt. Everett Gould, Fitchburg, Mass
By his looks and playing I’d say he looks like Hackett at Nick’s.

And the best of his works: ‘You answer, Mr Morales!’

More on Illustrators from Spain in next post.
Till then Keep reading, drawing, yawning and repeating!

JON KLASSEN

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I sat there wondering about the incorrigible children when I first noticed. I noticed that I liked the book not for the subtle childishness and faithful humor but for the love of the book cover.

Jon Klassen it is. An illustrator, designer, animator and a wonderful story teller with all the new strategies to bind you in the tale.

The book cover from “Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place”

He also illustrated several other children’s books including Cat’s Night Out by Caroline Stutson.

Already a classic in Noveau Art and much of a story teller himself I think his most recognizable work by all is the all-colored-in-pastel 2D animation shorts in Kung Fu Panda 2. The character designs, although, were made by Nico Marlet at Dreamworks (more on him in the next post).

Till the next post for the love of art in a fantasy driven child’s world read the books by Maryrose Wood or wait for the latest by Jon- Vanished (author- Sheela Chari)

More on him by himself http://www.burstofbeaden.com/

Keep reading, drawing, yawning and repeating!!