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Brushstrokes in Time by David Ambarzumjan

19-year-old David Ambarzumjan is an amazing artist and painter living in Munich, Germany. In an ongoing series of oil paintings entitled, Brushstrokes in Time: Ambarzumjan juxtaposes what was, what is and what can be, using outer space as a canvas to tap into different times and places and explore how the force of nature and above all, humanity shaped our earth. Ambarzumjan currently auctions the miniature 20×20 cm paintings on his Instagram page, while the larger work is available as a print through Society6. Below you will find highlights from…

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This Hand Painted Oscar Winning Short is One of the Most Beautiful Animations Youll See

The Old Man and the Sea is a 1999 paint-on-glass-animated short film by Russian animator Aleksandr Petrov, based on the novel of the same name by Ernest Hemingway. The film won countless awards, including the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 2000. According to Wikipedia: Work on the film began in March 1997. It took Aleksandr Petrov and his son Dmitri Petrov (who helped his father) until April 1999 to paint each of the 29,000+ frames. The film’s technique, pastel oil paintings on glass, is mastered by only…

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Oil plunges to lowest level for five months amid global growth fears

Crude hit by booming US output and Opecs unwillingness to cut, while metals were under pressure from slowing Chinese demand Oil prices have fallen sharply along with other commodities as the prospect of slowing growth in the US and China blunts optimism about the global economy. Asian stocks fell for the third day running thanks to the oil price, which fell by 5% on concerns of a supply glut. Analysts have forecast further losses amid signs that demand will not be strong enough to soak up the excess production. The…

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